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Luis Gonzales v. John R. Mathis

Luis Gonzalez, a professional window washer, filed a
premises liability action against John Mathis. Mathis moved for
summary judgment, arguing that Gonzalez’s status as an
independent contractor precluded his claims. The trial court
granted the motion. We reverse, concluding there are triable
issues of fact whether Mathis can be held liable for Gonzalez’s
injuries.
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United States of America v. Denna Chambers, aka Denna Rice and Starsheka Mixon Eastern District of California Federal Courthouse - Sacramento, California

Sacramento, CA - Two Northern California Women Plead Guilty to Conspiracy to Fraudulently Obtain Tax Refunds

Denna Chambers, aka Denna Rice, 35, of Fairfield, pleaded guilty on February 15, 2018 to one count of conspiring to defraud the United States, United States Attorney McGregor Scott announced. Co-defendant, Starsheka Mixon, 34, of Pinole, previously pleaded guilty to the same charge... More...
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Kenton L. Crowley; John A. Flores v. EpiCept Corporation Southern District of California Federal Courthouse - San Diego, California

This appeal follows the trial on Drs. Crowley and Flores’s
(the Doctors) claims against EpiCept Corporation (EpiCept)
for breach of contract, breach of the implied covenant of good
faith and fair dealing, and fraud. The Doctors’ claims arise
from their assignment to EpiCept of two patents for a non-
FDA approved drug (referred to as “NP-2”) and EpiCept’s
failure to develop ... More...
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Dariusz Jaworski, Boguslaw Moskal and Ryszard Bester v. Master Hand Contractors, Inc., et al. Northern District of Illinois Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

Dariusz Jaworski, Boguslaw Moskal, and Ryszard Bester were never paid for construction services they performed for Master Hand Contractors, Inc. They filed this lawsuit to force Master Hand to pay up. The district court sided with the plaintiffs through two partial summary
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judgments and a bench trial. Liability in the neighborhood of
$340,000 now hangs over Master Hand’s ... More...
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United States of America v. Richard Pinedo Federal Courthouse - District of Columbia

Washington, DC - Defendant Pleads Guilty to Selling Bank Accounts To Russian Hackers

The United States of America charged Richard Pinedo, age 28, with identity fraud in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1028 when the sold bank accounts to Russians who used the accounts to launder money for use in Russia's efforts to defeat Hillary Clinton's campaign to become President of the United States.

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Digital Ally, Inc. v. Utility Associates, Inc. District of Kansas Courthouse - Kansas City, Kansas

Plaintiff-Appellant Digital Ally, Inc. appeals from the district court’s grant of
summary judgment in favor of Defendant-Appellee Utility Associates, Inc. Digital
Ally, Inc. v. Utility Assocs., Inc., No. 2:14-cv-02262-CM, 2017 WL 1197561 (D.
Kan. Mar. 30, 2017). Exercising jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1291, we affirm.1
Background
This case concerns two companies who sell in-c... More...
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State of Missouri v. Phillip Douglas and Jennifer M. Gaulter Jackson County Courthouse - Kansas City, Missouri

The state appeals from the circuit court’s order sustaining the defendants’ motions
to suppress all evidence seized pursuant to a warrant authorizing search of a residence for
stolen items. The state admits an officer submitted a prepared search warrant form, which
was then executed by a circuit judge, authorizing a search for any deceased human fetus
or corpse despite the fact the... More...
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United States of America v. Leaford George Cameron Eastern District of Pennsylvania Federal Courthouse - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA - Jury Convicts Attorney-Imposter Who Operated Fraudulent Nationwide Law Practice

A federal jury on February 13, 2018 returned guilty verdicts on all counts against Leaford George Cameron, 65, of Burlington, New Jersey, in connection with his operation of a fraudulent nationwide law practice. Cameron was convicted of one count of mail fraud, two counts of wire fraud, and ... More...
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United States of America v. Jessica Arong O'Brien Northern District of Illinois Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, IL - Federal Jury Convicts Illinois Attorney in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

A federal jury on February 15, 2018 convicted an Illinois attorney of fraudulently obtaining loans related to the purchase, maintenance and sale of properties on Chicago’s South Side.

JESSICA ARONG O’BRIEN fraudulently caused lenders to issue and refinance approximately $1.4 million in mortgage and com... More...
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United States of America v. Karen Pogosian United States District Court for the Southern District of California - Santa Ana, California

Santa Ana, CA - Sun Valley Resident Sentenced to 54 Months Imprisonment for Role in International Money Laundering and Identity Theft Scheme Involving $14 Million in Fraudulent Tax Refunds

A Sun Valley man was sentenced on February 11, 2018 to 54 months imprisonment for his participation in a large-scale international identity theft scheme that fraudulently obtained tax refunds by using b... More...
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United States of America v. Tien Chau District of Massachusetts Federal Courthouse - Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, MA - Operator of Massachusetts Temp Agency Pleads Guilty to Employment Tax Fraud and Obstructing The IRS

A Massachusetts temporary employment agency operator pleaded guilty on February 15, 2018 in Boston federal district court to an indictment charging him with conspiring to defraud the government, failing to pay over employment taxes and obstructing the internal revenue laws.
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United States of America v. Chaka LeChar Castro and Juan Olaya Eastern District of Michigan Federal Courthouse - Detroit, Michigan

In December 2014, a string of home invasions struck Dallas,
Texas. Law enforcement focused their investigation on Chaka Castro and Juan Fernando Olaya.
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No. 17-1590 United States v. Castro, et al. Page 2
Texas courts issued warrants to search their phones. Consistent with the warrants, state officers
conducted detailed searches of Castro’s phones and a cursory search of Olaya’... More...
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United States of America v. Rosa Nevarez-Fallad Northern District of Iowa Federal Courthouse - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cedar Rapids, IA - Mexican Woman Sentenced to Prison for Using a Fraudulent Social Security Card to Get a Job

A Mexican woman who aided and abetted her husband in absconding from justice in Nebraska and assumed a new identity in Iowa was sentenced on February 14, 2018, to three months in federal prison.

Rosa Nevarez-Fallad, age 60, a citizen of Mexico and lawful permanent residen... More...
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United States of America v. Daniel Thomas Hersl and Marcus Roosevelt Taylor District of Maryland Federal Courthouse - Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore, MD - Two Baltimore City Police Officers Convicted In Federal Racketeering Conspiracy

Officers Hersl and Taylor Robbed Victims, Filed False Affidavits and Made Fraudulent Overtime Claims

On February 12, 2018 a federal jury has convicted Detective Daniel Thomas Hersl, age 47, of Joppa, Maryland and Detective Marcus Roosevelt Taylor, age 30, of Glen Burnie, Maryland for r... More...
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United States of America v. Vladimir Drinkman and Dmitriy Smilianets District of New Jersey Federal Courthouses

Newark, NJ - Two Russian Nationals Sentenced to Prison for Massive Data Breach Conspiracy
Hackers Targeted Major Payment Processors, Retailers and Financial Institutions Around the World

Two Russian nationals were sentenced yesterday to federal prison terms for their respective roles in a worldwide hacking and data breach scheme that targeted major corporate networks, compromised 160 ... More...
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United States of America v. Raphael A. Sanchez Western District of Washington Federal Courthouse - Seattle, Washington

Seattle, WA - Former ICE Chief Counsel Pleads Guilty to Using the Identities of Numerous Aliens for Wire Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft Scheme

Former Chief Counsel Raphael A. Sanchez of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Office of Principal Legal Advisor pleaded guilty today for a wire fraud and aggravated identity theft scheme involving the identities of numerous alien... More...
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Charles Borkert, Penelope Sturm-Borkert and Alamo Turf Farms, Inc. v. Wieslawa Tworek Bexar County Courthouse - San Antonio, Texas

In this breach of contract suit, the jury found that Appellants Charles Borkert, Penelope Sturm-Borkert, and Alamo Turf Farms, Inc. (the Borkerts) breached the Agreement with Appellee Wieslawa Tworek. The jury awarded Tworek damages for breach of the Agreement, damages for promissory estoppel, and attorney’s fees. The trial court rendered judgment on the verdict and the Borkerts appeal. Because th... More...   $0 (02-15-2018 - TX)

United States of America v. Bret Broussard Western District of Louisiana Federal Courthouse - Lafayette, Louisiana

Bret Broussard pled guilty to violating 18 U.S.C. § 242, which is the offense of depriving another of his rights while acting under color of law. Broussard, while serving as a lieutenant in a Louisiana Sheriff’s Office, had failed to intervene while a prisoner in a parish jail was beaten by other officers. On appeal, Broussard argues that his guilty plea was invalid and that his sentence was proce... More...   $0 (02-15-2018 - LA)

United States of America v. Ofelia Ronquillo District of Nevada Federal Courthouse - Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, NV - Nevada Return Preparer Pleads Guilty to Filing More Than $2.7 Million in Fraudulent Tax Returns

A Las Vegas, Nevada, tax return preparer pleaded guilty on February 13, 2018 to filing fraudulent tax returns,.

According to documents and information provided to the court, from 2009 through 2015, Ofelia Ronquillo, 62, prepared fraudulent income tax returns for clients... More...
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BMG Rights Management (US) LLC v. Cox Communications, Inc., et al. Eastern District of Virginia - Federal Courthouse - Alexandria, Virginia

BMG Rights Management (US) LLC (“BMG”), which owns copyrights in musical compositions, filed this suit alleging copyright infringement against Cox Communications, Inc. and CoxCom, LLC (collectively, “Cox”), providers of high-speed Internet access. BMG seeks to hold Cox contributorily liable for infringement of BMG’s copyrights by subscribers to Cox’s Internet service. Following extensive discovery... More...   $0 (02-14-2018 - VA)

State of Florida v. Sanel Saint Simon Orange County Courthouse - Orlando, Florida

Orlando, FL - Jury Finds Defendant Guilty of Killing Girlfriend's Daughter


The State of Florida charged Sanel Saint Simon with first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and false statements to law enforcement in the murder in 2014 of Alexandria Chery.

The victim was Simon's girlfriend's daughter.

The State produced evidence that Simon borrowed his uncle's car to ... More...
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Carto Properties, LLC Jen Marie Rau, Individually, Key Maps, Inc, and The Jen Marie Rau Life Insurance Trust v. Briar Capital, LP Harris County Courthouse - Houston, Texas

Appellants/cross-appellees, Carto Properties, LLC, Jen Marie Rau, individually (“Rau”), Key Maps, Inc., and the Jen Marie Rau Life Insurance Trust (the “Trust”) (collectively, “Carto”), challenge the trial court’s rendition of summary judgment in favor of appellee/cross-appellant, Briar Capital, L.P. (“Briar”), in Carto’s suit against Briar for wrongful foreclosure, breach of contract, tortious in... More...   $0 (02-13-2018 - TX)

United States of America v. Keith J.D. Offord Central District of Illinois Federal Courthouse - Springfield, Illinois

Springfield, IL - Jury Convicts Kane County Man for Bank Fraud, Aggravated Identity Theft

A jury deliberated for approximately two hours on February 8, 2018 before returning guilty verdicts on all charges against a Carpentersville, Ill., man, Keith JD Offord, 24, for bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. U.S. District Judge Sue E. Myerscough presided over the trial which began Feb. 6.... More...
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United States of America v. Angelia Zwick, a/k/a Angelia Strunk Southern District of Ohio Courthouse - Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati, OH - Cincinnati Woman Sentenced for Embezzling from Employer, Defrauding IRS

Angelia Zwick, also known as Angelia Strunk, 47, of Cincinnati, was sentenced to 21 months in prison for defrauding her employer.

Zwick, who was convicted of one count of wire fraud and one count of willfully filing a false income tax return with the IRS, was also ordered to pay nearly $329,0... More...
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United States of America v. Julie Andresen District of New Jersey Federal Courthouses

Newark, NJ - Former Pharmaceutical Employee Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison for Role in Scheme to Obtain Medically Unnecessary Prescription Compounded Medication

A former pharmaceutical employee was sentenced on February 7, 2018 to 15 months in prison for accepting thousands of dollars in exchange for filling medically unnecessary prescriptions for compounded medications for herself and ... More...
   $0 (02-13-2018 - NJ)

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