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Investigative Press Releases

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that today in federal court, BRENDA JOYCE HALL, 51, of Godwin, NC, had an initial appearance on an indictment charging her with, among other things, Conspiracy to Commit Student Loan Fraud and Wire Fraud, and Aggravated Identity Theft.
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Indianapolis – United States Attorney Josh I. Minkler, announced today that Rhondalyn Cornett, 55, of Indianapolis was sentenced to 16 months in federal prison by Judge Tanya Walton Pratt. "Ms. Cornett held a position of public trust and authority over the students and her fellow colleagues at IPS." said Minkler. "She violated that trust and took advantage of her authority to line her pockets with others money. She now faces the reality of her greed.”
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
A man has been charged in U.S. District Court for fraudulently using other people’s identities when he purchased two vehicles and attempted to purchase a third vehicle, announced U.S. Attorney Trent Shores. Ryan Andy Cuevas, 32, of Moreno Valley, California, is charged with financial institution fraud, aggravated identity theft, fraudulent use of a social security number and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
BOSTON – A Dominican national previously residing in Haverhill pleaded guilty today to fentanyl distribution and illegal firearm possession, among other charges.
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced today that two former Crow Creek Sioux Tribe councilmembers were sentenced for their roles in an embezzlement scheme involving tribal funds.  Chief U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange presided over the sentencing hearings. 
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
PITTSBURGH - A resident of South Park, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of theft of mail by a postal employee, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. The one-count Indictment named David G. Childers, age 38, of South Park, PA, as the sole defendant. According to the Indictment, on or about December 18, 2019, Childers was an employee of the United States Postal Service and stole a pill bottle that was intended to be conveyed by mail.
Friday, May 15, 2020
Tampa, FL – A Georgia woman was arrested today for her alleged role in a conspiracy to defraud Medicare, a federally funded health care benefit program, by submitting false and fraudulent claims for cancer genetic (CGX) testing, as well as her role in conspiring to submit fraudulent claims related to COVID-19 and other tests.
Friday, May 15, 2020
BOSTON – United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling recognized National Police Week by announcing the recipients of the Annual 2020 Law Enforcement Awards. Over 130 federal, state and local law enforcement personnel who contributed to the success of federal cases during the 2019 calendar year are being recognized for their commitment to pursuing justice and public safety.
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. 

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