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News Release: Up to $500 million in Affordable Care Act funding will help health providers improve care

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that up to $500 million in Partnership for Patients funding will be available to help hospitals, health care provider organizations and others improve care and stop millions of preventable injuries and complications related to health care acquired conditions and unnecessary readmissions. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Ekpedeme Obot, Owner of Houston Health Care Company Pleads Guilty in Connection with $1.3 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

According to court documents, Obot was an owner and operator of Praise DME. Praise maintained a Medicare provider number in order to submit Medicare claims for the costs of durable medical equipment (DME) and purported to provide orthotics and other DME to Medicare beneficiaries. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Belarusian National is Sentenced to 41 Months in Prison for Participating in International Online Scheme to Steal U.S. Tax Refunds

A Belarusian national and resident of Nantucket, Mass., was sentenced today in federal court to 41 months in prison for his participation in an international online scheme to steal income tax refunds from U.S. taxpayers around the country. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Justice Department Moves to Intervene in Texas Case to Enforce the Supreme Court’s Olmstead Decision

The Justice Department today filed papers seeking to intervene in Steward, et al. v. Perry, et al., a case filed on behalf of thousands of Texans with developmental disabilities to enforce their right under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to receive services provided by the state in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Kenneth H. Nix, Former Army Contracting Officials Charged with Conspiracy to Defraud the U.S. & Filing False Tax Returns and Ethics Forms

Kenneth H. Nix and Velma I. Salinas-Nix, both of Boerne, Texas, were indicted by a federal grand jury in San Antonio on a multi-count indictment alleging tax fraud and false statements to the U.S. government, the Justice Department announced today. The Nixes were charged with one count of conspiring for the dual purpose of impeding the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Keemie Houston and Sharon Beal, Owners of Houston Health Care Company Plead Guilty to Medicare Fraud

Kemmie Houston, 43, pleaded guilty today and Sharon Beal, 47, pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court in Houston. Houston and Beal both pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge David Hittner to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. In their pleas, Beal and Houston admitted that they defrauded Medicare of $851,212. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Michael Jackson’s Former General Manager Pleads Guilty to Tax Charges in Washington, D.C., Court

Raymone Bain, a public relations specialist and the former general manager of the late pop star Michael Jackson, pleaded guilty today in federal court in Washington, D.C., to .charges that she failed to file federal and District of Columbia income tax returns Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Department of Justice Disrupts International Cyber Crime Rings Distributing Scareware

Scareware is malicious software that poses as legitimate computer security software and purports to detect a variety of threats on the affected computer that do not actually exist. Users are then informed they must purchase what they are told is anti-virus software in order to repair their computers. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Former Hamtramck Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Divulging Federal Wiretap During Highwaymen Motorcycle Club Investigation

Randall Hutchinson pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of providing notice of a federal wiretap to the former Downriver Chapter President of the Highwaymen Motorcycle Club during the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) investigation into that organization in 2005 – 2006. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Manhattan U.S. Attorney Charges Man with Murdering Members of the United

RAYMOND W. KELLY, the Police Commissioner of the City of New York, announced today the filing of a criminal Complaint against ARID UKA, a/k/a “Abu Reyyan,” charging UKA with murdering and attempting to murder United States Air Force (“USAF”) personnel in Frankfurt, Germany, on March 2, 2011. Continue reading

More Financial Woes for the Wealthy Newt Gingrich’s Campaign

The sudden departure of top aides on Newt Gingrich campaign over the last couple of weeks has everyone wondering, when will he end his campaign for President. Today Newt Gingrich faces more woes when he lost his two top fundraisers. Both Jody Thomas and fundraising consultant Mary Heitman of SAGAC Public Affairs. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Former Hickman County, Tennessee Deputy Sheriff Pleads Guilty to Civil Rights Charges

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced that former Hickman County Deputy Sheriff Kenneth H. Smith, 43, pleaded guilty today to violating the rights of two women. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Former Co-Owner of Illinois Technology Company Sentenced to Serve One Year and a Day in Prison for Role in Conspiracy to Defraud the Federal E-Rate Program

WASHINGTON — A former co-owner of an Illinois-based technology company, Global Networking Technologies Inc. (GNT), was sentenced today to serve one year and a day in prison for his participation in a conspiracy to defraud the federal E-Rate program, the Department of Justice announced.
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PRESS RELEASE: Former TBW CEO Sentenced to 40 Months in Prison for Fraud Scheme

WASHINGTON – The former chief executive officer (CEO) of Taylor, Bean & Whitaker (TBW) was sentenced today to 40 months in prison for his role in a more than $2.9 billion fraud scheme that contributed to the failure of TBW. At one time, TBW was one of the largest privately held mortgage lending companies in the United States.
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PRESS RELEASE: Owner of Detroit-Area Medical Clinic Sentenced to Prison for Role in $1.12 Million Diagnostic Testing Fraud Scheme

WASHINGTON – An owner of a Detroit-area medical clinic was sentenced today to 15 months in prison for her role in a $1.12 million Medicare fraud scheme, the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services (HHS) announced.
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PRESS RELEASE: U.S. Army Sergeant and Associate Indicted for Alleged Bribe Scheme Involving Contracts at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait

WASHINGTON – An 11-count indictment unsealed today in federal court in Wheeling, W.V., charges an Army sergeant first class and his associate for their alleged roles in a bribery and money laundering scheme at Camp Arifjan, a U.S. military base in Kuwait. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Real Estate Lawyer Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 46 Months in Prison for His Role in a Multimillion-Dollar Mortgage Fraud Scheme

PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that ALEXANDER KAPLAN, formerly a Brooklyn-based real estate lawyer and the owner of a title insurance company, was sentenced on Friday, June 17, 2011, in Manhattan federal court to 46 months in prison. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Former Baltimore Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Extortion

BALTIMORE, MD—Former Baltimore Police officer Jermaine Rice, age 28, of Woodstock, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to extortion under color of official right in connection with a scheme in which a repair shop owner paid police officers, including Rice, to arrange for the repair shop, rather than a city-authorized company, to tow vehicles from accident scenes and make repairs. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Phoenix Real Estate Investor Pleads Guilty to $50 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme

PHOENIX—Brett Matheson, 46, pleaded guilty on Monday in federal court to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in a $50 million mortgage fraud scheme based in Phoenix. Two others have also entered guilty pleas and are awaiting sentencing. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Justice Department Files Gender Discrimination Lawsuit Against Waupaca County, Wisconsin

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department today announced it has filed a lawsuit alleging that Waupaca County, Wis., discriminated against Waupaca County Sheriff’s Department patrol officer Julie Ann Thobaben because of her gender when it failed to promot Continue reading

Is it Possible Americans Buying Back America, One Treasury Bond at a Time to Save the United State’s Economy

“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty. This much we pledge – and more”. (John F. Kennedy) Hypothetically thinking if China finds the value in investing in American saving bonds, wouldn’t it be practical for the rest of Americans to also purchase saving bonds in an addition to the Americans that usually purchase them in making this country’s foundation stronger as we go through this Economic Recovery? Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Owner of Houston Health Care Company Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Medicare

WASHINGTON – An owner of a Houston health care company pleaded guilty today in connection with a $654,227 Medicare fraud scheme, announced the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services (HHS). Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar Applaud Final Approval of Cobell Settlement

WASHINGTON – Today, the Departments of Justice and Interior applauded the final approval by U.S. Senior District Judge Thomas F. Hogan of Cobell v. Salazar, a long-running and contentious individual American Indian trust class-action lawsuit. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Fraud Charges Filed Against Weight-Loss Doctor

Criminal charges alleging that the owner of a chain of medically supervised weight-loss clinics defrauded both a private health insurance company and the Illinois Medicaid program were filed earlier this week, announced Robert D. Grant. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Expert-Networking Firm Consultant Found Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court of Insider Trading Crimes

PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that WINIFRED JIAU, a/k/a “Wini,” a consultant at an expert-networking firm, was found guilty today in Manhattan federal court of conspiracy and securities fraud charges in connection with her involvement in an insider trading scheme. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: 18 Charged in Fraud Cases Related to Telemarketing Operations that Solicited Over $25 Million for Indie Films

LOS ANGELES—12 people have been arrested this week on federal fraud charges stemming from boiler room operations that solicited investments in independent movies with false promises of up to 1,000 percent returns and misrepresentations as to how investor funds would be used. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Title Company Owner Sentenced to Four Years in Prison for Mortgage Fraud Was a Fugitive for Almost a Year

BALTIMORE, MD—U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Daniel E. Fink Jr., age 44, of Baltimore, who operated Homemaxx Title & Escrow LLC (Homemaxx), a title company that conducted residential real estate closings with offices in Middle River and Parkville, Maryland, today to four years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Former Weslaco ISD Trustee Convicted of Accepting Bribe for School Renovation Project

A former trustee for the Weslaco Independent School District (WISD) has pleaded guilty to accepting a bribe in exchange for using his official capacity to influence the award of a contract on a school renovation project. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Justice Department Reaches Agreement with City of Manassas Park, Virginia, on Bailout from the Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced that it has reached an agreement with the city of Manassas Park, Va., that, if approved by the court, will allow for the city to bail out from its status as a “covered jurisdiction” under the special provisions of the Voting Rights Act… Continue reading

One Treasurer, Three Out of State PACs, WHY Would You Change Address From a Mail Service to a Flooring Business

Why would anyone change the address for three PACS associated at a mailing service to a Flooring company of no known political affiliation yet to be found? The PACs: RIPTIDE POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE, VOTE TO ELECT REPUBLICANS NOW PAC (VERN PAC), SHARP PENCIL PAC Connected Organization Name COBLE FOR CONGRESS addresses… Continue reading

News RELEASE: Affordable Care Act funds to help create healthier U.S. communities Funding opportunity for national networks of community-based organizations

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced a funding opportunity for national networks of community-based organizations to apply for more than $4 million in cooperative agreements. The announcement comes the same day the Obama Administration unveiled the National Prevention Strategy Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Nashville Police Officer Indicted in Cocaine Distribution Conspiracy

Metropolitan Nashville Police Officer Richard Wilson, 31, was indicted today by a federal grand jury for corruptly soliciting, demanding, and accepting cash in connection with transactions related to his duties as a police officer, attempting to distribute cocaine, and money laundering. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: 32 South Texas Residents Charged With Fraud as a Result of “Operation Sitting Duck”, More Than 20,000 Allegedly False Insurance Claims Submitted to AFLAC

“Operation Sitting Duck,” an ongoing investigation into fraudulent insurance claims filed with the American Family Life Assurance Company (AFLAC), has resulted in the return of eight separate but related sealed indictments, charges of conspiracy and wire fraud and the arrest of 32 South Texas residents for their alleged involvement in a scheme to defraud AFLAC of millions. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Camano Island Man Pleads Guilty to Multi-State Crime Spree Colton Harris-Moore Pleads Guilty and Forfeits Any Proceeds from His Story

COLTON HARRIS-MOORE, 20, of Camano Island, Washington, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to seven charges in connection with his lengthy crime spree in the Pacific Northwest and across the United States to Indiana, ending in the Bahamas. HARRIS-MOORE pleaded guilty to bank burglary, two counts of interstate transportation of a stolen aircraft, interstate and foreign transportation of a stolen firearm, piloting an aircraft without a valid airman’s certificate, and interstate transportation of a stolen vessel. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Starbuck Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Commit Bank Fraud and Money Laundering

Schluter was charged on September 24, 2010. In his plea agreement, Schluter admitted that from 2002 through 2006, he conspired with an unnamed individual to obtain money fraudulently from the bank through the use of straw borrowers.
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PRESS RELEASE: Texas-Based Fluor Corporation to Pay U.S. $4 Million to Resolve False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Act Liability, Allegations Related to Contract at Hanford Nuclear Site in Washington State

WASHINGTON – Fluor Hanford Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fluor Federal Services Inc. and Fluor Corporation, has agreed to pay the United States $4 million to resolve allegations that it knowingly submitted false claims and paid and received kickbacks relating to a contract to operate and manage mixed radioactive waste at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Hanford Nuclear Site in Hanford, Wash. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Former Colonial Bank Senior Vice President Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison for Fraud Scheme

Catherine Kissick, former senior vice president and head of Colonial Bank’s Mortgage Warehouse Lending Division was sentenced today to eight years in prison for her role in a more than $2.9 billion fraud scheme that contributed to the failures of Colonial Bank and Taylor, Bean & Whitaker (TBW). Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Justice Department Reaches Settlement with Nixon State Bank to Resolve Allegations of Lending Discrimination

Settlement Provides Compensation to Hispanic Borrowers of Unsecured Consumer Loans
WASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced today that Nixon State Bank of Nixon, Texas, will establish uniform pricing policies, conduct employee training, and pay nearly $100,000 as part of a settlement to resolve allegations that it engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Fifth Member of CD and DVD Counterfeiting Ring in Atlanta Sentenced to 38 Months in Prison

Ibrahim Diallo, 27, of Atlanta, was sentenced to 38 months in prison today by U.S. District Judge William S. Duffey Jr., in Atlanta for his involvement in a counterfeit DVD and CD ring. Diallo was also sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $3,867 in restitution, jointly and severally with his co-defendants. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: United States and Two California State Agencies File Civil Lawsuit Against Greka Oil & Gas Inc. for Oil Spills in Santa Barbara County

WASHINGTON – The United States, the California Department of Fish and Game and the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Coast Region, filed a civil complaint today in federal court against Greka Oil & Gas Inc. (now known as HVI Cat Canyon Inc.) Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Departments of Justice, Health and Human Services Highlight Joint Efforts to Combat Health Care Fraud in Philadelphia

Attorney General Holder and Secretary Sebelius Host Sixth Regional Fraud Prevention Summit
“In communities across the country, and particularly here in Philadelphia, health care fraud schemes are being aggressively and permanently shut down…” Continue reading

Republicans Leap at the Word Union and are Speaking up Nationally Against the NLRB’s Complaint Against Boeing

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said Wednesday it’s “disgraceful and dangerous” for Republicans to meddle in a complaint filed by the National Labor Relations Board. I’m not here to judge the merits of the case,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “In fact, I’m here to do the exact opposite: to remind the Senate that prejudging the case is not our job. That would overstep long-established boundaries and weaken our system of checks and balances.” South Carolina has had a similar fight years ago and the company ended up paying so this may not be a slam dunk against Unions as some would think. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Justice Department Reaches Settlement with Midwest BankCentre Regarding Alleged Lending Discrimination in St. Louis,Settlement Provides $1.45 Million to Ensure Equal Lending Services to African-American Community

WASHINGTON –Midwest BankCentre will open a full-service branch in an African-American neighborhood and invest approximately $1.45 million in majority African-American areas of the St. Louis metropolitan area as part of a settlement to resolve allegations that they engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination on the basis of race and color. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Five Alabama Tax Return Preparers Charged with Tax Fraud

WASHINGTON – A group of five tax return preparers were indicted in the Middle District of Alabama on tax fraud charges, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced today. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Chief Engineer Sentenced in Maryland for Obstructing Investigation into the Illegal Overboard Discharge of Oily Waste

WASHINGTON – Dimitrios Grifakis, 57, of Kallithea, Greece, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis to six months in prison. In a related case, Cardiff Marine Inc., the Liberian-registered shipping company and operator of the Capitola previously pleaded guilty to obstructing a Coast Guard examination and violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Federal Court Bars Firm with Offices in Pennsylvania and Virginia from Promoting Stock-Loan Tax Scheme; Court Finds “HedgeLoan” Transactions Were Taxable Stock Sales Disguised as Loan

Court Finds “HedgeLoan” Transactions Were Taxable Stock Sales Disguised as Loans
WASHINGTON – A federal court has permanently barred HedgeLender LLC from promoting a stock-loan tax scheme. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Jacqueline Lebaron Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Obstruct Religious Beliefs

HOUSTON—Jacqueline Lebaron, 46, the last of several members of the LeBaron family and “Lamb of God” religious sect charged for their involvement in a series of murders in 1988 in Houston and elsewhere, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obstruct religious beliefs… Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Former City Councilman and County Commissioner Indicted for Taking Bribes

TAMPA, FL—United States Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces the unsealing of an indictment charging Kevin L. White (46, Riverview) and George Hondrellis (45, Tampa) with the following charges Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Texas Man Sentenced for Hacking into Computer Servers of Local Company and NASA

MINNEAPOLIS—United States Attorneys B. Todd Jones, of the District of Minnesota, and Rod J. Rosenstein, of the District of Maryland, announced that earlier today in federal court in St. Paul, Minnesota, a 26-year-old Texas man was sentenced for hacking into computer networks at a Minnesota business and at NASA. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: New York City Sex Trafficker Sentenced to More Than 26 Years

Judge Marcia Morales Howard today sentenced Tyrone Townsend (45, New York, New York) to 320 months in federal prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, for sex trafficking by force, threats of force and fraud; transporting women across state lines for prostitution… Continue reading

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