Federal Health Care Fraud Takedown in Northeastern U.S. Results in Charges Against 48 Individuals

Washington, DC - The Justice Department Thursday announced a coordinated health care fraud enforcement action across seven federal districts in the Northeastern United States, involving more than $800 million in loss and the distribution of over 3.25 million pills of opioids in “pill mill” clinics.  The takedown includes new charges against 48 defendants for their roles in submitting over $160 million in fraudulent claims, including charges against 15 doctors or medical professionals, and 24 who were charged for their roles in diverting opioids.

Texas District Judge Sentenced to Prison

Houston, Texas - A Texas state district judge has been sentenced to 60 months in federal prison following his multiple convictions of conspiracy, bribery and obstructing justice, announced Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick of the Southern District of Texas.

Jury Finds Man Guilty of Conspiracy and Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIS

New York - A jury in Brooklyn returned a verdict Tuesday finding Dilkhayot Kasimov, 31, a citizen of Uzbekistan and resident of Brooklyn, New York, guilty of conspiracy and of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).  The verdict followed a one-week trial before United States District Judge William F. Kuntz, II.

Gulf Coast Health Care Fraud Law Enforcement Action Results in Charges Against 33 Individuals

New Orleans, Louisiana - Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division announced Wednesday an expansive health care fraud enforcement operation across the Gulf Coast, involving charges against a total of 11 individuals across four federal districts for their alleged involvement in various schemes to defraud Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE and to obtain oxycodone and other controlled substances by fraud. 

Former Intelligence Officer Convicted of Attempted Espionage Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison

Salt Lake City, Utah - A former Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) officer, who pleaded guilty in March to attempting to communicate, deliver, or transmit information involving the national defense of the United States to the People’s Republic of China, will serve 10 years in federal prison.  U.S. District Judge Dee Benson imposed the sentence Tuesday afternoon in Salt Lake City.