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United States v. Reeves

United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle

October 15, 2019

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
v.
CHRISTINE REEVES, also known as CHRISTINE NEWMAN and VCARE USA LLC, Defendants.

          DANIEL K. CRANE-HIRSCH Consumer Protection Branch United States Department of Justice P.O. Box 386

          KAYLA C. STAHMAN, CA #228931 Assistant United States Attorney United States Attorney's Office

          DEFAULT JUDGMENT AND ORDER FOR PERMANENT INJUNCTION

          BARBARA JACOBS ROTHSTEIN U.S. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE

         Plaintiff, the United States of America, has filed a Motion for Entry of Default Judgment and Order for Permanent Injunction pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 55(b), Fed.R.Civ.P. 65, and 18 U.S.C. § 1345 against Defendants Christine Reeves, also known as Christine Newman, and VCare USA LLC (hereinafter “Defendants”), based on Defendants' violations of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1343 and 1956.

         FINDINGS OF FACT AND CONCLUSIONS OF LAW

         The Court, having considered the Complaint; the Motion for Entry of Default Judgment and Order for Permanent Injunction, the declaration, and memorandum of points and authorities filed in support thereof; the United States' Status Update; the Clerk of Court's Order of Default; and the declarations, exhibits, and memorandum of points and authorities filed in support of the United States' Motion for Entry of Preliminary Injunction, and being otherwise advised, finds that:

         1. This Court has jurisdiction over this action under 18 U.S.C. § 1345 and 28 U.S.C. §§ 1331 and 1345.

         2. The United States District Court for the Western District of Washington is a proper venue for this action under 28 U.S.C. § 1391(b)(2) because Defendants are residents of this district and because a substantial part of the events or omissions giving rise to this Complaint occurred in this district.

         3. The Complaint states a claim upon which relief may be granted against Defendants under 18 U.S.C. § 1345.

         4. Defendants were properly served with notice of the lawsuit on March 20, 2019.

         5. Defendants have failed to answer or otherwise defend this action.

         6. The Clerk of the Court properly entered a default against Defendants on July 29, 2019.

         7. Because Defendants have defaulted, all allegations in the Complaint (other than allegations relating to the amount of damages, if any) are taken as true.

         8. As alleged in the Complaint, Defendants have participated in and have knowingly and willingly acted in furtherance of an ongoing wire fraud scheme. The scheme preys upon consumers across the United States-disproportionately elderly individuals-by having overseas telemarketers misrepresent themselves as technicians for legitimate and well-known computer companies, such as Microsoft, Yahoo, and Google, and claim that victims' personal computers are infected by a computer virus or other security threat and require immediate and expensive measures to respond to the threat and protect their systems going forward. The schemers persuade victims to pay considerable sums of money for purported technical services to address the false threats. Victims are told to send their payments to domestic entities that include Defendants in the present ...


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