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Pastor Ain’t Going to Heaven Any Time Soon; Gets 15 Years in Medicare Fraud Scam

By Allan Lengel

Pastor Christopher Iruke, 61, is going to anywhere but heaven — at least for the time being.

The feds announced on Monday that the pastor of a now defunct Los Angeles church who owned and operated several fraudulent durable medical equipment (DME) supply companies was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role in a $14.2 million Medicare fraud scheme. He was also ordered to pay $6.7 million in restitution.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles said a jury last August found Iruke and his wife, Connie Ikpoh, 49, and one of their employees, Aura Marroquin, guilty of conspiracy and health care fraud offenses following a two-week trial in Los Angeles.

Authorities said that Iruke and Ikpoh were pastors at Arms of Grace Christian Center, a church that operated from 5700 Crenshaw Boulevard in Los Angeles.

They also operated from the property Pascon Medical Supply, a fraudulent DME supply company and hired hired several of their parishioners.

The group used fraudulent prescriptions and documents to bill Medicare for expensive, high-end power wheelchairs and orthotics that were medically unnecessary or never provided, authorities said.

The power wheelchairs cost about $900 per wheelchair wholesale, but were billed to Medicare at a rate of approximately $6,000 per wheelchair.


15 Indicted in Major Detroit Drug Bust

By Danny Fenster

The Feds have been busy in Detroit, where a major drug bust ended with 15 people indicted for peddling a “massive amount” of cocaine and marijuana across the metro Detroit area, reports the Detroit Free Press. All were charged with running the operation from 2008 to 2011, while three were also charged with gun crimes.

Multiple agencies, including the FBI, DEA, ATF and IRS, were involved in the case.

“The dismantling of this organization has halted the flow of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of illegal drugs into metropolitan Detroit,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Robert L. Corso, and “exemplifies the strong collaborative effort that exists between DEA and our federal, state and local law enforcement partners.”

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Fla. Cop Gets Three Years for Targeting, Stealing From Hispanic Drivers

By Danny Fenster

Racial profiling might seem lucrative, but the cost of doing business will eventually catch up.

A Florida police officer who was arrested for stealing cash from Hispanics he pulled over was sentenced to three years in prison on Tuesday, reports the Miami Herald.

Mark Ott’s sentence comes eight months after a joint undercover sting between the FBI and local law enforcement agencies caught him illegally confiscating between $35 and $400 from Hispanic men he had pulled over between February and May of last year, the Herald reported.

Ott targeted most of the men after the left local check cashing stores, prosecutors had found. In May Ott stopped an undercover sheriff’s deputy and an FBI agent posing as a driver and a passenger, confiscating the driver’s wallet and swiping $150 of $400 of photocopied bills in the wallet, according to the Herald.

The sentence was part of a plea deal in which Ott plead guilty to five felony charges of evidencing prejudice while committing robbery. Ott will also repay $1,780 to victims as part of the deal.

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Penn. Man Threatens Life of FBI Agent

By Danny Fenster

A former Pennsylvania dentist had his home raided Friday night after being accused of threatening the life of an FBI agent, reports WPXI.

Anthony Dinozzi lost his license to practice dentistry after being convicted on drug charges in Ohio in 2002, according to WPXI. The newer criminal complaint alleges that Dinozzi left a “profanity-filled” phone message on the answering machine of an FBI agent, making claims that he worked for US Attorney General Eric Holder, that he wanted to investigate Bill Gates and  he wanted to kill the FBI agent.

This is actually not the first time Dinozzi has claimed to be working with the FBI, strangely enough. Dinozzi “caused a scene” some time last year at the Pittsburgh International Airport when he claimed he was an FBI agent, according to WPXI. He is currently in jail awaiting a hearing on Tuesday in a Pittsburgh federal court.

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Ex-Secret Service Agent Reflects on Time in Agency

President Bush

This story as told by Edmund Skrodzki, ex-Secret Service and current executive director of campus safety and security at The Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus.
Baltimore Magazine

There’s never a typical day with the Secret Service. One day you can be doing an investigation, and the next day they send you out to be part of a protection detail for a foreign dignitary—or, you travel with the President.

In 1990, I was assigned to George Herbert Walker Bush. The President’s protected 24-7. You work shift work and rotate every two weeks. You are either with the President or you’re on an advanced team setting up security arrangements. You’re gone a minimum of 50 percent of your time because the President travels. Somebody’s got to be with him. I’ve traveled the world at least twice probably.

You really don’t speak to the President unless he speaks to you. Both George Herbert Walker Bush and Bill Clinton were very outgoing and liked to communicate, so it wasn’t unusual to have conversations with them.

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Last of Three Sentenced in Attempted Cocaine Smuggling Sting

By Danny Fenster

The third and final defendant in a DEA operation targeting three Colombian drug runners tied to a Colombian drug cartel has been sentenced in Seattle, reports the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Hector Fabio Zapata was slapped with 30 years in prison on Monday, the last to face sentencing in the cocaine-trafficking probe. Like his partner in crime, Miguel Antonio Jimenez Torres, Zapata never was not charged with sending cocaine to the US, but the prosecution successfully argued that they and others paid an undercover DEA agent to  smuggle cocaine in the states by the tons, a plan that never came to fruition, the online newspaper reported.

The long-running sting was targeted at purported drug lord Jose Riascos, the father of codefendant Nivaldo Riascos. Jose killed himself as Colombian police raided his jungle compound, accord to the Post-Intelligencer.

Jimenez, Zapata and Riascos Jr. all received sentences in the multi-decades range.

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Minn. Woman Sentenced to 15 Years for Threats to Vice Pres. Biden and FBI

By Danny Fenster

The U.S. Postal Service is grateful people can’t email everything. But this certainly wasn’t what it had in mind.

A Minnesota woman was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Monday for mailing threats to Vice President Joe Biden, an FBI agent and others over the past two decades, reports the Star Tribune.

Kim Rolene Hutterer, of New Prague, Minn., rambled out what the paper called an “apology of sorts,” pleading that she just wanted an intimate relationship with someone in law enforcement and to be respected by society. US District Judge Paul Magnuson of Minneapolis said in court he has long had “deep feelings” about jailing the mentally ill, but felt Hutterer’s threats are becoming more serious even after pleading guilty, the paper reported.

“This is one of the most serious matters that has ever appeared in this court,” he said.

Hutterer admitted to threatening to kill a US Bureau of Prisons employee in September of 2010, as well as other threats, including ones against Biden and Minnesota FBI special agent Dean Scheidler. “Never has my family been threatened the way she has done,” said Scheidler, who has locked away drug dealers, thieves and terrorists. The threats grew so bad Scheidler said his daughter now carries around a notebook to jot down the license plates of suspicious cars in the neighborhood.

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Islamic Extremist or an FBI-Created Extremist?

By Danny Fenster

Federal authorities have arrested an Islamic extremist, but Adam Martin at the Atlantic Wire is skeptical.

Kosovo-born Sami Osmakac is being charged with plotting to bomb Tampa, Fla.-area nightclubs and a sheriff’s office to “avenge wrongs done to Muslims,” according to the AP. But Martin is quite ready to pat the Feds on the back.

“It’s a dramatic-sounding bust for the F.B.I.,” writes Martin, “but becomes a little less so after you learn the guy only had access to the weapons he wanted because an undercover agent provided it.” Martin then quoted a tweet from a British newspaper editor: “Interesting how most terror plots ‘thwarted’ by the FBI are actually fake plots created by the FBI,” tweeted Benji Green.

Osmakac gave an FBI agent $500 as a down payment for an AK-47, an explosive belt and homemade grenades, and asked for additional weapons, obtaining some of the arms after being rendered inoperable by agents.

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