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Investigative Press Releases

Thursday, December 17, 2020
BOSTON – A vendor for several Veterans Affairs medical facilities was sentenced today for defrauding the VA by creating false invoices and reports for medical gas inspections that never took place. Chester Wojcik, 49, of Agawam, Mass., was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni to two years of probation. In August 2020, Wojcik pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud.
Thursday, December 17, 2020
BOSTON – Cambridge-based pharmaceutical company Biogen Inc. has agreed to pay $22 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by illegally using two foundations, Chronic Disease Fund (CDF) and The Assistance Fund (TAF), as conduits to pay the Medicare co-pays for patients taking Biogen’s multiple sclerosis (MS) drugs, Avonex and Tysabri.
Thursday, December 17, 2020
KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A Kansas man pleaded guilty today to lying to a federal investigator who was looking into allegations of major program fraud, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.
Thursday, December 17, 2020
Assistant U. S. Attorney Stephen H. Wong (619) 546-9464     NEWS RELEASE SUMMARY – December 17, 2020 SAN DIEGO – A former contract employee with California’s Employment Development Department, which administers the state’s unemployment insurance program, was charged in federal court today with fraud and identity theft in connection with a scheme to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars in pandemic unemployment aid.
Thursday, December 17, 2020
NEW ORLEANS - United States Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that VALERIE YOREL MANSON (“MANSON”), age 51, of New Orleans, Louisiana, pled guilty to one count of Theft of Government Funds, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 641.
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced a federal indictment charging CAROL ANN OLBERG, 46, with three counts wire fraud and violating the Senior Citizens Against Marketing Scams Act of 1994 (the “SCAMS Act”). OLBERG is the 63rd defendant charged to date as part of a nationwide telemarketing scheme that targeted elderly and vulnerable victims. OLBERG will make her initial appearance in U.S. District Court at a later date.
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
          LOS ANGELES – A Riverside County woman pleaded guilty today to a federal criminal charge for fraudulently obtaining more than $500,000 in COVID-related unemployment benefits for herself.           Cara Marie Kirk-Connell, 32, of Menifee, pleaded guilty to a single-count information charging her with use of an unauthorized access device.
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
NEWARK, N.J. – A Union County, New Jersey, man will make his initial court appearance today on charges of using other individuals’ personal identification information to obtain unemployment insurance benefits, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Maurice Mills, 28, of Union Township, New Jersey, is scheduled to appear by videoconference before U.S. Magistrate Judge James B. Clark III. According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

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