Information for Victims in Large Cases
|Case Name||Familiar Names and Terms||District or Division||Overview|
|U.S. v. Argos USA LLC, f.k.a. Argos Ready Mix LLC||Argos USA, Argos Ready Mix, Concrete||Antitrust Division||
Argos USA LLC, a producer and seller of ready-mix concrete headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia, was charged with participating in a conspiracy to fix prices, rig bids, and allocate markets for sales of ready-mix concrete in the Southern District of Georgia and elsewhere. Specifically, employees of Argos and other ready-mix concrete companies coordinated the issuance of price increase letters to customers, allocated specific ready-mix concrete jobs in the coastal Georgia area, charged fuel surcharges and environmental fees, and submitted bids to customers at collusive and noncompetitive prices. The conspiracy began as early as 2010 and continued until in or about July 2016.
|U.S. v. Lewis Wallach||Professional Financial Investors, “PFI” and Professional Investors Security Fund, Inc.||USAO - California, Northern||
Lewis Wallach was charged by a criminal information filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on September 29, 2020. The information alleges that Wallach was the former CEO of a Marin-based company known as Professional Financial Investors, or PFI. Wallach is charged in the information with one count of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
|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 2019.
|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. Evans Concrete, LLC, et al.||Evans Concrete, Concrete||Antitrust Division||
One company and four individuals, Evans Concrete LLC, James Clayton Pedrick, Gregory Hall Melton, John “David” Melton, and Timothy “Bo” Strickland, were charged with participating in a conspiracy to fix prices, rig bids, and allocate markets. The conduct applied to the sale of ready-mix concrete used in residential, commercial and public projects in the greater Savannah, Georgia area. The conduct began at least as early as 2010 and continued until in or about July 2016. James Clayton Pedrick is also charged with making false statements and Timothy “Bo” Strickland is charged with making false statements and perjury.
|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.