Sioux Falls, South Dakota - Neurosurgeon Wilson Asfora, M.D. of Sioux Falls, and two medical device distributorships that he owns, Medical Designs LLC and Sicage LLC, have agreed to pay $4.4 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations relating to illegal payments to Asfora to induce the use of certain medical devices, in violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute, as well as claims for medically unnecessary surgeries.

San Francisco, California - The San Francisco Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is announcing a new strategy to identify and investigate hate crimes in Northern California.

Sacramento, California - U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley sentenced Billy Paul Dunn, 48, of Sacramento, today to 10 years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

San Francisco, California - A federal grand jury indicted Geoffrey M. Palermo and Adan Roldan, aka George Villanuevo, charging the defendants with conspiracy in connection with an alleged plot to bilk a California company of more than $1.5 million as part of a kickback scheme, announced Acting United States Attorney Stephanie M. Hinds and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Craig D. Fair.  The indictment adds to charges filed by the grand jury against Palermo in June of last year. 

Calexico, California - Former Calexico City Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem David Romero, along with Bruno Suarez-Soto, a former commissioner on the city’s Economic Development and Financial Advisory Commission, were each sentenced to two years in prison today for taking bribes in exchange for “guaranteeing” a City permit for a cannabis business.

Los Angeles, California - A San Pedro man was sentenced Wednesday to 132 months in federal prison for being the gunman in a violent, takeover-style robbery of a Gardena credit union, where an employee helped with the planning and execution of the heist.