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Investigative Press Releases

Friday, May 15, 2020
KANSAS CITY, KAN. – U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister today announced the formation of the Kansas Covid Fraud Task Force. Task force members from federal and state agencies will work together to investigate and prosecute scammers attempting to prey on Kansans during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Thursday, May 14, 2020
HOUSTON – A local physician has agreed to pay the United States $450,000 to resolve allegations that he falsely signed home health certifications and plans of care in exchange for money, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Dr. Maaz Abbasi, 41, also agreed to a three-year period of exclusion from participation in any federal health care program. 
Thursday, May 14, 2020
BOSTON – A Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) employee pleaded guilty today to embezzling nearly $70,000 in VA funds. Michael Donaher, 41, of Lakeville, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani to one count of embezzlement and theft of public money, property or records. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 10, 2020. He has agreed, as part of a plea agreement, to reimburse the government for the funds he stole. Donaher was arrested in January on a criminal complaint.
Thursday, May 14, 2020
SAN JOSE - A federal grand jury in San Jose indicted Dr. John Giacomini for Abusive Sexual Contact, announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson, Special Agent in Charge James K. Wahleithner of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Inspector General, Criminal Investigations Division (“VA OIG”), and Chief of Police Martin Sizemore of the Veterans Affairs Police Service, Palo Alto Health Care Division.
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Government officials issued a warning today, to alert the public about potential fraud schemes related to economic stimulus programs offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration to assist small business owners during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
SAVANNAH, GA:  A Florida man who operated a durable medical equipment company has been charged for his alleged participation in a Medicare kickback and telemedicine fraud scheme.
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
ATLANTA – Maurice Fayne, who stars in Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, has been arrested on federal bank fraud charges arising from a Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loan that he obtained in the name of Flame Trucking.
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
ATLANTA - Aviation maintenance student Frank A. Jalion Amaro has pleaded guilty to bribing an FAA Designated Mechanic Examiner in exchange for receiving a passing score on the FAA’s Airframe and Powerplant examination.
Monday, May 11, 2020
HARRISBURG, PA - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Pennsylvania State University has agreed to pay the United States $151,000 to resolve potential liability under the False Claims Act.

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