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Roanoke Rapids Man Gets 30 Years For Armed Robbery Spree PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 20 April 2021 10:40
A Roanoke Rapids man was sentenced to 366 months in prison for interference with commerce by robbery, discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.
 
According to court documents, Joshua Jermaine Durante, 23, robbed the Family Dollar Store in Weldon on September 17, 2018.  During the robbery, Durante and a juvenile brandished firearms and pistol-whipped the clerk while demanding money.  After the clerk complied, the two fled the store. On September 26, 2018, Durante and the juvenile robbed a second store - New Dixie Mart #213 in Roanoke Rapids. 
 
After the clerk had trouble opening the safe at Durante’s command, he shot the clerk in the stomach.  The clerk sustained life-threatening injuries but survived.  A few days later, law enforcement in Gaston located Durante and the juvenile who ran from police leading them on a high-speed chase.  During the chase, Durante drove his car down railroad tracks which ultimately disabled his car.  He and the juvenile then fled from the car on foot but were captured by law enforcement after a short foot chase. 
 
G. Norman Acker, III, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Weldon Police Department, the Roanoke Rapids Police Department, and the Gaston Police Department  investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert J. Dodson  prosecuted the case.
 
 
Goldsboro Gang Leader Gets 18 Years For Drug Crimes PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 20 April 2021 09:37
 A Goldsboro man was sentenced today to 216 months in prison for Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with the Intent to Distribute 50 Grams or More of Methamphetamine and Distribution of 50 Grams or More of Methamphetamine, as well as Aiding and Abetting.
 
Tierea Demon Atkins, a/k/a “Red Dot,” 24, a local leader of the Bloods gang in Goldsboro, was responsible for the distribution of over 22 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine between May 2018 and February 2020.   The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”) and began by conducting controlled purchases of crystal methamphetamine from individuals supplied by Atkins.  Several of the controlled purchases took place at a residence on East Pine Street in Goldsboro, which was a known hub of operations for Atkins’ drug trafficking organization. ATF then arranged for controlled purchases of methamphetamine directly from Atkins and his co-defendants.  The investigation revealed that Atkins worked closely with Alexander Rickey Shaw, Jr., a/k/a “Ruger Red,” who was previously sentenced to 204 months’ imprisonment for his role in the methamphetamine trafficking.
 
The investigation was part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Operation, Carolina’s Ice Fall, which targeted large-scale methamphetamine dealers operating in and around Goldsboro.  OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.   To date, Operation Carolina’s Ice Fall has resulted in the prosecutions of 26 individuals for their role in methamphetamine distribution and other crimes.
 
G. Norman Acker, III, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III. The ATF, in conjunction with the Goldsboro Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”), and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura S. Howard prosecuted the case.
 
Eastern Band Of Cherokees Oppose Proposed Catawba Casino PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 14 April 2021 09:22
STATEMENT OF PRINCIPAL CHIEF RICHARD SNEED REGARDING APPROVAL OF THE CATAWBA COMPACT WITH NORTH CAROLINA
 
CHEROKEE, NC-  “We are disappointed by not surprised by the Department of Interior’s approval of the Catawba’s compact with North Carolina. This approval stems from the DOI’s original illegal act to take land into trust and force an unwanted casino on North Carolina, a decision that we continue to challenge in federal court. We believe the facts are clear and that the court will invalidate this illegal casino and along with it, this compact.”
 
Background Info
 
Eastern Band of Cherokee v. Department of Interior 
 
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) and Cherokee Nation filed a federal lawsuit in an attempt to reverse the US Department of the Interior decision granting a request by the Catawba Indian Nation to place land into trust for the purposes of building a casino in North Carolina. The EBCI argues that the Department of Interior ignored and violated numerous law and rules the clearly, directly and explicitly prohibit such action, including the Administrative Procedures Act, National Environmental Protection Act and the National Historic Preservation Act. The case is pending in federal court. In December 2020, Judge James Boasberg granted an EBCI request for expediting oral arguments which are now expected to be held next month.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 April 2021 09:23
 
Greensboro Woman Sentenced To 3 Years In Federal Prison For Medicaid Fraud PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 30 March 2021 11:54
A Greensboro woman was sentenced to 37 months in prison and also ordered to make restitution in the amount of $ 213,927.55 to the North Carolina Medicaid program for Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud.
 
According to court documents, Pamela Grace Faulkner, 60, was the sole officer of Skeen Services, Inc., which was a company with offices in Greensboro, Greenville, Lumberton, and Wilson, North Carolina. In 2013 and 2014, Faulkner’s co-conspirator, Renee Christine Borunda, submitted over 4,500 fraudulent claims to Medicaid which falsely represented that behavioral health services had been provided to over 190 North Carolinians when in fact the services had not been provided. Faulkner was aware that Borunda was submitting the false claims.  They had agreed to split the monies from the fraudulent claims.  Medicaid paid Skeen Services, Inc. approximately $213,927.55 for these false claims by electronically depositing the funds into an account over which Faulkner had control.  Faulkner then paid Borunda approximately $144,000.   
 
Borunda was previously sentenced on November 7, 2018, to 37 months in federal prison followed by 3 years of supervised release for Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1349 and Aggravated Identity Theft in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1028A.  
 
G. Norman Acker, III, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan. 
 
The North Carolina Department of Justice’s Medicaid Investigations Division (“MID”) and the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation investigated this case.  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.  Assistant United States Attorney John Parris and Special Assistant United States Attorney Mike Heavner prosecuted the case.
 
The MID investigates and prosecutes health care providers that defraud the Medicaid program, patient abuse of Medicaid recipients, patient abuse of any patient in facilities that receive Medicaid funding, and misappropriation of any patients’ private funds in nursing homes that receive Medicaid funding.  To report Medicaid fraud or patient abuse in North Carolina, call the MID at 919-881-2320.
 
The MID receives 75 percent of its funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under a grant award totaling $6,160,252 for Federal fiscal year (FY) 2020. The remaining 25 percent, totaling $2,053,414 for FY 2020, is funded by the State of North Carolina.
 
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