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Investigative Press Releases

Monday, December 20, 2021
BOSTON – A Dighton registered nurse was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for drug tampering. Marietta Strickland, 61, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani to 15 months in prison and three years of supervised release. In October 2020, Strickland pleaded guilty to one count of tampering with a consumer product, specifically the Schedule II controlled substance oxycodone, which is used for pain relief.
Monday, December 20, 2021
Gulfport, Miss.  – A Biloxi man pled guilty to providing false statements in connection with the delivery of payments for health care benefits of Medicare beneficiaries, announced U.S. Attorney Darren J. LaMarca and Tamala Miles, Special Agent in Charge of the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General.
Friday, December 17, 2021
           Montgomery, Ala. –    On Thursday, December 16, 2021, William L. Holladay, III, 57, now a resident of Montgomery, Alabama, pleaded guilty to conspiring with others to defraud the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) by falsely inflating the number of students enrolled in public virtual schools, announced the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Alabama. Prior to October of 2020, Holladay was the superintendent of the Athens, Alabama City Schools System (ACS).
Friday, December 17, 2021
ABINGDON, Va. – A Jonesville, Virginia woman, who admitted to heading a conspiracy that defrauded the government of more than $1.5 million in pandemic-related unemployment benefits, was sentenced today to 10 years in federal prison and ordered to pay restitution.
Friday, December 17, 2021
Earlier today, in federal court in Central Islip, Ajay Sharma, a citizen of India, was sentenced by United States District Judge Joan M. Azrack to 78 months’ imprisonment for conspiracy to commit wire fraud as part of a large-scale telemarketing scheme.  The Court also ordered Sharma to pay restitution of $3,266,714, and forfeiture in the amount of $1,005,421. 
Friday, December 17, 2021
Two Florida men pleaded guilty this week in the Northern District of Ohio for leading a nationwide scheme to fraudulently obtain over $35 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Friday, December 17, 2021
TRENTON, N.J. – A Morris County, New Jersey, man today admitted his role in a reverse mortgage fraud scheme that exploited several elderly homeowners, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced. Martin D. Eagan, 50, of Montville, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud. According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Friday, December 17, 2021
McALLEN, Texas – A Border Patrol (BP) agent has pleaded guilty to attempting to aid and abet smuggling cocaine through a BP checkpoint, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery. Oberlin Cortez Pena Jr., 22, La Joya, pleaded guilty today.
Friday, December 17, 2021
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – A federal jury in Tallahassee convicted Jimmy Lee Highsmith, 42, of Marianna, on one count of sexual abuse of a ward while on duty at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tallahassee. The guilty verdict, returned yesterday afternoon, at the conclusion of a three-day trial, was announced by Jason R. Coody, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.
Friday, December 17, 2021
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Jared Anderson, 26, of Tallahassee, Florida, was indicted by a federal grand jury on counts of bribery and introduction of contraband into a federal prison, announced Jason Coody, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, and James F. Boyersmith, Special Agent in Charge of the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General Miami Field Office.  Anderson made his initial appearance on December 17, 2021, in federal court to face the charges.

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