Los Angeles, California - A Los Angeles man was sentenced Monday to 240 months in federal prison for operating a Ponzi scheme that raised at least $650 million with bogus claims that investor money would be used to acquire licensing rights to films that HBO and Netflix purportedly had agreed to distribute abroad.

Miami, Florida - A federal jury convicted a Florida doctor Thursday in the Southern District of Florida for a health care fraud scheme that billed private health insurance companies approximately $110 million for addiction treatment services that were not medically necessary. This is the second trial conviction to arise out of the Justice Department’s Sober Homes Initiative.

San Diego, California - A California man was sentenced Thursday to 18 months in prison for employment tax crimes.

Baltimore, Maryland - Joshua Lankford, aka “20-20,” aka “Light Bright,” aka “Yellow,” 33, of Manchester, Maryland, pleaded guilty Wednesday to kidnapping in relation to a sex trafficking conspiracy.

Springfield, Massachusetts - A Maine man was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in Springfield, in connection with the December 28, 2020, fire that destroyed a predominately Black church in Springfield.

Oceanside, California - A California man was arrested Tuesday and made his initial appearance in federal court Wednesday to face charges that he cyberstalked multiple young women in California in a “sextortion” campaign.