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SMS Financial XXIII, LLC v. Cornerstone Title Company

A bank made a business loan that was guaranteed by the principals of the business
and secured by a deed of trust on property the principals owned. Years later, the bank
assigned the note and deed of trust to plaintiff SMS Financial XXIII, LLC (SMS). After
the borrower defaulted on payment, SMS undertook preparations to foreclose on the deed
of trust and in the process discovered th... More...
   $0 (01-27-2018 - CA)

United States of America v. Arthur Rathburn Eastern District of Michigan Federal Courthouse - Detroit, Michigan

Detroit, MI - Grosse Pointe Park Man Convicted in Fraud Scheme Involving Distribution of Infectious Human Remains

A Grosse Pointe Park resident was convicted today by a jury on charges of wire fraud, transportation of hazardous material, and false statements in a scheme involving the distribution of body parts, some that tested positive for diseases, including HIV and hepatitis, announced... More...
   $0 (01-26-2018 - MI)

United States of America v. Joseph Anthony Armes, II Eastern District of Tennessee - Federal Courthouse - Knoxville, Tennessee

Knoxville, TN - Former Department of Energy Subcontractor Sentenced for Conspiring to Defraud DOE and IRS

Joseph Anthony Armes, II, 38, of Petros, Tennessee, was sentenced by the Honorable Thomas W. Phillips, Senior U.S. District Judge, to serve 12 months and one day in prison for conspiring to defraud the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). He will b... More...
   $0 (01-26-2018 - TN)

United States of America v. Michael S. Wright Southern District of New York - New York, New York

New York, NY - Founder And CEO Of Wright Time Capital Group Sentenced To 21 Months In Prison For Commodities Fraud

MICHAEL S. WRIGHT was sentenced on January 25 by U.S. District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer to 21 months in prison for commodities fraud in connection with WRIGHT’s operation of an investment fund, Wright Time Capital Group (“WTCG”). WRIGHT misrepresented the historical trading ... More...
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United States of America v. Vernon Sonsteng and Michael Anthony Villegas Southern District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Corpus Christi, Texas

Corpus Christi, TX - ID Thieves Get Federal Prison Time

Two local men have been ordered to federal prison following their convictions of identity theft. Vernon Sonsteng, 56, and Michael Anthony Villegas, 33, both of Corpus Christi, pleaded guilty in October 2017 to aggravated identity theft and possessing with the intent to unlawfully use five or more false identification documents.
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   $0 (01-25-2018 - TX)

United States of America v. Kenneth E. Fairley Southern District of Mississippi - Federal Courthouse - Jackson, Mississippi

Appellant-Defendant Kenneth Fairley appeals his jury conviction for theft of government property in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 641 (counts two and three) and conspiracy to commit theft of government property in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 371 (count one). Fairley argues that: (1) the indictment, jury instruction, and verdict form all misstated the elements of § 641; (2) the district court erroneously a... More...   $0 (01-25-2018 - MS)

United States of America v. Sean James Hager Western District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Austin, Texas

Defendant Sean Hager was a long-time salesperson for Velocity Electronics (“Velocity”), a computer parts distributor in Austin, Texas. From 2008 to 2012, he misused Velocity’s confidential information to perpetrate a scheme that netted him $1.16 million. Hager was charged and convicted of mail, wire, and tax fraud, as well as money laundering. He raises numerous legal issues on appeal, but none is... More...   $0 (01-25-2018 - TX)

United States of America v. Cassandra Alexander Central District of California Federal Courthouse - Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, CA - Former Employee of Glendale’s City Attorney Sentenced to Federal Prison after Embezzling nearly $700,000 of City Funds

A former employee of the Glendale City Attorney’s Office has been sentenced to 15 months in federal prison after she admitted embezzling nearly $700,000 in a scheme that used false documents to make it appear the money was being used to pay civil claims ... More...
   $0 (01-24-2018 - CA)

United States of America v. Vernon Sonsteng and Michael Anthony Villegas Southern District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Corpus Christi, Texas

Corpus Christi, TX - ID Thieves Get Federal Prison Time

Two local men were sentenced to federal prison following their convictions of identity theft. Vernon Sonsteng, 56, and Michael Anthony Villegas, 33, both of Corpus Christi, pleaded guilty in October 2017 to aggravated identity theft and possessing with the intent to unlawfully use five or more false identification documents.
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   $0 (01-24-2018 - TX)

United States of America v. Shawn Christopher Gorrell Northern District of Oklahoma Federal Courthouse Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa, OK - Jury Finds Defendant Guilty of Wire and Tax Fraud

The United States of America charged Shawn Christopher Gorrell, age 39, with wire fraud in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1343 and tax evasion in violation of 26 U.S.C. 7201. The Government claimed that Gorrell duped several dentists out of $2.5 million in a fraudulent investment scheme by promising 12% returns to the investors.... More...
   $0 (01-24-2018 - OK)

United States of America v. Thomas Jerry III Southern District of Florida Courthouse - Miami, Florida

Miami, FL - Miami Resident Sentenced in Identity Theft Scheme

Defendant had personal identification information of over 1,000 individuals, most of whom were Miami-Dade College students

A Miami resident was sentenced to 38 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay $42,338.49 in restitution for his participation in an identity the... More...
   $43338 (01-23-2018 - FL)

United States of America v. Michael Sorrentino, a/k/a "The Situation" and Marc Sorrentino District of New Jersey Federal Courthouses

New Jersey, NJ - Michael ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino and His Brother, Marc Sorrentino, Admit Tax Charges

Television personality Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino and his brother, Marc Sorrentino, both admitted today to violating federal tax laws, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito, District of New Jersey; Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the U.S. Department ... More...
   $0 (01-23-2018 - NJ)

United States of America, ex rel. Steve Greenfield v. Medco Health Solutions, Inc., et al. District of New Jersey Federal Courthouses

Accredo Health Group, Inc., a specialty pharmacy that provides home care for patients with hemophilia (a rare condition that prevents blood from clotting properly), made donations to charities, two of which allegedly recommended Accredo as an approved provider for hemophilia patients. This raises whether the donations came with something expected in return for the recommendations, which might trig... More...   $0 (01-23-2018 - NJ)

State of Tennessee v. Zackary James Childress COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS OF TENNESSEE

The Defendant was indicted on possession of less than 0.5 grams of a Schedule II controlled substance for resale, possession of less than 0.5 grams of a Schedule II controlled substance for delivery, simple possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The Defendant entered a guilty plea to two counts of simple possession of a Schedule II controlled subst... More...   $0 (01-22-2018 - TN)

United States of America v. David E. Gorski District of Massachusetts Federal Courthouse - Boston, Massachusetts

A jury in the District of
Massachusetts convicted David Gorski of conspiring between late
2005 and 2010 to defraud the United States, in violation of 18
U.S.C. § 371, by knowingly procuring government contracts for his
construction company on the false premise that the company was
owned and controlled by military veterans who became disabled in
connection with their militar... More...
   $0 (01-22-2018 - MA)

United States of America v. Matilda Lynn Prince

Gainesville, GA - Eye care provider convicted of Medicare and Medicaid fraud

Matilda Lynn Prince has been convicted by a federal jury on January 16, 2018 of twenty-nine counts of health care fraud for filing fraudulent claims with Medicare and the Georgia Medicaid program for optometry and ophthalmology services that were never provided to patients.

“Prince stole hundreds of thou... More...
   $0 (01-22-2018 - GA)

United States of America v. Natalie Rene Panko Middle District of Florida Federal Courthouse - Tampa, Florida

Tampa, FL - Tampa Restaurant Owner Pleads Guilty To Tax Fraud Conspiracy And Aggravated Identity Theft

Natalie Rene Panko (57, Tampa) has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit theft of government funds, three counts of theft of government property, three counts of access device fraud, and three counts of aggravated identity theft. She faces up to 5 years in federal prison fo... More...
   $0 (01-22-2018 - FL)

United States of America v. Pablo M. Rivera Federal Courthouse - Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, HI - Former University Of The Nations CFO Sentenced To 115 Months In Prison For Wire Fraud

Pablo M. Rivera, age 42, formerly a resident of Colorado and Hawaii, was sentenced on January 8, 2018 to 115 months in federal prison for committing a wire fraud offense by which he obtained approximately $3,096,241 from the University of the Nations (UOFN) on the island of Hawaii.
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   $0 (01-20-2018 - )

United States of America v. Nick Rickey Choute Southern District of Florida Courthouse - Miami, Florida

Miami, FL - Miami-Dade County Resident Sentenced to 64 Months for Stolen Identity Refund Fraud

A Miami-Dade County resident was sentenced to 64 months in prison for his participation in a stolen identity tax refund scheme. Nick Rickey Choute’s sentence will be followed by three years of supervised release. Additionally, Choute was ordered to pay $191,280 in restitution, a $500 special a... More...
   $0 (01-19-2018 - FL)

United States of America v. Stanley Presendieu and Scarlee Valias Jean Southern District of Florida Courthouse - Miami, Florida

After their guilty pleas, defendant Stanley Presendieu appeals his convictions and defendant Scarlee Valias Jean appeals her sentence. Having carefully reviewed the record and the parties’ briefs, and with the benefit of oral argument, we (1) affirm Presendieu’s convictions and (2) vacate Jean’s sentence and remand for further proceedings.
I. BACKGROUND
This case involves an illegal check-... More...
   $0 (01-19-2018 - FL)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. DAVID E. GORSKI

The charges against Gorski pertain to his role as founder
and vice president of a general contracting and construction
services company, Legion Construction, Inc. Gorski developed the
plan for the company in late 2005. From 2006 to 2010, Legion took
advantage of federal programs in which certain federal agencies
awarded government contracts on a preferential basis to sma... More...
   $0 (01-19-2018 - MA)

United States of America v. Daniel Stephen Wray Southern District of California Federal Courthouse - San Diego, California

San Diego, CA - Serial Fraudster Convicted; Daniel Stephen Wray Directed Fraudulent Credit Card Scheme Targeting San Diego Retailers

Daniel Stephen Wray pleaded guilty in federal court on January 18, 2018, admitting that he was the leader of an elaborate scheme to steal identities and make and use fraudulent credit cards at multiple San Diego retailers.

Wray, 29, pleaded guilty t... More...
   $0 (01-19-2018 - CA)

Nicholas Lewis v. Scottrade, Inc. Eastern District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - St. Louis, Missouri

Nicholas Lewis filed this putative class action against Scottrade, Inc., a
securities brokerage firm, alleging violations of the Missouri Merchandising Practices
Act, Mo. Rev. Stat. §§ 407.010 et seq., breach of a common law fiduciary duty, and
unjust enrichment. After Lewis filed the action in the Southern District of California,
it was transferred to the Eastern District of Misso... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - MO)

United States of America v. Olusola Luke Eastern District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis, MO - Nigerian Citizen Sentenced for Theft of Government Funds

Olusola Luke, 38, a native of Nigeria and resident of Guatemala, was sentenced to 35 months imprisonment for his participation in a stolen identity tax fraud scheme.

According to court documents, Luke and others used stolen identities to unlawfully obtain data from U.S. Government computers and then used tha... More...
   $0 (01-17-2018 - MO)

United States of America v. Diana J. Gumila Northern District of Illinois Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

Diana Gumila ran a home-healthcare company that defrauded the federal government of several million dollars. She was convicted of multiple counts of healthcare fraud and making false statements in connection
∗ Circuit Judge Posner retired on September 2, 2017, and did not partici-pate in the decision of this case, which is being resolved by a quorum of the panel under 28 U.S.C. § 46(d).<... More...
   $0 (01-17-2018 - IL)

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