Washington, DC - The Department of Justice Wednesday announced criminal charges against 21 defendants in nine federal districts across the United States for their alleged participation in various health care related fraud schemes that exploited the COVID-19 pandemic. These cases allegedly resulted in over $149 million in COVID-19-related false billings to federal programs and theft from federally-funded pandemic assistance programs. In connection with the enforcement action, the department seized over $8 million in cash and other fraud proceeds.

Lake Forest, Illinois - Stericycle Inc. (Stericycle), an international waste management company headquartered in Lake Forest, Illinois, has agreed to pay more than $84 million to resolve parallel investigations by authorities in the United States and Brazil into the bribery of foreign officials in Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina.

Tampa, Florida - A Florida man pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to threatening a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorney Roger B. Handberg for the Middle District of Florida made the announcement.

Indianapolis, Indiana - Two Indiana men have pleaded guilty to federal crimes for their roles in paying and receiving secret political contributions through a middleman.

Portland, Oregon - An Oregon man was sentenced Monday to 17 years in prison for coercing and persuading multiple minors to send him sexually explicit photos and videos of themselves over the internet.

Des Moines, Iowa - A superseding indictment was unsealed Monday in the Southern District of Iowa charging the former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of publicly traded reinsurance company, IRB Brasil Resseguros SA, aka IRB Brasil RE (IRB), for fraudulently propping up its stock price by spreading false information that U.S. investment firm Berkshire Hathaway Inc. had invested in IRB.