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FBI Offers up to $10,000 Reward in Fugitive Hunt for Barrett Busschau

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The FBI is offering a new reward and launching a media campaign in an effort to generate tips in the cold case fugitive hunt for Barrett Preston Busschau. Busschau, now 42 years old, disappeared from Oregon in 1993 after Clackamas County authorities arrested him on multiple sex abuse charges involving children. The FBI is running Facebook ads in both the Portland-metro area and in South Africa, where he may be living. In addition, the FBI Laboratory has produced an age-progressed photo of what Busschau may look like now, and the FBI is profiling Busschau’s case on its fugitive website. His Wanted by the FBI poster can be found at https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/cac/barrett-preston-busschau.

The reward of up to $10,000 is for information that leads directly to his arrest.

On July 27, 1993, a Clackamas County grand jury indicted Buscchau for the alleged molestation of five girls between the ages of 10 and 15. He was 18 years old at the time. The charges include:

  • 1st degree sexual penetration with a foreign object
  • 1st degree sex abuse
  • 3rd degree sodomy
  • 3rd degree rape
  • 3rd degree sex abuse

Busschau was released pending trial, but he fled before his next court appearance. In February 1994, a Clackamas County grand jury indicted him for failure to appear. That same year, the FBI obtained a federal fugitive warrant charging him with Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution.

Busschau is a native of South Africa, and he had been living in the United States since 1984 as a legal permanent resident. Investigators believe he may have traveled to California and/or Panama following his disappearance, but the last known sighting of him places him in South Africa.

Investigators do believe there may be people still living in the Portland-metro area who have information that could help lead the FBI to Busschau. Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at (503) 224-4181 or submit a tip to https://tips.fbi.gov. Anyone living elsewhere who has information about Busschau should contact the nearest FBI office or U.S. Embassy.





FBI Tech Tuesday—Building a Digital Defense Against Diet Scams

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Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. This week, building a digital defense against diet scams.

Earlier this month, we talked about setting New Year’s resolutions to keep your new tech gadgets safe.

This week, we are sharing some advice from our friends at the Federal Trade Commission about a different kind of resolution—the kind that has you desperate to drop a few pounds.

This time of year you are likely seeing all kinds of ads on social media for the latest new gadget, drug, or breakthrough to help you lose weight or get in shape. The before-and-after photos are stunning—if that person can do it, as the story goes, you can, too! The best part, you often don’t have to diet or work out. Shell out a few dollars, and the new you will be shopping for bathing suits soon.

As the FTC can tell you, though, there are plenty of scams mixed in with legitimate offers—and if you fall for one, the only thing that will lose weight is your wallet.

The FTC recommends:

  • Pass on any patch, pill, or gadget that promises you can eat all you want and still lose weight permanently. Losing weight requires sensible food choices, and long-term success will require permanent lifestyle changes.
  • Electronic devices that offer to slim and tone your body usually only have temporary effects on muscle strength. Most were made for physical therapy and rehabilitation, not to give you six-pack abs. Getting real exercise is your best bet for that.
  • Be wary of the photos that allegedly prove what money can buy you. The photos can easily be faked, and even if they aren’t—there’s no guarantee that the now-skinny person in the “after” picture didn’t actually diet and work out in addition to using whatever the miracle product was.
  • Recognize that everybody is different. Even if the item is legitimate and does help some people—it won’t necessarily help you.

    Bottom line—there is no “miracle” drug or product that is going to make your body lighter or stronger for the long run. If you are tempted, make sure you do your homework, talk to your doctor, and think before you give online scammers your credit card number.

If you need more detail on diet and device scams, go to FTC.gov or FDA.gov.

If you have been victimized by an online scam, be sure to report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your local FBI office.





Connecticut Man Charged with Hacking Apple iCloud Accounts Belonging to More Than 250 People, Including Many Celebrities

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          LOS ANGELES – A Connecticut man was charged today in federal court with a felony computer hacking offense related to a phishing scheme that gave him illegal access to over 250 Apple iCloud accounts, many of which belonged to members of the entertainment industry in Los Angeles.

          George Garofano, 26, of Northford, Connecticut, was named today in a criminal information that accuses him of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

          In a plea agreement that was also lodged today in United States District Court in Los Angeles, Garofano agreed to plead guilty to one count of unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information.

          While the case was filed by federal prosecutors in Los Angeles, the parties have agreed to transfer the case to the District of Connecticut for the entry of Garofano’s guilty plea and sentencing. Once he enters the guilty plea, Garofano will face a statutory maximum sentence of five years in federal prison.

          According to the plea agreement, from April 2013 through October 2014, Garofano engaged in a phishing scheme to obtain usernames and passwords for iCloud accounts. Garofano admitted that he sent e-mails to victims that appeared to be from security accounts of Apple and encouraged the victims to send him their usernames and passwords, or to enter them on a third-party website, where he would later retrieve them.

          Garofano used the usernames and passwords to illegally access his victims’ iCloud accounts, which allowed him to steal personal information, including sensitive and private photographs and videos, according to his plea agreement. In some instances, Garofano traded the usernames and passwords, as well as the materials he stole from the victims, with other individuals.

          The charge against Garofano stems from an investigation into the leaks of photographs of numerous female celebrities in September 2014 known as “Celebgate.”  Although many of Garofano’s victims were members of the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, many non-celebrities who live in Connecticut were also victimized. By illegally accessing the iCloud accounts, Garofano gained access to at least 250 accounts.

          The case against Garofano is the fourth case stemming from the Celebgate investigation. Chicago resident Emilio Herrera has pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced next month in United States District Court in Chicago after federal prosecutors in Los Angeles charged Herrera in a phishing scheme that gave him illegal access to more than 550 Apple iCloud and Gmail accounts. Another Illinois man was sentenced last year to federal prison. In the third case, a Pennsylvania man was sentenced in 2016 to 18 months in prison.

          The Celebgate investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

          The case against Garofano was filed by Assistant United States Attorney Ryan White of the Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes Section.





Co-Conspirator Sentenced in Multi-Million Bank Fraud Scheme

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HOUSTON – A Houston-area man has been ordered to federal prison for perpetrating a scheme that caused a loss of more than $4 million to several local banks, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Gregory Roberson, 65, of Missouri City, pleaded guilty June 14, 2016.

 

Today, U.S. District Judge Gray Miller, who accepted the guilty plea, handed Roberson a 24-month sentence and ordered him to pay $3,081,942.14. The ringleader of the scheme, Andre Chenier, 44, of Houston, had previously been sentenced to 48 months in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $4.5 million in restitution. Both will also serve three years of supervised release following completion of their sentences. 

 

From 2004 to 2012, Chenier obtained multi-million dollar commercial loans from several Houston-area banks by submitting false and fraudulent documents, including Bank of Texas and Third Coast Bank. The loan applications included falsified financial statements and fake income tax returns and were obtained using the Social Security numbers of identity theft victims. Chenier ultimately defaulted on both of these loans and others, resulting in a loss of $4,581,942. Chenier represented to banks that he owned various technology companies, when in fact the companies were fictitious and Chenier was merely living off loan proceeds.     

 

Roberson assisted Chenier in the scheme by preparing falsified income tax forms and other documents to help Chenier obtain millions in commercial loans.

 

He was permitted to remain on bond pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

 

The FBI, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation – Office of Inspector General and IRS – Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Belinda Beek is prosecuting the case.





St. Joseph Man Sentenced for Second Bank Robbery

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Timothy A. Garrison, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a St. Joseph, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for his second federal bank robbery conviction.

Terry L. Hager, 50, of St. Joseph, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan, Jr., to 11 years and one month in federal prison without parole. Today’s sentence includes a 33-month term of incarceration upon the revocation of Hager’s supervised release in an earlier bank robbery sentence in a separate case.

Hager, who pleaded guilty on Jan. 3, 2017, admitted that he stole $13,957 from UMB Bank, 1211 N. Belt Hwy., St. Joseph, on March 5, 2016.

According to court documents, Hager was wearing a baseball cap, a bandana over his face, sunglasses and clear plastic gloves when he entered the bank. Hager approached a teller and motioned for her to be quiet by placing his finger to his lips then demanded that she give him all the money. After the teller emptied the contents of her drawer, Hager demanded the money from her second drawer, but she was unable to comply because she did not have a key for the drawer. Hager told the teller to get on the floor and called a second teller, who did have the key, over to the teller counter. (As this occurred, a third teller was able to push a panic button to alert law enforcement of the robbery). As the second teller was interacting with Hager, she attempted to press an emergency button, but he placed his hand over the button preventing her from doing so.

After he received cash from both tellers, Hager exited the bank. He later led law enforcement officers on a high-speed pursuit, traveling approximately 80 miles per hour through a densely populated residential neighborhood with groups of children playing near the street. Officers were forced to terminate the pursuit due to the significant danger to the public.

The next day, Hager was located at a local Wal-Mart store and placed under arrest without incident as he left the store.

This case represents Hager’s second federal bank robbery conviction. Hager, who was incarcerated for more than 22 years on his first bank robbery conviction, was released from federal prison and placed on supervised release on Dec. 2, 2013. He was still on supervised release for his first federal bank robbery offense when he committed the second.

On March 26, 2015, while on supervised release for his first federal bank robbery, Hager was arrested in Buchanan County, Mo., for second-degree domestic assault after a report that he threatened and physically assaulted a woman with whom he shared a domestic relationship. He was convicted of the offense on July 6, 2015, and sentenced to eight months’ incarceration. On Feb. 11, 2016, Hager appeared in federal court for a supervised release revocation hearing. After making a statement on his own behalf, Hager’s supervised release was continued with further instruction that his supervised release would be reviewed in 90 days. Hager committed the bank robbery approximately 23 days later.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alison D. Dunning. It was investigated by the St. Joseph, Mo., Police Department and the FBI.





Sheffield Man Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison for Possessing Child Pornography

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HUNTSVILLE – A federal judge this week sentenced a Sheffield man to more than 11 years in prison for possessing child pornography, including images of infants and toddlers being raped, announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town.

            U.S. District Judge R. David Proctor sentenced CHRISTOPHER JOSEPH BOERCKEL, 27, of Sheffield, to 11 years and three months in prison, followed by 20 years of supervised release. Boerckel pleaded guilty in September to possessing more than 13,000 images of child pornography on his computer and computer hard drives. He must report to prison Feb. 7.

            “This defendant possessed thousands of horrific images of adults forcing sex acts on children and babies, innocents completely unable to defend themselves,” Town said. “Anyone possessing these images ensures that those children continue to be victimized. Judge Proctor’s sentence rightfully reflects the severity of this case and our efforts reflect our pledge to fully prosecute these atrocious behaviors.”

            Law enforcement seized computers and hard drives during searches of Boerckel’s home in March 2015, according to his plea agreement. An Alabama Department of Revenue review of Boerckel’s computer hard drives showed that hundreds of the images were stored on a drop box saved to “the cloud,” so investigators could not determine if the images had been accessed in Lauderdale County or Colbert County.

            Further FBI analysis of Boerckel’s electronic equipment identified the 13,183 images of child pornography, according to the plea agreement.

            The FBI, Alabama Department of Revenue and the Florence Police Department investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Keim prosecuted.

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Man Indicted, Returned From Indonesia by FBI to Face Fraud Charges in Oregon

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SAN FRANCISCO—On Friday, January 12, 2018, Richard Macadangdang Sales, 68, made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Maria-Elena James in the Northern District of California after FBI agents from the Bend, Oregon, Residence Agency escorted him back to the U.S. from Indonesia. In December 2017, a federal grand jury in Eugene, Oregon, indicted Sales on four counts of wire fraud and one count of money laundering for an alleged scheme that cheated investors of more than $900,000.

The indictment alleges that between 2011 and 2013, investors were led to believe Sales was using their investments to recover hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of U.S. Treasury Notes located in East Asia and the Pacific. The indictment states that victims believed Sales was building humanitarian housing for victims of natural disasters as part of this recovery process and that they would see returns as high as 100 percent.

Sales had been living outside the U.S. since 2012. Working with the Indonesian National Police and Indonesian Immigration, through the FBI’s Legal Attaché office in Jakarta, FBI agents traveled to Indonesia and met Sales as he was deported on January 11, 2018. FBI agents escorted him back to the United States and arrested him after touching down on U.S. soil.

Judge James ordered Sales detained pending transfer by the U.S. Marshals Service to the District of Oregon for further court proceedings.

An indictment is only an accusation of a crime, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.





Acting Boss of Bonanno organized crime family and 9 other members of La Cosa Nostra indicted for racketeering and related charges

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NEW YORK — Following an investigation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York working jointly with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service, the New York City Police Department (NYPD), and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), 10 individuals are being charges with racketeering and other offenses in connection with the activities of the organized crime families of La Cosa Nostra.

The indictment charges eight members of the Bonanno Family: Acting Boss Joseph Cammarano, Jr., Consigliere John Zancocchio, Joseph Sabella, George Tropiano, Albert Armetta, Domenick Miniero, Joseph Santapaolo, and Simone Esposito, all with with racketeering conspiracy involving a wide range of crimes, including extortion, loansharking, wire and mail fraud, narcotics distribution, and conspiracy to commit murder. Genovese Family member Ernest Montevecchi is charged with participating in that conspiracy as well. Several of the defendants and Luchese Family member Eugene Castelle are charged with conspiracy to commit extortion. Armetta is additionally charged with assault resulting in serious bodily injury in aid of racketeering, and aiding and abetting the same.

“The members of this criminal organization have pending charges from drug dealing and fraud to loansharking and conspiracy to commit murder,” said Angel M. Melendez, special agent in charge of HSI New York. “HSI will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to investigate and dismantle criminal organization like La Cosa Nostra and the Bonanno family.”

Of the 10 defendants charged in the indictment, nine were taken into federal custody Friday. Santapaolo was presented this morning before a United States Magistrate Judge in the Middle District of Pennsylvania. The rest of the defendants will be presented before United States Magistrate Judge Barbara Moses later today. The case has been assigned to United States District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein.

As alleged in the indictment unsealed today in Manhattan federal court, La Cosa Nostra (“LCN”), also known as the “Mob” or the “Mafia,” operates through entities known as “Families.” In the New York City area, there are five LCN Families, namely, the Bonanno Family, the Genovese Family, the Luchese Family, the Colombo Family, and the Gambino Family. Members and associates of one La Cosa Nostra family at times work together with other La Cosa Nostra families in jointly undertaken criminal ventures.

The Bonanno Family, like other LCN Families, operates through a group of individuals known as “crews,” each of which are led by a “capo” or “captain.” The crews are composed of “made” members, called “soldiers,” and trusted non-members called “associates.” Above the Capos are the highest-ranking members – the Boss or Acting Boss, the Underboss, and the Consigliere, or counselor – who oversee the Family.

At times relevant to the indictment, the defendants held the following positions with their respective LCN Families: Cammarano was a captain and the Acting Boss of the Bonanno Family; Zancocchio was a captain and the Consigliere of the Bonanno Family; Sabella was a captain of the Bonanno Family; Tropiano was a soldier and an acting captain of the Bonanno Family; Esposito was the Consigliere of the Bonanno Family; Miniero, Santapaolo, and Armetta were soldiers in the Bonanno Family; Montevecchi was a soldier in the Genovese Family; and Castelle was a soldier in the Luchese Family.

Count One of the indictment charges Cammarano, Zancocchio, Sabella, Tropiano, Armetta, Miniero, Santapaolo, Esposito, and Montevecchi with participating in a racketeering conspiracy. Count Two charges Armetta with assault resulting in serious bodily injury in aid of racketeering, and aiding and abetting the same. Count Three charges Cammarano, Zancocchio, Sabella, Tropiano, Miniero, and Castelle with extortion conspiracy.

Below is a chart containing the names, ages, residences, charges, and maximum penalties for the defendants. The maximum potential sentences are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendants will be determined by the judge. The charges contained in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

United States v. Joseph Cammarano, Jr., et al., 18 Cr. 15 (AKH)

Defendant Age Charges Maximum Penalty
JOSEPH CAMMARANO, JR., a/k/a “Joe C” 58 RICO Conspiracy;
Extortion Conspiracy
20 years in prison for each count
JOHN ZANCOCCHIO, a/k/a “Porky” 60 RICO Conspiracy;
Extortion Conspiracy
20 years in prison for each count
JOSEPH SABELLA, a/k/a “Joe Valet” 52 RICO Conspiracy;
Extortion Conspiracy
20 years in prison for each count
GEORGE TROPIANO, a/k/a “Grumpy” 68 RICO Conspiracy;
Extortion Conspiracy
20 years in prison for each count
ALBERT ARMETTA, a/k/a “Al Muscles” 48 RICO Conspiracy;
Assault in Aid of Racketeering
20 years in prison for each count
DOMINECK MINIERO 85 RICO Conspiracy;
Extortion Conspiracy
20 years in prison for each count
JOSEPH SANTAPAOLO, a/k/a “Joey Blue Eyes” 66 RICO Conspiracy 20 years in prison
SIMONE ESPOSITO 47 RICO Conspiracy 20 years in prison
ERNEST MONTEVECCHI, a/k/a “Butch” 72 RICO Conspiracy 20 years in prison
EUGENE CASTELLE, a/k/a “Boobsie” 57 Extortion Conspiracy 20 years in prison





Baltimore Man Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison for Distribution of Child Pornography and Traveling to Engage in Illicit Sexual Conduct with a Minor

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            WASHINGTON – Randy Koontz, 39, of Baltimore, Md., was sentenced today to 40 years in prison on federal charges of distribution of child pornography and traveling interstate to engage in illicit sexual conduct.

            The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu, Andrew W. Vale, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, Edwin C. Roessler Jr., Chief of the Fairfax County, Va. Police Department, and Peter Newsham, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

            Koontz pled guilty to the charges in March 2016 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He was sentenced by the Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan. Following completion of his prison term, he will be placed on supervised release for the rest of his life. He also will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

            Prior to his arrest in this case, Koontz was convicted in 2008 of shipment/transportation of child pornography and in 2001 of possession of child pornography. He served prison terms for those offenses and was required to register as a sex offender. He was out of prison and on supervised release for only two years before he committed the crimes in this case.

            According to the government’s evidence, beginning on March 8, 2015, Koontz engaged in communications with an undercover officer with the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force, through a social network site. During the course of communications over a nearly month-long period, Koontz provided the undercover officer with videos of child pornography. Koontz also expressed interest in engaging in sexual acts with a purported female minor. During this period, Koontz arranged with the undercover officer to meet in the District of Columbia for the purpose of engaging in sexual acts with that child. On April 2, 2015, Koontz traveled from Baltimore to a pre-arranged meeting place in Washington, D.C.  When he arrived at the meeting place, he was arrested. He has remained in custody ever since.

            A laptop computer and two cellular phones were taken by law enforcement from Koontz at the time of his arrest. Additionally, law enforcement executed a search warrant of Koontz’s room at a boarding house in Baltimore and seized additional electronic devices. The FBI forensically examined the items seized from the defendant and discovered several thousand images and videos of child pornography.

            This case was brought as part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood initiative and investigated by the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force, which includes members of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, MPD, and the Fairfax County Police Department.  In February 2006, the Attorney General created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.  Led by the U.S. Attorney’s Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

            In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Liu, Assistant Director Vale, Chief Roessler, and Chief Newsham praised the work of the MPD Detectives, Fairfax County, Va. Police, and Special Agents of the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force. They also commended the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Criminal Investigator John Marsh, Paralegal Specialists Donhue Troy Griffith and Michelle Wicker, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea L. Hertzfeld, who prosecuted the matter.





Treatment Center Owners Plead Guilty in Multi-Million Dollar Health Care Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme Involving Sober Homes and Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment Centers

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Two treatment center owners pled guilty for their participation in a multi-million dollar health care fraud and money laundering scheme that involved the filing of fraudulent insurance claim forms and defrauded health care benefit programs.

 

Benjamin G. Greenberg, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; Robert F. Lasky, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office; Kelly R. Jackson, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI); Jimmy Patronis, Florida Chief Financial Officer; Michael J. Waters, Special Agent in Charge, Amtrak Office of Inspector General (Amtrak-OIG); Isabel Colon, Regional Director, United States Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration (DOL-EBSA); and Dennis Russo, Director of Operations, National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), made the announcement.

 

Tovah Lynn Jasperson, a/k/a Tara, 48, of Wellington, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1347; all in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349.

 

Alan Martin Bostom, 75, of Wellington, pled guilty to one count of making false statements related to a health care matter, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1035(a)(1).

According to court documents, Jasperson and Bostom were the owners of Angel’s Recovery, a business with multiple locations in Palm Beach County that purportedly operated as a licensed substance abuse service provider (or treatment center) offering clinical treatment services for persons suffering from alcohol and drug addiction. Angel’s Recovery also offered medication-based treatment for opioid addiction.

 

At different times, the defendants managed all aspects of Angel’s Recovery, including hiring and firing personnel, admitting and discharging patients, and making financial decisions. To secure a steady stream of patients, the defendants established illegal kickback/bribe relationships with owners of sober homes, in exchange for referring the sober homes’ insured residents to Angel’s Recovery for treatment. Sober homes were purportedly in the business of providing safe and drug-free residences for individuals suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. The defendants provided the money used to purchase or rent several properties used as “sober homes,” although the purchase agreements or leases would bear the names of third parties.

 

The defendants and co-conspirators provided kickbacks and bribes, in the form of free or reduced rent, insurance premium payments, and other benefits to individuals with insurance who agreed to reside at the sober homes and attend drug treatment, which included regular and random drug testing (typically three or more times per week), so that members of the conspiracy could bill the testing and treatment to the residents’ insurance plans. To disguise kickbacks and bribes to patients, the defendants used a separate entity to pay insurance premiums for patients of Angel’s Recovery so that Angel’s Recovery could continue to bill the patients’ insurance companies for treatment expenses.

 

Jasperson and Bostom hired a doctor to serve as the medical director of Angel’s Recovery who frequently pre-signed prescriptions that were used to dispense controlled substances to patients of Angel’s Recovery by other employees.  After the doctor’s medical license was suspended, the defendants continued to employ him and failed to inform the Florida Department of Children and Families because it could not continue to operate as a licensed facility without a licensed medical director.

 

The defendants and co-conspirators caused the submission of insurance claims that: falsely stated the testing and treatment were medically necessary, failed to disclose that patients were referred to Angel’s Recovery in exchange for kickbacks and bribes, failed to disclose that patients were not asked to pay kickbacks and deductibles, failed to disclose that the defendants paid some patients’ insurance premiums, and failed to disclose that the prescribing physician’s license was suspended. 

 

Jasperson faces a maximum of 10 years imprisonment. Bostom faces a maximum of five years imprisonment.  Sentencing is scheduled for May 11, 2018 at 10 a.m. 

 

Mr. Greenberg commended the investigative efforts of the Greater Palm Beach Health Care Fraud Task Force. Agencies of the task force include the FBI, IRS-CI, the Florida Division of Investigative and Forensic Services, Amtrak-OIG, DOL-EBSA, and NICB. The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney A. Marie Villafaña.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov/ or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov/





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