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Investigative Press Releases

Friday, July 9, 2021
NEWARK, N.J. – A Virginia diagnostic laboratory will pay $1.4 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by submitting or causing to be submitted claims for genetic tests to Medicare without valid physician oversight, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced today.  According to the contentions of the United States contained in the settlement agreement:
Friday, July 9, 2021
Baltimore, Maryland – A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Linda Pylant, age 57, of Grasonville, Maryland, for the federal charges of wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, social security fraud, and tax evasion.  The indictment was returned on May 19, 2021 and unsealed today upon Pylant’s arrest and initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.
Friday, July 9, 2021
NEW ORLEANS –  U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that JOSEPH ANTHONY BORINO, age 64, a resident of Spring Hill, Texas, pleaded guilty on July 8, 2021 before United States District Judge Wendy B. Vitter to Count One of a one-count Superseding Bill of Information charging him with misprision of a felony, namely, wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 4. 
Thursday, July 8, 2021
NEWARK, N.J. – Two medical device manufacturers have agreed to pay $38.75 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act for billing the Medicare program for defective rapid point-of-care testing devices, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced today.
Thursday, July 8, 2021
          SANTA ANA, California – The owner of trucking companies in the Inland Empire and elsewhere in California, who was out on bond awaiting trial in a separate federal criminal case, was arrested today on a criminal complaint alleging he fraudulently obtained more than $667,000 in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) COVID-19 pandemic relief funds.
Thursday, July 8, 2021
ALBANY, NEW YORK – Robert Seifert, age 63, of Utica, New York, plead guilty today to making telephonic threats to employees of the Albany Stratton Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon and Christopher Algieri, Special Agent in Charge of the Northeast Field Office for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General.
Thursday, July 8, 2021
PLANO, Texas – A McKinney man has been sentenced to prison for federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei today.  Demetrius Cervantes, 46, pleaded guilty on Dec. 4, 2020, to conspiracy to obtain information from a protected computer on Dec. 4, 2020, and was sentenced to 48 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Sean D. Jordan.
Thursday, July 8, 2021
BOSTON – A Lexington doctor and his wife, who works as his office manager, were charged today in a superseding indictment in connection with an international money laundering scheme involving importing illegal, misbranded drugs.

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