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FBI Informant Launched Cyberattackes Abroad (NY Times) - An informant working for the F.B.I. coordinated a 2012 campaign of hundreds of cyberattacks on foreign websites, including some operated by the governments of Iran, Syria, Brazil and Pakistan, according to documents and interviews with people involved in the attacks. Exploiting a vulnerability in a popular web hosting software, the informant directed at least one hacker to extract vast amounts of data — from bank records to login information — from the government servers of a number of countries and upload it to a server monitored by the F.B.I., according to court statements.
Justice Coming To Pardons Office May Mean Freedom For Inmates (MSNBC) - The U.S. pardon attorney who withheld key information from the president in a high profile clemency case was removed from office Wednesday as the Obama administration announced a new pardons policy that could potentially allow hundreds of federal inmates to be freed early from prison. The announcement by Deputy Attorney General James Cole caps more than a year of internal reviews by the White House and the Justice Department aimed at seeing the president exercise his pardons authority more aggressively and more fairly. An investigative series in 2011 showed significant race disparity in the awarding of presidential pardons and efforts by the pardons office to squelch opportunities for federal inmates serving unfair or overly long sentences. I want one!!!!
Amedysis To Pay Fine For Medicare False Billing (Bloomberg) - Amedisys Inc. (AMED), one of the largest U.S. home-nursing providers, will pay $150 million to settle claims that it falsely billed Medicare, just as the health-care overhaul is threatening revenue from the insurance program for the elderly. The Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based company agreed to settle lawsuits filed under the federal False Claims Act, the U.S. Justice Department said today in a statement. That law allows citizens to sue on behalf of the government and share in any settlement.
SEC Settles With Ex-NVIDIA Employee On Insider Trading Charges (DealBook) - The former Nvidia employee who the authorities contend supplied inside information about the chip maker’s earnings to a group of hedge fund traders and analysts has reached a settlement with securities regulators, the regulators said on Wednesday. The information about Nvidia’s corporate earnings that the employee, Chris Choi, provided was eventually shared among a group of analysts and traders, including several who did not personally know Mr. Choi. Federal authorities contend the inside information about Nvidia and another technology company, Dell, enabled the ring of traders and analysts to generate nearly $70 million in illicit profits. As part of the settlement, Mr. Choi will be required to pay a $30,000 penalty.
Prison Term Reduced For Man Convicted Of Exporting Goods To Iran (The Post and Courier) - A North Charleston businessman federally convicted of illegally exporting goods to Iran will not spend as much time in prison as originally sentenced. Markos Baghdasarian, 50, pleaded guilty in 2012 to violating the long-standing U.S. trade embargo with Iran and shipping $2 million worth of his company's oil lubricants to the sanctioned Middle Eastern country. Baghdasarian was sentenced in June to three years in prison, but last week his sentence was reduced by one year, according to court filings.
Houston Woman Gets 11 Years for Healthcare Fraud (KXAN) - A Central Texas medical supply operator has been sentenced to 11 years in federal prison in a nearly $3.4 million health care fraud scheme. Prosecutors in Houston on Wednesday announced the penalty for 42-year-old Yolanda Nowlin of Bryan. Nowlin must also repay more than $850,000 to government programs.
Employees Picket Leavenworth Prison On Safety Issues (Leavenworth Times) - Citing concerns about staff shortages, employees of the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth and others participated in an informational picket Tuesday in front of the federal prison. "They keep vacating posts," Jennifer Gum said. Gum is not a USP employee, but her husband is president of Local 919 of the American Federation of Government Employees, a union that represents prison employees.