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Investigative Press Releases

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
SHREVEPORT/LAFAYETTE/ALEXANDRIA/LAKE CHARLES/MONROE, La. – In response to the evidence that fraud schemes are being developed around the country to exploit the coronavirus epidemic, U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph announced today that he has formed a task force in the Western District of Louisiana to identify, investigate, prosecute, and dismantle fraud schemes designed to unlawfully profit from the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Monday, March 30, 2020
NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal, and New Jersey Acting State Comptroller Kevin D. Walsh today announced the formation of a joint federal-state task force to investigate and prosecute a wide range of misconduct arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, including the unlawful hoarding of medical supplies, price gouging, charity scams, procurement fraud, insurance fraud, phishing schemes, and false and misleading investment opportunities.
Monday, March 30, 2020
NEWARK, N.J. – A Georgia man will appear in court today for his alleged role in a conspiracy to defraud federally funded and private health care benefit programs by submitting fraudulent testing claims for COVID-19 and genetic cancer screenings, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
Monday, March 30, 2020
GREAT FALLS – The former chairman of the Blackfeet Tribe today was sentenced to 10 months in prison and two years of supervised release along with being ordered to pay $174,000 restitution for his role in an overtime pay scheme that stole federal funds from the tribe’s Head Start child assistance program, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said. Willie Andrew Sharp, 66, of Browning, pleaded guilty in November to wire fraud.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Tampa, Florida – Norman Nicholson (56, Largo) today pleaded guilty to one count of depriving an individual of his Fourth Amendment right to a reasonable search and seizure under the color of law and one count of knowingly making false entries in a report with the intent to obstruct an investigation within the jurisdiction of a federal agency. Nicholson faces a maximum penalty of 20 years’ imprisonment. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for June 24, 2020.
Sunday, March 22, 2020
SAN JUAN, P.R. – After a twelve-day jury trial, Abel Nazario-Quiñones, senator and former mayor of the municipality of Yauco, Puerto Rico, was found guilty of 23 counts of false statements and 5 counts of wire fraud, announced United States Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow. United States District Court Judge Joseph N. Laplante presided over the trial. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the FBI were in charge of the investigation.  
Friday, March 20, 2020
Jacksonville, FL – U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announced today that Dr. Parveen Khanna has paid the United States $850,000 to resolve a civil False Claims Act investigation into whether she submitted false claims to the TRICARE and Medicare programs that were incentivized by illegal kickbacks. 
Friday, March 20, 2020
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Pamela Emanuel, 58, of San Jose, was sentenced yesterday by United States District Judge Morrison C. England, Jr. to 6 years and 3 months in prison and ordered to pay $773,733 in restitution for her role in scheme to defraud the State of California by filing false unemployment insurance claims, United States Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

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