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Investigative Press Releases

Tuesday, August 31, 2021
ALBANY, NEW YORK – John R. Paeglow III, age 64, of Troy, New York, pled guilty today to defrauding a commercial finance company.  The company paid more than $400,000 to Paeglow’s book printing business for the right to collect payment for the sales of books that, in fact, had not been sold nor shipped. The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon and Jonathan Mellone, Special Agent in Charge, New York Region, United States Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General (DoL-OIG).
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
PITTSBURGH, PA – Forty-seven individuals have been charged in six separate, but related, indictments with narcotics trafficking, money laundering, and firearms violations following a nine-month Title III wiretap investigation into drug trafficking in and around the counties of Jefferson, Clearfield, and Allegheny, Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today.
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Miami, Florida – Fifty-eight-year-old Willie Curry, of Miami-Dade County, pled guilty yesterday in Miami federal court to a felony Information charging him with wire fraud in connection with his fraudulent application to the U.S. Small Business Administration for a low-interest COVID-19 relief loan.
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
            WASHINGTON – Charles M. Thomas, 47, was sentenced today to 14 months in prison for paying bribes to two employees of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as well as to an employee of the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) in return for favorable treatment on contracts for his business.
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
BOSTON – Co-owners of a New Hampshire asbestos abatement company were sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for making false statements to employee pension plans. 
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
ST. THOMAS, USVI – U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced today that Mashama Ferdinand, 38, of St. Thomas pleaded guilty to wire fraud affecting a financial institution before Magistrate Ruth Miller. Ferdinand was released after posting a $25,000 unsecured bond pending sentencing.
Monday, August 30, 2021
          LOS ANGELES – A South Los Angeles man whose fireworks were detonated by police, leading to a massive explosion that destroyed a specially designed containment vehicle, damaged a neighborhood and injured 17 people, pleaded guilty today to a federal criminal charge.           Arturo Ceja III, a.k.a. “Autron,” 26, pleaded guilty to a single-count information charging him with transportation of explosives without a license.
Monday, August 30, 2021
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Joshua Bilal George, 38, of San Diego, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to defraud the United States and wire fraud, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced. This is the third and final defendant to plead guilty in this case involving a conspiracy and scheme to defraud the Social Security Administration (SSA). Co-defendants Eric Lemoyne Willis and Darron Dimitri Ross pleaded guilty to similar charges in June 2019 and February 2020, respectively.
Monday, August 30, 2021
BOSTON – A former employee of the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) pleaded guilty today to fraud and identity theft charges arising from her claims for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) funds.

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