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Jul 01, 2011 10:10 PM

Georgia Man Arrested, Charged for Hacking Servers of Former Employer

Jason Cornish, of Smyrna, Georgia, who allegedly froze the operations of a New Jersey pharmaceutical company where he had worked by deleting portions of its computer network, has been federally ...

Georgia Man Arrested, Charged for Hacking Servers of Former Employer

Jason Cornish, of Smyrna, Georgia, who allegedly froze the operations of a New Jersey pharmaceutical company where he had worked by deleting portions of its computer network, has been federally charged in connection with the alleged attack.

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Jul 01, 2011 10:00 PM

Virginia MS-13 Member Receives 10 Years for Sex Trafficking of Juveniles

Alexander Rivas, an American born MS-13 gang member who was residing in Alexandria, Virginia, was sentenced to 120 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for recruiting two ...

Virginia MS-13 Member Receives 10 Years for Sex Trafficking of Juveniles

Alexander Rivas, an American born MS-13 gang member who was residing in Alexandria, Virginia, was sentenced to 120 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for recruiting two female juvenile runaways to serve as prostitutes.

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Jun 30, 2011 10:25 PM

Attorney Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 30 Months in Prison for Insider Trading Scheme

Arthur Cutillo was sentenced in Manhattan federal court to 30 months in prison for his participation in an insider trading scheme in which he misappropriated material, nonpublic information from his ...

Attorney Sentenced in New York for Insider Trading Scheme

Arthur Cutillo was sentenced in Manhattan federal court to 30 months in prison for his participation in an insider trading scheme in which he misappropriated material, nonpublic information from his employer for the purpose of securities trading.

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Jun 30, 2011 10:20 PM

Prince George’s County Councilwoman Pleads Guilty to Corruption Charge

Prince George’s County Councilwoman Leslie Johnson, of Mitchellville, Maryland, pled guilty to conspiracy to commit witness and evidence tampering in order to obstruct a federal corruption ...

Prince George’s County Councilwoman Pleads Guilty to Corruption Charge

Prince George’s County Councilwoman Leslie Johnson, of Mitchellville, Maryland, pled guilty to conspiracy to commit witness and evidence tampering in order to obstruct a federal corruption investigation.

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Jun 30, 2011 10:15 PM

Mortgage Lending Company Exec Sentenced for Role in $2.9 Billion Fraud Scheme

Lee Bentley Farkas, the former chairman and owner of Taylor, Bean & Whitaker (TBW), was sentenced to 30 years in prison and ordered to forfeit approximately $38.5 million for his role in a more than ...

Former Chairman of Taylor, Bean & Whitaker Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison and Ordered to Forfeit $38.5 Million

Lee Bentley Farkas, the former chairman and owner of Taylor, Bean & Whitaker (TBW), was sentenced to 30 years in prison and ordered to forfeit approximately $38.5 million for his role in a more than $2.9 billion fraud scheme that contributed to the failure of TBW and Colonial Bank. At one time, TBW was one of the largest privately held mortgage lending companies in the United States and Colonial Bank was one of the 25 largest banks in the United States.

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Jun 29, 2011 11:00 PM

Romanian Man Sentenced for Role in International Fraud Scheme Involving Online Auction Websites

Adrian Ghighina, 33, of Bucharest, Romania, was sentenced yesterday in Chicago to 48 months in prison for his role in moving and hiding the illicit proceeds of an international fraud scheme.

Romanian Man Sentenced for Role in International Fraud Scheme Involving Online Auction Websites

Adrian Ghighina, 33, of Bucharest, Romania, was sentenced yesterday in Chicago to 48 months in prison for his role in moving and hiding the illicit proceeds of an international fraud scheme. 

According to court documents, Ghighina, who entered the United States legally in late 2004, acted as a “money mule” in a complex Internet fraud conspiracy. Ghighina’s co-conspirators, many of whom are in Romania, created fraudulent online auctions for expensive items such as cars, motorcycles and RVs on websites such as eBay, Craigslist and AutoTrader.com.

The victims never received the items for which they had paid. From approximately September 2005 until his arrest in October 2009 in Miami, Ghighina opened accounts and/or received funds in Illinois, the District of Columbia, Florida, New York, Arizona and elsewhere.

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Jun 29, 2011 07:25 PM

Three Men Each Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Plotting to Bomb Bronx Synagogues and Shoot Down U.S. Military Planes

James Cromitie, David Williams, and Onta Williams were each sentenced today to 25 years in prison for plotting to bomb synagogues in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, New York, and to use Stinger ...

Three Men Each Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Plotting to Bomb Bronx Synagogues and Shoot Down U.S. Military Planes

James Cromitie, David Williams, and Onta Williams were each sentenced today to 25 years in prison for plotting to bomb synagogues in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, New York, and to use Stinger surface-to-air guided missiles to shoot down military planes located at the New York Air National Guard Base at Stewart Airport in Newburgh, New York.

The defendants were convicted in October 2010 after a two-month jury trial. The case was investigated by the FBI’s New York Joint Terrorism Task Force—which principally consists of agents of the FBI and detectives of the New York City Police Department—the New York State Police and the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

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Jun 29, 2011 07:00 PM

Operator of Two Home Health Care Businesses Indicted in Alleged Medicare Fraud Scheme

A Chicago man who operated two home health care businesses, one of which was among the state’s largest recipients of Medicare payments, was indicted on federal fraud charges for allegedly swindling ...

Operator of Two Home Health Care Businesses Indicted in Alleged Medicare Fraud Scheme

A Chicago man who operated two home health care businesses, one of which was among the state’s largest recipients of Medicare payments, was indicted on federal fraud charges for allegedly swindling Medicare of at least $20 million over five years.

The defendant, Jacinto “John” Gabriel, Jr., allegedly schemed with others to submit millions of dollars in false claims for reimbursement of home healthcare services purportedly provided to Medicare beneficiaries, which allegedly were never provided, were not medically necessary, or were inflated in price so that he and others could profit from the fraudulently-obtained funds. Gabriel and his co-schemers allegedly used the proceeds for various purposes, including: using more than $5.5 million in cash to maintain lavish lifestyles, including gambling at casinos in the Chicago area and Las Vegas, and to buy automobiles, jewelry and real estate in the United States and the Philippines; to perpetuate the businesses by paying his employees and providing them with gifts, and to bribe physicians and pay kickbacks to others in exchange for patient referrals.

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Jun 28, 2011 07:15 PM

Mayor of Port Allen, Louisiana Convicted of Racketeering

Derek A. Lewis, 50, of Port Allen, Louisiana, pled guilty to violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). Lewis, the mayor of the City of Port Allen, Louisiana, had been ...

Mayor of Port Allen, Louisiana Convicted of Racketeering

Derek A. Lewis, 50, of Port Allen, Louisiana, pled guilty to violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). Lewis, the mayor of the City of Port Allen, Louisiana, had been charged by a federal grand jury with a variety of offenses related to his taking of bribes while mayor.

Lewis’s conviction is part of Operation Blighted Officials, an investigation utilizing undercover operations to determine the extent and scope of public corruption. As part of the operation, individuals working undercover for the FBI posed as businessmen affiliated with a company involved in the development of a conceptual product known as the “Cifer 5000.” During his guilty plea, Lewis admitted that, during the period from October 2008 through June 2010, he used his position as mayor to take actions favorable to the businessmen.

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Jun 28, 2011 07:00 PM

Former D.C. Council Member's Chief of Staff Sentenced in Scheme Involving D.C. Taxi Industry

Ted G. Loza, the former chief of staff for a District of Columbia Council member, was sentenced today to eight months in prison for his role in a large-scale, long-term scheme to corrupt the taxicab ...

Former Chief of Staff for D.C. Council Member Sentenced in Scheme Involving D.C. Taxi Industry

Ted G. Loza, the former chief of staff for a District of Columbia Council member, was sentenced today to eight months in prison for his role in a large-scale, long-term scheme to corrupt the taxicab industry in Washington, D.C.

Loza, 46, of Washington, D.C., pled guilty in February 2011 to two charges of accepting illegal gratuities and one charge of making a false statement to the District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics. Loza is among 27 people who have pled guilty in the investigation. In connection with his guilty plea, Loza admitted that in June and July of 2009, while working as the chief of staff, he received $1,500 in cash payments from Abdul Kamus, then a representative of individuals having a financial interest in the District of Columbia taxicab industry.

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