Fort Valley State Awarded Almost $2 Million STOP School Violence GrantThe Department of Justice today announced nearly $126 million in funding to advance school safety under the STOP School Violence Act. The grants, awarded by the Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), will help institute safety measures in and around primary and secondary schools, support school violence prevention efforts, provide training to school personnel and students and implement evidence-based threat assessments.
Federal Jury Convicts Telfair County Man In Drug Trafficking CaseA Telfair County man faces up to life in federal prison after a jury convicted him on 36 counts related to a conspiracy to possess and distribute methamphetamine and cocaine.
Home Health Agency To Pay Millions To Settle False Claims Act AllegationsPruittHealth, Inc. and affiliated entities (“Pruitt”) have agreed to pay $4.2 million to resolve allegations that they submitted claims for home health services that were not covered by the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and that they failed to refund overpayments that they had received from Medicare and Medicaid in a timely manner.
Georgia Man Sentenced For Filing False Liens Against Federal Government OfficialsHakim Amal Archible has been sentenced for filing false liens against federal government officials, including former IRS Commissioner John Koskinen and former U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew.
Six Defendants Indicted For FraudVikas Mehta, Walter Valdivia, Pradip Parikh, Jaime Salas, Alpesh Patel, and Darash Shah have been indicted for wire fraud conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering conspiracy, and money laundering.
Georgia Company And Owner Sentenced For Their Roles In International Scheme To Evade The U.S. National Security Laws A Georgia company and its owner have been sentenced in federal court for their roles in an international scheme to evade United States national security laws.
Three Inmates Prosecuted For Seperate Assaults On Federal Correctional OfficersThree inmates are under prosecution in separate cases in the Southern District for assaults on federal correctional officers, while a correctional officer has been sentenced for bringing contraband into a facility.
Final Defendant Sentenced In Drug Trafficking ConspiracyThe last of four defendants has been sentenced to federal prison in a drug trafficking conspiracy that shipped cocaine and cash from coast to coast.
Armed Robber Sentenced For Perpetrating A String Of Armed RobberiesAnthony Lavell Williams, Jr. has been sentenced for perpetrating a string of armed robberies in Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cobb, and Hall Counties during which Williams assaulted pharmacy customers and forced employees to surrender cash and tens of thousands of opioids and amphetamines to him.
Lead Defendant In Dog-Fighting Operation ChargedThe operator of a dog-fighting facility and two codefendants have been sentenced in federal court, wrapping up the prosecution of a dog-fighting operation in Dodge County.
Georgia Couple Plead Guilty To Producing Child PornographyA Georgia couple has pleaded guilty to producing child pornography. Jayson E. Wright, 35, of Valdosta, pleaded guilty to two counts of production of child pornography before U.S. District Judge Louis S. Sands on Oct. 28. Co-defendant Kara Wright, 32, of Valdosta, pleaded guilty before Judge Sands to one count of production of child pornography on June 10.
Atlanta Man Arraigned On Charged Of Wire And Computer FraudChristian Akhatsegbe has been arraigned on federal charges of wire and computer fraud conspiracy, access device fraud, and aggravated identity theft related to a multi-million-dollar cyber-fraud scheme allegedly perpetrated through email phishing, credential harvesting, and invoice fraud. Emmanuel Aiye Akhatsegbe, who is believed to be residing in Nigeria, was also charged in the scheme.
Savannah Man Sentenced For Illegally Possessing A Firearm A Chatham County man with a history of violent behavior has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for illegally possessing a firearm.
Former Georgia Insurance Commissioner Sentenced For Stealing More Than $2,500,00.00Former Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck has been sentenced to federal prison following his conviction for stealing more than $2,500,000 from the Georgia Underwriting Association (GUA).
Man Guilty To Conspiracy To Commit Wire Fraud And Securities FraudMark Melnick has pleaded guilty to a criminal information charging him with conspiracy to commit wire and securities fraud arising from a years-long scheme to manipulate the prices of short-term call options in large, publicly traded companies.