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United States of America v. Kelly Robinett, Kingsley Nwanguma and Joy Ogwuegbu Northern District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Dallas, Texas

Dallas, TX - Texas Physician and Two Texas Nurses Convicted for Roles in Home Health Care Fraud Scheme

A federal jury found one physician and two nurses guilty today of health care fraud, and one physician and one nurse guilty of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, all for their roles in a home health fraud scheme.

Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justi... More...
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Rain O. Daugherty v. City and County of San Francisco

Under the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act (POBRA) (Gov.
Code, § 3300 et seq.),1
no punitive action may be taken against a public safety officer for
any alleged act, omission, or other misconduct unless the investigation is completed
within one year of “the public agency’s discovery by a person authorized to initiate an
investigation of the allegation of an ... More...
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MONTANA MINING ASSOCIATION v. THE STATE OF MONTANA

The Montana Mining Association (MMA) challenges the Attorney General’s
determination that Initiative 186 (I-186) is legally sufficient in an original proceeding
before this Court. This Court has “original jurisdiction to review ...the attorney general’s
legal sufficiency determination in an action brought pursuant to 13-27-316.” Section
3-2-202(3)(a), MCA. We conclude this ... More...
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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. Daniel Burgess United States District Court for the District of Vermont

Daniel Burgess Imprisoned For Securities Fraud

The United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Daniel Burgess, 51, of Stowe, was sentenced in United States District Court in Rutland to 24 months of imprisonment following his guilty plea to a charge of wire fraud. Chief U.S. District Judge Geoffrey Crawford also ordered that Burgess serve a three-year term of supervis... More...
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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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ALEXINA SIMON —v.— CITY OF NEW YORK, FRANCIS LONGOBARDI, Queens County Assistant District  Attorney, DETECTIVE EVELYN ALEGRE, DETECTIVE DOUGLAS LEE

This case takes us to the intersection of an allegedly wrongful arrest and  detention on a material witness warrant, the Fourth Amendment, and qualified  immunity. Plaintiff Alexina Simon brought this action in the United States District  Court for the Eastern District of New York (Vitaliano, J.) under 42 U.S.C. § 1983,  claiming that a state prosecutor and two police officers falsely arrested and... More...   $0 (06-21-2018 - )

South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES

When a consumer purchases goods or services, theconsumer’s State often imposes a sales tax. This case requires the Court to determine when an out-of-stateseller can be required to collect and remit that tax. All concede that taxing the sales in question here is lawful. The question is whether the out-of-state seller can be held responsible for its payment, and this turns on a proper interpretation... More...   $0 (06-21-2018 - SD)

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 ex rel. Van Raalte, et al. v. Healogics, Inc. Middle District of Florida Federal Courthouse - Orlando, Florida

Orlando, FL - Healogics Agrees To Pay Up To $22.51 Million To Settle False Claims Act Liability For Improper Billing Of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

The Justice Department announced on June 20, 2018 that Healogics, Inc. has agreed to pay up to $22.51 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by knowingly causing wound care centers to bill Medicare for medically unn... More...
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Jyll Brink v. Raymond James & Associates, Inc. Northern District of Alabama Federal Courthouse - Birmingham, Alabama

Jyll Brink appeals the district court’s dismissal of her putative class action complaint. She argues that the district court erred in determining that her state law claims for negligence and breach of contract against Raymond James and Associates, Inc. (“RJA”) were precluded under Title I of the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act of 1998 (“SLUSA”), which prohibits class actions alleging s... More...   $0 (06-21-2018 - FL)

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. 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. Jake C. Files Federal Courthouse Western District of Arkansas - Fayetteville, Arkansas

Fayetteville, FL - Former Arkansas State Senator Sentenced to Prison for Wire Fraud, Money Laundering, and Bank Fraud

Former Arkansas State Senator Jake C. Files was sentenced to 18 months in prison for orchestrating a scheme to obtain approximately $46,500 in state government funds through fraudulent means and for obtaining approximately $56,700 in loan proceeds, also through fraudulent ... 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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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. Robert Farrace Morelaw Internet Marketing National Find A Lawyer Directory 888-354-4529

Fresno, CA - Modesto Real Estate Attorney Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Fraudulent Short-Sale Scheme

Robert Farrace, 54, of Modesto, was sentenced on June 18, 2018 to two years in prison for a fraudulent short-sale scheme, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

On November 14, 2017, a jury found Farrace guilty of three counts of wire fraud in connection with the scheme... 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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