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January 31, 2022

Signal Peak Energy LLC (“Signal”) was fined $1 million and sentenced to three years of probation for violating environmental and worker safety regulations at Signal Peak Mine near Roundup, MN. According to the government, Signal habitually violated mandatory health and safety standards in the Mine Safety and Health Act during the mine’s operation. These violations included both environmental safety and worker safety standards. The violations occurred with the full knowledge, direction and participation of the mine’s most senior management during that period, including the president and CEO, the vice president of surface operations, the vice president of underground operations and the safety manager. USAO MN

Top Ten Financial and Healthcare Fraud Prison Sentences of 2021

Posted  01/28/22
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Individuals involved in financial and healthcare fraud schemes face not just civil liability, but also criminal penalties – including prison time. In 2021, the Department of Justice obtained substantial prison sentences in a myriad of cases involving healthcare and financial frauds, many of which involved convictions of the type of fraudulent schemes that whistleblowers report. Whistleblowers play an essential role...

Top Ten Federal Financial Fraud Recoveries of 2021

Posted  01/21/22
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While 2021 may have felt like more of the same as the pandemic dragged on, it marked some new trends in federal financial fraud recoveries. As we predicted last year, the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 has heralded some large recoveries against banks. The Act also established an Anti-Money Laundering Whistleblower Program, so that whistleblowers who report financial institutions engaging in money laundering –...

January 20, 2022

Florida resident Mary Kathryn Marr was sentenced to 14 years in prison following her guilty plea on charges related to her role in a criminal enterprise that scammed victims into sending members of the conspiracy funds for fraudulent investments based on high-pressure “boiler room” tactics.  The conspirators operated a network of bank accounts in the names of shell companies into which the boiler room agents, and sometimes Marr herself, instructed victims to send their money.  The victims’ funds were then laundered through more bank accounts and sent overseas.  Marr was also ordered to forfeit various assets, pay a fine of $1.5 million, and pay restitution of $14.5 million to victims.  USAO MD FL

January 14, 2022

Perry Santillo was sentenced to 17.5 years in prison and ordered to pay restitution of more than $100 million following his conviction on charges related to fraudulent investment schemes including the solicitation of funds through and for Lucian Development and City Capital Corporation.  The Ponzi scheme, which operated over ten years, obtained at least $115.5 million from approximately 1000 investors. Santillo and his co-conspirators purchased the businesses of investment advisors and brokers around the country in order to find potential new investors, and used new investments to fund their lavish lifestyles and make interest and other payments to earlier investors. USAO WD NY

January 14, 2022

A former official with the Department of Defense’s Office of Inspector General who was accused of accepting bribes on a prime contract and defrauding the government has been sentenced to 7.5 years in prison.  While overseeing a contract that allowed federal agencies in the DC area to order telecommunication services and equipment, Matthew LumHo solicited and received bribes from a co-conspirator, William S. Wilson, in exchange for steering business to Wilson’s company.  Lumho also knowingly authorized fraudulent service orders for marked up services—essentially defrauding the government into paying for the bribes themselves—and repeatedly interfered with the criminal investigation.  USAO EDVA

Top Ten Healthcare Fraud Recoveries of 2021

Posted  01/11/22
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Consistent with the trend in prior years, the bulk of the Justice Department’s fraud and false claims recoveries in 2021 stemmed from healthcare fraud matters. Most of the funds recovered arose from cases originated by whistleblowers under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. The majority of the recoveries on this list involve allegations of violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute, a federal law that...

January 11, 2022

A man who orchestrated a $10 million tobacco excise tax evasion scheme against the State of Washington, engaged in money-laundering, and evaded $850,000 in federal income taxes has been sentenced to a little over 2 years in prison and ordered to pay $5 million in restitution.  Through his company, TC MAC, Hyung Il Kwon of Nevada purchased significant quantities of tobacco in cash, failed to report the purchases to the state, and subsequently resold the products for cash.  In order to avoid alerting the state to large cash deposits, Kwon then laundered the money by writing checks in exchange for large amounts of cash.  Kwon has a prior state conviction for similar charges.  USAO WDWA

January 10, 2022

Following his guilty plea on charges related to the filing of false tax returns claiming nonexistent fuel tax credits, Michael Dexter Little was ordered to forfeit $12.3 million and sentenced to 19.5 years in prison.  Little and his fellow fraudsters filed false tax returns in their own names and in the names of identity theft victims, and laundered the proceeds via real estate and other assets. USAO MDFL

Top Ten Non-Healthcare False Claims Act Recoveries of 2021

Posted  01/7/22
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Our roundup of 2021’s Top Ten Non-Healthcare False Claims Act (FCA) recoveries illustrates the statute’s continuing capacity to fight both conventional and emergent frauds straddling a variety of industries. In 2021 alone, the United States recovered hundreds of millions in taxpayer funds obtained through false claims tainted by textbook contracting fraud schemes (overbilling on government contracts, selling the...
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