United States Department of Justice

Criminal Division Press Releases for March 2009

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Disaster Fraud Hotline Available to Report Flood-Related Fraud

In response to the Red River flooding in North Dakota and Minnesota and subsequent relief efforts, the National Center for Disaster Fraud is reminding members of the public to be aware of and report any instances of alleged fraudulent activity related to relief operations and funding for victims.
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Friday, March 27, 2009

Former National Century Financial Enterprises CEO Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison, Co-Owner Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Conspiracy, Fraud and Money Laundering

Two former National Century Financial Enterprises (NCFE) executives were sentenced today for their roles in a scheme to deceive investors about the financial health of NCFE.
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Jackson, Miss., Man Convicted of Receipt and Possession of Child Pornography

A Jackson, Miss., computer systems administrator was found guilty late Thursday of receiving and possessing images of child pornography on his home computer.
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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Hyannis, Mass., Man Sentenced to 84 Months for Receiving and Possessing Child Pornography

Harris Taubman, of Hyannis, Mass., was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Boston for receiving and possessing child pornography
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Miami Doctor and Chemist Plead Guilty in HIV Infusion Fraud Scheme

Two Miami-area residents pleaded guilty today in connection with a $10 million Medicare fraud scheme involving HIV infusion clinics.
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Puerto Rico Political Consultant Sentenced to Three Months in Prison and Three Months of Home Detention

Alberto Goachet, 67, a political consultant and aide to former Puerto Rico Sen. Jorge De Castro Font, was sentenced today to three months in prison, three months of home detention and three years of supervised release.
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Monday, March 23, 2009

Two Doctors and Two Medical Assistants Plead Guilty in $10 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

Four Miami-area residents pleaded guilty today in connection with a $10 million Medicare fraud scheme involving HIV infusion clinics.
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Former State Department Employee Sentenced for Illegally Accessing Confidential Passport Files

A member of La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, was sentenced today to 25 years in prison and five years of supervised release for his participation in a racketeering enterprise.
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MS-13 Member Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Involvement in Rico Conspiracy

A former State Department employee was sentenced today to 12 months of probation and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service for illegally accessing more than 150 confidential passport application files.
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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Third Defendant Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering Scheme Involving Bribes for Contracts at Kuwait Army Base

The sister of a U.S. Army officer has pleaded guilty for her participation in a money-laundering scheme related to bribes paid for contracts awarded in support of the Iraq war.
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Wisconsin Man Who Participated in 1943 Massacre of 8,000 Jews Is Deported to Austria

A former Nazi concentration camp guard who settled in Racine, Wis., after World War II and acquired U.S. citizenship, has been removed to Austria due to his participation in Nazi-sponsored acts of persecution during World War II.
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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

South Florida Stock Trader Pleads Guilty to Market Manipulation Scheme

A stock trader from Jupiter, Fla., pleaded guilty today to engaging in a market manipulation scheme involving several publicly traded companies.
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Jury Convicts Two Doctors and Two Medical Assistants in $5.3 Million Medicare Fraud Scam

A federal jury in Miami today convicted two physicians and two medical assistants in connection with a $5.3 million Medicare fraud scheme.
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Friday, March 13, 2009

Attorney Indicted for Conspiracy and Wire Fraud in Stock Registration and Manipulation Scheme

A securities attorney was charged in an indictment unsealed today with participating in a stock registration evasion scheme involving nine different publicly traded companies and with defrauding investors in a manipulation scheme related to three of the companies.
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Jury Convicts Former Social Worker of Defrauding the Department of Veterans Affairs and Obstructing Justice

A former Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) social work associate was convicted yesterday by a jury on four counts of honest services mail fraud, violating the criminal conflict of interest statute and making a false statement to agency officials.
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Attorney Indicted for Conspiracy and Wire Fraud in Stock Registration and Manipulation Scheme

A securities attorney was charged in an indictment unsealed today with participating in a stock registration evasion scheme involving nine different publicly traded companies and with defrauding investors in a manipulation scheme related to three of the companies.
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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Former Alaska State Representative Pleads Guilty to Public Corruption Charges

Beverly L. Masek, a former elected member of the Alaska House of Representatives, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit bribery.
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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Attorney Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Securities Fraud

A securities attorney pleaded guilty today to defrauding investors in stock manipulation schemes involving 19 different publicly traded companies.
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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Arizona Man Pleads Guilty to Receipt of Child Pornography

Charles Brown, 54, of Mesa, Ariz., pleaded guilty today to one count of receiving child pornography.
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Former Alaska State Senator Sentenced on Public Corruption Charges

John Cowdery, a former elected member of the Alaska state senate, was sentenced today to three years probation with a special condition requiring him to serve six months of home confinement for conspiring to bribe another Alaska state legislator.
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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Arizona Man Pleads Guilty to Receipt of Child Pornography

Charles Brown, 54, of Mesa, Ariz., pleaded guilty today to one count of receiving child pornography.
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Monday, March 9, 2009

Illinois Man Convicted for Production, Receipt and Possession of Child Pornography, as Well as Bank Fraud

Carl Courtright III, of Granite City, Ill., was convicted today on child pornography and bank fraud charges in the Southern District of Illinois following a five-day jury trial.
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Former Department of Energy Employee Pleads Guilty to Falsifying Performance Evaluation for Monetary Award

A former U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) employee who falsified his performance evaluation to justify an annual performance award to which he was not entitled pleaded guilty today to one count of making false statements.
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Friday, March 6, 2009

Two Indicted for Conspiring to Steal Trade Secrets from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company

An indictment was unsealed today charging Clark Alan Roberts, 46, and Sean Edward Howley, 38, both engineers with Wyko Tire Technology Inc., located in Greenback, Tenn., with conspiring to steal trade secrets from the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and scheming to defraud Goodyear of confidential and proprietary information.
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60th Felony Conviction Obtained in Software Piracy Crackdown “Operation Fastlink”

The 60th felony conviction from Operation Fastlink, a major Department of Justice initiative to combat online piracy worldwide.
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Former Staff Member in U.S. House of Representatives Indicted on Corruption Charges

A grand jury in the District of Columbia returned a three-count indictment today charging a former staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives with corruption offenses.
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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Former U.S. Tax Court Official Sentenced for Engaging in a Conspiracy to Commit Bribery

A former official of the U.S. Tax Court was sentenced today in connection with a bribery conspiracy involving contracts at the U.S. Tax Court in the District of Columbia.
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Two UK Citizens Charged by United States with Bribing Nigerian Government Officials to Obtain Lucrative Contracts as Part of KBR Joint Venture Scheme

Two citizens of the United Kingdom have been charged in an indictment unsealed today in the United States for their alleged participation in a decade-long scheme to bribe Nigerian government officials to obtain engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts.
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Colombian Paramilitary Leader Extradited to the United States to Face U.S. Drug Charges

Miguel Angel Mejia-Munera, a/k/a "El Mellizo," was extradited today from Colombia to the United States to face narcotics trafficking charges.
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