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June 14, 2018

Two men face federal charges for their role in stealing government property

United States Attorney Josh Minkler announced today that two men are facing federal charges for their role in stealing Humvee vehicles that were meant to be destroyed and sold for scrap. Richard S. Treloar, 63, St. Louis, Missouri, faces seven counts of conversion of government property and seven counts of false statements; co-defendant Mark W. Collier 52, Bedford, Indiana, faces seven counts of false statements.

June 14, 2018

Former employee of U.S. government contractor in Afghanistan sentenced to federal prison for accepting kickbacks from subcontractor

A former employee of a U.S. government contractor in Afghanistan was sentenced today for accepting illegal kickbacks from an Afghan subcontractor in return for his assistance in obtaining subcontracts on U.S. government contracts.

June 8, 2018

Signature HealthCARE to Pay More Than $30 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations Related to Rehabilitation Therapy

Signature HealthCARE, LLC, a Louisville, Kentucky based company that owns and operates approximately 115 skilled nursing facilities, including 7 in middle Tennessee, has agreed to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by knowingly submitting false claims to Medicare for rehabilitation therapy services that were not reasonable, necessary and skilled, the Department of Justice announced today.

June 4, 2018

Fort Myers Pain Management Physician Pleads Guilty To Healthcare Offenses And Agrees To $2.8 Million Civil Settlement With The United States

Dr. Michael Frey, M.D. (46, Fort Myers) has pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to receive healthcare kickbacks. He faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison for each count. Dr. Frey also faces a term of supervised release of up to three years for each count. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

May 25, 2018

United States Settles False Claims Act Allegations Against Riverside Spine & Pain Physicians For More Than $1.2 Million

United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces today that Riverside Spine & Pain Physicians, LLC (RSPP), a pain management practice principally located in Jacksonville, Florida, has agreed to pay the United States $1,204,415.60 to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by knowingly billing the government for medically unnecessary urine drug tests.

May 14, 2018

Ellington Psychiatrist and Mental Health Clinic Pay Over $800,000 to Settle False Claims Act Allegations

United States Attorney John H. Durham and Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen today announced that DR. ERUM SHAHAB and WAIRE, LLC, doing business as ELLINGTON BEHAVIORAL HEALTH (“EBH”), have entered into a civil settlement agreement with the federal and state governments in which they will pay $805,071 to resolve allegations that they violated the federal and state False Claims Acts.

May 11, 2018

Former Army Official Sentenced To Six Years In Federal Prison For Bribery Scheme Involving Contracts At Aberdeen Proving Ground

United States District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced John Kays, age 44, of Pinehurst, North Carolina (formerly of Bel Air, Maryland) to six years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for accepting bribes of $800,000 from 2009 to 2012 related to contracting at the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), in Harford County, Maryland. Judge Blake also ordered forfeiture in the amount of $631,705, as well as restitution of at least $886,519.52.

May 10, 2018

Akron man arrested and charged for launching denial of service attacks that shut down web sites for city of Akron and Akron Police Department

An Akron man was arrested this morning and charged in federal court for launching denial of service attacks that shut down web sites for the city of Akron and the Akron Police Department. James Robinson, 32, was charged with one count of knowingly causing the transmission of a program, information, code and command, and as a result of such conduct, intentionally causing damage to a protected computer. According to an affidavit filed in the case: Servers hosting web sites belonging to the city of Akron were victims of an active distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on Aug. 1, 2017. Two website domains appeared to be the target of the attacks: akronohio.gov and akroncops.org.

May 10, 2018

Owner Of Harris Therapy, Inc. Convicted On Healthcare Fraud Charges

A federal jury today found Sheila Harris, 53, of Honolulu, guilty of wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and false statements involving healthcare matters for her role in submitting false claims and documents to TRICARE, a federal health benefits program serving military families. Harris owned and operated Harris Therapy, Inc., which provided therapeutic services, including speech, physical, and occupational therapy, on Oahu. The jury verdict came one day after a ten-day trial.

May 4, 2018

Southern District Of Georgia Announces Results of Recent Criminal and Civil Procurement Fraud Prosecutions

As part of a new emphasis on procurement fraud enforcement within the Southern District of Georgia, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia announced the results of a series of recent procurement fraud prosecutions.