Information for Victims in Large Cases

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United States v. Charles Hallinan USAO - Pennsylvania, Eastern

Intercept Corporation, d/b/a “InterceptEFT” (“Intercept”), a privately held corporation headquartered in Fargo, North Dakota, operating an illegal money transmittal business. Intercept was a “third party payment processor” which processed electronic funds transfers for its clients through the Automated Clearing House (“ACH”) system, an electronic payments network that processed financial transactions without using paper checks. Among Intercept’s clients were numerous business entities that issued, serviced, funded, and collected debt from short-term, high-interest loans, commonly referred to as “payday loans,” because such loans are supposed to be repaid when the borrower received his or her next paycheck or regular income payment. Payday loans are effectively illegal in more than a dozen states, including Pennsylvania, and are highly regulated in many other states.

Karim Baratov, a/k/a “Kay, ” “Karim Taloverov, ” “Karim Akehmet Tokbergenov”; Dmitry Dokuchaev, a/k/a “Patrick Nagel”; Igor Sushchin; Alexsey Belan, a/k/a “Magg”; Google; Yandex; Yahoo USAO - California, Northern

Four defendants were charged with the hacking of several mail service providers including Yahoo, Google and Yandex (Russian based server) on behalf of the Russian Federal Security Service, a/k/a the “FSB.. Defendants were also successful in obtaining user login information through spear phishing techniques.

Custom Wristbands, Kulayful Silicone Bracelets, Kulayful.com, Speedywristbands.com, Promotionalbands.com, Wristbandcreations.com, 1inchbracelets.com, Christopher Angeles, promotional products, wristbands Antitrust Division

Christopher Angeles was charged with engaging in a conspiracy to suppress and eliminate competition by fixing and maintaining prices of customized promotional products, including wristbands, sold in the United States and elsewhere from at least as early as June 2014 and continuing until at least June 2016.

Custom Wristbands, Kulayful Silicone Bracelets, Kulayful.com, Speedywristbands.com, Promotionalbands.com, Wristbandcreations.com, 1inchbracelets.com, Christopher Angeles, promotional products, wristbands Antitrust Division

Custom Wristbands, Inc. was charged with engaging in a conspiracy to suppress and eliminate competition by fixing and maintaining prices of customized promotional products, including wristbands, sold in the United States and elsewhere from at least as early as June 2014 and continuing until at least June 2016.

Zaappaaz, WB Promotions, Wrist-Band.com, Customlanyard.net, Azim Makanojiya, promotional products, wristbands, lanyards Antitrust Division

Azim Makanojiya was charged with engaging in a conspiracy to suppress and eliminate competition by fixing and maintaining prices of customized promotional products, including wristbands and lanyards, sold in the United States and elsewhere, from at least as early as October 2014 and continuing until at least June 2016.

Zaappaaz, WB Promotions, Wrist-Band.com, Customlanyard.net, Azim Makanojiya, promotional products, wristbands, lanyards Antitrust Division

Zaappaaz, Inc. was charged with engaging in a conspiracy to suppress and eliminate competition by fixing and maintaining prices of customized promotional products, including wristbands and lanyards, sold in the United States and elsewhere, from at least as early as October 2014 and continuing until at least June 2016.

Christian Meissenn, William Lieberman, Corey Brinson, Damian Delgado, Michael Neumann USAO - Connecticut

Christian Meissenn, William Lieberman, Damian Delgado (also known as Michael Neumann), and others ran a securities fraud “pump and dump” scheme. The defendants fraudulently induced investors to purchase stocks issued by shell companies under the control of Lieberman and other co-conspirators. The effect was to artificially boost the trading volume of the securities, create the appearance of liquidity, and falsely drive up the share price. The defendants and their co-conspirators then sold their own shares at a profit before allowing the price of the securities to fall, leaving investors with worthless and unsalable stock. As a result, victim investors lost millions of dollars. The defendants laundered their profits through the trust accounts of various attorneys, including Corey Brinson. The issuing companies involved in the scheme included Terra Energy Resources Ltd. (stock symbol “TRRE”); Mammoth Energy Group, Inc. (stock symbol “MMTE”), a company that later became Strategic Asset Leasing Inc. (stock symbol “LEAS”); Trilliant Exploration Corporation (stock symbol “TTXP”); Hermes Jets, Inc. (stock symbol “HRMJ”), which later became Continental Beverage Brands Corporation (stock symbol “CBBB”); Dolat Ventures, Inc. (stock symbol “DOLV”), and Fox Petroleum, Inc. (stock symbol “FXPT”). Meissenn, Lieberman, and Delgado have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, and tax evasion charges.  They await sentencing.  Brinson has pleaded guilty to money laundering, and has been sentenced to 3 years in prison.              

Moustafa Moataz Aboshady; New England Wellness & Pain Management, P.C., also known as New England Pain Associates, Greystone Pain Management, Inc., and New England Pain Institute, or NEPA. USAO - Massachusetts

Moustafa Moataz Aboshady, 33, an Egyptian national residing in Lake Forest, Calif., was indicted in September 2016, in U.S. District Court in Boston, on one count of conspiracy and two counts of making false statements in connection with health care benefit programs. As alleged in the indictment, Aboshady was a medical resident in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, employed at New England Wellness & Pain Management, P.C., which was also known as New England Pain Associates, P.C., Greystone Pain Management, Inc., and New England Pain Institute, P.C., or NEPA. NEPA had locations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The indictment alleges that Aboshady was part of a conspiracy involving other members of NEPA, including its owner and members of a satellite office in Cairo, Egypt, in connection with a scheme to falsify patient medical records in order to obtain payments from the Medicare program and commercial health insurance companies. The alleged conduct included submitting claims for payment to Medicare and commercial health insurance companies for services not rendered.

Dr. Fathallah Mashali; New England Wellness & Pain Management, P.C., a/k/a New England Pain Associates, of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, a/k/a Greystone Pain Management, Inc., a/k/a New England Pain Institute, P.C. (NEPA) USAO - Massachusetts

Fathallah Mashali, 62, of Dover, Mass., pleaded guilty on March 15, 2017 in U.S. District Court in Boston to 27 counts of health care fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, and 16 counts of money laundering. Sentencing is scheduled for June 21, 2017. Mashali was a licensed physician in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Mashali operated New England Wellness & Pain Management, P.C., a/k/a New England Pain Associates, P.C., of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, a/k/a Greystone Pain Management, Inc., a/k/a New England Pain Institute, P.C. (NEPA). He also employed Egyptian doctors in Cairo, Egypt, who entered false information into U.S. patients’ medical records. Many of the patients at NEPA were Medicare beneficiaries.

Kemp & Associates, Dan Mannix, heir location services, estate, descendent, probate Antitrust Division

Kemp & Associates, Inc. and Daniel J. Mannix were charged with engaging in a conspiracy to allocate customers of heir location services sold in the United States beginning as early as September 1999 and continuing as late as January 29, 2014 , which resulted in sales of heir location services at collusive and noncompetitive contingency fee rates.

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