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Investigative Press Releases

Monday, November 28, 2022
            CONCORD – Kaylie Esquivel Arizmendi, 32, of Nashua, pleaded guilty in federal court to making false statements, United States Attorney Jane E. Young announced today.
Monday, November 28, 2022
            WASHINGTON – Joseph Tamjong, 51, of Lanham, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to defrauding the D.C. Medicaid program out of $733,405. 
Monday, November 28, 2022
Greenbelt, Maryland – Jaleel Phillips, age 25, of Capital Heights, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to a federal wire fraud conspiracy, in relation to a scheme to unlawfully obtain COVID-19 relief loans and unemployment benefits.
Monday, November 28, 2022
TEXARKANA, Texas– A Cleveland, Texas man and woman have been sentenced to federal prison for wire fraud violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston today.
Wednesday, November 23, 2022
          LOS ANGELES – A licensed Orange County pharmacist has been found guilty by a jury of nearly two dozen federal criminal charges for her role in a health care fraud scheme in which more than 1,000 bogus prescriptions for compounded medications were filled, costing Tricare, the U.S. military’s health care plan, more than $11 million in losses, the Justice Department announced today.
Wednesday, November 23, 2022
TRENTON, N.J. – A New Jersey real estate developer and attorney each admitted today to conspiring to orchestrate a mortgage fraud scheme that led to over $3.5 million in losses, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced. Victor Santos, aka Vitor Santos, 63, of Watchung, New Jersey, and Fausto Simoes, 69, of Millington, New Jersey, each pleaded guilty by videoconference to Count One of an indictment charging them with conspiracy to commit bank fraud before U.S. District Judge Michael A. Shipp in Trenton federal court.
Wednesday, November 23, 2022
Fairview Heights, Ill. – HealthOne Critical Care Transport Service, Inc. d/b/a MedicOne Medical  Response (“MedicOne”) of Marion, Illinois, has agreed to pay $302,124.37 in a civil settlement  agreement resolving allegations the company improperly billed Medicare for scheduled, non-  emergency ambulance transportation.
Wednesday, November 23, 2022
BOSTON – A Florida man pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Springfield to sending threatening communications to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Drummond Neil Smithson, 31, pleaded guilty to one count of use of interstate communications to transmit a threat to injure. U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni scheduled sentencing for Feb. 2, 2023 in federal court in Worcester. Smithson was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 12, 2022. 
Tuesday, November 22, 2022
CAMDEN, N.J. – A Camden County, New Jersey, resident was sentenced to 41 months in prison for his role in fraudulently obtaining Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) benefits, fraudulently obtaining unemployment benefits, and illegally possessing a firearm, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced today.
Tuesday, November 22, 2022
          LOS ANGELES – A former Amtrak employee pleaded guilty today to federal criminal charges for conspiring with her husband to steal nearly $1 million in COVID-19 pandemic-related unemployment insurance (UI) benefits and for fraudulently obtaining more than $63,000 in sickness benefits while she worked at Amtrak.

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