Law Enforcement

(UK) PM hosts first Cabinet meeting

Prime Minster David Cameron has chaired the first meeting of his new coalition Cabinet.

Secretary-General announces new UN chief of protocol

SECRETARY-GENERAL ANNOUNCES NEW UN CHIEF OF PROTOCOL

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed today Desmond Parker of Trinidad and Tobago as the top official for protocol at the United Nations.

Former President of Maryland-Based Transportation Company Indicted on 11 Counts Related to Foreign Bribery, Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme

Executive Allegedly Paid Bribes to a Russian Official So His Company Could Win Highly Sensitive Nuclear Fuel Transportation Contracts

An indictment against a former co-president of a Maryland-based transportation company that provides services for the transportation of nuclear materials to customers in the United States and abroad, on January 12, was unsealed for his alleged role in a scheme that involved the bribery of an official at a subsidiary of Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation.

Pharmacy Owner, Medical Doctor and Patient Recruiter Convicted in $4.3 Million Pain and Scar Cream Kickback Scheme Against Military Insurance Program

On January 12, the owner of an Orlando, Florida-area pharmacy, a medical doctor and a patient recruiter were convicted for their role in a kickback scheme involving pain and scar creams that resulted in the payment of approximately $4.3 million in false and fraudulent claims to TRICARE. TRICARE provides coverage for active duty military and their families, as well as retired veterans.

North Carolina Return Preparer Convicted for Filing Fraudulent Returns

Falsely Claimed Earned Income Tax Credits to Increase Clients’ Refunds

A jury sitting in Greensboro, North Carolina, convicted a Durham, North Carolina, tax return preparer of conspiring to defraud the United States and preparing fraudulent tax returns for herself and her clients, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Matthew G.T. Martin for the Middle District of North Carolina.

Owner of Virginia Auto Repair Shop Indicted for Employment Tax Fraud

The owner of a Virginia auto repair shop was indicted for failing to account for and pay over employment taxes, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Michigan Clinic Office Manager Pleads Guilty to $131 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme Involving Unnecessary Prescription of Controlled Substances

A Michigan clinic office manager, on January 11, pleaded guilty for his role in a health care fraud scheme that involved the unnecessary prescription of controlled substances and that resulted in a $131 million loss to Medicare.

Illinois Man Sentenced to Prison for Using Stolen IDs of U.S. Air Force Members to File Fraudulent Tax Returns

A Harvey, Illinois, man was sentenced to 63 months in prison today for his role in a stolen identity refund fraud scheme, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney John R. Lausch Jr. for the Northern District of Illinois.

Texas Mayor and Owners of Health Care Company Charged With Health Care Fraud, Money Laundering and Obstruction

Four individuals, including a Texas mayor who was a licensed physician and medical director, and three owners of a health care company, on January 10, were charged in an indictment unsealed for their roles in a $150 million health care fraud and money laundering scheme. Three of the defendants were also charged with counts relating to obstructing justice and providing false statements.

Auditors publish background paper on EU animal welfare measures

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has published a Background Paper on EU action to achieve compliance with animal welfare legislation and to improve coordination between animal welfare activities and the Common Agricultural Policy. Background Papers provide information on an ongoing audit task and follow the announcement of the audit. They are designed as a source of information for those interested in the policy and/or programmes being audited. Each Paper includes a section in which interested parties are invited to contact the audit team via a dedicated email address to encourage a more interactive approach.