Information for Victims in Large Cases
|Case Name||Familiar Names and Terms||District or Division||Overview|
|U.S. v. Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation||Pilgrim’s Pride, broiler chicken||Antitrust Division||
Pilgrim’s Pride engaged in a conspiracy to fix prices and rig bids for broiler chicken products. The charged conspiracy began at least as early as 2012 and continued at least until early 2017.
|U.S. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. and Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Inc., USA||Teva, Generic Drugs||Antitrust Division||
Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. was charged with participating in three conspiracies to suppress and eliminate competition by agreeing to fix prices, allocate customers, and rig bids for generic drugs. In the first count, Glenmark was charged along with Teva with knowingly entering into and engaging in a conspiracy to suppress and eliminate competition by agreeing to increase and maintain prices of pravastatin and other generic drugs sold in the United States. The charged conspiracies took place between 2013 and 2015.
|U.S. v. Taro Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.||Taro Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc, Generic Drugs||Antitrust Division||
Taro Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. was charged with participating in two conspiracies to suppress and eliminate competition by agreeing to fix prices, allocate customers, and rig bids for generic drugs. The charged conspiracies took place between 2013 and 2015.
|United States v. Milton Ayimadu a/k/a Don Milton||Don Milton, Milton Ayimadu, http://www.babypuupu.com, BabyPuuPu, Evolosion||USAO - Georgia, Northern||
The defendant has been charged with hoarding and price gouging in violation of the Defense Production Act of 1950.
|U.S. v. Davit Simonyan, et al.||Varham Imonyan, Arsen Minasyan, Gor Plavchyan, Arsen Galstyan, Mukuch Mkrtchyan, Smbat Shahinyan||USAO - California, Southern||
This case charges a ring of fraudsters who used skimming devices to steal unwitting victims’ account information from gas pumps, ATMs, and similar common points of sale. The defendants then allegedly used that information to make fraudulent debit and credit cards, which they used to withdraw cash from victims’ accounts and make fraudulent purchases (like hundreds of thousands of dollars of postal money orders). According to the indictment, these crimes were committed in and around San Diego, Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis, and Oklahoma.
|U.S. v. Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Inc., USA||Pharmaceuticals, Generic Drugs, Pravastatin, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, Inc., USA||Antitrust Division||
Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Inc., USA is charged with knowingly entering into and engaging in a conspiracy to suppress and eliminate competition by agreeing to increase and maintain prices of pravastatin and other generic drugs sold in the United States. The charged conspiracy began at least as early as May 2013 and continued at least until December 2015.
|U.S. v. Andrey Turchin||fxmsp||USAO - Washington, Western||
The indictment charges TURCHIN with conspiracy to commit computer hacking, two counts of computer fraud and abuse (hacking), conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and access device fraud. TURCHIN and his accomplices perpetrated an ambitious hacking enterprise broadly targeting hundreds of victims across six continents. TURCHIN employed a collection of hacking techniques and malicious software (malware) to gain and maintain access to victim networks. For instance, he often used specially designed code to scan the Internet for open Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) ports and conduct brute-force attacks to initially compromise victim networks. Once inside the victim’s system, he moved laterally throughout the network and deployed additional malicious code to locate and steal administrative credentials and establish persistent access. The conspirators often modified antivirus software settings to allow malware to continue to run undetected. TURCHIN and his co-conspirators then marketed and sold the network access on various underground forums commonly frequented by hackers and cybercriminals, such as Exploit.in, fuckav.ru, Club2Card, Altenen, Blackhacker, Omerta, Sniff3r, and L33t, among others. As has been publicly reported, the “fxmsp” group has been linked to numerous high-profile data breaches, ransomware attacks, and other cyber intrusions.
|US v. Mario Castro, et al||Mario Castro, Salvador Castro, Jose Castro, Miguel Castro, Andrea Burrow, Jose Mendez||USAO - Nevada||
The indictment charges Mario Castro, 51, Jose Salud Castro, 70, Salvador Castro, 53, Miguel Castro, 55, Jose Luis Mendez, 45, and Andrea Burrow, 49, with mail fraud and conspiracy to commit mail fraud. According to the indictment, the defendants ran a fraudulent prize-notification scheme that tricked hundreds of thousands of consumers, many of whom were elderly and vulnerable, into paying a $20 or $30 fee to claim a large cash prize. None of the victims who submitted fees ever received a large cash prize, the indictment alleges.
|U.S. v. Jayson Penn, Roger Austin, Mikell Fries, Scott Brady||Jayson Penn, Roger Austin, Scott Brady, Mikell Fries, Timothy Mulrenin, William Kantola, Jimmie Little, Gary Brian Roberts, Rickie Blake||Antitrust Division||
Four executives of major broiler chicken companies were charged as members of a conspiracy to fix prices and rig bids for broiler chicken products. The charged conspiracy began at least as early as 2012 and continued at least until early 2017.
|US v. Blue Bell Creameries; US v. Paul Kruse (related)||Civil Division||
Texas-based ice-cream maker Blue Bell Creameries agreed to plead guilty to a criminal information filed in the Western District of Texas resolving charges that Blue Bell shipped listeria-contaminated products in 2015. Blue Bell agreed to plead guilty to two misdemeanor counts of distributing adulterated ice cream products and pay a criminal fine and forfeiture amount totaling $17.25 million. Blue Bell also agreed to pay an additional $2.1 million to resolve civil False Claims Act allegations regarding ice cream products manufactured under insanitary conditions and sold to federal military facilities. Blue Bell’s former president, Paul Kruse, was charged separately in connection with his alleged role in covering up from customers what the company knew about the contaminated ice cream.