WASHINGTON — United States Congressman Michael Grimm plead guilty at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York, to aiding and assisting the preparation of a false tax return. Since 2011, Grimm has served as a member of the United States House of Representatives representing New York’s 11th Congressional District, which includes the borough of Staten Island and parts of the borough of Brooklyn, in New York City. When sentenced, Grimm faces a prison term of up to three years. In connection with his guilty plea, Grimm also agreed to pay restitution to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, and the New York State Insurance Fund (NYSIF).

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Scheme Involved International Environmental Consulting Contracts, Including Reconstruction Contracts in Afghanistan and Iraq

TRENTON, NJ—The former president, chief executive officer, and chairman of the board of a New Jersey-based international engineering consulting company pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) with respect to billions of dollars in contracts over a nearly 20-year period.

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WASHINGTON—A California man has plead guilty in connection with his operation of the myRedBook.com website to facilitate prostitution. This represents the first federal conviction of a website operator for facilitation of prostitution.

Eric Omuro, also known as “Red,” 53, of Mountain View, California, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick of the Northern District of California to using a facility of interstate commerce with the intent to facilitate prostitution.   more...
WASHINGTON—A Florida owner and operator of multiple physical therapy rehabilitation facilities was sentenced in federal court in Tampa to serve 11 years in prison for his role in organizing a $28.3 million Medicare fraud scheme involving physical and occupational therapy services.

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MORGANTOWN, WV—Twenty-one people involved in a Philadelphia to Morgantown heroin and painkiller distribution ring have been indicted on federal charges.

Earlier this month, a federal grand jury returned a 65-count indictment charging the defendants in a scheme to bring large quantities of heroin and prescription opioids from Philadelphia to Morgantown for redistribution. This morning, the indictment was unsealed and 13 of those charged were taken into custody as part of a large arrest operation in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere.

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WASHINGTON—A federal grand jury in San Francisco returned three multi-count indictments against eleven real estate investors for their role in bid rigging and fraud schemes at foreclosure auctions in Northern California.

The indictments, filed late yesterday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in Oakland, California, charge Northern California real estate investors Michael Marr; Javier Sanchez; Gregory Casorso; Victor Marr; John Shiells; Miguel De Sanz; Alvin Florida Jr.; Robert A. Rasheed; John L. Berry III; Refugio Diaz; and Stephan A. Florida with participating in conspiracies   more...
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