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Investigative Press Releases

Thursday, December 17, 2020
RALEIGH, N.C. – A federal court in the Eastern District of North Carolina entered a consent judgment and injunction requiring a North Carolina pharmacy, Seashore Drugs, Inc., its owner John D. Waggett, and its pharmacist-in-charge Billy W. King II, to pay $1,050,000.00 in civil penalties and to cease dispensing opioids or other controlled substances, the Department of Justice announced. 
Thursday, December 17, 2020
ABINGDON, Virginia - Timothy Baxter, the former medical director of Indivior PLC, was sentenced today in federal court in Abingdon, Virginia, to six months home detention, 100 hours of community service, and a $100,000 criminal fine in connection with the company’s marketing of an opioid drug.
Thursday, December 17, 2020
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Two individuals were charged in an indictment that was unsealed today for their alleged participation in a scheme to obtain, through multiple fraudulent loan applications, more than $1.7 million in COVID-19 relief guaranteed by the Small Business Administration through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Thursday, December 17, 2020
HOUSTON – Apnix Sleep Diagnostics LP has paid the United States $154,824 to resolve claims that it improperly billed the Medicare program for sleep studies, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.  A proactive review of claims data demonstrated that Apnix was the one of the area’s highest paid sleep labs. In addition, the investigation revealed there had been several complaints regarding Apnix’s failure to adhere to Medicare regulations.
Thursday, December 17, 2020
ATLANTA – Former Postal employee Markeyta McAllister pleaded guilty to Obstruction of United States Mail for stealing cash and gift cards from more than 15 letters. “While most U.S. Postal Service employees serve Americans with integrity and honesty – McAllister did not,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak.  “By opening peoples’ mail to steal money and gift cards, McAllister betrayed both the citizens she supposedly served and the reputation of her fellow employees.”
Thursday, December 17, 2020
John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that MICHAEL GRAMINS, 38, of North Carolina, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny to two years of probation, the first six months of which Gramins must spend in home confinement, for defrauding mortgage-backed securities customers of Nomura Securities International, where he was employed.  Judge Chatigny also ordered Gramins to perform 300 hours of community service.
Thursday, December 17, 2020
PHOENIX, Ariz. – The United States Attorney’s Office has unsealed a complaint against Celestine Coletta Strong, 44, of Phoenix, Arizona; Jawuan Polk, 35, of Portland, Oregon; Patrick Earl Lewis, 45, residence unknown; and Ty’zhaun Marqui Lewis, 23, of Phoenix, Arizona with charges including conspiracy, wire fraud, and money laundering in connection with fraudulent Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan applications.
Thursday, December 17, 2020
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Senior U.S. District Judge Richard Mills sentenced Chase Brown, 21, of the 1000 block of Heathrow Lane, Rochester, Ill., to serve 37 months in federal prison for operating a sham medical equipment reseller business that defrauded businesses and individuals from various states. A hearing has been scheduled on Jan. 19, 2021, to determine the final restitution amount.

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