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Justice Department, Southern District of Georgia, Have a Good Year in Terms of Asset Forfeitures

Posted in Forfeiture

As mentioned on Savannahnow.com, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia has announced that it collected over $71 million in civil, criminal and asset forfeiture actions in fiscal year 2013, both on its own and working with partner Federal agencies. This is the largest total in the history of the Office. The… Continue Reading

Conyers, GA, Woman Involved in MS Schools Bribery Prosecution; Prosecution Recommends 6 Months’ House Arrest

Posted in Sentencing

Harvey Franklin, former Superintendent of Schools for Greenville, Mississippi, pled guilty last year in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi to accepting more than $272,000 in bribes from Edna Goble, of Conyers, Georgia, and owner of Teach Them to Read Inc., reported in the Jackson Clarion-Ledger. The Greenville School District awarded Teach Them… Continue Reading

4th Circuit Court of Appeals Overturns Money Laundering Convictions in $100 Million Life Insurance Investment Scheme

Posted in Money Laundering, Reversal

Adley H. Abdulwahab was convicted of fraud, conspiracy, and money laundering in 2011 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia relating to a $100 million life insurance settlement scheme which defrauded more than 800 investors.  As reported by the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram, Abdulwahab, a Texas resident, and four other co-conspirators fraudulently marketed… Continue Reading

Three Jacksonville, FL, Physicians Acquitted in Multimillion Dollar “Pill Mill” Prosecution

Posted in Uncategorized

Three Jacksonville, Florida, physicians, Todd Perla, Marc Tafflin and Anthony Posca, as well as a co-defendant, Jason Votrobek, were acquitted last Thursday following a three-week trial in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida in a multimillion dollar “pill mill” prosecution, as reported in the Florida Times-Union. The doctors were charged with… Continue Reading

“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

Pine Mountain, GA, Couple Indicted on Federal Tax Charges

Posted in Tax Fraud

A Pine Mountain, Georgia, couple have been indicted in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia for allegedly engaging in conspiracy and filing fraudulent tax returns. The government has charged Natashia and Detrick Tucker, who own and operate a tax preparation business, T&T Express, with illegally claiming inflated tax refunds for their… Continue Reading

Ellijay VP of Appalachian Community Bank Sentenced to 5 Years, 10 Months

Posted in Bank Fraud, Sentencing

Adam Teague of Ellijay, Georgia, former Senior Vice President of Appalachian Community Bank, was sentenced to 5 years’ and 10 months’ imprisonment Friday after pleading guilty last August to conspiracy and fraud charges in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Teague was also ordered to pay $5.8 million in restitution, his… Continue Reading

Grovetown, GA, City Council Member Convicted in Alabama

Posted in Pleas

Leland J. “Sonny” McDowell, a member of the Grovetown, Georgia, City Council, as well as an employee of Southern Detention Technologies, a fingerprint machine company, entered a plea of guilty on March 27 to bribery in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. McDowell was charged with offering… Continue Reading

Second Circuit Reverses Attorney’s Conviction for Exclusion of Public from Jury Selection

Posted in Jury Selection

Raghubir Gupta, a New York attorney, was convicted in 2008 in the Southern District of New York of preparing fraudulent immigration applications and sentenced to 51 months’ imprisonment. On Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed Gupta’s conviction, holding that the trial court violated Gupta’s Sixth Amendment rights by excluding the… Continue Reading

Supreme Court Denies Petition in Shaygan Prosecutorial Misconduct Case

Posted in Governmental Misconduct, Uncategorized

On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court denied Dr. Ali Shaygan’s petition for review of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit’s reversal of the trial court’s award of attorneys’ fees to Dr. Shaygan based upon misconduct by Federal prosecutors during his criminal case, as noted by the Chicago Tribune. The Supreme Court… Continue Reading

The Commerce Clause and Federal Criminal Law: No “Generalized Federal Police Power” Yet

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The United States Supreme Court’s determination of the constitutionality of the individual mandate provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, 26 U.S.C. § 5000A, in June in the decision of Nat’l Fed’n of Indep. Bus. v. Sebelius, 132 S. Ct. 2566 (2012) generated much discussion of the Commerce Clause, although the… Continue Reading

Southern Union Co. v. United States — Must a Jury, and not the Judge, Find the Facts Necessary to Impose a Criminal Fine?

Posted in Corporate Crimes

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Apprendi v. New Jersey, 530 U.S. 466 (2000), held that the Fifth and Sixth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution require that any fact which increases punishment beyond the maximum prescribed by statute must be determined by a jury, rather than a judge. The Court’s holding in Apprendi led to its… Continue Reading

Broward County, FL, Physician Acquitted on Kickback Charges

Posted in Acquittal, Health Care Fraud

Yesterday, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida returned not guilty verdicts against 78 year-old Francisco H. Gonzalez, M.D., on charges that Dr. Gonzalez allegedly took thousands in kickbacks from two Miami-area home healthcare agencies, ABC Home Health Care and Florida Home Health Providers (FHHP), according to the Miami Herald. Also… Continue Reading

Georgia to Take on Sentencing and Prison Reform

Posted in Sentencing

Image source: http://colorlines.com/archives/2011/02/seven_guards_arrested_for_retaliatory_abuse_of_georgia_prison_inmate.html Two articles in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in the past two days reveal a sudden new priority of Georgia’s leadership to tackle criminal sentencing and prison reform. First, the AJC interviewed Governor Nathan Deal, who acknowledged the growing costs of Georgia’s prison system. “We’re at a point in time where the necessity for… Continue Reading

Georgia Man Pleads Guilty in Nationwide “Pill Mill” Prosecution

Posted in Pleas, Sentencing

James Hazelwood, of Cumming, Georgia, pled guilty last Wednesday in Federal court in Ohio to charges of engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise. As reported in the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, the charges relate to an alleged online "pill mill," which allegedly dispensed prescription drugs, including painkillers and anti-anxiety drugs, nationwide by means of false prescriptions. Hazelwood and… 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

Fayetteville Man Indicted on Federal Charges for Defrauding Colleges and Universities

Posted in Arraignment, Fraud, indictment

The season for college sports is upon us once again and what better way to honor the occasion than with a bit of news from 7th Space Interactive that Dale Brannan, of Fayetteville, Georgia, has been indicted in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia for defrauding various universities and colleges, including… Continue Reading