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Investigative Press Releases

Wednesday, January 5, 2022
GREAT FALLS — A Helena man admitted to crimes today stemming from a scheme to defraud a bank of more than $1 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and to using the funds instead for his personal benefit, U.S. Attorney Leif M. Johnson said today.
Tuesday, January 4, 2022
COLUMBUS, Ohio – A local home healthcare provider has agreed to pay half a million dollars to the government and close its operations as part of a False Claims Act settlement.   According to court documents, Academy Health Care Services is a home healthcare agency based in Dayton providing service to patients in Ohio, many of whom are disabled and living in group homes.   Academy’s owners include Jagdish, Nita and Vijay Patel, all of Ohio.  
Tuesday, January 4, 2022
ATLANTA - Hunter VanPelt has been sentenced to prison for bank fraud related to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) when she obtained over $6 million in fraudulent proceeds. 
Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Orlando, FL –United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces today that Central Medical Systems, LLC, Joan Harley, and Alan Trent Harley have agreed to pay the United States $600,000 to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by participating in a scheme to defraud Medicare. 
Tuesday, January 4, 2022
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – United States Attorney Duane A. Evans, announced that HAROLD SAINTES, JR. age 53, of Broussard, Louisiana was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to a one count Bill of Information with Theft of Mail. In papers filed with the court and signed by defendant SAINTES, he admitted to taking mis-sent parcels in the amount of $380.00 from the Loranger Post Office from September 1, 2019 through October 19, 2019.
Monday, January 3, 2022
Today, United States Attorney Breon Peace announced his selection of Carolyn Pokorny to serve as First Assistant United States Attorney (FAUSA) for the Eastern District of New York.  As FAUSA, Ms. Pokorny oversees the Criminal, Civil, Appeals and Administrative Divisions of the United States Attorney’s Office.  
Monday, January 3, 2022
            CONCORD - Andre McBreairty, 45, previously of Keene, pleaded guilty in federal court to making false statements to obtain CARES Act funds, United States Attorney John J. Farley announced today.
Monday, January 3, 2022
BANGOR, Maine: An Old Town man pleaded guilty in federal court today to making false statements to the government, U.S. Attorney Darcie N. McElwee announced.
Thursday, December 30, 2021
U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan announced that Anthony Sharp, 31, of Euclid, Ohio, was sentenced on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, by Judge Donald C. Nugent to 10 years in prison after Sharp admitted to stealing packages from the U.S. Mail that he suspected contained drugs. Sharp pleaded guilty in August of 2021 to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, possession with the intent to distribute controlled substances, money laundering and theft of mail.
Thursday, December 30, 2021
ATLANTA - Patrick Shackelford, a federal corrections officer at U.S. Penitentiary Atlanta (“USP Atlanta”), and Patrick Kirkman and Mitchell Arms, both federal inmates, have been arraigned on federal bribery, smuggling, and drug charges arising from an alleged scheme to smuggle narcotics and other contraband into USP Atlanta between approximately June 2018 and February 2019.

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