United States Department of Justice

Criminal Division Press Releases for March 2008

Monday, March 31, 2008

Two Florida Men Sentenced To Prison For Medicare Fraud

WASHINGTON – The owners of two Miami-based healthcare corporations were sentenced to 63 and 56 months for their roles in separate Medicare fraud schemes. (Read more)

Indiana Man Indicted and Arrested in Child Pornography Case

WASHINGTON – William Travis Brown, 37, of Georgetown, Ind., has been indicted by a federal grand jury on transportation and possession of child pornography charges. (Read more)

Ms-13 Gang Member Sentenced To 27 Years In Prison On Racketeering Charges

WASHINGTON – A member of La Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) has been sentenced to 27 years in prison for his participation in a racketeering enterprise. (Read more)

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Repeat Sex Offender Sentenced To Life In Prison

WASHINGTON – The owners of two Miami-based healthcare corporations were sentenced to 63 and 56 months for their roles in separate Medicare fraud schemes. (Read more)

Governor Of Puerto Rico And Twelve Others Indicted For Election Related Crimes

WASHINGTON – Puerto Rico Governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá and 12 associates in Puerto Rico, Washington D.C., and the Philadelphia-area have been charged in a 27-count indictment unsealed today and returned by a grand jury in San Juan, Puerto Rico on March 24, 2008. (Read more)

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Fact Sheet: Department of Justice Comprehensive Efforts to Fight Gang Violence

WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice has enacted a comprehensive plan across its many components to effectively fight and limit the impact of gang violence nationwide. (Read more)

Former Health Care Financing Executive And Associate Found Guilty Of Conspiracy, Witness Tampering And Obstruction

WASHINGTON – A federal jury has found two men guilty of all charges in a witness tampering scheme related to a major fraud trial held in Columbus, Ohio, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Gregory G. Lockhart of the Southern District of Ohio announced today. (Read more)

Warren County, Virginia Man Indicted For Role In Multi‐State Child Pornography Production Ring

WASHINGTON – A federal grand jury sitting in Charlottesville, Va., returned a 13‐count second superseding indictment charging Michael Wayne Anderson, 34, of Warren County, Va., with multiple offenses arising from his involvement in a multi‐state crime ring in which members produced, distributed and received child pornography over the Internet. (Read more)

Monday, March 24, 2008

Final Two Defendants In “Operation Lively Green” Are Sentenced

WASHINGTON – Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division announced today that two former public officials were sentenced for their roles in a widespread bribery and extortion conspiracy which operated from January 2002 through March 2004. (Read more)

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Massachusetts Man Sentenced In Child Pornography Case

WASHINGTON – Donald Banker, 65, of Methuen, Mass., was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to all counts of a three-count indictment which charged him with receipt and possession of child pornography. (Read more)

Thursday, March 20, 2008

U.S., Brazilian Law Enforcement Dismantle $50 Million Securities Fraud Organization

WASHINGTON – A federal grand jury in Miami today returned a 16-count indictment charging Rodrigo Molina, 32, of Miami, and Marcos Macchione, 31, of Aventura, Fla., for their alleged involvement as money laundering service providers for a sophisticated international securities fraud organization. (Read more)

U.S., Brazilian Law Enforcement Dismantle $50 Million Securities Fraud Organization

WASHINGTON – A federal grand jury in Miami today returned a 16-count indictment charging Rodrigo Molina, 32, of Miami, and Marcos Macchione, 31, of Aventura, Fla., for their alleged involvement as money laundering service providers for a sophisticated international securities fraud organization. (Read more)

Ab Volvo To Pay $7 Million Penalty For Kickback Payments To The Iraqi Government Under The U.N. Oil For Food Program

WASHINGTON – AB Volvo has agreed to pay a $7 million penalty as part of an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice regarding charges brought in connection with an ongoing investigation related to the U.N. Oil for Food program. (Read more)

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Business Owner Indicted In $132 Million Scheme To Defraud Clients Of Funds Allegedly Held In Trust

WASHINGTON – Edward H. Okun, 57, of Miami was arrested today and charged in an unsealed indictment with mail fraud, bulk cash smuggling and making false statements, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher and U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Chuck Rosenberg announced. (Read more)

Monday, March 17, 2008

Ms-13 Gang Member Sentenced To 20 Years For Racketeering Conspiracy

Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Everec Alvarez Chacon, also known as Moreno, age 30, of Washington, D.C., today to 20 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to conduct and participate in racketeering enterprise activities of MS-13. (Read more)

Former Commissioner Of The Virgin Islands Department Of Health Sentenced For Theft Of Government Funds

WASHINGTON – Dr. Lucien A. Moolenaar II, DDS, former acting commissioner of the Virgin Islands Department of Health, was sentenced to 15 months in prison after having been found guilty on charges of stealing government funds, grand larceny and making false statements. (Read more)

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Former National Century Financial Enterprises Executives Found Guilty On All Charges In $3 Billion Securities Fraud Scheme

WASHINGTON – A federal jury has found five former executives of National Century Financial Enterprises (NCFE) guilty of conspiracy, fraud and money laundering, following a sixweek trial and less than two days of deliberation. (Read more)

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

New York Man Sentenced On Child Pornography And Obstruction Of Justice Charges

WASHINGTON – Greg Burnell, 50, of Sarasota Springs, N.Y., was sentenced to 72 months in prison for possessing child pornography and obstructing the federal investigation into his crimes. (Read more)

Friday, March 7, 2008

Miami Jury Convicts Physician And Three Business Owners Of Medicare Fraud

WASHINGTON – A federal jury in Miami convicted a physician and the owners and operators of two durable medical equipment companies and a home health care agency of Medicare fraud. (Read more)

Brothers Sentenced For Selling More Than $6 Million In Pirated Software

WASHINGTON – Two brothers were sentenced today in federal court to 30 months and three years in prison for selling massive amounts of pirated computer software. (Read more)

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Former Guatemalan Government Official Convicted Of U.S. Drug Charges

WASHINGTON – A federal jury in Miami convicted a physician and the owners and operators of two durable medical equipment companies and a home health care agency of Medicare fraud. (Read more)

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Chief Of Staff To Former Governor Of Alaska Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy To Commit Honest Services Fraud

WASHINGTON – James Clark, chief of staff to the former governor of Alaska, has pleaded guilty to soliciting and accepting nearly $70,000 in illegal polling and consulting expenses for the governor's re-election campaign in 2006. (Read more)

Members Of Vast Child Exploitation Enterprise Indicted In The Northern District Of Florida

WASHINGTON – A federal grand jury in Pensacola, Fla. has returned a 35-count indictment against 12 individuals who engaged in a criminal enterprise involving the advertisement, transportation and shipment of child pornography over a two-year period. (Read more)

Monday, March 3, 2008

Jury Convicts Former Fresno County Sheriff’s Employee On Child Pornography Charges

WASHINGTON – On Feb. 29, 2008, a federal jury in Fresno, Calif., convicted Ronald B. Vaughn Jr., 42, of Fresno, Calif., on two counts of possessing and attempting to possess child pornography, as well as one count of receiving and attempting to receive child pornography. (Read more)

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