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Investigative Press Releases

Thursday, January 13, 2022
BOSTON – A Michigan man was arrested yesterday in Michigan in connection with his alleged involvement in a fraudulent scheme to obtain COVID-19-related unemployment assistance. Devin Smith, 30, was charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. Smith was released on conditions following an initial appearance in federal court in Michigan yesterday afternoon. He will appear in federal court in Boston at a later date.
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
ALBANY, NEW YORK – Jamie Varieur, age 42, of Albany, was arrested today and charged with burglarizing a dwelling at the Albany Stratton Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC). The announcement was made by United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman; Christopher Algieri, Special Agent in Charge of the Northeast Field Office for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General; and Chief Eric Hawkins, Albany Police Department.
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
CAMDEN, N.J. – The president and CEO of a commercial diving school was sentenced today to 27 months in prison for fraudulently obtaining funding from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for the school and its students, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Miami, Florida – Foot Care Store, Inc. d/b/a Dia-Foot (Dia-Foot), a diabetic shoe company based in Wellington, Florida, and its President and CEO Robert Gaynor, have agreed to pay $5,538,338 to settle allegations that the company sold custom diabetic shoe inserts that were not actually custom-fabricated in accordance with Medicare standards.  The agreement is part of a civil settlement that resolves claims brought under the False Claims Act.
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
DENVER – The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado announces that Idaho-based Native American Services Corp. (NASCO) and Texas-based Mirador Enterprises, Inc. (Mirador) have agreed to pay $1.15 million to the United States to resolve allegations of fraud related to two construction contracts at Colorado’s Fort Carson Army installation.  NASCO will pay $750,000 of the settlement amount, and Mirador will pay $400,000. 
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
BOSTON – Three men were charged yesterday, and have agreed to plead guilty, in connection with a scheme to defraud a Massachusetts-based bank and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Ted Capodilupo, 56, of South Easton; Joseph Masci, 70, of Boston; and Brian Ferris, 43, of Braintree, were charged with one count each of conspiracy to commit bank fraud.
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Assistant U. S. Attorneys Joseph Price (619) 546-7642 and Joseph Purcell (619) 546-7643     NEWS RELEASE SUMMARY – January 11, 2022 SAN DIEGO – UC San Diego Health, the academic health system of the University of California, San Diego, has paid $2.98 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by ordering medically unnecessary genetic testing reimbursed by Medicare, the Justice Department announced today. 
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
            CONCORD - Paul Gracey, 57, formerly of Vermont, pleaded guilty on Monday in federal court to theft of government funds, United States Attorney John J. Farley announced today.
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Haverhill, MA, man today became the sixth defendant to admit his role in a wide-ranging scheme to defraud financial institutions in several states of more than $2.4 million dollars by obtaining and attempting to obtain car loans with the use of stolen personal identifying information of others and fraudulent documents, announced United States Attorney Zachary A. Cunha. Fernando Diaz, 34, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence to conspiracy to commit bank fraud.

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