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Investigative Press Releases

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
CAMDEN, N.J. – The president and CEO of a commercial diving school today admitted fraudulently obtaining funding from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for the school and its students, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced. Tamara Brown, 57, of Haddon Heights, New Jersey, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez to an information charging her with one count of wire fraud.
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Acting United States Attorney Richard G. Frohling announced that on April 27, 2021, a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Wisconsin indicted Radomir Buzdum (61), formerly of Watertown, Wisconsin, and Timothy J. Miller (49), of Watertown, for offenses related to the operation of the TNT / Wild Rose strip club, which had been located in Lebanon (Dodge County), Wisconsin.
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that NICOLE M. BALKAS, 31, of Bridgeport, waived her right to be indicted and pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven to one count of health care fraud.
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A federal grand jury returned an eight-count indictment yesterday charging a Mississippi man with wire fraud and health care fraud and with conspiracy to commit wire and health care fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona and Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Special Agent in Charge Derrick Jackson.
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
CONTACT: Barbara Burns PHONE: (716) 843-5817 FAX #: (716) 551-3051 ROCHESTER, NY – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that John Piccarreto, Jr., 38, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and filing a false tax return. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A 40-year-old Weslaco attorney has entered guilty pleas to conspiracy to commit bribery and bribery of a public official, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery. Roel Alaniz admitted he paid immigration detention employees for “alien detainee roster lists.” The lists were provided to him or his sister - Cynthia Alanis - who is also an attorney in the Rio Grande Valley.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
          LOS ANGELES – A man who claimed to be a tax preparer was sentenced today to 84 months in federal prison for defrauding his clients out of more than $4 million by falsely promising them huge windfalls from a sham federal program that purportedly would issue large grants to them.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – An American military contractor was sentenced today to 51 months in prison for her role in a theft ring on a military installation in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JESSICA GILES, 38, of West Haven, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny to two years of probation, the first three months of which Giles must spend in home confinement, for stealing cash from the mail while working for the U.S. Postal Service.  Judge Chatigny also ordered Giles to pay a $2,400 fine.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
BOSTON – A former Boston Police Officer pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston in connection with committing over $20,000 in overtime fraud at the Boston Police Department’s (BPD) evidence warehouse. Officer James Carnes (retired), 57, of Canton, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit theft concerning programs receiving federal funds and one count of embezzlement from an agency receiving federal funds. U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton scheduled sentencing for Sept. 10, 2021.

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