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Evil Physician: US doctor admits to wrongfully diagnosing patients with cancer to make money

by Damilola Jagun

A popular cancer doctor in Michigan, Dr. Farid Fata, who was accused of giving false diagnosis to cancer patients to make money, has pleaded guilty to the charges.

In a Detroit courtroom on Tuesday, 7 October, Fata admitted to intentionally and wrongfully diagnosing healthy people with cancer, and giving them chemotherapy drugs, with the aim of making profit.

According to government records, Fata’s medical practice included 1,200 patients.

Fata, who owns Michigan Hematology Oncology, which had multiple offices throughout Detroit’s suburbs, was reportedly tearful as he stated his plea in the absence of a plea deal. He said, “It is my choice.”

He also revealed several dangerous drugs which he had prescribed to his patients, and with each admittance, he said, “I knew that it was medically unnecessary.”

The US Attorney, who is prosecuting the case, Barbara McQuade is expected to seek a sentence of life in prison, after labelling it “the most egregious” health care fraud case she has ever seen.

McQuade said that apart from the insurance fraud, Fata also harmed, and in some cases, killed his patients with dangerous chemotherapy drugs that were unnecessary to them.

Angela Swantek, a chemotherapy nurse, who was the whistle blower of the doctor, said she had reported him to the authorities as far back as 2010, but they informed her that there was no proof of malpractice in Fata’s practice.

“I’m numb, I’m not surprised though; I wondered how his team was going to defend him. The charts don’t lie. I left after an hour and half. I thought this is insane,” Swantek said about her short time in Fata’s office in 2010 where she noticed patients receiving chemotherapy incorrectly. She wrote a letter to the state suggesting an investigation that day. In 2011, the state informed her they found no proof of wrongdoing at Fata’s office.”

“I handed them Dr. Fata on a platter in 2010 and they did absolutely nothing. I started crying. I thought about all of the patients he took care of and harmed. At a time when they are most vulnerable and fearful, cancer patients put their lives in the hands of doctors and endure risky treatments at their recommendation.”

Meanwhile, the Assistant Attorney General, Leslie Caldwell accused Fata of putting greed before the health of his patients.

“Dr. Fata today admitted he put greed before the health and safety of his patients, putting them through unnecessary chemotherapy and other treatments just so that he could collect additional millions from Medicare. The mere thought of what he did is chilling.”

49-year-old Fata will be sentenced in February before U.S. District Judge Paul Borman. He is a native of Lebanon, but became a naturalized citizen of the U.S. in 2009.

‘I wish we’d killed more’ – Couple kiss and grin as they’re sentenced to life imprisonment (See Photos)

by Zara Mustapha

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Jeremy Lee Moody and his wife, Christine Moody, have been sentenced to consecutive life sentences in North Carolina after killing a sex offender and his wife.

The white supremacist couple admitted to purposefully targeting and killing their victims last year July.

The convicts admitted to killing 59-year-old Marvin Parker and his wife, Gretchen Dawn Parker, 51, and said that they chose their victims because he was a registered sex offender.

Daily Mail report:

They were unrepentant at the sentencing on Tuesday and even kissed after being sentenced to two consecutive life sentences each. 

Initially, Jeremy and Christine Moody apologized to the judge and asked for a 30-year sentence so they could see their children and grow old together. 

But after Union County Judge, Lee Alford handed down the maximum punishment, they showed how they really felt.

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‘See you perverts later,’ Jeremy Moody shouted at Charles Parker’s family as he walked out of court. ‘That’s what child molesters get.’

‘They got exactly what they deserve,’ Jeremy also told reporter. 

‘Had to do it over again, I’d kill more.’

‘I think Jeremy and I would have done it again if given the opportunity,’ Christine Moody said to reporters.

‘I have no regrets. Killing that pedophile was the best day of my life.’

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Happy for themselves: The couple smiled and kissed one another as they were awarded consecutive life sentences in a Union County, South Carolina court on Tuesday for the July murder of Marvin and Gretchen Parker

If authorities had not acted fast enough, they may have: Christine Moody said that they had another sex offender in mind as their third victim but were caught in connection to the Parker killings before they could strike again. 

The Moodys plead guilty to murder, kidnapping, burglary and firearm possession.

Though they had personal connections to a local supremacist group, Crew 41, which the Southern Poverty Law Center notes has a history of targeting sex offenders, the Moodys claimed that the Parkers murder had nothing to do with the group.

Nigerian man sentenced to life in prison for killing South African woman (PICTURED)

by Adeola Balogun

A former Nigerian athlete has been sentenced to life imprisonment after being found guilty of murder in South Africa.
 Ambrose Monye, who participated in the 1988 Olympics, is said to have taken the life of  26 year old Channelle Henning.
Monye, described as a crime kingpin, committed the act with an accomplice at the behest of the deceased’s husband.
According to reports:

After months of denial, the two confessed to being involved in the murder of the 26-year-old mother after they were convicted for the crime several weeks ago.

Monye, a former Nigerian Olympic athletic, on Monday told the court that he was ashamed of his actions. Henning was shot in Faerie Glen, in the east of Pretoria on November 8, 2011 shortly after dropping her son off at creche.

At the time, she had been involved in a custody battle with her estranged husband, Nico Henning.

He was arrested in December shortly after Gouws, who was his best friend, told the court that Henning had offered him R1-million to have his wife killed.

Gouws said he in turn offered Monye R50,000 to find killers for the job.

The killers, Gerhardus (Doepie) du Plessis and Willem (Tattoo or Pike) Pieterse, are serving 18-year jail sentences after pleading guilty to the murder. Kruger described the murder as coldblooded.

He said that Monye showed no respect for a person’s life and that Gouws was prepared to murder someone for money. Kruger added that Gouws showed no remorse and that Monye only admitted to his part in the murder to get a lower sentence.

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Kabiru Sokoto jailed for life

by Akintomiwa Agbaje

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The gavel has fallen and the verdict of life imprisonment has been given to the brain behind the ‘Christmas bombing’  that claimed hundreds of lives and valuable property.

Kabiru Sokoto (real name Kabir Umar) was sentenced a life in prison at a High court in Abuja for the crimes of Terrorism and murder.

Justice Ademola Adeniyi passed the judgement on the terrorist responsible for the blast that killed about 44 persons and wounded 75 others at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Madalla, Niger State, in 2011.

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NBA Chairman proposes life imprisonment for rapists

by Oke Efagene

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The Chairman of the Ibadan chapter of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Olusegun Abimbola, has advocated life imprisonment for convicted rapists.

Abimbola disclosed this to newsmen today in Ibadan.

According to him, rape has become rampant, and therefore, becoming necessary to impose a stiffer penalty on rapists.

Vanguard reports:

“If life jail term is implemented, it would serve as a deterrent to others,” the chairman said.

Abimbola pointed out that stigmatisation was a major problem which rape victims faced, often preventing them from reporting to the appropriate authorities after they had been raped.

However, he encouraged the victims to develop enough courage to report any attack to the security agencies for necessary action.

Abimbola also advised the victims to submit themselves for medical examinations, noting that some  tests needed to be done immediately after the act.

He noted that when victims failed to report promptly, samples that needed to be taken immediately as evidence were destroyed, leaving no clue for investigators to follow.

The chairman disagreed with those who argued that the type of clothes ladies wore attracted rapists.

“I don’t see any person making any sense with such an argument; acts of negligence or stupidity does not excuse any man to commit the offence of rape.

“Whether I went out and left my door open is not a justification for a thief to come in and steal my property,” he said.

Abimbola argued that many of the ladies who had suffered rape were not indecently dressed.

“Are you telling me a two-year-old or an 11-year-old dressed indecently?” he queried.

BREAKING: Court sentences Lebanese to life imprisonment for terrorism

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A Federal High Court in Abuja has sentenced a Lebanese, Tahal Roda, to life imprisonment on terrorism charges.

Mr. Roda was charged to court by the Department of State Security Services, SSS.

The court, however, freed two other Lebanese, Mustapha Fawaz and Abdullah Thani, of the charges.

Mr. Fawaz is a co-owner of one of Abuja’s largest supermarkets, Amigo Supermarket, and Wonderland Amusement Park, also in Abuja

Both buildings have been sealed since the suspects were arrested by the military and the SSS.

The Court had on October 21 failed to deliver judgment in the suit, with Justice Adeniyi Ademola reserving judgement on the matter after the parties in the case separately adopted their written addresses.

The Federal Government had dragged the accused, Mustapha Fawaz, Abdallah Thahani and Talal Ahmed Rodo, to court over terrorist activities bordering on illegal importation of firearms.

The Nigerian military had uncovered heavy weaponry in a building in Kano allegedly owned by the Lebanese.

Nigerian authorities subsequently sealed off two buildings in Abuja, Amigo Supermarket and Wonderland Amusement Park, also co-owned by Mr. Fawaz.

The Lebanese were also accused of being members of Hezbollah, the Lebanon based group considered a terrorist organisation by the U.S.

During the trial, Simon Egede, who is the prosecution counsel, maintained that the accused persons were guilty of the charges, especially based on the evidence given by the witness.

Mr. Egede said that Hezbollah was a terrorist group and should be treated as such. He explained that any organization that was involved in bombing and destruction was a terrorist organization and therefore prayed the court to convict the accused.

Robert Clarke, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, who is the defence counsel, however, opposed the submission of the prosecution counsel, saying Hezbollah had not been pronounced a terrorist organization by the Nigerian Government.

He said Hezbollah was like any other group and therefore prayed the court to acquit and discharge the accused.

Read more: Premium Times

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Guilty: 4 Boko Haram members sentenced to life imprisonment

by Rachel Ogbu

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Four men said to be members of Boko Haram sect have been sentenced to life imprisonment for causing death of several Nigerians through terrorist acts.

The Federal High Court in Abuja convicted Shuaibu Abubakar, Salisu Ahmed, Umar Babagana-Umar and Mohammed Ali on terrorism charges and for participating in bombings which occurred 2011 in Suleja, Niger state and Dakna Village in Bwari, all in Niger state, near the Federal Capital Territory.

[READ: “They shot us one by one”: Ibadan traders narrate how they were attacked by Boko Haram in Borno (PHOTO) ]

Channels TV reports:

They were found guilty of offenses ranging from illegal training in arms, transportation of improvised explosive devices and participating in terrorist activities and bombings which claimed several lives and injured many.

However, Justice Bilkisu Aliyu, who delivered the judgment discharged and acquitted Musa Adam on the grounds that none of the charge proffered against him linked him to actual commission of any terrorist acts.

Justice Aliyu also sentenced Umar Ibrahim, the sixth accused person to 10 years imprison, stating innocence and tender age for the reduction of penalty.

According to her, he was neither directly involved in terrorist acts and non-trained as a terrorist, but  he was misled to be an errand boy.

 

2 men receive life sentences for gang-raping a pastor’s teenage daughter right before her father

by Rachel Ogbu

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Two men have received the life sentence in Delta State for raping a 17-year-old daughter.

The victim who is the daughter of a pastor was attacked on November 5, 2007 when the men broke into their home during a robbery.

They reportedly took turns in raping her as the pastor watched in agony and then they left her seriously injured in her private part.

The high Court in Ughelli, Delta State heard how 30-year-old Ernest Steve and 29-year-old Jerry Godwin used a gun and a knife to subdue the family, causing them immense psychological trauma.

[READ: Poetic justice? Daughter, 18, cuts off her father’s head for allegedly raping her ]

According to reports, the trial judge, Justice O. Tobi said that the prosecution had proved the essential ingredients of the three-count charge preferred against the accused persons. The court further declined a plea for mercy by the defense counsel saying the mandatory punishment prescribed by law for the offence committed was life imprisonment.

Both men are now in prison to begin serving their sentence. 

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Naval officer gets life imprisonment for killing ‘Okada’ rider

by Rachel Ogbu

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A naval officer will now face life imprisonment after the Supreme Court on Friday affirmed the sentence.

Felix Olanrewaju Odunlami was found guilty of killing a commercial motorcyclist in Lagos in 2005.

According to reports, the lead judgment was delivered by Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour. The Supreme Court upheld the decisions of the General Court Martial and the Court of Appeal, Lagos.

The court dismissed Odunlami’s argument that he was provoked into murdering the motorcyclist and the trial court could give a lower sentence because under section 105 of the Armed Forces Act, on which the charge was based, the trial judge has no discretion, but to sentence the appellant to life imprisonment.

“The confirming authority confirmed the sentence of life imprisonment and dismissal from service of the Nigerian Navy.”

“It further stripped the appellant of his rank and directed that he was not entitled to his financial entitlements.

“Was this sentence excessive? Dismissal means rejection, discarding.

“Once an officer is sentenced to life imprisonment and dismissed from services of the Armed Forces, it would be naïve of him to expect to be entitled to his entitlements. Dismissal and forfeiture of entitlement go together.

“The well laid down position of the law is that this court will not interfere with concurrent findings of the courts below, except where the findings are perverse or not supported by credible evidence, or where miscarriage of justice has occurred.

“The Court Martial did not believe the appellant’s narration of events, and I agree with both courts below that the appellant’s narration of events was wrong.

“The mob that descended on the appellant was attracted to the scene when the appellant shot the deceased. The appeal has no merit. It is hereby dismissed.”

[READ: Court sentences banker to death by hanging for killing his wife ]

The Punch reports:

The court also upheld the naval officer’s dismissal from service.

Odunlami had approached the Supreme Court to appeal the life sentence passed on him by the Court of Appeal, Lagos, as well as his dismissal by a General Court Martial.

Lieutenant Odunlami (with force number: NN2121) was travelling from the Lagos State Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja to Apapa on July 25, 2005 when, at the Allen Avenue Roundabout, Ikeja, a commercial motorcyclist, Peter Edeh, hit his car from behind.

The motorcyclist, Edeh, knelt down to beg Odunlami for forgiveness, but the naval officer ignored his plea, drew his pistol, and shot him (Edeh) in the mouth. Edeh died instantly.

The naval officer only escaped an imminent mob action because of the timely intervention of the police.

However, he (Odunlami) was on January 27, 2006 arraigned before a General Court Martial on three counts.

He was charged with manslaughter, loss of service item, for not being able to convincingly account for four rounds of 9mm live ammunition, and conduct to the prejudice of service discipline.

The offences were contrary to and punishable under sections 68(1)(a), 103(i) AFA 105 and 106 of the Armed Forces Act Cap A 20 laws of Nigeria.

At the conclusion of his trial in July 2006, the Court Martial convicted him on counts one and two, and sentenced him to life imprisonment for manslaughter and equally dismissed him from service on count two.

Odunlami ran to the Court of Appeal, Lagos, but the appellate court in its judgment on January 31, 2011, upheld the Court Martial’s decision and dismissed Odunlami’s appeal.

This prompted his appeal to the Supreme Court.

Independence Day bombing: Edmund Ebiware, Henry Okah’s co-conspirator also gets life sentence

by Rachel Ogbu

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Edmund Ebiware received a life sentence yesterday January 25 at an Abuja Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.

Ebiware, a graduate of philosophy from Delta State University, Abraka, was among three others; Charles Okah, the younger brother of the former MEND leader, Henry Okah. Tiemkemfa Osuvwo, who died in prison custody in the course of the trial, charged over the Independence Day bomb blast and Obi Nwabueze.

12 people including security agents, died in the incident, while several others sustained injuries after the group carried out a bomb attack as President Goodluck Jonathan and several dignitaries, including presidents of some African countries, were celebrating Nigeria’s 50th anniversary at the Eagle Square, Abuja October 1, 2010.

Ebiware was also convicted for failing to take any action to prevent it.

Security agents drag Edmund Ebiware away after his conviction and sentencing.

The Punch reports:

A South African court had earlier on Monday found former leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, Mr. Henry Okah, guilty of masterminding the bomb blast.

The accused persons had denied the charge, but Okah and Nwabueze filed an interlocutory appeal against their trial at the Court of Appeal while Ebiware applied to be tried separately.

As a result, his trial lasted from June 19, 2012 to November 12, 2012, after which the court adjourned till Friday to deliver its judgment.

The Federal Government, which charged him to court through prosecution counsel, Mr. Alex Izinyon, SAN, held that Ebiware’s failure to disclose the information was an offence under Section 40 (b) of the Criminal Code Act, CAP C38, Laws of the Federation 2004, which carries a maximum punishment of life imprisonment.

Ebiware, through his counsel, Mr. Goddy Uche, insisted that he was innocent of the charges.

However, the prosecution called six witnesses, including officers of the State Security Service and a former Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Mr. Timi Alaibe, all of whom testified that Ebiware had prior knowledge of Okah’s plans to set off a bomb in Abuja on October 1, 2010, and failed to disclose the information to relevant authorities.

The accused person had claimed that he had never met Okah personally, although he admitted that he had a series of telephone conversations with the ex-militant leader.

The prosecution’s claim that Ebiware had prior knowledge of Okah’s plot to bomb Abuja on October 1, 2010, was based on initial statements where he (Ebiware) admitted to SSS investigators that Okah, during a telephone conversation, informed him of the plan.

Although Ebiware said he was not a member of any militant group, Alaibe told the court that the accused was associated with one of the militant camps in Delta State. He said that at a point, he had to caution him (Ebiware) for dabbling into the issue of zoning when the matter became a national debate in the build-up to the 2011 presidential election.

In his testimony before the court, Ebiware said he was involved in the disarmament process during the implementation of the amnesty scheme, adding that he never met Okah in person.

He also claimed to be a government informant, saying that the alleged role was the reason Okah subsequently started threatening his life through text messages.

However, Ebiware’s case was bungled by his inability to tender any of the said threat messages from Okah as evidence before the court.

Summing up the proceedings in the trial, Justice Gabriel, Kolawole, said, “I doubt if DW1 (Ebiware) is a witness of truth; the statements of DW1 were not substantiated with any evidence.

“The pieces of jig-saw which DW1 has been trying to fix together do not make any sense.

“The question is: if the accused person was aware of the intention of Mr. Henry Okah to commit treason, what did he do?”

He noted that the judgment was hinged on three issues – whether there was evidence that Ebiware was in touch with Okah before the bomb blast, if there was evidence that he had prior knowledge of the bomb blast; and if there was evidence that the accused did not take any action to prevent it.

Concluding, Kolawole said, “My view is that the prosecution proved the charge against the accused person beyond reasonable doubt. The accused person is hereby found guilty as charged.”

The defence counsel pleaded for a lenient sentence, drawing attention to Ebiware’s age (he is less than 35 years), his young wife and two little kids, as well as the fact that it was his belief in his innocence that prompted him to apply to be tried separately and speedily.

Although he said he was “deeply touched” by Ebiware’s situation, Kolawole pronounced the maximum punishment on him, noting, “If and only if the convict had reported knowledge of the attack to the concerned persons, maybe the victims (of the October 1, 2010 bomb blast) would still be alive.”

“The convict is sentenced to life imprisonment,” he stated, adding that the sentence should count from October 3, 2010.

He also ordered that should Ebiware show evidence of good conduct while in prison, he would be eligible for presidential parole after 32 years into the sentence.

Ebiware, dressed in a white flowing gown, was noticeably agitated throughout the judgment, which was attended by his wife, a brother and some other relatives and friends.

A security scare occurred after the court session, when Ebiware, who was shouting “I’m an innocent man, I’m an innocent man,” was approached by journalists for an interview.

Some heavily armed riot policemen immediately rushed to prevent the event, and in the process tried to push the convict towards the lift.

Ebiware resisted vehemently, lashing out with his head at the security agents, who pushed and shoved him down the stairs.

The situation was so tens that employees of the FHC, lawyers and journalists fled the scene to avoid possible stray bullets.

Ebiware’s lawyer, Uche, told journalists afterwards that they would appeal the judgment.