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Investigative Press Releases

Friday, September 17, 2021
CAMDEN, N.J. – A federal grand jury today returned a five-count indictment charging a Gloucester County, New Jersey, man with defrauding his employer’s health insurance plan out of more than $4 million by submitting fraudulent claims for medically unnecessary compounded medications, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced today. 
Friday, September 17, 2021
HAMMOND- Mohammad Zaidan, 53, of Palos Heights, Illinois, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Philip P. Simon upon his guilty plea to wire fraud, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Tina L. Nommay. Zaidan was sentenced to 41 months in prison, 1 year of supervised release and ordered to pay $5,124,212.73 in restitution to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Friday, September 17, 2021
For Further Information, Contact: Assistant U. S. Attorney Valerie Chu (619) 546-6750
Friday, September 17, 2021
PITTSBURGH, PA - A South Hills pharmacist pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of obtaining controlled substances by fraud, misbranding of drugs, and health care fraud conspiracy, Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today. Timothy W. Forester, 46, of Venetia, PA pleaded guilty to three counts before Senior United States District Judge David S. Cercone.
Friday, September 17, 2021
WASHINGTON: A strategically coordinated, six-week nationwide federal law enforcement action has resulted in criminal charges against 138 defendants, including 42 doctors, nurses, and other licensed medical professionals, in 31 federal districts across the United States for their alleged participation in various healthcare fraud schemes for more than $1.4 billion in alleged losses.
Friday, September 17, 2021
Miami, Florida – Over 50 defendants were charged in the Southern District of Florida in the last six weeks, as part of a nationwide federal law enforcement action to combat health care fraud. 
Friday, September 17, 2021
BOSTON – A Dudley man pleaded guilty today in connection with his involvement in a scheme to fraudulently obtain and misuse COVID-19-related unemployment assistance. Norman Higgs, 34, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud conspiracy. U.S. District Court Judge Patti B. Saris scheduled sentencing for Dec. 17, 2021. Higgs was charged in May 2021.
Thursday, September 16, 2021
RICHMOND, Va. – Former Bureau of Prisons (BOP) correctional officers at Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Petersburg, Stephen Taylor and Shanice Bullock, were sentenced today for their respective roles in a bribery scheme that allowed for the introduction of contraband into the prison by FCI Petersburg inmate Dontay Cox.
Thursday, September 16, 2021
ABINGDON, Va. – A Bristol, Tennessee man was sentenced today to three months of home confinement for conspiring with another man to pay and receive kickbacks. In addition to home confinement, he will pay $56,000 in monetary penalties and will be permanently excluded from participating in federal healthcare programs.

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