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Investigative Press Releases

Thursday, March 17, 2022
Acting U.S. Attorney Michelle M. Baeppler announced that Lawrence Lawson, 41, of Cleveland, Ohio, was sentenced on March 15, 2022, to 51 months in prison and ordered to pay $355,849 in restitution after Lawson pleaded guilty to his role in a conspiracy that fraudulently obtained COVID-19 pandemic unemployment insurance benefits.
Thursday, March 17, 2022
NEWARK, N.J. – The former owner of a New Jersey marketing company admitted his role in a scheme to defraud public and private health benefits programs of over $6 million for the billing of medically unnecessary compounded prescriptions, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced today.  Michael Drobish, 43, of Cedar Grove, New Jersey, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge John Michael Vazquez on March 16, 2022, to an information charging him with conspiracy to commit health care fraud.
Thursday, March 17, 2022
A Weatogue, Connecticut man who conspired with an IRS officer to con the United States out of $4 million in overdue employment taxes has been sentenced to four years in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Chad E. Meacham. Carmine Bianco, 49, pleaded guilty in September 2021 to conspiracy to defraud the United States. He was sentenced this week by Senior U.S. District Judge Terry R. Means, who ordered him to pay $4,744,326 in restitution.
Thursday, March 17, 2022
PHILADELPHIA, PA – United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Reveal Global Consulting, LLC (“Reveal”) has agreed to pay $820,000 to the federal government to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by improperly billing time and expenses in its performance of a contract with the Defense Intelligence Agency (“DIA”). 
Thursday, March 17, 2022
Spokane, Washington – Vanessa R. Waldref, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced today the creation of a new, interagency COVID-19 Fraud Strike Force to combat fraud arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. U.S. Attorney Waldref also announced the first criminal charges filed in connection with work done by the COVID-19 Fraud Strike Force.
Thursday, March 17, 2022
VALDOSTA, Ga. –  A Georgia man convicted for money laundering after he fraudulently filed for $2.6 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was sentenced to prison and ordered to pay restitution exceeding $800,000.
Thursday, March 17, 2022
Leonard C Boyle, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that RAUL ROBLES, 38, of New London, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven to 24 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for his role in a narcotics trafficking conspiracy in which cocaine was mailed through the U.S. Postal Service from Puerto Rico to southeastern Connecticut.
Thursday, March 17, 2022
BOSTON – A Stoughton man was arrested and charged today in connection with allegedly filing a fraudulent loan application in order to obtain over $400,000 in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan funds. Adley Bernadin, 44, was charged with one count of wire fraud. Bernadin was released on conditions following an initial appearance in federal court in Boston before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler this morning.
Thursday, March 17, 2022
CHICAGO — A police officer in Harvey, Ill., threatened to interfere with local towing companies’ ability to compete for city work unless they paid him cash and other benefits, according to a federal indictment.

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