Los Angeles, California - A federal jury found a southern California doctor guilty Wednesday for his role in a $12 million scheme to provide medically unnecessary procedures to Medicare beneficiaries, upcode claims submitted to Medicare, and re-package single-use catheters for reuse on patients.

San Antonio, Texas - The Department of Justice announced Thursday that it has reached a settlement agreement with MUY Brands LLC, a San Antonio-based owner and operator of approximately 78 Taco Bell restaurant franchises in six states, and a related management company, MUY Consulting Inc. The settlement resolves the Department’s investigation into whether the companies violated the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) by discriminating against lawful permanent residents because of their citizenship status when verifying their authorization to work in the United States.

Chicago, Illinois - Lamesha Conley of Chicago, Illinois, pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy and identity theft charges related to a scheme to obtain fraudulent tax refunds using stolen identity information, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division.

Washington, DC - Jong Woo Son, 23, a South Korean national, was indicted by a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia for his operation of Welcome To Video, the largest child sexual exploitation market by volume of content.  The nine-count indictment was unsealed Tuesday along with a parallel civil forfeiture action.  Son has also been charged and convicted in South Korea and is currently in custody serving his sentence in South Korea.  An additional 337 site users residing in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington State and Washington, D.C. as well as the United Kingdom, South Korea, Germany, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the Czech Republic, Canada, Ireland, Spain, Brazil and Australia have been arrested and charged. 

Washington, DC - Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo: "Yesterday’s attack on worshippers at a mosque in Nangarhar, Afghanistan reveals the cowardice and cruelty of those who disregard human life and perpetuate violence against innocents. Places of worship should be sanctuaries, not targets for deadly attacks. Afghans, and people around the world, have the right to live and worship together in safety. We condemn in the strongest terms this intentional attack on civilians, and offer our condolences to the victims and their families.

Cincinnati, Ohio - The owner of a Cincinnati-area medical practice pleaded guilty Monday for illegally distributing opioids.