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SUNY Research Foundation to Pay $3.75 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Liability
SUNY Research Foundation to Pay $3.75 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Liability

 Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Former Bank Executive Vice President Pleads Guilty to Making False Financial Report to FDIC
Mark A. Nixon, 62, of Freedom, Oklahoma, has pleaded guilty to submitting a falsified report of the financial condition of Freedom State Bank to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation ("FDIC").


 Monday, December 15, 2014
Costa Rican Woman Sentenced to Prison for Role in Human Smuggling Conspiracy
Mercedes Morera Roche, 49, of Costa Rica, has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for her leadership role in a conspiracy to smuggle more than 25 undocumented migrants from Cuba to the United States.


 Friday, December 12, 2014
False Claims Act Allegations Against Florida-Based Sleep Clinic and Physician for $250,000 Settled
The United States has settled a lawsuit against a central Florida-based sleep clinic, VMG Pulmonary and Sleep Institute and its physician/owner, Dr. Marivic Villa, for submitting false claims to the government.


 Thursday, December 11, 2014
Eleven People Charged in Takedown of Drug Trafficking Organization
Eight people have been arrested in connection with a ring that allegedly trafficked heroin, powder cocaine and crack cocaine in the Atlantic City, NJ area. A ninth defendant is already in custody on other charges in Pennsylvania and two more defendants are being sought in California.


 Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Owner of Energy Crop Company Sentenced to Prison
William A. Vasden, Jr., president of a Florida-based company known as USCJO, has been sentenced to 4 years’ imprisonment for wire fraud and making false statements.

U.S. Attorney Spotlight

Sarah R. Saldaña Sarah R. Saldaña
Northern District of Texas

Sarah R. Saldaña has served as the presidentially-appointed United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas since September 2011. As U.S. Attorney, Ms. Saldaña leads four staffed offices with nearly 220 employees, including approximately 100 attorneys.


Paul J. FishmanPaul J. Fishman
District of New Jersey

Paul J. Fishman was nominated by President Barack Obama as the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey in June 2009; he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 7, 2009 and sworn in on October 14, 2009.