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December 2019 Archives

Most mail fraud prosecutions are made by U.S. attorneys

U.S, attorneys in New York and around the country prosecute a large number of mail fraud cases. Federal authorities usually find it easy to claim jurisdiction when mail fraud is alleged because those who commit the crime often use the U.S. Post Office or one of the many private sector interstate carriers. Individuals may face mail fraud charges if they send communications, contracts or receipts through the mail in furtherance of a scheme to gain money through deception or deal in counterfeit goods.

Embezzlement in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese

Companies, businesses and organizations alike need trustworthy, capable individuals to handle their finances and valuable assets. But when those individuals abuse their power and use the company's assets and money for their own personal gain, they are likely to face embezzlement charges.

Tech company accused of defrauding schools, government

One New York technology company owner is facing criminal charges after allegedly failing to provide computer equipment and internet service to the students attending Catholic schools in Brooklyn. The head of AutoExec Computer Systems in Long Island allegedly billed a federal program to aid underprivileged schools in enhancing their technical needs for hundreds of thousands of dollars of work that was not performed. Called the E-rate program, the initiative is designed to help libraries and schools to get better access to the internet, especially for children in poverty who are less likely to have reliable broadband service at home.

Former Mexican offical charged with accepting drug bribes

Federal prosecutors in New York have indicted a former senior Mexican government official on drug trafficking and conspiracy charges. The 51-year-old Florida resident is also charged with making a false statement on an application for naturalization he submitted in 2018. He was taken into custody by federal agents in Texas on Dec. 9. The indictment was unsealed in a Kings County district court on Dec. 10. The man faces penalties ranging from a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years to life imprisonment.

Church official charged with embezzling $500,000

A New York man has been charged with embezzling more than $500,000 from a religious nonprofit organization. The 55-year-old Suffolk County resident was employed by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America from 1987 until his resignation in 2017. He now works as a consultant according to his attorney. The charges were announced on Nov. 25 by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.

Prison guards for Jeffrey Epstein face federal charges

Two prison guards in New York are facing federal charges related to the death of Jeffrey Epstein while in custody. Allegedly, they ignored two mandatory checks per hour in the eight hours leading up to his death. Prosecutors say they browsed online and took naps instead of making the required checks. They also allegedly falsified records to make it appear as though they were monitoring Epstein.

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