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    A woman from Windsor faces years in prison for stealing more than $700,000 from both her former employer and third-party lenders over the span of nearly four years.  Windsor resident Margaret Boisture, age 51, was sentenced to 33 months in prison on Tuesday, Jan. 10 for fraud, according to the US Attorney's Office for the Connecticut District.  Boisture was once the chief financial employee of ZoneFlow Reactor Technologies, a company developing a new technology to make hydrogen production more efficient. In this role, Boisture defrauded Zoneflow, PayPal, and the third-party lender WebBank between October 2016 and February 2020 by diverting her employer's money to herself.  Boisture would also take out unauthorized loans that caused ZoneFlow to pay more interest expenses, and would make misrepresentations to PayPal and WebBank to convince them to make unauthorized loans to ZoneFlow, which Boisture could then steal. Overall, Boisture caused a loss of $632,159.78 to ZoneFlow and $78,088.76 to PayPal and WebBank. She pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud affecting a financial institution on Tuesday, July 19, 2022, and will report to prison on Monday, March 13. ...
    A Portland lawyer has been sentenced to eight years in prison for defrauding clients out of $3.8 million by pocketing their insurance payouts to fund her lavish lifestyle - which included trips to a Palm Springs nudist resort and an African safari. Lori E. Deveny, 57, was also ordered to pay $4.5million in restitution to her 135 victims after she was sentenced to prison on Monday for defrauding them, leaving many destitute and unable to pay for medical expenses.  She was convicted of mail, bank, and wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, money laundering, and filing a false tax return between April 2011 to May 2019.  Deveny practiced as an injury lawyer, and won millions in payouts for her clients who had been in car accidents or suffered other serious injuries, with the money meant to provide for their healthcare treatment.   In total, she stole $3.8million in insurance proceeds to 'bankroll a lavish lifestyle,' including $173,000 for an African safari, $60,000 for trips to a nudist resort Desert Sun in Palm Springs, $50,000 for a Cadillac, and more, according to the...
    TEEN Mom Lexi Tatman has received justice after her funeral director mentor was sentenced to 20 years in prison for “stealing her late grandpa’s organs.” Megan Hess and her mother, Shirley Koch, were charged with nine counts of fraud and illegally transporting diseased cadavers, as some corpses tested positive for diseases and were shipped without required warnings. 5Lexi Tatman has received justice after her late grandfather's remains were 'stolen and sold'Credit: MTV 5Megan Hess was sentenced to 20 years in federal prisonCredit: Getty The U.S. Sun can exclusively confirm Megan, 46, and Shirley, 69, were sentenced in a Colorado court on January 3.  Megan was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison and three years probation. Shirley received 15 years in federal prison and three years probation.  'HORROR' On December 19, prosecutors filed a sentencing statement, recommending Megan receive 15 years in prison and three years probation based on the court's advisory guideline sentencing range. Read more on Lexi TatmanLEXI LATELY Where Teen Mom Lexi Tatman is nowLEXI'S NIGHTMARE Teen Mom star Lexi Tatman begs fans for help after her...
    Lawyer Michael Avenatti speaks to the media after he walks out of federal court in New York, New York, U.S., March 25, 2019.Carlo Allegri | Reuters Michael Avenatti, the brash lawyer who gained notoriety for legal actions involving former President Donald Trump, was sentenced Monday in California to 14 years in prison for stealing about $7.6 million from clients, as well as for tax fraud. The 51-year-old Avenatti "has done great evil for which he must answer," Santa Ana federal Judge James Selna said in imposing punishment on the disgraced attorney for swindling law clients who included a paraplegic with mental health problems. Selna ordered Avenatti's stiff prison term to run consecutive to the five years behind bars he previously received in separate criminal cases in Manhattan federal court for ripping porn star Stormy Daniels out of $297,500 in book deal money, and for a brazen extortion effort against athletic apparel giant Nike. The judge also ordered Avenatti to pay more than $10.8 million in restitution to four clients and to the Internal Revenue Service. Avenatti, who already was in...
    Celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti, 51, was sentenced to 14 years in prison on Monday for dodging taxes and stealing millions of dollars from his clients. The 14-year sentence concludes the final prosecution against Avenatti of three different criminal cases. He is already serving five years for extortion and fraud convictions he received at two trials in New York. IDAHO STUDENT MURDERS: AS MYSTERY GROWS, HERE ARE FOUR KEY QUESTIONS THAT HAVEN’T BEEN ANSWERED U.S. District Judge James V. Selna in Santa Ana acknowledged that Avenatti had accomplished "good things in life" but has "also done great evil," according to the Los Angeles Times. Avenatti, who represented himself in court, will have to pay $8 million in restitution to his victims. He will begin his 14-year sentence after his five-year sentence is finished. He is currently incarcerated at the low-security Terminal Island federal prison in San Pedro. The attorney pleaded guilty in June to four counts of wire fraud to steal money from clients and one count of obstructing collection of federal payroll taxes from his...
    Attorney Michael Avenatti, who rose to fame representing porn star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against former President Donald Trump, was sentenced in Orange County today to 14 years in federal prison for dodging taxes and stealing millions of dollars from clients. Avenatti, 51, was also ordered to pay nearly $8million in restitution after admitting he secretly used settlement money paid to his clients to buy a private jet - which will now be confiscated. US District Judge James V. Selna said Avenatti's sentence will run consecutively - or on top of - the five years he is already serving for convictions in New York for an extortion scheme against Nike, and for stealing from Daniels. Federal prosecutors in Santa Ana had asked Selna to impose a 17-and-a-half year  term, while Avenatti was arguing for only six years. Avenatti also argued, unsuccessfuly, that his sentence in Orange County run concurrent with the punishment he is already serving for the New York cases. The prosecutors also accused Avenatti of bilking clients out of $12million but he argued the amount his clients lost was closer to $3.8million. ...
    Federal officials announced that a Southern Maryland woman will spend more than two years in prison for stealing more than $1 million in disability cash from the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Lexington Park resident Angela Marie Farr, 36, was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release after admitting to her role in a scheme to fraudulently obtain disability benefits from the VA and Social Security Administration. Additionally, a judge ordered Farr to pay nearly $1.5 million in fines and restitution for the government’s losses. According to prosecutors, Farr organized a conspiracy in which she submitted false and fraudulent documents to the VA in support of her disability compensation claims, as well as for the disability claims for her then-husband, Michael Vincent Pace, and for her father.   The fraudulent documents stated that Farr, Pace, and her father were homebound and required full-time assistance for basic tasks such as eating, bathing, and dressing, officials said, though all three lived active lives and did not require such assistance. Officials noted that Farr served in...
    A Highland man who once worked as a San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy was sentenced Tuesday to 14 years in federal prison for defrauding investors of more than $7.5 million. Christopher Lloyd Burnell, 51, claimed to have accumulated several million dollars from lawsuits he purportedly won against the Sheriff’s Department for on-the-job injuries and Kaiser Permanente for medical malpractice, and for selling to Oakley a patent on an air-cooled, bullet-resistant vest. He pleaded guilty to 11 counts of wire fraud and two counts of filing a false tax return in May. From 2010 to 2017, Burnell deceived victims into believing he was a wealthy businessman before convincing them to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars into “exclusive investment opportunities,” promising high return rates that would be repaid in a few weeks, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. To further convince victim investors, Burnell produced a fabricated bank statement that showed he had funds of more than $150 million. In reality, he had less than $6,500 in that account. Burnell would tell investors when they began to show doubt in his...
    Lary has been “humbled, humiliated, isolated and treated like a leper” ever since he pled guilty, defense attorney Dwight Thomas said in court. But prosecutors were not swayed by his fragile health, arguing that Lary was suffering from cancer at the same time he was stealing from the people of his city and that granting him leniency would send the wrong message. Some of his constituents, who feel betrayed by Lary, agree. “I don’t think he got enough time. I really don’t, because other people who did this as individuals for themselves, they got more time,” said Stonecrest resident Faye Coffield. “We don’t know how many of those people lost their businesses or face hardship because of what he did,” she added. Lary did offer an apology to his family and to the community during the hearing. He is scheduled to begin serving his sentence in December, but his health may cause further delays. His attorneys requested that Lary be allowed to serve his sentence at home, but Judge Thrash denied that request. Lary was the first-ever mayor of...
    "I will forever be branded ‘disgraced lawyer’ and worse," Avenatti told the courtroom. Avenatti – who represented himself during the trial – reportedly sent an apology letter to Daniels, but the judge said his overture was "too little, too late." Judge Furman called the bombastic lawyer's behavior "craven and egregious," CBS News reported. Avenatti – who had been a media darling – is already serving a 30-month prison sentence for attempting to extort $25 million out of Nike in 2019. In 2020, Avenatti was convicted for extortion, transmission of interstate communications with intent to extort, and wire fraud.
    Former lawyer Michael Avenatti has been sentenced for stealing from the pornography actress Stormy Daniels. U.S. District Court Judge Jesse Furman sentenced Avenatti on Thursday to four years in prison for stealing from his former client Daniels as they attempted to sue former President Donald Trump, according to NBC News. MCCONNELL-LINKED GROUP SPENDS $17.1 MILLION VS. DEMOCRATIC GEORGIA SEN. WARNOCK Avenatti, who is serving a sentence of 2 1/2 years for his 2020 conviction for extortion and transmission of interstate communications with intent to extort and wire fraud, could have 30 months of his four-year-sentencing served concurrently with his current sentence, Furman said. The former lawyer was convicted in February of defrauding Daniels. He pleaded not guilty at his trial and was permitted to represent himself in court. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER Avenatti was found guilty in 2020 of attempting to extort Nike for up to $25 million and was sentenced to two and a half years in prison. Avenatti represented himself for six weeks in an embezzlement case,...
    A Reseda man who pleaded guilty to trafficking firearms he took from self-storage units in Southern California was sentenced to nearly 10 years in federal prison. Rick Eric Herst, 36, pleaded guilty in February 2021 to one count of conspiracy to traffic in firearms and one count of selling firearms to a convicted felon, federal prosecutors said in a release. He was sentenced Wednesday to 115 months in prison. The charges stemmed from an investigation into Herst and two other men, Jeffrey James LaFraniere, 39, of Van Nuys and Alan Elperin, 31, of Mission Hills, who burglarized self-storage units in places including Los Angeles, Valencia, Thousand Oaks, Valencia and Rancho Mirage, stealing numerous guns and other items. They would then offer the guns for sale either in person or through text messages, with Herst and LaFraniere offering to sell guns to people they knew were convicted felons, prosecutors said. California An FBI corruption probe revealed who really runs Anaheim. Read our full coverage The wide-ranging investigation includes the sale of Angel Stadium and allegations of bribery involving Anaheim’s mayor. ...
    An 80-year-old nun who admitted stealing $835,000 from a Torrance elementary school asked a federal judge on Monday to show mercy and spare her from prison. “I have sinned, I have broken the law, and I have no excuses,” Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper, the former principal of St. James Catholic School, told the judge. She called her crimes “a violation of my vows, the commandments, the law, and above all the sacred trust that so many had placed in me.” Torn between parents and students who forgave her and those who demanded retribution for her theft of tuition money to pay for Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe vacations, U.S. District Judge Otis D. Wright II acknowledged his own anguish in finding a punishment to fit the crime. “I haven’t slept well in God knows how long,” Wright told a Zoom hearing audience, saying he could not bring himself to judge Kreuper solely on “the worst thing that she’s done in her life.” Wright sentenced Kreuper to one year and one day in prison after telling her she’d been “one heck...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A judge sentenced a man to seven years in prison for stealing the personal information of thousands of UPMC employees. Investigators say Justin Johnson became an expert in the software utilized by UPMC and used that expertise to hack into the employee database. READ MORE: Police: Armed Bystander Intervened In Shooting At Park City Center Mall In Lancaster, Shot SuspectKnown on the dark web as “Death Star” and “Dearthy Star,” authorities say Johnson hacked into the UPMC human resources server database in 2013 and 2014 and stole personal information, including W2s. He then sold that information on the dark web to conspirators, who then filed hundreds of false 1040 tax returns. READ MORE: New Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens In Westmoreland CountyMeanwhile, from 2014 to 2017, Johnson stole and sold nearly 90,000 additional non-UPMC sets of personal information that could be used to commit identity theft and bank fraud. That scheme resulted in $1.7 million in false tax returns. MORE NEWS: Allegheny County Police And Corrections Officers Unions Sue Over COVID-19 Vaccine MandateJohnson pled...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A suburban man has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison for ripping off a charity that helps children with disabilities. Stuart Nitzkin, 45, of Deerfield pleaded guilty in the case. READ MORE: Illinois Health Officials Offer Tips For Celebrating Halloween This YearProsecutors say Nitzkin stole more than a half-million dollars while serving as the nonprofit’s executive director from 2011 to 2016. READ MORE: Chicago Father Building Communication While Mentoring CPS StudentsSpending the stolen cash on things like luxury vacations with his family in places like Nevada, Florida, Ireland and Puerto Rico. Prosecutors say Nitzkin submitted phony expenses and even pocketed cash from the nonprofit’s fundraisers. MORE NEWS: Drivers Suspect Scam After Cars Towed From Uptown Parking Lot During Concert At Aragon BallroomIn addition to the sentence, Nitzkin was fined $150,000 and ordered to pay the remaining restitution of $516,400.
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – A Florida man has been sentenced to six years and five months in prison for stealing the identities of local, state and federal officials in a case involving more than $50,000 in fraudulent payments, authorities said. Michael T. Watters, 51, of Ocoee, was sentenced Monday in Orlando federal court, according to court records. He pleaded guilty in July to aggravated identity theft and wire fraud. READ MORE: Government Shutdown Latest: What Happens If Federal Agencies Close?According to court documents, Watters created approximately 35 counterfeit driver licenses using the stolen identities of current and former lawmakers. Between December 2018 and May 2019, Watters used those counterfeit licenses to pass about 265 counterfeit checks as payment at various stores in the Orlando area. READ MORE: Miami FC Midfielder Jahshaun Anglin Accused Of Sexually Battering WomanProsecutors said Watters caused total losses of $53,156.43 to the affected businesses. Court records didn’t name the officials whose identities were stolen. MORE NEWS: Four People On Helicopter That Crashed At Miami Executive Airport(© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press...
    A former board chairman at a Los Angeles church was sentenced to nearly 11 years in prison on Monday for stealing $11.4 million from the church in a decade-long embezzlement spree. Charles T. Sebesta, 56, of Huntington Beach was also ordered by U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson to pay $11.4 million in restitution to Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist, where his elaborate schemes siphoned off virtually all of the church’s assets, according to prosecutors. Sebesta, who pleaded guilty last year to bank and wire fraud, admitted that he forged signatures on checks, created fictitious companies to submit phony invoices to the church, and intercepted bequests to the church from congregants who died. He also got the church “to fire, ostracize and disbelieve those who raised concerns” about his financial management, prosecutors told the judge in a sentencing memo. Sebesta “destroyed a venerable church, its congregation, and the faith its congregants had in one another by employing sophisticated means to abuse his position of trust and cause the church not only substantial, but ruinous financial hardship,” and he treated the...
    New York (CNN Business)The US Justice Department has filed additional charges against the hacker accused of illegally accessing more than 100 million Capital One customers' accounts and credit card applications in 2019.Paige Thompson, a former Amazon engineer, now faces six counts of computer fraud and abuse, one count of access device fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft in addition to the original two charges. The superseding indictment also lists four additional victims of Thompson's hacking. She could serve up to 20 years in prison.A hacker gained access to 100 million Capital One credit card applications and accountsIn 2019, Thompson allegedly gained access to 140,000 Social Security numbers, 1 million Canadian Social Insurance numbers and 80,000 bank account numbers, in addition to people's names, addresses, credit scores, credit limits, balances, and other information in, according to the bank and the US Department of Justice. The hack marked one of the largest data breaches in history.Following the incident, Capital One entered into consent orders with the Fed and the Office of the Comptroller of Currency. The Fed then filed a...
    A Ukrainian man was sentenced to seven years in prison Thursday for his role in a hacking group that prosecutors said is responsible for stealing millions of U.S. credit and debit card numbers. Andrii Kolpakov, 33, whom the hacking group FIN7 referred to as "pen tester," was ordered in the Western District of Washington to pay $2.5 million in restitution, according to the Department of Justice. Kolpakov was arrested in Spain in June 2018 and extradited to the United States in June 2019. He pleaded guilty in June 2020 to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit computer hacking. PANDEMIC WORK-FROM-HOME HELPED CREATE SURGE IN RANSOMWARE ATTACKS Kolpakov was involved in the group from at least April 2016 until his arrest, prosecutors said. Through a series of sophisticated malware campaigns, FIN7 attacked hundreds of U.S. companies. "FIN7 carefully crafted email messages that would appear legitimate to a business’s employees and accompanied emails with telephone calls intended to further legitimize the emails," the statement said. "Once an attached file...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Jonathan Chang, an elder at Saratoga’s Home of Christ 4 Christian Church, has been sentenced to 48 months in prison for stealing more than $7.5 million in donated funds intended for the church, federal prosecutors announced Friday. U.S. Attorney David Anderson said the sentence follows a guilty verdict after a five-week trial in United States District Court. The evidence presented at trial demonstrated how Chang engaged in a scheme to defraud a wealthy donor of money intended to support the church. He served as an elder responsible for managing the finances of the church and furthered his scheme by creating entities with names similar to the church. Chang directed more than $6.7 million from the donor to his own organizations rather than to the HOC4. In addition, Chang embezzled more than $750,000 from HOC4-related bank accounts in his scheme to defraud. At trial, the jury concluded that Chang solicited funds from the wealthy donor for the stated purpose of acquiring a new HOC4 church house and conducting missionary work. In response to Chang’s requests, the...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Jonathan Chang, an elder at Saratoga’s Home of Christ 4 Christian Church, has been sentenced to 48 months in prison for stealing more than $7.5 million in donated funds intended for the church, federal prosecutors announced Friday. U.S. Attorney David Anderson said the sentence follows a guilty verdict after a five-week trial in United States District Court. The evidence presented at trial demonstrated how Chang engaged in a scheme to defraud a wealthy donor of money intended to support the church. He served as an elder responsible for managing the finances of the church and furthered his scheme by creating entities with names similar to the church. Chang directed more than $6.7 million from the donor to his own organizations rather than to the HOC4. In addition, Chang embezzled more than $750,000 from HOC4-related bank accounts in his scheme to defraud. At trial, the jury concluded that Chang solicited funds from the wealthy donor for the stated purpose of acquiring a new HOC4 church house and conducting missionary work. In response to Chang’s requests, the...
    More On: judges NYU student loses bid to finish semester over boat party Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyers oddly reference NJ judge’s slain son in bail bid District judge orders Trump administration to accept new DACA applications DOJ investigating alleged ‘bribery-for-pardon scheme’ A disgraced former Alabama judge who admitted to stealing nearly $73,000 from a juvenile court fund and former legal clients has been sentenced to four years in prison. Douglas Lee Patterson, a 38-year-old former district judge in Limestone County, was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty in October to three felony charges, including using his position for personal gain, financial exploitation of the elderly and theft, Attorney General Steve Marshall said. “It is fitting that Patterson has received a stern sentence for his crimes and that we have brought a measure of justice for his victims,” Marshall said in a statement. “He betrayed the citizens of Limestone County and exploited those who trusted him, stealing from the most vulnerable among us – children, the disabled and the elderly.” As part of a plea deal, Patterson, who resigned in July after...
    Fair Wayne Bryant, 63, was serving his life sentence at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. Judi Bottoni/Associated Press A Black man in Louisiana sentenced to life in prison was released on parole this week after serving nearly 24 years in prison for stealing hedge clippers. The Louisiana ACLU called his release a "long-overdue victory" and called for the repeal of the state's habitual offender law, which says a person who is convicted of more than one felony will receive longer sentences for each new conviction. The Chief Justice of the state's Supreme Court said the habitual offender laws were a "modern manifestation" of laws passed during Reconstruction that were "designed to re-enslave African Americans." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A Black man in Louisiana sentenced to life in prison was released on parole this week after serving nearly 24 years in prison for stealing hedge clippers, the Associated Press reported. Fair Wayne Bryant, 63, was serving a life sentence for stealing a pair of hedge clippers from a private carport in 1997. During the incident, he was...
    A 63-year-old man who was serving a life sentence in prison for stealing a pair of hedge clippers has been granted parole, CBS affiliate KLFY reported. The Louisiana Board of Pardons and Committee on Parole voted this week to release Fair Wayne Bryant after he had served 23 years in prison. Bryant was sentenced to life in prison without parole in 1997 for stealing the hedge clippers from a residential garage. While the crime itself did not warrant the life sentence, his four prior felony convictions — an attempted armed robbery, possession of stolen goods, attempted forgery of a check, and simple burglary — triggered Louisiana's habitual offender statute, according to KLFY. Earlier this year, the Louisiana Supreme Court upheld that ruling in a 5-1 decision, KLFY said. The chief justice cast the only dissenting vote, writing that the sentence "is grossly out of proportion to the crime and serves no legitimate penal purpose." Chief Justice Bernette Johnson, the only Black member of the court, also noted that Bryant's jail time cost taxpayers approximately $518,667.  Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox ...
    A black Louisiana man who was sentenced to life in prison after stealing hedge clippers in 1997 was granted parole Thursday. Fair Wayne Bryant, 63, will get a conditional release following a 3-0 vote of the Louisiana Committee on Parole that comes after he spent 23 years behind bars for the theft of the garden tools from a carport storage room in Shreveport. The case drew national attention earlier this year when a state Supreme Court panel denied his release despite a dissenting opinion from the court’s only black justice, who called the case a “modern manifestation” of Jim Crow laws. “These laws remained on the books of most southern states for decades,” Chief Justice Bernette Johnson wrote, according to The Guardian. “And this case demonstrates their modern manifestation: harsh habitual offender laws that permit a life sentence for a black man convicted of a property crime.” “This man’s life sentence for a failed attempt to steal a set of three hedge clippers is grossly out of proportion to the crime and serves no legitimate penal purpose,” the judge wrote....
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A federal judge has sentenced corrupt Chicago Police Sgt. Xavier Elizondo to 87 months in prison, after the officer and his partner were convicted last year of lying to judges to obtain search warrants, and then stealing cash and drugs from the properties they searched. Last October, Elizondo and Officer David Salgado were found guilty on all counts following a trial on conspiracy and obstruction of justice charges. Chicago Police Officer Xavier Elizondo walks out of the Dirksen Federal Courthouse, Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 9, 2019. | Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times On Friday, U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly sentenced Elizondo to 87 months in prison. Salgado is scheduled to be sentenced next month. The two were assigned to a gang unit in the 10th District on the West Side. Federal prosecutors have said they conspired to falsely obtain search warrants that allowed them to search properties and seize cash and drugs. They then falsified police reports to hide the thefts. According to the indictment, Elizondo and Salgado submitted the applications for search warrants by having their informants furnish false...
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