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September 20, 2018

House of Oxford and its officer Alex Goldman were sentenced for conspiring with others to evade California's excise taxes on tobacco products intended for sale in California.  In addition to a three-year prison sentence for Goldman and probation for the entity, the defendants agreed to a civil forfeiture of approximately $14 million in assets, which were returned to the State of California.  E.D. Cal. USAO

September 19, 2018

Three men from three states have been indicted for allegedly conspiring to defraud more than 230 investors of more than $364 million in a classic Ponzi scheme, and in one of the largest ever charged in Maryland. Kevin B. Merrill, Jay B. Ledford, and Cameron Jezeierski of Maryland, Nevada, and Texas, respectively, allegedly persuaded investors across the country that they could make a profit by purchasing consumer debt portfolios that would either have their debt collected upon or be sold to other debt buyers. Instead, the defendants used the money to purchase expensive homes, boats, jewelry, and at least 25 cars, as well as lead a generally lavish lifestyle. To conceal the fraud, the defendants allegedly created fake debt selling companies, bank accounts, and brokers, and generated false contracts, records, and reports. They face both criminal charges from the DOJ and civil charges from the SEC, and if convicted, face both financial penalties as well as decades in prison for the combined charges. USAO MD; SEC

September 17, 2018

A father and son duo have been sentenced to decades in prison and are to pay over $1 million in restitution for defrauding small businesses, the Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Small Business Administration (SBA). After being hired to help small businesses win contracts with the USDA, father Joseph Glenn Osborne, Sr. allegedly stole over half a million dollars paid to his clients and used the money to buy himself a mansion. Father and son then conspired with others to fraudulently win contracts with the same agency for son Joseph Glenn Osborne, II's business, and were awarded five contracts worth over $4 million. After the contracts were terminated for default—and company funds were used to fund renovations for the aforementioned mansion and extravagant nights out—they attempted to fraudulently win contracts with the SBA. USAO SDCA

August 13, 2018

Nurse practitioner Sandra Haar, founder and chief executive officer of Horisons Unlimited, a non-profit provider of health and dental services in Merced, California, pleaded guilty to health care fraud and conspiracy to receive kickbacks.  Haar's scheme billed for services that were not rendered or were medically unnecessary, even submitting bills for office visits with doctors when, in fact, patients were met in local parking lots and given Suboxone, an opioid medication, in plastic baggies.   Haar also received thousands in kickbacks from a laboratory in exchange for sending Horisons patients to the lab.  ED CA (later sentencing and civil settlement here)

September 9, 2015

Donovan Davis Jr., a former principal of Capital Blu Management, LLC, was sentenced to 17 years in federal prison on multiple counts of criminal conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering in connection with the operation of a fraudulent $17 million commodity pool.  CFTC

April 23, 2015

German-based Deutsche Bank AG and its UK-based subsidiary DB Group Services (UK) Limited agreed to pay more than $2.5 billion to settle US and UK allegations relating to their role in manipulating and false reporting of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) and Euribor.  In addition to the monetary payout, DB Group Services agreed to plead guilty to wire fraud and Deutsche Bank entered into a deferred prosecution agreement to resolve wire fraud and price-fixing charges. The settlement payment consists of an $800 million CFTC penalty, a $600 million penalty payable to the New York Department of Financial Services, $344 million payable to the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) action, and criminal penalties and disgorgement payable in an agreement with DOJ, including a $150 million fine payable by DB Group Services and a $625 million penalty payable by Deutsche Bank.  DOJ; CFTC; NY
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