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Investigative Press Releases

Thursday, July 30, 2020
LITTLE ROCK—A Wynne man was sentenced today for his role in smuggling tobacco and cellular telephones into the Federal Correctional Complex in Forrest City where he worked as a guard. United States District Court Judge Kristine G. Baker sentenced Josue Duane Garza, 42, to 12 months and one day in federal prison. Cody Hiland, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, announced today’s sentencing.
Thursday, July 30, 2020
A superseding indictment was unsealed today charging Isabel Tcruz and Noli Tcruz with tax evasion and multiple health care fraud offenses, and charging Dr. Terry S. Baul with participating in a health care fraud conspiracy, U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider announced today. Previously, only Isabel Tcruz had been indicted with health care fraud offenses in this case.
Thursday, July 30, 2020
Alvin Lavon Rex, age 61, from Schaller, Iowa, has been charged with one count of mail fraud.­  The charge is contained in a criminal complaint unsealed today in United States District Court in Sioux City. 
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the filing of federal charges against 12 individuals in Operation Dead Ringer. The individuals are charged in 11 separate cases, with cumulatively stealing more than $700,000 in benefits paid by the Social Security Administration on behalf of beneficiaries who were actually deceased. If convicted, each faces a maximum penalty of 10 years’ imprisonment on each count.
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
WILMINGTON, Del. – A Delaware man pleaded guilty today to wire fraud in connection with false representations that he made in a final report to the United States Air Force. 
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
CONTACT: Barbara Burns PHONE: (716) 843-5817 FAX #: (716) 551-3051
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
PHILADELPHIA, PA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced affirmative civil enforcement (ACE) achievements in 2019 by the Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and its ongoing efforts in the first half of 2020 to stop fraud, waste, and abuse against the government. The number of affirmative civil enforcement settlements rose to an all-time high in 2019, solidifying the Office’s Civil Division as one of the busiest and most productive in the nation.
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
HARRISBURG – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Arminda Martin, age 49, formerly of York County, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on July 28, 2020, to 12 months’ and one day imprisonment to be followed by two years of supervised release, by Chief District Court Judge John E. Jones, III, for conspiring to commit mail fraud. The sentence represents a downward adjustment of approximately 32 months to account for prison time that Martin has served for a related fraud scheme in Ohio.
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Memphis, TN – Tennessee State Senator Katrina Robinson, 39, has been federally charged with theft and embezzlement involving government programs and wire fraud. D. Michael Dunavant, U.S. Attorney announced the unsealing of the criminal complaint today.

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