Washington, DC - The owner and chief executive officer (CEO) of a telemedicine company pleaded guilty Friday for his role in one of the largest health care fraud schemes ever investigated by the FBI and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG) and prosecuted by the Department of Justice, which resulted in charges in April 2019 against 24 defendants.

Washington, DC - A Russian national and an Italian national have been charged in the United States with conspiring and attempting to steal trade secrets from an American aviation company.

Alexander Yuryevich Korshunov, 57, and Maurizio Paolo Bianchi, 59, were charged by a criminal complaint on August 21.  Korshunov was arrested on August 30 at Naples International Airport in Italy.

El Centro, California - United States Attorney Robert S. Brewer, Jr. announced the unsealing of a multi-count indictment today, charging 12 persons affiliated with Imperial Valley Ministries (IVM), with crimes arising from a forced labor conspiracy. Defendants were arrested today in El Centro, San Diego, and Brownsville, Texas. IVM leaders are charged with holding program participants against their will, coercing participants to surrender welfare benefits, and compelling participants to panhandle up to nine hours a day, six days a week, for the financial benefit of the church leaders. 
IVM operates a non-denominational church headquartered in El Centro, and has opened approximately 30 affiliate churches throughout the United States and Mexico, including Los Angeles, Santa Ana, San Jose; Las Vegas, Nevada; Phoenix, Arizona; and Brownsville, Texas.

Washington, DC - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning letter to JUUL Labs Inc. for marketing unauthorized modified risk tobacco products by engaging in labeling, advertising, and/or other activities directed to consumers, including a presentation given to youth at a school. The agency also sent a letter to the company expressing concern, and requesting more information, about several issues raised in a recent Congressional hearing regarding JUUL’s outreach and marketing practices, including those targeted at students, tribes, health insurers and employers.

Dallas, Texas - The number of women with high blood pressure (HBP) when they become pregnant or who have it diagnosed during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy has spiked in the United States over the last four decades, especially among black women, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension.

New Orleans, Louisiana - Native Hawaiians who participated in a blood-pressure-lowering program incorporating their cultural dance of hula lowered their blood pressure more than those who received standard education on diet and exercise, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Hypertension 2019 Scientific Sessions.