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PENNSYLVANIA | Human Traffickers Who Lured Victim into Forced Prostitution Now Face Federal Charges

In Case First Prosecuted by Attorney General Shapiro, Defendants Forced Victim into Prostitution, Held Against Her Will HARRISBURG, PA — In a case first prosecuted by his office, Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced that two men who lured a victim from California to the East Coast with false promises of easy money – and … Continue reading PENNSYLVANIA | Human Traffickers Who Lured Victim into Forced Prostitution Now Face Federal Charges

NEW JERSEY | Microcap Company CEO Convicted Of Securities Fraud For Falsely Claiming Millions In Revenue From Contracts With Foreign Countries

NEWARK, N.J. – The chief executive officer of a publicly traded microcap company was convicted at trial for orchestrating a multi-million securities fraud scheme using false reports with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today. Cary Lee Peterson, 38, of Phoenix, Arizona, was found guilty of all three counts of … Continue reading NEW JERSEY | Microcap Company CEO Convicted Of Securities Fraud For Falsely Claiming Millions In Revenue From Contracts With Foreign Countries

OHIO | Beachwood woman charged for collecting her mother’s Social Security payments years after her death

Daphna J. Goren of Beachwood was charged in federal court for theft of public money and bank fraud. Goren fraudulently converted to her own use, her mother’s Social Security Retirement and Survivor’s benefits that continued to be deposited after her mother died in July 2011.  Goren’s theft resulted in a loss to SSA of approximately … Continue reading OHIO | Beachwood woman charged for collecting her mother’s Social Security payments years after her death

Former Bookkeeper Lauren Ransom Who Embezzled Employers Sentenced to 3 Years

A former bookkeeper was sentenced thursday to 3 years in prison and ordered to repay over $3 million, for failing to report to the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) money she embezzled from her employers. Benjamin G. Greenberg, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Michael J. DePalma, Acting Special Agent in Charge, … Continue reading Former Bookkeeper Lauren Ransom Who Embezzled Employers Sentenced to 3 Years

Five Former Salesmen For Morris County Clinical Lab Sentenced For Bribing Doctors In $100 Million Test Referral Scheme

NEWARK, N.J. – Five individuals were sentenced yesterday for bribing doctors in exchange for test referrals as part of a long-running and elaborate scheme operated by Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC (BLS), of Parsippany, New Jersey, its president and numerous associates, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Doug Hurley, 38, of Hillsborough, New Jersey, and Kevin Kerekes, … Continue reading Five Former Salesmen For Morris County Clinical Lab Sentenced For Bribing Doctors In $100 Million Test Referral Scheme

Beach Aviation Owner Robert Charles Brady Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison for Aviation Fraud

Robert Charles Brady, 36, of Fort Lauderdale, was sentenced wednesday to 84 months in prison by United States District Court Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks, after having previously pled guilty to wire fraud, filing false records in a federal investigation and operating an aircraft without an airman’s certificate. Benjamin G. Greenberg, United States Attorney for the … Continue reading Beach Aviation Owner Robert Charles Brady Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison for Aviation Fraud

Community Renewal Team Pays $362,000 to Settle False Claims Acts Allegations

Connecticut– United States Attorney John H. Durham and Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen today announced that COMMUNITY RENEWAL TEAM and its president, LENA RODRIGUEZ, have entered into a civil settlement agreement with the United States and the State of Connecticut and have paid $362,000 to resolve allegations that they violated the federal and state False … Continue reading Community Renewal Team Pays $362,000 to Settle False Claims Acts Allegations

Physician Sentenced of Conspiracy to Pay and Receive Illegal Kickbacks

JOBIE CREAR, M.D., (CREAR), age 67, of New Orleans, Louisiana, was sentenced in federal court today before U.S. District Judge Sarah S. Vance, announced U. S. Attorney Duane A. Evans. U.S. District Judge Sarah S. Vance sentenced CREAR to eight (8) months imprisonment, followed by ten (10) months of home confinement, three (3) years of … Continue reading Physician Sentenced of Conspiracy to Pay and Receive Illegal Kickbacks

Former Hamilton County Deputy, Jason Mize, Charged with Excessive Use of Force

CINCINNATI, OH – A federal grand jury has charged Jason Mize, 31, of Cincinnati, with using unreasonable force while acting under color of law in an indictment returned here yesterday and unsealed today. Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and Angela L. Byers, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau … Continue reading Former Hamilton County Deputy, Jason Mize, Charged with Excessive Use of Force

A Former North Texas Mayor and a Land Developer Indicted on Public Corruption Charges in Zoning Conspiracy

PLANO, TX –The former mayor of Richardson, Texas and a land developer who she eventually married, have been indicted on federal conspiracy violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown Wednesday. Laura Jordan, also known as Laura Maczka, 53, and Mark Jordan, 51, both of Plano, Texas were named in … Continue reading A Former North Texas Mayor and a Land Developer Indicted on Public Corruption Charges in Zoning Conspiracy

Houston Man, Joshua Abraham Andrus, Pleads Guilty to Smuggling 15 Aliens in Tractor Trailer

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – A Houston man has entered a guilty plea to attempting to smuggle illegal aliens behind a load of produce, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. A federal grand jury returned the indictment against Joshua Abraham Andrus, 30, April 11, 2018.  Wednesday, he pleaded guilty as charged. Andrus admitted he attempted to … Continue reading Houston Man, Joshua Abraham Andrus, Pleads Guilty to Smuggling 15 Aliens in Tractor Trailer

NC State And Local Law Enforcement Agencies To Receive More Than $730,296 In Federally-Forfeited Funds

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – U.S. Attorney R. Andrew Murray announced Wednesday the distribution of $730,296 in federally-forfeited funds to state and local law enforcement agencies, resulting from a forfeiture action against convicted drug trafficker James Alexander Brown. The Justice Department recovered more than $1 million from Brown, of which 80 percent will be shared with 15 … Continue reading NC State And Local Law Enforcement Agencies To Receive More Than $730,296 In Federally-Forfeited Funds

New York Man, Dashamae Wayne, Admits Role in Counterfeit Credit Card Scheme Targeting Western PA Businesses

PITTSBURGH, PA – A resident of Albans, New York, has pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of conspiracy, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. Dashamae Wayne, 27, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer. In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that … Continue reading New York Man, Dashamae Wayne, Admits Role in Counterfeit Credit Card Scheme Targeting Western PA Businesses

United States and Virginia Intervene in Metrorail Whistleblower Litigation

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The United States and the Commonwealth of Virginia have filed a notice of intervention in a whistleblower’s lawsuit that involves the provision of concrete panels to Phase II of the Dulles Metrorail Project (“Dulles Project”).  The case was unsealed Wednesday. In March 2016, the whistleblower, or “Relator”, filed an under seal qui … Continue reading United States and Virginia Intervene in Metrorail Whistleblower Litigation

MS-13 Leader Pleads Guilty to RICO Conspiracy

Defendant committed attempted murder and helped bury evidence from murder BOSTON, MA – Wednesday, An MS-13 member pleaded guilty  in federal court in Boston to racketeering conspiracy. Jose Vasquez, a/k/a “Little Crazy,” 24, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity, more commonly referred to as RICO or racketeering … Continue reading MS-13 Leader Pleads Guilty to RICO Conspiracy

Former Social Security Administration Employee and Husband Sentenced to Prison for Committing Public Benefit Fraud

Montgomery, Alabama  On Friday, May 11, 2018, a former employee of the Social Security Administration (SSA) and her husband were sentenced to prison for defrauding the federal government, announced United States Attorney Louis V. Franklin, Sr. The two defendants were former SSA employee Nakia Palmer, 35, and her husband, Nathaniel Palmer, 30.  Both Nakia Palmer … Continue reading Former Social Security Administration Employee and Husband Sentenced to Prison for Committing Public Benefit Fraud

Florida Man Who Assaulted Airline Flight Crew and Passengers Sentenced to Two Years in Prison

Defendant Banned from Flying during Three Year Term of Supervised Release after Prison A Tampa, Florida, man who assaulted crew and passengers on a Delta Airlines flight bound for China was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Seattle to two years in prison for four federal felonies in connection with the July 16, 2017 … Continue reading Florida Man Who Assaulted Airline Flight Crew and Passengers Sentenced to Two Years in Prison

Former Middlesex Borough Fire Inspector Admits Conspiring To Commit Strongarm Extortion

NEWARK, N.J. – A former fire inspector for Middlesex Borough and other New Jersey municipalities today admitted conspiring with another person to commit a strongarm extortion, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today. Billy A. Donnerstag, 49, of Hackettstown, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Madeline Cox Arleo in Newark federal court to an … Continue reading Former Middlesex Borough Fire Inspector Admits Conspiring To Commit Strongarm Extortion

Former IRS Employee Pleads Guilty To Unauthorized Possession Of Official Federal Agency ID

NEWARK, N.J.  A former IRS attorney today admitted possessing a federal agency identification card without authorization and using it during multiple traffic stops, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Deon Owensby, 42, of Trenton, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Leda Dunn Wettre in Newark federal court to an information charging him with knowingly … Continue reading Former IRS Employee Pleads Guilty To Unauthorized Possession Of Official Federal Agency ID

Colorado Attorney Involved in Stock “Pump and Dump” Scheme Sentenced to 3 Years in Federal Prison

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that DIANE DALMY, 63, of Denver, Colorado, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven to 36 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for her role in a securities fraud scheme. According to court … Continue reading Colorado Attorney Involved in Stock “Pump and Dump” Scheme Sentenced to 3 Years in Federal Prison

18 Defendants Sentenced In Bank Card Scheme

Tirrell Thomas, the Michigan leader of the scheme, sent to prison for 102 months GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN — Tirrell Perry Thomas, the Michigan leader of a scheme to defraud Bank of America, was sentenced to 102 months (8.5 years) in federal prison as part of an ongoing multi-state investigation that has resulted in felony convictions … Continue reading 18 Defendants Sentenced In Bank Card Scheme

U.S. Attorney Kennedy Recognizes Law Enforcement Service And Sacrifice During National Police Week

BUFFALO, NY U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. is joining with Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recognize the service and sacrifice of federal, state, local, and tribal police officers during National Police Week, May 13-19, 2018. According to statistics collected by the FBI, 93 law enforcement officers were killed in line-of-duty incidents in 2017 – … Continue reading U.S. Attorney Kennedy Recognizes Law Enforcement Service And Sacrifice During National Police Week

Toledo pastor Kenneth Butler pleads guilty to sex trafficking of minors

A Toledo pastor is likely to spend 17 ½ years in prison after pleading guilty to sex trafficking of minors. Kenneth Butler, 38, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of conspiracy to sex traffic children, two counts of sex trafficking of children and one count of obstruction of a sex trafficking investigation. Butler is scheduled … Continue reading Toledo pastor Kenneth Butler pleads guilty to sex trafficking of minors

Former IRS Employee, Carla Lachelle Mitchell, Sentenced for False Tax Returns

KANSAS CITY, MO – A former IRS employee has been sentenced in federal court for filing false tax returns. Carla Lachelle Mitchell, 49, of Kansas City, Kansas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner on Monday, April 16, 2018, to one year and one day in federal prison.  The court also ordered Mitchell … Continue reading Former IRS Employee, Carla Lachelle Mitchell, Sentenced for False Tax Returns

U.S. Attorney’s Office – Eastern District of Missouri – Violent Crime Federal Prosecution Update

St. Louis, MO – The United States Attorney’s Office will prosecute aggressively violent criminals and drug dealers.  Federal prosecution is a powerful tool in the fight to reduce violent crime.  Below is a list of defendants prosecuted federally in March: Jamacian Brown, 28, St. Louis, was indicted by a federal grand jury on one felony … Continue reading U.S. Attorney’s Office – Eastern District of Missouri – Violent Crime Federal Prosecution Update

Violent Crime Federal Prosecution Update by the United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Missouri

St. Louis, MO (STL.News) The United States Attorney’s Office will prosecute aggressively violent criminals and drug dealers.  Federal prosecution is a powerful tool in the fight to reduce violent crime. Below is a list of defendants prosecuted federally in February: Jamarco Cousins, 29, St. Louis, was indicted by a federal grand jury on one felony … Continue reading Violent Crime Federal Prosecution Update by the United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Missouri

Four Michigan Men Indicted on Federal Charges in Connection with Jared The Galleria of Jewelry Robbery

Tyran Gray, Xavier Grove, Darrell Lee and Robert Scott indicted on federal charges in connection with Jared the Galleria St. Louis, MO/December 14, 2017 (STL.News) – Four individuals from Michigan were indicted today for their part in the robbery of Jared the Galleria of Jewelry on Monday, December 4, 2017. Tyran Gray, 20; Xavier Grove, … Continue reading Four Michigan Men Indicted on Federal Charges in Connection with Jared The Galleria of Jewelry Robbery

Sixth Chicago-Area Defendant Sentenced in Plaza Frontenac Smash and Grab

St. Louis, MO/September 2, 2017 (STL.News) – As reported by The United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Missouri on September 1, 2017, Julian Campbell, 23, of Chicago was sentenced to 40 months in U.S. District Court for his role in stealing more than $150,000 in luxury handbags from Saks Fifth Avenue at Plaza Frontenac.  Campbell … Continue reading Sixth Chicago-Area Defendant Sentenced in Plaza Frontenac Smash and Grab

St. Louis-area lawyer nominated for US attorney post

Jeffrey B. Jensen, a St. Louis-area lawyer has been nominated for US attorney post for eastern Missouri ST. LOUIS, MO/July 14, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — A former FBI agent and federal prosecutor may be the next U.S. attorney for eastern Missouri. The White House on Friday announced its intent to nominate Jeffrey B. Jensen to lead … Continue reading St. Louis-area lawyer nominated for US attorney post

Houston, Texas Man convicted of Smuggling Korean Human Growth Hormone Drugs to Local Patients and Professional Wrestlers

ST. LOUIS, MO/June 8, 2017 (STL.News) – George Patino, 57, of Houston, Texas, was convicted by a jury on Wednesday after a three-day trial of conspiracy, distributing Human Growth Hormone (“HGH”) for unauthorized medical purposes, and smuggling. According to Court documents, under federal law, doctors can lawfully prescribe HGH for several narrow medical uses, for … Continue reading Houston, Texas Man convicted of Smuggling Korean Human Growth Hormone Drugs to Local Patients and Professional Wrestlers