CRIME: Texas Pain Management Physicians Have Agreed To Pay $3.9M To Address Allegations Related To Unnecessary Urine Drug Testing

CRIME: Texas Pain Management Physicians Have Agreed To Pay $3.9M To Address Allegations Related To Unnecessary Urine Drug Testing

Two Texas physicians, Robert Wills and Brannon Frank, have agreed to pay $3.9 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by knowingly billing Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE for medically unnecessary urine drug testing.  The settlements with Wills and Frank resolve allegations that the physicians, formerly co-owners of now-defunct Austin Pain Associates…

CRIME: Two South Florida Residents Were Convicted Yesterday Of Trying To Illegally Export Controlled Items To Libya

CRIME: Two South Florida Residents Were Convicted Yesterday Of Trying To Illegally Export Controlled Items To Libya

A federal jury convicted a pair of Florida residents yesterday for their roles in an illegal exports scheme. According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Peter Sotis, 57, of Delray Beach, and Emilie Voissem, 45, of Sunrise, participated in a scheme to cause the illegal export of rebreather diving equipment to Libya in…

CRIME: Justice Department Announces New Initiative To Combat Redlining

CRIME: Justice Department Announces New Initiative To Combat Redlining

The Justice Department announced the launch of the department’s new Combatting Redlining Initiative today. Redlining is an illegal practice in which lenders avoid providing services to individuals living in communities of color because of the race or national origin of the people who live in those communities. The new Initiative represents the department’s most aggressive and…

CRIME: Attorney General Merrick B. Garland Delivers Remarks Announcing A New Initiative To Combat Redlining

CRIME: Attorney General Merrick B. Garland Delivers Remarks Announcing A New Initiative To Combat Redlining

Remarks as Delivered Good morning. I am joined today by Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Clarke; Director of the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys Wilkinson; Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Chopra; and Acting Comptroller of the Currency Hsu.  Welcome to the Justice Department’s Great Hall.  This space and the building that we…

CRIME: Kristen Clarke, Assistant Attorney General, Delivers Remarks Announcement Of A New Initiative To Combat Redlining

CRIME: Kristen Clarke, Assistant Attorney General, Delivers Remarks Announcement Of A New Initiative To Combat Redlining

Thank you, Attorney General Garland. I am proud to be here today with you, Director Wilkinson, Director Chopra, and Acting Comptroller Hsu to announce this unprecedented enforcement effort to combat redlining, one of the most longstanding and pernicious forms of lending discrimination. Redlining is alive and well, and it has had a lasting negative impact.…

CRIME: Readout Of Meeting Between Department Of Justice And The Central Bureau Of Investigation Of Government Of India
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CRIME: Readout Of Meeting Between Department Of Justice And The Central Bureau Of Investigation Of Government Of India

You are here Deputy Assistant Attorney General Arun G. Rao of the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Division’s Consumer Protection Branch, together with colleagues from the Consumer Protection Branch and the FBI, met this week with Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officials in New Delhi to further strengthen law enforcement cooperation. They discussed means for combating…

CRIME: Five Individuals Indicted For Money Laundering In Relation To An Alleged Venezuela Bribery Scheme
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CRIME: Five Individuals Indicted For Money Laundering In Relation To An Alleged Venezuela Bribery Scheme

A federal grand jury in the Southern District of Florida returned an indictment on Oct. 7, which was unsealed today, charging three Colombian nationals and two Venezuelan nationals for their alleged roles in laundering the proceeds of contracts to provide food and medicine to Venezuela that were obtained through bribes. According to court documents, Alvaro…

CRIME: Former Private Prisoner Transport Officer Sentenced To Life Plus Five Years For Sexually Assaulting Two Women In His Custody
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CRIME: Former Private Prisoner Transport Officer Sentenced To Life Plus Five Years For Sexually Assaulting Two Women In His Custody

A federal judge in Little Rock, Arkansas, sentenced Eric Scott Kindley, 53, a former private prisoner transport officer, to life plus five years in prison for sexually assaulting two different women in his custody during two different transports in 2014 and 2017, and for knowingly possessing a firearm in furtherance of the 2017 sexual assault.…

CRIME: North Carolina Tax Preparer Sentenced For False Returns
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CRIME: North Carolina Tax Preparer Sentenced For False Returns

A North Carolina man was sentenced yesterday to 33 months in prison for assisting in the preparation of a false tax return and for filing a false personal income tax return.  According to court documents, Nicholas Laws, of Durham, was an office manager and a return preparer in the Winston-Salem branch of Tax Mind. As…

CRIME: Department Of Justice Files Suit To Recover Forfeiture Penalty For Nearly 5,000 Illegally Spoofed Robocalls
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CRIME: Department Of Justice Files Suit To Recover Forfeiture Penalty For Nearly 5,000 Illegally Spoofed Robocalls

Wednesday, the Department of Justice served a complaint filed against a Montana man to recover a $9.9 million penalty imposed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for nearly 5,000 unlawful and malicious “spoofed” robocalls. In a complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Montana, the government alleged that Scott Rhodes, 52, of…

CRIME: Justice Department Reaches Settlement To Remedy Serious Racial Harassment Of Black Students In Utah School District

CRIME: Justice Department Reaches Settlement To Remedy Serious Racial Harassment Of Black Students In Utah School District

The Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and the United States Attorney’s Office for Utah announced a settlement agreement with Davis School District in Utah to address race discrimination in the district’s schools, including serious and widespread racial harassment of Black and Asian-American students. The department opened its investigation in July 2019 under Title IV of…

CRIME: Utah Company Ordered By District Court To Stop Distributing Unapproved New Drugs And Adulterated Products

CRIME: Utah Company Ordered By District Court To Stop Distributing Unapproved New Drugs And Adulterated Products

A federal court today ordered Utah company Grandma’s Herbs, Inc. and its owners, Kevin Parr and Tracey Parr, to stop distributing unapproved and misbranded drugs in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA), the Department of Justice Department announced. In a complaint filed on Oct. 18, the United States alleged that Grandma’s…

CRIME: Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco, And Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. Deliver Opening Remarks At The Criminal Division’s Cybersecurity Roundtable On ‘The Evolving Cyber Threat Landscape’

CRIME: Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco, And Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. Deliver Opening Remarks At The Criminal Division’s Cybersecurity Roundtable On ‘The Evolving Cyber Threat Landscape’

Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. Remarks as Delivered Good afternoon. We gather together today for our fifth Criminal Division Cybersecurity Roundtable, and the need for our collective action against cyber threats has never been greater.  Cyber threats loom over nearly every aspect of our personal and professional lives.  As a former United States…

CRIME: Attorney General Merrick B. Garland Delivers Remarks At Taking The Call Conference
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CRIME: Attorney General Merrick B. Garland Delivers Remarks At Taking The Call Conference

Remarks as Delivered Hello, and welcome to the Taking the Call national conference. It is a pleasure to be part of this new event focused on a crucial topic. I want to thank our Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Council of State Governments Justice Center and the University of Cincinnati for…

CRIME: Individual Pleads Guilty To Murder In Indian Country
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CRIME: Individual Pleads Guilty To Murder In Indian Country

An enrolled member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and member of the Indian Brotherhood (IBH), a prison-based gang active in Oklahoma, pleaded guilty today to charges related to two separate homicides that took place in 2015 and 2017 within Indian Country in Oklahoma. According to court documents, in May 2015, Matthew Onesimo Armstrong, 32,…

CRIME: Two Individuals Were Sent To Prison For Providing “bulletproof Web Hosting” To Cybercriminals
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CRIME: Two Individuals Were Sent To Prison For Providing “bulletproof Web Hosting” To Cybercriminals

Two Eastern European men were sentenced for providing “bulletproof hosting” services, which were used by cybercriminals between 2009 to 2015 to distribute malware and attack financial institutions and victims throughout the United States. On June 28 and Oct. 20, Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan…

CRIME: Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta Delivers Remarks At Taking The Call Conference
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CRIME: Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta Delivers Remarks At Taking The Call Conference

Remarks as Delivered I want to echo the Attorney General’s thanks to the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Council of State Governments Justice Center and the University of Cincinnati for putting together an extraordinary agenda for this convening.  Participants in this conference span the spectrum of experts – including law enforcement leaders, judges, government officials,…

CRIME: Tennessee Man Pleads Guilty For Civil Rights Violations In Series Of Church Arsons
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CRIME: Tennessee Man Pleads Guilty For Civil Rights Violations In Series Of Church Arsons

A Tennessee man pleaded guilty today to civil rights violations for a series of church arsons. Alan Douglas Fox, 28, of Nashville, pleaded guilty to all counts of an information charging him with setting fire to the Crievewood United Methodist Church on June 17, 2019; the Crievewood Baptist Church on June 25, 2019; the Saint…

CRIME: Former IRS Employee Is Charged With Tax Fraud
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CRIME: Former IRS Employee Is Charged With Tax Fraud

A federal grand jury in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, returned an indictment in July, which was unsealed yesterday, charging a South Carolina man with tax evasion and attempting to obstruct an IRS civil audit and an IRS criminal investigation. According to the indictment, Wayne M. Garvin, currently of Columbia, South Carolina, and previously of Philadelphia, allegedly filed…

CRIME: Department Of Justice Issues An Annual Report To Congress On Its Work To Combat Elder Fraud And Abuse
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CRIME: Department Of Justice Issues An Annual Report To Congress On Its Work To Combat Elder Fraud And Abuse

The Department of Justice issued its Annual Report to Congress on its Activities to Combat Elder Fraud and Abuse. The report summarizes the department’s extensive elder justice efforts from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. As Attorney General Merrick B. Garland recognized, the COVID-19 pandemic exposed and exacerbated injustices faced by far too many of the most…

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