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  • Former Pfeiffer University CFO Pleads Guilty To Fraud
    GREENSBORO, N.C. - Matthew G.T. Martin, United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina, announced today that JEFFREY BYRON PLYLER, of Albemarle, North Carolina, pleaded guilty in federal court in Greensboro to a felony charge of making a materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statement. PLYLER, age 57, pleaded guilty before United States District Judge William L. Osteen, Jr. in connection with a forged signature on an Internal Revenue Service Form W-9. PLYLER forged the signature in order to receive payment from Pfeiffer University on a fraudulent invoice. “Mr. Plyler held a position of trust as CFO of Pfeiffer University. Instead of fulfilling that trust, he exploited it for his own gain. Let this be a lesson that federal authorities will address fraud in this district,” said U.S. Attorney Martin. “I commend the FBI, U.S. Postal Investigation Service, and AUSA McFadden for their excellent work.” PLYLER served as Pfeiffer University’s Vice-President for Financial Services and Chief Financial Officer. During a review of insurance invoices, Pfeiffer’s Controller of Financial Operations noted that the university was paying a significant amount of money for insurance commission/agent fees and an audit ensued. The audit uncovered several irregular invoices allegedly related to insurance commission/agent fees and consulting work completed by Circle One, Senn Dunn, and Leggett. Investigation revealed that PLYLER was listed as the registered agent for Circle One and Leggett in documents filed with the North Carolina Secretary of State, and engaged in business under the assumed business name of Senn Dunn according ... read more
    Source: DOJ – Middle NCPublished on 2019-04-14
    6 days ago
  • Duke University Agrees To Pay U.S. $112.5 Million To Settle False Claims Act Allegations Related To Scientific Research Misconduct
    WASHINGTON – Duke University has agreed to pay the government $112.5 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by submitting applications and progress reports that contained falsified research on federal grants to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Justice Department announced today. “The resources utilized by NIH and EPA to fund important research and clinical programs across the nation are limited,” said Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt for the Department of Justice’s Civil Division.  “Today’s settlement demonstrates that the Department of Justice will pursue grantees that knowingly falsify research and undermine the integrity of federal funding decisions.” “Taxpayers expect and deserve that federal grant dollars will be used efficiently and honestly.  Individuals and institutions that receive research funding from the federal government must be scrupulous in conducting research for the common good and rigorous in rooting out fraud,” said Matthew G.T. Martin, United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina.  “May this serve as a lesson that the use of false or fabricated data in grant applications or reports is completely unacceptable.” Duke is a private university located in Durham, North Carolina. Duke receives millions of dollars in funding from NIH and the EPA for hundreds of grants each year.  The settlement resolves allegations that between 2006 and 2018, Duke knowingly submitted and caused to be submitted claims to the NIH and to the EPA that contained falsified or fabricated data or statements in 30 grants, ... read more
    Source: DOJ – Middle NCPublished on 2019-03-24
    4 weeks ago
  • Rowan County Man Sentenced To 156 Months In Federal Prison For Selling Heroin
    GREENSBORO, N.C. – A Rowan County man was sentenced to federal prison on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, for distributing heroin, announced Matthew G.T. Martin, United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina. CURTIS CARL COWAN, age 53, of Salisbury, North Carolina, pleaded guilty on December 3, 2018, to one count of distribution of heroin. COWAN was sentenced by United States District Judge William L. Osteen, Jr. to 156 months of imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised release. He was a “career offender” under federal law, based on his prior convictions for second degree kidnapping, attempted second degree kidnapping, and extortion. On both May 15, 2017 and April 12, 2017, COWAN sold approximately 1 gram of heroin to a confidential informant working with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office. Both transactions occurred in the public parking lots of retail businesses located in Salisbury, North Carolina. This case was investigated by the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Terry M. Meinecke. ### ... read more
    Source: DOJ – Middle NCPublished on 2019-03-20
    1 month ago
  • Known Gang Associate Sentenced To Over 15 Years In Federal Prison
    GREENSBORO, N.C. B  A Greensboro resident and known gang associate was sentenced on March 11, 2019, in federal court in Greensboro, announced United States Attorney Matthew G.T. Martin of the Middle District of North Carolina.  The Honorable William L. Osteen, II, sentenced Derrick Jerell STREETER, 23, of Greensboro, North Carolina, to a 186 month term of imprisonment on charges of felon in possession of a firearm.  In addition to 186 months imprisonment, STREETER was ordered to serve five years of supervised release after completing his sentence.  STREETER pleaded guilty in December 2018. On June 12, 2018, members of the Greensboro Police Department Violent Criminal Apprehension Team and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation were conducting surveillance at the Super 8 Motel, located at 2108 W. Meadowview Road in Greensboro, North Carolina, in an attempt to locate a wanted subject. The wanted subject, STREETER, had several outstanding warrants for a burglary where several firearms were stolen. During surveillance STREETER and another person exited the front door of the motel and entered a 2013 Hyundai Elantra.  The car exited the motel parking lot with STREETER in the front passenger seat. GPD VCAT stopped the car at the intersection of Rehobeth Church Road and Vandalia Road in Greensboro. GPD VCAT detectives approached the vehicle and ordered STREETER to exit from the passenger door. STREETER complied with the commands and was taken into custody. While being taken into custody STREETER acknowledged that he had a gun in his back pocket. GPD VCAT detectives located ... read more
    Source: DOJ – Middle NCPublished on 2019-03-12
    1 month ago
  • Middle District of North Carolina U.S. Attorney’s Office Collects More Than $2.2 Million in Civil and Criminal Actions for U.S. Taxpayers in Fiscal Year 2018
    Greensboro, NC - U.S. Attorney Matthew G.T. Martin announced today that the Middle District of North Carolina collected $2,235,279.81 in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year 2018. Of this amount, $1,719,336.45 was collected in criminal actions and $515,943.36 was collected in civil actions. Additionally, the Middle District of North Carolina worked with other U.S. Attorney’s Offices and components of the Department of Justice to collect an additional $48,379.33 in cases pursued jointly by these offices. Of this amount, $1,250.21 was collected in criminal actions and $47,129.12 was collected in civil actions. As a whole, the Justice Department collected nearly $15 billion in civil and criminal actions in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2018. The $14,839,821,650 in collections in FY 2018 represents nearly seven times the appropriated $2.13 billion ($2,136,750,000) budget for the 94 U.S. Attorneys’ offices. “The men and women of the U.S. Attorneys’ offices across the country work diligently, day in and day out, to see that the citizens of our nation receive justice. The money that we are able to recover for victims and this country as a whole is a direct result of their hard work,” Director James A. Crowell, IV, Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys. “Our office is dedicated to protecting our citizens, safeguarding taxpayer resources, and recovering ill-gotten gains from fraud, drug offenses, and other crimes and returning those funds to victims and to the treasury,” said United States Attorney Martin. “In FY2018, our office honored its ongoing commitment to seek justice for ... read more
    Source: DOJ – Middle NCPublished on 2019-03-12
    1 month ago
  • Randolph County Resident Pleads Guilty To Federal Credit Card Fraud Charges
    GREENSBORO, N.C. - Matthew G.T. Martin, United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina, announced today that ANTHONY THOMAS HARRELSON, 39, of Sophia, North Carolina, pleaded guilty in federal court in Greensboro before the Honorable N. Carlton Tilly, to seven felony charges of use of an unauthorized access device (i.e., a credit card). HARRELSON pleaded guilty to using credit cards fraudulently obtained from J.P. Morgan Chase Bank and American Express. The indictment alleges that HARRELSON purchased merchandise, jewelry, gold coins, meals at restaurants, vehicles, and firearm parts in excess of $350,161.47 with the fraudulent credit cards. The exact amount of the loss will be determined by the Court at sentencing. The defendant faces a maximum potential penalty of seventy years imprisonment. The plea agreement requires HARRELSON to make restitution and to forfeit money and goods acquired from use of the fraudulent credit cards. Sentencing is scheduled for federal court in Greensboro on June 27, 2019, at 2 p.m. The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Randolph County Sheriff's Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Frank J. Chut, Jr. and Steven N. Baker. ### ... read more
    Source: DOJ – Middle NCPublished on 2019-03-07
    1 month ago
  • North Carolina Mental Health Company Owner Sentenced To 60 Months In Prison On Health Care Fraud And Tax Evasion Charges
    WASHINGTON - The owner of a North Carolina mental health company was sentenced to prison today for the submission of false claims to Medicaid and tax evasion, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Matthew G.T. Martin for the Middle District of North Carolina. Catinia Denise Farrington, a resident of Cypress, Texas, was sentenced to 60 months in prison on each count to run concurrently by U.S. District Court Judge N. Carlton Tilley, Jr. of the Middle District of North Carolina. On September 4, 2018, Farrington pleaded guilty to one count of health care fraud conspiracy and one count of tax evasion for the tax year 2014. According to the documents filed with the court, Farrington owned Durham County Mental Health and Behavioral Health Services, LLC (“DCMBHS”) in Durham, North Carolina. From 2011 through 2015, Farrington submitted thousands of false claims to Medicaid for services that were not performed, resulting in approximately $4 million in wrongful payments to DCMBHS. During the relevant period, Haydn Thomas worked as an office manager for an oral surgeon and provided Farrington with the names and Medicaid identification numbers of dental patients. The patient information was used to submit the false claims to Medicaid.   In addition, Farrington earned more than $1.1 million from DCMBHS and evaded income taxes on this money by transferring funds to various business bank accounts and paying personal expenses from the business bank accounts while failing to file tax returns. ... read more
    Source: DOJ – Middle NCPublished on 2019-02-28
    2 months ago
  • Kannapolis Man Sentenced in Production of Child Pornography Case
    GREENSBORO, N.C. – A man who pleaded guilty to production of child pornography was sentenced today, announced Matthew G.T. Martin, United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina. ANTHONY JAMES BARRY, 19, of Kannapolis, North Carolina, pleaded guilty on November 7, 2018, to one count of production of child pornography. He was sentenced by United States Chief District Judge Thomas D. Schroeder to 204 months of imprisonment followed by 10 years of supervised release. In April 2018, an adult woman made a report to the Boone Police Department (BPD) that an individual, purporting to be a modeling agent, was attempting to extort her via Snapchat; a mobile messaging application. BPD Detective Jason Reid’s subsequent investigation revealed that the IP addresses used by the suspect resolved to BARRY’s residence in Rowan County. Detective Reid also discovered that BARRY had used Snapchat to attempt to extort sexual images from numerous minors and to trade child pornography. During a May 2018 incident, BARRY, purporting to be a government agency, coerced an 11 year old girl to produce a child pornography image of her sleeping 10 year old sister. On July 27, 2018, law enforcement agents arrested BARRY and searched his home. BARRY admitted that he found his victims by perusing LiveMe; a social media application that enables users to broadcast themselves and is popular with young people. He also admitted to trading child pornography and recalled extorting the 11 year old girl. This case was investigated by the Boone Police Department, ... read more
    Source: DOJ – Middle NCPublished on 2019-02-28
    2 months ago
  • Virginia Man Charged With Use Of Firearms And Stolen Car In Relation To Attempted Crime Of Interstate Domestic Violence
    GREENSBORO, N.C. – A federal grand jury in Greensboro, North Carolina, returned a three count indictment charging Steve Brantley Spence of Norfolk, Virginia, with interstate transportation of a stolen motor vehicle, traveling with the intent to kill, injure, harass, and intimidate in an attempt to commit a crime of domestic violence, and using and carrying firearms in relation to a crime of violence, announced Matt Martin, United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina. The indictment alleges that on December 3, 2018, Steve Brantley Spence, age 29, transported a stolen 2015 Mercedes Benz ML350 from Virginia to North Carolina, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2312. The indictment further alleges that on December 3, 2018, Spence traveled from Virginia to Greensboro, N.C., with the intent to kill, injure, harass, and intimidate two persons, each of whom then was a spouse, intimate partner, or dating partner of Spence, and in the attempt to commit a crime of violence, Spence possessed two handguns, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2261(a)(1). The indictment further alleges that on December 3, 2018, Spence did carry and use, by brandishing, two handguns, during and in relation to a crime of interstate domestic violence, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 924(c). An indictment is merely an allegation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted, Spence faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $250,000 fine. “Let there be no doubt, we will not tolerate people crossing state ... read more
    Source: DOJ – Middle NCPublished on 2019-02-25
    2 months ago
  • Man Sentenced After Being Caught With Child Pornography In Moore County
    GREENSBORO, N.C. – A man who pleaded guilty to receipt of child pornography was sentenced today, announced Matthew G.T. Martin, United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina. KEVIN SCOTT SMITH, 40, of Lumberton, North Carolina, pleaded guilty on August 10, 2018, to one count of receipt of child pornography. He was sentenced by United States District Judge William L. Osteen, Jr. to 72 months of imprisonment followed by 10 years of supervised release. SMITH first came to the attention of investigators with Moore County Sheriff’s Office as the result of a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) CyberTipline report made by a cloud storage service provider. NCMEC’s CyberTipline is the nation’s centralized reporting system for online sexual exploitation of children. As a member of the North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, the Moore County Sheriff’s Office receives and investigates CyberTipline reports. In March 2018, detectives with the Moore County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on a residence in Pinebluff, North Carolina where SMITH had been living and placed him under arrest. “This case exemplifies how excellent federal, state, and local law enforcement coordination can protect our children from exploitation. Thank you to the Moore County Sheriff’s Office for participating in the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force,” said U.S. Attorney Martin. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Eric L. Iverson. It was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative by the Department of Justice to ... read more
    Source: DOJ – Middle NCPublished on 2019-02-14
    2 months ago
  • Man Sentenced After Being Caught With Child Pornography In Moore County
    GREENSBORO, N.C. – A man who pleaded guilty to receipt of child pornography was sentenced today, announced Matthew G.T. Martin, United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina. KEVIN SCOTT SMITH, 40, of Lumberton, North Carolina, pleaded guilty on August 10, 2018, to one count of receipt of child pornography. He was sentenced by United States District Judge William L. Osteen, Jr. to 72 months of imprisonment followed by 10 years of supervised release. SMITH first came to the attention of investigators with Moore County Sheriff’s Office as the result of a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) CyberTipline report made by a cloud storage service provider. NCMEC’s CyberTipline is the nation’s centralized reporting system for online sexual exploitation of children. As a member of the North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, the Moore County Sheriff’s Office receives and investigates CyberTipline reports. In March 2018, detectives with the Moore County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on a residence in Pinebluff, North Carolina where SMITH had been living and placed him under arrest. “This case exemplifies how excellent federal, state, and local law enforcement coordination can protect our children from exploitation. Thank you to the Moore County Sheriff’s Office for participating in the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force,” said U.S. Attorney Martin. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Eric L. Iverson. It was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative by the Department of Justice to ... read more
    Source: DOJ – Middle NCPublished on 2019-02-14
    2 months ago
  • Laurinburg Man Sentenced To 180 Months In Prison For Firearms And Drug Charges
    GREENSBORO, N.C. – A Laurinburg man who sold firearms and cocaine was sentenced to federal prison today, announced Matthew G.T. Martin, United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina. VONERIC LAQUANE PRIMUS pleaded guilty on September 5, 2018, to six counts of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, four counts of distribution of cocaine base (“crack”), and one count of possessing a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime. PRIMUS was sentenced by United States District Judge N. Carlton Tilley Jr. to 180 months of imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised release. On six occasions beginning on May 2, 2018, and ending on June 6, 2018, PRIMUS sold firearms and crack cocaine to a confidential informant working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. PRIMUS sold a total of seven handguns and approximately 252 grams of crack cocaine during that period, with all of those sales occurring in Scotland County, North Carolina. PRIMUS had previously been convicted of state felonies for discharging a weapon into occupied property, possession of a firearm by a felon, and possession of a Schedule II controlled substance. This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Laurinburg Police Department, and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anand P. Ramaswamy for the Middle District of North Carolina. ### ... read more
    Source: DOJ – Middle NCPublished on 2019-02-14
    2 months ago
  • Laurinburg Man Sentenced To 180 Months In Prison For Firearms And Drug Charges
    GREENSBORO, N.C. – A Laurinburg man who sold firearms and cocaine was sentenced to federal prison today, announced Matthew G.T. Martin, United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina. VONERIC LAQUANE PRIMUS pleaded guilty on September 5, 2018, to six counts of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, four counts of distribution of cocaine base (“crack”), and one count of possessing a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime. PRIMUS was sentenced by United States District Judge N. Carlton Tilley Jr. to 180 months of imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised release. On six occasions beginning on May 2, 2018, and ending on June 6, 2018, PRIMUS sold firearms and crack cocaine to a confidential informant working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. PRIMUS sold a total of seven handguns and approximately 252 grams of crack cocaine during that period, with all of those sales occurring in Scotland County, North Carolina. PRIMUS had previously been convicted of state felonies for discharging a weapon into occupied property, possession of a firearm by a felon, and possession of a Schedule II controlled substance. This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Laurinburg Police Department, and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anand P. Ramaswamy for the Middle District of North Carolina. ### ... read more
    Source: DOJ – Middle NCPublished on 2019-02-14
    2 months ago
  • Financial Advisor Sentenced To 28 Months In Prison For Misappropriating Funds From NFL Players
    GREENSBORO, N.C. - A Florida financial advisor who provided financial services to professional athletes was sentenced to prison today for conspiring to commit wire fraud and money laundering, announced Matthew G.T. Martin, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina. Jason Christopher JERNIGAN, age 44, a resident of Miramar, Florida, was sentenced to 28 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge N. Carlton Tilley, Jr. of the Middle District of North Carolina. According to court documents, JERNIGAN, along with his business partner Michael Rowan, operated Capital Management Wealth Advisors, Inc. (“CMG”) and APS Management, LLC (“APS”) in High Point, North Carolina. Through CMG and APS, JERNIGAN and Rowan provided financial and investment services to professional athletes, including players in the National Football League. From 2008 through 2014, JERNIGAN used his access to his clients’ bank accounts to convert and misappropriate approximately $1.48 million. On March 7, 2018, JERNIGAN pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering. JERNIGAN’s business partner, Michael Rowan, was sentenced in April 2017 to 65 months in prison for wire fraud and filing a false 2011 tax return. In addition to the term of imprisonment imposed, JERNIGAN was order to serve three years of supervised release and to pay restitution in the amount of $1,290,980 to the victims/clients. U.S. Attorney Martin stated, “Fighting fraud is a priority of our office. I commend the excellent work of the special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation and US Postal Inspection Service who investigated ... read more
    Source: DOJ – Middle NCPublished on 2019-02-13
    2 months ago
  • Financial Advisor Sentenced To 28 Months In Prison For Misappropriating Funds From NFL Players
    GREENSBORO, N.C. - A Florida financial advisor who provided financial services to professional athletes was sentenced to prison today for conspiring to commit wire fraud and money laundering, announced Matthew G.T. Martin, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina. Jason Christopher JERNIGAN, age 44, a resident of Miramar, Florida, was sentenced to 28 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge N. Carlton Tilley, Jr. of the Middle District of North Carolina. According to court documents, JERNIGAN, along with his business partner Michael Rowan, operated Capital Management Wealth Advisors, Inc. (“CMG”) and APS Management, LLC (“APS”) in High Point, North Carolina. Through CMG and APS, JERNIGAN and Rowan provided financial and investment services to professional athletes, including players in the National Football League. From 2008 through 2014, JERNIGAN used his access to his clients’ bank accounts to convert and misappropriate approximately $1.48 million. On March 7, 2018, JERNIGAN pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering. JERNIGAN’s business partner, Michael Rowan, was sentenced in April 2017 to 65 months in prison for wire fraud and filing a false 2011 tax return. In addition to the term of imprisonment imposed, JERNIGAN was order to serve three years of supervised release and to pay restitution in the amount of $1,290,980 to the victims/clients. U.S. Attorney Martin stated, “Fighting fraud is a priority of our office. I commend the excellent work of the special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation and US Postal Inspection Service who investigated ... read more
    Source: DOJ – Middle NCPublished on 2019-02-13
    2 months ago
  • Durham Woman Who Defrauded Elderly Victim Pleads Guilty
    Winston-Salem, N.C. – A woman who embezzled from an older person for whom she was a caretaker pleaded guilty to federal charges on Friday, February 8, announced United States Attorney Matthew G.T. Martin for the Middle District of North Carolina. Teresa Denise Schneider, 52, of Durham, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud and one count of wire fraud, in front of the Honorable Loretta C. Biggs, United States District Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina. “We should honor our elders, not steal from them. Ms. Schneider abused her position of trust as caretaker. We will aggressively pursue those who commit such acts,” said U.S. Attorney Martin, adding, “I commend the Department of Treasury Task Force, NC SBI, and AUSA Chut who worked diligently to make sure this defendant is held accountable for exploiting a vulnerable victim and abusing the trust of the victim’s family.” According to court documents, Schneider began caring for the victim in 2010 and continued to do so until the victim’s death of natural causes at the age of ninety in 2013. During this time, family members of the victim, who visited almost daily, became concerned about Schneider’s involvement in the victim’s finances. In September 2011, a family member instructed Schneider to provide monthly copies of all bank and credit card statements. Schneider complied, but after the victim’s death, the family discovered that the account statements Schneider provided had been altered to remove or conceal transfers of funds to Schneider. In ... read more
    Source: DOJ – Middle NCPublished on 2019-02-10
    2 months ago
  • Durham Woman Who Defrauded Elderly Victim Pleads Guilty
    Winston-Salem, N.C. – A woman who embezzled from an older person for whom she was a caretaker pleaded guilty to federal charges on Friday, February 8, announced United States Attorney Matthew G.T. Martin for the Middle District of North Carolina. Teresa Denise Schneider, 52, of Durham, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud and one count of wire fraud, in front of the Honorable Loretta C. Biggs, United States District Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina. “We should honor our elders, not steal from them. Ms. Schneider abused her position of trust as caretaker. We will aggressively pursue those who commit such acts,” said U.S. Attorney Martin, adding, “I commend the Department of Treasury Task Force, NC SBI, and AUSA Chut who worked diligently to make sure this defendant is held accountable for exploiting a vulnerable victim and abusing the trust of the victim’s family.” According to court documents, Schneider began caring for the victim in 2010 and continued to do so until the victim’s death of natural causes at the age of ninety in 2013. During this time, family members of the victim, who visited almost daily, became concerned about Schneider’s involvement in the victim’s finances. In September 2011, a family member instructed Schneider to provide monthly copies of all bank and credit card statements. Schneider complied, but after the victim’s death, the family discovered that the account statements Schneider provided had been altered to remove or conceal transfers of funds to Schneider. In ... read more
    Source: DOJ – Middle NCPublished on 2019-02-10
    2 months ago
  • Middle District of North Carolina Recognizes Outstanding Law Enforcement Officers, Agency
    GREENSBORO, N.C. – Matthew G.T. Martin, United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina, presented awards to representatives from three local law enforcement agencies for their outstanding accomplishments during the year. Individual awards were presented to Detective Chrystal Overcash of the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office and Detective David Walker of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. An award for outstanding law enforcement agency was presented to the Burlington Police Department Gang and Violent Crimes Unit. Award recipient: Detective Chrystal Overcash, Guilford County Sheriff’s Office While assigned as a Task Force Officer to the Treasury Office of Inspector General, Detective Chrystal Overcash was instrumental in the prosecution of Kimberly Hobson. Hobson defrauded High Point Regional Hospital, using her position in the hospital’s financial department, embezzling almost 4 million dollars from the hospital, to the detriment of the hospital and the community it serves. Thanks in large part to Detective Overcash’s efforts, the federal prosecution of Hobson was successful. Hobson pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 102 months imprisonment and ordered to pay $3.8M in restitution. In addition, we were able to seize and forfeit the cash in Hobson’s bank accounts, 12 vehicles (including 2 in Romania), numerous items of personal property, and Hobson’s residence. Award recipient: Detective David Walker, Orange County Sheriff’s Office During 2018, while assigned as a Task Force Officer to the Drug Enforcement Administration/Raleigh Office, Detective Walker served as the primary agent on the Roderick Lamar Sanford investigation. Sanford and four coconspirators were engaged in the distribution ... read more
    Source: DOJ – Middle NCPublished on 2019-01-31
    3 months ago
  • Middle District of North Carolina Recognizes Outstanding Law Enforcement Officers, Agency
    GREENSBORO, N.C. – Matthew G.T. Martin, United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina, presented awards to representatives from three local law enforcement agencies for their outstanding accomplishments during the year. Individual awards were presented to Detective Chrystal Overcash of the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office and Detective David Walker of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. An award for outstanding law enforcement agency was presented to the Burlington Police Department Gang and Violent Crimes Unit. Award recipient: Detective Chrystal Overcash, Guilford County Sheriff’s Office While assigned as a Task Force Officer to the Treasury Office of Inspector General, Detective Chrystal Overcash was instrumental in the prosecution of Kimberly Hobson. Hobson defrauded High Point Regional Hospital, using her position in the hospital’s financial department, embezzling almost 4 million dollars from the hospital, to the detriment of the hospital and the community it serves. Thanks in large part to Detective Overcash’s efforts, the federal prosecution of Hobson was successful. Hobson pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 102 months imprisonment and ordered to pay $3.8M in restitution. In addition, we were able to seize and forfeit the cash in Hobson’s bank accounts, 12 vehicles (including 2 in Romania), numerous items of personal property, and Hobson’s residence. Award recipient: Detective David Walker, Orange County Sheriff’s Office During 2018, while assigned as a Task Force Officer to the Drug Enforcement Administration/Raleigh Office, Detective Walker served as the primary agent on the Roderick Lamar Sanford investigation. Sanford and four coconspirators were engaged in the distribution ... read more
    Source: DOJ – Middle NCPublished on 2019-01-31
    3 months ago
  • Justice Department Settles Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim Against Honda Aircraft Company LLC
    WASHINGTON – The Justice Department today reached a settlement agreement with Honda Aircraft Company LLC (Honda Aircraft), a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co. Inc., and subsidiary of Honda Motor Co. Ltd., that manufactures and sells business jet aircrafts. The settlement resolves a claim that Honda Aircraft, headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, refused to consider or hire certain work-authorized non-U.S. citizens because of their citizenship status, in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act’s (INA) anti-discrimination provision. The Department’s independent investigation determined that between August 2015 and December 2016, Honda Aircraft published at least 25 job postings that unlawfully required applicants to have a specific citizenship status to be considered for the vacancies. The Department concluded that the company’s unlawful practice of restricting job vacancies to U.S. citizens and in some cases, to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPR), was based on a misunderstanding of the requirements under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The discriminatory job postings were published on Honda Aircraft’s website and several third-party websites. “The Department of Justice is committed to ensuring that employers do not unlawfully exclude non-U.S. citizens because of their citizenship status,” said Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband of the Civil Rights Division. “Employers who are subject to the ITAR or the EAR should carefully review their responsibilities under anti-discrimination statutes.” The ITAR regulates specific exports of defense articles and services, and – absent State Department authorization – limits access to certain sensitive ... read more
    Source: DOJ – Middle NCPublished on 2019-01-31
    3 months ago
  • Justice Department Settles Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim Against Honda Aircraft Company LLC
    WASHINGTON – The Justice Department today reached a settlement agreement with Honda Aircraft Company LLC (Honda Aircraft), a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co. Inc., and subsidiary of Honda Motor Co. Ltd., that manufactures and sells business jet aircrafts. The settlement resolves a claim that Honda Aircraft, headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, refused to consider or hire certain work-authorized non-U.S. citizens because of their citizenship status, in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act’s (INA) anti-discrimination provision. The Department’s independent investigation determined that between August 2015 and December 2016, Honda Aircraft published at least 25 job postings that unlawfully required applicants to have a specific citizenship status to be considered for the vacancies. The Department concluded that the company’s unlawful practice of restricting job vacancies to U.S. citizens and in some cases, to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPR), was based on a misunderstanding of the requirements under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The discriminatory job postings were published on Honda Aircraft’s website and several third-party websites. “The Department of Justice is committed to ensuring that employers do not unlawfully exclude non-U.S. citizens because of their citizenship status,” said Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband of the Civil Rights Division. “Employers who are subject to the ITAR or the EAR should carefully review their responsibilities under anti-discrimination statutes.” The ITAR regulates specific exports of defense articles and services, and – absent State Department authorization – limits access to certain sensitive ... read more
    Source: DOJ – Middle NCPublished on 2019-01-31
    3 months ago
  • Doctor Pleads Guilty To Obstructing the IRS
    WASHINGTON - A medical doctor pleaded guilty to corruptly obstructing the due administration of the internal revenue laws yesterday, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina Matthew G.T. Martin. According to court documents, Dr. Joseph Jacob Hummel purchased the home of an acquaintance, only to be repaid for the purchase a short time later.  When Special Agents with Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS) interviewed Dr. Hummel about this real estate transaction, he falsely stated that he rented the property to the original owner and then sent the agents a sham lease, supporting this statement.  Hummel faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison.  He also faces a period of supervised release and monetary penalties. Sentencing is scheduled for March 26, 2019. Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Zuckerman and United States Attorney Martin thanked special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation, who conducted the investigation, and Trial Attorney Kevin Schneider of the Tax Division and Assistant United States Attorney Frank Chut, who are prosecuting the case. # # # ... read more
    Source: DOJ – Middle NCPublished on 2018-12-11
    4 months ago
  • Doctor Pleads Guilty To Obstructing the IRS
    WASHINGTON - A medical doctor pleaded guilty to corruptly obstructing the due administration of the internal revenue laws yesterday, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina Matthew G.T. Martin. According to court documents, Dr. Joseph Jacob Hummel purchased the home of an acquaintance, only to be repaid for the purchase a short time later.  When Special Agents with Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS) interviewed Dr. Hummel about this real estate transaction, he falsely stated that he rented the property to the original owner and then sent the agents a sham lease, supporting this statement.  Hummel faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison.  He also faces a period of supervised release and monetary penalties. Sentencing is scheduled for March 26, 2019. Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Zuckerman and United States Attorney Martin thanked special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation, who conducted the investigation, and Trial Attorney Kevin Schneider of the Tax Division and Assistant United States Attorney Frank Chut, who are prosecuting the case. # # # ... read more
    Source: DOJ – Middle NCPublished on 2018-12-11
    4 months ago
  • Former Federal Contractors Plead Guilty to Federal Contract Fraud Conspiracy
    George Patton and Henry Patton both pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiring to defraud the United States, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Matthew G.T. Martin for the Middle District of North Carolina. George Patton also pleaded guilty to evading payment of his individual income taxes. According to documents filed with the court, George Patton owned businesses that were registered to do business with the federal government, but he was eventually debarred from conducting such business. During this time, George Patton, his wife, Lindsey Patton, and his brother, Henry Patton then conspired to form new contracting businesses for which Lindsey Patton and Henry Patton acted as nominee owners, but which George Patton controlled.  Under this arrangement, the conspirators obtained federal contracts totaling over $10 million.  In order to conceal the income that he earned from the businesses, George Patton instructed his co-conspirators first to deposit funds from the businesses into bank accounts in their names and then transfer the funds to him.  George Patton further concealed his income by directing his co-conspirators to deposit the funds in amounts less than $10,000 to evade currency-reporting requirements. George Patton and Lindsey Patton filed income tax returns for the 2006 through 2008 and 2013 tax years, which reported approximately $61,000 in taxes, which they have evaded paying.  The total tax loss associated with their conduct, including penalties and interest, is over $107,000. Lindsey Patton pleaded guilty on November 9, 2018 to conspiring ... read more
    Source: DOJ – Middle NCPublished on 2018-11-13
    5 months ago
  • Former Federal Contractors Plead Guilty to Federal Contract Fraud Conspiracy
    George Patton and Henry Patton both pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiring to defraud the United States, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Matthew G.T. Martin for the Middle District of North Carolina. George Patton also pleaded guilty to evading payment of his individual income taxes. According to documents filed with the court, George Patton owned businesses that were registered to do business with the federal government, but he was eventually debarred from conducting such business. During this time, George Patton, his wife, Lindsey Patton, and his brother, Henry Patton then conspired to form new contracting businesses for which Lindsey Patton and Henry Patton acted as nominee owners, but which George Patton controlled.  Under this arrangement, the conspirators obtained federal contracts totaling over $10 million.  In order to conceal the income that he earned from the businesses, George Patton instructed his co-conspirators first to deposit funds from the businesses into bank accounts in their names and then transfer the funds to him.  George Patton further concealed his income by directing his co-conspirators to deposit the funds in amounts less than $10,000 to evade currency-reporting requirements. George Patton and Lindsey Patton filed income tax returns for the 2006 through 2008 and 2013 tax years, which reported approximately $61,000 in taxes, which they have evaded paying.  The total tax loss associated with their conduct, including penalties and interest, is over $107,000. Lindsey Patton pleaded guilty on November 9, 2018 to conspiring ... read more
    Source: DOJ – Middle NCPublished on 2018-11-13
    5 months ago
  • Laurinburg Man Sentenced To 50 Months In Prison For Possession Of A Firearm By A Convicted Felon
    GREENSBORO, N.C. – A Laurinburg man who fled from police into an occupied home was sentenced to federal prison today, announced Matthew G.T. Martin, United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina. JERRY LEE ELLERBE JR. pleaded guilty on August 8, 2018, to possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon. ELLERBE was sentenced byUnited States District JudgeWilliam L. Osteen Jr. to 50 months of imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release. On April 16, 2018, Laurinburg Police Sergeant Zachary Van Horn attempted to stop the car ELLERBE was driving, after seeing ELLERBE fail to observe a stop sign. ELLERBE did not stop when Sgt. Van Horn used his police blue lights and siren, and instead, took off at a high rate of speed, running through other stops signs and coming to a stop on a dead-end road. ELLERBE fled on foot into a wooded area near a residential neighborhood. Sgt. Van Horn saw a woman outside a residence who told him that someone just ran inside her house. ELLERBE then came out of that house and was detained by police. Officers returned to the car from which ELLERBE fled and found a Glock .357 pistol on the driver’s seat, loaded with 15 rounds in the magazine and one round in the chamber. They also found marijuana, a digital scale, and pills. ELLERBE had been convicted in Scotland County of felony possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, and was on supervised probation at the ... read more
    Source: DOJ – Middle NCPublished on 2018-11-01
    6 months ago
  • U.S. Attorney Matthew Martin Announces Progress in Making our Communities Safer through Project Safe Neighborhoods and PSN Grant Funding
    GREENSBORO, N.C. -- One year ago today, the Department of Justice announced the revitalization and enhancement of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), which Attorney General Sessions has made the centerpiece of the Department’s violent crime reduction strategy. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime. Throughout the past year, we have partnered with all levels of law enforcement, local organizations, and members of the community to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice has also announced that the Middle District of North Carolina will receive $298,143 in PSN grant funding to strengthen PSN programs in this district. “Project Safe Neighborhoods is a proven program with demonstrated results,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said. “We know that the most effective strategy to reduce violent crime is based on sound policing policies that have proven effective over many years, which includes being targeted and responsive to community needs. I have empowered our United States Attorneys to focus enforcement efforts against the most violent criminals in their districts, and directed that they work together with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and community partners to develop tailored ... read more
    Source: DOJ – Middle NCPublished on 2018-10-04
    7 months ago
  • North Carolina Tax Return Preparer Sentenced To Prison For Preparing Fraudulent Tax Returns
    WASHINGTON - A Winston-Salem, North Carolina resident, who is also licensed as an attorney in Georgia, was sentenced today to 13 months in prison for aiding and assisting in the preparation of fraudulent tax return, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney Richard Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Matthew G.T. Martin for the Middle District of North Carolina. According to documents and information provided to the court, between January and May 2015, Shannon DeWayne Patterson co-owned and operated tax preparation businesses named “Fast Tax” in the cities of Winston-Salem, Salisbury and Kannapolis, North Carolina.  Patterson instructed his employees to fabricate information on the tax returns they prepared, in an effort to increase the refunds paid to their clients.  Because of his actions, more than $60,000 in fraudulent tax refunds were sought from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  Patterson also filed false personal tax returns for 2014 and 2015, on which he underreported his income. In addition to the term of imprisonment, Patterson was sentenced to one year of supervised release, and was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $60,800 to the IRS. Two of Patterson’s Winston-Salem employees, Kristyn Dion Daney and Rakeem Scales, pleaded guilty in April to preparing a false tax return for an IRS undercover agent and are awaiting sentencing. Patterson’s co-owner in Fast Tax, Claudia Shivers, has also pleaded guilty to conspiring with Patterson and is awaiting sentencing. Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney Zuckerman and U.S. Attorney Martin thanked special agents of ... read more
    Source: DOJ – Middle NCPublished on 2018-09-12
    7 months ago
  • Two Individuals Associated With A Mental Health Company Plead Guilty To Health Care Fraud And Tax Evasion
    WASHINGTON - Two individuals associated with a mental health company pleaded guilty to health care fraud related to the submission of false claims to Medicaid and tax evasion, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman and U.S. Attorney Matthew G.T. Martin for the Middle District of North Carolina. Haydn Thomas, 44, formerly of Durham, North Carolina, pleaded guilty today to one count of making a false statement relating to health care matters and one count of tax evasion.  Catinia Farrington, 44, also formerly of Durham, pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of health care fraud conspiracy and one count of tax evasion. According to documents and information provided to the court, Farrington owned Durham County Mental Health and Behavioral Health Services, LLC (“DCMBHS”) in Durham.  Farrington submitted false claims to Medicaid for mental health services that were not performed. From 2011 through 2015, Farrington submitted thousands of false claims to Medicaid that resulted in Medicaid paying approximately $4 million to DCMBHS. Also during the relevant period, Thomas worked as the practice manager for an oral surgeon and provided Farrington with name and Medicaid number of a dental patient, causing the filing of a false medical claim. Farrington and Thomas diverted millions of dollars from DCMBHS for their own personal use and evaded income taxes by, among other things, transferring money to various business bank accounts and paying personal expenses from the business bank accounts. The sentencing hearing for Farrington has been set for February 15, 2019.  The sentencing ... read more
    Source: DOJ – Middle NCPublished on 2018-09-04
    8 months ago
  • Kernersville Man Sentenced in Child Pornography Case
    GREENSBORO, N.C. – A Kernersville man who pleaded guilty to receipt of child pornography was sentenced today, announced Matthew G.T. Martin, United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina. WILLIAM MICHAEL FOURES, 45, of Kernersville, North Carolina, pleaded guilty on March 8, 2018, to one count of receipt of child pornography. He was sentenced by United States District Judge N. Carlton Tilley, Jr. to 78 months of imprisonment followed by 25 years of supervised release. In May 2017, Kernersville Police Department received a tip that FOURES possessed child pornography on his laptop computer. Police questioned FOURES and, with his permission, reviewed his web browser history. They then obtained a search warrant for his residence. The subsequent search revealed that FOURES possessed well over 1,000 image and numerous video files depicting child pornography. The files were stored on two laptops and 70 CDs. In addition, FOURES had used his printer to print over 100 of the child pornography images. When questioned, FOURES admitted to possessing the contraband for his sexual gratification. This case was investigated by the Kernersville Police Department, a member of the North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation conducted computer forensic analysis on the electronics seized and Homeland Security Investigations adopted the case for federal prosecution. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Eric L. Iverson. The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative by the Department of Justice to ... read more
    Source: DOJ – Middle NCPublished on 2018-08-30
    8 months ago
  • Two Men Sentenced For Gas Pump Card Skimming Bank Fraud Scheme Following Their Arrest In Salisbury, NC
    GREENSBORO, N.C. – Two men who were arrested last September in Salisbury, North Carolina, in a gas pump credit and debit card-skimming investigation were sentenced to federal prison today, announced Matthew G.T. Martin, United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina. ELIO ARTURO RODRIGUEZ-MENDEZ of Miami, Florida, and JEAN JESUS RODRIGUEZ-SILVA of Louisville, Kentucky, both pleaded guilty on May 10, 2018, to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud. Each was sentenced by United States District Judge William L. Osteen, Jr., to 33 months of imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release. They were also ordered to pay $21,931.09 in restitution. Authorities began investigating the fraud following a fraud victim’s complaint. By tracing the use of the stolen card information, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office identified two men on store security footage at various Walmart stores associated with purchases using that victim’s card and other cards. That surveillance also showed the two men consistently arrived and left the stores in a silver pick-up truck with Florida license plates. On September 7, 2017, an officer saw a pick-up truck matching that description and followed it to a hotel in Salisbury. The officer recognized one of the persons in the vehicle as a person seen on surveillance video associated with the credit/debit card fraud. Officers stopped the pick-up truck after it left the hotel. The driver was RODRIGUEZ-MENDEZ, 47, with passenger RODRIGUEZ-SILVA, 33. The pair was found to possess devices commonly found in card-skimming activity conducted at gas ... read more
    Source: DOJ – Middle NCPublished on 2018-08-23
    8 months ago
  • Two Men Sentenced For Separate Incidents Of Attempting To Sexually Exploit Minors Online
    GREENSBORO, N.C. – Two men who, in separate incidents, attempted to entice minors to engage in sexual activity were sentenced today, announced Matthew G.T. Martin, United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina. CHRISTOPHER JAMES WILSON, 36, of Cana, Virginia, pleaded guilty on April 9 2018, to one count of enticement of a minor and one count of attempted enticement of a minor. He was sentenced by United States District Judge Loretta Copeland Biggs to 250 months of imprisonment, followed by 20 years of supervised release. When WILSON committed the federal offense last year, he had twice been convicted of state sex offenses against minors, in 2003 and 2006, and was already a registered sex offender. In June 2017, a Stokes County mother reported that WILSON used Facebook to send her 12-year-old daughter a picture of WILSON’S genitalia, and a request that the girl send WILSON nude images of herself. Stokes County Deputy Sheriff Christopher Lawson received permission to take over the minor’s account in an undercover capacity, and Investigator Lawson then communicated with WILSON from June 15, 2017 to August 4, 2017. The messages WILSON sent to what he believed to be the 12-year-old girl contained sexually explicit content and direction to engage in sexual activity. This case was investigated by the Stokes County Sheriff’s Office, a member of the North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. ADRIAN RODRIGUEZ, 33, of Jamestown, North Carolina, pleaded guilty on April 9 2018, to one count of attempted ... read more
    Source: DOJ – Middle NCPublished on 2018-08-14
    8 months ago
  • North Carolina Tax Return Preparer Pleads Guilty To Conspiring To File False Tax Returns
    WASHINGTON – A Winston-Salem, North Carolina resident pleaded guilty today to conspiring to defraud the United States by filing false tax returns, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Matthew G. T. Martin of the Middle District of North Carolina. According to court documents, Claudia Lynette Shivers conspired with others to defraud the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by preparing false tax returns.  Shivers co-owned and operated two tax return preparation businesses: Fast Tax of Winston-Salem, Inc. in Winston-Salem and Quick Taxes LLC in Greensboro.  Shivers and her co-conspirators falsified items on clients’ tax returns, such as dependents and Schedule A deductions, in order to fraudulently maximize their refunds.  Shivers also directed clients to hand-write false information on tax forms and other documents used in the preparation of their returns.  Shivers further admitted that she held training sessions for her employees, during which she would instruct them on how to manipulate the information on tax returns in order to obtain refunds to which the clients were not entitled.  Between January 2014 and April 2017, Shivers and her co-conspirators prepared approximately 519 false tax returns, which claimed approximately $1.3 million in bogus refunds. Shivers’ sentencing is scheduled for December 20, 2018.  Shivers faces a statutory maximum sentence of five years in prison, as well as a period of supervised release, restitution and monetary penalties. Shiver’s co-conspirators, Shannon DeWayne Patterson, Kristyn Dion Daney, and Rakeem Lenell Scales, have all pleaded guilty to ... read more
    Source: DOJ – Middle NCPublished on 2018-08-07
    9 months ago
  • North Carolina Man Sentenced To Prison For Role In Multi-State Dog Fighting Prosecution
    WASHINGTON - A North Carolina man was sentenced yesterday to one year and one day in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release for his role in dog fighting activities, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey H. Wood of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Attorney Matthew G.T. Martin for the Middle District of North Carolina and Special Agent in Charge Bethanne M. Dinkins for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Inspector General. On Jan. 12, Brexton Redell Lloyd, 54, of Eagle Springs, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiracy and two felony counts of possession and training a dog intended for use in an animal fighting venture, contrary to the animal fighting provisions of the federal Animal Welfare Act.  According to documents filed with the court, Lloyd participated with Justin “Jay” Love and others in a multi-state dog fighting conspiracy. These documents describe Lloyd and Love’s attempt to set up a dog fight between Lloyd and an unknown opponent in October 2015 and Lloyd’s breeding and training activities. Court documents further note that last year, federal agents seized 13 pitbull-type dogs from Lloyd’s residence. Ten of the dogs were secured outdoors by excessive chains, wearing thick collars, and positioned so that each dog was out of reach of any other dog. The other dogs were housed individually in pens. The water in the dogs’ bowls was frozen. Two of the four adult dogs seized exhibited scars consistent with dog ... read more
    Source: DOJ – Middle NCPublished on 2018-08-02
    9 months ago
  • Lee County Man Receives Ten Year Sentence in Child Pornography Case
    GREENSBORO, N.C. – A Sanford man who pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography was sentenced to ten years’ imprisonment today, announced Matthew G.T. Martin, United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina. SCOTT SAMUEL YOUNG, 28, of Sanford, North Carolina, pleaded guilty on March 8, 2018, to one count of possession of child pornography. He was sentenced to 120 months of imprisonment followed by 20 years of supervised release by United States District Judge N. Carlton Tilley, Jr. YOUNG had previously been convicted of a state child pornography offense in Lee County Superior Court on January 20, 2016, under the alias Justin Presendorf. In August 2016, the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) received a report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that a certain Dropbox cloud storage account was being used to store and access child pornography. The SBI identified YOUNG as the user of that Dropbox account, based on the IP addresses and email address used, and the fact that no one had logged into the Dropbox account during the time YOUNG had been incarcerated for his state conviction. That cloud storage account contained 2,020 images and 135 videos of child pornography. On September 9, 2016, investigators seized a phone found in YOUNG’S possession and arrested him after determining that the phone contained child pornography. Investigators found 369 images and 174 videos of child pornography on the phone. This case was investigated by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and North Carolina State ... read more
    Source: DOJ – Middle NCPublished on 2018-08-01
    9 months ago
  • Six Richmond County, North Carolina Residents Indicted For Firearm, Drug, and Robbery Offenses
    GREENSBORO, N.C. – A grand jury sitting in Greensboro, North Carolina last week returned five indictments charging six Richmond County, North Carolina men on charges including possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, drug distribution, and Hobbs Act robbery. All six were arrested and had initial court appearances on July 2. These cases are the most recent resulting from a coordinated effort among federal, state, and local law enforcement intended to reduce violent and gun-related crime in the Richmond County area, announced U.S. Attorney Matthew G.T. Martin for the Middle District of North Carolina. In 2017, security concerns prompted the City of Hamlet, North Carolina, to abruptly cancel its July 4th festivities. News of the 2017 Hamlet July 4th cancellation garnered public attention, and Attorney General Sessions, speaking at a gang conference in Winston-Salem on Aug. 17, 2017, remarked, “I heard recently about Hamlet, North Carolina, where this year’s annual Independence Day celebration was canceled suddenly because of threats of gang violence. This is in a town of about 7,000 people. I certainly respect the decision of the city leaders, but it is infuriating and wrong to me that they had to make it. This is America. We will not be held hostage in our homes by gangsters.” Since then, a total of 25 defendants from Richmond County, including the six arrested today, have been charged in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, and the federal and local law enforcement coordination continues. “Federal prosecutors and ... read more
    Source: DOJ – Middle NCPublished on 2018-07-02
    10 months ago
  • Alamance County Man Sentenced on Child Pornography Charge
    GREENSBORO, N.C. – A Snow Camp man who pleaded guilty to receipt of child pornography was sentenced today, announced Matthew G.T. Martin, United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina. SAMUEL DEXTER RAY, 60, of Snow Camp, North Carolina, pleaded guilty on February 27, 2018, to one count of receipt of child pornography. He was sentenced by Chief United States District Judge Thomas D. Schroeder to 78 months of imprisonment followed by 8 years of supervised release. RAY was also ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution. Investigators searched RAY’S home on September 15, 2017 and seized several of his electronic devices. They ultimately found thousands of child pornography files on RAY’s laptop and storage devices. RAY downloaded the child pornography from the “dark web” and peer-to-peer file-sharing networks. This case was investigated by the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office, a member of the North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Eric L. Iverson. It was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative by the Department of Justice to combat online child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please ... read more
    Source: DOJ – Middle NCPublished on 2018-06-25
    10 months ago
  • Lee County Project Safe Neighborhood Program Yields Guilty Plea, Sentencing, Of Repeat Offenders For Federal Firearms Violations
    Greensboro, N.C. – One Lee County man pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm with an altered or obliterated serial number, and another Lee County man was sentenced for possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, announced United States Attorney Matthew G.T. Martin. These cases resulted from close federal and local coordination through the Lee County Project Safe Neighborhoods (“PSN”) program, which is intended to reduce violent and gun-related crime. On June 11, 2018, Teon Shamal La’Shane Douglas, age 22, of Sanford, N.C., pleaded guilty before the Honorable Thomas D. Schroeder, Chief United States District Judge, to a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1), which makes it a federal crime for a previously convicted felon to possess a firearm or ammunition, and to a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(k), which makes it a federal crime to possess a firearm with a removed, altered, and/or obliterated manufacturer’s serial number. As set forth in the factual basis filed in support of Douglas’s plea of guilty, on June 11, 2017, officers with the Sanford Police Department were on routine patrol when they pulled Douglas over for speeding. After smelling the odor of marihuana in the car, officers searched it and discovered a Walther handgun and a Sig Sauer handgun. Douglas had multiple previous convictions, including a 2016 conviction for Felony Possession with Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver a Scheduled II Controlled Substance. On November 28, 2017, officers with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office pulled a ... read more
    Source: DOJ – Middle NCPublished on 2018-06-18
    10 months ago
  • Operators Of A Mental Health Provider Indicted On Health Care Fraud And Tax Evasion Charges
    Source: DOJ – Middle NCPublished on 2018-06-03
    11 months ago
  • Tax Return Preparer Arrested For Conspiring To Defraud The United States By Filing False Tax Returns
    Source: DOJ – Middle NCPublished on 2018-05-31
    11 months ago
  • Defendant Sentenced For Firearm Possession In Road Rage Incident
    Source: DOJ – Middle NCPublished on 2018-05-14
    11 months ago
  • Defendant Sentenced For Firearm Possession In Road Raid Incident
    Source: DOJ – Middle NCPublished on 2018-05-14
    11 months ago
  • Former High Point Regional Hospital Accountant Sentenced
    Source: DOJ – Middle NCPublished on 2018-05-02
    12 months ago