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Investigative Press Releases

Thursday, July 21, 2022
Baltimore, Maryland – A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging four Maryland residents with federal conspiracy and wire fraud charges related to a CARES Act unemployment insurance fraud scheme with more than $3 million in losses.  The indictment was returned on July 13, 2022, and unsealed today upon the arrests of the defendants.  Charged in the indictment are:
Thursday, July 21, 2022
Louisville, Kentucky – A federal grand jury in Louisville returned an indictment yesterday charging a local man with thirteen counts of fraud related to various CARES Act financial assistance programs.
Wednesday, July 20, 2022
ALBANY, NEW YORK - John R. Paeglow III, age 65, of Troy, New York, was sentenced today to three years of supervised release, and to perform 100 hours of community service, in connection with a scheme to defraud a commercial finance company that provided receipt factoring services to his former book printing business.
Wednesday, July 20, 2022
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A physician assistant is facing federal charges for his role in a genetic testing scheme that resulted in the submission of more than $10 million in fraudulent claims to the Medicare program, announced Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Colby Edward Joyner, 34, of Monroe, N.C. is charged with one count of health care fraud and six counts of making false statements relating to health care matters.
Wednesday, July 20, 2022
Erie, Pa. - A resident of Erie, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 12 months and one day in jail and ordered to make restitution in the amount of $127,636 on her conviction of theft of government property, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today. United States District Judge Susan Paradise Baxter imposed the sentence on Loraleigh Helen Barber, 51.
Wednesday, July 20, 2022
NASHVILLE – A federal jury in Nashville convicted a Smyrna, Tennessee, physician yesterday for unlawfully distributing opioids from his Smyrna clinic.
Wednesday, July 20, 2022
McALLEN, Texas – A 48-year-old Mission resident has been ordered to federal prison after allowing drugs into the country, announced U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery. Oziel Cantu is a former Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer. He pleaded guilty April 1, 2021, to one count of bribery of a public official.
Wednesday, July 20, 2022
Ocala, Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces the arrest and indictment of Darius Lopez (27, Tampa) charging him with one count of access device fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. If convicted, Lopez faces up to 10 years in federal prison for the fraud count and a consecutive 2 years’ imprisonment for the aggravated identity theft count.
Wednesday, July 20, 2022
            WASHINGTON – Robert Evans, 35, of New York, N.Y., was sentenced today to five years in prison for his role in a wide-ranging fraud, extortion, and money laundering scheme, which involved one of his brothers pretending to be a New York mobster to get a Maryland man to embezzle more than $4 million from his Washington, D.C., employer.  Evans is the fourth defendant to be sentenced in the case.
Wednesday, July 20, 2022
BOSTON – Inform Diagnostics, Inc., (Inform) formerly known as Miraca Life Sciences, Inc. (Inform), has agreed to pay $16 million to resolve allegations that it submitted false claims for payment to Medicare and other federal health care programs. 

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