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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

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

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

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

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

Posted in Uncategorized

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

The Trial of Lance Emanuel Brown for the Defenestration of the Columbus Federal Courthouse

Posted in Miscellaneous

As reported in the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia convicted Lance Emanuel Brown yesterday of malice mischief, for throwing a brick through the glass door of the U.S. Post Office and Courthouse in Columbus, Georgia. Brown’s act of vandalism resulted in $1,400 worth of damage. Brown… Continue Reading

Notorious Nursing Home Operator Found Guilty

Posted in Health Care Fraud

George Houser of Atlanta was found guilty by Judge Harold Murphy following a month long trial in federal court in Rome, Georgia. Houser was found guilty of health care fraud for billing Medicare and Medicaid more than $32 million related worthless services in the operation of three nursing homes he ran in Rome and Brunswick, Georgia…. Continue Reading

78 Year-Old Indicted Warner Robbins City Councilman Released After Violating Probation for Alleged Fiancee Less Than Half His Age

Posted in Noteworthy Cases

Former City Councilman of Warner Robins, Georgia, John Williams, was released last Friday after spending two days in prison for violation of his Federal pretrial release, according to 13WMAZ in Macon. Williams has been charged with extortion in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia for trying to obtain money from a car dealer… Continue Reading

Six Sentenced in Georgia for Reverse Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Posted in Mortgage and Foreclosure Fraud, Sentencing

Image source: my.opera.com/edwardpiercy/blog/2011/04/28/reverse-mortgage-no-jill-st-john-yes You’ve probably heard of reverse mortgages, pitched on television ads by celebrities such as Robert Wagner and Fred Thompson. The mortgages are part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Home Equity Conversion Program (HECP) which permits senior citizens aged 62 years or older to purchase a home or remain… Continue Reading

Former Cartersville, GA, Mayor Sentenced for Mortgage Fraud

Posted in Fraud, Mortgage and Foreclosure Fraud

H. Gregory Cordell, the former Mayor of Cartersville, Georgia, was sentenced to over two years imprisonment last Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia for mortgage fraud, as reported by the Chattanoogan. According to statements by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia, Cordell inflated the purchase… 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

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

Georgia Resident and DOD Employee Charged with Bribery

Posted in Miscellaneous

As reported by Reuters, Desi Deandre Wade, of Climax, Georgia, was a chief of fire and emergency services for U.S. Department of Defense, based in Kabul, Afghanistan. Wade has been charged with allegedly accepting a $95,000 bribe from a contractor in exchange for providing the contractor with quotes from competing bidders. Wade was arrested last… Continue Reading

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

Posted in Miscellaneous

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

Marietta Executive Pleads Guilty in Rhode Island In Navy Kickback Scheme

Posted in Fraud

The Washington Post reports today that Patrick Nagle, of Marietta, Georgia, pled guilty last week in the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island to conspiracy to commit bribery. Nagle was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of Advanced Solutions for Tomorrow (AST), which was awarded contracts by the U.S. Navy. The prosecution alleged that… 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