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Tillis Sponsors Bill That Allows Local Police To Enforce Immigration Law PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 May 2021 16:31

U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced the Empowering Law Enforcement Act, legislation to combat the Biden Administration’s nullification of U.S. immigration laws. The Empowering Law Enforcement Act will grant state and local law enforcement inherent immigration enforcement authority to investigate, identify, apprehend, arrest, detain or transfer a migrant that has entered the U.S. illegally. Additionally, this legislation would provide the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) flexibility on how long a criminal alien may be detained, extending the 180-day period to ensure violent criminals are not released back into communities.

 

“The Biden Administration’s disastrous response to the border crisis has shown we need to provide additional authorities to assist communities across the country,” said Senator Tillis. “This legislation would help our border patrol and ICE agents by giving our local law enforcement immigration enforcement authority to help manage the migrant crisis our country is facing.”

 

Specifically, the legislation would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to: 

  • Delegate immigration enforcement authority to state and local law enforcement entities, including the ability to investigate, identify, apprehend, arrest, detain, or transfer an alien into Federal custody.
  • Permit the Secretary of Homeland Security to extend the detention of criminal aliens until removal from the U.S.
  • Ensure that illegal migrants are detained in federal custody upon state or local law enforcement request.
  • Reimburse state or local authorities for related incarceration and transportation costs.
  • Promote immigration information sharing between DHS and the FBI for the benefit of state and local law enforcement.

 

Senator Tillis recently traveled to the border to see firsthand the immigration and humanitarian crisis currently facing our country and meet with local officials and border patrol agents on the ground handling the surge. Senator Tillis has been critical of the Biden Administration’s handling of the border crisis and the actions they have taken to limit ICE’s enforcement of immigration laws, despite a record number of illegal border crossings, and the impact of this executive overreach on law enforcement and the safety and security of our nation. 

 

 
White House Forms Panel To Deal With Colonial Pipeline Shutdown PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 May 2021 08:55
Homeland Security Advisor Liz Sherwood-Randall and National Economic Council Director Brian Deese convened the inter-agency principals leading the administration’s whole of government response to the Colonial Pipeline incident. The group discussed the latest updates on fuel supply in the affected region, and steps that agencies have taken and are considering to further alleviate the supply shortages. 
 
The Department of Transportation announced last night that they are allowing Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia to use Interstate highways in their State to transport overweight loads of gasoline and other fuels, under existing disaster declarations. And, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a second emergency fuel waiver expanding on a waiver that EPA issued yesterday morning for the District of Columbia and areas of Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The second waiver waives the requirements for low volatility conventional gasoline and Reformulated Gasoline (RFG) for the District of Columbia and areas of Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia, and also includes Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Specific Counties of Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
 
DOT’s Maritime Administration concluded their assessment of what assets are available in the Jones Act fleet to carry petroleum products within the Gulf, and from the Gulf up the Eastern Seaboard. The Department of Homeland Security stands ready to review any temporary Jones Act waiver requests from companies that demonstrate there is not sufficient capacity on Jones Act-qualified vessels to carry fuel to the affected region.
 
 
65-Year Old Rocky Mount Woman Sentenced To 2 Years In Prison For Federal Tax Fraud PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 May 2021 08:48
A Rocky Mount woman was sentenced yesterday to twenty-four (24) months imprisonment and ordered to pay $229,000 in restitution for committing conspiracy to prepare and file false tax returns.
 
According to court documents, Priscilla Evans, 65 years old, conspired with others to file false tax returns for the 2011 through 2016 tax years for clients of Community Tax Services LLC located in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Evans and her co-conspirators filed tax returns that claimed false education credits, among other illegitimate items, in order to fraudulently generate clients’ tax refunds.  According to the IRS, the three-year scam resulted in a loss of more than $2 million in tax dollars.  On July 14, 2020, Evans pled guilty to the charge. 
 
G. Norman Acker, III, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan. The Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations (IRS-CI) assisted in this investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Ethan Ontjes is prosecuting the case.
 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 May 2021 10:32
 
Las Vegas Man Pleads Guilty In North Carolina Fraud Case PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 April 2021 16:22
A Las Vegas, Nevada man pleaded guilty today to Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud and Wire Fraud, Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering, and Aggravated Identity Theft, and further agreed to forfeit the proceeds of his crimes.
 
  In additional to cash, forfeitable property included the defendant’s interest in a British Aerospace Bae 125-800A Aircraft, a 2017 Aston Martin DB 11 sports car; a 2016 Ford F-150 Super-Crew pickup truck; real property held in the name of Assured Healthcare Systems in Hertford County, North Carolina; real property located in Charles County, Maryland; as well as various other items of designer jewelry and luxury items seized from the defendant’s penthouse condominium in Las Vegas.
 
According to court documents, Timothy Mark Harron, 52, admitted to conspiring with his wife, Latisha Harron, to carry out a massive fraud upon the North Carolina Medicaid Program (“NC Medicaid”) by billing the government for fictitious home health services.  Harron further admitted to working with his wife to launder the proceeds of the fraud into, among other things, a private jet, luxury jewelry and clothing, and properties in Ahoskie and Rich Square, North Carolina.  Latisha Harron has already pleaded guilty to similar charges and is awaiting sentencing.
 
According to the charges, Latisha Harron created, and was operating, Agape Healthcare Systems, Inc. (“Agape”) an alleged Medicaid home health provider, in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.  As charged, to enroll Agape as a Medicaid provider, Latisha Harron fraudulently concealed her prior felony conviction for Identity Theft.  In 2012, Harron moved out of North Carolina to Maryland.  Despite that move, Harron continued to bill NC Medicaid as though Agape was providing home health services to North Carolina recipients.
 
As charged, in May of 2017, Latisha Harron moved to Las Vegas, Nevada to live with the defendant Timothy Mark Harron, and that the two were married in 2018.  The indictment alleges that Harron was also a previously convicted felon, and that this fact was concealed from the NC Medicaid on enrollment documents.  Harron pleaded guilty to allegations that he and his wife worked together to expand the Agape fraud upon NC Medicaid -- fraudulently billing the program for millions in just the few years in which he participated in the scheme.  
 
As charged, Harron admitted that he and his wife carried out the fraud by exploiting an eligibility tool that was entrusted only to NC Medicaid providers.  Specifically, Harron and his wife searched publicly available sources, such as obituary postings on the internet by North Carolina funeral homes, to locate recently deceased North Carolinians.  Harron admitted that the two would then extract from the obituary postings certain personal information for the deceased, including their name, date of birth, and date of death.  Then, utilizing the extracted information, the defendants would then query the NC Medicaid eligibility tool to determine whether the deceased individual had a Medicaid Identification Number.  If the deceased North Carolinian had a valid Medicaid Identification Number and was otherwise eligible for Medicaid coverage during their life, the defendants would use that individual’s identity to “back-bill” NC Medicaid, through Agape, for up to one year of fictitious home health services that were allegedly rendered prior to the death of the individual.  NC Medicaid then disbursed millions to Agape, all of which flowed into accounts controlled by the Harrons.
 
As charged, the fraud was carried out via the internet from locations around the globe, including their corporate office building in Las Vegas, their penthouse condominium in Las Vegas, a corporate office in North Carolina, and from various hotels and luxury resorts in and outside of the United States.
 
Harron further pled guilty to laundering the proceeds of the Agape fraud into various luxury items.  These expenses included a $900,000 wire for the purchase of a British Aerospace Bae 125-800A private jet, hundreds of thousands of dollars in Tiffany & Co. and Brioni clothing and jewelry, thousands of dollars on Eastern North Carolina business properties, and thousands of dollars in gym equipment. 
 
Harron pleaded guilty to (1) Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud and Wire Fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349, which carries a maximum punishment of up to 20 years in prison, (2) one count of Aggravated Identity Theft, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028A, which carries a maximum punishment of not less than, nor more than 2 years in prison consecutive to other sentences, and (3) Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1956(h), which carries a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison.
 
Acting United States Attorney G. Norman Acker, III made the announcement after U.S. District Judge Richard E. Myers II accepted the plea.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General, the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, and the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office Medicaid Investigations Division, are all investigating the case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney William M. Gilmore is the prosecutor on this case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney John Harris represents the United States with respect to forfeiture aspects of the case.
 
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