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Investigative Press Releases

Tuesday, April 6, 2021
         LOS ANGELES – A Southern California brother-and-sister team were arrested today on federal charges alleging they orchestrated a $6 million real estate fraud scam in which they listed homes without the owners’ consent and collected money from multiple would-be buyers for each of the not-for-sale homes.
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
PITTSBURGH, PA – A resident of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, Acting U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today. Michael Galanis, 32, of Export, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Stephanie L. Haines.
Monday, April 5, 2021
PROVIDENCE – A North Providence woman, serving a term of federal supervised release for having conspired to use the stolen personal identity information of numerous individuals to steal nearly $400,000 from the United States Treasury, has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly making false statements related to her incarceration and the court-ordered requirement that she pay back the stolen money when she applied for a U.S. Federal Housing Administration-backed home mortgage.
Monday, April 5, 2021
            CONCORD - William Cote, 49, and Kelly Cote, 52 of Claremont, pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced today.
Monday, April 5, 2021
 Defendant sentenced for conspiracy to fake his wife’s death at the New River Gorge CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Raleigh County man received a sentence of eight months of confinement for his role in a conspiracy to obstruct justice.  Rodney Wheeler, 48, of Beckley, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obstruct justice on January 5, 2021.  He was ordered to serve two months of incarceration in federal prison, to be followed by six months of home confinement and then three years of supervised release. 
Monday, April 5, 2021
Ocala, FL – Acting United States Attorney Karin Hoppmann announces the return of an indictment charging Wayne Grant, Jr. (27, Orlando) with receipt of a bribe by a public official. If convicted, Grant faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison.
Monday, April 5, 2021
BILLINGS — A federal jury on April 2 convicted the former chairwoman of the Montana Native Women’s Coalition of crimes related to unapproved spending of federal grant funds, including travel to Las Vegas, Nevada, Acting U.S. Attorney Leif Johnson said.
Monday, April 5, 2021
BOSTON – A Fitchburg woman was sentenced today in federal court in Worcester for fraudulently receiving Social Security disability benefits, MassHealth and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.   
Monday, April 5, 2021
BOSTON – A Cambridge woman was arrested today and charged with stealing Social Security benefits and committing wire fraud to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (“SNAP”) benefits, formerly known as Food Stamps.    Shirley Buchanan, 66, was indicted on one count of theft of public funds and three counts of wire fraud. She is scheduled to make an initial appearance today before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Jennifer Boal this afternoon. 
Monday, April 5, 2021
Greenbelt, Maryland – A criminal complaint has been filed charging Rudolph Brooks, Jr., age 45, of Cheltenham, Maryland, on the federal charge of wire fraud.  In addition, law enforcement obtained warrants authorizing the seizure of more than $2.2 million held in various bank accounts, as well as a 2018 Tesla Model 3.  The criminal complaint was filed on March 29, 2021 and was unsealed following Brooks’s arrest on April 2, 2021.

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