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Investigative Press Releases

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Assistant U. S. Attorneys Michelle L. Wasserman (619) 546-8431 and Carling Donovan (619) 546-4343    NEWS RELEASE SUMMARY – April 13, 2021 SAN DIEGO – Liberty Gutierrez pleaded guilty today to conspiring to launder the proceeds of a bribery scheme involving a former employee of the Naval Information Warfare Center in San Diego, California, and various defense contractors.
Monday, April 12, 2021
PROVIDENCE – A Dominican national who used the stolen Social Security number and identity of a person living in Puerto Rico to fraudulently collect more than $50,000 in government- funded benefits in Rhode Island has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison and is expected to face deportation proceedings.
Monday, April 12, 2021
A Tulsa couple who fraudulently applied for Paycheck Protection Program forgivable loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act pleaded guilty in federal court, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson. Ibanga Etuk, 41, pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft on April 9. Teosha Etuk, 33, pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud on April 6.
Monday, April 12, 2021
PROVIDENCE – A Brooklyn, NY, businessman who admitted to arranging the manufacture of counterfeit clothing, apparel, and gear, in China and Pakistan, that was shipped to wholesalers for distribution in the United States, including to the United States military, has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison and ordered to pay a $15,000 fine.
Monday, April 12, 2021
HOUSTON ‐ A 60-year-old Richmond man is now in custody on charges of making false statements in his scheme to defraud Medicare, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.   Paul Njoku is expected to make his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter Bray at 2 p.m. The five-count indictment, returned Feb. 3, alleges Njoku made false statements relating to health care matters by copying and pasting doctor and nurse signatures onto patient paperwork.
Friday, April 9, 2021
          LOS ANGELES – A Riverside County woman was sentenced today to 37 months in federal prison for fraudulently obtaining more than $500,000 in COVID-19-related unemployment benefits by using the stolen personal information of dozens of individuals obtained from the darknet.
Friday, April 9, 2021
            RIVERSIDE, California – Federal authorities this week arrested three Inland Empire residents on fraud charges alleging they used information belonging to California state prison inmates to file for pandemic-related unemployment benefits, with each causing at least $345,000 in losses.             The three defendants are charged in separate criminal complaints, and each woman faces two counts – fraud in connection with emergency benefits and wire fraud.
Friday, April 9, 2021
NORFOLK, Va. – A Virginia Beach man was sentenced today to 10 years in prison for his role in an internet-based loan scam that defrauded nearly 1,700 owners and prospective owners of small businesses out of $1,076,000, and for fraudulently collecting unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Friday, April 9, 2021
NORFOLK, Va. – A federal grand jury returned an indictment yesterday charging four individuals with allegedly participating in a conspiracy to use the personal identifying information of 35 Virginia prison inmates in order to fraudulently obtain over $300,000 in pandemic-related unemployment benefits.

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