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Investigative Press Releases

Monday, September 14, 2020
BOSTON – A Haverhill nurse was sentenced in federal court in Boston today for tampering with patients’ morphine. Brianna Duffy, 32, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young to 60 months in prison and three years of supervised release. In July 2019, Duffy pleaded guilty to one count of tampering with a consumer product and one count of acquiring a controlled substance by fraud or deception.
Monday, September 14, 2020
On September 11, 2020, an Iowa farmer was sentenced for his role in a scheme to defraud financial institutions.  Michael Throne, age 61, from Scarville, Iowa, received the prison term after a February 12, 2020 guilty plea to one count of False Statement to a Financial Institution.
Monday, September 14, 2020
United States Attorney Trent Shores today announced the results of the September 2020 Federal Grand Jury B. The grand jury returned 55 unsealed and eight sealed indictments.
Friday, September 11, 2020
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian C. Rabbitt of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division announced at a press conference yesterday that charges have now been filed against the 50th defendant, nation-wide, accused of defrauding the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The PPP consists of loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. 
Friday, September 11, 2020
PITTSBURGH – A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. The Indictment, returned on August 19, 2020, named Ann Makepeace, age 30, of 519 South Braddock Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15221, as the sole defendant.
Friday, September 11, 2020
Detroit resident Darrell Baker pleaded guilty today to bank fraud and money laundering arising out of a $590,000 Covid-19 fraud scheme, announced United States Attorney Matthew Schneider. Joining in the announcement were Special Agent in Charge Steven M. D’Antuono, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Inspector General Hannibal Mike Ware of the Small Business Administration’s Office of Inspector General.
Friday, September 11, 2020
Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow today sentenced former Baltimore City employee Gary Brown, Jr., age 38, of Baltimore, to 27 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to commit wire fraud, two counts of conspiracy to defraud the United States, and for filing a false tax return.  Judge Chasanow also ordered Brown to pay restitution of $14,000.
Friday, September 11, 2020
Baltimore, Maryland – The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has agreed to pay the United States $10 million to settle claims that it improperly charged NIH-funded research grants for time spent by researchers on non-grant related activities such as developing, preparing, and writing new grant applications, teaching, and engaging in other administrative activities.
Friday, September 11, 2020
CHICAGO — A former Chicago Public Schools employee pleaded guilty in federal court today to making false statements to the FBI during a criminal investigation.
Friday, September 11, 2020
ALBANY, NEW YORK – Jessica Pascale, age 35, of Troy, New York, was sentenced yesterday to one-year of probation for defrauding the Social Security Administration (SSA) by diverting and stealing the benefit payments of two individuals with disabilities while she was employed as a Social Security claims representative.

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