House Committee Unanimously Supports Increasing The Kinship Stipend

Phoenix, Arizona - A proposal backed by Governor Doug Ducey to increase the stipend for foster children cared for by grandparents and other extended family members today won the unanimous support of the Arizona House Health and Human Services Committee.

Man Charged with Operating a Fraudulent Farm Equipment Business

Salt Lake City, Utah - Ryan Palmer, 53, of Sanpete County, was indicted by a grand jury last December in the District of Utah for a fraudulent scheme related to his farm equipment company, known as Palmer Equipment, LLC. In the indictment, Palmer is charged with bank fraud, wire fraud, and two counts of money laundering. The indictment alleges that Palmer defrauded 25 victims out of more than $1.2 million dollars in total.

Former President of Energy Company Indicted for Commodities Insider Trading and Kickback Schemes

Houston, Texas - A federal grand jury in Houston returned an indictment Thursday charging a Texas man for an illegal kickback scheme and a commodities insider trading scheme involving natural gas futures.

Correctional Lieutenant Sentenced for Failing to Intervene in Unlawful Inmate Assault

Mobile, Alabama - The Justice Department Friday announced that Willie M. Burks III, 41, a former Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) lieutenant, was sentenced in federal court to nine years’ imprisonment, with two years of supervised release to follow. Burks was convicted by a federal jury on July 21, 2021, of failing to stop an officer under his command from assaulting an inmate at ADOC’s Elmore Correctional Facility. 

Former Engineering Executive Convicted of Rigging Bids and Defrauding Department of Transportation

North Carolina - A former executive of Contech Engineered Solutions LLC was convicted Tuesday in New Bern, North Carolina, for his participation in bid-rigging and fraud schemes targeting the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT).