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Massachusetts News: Swiss Attorney, Matthew Ledvina Pleads Guilty to Participating in Global Pump-and-Dump Scheme

BOSTON, Ms.– A Swiss lawyer pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Boston in connection with participating in an international pump-and-dump scheme. Matthew Ledvina, 46, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud. U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young scheduled sentencing for April 25, 2019. In or about June 2017, Ledvina … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Swiss Attorney, Matthew Ledvina Pleads Guilty to Participating in Global Pump-and-Dump Scheme

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Kendrick Tate, Gang Member Sentenced for Drug Distribution

BOSTON, Ms. – A man identified as a member of the Heath Street Gang was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for drug trafficking and illegal possession of a firearm. Kendrick Tate, a/k/a “K-Roc,” 26, of Chelsea, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani to 159 months in prison and three years … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Kendrick Tate, Gang Member Sentenced for Drug Distribution

Massachusetts News: Chelsea Man, Brandon Baez Pleads Guilty to RICO Conspiracy Involving Attempted Murder

BOSTON, Ms. – A Chelsea man pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Boston to RICO conspiracy involving attempted murder and drug trafficking. Brandon Baez, aka “Big Baby,” pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity and one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine base and … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Chelsea Man, Brandon Baez Pleads Guilty to RICO Conspiracy Involving Attempted Murder

Massachusetts News: Everett Man, Edison Delarosa Sentenced for Scheme to Defraud The Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance

BOSTON, Ms. – An Everett man was sentenced today in federal court in Boston in connection with a scheme to defraud the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) of more than $1.7 million. Edison Delarosa, 53, was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Court Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. to two years in prison, three years … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Everett Man, Edison Delarosa Sentenced for Scheme to Defraud The Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance

Massachusetts News: Idaho Man, Samuel Brown Sentenced for Engaging in Penny Stock Fraud and Making False Statements to the SEC

BOSTON, Ms. – An Idaho man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for participating in a market manipulation scheme involving the stock of Endeavor Power Corp., and then making false statements to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in connection with its investigation of the fraud scheme. Samuel Brown, 38, of Bonners … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Idaho Man, Samuel Brown Sentenced for Engaging in Penny Stock Fraud and Making False Statements to the SEC

Massachusetts News: North Carolina Man, David Aubel Sentenced for Stock Manipulation Scheme

BOSTON, Ms. – A North Carolina man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for his role in a market manipulation scheme which was actually part of an undercover operation. David Aubel, 60, of Matthews, N.C., was sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Patti B. Saris to 87 months in prison, five years … Continue reading Massachusetts News: North Carolina Man, David Aubel Sentenced for Stock Manipulation Scheme

Massachusetts News: Spencer Man, Melvin Burgos Charged with Federal Cocaine Offense

Defendant also allegedly attempted to arrange sale of thousands of fentanyl pills BOSTON, Ms. – A Spencer man was arrested today and charged in federal court in Worcester with cocaine distribution. Melvin Burgos, 33, was charged by criminal complaint with possessing approximately one kilogram of cocaine with intent to distribute. He will appear in federal … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Spencer Man, Melvin Burgos Charged with Federal Cocaine Offense

Massachusetts News: MS-13 Member, Luis Solis Vasquez Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison for RICO Conspiracy Involving Murder

BOSTON, Ms. – A member of MS-13’s Eastside Locos Salvatrucha (ESLS) clique was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boson for his role in a 2014 murder. Luis Solis Vasquez, a/k/a “Brujo,” 27, a Salvadoran national, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV to 35 years in prison and five years … Continue reading Massachusetts News: MS-13 Member, Luis Solis Vasquez Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison for RICO Conspiracy Involving Murder

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, U.S. Postal Service Employee, Rashayna Seney Charged with Embezzlement Through Postal Money Orders

BOSTON, Ms. – A U.S. Postal Service (USPS) employee was charged yesterday in federal court in Boston with embezzling over $18,000. Rashayna Seney, 25, of Randolph, was charged in an Information with one count of embezzlement and theft of public money, property or records. According to the charging document, Seney began working for USPS around … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, U.S. Postal Service Employee, Rashayna Seney Charged with Embezzlement Through Postal Money Orders

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Eighth Massachusetts State Trooper Arrested

Two Previously Charged Retired State Troopers Agree to Plead Guilty BOSTON, Ms. – A Massachusetts State Police Trooper was arrested and charged today, and two previously charged retired State Troopers agreed to plead guilty in connection with the ongoing investigation of overtime abuse at the Massachusetts State Police (MSP). Heath McAuliffe, 40, of Hopkinton, was … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Eighth Massachusetts State Trooper Arrested

Massachusetts News: Southwick Man, Kevin A. Johnson Indicted for Sending Threatening Letters and White Powder to Federal Agencies in Springfield

BOSTON, Ms. – A Southwick man was indicted today by a federal grand jury for sending two packages, containing white powder, to federal agencies in Springfield. Kevin A. Johnson, 47, was indicted on two counts of conveying false information and hoaxes and one count of mailing threatening communications to a federal law enforcement officer. Johnson … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Southwick Man, Kevin A. Johnson Indicted for Sending Threatening Letters and White Powder to Federal Agencies in Springfield

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Actelion Pharmaceuticals Agrees to Pay $360 Million to Resolve Allegations that it Paid Kickbacks Through a Co-Pay Assistance Foundation

BOSTON, Ms. – The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced today that pharmaceutical company Actelion Pharmaceuticals US, Inc. (Actelion), a seller of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) drugs, has agreed to pay $360 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by paying kickbacks to Medicare patients through a purportedly independent charitable foundation. When a … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Actelion Pharmaceuticals Agrees to Pay $360 Million to Resolve Allegations that it Paid Kickbacks Through a Co-Pay Assistance Foundation

Massachusetts News: Worcester Man, Peter Hicks Sentenced for Marriage Fraud

Six women from Sub-Saharan Africa married defendant to gain legal status in U.S. BOSTON, Ms. – A Worcester man was sentenced Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in connection with entering into six fraudulent marriages in order to evade immigration laws. Peter Hicks, 57, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman to two years … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Worcester Man, Peter Hicks Sentenced for Marriage Fraud

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Jose Antonio Lugo-Guerrero, Leader of Boston-Based Drug Trafficking Organization Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison

BOSTON, Ms. – The leader of a Boston-based heroin and fentanyl trafficking organization was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston. Jose Antonio Lugo-Guerrero, a/k/a Fernando Rivera-Rodriguez, 40, a Dominican national formerly residing in Mattapan, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani to 16 years in prison and five years of supervised release. … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Jose Antonio Lugo-Guerrero, Leader of Boston-Based Drug Trafficking Organization Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison

Massachusetts News: Southwick Man, Kevin A. Johnson Arrested for Sending Threatening Letters and White Powder to Federal Agencies in Springfield, Mass.

BOSTON, Ms. – A Southwick man was arrested today and charged in federal court in Springfield, Mass., for sending four packages, two of which contained white powder, to federal agencies. Kevin A. Johnson, 47, was charged by criminal complaint with two counts of conveying false information and hoaxes and two counts of mailing threatening communications. … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Southwick Man, Kevin A. Johnson Arrested for Sending Threatening Letters and White Powder to Federal Agencies in Springfield, Mass.

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, U.S. Attorney Issues Warning to Opioid Prescribers

BOSTON, Ms. – As part of a comprehensive response to the opioid epidemic, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Massachusetts has warned a number of medical professionals that their opioid prescribing practices have been identified as a source of concern. In a letter sent this week, United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling informed … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, U.S. Attorney Issues Warning to Opioid Prescribers

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Alec Burlakoff, Former Vice President of Insys Pharmaceuticals Pleads Guilty to Racketeering Scheme

Defendant bribed doctors and pharmacists to unnecessarily prescribe fentanyl spray intended for breakthrough cancer pain BOSTON, Ms. – The former Vice President of Sales of Insys Therapeutics pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to his role in a nationwide conspiracy to bribe medical practitioners to unnecessarily prescribe a fentanyl-based pain medication and defraud … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Alec Burlakoff, Former Vice President of Insys Pharmaceuticals Pleads Guilty to Racketeering Scheme

Massachusetts News: Medford Woman, Stephanie DiPierro Pleads Guilty to Social Security, Medicare, MassHealth and Food Stamp Fraud

Defendant stole over $100,000 in public assistance benefits BOSTON. Ms. – A Medford woman pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to fraudulently receiving Social Security disability benefits, Medicare, MassHealth and Food Stamps. Stephanie DiPierro, 38, pleaded guilty to three counts of theft of public funds, two counts of making false statements, and one … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Medford Woman, Stephanie DiPierro Pleads Guilty to Social Security, Medicare, MassHealth and Food Stamp Fraud

Massachusetts News: Worcester Man, Cleon Riley Pleads Guilty to Fentanyl, Cocaine and Firearm Charges

BOSTON, Ms. – A Worcester man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Worcester to drug and firearm charges. Cleon Riley, 36, pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, one count of distributing cocaine, and one count of possessing fentanyl with intent to distribute. U.S. District Court … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Worcester Man, Cleon Riley Pleads Guilty to Fentanyl, Cocaine and Firearm Charges

Massachusetts News: Amesbury Man and Salisbury Woman Arrested for Child Pornography Offenses, Including Production

Defendants made plans to meet to sexually abuse an infant together BOSTON, Ms. – An Amesbury man and a Salisbury woman were arrested and charged separately in federal court in Boston in connection with various child pornography offenses, including the sexual exploitation of an infant. Thomas Cross, 28, of Amesbury, and Desiree Daigle, 23, of … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Amesbury Man and Salisbury Woman Arrested for Child Pornography Offenses, Including Production

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Two Western Massachusetts Men Charged with Armed Robbery

Defendants allegedly involved in at least nine armed robberies of local convenience stores BOSTON, Ms. – Two western Massachusetts men were arrested and charged today in federal court in Springfield in connection with at least nine armed robberies throughout western Massachusetts. Alfredo Aldeco, 32, of Holyoke, and Emilio Rivera, 30, of Springfield, were each charged … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Two Western Massachusetts Men Charged with Armed Robbery

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Owners of Home Healthcare Company Plead Guilty to Tax Fraud

BOSTON, Ms. – The co-owners of a Boston-area home healthcare company pleaded guilty in federal court in Boston yesterday for underreporting income to the IRS resulting in over $1 million in losses. Hannah Holland, 51, of Quincy, and Sheila O’Connell, 51, of North Weymouth, pleaded guilty to an Information charging them with one count of conspiracy … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Owners of Home Healthcare Company Plead Guilty to Tax Fraud

Massachusetts News: Boston Woman, Brianna Alexis Forde Pleads Guilty to Role in $2.7 Million Bank Fraud Scheme

BOSTON, Ms. – A Boston woman pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Boston for her role a scheme to embezzle more than $2.7 million from Bank of America using fraudulent donations to non-profit organizations. Brianna Alexis Forde, 36, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and two counts of wire … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Boston Woman, Brianna Alexis Forde Pleads Guilty to Role in $2.7 Million Bank Fraud Scheme

Massachusetts News: Orleans Investment Adviser, Kimberly Kitts Pleads Guilty to Multi-Million Dollar Fraud and Identity Theft

BOSTON, Ms. – An Orleans investment adviser pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Boston to defrauding her clients of more than $3 million and using those funds for her own expenses. Kimberly Kitts, 51, pleaded guilty to an Information charging her with one count of investment adviser fraud, four counts of wire fraud and … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Orleans Investment Adviser, Kimberly Kitts Pleads Guilty to Multi-Million Dollar Fraud and Identity Theft

Massachusetts News: Pennsylvania Man, Elijah Aiken Charged with Transporting Stolen Electronics Across State Lines

Defendant allegedly broke into various Target stores with blow torch BOSTON, Ms. – A Pennsylvania man was charged in federal court in Worcester today in connection with transporting stolen electronics across state lines. Defendant allegedly broke into Target stores in Easton and Westborough, Mass, and in Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Elijah Aiken, 35, of Allentown, Penn., … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Pennsylvania Man, Elijah Aiken Charged with Transporting Stolen Electronics Across State Lines

Massachusetts News: MS-13 Member, Erick Argueta Larios Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison

BOSTON, Ms. – A member of MS-13’s Eastside Loco Salvatrucha (ESLS) clique was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for RICO conspiracy. Erick Argueta Larios, a/k/a “Lobo,” 33, a Salvadoran national illegally residing in the U.S., was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV to 15 years in prison and three … Continue reading Massachusetts News: MS-13 Member, Erick Argueta Larios Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison

Massachusetts News: Plymouth Man, Joseph Kukstis Sentenced to Prison for Cyberstalking Campaign

BOSTON, Ms. – A Plymouth man was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for anonymously stalking three women by text message and social media, including one woman he stalked throughout the 14-months they dated. Joseph Kukstis, 29, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV to 41 months in prison and … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Plymouth Man, Joseph Kukstis Sentenced to Prison for Cyberstalking Campaign

Massachusetts News: Chinese national, Bin Wang sentenced to nearly six years in prison for distributing opioids and other drugs that were shipped from China to the U.S. and ultimately to Ohio

Massachusetts – A Chinese national who had been living in Massachusetts was sentenced to nearly six years in prison for distributing opioids and other drugs that were shipped from China to the United States and ultimately to Ohio. Bin Wang, 43, was sentenced to 71 months in prison. He previously pleaded guilty to 10 counts, … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Chinese national, Bin Wang sentenced to nearly six years in prison for distributing opioids and other drugs that were shipped from China to the U.S. and ultimately to Ohio

Massachusetts News: Georgia Man, Fabrizio I. Pluchino Charged with Social Security and Wire Fraud

Defendant hired as cardiac surgical technologist after allegedly falsifying employment documents, work history, references BOSTON, Ms. – A Georgia man will appear in federal court in Springfield today to face charges connected with his submission of a fraudulent application for employment at a Western Massachusetts hospital. Fabrizio I. Pluchino, a/k/a “Fabrizio Pulchino,” 55, of Atlanta, … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Georgia Man, Fabrizio I. Pluchino Charged with Social Security and Wire Fraud

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Palestine Ace, Bank Executive and Husband Sentenced after Embezzling $2.7 Million

BOSTON, Ms. – A former Senior Vice President at Bank of America and her husband were sentenced in federal court in Boston for embezzling more than $2.7 million from the bank using fraudulent donations to non-profit organizations. Palestine Ace, a/k/a Pam Ace, 45, a former Senior Vice President of Bank of America’s Global Wealth & … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Palestine Ace, Bank Executive and Husband Sentenced after Embezzling $2.7 Million