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« on: February 19, 2011, 12:40:48 AM »
 Lots of fraud and bank robberies
 
 
 
New Mexico Man Charged with Federal Bank Robbery Offense
Fri, 18 Feb 2011 17:57:37 -0600
Eric Schlenker, of Las Vegas, New Mexico, was charged with robbing a Wells Fargo Bank branch in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on February 12, 2011.
 

Wisconsin Man Sentenced for Child Pornography Offense
Fri, 18 Feb 2011 17:22:39 -0600
Paul Marshall Ketring, of Verona, Wisconsin, was sentenced to 90 months in prison and a lifetime of supervised release for possessing child pornography.
 

New Jersey Police Officer Guilty of Making False Statements in a Mortgage Application
Thu, 17 Feb 2011 17:16:15 -0600
Former Jersey City police officer Brian Ragauckas, of Secaucus, New Jersey, admitted making false and fraudulent statements in an application to obtain a Federal Housing Administration-insured mortgage for the purchase of a Jersey City property.
 

Oklahoma Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison on Child Pornography Charge
Fri, 18 Feb 2011 17:04:29 -0600
Carlos Flores, of Oklahoma City, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for downloading a child pornography video pertaining to the rape of a 6-year-old girl. When handing down the sentence, the judge took into consideration evidence that Flores had molested three elementary school aged girls.
 

Former Bristol-Myers Employee Sentenced in New York for Theft of Trade Secrets
Thu, 17 Feb 2011 17:02:02 -0600
Shalin Jhaveri, a citizen of India and former resident of Syracuse, New York, was sentenced for stealing trade secrets from his former employer, Bristol-Myers Squibb.
 

Accountant for Seafood Dealer Sentenced for Role in Concealing $7 Million Bank Fraud
Fri, 18 Feb 2011 16:59:30 -0600
Fred Guarino, the former accountant for North Attleboro, Massachusetts-based Ocean Fresh Seafood, Inc., was sentenced for his role in concealing a scheme to defraud Wells Fargo Business Credit, Inc., a division of Wells Fargo Bank NA, of at least $7 million.
 

Massachusetts Man Charged with $4 Million Fraud Scheme Involving "Life Settlements"
Thu, 17 Feb 2011 16:56:34 -0600
Joseph Gennaco, of Winthrop, Massachusetts and Jupiter, Florida, was charged with mail and wire fraud in connection with a six-year scheme involving purported investments in "life settlements," in which it is alleged that he defrauded about 20 victims of approximately $4 million.
 

California Woman Pleads Guilty in $6 Million Wheelchair Scheme to Defraud Medicare
Fri, 18 Feb 2011 16:51:20 -0600
Darawn Shadene Vasquez, the office manager of a Los Angeles durable medical equipment company, pled guilty to conspiring with her former church pastor to run a power wheelchair scheme that defrauded Medicare of more than $6 million.
 

Six Los Angeles-Area Defendants Indicted in $30 Million Medicare Fraud Schemes
Thu, 17 Feb 2011 16:47:31 -0600
As part of a nationwide crackdown on Medicare fraud, six Los Angeles-are defendants were arrested on charges of submitting fraudulent claims to Medicare, mostly for electric wheelchairs that were never delivered.
 

Minnesota Man Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Investors in a House-Flipping Scheme
Fri, 18 Feb 2011 16:43:09 -0600
Robert W. Dufresne, of Cottage Grove, Minnesota, pled guilty to defrauding investors out of more than $5 million in a multi-state house-flipping scheme.
 

North Dakota Woman Sentenced for Stabbing Incident
Thu, 17 Feb 2011 16:41:31 -0600
Crystal J. Morin, of Belcourt, North Dakota, was sentenced to 27 months in prison for stabbing a victim in the chest with a knife outside the victim's residence after a dispute between the victim and another male. The injury the victim sustained was not life threatening.
 

Minnesota Man Sentenced for Embezzling from Tribe
Thu, 17 Feb 2011 16:39:52 -0600
Eric J. Makowski, of Brainerd, Minnesota, was sentenced to 60 months in prison for his role in embezzling more than $600,000 from the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe btween 2005 and June of 2007.
 

Arkansas Man Charged in Missouri with Armed Bank Robbery
Thu, 17 Feb 2011 16:38:12 -0600
Robert Bruce Knepper, of Fort Smith, Arkansas, was charged in federal court with the armed robbery of Great Southern Bank in Joplin, Missouri.
 

Nevada Attorney and Loan Officer Charged with Mortgage Fraud
Thu, 17 Feb 2011 16:31:23 -0600
Attorney Stanley Walton and mortgage loan officer Pamela Black, both of Las Vegas, Nevada, were charged with conspiracy to commit bank, mail, and wire fraud in connection with allegedly participating in a scheme to obtain mortgage loans from financial institutions using straw buyers and false loan applications.
 

Connecticut Man Indicted on Tax Fraud, False Statement Charges
Fri, 18 Feb 2011 16:29:09 -0600
John B. Maia, of Waterbury, Connecticut, was charged with four counts of making and subscribing a false federal tax return, and one count of making a false statement to federal law enforcement agents.
 

Virginia Man Convicted of Murdering Fellow Drug Dealer
Thu, 17 Feb 2011 16:25:33 -0600
Samuel Manning, of Hampton, Virginia, was convicted of murdering a fellow crack cocaine dealer over a drug debt, wounding another person in the process.
 

Pennsylvania Jail Guard Charged with Civil Rights Violation
Fri, 18 Feb 2011 16:20:39 -0600
Arii Metz, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a correctional officer with the Allegheny County Jail, was indicted in connection with using excessive force in the assault of an inmate by striking him in the head and thereby violating his civil rights.
 

Texas Man Sentenced for Mortgage Fraud
Thu, 17 Feb 2011 16:18:33 -0600
Melvin Lendall Brown, a Houston area resident, was sentenced to 57 months in prison for wire fraud arising from a mortgage fraud scheme.
 

Texas Man Indicted in $6 Million Commercial Real Estate Investment Scheme
Fri, 18 Feb 2011 16:13:10 -0600
Eric Brauss, of Dallas, was indicted for his role in defrauding investors of $6 million in a commercial real estate investment scheme.
 

Texas Woman Pleads Guilty to Involvement in Murders
Thu, 17 Feb 2011 16:10:51 -0600
Carrie Christine Wood, of New Caney, Texas, has become the final defendant to plead guilty to charges related to a double homicide which took place in Nacogdoches, Texas in August 2007.
 

Former D.C. Council Chief of Staff Pleads Guilty to Corruption Charges
Fri, 18 Feb 2011 16:01:31 -0600
Ted G. Loza, the former chief of staff for a District of Columbia council member, pled guilty to accepting illegal gratuities and making a false statement to the District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics.
 

Securities Attorney, Five Others Indicted in Stock Manipulation Scheme
Fri, 18 Feb 2011 16:00:41 -0600
Six individuals, including a securities attorney, were charged in an indictment with defrauding investors in a stock manipulation scheme from 2003 to 2008.
 

Romanian Man Guilty in International Fraud Scheme Involving Online Auction Websites
Thu, 17 Feb 2011 15:58:49 -0600
Adrian Ghighina, of Bucharest, Romania, pled guilty in Chicago to one count each of wire fraud and conspiracy for his role in moving and hiding the illicit proceeds of an international fraud scheme.
 

Vermont Man Who Robbed Florida Bank with Fake Bomb Pleads Guilty
Fri, 18 Feb 2011 15:55:22 -0600
Scott Edward Nelson, of Vermont, pled guilty in Orlando to bank robbery with a dangerous weapon in connection with his use of a hoax bomb to rob a bank in Daytona Beach, Florida.
 

Montana Man Sentenced for Sexually Abusing Minor Niece
Fri, 18 Feb 2011 15:51:58 -0600
Milan Lee Goudreaux, of Birney, Montana, was sentenced to 57 months in prison for sexually abusing his 6-year-old niece.
 

Utah Man Pleads Guilty to Production of Child Pornography
Thu, 17 Feb 2011 15:50:39 -0600
Robert Bruce Ririe, of Provo, Utah, pled guilty to one count of production of child pornography, admitting that he persuaded five juveniles to take sexually explicit photographs of themselves and e-mail them to him.
 

Three Convicted in Maryland in $78 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme
Fri, 18 Feb 2011 15:45:49 -0600
Michael Anthony Hickson, Isaac Jerome Smith, and Alvita Karen Gunn were convicted in Greenbelt, Maryland of fraud conspiracy, wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit money laundering in connection with their participation in a massive mortgage fraud scheme which promised to pay off homeowners' mortgages but left them to fend for themselves.
 

Maryland Men Indicted for String of Armed Bank Robberies in Pennsylvania
Fri, 18 Feb 2011 15:42:05 -0600
Eric Jawain Watkins and Sade Tenisha Long, both of Maryland, were indicted in connection with a string of five armed bank robberies in York County, Pennsylvania.
 

FBI's Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending February 18, 2011
Fri, 18 Feb 2011 11:37:31 -0600
Read about our Top Ten news stories of the week, including the largest-ever federal health care fraud takedown; the arrests of dozens of members and associated of the Armenian Power organized crime group; and the indictments of 10 individuals for their roles in a human trafficking scheme.

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« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2011, 03:27:51 PM »
These update cases continue to show no area is going without fraud...



Maryland Loan Officer Sentenced for Mortgage Fraud
Fri, 25 Feb 2011 17:00:51 -0600
James Dan, of Annapolis, Maryland, was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme which promised to help homeowners facing foreclosure keep their homes, but left them homeless and with no equity.

North Carolina Woman Pleads Guilty to Health Care Fraud, Other Charges
Thu, 24 Feb 2011 16:55:56 -0600
Sarah Lavonne Willis, of Charlotte, North Carolina, pled guilty to health care fraud, money laundering, and failure to file tax returns in connection with a scheme in which she falsely billed Medicaid for behavioral therapy services which she did not provide and which were not eligible for reimbursement.

Florida Podiatrist Sentenced for Filing False Medicare Claims
Fri, 25 Feb 2011 16:25:50 -0600
Arthur C. Haspel, of Boca Raton, Florida, a podiatry physician who was sentenced in 2002 for unlawful distribution of hydrocodone and subsequently excluded from participation in the Medicare program, was sentenced to 21 months in prison for continuing to provide services to Medicare beneficiaries and billing Medicare for the services he provided.

Florida Lawyer Sentenced for Stealing Trust Funds
Thu, 24 Feb 2011 16:24:22 -0600
Joseph Sindaco, an attorney from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was sentenced to 48 months in prison on a mail fraud charge in connection with his embezzlement of nearly $4 million in funds from clients' trust accounts.

Four Charged in Florida for Multi-Million-Dollar Mortgage Fraud Scheme
Thu, 24 Feb 2011 16:22:55 -0600
Four individuals were indicted in Miami for their roles in allegedly defrauding three financial institutions of approximately $10.5 million in fraudulent mortgage loans.

Guatemalan Man Indicted for Kidnapping U.S. Citizen, Resulting in Her Death
Thu, 24 Feb 2011 16:21:23 -0600
A Guatemalan man, Jorge Moises Velasquez, was indicted on federal charges stemming from the kidnapping of an American citizen last year in Antigua, Guatemala, a crime that resulted in the victim's death.

Texas Urologist and Wife Indicted for Health Care Fraud
Fri, 25 Feb 2011 16:12:08 -0600
Hossein Lahiji, M.D., a McAllen, Texas urologist, and his wife, Najmeh Vahid Lahiji, of San Antonio, Texas, were indicted for allegedly defrauding Medicare and Medicare.

Texas Doctor Sentenced, Ordered to Forfeit $43 Million Gained Through Fraud
Fri, 25 Feb 2011 16:10:24 -0600
Dr. Kiran Sharma, of Kemah, Texas, was sentenced to eight years in federal prison and ordered to forfeit more than $43 millin in cash and property for engaging in a conspiracy with her husband, Dr. Arun Sharma, to commit health care fraud and committing health care fraud over a 10-year period.

North Dakota Man Sentenced on Sexual Abuse Charge
Fri, 25 Feb 2011 16:04:20 -0600
Anthony Scott Weiker, of Tokio, North Dakota, was sentenced to six years in prison for sexually abusing a woman while she was asleep.

North Dakota Man Pleads Guilty to Assault Charge
Thu, 24 Feb 2011 16:02:07 -0600
Milo R. Red Tomahawk, of New Town, North Dakota, pled guilty to a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon. Red Tomahawk pushed the victim's head into two walls in a home, causing the victim's head to go through the sheet rock

Employee of Texas Attorney General's Child Support Division Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud
Fri, 25 Feb 2011 15:55:40 -0600
Eloisa Garcia Casso, a former employee of the Texas Attorney General's Child Support Division, was convicted of tax fraud charges. Casso admitted receiving or attempting to receive in excess of $80,000 during the course of the conspiracy, which spanned from January 2001 through March 2005.

Head of New Mexico Real Estate Company Indicted in $76 Million Ponzi Scheme
Fri, 25 Feb 2011 15:39:31 -0600
Douglas F. Vaughan, of Albuquerque, was indicted on charges stemming from his operation of a promissory note investment program, which he marketed as a means of generating revenue to grow his real estate business, but that was actually a multi-million-dollar Ponzi scheme.

Alleged Supporter of Terrorist Group Extradited from Paraguay
Fri, 25 Feb 2011 15:08:49 -0600
Moussa Ali Hamdan, a dual citizen of the United States and Lebanon and a former resident of Brooklyn, New York, made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia after being extradited from Paraguay. Hamdan is among several defendants charged in a conspiracy to provide material support to Hizballah, a designated foreign terrorist organization.

Armed Bank Robber and Drug Trafficker Sentenced in Pennsylvania
Fri, 25 Feb 2011 15:07:32 -0600
Ronald Hills, of Philadelphia, was sentenced to 37 years in prison for armed bank robbery, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, drug trafficking, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Head of Pennsylvania Medical Billing Firm Pleads Guilty to $2.46 Million Embezzlement
Thu, 24 Feb 2011 15:05:06 -0600
Ronald A. McFarland, of State College, Pennsylvania, pled guilty to theft and embezzlement of $2.46 million in health insurance reimbursements belonging to two cancer treatment centers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Liverpool, Ohio.

Pennsylvania Man Convicted of Illegal Trading with Iran
Thu, 24 Feb 2011 14:52:16 -0600
Mohammad Reza Vaghari, of Broomall, Pennsylvania, was convicted of crimes relating to his participation in illegal business transactions with Iran between 2005 and 2008.

Louisiana State Official Charged with Receiving Illegal Payoffs, and Lying to FBI
Fri, 25 Feb 2011 14:16:19 -0600
Former Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Commissioner Henry M. Mouton, of Lafayette, Louisiana, Louisiana, was indicted in connection with allegedly accepting over $463,000 in illegal payoffs from co-conspirators who used his influence to keep closed the Old Gentilly Landfill in New Orleans.

Former Virginia Homicide Investigator Sentenced for Extortion
Fri, 25 Feb 2011 14:09:21 -0600
Robert Glenn Ford, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, a former homicide investigator with the Norfolk Police Department, was sentenced to 12 years and six months in prison for extortion and conspiracy offenses and for making false statements to the FBI.

Tennessee Woman Pleads Guilty to Embezzling $4 Million from Employer
Thu, 24 Feb 2011 13:34:56 -0600
Leslie Janous, of Knoxville, Tennessee, pled guilty in connection with using her position as a bookkeeper for Scancarbon, Inc. to embezzle at least $4 million from the company.

Mortgage Company President Sentenced for Orchestrating $136 Million Fraud Scheme
Thu, 24 Feb 2011 12:51:58 -0600
Michael J. McGrath, Jr., the former president and controlling shareholder of Pine Brook, New Jersey-based U.S. Mortgage, was sentenced to 168 months in prison for his role in orchestrating the $136 million fraud scheme that bankrupted the company and its subsidiary, CU National Mortgage, LLC.

Oklahoma Woman Sentenced for Mail Fraud and Tax Evasion
Thu, 24 Feb 2011 12:03:45 -0600
Debra A. Minshall, of Oklahoma City, was sentenced to 46 months in prison for using the U.S. Mail to defraud her former employer and for evading the payment of federal personal income taxes. She was also ordered to pay restitution to the victims of her crimes totaling $1,409,114.00.

Four CD and DVD Counterfeiters and Suppliers Sentenced in Georgia
Thu, 24 Feb 2011 11:59:17 -0600
Four individuals were sentenced in Atlanta, Georgia for their involvement in a counterfeit DVD and CD ring. The defendants were responsible for distributing illegal copies of products that, if legitimate, would have been valued at more than $2 million.

FBI's Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending February 25, 2011
Fri, 25 Feb 2011 11:36:47 -0600
Read about our Top Ten news stories of the week, including the arrest of a Saudi Arabian college student in Texas in connection with allegedly plotting a terrorist attack; the sentencing of a Virginia man for providing support to al Shabaab and encouraging violent jihadists to kill U.S. citizens; and the guilty pleas of three Rhode Island town councilman and one businessman to extortion and bribery charges.

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« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2011, 12:25:55 AM »
 Sure a mixed bag of interesting cases   :huh:


Man Sentenced for Role in $80 Million Ponzi Scheme Involving Investments in ATMs
Mon, 28 Feb 2011 16:56:19 -0600
Vance Moore, II, of Raleigh, North Carolina, was sentenced in Manhattan federal court to 97 months in prison for his participation in an $80 million Ponzi scheme involving investments in automated teller machines.

Pharmaceutical Company Sentenced for Off-Label Marketing of Epilepsy Drug
Mon, 28 Feb 2011 16:52:07 -0600
Elan Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a subsidiary of the Irish pharmaceutical manufacturer Elan Corporation, PLC (Elan), pled guilty today to a misdemeanor violation of the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act for the illegal promotion of the epilepsy drug Zonegran. Elan was also sentenced to pay a criminal fine of $97 million and forfeit $3.6 million in substituted assets.

Self-Described "Militant Extremist" Sentenced in Maryland for Visa Fraud
Mon, 28 Feb 2011 16:48:04 -0600
Brahim Lajqi, an ethnic Albanian from Kosovo residing in Silver Spring, Maryland, was sentenced to five years in prison for visa fraud. Lajqi's sentence was enhanced for conducting activities to fulfill his pledge to retaliate against the United States for its involvement in the Kosovo conflict, which Lajqi believed had led to the deaths of several family members.

ICE Supervisory Intelligence Research Specialist Indicted for Misuse of Diplomatic Passport
Mon, 28 Feb 2011 16:38:31 -0600
Ahmed Adil Abdallat, a supervisory intelligence research specialist for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in El Paso, Texas, was indicted in connection with a scheme to steal government travel funds and for misuse of a diplomatic passport.

Boston Police Officer Pleads Guilty in Injury Scam
Mon, 28 Feb 2011 15:42:11 -0600
Boston police officer Eliezer Gonzalez pled guilty to 34 counts of mail fraud in connection with his work-related disability claim. Gonzalez greatly exaggerated and falsified both his injuries and ongoing physical issues and fraudulently collected injured leave pay from the City of Boston totaling approximately $173,000, as well as supplemental insurance benefits totaling $3,600.

Connecticut Crack Dealer Sentenced
Mon, 28 Feb 2011 15:39:19 -0600
Clayton Robinson, a citizen of Jamaica formerly residing in Hartford, Connecticut,was sentenced to 57 months in prison for his role in a Hartford-based narcotics distribution ring.

Arizona Sentenced on Armed Assault Charge
Mon, 28 Feb 2011 15:31:21 -0600
Ak-Chin Indian Community member Bernett Steven Lopez, Jr., of Sacaton, Arizona, was sentenced to 13 years in prison for shooting a victim in the chest at close range. There was no known provocation for or motive regarding the shooting and Lopez was highly intoxicated at the time.

Former New York Police Officer Sentenced for Transporting Minors for Sex
Mon, 28 Feb 2011 14:39:10 -0600
Trent Young, a former New York City police officer who operated a martial arts studio out of his home in Middletown, New York, was sentenced to more than 21 years in prison for his transportation of three different minors across state lines for purposes of engaging in illegal sexual activity. The sentencing took place at the prison ward of the Westchester Medical Center, where Young is being treated for a terminal illness.

Security Chief Charged with Obstructing Investigation of West Virginia Coal Mine Explosion
Mon, 28 Feb 2011 13:55:32 -0600
Hughie Elbert Stover, of Clear Fork, West Virginia, was charged with the felonies of making false statements to federal agents and obstruction of justice in connection with the federal investigation of events at Massey Energy Company's Upper Big Branch Mine (UBB). Stover is chief of security at UBB and at least two other Massey operations.

Virginia Man Sentenced for Soliciting Sex from a Minor
Fri, 25 Feb 2011 13:51:15 -0600
Joshua Nabatkhorian, 53, of Alexandria, Virginia, was sentenced to five years in prison, followed by 20 years of supervised release, for attempting to entice a 13-year-old girl, who was a family friend, to engage in sexual activity with him.






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