Thursday, June 30, 2011

SUSPECT ARRESTED IN “NUNS ON THE RUN” BANK ROBBERY


A 23-year old Chicago woman has been arrested and charged in connection with the armed robbery of the TCF Bank branch, located at 6410 West 127th Street in southwest suburban Palos Heights over the Memorial Day weekend.
Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was joined by George T. Yott, Chief of the Palos Heights, Illinois Police Department (PHPD) in announcing the arrest of NAVAHCIA L. EDWARDS, whose last known address was in the 4000 block of West 115th Street. EDWARDS was arrested earlier today, without incident, by FBI special agents and officers of the PHPD at a residence in Lansing, Illinois.
EDWARDS was charged in a criminal complaint filed yesterday in U.S. District Court in Chicago with one count of Bank Robbery, which is a felony offense. According to the complaint, two robbers, one of whom was subsequently identified as EDWARDS, burst into the Palos Heights bank on May 29th, brandishing handguns and dressed in what witnesses described as black nun habits. They also had their faces concealed with masks of elderly women and wore gloves.
After securing the bank, the robbers forced the two bank employees on duty to the vault area, where they were ordered at gun point to open the vault. The robbers then placed in excess of $120,000 in bank funds into a small gym bag which they had brought with them. The robbers then tied up both bank employees with zip ties before fleeing the area in a waiting vehicle, believed to be a newer model Chevrolet sedan.
No shots were fired and no injuries were reported during the robbery but both bank employees were shaken by the experience.
Subsequent investigation by the FBI and PHPD developed evidence linking EDWARDS to the robbery, including the purchase of two “Nuns on the Run” costumes from an online party and novelty merchant and plastic Zip Ties from a local hardware store. The second individual involved in this robbery has not yet been identified and remains at-large.
EDWARDS appeared earlier today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael T. Mason in Chicago, at which time she was formally charged. EDWARDS was ordered held without bond, pending her next court appearance, which is scheduled for July 7th. Until then, she will be held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in Chicago. If convicted of the charge filed against her, EDWARDS faces a possible sentence of up to twenty (20) years in prison.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Dr. GAUTAM GUPTA wanted by the FBI for fraud

Criminal charges alleging that the owner of a chain of medically supervised weight-loss clinics defrauded both a private health insurance company and the Illinois Medicaid program were filed earlier this week, announced Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Mr. Grant was joined by Hiram Grau, Director of the Illinois State Police and Lamont Pugh III, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) in announcing the charges.
Dr. GAUTAM GUPTA, who owns and operates the Nutrition Clinic, with locations in Arlington Heights, Chicago, Naperville, Rockford and South Beloit, was charged with one count each of Mail Fraud, Health Care Fraud and Conspiracy, all of which are felony offenses, in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Springfield.
The complaint alleges that Dr. GUPTA, or members of his staff acting at his direction, submitted claims to both the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Insurance Company and the Illinois Medicaid program for unnecessary procedures or procedures which were never performed. The complaint indicates that, during the period of June 2001 through January of 2010, the Nutrition Clinic was paid nearly $25 million for claims submitted on behalf of clinic patients.
Attempts to locate and apprehend Dr. GUPTA have thus far been unsuccessful. As such, he is now the subject of a nationwide manhunt which is being coordinated by the Chicago FBI. Dr. GUPTA, whose last known address was 1660 North Mulford Road in Rockford, is described as a white/male of Indian descent, 57 years of age, 5’5” tall, 160 pounds, graying black hair which is sometimes worn in a ponytail, and brown eyes.
Anyone recognizing Dr. Gupta or having any information about his current whereabouts is asked to call the Chicago FBI at (312) 421-6700.
This case was investigated jointly by the Chicago FBI, the Illinois State Police – Medicaid Fraud Control Bureau, and the HHS-OIG.
If convicted of the charges filed against him, Dr. Gupta faces a possible sentence of up to 35 years incarceration.
The public is reminded that a complaint is not evidence of guilt and that all defendants in a criminal case are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.