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Investigative Press Releases

Friday, October 1, 2021
NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that BENJAMIN TEKIPPE (TEKIPPE), age 37, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was charged on September 30, 2021 with health care fraud, aggravated identity theft, and making a false statement.
Thursday, September 30, 2021
          LOS ANGELES – The owner of several Inland Empire-based trucking companies has pleaded guilty to five felony charges, admitting he engaged in an array of criminal conduct, including:
Thursday, September 30, 2021
NEWNAN, Ga. - Jay Diamond, who has a criminal history with over 30 misdemeanor and traffic convictions, has been sentenced on two counts of false impersonation of a federal Air Marshal.  “Flashing a badge and impersonating a federal officer to gain a benefit puts the public and law enforcement officers at risk,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Kurt R. Erskine.  “Instead of avoiding a speeding ticket, Diamond ended up with two federal felony convictions and time in prison.”
Thursday, September 30, 2021
BOSTON – An individual previously residing in Lawrence who has been living under a false identity was sentenced today in federal court in Boston on charges arising from his use of the name and Social Security number of a U.S. citizen.
Thursday, September 30, 2021
BOSTON – A Maine woman was arrested today in connection with stealing federal housing benefits from 2004 to 2020. Rebecca Amelia Cranford, 62, was charged with one count of theft of government funds. Cranford made her initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Maine this afternoon and will be arraigned in federal court in Boston at a later date. According to the indictment, from December 2004 until February 2020, Cranford allegedly stole approximately $113,067 in federal housing assistance benefits.
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang sentenced David Laufer, age 64, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, formerly of Bethesda, Maryland, today to eight months in federal prison, followed by one year of supervised release, four months of which is to be served in home confinement, for acceptance of gratuities by a public official.  Judge Chuang also ordered Laufer, the former Chief of the Prosthetics and Orthotics Department at Walter Reed Medical Center, to pay restitution in the amount of $7,890.62.
Thursday, September 30, 2021
PORTLAND, Maine—A Yarmouth man pleaded guilty today in federal court to aggravated identity theft, and in a separate case waived indictment and pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the Small Business Administration in a loan application, Acting U.S. Attorney Donald E. Clark announced.
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
PHILADELPHIA – Acting United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that the Berks County Coalition to End Homelessness (“BCEH”) will pay $121,655 to resolve False Claims Act allegations that the public-private partnership organization illegally double-billed the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) for renovations performed on a property located in Reading, Pennsylvania.
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
LEXINGTON, Ky.— Vonnie McDaniels, 32, of Lexington, Kentucky, was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison on Monday by Chief U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves, after being convicted of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.

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