MORGANTOWN, WV—Twenty-one people involved in a Philadelphia to Morgantown heroin and painkiller distribution ring have been indicted on federal charges.

Earlier this month, a federal grand jury returned a 65-count indictment charging the defendants in a scheme to bring large quantities of heroin and prescription opioids from Philadelphia to Morgantown for redistribution. This morning, the indictment was unsealed and 13 of those charged were taken into custody as part of a large arrest operation in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere.

WASHINGTON—A federal grand jury in San Francisco returned three multi-count indictments against eleven real estate investors for their role in bid rigging and fraud schemes at foreclosure auctions in Northern California.

The indictments, filed late yesterday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in Oakland, California, charge Northern California real estate investors Michael Marr; Javier Sanchez; Gregory Casorso; Victor Marr; John Shiells; Miguel De Sanz; Alvin Florida Jr.; Robert A. Rasheed; John L. Berry III; Refugio Diaz; and Stephan A. Florida with participating in conspiracies   more...
Miami, FL - Charges have been filed against James D. Perron, 48, of Tinmouth, Vermont, for three counts of wire fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343. If convicted, Perron faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000 for each count. Perron was initially charged by criminal complaint.

According to the indictment, Perron claimed in text messages sent from Vermont to Florida that through a relative on the jury he could influence the outcome of the trial of State of Florida vs. John Goodman,   more...
Scheme Involved Energy-Related Services at Government Buildings

WASHINGTON—Washington Gas Energy Systems (WGESystems) has agreed to pay more than $2.5 million in fines and monetary penalties for conspiring to commit fraud on the United States by illegally obtaining contracts that were meant for small, disadvantaged businesses.

WGESystems, based in Virginia, is a wholly owned subsidiary of WGL Holdings, Inc. (WGL). WGL is the parent company for all of the corporations within the Washington Gas family. WGESystems plays no direct role in the delivery of natural gas, and it is not a utility. It is a design-build firm that specializes in providing energy efficiency and sustainability solutions to clients.

INDIANAPOLIS— Todd J. Wolfe, 52, Indianapolis man, was arrested at his home this morning for bank fraud, wire fraud and bankruptcy fraud in a scheme involving the theft of over $5 million dollars.

Since 2009, Wolfe operated DECA Financial services in Fishers, Indiana. DECA was a full service credit collections company which at one time employed nearly 75 individuals and whose principal activity was to collect delinquent loans for health care, student loans and financial services.

NEWARK, NJ—Two Bergen County, New Jersey, residents were charged today in a scheme to defraud two international companies out $3 million by fraudulently billing them for services that were never completed.

Barbara Brown, 64, and Philip Charles de Gruchy, 61, both of Park Ridge, New Jersey, surrendered to federal agents this morning and were charged by complaint with one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud. The defendants made their initial appearances this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cathy L. Waldor in Newark federal court. Each was released on $250,000 unsecured bond.

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