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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Molokai Man Sentenced to 151 Months in Prison for Aggravated Role in Methamphetamine Conspiracy

FBI Honolulu Division Press Release:


Molokai Man Sentenced to 151 Months in Prison for Aggravated Role in Methamphetamine Conspiracy

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeFebruary 24, 2015
  • District of Hawaii(808) 541-2850
HONOLULU—Jon Hans Kaapuni, Jr., 35, of Kaunakakai, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Court Judge J. Michael Seabright to 151 months’ imprisonment for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine on the island of Molokai. Kaapuni, Jr. had previously pled guilty on September 2, 2014 to conspiracy to distribute and possess, with intent to distribute, 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.
Florence T. Nakakuni, United States Attorney for the District of Hawaii, said the evidence presented in court showed that Kaapuni, Jr. was a manager and supervisor of a long standing methamphetamine conspiracy on Molokai involving five or more members. Kaapuni, Jr. was found responsible for the distribution of 692 grams of pure methamphetamine, or “ice”, and an additional 240 grams of generic methamphetamine
At the sentencing hearing, the court found that Kaapuni, Jr. was “at the pinnacle” on Molokai in distributing methamphetamine supplied by co-defendant Benjamin “Kamu” Fuller, of Maui, who was previously sentenced to 168 months’ imprisonment in the case. A total of six individuals were convicted for their participation in the conspiracy.
As part of his sentence, Kaapuni, Jr. was also ordered to forfeit to the United States a custom fishing catamaran as well as his interest in a Molokai real property because they were obtained with proceeds from the distribution and sale of methamphetamine.
The investigation which resulted in the charges in the case was conducted by the FBI and the Maui Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark A. Inciong handled the prosecution.
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Former Elected Union Official Pleads Guilty to Helping to Conceal Extortion Scheme

FBI Detroit Division Press Release:


Former Elected Union Official Pleads Guilty to Helping to Conceal Extortion Scheme

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeFebruary 24, 2015
  • Eastern District of Michigan(313) 226-9100
A former official of the Operating Engineers Local 324, International Union of Operating Engineers, pleaded guilty today to helping to conceal extortion by another union official, U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today.
McQuade was joined in the announcement by James Vanderberg, Special Agent in Charge for the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General, Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations in Chicago, Paul M. Abbate, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Detroit Field Office, and Ian Burg, District Director of the Department of Labor, Office of Labor Management Standards.
David Hart, 42, of East China Township, Michigan, the former elected Financial Secretary and Chief of Staff of Local 324, entered the guilty plea today before U.S. District Judge Bernard A. Friedman.
Hart admitted that between 2003 and 2012, he was aware of an extortion scheme perpetrated by another elected union official, for whom Hart worked. This union official forced union business agents and other employees to each pay more than $5,000 of their salaries into a fund that was to be used to pay for the re-election expenses of the union official. This union official, referred to as “Union Official A” in
Hart’s plea agreement, threatened to fire union employees who refused to make weekly payments into the fund. In addition, the union official caused at least two union employees to be fired from their jobs because they complained about the weekly payments. Hart was aware of this extortion scheme by his boss at Operating Engineers Local 324, and Hart acted to conceal the crime by assisting the other union official in transferring money out of the fund and to the union official and others.
Hart has agreed to pay $37,000 in restitution because of his involvement in the scheme. Operating Engineers Local 324 represents more than 18,000 individuals operating construction cranes and other heavy equipment across the State of Michigan.
Based on his guilty plea, Hart is facing a maximum of three years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
“Corruption has no place in union leadership,” McQuade said. “Working men and women should expect their elected union leaders to act in their best interests, and not to profit from their positions of leadership.”
“Union officials who actively conceal union based crimes not only violate the law, but also deprive their union members of honest representation. This office will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to combat these types of crime,” stated James Vanderberg, Special Agent in Charge for the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General, Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations in Chicago.
“Union officials who criminally abuse their positions of trust to further their own selfish interests harm the very same hard-working people they purport to serve,” stated Paul M. Abbate, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Detroit Field Office. “FBI Detroit, in lockstep with its law enforcement partners, will continue to pursue those who corrupt our labor unions and bring these perpetrators to justice.”
The case was investigated by agents of the Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General, Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations; the Office of Labor Management Standards; the Employee Benefits Security Administration; the Internal Revenue Service—Criminal Investigations; and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys David A. Gardey and Dawn Ison.
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Federal Grand Jury Formalizes Charges Against Thaddeus Murphy, Man Responsible for Placing Explosive-Type Device at Colorado Springs Building

FBI Denver Division Press Release:


Federal Grand Jury Formalizes Charges Against Thaddeus Murphy, Man Responsible for Placing Explosive-Type Device at Colorado Springs Building

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeFebruary 24, 2015
  • District of Colorado(303) 454-0100
DENVER—Thaddeus Cheyenne Murphy, age 44, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver yesterday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI, ATF and Colorado Springs Police Department announced. Murphy is believed responsible for placing a device at 603 South El Paso Street in Colorado Springs. Murphy is scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Watanabe at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning (Wednesday, February 25, 2015) in the Arraj Federal Courthouse, 901 19th Street, for a detention hearing and arraignment. During the detention portion of the hearing the government will argue that the defendant is a danger to the community and should be held without bond. That decision will be made by Magistrate Judge Watanabe.
Because of the indictment, the preliminary hearing originally scheduled for February 27, 2015 has been vacated.
Count one of the indictment alleges that on January 6, 2015, Murphy did maliciously damage and destroy, or attempt to damage or destroy, by means of fire and an explosive, a building located at 603 South El Paso Street in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and such real property is used in interstate or foreign commerce. If convicted of that count, Murphy faces not less than five years, and up to 20 years in federal prison, and up to a $250,000 fine.
County two of the indictment alleges that on February 19, 2015, Murphy having been previously convicted of a felony offense knowingly possessed firearms. If convicted of that count, Murphy faces not more than 10 years in federal prison, and up to a $250,000 fine.
This case is being jointly investigated by the FBI, ATF and the Colorado Springs Police Department with support from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation into Murphy’s motive is ongoing.
The defendant is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gregory Holloway and Beth Gibson.
The charges in the Indictment are allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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Cookie Bandits Sought by Dallas FBI Violent Crimes Task Force

FBI Dallas Division Press Release:


Cookie Bandits Sought by Dallas FBI Violent Crimes Task Force

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeFebruary 25, 2015
  • Public Affairs Specialist Katherine Chaumont(972) 559-5000
The Dallas FBI Violent Crimes Task Force and local law enforcement authorities are requesting the public’s assistance to identify the suspects believed to be responsible for robbing up to 30 businesses in four metroplex cities since October 2014. Investigators continue to review similar offenses in order to determine if they may also be related.
The robberies occurred in Dallas, Garland, Mesquite, and Seagoville between October 2, 2014 and February 24, 2015. Most of the robberies occurred at fast food sandwich restaurants, but the subjects also robbed convenience stores, discount stores, and other restaurants.
In most instances, the suspects run into the business through the front doors, leap over the cashier’s counter, and demand cigarettes, money, and snacks—including cookies. The suspects are armed with handguns, but to date, no one has been physically injured.
The suspects are described as two black males, possibly in their 20s. One of the subjects is approximately 6’2” tall, approximately 180 pounds. Another subject is approximately 5’8” tall, approximately 180 pounds. They typically wear jeans, gloves, and dark hoodies; and they keep their faces concealed by cinching the hoods very tightly. In several robberies, one of the suspects wears red gloves. A third black male, a white male, and a Hispanic male may also be involved in the robberies.
Suspect photo: November 7, 2014Suspect photos: January 9, 2015
The suspects are considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information is urged to call the Dallas Field Office of the FBI at 972-559-5000 or your local police department. A reward may be offered for information leading to the identification, arrest and indictment of the suspects.

South Carolina Man Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud

FBI Cincinnati Division Press Release:


South Carolina Man Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeFebruary 26, 2015
  • Southern District of Ohio(937) 225-2910
CINCINNATI—Christopher Outlaw, 46, of Moore, S.C., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to mail fraud.
Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio and Angela L. Byers, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cincinnati Field Division, announced the plea entered into today before U.S. District Judge Michael R. Barrett.
According to court documents, beginning in at least 2005 through August 2012, Outlaw embezzled more than $1.9 million from his former employer.
Outlaw was employed by FTZ Industries, Inc. FTZ is a manufacturer of electrical products for transportation, plant maintenance, marine and custom applications, located in Simpsonville, South Carolina. FTZ is a division of ILSCO Corporation, which is an electrical connector manufacturing company located in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The defendant embezzled money by impersonating a former vendor of his employer. Specifically, the defendant opened a bank account in false affiliation with Molex Incorporated, a company that provides electrical components to its customers, which previously included FTZ. Outlaw submitted to his employer fictitious invoices that appeared to be from Molex. In reality, however, FTZ had not received any products from Molex because the invoices that Outlaw submitted were fake. Through the fictitious invoices, Outlaw would direct his employer to send payments to Molex to a mailbox that he had opened in Georgia in Molex’s name.
Mail fraud is a crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
U.S. Attorney Stewart commended the investigation by the FBI, as well as Assistant United States Attorney Emily N. Glatfelter, who is representing the United States in this case.

Angela L. Byers Named Special Agent in Charge of Cincinnati Division

FBI Cincinnati Division Press Release:


Angela L. Byers Named Special Agent in Charge of Cincinnati Division

Washington, D.C.February 23, 2015
  • FBI National Press Office(202) 324-3691
Director James B. Comey has named Angela Byers special agent in charge of the FBI’s Cincinnati Division. Ms. Byers most recently served as chief of the Financial Crimes section in the Criminal Investigative Division (CID) at FBI Headquarters (FBIHQ).
Ms. Byers began her career as a budget and account analyst with the FBI in 1986. In 1990 she became a special agent and was first assigned to the Dallas Division, where she investigated bank fraud, bankruptcy fraud, interstate theft, and drug crimes. In 1997, she was transferred to the Washington Field Office, where she investigated public corruption.
In 2001, Ms. Byers was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Financial Institution Fraud Unit in CID at FBIHQ. In 2003, Ms. Byers transferred to the Philadelphia Division to oversee mortgage fraud and other financial institution fraud investigations.
In 2005, Ms. Byers served as a unit chief in CID and led the Health Care Fraud Unit. She transferred to the Inspection Division in 2007 where she served as a unit chief in the Internal Investigations Section. In 2010, Ms. Byers was named assistant special agent in charge of the Chicago Division. In this role, she oversaw the white-collar crime, public corruption, and civil rights programs. Ms. Byers received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Wheeling Jesuit University.

Suspended Physician Sentenced to More Than One Year for Illegally Dispensing Oxycodone and Falsely Billing Medicare in Undercover Probe

FBI Chicago Division Press Release:


Suspended Physician Sentenced to More Than One Year for Illegally Dispensing Oxycodone and Falsely Billing Medicare in Undercover Probe

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeFebruary 24, 2015
  • Northern District of Illinois(312) 353-5300
CHICAGO—A suburban physician whose medical license was suspended was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for health care fraud and illegally prescribing controlled substance medications. The defendant, SATHISH NARAYANAPPA BABU, who owned Anik Life Sciences Medical Corp., pled guilty in September 2014 to illegally prescribing oxycodone and other controlled substances, and fraudulently billing Medicare approximately $500,000, and fraudulently collecting approximately $216,000, for services he did not provide. Babu, 48, of Bolingbrook, operated Anik Life Sciences, a home-visiting physician’s office, in Darien and, previously, in Arlington Heights.
U.S. District Court Judge John J. Tharp also imposed a term of three years of supervised release and a restitution amount of $221,012. Babu agreed to forfeit the approximately $126,000, which was seized at the time of his arrest and will be credited toward the restitution ordered. Also forfeited were three automobiles ― a 2013 BMW, a 2001 BMW, and a 2010 Lexus. Babu was ordered to begin serving his sentence on May 13, 2015.
“This crime wasn’t an isolated act, it was a calculated, systematic effort to milk Medicare,” commented Judge Tharp while imposing sentence, “The defendant was stealing money from those in need….putting many in need at risk.” Babu admitted that he engaged in a scheme to defraud Medicare from approximately November 2011 through February 2014. In addition, Babu admitted that between November 2012 and December 2013, he issued multiple prescriptions for controlled substances to a patient, who was actually an undercover agent, despite never having seen or examined the patient. Babu also permitted unlicensed personnel associated with Anik Life Sciences to issue prescriptions to the patient. During the same period, Babu submitted false claims to Medicare for services provided to the patient that were not rendered by Babu or another licensed medical professional.
According to court documents, the undercover agent posed as a healthy individual covered by Medicare and seeking physician services to obtain prescription medication, including oxycodone. The agent claimed to have shoulder pain from a previous injury and to be on disability. On approximately 10 occasions, representatives from Anik Life Sciences, none of whom were licensed as physicians, nurses, or other medical professionals, visited the undercover agent in his purported apartment.
Babu caused unlicensed personnel from Anik Life Sciences to provide medical care ― including prescriptions issued under Babu’s name and DEA registration number for controlled substances ― to the undercover agent and then billed Medicare for that care. Medicare and its contractor paid about $4,000 to cover the costs of the prescriptions that Babu issued to the undercover agent.
In addition to the undercover agent, Babu had other patients, whom he certified and re-certified as eligible for home health services under Medicare, and submitted claims for care he provided, including home visits and diagnostic testing and review, without regard to whether the claimed services were medically necessary. Babu hired three foreign medical school graduates who were not licensed physicians in the United States to conduct home visits and advertised these individuals as “MDs” or doctors. Babu submitted Medicare claims indicating that he personally conducted the patient visits and provided comprehensive medical evaluations that he did not actually perform.
Babu also maintained an office staff that he directed to order certain diagnostic tests for every patient, including ultrasound and autonomic nervous system testing, without regard to medical necessity. He further prescribed controlled substances to patients who he had never seen or examined and permitted his unlicensed staff to fill out prescriptions and order refills for patients.
The guilty plea was announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Dennis A. Wichern, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration; Lamont Pugh III, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Regional Office of the HHS-OIG; and Robert J. Holley, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Streicker.
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Buffalo Man Indicted on Drug Charges

FBI Buffalo Division Press Release:


Buffalo Man Indicted on Drug Charges

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeFebruary 27, 2015
  • Western District of New York(716) 843-5700
BUFFALO, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Aaron Hicks, a/k/a Boog, a/k/a Boogy, 30, of Buffalo, NY, with conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. The charge carries a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Wei Xiang, who is handling the case, stated that according to the indictment, between 2010 and 2014, the defendant was involved, along with others, in the distribution of cocaine on the East Side of Buffalo. In a related case, in July 2014, 17 members and associates of the Schuele Boys were also arrested and charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine.
The indictment is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the Safe Streets Task Force of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Daniel Derenda, and Special Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James J. hunt, Special Agent in Charge.
The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
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Leader of Cheko’s Crew/7th Street Gang Pleads Guilty to RICO Charges, Admits Role in Four Murders and Five Attempted Murders

FBI Buffalo Division Press Release:


Leader of Cheko’s Crew/7th Street Gang Pleads Guilty to RICO Charges, Admits Role in Four Murders and Five Attempted Murders

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeFebruary 26, 2015
  • Western District of New York(716) 843-5700
BUFFALO, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Efrain Hildalgo, AKA Cheko, 28, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty to Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) conspiracy and discharging a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. RICO conspiracy carries a maximum penalty of life in prison. The gun charge carries a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life, a $250,000 fine or both.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph M. Tripi, who is handling the case, stated that the defendant was a member of the Cheko’s Crew/7th Street Gang which was responsible for multiple acts of violence and the distribution of illegal narcotics on the West Side of Buffalo between 2000 and 2012. The narcotics included heroin, crack cocaine, cocaine, and marijuana.
The defendant admitted his role in the murders of four people including:
  • November 11, 2004 murder of Nelson and Miguel Camacho in their Niagara Street residence. Josue Ortiz served 10 years in state prison for these murders. His conviction was recently vacated by an Erie County Court judge based on the findings of this federal investigation.
  • August 11, 2009 murder of 10th St. Gang associate Eric Morrow.
  • June 5, 2010 murder of Virgil Page on 19th Street.
Hildalgo also admitted his participation in the attempted murders of five rival gang members including Desmond Ford, Darnell McIntosh and Edwin Rivera.
A total of 18 defendants have been charged in this case. To date, six have been convicted.
The pleas are the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Michael Cerretto, the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Daniel Derenda, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Delano A. Reid.
Sentencing is scheduled for June 17, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. before Judge Arcara.
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Lockport Man Sentenced for Mortgage Fraud

FBI Buffalo Division Press Release:


Lockport Man Sentenced for Mortgage Fraud

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeFebruary 26, 2015
  • Western District of New York(716) 843-5700
BUFFALO, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that James P. Vasiliou, Jr., 49, of Lockport, NY, who was convicted of bank (mortgage) fraud, was sentenced to time service and nine months of home detention and electronic monitoring by U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara. The defendant was also ordered to pay restitution to Bank of America in the amount of $194,285 and to JP Morgan Chase in the amount of $276,645.08, for total restitution of $470,930.08.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross, who handled the case, stated that the defendant submitted a false application to JP Morgan Chase Bank to refinance a property located at 40 Ashley Street in Lockport. Vasiliou overstated his monthly income from a business he owned on the loan application. The defendant also filed 15 additional false mortgage loan applications with other financial institutions.
This law enforcement action is part of President Barack Obama’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force. President Obama established the interagency Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force to wage an aggressive, coordinated and proactive effort to investigate and prosecute financial crimes. The task force includes representatives from a broad range of federal agencies, regulatory authorities, inspectors general, and state and local law enforcement who, working together, bring to bear a powerful array of criminal and civil enforcement resources. The task force is working to improve efforts across the federal executive branch, and with state and local partners, to investigate and prosecute significant financial crimes, ensure just and effective punishment for those who perpetrate financial crimes, combat discrimination in the lending and financial markets, and recover proceeds for victims of financial crimes.
The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Secret Service under the direction of Special Agent-In-Charge C. Todd Laster, Housing and Urban Development—Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent-In-Charge Cortez Richardson, New York Division, and the Western District of New York Mortgage Fraud Task Force.
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Buffalo Man Sentenced on Drug and Gun Charges

FBI Buffalo Division Press Release:


Buffalo Man Sentenced on Drug and Gun Charges

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeFebruary 24, 2015
  • Western District of New York(716) 843-5700
BUFFALO, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that George Torres, 53, of Buffalo N.Y., who was convicted of unlawfully possessing with intent to distribute more than 200 grams of heroin and possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, was sentenced to 168 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The court also ordered the forfeiture of $368,270.00 in drug proceeds and three firearms.
Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser, who handled the sentencing, stated that on November 13, 2012, Buffalo Police and the FBI executed a search warrant at the defendant’s residence at 55 Garner Avenue in Buffalo. During the search, law enforcement officers seized over 200 grams of heroin, three handguns, and $368,000 in United States currency.
The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation by members of the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Daniel Derenda, Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Delano A. Reid.
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