Concrete Contractor Pleads Guilty to Rigging Bids for Public Contracts in Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota - A Minnesota concrete contractor pleaded guilty to rigging bids on public concrete repair and construction contracts in the state of Minnesota.

Devon Energy Companies Agree to Pay $6.15 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations for Underpaying Royalties on Gas from Federal Lands

Denver, Colorado - Devon Energy Corporation, an Oklahoma-based oil and natural gas exploration and production company, and its affiliates, Devon Energy Corp. (Oklahoma) and Devon Energy Production Company LP (collectively, “Devon”), have agreed to pay $6.15 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by underpaying and underreporting royalties for natural gas from federal lands in Wyoming and New Mexico.

Businessman and CFO of Russian Natural Gas Company Arrested on Tax Charges Related to $93 Million Hidden in Offshore Accounts

Fort Meyers, Florida - A federal grand jury in Fort Myers, Florida, returned an indictment on September 22 charging a Florida businessman with defrauding the United States by not disclosing his substantial offshore assets, failing to report substantial income on his tax returns, failing to pay millions of dollars of taxes and submitting a false offshore compliance filing with the IRS in an attempt to avoid substantial penalties and criminal prosecution.

United States Returns to Iraq Rare Tablet Bearing Portion of the Epic of Gilgamesh

Washington, DC - The United States has returned to the Republic of Iraq a rare cuneiform tablet bearing a portion of the Epic of Gilgamesh, a Sumerian poem considered one of the world’s oldest works of literature.

Police Officer Indicted on Federal Civil Rights Charge for Assaulting Arrestee

New Orleans, Louisiana - Jacob Brown, 31, a former trooper with the Louisiana State Police, was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in Shreveport, Louisiana, for using excessive force against an arrestee.