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Investigative Press Releases

Monday, November 1, 2021
MACON, Ga. – A civil settlement has been reached with Infectious Disease Consultants of Georgia (IDC), an infusion clinic with six out-patient locations in the greater Atlanta area.
Monday, November 1, 2021
Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that NATHANIEL BONILLA, 32, of Bristol, pleaded guilty today in Bridgeport federal court to theft of mail by a postal employee.
Monday, November 1, 2021
FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. – Non-profit Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House (“LBDNH”) has agreed to pay the United States $100,000 and enter into a compliance agreement to resolve a civil False  Claims Act investigation relating to the operation of its AmeriCorps program, U.S. Attorney Steven  D. Weinhoeft announced today.
Friday, October 29, 2021
DUBLIN, GA:  A Laurens County, Georgia man has admitted lying to obtain a COVID-19 disaster relief loan and using a large portion of the money to buy a collectible trading card.
Friday, October 29, 2021
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Rebecca F. Bragg, 37, was sentenced to one month in federal prison for fraud in connection with major disaster or emergency benefits.  Bragg will also serve a three year term of supervised release, seven months of which will be served on home confinement.  She also paid $4,900 in restitution to FEMA.
Friday, October 29, 2021
AUSTIN – U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff of the Western District of Texas announced today that Muniz Concrete and Contracting, Inc. (“Muniz Concrete”) and its owner, Jose Juan Muniz, have agreed to pay $188,879.59 to resolve allegations they violated the False Claims Act by falsely certifying their compliance with certain requirements of the Department of Transportation’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (“DBE”) program.
Friday, October 29, 2021
MADISON, WIS. – Timothy M. O’Shea, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Fredericka DeCoteau, 63, Cloquet, Minnesota, and Edith Schmuck, 77, Rice Lake, Wisconsin, were sentenced today in federal court in Madison, Wisconsin for theft of federal program funds. 
Friday, October 29, 2021
DUBLIN, GA:  The operator of a dog-fighting facility and two codefendants have been sentenced in federal court, wrapping up the prosecution of a dog-fighting operation in Dodge County.
Friday, October 29, 2021
Miami, Florida – Sextant Marine Consulting LLC (Sextant), a Florida-based duct cleaning company, has agreed to pay $30,000 in damages and civil penalties to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by obtaining more than one Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan in 2020.  Sextant also repaid the duplicative PPP funds in full to its lender, relieving the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) of liability to the lender for the federal guaranty of approximately $170,000 on the improper loan.
Friday, October 29, 2021
Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday today sentenced Daniel Brooke (49, Winter Haven) to six months in federal prison, followed by two years of supervised release, for theft of government funds. As part of Brooke’s sentence, the court also ordered Brooke to pay $84,139 in restitution and entered a separate forfeiture money judgement against him in the amount of $84,139, the proceeds of the offense. Brooke had pleaded guilty on August 11, 2021.

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