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Investigative Press Releases

Thursday, September 2, 2021
GREENVILLE, N.C. – A Bladenboro man was sentenced today to 6 months in prison for the theft of government property and Social Security fraud and ordered to pay $8,599.10 in restitution.  He pled guilty to the charges on June 21, 2021.
Thursday, September 2, 2021
The owner of a for-profit trade school convicted of bilking the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will forfeit $72 million to the federal government, Acting U.S. Attorney Prerak Shah announced today.
Thursday, September 2, 2021
Columbia, South Carolina --- Acting United States Attorney M. Rhett DeHart announced today that Joseph Benjamin Barton, 47, of Mount Pleasant, the owner and operator of Midlands Physical Medicine LLC in Richland County, has pleaded guilty to a felony count of health care fraud for billing Medicare for $194,000 that was not due.
Thursday, September 2, 2021
ATLANTA – Bamidele Muraina, a Nigerian national who hacked into tax preparation firms and filed fraudulent unemployment benefit claims and tax returns using stolen personally identifiable information, and Gabriel Kalembo, a previously convicted fraudster who laundered the fraudulent assets, have been sentenced to federal prison.
Thursday, September 2, 2021
Miami, Florida – Yesterday, Broward County residents Jimpcy One, 35, Gousman Lemy, 42, and Frantz Guillaume, Jr. a/k/a Sandro Saintfloeur, 44, pled guilty in federal district court to conspiring with each other to launder proceeds obtained from business email compromise schemes and fraudulently obtained Covid-19 relief loans.  Each defendant admitted to laundering close to $2 million dollars to disguise the nature and source of the illicit funds.
Thursday, September 2, 2021
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a 13-count indictment today against Robert Kirby Wells, 62, of Woodland, charging him with 10 counts of wire fraud and three counts of aggravated identity theft, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.
Thursday, September 2, 2021
FRESNO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a nine-count indictment today against optometrist Carole Sachs, O.D., 76, of Delhi, charging her with health care fraud, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.
Thursday, September 2, 2021
Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge George L. Russell, III sentenced Melissa Heyer, age 46, of Gaithersburg, Maryland to a year and a day in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for submitting false claims to the United States, specifically for claiming to have worked hours on a government contract when she allegedly was not at work.  Judge Russell also ordered Heyer to pay $107,300 in restitution.

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