Former Executive Sentenced in Texas for Role in Multi-Million-Dollar Fraud Schemes
Justin Laurin Prather, of Lubbock, Texas, a former employee of CitiCapital Commercial Corporation and senior vice president of GE Capital Commercial, Inc., was sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $17.4 million in restitution for running three separate fraud schemes.
Former Exec Pleads Guilty in Illinois to Defrauding Investors, Clients of $93 Million
Jeremy Blackburn, a co-founder of Canopy Financial, Inc., a bankrupt health care transaction software company based in Chicago, Illinois, pled guilty to his role in a fraud scheme that cheated investors of approximately $75 million, while at the same time misappropriating more than $18 million from customer accounts intended for health care savings and expenses.
Former Goldman Sachs Computer Programmer Convicted of Theft of Trade Secrets
Sergey Aleynikov was found guilty by a jury in Manhattan federal court of one count of theft of trade secrets and one count of transportation of stolen property in interstate and foreign commerce in connection with the theft of proprietary computer code concerning a high-frequency trading platform from his former employer, Goldman Sachs.
Two Engineers Found Guilty of Stealing Goodyear Trade Secrets
A federal jury convicted Clark Alan Roberts and Sean Edward Howley, both former engineers with Wyko Tire Technology Incorporated, located in Greenback, Tennessee, of stealing trade secrets from the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. Specifically, they were found guilty of guilty of conspiracy to commit trade secret theft, trade secret theft, unlawful photographing of trade secrets, transmittal of trade secrets, possession of trade secrets, wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Florida Physician Pleads Guilty in Fraudulent Lobbying and Fund Raising Scheme
Physician Alan D. Mendelsohn, of Broward County, Florida, pled guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud, to make false statements, and to file false tax returns in connection with his role in a fraud scheme involving lobbying and fund raising for political candidates and organizations.
Two Puerto Rico Law Enforcement Officers Convicted for Roles in Drug Transaction
Raquel Delgado-Marrero and Ángel Rivera-Claudio were each convicted in San Juan, Puerto Rico of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, attempt to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, and possession of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime. The two were charged as part of Operation Guard Shack, in which 133 defendants were indicted as the result of 125 undercover drug transactions conducted by the FBI. In one transaction, Delgado-Marrero and Rivera-Claudio provided armed protection to a drug dealer during the sale of seven kilograms of cocaine in exchange for $2,000 each.
Maryland Man Charged in Plot to Attack Armed Forces Recruiting Center
U.S. citizen Antonio Martinez, aka Muhammad Hussain, age 21, of Baltimore, Maryland, was charged with attempting to murder federal officers and employees and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction against federal property in connection with a scheme to attack an Armed Forces recruiting station in Catonsville, Maryland. Martinez was arrested this morning after he attempted to remotely detonate what he believed to be explosives in a vehicle parked in the Armed Forces recruiting station parking lot.
Paint Manufacturing Chemist Sentenced in Illinois for Stealing Trade Secrets
David Yen Lee, a former chemist for the paint manufacturing company Valspar Corp., was sentenced in Chicago, Illinois to 15 months in federal prison for stealing trade secrets from Valspar involving numerous formulas and other proprietary information valued up to $20 million as he prepared to go to work for an overseas competitor.
Texas Deputy Sheriff and Wife Charged in Superseding Indictment
Harris County (Texas) Deputy Sheriff George Wesley Ellington was charged in a superseding indictment with accepting bribes in return for protection of loads of Ecstasy, aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute Ecstasy, and carrying and possessing a firearm during and in relation to the drug trafficking offenses charged. Ellington's wife, Katrise Tania Ellington, was also charged in one count of the superseding indictment.