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Fayetteville Man Who Shot And Paralyzed Robbery Victim Sentenced to 18 Years In Federal Prison PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 October 2019 10:32

United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced Ricky Fitzgerald Artis, 49, of Fayetteville to 216 months’ imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised release.  ARTIS and co-defendant Clifton Currie were named in a three-count Indictment on October 18, 2018, charging both men with attempted interference with commerce by robbery and brandishing and discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, and ARTIS alone with possession of a firearm by a felon. 

ARTISpled guilty to the charges of robbery and brandishing and discharging on July 31, 2019.   His sentencing followed that of his codefendant.  Currie, who pled guilty to charges of robbery and brandishing a firearm, received a sentence of 144 months’ imprisonment and 5 years of supervised release on July 24, 2019.

According to the information presented to the Court, on July 31, 2018, RICKY ARTIS and Clifton Currie attempted to rob a man who they knew to be dealing drugs out of a hotel in Fayetteville, North Carolina.  A man with a pistol, later identified as ARTIS, entered the hotel room, yelled “Where is it,” and then fired two rounds into the victim’s chest.  The victim admitted to police that ARTIS stole a bag of crack cocaine from a table before fleeing from the room.  Currie served as lookout, but peered into the room, as confirmed by hallway surveillance video showing both men.  The victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds and as a result is now paralyzed from the waist down.  Both ARTIS and Currie subsequently confessed to their roles in the robbery.      

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  Since 2017, the United States Department of Justice has reinvigorated the PSN program and has targeted violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

That effort has been implemented through the Take Back North Carolina Initiative of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina.  This initiative emphasizes the regional assignment of federal prosecutors to work with law enforcement and District Attorney’s Offices in those communities on a sustained basis to reduce the violent crime rate, drug trafficking, and crimes against law enforcement.

The Fayetteville Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) conducted the investigation in this case.  Assistant United States Attorney Jake D. Pugh represented the government.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 21 October 2019 10:34
 
Four Aliens, Including Convicted Sex Offender, Indicted On Illegal Entry And Numerous Other Charges PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 October 2019 10:27

A federal grand jury in Raleigh has returned indictments charging Edwin Monroy-Abasolo, 30, of Mexico, Jose Quistan- Lupes, 34, of Mexico, and Oscar  Geovani Olivera- Hernandea, age 26, of Honduras with Illegal Reentry of a Deported Alien.

Additionally, the grand jury returned an indictment charging Jose Juan Perez-Campozano, age 47, of Mexico, with false attestation, fraud and misuse of visas, permits, and other documents, false representation of a social security number, and aggravated identity theft.

If convicted of illegal reentry of a deported alien, MONROY-ABASOLO, previously deported and found in Wake County, and QUISTIAN-LUPES, previously deported and found in Wake County, would face maximum penalties of two years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and a term of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

OLIVERA-HERNANDEZ, previously deported twice and found in Wake County, is alleged to have been previously removed subsequent to an aggravated felony conviction (3 counts of indecent liberties with a child).  Therefore, if convicted, he would face a maximum imprisonment term of 20 years, a $250,000 fine, and a term of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

If convicted of false attestation, fraud and misuse of visas, permits, and other documents, false representation of a social security number, and aggravated identity theft, PEREZ-CAMPOZANO, found in Sampson County, would face maximum penalties of 27 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and a term of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

The charges and allegations contained in the indictments are merely accusations.  The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. 

The cases are being investigated by ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations and Homeland Security Investigations..

Last Updated on Friday, 18 October 2019 10:31
 
Greensboro Woman Pleads Guilty To Medicaid Fraud PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 October 2019 10:20
Pamela Grace Faulkner, 58, of Greensboro, North Carolina, pled guilty in federal court to Conspiracy to Commit Health Fraud.  
 
According to the Criminal Information to which Faulkner pled guilty, she conspired with Renee Christine Borunda to commit Medicaid fraud.  Faulkner was the sole officer of Skeen Services, Inc.  which was a company that offered behavioral health services to Medicaid recipients.  Borunda submitted claims to Medicaid on behalf of Skeen.  In 2013 and 2014, Borunda submitted fraudulent electronic claims that falsely represented that Skeen had provided services to approximately 200 different Medicaid recipients who lived in Beaufort, Greene, Guilford, Lenoir, Mecklenburg, Pitt, and Wilson Counties, when in fact these services were never rendered.  FAULKNER was aware that Borunda was submitting fraudulent claims.  In fact, on numerous occasions, FAULKNER provided Borunda with the names of Skeen clients for whom FAULKNER wanted Borunda to submit false claims.  FAULKNER and Borunda had agreed to split the monies received for these claims.  Medicaid paid Skeen approximately $213,927 for the fraudulent claims.  FAULKNER paid Borunda approximately $144,000 from Skeen’s account.
 
Borunda previously pled guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Health Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft for her involvement with the health care fraud involving Skeen, as well as fraud involving another company, and the theft of a therapist’s provider number.  On November 7, 2018, Borunda was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison followed by 3 years of supervised release.  
 
United States Attorney Higdon commented: “Medicaid fraud jeopardizes the program that is designed to help serve the most vulnerable members in our society, diverts taxpayers dollars, and increases the cost of healthcare.  The USAO-EDNC is committed to aggressively seeking out, charging, and bringing to justice those who compromise the integrity of this program for their own financial gain.”
 
“This individual wasted taxpayer money that should have gone to people who need health care,” said Attorney General Josh Stein. “My office will protect taxpayers and hold health care providers and practices accountable when they commit fraud.”
 
Agents of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (“SBI”) assigned to the Medicaid Investigations Division of the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office (“MID”), Financial Investigators with the MID, and agents with the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation Division conducted the investigation in this matter.  Assistance was provided by the Office of Compliance and Program Integrity of the North Carolina Division of Health Benefits, EastPointe, Sandhills Center, and Trillium Health Resources.  The investigation and prosecution of this matter was handled in a partnership between the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina and the Medicaid Investigations Division of the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office.  Assistant United States Attorney John Parris and Special Assistant United States Attorney Mike Heavner represented the United States.
 
 
FEMA Approves Federal Disaster Aid For 12 More Counties PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 October 2019 09:43
FEMA has approved his request to add 12 more counties to those eligible to receive reimbursements for Hurricane Dorian response and recovery expenses.
 
“This approval means more towns and counties will be able to use federal funds to cover their storm response and clean-up costs so Dorian will not put their local budgets in a bind,” Governor Roy Cooper said.   
 
FEMA Public Assistance funding is now available to local governments, state agencies and certain private nonprofits in these counties: Beaufort, Camden, Columbus, Greene, Hoke, Lenoir, Onslow, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Pitt, Robeson and Wayne.
 
The 12 additional counties bring the total to 26 North Carolina counties designated for Public Assistance as part of the Hurricane Dorian major disaster declaration.  Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Hyde, Jones, New Hanover, Pamlico, Pender, Sampson, Tyrrell, and Washington counties were included in President Trump’s initial major disaster declaration on Oct. 4.
 
Public Assistance is a cost-sharing program to reimburse eligible disaster-related debris removal, emergency protective measures and the repair or restoration of public facilities such as roads, bridges, water control facilities, buildings, equipment, public utilities, parks and recreational facilities. 
 
Governor Cooper may request additional counties be added to the Public Assistance declaration as more information is gathered.
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