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Ohio Physician Pleads Guilty to Role in Pill Mill

Margaret Temponeras, 52, of Portsmouth, Ohio, has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, which she did through a pain clinic and dispensary, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO) for the Southern District …

Convicted Ohio Burglar Pleads Guilty to Workers’ Comp Fraud

A Cincinnati man serving time in an Indiana prison for burglary got a short break from prison March 9, but only to plead guilty to workers’ compensation fraud in an Ohio courtroom, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation reported. John …

Louisiana Woman Pleads Guilty in Texas in Opioid Pill Mill Case

Carolina Giselle Berrio, a/k/a “Carolina Slocum Berrio,” “Karrie,” 37, of Lafayette, Louisiana is the latest defendant to plead guilty to being involved in a large opioid “pill mill” operation, according to U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of …

Guilty Plea Expected for Fire at North Dakota Somali Restaurant

An attorney for a Minnesota man accused of firebombing a Somali restaurant across the North Dakota border in Grand Forks said that any racial overtones were overblown by people who aren’t familiar with the case. Defense attorney Ted Sandberg made …

Former Oklahoma Insurance Agent Pleads Guilty to $500K Scam

A former insurance agent in Oklahoma has pleaded guilty to scamming $505,126.43 from his clients, the Oklahoma Insurance Department announced. A joint investigation including the OID’s Anti-Fraud Unit led to the charges against Gary Edward Hibbing, 52, formerly of Grove. …

Former Iowa Firefighter Again Pleads Guilty to Insurance Fraud

A former Iowa firefighter pleaded guilty to insurance fraud related to a string of cases spanning Buchanan, Clayton and Delaware counties, the Iowa Department of Insurance reported. Terry Russell Groth, a former Strawberry Point firefighter, entered the plea on Feb. …

Former Texas Agent Pleads Guilty to Fraud, Faces 20 Years in Prison

A 64-year-old former Texas insurance agent has pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering, federal prosecutors say, and faces up to 20 years in prison for what amounted to a Ponzi scheme. U.S. Attorney John M. Bales Eastern District …

Chicago Sues Red Light Camera Operator, Redflex

The city of Chicago has filed a $300 million lawsuit against the former operator of its red light cameras, alleging the program was built on bribery. The Chicago Tribune reports the lawsuit seeks more than double the $124 million Redflex …

Ohio Chiropractor to Plead Guilty to $696K Insurance Fraud

A suburban Columbus, Ohio, chiropractor has agreed to plead guilty in federal court to defrauding health insurance companies for nearly $700,000. The Columbus Dispatch reports 44-year-old Jeffrey Shope is charged with overbilling health insurance companies by $696,373 from 2009 through …

Man Pleads Guilty to Chicago Air-Traffic Facility Fire

A suburban Chicago contractor pleaded guilty to setting a fire at a radar facility in Aurora that forced the cancellation of thousands of flights and disrupted travel nationwide in September 2014. Prosecutors told a federal judge that Brian Howard, 37, …