United States Department of Justice

Criminal Division Press Releases for April 2008

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Miami Jury Convicts Dermatologist Of Medicare Fraud

WASHINGTON – A federal jury in Miami convicted dermatologist Ana Caos, M.D., late yesterday of Medicare fraud, 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)

Assistant Attorney General For The Criminal Division Alice S. Fisher To Leave Department Of Justice

WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Justice announced that Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division Alice S. Fisher will end her current service to the Department on May 23, 2008. Ms. Fisher has served in the position for nearly three years, making her one of the longest serving Assistant Attorneys General in recent Criminal Division history. (Read more)

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Connecticut Man Sentenced To 30 Months In Prison For Criminal Copyright Infringement

WASHINGTON – David M. Fish, 26, of Woodbury, Conn., was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif., to 30 months in prison on charges of criminal copyright infringement and circumvention (Read more)

Monday, April 28, 2008

Second Defendant Pleads Guilty In Pensacola In International Child Exploitation Enterprise Case

WASHINGTON AND PENSACOLA, Fla. – Stepan Bondarenko, 38, of Philadelphia became the second defendant to plead guilty for his involvement in a vast global child pornography trafficking enterprise. (Read more)

Friday, April 25, 2008

Former World Bank Employee Sentenced For Taking Kickbacks And Assisting In The Bribery Of A Foreign Official

WASHINGTON – On April 22, 2008, former World Bank employee, Ramendra Basu, a national of India and a permanent legal resident alien of the United States, was sentenced to 15 months in prison for conspiring to steer World Bank contracts to consultants in exchange for kickbacks and assisting a contractor in bribing a foreign official in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. (Read more)

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Chesapeake Man Pleads Guilty, Sentenced To 12 Years In Prison For Transporting Child Pornography

WASHINGTON – Willoughby Warren Colonna IV, 28, of Chesapeake, Va., pleaded guilty today in Norfolk, Va., to one count of transporting child pornography via the Internet. (Read more)

Miami Jury Convicts Pharmacy Owner Of Medicare Fraud

WASHINGTON – A federal jury in Miami convicted the owner of a Miami pharmacy for his role in a $3 million Medicare fraud scheme and for money laundering. (Read more)

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Department Of Justice Launches New Law Enforcement Strategy To Combat Increasing Threat Of International Organized Crime

WASHINGTON – Today Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey announced a new strategy in the fight against international organized crime that will address this growing threat to U.S. security and stability. (Read more)

Florida Man Sentenced To 41 Months In Prison For Role In $30 Million Scheme To Defraud The U.S. Export-Import Bank

WASHINGTON – Daniel Curran, 53, of Boynton Beach, Fla., was sentenced to 41 months in prison in connection with a $30 million scheme to defraud the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank). (Read more)

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Foreign National Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy And Alien Smuggling Charges

WASHINGTON – A Ghanaian man pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy and alien smuggling in connection with his role in smuggling East Africans to the United States. (Read more)

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Foreign Service Officer Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography And Passport Misuse Charges

ALEXANDRIA - Gons Gutierrez Nachman, 42, a U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Officer, pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography as well as misusing his U.S. diplomatic passport. (Read more)

Idaho Man Pleads Guilty In International Child Exploitation Enterprise Case

WASHINGTON AND PENSACOLA, FL – Warren Weber, 56, of Boise, Idaho, pleaded guilty today to charges concerning his involvement in a vast global child pornography trafficking enterprise. (Read more)

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Maryland Man Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography Charges

WASHINGTON – Scott Carpenter, 44, of Dundalk, Md., has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein of the District of Maryland announced today. (Read more)

Friday, April 11, 2008

Former Kbr Employee Sentenced For Scheme To Defraud The U.S. Department Of Defense

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Wallace A. Ward, 26, of Spring Lake, N.C., a former Kellogg, Brown & Root (KBR) employee who worked in Afghanistan, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court to 26 months in prison for conspiring to receive bribes, making false statements and filing false claims. (Read more)

Foreign National Sentenced To Nine Years In Prison For Hotel Business Center Computer Fraud Scheme

WASHINGTON – Mario Simbaqueba Bonilla, 40, a Colombian citizen, was sentenced today to nine years in prison, resulting from his guilty plea to a 16-count indictment involving a complex computer fraud scheme victimizing more than 600 people. (Read more)

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Former HHS OIG Special Agent Sentenced On Fraud And Forgery Charges Related To Theft Of More Than $1 Million

WASHINGTON – A former special agent with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General (OIG) was sentenced in Tucson today in connection with the theft of more than $1 million. (Read more)

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Federal Grand Jury Charges Two Companies And Owner John Stagliano With Obscenity Violations

WASHINGTON – A producer of allegedly obscene movies and two companies owned by him have been charged by a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., with operating an obscenity distribution business and related offenses, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division announced today. (Read more)

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Leader Of Casino-Cheating Criminal Enterprise Pleads Guilty To Racketeering Conspiracy Targeting At Least 16 Casinos

WASHINGTON – Phuong Quoc Truong, also known as John Truong and “Pai Gow” John, pleaded guilty today in San Diego to conspiring to participate in the conduct of the affairs of a racketeering enterprise, the “Tran Organization,” in a scheme to cheat at least 16 casinos across the country out of millions of dollars. (Read more)

Owner Of Medicare Billing Service Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison For Role In $170 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

WASHINGTON – Miami resident Rita Campos Ramirez, 60, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for her role in a $170 million scheme to defraud Medicare. (Read more)

Seven Miami-Area Residents Charged In $11 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

WASHINGTON – Seven Miami-area residents have been indicted in connection with an $11 million Medicare fraud scheme involving HIV infusion clinics, 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)

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