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Investigative Press Releases

Thursday, June 25, 2020
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Two residents of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, were sentenced in federal court for conspiracy to defraud the Pennsylvania Medicaid program and health care fraud, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
Thursday, June 25, 2020
GUILTY PLEA – DALTON HARRIS
Thursday, June 25, 2020
ATLANTA - Piedmont Healthcare, Inc., an Atlanta-based hospital system, has agreed to pay $16 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by billing Medicare and Medicaid for procedures at the more expensive inpatient level of care instead of the less costly outpatient or observation level of care. The settlement also resolves allegations that Piedmont paid a commercially unreasonable and above fair market value to acquire Atlanta Cardiology Group in 2007 in violation of the federal Anti-Kickback Statute.
Thursday, June 25, 2020
            WASHINGTON—A former official of the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) pled guilty today for participating in corruption schemes in which he accepted at least $75,000 in exchange for fraudulently erasing tax liability, inflicting more than $3 million in losses upon the District of Columbia.
Thursday, June 25, 2020
John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that GEORGE HAJATI, 41, of Cromwell, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny to 27 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for operating an auto loan fraud scheme while he was on federal supervised release from a prior federal conviction.  Judge Chatigny also ordered Hajati to serve the first six months of his supervised release in home confinement, and to perform 120 hours of community service.
Thursday, June 25, 2020
U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced today that an Anchorage woman has been federally charged with embezzling approximately $174,290 from the Alaska Native Harbor Seal Commission (ANHSC), which was primarily funded from federal grants issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, with additional federal grant funds provided by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Thursday, June 25, 2020
BOSTON – A former U.S. Postal Service (USPS) employee was re-sentenced yesterday in federal court in Worcester for sexually exploiting a child, using USPS computers to access child pornography and possessing child pornography.
Thursday, June 25, 2020
NEW ORLEANS –  U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that ANTOINE NARCISSE, age 24, a resident of New Orleans, was sentenced today to 18 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Barry W. Ashe for conspiracy to commit access device fraud. 
Thursday, June 25, 2020
COVINGTON, Ky. - Hongtao Zhu, 43, Hui Lin, 36, and He Lin, 33, were each sentenced to 46 months in federal prison on Wednesday, by U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning, for trafficking in counterfeit DVDs. All three defendants pleaded guilty in October 2019, and admitted to conspiring to sell counterfeit DVDs, which were imported from China and sold via eBay, over a two year period.  The DVDs appeared to be genuine Disney productions when, in fact, they were not.  
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Audrey Strauss, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that AMEET GOYAL, M.D., an ophthalmologist in Rye, New York, previously indicted in this District for healthcare fraud offenses in November 2019, has been charged in a Superseding Indictment with fraudulently obtaining Government-guaranteed loans intended to help small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic while he was on pretrial release. 

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