$ 41.5 million in confiscations, refunds collected | News, Sports, Jobs


The North Ohio District Attorney’s Office collected more than $ 14.3 million in criminal and civil orders in fiscal year 2021.

“Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, the northern district financial litigation program was able to pursue and recover considerable funds from numerous civil and criminal judgments,” said the first deputy attorney of the United States, Michelle M. Baeppler. “When this office represents the United States of America and obtains a collection judgment, we will seek to recover every dollar possible.”

In addition, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio, Cleveland, in conjunction with other U.S. Attorney’s offices and Department of Justice agencies across the country, raised $ 27.2 million. additional criminal and civil cases pursued jointly.

This represents a combined total of $ 41.54 million raised in 2021.

Notable collections and confiscations include:

• Chad M. Stellato, 47, of Langhorne, Pa., Pleaded guilty in December 2020 to defrauding Lowe’s Home Improvement stores at Alliance, Boardman and other locations through a fraudulent buy and return program. Stellato was ordered to pay compensation in the amount of $ 594,799. The final payment was received within six months of the conviction;

• John D. Chime II, 47 years old; Jerry L. Stackhouse, 65; and Rogelio Alonso Jr., 33, all living in communities in north-central Ohio, were convicted of orchestrating a real estate investment program in 2012 and ordered to pay $ 677,493 in restitution . The final restitution was collected in December 2021;

• In the settlement of the lawsuit of Ethical Solutions LLC, et al. Against Akron General Health System, et al., Akron General Health System agreed in July to pay more than $ 21 million to resolve allegations under the False Claims Act that it had an inappropriate relationship with certain referring physicians. which resulted in the submission of false claims to the Medicare program;

• In the lawsuit settlement of USA v. Shaffer Pharmacy, et al, The Toledo Pharmacy agreed to pay $ 375,000 to resolve a civil action filed under the Controlled Substances Act alleging that the pharmacy and two people filled prescriptions that did not have a purpose legitimate medical.

While restitution is paid to the victim, criminal fines and felony assessments are paid to the Department of Justice’s Crime Victims Fund, which distributes the funds raised to federal and state victim compensation programs and d ‘assistance to victims and for various law enforcement purposes.

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