January 10, 2014

California Man Sentenced to 5 Years in Federal Prison for Debit Card Fraud and Student Loan Fraud

A California man was recently sentenced to 63 months in federal prison for debit card fraud and student loan fraud. Mordechay Altit, 34, of Elk Grove, had pleaded guilty in August to two counts of mail fraud and one count of money laundering. Altit’s sentence was handed down by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell. Court […]

December 31, 2013

Fresno Man Sentenced After Conviction for Student Loan Fraud Scheme

A Fresno man was recently sentenced for his actions in a student loan fraud scheme. Keith Lazell Woolridge, 41, was convicted in July of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, mail fraud, and aggravated identity theft in furtherance of the scheme. He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Anthony W. Ishii to serve three and a half […]

December 31, 2013

Federal Jury Convicts California Man In $2.5 Million Ponzi Scheme Case

A federal jury recently convicted a Sacramento, California man for his role in a massive Ponzi scheme. James G. Berghius, 41, was convicted on four counts of mail fraud, four counts of wire fraud, and one count of money laundering in furtherance of a Ponzi scheme he had been operating. According to a press release from […]

December 27, 2013

Visalia Business Owner Convicted of Workers’ Compensation Insurance Premium Fraud

A business owner in Visalia was recently convicted of worker’s compensation insurance premium fraud. Douglas Lambert, 48, was found guilty of underreporting employee payroll to Clarendon National, his insurance carrier, and was ordered to pay restitution of over $110,300 to the carrier and to the State of California. Lambert pleaded guilty to one count of insurance […]

December 24, 2013

California Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Mortgage Fraud Conspiracy

A man from Elk Grove, California, was recently sentenced to federal prison for conspiring to commit mortgage fraud. Sean Patrick Gjerde, 37, received two and a half years for the fraud conspiracy as well as for making false statements in loan applications. Gjerde pleaded guilty to the charges in December of last year. According to a […]

December 24, 2013

California Chiropractor Pleads Guilty To Healthcare Fraud

A California chiropractor recently pleaded guilty to defrauding Medicare. Houshang Pavehzadeh, a.k.a. “Danny Paveh,” a chiropractor from San Fernando Valley who was the second highest Medicare biller in California for chiropractic services, pleaded guilty to healthcare fraud in violation of federal statutes. He admitted that, between 2005 and 2012, he submitted bills to Medicare for patients […]