United States Department of Justice

Criminal Division Press Releases for May 2008

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Three Miami Area Doctors And Six Others Charged In $56 Million Health Care Fraud Schemes

WASHINGTON – Three Miami area doctors and six others have been charged in four separate indictments for their roles in HIV infusion fraud schemes totaling $56 million, the Department of Justice Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida announced today. (Read more)

Three Colombian Nationals Sentenced In Money Laundering Conspiracy

WASHINGTON – Three Colombian nationals – Ricardo Mauricio Bernal Palacios, 41, Juan Manuel Bernal Palacios, 47, and Camilo Andres Ortiz Echeverri, 38 – have been sentenced in connection with their guilty pleas to conspiracy to commit money laundering and 47 substantive counts of money laundering. (Read more)

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Boston Man Sentenced On Child Prostitution Charges

WASHINGTON – Victor Diaz, 24, a resident of East Boston, was sentenced today to 51 months in prison after a federal jury in Boston convicted him of conspiring to engage in a child prostitution scheme. (Read more)

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Federal Grand Jury Charges Indiana Man with Obscenity Violations

WASHINGTON – An Indiana man has been charged by a federal grand jury in Martinsburg, W. Va., with transportation of obscene materials and related offenses, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division announced today. (Read more)

California Man Indicted for Conspiracy in Operating Internet Pharmacy

WASHINGTON – Jorge Alan Rodriguez Sanchez, 32, was indicted by a grand jury in Philadelphia yesterday for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances through the operation of an illegal Internet pharmacy. (Read more)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Canadian Man Sentenced To 41 Months In U.S. Prison For Role In International Check Stealing Scheme

WASHINGTON – A Canadian citizen was sentenced today in U.S. District Court to 41 months in prison for his role in an international scheme to steal checks valued at more than $2 million from U.S. corporations and launder the funds derived from the stolen checks. (Read more)

Friday, May 16, 2008

Bahamian Drug Trafficker Convicted In U.S. Court On Drug Charges

WASHINGTON – A Bahamian national formerly residing in Haiti was convicted today by a jury in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on charges of narcotics distribution. (Read more)

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Member Of Afghan Taliban Convicted In U.S. Court On Narco-Terrorism And Drug Charges

WASHINGTON – A member of an Afghan Taliban cell was convicted today by a jury in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on charges of narcotics distribution and narco-terrorism, Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division Alice S. Fisher announced. (Read more)

Oregon Man Pleads Guilty To Selling Counterfeit Software Worth $1 Million

WASHINGTON – An Oregon man pleaded guilty today to selling counterfeit computer software with a retail value of more than $1 million, in addition to aggravated identity theft and mail fraud. (Read more)

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Willbros Group Inc. Enters Deferred Prosecution Agreement And Agrees To Pay $22 Million Penalty For Fcpa Violations

WASHINGTON – Willbros Group Inc and Willbros International Inc have agreed to pay a $22 million criminal penalty in connection with corrupt payments to Nigerian and Ecuadoran government officials in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the Department of Justice announced today. (Read more)

California Man Sentenced To 37 Months In Prison In Connection With $10 Million Scheme To Defraud The Export- Import Bank Of The United States

WASHINGTON – Edward Chua, 55, of Montebello, Calif., has been sentenced to 37 months in prison in connection with a $10 million scheme to defraud the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank) of the United States, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Jeffrey A. Taylor of the District of Columbia announced today. (Read more)

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

14 Members Of Colombian Paramilitary Group Extradited To The United States To Face U.S. Drug Charges

WASHINGTON – Fourteen alleged members of a former paramilitary and drugtrafficking group known as the Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia (AUC), including highranking former leaders, have been extradited from Colombia to the United States to face drug trafficking charges, the Department of Justice announced today. (Read more)

Girlfriend Of Ms-13 Member Convicted Of Obstruction Of Justice

Greenbelt, Maryland - A federal jury convicted Wendy Garcia, age 25, of Hyattsville, Maryland, today for obstruction of justice, in connection with the murder of an MS-13 gang member by other MS-13 members. (Read more)

Monday, May 12, 2008

Hackers Indicted For Stealing Credit And Debit Card Numbers From National Restaurant Chain

WASHINGTON – Three defendants have been charged in a federal grand jury indictment and complaint with illegally accessing the computer systems of a national restaurant chain and stealing credit and debit card numbers from that system. (Read more)

Friday, May 9, 2008

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

ALEXANDRIA, VA – James N. Sellman, 26, of Arnold, Md., 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)

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Strike Force Targets Medicare Fraud By Los Angeles Area Health Care Companies

WASHINGTON – Eleven people have been indicted in the second phase of a targeted criminal, civil and administrative effort against individuals and health care companies that fraudulently bill the Medicare program. (Read more)

Dod Employee Arrested For Filing A False Federal Tax Return

WASHINGTON – A U.S. Department of Defense civilian employee working at the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait City, Kuwait, was arrested and charged with filing a false federal tax return for the 2005 tax year. (Read more)

Former Talk Radio Host Pleads Guilty To Distribution Of Child Pornography

WASHINGTON – Bernard V. Ward, 57, a San Francisco resident who previously worked as a radio station talk show host, entered a guilty plea today in federal court in San Francisco to one count of distributing child pornography via the Internet. (Read more)

Former Pacific Consolidated Industries Lp Executive Pleads Guilty In Connection With Bribes Paid To U.K. Ministry Of Defence Official

WASHINGTON – A former Pacific Consolidated Industries LP (PCI) executive pleaded guilty today to charges related to the bribery of a U.K. Ministry of Defence (UK-MOD) official in order to obtain lucrative equipment contracts with the U.K. Royal Air Force, in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA. (Read more)

Former Alaska State Representative Victor Kohring Sentenced On Public Corruption Charges

WASHINGTON – Victor H. Kohring, a former elected member of the Alaska House of Representatives, has been sentenced to 42 months in prison, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division announced today. (Read more)

Indiana Man Indicted In Nationwide Investigation Of Internet Child Pornography Trade

WASHINGTON – James W. Dotts Jr., 32, of Georgetown, Ind., has been indicted by a federal grand jury on receipt and possession of child pornography charges. (Read more)

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Colombian Paramilitary Leader Extradited To The United States To Face U.S. Drug Charges

WASHINGTON – Carlos Mario Jimenez-Naranjo, a.k.a. Macaco, has been extradited from Colombia to the United States to face drug trafficking charges. (Read more)

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Third Defendant Pleads Guilty In Pensacola In Global Child Exploitation Enterprise Case

WASHINGTON AND PENSACOLA, Fla. – Ruble Keys, 55, of Medford, Ore., pleaded guilty today for his involvement in a vast global child pornography trafficking enterprise. (Read more)

Friday, May 2, 2008

McKesson Corporation Agrees to Pay More than $13 Million to Settle Claims that it Failed to Report Suspicious Sales of Prescription Medications

WASHINGTON – McKesson Corp., one of the nation’s largest distributors of pharmaceutical drugs, has agreed to settle allegations that it violated federal reporting provisions relating to its handling of certain prescription medications regulated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). (Read more)

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