Law Enforcement

Lance Armstrong Agrees to Pay $5 Million to Settle False Claims Allegations Arising From Violation of Anti-Doping Provisions of U.S. Postal Service Sponsorship Agreement

Former professional cyclist Lance Armstrong agreed to pay the United States $5 million to resolve a lawsuit alleging that his admitted use of performance-enhancing drugs and methods (“PEDs”) resulted in the submission of millions of dollars in false...

Former Las Cruces U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer Pleads Guilty to Obstruction of Justice

The Justice Department, on April 19, announced that former U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer Christopher M. Holbrook pleaded guilty in federal court in Las Cruces, New Mexico, to obstruction of justice.

School Employee Pleads Guilty to Role in Bribery Scheme Involving VA Program for Disabled Military Veterans

The financial manager of Atius Technology Institute (“Atius”), a privately owned, non-accredited school specializing in information technology courses, on April 19, pleaded guilty to conspiring to bribe a public official at the U.S. Department of...

Buffalo Man Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion; Owes Over 1 Million Dollars to the IRS

Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. on April 18, announced that Dorian Wills, 52, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty to tax evasion before U.S....

California Resident Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to File Fraudulent Tax Returns Seeking More Than $9.7 Million in Refunds

A Salinas, California, resident pleaded guilty to conspiring to file fraudulent claims for income tax refunds, on April 18, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Acting...

Owners of Maryland Auto Parts Company Indicted for Tax Fraud

A federal grand jury sitting in Greenbelt, Maryland, returned an indictment, which was unseal on April 17, charging a married couple with conspiracy to defraud the United States and four counts of filing false tax returns, announced Principal Deputy...

Federal Court Bars Florida Tax Return Preparers from Preparing Tax Returns and Orders Them to Disgorge Ill-Gotten Gains

On April 16, a federal court in Orlando, Florida, ordered that Patrick Clarke disgorge $500,000, and Ruby Rodriguez disgorge $100,000, of the proceeds they received for the preparation of tax returns, the Justice Department announced on April. 16th....

School Owner Pleads Guilty to $2 Million Bribery Scheme Involving VA Program for Disabled Military Veterans

The owner of Atius Technology Institute (“Atius”), a privately owned, non-accredited school specializing in information technology courses, on April 16th, pleaded guilty to bribing a public official at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in...