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“BadB” Sentenced to 88 Months in $9 Million Worldwide Identity Theft Scheme, Including from Atlanta-Based Company

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“BadB,” also known as Vladislav Anatolievich Horohorin, a citizen of Russia, Israel and Ukraine, was sentenced on Friday to 88 months’ imprisonment in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for participating in a worldwide identity theft scheme which resulted in losses of $9 million. Horohorin was indicted in 2009 in the District… Continue Reading

Senator Saxby Chambliss Requests a Department of Justice Investigation into “SWATing” Pranks

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According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia’s United States Senator, Saxby Chambliss, has sent a letter to United States Attorney General Eric Holder requesting that the United States Department of Justice investigate the phenomenon of “SWATing,” in which a caller contacts law enforcement to report alleged violent incidents and causes police or SWAT teams to be… Continue Reading

Atlanta/Fulton County Sheriff’s Deputy Sentenced to Ten Years

Posted in Noteworthy Cases

A deputy sheriff with the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office in Atlanta was sentenced in federal court today to serve 10 years in federal prison. Brian Anthony pleaded guilty earlier this year, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, to multiple counts in a superseding indictment. According to the plea agreement, Anthony entered into a binding plea… Continue Reading

Atlanta Man Indicted in New York for Securities Fraud, Insider Trading

Posted in Fraud, indictment, Securities Fraud

Image source: www.google.com/imgres Scott Allen, of Atlanta, was charged last week with securities fraud and insider trading in the U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, according to the Wall Street Journal. The government alleges that Mr. Allen and John Bennett of Norwalk, Connecticut, conspired to make more than $2.6 million in profits on insider trades… Continue Reading

Two Former Georgia Department of Family and Children Services Employees Sentenced for EBT Fraud

Posted in Sentencing

The Atlanta Crime Examiner reports that Gene Tell and Kristy Nicole Williams were sentenced last Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Tell and Williams, employees of the DeKalb County office of the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS), were charged with defrauding the U.S. Department of Agriculture of nearly… Continue Reading

New Atlanta FBI Team to Investigate Corruption Among Georgia Judges and Legislators

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Image source: http://www.georgiaworkerscompensationlawyerblog.com In other Federal law enforcement news, the Houston Chronicle reports that the FBI has assembled a new team to investigate corruption among judges and legislators in Georgia. Brian Lamkin, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Atlanta Office, told reporters that the team was formed in response to a string of recent corruption… Continue Reading

Cartersville Pain Management Clinic Physician and Employees Federally Charged for Unlawful Oxycodone Prescriptions

Posted in Drug Enforcement

A doctor and four employees of Atlanta Medical Group, a pain management clinic, in Cartersville, Bartow County, were arrested last week by FBI agents, according to Examiner.com. Dr. James Chapman, Jason Cole Votrobek, Jesse Violante, Roland Rafael Castellanos and Tara Atkins have been indicted in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia for allegedly… Continue Reading

Conversion Solutions Holdings CEO of Adairsville, GA, Arrested in Provo, UT, After Fleeing Trial

Posted in Fraud, Securities Fraud, Sentencing

After a five-day nation-wide manhunt, Rufus Paul Harris, former CEO of Conversion Solutions Holdings Corporation (CSHC), originally of Adairsville, Georgia, was arrested on Sunday  by the U.S. Marshal’s Service in Provo, Utah. According to the Rome News-Tribune, Harris fled Atlanta on May 23 following the eighth day of his jury trial for conspiracy, fraud and… Continue Reading

Phony Doctor Indicted in Atlanta Federal Court for Fraudulently Billing Medicare

Posted in Health Care Fraud

Matthew Paul Brown, of Nashville, Tennessee, was indicted late last week in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia for allegedly persuading Atlanta area physicians to submit claims to Medicare, Medicaid and private insurers, according to an article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Brown, who is not licensed as a physician in Georgia,… Continue Reading

Georgia, Atlanta, Identity Theft Hot Spots

Posted in Fraud, Identity Theft

The Federal Trade Commission has ranked Georgia 4th among the States and Atlanta 19th among cities for identity theft crimes, as reported in the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The rankings are based on complaints received by the FTC in 2010. Significant among Georgia’s numbers are 2,882 complaints of government benefits or documents fraud; 911 complaints of bank… Continue Reading

Georgia Tech Student’s Dorm Raided by FBI During Investigation of WikiLeaks Retaliations

Posted in Cybercrime

Last Thursday, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents searched the dormitory room of Georgia Tech freshman student Zhiwei Chen as part of "Operation Payback," an investigation into cyber attacks launched on companies which cut off sponsorship to the website Wikileaks, including PayPal, Mastercard, Visa and Bank of America, according to Midtown Patch. A group called "Anonymous"… Continue Reading

Former Community Bank & Trust Executive Pleads Guilty to Fraud Charges

Posted in Bank Fraud, Fraud

Randy Jones, a former executive vice president with Community Bank & Trust who worked for the bank for 30 years, pled guilty last week in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia for an alleged multi-million dollar fraud scheme, according to an article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Specifically, Jones was alleged to… Continue Reading

Head of Georgia Medical Equipment Provider Indicted for Medicare Fraud; Atlanta Inmate Indicted for Selling “Cooperation” Information to Defendants

Posted in Fraud, Miscellaneous

Samuel Curtis, III, a Texas resident, has been charged with four counts of health care fraud and aggravated identity theft in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia for allegedly attempting to steal more than $500,000 from Medicare, according to an article in the Florida Times-Union. Curtis is alleged to have operated… Continue Reading

Executives of Canada’s Royal Group Technologies (now part of Georgia Gulf Corp.) Acquitted of Fraud Charges

Posted in Acquittal, Fraud

A Judge in Oshawa, Ontario, a suburb of Toronto, acquitted six former executive of Royal Group Technologies on Friday, according to the Toronto Star. Royal Group is a manufacturer of plastic materials for the housing construction industry. The company is a subsidiary of Georgia Gulf Corporation, an Atlanta-based, manufacturer and marketer of chlorovinyls and aromatics, which… Continue Reading

Georgia Piano Importer Charged Over Alleged 100 Year Old Elephant Ivory; Loganville Man Allegedly Bilked New York Investor Into Paying $5 Million in Foreign Currency Scheme

Posted in Fraud, indictment, Miscellaneous

In Georgia Federal Criminal news, the Associated Press reports that Federal prosecutors charged A-440 Pianos, Inc., a piano importer in the Atlanta area, and its owner, Pascal Vieillard, last week with alleged illegal smuggling of 855 elephant ivory key tops into the U.S. Mr. Vieillard and the company pled not guilty, and Mr. Vieillard’s counsel has stated… Continue Reading

Firm’s Brand New Website Launched

Posted in Miscellaneous

Gillen Withers & Lake LLC has launched a new website at http://twitherslaw.com/. The site lists many of the notable successes which the firm has had in its history. We would like to thank our readers and encourage them to take a look at the new site.

Former Willbros Executives Sentenced for $6 Million Bribe to Nigerian Officials in Violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

Posted in Foreign Crimes

The culture of corruption of some foreign nations may heavily influence to U.S. companies doing business abroad to play along in order to be competitive. Regardless of the competitive disadvantages, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) stands as a serious deterrent to engaging in bribery or kickbacks in business transactions abroad. The force of the FCPA was demonstrated once again on Thursday, when two former executives of… Continue Reading

Georgia’s Bank Failures Lead to Prosecutions; Atlanta Man Indicted in Relation to Omni National Bank

Posted in Fraud, indictment

Georgia leads the nation in bank failures this decade, with 32 failed banks since 2002, 25 of those in 2009 alone, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Fraud has undoubtedly played a substantial role in the failure of many of these banks, and the FDIC and other agencies are especially vigilant in detecting… Continue Reading

Florida Executive Sentenced in $10.5 Million Embezzlement Scheme

Posted in Corporate Crimes, False Claims, Fraud, Money Laundering, Securities Fraud

Although it may be considered small change when compared with the fraud of fellow Floridian Scott Rothstein, according to an FBI press release, Gary Ernest Williams, former Chief Financial Officer for Marian Gardens Tree Farm (MGTF) in Groveland, Florida, was sentenced to eight years imprisonment on Monday in the U.S. District Corut for the Middle District of… Continue Reading

Fort Lauderdale Attorney Scott Rothstein Pleads Not Guilty to Information Alleging $1.2 Billion Dollar Ponzi Scheme

Posted in False Claims, Forfeiture, Fraud, High Profile Cases, Money Laundering, Securities Fraud

  In response to allegations uncomfortably similar to those against former New York celebrity lawyer and arch Ponzi-schemer Marc Dreier, Fort Lauderdale attorney Scott Rothstein, head of Rothstein, Rosenfeldt and Adler, P.A., appeared in response to a criminal information in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida on Tuesday. The information charges… Continue Reading

Government Drops Prosecution of Miami Attorney Ben Kuehne for Receipt of Legal Fees from Drug Kingpin

Posted in False Claims, Money Laundering

  Last Wednesday, the Government, through Deputy Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco, filed a brief Motion to Dismiss Third Superseding Indictment with Prejudice seeking to dismiss its indictment against Miami, Florida, attorney Benedict P. Kuehne, and also Colombian attorney Oscar Saldarriaga Ochoa, in the criminal action of U.S. v. Velez, 1:05-cr-20770-MGC, in the U.S…. Continue Reading