Father and Son Among Four People Indicted in $2.9 Million Ponzi Scheme Involving Bogus Mortgage Sales in North Suburbs

CHICAGO—A father and son schemed with a Chicago attorney and a Lincolnwood businessman to sell $ 2.9 million in phony mortgages to more than a dozen duped investors, according to a federal indictment unsealed Tuesday. ALBERT ROSSINI, 67, the owner of Devon Street Investments Ltd., in Lincolnwood, plotted with BABAJAN KHOSHABE, 74, and Khoshabe’s son, … Read more

Former Chief Executive Officer of Financial Lending Company Sentenced to 97 Months of Imprisonment for Bank Fraud Scheme

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Earlier today, John Murphy, the former Chief Executive Officer of Oak Rock Financial, LLC (Oak Rock), was sentenced in federal court in Central Islip, New York to 97 months of imprisonment. In December 2013, Murphy pled guilty to bank fraud after admitting that he had been lying to various financial institutions and investors regarding Oak … Read more

Former Manager of Telemarketing Room Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy and Money Laundering

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ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Mark Gardner (28, Osteen) has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering for his role in the operation of a boiler room. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison for the conspiracy count and … Read more

Nevada Man Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Identity Theft

SACRAMENTO, CA Glenn Litton, 47, of Carson City, Nevada, pleaded guilty today to aggravated identity theft arising from false statements he made in an application for a United States Passport, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. According to court documents, on November 19, 2014, Litton submitted an application for a U.S. passport to a … Read more

Leader of Coupon Counterfeiting Ring on Silk Road Websites Pleads Guilty

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WASHINGTON—A leader of a coupon counterfeiting ring pleaded guilty today to participating in a conspiracy to sell counterfeit coupons using the “Silk Road” online marketplace, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite of the Eastern District of Louisiana. Beau Wattigney, 30, New Orleans, … Read more

Former U.S. Marine Charged with Stealing Identities of Fellow Service Personnel in Scheme to Defraud Navy Federal Credit Union of More Than $138,000

CHICAGO—A former United States Marine from Calumet City stole the identities of several fellow Marines and used their information to illegally procure more than $138,000 from Navy Federal Credit Union, according to an indictment returned this week in federal court in Chicago. While serving in Combat Logistics Regiment 3 at Camp Foster in Okinawa, Japan, … Read more

Six Men Indicted on Charges of Identity Theft, Fraud, and Money Laundering

ALEXANDRIA, VA—In an 18-count indictment unsealed today, six men were charged by a federal grand jury with aggravated identity theft, fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy. The men charged in the indictment are: Ray Ekobena, 27, of Alexandria; Stefan Ekobena, 24, and Gani Cole, 27, both of Atlanta, Georgia; Rodney Hardy, 25, of Hyattsville, Maryland; Deallto … Read more

Federal Welfare Fraud Conviction Results in Prison Sentence and Deportation of Muhammad Dalalli

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI—U.S. Attorney Patrick Miles announced today that Muhammad Dalalli, 41, of Grand Rapids, was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Robert J. Jonker for his scheme to defraud the federal government in connection with subsistence benefits. On November 4, 2013, Dalalli and his wife were charged with defrauding the federal government of numerous … Read more

FBI Seeking Potential Victims of Gold Investment Scheme

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On June 23, 2015, Melvin Palmer was indicted in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona, on 40 counts of conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud, and aggravated identity theft stemming from a gold investment scheme. The investigation was conducted by FBI Phoenix and is still an ongoing matter. Potential victims of this … Read more

Charleston Man Gets More Than Three Years in Federal Prison for Timeshare Fraud

CHARLESTON, WV United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that David Brandon Ball, 35, of Charleston, was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison for defrauding timeshare owners throughout the United States and Canada. Ball and an associate, David Andrew Glynn, formed Mountain State Resales, LLC (MSR), a bogus company used to defraud timeshare owners … Read more

Two Northern California Real Estate Investors Plead Guilty to Bid Rigging and Fraud at Public Foreclosure Auctions

WASHINGTON—Two Northern California real estate investors pleaded guilty for their role in bid-rigging conspiracies and mail fraud at public real estate foreclosure auctions in Northern California, the Department of Justice announced today. Real estate investors John Shiells, of Danville, California, and Miguel De Sanz, of San Francisco, each pleaded guilty to three counts of bid … Read more

Miami Dade College Student Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Stolen Identity Tax Refund Fraud Scheme Involving Student Financial Services Accounts

A Miami Dade College student was sentenced to 24 months in prison, followed by two years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $ 7,712, for his participation in a stolen identity tax refund fraud scheme involving his student financial services account. Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for … Read more

Former Tinley Park Man Charged with Bankruptcy Fraud for Concealing Seven Luxury Cars Worth $294,000

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CHICAGO A former Tinley Park resident was charged by information today with concealing his ownership of seven luxury cars during his 2012 bankruptcy proceeding. The charges allege that JOSEPH W. CAMPBELL, 49, concealed cars having a total value of approximately $ 294,000, including a Lamborghini worth $ 122,000, a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette, a 1971 Chevrolet … Read more

Dental Practice Owner Charged with Health Care Fraud and Identity Theft

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Nazanien Ebrahimi, a/k/a “Nancy” Ebrahimi, 32, of Fairfax County, Virginia, was indicted by a federal grand jury on February 26, 2015, on charges of wire fraud, health care fraud, aggravated identity theft, and making false statements relating to health care matters. Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Andrew … Read more