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Investigative Press Releases

Friday, January 21, 2022
ABINGDON, Va. – A Marion, Virginia man was sentenced this week to 36 months in prison for attempted possession with the intent to distribute more than 40 grams of fentanyl.
Friday, January 21, 2022
ABINGDON, Va. – Kobe Malik Woods, 19, of Marion, Virginia, pleaded guilty today to one count of attempted possession with the intent to distribute more than 40 grams of fentanyl after ordering the drugs through the U.S. Mail.
Friday, January 21, 2022
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Providence man admitted in federal court today that he fraudulently filed an application for unemployment benefits provided for by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, announced United States Attorney Zachary A. Cunha and Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Neronha. Deeshawn Gadson, 32, pled guilty to wire fraud.
Friday, January 21, 2022
NASHVILLE – A Smyrna, Tennessee man was charged today with money laundering in relation to a fraudulent scheme in which he obtained a small business loan under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), announced U.S. Attorney Mark Wildasin for the Middle District of Tennessee. Shawn Palmer, 53, the sole owner of Palmers Transportation, Inc., in La Vergne, Tenn., was charged in a criminal Information, which alleges that in June 2020, Palmer fraudulently applied for and received a PPP loan in the amount of $514,370.
Friday, January 21, 2022
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. On January 21, 2022, Mark Daniel Allen, 64, of Venice, Florida, was sentenced to 168 months in prison and $700 in special assessments, followed by three years of supervised released, by the Honorable Travis R. McDonough, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Friday, January 21, 2022
ATLANTA – Atlanta real estate agent Eric Hill has been sentenced for his participation in a mortgage fraud scheme that netted more than $21 million in fraudulent mortgage loans.  Many of the fraudulent loans were insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), resulting in over $850,000 in claims being paid for mortgages that have defaulted.  Hill also engaged in a scheme to defraud his employer, a national real estate developer, out of over $480,000 dollars in real estate commissions.
Friday, January 21, 2022
FAYETTEVILLE – An Arkansas man and University of Arkansas Professor pleaded guilty today to one count of making a false statement to the FBI about the existence of patents for his inventions in the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
Thursday, January 20, 2022
CAMDEN, N.J. – A Newark physician and West New York man are scheduled to make their initial appearances today on charges of defrauding New Jersey state and local health benefits programs and other insurers out of more than $3.4 million by submitting fraudulent claims for medically unnecessary prescriptions, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.
Thursday, January 20, 2022
TYLER, Texas – A federal grand jury has returned a 33-count indictment charging a Tyler man for fraud schemes in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston today. 

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