Administration

Electrical Engineer Sentenced to More Than Five Years in Prison for Conspiring to Illegally Export to China Semiconductor Chips with Military Uses

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A California man was sentenced today to 63 months, or more than five years, in prison for his role in a scheme to illegally export integrated circuits with military applications to China the required filing of electronic export information. As part of his sentence, the Judge ordered Shih to pay $362,698 in restitution to the IRS and fined him $300,000.

Justice Department Obtains $100,000 Settlement in Sexual Harassment Case Against Ohio Landlords

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The Justice Department today announced that Toledo, Ohio, landlords Anthony Hubbard, Ann Hubbard, Jeffery Hubbard, PayUp LLC and No Joke Properties Inc. have agreed to pay $100,000 to resolve a Fair Housing Act lawsuit alleging that Anthony Hubbard sexually harassed female tenants at rental properties he owned or managed with the other defendants.

Nine Individuals Charged in Superseding Indictment with Conspiring to Act as Illegal Agents of the People’s Republic of China

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A federal grand jury in New York filed an indictment today charging nine defendants with acting and conspiring to act in the United States as illegal agents of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) without prior notification to the Attorney General, and engaging and conspiring to engage in interstate and international stalking.

Former Pharmacist Resentenced in Connection with 2012 Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

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Glenn Chin, a former supervisory pharmacist of the now-defunct New England Compounding Center, was resentenced to 126 months in prison and three years of supervised release and ordered to pay forfeiture of approximately $473,584 and restitution of $82 million. In 2012, 753 patients were diagnosed with a fungal infection after receiving injections of methylprednisolone acetate manufactured by the center, and more than 100 patients died as a result. The outbreak was the largest public health crisis ever caused by a contaminated pharmaceutical drug.

North Carolina Man Pleads Guilty to Receiving Nearly $1 Million in Veteran Benefits Based on Fraudulent Service-Connected Disabilities

Veterans Affairs - OIG -

John Paul Cook, 57, of Alexander, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to defrauding the VA. After enlisting in the Army in 1985, Cook sustained an accidental injury and complained the injury worsened a preexisting eye condition. In 1987, Cook was discharged and he began receiving benefits that would increase over the next 30 years due to Cook’s repeated false claims of increased visual impairment and unemployability. In 2005, the VA declared Cook legally blind and he began receiving disability-based compensation at the maximum rate despite repeatedly passing vision screening tests to obtain or renew his driver’s license and purchasing vehicles that he routinely drove.

NYC Man Arrested in Kidnapping of Elderly Woman with Dementia at West Los Angeles VA Medical Center

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Johnny Ray Gasca, 51, was arrested for allegedly abducting a 68-year-old woman with dementia from the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center in California. A witness recognized Gasca and reported he may have previously taken money from the woman’s bank and retirement accounts. Following his arrest, Gasca described the victim as his girlfriend and told agents that, after leaving the medical center, they stopped at a bank where the victim made a $15,000 withdrawal.

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