Seven Foreign Nationals and Companies Placed on Department of Commerce’s Entity List

WASHINGTON— Four corporations and five individuals have been charged in a 24-count indictment with facilitating the illegal export of high-tech microelectronics, uninterruptible power supplies and other commodities to Iran in violation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA).

The indictment alleges Houston-based company Smart Power Systems Inc. (SPS); Bahram Mechanic, 69, and Tooraj Faridi, 46, both of Houston; and Khosrow Afghahi, 71, of Los Angeles, were all members of an Iranian procurement network operating in the United States. Also charged as part of the scheme are Arthur Shyu, and the Hosoda Taiwan Limited Corporation in Taiwan; Matin Sadeghi, 54, and Golsad Istanbul Trading Ltd. in Turkey; and the Faratel Corporation, co-owned by Mechanic and Afghahi in Iran.

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$1.25 Million, Cocaine, Heroin, Firearms, and Ammunition Seized

CINCINNATI—A federal grand jury has charged Christopher Whitfield, 41, of Cincinnati, Ohio, Tonia Whitfield, 39, of Cincinnati, Ohio and Steven Griffin, 39, of, Cincinnati, Ohio, with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute one hundred grams or more of heroin, and five hundred grams or more of cocaine. Also, Christopher Whitfield, Tonia Whitfield, Dy Shay Anderson, 22, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Icierra Martin-Bronson, 37, of Cincinnati, Ohio were charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering in an indictment returned in Cincinnati.

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The owner of two home health care companies pleaded guilty to Medicare fraud and tax fraud charges in connection with his role in a scheme to fraudulently bill Medicare for $12.6 million in home health services that were not provided or were obtained through illegal kickbacks. Ten other individuals have been convicted at trial or pleaded guilty in this case.

Mohammed Sadiq, 67, of Oakland County, Michigan, plead guilty before U.S. District Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan to one count of health care fraud and one count of filing a false tax return. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for June 18, 2015.

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The former chief financial officer of Alotech Ltd. was sentenced to nearly four years in prison and ordered to repay more than $1.2 million that he took from his former employer.

John H.C. Black, 56, of Cleveland Heights, was sentenced to 46 months in prison after previously pleading guilty to one count of wire fraud.

Black spent some of the stolen money on cars and purchases at Louis Vuitton, Sak’s Fifth Avenue, Victoria’s Secret, Neiman Marcus and other stores for women that Black met on the website: http://www.seekingarrangements.com, according to the court documents.

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NEW ORLEANS—A 26-count indictment has been returned against twenty individuals and one corporation, charging approximately $30,052,295 in Medicare fraud.

Specifically, Lisa A. Crinel, age 51; Wilneisha Harrison Jakes, age 28; Henry Evans, age 70; Threasa Adderley, age 63; Michael Jones, age 45; Paula Jones, age 44; Shelton Barnes, age 61; Cary Payton, age 60; Evelyn Odoms, age 63; Shelia Mathieu, age 46; Suprenia Washington, age 58; Erica Edwards, age 30; Zellisha DeJean, age 36; Caren Battaglia, age 48; Shelia Hopkins, age 62; Verinese Sutton, age 62, all of New Orleans; Jonathon Nora, age 27, of River Ridge; Eleshia Williams, age 44, of Harvey; and PCAH, INC. a/k/a Priority Care at Home, INC. (PCAH) d/b/a Abide Home Care Services, Inc., a Louisiana corporation, were indicted for conspiracy to commit health care fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States and to receive and pay health care kickbacks, and health care fraud. Clara Aitch, age 39, of New Orleans, and Wendy Ervin, age 41, of Laplace, were indicted for conspiracy to commit wire fraud along with Crinel and Jakes. Crinel is also charged with wire fraud.

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Governor Charlie Baker has announced that the statewide travel ban has been lifted for Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden Counties for local and I-91 traffic only, effective immediately. The travel ban remains in effect for the entire length of the Massachusetts Turnpike, Interstate 90, and for Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Essex, Middlesex, Nantucket, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk, and Worcester Counties with only essential workers, healthcare and human service professionals and others specifically exempted, permitted to travel. The travel ban will be lifted based on road conditions and the advice of emergency response officials.

Governor Baker has signed an Executive Order allowing for the enforcement of a statewide travel ban effective at midnight. The following exceptions shall exist for the ban and all drivers are encouraged to remain safe and use their best judgment:

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