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Investigative Press Releases

Tuesday, December 22, 2020
VALDOSTA, Ga. – A Tifton resident has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to wire fraud in a case involving U.S. Department of State contracts, said Peter D. Leary, the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia.
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
  Baltimore, Maryland - Daniyelle Barnes, age 27, of Randallstown Maryland, pleaded guilty on December 21, 2020, to federal charges of mail theft by an employee.   Barnes was employed by the United States Post Office (USPS) as a Letter Carrier at the Randallstown Post Office.  Barnes admitted stealing mail, including credit cards contained within mail pieces.  
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
WICHITA, KAN. – Edward Parks, 60, Liberal, Kan., is charged with one count of submitting false claims for travel reimbursement to the Department of Veterans Affairs and one count of making a false statement to investigators from the Department of Veterans Affairs – Office of Inspector General. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in 2019 in Sedgwick County, Kan.
Monday, December 21, 2020
A criminal complaint was unsealed today in federal court in Brooklyn charging Leon Miles with wire fraud in connection with his scheme to obtain over $1.9 million from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) which Congress created as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  Miles was arrested this morning and will make his initial appearance this afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge Vera M. Scanlon.
Monday, December 21, 2020
ALBANY, NEW YORK – Markhwan Berning, age 36, of Saratoga Springs, New York, was arraigned Friday on an indictment charging him with false representation of a social security number. The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon and Michael C. Mikulka, Special Agent in Charge, New York Region, United States Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General (DOL-OIG).
Monday, December 21, 2020
PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Jeffrey Blackwell, 47, of Philadelphia, PA, was sentenced today to 22 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $25,612 in restitution by United States District Court Judge Chad F. Kenney for misusing his official position with the Philadelphia City Controller’s Office to enrich himself by soliciting and accepting bribes, and for committing additional tax crimes.
Monday, December 21, 2020
LAS VEGAS, Nevada – A Nevada man was arraigned on December 18, 2020 for fraudulently obtaining approximately $1,662,170 from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program.

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