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Insider Threat Incident Postings As Of April 25, 2020

Ex-Doctor’s Office Manager Pleads Guilty For Role In Illegal Oxycodone Distribution, Health Care Fraud, Money Laundering Scheme And Stealing Social Security Benefits – April 24, 2020
Marcia Arthurs conspired to distribute oxycodone, conspired to commit health care fraud, and conspired to launder money. In addition, from October 2012 to July 2018, Arthurs unlawfully obtained benefits from the Social Security Administration in that she provided false information about her living and financial arrangements with her co-defendant.

Arthurs’ co-defendant, former physician Paul Hoover, pleaded guilty and was sentenced in October 2019 to 11 years and four months in prison on his conviction for conspiracy to illegally distribute oxycodone, conspiracy to commit health care fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and Social Security fraud.


Former FBI Agent Arrested For Accepting Bribes Paid By Lawyer W/ Links To Armenian Organized Crime Figure – April 24, 2020
SA Babak Broumand conspired to accept more than $200,000 in cash bribes and gifts in exchange for providing sensitive law enforcement information to a lawyer with ties to Armenian organized crime. The lawyer is described as an associate of Lev Aslan Dermen, a petroleum magnate convicted last month of conspiring to plunder a half-billion dollars in renewable energy credits from the U.S. Treasury.

Between 2015 and 2017, Broumand accepted bribe payments averaging approximately $10,000 per month from the lawyer. This includes cash deposits to several banks accounts, various gifts, including hotels, transportation and escort services.

Many of the bribe payments were made in cash, but one payment was a $30,000 cashier’s check made payable to a company called Love Bugs, a hair lice treatment business that Broumand owned with his wife. Broumand used this money as for a down payment on a $1.3 million vacation home near Lake Tahoe.


Chinese Born Engineer Accused Of Stealing $120 Million Worth Of Trade Secrets From Eastman Chemical Company – April 23, 2020
A federal appeals court ruled that Xiorong Shannon You, a 56-year-old Chinese-born engineer is accused of stealing $120 million worth of trade secrets – including proprietary information from Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport. She will remain in custody until her case is adjudicated.

The trade secrets You allegedly stole involved the coatings sprayed inside food and drink cans. Federal prosecutors asserted they can prove You planned to use the proprietary information to open a competing business in China. When she was arrested, she was making plans to relocate to China.


Former Golf Course Employee Faces Charges For Theft And Stealing Trade Secrets – April 23, 2020
Patrick Mallory faces charges as part of an alleged scam that gave away more than 600 rounds of golf, services and merchandise while he worked at the Morgan Hill Golf Course, and also stole trade secrets. Mallory’s alleged thefts = $41,535. The estimated value for the trade secrets is: $100,515.

The owner of the golf course told police that she’d fired Mallory after learning he allegedly scanned and sent propriety information about the course to an outside person. The files included financial and customer information and information for suppliers and industry professionals. It also included information about events he reportedly planned on relocating to the Meadows Golf Club in Morris County, N.J., where he is currently listed as director / partner of golf operations.


Former University Employee Charged For Threatening Campuses, Individuals Across The Country – April 20, 2020
Shawn Merdinge, a former Valdosta State University employee, sent several emails between April 16 and April 19 to addresses affiliated with individuals employed at the University of California at Santa Barbara, University of Indiana, University of Texas, University of Texas at Austin, the University System of Georgia and Valdosta State University. The messages contained threats of extreme violence to the victims and himself, as well as general threats of harm, including a specific statement targeted toward the University of Texas at Austin emailed on April 18, “I am going to roll on faculty and execute you in your homes in alphabetical order. You might as well shut that place down. Here on out, any school faculty or student is going to be a personal, high value target for me. I’m coming in there. You better run.”


2 Hawaii Credit Union Employees Embezzle More Than $1Million Over 9 Years – April 18, 2018
Allennie Naeole and Janell Purdy were the only 2 permanent employees of the credit union when the funds were embezzled over a 9 year period. The credit union closed due to insolvency in December 2015.

Naeole was the manager. Purdy was the customer service representative. Naeole is described as the leader and organizer of the conspiracy to embezzle funds from the credit union. Both withdrew and spent more money from personal credit union accounts in their names and family members’ names than was available in deposits. The credit union’s books and records were altered to cover up negative balances by showing deposits being made into personal accounts of Purdy, Naeole and their family members.

Purdy signed several checks issued from credit union accounts to pay for personal expenses of Naeole and her family members. One check was for $8,855 to pay for Naeole’s Toyota Yaris. Naeole withdrew $8,867 to pay part of her First Hawaiian Bank credit card.


Former U.S. Postal Service Employee Sentenced For Stealing More Than $50,000 Worth Of Mail – April 17, 2020
John R. Elbayeh of Albany, was sentenced today to time served for stealing Apple iPhones, gold coins, small gold bars and other valuable items from mailed packages while employed as a postal clerk.

Elbayeh worked as a lead mail processing clerk at the USPS Processing and Distribution Center in Albany, from December 2012 through December 2018. He admitted that for approximately 2 years ending in December 2018, he stole valuable items from the mail, including iPhones and gold coins, which he pawned for a total of $50,362.22.

Shortly after being interviewed by federal agents in December 2018, Elbayeh took a one-way flight to Beirut, Lebanon, and remained outside the United States until October 17, 2019. On that date, USPS-OIG Agents arrested him at Dulles International Airport in Virginia, where Elbayeh had just arrived from a flight originating in Cairo, Egypt. Elbayeh had been in custody since that time.


3 Employees Of Doctor’s Office Arrested For Stealing Patient Records And Opioids – April 16, 2020
Police Officers and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents arrested three people after raiding a home that contained hundreds of patient records, medical files, unauthorized prescription slips, packaging material and prescription opioids that were stolen from a doctor’s office.

While they were processing and booking evidence at the Police Department, 54-year-old Hayley Peralta, who also lives at the house, came to ask for “all the confiscated property to be returned,” according to authorities. Authorities said she was arrested after authorities found that she worked for the doctor’s office where the patient files were stolen from and also on charges of possessing the hydrocodone pills for sales.


Former Philadelphia Court Clerk Guilty Of Embezzlement Of Over $11,000 – March 24, 2020
State Auditor Shad White has announced former Philadelphia municipal court clerk Karen Refre has been convicted of embezzlement in Neshoba County Circuit Court.

Refre was arrested by Special Agents from the State Auditor’s office in August 2019 after being indicted. She used her position to manipulate accounting software and embezzle over $11,000 from the city during a two-year period.


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