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Monday, April 13, 2020
BOSTON – A Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) employee has agreed to plead guilty to embezzling nearly $70,000 in VA funds. Michael Donaher, 41, of Lakeville, was charged with one count of embezzlement and theft of public money, property or records. He has agreed, as part of a plea agreement, to reimburse the government for the funds he stole. A plea hearing has not yet been scheduled. Donaher was arrested in January on a criminal complaint.
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that today in federal court, DAVID BURLEY, 67, Bayboro, Nc was named in a Criminal Information filed on April 6, 2020 charging him with False Statement or Fraud to Obtain Federal Employee’s Compensation.  If convicted, he faces up to one-year imprisonment, a $100,000 fine, and up to one year supervised release.
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
PHOENIX, Ariz. – United States Attorney Michael Bailey and Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich today launched a joint federal, state, and local task force to combat coronavirus-related fraud.
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
NEWARK, N.J. – Pentax Medical Company will pay $43 million to resolve criminal charges based on the company’s shipment of four types of endoscopes for 18 months without FDA-cleared instructions for use and the company’s failure to file timely reports of two infections associated with its endoscopes, the Department of Justice announced today.
Monday, April 6, 2020
United States Attorney Matthew D. Krueger announced today that Dr. Mehran Heydarpour of Brookfield, Wisconsin, agreed to pay $175,000 to resolve allegations that he prescribed opioid pain medications in violation of the Controlled Substances Act and that he billed Medicare for patient visits that did not occur in violation of the False Claims Act.  Dr. Heydarpour also agreed that he would never again seek to register with the Drug Enforcement Administration for authorization to prescribe controlled substances. 
Monday, April 6, 2020
COLUMBIA, South Carolina --- U.S. Attorney Peter M. McCoy, Jr. announced today that, in coordination with the Department of Justice, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has established the South Carolina COVID Strike Team to pursue the prosecution and investigation of Coronavirus fraud schemes, hoarding, and price gouging activities.
Monday, April 6, 2020
HOUSTON – A federal indictment has been unsealed against a 44-year-old woman for making false statements to federal authorities, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan Patrick.  A Houston federal grand jury returned the two-count indictment against Summer Worden, of Wichita, Kansas, Feb. 27. She is expected to make her initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dena H. Palermo April 13.  The charges allege Worden made false statements to NASA - Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
Monday, April 6, 2020
WASHINGTON – MiMedx Group Inc. (MiMedx), a biopharmaceutical company based in Marietta, Georgia that manufactures and sells human tissue grafts, will pay $6.5 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by knowingly submitting false commercial pricing disclosures to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Justice Department announced today. 
Monday, April 6, 2020
Boston – A Dominican national formerly residing in Methuen was sentenced today for falsely representing a Social Security number as his own.