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Thursday, January 7, 2021
Miami, Fl. -- A former accountant who assisted in a scam involving valuable artwork and a Swiss bank account has been charged in connection with a scheme to fraudulently obtain a Small Business Administration (“SBA”) loan. 
Thursday, January 7, 2021
GREAT FALLS — A former Indian Health Services doctor who worked on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation and admitted using his job to prescribe a diabetes drug from a pharmacy in exchange for kickbacks was sentenced today to three months in prison, two years of supervised release and fined $10,000, Acting U.S. Attorney Leif Johnson said. Dr. Arnold Scott Devous, 68, of Billings, pleaded guilty on Sept. 10, 2020 to federal medical officer with conflict of interest.
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – A man who pleaded guilty to obtaining healthcare benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs through fraud was sentenced yesterday, announced Matthew G.T. Martin, United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina.
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
CONTACT: Barbara Burns PHONE: (716) 843-5817 FAX #: (716) 551-3051 ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Trisha Cassidy, 55, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer to bank fraud. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.     
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
NEWARK, N.J. – A California diagnostic laboratory will pay $357,584 to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by submitting or causing to be submitted claims for genetic tests to Medicare without valid physician oversight, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced today.  According to the contentions of the United States contained in the settlement agreement:
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
TEXARKANA, Texas – A 47-year-old federal inmate pleaded guilty to a federal violation in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Cox today.               Jason Josh Parmeley pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting attempt to obtain contraband in prison today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Caroline M. Craven. In his plea agreement, Parmeley agreed to be sentenced to 60 to 80 months of imprisonment following his current term of incarceration, which will elapse in 2028.
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced today that U.S. District Court Judge Sharon L. Gleason sentenced Michael Don Robertson, 68, a former Anchorage psychiatrist, to 12 months home confinement and 5 years of probation for conspiracy to commit controlled substance fraud and one count of health care fraud. Robertson knowingly and intentionally distributed controlled substances outside the usual course of professional practice and without a legitimate medical purpose.
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Greenbelt, Maryland – Katrin Verclas, age 52, a native and citizen of Germany residing in Washington, D.C., pleaded guilty today in Maryland to federal charges of obstruction of a federal audit and causing a financial institution to fail to file a suspicious activity report (SAR), related to more than $1.2 million in U.S. State Department grant funds awarded to a corporation that Verclas controlled. 
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – United States Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger today announced that he will step down from his post as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA) effective 11:59 p.m. on January 15.
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
          LOS ANGELES – The former president of a Colton-based labor union was sentenced today to 144 months in federal prison for stealing nearly $800,000 from the union’s health plan trust fund, which he used to pay for personal expenses including legal bills and a car loan for his son’s sports car.           John S. Romero, 74, of Loma Linda, was sentenced by United States District Judge Virginia A. Phillips, who scheduled an April 5 hearing to determine the amount of restitution Romero owes to his victims.

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