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State of Tennessee v. Joseph Howard Hinson, III Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals

The Hardin County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging the Appellant with selling .5 grams or more of methamphetamine within a drug-free zone after a confidential informant purchased drugsfrom the Appellant.
At trial, Hardin County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Caldwell, who was assigned to the 24th Judicial District Drug Task Force, testified that in August 2014, Tommy Woods
01/17/2018<... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - TN)

United States of America v. Carol Jean Hazer Eastern District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis, MO - Farmington Woman Sentenced on an Illegal Gambling Operation

Carol Jean Hazer was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison after pleading guilty to running an illegal gambling business and filing false tax returns that failed to list her income from the gambling business.

According to court documents, Hazer organized and ran an illegal high stakes sports bettin... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - MO)

Nicholas Lewis v. Scottrade, Inc. Eastern District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - St. Louis, Missouri

Nicholas Lewis filed this putative class action against Scottrade, Inc., a
securities brokerage firm, alleging violations of the Missouri Merchandising Practices
Act, Mo. Rev. Stat. §§ 407.010 et seq., breach of a common law fiduciary duty, and
unjust enrichment. After Lewis filed the action in the Southern District of California,
it was transferred to the Eastern District of Misso... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - MO)

United States of America v. Ted Howard Fulk Southern District of Iowa - Federal Courthouse - Des Moines, Davenport & Council Bluffs

Defendant Ted Howard Fulk pleaded guilty to one count of failure to register
as a sex offender in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2250, his fourth conviction related to
registry requirements. The district court 1 sentenced him to thirty-seven months’
imprisonment and ten years’ supervised release. His supervised release includes a
special condition requiring court approval before travelin... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - IA)

United States of America v. Olusola Luke Eastern District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis, MO - Nigerian Citizen Sentenced for Theft of Government Funds

Olusola Luke, 38, a native of Nigeria and resident of Guatemala, was sentenced to 35 months imprisonment for his participation in a stolen identity tax fraud scheme.

According to court documents, Luke and others used stolen identities to unlawfully obtain data from U.S. Government computers and then used tha... More...
   $0 (01-17-2018 - MO)

State of Missouri v. Jeffrey L. Bruner

Considering the evidence in the light most favorable to submission of a self-defense
instruction, the record shows Mr. Bruner and his wife, Michelle Hale, were estranged.
Mr. Bruner testified that to his knowledge she was not seeing anyone else, though he was
aware she had met a college football coach for a lunch date. He later learned the coach
was Derek Moore.
Mr. Bru... More...
   $0 (01-17-2018 - MO)

United States of America v. Diana J. Gumila Northern District of Illinois Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

Diana Gumila ran a home-healthcare company that defrauded the federal government of several million dollars. She was convicted of multiple counts of healthcare fraud and making false statements in connection
∗ Circuit Judge Posner retired on September 2, 2017, and did not partici-pate in the decision of this case, which is being resolved by a quorum of the panel under 28 U.S.C. § 46(d).<... More...
   $0 (01-17-2018 - IL)

Ayesha Khan v. Midwestern University Northern District of Illinois Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

Ayesha Khan struggled academically in medical school from the outset. She failed three of her courses in her first year of medical school at The Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University. Ordinarily, under the school policy, this would permit the school administrators to dismiss her from the program. They opted not to do so. Instead, they gave Khan a second oppor-
2 No. ... More...
   $0 (01-16-2018 - IL)

Ruben Sanchez v. City of Chicago, et al. Northern District of Illinois Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

Ruben Sanchez appeals the denial
of his motion for a new trial in his § 1983 action against Officer
Louis Garcia of the Chicago Police Department. Sanchez alleges
that the trial court made multiple evidentiary errors,
gave an improper jury instruction, and wrongfully accepted
a partial verdict. Because we conclude that a new trial is not
required, we affirm.
2 No. 16-35... More...
   $0 (01-16-2018 - IL)

Patrick Johnson v. The State of Texas Third Court of Appeals, Austin, Texas

Johnson was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child and with two counts
of indecency with a child. See Tex. Penal Code §§ 21.11(a)(1)-(2), 22.021(a). The alleged victim,
C.S., lived in Johnson’s neighborhood, and the indictment alleged that C.S. was under fourteen
years of age at the time of the offenses. During the trial, the State called several witnesses, including
... More...
   $0 (01-16-2018 - TX)

Christopher Rene Lopez v. The State of Texas Christopher Rene Lopez Registered Sex Offender

Luis Osorio Chavez was the foreman for a landscaping work crew that
included Lopez and Manual Duran. During a typical workday in May 2014, the
three men climbed into a truck around 2:30 p.m. to leave a work site. Chavez
was in the driver’s seat, Lopez was in the passenger’s seat, and Duran sat
between them.
While in the truck, Chavez heard Lopez say something like, “[S]o y... More...
   $0 (01-16-2018 - TX)

STATE OF KANSAS v. CHRISTOPHER R. WARD

Ward and his friend Andrew Rhodes formed and operated a construction business, All Construction Guaranteed Roofing and Restoration (ACG). Their financial arrangement was a loose one. They merely orally agreed to become general contractors who would supply materials and hire subcontractors to perform work on projects. Neither had a set salary; occasionally they would estimate profits and divide the... More...   $0 (01-16-2018 - KS)

United States of America v. Lynn Moving and Storage, Inc., et al. Western District of Kentucky Federal Courthouse - Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville, KY - Kentucky Moving Companies Enter Into Consent Judgment To Resolve False Claims Allegations - Agree To Pay $264,826.52

Overcharged shipping costs associated with moving members of the United States Armed Forces

The United States entered into a Consent Judgment between several Kentucky moving companies and the United States over allegations that the companies defrau... More...
   $264826 (01-16-2018 - KY)

United States of America v. James Edward Cox, Kelly Ray Coronado and Gordon Richard Moskowitz Western District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Del Rio, Texas

Del Rio, TX - Three Enter Guilty Pleas in Multi-Million Dollar Investment Scheme

James Edward Cox, age 58, of Waxhaw, NC, admitted to conducting an advanced fee investment scheme through which he and others obtained in excess of $5 million from their victims.

Appearing before United States District Judge Alia Moses on January 10, 2018, Cox pleaded guilty to one count of conspirac... More...
   $0 (01-15-2018 - TX)

United States of America v. Jeremiah Davidson Western District of Pennsylvania Courthouse - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, PA - Pittsburgh Man Admits Guilt in Health Care Fraud Scheme

A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and oxymorphone, one count of health care fraud, and one count of perjury on January 12, 2018.

Jeremiah Davidson, age 61, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania pleaded guilty to a one-count informa... More...
   $0 (01-14-2018 - PA)

United States of America v. Richard Cundari Eastern District of Pennsylvania Federal Courthouse - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA - Doylestown Man to Pay $307,500 to Resolve Civil False Claims Allegations That He Illegally Received Federal Disability Benefits While Concealing Substantial Other Income

Richard Cundari, of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, has agreed to pay $307,500 to resolve civil fraud claims under the False Claims Act. The government’s claims concern allegations that Cundari applied for an... More...
   $307500 (01-14-2018 - PA)

Marie DiFiore v. CSL Behring, LLC Eastern District of Pennsylvania Federal Courthouse - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Marie DiFiore asserted claims against her former employer, CSL Behring, for retaliation in violation of the False Claims Act, and for wrongful discharge under a theory of constructive discharge in violation of Pennsylvania state
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law. The False Claims Act (“FCA”) includes an anti-retaliation provision for employee whistleblowers who engage in activity protected by the FCA. The District Co... More...
   $0 (01-14-2018 - PA)

Golden Eagle Land Investment, L.P. v. Rancho Sante Fe Association

This is an appeal and cross-appeal from an anti-SLAPP ruling which granted the
defense motion to strike in part and denied it in part. (Code Civ. Proc.,1 § 425.16.)
Plaintiff and appellant Golden Eagle Land Investment, L.P. (Golden Eagle) and its
coplaintiff and appellant Mabee Trust (the Trust; sometimes together, Appellants)2 own
real property in the vicinity of Rancho Santa Fe. ... More...
   $0 (01-14-2018 - CA)

State of Tennessee v. Mario Donte Keene Mario Keene Sentenced To Life In Prison

Amanda Harris, who was charged with felony murder for her participation in the victim’s death, testified at trial that, prior to her participation in the offenses at issue, she was addicted to crack cocaine and Xanax. She stated that she had taken drugs since she was in the eighth grade and that she had previously been convicted of theft, domestic violence, and reckless endangerment with the use ... More...   $0 (01-13-2018 - TN)

State of Minnesota vs. Daryl Negel Curtis Man convicted in St. Paul O'Reilly parking lot murder

At around 8 p.m. on June 12, 2016, McDaniel was shot and killed in the parking lot
of an auto parts store in Saint Paul. Immediately before McDaniel was shot, he was
standing next to his cousin, Z.M., and looking under the hood of a car. At trial, Z.M.
testified that she did not see the shooter’s face, but did see a light-skinned black man
wearing a red shirt running away fro... More...
   $0 (01-13-2018 - IA)

United States, et al., ex rel. Abendano v. NCDR, LLC, et al. District of Connecticut Federal Courthouse - Bridgeport, Connecticut

New Haven, CT - Dental Management Company Benevis and its Affiliated Kool Smiles Dental Clinics to Pay $23.9 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations Relating to Medically Unnecessary Pediatric Dental Services

The Justice Department announced today that it has settled False Claims Act allegations against dental management company Benevis LLC (formerly known as NCDR LLC) and more tha... More...
   $33000000 (01-13-2018 - CT)

United States of America v. William G. Horn Western District of Oklahoma Federal Courthouse - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK - Edmond Sports Marketing Agent Sentenced to 15 Months for Tax Fraud Through Non-Profit

WILLIAM G. HORN, of Edmond, Oklahoma, was sentenced on January 12, 2017 to fifteen months in federal prison for making false statements on federal tax returns for The Tommie Harris Foundation, a non-profit corporation.

According to charges filed on September 6, 2017, Horn was... More...
   $0 (01-13-2018 - OK)

United states of America v. Jeffrey J. Wilson Southern District of Indiana Federal Courthouse - Evansville, Indiana

A grand jury indicted Jeffrey Wilson,
in a twenty-one-count indictment, with the following
offenses: (1) fraud in connection with the purchase or sale of
securities, in violation of 15 U.S.C. §§ 78j(b) and 78ff, and 17
C.F.R. § 240.10b-5 (Count 1); (2) fraud in the offer or sale of
securities, in violation of 15 U.S.C. §§ 77q(a) and 77x, and 18
U.S.C. § 2 (Count 2); (3) mat... More...
   $0 (01-12-2018 - IN)

MARK ALLAN BITZAN vs. STATE OF IOWA Casper man convicted of rape again

A college student on her way home for winter break stopped at a rest area
in Monona County, Iowa. A man in the women’s restroom accosted her, forcibly
moved her to the handicapped stall, threatened her with a pocket knife, and raped
her.
A jury found Mark Bitzan guilty of first-degree kidnapping.1 This court
affirmed his judgment and sentence of life in prison. See S... More...
   $0 (01-12-2018 - IA)

United States of America v. Joseph E. Clark District of Massachusetts Federal Courthouse - Boston, Massachusetts

Joseph Clark appeals from the
district court's denial of his motion to suppress drug evidence
found on his person during a traffic stop. Clark claims that after
Officer Christopher McGoon stopped a vehicle in which Clark was a
passenger for a traffic violation, McGoon unreasonably extended
the duration of the traffic stop and thereby violated his rights
under the Fourth Ame... More...
   $0 (01-12-2018 - ME)

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