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Port St. Lucie Tax Preparer Convicted of Filing False Tax Returns

A Port St. Lucie, Florida, man was convicted by a federal jury yesterday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida of ten counts of aiding and assisting in the filing of false income tax returns and three counts of filing false income tax returns. This case dates back to April 2014 when the FBI announced the filing of federal charges against 25 defendants in 19 separate cases in the Southern District of Florida dealing with thousands of stolen identities and millions of dollars of fraudulent identity theft tax filings.

Wellington Pharmacist Found Guilty of Health Care Fraud

As previously blogged on this site, on June 28, 2018 the Department of Justice announced what was called “the largest health-care fraud takedown in history,” with more than 1,000 law enforcement officers charging 601 people — including 76 doctors, 23 pharmacists, 19...

NACDL: Federal Defendants Penalized if They Don’t Plead Guilty

In a recent publication, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) found, “There is ample evidence that federal criminal defendants are being coerced to plead guilty because the penalty for exercising their constitutional rights is simply too high...

Former Vero Beach Attorney Sentenced for Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Eric Granitur, a former Vero Beach real estate and probate attorney, was sentenced yesterday in the Southern District of Florida (West Palm Beach Division) to twelve months and a day in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release. Granitur was...

Card Skimming Frauds Originate in South Florida, Spread to other States

Credit card skimming is rapidly on the rise across the state of Florida, and South Florida is being called "ground zero" for skimming frauds. According to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, inspectors found 169 skimmers in 2015, 219 skimmers...

Miami Man Gets 33 Months in Fed. Prison for Card Skimming Fraud

Credit card skimming is rapidly on the rise across the state of Florida, and South Florida is being called "ground zero" for skimming frauds. According to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, inspectors found 169 skimmers in 2015, 219 skimmers...

DOJ Mishandled Privileged Documents in $1B Fraud Investigation

In what Justice Department officials — along with South Florida’s U.S. attorney, the FBI, and Health and Human Services agents — have described as the nation’s biggest Medicare fraud case, federal prosecutors have lost a major battle as a judge threw out key evidence...

SEC Complaint Accuses Palm Beach Businessmen with Securities Fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission has filed an eight-count civil complaint against Palm Beach real estate developer Robert Matthews and another businessman, Joseph Walsh, Sr., accusing them of securities fraud for misusing millions of dollars solicited from...

SEC Claims Parkland Couple Defrauded Investors out of $1.3M

A complaint filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission charges Dragon-Click Corp, its president Isaac Grossman, his wife Adriana Grossman, and her unregistered investment adviser Dragon Management, LLC with an ongoing fraudulent offering of Dragon-Click stock and...

Lawyer gets 53 month Sentence for Money Laundering-Federal Guideline

One of the most important parts of a federal criminal case is the sentencing phase when lawyers argue how the Federal Sentencing Guidelines apply. Case in point: Marcelo Reyes Lopez, a former in-house lawyer for PetroEcuador, who was sentenced to 53 months in prison...

Fugitive Lawyer Wanted by FBI for $20M Fraud Scheme Brought to Florida

Michael R. Casey, 71, a fugitive for over four years, wanted on federal charges related to an alleged $20 million investment fraud scheme, had his initial appearance yesterday before United States Magistrate Judge Lauren F. Louis in the Southern District of Florida,...

11th Circuit Vacates Sentence Obstruction of Justice Enhancement

Last week the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the sentence of Geovanys Guevara, remanding the case to the Southern District of Florida (Miami Division) for resentencing. Guevara, of Hialeah, was convicted by a federal jury in 2015 of three counts of causing a...

National Health Care Fraud Takedown Charges 124 in South Florida

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex M. Azar III, announced today the largest ever health care fraud enforcement action involving 601 charged defendants across 58 federal districts, including 165 doctors,...