Sacred Honor Lost – 13 Nov 2012

Sacred Honor Lost

Federal Officials Raise Awareness of Disaster Fraud (FBI/DOJ)
The Department of Justice, the FBI, and the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) remind the public there is a potential for disaster fraud in the aftermath of a natural disaster. Suspected fraudulent activity pertaining to relief efforts associated with Hurricane Sandy should be reported to the toll-free NCDF hotline at 866-720-5721.

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It’s tough keeping up with all these FBI press releases because every day there are so many stories of people abusing their position of trust with the public, scamming, cheating, embezzling, lying, defrauding, taking or giving bribes, etc — in other words, they have lost their sacred honor. And all the money and purchases they made with the dishonorably obtained money HAS NO VALUE, and now neither do they.

115 recent stories:

Government/Public Officials

US Army Staff Sergeant Pleads Guilty to Bulk Cash Smuggling

U.S. Attorney Walker stated, “Tonya Long violated the public trust and her official duties as a customs inspector when she helped another individual smuggle currency out of a war zone. . . . Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) Special Agent in Charge John F. Khin, Southeast Field Office commented, “It is disheartening when a military member abandons her code of conduct and violates a position of trust for personal enrichment. . . . “Tonya Long dishonored her country and betrayed other service members by using her military position for profit,” said Chris Briese, Special Agent in Charge of the Charlotte Division of the FBI.

Virgin Islands Senator Indicted for Operating and Participating in a Criminal Enterprise That Engaged in Bribery, Wire Fraud, and Mail Fraud

U.S. Attorney Sharpe said, “It is a breach of the public trust for public officials to use their office for personal gain.” . . . FBI Special Agent in Charge Joseph S. Campbell said, “The FBI is committed to fighting public corruption and will continue to target individuals who do not uphold their responsibilities as public officials and therefore undermine the public trust.”

Former State Driver’s License Examiner Pleads Guilty to Federal Bribery Charges

Aaron T. Ford, Special Agent in Charge of the Memphis Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation said, “Citizens rely on those who hold positions of public trust to execute their duties with integrity and in the best interests of the public. The FBI will continue to work with its law enforcement partners to identify and investigate those who abuse that trust out of personal greed, especially when it potentially puts the safety of the public at risk.”

Ex-Member of Santa Fe Springs City Council Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Taking $10,000 in Bribes from Pot Store Operator

When public officials solicit or accept bribes, taxpayers pay the price and legitimate government services are degraded as a result,” said Bill Lewis, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office. “ . . . N. Dawn Mertz, Acting Special Agent in Charge for IRS-Criminal Investigation’s Los Angeles Field Office commented, “Public trust is broken when elected officials use their position of power to commit bribery crimes. No public official gets a free pass to ignore the laws.”

St. Landry Parish School Board Members Indicted on Bribery Charges

Maverick County Employee Indicted in Bribery Scheme

Former Jasper County Official Pleads Guilty to Document Fraud

Owner of Commercial Painting Company Sent to Prison for Paying Bribes on Public Contracts

Former Homer Housing Authority Director Pleads Guilty to Theft of Public Money

Hogsett Announces More Federal Charges in Fight Against Public Corruption

Former Employee of Army Contractor Pleads Guilty to Bribery for Facilitating Theft by Trucking Contractor in Afghanistan

Former City Clerk of Thayer Sentenced for Embezzling $120,000 in City Funds

Portsmouth Bail Bondsman Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Bribing Public Officials

Second Parking Lot Attendant Pleads Guilty to Stealing at Least $400,000 in Parking Fees from Smithsonian Museum

New Orleans Man Sentenced to 16 Months for Theft of Federal Program Funds

Former Charter Schools Treasurer Sentenced to 24 Months in Prison for Embezzling Money from Schools

Three Restaurant Owners Charged with Bribery of a Public Official

Former Holmes County Supervisor Sentenced for Stealing County Funds

Former St. Louis Building Inspector Pleads Guilty to Bribery Charges

Former U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent in Charge Sentenced to 70 Months in Prison for Transporting Child Pornography

Law Enforcement

Former New Mexico Police Officer Sentenced to Over Four Years in Prison on Sexual Abuse Charges

Federal Jury Convicts Former Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner

Former Memphis Police Officer Michael Sinnock Sentenced to 48 Months in Drug Case

Retired Springfield Police Officer Sentenced to 19 Years for Sexually Exploiting a Minor

Two Chicago Police Officers Indicted on Attempted Extortion Charges in Vehicle Towing Investigation

Former DeKalb County Deputy Police Chief Sentenced for Taking Bribes

Texas Parole Officer Indicted for Bribery Scheme Involving Assigned Parolee


Former President of Organic Fertilizer Company Sentenced to Federal Prison for Selling Synthetic Fertilizer to Organic Farm

Local Businessman Eddy Zai Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud, Money Laundering, Other Charges

Former Car Dealer Pleads Guilty to Fraud

Former Parts Manager Sentenced for Embezzling More Than $577,000 from Truck Center

Covington Businessman Charged with Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud in Aftermath of BP Oil Spill

Former Augusta Businesswoman Makes First Court Appearance on Federal Fraud Charges

Former Sales Manager at Freeman Moore Mazda Sentenced to 175 Months for Fraud, Identity Theft

Owner of Temporary Labor Firm Sentenced to 21 Months in Prison in Connection with Bribery Scheme

Former Cosmetology Schools CEO Pleads Guilty in Federal Court

Denver Insurance Executive Indicted for Insider Trading

Kansas City Business Owner Sentenced for Embezzling $750,000 from Homeowners Associations


President of Investment Fund Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Perpetrating $2 Million Ponzi Scheme

Provident CEO/Founder Guilty in $485 Million Investment Fraud Scheme

Licensed Securities Broker Sentenced to More Than Three Years in Prison for Defrauding Investors

Irwin Lipkin, Former Controller of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, Pleads Guilty

Sarasota Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud

Former Vice President of Investor Relations for Carter’s Inc. Indicted in Long-Running Insider Trading Schemes

Ventura County Insurance Broker Arrested on Federal Charges Alleging He Bilked Clients, Including Celebrities, Out of $800,000

Bank Robber Sentenced to More Than Three Years in Federal Prison for Robbing His Own Bank

Chelsea Investment Adviser Agrees to Plead Guilty to Defrauding Investors Out of Millions

Boca Raton Attorney Arrested on Securities Fraud Charges

Fourteen Charged in Million-Dollar ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’ Bank Fraud

Westlake Man Charged for $2.8 Million Scheme Involving St. Paul Croatian Federal Credit Union Official

Jury Finds Alvin Man Guilty on Multiple Bank Fraud Charges

Former Deloitte Partner Sentenced to 21 Months in Prison for Profiting $420,000 from Insider Trading Involving Firm’s Clients

Five Defendants Convicted in Western Pipeline Securities Cases Receive Federal Prison Sentences and are Ordered to Pay Millions in Restitution

Diamond Bar Man Arrested on Federal Charges of Running Ponzi Scheme That Raised $49 Million from Investors in Day Trading Scheme

Former Burling Bank Executive Allegedly Stole $3 Million from Bank Over 15 Years

Former Falmouth Attorney Sentenced for Bank Fraud

Bank Vice President Pleads Guilty to Embezzling Over $600,000

Expert Networking Firm Consultant Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to One Year and One Day in Prison for Insider Trading Conspiracy Charge

Two Chicago-Area Defendants Charged with Commodities Fraud in Separate Federal Criminal Cases

North Suburban Accountant Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Clients and Area Bank of More Than $1.8 Million


Operation Universal Money Fast — Putting the Brakes on Health Care Fraud (FBI story)
With its aging, affluent population, South Florida is ground zero for the multi-billion-dollar criminal industry of health care fraud. Few cases illustrate the depth of the problem—and our efforts to fight it—more than Operation Universal Money Fast. . . .

Pennsylvania Man Charged in Scheme to Steal Funds Intended for Wife’s Dialysis

Owner of Chantilly Pain Clinic Sentenced to 180 Months for Drug Trafficking, Fraud Charges

Detroit-Area Physician Sentenced to 60 Months for Health Care Fraud

Local Chiropractor Convicted of Federal Health Care Fraud Charges

Lafayette Chiropractor Pleads Guilty in Federal Court to Health Care Fraud Charges

Boca Raton Chiropractor Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud in Connection with Staged Accident Scheme

Owner of Miami Assisted Living Facility Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison for Role in Medicare Fraud Conspiracy

Two Women Sentenced to Prison for Health Care Fraud Conspiracy, Illegal Kickbacks, and Forged Prescriptions for Controlled Substances

Seventh Defendant Sentenced to Federal Prison in Multi-Million-Dollar Health Care Fraud Case

Missouri Hospital System Agrees to Pay $9.3 Million to Resolve False Claims Act and Stark Law Violations

Mercer County Couple Sentenced to Prison as Part of Federal Prescription Drug Crackdown

Maryland Woman Sentenced to 75 Months in Prison for Defrauding D.C. Medicaid Program by Submitting Over $7 Million in Phony Claims

Orthofix Subsidiary Blackstone Medical Pays U.S. $30 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations

Gastonia Woman Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison for Scheme to Defraud Medicaid

Danville Man Charged in $17 Million Fraud Scheme

Mission Pharmacy Owner and Former Technician Sentenced to Federal Prison

Former Western New York Doctor Charged with Lying to Public and Private Health Insurance Companies and Criminal Contempt

Detroit-Area Physician, Home Health Agency Owner, and Patient Recruiter Convicted in $14.5 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

Miami-Area Assisted Living Facility Owners Plead Guilty to Roles in $63 Million Fraud Scheme

Mortgage/Real Estate

Sussex County Woman Sentenced to 37 Months in Prison for Phony Mortgage Loan Scheme

Metroplex Homebuilder Guilty in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Stillwater Couple Sentenced for Orchestrating $5 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme

North Carolina Real Estate Investor Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud Scheme for the Purchase of Real Estate at Public Foreclosure Auctions

Raleigh Realtor Sentenced for Bankruptcy Fraud

Loan Originator Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Leading a Multi-Million-Dollar Mortgage Fraud Scheme

U.S. Attorney Caps Multi-Million-Dollar Mortgage Fraud Investigation with Almost Five-Year Prison Sentence for Utah Ringleader

Five Defendants Sentenced for Roles in $9 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Former CPA Sentenced in Mortgage Fraud Investigation

Ellicott City Title Agent Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Stealing Over $684,283 from Mortgage Escrows

Eleven Individuals Sentenced for Their Participation in Large-Scale Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Former Real Estate Agent and Appraiser Pleads Guilty to Mortgage Fraud Involving Three Elk Grove Homes

New York Man Pleads Guilty to Cape Cod Property Fraud Scheme

Second Conspirator Sentenced in Scheme to Fraudulently Obtain Over $1.399 Million from Baltimore Housing Authority Account

Woman Who Organized $20 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme in Southern California Pleads Guilty in Oregon Federal Court

Melbourne Man Pleads Guilty to Short Sale Mortgage Fraud

Westminster Woman Sentenced to 24 Months in Prison for Her Involvement in a $1.7 Million Real Estate Scheme

Husband, Wife, and Former Police Officer Sentenced for Their Participation in Large-Scale Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Defendants Charged as Part of $100 Million Loan Origination Fraud

White Bear Lake Man Sentenced for Fraudulently Brokering Loans in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Las Vegas Woman Convicted for Role in Mortgage Fraud Scheme


Illinois Husband and Wife Sentenced for Role in $3 Million Fraud Scheme That Involved Using Art as Collateral

Joplin Woman Pleads Guilty to Disaster Fraud Related to Tornado Benefits

Sharps Corner Woman Charged with Theft from Indian Tribal Organization

The Insider Threat

Law Firm Secretary Sentenced in Embezzlement Scheme

Home Depot Employee Arrested in $2 Million Extortion Plot; Defendant Planted Explosive Device and Threatened to Detonate Three Others at Long Island Home Depot Stores

Former Chief Financial Officer Sentenced for Defrauding Non-Profit for Disabled

Former Burling Bank Executive Allegedly Stole $3 Million from Bank Over 15 Years

Kansas City Business Owner Sentenced for Embezzling $750,000 from Homeowners Associations

Bank Vice President Pleads Guilty to Embezzling Over $600,000

Former Treasurer of St. Joseph Conference of St. Vincent de Paul Society Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

Computer Printer Technician Acknowledges Defrauding Children’s of Alabama

Former Los Gatos Convent Employee Pleads Guilty to Embezzling from Catholic Nuns

Former City Clerk of Thayer Sentenced for Embezzling $120,000 in City Funds

Kansas City Business Owner Sentenced for Embezzling $750,000 from Homeowners Associations

Criminal Charges Filed Against Former Director of the Flats Oxbow Association for Misuse of More Than $580,000


Threats are Out There