The United States filed two civil injunction suits seeking to bar three siblings who prepare tax returns and their businesses from owning, operating, or franchising a tax return preparation business and preparing tax returns for others, the Justice Department announced today. The United States filed one complaint against Herve Erilus of Cocoa, Florida, and his business, Herve Erilus LLC. The government filed a second complaint against Gerline Erilus of Orlando, Florida and her two businesses, Gerline Erilus LLC and Elite Multi-Services LLC, and St. Fonie Erilus of Apopka, Florida and her two businesses, St. Fonie Erilus LLC and The Diversified Finance Solutions LLC.
Pine Creek Medical Center LLC (“Pine Creek”), a physician-owned hospital serving the Dallas/Fort Worth area, has agreed to pay $7.5 million to resolve claims that it violated the False Claims Act by paying physicians kickbacks in the form of marketing services in exchange for surgical referrals, the Department of Justice announced today.
Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand traveled to Ottawa, Canada on Thursday, Nov. 30, to lead the U.S. delegation in the Trilateral Summit on Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls. This is the second meeting of the trilateral working group. The first was hosted by the U.S. in 2016 and next year’s meeting will be in 2018, hosted by Mexico.
“When jurisdictions choose to return criminal aliens to the streets rather than turning them over to federal immigration authorities, they put the public’s safety at risk. San Francisco’s decision to protect criminal aliens led to the preventable and heartbreaking death of Kate Steinle. While the State of California sought a murder charge for the man who caused Ms. Steinle’s death—a man who would not have been on the streets of San Francisco if the city simply honored an ICE detainer—the people ultimately convicted him of felon in possession of a firearm. The Department of Justice will continue to ensure that all jurisdictions place the safety and security of their communities above the convenience of criminal aliens. I urge the leaders of the nation’s communities to reflect on the outcome of this case and consider carefully the harm they are doing to their citizens by refusing to cooperate with federal law enforcement officers.”
Two real estate investors were sentenced yesterday for their role in a conspiracy to rig bids at public foreclosure auctions in Northern California, the Department of Justice announced. 
Jerry Lynn Gragg, 40, a former police officer with the Savanna Police Department in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma, pleaded guilty today in federal court in Muskogee, Oklahoma, to one count of violating the civil rights of a female whom he sexually assaulted during a routine traffic stop.

            

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