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Investigative Press Releases

Tuesday, August 4, 2020
CHICAGO — Three family members have been indicted on a labor trafficking conspiracy charge for allegedly forcing two undocumented West African teenagers to work in the Chicago suburbs.
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – An Indian national was sentenced today to over a year in prison for his role in defrauding hundreds of people of at least $150,000.
Friday, July 31, 2020
SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that John Law, age 41, of Rochester, New York, was indicted on July 28, 2020, by a federal grand jury on fraud charges.
Friday, July 31, 2020
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A 28-year-old man has been charged with mail fraud after allegedly receiving nearly $100,000 in fraudulent benefits, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. William Peck is expected to make his initial appearance today at 10:15 a.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jason B. Libby.
Friday, July 31, 2020
Miami, Fl. -- Joel Bellegarde, 30, of Doral, Florida, was arrested and charged with wire fraud, mail fraud, and aggravated identity theft, for submitting fraudulent claims for unemployment benefits to the State of Oklahoma, benefits which were intended for Oklahoma residents who had lost their jobs due to the economic impact of COVID-19. Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, FBI, Miami Field Office, made the announcement.
Friday, July 31, 2020
Baltimore, Maryland – The former President and Chief Executive Officer of Cecil Bank, Mary Beyer Halsey, age 59, of Rising Sun, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to the federal charges of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, receipt of a bribe by a bank official, and false statement in bank records, in connection with the straw purchase of a home in Elkton, Maryland, upon which Cecil Bank had foreclosed.  
Friday, July 31, 2020
PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, has agreed to pay $200,000 and abide by compliance requirements in connection with any application seeking federal grant funds or cooperative agreements with any federal agency. The settlement agreement resolves allegations under the False Claims Act relating to Small Business Innovation Research (“SBIR”) grants awarded to ArkLight, a company owned by Dr. Yujie Ding, a former Lehigh University professor.
Friday, July 31, 2020
            TYLER, Texas – U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Cox announced today that six individuals have been arrested pursuant to a federal indictment alleging money laundering violations.
Friday, July 31, 2020
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Over the course of five days, Jerry Wayne Wilkerson, 39, Michael Chatfield, 30, Kasey Nicholson, 34, Billy Hindmon, 38, and Jayson Montgomery, 39, were sentenced by the Honorable Harry S. Mattice, Jr., in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Chattanooga, to prison terms for their roles in a scheme to defraud the federal government and insurance companies.
Friday, July 31, 2020
Miami, Fl. -- A Palm Beach County, Florida doctor was arrested and charged with conspiring to commit health care fraud and wire fraud for his alleged participation in a massive years-long health care fraud scheme throughout Palm Beach County, billing for fraudulent tests and treatments for vulnerable patients seeking treatment for drug and/or alcohol addiction.

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