Jan. 6, 2022

Connecticut and New York Companies Agree to Pay Over $900,000 for Providing Chinese-Made Containers to Department of Defense

United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that SoNo International LLC ("SoNo") and Ark Capital Equipment LLC ("Ark") have agreed to jointly pay $904,000 to the federal government to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by supplying the Department of Defense with shipping containers made in China and/or made from Chinese steel.

Jan. 5, 2022

Business Owner Sentenced for Fraud Scheme

An Olathe, Kansas, man who conspired with others to control construction businesses that received hundreds of millions of dollars in federal government contracts, was sentenced in federal court today for defrauding the government with respect to contracts set aside for service-disabled veterans and certified minorities.

Jan. 4, 2022

Colombian National Charged in Connection with Plot to Kill Haitian President

A Colombian national was arrested based on a criminal complaint filed in the Southern District of Florida. Mario Antonio Palacios, 43, is charged with conspiracy to commit murder or kidnapping outside the United States and providing material support resulting in death, knowing or intending that such material support would be used to prepare for or carry out the conspiracy to kill or kidnap.

Dec. 22, 2021

Justice Department Announces Global Resolution of Criminal and Civil Investigations with Privatized Military Housing Contractor for Defrauding U.S. Military

Today, the Department of Justice announced a global resolution of its criminal and civil investigations into Balfour Beatty Communities LLC (BBC), one of the largest providers of privatized military housing to the U.S. Armed Forces, for defrauding the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, and U.S. Navy, in connection with a scheme to defraud the U.S. military.

Dec. 22, 2021

Fort Drum Contracting Officer Indicted for Accepting Gratuities from Contractor Boyfriend in Exchange for Taking Official Action on Contracts

Cindy McAleese, age 55, of Dexter, New York, was arraigned today on a one-count indictment charging her with conspiring to commit an offense against the United States by seeking and accepting gratuities.

Dec. 21, 2021

Pain Clinic and Ambulatory Surgery Center Agree to Pay $836K to Resolve Allegations of Overbilling

U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff of the Western District of Texas announced today that Integrated Pain Associates, PLLC ("IPA"), a pain clinic headquartered in Killeen, and Central Texas Day Surgery Center, LLC ("CTDSC"), an affiliated ambulatory surgery center, have agreed to pay the United States and the State of Texas $836,702.88 to resolve allegations they violated the False Claims Act by overbilling federal healthcare programs.

Dec. 21, 2021

Harvard University Professor Convicted of Making False Statements and Tax Offenses

The former Chair of Harvard University's Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department was convicted by a federal jury today in connection with lying to federal authorities about his affiliation with People's Republic of China's Thousand Talents Program and the Wuhan University of Technology (WUT) in Wuhan, China, as well as failing to report income he received from WUT.

Dec. 16, 2021

Six Aerospace Executives and Managers Indicted for Leading Roles in Labor Market Conspiracy that Limited Workers' Mobility and Career Prospects

A federal grand jury in Bridgeport, Connecticut, returned an indictment yesterday charging a former manager of a major aerospace engineering company and five executives of outsource engineering suppliers (Suppliers) for participating in a long-running conspiracy to restrict the hiring and recruiting of employees among their respective companies. The conspiracy affected thousands of engineers and other skilled workers in the aerospace industry who perform services in the design, manufacturing and servicing of aircraft components for both commercial and military purposes.

Dec. 16, 2021

Former West Hollywood Doctor and Company Associated with 1-800-GET-THIN Guilty of Massive Fraud Against Health Insurers

A former doctor and his company were found guilty today by a federal jury of scheming to defraud private insurance companies and the Tricare health care program for military service members by fraudulently submitting an estimated $355 million in claims related to the 1-800-GET-THIN Lap-Band surgery business.

Dec. 14, 2021

Lansing-Based Research And Development Firm Pays $500,000 To Resolve Federal Contract Fraud Allegations

United States Attorney Andrew Birge announced today that Metna Co., a Lansing-based research and development firm, paid $500,000 to resolve allegations that the company violated the federal False Claims Act by concealing its use of underpaid foreign graduate students-students, the government alleged, who were ineligible to work at Metna under their visa restrictions-to obtain Small Business Innovation Research ("SBIR") contracts from the United States Army. Metna and its president also voluntarily agreed to two-year, government-wide exclusions from federal contracting and financial assistance.