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Investigative Press Releases

Thursday, May 6, 2021
HARRISBURG - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that on May 4, 2021, Joshua Keller, age 30, of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to one year and one day imprisonment followed by a two-year term of supervised release by U.S. District Court Judge Robert D. Mariani, for destruction of government property and lying during the purchase of a firearm.  Judge Mariani also ordered Keller to pay $39,393 in restitution. 
Thursday, May 6, 2021
An Arlington mother-son duo who shipped methamphetamine through the U.S. Mail has been sentenced to a combined 18 years in federal prison, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Prerak Shah.
Thursday, May 6, 2021
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – On May 6, 2021, Dios E. Tate, 31, currently of Knoxville, entered a guilty plea to one count of aggravated identity theft in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Knoxville. Sentencing is scheduled for September 9, 2021, at 10:00 a.m., before the Honorable Thomas A. Varlan, United States District Judge. Tate faces a mandatory term of two years in Federal prison, as well as a fine of up to $250,000, and supervised release of one year.
Thursday, May 6, 2021
An Allen Park resident was arrested today in connection with a federal criminal complaint charging him with obtaining unemployment benefits authorized by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act by means of false and fraudulent pretenses and representations, by using the personally identifiable information of others that he had unlawfully obtained, announced Acting United States Attorney Saima S. Mohsin.
Thursday, May 6, 2021
DETROIT – A Novi man was charged in a criminal complaint with aggravated identity theft, mail fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering in a scheme to defraud the State of Michigan’s (SOM) Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA), announced Acting United States Attorney Saima Mohsin.
Thursday, May 6, 2021
BOSTON – A former employee of the IRS Service Center in Andover was sentenced today for aiding and assisting in the preparation and filing of over 400 false tax returns for herself and other individuals.
Thursday, May 6, 2021
Greenbelt, Maryland – Sonya Bannister Burford, age 53, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, pleaded guilty on May 5, 2021, to the federal charge of theft of government property, for stealing $322,938 in Social Security benefits to which she was not entitled.    
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
ABINGDON, Va. – A Bristol, Tennessee woman pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiring to defraud the United States as part of the ongoing prosecution into dozens of individuals who fraudulently filed for more than $499,000 in pandemic unemployment benefits and committed mail fraud.

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