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Criminal Charges Unsealed Against 12 Individuals in Wide-Ranging Scheme to Monopolize Transmigrante Industry and Extort Competitors Near U.S.-Mexico Border

December 6, 2022

The U.S. Department of Justice today announced the unsealing of an 11-count indictment charging 12 individuals in a long-running, multi-faceted conspiracy to monopolize the transmigrante forwarding industry in the Los Indios, Texas, border region near Harlingen and Brownsville, Texas. Transmigrantes are individuals who transport used vehicles and other goods from the United States through Mexico…

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Nigerian National Sentenced To More Than Six Years In Federal Prison For International Tax Fraud Scheme

December 5, 2022

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Charlene E. Honeywell has sentenced Allen Levinson, formerly known as Allen Ameh, to six years and six months in federal prison for wire fraud conspiracy related to his orchestration of a large-scale international tax fraud scheme. Levinson, a resident of Nigeria, was arrested on December 2, 2020, while attempting…

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Two Kentucky Real Estate Professionals Plead Guilty to Bid Rigging Farmland Auction

November 30, 2022

Two Kentucky real estate professionals pleaded guilty today for their roles in a conspiracy to rig bids at an estate auction for farmland and timber rights. From the U.S. Department of Justice: Read More

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Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Kanter Issues Statement on Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster’s Decision to not Appeal

November 22, 2022

Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Kanter for the Antitrust Division issued the following statement regarding Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster’s Decision to not appeal. From the U.S. Department of Justice: Read More

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Justice Department’s Procurement Collusion Strike Force Announces Four New National Law Enforcement Partners as it Enters its Fourth Year

November 15, 2022

The Justice Department announced today that the Procurement Collusion Strike Force (PCSF) welcomed four new national law enforcement partners to the Strike Force, for a total of 34 agencies and offices committed to deterring, detecting, investigating and prosecuting antitrust crimes and related schemes that target government procurement, grants, and program funding at all levels of…

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Construction Company Owner Pleads Guilty to Bid Rigging and Bribery

November 14, 2022

A construction company owner became the third person to plead guilty for his role in a bid-rigging and bribery scheme involving California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) improvement and repair contracts. From the U.S. Department of Justice: Read More

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Insulation Contracting Firm Sentenced for Rigging Bids

November 7, 2022

Axion Specialty Contracting LLC (Axion) was sentenced to pay a $1,001,989 criminal fine and $313,121 in restitution on Nov. 4 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, for its participation in a bid-rigging scheme targeting public and private entities in Connecticut. This is the third sentencing arising out of a long-running investigation into the insulation contracting industry.  From the…

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Justice Department Obtains Permanent Injunction Blocking Penguin Random House’s Proposed Acquisition of Simon & Schuster

November 1, 2022

Today, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled in favor of the Justice Department in its civil antitrust lawsuit to block book publisher Penguin Random House’s proposed $2.2 billion acquisition of Simon & Schuster. The court found that the effect of the proposed merger would be to substantially lessen competition in the market…

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Executive Pleads Guilty to Criminal Attempted Monopolization

October 31, 2022

The president of a paving and asphalt contractor based in Billings, Montana, has pleaded guilty to attempting to monopolize the market for highway crack-sealing services in Montana and Wyoming.  From the U.S. Department of Justice: Read More

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Providence Meth Dealer Sentenced to Federal Prison

October 27, 2022

PROVIDENCE – A Providence man found by law enforcement to be in possession of more than 50 grams of crystal methamphetamine and two guns was sentenced today to five years in federal prison, announced United States Attorney Zachary A. Cunha. From the U.S. Department of Justice: Read More

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