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Rhode Island: Billie R. Schofield Sentenced for Tax Evasion
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Rhode Island: Billie R. Schofield Sentenced for Tax Evasion

Sought to Obstruct IRS Collection Efforts for Ten Years (STL.News) A Rhode Island man was sentenced to three years in prison Friday for tax evasion, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division, U.S. Attorney Aaron L. Weisman for the District of Rhode Island, and Special Agent in Charge Kristina O’Connell of IRS Criminal Investigation. According to court documents, for more than ten years, Billie R. Schofield attempted to evade his federal income taxes.  Schofield partly owned and worked for Northern Pelagic LLC, a seafood processing business located in New Bedford, Massachusetts.  Despite earning hundreds of thousands of dollars in income, Schofield failed to pay taxes owed and, beginning in 2009, stopped filing in...
Former D.C. Government Employee, Eugenia Rapp Sentenced to 12 Months and a Day in Prison
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Former D.C. Government Employee, Eugenia Rapp Sentenced to 12 Months and a Day in Prison

Former D.C. Government Employee, Eugenia Rapp Sentenced to 12 Months and a Day in Prison for Fraud Scheme that Cost Government More Than $880,000 WASHINGTON (STL.News) Eugenia Rapp, 51, of Woodbridge, Virginia, a former D.C. government employee, was sentenced today to serve one year and a day in prison for defrauding the District of Columbia’s Department of Disability Services out of more than $880,000. The announcement was made by Acting U.S. Attorney Michael R. Sherwin; James A. Dawson, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Washington Field Office, Criminal Division; Aaron R. Jordan, Assistant Inspector General for Investigations, Department of Education; and Daniel W. Lucas, Inspector General for the District of Columbia. In June 2019, Rapp pled guilty in the U.S. District Court for the D...
Member of Navajo Nation, Kari Johnson sentenced to two years in federal prison
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Member of Navajo Nation, Kari Johnson sentenced to two years in federal prison

Member of Navajo Nation, Kari Johnson sentenced to two years in federal prison for burglary in Indian Country ALBUQUERQUE, NM (STL.News) Kari Johnson, 33, of Gallup, New Mexico was sentenced on Nov. 2 in federal court in Albuquerque to two years and three months in prison followed by one year of supervised release for residential burglary. Johnson pleaded guilty to this offense on Sept. 11, 2019. According to court documents, on Feb. 19, 2016, Johnson and her co-defendant, Eric Martinez, forcibly broke into the home of the victims, who are enrolled members of the Navajo Nation, and stole an array of their personal items worth more than $60,000 dollars.  The crime occurred on the Navajo Nation and Johnson and Martinez are both enrolled members of the Navajo Nation. Martinez, 33, of M...
Harlon David Prater Sentenced to 80 Years for Sexual Assault
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Harlon David Prater Sentenced to 80 Years for Sexual Assault

Duval Man, Harlon David Prater Sentenced To 80 Years For Producing Photographs Of His Sexual Assault Of An Infant And Eighteen-Month-Old Child Jacksonville, Florida (STL.News) U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan has sentenced Harlon David Prater (Jacksonville, 28) to 80 years in federal prison for producing photographs of his ongoing sexual assaults of an infant and 18-month-old child, and for distributing child sexual abuse material.  The court also ordered Prater to a life term of supervised release and to pay restitution. Prater had pleaded guilty on January 17, 2020. According to court documents, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) began investigating reports of an individual sharing child sexual abuse material on social media and file-sharing applications.  JSO determin...
Opioid Distributor, Zannie Jay Lotharp Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison
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Opioid Distributor, Zannie Jay Lotharp Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (STL.News) An Albemarle man was sentenced to federal prison Tuesday for charges involving heroin and fentanyl distribution, announced Matthew G.T. Martin, United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina. ZANNIE JAY LOTHARP, 35, was found guilty by a jury on March 11, 2020, of one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin and fentanyl, and one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin.  On November 19, 2020, LOTHARP was sentenced by United States District Judge Thomas D. Schroeder to a total of 300 months of imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release. Evidence introduced at trial showed that LOTHARP and another person used two Stanly County residences on the same street for opioid distribution activity.  The narcotics were kept...
Latoya N. Joseph Sentenced to Prison, Pay Restitution for Tax Evasion
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Latoya N. Joseph Sentenced to Prison, Pay Restitution for Tax Evasion

Former Owner and Operator of Jannah Healthcare, Latoya N. Joseph Sentenced to Prison, Ordered to Pay $1.1M Restitution for Tax Evasion (STL.News) Matthew D. Krueger, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that United States District Judge Joseph P. Stadtmueller has sentenced Latoya N. Joseph, 42, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to eight months’ imprisonment and six months’ home confinement for the crime of tax evasion. Ms. Joseph was the owner and operator of Jannah Home Health Care, LLC (“Jannah”), a home health business providing personal care services primarily to Medicaid recipients in the Milwaukee area.  Last year, a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Ms. Joseph with three counts of tax evasion, in violation of 26 U.S.C. §  7201. Accord...
Candi Fluhr Sentenced to Prison and $838,804 in Restitution by Federal Court
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Candi Fluhr Sentenced to Prison and $838,804 in Restitution by Federal Court

Federal Court sentences Kentucky woman, Candi Fluhr, a former controller in Bullitt County, Kentucky, to prison and orders $838,804 in restitution after US Department of Labor finds benefits plan fraud LOUISVILLE, KY (STL.News) After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky has sentenced Candi Fluhr, a former controller in Bullitt County, Kentucky, to 94 months in prison, 36 months of supervised release, and ordered her to pay $838,804 in restitution. The court’s action follows Fluhr’s July 2020 guilty plea to four counts of wire fraud, one count of aggravated identity theft, one count of theft from an employee benefit plan and two counts of filing a false tax return. ...
Pain Clinic Owner, Sylvia Hofstetter Sentenced for Role in Operating Pill Mills in Tennessee, Florida
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Pain Clinic Owner, Sylvia Hofstetter Sentenced for Role in Operating Pill Mills in Tennessee, Florida

Washington, DC (STL.News) A pain clinic owner was sentenced today to over 33 years in prison for her role in operating several pill mills in Knoxville, Tennessee, and Hollywood, Florida. Sylvia Hofstetter, 56, of Miami, Florida, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Thomas A. Varlan. Judge Varlan also ordered the defendant to forfeit $3.6 million.  Hofstetter was found guilty by a jury on Feb. 13, 2020, of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) conspiracy, two counts of drug conspiracy, money laundering offenses, and maintaining drug-involved premises. “This defendant reaped millions of dollars in personal profits by operating destructive opioid pill mills in multiple states, inflicting lasting harm on multiple communities,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian C. Ra...
Tampa Man, Arafat Aljubeh Sentenced To More Than 12 Years In Prison For Laundering Drug Money
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Tampa Man, Arafat Aljubeh Sentenced To More Than 12 Years In Prison For Laundering Drug Money

Jacksonville, FL (STL.News) U.S. District Judge Brian J. Davis has sentenced Arafat Aljubeh (55, Tampa) to 12 years and 7 months in federal prison for conspiring to launder the proceeds of a conspiracy to distribute AB-FUBINACA, a type of synthetic marijuana.  The court also ordered Aljubeh to forfeit his interest in five parcels of real property in the Tampa Bay area, which are traceable to proceeds of the offense. Aljubeh had pleaded guilty on June 7, 2019. According to the plea agreement, in April 2017, in Baker County, a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) trooper conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Thair Zatar.  Zatar was issued a warning and gave the trooper consent to search his vehicle.  When the trooper looked in the back of Zatar’s vehicle, he discovered nine large black g...
West Virginia Pharmacist, Jackson Noel Sentenced to 120 Months for Drug Trafficking in Eastern Kentucky
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West Virginia Pharmacist, Jackson Noel Sentenced to 120 Months for Drug Trafficking in Eastern Kentucky

PIKEVILLE, KY (STL.News) Jackson Noel, 62, a pharmacist operating Buffalo Drug Inc., located in Buffalo, West Virginia, was sentenced in federal court on Wednesday, to 120 months in prison, by U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell, for conspiring to illegally dispense and distribute oxycodone and oxymorphone. Evidence at trial established that as part of the conspiracy Noel unlawfully dispensed oxycodone and oxymorphone pills from the pharmacy to out-of-state customers, including customers from Kentucky.  Noel dispensed the pills on a cash only basis. According to evidence at trial, Noel began conspiring and distributing the drugs in June 2015 through December 2016 in Pike County, the Eastern District of Kentucky, and elsewhere. Noel pleaded guilty in September 2019. Noel will be required...
Montrose, CO Resident, Joseph Davis Sentenced To More Than Twelve Years In Federal Prison
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Montrose, CO Resident, Joseph Davis Sentenced To More Than Twelve Years In Federal Prison

Montrose, CO Resident, Joseph Davis Sentenced To More Than Twelve Years In Federal Prison For Role In Drug Conspiracy Defendant is first to be sentenced in large prosecution on the Western Slope DENVER, CO (STL.News) United States Attorney Jason R. Dunn announced that Joseph Davis of Montrose, Colorado was sentenced to serve 151 months (over 12 years) in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.  The sentence was pronounced by U.S. District Court Judge Christine M. Arguello earlier this week.  The Denver Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration joined in today’s announcement. According to court documents, including the stipulated facts contained in the defendant’s plea agreement, as well as facts presented at sentencing...
Illinois Woman, Lamesha Conley Sentenced to Prison for Conspiring
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Illinois Woman, Lamesha Conley Sentenced to Prison for Conspiring

Illinois Woman, Lamesha Conley Sentenced to Prison for Conspiring to Commit Wire Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft Provided Stolen Identities Leading to Tax Returns Seeking $2.6 Million in Fraudulent Refunds (STL.News) Lamesha Conley of Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced to 24 months in prison recently for conspiracy and identity theft charges related to a scheme to obtain fraudulent tax refunds using stolen identity information, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division, and U.S. Attorney John R. Lausch, Jr. for the Northern District of Illinois. According to documents and information provided to the court, beginning in 2014, Conley provided more than 6,000 stolen identities to Dominque King and Roxann Gist for the...
Michigan DOC: Public hearing to consider the possible parole of Mitchell Smith, #188215
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Michigan DOC: Public hearing to consider the possible parole of Mitchell Smith, #188215

Lansing, MI (STL.News) The Michigan Parole Board will hold a public hearing on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. to consider the possible parole of Mitchell Smith, #188215.  The hearing will be conducted via video through Microsoft Teams and can be accessed by clicking HERE. Those planning to access the hearing must call (517) 335-1736 no later than July 21, 2020 to confirm attendance. Mitchell Smith is serving a Life sentence for the crime of Carjacking - Habitual 4th.  He was sentenced on June 13, 1995 out of Wayne County. Jerome L. Warfield, Member of the Michigan Parole Board, will conduct the hearing under the provisions of the Lifer Law, MCLA 791.234.
Independence Man, William C. McGee Sentenced to 17 Years in Prison
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Independence Man, William C. McGee Sentenced to 17 Years in Prison

Independence Man, William C. McGee Sentenced to 17 Years in Prison for Illegal Firearm Used to Shoot His Girlfriend KANSAS CITY, MO (STL.News) An Independence, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm that he used to shoot his girlfriend. William C. McGee, 45, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Beth Phillips to 17 years in federal prison without parole.  McGee was sentenced as an armed career criminal due to his prior felony convictions. On April 4, 2019, McGee was found guilty at trial of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Police officers were called to the Great Western Motel in Independence on June 13, 2018, in response to a report from a motel guest who heard gunshots.  The caller also told police that the suspected shooter...
Kansas City Woman, Tonya A. Topel Sentenced for Repeatedly Embezzling From Her Employers
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Kansas City Woman, Tonya A. Topel Sentenced for Repeatedly Embezzling From Her Employers

Tonya A. Topel sentenced to two years and nine months in federal prison without parole and ordered to pay $142,606 in restitution, which will run consecutively to original sentence imposed on April 16, 2018 KANSAS CITY, MO (STL.News) A North Kansas City, Missouri, woman was sentenced in federal court today for embezzling from her employer in what was her fourth scheme to steal from a local company. Tonya A. Topel, 42, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Beth Phillips to two years and nine months in federal prison without parole.  The court also ordered Topel to pay $142,606 in restitution.  Today’s sentence must run consecutively to Topel’s eight-year sentence imposed on April 16, 2018. On Jan. 21, 2020, Topel pleaded guilty to wire fraud.  Topel admitted that she embezzled $116,3...
Joplin MO Man, Kevin L. Kivett Sr. Sentenced to 25 Years for Meth Conspiracy
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Joplin MO Man, Kevin L. Kivett Sr. Sentenced to 25 Years for Meth Conspiracy

Joplin MO Man, Kevin L. Kivett Sr. Sentenced to 25 Years for Meth Conspiracy - Co-defendant Melissa R. Kivett Has Pleaded Guilty and Awaits Sentencing SPRINGFIELD, MO (STL.News) A Joplin, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Jasper County, Missouri. Kevin L. Kivett Sr., 59, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 25 years in federal prison without parole. On Oct. 1, 2019, Kivett pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Jasper County from March 8, 2016, through Oct. 3, 2017.   Kivett also pleaded guilty to three counts of distributing methamphetamine and one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. Kivett is the fourth defendant ...
Clovis, NM Man, Daniel Jimenez Sentenced to 3 Years in Federal Prison
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Clovis, NM Man, Daniel Jimenez Sentenced to 3 Years in Federal Prison

Man from Clovis, New Mexico, Daniel Jimenez Sentenced to 3 Years in Federal Prison for Selling Sawed-Off Shotgun to Undercover Police Officer ALBUQUERQUE, NM (STL.News) Daniel Jimenez, 32, of Clovis, New Mexico, was sentenced in federal court in Albuquerque on May 6 to three years in prison for possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and possession of a firearm not registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. Jimenez pleaded guilty to these offenses on Jan. 31. According to public court records, Jimenez committed these offenses on Jan. 17, 2018, by possessing and selling a sawed-off shotgun to an undercover police officer posing as a customer in a transaction arranged over Facebook.  Jimenez violated federal law by possessing the sawed-off shotgun, which ha...
Florida Department of Corrections Responds to COVID-19 at Liberty Correctional Institution
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Florida Department of Corrections Responds to COVID-19 at Liberty Correctional Institution

Additional measures taken to protect inmate population and staff TALLAHASSEE, FL (STL.News) On May 7, Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) announced new COVID-19 positive test results within the inmate population at Liberty Correctional Institution Main Unit.  FDC received positive results back for 101 inmates who were exposed to COVID-19 at Liberty CI.  The total number of inmates who have tested positive for COVID-19 at Liberty CI as of May 8 is 183.  Liberty CI Main Unit Houses 1,363 inmates. Approximately 139 inmates were transferred from Liberty CI to Northwest Florida Reception Center (NWFRC).  These inmates are asymptomatic and tested negative for COVID-19.  Transferred inmates are in medical quarantine and will remain separated from other inmates at NWFRC for at least 14 days a...