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Actress Ion Overman is among 19 people indicted for federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) fraud in Atlanta, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Since all 19 defendants had business ties in Atlanta or live in Atlanta, they were charged by the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Northern District of Georgia.

The separate indictments linked the fraudulent PPP loan applications to a single Atlanta-based businessman who was paid a fee for each successful loan.

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Overman, 45, is best known for her roles as Det. Elena Ruiz in CBS' Wisdom of the Crowd, Candace Jewell in The L Word (pictured with Jennifer Beals), and as Linda, Derek Luke's fiancée in Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail.

She also had a recurring role as Maria Scott in Desperate Housewives.

Also indicted were music producer Carlos "Clos" Stephens, actor Dale Godboldo, and media personality Marvin Lewton, aka "Shadi Powers."

Mark C. Mason Jr., of Atlanta, was charged separately in the six other lawsuits as an "unindicted co-conspirator," according to court documents obtained by the AJC.

According to the documents, Mason is accused of submitting fraudulent PPP loan applications for two of his own businesses, Atlanta Business Capital and Advocate Business Capital. He received nearly $600,000. He is also accused of assisting the other defendants in submitting fraudulent PPP loan applications.

If the loans applications were successful, Mason assessed a "success fee" of between 2-5%, the documents said.

One of the defendants, Melissa Myrick, who worked for the IRS, allegedly supplied Mason with signed PPP applications that contained blank spaces for the number of employees.

Mason reportedly filed in the missing information after speaking with the other defendants.

The complete list of defendants are:

  • David Burge, of Tennessee, CEO, and president of Elemental Comfort LLC
  • Gina Destito, of California, owner of HomePoppins.com LLC
  • Jim White, of New Jersey, owner of AJW Home Services and Design LLC
  • Richard Mahee, of New Jersey, owner, and president of ARG Media LLC
  • Kristen Alexander, of Colorado
  • Morgan Brown, of Tennessee, owner and CEO of BHG LLC
  • Michael McGee Jr., of Georgia, owner of Arc Michael Logistics LLC
  • Marcos Soza, of Arizona, owner of Yes Auto Sales Inc
  • Melissa Myrick, of Florida, an employee with the IRS
  • Michael Myrick, of Florida, owner of MYCO Enterprises LLC
  • Kirk Codrington, of North Carolina, owner of KC Global Enterprises Inc
  • Dereck Clark, of Florida, owner of Dee's Landscaping LLC
  • Darius McCants, of Alabama, CEO, and owner of BBF Inc
  • Dondre Berry, of Georgia, CEO and owner of Houzzit Inc
  • Mark C. Mason Jr., of Georgia, owner of Atlanta Business Capital

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Maryland's top cop Marilyn Mosby was indicted for lying on mortgage loan applications for two vacation properties she purchased in Florida.

Mosby, a Democrat, was indicted by a federal grand jury on two counts of perjury and making false statements on mortgage loan applications, Yahoo News reported. The indictment was unsealed on Thursday.

The indictment alleges the mom-of-two lied about experiencing "adverse financial consequences" during the pandemic in 2020.

Federal prosecutors say her gross salary of nearly $250,000 increased by nearly $10,000 between 2019 and 2020.

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The indictment also alleges that Mosby lied on a COVID relief application. She claimed she lost income during the pandemic and received $36,000, which she used "toward a down payment for a vacation home in Kissimmee Florida" in September 2020.

The indictment accuses Mosby of lying on applications for mortgages of nearly $500,000 for the Kissimmee, Florida, home and a nearly $430,000 mortgage for a condominium in Long Boat Key, Florida.

Mosby faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison for each count of perjury and a maximum of 30 years for each count of making false mortgage applications.

Mosby, 41, gained notoriety in 2015 for prosecuting five Baltimore police officers who arrested 25-year-old Freddie Gray in 2015.

Gray was found unresponsive in the back of a paddy wagon. He was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

The five officers were eventually acquitted of all charges.

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Christmas came early for a self-professed "Haitian entrepreneur" who fleeced the government's pandemic relief PPP program to enrich himself.

Prosecutors accused Valesky Barosy of fraudulently obtaining loans from the federal Payroll Protection Program to buy a Lamborghini, a Rolex watch, designer clothing, and other luxury items

Barosy, 27, flaunted his ill-gotten gains on his deleted Instagram page where he amassed over 10,000 followers.

In one photo, Barosy, of Ft. Lauderdale, posed outside a private jet. In another photo, he is seen exiting his white Lamborghini.

The Haitian-born businessman sought publicity as a self-made millionaire and immigrant success story.

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After arriving from Haiti a decade ago, Barosy worked his way up from an employee at Walmart to "regional Vice President" of his credit repair company that earned over $3.6 million in sales.

However, federal authorities say Barosy and his accomplices fraudulently applied for $4.2 million in PPP loans using false information.

In each loan application, Barosy allegedly submitted IRS tax returns that falsely inflated prior-year expenses, net profit, and payroll.

Barosy and his accomplices received approximately $2.1 million in PPP loans, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida.

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Federal agents raided Barosy's home and business and seized a Lamborghini Huracán, valued at over $150,000, Rolex and Hublot watches, and designer clothing from Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Chanel.

A federal grand jury indicted Barosy on charges of wire fraud, money laundering and aggravated identity theft.

Barosy is being held in a federal detention facility without bond. He faces up to 132 years in prison if convicted on all charges.

According to the federal government, over $1 billion in Covid relief funds have been stolen from the PPP program.

Florida is the nation's No. 1 fraud capital, with over $340 million in stolen funds going to that state alone.

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A Nevada woman and an ex-CNN producer have been charged with sexually abusing a child.

Heather Carriker, 48, and former CNN producer John Griffin are charged with child abuse, sexual assault against a child under 14 and lewdness with a minor under 14.

Carriker is accused of providing a child victim to Griffin who was indicted by a federal grand jury for alleged sex crimes with underage girls.

Henderson police in Nevada arrested Carriker in August 2020, according to 8NewsNow.

Prosecutor's say Carriker took $3,000 from Griffin in June 2020 to transport a 9-year-old girl from Nevada to Boston. Carriker and the girl were met at the airport by Griffin in his red Tesla and driven to his ski cabin in Ludlow, Vermont.

Once there, the child was directed to engage in unlawful sexual activity with both adults, according to federal prosecutors in the news release.

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Griffin worked with disgraced news anchor Chris Cuomo on CNN's "New Day" from the show's launch in 2013. CNN fired Griffin after he was indicted by a federal grand jury last week.

Cuomo was fired by CNN earlier this month for digging up dirt on women who accused his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, of sexual harassment.

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Rapper YFN Lucci is among dozens of Bloods gang members named in a 75-page, 106-count racketeering indictment.

The indictment targeted leadership of the local faction of the notorious Bloods street gang, WSB-TV reports.

YFN Lucci, real name Rayshawn Bennett, 29, was charged in connection with a murder that occurred in Atlanta last year. He was arrested on January 13, 2021 after turning himself in to police. He is currently out of jail on $500,000 bond.

"This indictment is unprecedented. Period. In Georgia," Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis told Channel 2 Investigative reporter Mark Winne in an exclusive interview.

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Lucci's lawyer, Drew Findling, insisted his client is not a gang member.

"What he is is an internationally recognized musical artist that is a triple platinum winner, that has performed all over the United States and all over the world," Findling said.

However, Atlanta officials are not impressed by Lucci's rap career.

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"I think that [the indictment] sends a significant message, a profound message that regardless of your status that the City of Atlanta and Fulton County in partnership is coming after you if you violate the crimes in our county, in our city," said Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms named Bryant as the permanent police chief to lead Atlanta out of a deadly Covid crime wave.

Bottoms made the announcement during a press conference this morning to discuss Sunday's fatal shooting of 15-year-old Diamond Johnson.

An emotional Mayor Bottoms said she wished she could "wave a wand or make a speech" to make the crime wave stop.

"For the third time as mayor, I am standing here to talk about a bullet that took the life of a child in our city," Bottoms said.
 

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A North Carolina woman allegedly went on a shopping spree with nearly $150,000 she illegally obtained from a coronavirus relief loan.

Federal prosecutors say Jasmine Johnnae Clifton, 24, spent most of the money on high end luxury bags and shoes at Louis Vuitton, Neiman Marcus and jewelry stores.

Clifton appeared in court on Monday and was later released on $25,000 bond, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of North Carolina.

The press release detailed how Clifton lied on an application to fraudulently obtain relief funds for an existing business during the coronavirus lockdowns.

She falsely claimed $350,000 in gross revenue for her online clothing business, Jazzy Jas, despite filing paperwork in 2020 that shows the business was dissolved, according to ABC News.

The loan application was approved in early August for $149,900, which she later spent during shopping sprees at over two dozen retailers, including Ikea and Rooms to Go.

On Feb. 17, Clifton was indicted on wire fraud in relation to a disaster benefit and fraud in connection with major disaster or emergency benefits.

If convicted, she faces 30 years in prison on each charge, plus a possible $1,250,000 fine.

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19 violent gang members were taken off the streets of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn this week as federal authorities unveiled two indictments Wednesday.

According to Patch.com, 19 members of the notorious 900 street gang were arrested and charged with at least 13 shootings and other acts of violence, including 2 murders.

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced the indictments in law enforcement's ongoing efforts to curb gang violence in the Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights neighborhoods.

"I'm confident this takedown of these gang members will make a difference to the people of Brooklyn, especially people who live in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area and Crown Heights," Gonazalez said at a press conference. "Many of these defendants were charged with multiple acts of violence and shootings, so there's a multiplying impact toward peace when they are taken off the streets."

The defendants face 77 charges, including the fatal shootings of 22-year-old Tracey Washington and Tyler Felder last year.

Washington, a member of the rival Hoolie gang, ran a stolen credit car ring and believed he was meeting a girl to join the scheme.

He was shot before he could exit a cab on Dean Street in June, prosecutors say. According to the indictment, members of the 900 gang "catfished" Washington by posing as a girl on Instagram.

Three gang members -- Kaireil Haynie, Alexander Williams and Tysean Devonshire -- were charged in the murder case.

Williams and 21-year-old Wydeem Rudd are also charged in the fatal shooting of Felder, whom Rudd and Williams incorrectly blamed for the shooting of a 900 gang member.

Felder was shot six times, including once in the head, on Sept. 28.

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Rapper G Herbo turned himself in to federal agents in Los Angeles after proclaiming his innocence relating to a plethora of federal fraud charges.

The Chicago, Illinois native, who was just named to Forbes magazine's 30 Under 30 list of influential young stars, stands accused of one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and 2 counts of aiding and abetting aggravated identity theft as part of an alleged 4-year scam involving stolen credit cards.

Herbo and 5 others are charged with using stolen credit cards to purchase designer puppies, rent private jets and limousines as well as finance trips to Jamaica and rent a villa there.

On Wednesday, Dec. 2, a representative for Herbo, real name Herbert Randall Wright III, denied the criminal claims, which were filed in Massachusetts. Herbo's lawyer insisted the Chicago gang banger "looks forward to establishing his innocence in court".

The PTSD star is alleged to have worked with his music promoter Antonio Strong and various other members of his crew to defraud numerous business owners by making purchases with stolen credit cards.

Strong was arrested in September and charged with a string of crimes, including wire fraud.

Rapper Casanova, real name Caswell Senior, was arrested earlier this week on RICO and racketeering charges related to criminal activities committed by his gang "Untouchable Gorilla Stones", including the murder of a 15 year old boy.

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Federal agents have arrested rap fugitive Casanova (right), who was indicted on RICO and racketeering charges related to criminal activities committed by his gang "Untouchable Gorilla Stones", including the murder of a 15 year old boy.

"Baby, I love you like cooked food," Casanova said in a video shared by his wife on social media.

The feds also indicted Chicago gangsta rapper G Herbo, real name Herbert Wright III (left and below), on 14 federal charges that included wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft, in a federal court in Massachusetts.

G Herbo's lawyer is making arrangements with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the rapper to turn himself in in Massachusetts.

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G Herbo and several crew members are accused of conducting a multi-year fraud scheme involving stolen credit cards and ID theft, totaling $1.5 million.

According to the indictment, the gang used stolen credit cards to buy designer puppies, rent private jets and luxury villas in Jamaica.

Herbo, 25, and Casanova, 34, are part of a crew of gang bangers who are signed by record labels to bring realism to the rap game.

Unlike bold name rappers such as Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, the new breed of gangsta rappers live the life of violence they rap about on records.

G Hergo and Casanova, real name Caswell Senior, are accused of murdering other "rappers", but they have not been charged without those alleged crimes.

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Stephen K. Bannon was arrested Thursday morning and charged with defrauding donors to a private fund to build part of the border wall.

Bannon was arrested on board a $35 million, 150-foot yacht off the coast of Westbrook, Connecticut. Federal postal inspectors working together with the U.S. Coast Guard boarded the boat, with belonged to an exiled Chinese tycoon.

Bannon, 66, was charged in connection with a fundraising group called We Build the Wall, headed by a wounded Air Force veteran who lost his legs and is confined to a wheelchair.

According to the criminal indictment, Bannon conspired with the wounded Air Force veteran and a venture capitalist to cheat hundreds of thousands of donors by falsely promising to build a new section of border wall.

Prosecutors say Bannon siphoned off $1 million to pay his personal expenses.

Audrey Strauss, the acting U.S. attorney in Manhattan, said Bannon and his three co-conspirators defrauded investors by telling them that "all of that money would be spent on construction."

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Bannon, President Trump's former adviser during the 2016 presidential campaign, was banned from the White House in 2017.

Bannon was unceremoniously fired on Aug. 18, 2017 after saying he believed Donald Trump Jr.'s 2016 meeting with Russian operatives in Trump Tower was "unpatriotic" and "treasonous".

"Steve left the White House almost three years ago, and left on bad terms by burning down the kids so that is always there," an insider told the NY Post. "Blowing up the kids is never good."