Social Security and Disability Law

Florida Woman Pleads Guilty to Stealing Veteran Affairs Funds

February 12, 2024

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Florida Jacksonville, Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Tamiko L. Williams (48, Jacksonville) has pleaded guilty to theft of government money. Williams faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been scheduled. As part of her…

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Shreveport Business Owner Found Guilty of Making False Statements to the Federal Aviation Administration

February 8, 2024

From the U.S. Attorneys Office, Western District of Louisiana SHREVEPORT, La. – After a week-long trial and 15 hours of deliberating, a federal jury returned a guilty verdict late yesterday afternoon against Edward L. Angel, Sr., 70, of Shreveport, announced United States Attorney Brandon B. Brown. The jury found Angel guilty on three counts of making false…

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Georgia Woman Accused of Defrauding St. Charles County Widower

February 5, 2024

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Missouri ST. LOUIS – A woman accused of defrauding a 74-year-old widower in a St. Charles County, Missouri nursing home has turned herself in to authorities in Georgia. Shanita Gray, 51, was indicted by a grand jury in U.S. District Court in St. Louis on Dec. 6,…

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Kissimmee Woman Sentenced to Prison for Passport Fraud, Identity Theft, and Food Stamp Fraud

February 5, 2024

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Florida Orlando, FL – U.S. District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza has sentenced Nilda Medina-Veguilla (38, Kissimmee) to 31 months in federal prison for making a false statement in a U.S. passport application, aggravated identity theft, and theft of government property. As part of her sentence, the court…

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Honduran National Previously Deported Three Times Admits to Illegal Reentry, Social Security Fraud

February 2, 2024

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Rhode Island PROVIDENCE, RI – A Honduran national who repeatedly entered the United States illegally and was removed in 2007, 2018, and October 2019, admitted to a federal judge today in Providence that he had entered the United States illegally for a fourth time prior to his most…

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Honduran National Pleads Guilty To Aggravated Identity Theft

January 29, 2024
Honduran National Pleads Guilty To Aggravated Identity Theft

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Florida Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Duglas Hernandez Valladares (38, Honduras) has pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft. Valladares faces a penalty of two years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set. According to the plea agreement,…

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Two Maryland brothers indicted for lottery scheme

January 25, 2024
Two Maryland brothers indicted for lottery scheme

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Maryland Baltimore – A federal grand jury has returned a superseding indictment charging brothers Dwayne and Wayne Henry, age 32 and 34, respectively, both of Landover Hills, Maryland, for conspiracy to commit mail fraud, in connection with a lottery scheme where victims believe that they have won a…

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Former professional basketball player accused of pandemic loan fraud

January 25, 2024
Former professional basketball player accused of pandemic loan fraud

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Missouri ST. LOUIS – A former professional basketball player has been arrested in Missouri after an indictment accused him of fraudulently obtaining pandemic relief funds. Lorenzo Gordon, 40, of Chesterfield, Missouri, was indicted in U.S. District Court in St. Louis January 17 on three counts of wire…

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St. Louis County Man Who Admitted Elder Fraud Admits Disability Fraud

January 22, 2024
St. Louis County Man Who Admitted Elder Fraud Admits Disability Fraud

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Missouri ST. LOUIS – A St. Louis County, Missouri man who last year admitted financially exploiting two elderly women admitted on Thursday that he was committing disability fraud while doing so. Gino Rives, 36, of Edmundson, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in St. Louis to five…

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Fresno Man Pleads Guilty to Passport Fraud by Assuming the Identity of a Deceased Child

January 17, 2024
Fresno Man Pleads Guilty to Passport Fraud by Assuming the Identity of a Deceased Child

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of California FRESNO, Calif. — Kenneth Laitman aka John Rodman, 79, of Fresno, pleaded guilty today to passport fraud, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced. According to court documents, in 1984, Laitman left his job as a stockbroker in New York and moved to California where he assumed…

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