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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. Pablo Hernandez Federal Courthouses - Eastern District of Kentucky - Lexington, Kentucky

Pablo Hernandez pled guilty to conspiring to distribute
2 kilograms of cocaine. Hernandez was to receive the 2 kilograms from a larger, 28-kilogram
shipment of cocaine as payment for an outstanding debt. At sentencing, the district court held
*This decision was originally filed as an unpublished opinion on January 17, 2018. The court has now
designated the opinion for publication.<... More...
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United States of America v. Arthur Charles Smith, a/k/a Marvon Anderson Eastern District of Tennessee - Federal Courthouse - Knoxville, Tennessee

Arthur Smith was sentenced as a career offender based in part
on his prior North Carolina state conviction for common-law robbery. In this appeal, he
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contends that North Carolina common-law robbery does not qualify as a “crime of violence”
within the meaning of § 4B1.1(a) of the United States Sentencing Guidelines. This is the second<... More...
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John Doe v. Miami University, et al. Southern District of Ohio Courthouse - Cincinnati, Ohio

In the fall of 2014, John Doe and Jane Doe1 were students at Miami University, a public university located in Oxford, Ohio. The two students knew each other and had engaged in several consensual “physical encounters.” This
case arises from an incident between John and Jane on September 14, 2014. Both parties had
consumed alcohol, and John states that he was so intoxicated that he cannot re... More...
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Daniel Thomas, et al. v. Nationwide Children's Hospital, at at. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Medical personnel treated three infants, between 19-days old
and six-months old, in the emergency room of Nationwide Children’s Hospital for serious
injuries, including skull fractures and a broken leg. Nationwide’s physicians suspected child
abuse, and they conducted x-rays, a CT scan, and blood testing to identify additional injuries,
after which they alerted Franklin County Chil... More...
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Maranda Lynn O'Donnell v. Harris County, Texas, et al. Southern District of Texas Courthouse - Houston, Texas

Maranda ODonnell and other plaintiffs (collectively, “ODonnell”) brought a class action suit against Harris County, Texas, and a number of its officials—including County Judges,1 Hearing Officers, and the Sheriff (collectively, the “County”)—under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. ODonnell alleged the County’s system of setting bail for indigent misdemeanor arrestees violated Texas statutory and constitutional la... More...   $0 (02-15-2018 - TX)

United States of America v. Robert Warren Scully Western District of Texas Federal Courthouse - San Antonio, Texas

Appellant Robert Warren Scully was convicted of conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and aiding and abetting a wire fraud scheme. 18 U.S.C. §§ 371, 1343, 1349. The district court later granted the Government’s motion to restrain Scully’s assets to preserve them for restitution and forfeiture. Scully was then sentenced and ordered to pay $1,206,539.94 in restitu... More...   $0 (02-15-2018 - TX)

Jon R. Deutsch v. Annis Enterprises, Inc. Western District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Austin, Texas

This is a companion case to Deutsch v. Travis County Shoe Hospital, Inc., No. 16-51431, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 2647 (5th Cir. Feb. 2, 2018) (per curiam) (unpublished). Here, as there, Jon Deutsch appeals the dismissal, for want of Article III standing, of his claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). And here, as there, Deutsch appeals (1) the contempt order of the magistrate judge (... More...   $0 (02-15-2018 - TX)

Cathryn Stout v. Staff Sergeant Brad Vincent Southern District of Mississippi - Federal Courthouse - Jackson, Mississippi

We decide whether the district court erred when granting summary judgment in favor of a police officer on the racial profiling claims of a black couple. The district court found that the couple failed to raise any genuine issue
of material fact showing that the officer violated their equal protection rights
under the Fourteenth Amendment. We affirm.
Facts and Proceedings
Cathryn Sc... More...
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Judy Mae Greer v. David Lynn Vandevender and Donna Lee Vandevender Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia - Charleston, West Virginia

Petitioners Judy Mae Greer, William Charles Vandevender, Judith Kay Newbrough, Daniel T. Vandevender, Dallas E. Vandevender, Jo Ann Rae Giraldi, and Douglas P. Vandevender, by counsel John J. Wallace, IV, appeal the order of the Circuit Court of Pocahontas County that dismissed their claims of tortious interference, undue influence, fraud, and civil conspiracy. Respondents David Lynn and Donna Van... More...   $0 (02-14-2018 - WV)

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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E.W. v. Rosemary Dolgos and WICOMICO County Sheriff's Department District of Maryland Federal Courthouse - Baltimore, Maryland

This matter involves a school resource officer’s decision to handcuff a calm, compliant elementary school student for fighting with another student three days prior. The child brought a claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for excessive use of force in violation of the Fourth Amendment and several state law claims. On a motion for summary judgment, the district court concluded that the officer’s conduct d... More...   $0 (02-14-2018 - MD)

United States of America v. Ronald Miltier Eastern District of Virginia Federal Courthouse - Norfolk, Virginia

A federal jury convicted Ronald Miltier of seven counts of receipt of child
pornography in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2252A(a)(2)(A) and one count of possession of
child pornography in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2252A(a)(5)(B). On appeal, Miltier argues
that the district court erred in denying his motion for judgment of acquittal based on
insufficient evidence that he knowingly receive... 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)

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. Thomas G. Paine Western District of Wisconsin Federal Courthouse - Madison, Wisconsin

Madison, WI - ormer Wisconsin Produce Vendor Executive Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

Concealed More Than $250,000 in Business Income

The former corporate officer of a produce vendor in Johnson Creek, Wisconsin, pleaded guilty on February 13, 2018 to tax evasion.

According to the indictment and information provided to the court, Thomas G. Paine, 64, was the Vice President... More...
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S.H. v. Campbell County School District, et al. Albany County Courthouse - Laramie, Wyoming

[¶1] SH received special education services at the Campbell County School District (School District) in accordance with an Individual Education Plan (IEP), pursuant to the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. She was injured when she slipped and fell on the school playground, and she filed a complaint against the School District to recover damages for her injuries. SH claimed that ... More...   $0 (02-13-2018 - WY)

James Bryant Harris, Jr. v. The State of Wyoming Albany County Courthouse - Laramie, Wyoming

[¶1] James Bryant Harris, Jr., argues that the trial court erred in denying his motion to
suppress evidence obtained as a result of a detention and subsequent search of his
vehicle. We affirm.
ISSUE
[¶2] Mr. Harris submits his single issue on appeal:
Did the trial court err in denying Appellant’s Motion to Suppress
Evidence obtained as a result of his illegal detention and ... More...
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United States of America v. Eddie Wayne Cooper Western District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - Springfield, Missouri

Springfield, MO - Former Arkansas Lawmaker Pleads Guilty to $4 Million Charity Scheme

Conspiracy Included Several Charity Executives

A former Arkansas state representative pleaded guilty in federal court February 12, 2018 to his role in a conspiracy to embezzle more than $4 million from a Springfield, Mo.-based health care charity.

Eddie Wayne Cooper, 51, of Melbourne, A... More...
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United States of America v. Sarah McKenzie Western District of Wisconsin Federal Courthouse - Madison, Wisconsin

Madison, WI - Polk County Woman Sentenced for Making a Forged Security

Sarah McKenzie, 41, Luck, Wis., was sentenced on February 5, 2018 by U.S. District Judge William Conley to one year and one day in federal prison for making a forged security. Her prison sentence will be followed by two years of supervised release. McKenzie pleaded guilty to this charge on October 30, 2017.

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United States of America v. Raymond Ventrone Western District of Pennsylvania Courthouse - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, PA - Business Manager Sentenced to 41 Months in Prison for Embezzling $1.5 Million from Boilermakers Local 154

A former Boilermakers union official has been sentenced in federal court to 41 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, on his conviction of embezzlement and theft of Labor Union assets and income tax evasion, United States Attorney Scott W. Br... More...
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Michelle Tatis v. Allied Interstate, LLC District of New Jersey Federal Courthouses

This appeal arises under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA or Act). The question presented is whether a collection letter sent to collect a time-barred debt that makes a “settlement offer” to accept payment “in settlement of” the debt could violate the Act’s general prohibition against “any false, deceptive, or misleading representation or means in connection with the collection of any... More...   $0 (02-13-2018 - ht)

Linde, et al. v. Arab Bank, P.C. Eastern District of New York Courthouse - Brooklyn, New York

The sixteen named plaintiffs on this consolidated appeal are
victims, or the relatives of victims, of three terrorist attacks
perpetrated in Israel by Hamas between March 2002 and June 2003.
Together with hundreds of other alleged victims and the surviving
relatives of victims of alleged Hamas attacks, the named plaintiffs
commenced actions in the United States District Court f... More...
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