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GA Father and Son Sentenced for Bank Fraud for Bribing Banker in Exchange for $13 Million in Loans

Posted in Bank Fraud

Last Monday, Brad Heard, Sr., of Camilla, Georgia, and Brad Heard, Jr., of Leesburg, Georgia, were sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia to 30 and 33 months’ imprisonment respectively, and were ordered to pay $5 million in restitution. The father and son entered guilty pleas back in September to charges… Continue Reading

Georgia Politicians and Activists Protest President Obama’s Federal Judicial Nominees

Posted in Federal Courts

Last Thursday, President Barack Obama nominated U.S. District Court Judge Julie E. Carnes to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. At the same time, the President nominated Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Michael P. Boggs, DeKalb County State Court Judge Eleanor Louise Ross, and attorneys Mark Howard Cohen and Leigh… Continue Reading

South Georgia Bank Director, Accused of Stealing $40 Million and Believed Dead, Arrested on I-95 in Georgia

Posted in Bank Fraud

Aubrey Lee Price, the former Director of Montgomery Bank & Trust in Ailey, Georgia, was arrested last week following a traffic stop on Interstate 95, as reported by the Associated Press. Price is under indictment in Federal court in Georgia and New York. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has also filed a civil complaint… 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

6th Circuit Court of Appeals Undoes Amazingly Soft 1 Week Sentence for CEO Convicted in $18 Million Fraud

Posted in Sentencing

Michael Peppel, the former CEO of  MCSi Inc., based in Dayton, Ohio, was convicted on charges of conspiracy, fraud, and money laundering for a scheme which defrauded investors of $18 million. Peppel allegedly cooked MCSi’s books to cause its stock value to remain high. Peppel faced between eight to 10 years’ imprisonment. However, according to… Continue Reading

Roswell Man Sentenced to 7 Years for $9 Million in Fraudulent Sales on eBay

Posted in Identity Theft

Robert Hill, of Roswell, Georgia, was a successful seller on the consumer to consumer sales site, eBay, selling more than $9 million in merchandise over 10 years from his eBay store, atlantis_discount_ warehouse_llc. The problem for Mr. Hill, however, is that the merchandise–including computers, iPads, iPods, iPhones, Wii game systems, cameras, golf clubs, and tools–was… Continue Reading

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

Posted in Uncategorized

“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

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

3 UBS Execs Convicted of Municipal Bond Bid Fraud

Posted in Fraud

Three former Union Bank of Switzerland–UBS–executives were convicted on Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, as reported by NASDAQ. Peter Ghavami, Gary Heinz and Michael Welty were found guilty of fraud relating to bids to invest the proceeds from municipal bonds and other municipal finance contracts between 2001… Continue Reading

New Jersey Senator Acquitted of Corruption Charges

Posted in Fraud

From the reporters at NorthJersey.com comes news that former New Jersey State Senator Wayne Bryant was acquitted last Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New Jersey. The charges against Bryant were based upon a “monthly retainer” agreement between Bryant and Eric Wisler, a developer and partner in the DeCotiis Law… Continue Reading

Former FirstCity Bank CEO Sentenced to 12 Years for Multimillion Fraud Scheme

Posted in Bank Fraud

Former President, Chief Executive Officer, Acting Chairman and Vice Chairman of FirstCity Bank Mark A. Conner was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, as reported in the Canton-Sixes Patch. He had been indicted in March, along with FirstCity Vice President Clayton A. Coe. Conner and… Continue Reading

60 Federal Judges and Prosecutors File Brief in Shaygan Prosecutorial Misconduct Case

Posted in Prosecutorial Misconduct, Uncategorized

As noted by the Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog, on Thursday more than 60 Federal judges and prosecutors filed a brief in the case of Dr. Ali Shaygan, the South Florida physician who was charged with 141 criminal counts and prevailed, as we have previously discussed here, here and here. The brief urges the the… Continue Reading

Former Director of Montgomery Bank & Trust Indicted for Embezzling $17 Million; Has Fled; Possible Suicide

Posted in Bank Fraud

Aubrey Lee Price, former Director of Montgomery Bank & Trust, was indicted yesterday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia in Savannah on charges of embezzling approximately $17 million from the bank. Price, however, disappeared in mid-June, according to SFGate. Price left a rambling confession which has caused investigators to believe… Continue Reading

Former Yankees Pitcher and 7-Time Cy Young Award Winner Roger Clemens Acquitted on All Counts in Federal Perjury/Obstruction Prosecution

Posted in Acquittal

The Federal criminal story of the week is the acquittal of former New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on two counts of perjury, three counts of making false statements and one count of obstructing Congress. The charges against Clemens arose from his testimony before Congress… Continue Reading

National Lampoon’s Federal Fraud Trial

Posted in Fraud

The trial of the former CEO for the National Lampoon, Inc., Timothy S. Durham, on ten counts of wire fraud and one count of securities fraud, commenced yesterday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, as reported by the San Francisco Chronicle. Durham is alleged to have defrauded approximately 5,000 investors,… Continue Reading