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Charles J. Trois v. Apple Tree Auction Center, Inc.; Samuel Schnaidt Western District of Texas Federal Courthouse - San Antonio, Texas

This appeal presents issues of personal jurisdiction and venue. A Texas citizen sued Ohio citizens in a Texas court based on two distinct claims: first, breach of a contract executed and performed in Ohio; and second, fraudulent misrepresentation made during a conference call from Ohio to Texas. The question thus before us is whether the Texas court may properly assert personal jurisdiction over t... More...   $0 (02-05-2018 - TX)

United States of America v. Richard Thomas Zieske Western District of Washington Federal Courthouse - Seattle, Washington

Seattle, WA - Repeat Investment Fraudster Convicted of Wire Fraud, Securities Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft
Victims met Defendant through Martial Arts Studio; Defendant lied about Criminal Past and Stole Disabled Man’s Retirement Savings

A federal jury convicted RICHARD THOMAS ZIESKE, a Renton man who presented himself as an investment advisor, of eight federal felonie... More...
   $0 (02-05-2018 - WA)

Dana Jennifer Engstrom v. James McCarthy

¶1 Dana Engstrom (“Mother”) and James McCarthy (“Father”)
both challenge the parenting time and legal decision-making terms of the
decree dissolving their marriage. Because we find their Arizona Rule of
Family Law Procedure (“Rule”) 69 agreement binding and no explanation
in the record for any modification, we vacate the legal decision-making and
parenting time orders and reman... More...
   $0 (02-05-2018 - AZ)

United States of America v. Nathaniel Itimi, Lewis Akpomofune, Richard Omoh Okiki Western District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Austin, Texas

Austin, TX - Seven Sentenced in Money Laundering Scheme Involving Proceeds from Multiple Foreign Scams that Targeted U.S. Victims

One Additional Extradited Co-conspirator Pleaded Guilty in Federal Court Yesterday in Austin

In Austin on February 2, 2018, a federal judge sentenced two Nigerian citizens and a Houston man to federal prison for their roles in a money laundering conspi... More...
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United States of America v. Deshan Spivey Western District of Louisiana - Alexandria, Louisiana

Alexandria, LA - Pineville man sentenced to 30 months in prison for cashing counterfeit checks

A Pineville man was sentenced on January 31, 2018 to 30 months in prison for counterfeiting and cashing checks.

Deshan Spivey, 31, of Pineville, La., who is originally from Ruston, La., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell to one count of making and possessing counterfeit s... More...
   $0 (02-05-2018 - LA)

John Lane v. Joan Bell

To prevail in a malicious prosecution action under California law, a malicious
prosecution plaintiff (the defendant in the underlying action) must show that (1) the
plaintiff in the underlying action pursued a claim with subjective malice, (2) the claim
was brought without objective probable cause, and (3) the underlying action was
terminated on the merits in favor of the defendant... More...
   $0 (02-04-2018 - CA)

United States of America v. Raymond Juiwen Ho Eastern District of Virginia - Federal Courthouse - Alexandria, Virginia

Vienna, VA - Former Virginia Attorney Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison for Laundering and Attempting to Launder Over $2 Million

A former Vienna, Virginia attorney was sentenced on February 2, 2018 to 84 months in prison for conspiring to launder over $2 million dollars derived from a business email compromise scheme and for attempting to launder funds he believed to be the proceeds of smu... More...
   $0 (02-03-2018 - VA)

Juan Gonzales v. Wayne Bill Lew

Code of Civil Procedure section 9981 is a cost-shifting
statute designed to encourage parties to settle their lawsuits
prior to trial by punishing a party that refuses a reasonable
settlement offer. In order to trigger section 998, a settlement offer
must be clear, in that it must allow the party receiving the offer
to evaluate whether the party making the offer is likely to ob... More...
   $0 (02-03-2018 - CA)

United States of America v. Margie Lou Franz District of Maryland Federal Courthouse - Greenbelt, Maryland

Greenbelt, MD - 73 Year Old Pennsylvania Woman Sentenced To 21 Months In Prison For Wire Fraud

On January 26, 2018, United States District Judge Paula Xinis sentenced Margie Lou Franz, age 73, of Warfordsburg, Pennsylvania to 21 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for wire fraud. Xinis also ordered Franz to pay $970,964.76 in restitution.

According t... More...
   $0 (02-02-2018 - MD)

United States of America ex rel. White v. Orthopaedic and Neuro Imaging, LLC (ONI) District of Delaware Federal Courthouse - Wilmington, Deleware

Wilmington, DE - United States Obtains $16.2 Million Judgment Against MRI Provider For Submitting False Claims

The U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware entered judgment in the amount of $16,223,091.38 against Orthopaedic and Neuro Imaging LLC (ONI) for submitting false claims for Medicare reimbursement. Under the terms of the judgment, ONI’s owner, Richard Pfarr, is jointly a... More...
   $16223091 (02-02-2018 - DE)

United States of America v. Sean Jelen Middle District of Pennsylvania Federal Courthouse - Scranton, Pennsylvania

Scranton, NJ - Former CEO Of Scranton Federal Credit Union Sentenced To 70 Months’ Imprisonment

United States District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion sentenced Sean Jelen, age 35, of Breezy Point, NY, to 70 months’ imprisonment and four years of supervised release on January 31, 2018, for bank fraud and attempted bank fraud offenses.

According to United States Attorney David J. F... More...
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United States of America v. Sowrabh Sharma District of New Jersey Federal Courthouses

Newark, NJ - Owner Of Information Technology Companies Admits Visa Fraud And Tax Crimes

An owner of two IT staffing and consulting companies on February 1, 2018 admitted using phony documents to fraudulently obtain H1-B visas for foreign workers and submitting false tax returns.

Sowrabh Sharma, 33, of New York, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty in Newark fed... More...
   $0 (02-02-2018 - NJ)

United States of America v. Michael Pilate District of New Jersey Federal Courthouses

Camden, NJ - Pleasantville Guidance Counselor Admits Health Care Fraud Conspiracy Targeting State Health Benefits Programs

A guidance counselor with the Pleasantville public school district today admitted defrauding New Jersey state health benefits programs and other insurers out of over $3 million by submitting fraudulent claims for medically unnecessary prescriptions, U.S. Attorney Crai... More...
   $0 (02-01-2018 - NJ)

United States of America v. Amy Lynn Holmes District of Maine Federal Courthouse - Bangor, Maine

Bangor, ME - Calais Woman Sentenced to Two Months for Stealing Social Security Benefits

Amy Lynn Holmes, 46, of Calais, Maine was sentenced on January 31, 2018 in U.S District Court by Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. to two months in prison and three years of supervised release for stealing over $96,000 in Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. SSI benefits are paid to people with limi... More...
   $33821 (02-01-2018 - ME)

United States of America v. John M. Hairabet, Jr. District of Rhode Island Federal Courthouse - Providence, Rhode Island

Providence, RI - Financial Management Consultant Sentenced for Embezzling Medical Firm & Employee Pension Funds

A former office manager of New England Anesthesiologists, Inc., and president of Anesthesia Management Consultants, LLC, was sentenced on January 29, 2018 to 37 months in federal prison for embezzling more than $700,000 dollars from bank accounts belonging to the medical firm an... More...
   $0 (02-01-2018 - RI)

United States of America v. Abdulrasheed Yusuf District of New Jersey Federal Courthouses

Newark, NJ - Man Admits Role In Identity Theft And Wire Fraud Conspiracy

A Georgia man on January 31`, 2018 admitted using fake driver’s licenses in order to obtain checks issued in response to false statements and representations.

Abdulrasheed Yusuf, 29, of Lilburn, Georgia, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Katharine S. Hayden in Newark federal court to an information c... More...
   $0 (01-31-2018 - NJ)

United States of America v. Ricky Robertson, a/k/a “Slick Rick” and Ladarius Jackson, a/k/a “Dee Don” Northern District of Mississippi Federal Courthouse - Oxford, Mississippi

Oxford, MS - Convictions of Human Trafficking in North Mississippi

Ricky Robertson a.k.a. “Slick Rick” and Ladarius Jackson, a.k.a. “Dee Don” were sentenced on sex trafficking charges before Chief District Judge Sharion Aycock in Federal Court in Oxford, Mississippi. Robertson previously entered a guilty plea on Count One of the Indictment – Sex Trafficking Conspiracy – in violation of T... More...
   $0 (01-31-2018 - MS)

United States of America v. Steven Edwin Cox Middle District of Alabama Federal Courthouse - Montgomery, Alabama

Montgomery, AL - Nurse Practitioner Pleads Guilty to Drug Distribution and Health Care Fraud Charges in Ongoing “Pill Mill” Case

Steven Edwin Cox, 61, of Tallassee, Alabama, pleaded guilty to drug distribution conspiracy and health care fraud charges arising out of the ongoing investigation and prosecution of a Montgomery “pill mill,” announced United States Attorney Louis V. Franklin, Sr... More...
   $0 (01-31-2018 - AL)

United States of America v. AmeriCare Ambulance Service, Inc. Middle District of Florida Federal Courthouse - Tampa, Florida

Tampa, FL - Tampa’s Largest Ambulance Providers Agree To Pay $5.5 Million To Resolve False Claims Act Allegations Regarding Medically Unnecessary Ambulance Transports

AmeriCare Ambulance Service, Inc. and its sister company, AmeriCare ALS, Inc. (collectively, AmeriCare), have agreed to pay approximately $5.5 million to resolve allegations that they defrauded Medicare by billing for medica... More...
   $5500000 (01-31-2018 - FL)

James Smith, Sr. v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, et al. Middle District of Florida Federal Courthouse - Tampa, Florida

This is an Engle progeny case1 brought by plaintiff James Smith, Sr. against defendant R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (“Defendant”) to recover damages based on the death of his wife, Wanette Smith, from tobacco-related diseases caused by Mrs. Smith’s decades-long history of smoking Defendant’s cigarettes. We face only one issue:2 whether the district court should have reduced the jury’s compensatory da... More...   $0 (01-31-2018 - FL)

Philip Marsteller and Robert Swisher v. Lynn Tilton, Patriarch Partners, LLC, MD Helicopters, Inc., Norbert Vergez Northern District of Alabama Federal Courthouse - Birmingham, Alabama

Relators Philip Marsteller and Robert Swisher brought this action against
their former employer, MD Helicopters (“MD”), and codefendants Patriarch
Partners (“Patriarch”), Lynn Tilton, and Colonel Norbert Vergez, under the qui tam
provision of the False Claims Act (“FCA” or “Act”), 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729–30.1 The
allegations of the complaint concern a series of contracts between the Unit... More...
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Tammy Gutierrez v. CarMax Auto Superstores California Kern County Courthouse - Bakersfield, California

Tammy Gutierrez sued defendant CarMax Auto Superstores California,
LLC (CarMax) alleging breaches of express and implied warranties, intentional and
negligent misrepresentation, breach of contract, unfair competition under Business and
Professions Code section 17200 (UCL), and a violation of the Consumer Legal Remedies
Act (CLRA; Civ. Code, § 1750 et seq.). CarMax demurred to Gutie... More...
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Adrian J. Lee; Angela Lynn Noyes Lee v. Scott J. McCardle District of Utah Federal Courthouse - Salt Lake City, Utah

Plaintiffs Adrian and Angela Lee1 asked the bankruptcy court to declare that
the automatic stay in Adam and Jennifer Peeples’ bankruptcy case applies to a
separate lawsuit Adrian Lee filed in state court against defendant Scott McCardle.
The Lees also asserted that the automatic stay prevented McCardle from collecting
attorney’s fees levied against Adrian Lee in that state-court la... More...
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United States of America v. Brian Tillman District of Nebraska Federal Courthouse - Lincoln, Nebraska

Lincoln, NE - Fremont Builder Sentenced for Theft of Government Services

Chief United States District Court Judge Robert Rossiter sentenced Brian Tillman, age 54, of Fremont, Nebraska on January 26, 2018 for his conviction for theft of government funds. Tillman was sentenced to a five-year term of probation and was ordered to pay restitution of $190,100 to the Social Security Administrati... More...
   $0 (01-29-2018 - NE)

United States of America v. Geoffrey S. Walsh District of Oregon Federal Courthouse - Portland, Oregon

Portland, OR - Former Bank of Oswego Executive Receives Federal Prison Sentence for Fraud

U.S. District Court Judge Michael H. Simon sentenced Geoffrey S. Walsh, a former vice president of the Bank of Oswego, to 30 months in federal prison followed by a three-year term of supervised release. Walsh had previously pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to make false entries in bank ... More...
   $0 (01-29-2018 - OR)

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