Pierre Girl Charged with Wire Fraud, Mail Fraud, and Cash Laundering | USAO-SD

Acting US Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a woman from Pierre, South Dakota has been charged with wire fraud, postal fraud and money laundering by a federal grand jury.

Marietta Ravnaas, 52, was charged on August 3, 2021. She appeared before US Judge Mark A. Moreno on August 10, 2021 and pleaded not guilty to the indictment.

The maximum sentence if convicted is up to 20 years in federal prison and / or a fine of $ 500,000, three years supervised release, and up to $ 700 in the Federal Crime Victims Fund. A provision can also be ordered.

The indictment alleges that Ravnaas participated in a program that included unemployment benefits under the CARES law. In particular, other participants in the program have illegally obtained, owned, and shared the Personal Information (PII) of various individuals. The PII has been used to falsely and fraudulently claim unemployment benefits from various states. The indictment alleges that Ravnaas knowingly allowed the fraudulently received unemployment benefit payments to be transferred to her bank account and then, at the direction of other participants in the system, money was transferred. Ravnaas often transferred funds to other participants through WorldRemit, an international money transfer service. Ravnaas also kept part of the funds to use for their own ends.

The charges are just accusations and Ravnaas is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The investigations are being conducted by the Inspector General’s Social Security Agency, Inspector General’s Labor Office, the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation. U.S. Assistant Attorney Ann M. Hoffman is pursuing the case.

Ravnaas was released due to a pending trial. The negotiation date is October 12, 2021.

On May 17, 2021, the Attorney General established the COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Task Force to mobilize the Department of Justice’s resources in collaboration with government agencies to step up efforts to combat and prevent pandemic-related fraud. The task force supports efforts to identify and prosecute the most guilty national and international criminal actors and assists authorities charged with managing fraud prevention aid programs by, among other things, expanding and integrating existing coordination mechanisms, identifying resources and techniques, to detect fraudulent actors and their systems; and to share and use information and intelligence gained from previous enforcement efforts. For more information on the ministry’s response to the pandemic, please visit https://www.justice.gov/coronavirus.

Anyone with information about suspected COVID-19 fraud can report this by calling the Department of Justice’s National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) hotline at 866-720-5721 or using the NCDF web complaint form at: https: // www .justice.gov / disaster-fraud / ncdf-disaster-complaint form.

Surge Leisure by Drew Brees to open heart in Pierre Bossier Mall

BOSSIER CITY, La. (KSLA) – The Pierre Bossier Mall will soon be home to Drew Brees’ Surge Entertainment Center.

This is the third entertainment center to open in the past two years. The center will offer family activities along with a full restaurant.

Entertainment at existing Surge Entertainment by Drew Brees locations includes upscale traditional and VIP bowling, high-tech arcades and prize shops, immersive sports simulators, multi-story laser tag arenas, hanging rope gardens, soft play areas, ninja obstacle courses, rock climbing, the Surge Prime Bistreaux Restaurants and large full-service bars with 22-foot HD screens surrounded by large-screen TVs for sports coverage. The Bossier City location is expected to offer a selection of these entertainment options, along with a few surprises.

The Bossier City facility will have several private rooms for events, including the Surge VIP room, which is equipped with bowling lanes.

“We are committed to delivering great family experiences and I am excited to bring our unique entertainment brand to families and residents of the greater Shreveport / Bossier City area,” said Drew Brees in a press release.

The Bossier City location is anchored by the Surge Prime Bistreaux restaurant.

Surge Prime Bistreaux offers fresh, chef-prepared cuisine with a variety of starters, salads, sandwiches, pizza specialties and other homemade products with a Louisiana flair. Surge Entertainment by Drew Brees is committed to providing healthy, delicious food and drinks that are a welcome addition to the overall entertainment experience.

As stated in the press release, the new company is expected to create over 100 jobs in Shreveport-Bossier City.

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Building plows forward on Surge Leisure Middle at struggling Pierre Bossier Mall | Information

BOSSIER CITY, La – Work on the new Surge Entertainment Center in the Pierre Bossier Mall continues, although the future of the complex is unclear.

Saints quarterback legend Drew Brees is one of Surge’s main supporters. Bossier City will be the company’s 15th location in the south. The centers offer arcade games, bowling, golf simulators, trampolines, ropes and obstacle courses, and more – plus restaurant service.

It will go to the former Virginia College on the south side of the mall. Construction workers clean up what was in there. Then comes the planning and construction phase of the Surge Entertainment Center on the 60,000 square meter area.

RJ Lux, vice president of Armstrong Builders, says the goal is to open in December. That gives hope to the dealers who are still in the mall. There are 70 seats. The mall only seems to be about 50 percent full.

But Surge gives mall traders hope.

“I don’t think Drew Brees would have invested millions in Virginia College’s property in the mall – the millions he spent and plans to spend, I’ve heard – if the mall actually went down,” said Tim Atkins, the manager by Quilt World & More.

According to manager Michael Gatch, H&J Music is moving from its current location to a larger space within the mall. He’s also optimistic about a surge from Surge.

“They bring a great clientele who can expand the mall. You will have the experience of parents who don’t want to be there all the time, waiting for their children to come over and come around with us, “said Gatch.

The downward trend in stationary retail and the pandemic have caused setbacks for the almost 40-year-old shopping center. According to reports, the foreclosure will come again.

Atkins says this happened in 2009. But he’s not worried that the mall might close.

“The bank takes it. They’re selling it to a new real estate company. It happened in the past. I don’t see why that shouldn’t happen again,” Atkins said.

“Foreclosure doesn’t mean closure,” added Gatch. “We look forward to the future and hope that we can make the mall a success.”

KTBS 3 News phoned no responses to comments from Pierre Bossier Mall, its owner Brookfield Properties of New York, or Surge Entertainment.

The Surge Entertainment Center’s other Louisiana properties are in West Monroe, Lafayette, and Metairie.