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Investigative Press Releases

Friday, July 31, 2020
Baltimore, Maryland – The former President and Chief Executive Officer of Cecil Bank, Mary Beyer Halsey, age 59, of Rising Sun, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to the federal charges of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, receipt of a bribe by a bank official, and false statement in bank records, in connection with the straw purchase of a home in Elkton, Maryland, upon which Cecil Bank had foreclosed.  
Friday, July 31, 2020
PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, has agreed to pay $200,000 and abide by compliance requirements in connection with any application seeking federal grant funds or cooperative agreements with any federal agency. The settlement agreement resolves allegations under the False Claims Act relating to Small Business Innovation Research (“SBIR”) grants awarded to ArkLight, a company owned by Dr. Yujie Ding, a former Lehigh University professor.
Friday, July 31, 2020
            TYLER, Texas – U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Cox announced today that six individuals have been arrested pursuant to a federal indictment alleging money laundering violations.
Friday, July 31, 2020
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Over the course of five days, Jerry Wayne Wilkerson, 39, Michael Chatfield, 30, Kasey Nicholson, 34, Billy Hindmon, 38, and Jayson Montgomery, 39, were sentenced by the Honorable Harry S. Mattice, Jr., in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Chattanooga, to prison terms for their roles in a scheme to defraud the federal government and insurance companies.
Friday, July 31, 2020
Miami, Fl. -- A Palm Beach County, Florida doctor was arrested and charged with conspiring to commit health care fraud and wire fraud for his alleged participation in a massive years-long health care fraud scheme throughout Palm Beach County, billing for fraudulent tests and treatments for vulnerable patients seeking treatment for drug and/or alcohol addiction.
Friday, July 31, 2020
DENVER – United States Attorney Jason R. Dunn announced today that Michael Scott Leslie, age 57, of Boulder, Colorado, pleaded guilty to federal bank fraud and aggravated identity theft charges.  Leslie appeared remotely on a $50,000 unsecured bond, which was continued at the hearing’s conclusion.  The Denver office of the FBI, and the Offices of the Inspector General for both the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) joined in today’s announcement.
Friday, July 31, 2020
CHICAGO — The owner of several Illinois nursing homes has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly skimming money from federally insured facilities that had defaulted on mortgage loans to pay expenses of a non-federally insured facility. MARK YAMPOL, 57, of St. Louis, Mo., is charged with one count of equity skimming, according to an indictment returned Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Chicago.  The charge is punishable by up to five years in federal prison.  A date for arraignment has not yet been set.
Thursday, July 30, 2020
COLUMBUS, Ohio – A federal grand jury has indicted a victim’s ex-girlfriend and four of her associates for conspiring and attempting to kidnap her ex-boyfriend and his girlfriend. The indictment was filed today.   Denia I. Avila, 37, of Columbus, and co-conspirators allegedly impersonated federal law enforcement officers and used a Taser while attempting to kidnap the victims.