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United States of America v. Oscar Gilberto Rodriguez

San Antonio, TX - Oscar Gilberto Rodriguez, age 51, was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for his role in a bribery scheme involving City of San Antonio contracts. In addition to the prison term, United States District Judge Xavier Rodriguez ordered that the former employee of the San Antonio firm Pape-Dawson Engineers, Inc., pay over $315,000 restitution and be placed on supervised releas... More...   $0 (07-09-2015 - TX)

James L. Janes, Sam Britton Pyland, Jr. as Independent Executor of the Estate of Lucy Pyland, Deceased, and Dennis Spence Janes as Independent Executor of the Estate of Woodrow Wilson Janes, Deceased v. Mary Adams as Independent Executor of the Estate of Bettie Maxey, Deceased

James L. Janes, Sam Britton Pyland, Jr. as Independent Executor of the Estate of Lucy Pyland, Deceased, and Dennis Spence Janes as Independent Executor of the Estate of Woodrow Wilson Janes, Deceased appeal from a denial of their contest of the will of Bettie Maxey, who had passed away in 2011. The appellants complain that the evidence
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was legally and factually insuff... More...
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Robert Kotick v. Natalia Shvachko



Order, Surrogate's Court, New York County (Rita Mella, S.), entered January 13, 2014, which, to the extent appealed from as limited by the briefs, granted petitioner Robert Kotick's motion for summary judgment dismissing respondent Natalia Shvachko's defenses of fraud, mistake, and sham transaction, and denied so much of the motion as sought dismissal of the defense of undue influence wi... More...
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United States of America v. Jeffrey Podolsky

BOSTON, MA – A former district manager of Warner Chilcott Sales U.S., LLC (Warner Chilcott), a pharmaceutical company based in Rockaway, N.J., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Boston in connection with a scheme to deceive insurance companies and Medicare so that they would cover the costs of Warner Chilcott’s osteoporosis medications, Actonel and Atelvia.

Jeffrey Podolsky, 48, of ... More...
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United States of America v. John Thomas

CHICAGO, IL – A real estate developer who defrauded the Village of Riverdale of over $370,000 in public funds was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison.

JOHN THOMAS, 52, of Chicago, owned and controlled Nosmo Kings LLC, which entered into an agreement with Riverdale to develop property along a marina in 2012. Only a portion of the funds were actually used for legitimate construction wo... More...
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United States of America v. Martin Jackson, Jr.

New Orleans, LA - A resident of Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, and the owner of two automotive businesses pleaded guilty for his involvement in a stolen identity refund fraud scheme. Martin Jackson Sr., 48, pleaded guilty to one count of a triple object conspiracy to defraud the United States, to commit theft of public money and mail fraud. According to court documents, Jackson conspired with at l... More...   $0 (07-08-2015 - LA)

United States of America v. John Thomas

CHICAGO, IL – A real estate developer who defrauded the Village of Riverdale of over $370,000 in public funds was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison.

JOHN THOMAS, 52, of Chicago, owned and controlled Nosmo Kings LLC, which entered into an agreement with Riverdale to develop property along a marina in 2012. Only a portion of the funds were actually used for legitimate construction wo... More...
   $0 (07-08-2015 - IL)

United States of America v. Vladimir Tsastsin

New York, NY - Vladimir Tsastin pled guilty to wire fraud and computer intrusion charges arising from his operation of a massive and sophisticated Internet fraud scheme that infected with malware more than four million computers located in over 100 countries. The malware secretly altered the settings on infected computers, enabling TSASTSIN and the six other charged defendants – Timur Gerassimen... More...   $0 (07-08-2015 - NY)

United States of America v. Shil Patel

New York, NY - Sahil Patel was sentenced to 175 months in prison and $1 million in forfeiture for his role in organizing the U.S. side of a massive fraud and extortion ring run through various “call centers” located in India, through which PATEL and his coconspirators impersonated American law enforcement officials and threatened victims with arrest and financial penalties unless those victims ma... More...   $0 (07-08-2015 - NY)

United States of America v. Vicki S. House

LEXINGTON, KY – The executive director of a Lexington-based home health agency has agreed to pay the U.S. Government $1,082,416 to settle allegations that she provided unlawful compensation to physicians who referred patients to the agency.

Vicki S. House, a resident of Scott County, was the Secretary and an Executive Director of Nurses’ Registry and Home Health Corporation (“Nurses’ Regi... More...
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United States of America v. Al Hakeem Muhammad

DALLAS, TX — Al Hakeem Muhammad, II, 26, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge David L. Horan and pleaded guilty to one count of misrepresentation of a Social Security number. Muhammad, who is on bond, faces a maximum statutory penalty of five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is set for October 21, 2015, before U.S. District Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn.

According to p... More...
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United States of America v. Daniel Rankins

CHICAGO, IL — A former Chicago resident who accepted cash payments to help 80 people file false bankruptcy petitions as a way of avoiding City of Chicago impound fees was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison.

Daniel Rankins, 32, of Storm Lake, Iowa, and formerly of Chicago, pleaded guilty in December to one count of bankruptcy fraud. He was ordered to pay $142,737.00 in restitution by... More...
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United States ex rel., Steven Hartpence v. Kinetic Concepts, Inc.

If a whistleblower informs the government that it has
been bilked by a provider of goods and services, and that
scheme is unmasked to the public, under what conditions can
that same whistleblower recover part of what the guilty
provider is forced to reimburse the government? We hold
today that there are two, and only two, requirements in order
for a whistleblower to be an “... More...
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United States of America v. Rodney Henry, Tony Lamar Watkins, and Phyllis Grant

ATLANTA, GA – Three members of a local fraud ring—Rodney Henry, Tony Lamar Watkins, and Phyllis Grant—have were sentenced to federal prison for conspiring to defraud the United States by filing bogus income tax returns using stolen identities. The trio stole more than $800,000, all in the form of fraudulent tax refunds.

“Phony refund schemes that use stolen identities hurt the people whos... More...
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United States of America v. Tessema Lulseged

ATLANTA, GA - Tessema Lulseged, the owner and operator of Big T Supermarket in Decatur, Georgia, has pleaded guilty to trafficking in food stamps. Lulseged allowed his customers to exchange their food stamp benefits for cash in a scheme that netted him $6.5 million.

“Food stamps are intended to provide assistance to our citizens most in need,” said Acting U.S. Attorney John A. Horn. “Thi... More...
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United States ex rel. Souza v. American Access Care of Miami, LLC

American Access Care Holdings, LLC, which operated a vascular access center in Miami, has agreed to pay $1.2 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by billing Medicare for medically unnecessary percutaneous transluminal angioplasties (PTAs) and thrombectomies and by billing for more PTAs per patient encounter than permitted. Former American Access Care (AAC) faciliti... More...   $0 (07-07-2015 - FL)

Keynon Michael Owens v. Anit trammell

Oklahoma has successfully tried Keynon Owens twice for the first degree
felony murder of Javier Carranza during a botched robbery of Javier and his
cousin, Jesus Carranza. The first trial resulted in a guilty verdict on felony
murder, but an acquittal on the predicate charge of the armed robbery of Javier.
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals (OCCA) reversed the murder
convic... More...
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United States of America v. Allah Justice McQueen

New York, NY - Allah Justice McQueen pled guilty in Manhattan federal court to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud in connection with a scheme that targeted and victimized elderly people across New York State. MCQUEEN, who was arrested in December 2014, entered his plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael H. Dolinger.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: “Allah Justice... More...
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Gabriel F. Martinez v. Victor F. Petrenko

To maintain a private action
under the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA" or "the Act") for a
failure to pay for overtime at the mandated rate, an employee must
prove a nexus to interstate commerce sufficient to trigger coverage
under the Act. The employee can prove this nexus by showing that
the employee engaged in commerce for the employer within the
meaning of the Act, or ... More...
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United States of America v. Manuel J. Arruda

Portland, ME - Manuel J. Arruda, 46, of Windham, Maine was sentenced in U.S. District Court by Judge Jon D. Levy to three months in prison and two years of supervised release for mail and access device fraud and identity theft. He was also ordered to pay $11,962.85 in restitution. Arruda pleaded guilty to the charges on February 20, 2015.

According to court documents, in March of 2012, ... More...
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United States of America v. Julio Cesar Esquivel Reyes





PHOENIX, AZ – Julio Cesar Esquivel Reyes, 41, of Tolleson, Ariz. was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Roslyn Silver to five years in prison and ordered to pay $568,413 in restitution. Reyes previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to... More...
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United States of America v. Vernon Smith

Phoenix, AZ – Vernon Smith, 53, of Phoenix, Ariz. was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton to 144 months in federal prison on fraud charges and ordered to pay restitution to the victims. Earlier this year, Smith pleaded guilty to committing wire fraud by defrauding six Arizona investors out of approximately $229,000 in a variety of investment scams. When Smith committed these crimes,... More...   $0 (07-03-2015 - AZ)

Rebecca R. Gonzalez v. Mauro L. Reyna III

Proceeding pro se, appellant, Rebecca R. Gonzalez, appeals from the trial court’s
grant of summary judgment in favor of Mauro L. Reyna, III.1 By two issues, Gonzalez
1 Although Manuela Torres on behalf of San Juana Maria Torres was also a plaintiff in the trial court
and the judgment was rendered against both Gonzalez and Torres, Torres has not filed a notice of appeal
and is not a... More...
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United States of America v. Brandon and Kimberly Sapp, et al.

SAVANNAH, GEORGIA- Brandon and Kimberly Sapp, husband and wife from Atlanta, Georgia, pled guilty last week before United States District Judge William T. Moore, Jr. to running a criminal organization that defrauded the WIC and Food Stamp programs of approximately $20 million. The Sapps initially exercised their rights to a jury trial. However, after 2 days of testimony, they changed their pleas... More...   $0 (07-02-2015 - GA)

United States of America v. Robert Codjoe

CONCORD, N.H. – Robert Codjoe, 54, of Piscataway, New Jersey, was sentenced to one year of probation, six months of home confinement, and a $2,000 fine for committing passport fraud.

In November 1998, Codjoe applied for and was issued a U.S. passport in the name “Robert Codjoe.” In November 2000, he applied for and was issued a U.S. passport in the name “Robert Codjoe Nii.” Co... More...
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