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Archive for April 13th, 2016

Woman Sentenced for Defrauding Disabled Couple of More Than $500,000

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Memphis, TN – A woman has been sentenced to federal prison for defrauding a disabled couple of more than $500,000 in less than a year. Edward L. Stanton III, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, announced the sentence today.

According to information presented in court, Martha Bizzell, 41, of Crump, Tennessee, served as the guardian for an elderly and disabled couple between November 2011 and July 2012.

In November 2011, James Robertson, then 81, of Peoria, Illinois, was severely beaten in a home invasion at his residence. He lived at the home with his wife, Helen, who suffered from dementia. Although James Robertson survived the attack, he was no longer able to live on his own and care for his wife.

At the time of the home invasion, the estate of the Robertsons was valued at approximately $1.5 million. The couple had more than 50 rental properties in Illinois; approximately $585,000 in Caterpillar Inc. stock; approximately $638,000 in other investment accounts; and approximately $83,000 in credit union accounts.

Shortly after the home invasion, Bizzell, a distant relative of James Robertson, was appointed as temporary guardian of the Robertsons’ estate by order of Peoria County Probate Court. She was made the couple’s plenary guardian in January 2012, and subsequently moved them to Crump, Tennessee.

Bizzell executed her scheme in several ways: Property was donated or deeded to others; stock investments were liquidated; funds were transferred from the Robertsons’ accounts to Bizzell’s personal account; and funds were transferred to two guardianship accounts Bizzell established for the Robertsons in her name.

In December 2011, the defendant had checks mailed from Bank of New York, Mellon — located in Jersey City, New Jersey — to a post office box she used in Savannah, Tennessee.

Bizzell used the Robertsons’ finances to purchase two automobiles and several properties in her name, one of which was rented to a tenant. Bizzell also purchased a commercial property in Savannah, Tennessee. The property was turned into a frozen yogurt shop called Happy Katz. The defendant’s teenage daughter ran the establishment.

In July 2015, Bizzell pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Samuel H. Mays Jr. to one count of executing a scheme to defraud and obtain money and property by means of false and fraudulent pretenses.

On Friday, April 8, 2016, Judge Mays sentenced Bizzell to 41 months in federal prison. She was also ordered to pay $587,207.57 in restitution.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra Ireland prosecuted this case on the government’s behalf.

Source: Office of U.S. Attorney

Illinois Resident Confirmed To Have Infection Matching Wisconsin Outbreak

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Elizabethkingia cases found in Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced today that an Illinois resident diagnosed earlier this year with Elizabethkingia anophelis had the same strain of the bacteria that has been identified as the cause of an ongoing outbreak in Wisconsin and a case diagnosed in Michigan. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services have been investigating an outbreak of infections caused by a bacteria called Elizabethkingia anophelis, which is usually found in the environment.

“Illinois is working closely with the CDC and Wisconsin and Michigan health officials to investigate this outbreak and develop ways to prevent additional infections,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “IDPH will continue to coordinate with hospitals and health care providers to quickly identify and report cases of Elizabethkingia.”

In early February, and again in March, IDPH sent alerts to hospitals requesting they report all cases of Elizabethkingia and save any specimens for possible testing at public health laboratories.

In early February, and again in March, IDPH sent alerts to hospitals requesting they report all cases of Elizabethkingia and save any specimens for possible testing at public health laboratories.

To date, Wisconsin is reporting 57 confirmed cases, including 18 deaths; Michigan is reporting one confirmed cased, including one death; and Illinois is reporting one confirmed case, including one death.

The majority of the infections identified to date have been bloodstream infections, but some patients have had Elizabethkingia isolated from other sites, such as their respiratory systems or joints. The majority of the patients who have had Elizabethkingia infections as part of this outbreak are over age 65, and all have had underlying health conditions. It has not yet been determined whether the deaths associated with this outbreak were caused by the bacterial infection, the patients’ underlying health conditions, or both.

Although Elizabethkingia is a common organism in the environment (water and soil), it rarely causes infections. Health officials are testing samples from a variety of potential sources, including health care products, water sources, and the environment. To date, none of these has been identified as the source of the bacteria.

More information about Elizabethkingia can be found on the CDC website.

Kirk Co-Sponsors Criminal Justice Reform Legislation

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) released the following statement after announcing his support for the bipartisan criminal justice reform bill with leaders from the Justice Action Network

“As Senator for Illinois, it is my duty to bring us together to do what is right. We are spending about $60,000 per prisoner every year in Illinois to incarcerate individuals who leave prison more dangerous than when they arrived – everyone knows this system is broken. My changes to this bill direct savings to fight gangs, which are too often taking children away from their families in Chicagoland. The left and right have come together here and as a centrist, I will create more momentum for this bill.” 

Does the State of Illinois Have Your Money?

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Search Unclaimed Property List at IllinoisTreasurer.gov

SPRINGFIELD, IL – A statewide digital media and newsprint advertising push begins this week to reunite $2 billion in unclaimed property with residents, Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs said today.

Frerichs drew attention to the advertising blitz to reassure residents that the unclaimed property effort is legitimate and not an elaborate hoax. The Treasurer’s Office never charges a fee to search and return unclaimed property.

“For most people, it is difficult to believe that they might have overlooked an investment account or forgot to pick up a final paycheck. However, the thousands of names in our database shows that it happens too often,” Frerichs said. “This money belongs to the residents of Illinois. It should be in their bank accounts rather than the state’s safe.”

The Illinois Treasurer’s office is the custodian of unclaimed property including lost bank accounts, insurance policy proceeds, and unpaid rebate cards. Items are surrendered after private entities tried for at least five years to locate the owner. For example, if an individual forgot to pick up a final paycheck, the employer typically would attempt to contact the individual for at least five years before surrendering the paycheck to the Treasurer’s Office. Once surrendered, the Treasurer’s Office continues to locate the individual through direct mail, telephone calls and events. State law also requires newspaper advertising to occur twice each year in every county. Given the evolving ways residents consume news and advertising, the Treasurer’s Office will incorporate digital and social media channels to inform the public.

Because thousands of items are surrendered each year, residents should check every six months. Visit www.illinoistreasurer.gov or call 217.785.6998.

About the Illinois Treasurer

The Illinois Treasurer is the state’s chief investment officer and Frerichs is a Certified Public Finance Officer. He protects consumers by encouraging savings plans for college or trade school, increasing financial education among all ages, and removing barriers to a secure retirement. As the state’s Chief Investment Officer, he actively manages approximately $25 billion. The portfolio includes $13 billion in state funds, $7 billion in college savings plans and $5 billion on behalf of local and state governments. The investment approach is cautious to ensure the preservation of capital and returns $28 to the state for every $1 spent in operations. The Treasurer’s Office predates Illinois incorporation in 1818. Voters in 1848 chose to make it an elected office.

Chicago Immigration Office Concedes Demands to Stop One Deportation, Still Plans to Deport Father of Five This Friday

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On Tuesday morning the Chicago Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) office delayed the deportation of Chicago father Noe Adan Carlos Herrera for one year, but insists on deporting father of five this Friday.

CHICAGO, IL  – On Tuesday morning Noe Adan Carlos Herrera had been told to show up to the local ICE offices with a ticket to be deported to Mexico. Instead, Tuesday morning, after a strong legal and community defense, the ICE office conceded to allowing Noe to stay with his family and daughter at least one more year. At the same time, the family of Jose Juan Federico Moreno Anguiano, a father of 5 US citizen children, remains in limbo. Jose Juan is  supposed to show up to O’Hare airport this Friday morning to ‘self deport’ and leave his family behind.
“I am grateful that I get a chance to be with my community and my family. I get to celebrate tonight, but know that I have to continue to work with the community to make sure that Jose Juan and his family can also stay together,” said Noe Adan.

Noe Adan is a young father who would qualify for relief if President Obama’s Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program were implemented. Despite complying with all of the Chicago ICE office’s requirements, Noe Adan had erroneously been labeled a “priority” for deportation and instructed by a Chicago ICE officer to bring a plane ticket to self deport.

Jose Juan  is the sole breadwinner of his family and the father of five US citizen children between 2-14 years old. Although he has a 2009 conviction for a DUI, DHS has discretion over whether to consider it a significant factor in his case if he were able to apply for DAPA. However, ICE has insisted that he must show up to O’Hare airport this Friday.

“Although we celebrate the strength and perseverance of our community, we remain deeply angered by the stress and uncertainty that the Chicago ICE office put Noe Adan and his family through,” said Yaxal Sobrevilla, a member of Organized Communities.”

As we celebrate, we ask our community to once again fight back against the pain and injustice which Chicago ICE inflicts within immigrant communities by supporting Jose Juan in his fight remain with his family. Please sign his petition and to make calls to National ICE Director, Sarah Saldana, at ICE Headquarters to stop his deportation.

Join in saying #Not1More and in keeping immigrant families and communities together.

The Capitol Steps Comedy Troupe Brings Timely Political Satire to the MAC Saturday, April 23

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Material from Their Latest CD, “Mock the Vote,” Featured in Performances at 6 and 9:30 p.m.

GLEN ELLYN, IL – Putting the MOCK in democracy, the sketch comedy troupe, The Capitol Steps, returns to the McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Saturday, April 23. Performances are at 6 p.m. (sold out) and  9:30 p.m.For more than 30 years, members of The Capitol Steps have been tastefully lampooning the latest news headlines through satirical skits and lyrics set to favorite songs guaranteed to leave everyone laughing. “They’re the best. There’s no one like them, no one in their league,” says CNN’s Larry King.The Capitol Steps was formed in December 1981 when Elaina Newport, Bill Strauss and Jim Aidala, three of Senator Charles Percy’s (R-Ill.) staff members, were asked to entertain the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at its holiday party. The young staffers decided if entertainers, such as then President Ronald Reagan, could become politicians, then politicians could become entertainers.

To date The Capitol Steps comedy group has recorded 37 albums. Their most recent, “Mock the Vote” (2015), celebrates a lame-duck president in a battle of wits against Congressional Republicans, and features “guest appearances” by Ted Cruz, Vladimir Putin, Bibi Netanyahu, Jeb Bush, Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton and more. The Capitol Steps have been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC. The Capitol Steps can be heard four times a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their “Politics Takes a Holiday” radio specials.

Tickets

The Capitol Steps comedy troupe performs an evening of musical, political sketch comedy at the McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage (425 Fawell Blvd. Saturday, April 23 at 6 (sold out) and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $42-49.  For tickets or more information, call 630.942.4000 or visit AtTheMac.org.

About the MAC

McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage is located 25 miles west of Chicago near I-88 and I-355, and houses three performance spaces (the 780-seat proscenium Belushi Performance Hall; the 236-seat soft-thrust Playhouse Theatre; and the versatile black box Studio Theatre), plus the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, classrooms for the college’s academic programming and the Lakeside Pavilion. The MAC has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and typically welcomes more than 75,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to more than 230 performances each season.

The mission of the MAC is to foster enlightened educational and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community. For more information about the MAC, visit AtTheMAC.org, facebook.com/AtTheMAC or twitter.com/AtTheMAC.

Landmark Cyberstalking Case Results in Life Sentences for Three Family Members

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A Web of Intimidation

After surviving a rocky divorce and custody dispute in 2007, all Christine Belford wanted was to settle back into a peaceful life with her three young daughters in her Delaware home.

Instead, her ex-husband, David T. Matusiewicz, and several members of his family stalked, harassed, and intimidated Belford for several years leading up to her murder at a federal courthouse in Wilmington on February 11, 2013. The ensuing investigation, conducted by the FBI and the Delaware State Police, resulted in the first-ever convictions on charges of cyberstalking resulting in death, a violation contained in the federal Violence Against Women Act.

During their investigation, agents and detectives learned that Matusiewicz hatched the plot to stalk and harass his ex-wife while in prison for kidnapping Belford’s children in 2007, when the couple was going through divorce proceedings. The Delaware optometrist enlisted the help of his mother, father, and sister, who waged an elaborate, years-long online campaign against Christine Belford alleging she endangered the lives of the daughters she had with Matusiewicz.

“Through our investigation, we discovered that the Matusiewicz family had a network of supporters helping them uncover information about Christine’s life,” said Special Agent Joseph Gordon, who investigated Belford’s case out of the Baltimore Field Office’s Wilmington Resident Agency. “They were convinced by the family’s claims that she was a child abuser, but they didn’t know the family’s real intent.”

The Matusiewicz family posted false allegations on websites and YouTube and enlisted friends in their campaign. They even hired a private investigator to spy on Belford at her home. In exchanges with her family, friends, and lawyer, Belford said she feared for her life.

In August 2011, the Family Court of the State of Delaware terminated Matusiewicz’s parental rights and called his allegations of abuse “baseless.” In 2012, Matusiewicz petitioned the court to reduce his monthly child support payments. And in 2013, he received permission to travel from Texas to Delaware for a hearing on the matter.

In February 2013, David Matusiewicz, along with his mother Lenore Matusiewicz and father Thomas Matusiewicz, drove to Delaware in vehicles later found to contain weapons, ammunition, a bullet-proof vest, restraints, an electric shock device, gas cans, and a shovel.

On February 11, 2013, David and his father entered the courthouse lobby shortly after 8 a.m. After his son passed through security, Thomas Matusiewicz shot and killed Belford and a friend, Laura Mulford, in the lobby. David’s father then ended his own life after a shootout with police.

The three surviving family members—David, Lenore, and sister Amy Gonzalez—were convicted last July on conspiracy and interstate stalking resulting in death charges. In February, they were each sentenced to life in prison for their crimes.

“Even from their homes in Texas, the Matusiewiczes had the ability to frighten her through electronic and physical means,” said Special Agent Gordon. “They were all responsible for her murder.”

Kevin Perkins, special agent in charge of the Baltimore Field Office, called the conspiracy and stalking prosecution groundbreaking. “People who actively take part in planning crimes, even though they don’t pull the trigger, will be held accountable,” he said.

Source: FBI

Protest the Murder Yesterday of Pierre Loury!

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From: Chicago Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression

We of Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression extend our condolences to the family of Pierre L. Loury, 16, who was murdered by Chicago Police on the West Side yesterday.  We urge people to come out and support the memory of Loury at a vigil being held tonight at 7:00 pm at the site of the murder, 3436 West Grenshaw, just west of Homan, and demand an all-elected civilian police accountability council (CPAC).

 

Loury’s name is added to the list of 133 people killed and over 400 people shot by the CPD since August 2007.  Ninety-one per cent of the victims have been people of color.

 

According to news media Loury, a 16 year old adolescent, was shot and killed less than two blocks from his home following a police chase on the City’s West Side around 8 pm.

 

CPD officers told reporters that a “suspicious” car they were chasing stopped and Loury got out started running.  One officer started chasing him, and when he didn’t stop opened fire and fatally struck him.

 

Police said they recovered a gun a block from the scene, according to some reports. No officer reported being shot at.

 

Frank Chapman, Field Organizer of the Alliance’s Stop Police Crimes Organizing Committee said, “Enough is Enough!!!! The City Council can end this blood-shed and pass the ordinance establishing all-elected Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC) that will replace the current system of police impunity.

 

END THE COVER-UP OF POLICE CRIMES!  NO MORE IPRA!  … DEMAND CPAC!!!!!”

 

For more information, contact Frank Chapman, 312-513-3795 or Ted Pearson. 312-927-2689.

 

Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc. President Bob Oliver to Keynote Blackdoctor.orgs Top Blacks in Healthcare Awards Gala

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Healthcare industrys top leaders celebrated for a larger purpose
Bob Oliver

CHICAGO, IL (BlackNews.com) — BlackDoctor.org (BDO), the leading online health destination for African Americans, and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions announced that Bob Oliver, President & COO of Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc., will keynote the 3rd Annual Top Blacks in Healthcare Awards Gala on Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel in Baltimore, MD.

“I am honored to be a part of such an esteemed group being recognized at the Top Blacks in Healthcare Awards Gala,” said Bob Oliver, President and COO, Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.

He added, “Id like to thank BlackDoctor.org for the instrumental role they have played in activating leaders and the healthcare community around this critical mission. Addressing disparity is essential to advancing healthcare equality, from the boardrooms to the hospital rooms. I, similar to the other honorees, am proud to stand tall with BlackDoctor.org so we can reduce disparity and increase opportunity.”

The 3rd Annual Top Blacks in Healthcare Awards Gala will honor 24 individuals who have made outstanding contributions to medicine and health. These highly esteemed and accomplished individuals were identified and selected by alumni from the 2014 and 2015 Top Blacks in Healthcare Awards recipients as well as key individuals from partner organizations such as the National Medical Association, Johns Hopkins University and the American Hospital Association.

Bob Oliver is a 25 year veteran of the pharmaceutical industry. In his current role, Mr. Oliver manages a diverse portfolio of marketed and pipeline products across the neuroscience, cardiovascular, oncology and medical devices markets. He also leads the efforts in the emergence of Digital Medicine solutions.

Bob Oliver exemplifies all of the unparalleled qualities that define our honorees, past and present. BlackDoctor.org looks forward to setting the tone for the evening, and for our collective work beyond the celebration, with his address, shared Reggie Ware, CEO of BlackDoctor.org.

The 2016 Top Blacks in Healthcare Awards Gala Sponsors are Bayer Corporation, Novartis, Eli Lilly, & Company, Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc., (OAPI), and Pfizer.

For the second year, Blackdoctor.org will have legendary BET host and radio personality, Donnie Simpson, as Master of Ceremonies.

For more information, visit: www.blackdoctor.org/481996/blackdoctor-org-and-johns-hopkins-center-for-health-disparities-solutions-announce-3rd-annual-top-blacks-in-healthcare-awards-gala-honorees/
About Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc
Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. (OAPI) is an innovative, fast-growing healthcare company that commercializes Otsuka-discovered and in-licensed products in the U.S., with a strong focus on neuroscience, oncology, cardio-renal, and medical devices. For more information, visit www.otsuka-us.com.

OAPI is a subsidiary of Otsuka America, Inc. (OAI), a holding company established in the U.S. in 1989. OAI is wholly owned by Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., a global healthcare company with the corporate philosophy: ‘Otsuka-people creating new products for better health worldwide.’

Otsuka Pharmaceutical is a leading firm in the challenging area of mental health and also has products and research programs for several under-addressed diseases including tuberculosis, a significant global public health issue. These commitments illustrate more powerfully than words how Otsuka is a big venture company at heart, applying a youthful spirit of creativity in everything it does.

Otsuka Pharmaceutical and its affiliates employ approximately 30,000 people globally, and the company welcomes you to visit its global website at: http://www.otsuka.co.jp/en/index.php.
About BlackDoctor.org
BlackDoctor.org (BDO) is the world’s most comprehensive online health resource for Black consumers. With a monthly total audience reach of 24 million, BDO is the leading producer of targeted and culturally accurate health and editorial content for African Americans. BDO’s users appreciate receiving health information in an environment they trust and in a language and context they understand. BDO also boasts the largest online database of Black physicians and dentists as part of its free doctor search tool, and a medical expert panel including many of the most respected and accomplished experts in their field. Learn more about BlackDoctor.org at www.BlackDoctor.org and follow them on Twitter @BlackDoctor, and Facebook at www.facebook.com/BlackDoctor.org.

 

Photo Caption: Bob Oliver, President & COO of Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.

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