FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending March 2, 2012

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  1. Dallas: Doctor Arrested for Role in Nearly $375 Million Health Care Fraud SchemeFBI_Badge_and_Gun

    A physician, along with five owners of home health agencies, were arrested on charges related to their alleged participation in a nearly $375 million health care fraud scheme involving fraudulent claims for home health services. Full Story

  2. New York: Thirty-Six Charged for Participating in $279 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme

    Thirty-six defendants were charged in a scheme to defraud private insurance companies of more than $279 million under New York’s no-fault automobile insurance law. The indictment includes racketeering charges against eight members and associates of a criminal organization consisting primarily of individuals of Russian descent who were the owners and controllers of fraudulent medical clinics, as well as 10 licensed doctors and three attorneys. The alleged scheme is the largest single no-fault automobile insurance fraud ever charged and the first case of its kind to allege violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.Full Story

  3. Washington Field: Australian Man Indicted in Plot to Export Restricted Military and Other U.S. Technology to Iran

    An Australian man and his company were indicted for conspiring to export sensitive military and other technology from the U.S. to Iran, including components with applications in missiles, drones, torpedoes, and helicopters. Full Story

  4. Boston: Seeking Assistance Locating Fugitive John Joseph Hartin, Wanted for Crimes Against Children

    The FBI is asking for the public’s assistance locating John Joseph Hartin, who has been a fugitive for nearly 18 years, and is offering up to a $25,000 reward for information leading to his arrest. Full Story

  5. Las Vegas: Three Charged with 1998 Racially Motivated Murders of Two Men

    Three suspected associates of racist neo-Nazi “skinhead” groups are accused of aiding and abetting one another in the 1998 murders of two members of the Anti-Racist Action Group.Full Story

  6. San Francisco: Vesta Strategies Majority Owner Pleads Guilty to $25 Million Ponzi Scheme

    John Terzakis pled guilty to three felony counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering arising out of his role as majority owner of Vesta Strategies, LLC. Full Story

  7. Baltimore: Homebuilder Indicted in $14.7 Million Construction Investment Scheme

    Patrick J. Belzner was indicted for conspiring to commit wire fraud in connection with his role in a scheme that targeted individuals seeking investment opportunities or commercial real estate development lending. Full Story

  8. San Juan: Former Senator and Businessman Sentenced for Roles in Bribery Scheme

    Hector Martinez Maldonado, a former Puerto Rico senator, and Juan Bravo Fernandez, the former president of the largest private security firm in Puerto Rico, were each sentenced to 48 months in prison for their roles in a bribery scheme involving the passage of legislation beneficial to Bravo Fernandez’s business. Full Story

  9. Honolulu: Kauai Woman Arrested by FBI on Embezzlement Charges

    Kerry Higashi, a former employee of the Kauai Teachers Federal Credit Union, was arrested for allegedly engaging in an extended scheme in which she embezzled more than $24,700 from two customer accounts. Full Story

  10. Sacramento: Selma Methamphetamine Dealer Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison

    Augustine Reyna was sentenced to nine years in prison, to be followed by four years of supervised release, for selling methamphetamine. Full Story

     

     

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