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Investigative Press Releases

Wednesday, August 11, 2021
            CONCORD – Michael Rosa, 61, of Salem, and George Adyns, 50, of Sandown, have been charged with participating in pandemic-related wire fraud schemes, Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced today.               According to an indictment issued by a federal grand jury, the defendants allegedly executed two schemes to defraud government programs that were intended to provide economic assistance related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – The U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of West Virginia, is teaming up with Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General, the FBI, and West Virginia University to hold a symposium discussing the cutting-edge methods used to convict a serial killer who preyed on veterans at the veteran’s hospital in Clarksburg.
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Joshua W. McCallister, Acting Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Boston Division, today announced that JOSE L. GERENA, 31, and BRIAN I. CRUZ-RODRIGUEZ, 29, both of New Haven, were arrested yesterday and charged by federal criminal complaint with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine.
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
BOSTON – A former Lunenburg woman was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Worcester to stealing Social Security benefits.    Sue E. Delaney, 68, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman to six months of home confinement and two years of probation. Delaney was also ordered to pay $221,656 in restitution to the Social Security Administration (SSA). On April 12, 2021, Delaney pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and one count of theft of public funds.
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
NEW ORLEANS, LA – The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced today that BRIAN MEDUS, 44, of Covington, pleaded guilty as charged to violating Title 18, United States Code, Sections 371 and 1952(a)(3), conspiracy to use an interstate facility with intent to carry on unlawful activity.  
Tuesday, August 10, 2021
CONTACT: Barbara Burns PHONE: (716) 843-5817 FAX #: (716) 551-3051 BUFFALO, NY--Christopher A. Parris, 41, formerly of Rochester, NY, and currently of Lawrenceville, Georgia, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit mail fraud related to a Ponzi scheme, as well as to wire fraud involving the fraudulent sale of purported N95 masks during the pandemic.
Tuesday, August 10, 2021
NEWARK, N.J. – Two men were charged today for their roles in a conspiracy to possess stolen mail, including credit cards and pandemic relief credit cards, commit bank fraud, and defraud the U.S. Postal Service and the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.
Tuesday, August 10, 2021
NEWARK, N.J. – A Bergen County man today admitted his role in a scheme to steal prescription HIV medication from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced. Wagner Checonolasco, aka “Wanny,” 34, of Lyndhurst, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Esther Salas in Newark federal court to an information charging him with conspiring to steal government property.  According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Seattle – A Washington State man was sentenced today to two years in prison for perpetrating a scheme to fraudulently obtain COVID-19 disaster relief loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Tuesday, August 10, 2021
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A Santa Clarita woman pleaded guilty today to her role in a conspiracy to use other peoples’ personal information — without their consent — to unlawfully apply for and obtain over $250,000 in unemployment insurance benefits from the California Employment Development Department (EDD).

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