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United States of America v. Michael Bickford United States District Court for the District of Vermont

Burlington, VT - Perkinsville Man Pleads Guilty in Armed Pharmacy and Bank Robbery Case

Michael Bickford, age 38, formerly of Perkinsville, Vermont, pled guilty on December 18, 2017 in the United States District Court in Burlington to charges stemming from the December 5, 2016 armed robbery of the River Street Pharmacy in Springfield, Vermont. Bickford also admitted to the armed robberie... More...
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Department of Alcohol Beverage Control v. Alcohol Beverage Control Appeals Board, Respondent, Garfield Beach CVS, LLC, Real Parties in Interest

A CVS clerk sold a can of Coors Light to a minor decoy working for the
Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (the Department). The sole issue in these
writ proceedings is whether the minor made a face-to-face identification of the seller as
required by California Code of Regulations, title 4, section 141 (hereafter Rule 141),
subdivision (b)(5). The Department suspended Garfield... More...
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STATE OF LOUISIANA V. ROBERT SINEGAL AKA, ROBERT SENEGAL Man leads state police on high-speed chase in Acadiana

On September 25, 2015, agents with the Louisiana Department of
Corrections, Office of Probation and Parole, as well as officers from the Kaplan
Police Department and members of the canine unit, arrived at a residence to
execute a parole warrant on Robert Sinegal. After the officers located him and
collected evidence inside the residence, the State charged the defendant, Robert... More...
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Daniel Lucas Brooks v. The State of Texas

David Herron and Appellant attended middle and high school together. Herron graduated
from the University of North Texas with a degree in creative writing. He went through several
stints in treatment centers and rehabilitation facilities for heroin addiction. Herron and Appellant
re-connected via Facebook in late 2012. Herron’s Facebook page referenced violent rap music
lyr... More...
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United States ex rel. Darla Reid v. Med-Fast Pharmacy, Inc. Western District of Pennsylvania Courthouse - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, PA - Iserve Technologies, Inc. Pled Guilty in Connection with Guilty Pleas of Former Exec and Manager of Med-Fast Pharmacy Inc.

Individuals and entities associated with Med-Fast Pharmacy, Inc. (“Med-Fast”) have resolved criminal and civil charges associated with Med-Fast’s improper submission of claims to the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Iserve Technologies, Inc., ... More...
   $0 (12-13-2017 - PA)

Mary Beth Mantiply v. Richard D. Horne and Patricia Nelson Horne Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals - Elbert P. Tuttle Federal Courthouse - Atlanta, Georgia

Mary Mantiply appeals the district court’s order awarding Richard and Patricia Horne1 the attorneys’ fees and costs that they incurred because of her unsuccessful appeal of the damages award to the Hornes for her violation of the Bankruptcy Code’s automatic stay provision. This case involves an issue of first impression in this Circuit: whether the Bankruptcy Code authorizes payment of attorneys’ ... More...   $0 (12-11-2017 - AL)

United States of America v. Walid H. Abdulla District of Nevada Federal Courthouse - Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, NV - Man Sentenced To Over 6 1/2 Years In Prison For Committing Two Armed Robberies One Week Apart

A Las Vegas man was sentenced on December 5, 2017 to 67 months in prison and three years supervised release in connection with two armed robberies committed one week apart.

Walid H. Abdulla, 65, pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery and one count of interference wit... More...
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United States of America v. Brian David Haney and Kevin Michael Gray Western District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Austin, Texas

Austin, TX - Vidor, TX, and Houston Area Pharmacists Sentenced to Federal Prison on Bribery and Tax Charges in Connection with Health Care Fraud Scheme

In Austin on December 1, 2017, a federal judge sentenced Brian David Haney, 38-year-old partial owner of Vidor Pharmacy and Kevin Michael Gray, 45-year-old operator of Family Pharmacy, Inc., in the Houston area, each to 28 months in federa... More...
   $0 (12-05-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Penitas Family Pharmacy, Omar Espericueta and Oscar Elizondo Southern District of Texas Federal Courthouse - McAllen, Texas

McAllen, TX - Pharmacy Owner Pleads Guilty In Connection with Health Insurance Fraud Scheme

The 45-year-old owner of Penitas Family Pharmacy has pleaded guilty in connection with a scheme to defraud Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. Omar Espericueta, of Palmhurst, pleaded guilty on December 1, 2017, joining co-defendant Oscar Elizondo, 47, of Pharr, who also pleaded guilty.

Both ... More...
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Part D of the Medicare program is a voluntary prescription drug benefit program that subsidizes the cost of prescription drugs and prescription drug insurance premiums for Medicare enrollees.2 The Part D program operates as a public-private partnership between the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) and government contractors. CMS contracts with private insurance companies called “S... More...   $0 (12-03-2017 - PA)

Ruben Lee Allen v. The State of Texas Court of Appeals For The First District of Texas

Kannan Rajan, the complainant, testified that as the pharmacist at the BZ
Pharmacy in Harris County, Texas, he was responsible for handling the money in
the pharmacy’s cash register, the prescription medications, and other property of the
pharmacy. On September 11, 2015, while his assistant technician was on break and
he was alone in the pharmacy, the complainant went to the r... More...
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United States of America v. Billy K. Groce District of Virginia Federal Courthouse - Abington, Virginia

Abingdon, VA - Knoxville Man Sentenced for Conspiring to Defraud the FDA - Billy Groce Illegally Shipped and Sold Veterinary Drug

A Tennessee man, who operated a business that unlawfully distributed prescription animal drugs to evade existing Food and Drug Administration laws, was sentenced on November 29, 2017 in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Ab... More...
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United States of America, ex rel. Anthony R. Spay v. CVS Caremark Corporation Third Circuit Court of Appeals - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

We are asked to consider the viability of two potential defenses to an alleged False Claims Act violation that arise in the context of the Medicare Part D Program: the government knowledge inference, which can defeat a finding of scienter in certain circumstances, and the element of materiality.1 The District Court relied upon the government knowledge inference doctrine in dismissing the claims. A... More...   $0 (11-23-2017 - )

United States of America v. Kenroy Lloyd Benford Western District of Oklahoma Federal Courthouse - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

A jury convicted Kenroy Benford of being a felon in possession of a firearm in
violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1) based on his constructive possession of a loaded
pistol that police seized from an apartment bedroom he shared with his girlfriend.
On appeal, Benford argues the district court erred in three ways: (1) it abused its
discretion by admitting evidence under Federal Rule of... More...
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United States of America v. Nicholas A. Borgesano Jr. and owner of A to Z Pharmacy of New Port Richey Middle District of Florida Federal Courthouse - Tampa, Florida

Tampa, FL - Owner of Florida Pharmacy Pleads Guilty in $100 Million Compounding Pharmacy Fraud Scheme; Real Properties, Cars and a 50-Foot Boat Will Be Forfeited

The president and owner of a Florida pharmacy that was at the center of a massive compounding pharmacy fraud scheme, which impacted private insurance companies, Medicare and TRICARE, pleaded guilty on November 6, 2017 for his rol... More...
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Michael Boyle v. ASAP Energy, Inc., Fast Lane Stores, Inc. d/b/a Fast Lane 3 Oklahoma Supreme Court Courthouse - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

¶1 Plaintiffs brought an action in the District Court for Custer County and claimed a convenience store negligently and recklessly sold low-point beer to a noticeably intoxicated person who injured plaintiffs in a vehicle collision several hours later. Defendant filed a motion for summary judgment which was granted by the trial court.1 We reverse the judgment of the District Court.

¶2 Two... More...
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United States of America v. John Mac Sells Eastern District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis, MO - Former CEO of Benchmark Healthcare Sentenced on Health Care Fraud Charges

John Mac Sells, 53, of St. Peters, Missouri, was sentenced to 41months in prison and ordered to pay $667,201.85 in restitution.

According to court documents, between 2013 and 2016, John Sells was the chief executive officer (CEO) of Benchmark Healthcare of Festus, Inc. (Benchmark), and a nu... More...
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United States of America v. Christopher Grant Watson Federal Courthouse Eastern District of Arkansas - Little Rock, Arkansas

Little Rock, AR - Perryville Pharmacist Sent to Prison for 10 Years, to Pay $850,00 for Role in Pill Scheme

Christopher Grant Watson, 44, of Perryville, a former pharmacist and owner of Perry County Food and Drug Store, will be spending the next 10 years in federal prison.

United States District Court Judge James M. Moody sentenced Watson to a statutory maximum 120 months’ impris... More...
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State of Oklahoma v. David Blackstock Tulsa County Courthouse - Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa, OK - Judge Sentenced Pharmacy Drug Robber To Prison

The State of Oklahoma charged David Blackstock with:

Count # 1. Count as Filed: OROB, ROBBERY - 1ST DEGREE, in violation of 21 O.S. 798
Date of Offense: 05/16/2017
Party Name Disposition Information
BLACKSTOCK, DAVID AARON Disposed: CONVICTION, 09/25/2017. Guilty Plea
Count as Disposed: ROBBERY - 1ST ... More...
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Estate of Jeffrey H. Ware v. Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, et al. Federal Courthouse - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Barbara Boyer, the widow of a cancer researcher who developed a fatal tumor allegedly as a result of inadequate safety precautions taken to protect him from radiation in his lab, sued the University of Pennsylvania together with affiliated persons and entities.1 Before us is the reach of the Price-Anderson Act, see 42 U.S.C. § 2011, et seq., and its remedy-limiting provisions. The Act gives federa... More...   $0 (09-25-2017 - PA)

Dr. Ghyasuddin Syed and Southeast Texas Institute of Pain Management, P.A. v. Phu Huu Nguyen, Pharm. D. PLLC d/b/a Wellness Pharmacy and Phu "Paul" Huu Nguyen Harris County Courthouse - Houston, Texas

In this interlocutory appeal,1 appellants, Ghyasuddin Syed, M.D. and Southeast Texas Institute of Pain Management, P.A. (“STIPM”), challenge the trial court’s order denying their motion to dismiss2 the claims brought against them by appellees, Phu Huu Nguyen, Pharm. D., PLLC, doing business as Wellness Pharmacy (“Wellness Pharmacy”), and Phu “Paul” Huu Nguyen, for slander, tortious interference wi... More...   $0 (09-23-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Serge Francois and Patrick Tonge Federal Courthouse - Miami, Florida

Miami, FL - Pharmacist And His Employee Convicted Of Over $30 Million Health Care Fraud Against Military Insurance Program

Serge Francois and Patrick Tonge were convicted for their involvement in a conspiracy to commit health care fraud and pay kickbacks in connection with federal health care programs. The fraudulent scheme caused over $30 million in losses to the federal TRICARE program.... More...
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United States of America v. Mark Johnson Federal Courthouse - Madison, Wisconsin

Madison, WI - Former Janesville Pharmacy Owner Sentenced for Health Care Fraud

Mark Johnson, 55, Janesville, Wis., was sentenced on September 1, 2017 by U.S. District Judge James Peterson to 24 months in federal prison for health care fraud. Johnson will begin serving his sentence in October.

On August 4, 2016, Johnson’s arrest was announced in conjunction with the unsealing o... More...
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United States of America v. US Bioservices Corp. Federal Courthouse - New York, New York

New York, NY - Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces $13.4 Million Settlement Of Civil Healthcare Fraud Lawsuit Against US Bioservices Corp.

The United States settled a civil fraud case against US BIOSERVICES CORP. (“US BIO”) pursuant to which US BIO will pay a total of $13.4 million. The settlement resolves claims that US BIO violated the Anti-Kickback Statute and the False Claims Act... More...
   $13400000 (09-06-2017 - NY)

Tommy Ernest Swate, M.D. v. Texas Medical Board

Tommy Ernest Swate, M.D., appeals the district court’s judgment affirming the final
order issued by appellee, Texas Medical Board2 (the Board), revoking his license to practice
medicine in Texas. The Board revoked Dr. Swate’s license after determining that he violated the
Texas Medical Practice Act, see Tex. Occ. Code §§ 151.001-169.005 (the Act) and certain Board
rules, see 22 Tex... More...
   $0 (08-31-2017 - TX)

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