WASHINGTON, D.C. (9/25/12) – The following is your daily update of activity by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Former Reading Police Officer Sentenced in Connection with Sex Trafficking Case - Ronald Miko, 37, of Reading, Pennsylvania, was sentenced today to 38 months in prison for obstruction of a criminal investigation. Miko was a police officer in the city of Reading when he utilized a room in a house at which convicted federal defendants Paul Sewell and Michael Johnson operated a prostitution business that trafficked females who were under the age of 18. Between May 2, 2011 and June 7, 2011, Miko wired money to Johnson’s federal prison account to prevent the communication of information to criminal investigators regarding Miko’s involvement in that business. In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Court Judge C. Darnell Jones ordered three years’ supervised release with 450 hours community service and a $1,000 fine. The case was investigated by the Allentown Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Berks County District Attorney’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michelle L. Morgan.
Bank Employee Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement - U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Lona Mahon, age 61, of Sioux Falls, appeared before Chief U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier on September 21, 2012, and pled guilty to an indictment that charged her with embezzlement. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 30 years in prison and/or a $1 million fine, plus restitution. Mahon, who was employed at a Sioux Falls bank, embezzled approximately $23,000 during a two-year period. The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John E. Haak. A pre-sentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for December 17, 2012. The defendant was released on bond pending sentencing.
McMurray Doctor Sentenced for Over-Prescribing Painkillers and Health Care Fraud - A physician from McMurray, Pennsylvania has been sentenced in federal court to 135 months’ imprisonment (11 years and three months), to be followed by three years of supervised release, on his convictions for violating the federal narcotics laws and health care fraud, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today. United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab imposed the sentence on Oliver W. Herndon, age 40, of McMurray. “We continue to make addressing the problem of prescription drug abuse one of our highest priorities by targeting the illegal supply chain at every level, from legitimate medical providers to illegal traffickers,” said U.S. Attorney Hickton. “Western Pennsylvania law enforcement is committed to identifying, investigating, and vigorously prosecuting these criminals who prey upon the addicted and threaten the safety of our communities.” According to information presented to the court, Dr. Herndon prescribed oxycodone and Opana, powerful Schedule II painkillers, to patients outside of the legitimate course of medical practice. Fraud occurred when the cost of the office visits and the narcotics were billed to insurance companies. The parties stipulated to restitution in the amount of $700,000, which will be split between UPMC for You and Gateway Health Insurance (now owned by Highmark). Dr. Herndon’s medical office in Peters Township was searched by federal agents on February 14, 2012. Dr. Herndon had relocated his office from 500 Lewis Run Road in Pleasant Hills to 1000 Waterdam Plaza only two weeks prior to the search. Assistant United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman prosecuted this case on behalf of the government. U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, with assistance from the West Mifflin, Pleasant Hills, and Peters Township Police Departments, for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Herndon.
Alabama Kidnapping Victim Rescued by FBI - Edward J. Hanko, Special Agent in Charge of the Cincinnati Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), today announced that Charles “Dean” Partin, 36 years old, was arrested this morning in Cincinnati, Ohio on a federal warrant for kidnapping. Partin is suspected of kidnapping his minor stepdaughter from the Southeast Alabama Medical Center on September 17, 2012. The FBI Cincinnati SWAT team rescued the minor victim early this morning at a residence in the Price Hill neighborhood of Cincinnati. Julie Ann Bethke, age 36, the mother of the minor, was also arrested on a state warrant out of Alabama for interference with the custody of a minor. Charles Partin and Julie Bethke are the minor’s non-custodial parents. The investigation was led by the FBI’s Mobile Division in Alabama. The Cincinnati Police Department assisted in the local operation. The public is reminded that warrants contain only allegations of criminal misconduct and that defendants are presumed to be innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
Information provided by Federal Bureau of Investigations
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