Information for Victims in Large Cases
|Case Name||Familiar Names and Terms||District or Division||Overview|
|United States v. Tanner Roughton||Tanner Roughton||USAO - Pennsylvania, Eastern||
Defendant Tanner Roughton is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, one count of wire fraud, and one count of filing a false tax returns. The charges stem from Roughton’s participation in scheme to defraud buyers and sellers of two cryptocurrencies by manipulating the price of the cryptocurrencies through various means, including the release of false statements designed to bolster the sale price and generate trading volume, and matched trades with a co-schemer and others to further generate trading volume. The charges allege that Roughton sold the cryptocurrencies for a profit and knowingly failed to report his profits on his tax returns.
|U.S. v. Victor Btesh, et al.||Victor Btesh, Bruce Fish, BDF Enterprises Inc. d/b/a “The Big Lebowski”, Michelle’s DVD Funhouse Inc. d/b/a “The Amazing Express”, MJR Prime LLC, Prime Brooklyn LLC, Amazon Marketplace and DVDs and Blu-Ray Discs||Antitrust Division||
Victor Btesh, Bruce Fish, BDF Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a “The Big Lebowski”, Michelle’s DVD Funhouse, Inc. d/b/a “The Amazing Express”, MJR Prime, LLC d/b/a “Ready 2 Go”, and Prime Brooklyn, LLC d/b/a “Super Super Fast”, knowingly entered into and engaged in a combination and conspiracy to suppress and eliminate competition by fixing prices for DVDs and Blu-Ray Discs sold through the Amazon Marketplace platform to customers located throughout the United States. The charged conspiracy began at least as early as October 2016 and continued until at least October 29, 2019. All indicted defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
|U.S. v. Moshe Porat (21-CR-00170), and U.S. v. Isaac Gottlieb, et al. (21-CR-00160)||Temple University Fox School of Business||USAO - Pennsylvania, Eastern||
The defendant and his co-conspirators provided false information to college ranking publications about statistical data relating to Temple University's Fox School of Business. U.S. News relied on these false and misleading representations and ranked Fox's OMBA program number one in the country four years in a row. U.S. News also ranked Fox's PMBA program as high as number seven in 2017. The defendant marketed the fraudulently inflated rankings to potential Fox applicants, students, and donors in order to obtain money from them.
|United States v. Greenlaw, et al (UDF)||UDF, United Development Funding Entities, Hollis Morrison Greenlaw, Benjamin Lee Wissink, Cara Delin Obert, Jeffrey Brandon Jester||USAO - Texas, Northern||
On January 21, 2021, a jury convicted defendants Hollis Morrison Greenlaw, Benjamin Lee Wissink, Cara Delin Obert, and Jeffrey Brandon Jester of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to commit securities fraud and eight substantive counts of securities fraud. Between January 2011 and December 2015, the defendants engaged in a scheme to defraud using investment fund entities known as United Development Funding III LP, United Development Funding IV, and United Development Funding Income Fund V (collectively "UDF entities"). The UDF entities were based out of Grapevine, Texas.
|U.S. v. Mahesh Patel, et al.||Mahesh Patel, Robert Harvey, Harpreet Wasan, Steven Houghtaling, Tom Edwards, Gary Prus||Antitrust Division||
A former manager of a major aerospace engineering company and five current and former executives of outsource engineering suppliers are charged with entering into a conspiracy to restrict the hiring and recruiting of engineers and other skilled-labor employees among their respective companies. The charged conspiracy began as early as 2011 and continued at least as late as 2019.
|U.S. v. Haykaz Mansuryan et al; 21-CR-2660-BAS||HAYKAZ MAN SURYAN (1), HAYK SHAKARYAN (2), DAVIT BABAYAN (3), ARTOUR HAKOBYAN (4), PETROS ARMUTYAN (5), HAKOP KARAYAN (6), ROBERT FICHIDZHYAN (7), VASILIY POLYAK (8)||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 withdrawals and purchase goods in the mount of hundreds of thousands of dollars using funds on the accounts of unwitting victims. According to the indictment, these crimes were committed in and around southern California and elsewhere.
|United States v. Manahe et al.||Faysal Kalayaf Manahe, Ammar Alkinani, Yaser Ali, Quasim Saesah, Personal Support Specialist, PSS||Antitrust Division, USAO - Maine||
From at least as early as April 2020 and continuing until as late as May 2020, the defendants and unnamed others entered a conspiracy to fix the wage rates paid to PSS workers and agreed not to hire each other’s PSS workers. The conspiracy affected essential healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, when PSS workers provided crucial services to their communities at the risk of their own health. Shortly before the agreement to fix wages was reached, MaineCare increased the Medicaid reimbursement rate to PSS agencies. This increase aimed to provide PSS workers higher hourly wages in order to afford N-95 masks, gloves, and other protective equipment necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic.
|United States v. Emmanuel Hourizadeh and Raymond Nouvahian||Emmanuel Hourizadeh, Raymond Nouvahian, Amazon Marketplace, DVDs and Blu-Ray Discs||Antitrust Division||
Emmanuel Hourizadeh and Raymond Nouvahian engaged in a conspiracy to fix prices for DVDs and Blu-Ray Discs sold through the Amazon Marketplace platform to customers located throughout the United States. The charged conspiracy began at least as early as November 2017 and continued to on or about October 29, 2019.
|U.S. v. Morris Sutton||Morris Sutton, Amazon Marketplace, DVDs and Blu-Ray Discs||Antitrust Division||
Morris Sutton engaged in a conspiracy to fix prices for DVDs and Blu-Ray Discs sold through the Amazon Marketplace platform to customers located throughout the United States. The charged conspiracy began at least as early as November 2017 and continued to on or about October 29, 2019.
|United States v. Jared Davis||OptionMint, OptionKing, OptionQueen||USAO - Ohio, Northern||
Defendant owned and controlled various businesses, both in the United States and abroad, including Erie Marketing LLC with a principal place of business in Sandusky, Ohio. Though Defendant’s own role is disputed, it is alleged that those businesses engaged in a fraudulent binary options scheme using tradenames such as “OptionMint,” “OptionKing,” and, “OptionQueen.” These were neither licensed nor regulated and operated much differently from regulated exchanges. Defendant did not connect his investors to a legitimate binary options exchange that would match investors who chose different binary option outcomes. Instead, Defendant took the opposing position on each trade and thus only made money when investors lost their money, providing a built-in incentive to employ a variety of manipulative and deceptive practices. Victims were solicited through Internet marketing campaigns and international call centers. Victims were given accounts on fraudulent platforms and they paid foreign payment processors by credit card. More than $10 million in credit card payments were directed to Defendant’s companies. It is alleged there may be over 5000 individual victims involved in this scheme.