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New York Woman Arrested for Insurance Fraud in Obtaining $200K of iPhones

A Bronx, New York, woman has been arrested and charged with fraudulently obtaining more than $200,000 worth of iPhones from an insurance company. Rosanna Lucrecia Cruel Blanco, 39, was charged by criminal complaint with one count of conspiracy to commit …

Oklahoma Housing Agency Faces Federal Race Discrimination Lawsuit

The U.S. Department of Justice has sued the affordable housing agency in the western Oklahoma town of Lone Wolf for allegedly denying housing to a Black mother and her 5-year-old daughter because of their race. The Justice Department’s civil rights …

Disbarred New York Attorney Pleads Guilty to Stealing 9/11 Victim Compensation Funds

A disbarred attorney based in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., has pled guilty in White Plains federal court to stealing government funds. Gustavo L. Vila’s plea results from his theft of approximately $1 million that the U.S. Department of Justice’s 9/11 Victim …

Alaska Company Paying $1.3M in Fraud Case Involving Former Employee

A subsidiary of an Alaska Native corporation has agreed to pay $1.3 million in a deal with the U.S. Department of Justice over a fraud scheme allegedly involving a former employee. Manufacturing company Alutiiq International Solutions told the agency in …

Feds Halt North Carolina Pharmacy From Dispensing Opioids, Issue $600K Fine

A North Carolina pharmacy and its owner have to pay a $600,000 civil penalty and stop dispensing opioids or other controlled substances, federal prosecutors said. Farmville Discount Drug Inc., and its owner and pharmacist-in-charge, Robert L. Crocker were accused of …

Former N.C. Insurance Chief Goodwin Denies Aiding Indicted Political Donor

North Carolina’s former top insurance regulator said Friday he never performed favors for a big-money donor and he relied on staff experts when his agency approved changes benefiting the businessman now charged with trying to bribe the state’s current insurance …

4 Indicted in North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Bribery Scheme

A long running investigation into illegal campaign donations to the North Carolina Insurance Commissioner has resulted in federal charges being filed against the head of the North Carolina Republican Party and a North Carolina insurance company founder. Four people in …

Florida Pharmacist Convicted in $100M Pharmacy Fraud Scheme

A Florida pharmacist was sentenced last month to 120 months in prison followed by three years supervised release for his role in a massive compounding pharmacy fraud scheme, which impacted private insurance companies, Medicare and TRICARE, according to a statement …

Natural Gas Company to Pay $3.15M Fine for Polluting West Virginia Waterways

A Colorado-based natural gas producer has agreed to pay a $3.15 million civil penalty to resolve pollution violations at 32 drilling sites in West Virginia. The U.S. Department of Justice says in a news release the agency and the West …

New York Sues OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma Over Opioids

New York state on Tuesday sued Purdue Pharma LP, accusing the OxyContin maker of widespread fraud and deception in the marketing of opioids, and contributing to a nationwide epidemic that has killed thousands. The state blamed Purdue for running what …