United States Department of Justice

Criminal Division Press Releases for August 2007

Friday, August 31, 2007

Software Pirate Sentenced To 30 Months In Prison (07-679)

WASHINGTON — An Illinois man was sentenced to 30 months in prison for participating in an organized online software distribution conspiracy, (Read more)

Owner And Operator Of Florida Durable Medical Equipment Company Convicted Of Medicare Fraud (07-678)

WASHINGTON — The owner and operator of a Florida durable medical equipment company and an assisted living facility has been convicted by a federal jury in Miami of Medicare fraud, (Read more)

Friday, August 24, 2007

Patients And Clinic Operator Charged With Conspiracy To Defraud Medicare After Undercover Investigation (07-659)

WASHINGTON — Nine Miami residents have been charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud as the result of an undercover operation... (Read more)

Michigan Attorneys Indicted for Alleged Campaign Finance Violations (07-655)

Oakland County, Mich., attorneys Geoffrey Fieger and Vernon Johnson have been indicted by a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Michigan for alleged crimes relating to fundraising for the 2004 presidential campaign including violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act, making false statements, and obstruction of justice, the Department of Justice announced today. (Read more)

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Indianapolis Man Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Charges (07-649)

Michael Barnhorst, 42, of Indianapolis, pleaded guilty to three counts of receiving child pornography, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Susan W. Brooks of the Southern District of Indiana announced today. (Read more)

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Three Defendants Indicted in Case Involving Bribery, Conspiracy, Money Laundering, and Obstruction Offenses Related to Contracts in Iraq and Kuwait (07-645)

A major in the U.S. Army, his wife and his sister have been indicted on bribery, conspiracy, money laundering, and obstruction charges arising out of the major‘s service as an Army contracting officer in Kuwait in 2004 and 2005, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division and Assistant Attorney General Thomas O. Barnett of the Antitrust Division announced today. (Read more)

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Virgin Islands Government Official Pleads Guilty To Obstructing Federal Investigation Into $1.4 Million Bribery And Kickback Scheme (07-638)

WASHINGTON — The former Director of Permits at the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) has pleaded guilty to conspiring to obstruct a federal investigation into a $1.4 million bribery and kickback scheme, (Read more)

Monday, August 20, 2007

Strike Force Charges Miami Infusion Clinic Billing Company Owner with Conspiring to Defraud Medicare of $170 Million (07-635)

The owner of a Miami-based Medicare billing company has been charged with submitting $170 million worth of fraudulent bills to the Medicare program, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney R. Alexander Acosta of the Southern District of Florida announced today. (Read more)

Friday, August 17, 2007

Richmond Man Sentenced to 87 Months in Prison for Receiving Child Pornography via Peer-to-Peer Software (07-630)

A Richmond, Va., man was sentenced to 87 months in prison for receipt of child pornography, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Chuck Rosenberg of the Eastern District of Virginia announced today. (Read more)

Four Defendants Sentenced in Municipal Bribery and Wire Fraud Conspiracy (07-629)

Two former members of the City Council of Gadsden, Ala., a former city employee, and one consultant have been sentenced for their participation in a bribery and wire fraud conspiracy that operated from August 2005 through February 2006, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division announced today. (Read more)

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Jose Padilla and Co-Defendants Convicted of Conspiracy to Murder Individuals Overseas, Providing Material Support to Terrorists (07-624)

A federal jury in the Southern District of Florida has convicted Jose Padilla of conspiracy to murder, kidnap and maim individuals in a foreign country, conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, and providing material support to terrorists, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales announced today. (Read more)

Three Individuals Indicted for Conspiracy to Sell More Than $5 Million in Counterfeit Software (07-622)

Three residents of Lakeland, Fla., were indicted today by a federal grand jury in Alexandria, Va., related to their participation in a conspiracy to sell millions of dollars of pirated computer software, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Chuck Rosenberg for the Eastern District of Virginia announced today.  (Read more)

Former Congressional Chief of Staff William Heaton Sentenced on Corruption Charge (07-621)

William J. Heaton, former chief of staff for former Congressman Robert W. Ney, has been sentenced to two years of probation and fined $5,000, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division announced today. (Read more)

Massachusetts Man Who Helped Carry Out WWII Nazi Mass Murder of Jews in Poland is Ordered Deported (07-619)

An immigration judge in Boston has ordered the removal of Vladas Zajanckauskas, a Sutton, Mass., man who served during World War II in a notorious Nazi unit that took part in the brutal liquidation of the Warsaw Jewish Ghetto in German-occupied Poland, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher for the Criminal Division announced today.  (Read more)

Monday, August 6, 2007

American Express Bank International Enters Into Deferred Prosecution Agreement And Forfeits $55 Million To Resolve Bank Secrecy Act Violations (07-584)

WASHINGTON — Miami-based American Express Bank International has entered into a deferred prosecution agreement on charges of failing to maintain an effective anti-money laundering program and will forfeit $55 million to the U.S. government, (Read more)

Friday, August 3, 2007

Former Public Officials Sentenced For Participating In Bribery And Extortion Conspiracy (07-582)

WASHINGTON — Three additional defendants were sentenced in federal court this week for their roles in a widespread bribery and extortion conspiracy which operated from January 2002 through March 2004, (Read more)

Jordanian Man Sentenced For Role In Smuggling Scores Of Iraqis And Jordanians Into The United States (07-581)

WASHINGTON — Thaer Omran Ismail Asaifi was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer to 72 months in prison for his role in a major conspiracy to smuggle Iraqis and Jordanians into the United States, (Read more)

Two South Carolina Businessmen Plead Guilty To Causing False Statements To The Federal Election Commission (07-580)

WASHINGTON — Two South Carolina businessmen have pleaded guilty to causing numerous federal campaigns to make false statements to the Federal Election Commission, (Read more)

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Illinois Man Sentenced To Two Years In Prison For Selling Thousands Of Copyrighted Video Games And Movies (07-577)

WASHINGTON — A Mount Vernon, Ill., man was sentenced in the Eastern District of Virginia to two years in prison for the unlawful sale of copyrighted video games, (Read more)

Eighteen Charged with Racketeering in Internet Drug Distribution Network (07-576)

A federal grand jury in San Diego has indicted 18 individuals on racketeering and related charges for allegedly operating an Internet business that generated more than $126 million in gross revenues from the illegal sale of prescription pharmaceuticals, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Karen P. Hewitt for the Southern District of California announced today.  (Read more)

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