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Investigative Press Releases

Friday, August 5, 2022
Jacksonville, Florida –United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Raul Solis has pleaded guilty to conspiring defraud the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and to unlawfully employ workers who were neither lawfully admitted to, nor authorized to be employed in, the United States.  His son, Raul Solis-Martinez pleaded guilty to the same charge on July 27, 2022.  Both face a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been scheduled.
Friday, August 5, 2022
PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero announced that Maurice Bertrand, 34, of Newark, DE, pleaded guilty just before jury selection was set to begin for trial in front of United States District Court Judge Harvey Bartle III, to one count of fraudulently obtaining oxycodone, and one count of attempting to fraudulently obtain oxycodone. 
Friday, August 5, 2022
NASHVILLE – A federal grand jury in Nashville on Monday returned a 40-count second superseding indictment, charging eight people in a Medicare and Medicaid fraud conspiracy, announced U.S. Attorney Mark H. Wildasin for the Middle District of Tennessee. The indictment was unsealed earlier today, following the arrests of five of those charged.  Three others were arrested previously following earlier indictments. 
Friday, August 5, 2022
ATLANTA – Former mail carrier Robert Elliott Sheppard has pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges for recruiting fellow mail carriers to deliver packages of controlled substances while he was on disability leave.
Friday, August 5, 2022
BOSTON – A Royalston man was arrested yesterday on child pornography charges. Kevin Divoll, 51, was charged with one count of possession of child pornography. Following an initial appearance yesterday in federal court in Springfield before U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni, Divoll was detained pending a detention hearing scheduled for Aug. 9, 2022.
Friday, August 5, 2022
Baltimore, Maryland – Melvin Gonzaga, M.D., his son Rommel Gonzaga, and their practice group Gonzaga Interventional Pain Management (“GIPM”) have agreed to pay the United States $980,000 to resolve allegations that they violated the federal False Claims Act by submitting false claims to the United States for urine drug tests (“UDT”) that were medically unnecessary.  
Friday, August 5, 2022
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – THEODORE KURZ, age 72, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was sentenced on August 4, 2022 for mortgage fraud by the Honorable Nannette Jolivette Brown, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans. KURZ was sentenced to time served, 5 years of supervised release, $751,900 in restitution, and a mandatory $100 special assessment fee.
Thursday, August 4, 2022
BOSTON – A Hyde Park man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with his alleged use of a stolen identity to fraudulently obtain pandemic relief funds and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, previously known as Food Stamps.
Thursday, August 4, 2022
DES MOINES, IA – Eastern Iowa Dermatology, PLC, located in Bettendorf, and Dr. Manish Kumar have agreed to pay $1.66 million to resolve allegations for violations of the False Claims Act by submitting false claims to Medicare for dermatology office visits and the destruction or removal of skin tags and lesions. The False Claims Act considers “up-coding”—the practice of exaggerating the amount or complexity of medical services rendered in order to achieve a higher level of reimbursement—a form a fraud.
Thursday, August 4, 2022
CHICAGO — A former vice chancellor for City Colleges of Chicago has been sentenced to five and a half years in federal prison for devising and engaging in a procurement fraud scheme.

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