Recent Verdicts and Judgements

United States of America v. Robert S. Stewart, Jr.

Alexandria, Virginia fraud charged criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Robert S. Stewart, Jr., 35, who was charged with making false statements to multiple federal agencies in order to fraudulently obtain multimillion-dollar government contracts, COVID-19 emergency relief loans, and undeserved military service benefits. “In the early stages of the global pandemic, the defendant engag ... More $0 (06-23-2021 - VA)

United States of America v. Farren Ricketts

Abingdon, Virginia conspiracy to defraud the government charge criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant. Farren Ricketts, 30, and others conspired to file fraudulent claims for pandemic unemployment benefits through the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) website. The scheme involved Ricketts filing claims for various individuals, including her husband and others known to be ineligible to r ... More $0 (06-23-2021 - VA)

Vanessa Bryant v. Island Express Helicopters, Inc., et al.

Los Angeles, California personal injury wrongful death lawyer represented Plaintiff, Vanessa Bryant, Individually and as Successor in Interest to Kobe Bryant, Deceased, who sued Defendants, The Estate of Ara George Zobayan, deceased, Island Express Holding Corp., and OC Helicopters, LLC, claiming to have suffered more than $75,000 in damages and injuries as a direct result of a helicopter acciden ... More $1 (06-23-2021 - CA)

State of Oklahoma v. John Haynes and Jennifer Mason

Tahlequah, Oklahoma child sex abuse charge criminal defense lawyers represented Defendants,John Haynes, 44, and Jennifer Mason, 37, who were charged with sexual abuse of a child under 12 and one count of procuring, producing, distributing or possessing child pornography. According to the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation, digital chat logs had been reported to authorities by the service provider, ... More $0 (06-23-2021 - OK)

United States of America v. Anthony L. Turner

Wheeling, West Virginia drug distribution charge criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Anthony L. Turner, of Toledo, Ohio. Turner, 44, pled guilty in March 2021 to one count of “Distribution of Cocaine Base.” Turner admitted to selling cocaine base, also known as “crack cocaine,” in September 2020 in Ohio County. Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn M. Adkins prosecuted the case on beh ... More $0 (06-22-2021 - WV)

United States of America v. Adam Winston James

Tulsa, Oklahoma aggravated identity theft in connection with a COVID-19 related business loan from a bank charge criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Adam Winston James, age 45. Defendant applied for a PPP loan May 6, 2020, on behalf of a company he claimed to own and operate, Velocity Innovations LLC. As part of the application, James used the identification of at least seven other peo ... More $0 (06-22-2021 - OK)

United States of America v. Rita M. Starliper

Alexandria, Virginia bribery charge criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Rita M. Starliper, age 60, for Greensboro, North Carlina was the owner and CEO of a government contracting firm that previously provided professional staffing services to the BBG. Between late 2014 and late 2016, Starliper, a BBG contracting officer, and others associated with Starliper’s company agreed to and did ... More $0 (06-22-2021 - VA)

United States of America v. Leslie McCrae Dowless

Greenville, North Carolina Social Security fraud charge criminal defense lawyer represented Defndant, Leslie McCrae Dowless, age 65. Defendant defrauded the Social Security Administration by concealing his work and income while receiving monthly benefits payments. In February 2013, Dowless applied for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. In the application, Dowless claimed that he was u ... More $0 (06-22-2021 - NC)

Collateral Management LLC v. Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Real Estate & Professional Licensing

Columbus, Ohio - Real Estate attorney represented Collateral Management LLC with an adjudication order issued by the Ohio Real EBstate Appraiser Board } Collateral Management is an appraisal management company ("AMC"). Collateral Management is licensed in over 40 states. Jessica Massad is the owner and controlling person of Collateral Management. Massad testified she holds appraisal licenses ... More $0 (06-22-2021 - OH)

State of Ohio v. Theodore L. Johnson

Columbus, Ohio - Criminal defense attorney represented Theodore L. Johnson with aggravated robbery and felonious assault, with repeat violent offender specifications. In February 2019, the Franklin County Grand Jury indicted Johnson on one count of aggravated robbery in violation of R.C. 2911.01, a first-degree felony, and one count of felonious assault in violation of R.C. 2903.11, a second ... More $0 (06-22-2021 - OH)

State of Ohio v. Darrell A. Stepherson

Columbus, Ohio - Criminal defense attorney represented Darrell A. Stepherson with aggravated murder, one count of aggravated robbery, and one count of kidnapping charges. This court has considered this matter in several prior decisions. See State v. Stepherson, 10th Dist. No. 94APA12-1805 (Sept. 26, 1995); State v. Stepherson, 10th Dist. No. 13AP-282, 2013-Ohio-5396, ¶ 1-9; State v. Stepher ... More $0 (06-22-2021 - OH)

State of Ohio v. Andrew Fabal

Columbus, Ohio - Criminal defense attorney represented Andrew Fabal with aggravated vehicular homicide and failure to stop after an accident charges. On July 17, 2017, appellant was charged by complaint in the Franklin County Municipal Court with aggravated vehicular homicide and failure to stop after an accident. Appellant subsequently waived preliminary hearing and was bound over to the Fr ... More $0 (06-22-2021 - OH)

State of Ohio v. Kamashon D. Howard

Columbus, Ohio - Criminal defense attorney represented Kamashon D. Howard with carrying a concealed weapon and possession of cocaine with a firearm specification charge. In these consolidated appeals, defendant-appellant, Kamashon D. Howard, appeals the judgments of the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, following his plea of no contest to carrying a concealed weapon in case No. 20AP-08 ... More $0 (06-22-2021 - OH)

State of Ohio v. Anthony Margiotti

Columbus, Ohio - Criminal defense attorney represented Anthony Margiotti with three counts of direct criminal contempt charges. Defendant-appellant, Anthony Margiotti, was convicted on June 20, 2019 of three counts of direct criminal contempt in the Franklin County Municipal Court. Margiotti was sentenced to consecutive terms of 30 days on each contempt finding for a total of 90 days in jai ... More $0 (06-22-2021 - OH)

State of Ohio v. Brandon D. Smith

Columbus, Ohio - Criminal defense attorney represented Brandon D. Smith with aggravated robbery and robbery charges. {¶ 2} Jeffrey Bragg, II, and Matthew Crawford are friends who attended high school together. On November 6, 2017, Crawford agreed to drive Bragg to the airport for a flight leaving that afternoon to Oregon. Prior to Bragg's departure, Bragg and Crawford ran errands, which f ... More $0 (06-22-2021 - OH)

State of Ohio v. James D. Fife

Columbus, Ohio - Criminal defense attorney represented James D. Fife with two counts of felonious assault charges. {¶ 2} By indictment filed April 9, 2018, plaintiff-appellee, State of Ohio, charged Fife with two counts of felonious assault in violation of R.C. 2903.11, felonies of the second degree, for knowingly causing serious physical harm to Chatos Obey ("Chatos") and Merrie Obey ("Me ... More $0 (06-22-2021 - OH)

United States of America v. Christopher Charles Perez

San Antonio, Texas biological weapons hoax charged criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Christopher Charles Perez, aka “Christopher Robbins,” age 40. Jurors convicted Perez on two counts of 18 U.S.C. § 1038, which criminalizes false information and hoaxes related to biological weapons. Evidence presented during trial revealed that Perez posted two threatening messages on Facebook ... More $0 (06-22-2021 - TX)

State of Ohio v. Kandle G. Messenger

Columbus, Ohio - Criminal defense attorney represented Kandle G. Messenger with a murder with an accompanying firearm specification charge. {¶ 2} By indictment filed March 7, 2019, plaintiff-appellee, State of Ohio, charged Messenger with one count of murder in violation of R.C. 2903.02, an unclassified felony; and one count of felony murder in violation of R.C. 2903.02, an unclassified fel ... More $0 (06-22-2021 - OH)

United States of America v. Dr. Gautam Arora

Buffalo, New York drug charge criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Dr. Gautam Arora, age 43, who was charted with unlawfully acquiring controlled prescriptions by misrepresentation and fraud, and scheming to defraud a health care benefit program. The defendant, while working as the pain management doctor at the Hens Pain Center in Amherst, NY, prescribed opioids to multiple patients o ... More $0 (06-22-2021 - NY)

United States of America v. Markhwan Berning

Albany, New York misuing a social security number charge criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Markhwan Berning, age 37, of Saratoga Springs, New York. Berning admitted that between May and July 2020, he obtained unemployment insurance benefits, including federal pandemic-related benefits, by falsely presenting to the New York State Department of Labor a fake social security number as h ... More $0 (06-22-2021 - NY)

United States of America v. Meya Meyyappan

New York, New York making false statements to the FBI charged criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Meya Meyyappan who lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), NASA’s Office of Inspector General (“NASA OIG”), and the USAO. “As a senior NASA scientist with access to sensitive and confidential U.S. government technologies and intellectual property, Meyya Meyyappan ... More $0 (06-22-2021 - NY)

United States of America v. Oleg Koshkin

New Haven, Connecticut conspiracy to commit computer fraud charge criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Oleg Koshkin, who was charged for his role in operating a “crypting” service used to conceal “Kelihos” malware from antivirus software, enabling hackers to systematically infect victim computers around the world with malicious software, including ransomware. Defendant, age 41, ... More $0 (06-22-2021 - CT)

United States of America v. Guido Navarra, M.D.

Boston, Massachusetts violation of the civil remedies provisions of the Controlled Substances Act claim lawyer represented Guido Navarra, M.D., an internist practicing in Newburyport, who agreed to pay $12,500 to resolve allegations that he violated the act. “Preventing the illegal prescription of drugs is essential to patient safety, particularly during an opioid epidemic,” said Acting Unit ... More $0 (06-22-2021 - MA)

United States of America v. Alvaro Luis Soto-Martinez

Concord, New Hampshire possession of fentanyl with the intent to distribute charge criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Alvaro Soto-Martinez, 35, of Haverhill, Massachusetts. In November 2019, a New Hampshire State Trooper conducted a motor vehicle stop in Greenland. The occupants of the vehicle both were subjects of outstanding arrest warrants and were taken into custody. ... More $0 (06-22-2021 - NH)

United States of America v. Mezemr Abebe Belayneh

Atlanta, Georgie lying to obtain citizenship charge criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Mezemr Abebe Belayneh, 65, of Snellville, who served as a civilian interrogator at a makeshift prison in Dilla, Ethiopia, during a period in the late 1970s known as the Red Terror. At the prison, Abebe ordered and participated in the severe physical abuse and interrogation of prisoners held on the ba ... More $0 (06-22-2021 - GA)

United States of America v. Shepherd Hoehn

Indianapolis, Indiana making threats to intimidate and interfere with the rights of another charge criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Shepherd Hoehn, 51. On June 18, 2020, a construction crew began working at the direction of Hoehn’s neighbor to remove a tree from the neighbor’s property. Upon learning of the tree removal, Hoehn became angry and took several steps to threaten, int ... More $0 (06-22-2021 - IN)

National Collegiate Athletic Association v. Shawne Alston, et al.

Colleges and universities across the country have leveraged sports to bring in revenue, attract attention, boost enrollment, and raise money from alumni. That profitable enterprise relies on “amateur” student-athletes who compete under horizontal restraints that restrict how the schools may compensate them for their play. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) issues a ... More $0 (06-22-2021 - DC)

United States of America v. Anthony Tevan Tyner

Huntington, West Virginia felony firearm possession charge criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Anthony Tevan Tyner, 24, was sentenced today to 26 months in prison for being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. According to court documents, on August 29, 2019, law enforcement officers were conducting an investigation into the purchases of multiple firearms that led them to a ... More $0 (06-21-2021 - WV)

Christopher Iannacone v. Algonquin SB Corporation, et al.

Utica, New York civil rights lawyers represented Plaintiff who sued Defendant on a Fair Housing Act (42 U.S.C. 405) violation theory. ... More $0 (06-21-2021 - NY)

Sabrina Ezechie v. Social Security Administration

Rochester, New York social security lawyer represented Plaintiff seeking review of the denial of her application of DIWC/DIWW benefits by HHS. ... More $0 (06-21-2021 - NY)

STATE OF OHIO v. DONNA M. CASTNER

Akron, Ohio - Criminal defense attorney represented Defendant charged with a theft from a person in a protected class. Castner was indicted on one count of theft from a person in a protected class. She was arraigned on that charge and ordered not to have contact with the victim. Yet, she later sent text messages to the victim about the case. The prosecutor referenced those messages at a pret ... More $0 (06-21-2021 - OH)

STATE OF OHIO v. DAVID A. CALLAGHAN

Akron, Ohio - Criminal defense attorney represented Defendant charged with murder (Count 1), tampering with evidence (Count 2), gross abuse of a corpse (Count 3), and domestic violence. Mr. Callaghan pled guilty to murder (Count 1), a special felony, tampering with evidence (Count 2), a felony of the third degree, gross abuse of a corpse (Count 3), a felony of the fifth degree, and domestic ... More $0 (06-21-2021 - OH)

STATE OF OHIO v. TONY D. SMITH

Akron, Ohio - Criminal defense attorney represented Defendant charged with aggravated burglary with a firearm specification, two counts of aggravated menacing, retaliation, and having a weapon under disability. Over the course of several weeks, Mr. Smith was indicted in three separate criminal cases. In Criminal Case No. 2018-06-1862, he was indicted on charges of aggravated burglary with a f ... More $0 (06-21-2021 - OH)

STATE OF OHIO v. JOHN HOULIHAN

Akron, Ohio - Criminal defense attorney represented Defendant with a traffic violation. On November 8, 2019, at approximately 7:27 p.m., Mr. Houlihan and A.W., a seventeen-year-old driver, were involved in a motor vehicle accident in Sheffield Lake, Ohio. The accident occurred in front of Mr. Houlihan’s driveway at the corner of Ferndale Avenue and Dillewood Street. According to the recor ... More $0 (06-21-2021 - OH)

STATE OF OHIO v. KELLY PATTON

Akron, Ohio - Criminal defense attorney represented Defendant charged with one count of attempted murder, two counts of felonious assault, and one count of domestic violence. On the morning of May 1, 2018, in the home they shared in Orrville, Patton stabbed her long-time boyfriend, the victim, multiple times. Patton’s hand was also injured during the course of events. However, Patton and t ... More $0 (06-21-2021 - OH)

STATE OF OHIO v. SETH GRAY

Akron, Ohio - Criminal defense attorney represented Defendant charged with a Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor. On January 21, 2020, Mr. Gray was indicted on one count of Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor, in violation of R.C. 2907.04(A), a felony of the fourth degree. Initially, on February 5, 2020, Mr. Gray, through counsel, waived his right to an arraignment and entered a plea of ... More $0 (06-21-2021 - OH)

RONALD SMITH v. AKRON MUNICIPAL COURT, ET AL.

Akron, Ohio - Real property lawyer represented Defendant seeking a writ of prohibition to prevent an eviction. Generally, for this Court to issue a writ of prohibition, Mr. Smith must establish that: (1) respondents are about to exercise judicial power, (2) the exercise of that power is unauthorized by law, and (3) the denial of the writ will result in injury for which no other adequate rem ... More $0 (06-21-2021 - OH)

PAUL SIMON v. MALINDA SIMON

Akron, Ohio - Divorce attorney represented Plaintiff seeking to hold Defendant in contempt for failure to comply. On September 8, 2017, Ms. Simon filed a motion seeking to hold Mr. Simon in contempt for failure to comply with the April 7, 2017 judgment entry. In addition, Ms. Simon sought attorney fees and expenses in association with pursuing the contempt. On November 1, 2017, Mr. Simon fi ... More $0 (06-21-2021 - OH)

STATE OF OHIO v. DERREK ANDREWS

Akron, Ohio - Criminal defense attorney represented Defendant charged with a domestic violence. Mr. Andrews pleaded no contest to a charge of domestic violence. On May 6, 2020, the trial court sentenced him to community control, required him to refrain from contact with the victim, and informed him that any violation of the terms of his community control would result in an eighteen-month pr ... More $0 (06-21-2021 - OH)

STATE OF OHIO v. JULENE SIMKO

Akron, Ohio - Criminal defense attorney represented Defendant charged wiht with one count of aggravated murder, two counts of murder, two counts of felonious assault, and one count of tampering with evidence. Around 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 18, 2009, someone shot Jeremy Simko in the back of the head at point-blank range while he was sleeping in his bed, killing him. His wife, Julene ... More $0 (06-21-2021 - OH)

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