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Investigative Press Releases

Monday, October 4, 2021
NEW BERN, N.C. – A Saint Pauls, North Carolina woman, Stephanie Chavis, was sentenced today to 65 months in prison and three years of supervised release for wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.  Chavis was also ordered to pay $760,966 in restitution to the Social Security Administration.  On April 16, 2019, Chavis pled guilty to the charges. 
Monday, October 4, 2021
Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge William F. Jung has sentenced Julio Gonzales (45, Lakeland) to 2 years and 10 months in federal prison for theft of public money and aggravated identity theft. As part of his sentence, the court also ordered Gonzalez to pay $110,102.90 in restitution and, separately, entered a forfeiture money judgment against him in the amount of $28,527, the proceeds of the offense of conviction. Gonzalez had pleaded guilty on June 22, 2021.
Friday, October 1, 2021
RALEIGH, N.C. – A Fayetteville woman pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to charges of wire fraud and money laundering arising out of schemes to defraud the United States Department of Defense (DoD) and businesses in the Eastern District of North Carolina.
Friday, October 1, 2021
            WASHINGTON – Mahsa Azimirad, the former office manager for Universal Smiles, a Washington, D.C.-based dental practice, was sentenced today to 12 months in prison on a federal charge of health care fraud stemming from a scheme in which she was paid over $813,000 by defrauding the District of Columbia’s Medicaid program.
Friday, October 1, 2021
Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal grand jury in Hartford has returned an indictment charging JAVED SAEED, 52, and DASTGIR SAEED, 68, both of South Windsor, with food stamp fraud offenses. The indictment was returned on September 14, 2021, and the defendants were arrested on September 29.  They are released on bonds pending trial.
Friday, October 1, 2021
BOSTON – A Dominican national was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for fraudulently using another person’s Social Security number. Manuel Maria German Familia, 30, who previously resided in Lawrence, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Patti B. Saris to 14 months in prison. German Familia will be subject to deportation upon completion of his sentence. On June 24, 2021, German Familia pleaded guilty to one count of false representation of a Social Security number.
Friday, October 1, 2021
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – United States Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that on Thursday, September 23, 2021, the Honorable Judge Carl J. Barbier sentenced DARREL FITZPATRICK, aged 31, to 60 months in the Bureau of Prisons in what the Judge called a “massive bribery and fraud scheme” involving the United States Marine Corps. 

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