Two New York Men Charged with Allegedly Selling Fraudulent Oxycodone Prescriptions

February 21, 2012

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on February 17, 2012 released the following:

“NEWARK, NJ—Two New York men made their initial court appearances today after being arrested by federal agents last night for allegedly operating an oxycodone distribution network using counterfeit medical prescriptions, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Jack E. Polo, (a/k/a “Spank”), 42, of Queens, N.Y., and Roland M. Sartori, 32, of Bellerose, N.Y., are each charged by complaint with one count of conspiring to distribute oxycodone. They were arrested last night at Sartori’s home by agents of the FBI. Both men made their initial appearances before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Falk in Newark federal court and were released on $50,000 unsecured bond, with their travel restricted to New York and New Jersey.

According to the criminal complaints:

Since at least November 2010, the defendants had access to blank prescription paper that was sent to a New York State medical facility. Using specialized printing equipment, they created oxycodone prescriptions in the names of fictitious patients. The defendants printed several different telephone numbers on the phony prescriptions and used a network of co-conspirators, posing as employees of various doctors’ offices, to answer calls to those numbers in case any pharmacies attempted to verify the prescriptions.

The conspiracy charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and up to a $1 million fine.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents with the FBI under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael B. Ward, and the New York Police Department, for the investigation leading to today’s arrests.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shana W. Chen of the Organized Crime/Gangs Unit in Newark.

The charges and allegations contained in the Complaint are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.”

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Former School Security Officer Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

November 6, 2011

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on November 4, 2011 released the following:

“BIRMINGHAM— FBI agents today arrested a former Birmingham City Schools security officer and substitute bus driver for Shelby County Schools on child pornography charges, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and FBI Special Agent in Charge Patrick J. Maley.

A joint investigation by Birmingham Police and the FBI led to this morning’s arrest of MICHAEL WAYNE WOOTEN, 60, of Alabaster. Wooten was arrested in Bessemer. He is charged in a criminal complaint with receiving child pornography and with possessing a computer, computer disk, and other material containing child pornography.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert R. Armstrong Jr. detained Wooten following an initial court appearance this morning. Armstrong scheduled a detention hearing for Wooten at 1:30 p.m. Monday.

“Birmingham Police and the FBI worked diligently in this case to take someone who preys on children off the streets,” Vance said.

“This investigation uncovered sexually explicit photographs we believe were taken in a studio Wooten set up in a closed Birmingham school building,” Vance said. “Not all victims shown in the photographs have been identified, and the investigation continues. We ask that anyone who believes they may have any information related to this case please call the FBI, toll free, at 1-866-372-0209. The call will be returned,” Vance said.

According to an FBI affidavit supporting the arrest complaint, results of a forensic examination of Wooten’s computer were received by investigators in October and showed graphic pornographic images of at least five girls who appear to be under age 12. The pictures show the children involved in sexually explicit conduct, including images that depict Wooten engaging in actual or simulated sexual intercourse, according to the affidavit.

The pictures appear to have been taken in the office of Dupuy Elementary, a closed school building in the Birmingham City School System, according to the affidavit. Wooten worked as a security officer for Birmingham City Schools from July 1997 until May 2011. In that capacity, he did not have unsupervised access to students, according to Birmingham Schools spokeswoman Michaelle Chapman.

A Shelby County Schools official said Wooten qualified for a bus-driving license with the system this year after passing all pre-employment requirements, including a criminal background review. Wooten has substituted on 21 days since school started Aug. 11, the official said.

Wooten told investigators in April 2010 that he shared the office at Dupuy Elementary School with another security guard. Wooten said he set up a studio at the office to photograph children in order to build his art portfolio. A Birmingham Police officer and an FBI agent searched the office in April 2010 after law enforcement was alerted that Wooten had taken a 9-year-old girl to the empty school and photographed her in several outfits, including sexually explicit costumes, the affidavit states.

In the search, the officers found five plastic bins containing girls’ clothing, including dresses, bathing suits, and thong underwear.

Only the 9-year-old girl has been identified and interviewed by law enforcement. Investigators hope to identify the other children in the photographs, and any other children who might be victims in the case.

Birmingham Police and the FBI investigated the case, with assistance from Birmingham City Schools’ security. Hoover and Alabaster police assisted in today’s arrest. The matter is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel J. Fortune.”

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FBI Arrests Prominent Democratic Campaign Treasurer

September 4, 2011

Miami Herald on September 4, 2011 released the following:

“BY BRIAN JOSEPH
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A prominent Democratic campaign treasurer who works for federal, state and Orange County, Calif., lawmakers including U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein. U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez and state Assemblymen Lou Correa and Jose Solorio has been arrested by the FBI on suspicion of mail fraud, The Orange County Register has learned.

U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Thom Mrozek confirmed Saturday afternoon that Kinde Durkee of Burbank, Calif.-based Durkee and Associates, was arrested by the FBI on a criminal complaint filed by the U.S. attorney’s office in Sacramento. Special Agent Steve Dupre of the bureau’s Sacramento office said she was arrested in connection with her position as a campaign treasurer.

State Sen. Lou Correa told the Register on Saturday afternoon that he was called by the FBI late Friday night and told that Durkee had been arrested and that he is a likely victim along with “many, many other victims.” The Santa Ana Democrat said he believes he has lost “hundreds of thousands of dollars” in campaign funds.

“This is clearly a sense of betrayal of someone I have trusted for a number of years,” said Correa, who has used Durkee as his campaign treasurer since 1995. “This is a punch straight to the gut.”

Federal Election Commission records show that Durkee is the treasurer for Feinstein and Sanchez, who could not be reached Saturday. California Secretary of State records show she currently serves as the treasurer for at least 115 state-level committees. Those committees include campaign accounts for Solorio, California Assemblymen Gilbert Cedillo and Roger Hernandez; state Sens. Ted Lieu, and Curren Price; Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian; and former Orange County lawmaker Tom Umberg.

Durkee also oversaw the political-action committees of the Democratic Party of Orange County and the Democratic Foundation of Orange County, among others.

Durkee and Associates says on its website: “Since 1972 we have worked for 5 presidential campaigns, 4 gubernatorial campaigns, numerous senate, congressional, state and local candidates, initiatives, political action committees and many non-profit associates and small businesses.”

Durkee has had enforcement actions taken against her four times by the state Fair Political Practices Commission, primarily for failing to report transactions or information. She has also received at least a half a dozen enforcement warning letters from the commission and stipulated to a violation before the City of San Diego Ethics Commission.

Mrozek said in an email that he expects Durkee to make her initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon, most likely in Santa Ana, but he won’t know for certain until Tuesday morning.”

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 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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