First Federal Prosecution of Its Kind

PHILADELPHIA—Adrian Rubin, 58, of Jenkintown, PA, has been charged with participation in a racketeering conspiracy for the operation of a “payday lending” business that allegedly violated the usury laws of Pennsylvania and other states. Rubin is charged with one count of conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”), one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, and two counts of mail fraud and aiding and abetting mail fraud. It was investigated by the FBI, the United States Postal Inspection Service, and IRS Criminal Investigations.

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TACOMA, WA— Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist has charged a former Chihuly Company employee for stealing more than $3 million worth of artwork by Tacoma glass artist Dale Chihuly. Christopher Robert Kaul, 38, has been charged with theft in the first degree and trafficking stolen property in the first degree.

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Seven Foreign Nationals and Companies Placed on Department of Commerce’s Entity List

WASHINGTON— Four corporations and five individuals have been charged in a 24-count indictment with facilitating the illegal export of high-tech microelectronics, uninterruptible power supplies and other commodities to Iran in violation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA).

The indictment alleges Houston-based company Smart Power Systems Inc. (SPS); Bahram Mechanic, 69, and Tooraj Faridi, 46, both of Houston; and Khosrow Afghahi, 71, of Los Angeles, were all members of an Iranian procurement network operating in the United States. Also charged as part of the scheme are Arthur Shyu, and the Hosoda Taiwan Limited Corporation in Taiwan; Matin Sadeghi, 54, and Golsad Istanbul Trading Ltd. in Turkey; and the Faratel Corporation, co-owned by Mechanic and Afghahi in Iran.

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$1.25 Million, Cocaine, Heroin, Firearms, and Ammunition Seized

CINCINNATI—A federal grand jury has charged Christopher Whitfield, 41, of Cincinnati, Ohio, Tonia Whitfield, 39, of Cincinnati, Ohio and Steven Griffin, 39, of, Cincinnati, Ohio, with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute one hundred grams or more of heroin, and five hundred grams or more of cocaine. Also, Christopher Whitfield, Tonia Whitfield, Dy Shay Anderson, 22, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Icierra Martin-Bronson, 37, of Cincinnati, Ohio were charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering in an indictment returned in Cincinnati.

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The owner of two home health care companies pleaded guilty to Medicare fraud and tax fraud charges in connection with his role in a scheme to fraudulently bill Medicare for $12.6 million in home health services that were not provided or were obtained through illegal kickbacks. Ten other individuals have been convicted at trial or pleaded guilty in this case.

Mohammed Sadiq, 67, of Oakland County, Michigan, plead guilty before U.S. District Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan to one count of health care fraud and one count of filing a false tax return. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for June 18, 2015.

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The former chief financial officer of Alotech Ltd. was sentenced to nearly four years in prison and ordered to repay more than $1.2 million that he took from his former employer.

John H.C. Black, 56, of Cleveland Heights, was sentenced to 46 months in prison after previously pleading guilty to one count of wire fraud.

Black spent some of the stolen money on cars and purchases at Louis Vuitton, Sak’s Fifth Avenue, Victoria’s Secret, Neiman Marcus and other stores for women that Black met on the website: http://www.seekingarrangements.com, according to the court documents.

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