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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. FLORA ESPINO

Espino worked as a tax preparer for a real estate broker in Spring Valley, California. One borrower, Sean Desmond, served as a police officer at the Chula Vista Police Department. In 2006 he attempted to buy a $1.6 million home. As a police officer, his salary was $90,000 at the time. To assist him with qualifying for this loan, he worked with a broker named Jesse Rodriguez to prepare the loan ... More...   $0 (06-22-2018 - CA)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. CLIFTON A. SATTERWHITE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT

On January 22, 2016, the government filed a criminal complaint against Satterwhite alleging that he participated in a number of robberies in the Columbus, Ohio area. The complaint requested an arrest warrant against Satterwhite for interstate robbery, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1951, felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g), and brandishing a firearm during a crime of... More...   $0 (06-22-2018 - OH)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. FRANK MICHAEL SUSANY, JR UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT

Between February and April 2013, Susany entered into a conspiracy with Robert Courtney and James Quinn to obtain explosives that would be used to crack safes at jewelry stores and coin shops. The trio planned to obtain funds to finance their initial purchase of explosives by breaking into jewelry stores and coin shops to steal valuable items. On February 13, 2013, Susany and Quinn met with a con... More...   $0 (06-22-2018 - OH)

United States of America v. Jasmin Polanco District of Massachusetts Federal Courthouse - Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, MA - Real Estate Attorney Sentenced for Role in Sweeping Mortgage Fraud Conspiracy

A real estate attorney was sentenced today in connection with a sweeping conspiracy to defraud banks and mortgage companies by engaging in sham “short” sales of residential properties in Merrimack Valley.

Jasmin Polanco, 37, of Methuen, was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Court Judge Doug... More...
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United States of America v. Edwin Gonzalez, a/k/a “Sangriento" District of Massachusetts Federal Courthouse - Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, MA - MS-13 Member Convicted for Gang Murders of Two Teenagers

Government’s 49th conviction in case. Defendant is 16th person held accountable for murder.

Following a multi-week trial in federal court in Boston, an MS-13 member was found guilty on June 21, 2018 of racketeering conspiracy involving murder. This is the government’s 49th conviction in the case. Defendant i... More...
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United States of America v. Eric Valentin, a/k/a “Jefe” District of Massachusetts Federal Courthouse - Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, MA - Alleged Gang Member Sentenced for Dealing Firearms

Defendant had “price list” with range of firearms for sale

An alleged member of the Latin Gangsta’ Disciples gang in Lawrence was sentenced yesterday to three years in prison for federal firearms trafficking. Defendant sold 11 firearms, 18 magazines and 359 rounds of ammunition (including 59 rounds of hollow point am... More...
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United States of America v. Mario Lee, a/k/a Mo District of Maine Federal Courthouse - Bangor, Maine

This appeal comes from a
district court’s imposition of a 218-month sentence on Mario Lee
for conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to
distribute 100 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing
heroin in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and 846. Lee only
attacks his sentence as procedurally unreasonable. Concluding, as
we do, that the district court ... More...
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State of Tennessee v. Marquel Stewart

The instant offense occurred on August 11, 2013, as Kyle Foster, the victim, was withdrawing money from an automated teller machine (ATM). A t that time, the Defendant robbed the victimat gunpointand attempted to escape in the victim’s car. The Defendant could not start the car, ran behind a nearby building, and then into a forest across the street. The police were called, and, followinga K-9 s... More...   $0 (06-21-2018 - TN)

United States of America v. Dr. Kenneth G. Edwards Middle District of Alabama Federal Courthouse - Montgomery, Alabama

Montgomery, AL - Phenix City Chiropractor Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Commit Wire Fraud Related to Truck Driver Physicals

On Wednesday, June 13, 2018, Dr. Kenneth G. Edwards, 65, a resident of Columbus, Georgia and previously a practicing chiropractor in Phenix City, Alabama, pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit wire fraud. Dr. Edwards’s conviction resulted from his scheme to submit ... More...
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United States of America v. Dr. Mark Griffis Southern District of Georgia Federal Courthouse - Dublin, Georgia

Dublin, GA - Medical Doctor Found Guilty Of Conspiracy

On Wednesday, June 6, 2018, following a three-day trial before U.S. District Judge Dudley H. Bowen, a federal jury convicted Eastman resident Dr. Mark Griffis, age 61, of conspiring to falsify documents pertaining to Department of Transportation mandated medical examinations of holders of commercial driver’s licenses.

Accordi... More...
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United States of America v. Ramon Cobena Duenas United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida - Miami, Florida

After trial by jury, Ramon Cobena Duenas was convicted of conspiring to exchange counterfeit currency, and dealing in counterfeit currency, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 371 and 473. On appeal, Cobena Duenas challenges his convictions, claiming that the government failed to prove he knew the transaction involved counterfeit United States currency. After review, we affirm.
I.
The essential f... More...
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United States of America v. Raman Handa District of Massachusetts Federal Courthouse - Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, MA - In this case, we affirm dismissal
of the added charge in a superseding indictment on Sixth Amendment
speedy trial grounds. On the facts of this case, we hold that the
constitutional speedy trial clock starts to run from the date of
the original indictment, rejecting the government's assertion that
it runs from the date of the charge first brought in the
superse... More...
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United States of America v. Matthew Taylor and Martin Fields District of Colorado Federal Courthouse - Denver, Colorado

Denver, CO - Colorado Business Owners Indicted For $7 Million Biodiesel Tax Credit Fraud Scheme

A federal grand jury for the District of Colorado has returned an indictment, which was unsealed today, charging two Colorado business owners with conspiring to defraud the United States and to commit money laundering, money laundering and filing false claims, announced Principal Deputy Assista... More...
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United States of America v. Stuart Hankin United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida - Miami, Florida

Miami, FL - Real Estate Investor Pleads Guilty to Rigging Bids at Online Foreclosure Auctions

First Guilty Plea Involving Foreclosure Auctions in Florida

Real estate investor Stuart Hankin pleaded guilt on June 20, 2018 for his role in a conspiracy to rig bids, in violation of antitrust law, at online public foreclosure auctions in Florida, the Department of Justice announced. H... More...
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United States of America v. Brian G. Elrod and William E. Dawn District of Colorado Federal Courthouse - Denver, Colorado

Denver, CO - Two Colorado Financial Services Executives Sentenced in Multimillion-Dollar Fraud Scheme

A former CEO and a former corporate counsel of a Colorado financial services company were sentenced on June 19 and June 20, in Denver, Colorado, for their participation in a multimillion-dollar investment scheme in which they falsely told investors that they could access substantial finan... More...
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United States of America v. Dr. William Bacon and Dr. Donatus O. Mbanefo United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia - Valdosta, Georgia

Valosta, GA - Doctors Found Guilty For Role In Valdosta And Columbus Pill Mills

Dr. William Bacon, age 82 and Dr. Donatus O. Mbanefo, age 64, were found guilty by a jury of conspiracy to dispense controlled substances outside the usual course of medical practice and without a legitimate medical purpose at clinics in Valdosta, Georgia and Columbus, Georgia. Dr. Mbanefo was also convicted ... More...
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United States of America v. Thunyarax Phatanakit Jumroon Morelaw Internet Marketing National Find A Lawyer Directory 888-354-4529

Portland, OR - Oregon Woman Pleads Guilty for Role in Forced Labor and Visa Fraud Scheme Involving Thai Restaurant Workers

Defendant financially benefited from co-defendant’s use of debts, fraud, threats of financial and reputational harm, and other means to compel victims to work at restaurants

Tanya Jumroon, also known as Thunyarax Phatanakit Jumroon, 59, of Beaverton, Oregon, ... More...
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United States of America v. Ginger Bidegary Morelaw Internet Marketing National Find A Lawyer Directory 888-354-4529

Reno, NV - Second Winnemucca Tax Return Preparer Pleads Guilty To Tax Fraud Conspiracy

A Winnemucca tax return preparer pleaded guilty on June 18, 2018 for her role in a tax fraud conspiracy, announced U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson for the District of Nevada and Special Agent in Charge Tara Sullivan for the IRS Criminal Investigation.

Ginger Bidegary, 58, pleaded guilty to one coun... More...
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United States of America v. Ivan Spinner Morelaw Internet Marketing National Find A Lawyer Directory 888-354-4529

Jackson, MS - Sixth Mississippi Real Estate Investor Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Rig Bids at Public Foreclosure Auctions

Mississippi real estate investor Ivan Spinner became the sixth real estate investor to plead guilty in connection with the ongoing investigation into bid rigging at public real estate foreclosure auctions in Mississippi, the Department of Justice announced.

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Richard Vos v. City of Newport Beach, et al. Central District of California Federal Courthouse - Los Angeles, California

On May 29, 2014, officers of the City of Newport Beach Police Department fatally shot Gerritt Vos (“Vos”). The police responded to a call about a man behaving erratically and brandishing a pair of scissors at a 7-Eleven. The shooting happened while the police were deciding how to handle the situation, and Vos unexpectedly charged the doorway of the store with what appeared to be a weapon raised ab... More...   $0 (06-19-2018 - CA)

United States of America v. Flora Espino Southern District of California Federal Courthouse - San Diego, California

The jury convicted defendant Flora Espino of lying to a
grand jury in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1623. Espino appeals
and argues that the district court erred as a matter of law in
the language used in the verdict form and its subsequent
submission to the jury. Espino contends the district court
shifted the burden of proof, requiring the jury to find her not
guilty beyond a r... More...
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United States of America v. Raphael Menard and Leshanda Hunte Northern District of Georgia Federal Courthouse - Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, GA - Georgia couple sentenced to prison for scheme to steal tax refunds using stolen identities

Raphael Menard and Leshanda Hunte have been sentenced to federal prison for running a tax refund scheme using the stolen identities of disabled and elderly taxpayers and causing more than a $250,000 loss to the government.

“Menard and Hunte preyed on elderly and disabled citi... More...
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United States of America v. Ronald Grusd, California Imaging Network Medical Group and Willows Consulting Compan Morelaw Internet Marketing National Find A Lawyer Directory 888-354-4529

San Diego, CA - Beverly Hills Doctor Sentenced to 10 Years in Custody for Massive Workers’ Comp Scheme

Beverly Hills Radiologist Ronald Grusd and two of his corporations, California Imaging Network Medical Group and Willows Consulting Company, were sentenced in federal court on June 18, 2018 after a jury trial in December resulted in convictions on 39 felony fraud counts.

U.S. Di... More...
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United States of America v. Gary Risner and Larry Shepherd 800-932-8242

Defendants-Appellants Gary Risner and Larry Shepherd appeal their convictions for conspiring to bribe voters during the 2014 election in Magoffin County, Kentucky. Risner additionally appeals several of his substantive voter-bribery convictions. We AFFIRM.
I. Background
In 2014, Charles “Doc” Hardin, Defendant Gary Risner (Risner), and Renee Shepherd (Defendant Larry Shepherd’s wife) were ... More...
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Stuart Wright v. United States of America Western District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - Kansas City, Missouri

In the third iteration of this unfortunate case of mistaken identity, PlaintiffStuart Wright (“Wright”) appeals the district court’s1 grant of summary judgment to the United States and the Deputy U.S. Marshals in their individual and official capacities on Wright’s claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act (the “FTCA”). Wright argues that the district court erred when it found there was no genuine ... More...   $0 (06-18-2018 - MO)

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