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Investigative Press Releases

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Jeffrey Blackwell, 47, of Philadelphia, PA, pleaded guilty today to charges of honest services wire fraud, filing a false tax return, and two counts of failure to file a tax return. The defendant was charged by Superseding Indictment in September 2019.
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
          SANTA ANA, California– Law enforcement authorities this morning arrested four defendants charged in two federal grand jury indictments alleging a narcotics trafficking ring that sold illegal opioid prescriptions for cash through a series of sham medical clinics.
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK – TammyLynn Sterling Barthelmess, age 62, of Little Falls, New York, was sentenced today to serve 24 months (two years) in federal prison for her guilty pleas to Conspiracy to Steal Government Funds and three Counts of Bank Fraud, announced United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith, Special Agent in Charge John Grasso-Social Security Administration-Office of the Inspector General (“SSA-OIG”), New York Field Division, and New York State Police Superintendent Keith Corlett.
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
          LOS ANGELES – The company that produces “Crystal Geyser Natural Alpine Spring Water” was sentenced today to three years of probation and ordered to pay criminal fines totaling $5 million for illegally storing and transporting hazardous waste created from filtering arsenic out of spring water at its facility in Olancha, California.
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Today, Tyrone Cedric Duren, 50, of Bonsall, California was sentenced by Judge John A. Houston to 130 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. The court also ordered the forfeiture of Duren’s primary residence, a money judgment of $275,000, and restitution to the Internal Revenue Service. Duren previously pleaded guilty to 19 counts including charges of money laundering, making false statements, and tax evasion.
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
         SANTA ANA, California – Two Orange County residents were sentenced late this afternoon – with one being ordered to serve 12 years in federal prison – for their key roles in businesses that offered bogus modification programs to homeowners struggling to pay their mortgages in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
NEWARK, N.J. – The Department of Justice announced today that it has filed a lawsuit alleging that the owner of rental properties in Elizabeth, New Jersey, violated the Fair Housing Act by subjecting tenants to sexual harassment, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. The complaint alleges that Joseph Centanni, who owns hundreds of rental units in and around Elizabeth, has subjected tenants and applicants to sexual harassment on multiple occasions since at least 2005.
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
A Dominican national who previously resided in Lynn was sentenced today in connection with using the identity of a U.S. citizen.
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
NEWS RELEASE SUMMARY – August 4, 2020 SAN DIEGO – Donald Joseph Matthews, the former Vice President of Market Development for Proove Biosciences. Inc., pleaded guilty in federal court today to conspiring to pay physicians kickbacks to order genetic tests for Medicare beneficiaries in violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute.

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