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Investigative Press Releases

Friday, November 18, 2022
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. – Yesterday afternoon, in federal court in East St. Louis, IL, Emmitt T.  Tiner, 55, of O’Fallon, Illinois, was sentenced to ten years in federal prison.  On July 7, 2022,  Tiner pled guilty to wire fraud, extortion, sending interstate communications with the intent to  extort, healthcare fraud, money laundering, and conducting financial transactions with criminally  derived proceeds.
Friday, November 18, 2022
DETROIT – Six individuals, including two doctors and the operators of three pain clinics, were charged with conspiring to illegally distribute over 500,000 opioid pills worth over $2.6 million in an indictment unsealed today, announced United States Attorney Dawn N. Ison.
Friday, November 18, 2022
BOSTON – An East Brookfield man was sentenced today in federal court in Worcester for unlawfully operating a helicopter, making false statements to federal investigators and attempting to tamper with a witness.
Friday, November 18, 2022
Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang today sentenced Edward T. Buford III, age 70, of Silver Spring, Maryland, to 30 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and healthcare fraud.  Judge Chuang also ordered Buford to pay $1,267,630 in restitution.
Thursday, November 17, 2022
MEDFORD, Ore.—A Southern Oregon woman is facing federal charges alleging she used her deceased spouse’s identity to fraudulently obtain more than $36,000 in federal student aid. On October 6, 2022, a federal grand jury in Medford returned a nine-count indictment charging Cynthia Pickering, 55, of Central Point, Oregon with wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and student loan fraud.
Thursday, November 17, 2022
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, announced today that Bobby Peña was sentenced on Nov. 14 to three years and seven months in prison. Peña, of Albuquerque, pleaded guilty on Feb. 10 to possession of child pornography and false claims against the government.
Thursday, November 17, 2022
NEWARK, N.J. – Two Essex County, New Jersey, men were sentenced yesterday and today for their roles in a scheme to steal credit cards, debit cards, and checks from the mail and use the stolen cards and checks to attempt over a million dollars of retail and online purchases and cash withdrawals, Attorney for the United States Vikas Khanna announced today.
Thursday, November 17, 2022
HOUSTON – A 23-year-old man has been ordered to prison for enticement of a minor online, announced U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery. Malcolm Lenard Thomas, Houston, pleaded guilty June 21. Today, U.S. District Judge Charles Eskridge ordered Thomas to serve 121 months in federal prison to be immediately followed by 15 years of supervised release. At the time of his plea, he admitted he communicated via Instagram with whom he thought was a 15-year-old female.
Thursday, November 17, 2022
BOSTON – A Michigan man was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for his involvement in a fraudulent scheme to obtain COVID-19-related unemployment assistance and small business loans in 12 different states.

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