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United States of America v. Karla Justice, a/k/a Karla Jessee Western District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - Springfield, Missouri

Springfield, MO - Jasper School District Employee Pleads Guilty to $145,000 Embezzlement Scheme

An employee of the Jasper R-5 School District pleaded guilty in federal court on February 7, 2018 to embezzling more than $145,000 from the district.

Karla Justice, also known as Karla Jessee, 55, of Columbus, Kan., waived her right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. Magist... More...
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United States of America v. Mark Arlin Hammerschmidt District of Minnesota Federal Courthouse - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Mark Arlin Hammerschmidt (Mark) pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy
to defraud the United States in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 286 and was sentenced to 135
months’ imprisonment. Ornella Angelina Hammerschmidt (Ornella) pleaded guilty
to one count of making false claims for refunds in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 287 and
was sentenced to 48 months’ imprisonment. The Hammerschmidts ... More...
   $0 (02-08-2018 - MN)

United States of America v. David E. Schultz Eastern District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis, MO - St. Louis County Man Sentenced for Scamming Individuals

David E. Schultz defrauded multiple victims by falsely stating that he could provide various legal remedies to them. He demanded victims provide him cash or assets, such as jewelry, gold, silver, and other items of value that could quickly be converted into cash in exchange for future services. Schultz demanded victi... More...
   $0 (02-07-2018 - MO)

United States of America v. Peteris Sahurovs aka Piotrek and Sagade The Leading Provider of Fully Equipped, Ready To Use Office Space worldwide. 1-877-317-8269

Minneapolis, MN - Latvian National Pleads Guilty to “Scareware” Hacking Scheme That Targeted Minneapolis Star Tribune Website

A Latvian man pleaded guilty on February 6, 2018 in Minneapolis for participating in a lucrative “scareware” hacking scheme that targeted visitors to the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s website.

Peteris Sahurovs aka Piotrek and Sagade, 28, pleaded guilty to o... More...
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Margery Newman v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Northern District of Illinois Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

At age 56, Margery Newman purchased
a long-term care insurance plan from the Metropolitan
Life Insurance Company (“MetLife”). She opted for one of
MetLife’s non-standard options for paying her insurance premiums;
MetLife called the method she selected “Reduced-Pay
at 65.” When Newman was 67 years old, she was startled to
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discover that MetLife that year mor... More...
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United States of America v. Gavino Rivera-Herrera, Luciano Vega-Martínez, Alfonso Gonzalez Nevarez, and René Garay Rodríguez District of Puerto Rico Federal Courthouse - San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan, PR - School Bus Company Owners Sentenced to Prison for Bid Rigging and Fraud Involving Puerto Rico Public School Bus Services

Four owners of school bus transportation companies were sentenced on February 6, 2018 for participating in bid rigging and fraud conspiracies related to school bus transportation contracts in Puerto Rico, the Department of Justice announced.

Gavi... More...
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United States of America v. Andre Bernard Eastern District of Florida Federal Courthouse - Miami, Florida

Tampa, FL - New York Man Sentenced to 87 Months for Multi-State Biodiesel Fraud Scheme

Andre Bernard, 65, of Mount Kisco, NY was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud, making false statements related to the Clean Air Act, and his participation in a multi-state scheme to defraud biodiesel buyers and U.S. taxpayers by fraudulently selling biodiesel cre... More...
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United States of America v. Monique Ellis Middle District of Tennessee - Estes Kefauver Federal Courthouse Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville, TN - Antioch, Tennessee Woman Sentenced To Six Years In Prison For Stolen ID Refund Fraud

An Antioch, Tennessee, woman was sentenced on January 29, 2018 to six years in prison for wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice D... More...
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United States of America v. Sylvia Rebecca Smith Western District of Kentucky Federal Courthouse - Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville, KY - Former CFO Of Insurance Brokerage Company Sentenced To 37 Months In Prison And Agreed To Pay $674,093 In Restitution For Embezzlement And Tax Evasion

Money supported a family owned business, personal expenses and gambling activity

The former Chief Financial Officer of Market Finders Insurance Corporation was sentenced on February 5, 2018 in United States District... More...
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United States of America v. Talman Harri Northern District of Ohio Courthouse - Cleveland, Ohio

Talman Harris appeals his criminal convictions and sentences,
arguing that the district court erred by: (1) barring Harris from impeaching a government
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witness; (2) admitting government summary evidence; (3) giving an inaccurate jury instruction
with regard to a stockbroker’s fiduciary duties; and (4) failing to investigate potential... More...
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Charles J. Trois v. Apple Tree Auction Center, Inc.; Samuel Schnaidt Western District of Texas Federal Courthouse - San Antonio, Texas

This appeal presents issues of personal jurisdiction and venue. A Texas citizen sued Ohio citizens in a Texas court based on two distinct claims: first, breach of a contract executed and performed in Ohio; and second, fraudulent misrepresentation made during a conference call from Ohio to Texas. The question thus before us is whether the Texas court may properly assert personal jurisdiction over t... More...   $0 (02-05-2018 - TX)

Jana Davidson, et al. v. Fairchild Controls Corporation Southern District of Texas Courthouse - Houston, Texas

Two of the plaintiffs were injured when oil from an airplane’s air cycle machine leaked into the cabin, causing smoke and fumes to fill the cockpit during their flight. The plaintiffs brought suit against several defendants. The district court granted summary judgment to defendant Fairchild Controls Corporation on a design-defect claim due to a lack of adequate expert testimony that a feasible alt... More...   $0 (02-05-2018 - TX)

United States of America v. Richard Thomas Zieske Western District of Washington Federal Courthouse - Seattle, Washington

Seattle, WA - Repeat Investment Fraudster Convicted of Wire Fraud, Securities Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft
Victims met Defendant through Martial Arts Studio; Defendant lied about Criminal Past and Stole Disabled Man’s Retirement Savings

A federal jury convicted RICHARD THOMAS ZIESKE, a Renton man who presented himself as an investment advisor, of eight federal felonie... More...
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Dana Jennifer Engstrom v. James McCarthy

¶1 Dana Engstrom (“Mother”) and James McCarthy (“Father”)
both challenge the parenting time and legal decision-making terms of the
decree dissolving their marriage. Because we find their Arizona Rule of
Family Law Procedure (“Rule”) 69 agreement binding and no explanation
in the record for any modification, we vacate the legal decision-making and
parenting time orders and reman... More...
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United States of America v. Nathaniel Itimi, Lewis Akpomofune, Richard Omoh Okiki Western District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Austin, Texas

Austin, TX - Seven Sentenced in Money Laundering Scheme Involving Proceeds from Multiple Foreign Scams that Targeted U.S. Victims

One Additional Extradited Co-conspirator Pleaded Guilty in Federal Court Yesterday in Austin

In Austin on February 2, 2018, a federal judge sentenced two Nigerian citizens and a Houston man to federal prison for their roles in a money laundering conspi... More...
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John Lane v. Joan Bell

To prevail in a malicious prosecution action under California law, a malicious
prosecution plaintiff (the defendant in the underlying action) must show that (1) the
plaintiff in the underlying action pursued a claim with subjective malice, (2) the claim
was brought without objective probable cause, and (3) the underlying action was
terminated on the merits in favor of the defendant... More...
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United States of America v. Raymond Juiwen Ho Eastern District of Virginia - Federal Courthouse - Alexandria, Virginia

Vienna, VA - Former Virginia Attorney Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison for Laundering and Attempting to Launder Over $2 Million

A former Vienna, Virginia attorney was sentenced on February 2, 2018 to 84 months in prison for conspiring to launder over $2 million dollars derived from a business email compromise scheme and for attempting to launder funds he believed to be the proceeds of smu... More...
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Juan Gonzales v. Wayne Bill Lew

Code of Civil Procedure section 9981 is a cost-shifting
statute designed to encourage parties to settle their lawsuits
prior to trial by punishing a party that refuses a reasonable
settlement offer. In order to trigger section 998, a settlement offer
must be clear, in that it must allow the party receiving the offer
to evaluate whether the party making the offer is likely to ob... More...
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United States of America v. Margie Lou Franz District of Maryland Federal Courthouse - Greenbelt, Maryland

Greenbelt, MD - 73 Year Old Pennsylvania Woman Sentenced To 21 Months In Prison For Wire Fraud

On January 26, 2018, United States District Judge Paula Xinis sentenced Margie Lou Franz, age 73, of Warfordsburg, Pennsylvania to 21 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for wire fraud. Xinis also ordered Franz to pay $970,964.76 in restitution.

According t... More...
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United States of America ex rel. White v. Orthopaedic and Neuro Imaging, LLC (ONI) District of Delaware Federal Courthouse - Wilmington, Deleware

Wilmington, DE - United States Obtains $16.2 Million Judgment Against MRI Provider For Submitting False Claims

The U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware entered judgment in the amount of $16,223,091.38 against Orthopaedic and Neuro Imaging LLC (ONI) for submitting false claims for Medicare reimbursement. Under the terms of the judgment, ONI’s owner, Richard Pfarr, is jointly a... More...
   $16223091 (02-02-2018 - DE)

United States of America v. Sean Jelen Middle District of Pennsylvania Federal Courthouse - Scranton, Pennsylvania

Scranton, NJ - Former CEO Of Scranton Federal Credit Union Sentenced To 70 Months’ Imprisonment

United States District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion sentenced Sean Jelen, age 35, of Breezy Point, NY, to 70 months’ imprisonment and four years of supervised release on January 31, 2018, for bank fraud and attempted bank fraud offenses.

According to United States Attorney David J. F... More...
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United States of America v. Sowrabh Sharma District of New Jersey Federal Courthouses

Newark, NJ - Owner Of Information Technology Companies Admits Visa Fraud And Tax Crimes

An owner of two IT staffing and consulting companies on February 1, 2018 admitted using phony documents to fraudulently obtain H1-B visas for foreign workers and submitting false tax returns.

Sowrabh Sharma, 33, of New York, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty in Newark fed... More...
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United States of America v. Michael Pilate District of New Jersey Federal Courthouses

Camden, NJ - Pleasantville Guidance Counselor Admits Health Care Fraud Conspiracy Targeting State Health Benefits Programs

A guidance counselor with the Pleasantville public school district today admitted defrauding New Jersey state health benefits programs and other insurers out of over $3 million by submitting fraudulent claims for medically unnecessary prescriptions, U.S. Attorney Crai... More...
   $0 (02-01-2018 - NJ)

United States of America v. Amy Lynn Holmes District of Maine Federal Courthouse - Bangor, Maine

Bangor, ME - Calais Woman Sentenced to Two Months for Stealing Social Security Benefits

Amy Lynn Holmes, 46, of Calais, Maine was sentenced on January 31, 2018 in U.S District Court by Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. to two months in prison and three years of supervised release for stealing over $96,000 in Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. SSI benefits are paid to people with limi... More...
   $33821 (02-01-2018 - ME)

United States of America v. John M. Hairabet, Jr. District of Rhode Island Federal Courthouse - Providence, Rhode Island

Providence, RI - Financial Management Consultant Sentenced for Embezzling Medical Firm & Employee Pension Funds

A former office manager of New England Anesthesiologists, Inc., and president of Anesthesia Management Consultants, LLC, was sentenced on January 29, 2018 to 37 months in federal prison for embezzling more than $700,000 dollars from bank accounts belonging to the medical firm an... More...
   $0 (02-01-2018 - RI)

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