Information for Victims in Large Cases
|Case Name||Familiar Names and Terms||District or Division||Overview|
|US. v. Hecker, et al.||Amber Rose Hecker; Ronald Travis Hecker; Richard Kelly Hoglin||USAO - Alaska||
The defendants obtained funds to which they were not entitled by using checks stolen from the mail and stolen ID cards as well as bank cards obtained through theft and vehicle break-ins, to forge and falsely alter the stolen checks to deposit them in the accounts associated with the stolen identities and then make cash withdrawls.
|U.S. v. Svyatoslav Bondarenko, et al||Infraud Organization||USAO - Nevada||
Infraud Organization was created in October 2010 to promote and grow interest as the premier destination for purchasing retail items with counterfeit or stolen credit card information. Under the slogan, “In Fraud We Trust,” the organization directed traffic and potential purchasers to the automated vending sites of its members, which served as online conduits to traffic in stolen means of identification, stolen financial and banking information, malware, and other illicit goods. It also provided an escrow service to facilitate illicit digital currency transactions among its members and employed screening protocols that purported to ensure only high quality vendors of stolen cards, personally identifiable information, and other contraband were permitted to advertise to members.
|US v. Amber Nicole Lamb & Randy Mitchell Kinny||USAO - Arizona||
On December 11, 2017, defendants stole parcels from a home in Scottsdale. Subsequently, agents found the following: stolen mail, fraudulent IDs, counterfeit currency, equipment to produce fake IDs and counterfeit currency, and cell phones at one of the defendant’s houses.
|United States v. Alejandro Arias-Perez||Alejanro Arias-Perez||USAO - Wisconsin, Western||
On May 11, 2017, Arias-Perez was charged in the Western District of Wisconsin with installing credit card skimmers at two gas stations in Madison on August 12, 2016. On April 27, 2017. a search warrant was executed at Arias-Perez’s residence in Miami, Florida. During the search, agents located various electronic devices and equipment used for stealing credit card information. Based on a forensic analysis of the electronic equipment recovered from Arias-Perez’s residence and the recovered skimmers in the case, investigators have determined that Arias-Perez is responsible for the theft of approximately 57,000 credit card numbers.
|United States v. Justin E. Cain||Justin Cain||USAO - Wisconsin, Western||
Justin Cain was a postal employee in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He was suspected of stealing mail from the post office after he sold a stolen baseball card to a local vender. On October 18, 2013, federal agents made a controlled purchase of 23 purported gift cards from Cain. Three days later, on October 21, 2013, Cain was arrested by officers from the La Crosse Police Department with mail in his vehicle. During an interview with law enforcement officers, Cain admitted to stealing mail in order to feed his heroin addiction. Cain told investigators the stolen mail pieces were burned after items of value where removed.
|United States v. Intercept or d/b/a InterceptEFT||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.
|United States v. Dmitry Dokuchaev et al.||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.
|United States v. Christian Meissenn, et al.||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.
|U.S. v. Moustafa Moataz Aboshady||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.
|U.S. v. Fathallah Mashali||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.