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United States of America v. Charles Turner and Donald Kevin Collins Eastern District of Tennessee Courthouse - Greeneville, TN

Greenville, TN - Charles Turner and Donald Kevin Collins Sentenced for Mail Fraud Conspiracy to Defraud Mountain Empire Surgery Center

On May 23, 2018, two individuals were sentenced by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Judge, for their roles in a conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Donald Kevin Collins, 41, of Elizabethton, Tennessee, was sentenced to serve 51 months in federal ... More...
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United States of America v. Tyler Barriss, Casey Viner and Shan Gaskill District of Kansas Federal Courthouse - Wichita, Kansas

Wichita, KS - Federal Charges Filed In Deadly Wichita Swatting Case

A federal indictment unsealed here today charges three men in a “swatting” incident where false reports to police and emergency services set off a chain of events that led to a Wichita man being shot and killed, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

The indictment alleges the defendants are responsible for hoax ... More...
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Ivan Arnold v. Homeaway, Inc. Western District of Texas Federal Courthouse - San Antonio, Texas

Plaintiffs Ivan Arnold and Deirdre Seim filed separate lawsuits against
Defendant HomeAway, Inc.
1 In each case, HomeAway sought to compel arbitration. Concluding that both Seim and Arnold are bound to arbitrate threshold arbitrability questions, we REVERSE the judgment of the district court in Arnold’s case and AFFIRM the judgment in Seim’s. We REMAND both cases with instructions to compe... More...
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United States of America v. Jack Jim Clark Northern District of Oklahoma Federal Courthouse Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa, OK - FORMER PRESIDENT OF SAPULPA /OKLAHOMA CITY OIL DISTRIBUTOR COMPANY SENTENCED IN $10 MILLION DOLLAR TAX REFUND AND MAIL FRAUD SCHEME

The former president of Clark Oil Distributors, Inc. located in both Sapulpa and Oklahoma City, was sentenced on May 23, 2018 by U.S. District Judge Claire V. Eagan to five years in federal prison for filing over $10,000,000 in false excise tax re... More...
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United States of America v. Dawn Chapelle Cottman District of Maryland Federal Courthouse - Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore, MD - Baltimore County Tax Preparer Found Guilty Of Filing False Tax Returns And Identity Theft

On May 22, 2018, a federal jury has convicted Dawn Chapelle Cottman, age 45, of Owings Mills, Maryland of fourteen counts of filing false tax returns, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. Cottman owned a tax preparation business called 40 AM Tax Service, which she operated from ... More...
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Kevin C. Rotkiske v. Paul KLemm, Esq., d/b/a Nudleman, Klemm & Golub, P.C. Eastern District of Pennsylvania Federal Courthouse - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

This appeal requires us to determine when the statute of limitations begins to run under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA or Act), 91 Stat. 874, 15 U.S.C. § 1692 et seq. The Act states that “[a]n action to enforce any liability created by this subchapter may be brought in any appropriate United States district court . . . within one year from the date on which the violation occurs.” 1... More...   $0 (05-23-2018 - PA)

Professional Collection Consultants v. Robert M. Lujan

Professional Collection Consultants (PCC) filed this action to collect credit card
debt that Lujan incurred. The parties agree that if Delaware’s three-year statute of
limitations applies the action is time-barred, but that if California’s four-year statute
applies the case is timely filed. The trial court applied the Delaware statute, granting
summary judgment on statute of limita... More...
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United States of America v. Atheir Amarrah Eastern District of Michigan Federal Courthouse - Detroit, Michigan

Detroit, MI - Michigan Home Health Agency Owner Pleads Guilty to Charges for Role in Medicare Kickback Scheme

Michigan Home Health Agency Owner Pleads Guilty to Charges for Role in Medicare Kickback Scheme

The owner of a Michigan home health agency pleaded guilty today to charges for his role in a scheme involving Medicare claims for home health services that were procured throug... More...
   $0 (05-22-2018 - MI)

United States of America v. Salvatore Demeo Eastern District of New York Federal Courthouse - Central Islip, New York

Brooklyn, NY - lleged Mafia Soldier Pleads Guilty to Attempted Tax Evasion

Salvatore Demeo Failed to Report More Than $2 Million in Capital Gains from Lucrative Real Estate Sales

On May 21, 2018, Salvatore Demeo, an alleged member of the Genovese organized crime family of La Cosa Nostra, pled guilty at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn to attempted tax evasion. At the guilty pl... More...
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United States of America v. Marina Burman Southern District of New York - New York, New York

New York, NY - David Raymond Lewis, Stephen J. Ritchin, and Won S. Shin

Marina Burman was sentenced on May 17, 2018 to 36 months in prison. BURMAN, the former president of a medical supply company, submitted approximately $3.4 million in fraudulent bills to the New York State Medicaid Program, falsely claiming to have dispensed adult diapers and other medical supplies that were not med... More...
   $0 (05-21-2018 - NY)

STATE OF OHIO vs. THIOTIS GREENE Ohio Court of Appeals

Following a traffic stop on January 8, 2016, appellant was arrested for driving
without a driver’s license. During an inventory search of the vehicle, officers recovered
marijuana and a substance they suspected to be crack cocaine.
{¶3} Appellant made an initial appearance via video conference on January 12, 2016.
The trial court declared appellant to be indigent and assigned... More...
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United States of America v. Isabel Kesari Gervais Northern District of Alabama Federal Courthouse - Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham, AL - Claimed Naturopathic Doctor Sentenced to 75 months

A federal judge on May 15, 2018 sentenced a woman who falsely claimed to be a naturopathic doctor to 75 months for defrauding patients at a Hoover clinic in 2015.

U.S. District Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala sentenced ISABEL KESARI GERVAIS, 61, on one count of wire fraud affecting a financial institution, one coun... More...
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United States of America v. Nakia Palmer and Nathaniel Palmer Middle District of Alabama Federal Courthouse - Montgomery, Alabama

Montgomery, AL - Former Social Security Administration Employee and Husband Sentenced to Prison for Committing Public Benefit Fraud

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 for... More...
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United States of America v. Effingham Health System Southern District of Georgia Federal Courthouse - Savannah, Georgia

Savannah, GA - Southern District Of Georgia Announces Largest Hospital Drug Diversion Civil Penalty Settlement in U.S. History

In the nation’s largest settlement of its kind involving allegations of drug diversion at a hospital, Effingham Health System has agreed to pay the United States $4.1 million to resolve allegations that Effingham Health System failed to provide effective controls ... More...
   $4100000 (05-21-2018 - GA)

United States of America v. Rasheed Abiodun Akanni District of Rhode Island Federal Courthouse - Providence, Rhode Island

Rasheed Abiodun Akanni challenges the sufficiency of the evidence supporting his conviction for marriage fraud in violation of 8 U.S.C. § 1325(c), which prohibits "knowingly enter[ing] into a marriage for the purpose of evading any provision of the immigration laws." He does not challenge his felony convictions for making false statements to immigration officials. We affirm.1
The evidence pres... More...
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United States of America v. Rocky Hutson District of Colorado Federal Courthouse - Denver, Colorado

Denver, CO - Western Slope Sovereign Citizen Sentenced to Federal Prison for Bank Fraud and Related Crimes

Rocky Hutson, age 59, of Grand Junction, Colorado, and a self-proclaimed sovereign citizen, was sentenced to serve 70 months (nearly 6 years) in federal prison for false claims, creating fictious financial instruments and bank fraud, U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer, FBI Denver Division Spec... More...
   $0 (05-19-2018 - CO)

United States of America v. Shawn Patrick Watkins United States District Court for the Southern District of California - Santa Ana, California

Santa Ana, CA - Missouri Man Pleads Guilty in $3.4 Million Real Estate Investment Scheme that Targeted Orange County Investors

A Missouri man who formerly served as a law enforcement reservist has pleaded guilty to a federal fraud offense and admitted operating a real estate scheme in Orange County that bilked dozens of Southern California investors who collectively suffered approximately... More...
   $0 (05-19-2018 - CA)

United States of America v. Eleno Quinteos, Jr. Southern District of California Federal Courthouse - San Diego, California

San Diego, CA - Airline Staffing Executive Sentenced to Prison for Years of Immigration Fraud

Eleno Quinteros, Jr., the former vice president of operations for two airline mechanic staffing companies, was sentenced today to 12 months in prison for making false statements in support of legal permanent resident petitions for dozens of the companies’ mechanics.

Quinteros previously... More...
   $0 (05-18-2018 - CA)

United States of America v. Christopher Goff Southern District of New York - New York, New York

New York, NY - Former Mobile Phone Industry Manager Sentenced In Manhattan Federal Court To 30 Months In Prison For Role In Multimillion-Dollar Consumer Fraud Scheme

Christopher Goff was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for his participation in a fraudulent scheme to charge mobile phone customers millions of dollars in monthly fees for unsolicited, recurring text messages without t... More...
   $0 (05-18-2018 - NY)

United States of America v. Ruslans Bondars Eastern District of Virginia - Federal Courthouse - Alexandria, Virginia

Richmond, VA - Cyber-Criminal Residing in Latvia Convicted for Role in Operation of Counter Antivirus Service “Scan4you”
Criminal Service Helped Hackers Evade Defenses of U.S. Businesses

A federal jury on May 16, 2018 convicted a Latvian “non-citizen,” meaning a citizen of the former USSR who had been residing in Riga, Latvia, of three counts related to his operation of “Scan4you,” a... More...
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Charles E. Yeager v. Peter Holt

Defendants Peter Holt, Holt Law Firm, and Bethany Holt (collectively Holt,
except as noted) appeal from an order denying their special motion to strike (also known
as an anti-SLAPP--Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation--motion).1
Peter Holt
and his law firm briefly represented Charles E. and Victoria Yeager (collectively Yeager,
except as noted) and successfully sued... More...
   $0 (05-17-2018 - CA)

United States of America v. Tirrell Perry Thomas, et al. Western District of Michigan Federal Courthouse - Grand Rapids, Michigan

Grand Rapids, MI - 18 Defendants Sentenced In Bank Card Scheme

Tirrell Thomas, the Michigan leader of the scheme, sent to prison for 102 months

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 for 18 par... More...
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GREEN MEADOW REALTY CO. v. GILLOCK

This case concerns a dispute between Green Meadow Realty Co. (Realtor) and Roger and Mary Gillock (Owners) over Realtor's right to a commission. The trial court and Court of Civil Appeals resolved this dispute in favor of Realtor on the basis of the summary judgment record presented by the parties. Both courts found Owners were bound by an addendum to the listing agreement, even though it containe... More...   $0 (05-15-2018 - OK)

Green Tree Servicing, LLC v. Henry House; Linda Murrell Southern District of Mississippi - Federal Courthouse - Jackson, Mississippi

Henry House, Linda Murrell (the House Parties), and other plaintiffs
sued Green Tree Servicing and various other entities (the Green Tree Parties)
in a related action.1 The Green Tree Parties initiated the present suit in
1 Green Tree Servicing, L.L.C. v. Billy Brown, No. 17-60105.
Case: 17-60164 Document: 00514471076 Page: 1 Date Filed: 05/14/2018
No. 17-60164
2
federa... More...
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United States of America v. Jose Tomas Castillo-Garza and Charles Daniel Lynn Western District of Oklahoma Federal Courthouse - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK - United States of America and Jose Tomas Castillo-Garza and Charles Daniel Lynn

Federal Inmate and Correctional Officer Sentenced for Bribery

JOSE TOMAS CASTILLO-GARZA, 40, and CHARLES DANIEL LYNN, 34, of El Reno, Oklahoma, have been sentenced to federal prison for a bribery scheme.

According to an indictment filed on August 16, 2017, Castillo-Garza wa... More...
   $0 (05-15-2018 - OK)

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