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Fraud Law
United States of America v. Seng Xiong

Minneapolis, MN - Seng Xiong Sentenced To 87 Months In Prison For Defrauding Members Of The Hmong Community -
Judge ordered Seng Xiong to pay more than $1.2 million in restitution to victims

SENG XIONG, 49, to 87 months in prison for operating an affinity scheme targeting members of the Hmong community. XIONG, who was found guilty on January 26, 2017, following an eight-day jury tria... More...
   $0 (10-18-2017 - MN)

United States of America v. Preston Ellard Forthun District of Minnesota Federal Courthouse - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN - Federal Jury Convicts Minneapolis Chiropractor On Fraud Charges - More than 20 additional defendants have been charged in connection with parallel no-fault insurance fraud schemes

PRESTON ELLARD FORTHUN, 39, on charges of conspiracy, mail fraud, and wire fraud. Co-defendants ABDISALAN ABDULAHAB HUSSEIN, 48, and CARLOS PATRICIO LUNA, 49, were also convicted for their role... More...
   $0 (10-18-2017 - MN)

United States of America v. Angela Huskey Eastern District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis, MO - DeSoto Woman Sentenced for Embezzling $1.6 Million from Grandview School District

Angela Huskey, was sentenced to 63 months in prison on mail fraud charges in connection with her embezzlement of approximately $1.6 million from the Grandview R-2 School District. She was ordered to pay $1,813,900.63 in restitution.

According to court documents, Huskey worked for Gra... More...
   $0 (10-18-2017 - MO)

Maxwell O. Abuya v. Jefferson B. Sessions, III Eighth Circuit Courthouse - St. Louis, Missouri

Maxwell Onchonga Abuya, a citizen of Kenya, was admitted to the United
States in December 2005 as a nonimmigrant student. He married April Maldonado,
a United States citizen, in October 2006 and dropped out of school in 2007. In July
2007, Maldonado filed a Petition for Alien Relative, Form I-130, and Abuya filed an
Application to Adjust Status, Form I-485. In August 2012, the Depa... More...
   $0 (10-18-2017 - MO)

United States of America v. Juan Manuel Almanza-Martinez District of New Mexico Federal Courthouse - Las Cruces, New Mexico

Las Cruces, NM - Mexican National Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Identity Theft and Passport Fraud Charges -
Charges Arise Out of Defendant’s Use of a Stolen Identity for 30 Years

Juan Manuel Almanza-Martinez, 58, a Mexican national illegally residing in the United States, pled guilty yesterday in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to making false statements on a passport application and... More...
   $0 (10-16-2017 - NM)

United States of America v. Glen Elwood McKenzie, Jr. Western District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Austin, Texas

Austin, TX - Austin Area Patient Recruiter Pleads Guilty to Receiving Kickbacks in Health Care Fraud Scheme

Glen Elwood McKenzie, Jr., age 68, of Cedar Park, TX, pleaded guilty to federal charges in connection with a Health Care Fraud .

Appearing before United States Magistrate Judge Mark Lane, McKenzie pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the federal anti-kickba... More...
   $0 (10-16-2017 - TX)

Maxine Stewart as Personal Representative, etc. v. The Superior Court of San Bernardino County, St Joseph's Health, Real Party in Interest

The petition in this case challenges a trial court order summarily adjudicating a
cause of action under the Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act (the
Act), a cause of action for fraud by concealment, and another for medical battery, while
allowing other claims, including one for medical negligence, to proceed to trial. Stewart
is the representative of Anthony Carter... More...
   $0 (10-16-2017 - CA)

United States v. Johnny D. Phillips Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse - Cincinnati, Ohio

Johnny Phillips makes his living as a “land man.” Land men
scout rural property for coal mining potential and negotiate leases with the landowners to mine it.
When the government found out that Phillips performed work for New Century Coal, a company
that swindled millions of dollars from investors, it charged him with several crimes. A jury
convicted him of conspiracy to commit mai... More...
   $0 (10-15-2017 - TN)

United States of America v. Anthony A. Shaw Western District of Pennsylvania Courthouse - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, PA - Former Army Manager Sentenced to Prison for Taking $1 Million in Illegal Gratuities

A resident of Rochester Hills, Michigan, was sentenced to 46 months incarceration and a $100,000 fine, on charges of taking illegal gratuities, income tax evasion and making false statements to federal law enforcement officers.

Judge Schwab imposed the sentence on Anthony A. Shaw,... More...
   $0 (10-13-2017 - PA)

United States of America v. Jose Perez Eastern District of Pennsylvania Federal Courthouse - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA - Philadelphia Man Sentenced in Tax Refund Fraud Scheme

Jose Perez, 52, of Philadelphia, PA was sentenced after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States.

Perez admitted that he participated in a scheme that defrauded the United States by filing false income tax returns using stolen identities of Puerto Rico residents. Perez colle... More...
   $0 (10-13-2017 - PA)

Paul Satterfield v. District Attorney of Philadelphia Co0unty; Attorney General of Pennsylvania; Secretary Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Third Circuit Court of Appeals - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Society views the conviction of an innocent person as
perhaps the most grievous mistake our judicial system can
commit. Reflecting the gravity of such an affront to liberty,
the “fundamental miscarriage of justice” exception has evolved
to allow habeas corpus petitioners to litigate their
constitutional claims despite certain procedural bars if the
petitioner can make a cre... More...
   $0 (10-13-2017 - PA)

Santiaga Herrera v. Gloria Coronel Alejos Harris County Courthouse - Houston, Texas

Santiaga Herrera owned and lived in a house with a garage apartment. Herrera sold the property to Gloria Alejos, who financed the purchase with a note made to Herrera. After closing, Alejos’s daughter, Banesa Coronel, moved into the
house, and Alejos allowed Herrera to stay in the garage apartment, where she was
living at the time of the sale.
Alejos later tried to evict Herrera,... More...
   $0 (10-12-2017 - TX)

Jay Baska v. Rebecca McGuire Harris County Courthouse - Houston, Texas

Appellant, Jay Baska, challenges the trial court’s judgment in favor of appellee, Rebecca McGuire, in her suit against Baska for breach of contract and fraud. In his first through third issues, Baska contends that the statute of frauds1 bars
1 See TEX. BUS. & COM. CODE ANN. § 26.01 (West 2015).
McGuire’s breach-of-contract claim and, if sustained, he is entitled to a remand for
r... More...
   $0 (10-12-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Jason T. Posey United State District Courthouse - Houston, Texas

Houston, TX - Former Congressional Staffer Pleads Guilty to Extensive Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme

A former congressional staffer pleaded guilty for his role in orchestrating a scheme to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from charitable foundations and the individuals who ran those foundations to pay for personal expenses and to illegally finance a former congressman’s campaign... More...
   $0 (10-12-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Fernando Ardila Rueda-Garcia United State District Court for the Southern District of Texas - Laredo

Laredo, TX - Florida Businessman Pleads Guilty to Foreign Bribery Charges in Connection With Venezuela Bribery Scheme

A partial owner of several Florida-based energy companies pleaded guilty to foreign bribery charges for his role in a scheme to corruptly secure contracts from Venezuela’s state-owned and state-controlled energy company, Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA).

Fernan... More...
   $0 (10-12-2017 - TX)

Jason Jeremy Matthew v. Layna Marie Matthew Bexar County Courthouse - San Antonio, Texas

After the trial court signed a default divorce decree, appellant, Jason Jeremy Matthews, filed a motion for new trial. The trial court granted the motion in part as to the division of community property. About one month later, the trial court signed a “Decree of Divorce Following Partial Granting of Motion for New Trial.” Jason’s second motion for new trial was overruled by operation of law. Jason... More...   $0 (10-11-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. William R. Whyte Western District of Virginia Federal Courthouse - Roanoke, Virginia

Roanoke, VA - Chief Executive Officer of Armored Vehicle Company Convicted of Defrauding the United States

A federal jury convicted the owner and chief executive officer of an armored vehicle company for his role in a scheme to provide the U.S. Department of Defense with armored gun trucks that did not meet ballistic and blast protection requirements set out in the company’s contracts wit... More...
   $0 (10-11-2017 - VA)

United States of America v. Evans Julien Eastern District of Florida Federal Courthouse - Miami, Florida

Miami, FL - Florida Resident Pleads Guilty to Stolen Identity Refund Fraud

A Lauderhill, Florida, man pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft and conspiring to use stolen IDs to file fraudulent tax returns.

According to documents filed with the court, from approximately 2008 through January 2015, in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties, Evens Julien and others, used stolen IDs, in... More...
   $0 (10-11-2017 - FL)

United States of America v. Monique Ellis Middle District of Tennessee - Estes Kefauver Federal Courthouse Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville, TN - Tennessee Woman Convicted of Stolen ID Refund Fraud

An Antioch, Tennessee, woman was convicted by a federal jury sitting in Nashville, Tennessee, of eight counts each of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

According to the indictment and evidence presented at trial, in January and February 2012, Monique Ellis, used stolen IDs, including those of prisoners h... More...
   $0 (10-11-2017 - TN)

United States of America v. Richard Weed United States Court of Appeals For The First Circuit - Boston, Massachusetts

Richard Weed, a securities lawyer,
wrote false opinion letters so that his two co-conspirators could
sell stock to the public in a "pump and dump" scheme.1 In
connection with this conduct, he was convicted of securities fraud,
wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit both. Following the jury's
guilty verdict, Weed moved for a judgment of acquittal. He argued
that the evidence w... More...
   $0 (10-11-2017 - MA)

United States of America v. Pacific Western Bank Eastern District of California Federal Courthouse - Fresno, California

Fresno, CA - Pacific Western Bank Pays $1.75 Million To Resolve Firrea Allegations Relating To Kinde Durkee Embezzlement Scheme

Pacific Western Bank (“PacWest”) has paid $1.75 million to resolve allegations that First California Bank, which PacWest acquired in 2013, violated Section 951 of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA), codified at 12 U.S... More...
   $1750000 (10-09-2017 - CA)

United States of America v. Shirley Ernestine Molina Northern District of California Federal Courthouse - San Jose, California

San Francisco, CA - Southern California Woman Sentenced To Almost Six Years In Prison For Role In Wire Fraud Scheme - Defendant defrauded victims of more than $6 million by lying about the existence of a sick heiress in need of medical care

Shirley Ernestine Molina was sentenced to 71 months in prison for wire fraud and for her role in a conspiracy to commit wire fraud, announced United ... More...
   $0 (10-09-2017 - CA)

Willis E. Urick, III v. Dana Urick as Trustee, etc.

A beneficiary filed a petition for instructions as to
whether the “no contest” clause of his mother’s trust had
been violated after his sister sought to reform the trust to
eliminate his interest. The sister, in her capacity as trustee,
filed a special motion to strike the petition under Code of
Civil Procedure section 425.16 (the anti-SLAPP statute),
which the probat... More...
   $0 (10-09-2017 - CA)

Brandon Michael Gibby v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. Oklahoma Supreme Court Courthouse - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

¶1 This appeal determines the constitutionality of section 57 of the Administrative Worker's Compensation Act (AWCA), found at title 85A of the Oklahoma Statutes. Following a review of the record on appeal, the transcripts of the proceedings below, and the briefs of the parties and amici, this Court holds the forfeiture provision found at section 57 of title 85A violates the adequate remedy provis... More...   $0 (10-08-2017 - OK)

United States of America v. Shirley Ernestine Molina Northern District of California Federal Courthouse - San Jose, California

San Jose, CA - Southern California Woman Sentenced To Almost Six Years In Prison For Role In Wire Fraud Scheme - Defendant defrauded victims of more than $6 million by lying about the existence of a sick heiress in need of medical care

Shirley Ernestine Molina was sentenced to 71 months in prison for wire fraud and for her role in a conspiracy to commit wire fraud, announced United State... More...
   $0 (10-07-2017 - CA)

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