SANTA ANA, CA—A federal grand jury has indicted three Southern California residents in a scheme to defraud health insurance programs by submitting bills for more than $50 million in medically unnecessary medical procedures performed on insurance beneficiaries who received free or discounted cosmetic surgery.

The indictment outlines a scheme in which marketers or cappers lured patients to a surgery center in Orange known at various times as Empire Surgical Center, Vista Surgical Center and Princess Cosmetic Surgery. The marketers told patients that they could use their union or PPO health insurance plans to pay for cosmetic surgeries, which are generally not covered by insurance.

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CHICAGO—Author and television pitchman Kevin Trudeau was sentenced today to 10 years in federal prison for criminal contempt for violating a 2004 federal court order that prohibited him from making deceptive television infomercials that misrepresented the contents of his weight loss cure book. Trudeau was convicted by a jury last November after a week-long trial in U.S. District Court.

Trudeau, 51, formerly of Oak Brook, who has been in custody since he was convicted, was also placed on supervised release for five years following his sentence by U.S. District Judge Ronald Guzman. During supervised release, Trudeau was ordered to cooperate in the collection of civil judgments and abide by court orders.

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Non-profit organizations invited to apply for Innovation Generation grants to support science, technology, engineering and math education

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – The Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI), will again provide funding to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs through its Innovation Generation grants. Innovation Generation grants support STEM education programs in Motorola Solutions communities in the U.S. and Canada. The annual program has distributed more than $34 million in grants since 2007 and hundreds of Motorola Solutions employees have volunteered with the recipient programs every year. 2013 Innovation Generation grants have or will provide more than 170,000 teachers and students with an average of 90 hours of high-quality STEM education programming each.

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TRENTON, NJ—The former director of finance of the Middlesex County-based integrated logistic services company Toll Global Forwarding has admitted stealing more than $1.3 million from her former employer through an elaborate false invoicing scheme.

Karen Sipes, 40, of Brick, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joel A. Pisano in Trenton federal court to an information charging her with wire fraud for her theft from the multi-national company based in Carteret, New Jersey. She was originally charged by complaint in November 2012.

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TRENTON, NJ—An Ocean County, New Jersey man was sentenced today to 264 months in prison for running a real estate investment fraud scheme that caused $200 million in losses and laundering the proceeds of the scheme.

Eliyahu Weinstein, a/k/a “Eli Weinstein,” a/k/a “Edward Weinstein,” a/k/a “Eddie Weinstein,” 38, of Lakewood, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joel A. Pisano to two counts of an indictment charging him with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering. Weinstein’s co-defendant, Vladimir Siforov, is charged in the indictment with three counts of wire fraud and remains a fugitive. According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

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Faster Internet key to city's 'Innovation and infrastructure,' Stanton Says

Phoenix is among a select few U.S. cities that will work with Google to deliver the company’s ultra high-speed Google Fiber network to local residents, businesses, and education centers, Mayor Greg Stanton said today.

Greater Phoenix was one of only nine metropolitan areas chosen as potential sites for the network, and the City of Phoenix – along with Scottsdale and Tempe – will work with Google teams over the next several months to take the necessary steps to roll out this cutting-edge technology to the Valley.

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