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Investigative Press Releases

Tuesday, November 30, 2021
SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Frederick L. Guth, Jr., age 67, of Brewerton, New York, was sentenced today to three years of probation related to his theft of Social Security retirement benefits. The announcement was made by United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and John F. Grasso, Special Agent in Charge of the Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General, New York Field Office.
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Tashawn Spencer, of Maryland, pleaded guilty today to theft of government money. According to court documents, Spencer is a former employee of the United States Department of Treasury Bureau of Fiscal Service in Parkersburg.  Spencer admitted that she misused her government issued purchase cards to illegally convert over $1,000 of government monies for her own personal use and benefit. Spencer faces up to 10 years in prison when she is sentenced on March 24, 2022.
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Acting United States Attorney Jan Sharp announced that Tina Hardin, age 53, of Omaha, Nebraska, was sentenced today to time served by Senior United States District Court Judge Joseph F. Bataillon for Influencing, Impeding, or Retaliating Against a Federal Official by Threat. Hardin has already served approximately 14 months’ imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system. Hardin will now serve a 3-year term of supervised release with conditions regarding mental health treatment, substance abuse, and weapons possession.
Monday, November 29, 2021
Earlier today, in federal court in Brooklyn, Michael Liburd, a member of the Coney Island-based street gang known as the West End Enterprise, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Edward R. Korman to 32 years’ imprisonment following his conviction for racketeering conspiracy, including his participation in the 2016 murder of Antwon Flowers and the extortion of public works employees in Coney Island. The defendant pleaded guilty to the charges on November 18, 2021.
Monday, November 29, 2021
PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Moshe Porat, 74, of Bala Cynwyd, PA, the former Dean of Temple University’s Richard J. Fox School of Business and Management (“Fox”) from 1996 until 2018, was convicted today after trial on charges that he conspired and schemed to deceive the school’s applicants, students, and donors into believing that the school offered top-ranked business degree programs, so that they would pay tuition and make donations to Temple.
Monday, November 29, 2021
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Nigerian national who was indicted in April 2021 in connection with a large fraud scheme pleaded guilty to receipt of stolen money. 
Monday, November 29, 2021
Jackson, MS – A Minden woman was sentenced on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, to 24 months in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $244,060.09 in restitution for embezzling and converting government funds to her own use.
Monday, November 29, 2021
OKLAHOMA CITY – RONALD J. MCCORD, 71, of Oklahoma City, was sentenced this morning to serve 104 months in prison for defrauding locally-based banks, Fannie Mae, homeowners, and others through a broad range of fraudulent conduct, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Robert J. Troester.  McCord was also ordered to pay $51,861,806.40 in restitution to the victims of his fraudulent schemes.

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