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Investigative Press Releases

Wednesday, December 22, 2021
Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang sentenced Nicolae Gindac, age 52, of Dania Beach, Florida, yesterday to 54 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to commit bank fraud and wire fraud, in connection with a conspiracy to steal and deposit checks intended for religious institutions.  Judge Chuang also ordered Gindac to pay restitution, along with co-conspirators, in the amount of $1,096,660.11.
Wednesday, December 22, 2021
SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Cindy McAleese, age 55, of Dexter, New York, was arraigned today on a one-count indictment charging her with conspiring to commit an offense against the United States by seeking and accepting gratuities.
Wednesday, December 22, 2021
CONTACT:    Barbara Burns PHONE:    (716) 843-5817 FAX #:    (716) 551-3051 BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Richard Stenhouse, 76, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty before Senior U.S. District Judge Williams M. Skretny to filing a false tax return. The charge carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $250,000 fine. 
Tuesday, December 21, 2021
COLUMBUS, Ga. – A Columbus resident and teacher who volunteered for two local non-profit organizations pleaded guilty to wire fraud resulting from an FDIC-led investigation. Trenna Denise Trice, 59, of Columbus, pleaded guilty to wire fraud before U.S. District Clay Land on Monday, Dec. 20. Trice is facing a maximum twenty years in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for March 29, 2022.
Tuesday, December 21, 2021
NEWARK, N.J. – An Essex County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 28 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to commit bank fraud, including by soliciting U.S. Postal Service (USPS) employees to steal check books and credit cards from the mail, depositing fraudulent checks, including pandemic relief checks, and using stolen credit cards without authorization, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.
Tuesday, December 21, 2021
NEWARK, N.J. – An Essex County, New Jersey, man today admitted to conspiring to extort multiple general contractors of approximately $14,000 by using his brother’s position as a compliance safety and health officer (CSHO) with the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.
Tuesday, December 21, 2021
NASHVILLE – A Kentucky woman pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court in Nashville, to conspiracy to pay and receive health care kickbacks, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Mark H. Wildasin for the Middle District of Tennessee.
Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Baltimore, Maryland – Virginia-based Telophase Corporation (“Telophase”) has agreed to pay the United States $1,389,509 million dollars to resolve federal False Claims Act allegations that it overbilled the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (“NASA”) for labor hours worked and for labor rates and costs in excess of those actually incurred.  
Tuesday, December 21, 2021
United States Attorney Ronald C. Gathe, Jr. announced that Chief U.S. Judge Shelly D. Dick sentenced April R. Falgoust, age 46, of Prairieville, Louisiana, to 18 months in federal prison following her conviction for wire fraud.  The Court also sentenced Falgoust to serve three years of supervised release following her term of imprisonment, ordered her to pay $147,925.69 in restitution to the United States Small Business Administration, and further ordered her to forfeit an additional $143,800 in proceeds from her crime.

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