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Fraud Law
United States of America v. Tariq Mahmood

TYLER, TX – A 63-year-old Dallas County, Texas, physician, was sentenced to federal prison for health care fraud and identity theft violations in the Eastern District of Texas. Tariq Mahmood, 63, of Cedar Hill, Texas, was found guilty by a jury of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, seven counts of health care fraud, and seven counts of aggravated identity theft following a four day trial be... More...   $0 (04-14-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Daniel L. Mangini

DALLAS, TX — A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) was sentenced on a mail fraud conviction stemming from his embezzlement of funds from his employer, announced Acting U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Daniel L. Mangini, 61, of Southlake, Texas, was sentenced to 36 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $2,459,218.44 in restitution, which includes the victi... More...
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United States of America v. Matthew D. Nowlin

Spokane, OR – Matthew D. Nowlin, age 45, was sentenced for the crime of conspiring to defraud the United States by preparing and filing approximately 49 false claims for income tax refunds. Mr. Nowlin is a resident of Selah, Washington. United States District Court Judge Salvador Mendoza, Jr., sentenced Matthew D. Nowlin to a twenty-four month term of imprisonment, to be followed by a 3 year ter... More...   $0 (04-14-2015 - OR)

United States of America v. Lloyd Benton Sharp, aka Kevin Thomas

PORTLAND, OR – U.S. District Court Judge Anna J. Brown sentenced Lloyd Benton Sharp, aka Kevin Thomas, age 79, of Clackamas, Oregon, to 60 months in prison for conspiracy to defraud investors in biodiesel projects in Ghana, West Africa, and Chile. Judge Brown also sentenced Sharp to serve three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay $6,021,482 in restitution.

Between 2007 a... More...
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State of Oklahoma v. Christopher I. Mansfield

¶1 On January 16, 2014, the Oklahoma Bar Association (OBA) filed a complaint against attorney Christopher I. Mansfield, alleging professional misconduct as authorized by Rule 6.1 of the Rules Governing Disciplinary Proceedings (RGDP).1 After hearing the testimony of several witnesses and being presented with exhibits, the Professional Responsibility Tribunal (PRT) concluded that Mansfield violate... More...   $0 (04-13-2015 - OK)

United States of America v. Melody Henry and Frank Henry

GREAT FALLS, MT – Former Stone Child College President Melody Henry, 50, of Box Elder, and her husband, Frank Gregory Henry, 51, the former Facilities Manager at the College, entered guilty pleas to federal income tax fraud during a hearing before U.S. District Judge Brian Morris in Great Falls. The Henrys face a potential sentence of three years imprisonment, a $100,000 fine and a year of supe... More...   $0 (04-13-2015 - MT)

Manuel Cruz v. Abel Chavez

Civil Rule 2A precludes enforcement of a settlement agreement
where there is a genuine dispute of material fact regarding the existence of the
agreement. Under principles of contract law, which govern settlement agreements,
mutual assent is an essential element for the formation, or existence, of a valid
agreement. Here, the plaintiffs demonstrated a question of material fact as to... More...
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United States of America v. Smith Jean

Miami, FL - A Miami Dade College student was sentenced to 51 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $29,289, for his participation in a stolen identity tax refund fraud scheme involving student financial services accounts.

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Kelly R. Jacks... More...
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United States of America v. Rossana Caneiro

Miami, FL - A former office manager of a Miami based physical and occupational therapy clinic was convicted, following a four day trial, for her participation in a scheme that involved the fraudulent submission of more than $3.3 million dollars in false billing to Medicare.

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Shimon Richmond, Special Agent i... More...
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United States of America v. Paul Lacey

ROCHESTER, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Paul Lacey, 56, of Youngstown, Ohio, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with participating in a wire fraud scheme. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Bradley E. Tyler, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, Lac... More...
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Debra S. Ryder v. Rocky R. Ryder

In a marital dissolution proceeding, the parties’ property settlement agreement required the husband to “assist” the wife in obtaining a bank loan to purchase a residence. The dissolution decree adopted the agreement. Later, the bank declined to make the loan without the husband’s cosignature. On the husband’s motion, the district court vacated the assistance clause as ambiguous. The wif... More...   $0 (04-10-2015 - NE)

United States of America v. James Grimes

PITTSBURGH, PA - A Washington County resident has been sentenced in federal court to 30 months imprisonment, three years supervised release, and ordered to pay $405,717.78 in restitution on his conviction of wire fraud and filing false tax returns.

United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer imposed the sentence on James Grimes, 35 of Lawrence, Pa.

According to information pr... More...
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Skye Astinana v. The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., et al.

A product labeled “all natural” or “pure natural” likely
evokes images of ground herbs and earth extracts rather than
chemicals such as “Polysorbate 20” or “Hydroxycitronellal.”
This class action alleges that false or misleading product
labels duped consumers seeking natural cosmetics into
purchasing products that were chock-full of artificial and
synthetic ... More...
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United States of America v. Henry Lo

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Henry Lo was sentenced to 70 months in prison for committing wire fraud and mail fraud, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag, Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge David J. Johnson and United States Postal Inspection Service Inspector in Charge Rafael Nuñez.

Lo, 51 of San Francisco, pleaded guilty on November 20, 2014, to two counts of wir... More...
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R.D. Tips, Inc. v. Virginia Jett

R.D. Tips, Inc. appeals the trial court’s order granting summary judgment in favor
of Virginia Jett on Jett’s claim for breach of a guaranty. In two issues, Tips contends that (1) the
trial court erred by granting summary judgment because there was a genuine issue of material fact
regarding its affirmative defense that it was fraudulently induced into executing the guaranty
and... More...
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Ram's Gate Winery, LLC v. Joseph G. Roche

Appellant Ram’s Gate Winery, LLC (Ram’s Gate) bought a property in Sonoma County from respondents Joseph G. and Genevieve Roche (the Roches) upon which it intended to build a new winery. The sellers had agreed in the “Purchase and Sale Agreement” (Purchase Agreement) to disclose facts having a “material effect on the value of the ownership or use of the Property,” including geological ... More...   $0 (04-09-2015 - CA)

United States of America v. Jerry Wang

SAN JOSE- Jerry Wang, the Chief Executive Officer of Herguan University in Sunnyvale, California, pleaded guilty today in federal court to submitting false documents to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and Tatum King, acting special agent in charge for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
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Jackson Padgett v. George L. Kessinger, et al.

The issue in this appeal is whether the trial court abused its discretion in failing to find that appellants, Jackson Padgett and Mark Negrete, were prevailing parties in this breach of contract case and thus entitled to attorney’s fees. We hold that because appellants prevailed on the breach of contract claim, which was separate and distinct from the fraudulent inducement claim on which they di... More...   $0 (04-08-2015 - FL)

Brenda Nestor v. Tracy Posner Ward, Individually and as Guardian of Melody Lane Ward

Brenda Nestor appeals a final judgment holding her personally liable for
outstanding payments due to Tracy Posner Ward pursuant to a settlement
agreement. Nestor contends the final judgment improperly altered an arbitration
award that interpreted the agreement. We reverse in part and affirm in part.
Victor Posner died in 2002. His will made Nestor, ... More...
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D. Patrick Smitherman v. Bank of America, N.A.

Appellant D. Patrick Smitherman challenges the summary judgment in favor of appellee Bank of America, N.A. (BANA) on Smitherman’s breach of contract and fraud claims. Smitherman asserts that he raised genuine issues of material fact on both of his claims, which precludes summary judgment. Because we determine that Smitherman failed to raise a genuine fact issue regarding damages, we affirm.
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Barre Morris v. Victoria Barrientes O'Neal

Appellant Barre Morris filed a bill of review in the trial court seeking to set aside a judgment nunc pro tunc on the ground that the judgment is void because it allegedly corrected a judicial error, rather than a clerical error, after the expiration of the trial court’s plenary power. The trial court summarily denied the bill of review. Morris asserts that the trial court committed procedural e... More...   $0 (04-07-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. John Nyunnt

SAN JOSE, CA - John Nyunt was sentenced to 30 months in prison, and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and over $10,000 in restitution for charges filed against him in connection with his position as Commander of the Pacific Grove Police Department (“PGPD”), announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and FBI Special Agent in Charge David J. Johnson.

Nyunt, 51, from Pacific Grove, pleaded... More...
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United States of America v. Christopher Lupino, Kelwyn Benjamin adn Adam Foresta

New York, NY - Christopher Lupino and Kelwyn Benjamin pleaded guilty, and Adam Foresta pleaded guilty on March 31, 2015, each to participating in a conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud in connection with their accepting bribes in exchange for memberships in Steamfitters Local 638, a New York City labor union. FORESTA, LUPINO, BENJAMIN, and James Sheeran were arrested in November 2014. L... More...   $0 (04-07-2015 - NY)

United States of America v. Barry J. Graham and Ricky Lynn Stokes

Miami, FL - Two South Florida residents were sentenced to 60 months imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, by United States District Judge Jose E. Martinez, for their involvement in a fraud scheme involving vacation rental units.

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Kelly R. Jackson, Special Agent in Charge, Int... More...
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United States of America v. Mikhail Gorbachev George Williams

Fort Lauderdale - A Broward county resident was sentenced by United States District Judge Beth Bloom in Fort Lauderdale to 71 months imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for his participation in a fraudulent international lottery scheme that targeted senior citizens living in the United States.

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern ... More...
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