San Francisco, California - A federal grand jury in San Francisco returned an indictment charging a Houston-based tax attorney of conspiring with the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of a private equity firm to defraud the IRS. The grand jury further charged him with three counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of the CEO’s false tax returns for the 2012 to 2014 tax years.

St. Louis, Missouri - The Department of Justice, together with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), announced a civil complaint against defendants Eric Anthony Nepute and Quickwork LLC, doing business as Wellness Warrior, in the first enforcement action alleging violations of the COVID-19 Consumer Protection Act.

New Orleans, Louisiana - A Louisiana doctor was sentenced to 18 months in prison for his role in a scheme to receive approximately $336,000 in illegal health care kickback payments.

New York - A Brazilian national who previously served as a chief executive officer (CEO) of Braskem S.A. (Braskem), a publicly traded Brazilian petrochemical company, pleaded guilty to conspiring to divert hundreds of millions of dollars from Braskem into a secret slush fund and to pay bribes to government officials, political parties, and others in Brazil to obtain and retain business.

West Monroe, Louisiana - The Justice Department announced that it has entered into a proposed consent decree to settle a voting rights lawsuit with the City of West Monroe, Louisiana.

Houlton, Main - A Maine man was charged in federal court in Springfield, Massachusetts, in connection with setting the December 28, 2020, fire that destroyed the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Presbyterian Church in Springfield.