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Investigative Press Releases

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA – A former University of Florida (UF) professor and researcher and resident of China has been indicted for fraudulently obtaining $1.75 million in federal grant money from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by concealing support he received from the Chinese government and a company that he founded in China to profit from that research.
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Matthew Modafferi, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, announced that ABILIO PEDROSO, 41, of Danielson, waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden to theft of government property related to his receipt of more than $66,000 in fraudulent postal insurance claims.
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A grand jury today returned an indictment that charges a Springfield, Ill., woman, Amber L. Bolen, 41, with fraud in connection with major disaster or emergency benefits available through the Small Business Administration.
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
A former high-level manager of a Sioux Center grain cooperative who directed subordinate employees to blend oats into soybeans was sentenced February 2, 2021, to three months in federal prison. Calvin Diehl, age 60, from Aberdeen, South Dakota, received the prison term after a June 9, 2020 guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States.
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – An Arizona man pleaded guilty today to possession of multiple unemployment benefits debit cards — all in different names — and intending to fraudulently obtain nearly $223,000 in benefits to be paid to him, announced U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich for the District of Nevada and Special Agent-in-Charge Quentin Heiden of the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Inspector General (DOL-OIG), Los Angeles Region.
Tuesday, February 2, 2021
PITTSBURGH, PA - A resident of Clarksburg, WV, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of conspiracy and fraud, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. Christina Weigner, age 48, of pleaded guilty to two counts before United States District Judge William S. Stickman IV.
Tuesday, February 2, 2021
RENO, Nev. – A former U.S. Postal Service mail carrier pleaded guilty today to stealing mail packages, announced U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich of the District of Nevada and Acting Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey E. Krafels of the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General (USPS OIG), Western Area Field Office. Russell Francis Marks, 58, of Reno, pleaded guilty to one count of theft of mail by a postal employee. U.S. District Judge Robert C. Jones scheduled a sentencing hearing for May 3, 2021.
Tuesday, February 2, 2021
ST. LOUIS – United States District Ronnie L. White sentenced Tayon Hutchins-Fowler to 12 months and one day in prison today. The 43-year-old Florissant, Missouri resident pleaded guilty, in December, to one count of making a false statement to the Social Security Administration and one count of wire fraud regarding a scheme to defraud Mercedes Benz. 

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