Former Detroit Public Schools Accountant, Teacher Indicted on Fraud and Money Laundering Charges

February 2, 2012

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on February 1, 2012 released the following:

“Sandra Campbell, a former Detroit Public Schools contract accountant and school board candidate, and her daughter, Domonique Campbell, a Detroit Public Schools teacher, were indicted by a federal grand jury in Detroit on charges of program fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, and tax charges, United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today.

McQuade was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge Andrew Arena, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Special Agent in Charge, Erick Martinez, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation.

The nine-count indictment charges that between 2004 and 2008, Sandra Campbell, 56, and Domonique Campbell, 37, obtained in excess of $530,000.00 from the Detroit Public Schools through a fraudulent scheme in which orders were placed with the Campbells’ sham company for books and educational materials never provided to the schools. The indictment further alleges that Sandra Campbell and Domonique Campbell conspired to defraud the Internal Revenue Service and failed to report the money they fraudulently obtained from the Detroit Public Schools as income on their tax returns.

Sandra Campbell is also charged in the indictment with wire fraud. This count alleges that Campbell obtained a $40,000 discount payoff of a $250,000 mortgage on her home through a fraudulent “short sale” of the property to her mother.

United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade said, “Anyone who considers stealing from our school children should take note that we are scrutinizing records and conduct, and will prosecute wrongdoers. “

FBI Special Agent in Charge Andrew Arena stated, “The FBI would like to thank all of our partners who continue to assist us in battling corruption. In particular, I would like to note the continued support of DPS Inspector General Van Marsh and his team, The alleged actions of these subjects do nothing more than steal the opportunity for quality education from our children. Such actions can not be tolerated and will be pursued by the FBI and it’s partners.”

IRS Special Agent in Charge Erick Martinez stated, “”Those who profit at the expense of our children and steal from our community will be held accountable for their greedy actions.”

The case was investigated by special agents of the FBI, IRS, and Department of Education, Office of Inspector General, with the assistance of Detroit Public Schools, Office of Inspector General. The case is being investigated and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys J. Michael Buckley and Pamela Thompson of the Public Corruption Unit.”

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Fifteen Individuals Indicted in an Alleged Large-Scale Federal Drug Conspiracy Case

January 11, 2012

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on January 10, 2012 released the following:

“Fifteen individuals have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Detroit on federal charges, United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced. Ms. McQuade was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge Robert L. Corso, Drug Enforcement Administration; Special Agent in Charge David McCain, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; Special Agent in Charge Andrew Arena, Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Special Agent in Charge Erick Martinez, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation.

Indicted were Orlando Ricardo Gordon, 32, of Franklin; Vince Jerome Shivers, 42, of Southfield; Derrick Arnold Terry, 51, of Detroit; Danta Shamu-Parker Johnson, 34, of Detroit; Darren Davon Terry, 35, of Detroit; Trenton Jordan Obamwonyi, 27, of Detroit; Tamiko Mel-Lang Hodo, 36, of Detroit; Anthony Wayne Hall, 46, of Detroit; Anton Jamaill Harris, 32, of Detroit; Ervin Kenneth Vincent, 24, of Inkster; Darnell Darryl Easterling, 48, of Detroit; Courtney Deon Shafi Strickland, 36, of Detroit; Benjamin Isaac Carter, 39, of Detroit; Erik Lee Ross, 34, of Sterling Heights; and Allen Corey Terry, 47, of Farmington Hills.

As alleged in the indictment, the conspiracy lasted for years, dating back to 2008, and involved in excess of 1,000 kilograms of marijuana, five kilograms of cocaine, and 280 grams of crack cocaine. Some of the defendants are also charged with being felons illegally possessing firearms. The narcotics trafficking conspiracy carries possible sentences of 10 years to life in prison and a $10 million fine, and the felon in possession charges carry possible sentences of up to 10 years of prison.

The investigation involved multiple federal agencies, including DEA, ATF, FBI, and IRS. The investigation included seizures of large sums of U.S. currency, including a seizure of more than $500,000 from a residence in Franklin, Michigan, large quantities of drugs, including a seizure of over 1,000 kilograms/2,200 pounds of marijuana, and multiple firearms.

United States Attorney McQuade stated that, “Large-scale drug trafficking and accompanying gun crimes create danger and fear in our neighborhoods. The coordinated efforts of multiple law enforcement agencies helped to dismantle this conspiracy.”

ATF Special Agent in Charge David McCain said, “Narcotics trafficking along with violent firearm activity destroys the families and neighborhoods in our communities. ATF along with its state, local, and federal partners will continue to aggressively pursue those violent individuals and organizations that cripple our communities with crime.”

DEA Special Agent in Charge Robert L. Corso said, “Today’s arrests are significant. These individuals directed a major marijuana and cocaine trafficking ring that operated throughout southeast Michigan. The dismantling of this organization has halted the flow of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of illegal drugs into metropolitan Detroit. This investigation exemplifies the strong collaborative effort that exists between DEA and our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners, and is a positive step towards making our community safer for everyone.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Andrew G. Arena said, “Narcotics trafficking continues to plague this region and directly contributes to violence on our streets. The FBI will continue to partner with federal, state, and local law enforcement to address these issues.”

IRS Special Agent in Charge Erick Martinez said, “This indictment illustrates the seriousness behind prosecuting drug trafficking crimes. The role of IRS-CI is to take the profit out of these illegal organizations. Drug dealers pollute our neighborhoods with no regret as their actions are only fueled by greed. The seizure of their illegal proceeds, drugs, and weapons brings us one step closer to justice.”

The Detroit Police Department, the Franklin Police Department, the Troy Police Department, the Novi Police Department, the Warren Police Department, the Michigan State Police, and the U.S. Marshals Service also assisted in the investigation of the case.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. Every defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.”

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Eight Indicted in Alleged Health Care Fraud and Drug Distribution Scheme

October 7, 2011

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on October 6, 2011 released the following:

“DETROIT—An indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Detroit was unsealed today charging eight individuals for their roles in a health care fraud and drug distribution scheme, United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today. McQuade was joined in her announcement by Special Agent in Charge Andrew G. Arena of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Lamont Pugh, Special Agent in Charge of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Charged in the indictment were Orlando Mena, of Miami, FL; .Xiomara Rodriguez, of Miami, FL; Dr. Russell Crispell, of Troy, MI; Reinald Orellana, of Westland, MI; Lisette Orellana, of Miami, FL; Akim Mena of Miami, FL; Dr. Virinder Grewal, of Williamston, MI; and Carla Degraffenreid of Detroit.

The indictment alleges that the defendants conspired to defraud Medicare with a fraudulent diagnostic testing scheme operating at World Health Care, LLC and Wyoming Medical Centers, PLC. As part of the scheme, Medicare was billed in excess of $2 million for medically unnecessary tests and services. The indictment also charges Orlando Mena, Xiomara Rodriguez, Dr. Russell Crispell, Reinald Orellana, Lisette Orellana, and Akim Mena with conspiracy to distribute Oxycontin (oxycodone) and 13 counts of distribution of a controlled substance.

The indictment alleges Xiomara Rodriguez incorporated World Health Care in Redford, Michigan, on July 11, 2008. Orlando Mena, and others recruited Medicare beneficiaries in Southeast Michigan to see Dr. Russell Crispell, who was employed by World Health Care. Most of the patients were scheduled for doctor visits by employee Lisette Orellana. The Medicare beneficiaries would be transported to World Health Care by employee “drivers,” who were under the direction and control of Akim Mena. The Medicare beneficiaries would be required to undergo medically unnecessary tests in order to receive a prescription for Oxycontin. In addition, Medicare beneficiaries were paid in cash for their time and the use of their Medicare card for billing purposes.

The indictment also alleges that Akim Mena would arrange to have drivers transport the Medicare beneficiaries to various pharmacies to fill their prescriptions. Once the prescription was filled, the driver would pay the Medicare beneficiaries from $150 to $800, in cash, for their Oxycontin prescription, for further distribution.

The indictment alleges that Reinaldo Orellana and Akim Mena incorporated Wyoming Medical Centers in East Lansing, Michigan, on March 25, 2009, and acquired a valid Medicare provider number to submit Medicare claims for office visits and tests. Medicare beneficiaries were required to visit Wyoming Medical Centers, and see Dr. Virinder Grewal, who did not perform a medical examination, but caused a claim to be submitted to Medicare for various diagnostic tests, then the Medicare beneficiaries would return to World Health Care to receive a prescription for Oxycontin.

“Today’s indictments and arrests illustrate the Office of Inspector General’s continued and sustained commitment to the fight against fraud in Federal health care programs,” said Lamont Pugh III, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General for the Chicago Region. “The OIG in concert with our law enforcement partners, will continue to protect Medicare beneficiaries and the taxpayers through these types of enforcement actions.”

FBI Special Agent in Charge Arena stated, “Health care fraud and the abuse/diversion of prescription medications are increasing criminal threats to the United States. Dishonest health care providers involved in fraudulent activities frequently exploit Medicare and Medicaid through fraudulent billing schemes which abuse tax payer’s dollars. The FBI remains committed to investigating this fraud and bringing these individuals to justice.”

“Medicare fraud steals funds from all of us as taxpayers,” McQuade said. “Our hope is that robust enforcement of these cases will deter other providers from committing Medicare fraud in the future.”

An indictment is a charging document and not evidence of guilt. Each and every defendant is presumed to be innocent.”

To find additional federal criminal news, please read Federal Crimes Watch Daily.

Douglas McNabb and other members of the U.S. law firm practice and write and/or report extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, INTERPOL Red Notice Removal, International Extradition and OFAC SDN Sanctions Removal.

The author of this blog is Douglas McNabb. Please feel free to contact him directly at mcnabb@mcnabbassociates.com or at one of the offices listed above.

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