Mobile Telesystems Pjsc and Its Uzbek Subsidiary Enter into Resolutions of $850 Million with the Department of Justice for Paying Bribes in Uzbekistan

Moscow-based Mobile TeleSystems PJSC (MTS), the largest mobile telecommunications company in Russia and an issuer of publicly traded securities in the United States, and its wholly owned Uzbek subsidiary, KOLORIT DIZAYN INK LLC (KOLORIT), have entered into resolutions with the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and agreed to pay a combined total penalty of $850 million to resolve charges arising out of a scheme to pay bribes in Uzbekistan.  In addition, charges were unsealed today against a former Uzbek official who is the daughter of the former president of Uzbekistan and against the former CEO of

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Miami CPA Sentenced to Prison for Tax Evasion

A Miami, Florida, certified public accountant (CPA) was sentenced today to 39 months in prison for tax evasion, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division, U.S. Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan for the Southern District of Florida, and Chief Don Fort, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI).

“Tax professionals, such as Darryl Sharpton, who use their expertise to commit tax fraud and enrich themselves rather than to assist honest taxpayers will be fully prosecuted by the Department of Justice and held accountable for their criminal conduct,” stated Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Zuckerman. “Employment

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Florida Landscaper Indicted for Tax Fraud

A Florida man had his initial appearance in court yesterday after being arrested on an indictment charging him with filing false tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan for the Southern District of Florida.

According to the indictment, Joseph J. Ferry III, owned Ferry Enterprises Inc., a residential and commercial landscaping business serving customers in Martin and Saint Lucie County. Ferry Enterprises also provided landscaping services for Martin County and the City of Port Saint Lucie.

Ferry was charged

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Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein Delivers Keynote Address on FCPA Enforcement Developments

Thank you, Alexandra, for that kind introduction. 

It is fitting that one of my final speeches in this job is about promoting compliance and preventing corruption. I started my legal career as a public corruption prosecutor. I planned to spend a few years representing the United States before entering the private sector. That was almost 30 years ago. 

People talk about the revolving door between government and the private sector. The door never revolved for me. It was one way in, and it will be one way out. There are many good reasons to work for the United States government.

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Justice Department Coordinates Largest-Ever Nationwide Elder Fraud Sweep

Attorney General William P. Barr and multiple law enforcement partners today announced the largest coordinated sweep of elder fraud cases in history, surpassing last year’s nationwide sweep. The cases during this sweep involved more than 260 defendants from around the globe who victimized more than two million Americans, most of them elderly. The Department took action in every federal district across the country, through the filing of criminal or civil cases or through consumer education efforts. In each case, offenders allegedly engaged in financial schemes that targeted or largely affected seniors. In total, the charged elder fraud schemes caused

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New York Tax Return Preparer Found Guilty of Tax Crimes in Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Scheme

A Springfield Gardens, New York, resident was convicted yesterday by a federal jury for conspiring to commit aggravated identity theft and for two counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division.

According to the evidence presented at trial, Afolabi Ajelero, the owner of Mo-Betta Ventures Inc., a tax preparation business located in Springfield Gardens, New York, conspired with others to possess and use without lawful authority one or more means of identification of another person. He also filed false corporate income

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Non-Profit Organization Operator Pleads Guilty for Her Role in Armenian for-Profit U.S. Visa Fraud Scheme

Stella Boyadjian, 48, of Rego Park, New York pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to unlawfully bring in aliens, visa fraud, and aggravated identity theft before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sanket J. Bulsara in the Eastern District of New York for her role in a multi-year visa fraud scheme that brought Armenian citizens into the United States for profit.

Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Richard P. Donoghue of the Eastern District of New York and U.S. Department of State Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Director Christian J. Schurman, made the announcement.

According to the

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Philadelphia Business Man Sentenced to More Than 10 Years in Prison for Bribing the Former Sheriff of Philadelphia

A Wyncote, Pennsylvania man was sentenced to 121 months in prison for participating in a bribery conspiracy involving the former Sheriff of Philadelphia.

Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Special Agent in Charge Michael T. Harpster of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division and Special Agent in Charge Guy Ficco of the IRS Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) Philadelphia Field Office made the announcement.

James Davis, 68, the owner of multiple advertising and title firms, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Wendy Beetlestone of the Eastern District

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New Jersey Man Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison for Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIS

Gregory Lepsky, 22, of Point Pleasant, New Jersey, was sentenced today to 16 years in prison for planning to construct and use a pressure cooker bomb in New York on behalf of a designated foreign terrorist organization, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).  Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers and U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito for the District of New Jersey made the announcement.

Lepsky pleaded guilty March 13, 2018, before U.S. District Court Judge Michael Shipp to an information charging him with one count of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist

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Maryland Gang Member Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Federal Racketeering, Drug Conspiracy and Gun Charges

A Baltimore, Maryland man was sentenced today to 25 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiring to participate in a drug distribution conspiracy and a violent racketeering enterprise known as Trained To Go (TTG).  The racketeering conspiracy included eight murders, as well as drug trafficking and witness intimidation. 

Brandon Wilson, aka Ali, 24, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake in the District of Maryland.  A federal jury convicted Wilson and seven co-defendants on Oct. 31, 2018.  Wilson was convicted of RICO conspiracy, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking

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