(WASHINGTON) Justice Dept Court Report: Fraudster sentenced to 12yrs-in-prison over AT&T Unlocking Scheme that defrauded an estimated $200-million #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.19: Beginning in 2012, Fahd, 35, conspired with others to recruit AT&T employees at a call center located in Bothell, Washington, to unlock large numbers of cellular phones for profit. Fahd recruited and bribed AT&T employees to use their AT&T credentials to unlock phones for ineligible customers. Later in the conspiracy, Fahd had the bribed employees install custom malware and hacking tools that allowed him to unlock phones remotely from Pakistan. In September 2020, he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

#AceDailyNews reports that the overall loss to ‘AT&T Estimated’at more than $200 Million: Muhammad Fahd, a citizen of Pakistan and Grenada, was sentenced today to 12 years in prison for his leadership role in a seven-year scheme to unlawfully unlock nearly 2 million phones to defraud AT&T Inc. (AT&T), inflicting more than $200 million in losses.

At the sentencing hearing U.S. District Judge Robert S. Lasnik for the Western District of Washington noted that Fahd had committed a “terrible cybercrime over an extended period,” even after he was aware that law enforcement was investigating.

Cellular phones such as iPhones cost hundreds of dollars. To make the phones more affordable, during the relevant time, AT&T subsidized the purchase cost of phones or sold phones to customers under installment plans. Unlocking a phone effectively removes it from AT&T’s network, thereby allowing the account holder to avoid having to pay AT&T for service or to make any payments for purchase of the phone.

According to records filed in the case, in approximately June or July of 2012, using the alias “Frank Zhang,” Fahd contacted an AT&T employee through Facebook. Fahd offered the employee significant sums of money if the employee would help Fahd secretly unlock phones at AT&T. Fahd also asked the employee to recruit other AT&T employees to help with the unauthorized unlocks.

Fahd instructed the recruited employees to set up fake businesses and bank accounts for those businesses, to receive payments and to create fictitious invoices for every deposit made into the fake businesses’ bank accounts to create the appearance that the money was payment for genuine services.

In the spring of 2013, AT&T implemented a new unlocking system that made it more difficult for the bribed employees to unlock IMEIs for Fahd. In response, Fahd hired a software developer to design malware that could be installed without authorization on AT&T’s computer system to unlock phones more efficiently and in larger numbers. At Fahd’s request, the employees provided confidential information to Fahd about AT&T’s computer system and unlocking procedures to assist in this process. Fahd also had the employees install malware on AT&T’s computers that captured information about AT&T’s computer system and the network access credentials of other AT&T employees. Fahd provided the information to his malware developer, so the developer could tailor the malware to work on AT&T’s computers.

AT&T’s forensic analysis shows the total number of cellular telephones fraudulently unlocked by members of the scheme was 1,900,033 phones. AT&T has further determined that the loss it suffered because customers, whose cellular phones were illegally unlocked, failed to complete payments for their cellular telephones was $201,497,430.94.

Judge Lasnik ordered restitution of $200,620,698. (The difference between this amount and the total loss reflects restitution ordered against bribed AT&T employees in related prosecutions.)

Fahd was indicted in 2017 and arrested in Hong Kong in 2018. He was extradited and appeared in U.S. District Court in Seattle in August 2019. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in September 2020.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Seattle field office of the U.S. Secret Service, IRS-CI and the U.S. Department of Justice. The Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs provided significant assistance.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Andrew Friedman and Francis Franze-Nakamura of the Western District of Washington and Senior Counsel Anthony Teelucksingh of the Criminal Division’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Sept.19: 2021:

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(LAS VEGAS, Nev.) ICE/HSI REPORT: Two Las Vegas residents have been indicted for defrauding people seeking to rent houses out of $3.3 million, through a scheme that involved using multiple false identities and counterfeit drivers’ licenses #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.15: According to allegations in court documents, from about March 2018 until about September 2019, Norbert Ozemena Ikwuegbundo, 28, and Omniyi Jonathan Omotere, 35, both citizens of Nigeria, and others, engaged in the following fraudulent scheme….

  • The defendants assumed the identities of homeowners who were advertising on websites to rent their properties.
  • They posted imposter rental advertisements online at reduced rent prices, using the names and personal identifiers of true homeowners — but changing the contact information to email addresses and phone numbers controlled by the defendants.
  • Using wire transmission instructions provided by the defendants through emails and text messages, prospective renters wired money for first and last month’s rent (and security deposits) to commercial businesses that provide wire transfer services to their customers.
  • The defendants used various lulling techniques, such as sending false rental agreements for victims to sign, so that they would have more time to pick up the wired money.
  • The defendants laundered proceeds from the scheme by using some of the stolen money to buy cars at auction.

#AceDailyNews reports that two Nevada men have been charged with defrauding victims out of $3.3 million in home rental scheme after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service investigated the case.

Ikwuegbundo and Omotere are both charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. In addition, Omotere is charged with one count of wire fraud, while Ikwuegbundo is charged with two counts of wire fraud, one count of possessing equipment used to make counterfeit drivers’ licenses, one count of concealment money laundering, and one count of aggravated identity theft.

Ikwuebundo made his initial court appearance on Aug.11, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Elayna J. Youchah. Omotere made his initial appearance Thursady before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy J. Koppe. A jury trial has been scheduled for Oct. 18. If convicted, Ikwuegbundo faces a statutory maximum penalty of 97 years in prison; and Omotere faces a statutory maximum penalty of 40 years in prison.

A criminal indictment is merely an allegation. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Nevada Kimberly M. Frayn is prosecuting the case.

HSI is a directorate of ICE and the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel, and finance move.

HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 7,100 special agents assigned to 220 cities throughout the United States, and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Sept.15: 2021:

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((LONDON Crown Court Report: A #COVID19 text scammer has been jailed for 22 months on 20 August 2021 for using fake digital messages to trick people into providing personal banking details #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.25: Based on the average loss to victims of “phishing” fraud and the number of victims’ personal details found in the defendant’s possession, the estimated potential loss was £185,265.76.

#AceDailyNews reports that a #COVID19 fraudster has been jailed for a cyber scam after Abdisalaam Dahir, 20, previously pleaded guilty to charges of fraud by false representation, possessing articles for use in fraud and money laundering at the Inner London Crown Court.

20 August 2021

Dahir had been sending out bulk text messages to members of the public claiming to be from various well known organisations. The victims were directed to fake websites where they were asked for personal financial information, including their banking details.

Notably, messages that claimed to be from HMRC sought to attract victims to provide personal details via a hook that they may be eligible for a COVID-19 grant, targeting those who may have suffered due to the COVID pandemic.

The police found evidence obtained from phones and a laptop which demonstrated that defendant had been involved in sending bulk SMS messages purporting to be from other organisations including the Royal Mail, Nationwide, HSBC, THREE and EE, asking the receiver to ‘click’ on a weblink within the message in order to provide more details, thereby passing sensitive details which can be used in ongoing fraud, to him. £10,650 in cash was also found under the defendant’s bed.

Dahir was engaged in smishing and phishing frauds. Smishing is when fraudsters obtain personal details of a victim by SMS text messages, while phishing is a method used by fraudsters to access similar valuable personal details, such as usernames and passwords via a fake website.

Alexander White of the CPS said: “ At a time when the country was looking to COVID-19 grants to help the desperate in our society financially survive this pandemic, Dahir was seeking to exploit this by prising vital personal financial information from vulnerable victims: Criminals are increasingly using sophisticated on-line methods to try and extract information and money from unsuspecting members of the public. We need to be agile in our response to these phishing and smishing threats and our new Economic Crime Strategy will allow us to adapt and enhance our capability: Working closely with experts from the City of London police’s Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit, we have brought a rapid close to Dahir’s fraudulent operation. Hopefully, this sends a message out to other fraudsters and reassures the public that work is underway to prevent it happening.”

In the last year the CPS has seen cyber criminals look to exploit the COVID-19 pandemic and that we are conducting our lives more online. In response to this CPS has issued an ambitious Economic Crime Strategyto combat these offences.

Additional Notes:

  • Alexander White, is the specialist prosecutor for the CPS Specialist Fraud Division
  • The CPS Economic Crime Strategy is available on our website.
  • The Specialist Fraud Division is a dedicated CPS team playing a leading role in the fight against serious and complex economic crime and the financial exploitation of the public, using specialist legal expertise to deliver justice.
  • Abdisalaam Dahir (DOB:07/02/2001) pleaded guilty to the counts of fraud by false representation, possessing articles for the use in fraud and money laundering at the Inner London Crown Court and sentenced to 22 months immediate custody.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Aug.25: 2021:

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(LONDON) SCAM ALERT: BBC Action Fraud Report: On social media, there’s a new type of influencer, but instead of promoting clothing lines and lifestyle products, they promote fraud #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.16: They flash stacks of cash, hide their faces, and some even lure new recruits by selling guides on committing fraud: You’d think these scammers and their illegal products would be hard to find, and once upon a time, they were, hidden in the shadows of the dark web. But not any more.

#AceDailyNews says that the influencers promoting criminal scams on TikTok, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and YouTube all told us they did not allow fraud on their platforms. They said that they took fraud very seriously and were constantly clamping down on criminal content.The question is whether they can take it down faster than it’s being posted: Panorama: Hunting the Social Media Fraudsters is on BBC One at 19:35 BST on Monday or later on iPlayer

Delivery text scams and how to deal with them

By Kafui Okpattah
BBC Panorama

Stock photo of a man in a demin jacket lookig at his phone

As part of an investigation for BBC Panorama, I discovered just how easy it was to make deals with fraudsters and purchase fraud guides online. I also unmasked one anonymous influencer who has been selling them in a bid to use criminal cash to refund scam victims

On social, perpetrators of online retail fraud refer to it as “clicking”, making it seem more innocuous.

But committing fraud – which is defined by the police-run service Action Fraud as using trickery to gain a dishonest advantage, often financial, over another person – can lead to up to 10 years in prison.

The guides being traded are known as methods. 

They can target banks, retailers and even the government’s Universal Credit system, leaving organisations and members of the public out of pocket.

And they all rely heavily on something known as fullz, slang for full information.

These are the personal details of an unconnected person: typically an individual’s name, phone number, address and bank details.

With the fullz in hand, fraudsters can follow the steps in the guides to make online purchases or even take out a loan in someone else’s name.

They have often come from phishing scams: Think of those dodgy emails or text messages that pretend to be from legitimate sources and con people into revealing their personal information.Sometimes these fraudsters conduct or commission phishing activities themselves, or sometimes they get hold of the information via others.

Exploiting a person’s “fullz” – by, for example, making purchases using their details – can wreck their credit score. A bad credit score can have life-changing implications: it affects your chances of applying for a loan, or getting a mortgage, or even opening a new bank account. I contacted one fraudster who was advertising his services on social media and, through a messaging app, he offered to build me a fake website and send 4,000 phishing texts on my behalf to get people’s personal details.

His fee was £115.Terms used by scammersmethods – tips on how to commit fraud fullz – short for full details. Relates to personal banking information (e.g. I can get you their fullz)clicking – fraudulently purchasing products from online retailersOn a separate Instagram profile, I noticed a scammer had posted some “fullz” – as a sort of free sample, encouraging people to pay to receive many more stolen details.

I decided to call some of the phone numbers that were listed.It was difficult listening to a stranger react as I told them their names, addresses, card details and phone numbers were posted online for anyone to see and exploit.I later met up with one of the victims, Wilson from Oxford, who said seeing all his details online was scary because it made him realise how unprotected he was. So why aren’t more people behind these schemes being caught?

Cybercrime specialist Jake Moore says investigators are facing an uphill battle to find the culprits.“Anonymous accounts are leaving not just a small amount of breadcrumbs to investigate them – there are no breadcrumbs,” he says. “There’s no digital footprint left behind them. So to investigate this is nearly impossible.”

But being an influencer inevitably means sharing some elements of your life online – and over time, one influencer has left behind a few too many clues.He calls himself Tankz, and in videos of him rapping online, he boasts: “I’m a London scammer. I see it, I want it, I click it.”He sells fraud guides – or methods.I posed as someone interested in learning about fraud and messaged Tankz about his methods via Instagram. We bought his top guide for £100. It arrived as a link, sent via social media, to 43 files on a cloud storage system: The files were filled with detailed techniques on how to exploit online retailers: They also directed would-be criminals to websites where they can buy “fullz”. We wanted to find out who this masked fraud influencer was.

Panorama analysed footage Tankz posted on social media, and realised he gave too much away while trying to remain anonymous: We noted a reference to north London’s Wembley as his local area, a mention of studying economics and finance at university, and a glimpse of his car number plate. One clip also featured a distinctive black-and-grey carpet, and we were able to find a match on a website advertising student accommodation in the Wembley area.We went to the block, spotted the car, and waited: Then we saw a man approach the car wearing the exact same tracksuit Tankz had been wearing earlier that day in a social media video.YouTube/

We had unmasked the masked fraudster but who was he? His social media posts are anonymous, but we discovered that his songs were also listed on Apple Music. On one of his tracks, the copyright isn’t listed to Tankz, but to what seems is his real name: Luke Joseph.It didn’t stop there. We discovered an email sent from Tankz’s official address which also made a reference to the same name: There was even an eBay account under the name of Tankz, where Luke Joseph is the contact address.Finally, we discovered that there was someone of the same name living in the same student accommodation block in Wembley. It seems that Tankz may be a London student called Luke Joseph.We contacted Luke Joseph, and Tankz, but we didn’t get a response: His TikTok, Instagram and Snapchat accounts were removed by the respective social media platforms after Panorama notified them about the content: Since then, he has created a new TikTok account where he continues to post about his life: So what are the wider authorities doing to crack down on online fraud and those who promote it?

Earlier this year, the government revealed plans to reduce illegal and harmful digital content. It wants the communications regulator Ofcom to police social media and hold big tech giants to account: Fraud-related content was not originally set to be included in this Online Safety Bill, but at the last minute the government changed its mind. The word “fraud” is still absent, but it could be covered by what the bill refers to as “illegal content”.Some have voiced concerns that it won’t specifically address the problem.

Arun Chauhan, a solicitor specialising in fraud, says he thinks the bill “is not fit for purpose in the fight against fraud”.But a government spokesperson told Panorama the new law would “increase people’s protection” from scams, and said they “continue to pursue fraudsters” and “close down the vulnerabilities they exploit”.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published; Aug.16: 2021:

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Panorama: Hunting the Social Media Fraudsters is on BBC One at 19:35 BST on Monday or later on iPlayerHow do these private details end up in circulation in the first place?

#fraud, #london, #media, #scams, #social

(NEW YORK) Justice Court Report: Jury convicts two former ‘Wall Street Bank Traders’ of wire-fraud #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.06: These defendants undermined public confidence in U.S. commodities markets by manipulating prices to create the false appearance of supply and demand,” said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “This verdict shows that the Department of Justice is committed to holding accountable those who line their pockets by manipulating our financial markets through fraud.”

#AceDailyNews report on a federal jury who convicted two Connecticut men today for engaging in a multi-year fraud scheme to manipulate U.S. commodities markets for publicly traded precious metals futures contracts….

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Edward Bases, 59, of New Canaan, a former senior trader employed at Deutsche Bank and Bank of America in New York, and John Pacilio, 57, of Southport, a former senior trader employed at Bank of America and Morgan Stanley in New York, fraudulently pushed market prices up or down by routinely placing large “spoof” orders in the precious metals futures markets that they did not intend to fill.

Bases and Pacilio did so in order to manipulate prices for their own gain and the banks’ gain, and to defraud other traders on the Commodity Exchange Inc. (COMEX) and the New York Mercantile Exchange Inc. (NYMEX), both of which are exchanges run by the CME Group Inc. (CME).

Court documents and witness testimony also showed that Bases and Pacilio taught other traders how to engage in the practice of spoofing, which involves placing orders on the exchange that, at the time they were placed, were not intended to be executed. For example, electronic chat messages introduced as evidence during trial demonstrated that, while he was placing deceptive trades, Bases stated, “that does show you how easy it is to manipulate it sometimes . . . I know how to ‘game’ this stuff.” Evidence introduced at trial also included electronic chat messages from Pacilio stating, “I just put in 500 lots to spoof the gold,” and “if you spoof this it really moves.”

“Illegally moving market prices in a direction that suits individual interests is a quick way to lose investor confidence and rack up federal criminal charges,” said Acting Assistant Director in Charge Jacqueline Maguire of the FBI’s New York Field Office. “The FBI will continue to pursue those who manipulate our financial markets.”

As a result of Bases’s and Pacilio’s scheme, other market participants, some of whom testified at trial, were induced to trade at prices, quantities, and times that they otherwise would not have traded. Bases and Pacilio engaged in this conduct despite having received and been trained on bank policies prohibiting fraud and deceptive trading practices.

Bases was convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud affecting a financial institution and wire fraud affecting a financial institution. Pacilio was convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud affecting a financial institution, wire fraud affecting a financial institution, and commodities fraud. Conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud affecting a financial institution carry a maximum sentence of 30 years’ imprisonment per count. Commodities fraud carries a maximum sentence of 25 years’ imprisonment. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Acting Principal Assistant Chief Avi Perry and Trial Attorneys Scott Armstrong and John Liolos of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section are prosecuting the case. The FBI’s New York Field Office investigated this case.

The Criminal Division’s Fraud Section plays a pivotal role in the Justice Department’s fight against white collar crime around the country, and its Market Integrity & Major Frauds Unit is the national leader in prosecuting fraud and manipulation in the U.S. commodity markets.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Aug.06: 2021:

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(WASHINGTON) DOJ National Center for Disaster Fraud Report: A woman has been arrested for Fake COVID#19 Immunization & Vaccination Card Scheme #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.17: Juli A. Mazi, 41, of Napa, is charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of false statements related to health care matters. The case is the first federal criminal fraud prosecution related to homeoprophylaxis immunizations and fraudulent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) #COVID19 vaccination record cards.

#AceDailyNews reports that a California-licensed homeopathic doctor was arrested today for her alleged scheme to sell homeoprophylaxis immunization pellets and to falsify COVID-19 vaccination cards by making it appear that customers had received the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized Moderna vaccine.

“This defendant allegedly defrauded and endangered the public by preying on fears and spreading misinformation about FDA-authorized vaccinations, while also peddling fake treatments that put people’s lives at risk.

Even worse, the defendant allegedly created counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination cards and instructed her customers to falsely mark that they had received a vaccine, allowing them to circumvent efforts to contain the spread of the disease,” said Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco. “The Department of Justice and its law enforcement partners are committed to protecting the American people from fraudsters during this national emergency. This commitment is evident in this prosecution as well as in the ongoing work of the Department and our agency partners in the COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Task Force established by the Attorney General earlier this year.”

According to court documents, in April 2021, an individual submitted a complaint to the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) hotline stating that family members purchased from Mazi COVID-19 homeoprophylaxis immunization pellets. The complainant stated that the family members had told her/him that Mazi stated that the pellets contained the COVID-19 virus and would create an antibody response in the immune system. The complainant reported that her/his family did not receive injections of any of the three FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines. However, in connection with the delivery of the homeoprophylaxis immunization pellets, Mazi sent COVID-19 Vaccination Record cards, with Moderna listed, to the complainant family. Mazi allegedly instructed the complainant family to mark the cards to falsely state that they received the Moderna vaccine on the date that they ingested the COVID-19 homeoprophylaxis immunization pellets.

“Steering through the challenges presented by COVID-19 requires trust and reliance on our medical professionals to provide sage information and guidance,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Stephanie Hinds for the Northern District of California. “According to the complaint, instead of disseminating valid remedies and information, Juli Mazi profited from unlawfully peddling unapproved remedies, stirring up false fears, and generating fake proof of vaccinations. We will act to protect trust in the medical developments that are enabling us to emerge from the problems presented by the pandemic.”

According to court documents, Mazi offered homeoprophylaxis immunizations for childhood illnesses that she falsely claimed would satisfy the immunization requirements for California schools, and falsified immunization cards that were submitted by parents to California schools. Homeoprophylaxis involves the exposure of an individual to dilute amounts of a disease, purportedly to stimulate the immune system and confer immunity. Mazi is alleged to have falsely claimed that orally ingesting pellets with small amounts of COVID-19 would result in full lifelong immunity from COVID-19. 

“This doctor violated the all-important trust the public extends to healthcare professionals — at a time when integrity is needed the most,” said Special Agent in Charge Steven J. Ryan of the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG). “Working closely with our law enforcement partners, our agency will continue to investigate such fraudsters who recklessly endanger the public’s health during the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis.”    

The affidavit alleges that Mazi used the COVID-19 pandemic to expand the pre-existing immunization scheme by selling immunization pellets that she fraudulently claimed, in written documents and consensually monitored recordings, would provide “lifelong immunity to COVID-19.” Mazi explained that the pellets contained a “very minute amount of this [COVID-19] disease” that can result in “infectious symptoms” of COVID-19 or “automatically flag[] the immune system’s attention, inducing immunity.” To encourage customers to purchase the pellets, Mazi allegedly exploited disinformation and fear by falsely claiming that the FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines contain “toxic ingredients.” Mazi further stated that her customers could provide the pellets to children for COVID-19 immunity, and that the “dose is actually the same for babies.”

“Spreading inaccurate or false medical information about COVID-19 for personal gain, as the complaint alleges, is dangerous and only seeds skepticism among the public,” said Special Agent in Charge Craig D. Fair of the FBI’s San Francisco Field Office. “As the government continues to work to provide current and accurate information to help slow the spread of COVID-19, the FBI will continue to pursue those who attempt to fraudulently profit from spreading misinformation and providing false documentation.” 

Mazi also provided CDC COVID-19 vaccination record cards to her customers with instructions on how to fraudulently complete the cards to falsely make it appear as if a customer had received two doses of the Moderna vaccine. As part of her scheme, Mazi provided customers with specific Moderna vaccine lot numbers to enter onto the cards and with instruction on how to select the purported dates on which they had received the Moderna vaccines to evade suspicion. 

HHS-OIG’s San Francisco Regional Office and the FBI’s San Francisco Field Office are investigating the case. 

Trial Attorney Sridhar Babu Kaza of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section’s National Rapid Response Strike Force and Assistant U.S. Attorney Christiaan Highsmith of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California are prosecuting the case.

The case was brought in coordination with the Health Care Fraud Unit’s COVID-19 Interagency Working Group, which is chaired by the National Rapid Response Strike Force and organizes efforts to address illegal activity involving health care programs during the pandemic.

The Fraud Section leads the Health Care Fraud Strike Force. Since its inception in March 2007, the Health Care Fraud Strike Force, which maintains 15 strike forces operating in 24 federal districts, has charged more than 4,200 defendants who have collectively billed the Medicare program for nearly $19 billion. In addition, the HHS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, working in conjunction with the HHS-OIG, are taking steps to increase accountability and decrease the presence of fraudulent providers. 

In May, the Attorney General established the COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Task Force to marshal the resources of the Department of Justice in partnership with agencies across government to enhance efforts to combat and prevent pandemic-related fraud. The Task Force bolsters efforts to investigate and prosecute the most culpable domestic and international criminal actors and assists agencies tasked with administering relief programs to prevent fraud by, among other methods, augmenting and incorporating existing coordination mechanisms, identifying resources and techniques to uncover fraudulent actors and their schemes, and sharing and harnessing information and insights gained from prior enforcement efforts. For more information on the department’s response to the pandemic, please visit https://www.justice.gov/coronavirus.

Anyone with information about allegations of attempted fraud involving COVID-19 can report it by calling the Department of Justice’s National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 or via the NCDF Web Complaint Form at: https://www.justice.gov/disaster-fraud/ncdf-disaster-complaint-form.

The Fraud Section uses the Victim Notification System (VNS) to provide victims with case information and updates related to this case. Victims with questions may contact the Fraud Section’s Victim Assistance Unit by calling the Victim Assistance phone line at 1-888-549-3945 or by emailing Victimassistance.fraud@usdoj.gov. To learn more about victims’ rights, please visit: https://www.justice.gov/criminal-vns/victim-rights-derechos-de-las-v-ctimas.  

A criminal complaint is merely an allegation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. 

#AceNewsDesk reports ……Published: July.17: 2021:

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(PORTUGAL) Court Report: A judge has ordered that the president of Benfica, the country’s biggest football club, be kept under house arrest until he posts €3m (£2.6m; $3.6m) bail.

#AceNewsReport – July.12: He had been Benfica’s president since 2003, but suspended his current term on Friday – two days after his detention: Mr Vieira’s lawyer says his client “is convinced of his innocence”.

#AceDailyNews says Portugal orders house arrest for Benfica football club president Luís Filipe Vieira, 72, is being investigated for suspected tax fraud, money laundering and other crimes and how Benfica develop players envied by the elite according to BBC News

Luís Filipe Vieira. File photo
Luís Filipe Vieira suspended his current term as Benfica’s president on Friday

Prosecutors and tax inspectors have searched dozens of premises, including club offices. 

Three other people who were earlier detained for questioning have been released on bail.

The prosecutors are investigating deals worth more than €100m that may have resulted in heavy losses to the Portuguese state and several companies.

The Lisbon-based club has stressed that it is not under investigation. 

The position of Benfica’s president has been taken over by Rui Costa, a former Benfica star and Mr Vieira’s vice-president.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: July.12: 2021:

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(NEW YORK) Justice Dept Court Report: Second Former Deutsche Bank Commodities Trader Sentenced to 12-months in Prison for Fraud Scheme #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.30: Based on the evidence presented at trial, Chanu, who was employed as a precious metals trader at Deutsche Bank in Singapore and, later in London, engaged in a scheme to defraud other traders on the Commodity Exchange Inc., which was a public exchange.

DOJ: A former commodities trader was sentenced Monday to 12 months and a day in prison for a scheme to commit wire fraud affecting a financial institution: Cedric Chanu, 42, of France and the United Arab Emirates, was convicted by a federal jury on Sept. 25, 2020.

The defendant, together with James Vorley and other Deutsche Bank traders, defrauded other market participants through a deceptive trading practice known as “spoofing.” Specifically, Chanu placed fraudulent orders that he did not intend to execute in order to create the false appearance of supply and demand and to induce other traders to transact at prices, quantities, and times that they otherwise would not have traded. Vorley was sentenced on June 21, also to 12 months and a day in prison.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Assistant Director in Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. of the FBI’s New York Field Office made the announcement.

The FBI’s New York Field Office investigated the case.

Deputy Chief Brian Young, Acting Principal Assistant Chief Avi Perry, and Trial Attorney Leslie S. Garthwaite of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section are prosecuting the case.

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Jun.30: 2021:

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(BRISTOL, U.K) Avon & Somerset Police Report: Three men from Minehead are due in court next month after being charged following an investigation into money being taken from a woman by fraudulent means #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.21: Three men have been charged and are due at Taunton Magistrates Court next month:

BRISTOL: ‘Men charged with fraud offences on Sept.01: last year, police were made aware that a four-figure sum had been taken from the bank account of a woman from Minehead without her knowledge’

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• Aaron Cooper, 35, of King George Road, has been charged with theft and fraud by false representation.
• Christopher Cooper, 63, of King George Road, has been charged with acquire, use, possess criminal property.
• Jason Croker, 44, of Elm Grove, has been charged with two counts of fraud by false representation and one count of possession with intent to supply a class A drug (heroin).

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: May.21: 2021:

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(DENMARK) Court Report: Prosecutors have charged three Britons and three Americans with defrauding the treasury of more than 1.1bn kroner ($175m; £130m; €150m) through a German bank #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.14: Two British citizens have already been charged as part of a “cum-ex” trading fraud that swindled the treasury of a total of 12.7bn Danish kroner:

Denmark charges six from UK and US with cum-ex fraud: Prosecutors believe the six charged are “the central principals” in the fraud …..If found guilty, they could face 12 years in jail.

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Denmark says some 12.7bn kroner was paid out by the Skat tax agency to foreign-based companies and individuals

How the scam worked

Denmark’s Serious Economic and International Crime (SEIC) fraud squad said that for more than a year, between 2014 and 2015, hundreds of fake share trades were carried out via the Mainz-based North Channel Bank in Germany. 

The aim was to defraud the Danish treasury of 1.1bn kroner through refunds for tax dividends. The bank made a substantial sum in fees and was eventually fined in 2019.

Judge Roland Zickler said last year there would be more trials

Denmark’s was just one of a number of European treasuries caught up in the so-called “cum-ex” scandal, in which tax refunds on share sales were claimed by both parties on tax that had only been paid once. 

In total, 12.7bn kroner was paid out to foreign-based people or companies, exploiting a loophole that allows foreigners to avoid the tax on dividends that Danes have to pay: Germany fears huge losses in massive tax scandal

Two other Britons were charged in January for their alleged role in the Danish fraud. Among them is hedge-fund investor Sanjay Shah, who is reportedly in Dubai and denies any wrongdoing. He is also being prosecuted by German authorities.

Two British bankers were given suspended sentences by a German court last year for what the judge called a “collective case of thievery from state coffers”. The cum-ex scam is estimated to have cost Germany’s treasury €5bn.

Denmark has worked with UK, German and Belgian authorities on the scandal for the past five years.

Fraud prosecutors in Copenhagen said in February they were looking into a variety of networks of people and companies that had sought dividend tax refunds. They froze Sanjay Shah’s mansion in London’s Hyde Park last year as part of their case.

Prosecutors say they have now charged suspects linked to 10bn kroner out of the total defrauded from the Danish treasury.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Apr.14: 2021:

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(ARGENTINA) JUST IN: Goverment to launch legal action against ex-president over IMF loan #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.11: In addition, lawyers were instructed to initiate actions leading to compensation for possible losses incurred as a result of the actions of the previous authorities.

‘Prosecutors representing the state as the claimant are ordered to pursue the case, ‘Mauricio Macri and others, fraud against state bodies’ … and to facilitate the advancement of the criminal process in order to determine those responsible for the crime,” the decree says’

The International Monetary Fund logo is seen inside its headquarters at the end of the IMF/World Bank annual meetings in Washington, U.S., October 9, 2016

© REUTERS / Yuri GripasIMF Assesses Argentina’s Debt to Be UnsustainableThe document further states that the case is related to Marci’s decision to take a loan from the IMF in the amount of $50 billion in 2018. The current government has repeatedly spoken about the difficulties surrounding paying off the debt and began negotiations with the IMF on a new assistance program.

The decree was signed by the country’s current president, prime minister, and ministers of economy and justice.

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Apr.11: 2021:

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(WASHINGTON) Justice Dept Report: Man pleads guilty to $244-million ‘Ghost-Cattle-Scam’ by defrauding Tysons Food Inc #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.01: According to court documents, Cody Allen Easterday, 49, of Mesa, used his company, Easterday Ranches Inc., to enter into a series of agreements with Tyson and Company 1 under which Easterday Ranches agreed to purchase and feed cattle on behalf of Tyson and Company 1. Per the agreements, Tyson and Company 1 would advance Easterday Ranches the costs of buying and raising the cattle. Once the cattle were slaughtered and sold at market price, Easterday Ranches would repay the costs advanced (plus interest and certain other costs), retaining as profit the amount by which the sale price exceeded the sum repaid to Tyson and Company 1.

‘A Washington man pleaded guilty today to defrauding Tyson Foods Inc. (Tyson) and another company (Company 1) out of more than $244 million by charging them under various agreements for the purported costs of purchasing and feeding hundreds of thousands of cattle that did not actually exist’ Beginning in approximately 2016 and continuing through November 2020, Easterday submitted and caused others to submit false and fraudulent invoices and other information to Tyson and Company 1.

These false and fraudulent invoices sought and obtained reimbursement from the victim companies for the purported costs of purchasing and growing hundreds of thousands of cattle that neither Easterday nor Easterday Ranches ever purchased, and that did not actually exist. As a result of the scheme, Tyson and Company 1 paid Easterday Ranches over $244 million for the purported costs of purchasing and feeding these ghost cattle.

Easterday used the fraud proceeds for his personal use and benefit, and for the benefit of Easterday Ranches, including to cover approximately $200 million in commodity futures contracts trading losses that Easterday had incurred on behalf of Easterday Ranches. In connection with his commodity futures trading, Easterday also defrauded the CME Group Inc. (CME), which operates the world’s largest financial derivatives exchange. On two separate occasions, Easterday submitted falsified paperwork to the CME that resulted in the CME exempting Easterday Ranches from otherwise-applicable position limits in live cattle futures contracts.

“For years, Cody Easterday perpetrated a fraud scheme on a massive scale, increasing the cost of producing food for American families,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “The Criminal Division’s prosecutors are committed to swiftly and thoroughly prosecuting frauds affecting our nation’s agricultural and other commodities markets, whether in the heartland or on Wall Street.”

“I commend the agents with the Federal Deposit Insurance Company Office of the Inspector General and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for their dedication to investigating this case and tenacity in ferreting out the fraudulent activity to which the defendant has pleaded guilty,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Joseph H. Harrington for the Eastern District of Washington.

“Today’s guilty plea holds the defendant responsible for his extensive and coordinated fraud over many years, resulting in more than $240 million of illicit gains,” said Inspector General Jay N. Lerner of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation – Office of Inspector General (FDIC-OIG). “The defendant submitted false and fraudulent documentation, and then brazenly used the proceeds to cover his losses and for his personal benefit. This scheme was unraveled through rigorous and diligent investigative work with our law enforcement partners, and the FDIC-OIG remains committed to helping preserve the integrity of the banking sector.”

“Producing and providing false invoices and information on goods and services never delivered, were the fundamental key in defrauding an American multinational company out of hundreds of millions of dollars,” said Inspector in Charge Delany De León-Colón of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service Criminal Investigations Group. “This case highlights the collaborative investigative work undertaken by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and its law enforcement partners to protect consumers and businesses from duplicitous practices. Anyone who engages in these fraudulent and deceptive activities will be brought to justice.”

Easterday pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and agreed to repay $244,031,132 in restitution.  He is scheduled to be sentenced on August 4 and faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Office of Inspector General and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service are investigating the case. 

Acting Principal Assistant Chief Avi Perry and Trial Attorney John “Fritz” Scanlon of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell E. Smoot of the Eastern District of Washington are prosecuting the case.

The Fraud Section plays a pivotal role in the Justice Department’s fight against white collar crime around the country and is the national leader in prosecuting fraud and manipulation in the U.S. commodity markets.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Apr.01: 2021:

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(WASHINGTON) Justice Dept Report: A Virginia man was sentenced today to more than eight years in prison for his involvement in a fraud scheme resulting in millions of dollars of losses to investors #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.29: To secure investor capital, Boice inflated Trustify’s monthly and annual revenues in detailed fraudulent financial statements and investor presentations, and he fabricated large corporate business relationships to support his false statements about Trustify’s growth. In addition, Boice created a fake email account to pose as a prominent potential investor, and he then used the account to send a fraudulent email to successfully convince an investment firm to invest nearly $2 million in Trustify:

Former CEO and Founder of Technology Company Sentenced for his Role in Investment-Fraud Scheme: ‘Daniel Boice, 41, of Alexandria, pleaded guilty to one count of securities fraud and one count of wire fraud on Dec. 3, 2020. According to court documents, beginning in 2015, Boice fraudulently solicited investments in Trustify, an Arlington-based company that Boice promoted as the “Uber” of private investigator services. Boice raised more than $18 million from over 250 individual and corporate investors by, among other things, falsely overstating Trustify’s financial performance’

Additionally, Boice was ordered to pay $18,131,742.21 in restitution and forfeit $3.7 million.

Boice also made false statements to investors about the amount of investor funds that he would personally receive, while diverting a substantial amount of the investor money to his own benefit: Boice personally derived at least $3.7 million in proceeds from the fraud, including several million dollars in transfers from Trustify to bank accounts under his control and in personal charges on credit cards paid with Trustify funds:

Boice diverted Trustify funds, for example, to secure the down payment on a $1.6 million house in Alexandria and a $1 million beach house in New Jersey, as well as to pay for a chauffeur, house manager, and various luxury items: Boice also used Trustify funds to pay for family vacations, private jet trips, and over $100,000 for premium seats at sporting events:

In 2019: Faced with declining revenues and the consequences of Boice’s diversion of company assets for his personal expenditures, Trustify was placed into corporate receivership by the Delaware Chancery Court. The company’s collapse led to over $18 million in losses to investors and over $250,000 in unpaid wages and associated costs for Trustify’s employees:

Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; Acting U.S. Attorney Raj Parekh of the Eastern District of Virginia; and Special Agent in Charge James A. Dawson of the FBI’s Washington Field Office Criminal Division made the announcement.

The FBI’s Washington Field Office investigated the case with assistance from the Virginia State Corporation Commission. 

Trial Attorney Blake Goebel of the Justice Department’s Fraud Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell L. Carlberg of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia prosecuted the case.

#AceNewsDesk report …….Published: Mar.29: 2021:

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(NEVADA) Justice Dept Report – Two foreign nationals — one Russian, the other North Macedonian national — were sentenced today for their role in the Infraud Organization, a transnational cybercrime enterprise #AceNewsDesk report

Foreign Nationals Sentenced for Roles in Transnational Cybercrime Enterprise: ‘They were engaged in the mass acquisition and sale of fraud-related goods and services, including stolen identities, compromised credit card data, computer malware, and other contraband & the Infraud Organization victimized millions of people in all 50 states and caused more than $568 million in financial losses’

Sergey Medvedev, aka “Stells,” “segmed,” and “serjbear,” 33, of Russia, pleaded guilty in the District of Nevada to one count of racketeering conspiracy in June 2020 and was sentenced today to 10 years in prison. According to court documents, Medvedev was a co-founder of Infraud along with Syvatoslav Bondarenko of Ukraine. From November 2010 until Infraud was taken down by law enforcement in February 2018, Medvedev was an active participant in the Infraud online forum, operating an “escrow” service to facilitate illegal transactions among Infraud members. For several years, Medvedev served as Infraud’s administrator, handling day-to-day management, deciding membership, and meting out discipline to those who violated the enterprise’s rules.

Marko Leopard, aka “Leopardmk,” 31, of North Macedonia, pleaded guilty in the District of Nevada to one count of racketeering conspiracy in November 2019 and was sentenced today to five years in prison. According to court documents, Leopard joined Infraud in June 2011, offering his services as an “abuse immunity” web hoster to Infraud members who wished to create websites to sell contraband. Unlike a legitimate host, Leopard would knowingly cater to websites offering illegal goods and services, ignoring any abuse reports from internet users. He hosted a number of sites for Infraud members in this fashion, providing the infrastructure that allowed his co-conspirators to profit off of their criminal activities.

“Dismantling a cybercrime organization like Infraud requires aggressive pursuit of not only those who steal, sell, and use personal data, but also those who provide the infrastructure that allows cybercrime organizations to operate,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “Today’s sentences should serve as a warning to any web host who willingly looks the other way for a quick buck — and that the United States will hold these bad actors accountable, even when they operate behind a computer screen halfway across the world.”

“While criminal operators lurk in the deepest corners of the internet, they ultimately do not escape the reach of law enforcement,” said Special Agent in Charge Francisco Burrola of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Las Vegas. “We will continue to aggressively investigate, disrupt, and dismantle hidden illegal networks that pose a threat in cyberspace. HSI and our partners are at the forefront of combating cyber financial crimes and illicit activities spread by online criminals looking for financial gain.”

Infraud was a criminal enterprise that existed to enrich its members and associates through a myriad of criminal acts of identity theft and financial fraud. Infraud facilitated the sale of contraband by its members, including counterfeit documents, stolen bank account and credit account information, and stolen personal identifying information. Members and associates of Infraud operated throughout the world and the United States, to include Las Vegas. The enterprise, which boasted over 10,000 members at its peak and operated for more than seven years under the slogan “In Fraud We Trust,” is among the largest ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice.

Infraud was responsible for the sale and/or purchase of over 4 million compromised credit and debit card numbers. The actual loss associated with Infraud was in excess of $568 million USD.

HSI Las Vegas and the Police Department of Henderson, Nevada, investigated the case. The Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs provided significant assistance in securing the defendant’s extradition from Croatia.  

Deputy Chief Kelly Pearson and Trial Attorneys Chad McHenry and Alexander Gottfried of the Justice Department’s Organized Crime and Gang Section prosecuted the case.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Mar.20: 2021:

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(LONDON) Southwark Court Report: Husband and wife, Sherman and Choice Dvzviti, sentenced to 200 hours unpaid work and two years in prison respectively for fraud and providing unqualified immigration advice and services #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.18: Specifically, Choice Dzviti was found guilty of two counts of fraud, five counts of providing unqualified immigration advice and four counts of providing unqualified immigration services while husband Sherman Dzviti was found guilty of two counts of providing unqualified immigration advice and one count of providing unqualified service:

Prison sentence for adviser who preyed on advice seekers: ‘Choice Chido Dzviti ,43, and Sherman Dzviti, 42, of Courtenay Road, Maidstone, Kent who traded as CS Legal Consultants, CS Law Ltd and Casson Law had been found guilty of fraud, of providing unqualified immigration advice and of providing unqualified service at Southwark Crown Court on 1 February 2021’

The pair were sentenced on 12 March at Southwark Crown Court, Choice Dzviti received a two-year prison sentence (serving up to one year in prison) and ordered to pay £26,951 in compensation to five victims. Sherman Dzviti was given a community sentence of 200 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay compensation of £1,300. Both compensation orders are to be paid within 12 months.

The court heard that many of the complainants handed over large amounts of money and legal documents such as birth certificates and passports. The Dzvitis refused to hand them back or even to speak to the complainants leading to one contacting the Legal Ombudsman.

His Honour Judge Perrins commented, “Choice Dzviti, your offending spans several years. You ignored the findings of the First-Tier Tribunal. You deliberately misled the firm of solicitors supervising. You preyed on people who were especially vulnerable – and two of them you deliberately defrauded of significant amounts of money. You provided negligent advice and woeful client care.

“Sherman Dzviti, you were much less involved – but it cannot be said that the quality of your services was any better.”

John Tuckett, Immigration Services Commissioner, added, “In a devious and calculating way over a considerable period of time the Dzvitis were successful in dishonestly taking a significant amount of money from their clients.

“This was a serious offence given the amount of money involved and the personal impact and hardship felt by the applicants. I am delighted with the outcome in this case.”

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Mar.18: 2021:

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(NEW YORK) ICE REPORT: A man was arrested today for his role in a conspiracy to commit health care fraud and to pay kickbacks and bribes to customers for expensive prescription orders in connection with more than $4 million in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.18: Sabet also allegedly conspired to pay kickbacks and bribes to customers to convince them to fill prescriptions at his pharmacies, and to pay customers cash in exchange for the ability to bill Medicare and Medicaid for over-the-counter health care-related products on their behalf:

Pharmacist Charged in $4 Million Health Care Fraud and Kickback Scheme: ‘According to an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of New York, Robert John Sabet, 44, of Brooklyn, was the owner of Brooklyn Chemists in Gravesend, Brooklyn, and Lucky Care Pharmacy in Flushing, Queens. Since September 2016, Sabet allegedly conspired to bill Medicare and Medicaid for expensive prescription drugs that were not eligible for reimbursement because, among other reasons, they were not needed or not dispensed’

In December 2020, Sabet allegedly wired nearly $100,000 from Lucky Care’s bank accounts to an automobile dealership to pay for a luxury car. Investigators conducted a search warrant at Sabet’s home at the time of his arrest and seized a 2020 Porsche Taycan worth over $250,000, as well as cash and luxury goods.

Sabet is charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States by paying kickbacks and bribes in connection with the provision of health care services, and unlawfully spending the proceeds of his fraud. The defendant is scheduled for his initial court appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ramon E. Reyes, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison for conspiracy to commit health care fraud, five years in prison for conspiracy to pay kickbacks and bribes, and 10 years in prison for unlawful spending. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; Acting U.S. Attorney Seth D. DuCharme of the Eastern District of New York; Special Agent in Charge Scott J. Lampert of the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), New York Regional Office; Special Agent in Charge Jonathan D. Larsen of IRS-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), New York; and Acting Medicaid Inspector General Frank T. Walsh Jr. of the New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) made the announcement.

HHS-OIG, IRS-CI, and OMIG are investigating the case.

Trial Attorney Miriam L. Glaser Dauermann of the Justice Department’s Fraud Section is prosecuting the case.

An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Mar.18: 2021:

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PHILADELPHIA: ‘ TWO DEFENDANTS CHARGED WITH MEDICARE FRAUD ‘

#AceNewsServices – PHILADELPHIA – Nov.07 – Fritzroy Brown, 37, and Thael Kuran, 22, both of Philadelphia, PA, were charged today by indictment with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and making false statements in connection with health care matters, arising from their operation of Brotherly Love Ambulance, Inc., announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.

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PHILADELPHIA: ‘ TWO DEFENDANTS CHARGED WITH MEDICARE FRAUD ARISING ‘

Fritzroy Brown was also charged with theft of government funds and wire fraud for obtaining unemployment benefits while working full time at Brotherly Love Ambulance.

The indictment charges four other individuals with taking illegal kickbacks from Brotherly Love Ambulance and its employees.

According to the indictment, Craig Brown, 46, Derrick Brown, 44, William Conner, 61, and Keisha Regusters, 37, all of Philadelphia, PA, received kickbacks from the company to induce them to ride with Brotherly Love Ambulance or to induce other Medicare beneficiaries to ride with Brotherly Love Ambulance.

Craig Brown is also charged with making false statements in connection with health care matters; Derrick Brown and William Conner are charged with making false statements to federal agents. 

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LONDON: ‘ POLICE ARREST FRAUDSTER FAKING A COMA BECAUSE OF HIS SUPERMARKET LOYALTY CARD ‘

#AceWorldNews – BRITAIN (London) – October 23 – A British fraudster who pretended to be quadriplegic and sometimes comatose for two years to avoid prosecution has been convicted after police caught him on camera driving and strolling around supermarkets.

In this image made available by South Wales Police shows a video image Alan Knight,of Swansea south Wales, right, in a supermarket in Bishopís Cleeve in western England in June 2014. Alan Knight a fraudster who pretended to be quadriplegic and sometimes comatose for two years to avoid prosecution has been convicted after police caught him on camera driving and strolling around supermarkets. Alan Knight of Swansea, Wales, stole more than 40,000 pounds ($64,000) from the bank account of an elderly neighbor with Alzheimer's disease, prosecutors said. (AP Photo/South Wales Police)

In this image made available by South Wales Police shows a video image Alan Knight,of Swansea south Wales, right, in a supermarket in Bishopís Cleeve in western England in June 2014. Alan Knight a fraudster who pretended to be quadriplegic and sometimes comatose for two years to avoid prosecution has been convicted after police caught him on camera driving and strolling around supermarkets. Alan Knight of Swansea, Wales, stole more than 40,000 pounds ($64,000) from the bank account of an elderly neighbor with Alzheimer’s disease, prosecutors said. (AP Photo/South Wales Police)

IN A STATEMENT IT WAS SAID: He might have got away with it if it hadn’t been for his supermarket loyalty card. 

Alan Knight of Swansea, Wales, stole more than 40,000 pounds ($64,000) from the bank account of an elderly neighbor with Alzheimer’s disease, prosecutors said.

When police began investigating, the 47-year-old Knight claimed to be quadriplegic and so sick he sometimes fell into a coma.

He checked himself into a hospital to avoid court appearances, saying he was having seizures.

The South Wales Evening Post reported Wednesday that the suspect’s wife, Helen Knight, had written to the newspaper saying her husband had obtained a doctor’s letter certifying he was “quadriplegic and in a comatose condition, bed-bound at home” after a neck injury.

“We’ve been through absolute hell and we’re still going through hell,” she wrote, according to the newspaper.

Knight’s deceit was uncovered when police tracked the use of his supermarket card, and produced surveillance camera footage of him walking and driving.

Warned that the trial would go ahead whether he was present or not, Knight arrived at Swansea Crown Court Tuesday in a wheelchair and neck brace. Faced with the video evidence, he pleaded guilty to 19 counts of forgery, fraud and theft.

His wife has not been charged with any offense.

Judge Paul Thomas said Knight was “a very accomplished and determined actor … and the conditions he claims to be suffering from are simply nonexistent.” 

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THE WHITE HOUSE WANTS TO ISSUE YOU AN ONLINE ID CARD – Police State USA

Another step to “Police State America” here, links below and video, this isn’t good for you guys in the USA, having an Internet Licence, so you are logged on mobile phones, tablets. laptops, PC’s and any other device. Why do this?

A few years back, the White House had a brilliant idea: Why not create a single, secure online ID that Americans could use to verify their identity across multiple websites, starting with local government services. The New York Times described it at the time as a “driver’s license for the internet.”

Sound convenient? It is. Sound scary? It is.

237996-privacy-bill-of-rightsNext month, a pilot program of the “National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace” will begin in government agencies in two US states, to test out whether the pros of a federally verified cyber ID outweigh the cons.

The goal is to put to bed once and for all our current ineffective and tedious system of using passwords for online authentication, which itself was a cure for the even more ineffective and tedious process of walking into a brick-and-mortar building and presenting a human being with two forms of paper identification.

The rub is that online identity verification is heaps more convenient for citizens and cost-effective for government agencies, but it’s also fraught with insecurities; federal and state governments lose billions of dollars a year to fraud, and that trickles down to taxpayers.

Meanwhile, the technology for more secure next-gen authentication exists, developed by various tech firms in the public sector, but security groups have had a hell of a time implementing any of them on a broad scale. Enter the government, which proposed the national ID strategy to help standardize the process using a plan called the “identity ecosystem.”

The vision is to use a system that works similarly to how we conduct the most sensitive forms of online transactions, like applying for a mortgage. It will utilize two-step authentication, say, some combination of an encrypted chip in your phone, a biometric ID, and question about the name of your first cat.

But instead of going through a different combination of steps for each agency website, the same process and ID token would work across all government services: from food stamps and welfare to registering for a fishing license.

The original proposal was quick to point out that this isn’t a federally mandated national ID. But if successful, it could pave the way for an interoperable authentication protocol that works for any website, from your Facebook account to your health insurance company.

There’s no doubt secure online identification is a problem overdue for a solution, but creating a system that would work like an all-access token for the internet is a scary can of worms to open.

To start, there’s the privacy issue. Unsurprisingly, the Electronic Frontier Foundation immediately pointed out the red flags, arguing that the right to anonymous speech in the digital realm is protected under the First Amendment. It called the program “radical,” “concerning,” and pointed out that the plan “makes scant mention of the unprecedented threat such a scheme would pose to privacy and free speech online.”

And the keepers of the identity credentials wouldn’t be the government itself, but a third party organization. When the program was introduced in 2011, banks, technology companies or cellphone service providers were suggested for the role, so theoretically Google or Verizon could have access to a comprehensive profile of who you are that’s shared with every site you visit, as mandated by the government.

Post-NSA revelations, we have a good sense for the dystopian Big Brother society the EFF is worried about. As the organization told the Times, at the least “we would need new privacy laws or regulations to prohibit identity verifiers from selling user data or sharing it with law enforcement officials without a warrant.”

Then there’s the problem of putting all your security eggs in one vulnerable basket. If a hacker gets their hands on your cyber ID, they have the keys to everything.

For now, this is all just speculation. The program is just entering a test phase with select state government agencies only (there are currently plans to expand the trial out to 10 more organizations.)

But it’s not far-fetched to think we’re moving toward a standardized way to prove our identity in cyberspace the same way we do offline.

The White House argues cutting down on inefficiencies and fraud would bolster the information economy. In an era where we have cars that drive themselves and flying robots delivering beer, you have to wonder how much longer people are going to put up with standing in line at the DMV for four hours to hand a teller (with a taxpayer-paid salary) a copy of your birth certificate and piece of mail to prove you are you.

If an analysis of the pilot programs in Michigan and Pennsylvania find the centralized ID saves time and money and spares us the DMV line, privacy advocates are going to have a hell of a fight ahead of them.

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-white-house-wants-to-issue-you-an-online-id

http://yourtubenews.ning.com/forum/topics/alert-the-white-house-wants-to-issue-you-an-online-id?commentId=3181219%3AComment%3A752001

http://beforeitsnews.com/chemtrails/2014/04/alert-the-white-house-wants-to-issue-you-an-online-id-2447060.html

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` Afghanistan Elections and `Abdullah Abdullah ' Leads at the ` First Official Result ' even with over a Million Suspects Votes '

#AceWorldNews – KABUL – April 13 – (Reuters) – Former opposition leader Abdullah Abdullah led on Sunday after the first official results from Afghanistan’s presidential election, but recorded incidents of serious fraud exceed figures for 2009, when over a million suspect votes were thrown out.

Initial results based on 10 percent of the vote from 26 out of 34 provinces showed Abdullah in the lead with 41.9 percent, the Independent Election Commission said, while Western-leaning academic Ashraf Ghani came second with 37.6 percent.

A third candidate, running with the backing of two of President Hamid Karzai’s brothers, trailed far behind with 9.8 percent.

“I want to make clear that the results could change in future, as we announce the results with additional percentages of the vote and this is not the final result,” said the chairman of the election commission, Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani.

Afghanistan’s allies praised the April 5 vote as a success because of the high turnout, estimated at 60 percent of 12 million eligible votes, and the failure of Taliban militants to stage high-profile attacks on the day.

Read More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/13/us-afghanistan-election-idUSBREA3C07T20140413

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