Insider Signal - 2022.2
This month's issue features: Peeping Tom Executive, election fraud arrests, prison chaplain accused of sexual assault and water supplier charged with poisoning
Peeping Tom Exec Allegedly Videotaped Cowboy Cheerleaders in the Nude
The Dallas Cowboys football team has reached a settlement with four of its iconic cheerleaders, who had alleged that Richard Dalrymple, the team’s senior vice president for public relations and communications, had videotaped them while they were changing during a 2015 event at AT&T Stadium. Each cheerleader collected about $400,000 in the settlement agreement.
One cheerleader said she saw Dalrymple concealed behind a partial wall in the locker room, with his iPhone extended toward the cheerleaders, who were in various stages of undress
That cheerleader said she ran toward the outstretched phone and saw Dalrymple, who scampered out of the room
Dalrymple accessed the locker room through a locked back door, for which he had a key card
Dalrymple maintains his innocence, saying that he entered the locker room, which he thought was empty, to use the bathroom, then immediately left when he saw the cheerleaders
A Cowboy representative said that a thorough investigation by the team revealed no wrongdoing by Dalrymple
The head of HR told the cheerleaders that the team had searched the phone and found no relevant photos or videos
In addition, a fan watching the Cowboys’ war room during a live streaming of the 2015 draft (which occurred four months before the locker room incident) signed an affidavit that he witnessed Dalrymple taking “upskirt” photos of Charlotte Jones Anderson, a Cowboys senior vice president and daughter of team owner Jerry Jones
Dalrymple denies taking photos of Jones.
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Election Fraud Arrests—But Not What You Think
A Mississippi election commissioner and an accomplice have been arrested for fraud—but for nothing to do with ballots or voting procedures. Hinds County Election Commissioner Toni Johnson and Cedric Cornelius, head of Apogee Group II, LLC, have been indicted for fraud, embezzlement, and bribery totaling almost $250,000. Johnson bought items purportedly for the county, but kept them for herself and provided inferior items to the county. She also retained Cornelius to perform phantom work, for which he was paid.
White bought two large-screen televisions and personal protective equipment using county funds
She allegedly had the items delivered to her house and another residence, then bought cheaper versions of the items for the county to cover her tracks
The scheme is a clever spin on the well-known ploy of using an employer’s credit card, check, cash, etc. to make personal purchases, with the twist of concealing the scheme using inferior products
White awarded Cornelius contracts to perform cleaning services, Covid-19 testing, and voting machine audits, even though his company is registered in the state as a “motion picture and video production company”
Confirming that a contractor is registered and/or licensed to perform the business at hand is a standard way of detecting this type of fraud
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Prison Chaplain Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault
Former prison chaplain James Theodore Highhouse, 49, pled guilty in federal court to five felonies related to sexually abusing a female agent and lying about it to investigators. Highhouse had been assigned by the Federal Bureau of Prisons to FCI-Dublin, an all-female institution in the San Francisco Bay Area. During private one-on-one meetings, Highhouse sexually abused one of the prisoners.
As a prison chaplain, Highhouse was in a privileged position of trust: as both a religious figure and an authority figure
According to the Justice Department, he led religious services, offered spiritual guidance, and taught classes about boundaries and self worth
He also had a custodial role—he could handcuff prisoners, create incident reports, and refer inmates for disciplinary action
Many of the prisoners came from backgrounds of abuse, addiction, and trauma
Highhouse would meet with prisoners in groups and individually in his office
He used the privacy of his office and his position of trust and counsel to take advantage of the inmate
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Kosovo Water Supplier Charged with Poisoning
Two unnamed officials at Hidrodrini, a water supply company in Peja, Kosovo, have been charged with poisoning 1,500 residents of the Decan area in July 2021. A company department head is charged with the crime of “causing general danger,” while a chemist allegedly failed to prevent the danger. At least 872 people showed symptoms of water poisoning.
According to the prosecutor, either no tests or insufficient tests were conducted on bacteria levels in the water
On July 13, 2021, the municipality of Decan declared a state of emergency when 879 residents fell ill after drinking allegedly contaminated water
Residents of nine villages reported symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and diarrhea
At the time of the illnesses, the head of the country’s National Institute of Public Health announced there was no chemical problem with the water
However, Hidrodrini cut off the water supply when the reports of illness came in
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More Insider Threat Stories - February 2022
Nun Finds Gambling to Be a Bad Habit
Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper, an 80-year-old nun, has been sentenced to a year in federal prison for stealing $835,000 to fuel her gambling habit. While serving as the principal at St. James Catholic School in Torrance, California, Kreuper embezzled donations, tuition, and fees. She controlled the school’s accounts at its credit union.
Tennessee Pharmacists Stripped of Licenses
The U.S. Department of Justice has barred two Tennessee pharmacists from dispensing controlled substances for at least 15 years. John Polston, the former Pharmacist-in-charge of Oakley Pharmacy, Celina, Tennessee, and Michael Griffith, the former Pharmacist-in-Charge of Xpress Pharmacy of Clay County, LLC, must relinquish their licenses to practice pharmacy. The consent judgment follows a civil complaint alleging violations of the Controlled Substances Act and the False Claims Act against the men.
Pharmacist Ran Prescription Fraud Scheme
Pharmacist David “Jason” Rutland, 42, of Bolton, Mississippi, received a five-year prison sentence for defrauding insurance companies by getting distributors to refer unnecessary prescriptions and giving them kickbacks. The scheme cost insurance companies and federal health care programs more than $150 million. Rutland recruited distributors to aid in the scheme, manipulated prescriptions to generate the greatest amount of reimbursement, and waived customer copayments while recovering funds from copayer assistance programs.
GlaxoSmithKline Obtains Restraining Order Against Former Employee
Pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline has obtained a temporary restraining order against Denise Brooks, alleging that the former GSK quality systems lead stole company trade secrets. GSK claims that on the day she quit, Brooks used her credentials to enter a GSK facility, where she replaced her older company laptop for a new company computer. GSK further alleges that Brooks got the company's IT department to copy a “wealth” of trade secrets and confidential information from her old laptop to the new one.
Couple Allegedly Defrauded Humane Society
Authorities have arrested Susana Maria Arneson and her husband, Douglas Paul O’Berry, on charges of embezzling $1.5M from the Humane Society of the Nature Coast (HSNC). The couple allegedly used the funds, some of which were earmarked for a large shelter for dogs, to buy a home, two boats and a Jeep Wrangler. Other funds possibly helped O’Berry start a charter boat company.
Monk Charged with Looting Temple Funds
Cambodian authorities have charged Phra Sitthi Woranayok, abbot of Wat Khao Durian in tambon Khao Phra of Muang district, with embezzling B110mn of development funds intended for 12 local temples. Charges allege that Woranayok conspired in the scheme with Nopparat Benjawatananun, former chief of the National Office of Buddhism, from 2007 to 2016. Police said the men spent the money on land and other assets.
Teacher Accused of Hiding Camera in Faculty Bathroom
Patrick Morgan, a fifth-grade teacher in Albany, New York, has been charged with installing a camera in a co-ed faculty bathroom in Sand Creek Middle School. Morgan, 57, had disguised the camera as a cell phone charger. Authorities say the camera captured images and footage of both male and female teachers in various stages of undress.
Nurse Who Set Fellow Hospital Employee on Fire Is Found Dead
Nicholas Pagano, 31, a nurse who set fire to a colleague at Hackensack (New Jersey) Medical Center, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Pagano allegedly set the 54-year-old female victim on fire in the break room early one morning and beat her with a wrench. Pagano’s dead body was found the day after the incident.
Wealth Management Employee Swiped $800,000 From Elderly Client
Heidi Royal, 52, an accountant at a wealth management firm in Atlanta, has pled guilty to charges relating to embezzling $800,000 from an elderly female client. Royal became friends with the victim and accessed her Social Security number, usernames, and passwords. From 2010 to 2021, Royal skimmed off $800,000 for her own use, writing fraudulent checks, forging the client’s signature, impersonating the client on phone calls, and fraudulently using electronic bill pay.
Financial Research Firm Sues Ex-CEO Over Theft of Proprietary Information
Hedgeye Risk Management has filed suit in federal court alleging that its ex-CEO, Darius Dale, conspired with others to steal Hedgeye’s intellectual property for their personal gain. According to the allegations, Dale copied Hedgeye’s trade secrets and confidential data into a shared Dropbox account, then used that research to start a new company, 42 Macro, that directly competes with Hedgeye.