Janesville Pharmacist Arraigned in Million Dollar Fraud Scheme

Mark Johnson, a pharmacist operating out of Janesville, WI, is being brought in on federal fraud charges after reportedly withholding $1 million from Medicaid and Medicare. The federal grand jury in Madison issued a 46-count indictment that included accusations of falsifying prescriptions for federal reimbursement, lying to auditors and identity theft.

Johnson, 55, is the owner and president of Kealey Pharmacy and Home Care in Janesville. Much of the fraud evidence was found when the pharmacy was raided by the Department of Health and Human Services back in 2014.

Johnson is being brought up ion 39 health care fraud charges, each with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, as well as false statements charges with maximum penalties of 5 years and six identity theft charges with mandatory penalties of 2 years in prison.

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Bail Increased for 17-Year-Old Facing Felony Charges

A judge raised the bail to $100,000 for a Milwaukee teenager suspected in seven felonies, including a triple shooting, two armed robberies, and three carjackings. Avan Kittler was previously released on June 14 on $10,000 bail, sparking concerns and public debates. After obtaining a search warrant based on an incriminating Facebook video, Kittler was arrested again on charges of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a weapon on June 17. His bail was amended to $100,000 on June 22.

Evidence on Kittler’s Facebook chats suggests he had been buying and selling drugs, stolen cars, and weapons as far back as May 2015. Matthew Lawrence Long, 22, was also charged in the cases. His bail was set at $201,000 and he has not been released.

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Milwaukee man escapes trial by cutting off monitoring ankle bracelet

Milwaukee, Wisconsin resident Robert Dorgay, who is facing seven criminal charges – second-degree sexual assault, battery, false imprisonment, resisting arrest, strangulation, intimidation, and bail jumping – allegedly cut off his monitoring bracelet and did not make a court appearance on Tuesday, July 26.

Dorgay’s legal counsel, Nathan Opland-Dobs, said it is possible that Dorgay was not trying to elude trial, noting, “They found a GPS (global positioning system) bracelet cut off, tossed into a field, and that he is not here. The state asks you to interpret that as consciousness of guilt…that’s speculation. We don’t know why Mr. Dorgay is not here.”

The court decided to continue without Turgay on Thursday, July 28, and at around 3 p.m., the jury started to deliberate.

According to a criminal complaint, Dorgay strangled his girlfriend inside a hotel room in July 2014, forcing her to write a letter that would recant her statement which accused him of a crime.

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South Milwaukee Man Charged for Fifth OWI

A 31-year-old man from South Milwaukee was arrested on Friday, July 1st after operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Brandon M. Holtz appeared in court a few days later and received an OWI felony charge for the fifth time as well as a misdemeanor for operating a vehicle without a license.

Holtz was seen at two o’clock in the morning on Friday traveling 20 mph over the speed limit on an interstate highway. He did not stop for the state trooper’s patrol lights, and was finally apprehended after pulling into a gas station. If found guilty, Holtz faces up to $10,000 in fines, up to 6 years in prison, further revocation of his license, and the installation of an ignition interlock device for up to 3 years.

Criminal accusations are serious and can result in long-term consequences that affect employability, residence options, and citizen rights. The legal team at the Kohler Hart Powell, SC has the knowledge and experience to provide you with quality criminal defense. Call our Milwaukee offices today at (414) 271-9595 to discuss your case and explore your legal options.


Woman Charged with Kidnapping, Homicide Pleads Not Guilty

Earlier this summer, Tiffany Lynn Simmons was charged with first-degree homicide, one count of kidnapping, and one count of hiding a corpse. She has recently pleaded not guilty even though she reportedly admitted to the crime to the police during interrogations.

The killing took place after a dispute between Tess White, the victim, and Simmons occurred; White was accused by Simmons to have been “pinching their dope bag,” while Simmons was reported to have used the victim’s bank card to steal $200 from her account, further escalating the situation. After the murder, Simmons and her accomplice were also accused of relocating the corpse to a farm field in North Dakota where they allegedly attempted to cremate the body to destroy evidence. An autopsy later revealed the identity of White and that she had been 10 weeks pregnant when she was killed.

The lawyers at Kohler Hart Powell, SC firmly believe that in our legal system a suspect is innocent until proven guilty. If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime, our experienced attorneys can assist you in creating a strong legal defense for your case. Contact our office at (414) 271-9595 to speak with our distinguished attorneys today.


Court rules 12-year-old attempted murderers should be tried as adults

The Second District Appeals Court in Wisconsin decided last Wednesday, July 27 that Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier should be tried as adults in the attempted first-degree intentional homicide case. The two girls were famously convicted of trying to kill their classmate, Payton Leutner, to impress the fictional supernatural character Slender Man.

Geyser, Weier, and Leutner were all 12 years old when the stabbing occurred at a park in Waukesha in 2014. Leutner was discovered lying down along a dirt road, weak from the 19 stab wounds she incurred. The three are now 14-year-old teenagers. Trying the suspects as adults means that if they are found guilty of their charges, they could face imprisonment of up to 65 years. If the court decided to try them as juveniles, they could only face jail time up to three years.

Our attorneys at Kohler Hart Powell, SC frequently represent people faced with criminal charges. We know how difficult facing a conviction can be, especially if you are young. Call our offices today at (414) 271-9595 to speak with a qualified member of our legal team about your options.


Police charge man for locking woman in her own home

The Kenosha Police Department reported that they took Jessie Clanton into custody on charges of false imprisonment, intimidation of a victim, battery, and disorderly conduct, all with a domestic violence enhancer. Charges against Clanton, a 36-year-old Kenosha resident,  are in relation to his treatment of a woman, who managed to escape him and report his abuse.

According to police officers, the woman said that on Thursday, July 14, Clanton locked her inside her own house, threatened to hurt her, tied her to her couch, and ordered her to tell him her password to her phone and computer. The woman said she was able to get out of her house on Friday, July 15, and immediately went to the police station at 5500 10th Avenue to report the situation to police authorities.

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Whitefish Bay couple plead guilty to public assistance fraud charges

52-year-old Todd Schaller and 52-year-old Mary Carini-Gallagher, a couple from Whitefish Bay in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin made a guilty plea to charges of public assistance fraud last Wednesday, July 13, in relation to obtaining around $115,000 in state food and health care benefits while remodeling their house on Santa Monica Boulevard and collectively earning more than six figures.

Carni-Gallagher pleaded guilty to a single felony, of collecting benefits of more than $2,500 but less than $5,000 while Schaller pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor, for collecting less than $2,500 in state benefits in 2013 after resigning from his high-paying job with a ready-mix concrete company.

Their house had been featured in a 2012 “At Home” article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The couple, who were charged last year with multiple felonies, managed to avoid jail time due to the guilty plea; Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Conen said they could still serve their suspended 12-month jail sentences if they failed terms of probation.

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Milwaukee woman lowers her charge by agreeing to plea deal

Milwaukee, Wisconsin resident Rasheda Ross, who had recently been charged with criminal conspiracy and human trafficking, will not have to serve additional jail time after striking a plea deal with the prosecution, automatically reducing her Class A felony conspiracy to commit theft of property charge to a Class C level and her Class A human trafficking felony charge to a Class A misdemeanor promoting prostitution charge.

Prosecuting attorneys said Ross and another woman were taken into police custody for extorting $65,000 from a victim who is a native of Williston, North Dakota. Ross’ legal counsel said Ross did not plan the orchestration of the crime, but that she, along with the person being extorted, were both victimized by the other woman who was arrested.

If you have a pending criminal case in Milwaukee and you want it to be dismissed, get in touch with our criminal defense lawyers at Kohler Hart Powell, SC because we have ample of experience when it comes to defending our clients. We handle criminal cases and defend people facing charges such as bank mail fraud, internet sex crimes, drug crimes, among others. Call our offices today at (414) 271-9595.


Milwaukee woman accused of stabbing a man not charged with crime

A 32-year-old Milwaukee woman accused of stabbing 38-year-old Eric Franklin in the 5100 block of N. Teutonia Avenue will not be charged with a crime. Authorities have concluded that the June 15 stabbing was an act of self-defense.

Other Milwaukee crimes with new information include the shooting death of 40-year-old Melody Helgren on Thursday, June 16. A 52-year-old Milwaukee man is expected to be charged for her death by the district attorney’s office. Two homicide victims were also discovered by the police last Sunday, June 19. One of them was 29-year-old Remone Reed, who was shot in the 4100 block of N. 49th Street around 8:30 a.m. Officials have yet to pinpoint a suspect in the case. The other victim was identified as 35-year-old Lamont Shields, who was stabbed in the 3800 block of W. Roberts Street.

Being accused of a crime is stressful and can cause serious consequences in your life. The talented Milwaukee attorneys at Kohler Hart Powell, SC can provide you with the highest level of criminal defense and ensure you that you have your fair day in court. Call our offices today at (414) 271-9595 to discuss your personal situation.


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