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Investigative Press Releases

Tuesday, July 28, 2020
BOSTON – The former Chair of Harvard University’s Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department was charged today in a superseding indictment with tax offenses for failing to report income he received from Wuhan University of Technology (WUT) in Wuhan, China.
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
BOSTON – United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling announced today that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Special Inspector General Brian D. Miller of the Office of the Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery (SIGPR), to investigate and prosecute fraud in the distribution of the massive relief package authorized by the CARES Act.
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Alan Hansen, 49, of Vacaville, pleaded guilty Tuesday to his participation in a massive fraud scheme through DC Solar, a solar energy company in Benicia formerly owned and operated by Jeff and Paulette Carpoff, that defrauded investors of approximately $1 billion, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.
Monday, July 27, 2020
SAN FRANCISCO – Brandon Frere was sentenced to 42 months in prison following his guilty plea to wire fraud and money laundering charges, announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson and Federal Bureau of Investigation, Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett.  The charges stem from a multi-million-dollar scheme to use deceptive sales tactics to convince people to enroll in his companies’ student loan repayment services programs. The sentence was handed down by the Hon. Susan Illston, United States District Judge.
Monday, July 27, 2020
TRENTON, N.J. – A Somerset County, New Jersey, man admitted today that he stole almost 300 iPhones that had been seized by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and were temporarily stored at a warehouse in Dayton, New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Joel Cruz, 27, of Franklin Park, New Jersey, pleaded guilty today by videoconference before U.S. District Court Judge Michael Shipp to an information charging him with theft from an interstate or foreign shipment.     
Monday, July 27, 2020
NEWARK, N.J. – The former co-owner of a New Jersey marketing company today admitted her role in a scheme to defraud public and private health benefits programs of at least $8.8 million for the billing of medically unnecessary compounded prescriptions, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.  Christine Myers, 38, of Phillipsburg, New Jersey, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge John Michael Vazquez to an information charging her with conspiracy to commit health care fraud.
Monday, July 27, 2020
               CONCORD - April Carroll, 62, of Fremont, pleaded guilty in federal court to social security fraud, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.
Monday, July 27, 2020
BOSTON – A Colombian national residing in Lighthouse Beach, Fla., has agreed to plead guilty in connection with submitting more than $109 million in false and fraudulent claims for durable medical equipment (DME) such as arm, back, knee and shoulder braces.   Juan Camilo Perez Buitrago, 31, was charged by information with one count of health care fraud and one count of payment of kickbacks in connection with a federal health care program. A plea hearing has not yet been scheduled.

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