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Luke Gannon v. State of Kansas (Kansas Public School Funding Case)

This is the fourth school finance decision involving these parties and Article 6 of the Kansas Constitution, which imposes a duty on the legislature to "make suitable provision for finance of the educational interests of the state." Kan. Const. art. 6, § 6(b). The plaintiffs filed suit in 2010 asserting that the State violated this constitutional requirement by inequitable and inadequate funding ... More...   $0 (03-03-2017 - KS)

United States of America v. Brandon Adam Leingang

Bismarck, ND - Solen North Dakota Man Sentenced for Theft of Farm Service Agency

Brandon Adam Leingang, 33, Solen, ND., was sentenced before Chief US District Judge Daniel L. Hovland to serve two (2) years of supervised release. Judge Hovland also ordered that Leingang pay restitution to be determined in 60 days, a $1000 fine, and a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victim’s Fund. Lein... More...
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Sweetwater Cattle Company, L.L.C. v. Leigh Murphy d/b/a Murphy Cattle Company

Leigh Murphy d/b/a Murphy Cattle Company appeals from the Bankruptcy
Court’s2 Orders holding that Sweetwater Cattle Company, L.L.C.’s lien in certain
cattle is superior to Murphy’s rights as an unpaid seller of the cattle. For the
reasons that follow, we AFFIRM.
This is a dispute over the validity and priority of interests in cattle. To
summarize, Leigh Murphy ... More...
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Craig S. Wilson appeals the ruling of the Leavenworth County District Court dismissing his habeas corpus petition contesting the decision of the Prisoner Review Board to deny him parole. On appeal, Wilson couches the review board's action as violating his equal protection and due process rights secured in the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. We disagree and affirm the distr... More...   $0 (02-26-2017 - KS)

Maria Cazorla, et al. v. Koch Foods of Mississippi, L.L.C.

Hispanic employees of Koch Foods (“Koch”), a poultry processor, allege harassment and abuse on the job. Koch claims they made up the allegations in order to get U visas, which are available to abuse victims who assist in government investigations. The company sought discovery of any information related to the employees’ U visa applications. Plaintiffs objected, pointing out that the discovery woul... More...   $0 (02-26-2017 - MS)

United States of America v. Weiquiang Zhang

Kansas City, KS - Kansas Agricultural Scientist Convicted in Theft of Engineered Rice

A federal jury returned guilty verdicts in the case of a Chinese scientist, who was charged with conspiring to steal samples of a variety of rice seeds from a Kansas biopharmaceutical research facility.

Weiqiang Zhang, 50, a Chinese national residing in Manhattan, Kansas, was convicted on one c... More...
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United States of America v. Roselyn Goodrum

Columbia, SC - Florence Woman Sentenced for Defrauding Farm Assistance Program

Roselyn Goodrum, age 47, of Florence, was sentenced to 27 months imprisonment after pleading guilty to Conspiracy, a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 371, regarding the administration of farm-related disaster benefits. She also was ordered to pay over $146,000 in restitution to the federal government. United States Dis... More...
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United States of America v. Julie M. Drake

Springfield, MO - Nevada Woman Pleads Guilty to Taking 'Food Stamps' for Meth, Cash

A Nevada, Mo., woman pleaded guilty to her role in a conspiracy to exchange “food stamps” for methamphetamine or cash.

Julie M. Drake, 48, of Nevada, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.

B... More...
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United States of America v. Deborah Petty

Dallas, TX - Federal Jury Convicts Woman in ID Theft Case

Defendant Stole Identities From Medical Clinic and Used That Info to Obtain Food Stamp Benefits

Following a three-day trial before Chief U.S. District Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn, a federal jury convicted Deborah Petty, 48, of Mesquite, Texas, on several identity theft offenses.

The jury convicted Petty on seven coun... More...
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United States of America v. Sergio Escobedo a/k/a Hugo

Albuquerque, NM - Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Federal Food Stamp Program

Sergio Escobedo, 37, of Albuquerque, N.M., entered a guilty plea this morning to defrauding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, more commonly known as the Food Stamp Program.

Escobedo is one of six defendants charged with defrauding the Food Stamp Program in a 32-count indictment ... More...
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United States of America v. Sandra Lee Bart, Wilian Socrate Cabrera and John James Svihel

Minneapolis, MN - Ohio Woman Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Conspiring to Exploit Foreign Workers at Minnesota Farm

SANDRA LEE BART, 69, to five years in prison for requiring foreign workers on temporary H-2A work visas to pay illegal fees and kickbacks. BART was found guilty by a jury of conspiring with others to commit fraud.

Co-defendant WILIAN SOCRATE CABRERA pleaded g... More...
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United States of America, (Bureau of Land Management) v. Barthelmess Ranch Corporation; Double O Ranch, Inc.; Lela M. French; William R. French; Conni D. French; Craig R. French; M Cross Cattle Company

In Montana’s ongoing water rights claims adjudication proceedings, the BLM
filed six water right claims related to five reservoirs and one natural pothole. The five
reservoir claims are based in Montana law while the Pothole Lake claim is based upon a
federal reservation of lands. The water sources are located wholly or partially on federal
land, and the BLM claims the right ... More...
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United States of America v. Abdoulaye Diallo

Philadelphia, PA - Philadelphia Man Found Guilty Of Defrauding The Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

A federal jury in Philadelphia convicted Abdoulaye Diallo on all counts of an indictment charging him with defrauding the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, and with conspiring to do so, announced Acting Unit... More...
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United States of America v. LaShane Hayes

Nashville, TN - Former Director of Child and Adult Care Food Program Sponsor Agency Pleads Guilty to $1.5 Million Fraud

LaShane Hayes, 44, of La Vergne, Tennessee, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and wire fraud after being charged with defrauding the United States Department of Agriculture’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) through her sponsor agency, All About Giving, Inc.

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United States of America v. Tonique Hatton

Little Rock, AR - Former DHS Employee Sentenced to Prison in Scheme to Steal USDA Funds Intended to Feed Hungry Children & Little Rock Man Pleads Guilty in Same Scheme

United States District Court Judge James M. Moody Jr., sentenced Tonique Hatton, 39, of North Little Rock, to prison for her role in a widespread scheme to steal money intended for feeding children in low income areas.
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In 2012, a jury convicted Wilson of one count of aiding and abetting the manufacture of methamphetamine, a severity level 1 nonperson felony in violation of K.S.A. 2011 Supp. 21-5703(a) and K.S.A. 2011 Supp. 21-5210(a). Wilson moved for a downward durational and/or dispositional departure, claiming that he played a minor role in the crime and that the degree of harm or loss attributed the crime wa... More...   $0 (12-28-2016 - KS)

United States of America v. Nikesh A. Patel

Chicago, IL - Chief Executive of Florida-Based Financial Firm Guilty of Fraud in $179 Million Sham Loan Scheme

The CEO of a Florida-based financial firm has pleaded guilty to fraud charges in connection with the sale of $179 million in sham loans to a Milwaukee investment company.

NIKESH A. PATEL was the Chief Executive Officer of First Farmers Financial LLC when the company sold... More...
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BoDe Tower is an Oklahoma limited liability company which owns a tract of land in the Gooseneck Bend area of Muskogee County. The property lies less than three miles outside of the City of Muskogee near a sharp meander in the Arkansas River. In 2009, BoDe Tower began the process of securing authorization from state and federal officials for the construction of a telecommunications tower on the tra... More...   $0 (12-08-2016 - OK)


Defendants-Appellants Murshed and Algahaim worked at a
small grocery store called D&D Grocery and Deli (“D&D”) in
Hudson, New York. Murshed represented himself to be the
owner of D&D. D&D was approved by the United States
Department of Agriculture to redeem SNAP benefits for food
items. SNAP benefits are provided to eligible recipients
through the use of an electronic... More...
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Syngenta Seeds, Inc. v. County of Kauai

Kauai County passed Ordinance 960 to regulate pesticides
and genetically engineered (GE) plants. The Ordinance
requires commercial farmers to maintain “buffer zones”
between crops to which pesticides are applied and certain
surrounding properties, provide notifications before and after
applying pesticides, and file annual reports disclosing the
cultivation of GE crops. We m... More...
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United States of America v. Timothy G. Fisher

Chicago, IL - President of Florida-Based Financial Firm Guilty of Money Laundering in $179 Million Sham Loan Scheme

The president of a Florida-based financial firm has pleaded guilty to a money laundering charge in connection with the sale of $179 million in sham loans to a Milwaukee investment company.

TIMOTHY G. FISHER was the president and chief operating officer of First Farm... More...
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Mustang Run Wind Project, LLC, (Mustang) filed an application with the Osage County Board of Adjustment for a conditional use permit involving between 9,406 and 9,453 acres of land. Mustang proposed to use the land for placing sixty-eight wind turbines on less than 150 acres and generating electricity.1 Public meetings on the proposed wind energy facility were held in April and May 2014. The prop... More...   $0 (11-13-2016 - OK)

United States of America v. Gerhard L. Felts a/k/a Gary Felts d/b/a Black Diamond Kennel MoreLaw Television The Consequences Of Lying To Federal Agents by Kent Morlan

Cedar Rapids, IA - Black Diamond Dog Kennel Owner Sentenced For Making False Statements

A northwest Iowa man who owed a monetary penalty to the United States for numerous violations of animal welfare regulations at his kennel was sentenced to 3 years’ probation for lying to the government about his assets and income.

Gerhard (“Gary”) Felts, age 61, from Kingsley, Iowa, was senten... More...
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In 2014, the Federal Government indicted former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen McDonnell, on bribery charges. The charges related to the acceptance by the McDonnells of $175,000 in loans, gifts, and other benefits from Virginia businessman Jonnie Williams, while Governor McDonnell was in office. Williams was the chief executive officer of Star Scientific, a Virginia-bas... More...   $0 (10-23-2016 - DC)

United States of America v. Bruce A. Endicott

Portland, OR - Former Government Employee Convicted of Defrauding Department of Veterans Affairs

Judge Also Orders Restitution for Welfare Fraud and Threatens Maximum Sentence if Probation is Violated

A former employee of the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office and the Oregon Department of Justice was sentenced to probation for his theft of more than $56,000 from the U.S... More...
   $0 (10-23-2016 - OR)

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