Andrew E. Lelling

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Jose Antonio Lugo-Guerrero, Leader of Boston-Based Drug Trafficking Organization Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison

BOSTON, Ms. – The leader of a Boston-based heroin and fentanyl trafficking organization was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston. Jose Antonio Lugo-Guerrero, a/k/a Fernando Rivera-Rodriguez, 40, a Dominican national formerly residing in Mattapan, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani to 16 years in prison and five years of supervised release. … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Jose Antonio Lugo-Guerrero, Leader of Boston-Based Drug Trafficking Organization Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, U.S. Attorney Issues Warning to Opioid Prescribers

BOSTON, Ms. – As part of a comprehensive response to the opioid epidemic, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Massachusetts has warned a number of medical professionals that their opioid prescribing practices have been identified as a source of concern. In a letter sent this week, United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling informed … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, U.S. Attorney Issues Warning to Opioid Prescribers

Massachusetts News: Medford Woman, Stephanie DiPierro Pleads Guilty to Social Security, Medicare, MassHealth and Food Stamp Fraud

Defendant stole over $100,000 in public assistance benefits BOSTON. Ms. – A Medford woman pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to fraudulently receiving Social Security disability benefits, Medicare, MassHealth and Food Stamps. Stephanie DiPierro, 38, pleaded guilty to three counts of theft of public funds, two counts of making false statements, and one … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Medford Woman, Stephanie DiPierro Pleads Guilty to Social Security, Medicare, MassHealth and Food Stamp Fraud

Massachusetts News: Worcester Man, Cleon Riley Pleads Guilty to Fentanyl, Cocaine and Firearm Charges

BOSTON, Ms. – A Worcester man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Worcester to drug and firearm charges. Cleon Riley, 36, pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, one count of distributing cocaine, and one count of possessing fentanyl with intent to distribute. U.S. District Court … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Worcester Man, Cleon Riley Pleads Guilty to Fentanyl, Cocaine and Firearm Charges

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Two Western Massachusetts Men Charged with Armed Robbery

Defendants allegedly involved in at least nine armed robberies of local convenience stores BOSTON, Ms. – Two western Massachusetts men were arrested and charged today in federal court in Springfield in connection with at least nine armed robberies throughout western Massachusetts. Alfredo Aldeco, 32, of Holyoke, and Emilio Rivera, 30, of Springfield, were each charged … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Two Western Massachusetts Men Charged with Armed Robbery

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Owners of Home Healthcare Company Plead Guilty to Tax Fraud

BOSTON, Ms. – The co-owners of a Boston-area home healthcare company pleaded guilty in federal court in Boston yesterday for underreporting income to the IRS resulting in over $1 million in losses. Hannah Holland, 51, of Quincy, and Sheila O’Connell, 51, of North Weymouth, pleaded guilty to an Information charging them with one count of conspiracy … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Owners of Home Healthcare Company Plead Guilty to Tax Fraud

Massachusetts News: Boston Woman, Brianna Alexis Forde Pleads Guilty to Role in $2.7 Million Bank Fraud Scheme

BOSTON, Ms. – A Boston woman pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Boston for her role a scheme to embezzle more than $2.7 million from Bank of America using fraudulent donations to non-profit organizations. Brianna Alexis Forde, 36, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and two counts of wire … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Boston Woman, Brianna Alexis Forde Pleads Guilty to Role in $2.7 Million Bank Fraud Scheme

Massachusetts News: Orleans Investment Adviser, Kimberly Kitts Pleads Guilty to Multi-Million Dollar Fraud and Identity Theft

BOSTON, Ms. – An Orleans investment adviser pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Boston to defrauding her clients of more than $3 million and using those funds for her own expenses. Kimberly Kitts, 51, pleaded guilty to an Information charging her with one count of investment adviser fraud, four counts of wire fraud and … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Orleans Investment Adviser, Kimberly Kitts Pleads Guilty to Multi-Million Dollar Fraud and Identity Theft

Massachusetts News: Pennsylvania Man, Elijah Aiken Charged with Transporting Stolen Electronics Across State Lines

Defendant allegedly broke into various Target stores with blow torch BOSTON, Ms. – A Pennsylvania man was charged in federal court in Worcester today in connection with transporting stolen electronics across state lines. Defendant allegedly broke into Target stores in Easton and Westborough, Mass, and in Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Elijah Aiken, 35, of Allentown, Penn., … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Pennsylvania Man, Elijah Aiken Charged with Transporting Stolen Electronics Across State Lines

Massachusetts News: Plymouth Man, Joseph Kukstis Sentenced to Prison for Cyberstalking Campaign

BOSTON, Ms. – A Plymouth man was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for anonymously stalking three women by text message and social media, including one woman he stalked throughout the 14-months they dated. Joseph Kukstis, 29, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV to 41 months in prison and … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Plymouth Man, Joseph Kukstis Sentenced to Prison for Cyberstalking Campaign

Massachusetts News: Georgia Man, Fabrizio I. Pluchino Charged with Social Security and Wire Fraud

Defendant hired as cardiac surgical technologist after allegedly falsifying employment documents, work history, references BOSTON, Ms. – A Georgia man will appear in federal court in Springfield today to face charges connected with his submission of a fraudulent application for employment at a Western Massachusetts hospital. Fabrizio I. Pluchino, a/k/a “Fabrizio Pulchino,” 55, of Atlanta, … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Georgia Man, Fabrizio I. Pluchino Charged with Social Security and Wire Fraud

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Palestine Ace, Bank Executive and Husband Sentenced after Embezzling $2.7 Million

BOSTON, Ms. – A former Senior Vice President at Bank of America and her husband were sentenced in federal court in Boston for embezzling more than $2.7 million from the bank using fraudulent donations to non-profit organizations. Palestine Ace, a/k/a Pam Ace, 45, a former Senior Vice President of Bank of America’s Global Wealth & … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Palestine Ace, Bank Executive and Husband Sentenced after Embezzling $2.7 Million

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Doctor and Former Employee Indicted for Conspiring to Distribute Adderall

BOSTON, Ms. – An Uxbridge doctor and her former employee were arrested today and charged in federal court in Boston in connection with a federal drug conspiracy involving the amphetamine Adderall. Leslie Caraceni M.D., 56, of Uxbridge, was indicted on one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute Adderall and … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Doctor and Former Employee Indicted for Conspiring to Distribute Adderall

Massachusetts New: Dual/Iranian Canadian National, Omid Mashinchi Sentenced for International Money Laundering

BOSTON, Ms. – A dual citizen of Iran and Canada was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for international money laundering. Omid Mashinchi, 35, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton to two years in prison, one year of supervised release, ordered to pay a $20,000 fine, and a personal money … Continue reading Massachusetts New: Dual/Iranian Canadian National, Omid Mashinchi Sentenced for International Money Laundering

Massachusetts News: Colombian National, Guillermo Pineda Suarez Charged with Illegal Reentry and Immigration Fraud

BOSTON, Ms. – A Colombian national has been charged in federal court in Boston with illegally reentering the United States after deportation and immigration document fraud. Guillermo Pineda Suarez, 56, was indicted on one count of illegal reentry of a deported alien, one count of possession and use of a false immigration document, and one count … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Colombian National, Guillermo Pineda Suarez Charged with Illegal Reentry and Immigration Fraud

Massachusetts News: Natick Man, Joshua Bemis Arrested for Child Pornography

BOSTON, Ms. – A Natick man was arrested today and charged in federal court in Boston in connection with possessing child pornography. Joshua Bemis, 28, was charged with one count of possession of child pornography. He appeared in federal court in Boston today and was ordered detained pending a detention hearing. According to court documents, federal … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Natick Man, Joshua Bemis Arrested for Child Pornography

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Tiffany Jenkins, Former Airline Gate Agent Arrested for Cheating Airline Ticketing System

BOSTON, Ms. – A Chelsea woman was arrested yesterday and charged in connection with using her position as an airline gate agent to convert low cost flights to more expensive flights and destinations for friends, family and acquaintances. Tiffany Jenkins, 30, was charged in a criminal complaint unsealed yesterday with wire fraud. She was released … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Tiffany Jenkins, Former Airline Gate Agent Arrested for Cheating Airline Ticketing System

Massachusetts News: Roslindale Man, Roberto Fonseca-Rivera Sentenced for Cocaine Trafficking

BOSTON, Ms. – A Roslindale man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for his role in a cocaine distribution operation on the South Shore. Roberto Fonseca-Rivera, 43, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper to one year and one day in prison and three years of supervised release. On Sept. … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Roslindale Man, Roberto Fonseca-Rivera Sentenced for Cocaine Trafficking

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Marie Coleman Arrested for Stealing Social Security Benefits

BOSTON, Ms. – An Orange, Mass., woman was arrested today and charged in federal court in Springfield in connection with stealing more than $65,000 in Social Security benefits. Marie Coleman, 49, was charged in an indictment unsealed today with one count of concealing events affecting the right to payment of Social Security benefits. She will … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Marie Coleman Arrested for Stealing Social Security Benefits

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Jamie Melo, Former Captain with Bristol County Sheriff’s Office Sentenced for Smuggling Profits to Portugal

Defendant helped smuggle money overseas for the “Codfather” BOSTON, Ms. – A former Captain with the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office was sentenced today in connection with helping Carlos Rafael, known as the Codfather in the fishing industry, and the owner of one of the largest commercial fishing businesses in the U.S., smuggle the profits of … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Jamie Melo, Former Captain with Bristol County Sheriff’s Office Sentenced for Smuggling Profits to Portugal

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Brian R. Walshe Indicted in Connection with Missing Warhol Paintings

Defendant allegedly took art from friend, falsely offered the authentic Warhol paintings for sale on eBay, but delivered fake paintings to buyer BOSTON, Ms. – A federal grand jury indicted a Lynn man on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in connection with taking and attempting to sell two Warhol paintings on eBay. Brian R. Walshe, 43, … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Brian R. Walshe Indicted in Connection with Missing Warhol Paintings

Massachusetts news: BOSTON, Le Wen Wu, Owner of Charter Bus Company Arrested and Charged for Bribing Federal Safety Inspector

BOSTON, Ms. – The owner of a charter bus company operating in Massachusetts was arrested yesterday on charges of bribing a federal safety investigator in order to influence the safety review of the passenger buses. The safety manager of the company was previously arrested on the same charges. Le Wen Wu, 49, and Yat Kuen … Continue reading Massachusetts news: BOSTON, Le Wen Wu, Owner of Charter Bus Company Arrested and Charged for Bribing Federal Safety Inspector

Massachusetts News: West Boylston Man, Brian Zukowski Sentenced for Methamphetamine Conspiracy

BOSTON, Ms. – A West Boylston man was sentenced today in federal court in Worcester for his role in a methamphetamine conspiracy. Brian Zukowski, 36, was sentenced today to 28 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay forfeiture of $4,850. In January 2018, Zukowski pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute … Continue reading Massachusetts News: West Boylston Man, Brian Zukowski Sentenced for Methamphetamine Conspiracy

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Two Rhode Island Men Face Bank Robbery Charges

Defendants allegedly stole vehicle, robbed two banks, and led police on vehicle and foot chases BOSTON, Ms. – Two Rhode Island men appeared in federal court in Boston yesterday to face charges in connection with two bank robberies, one in Brockton and one in Abington, that resulted in high-speed chases. Dong Lee, 48, and Charles … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Two Rhode Island Men Face Bank Robbery Charges

Texas News: USA Erin Nealy Cox Appointed to AG’s China Initiative

Texas – Attorney General Jeff Sessions today appointed U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox – along with four other U.S. Attorneys, from New York, California, Alabama and Massachusetts — to serve on the Justice Department’s China Initiative combating economic espionage by Beijing. This group is led by Assistant Attorney General … Continue reading Texas News: USA Erin Nealy Cox Appointed to AG’s China Initiative

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, U.S. Attorney Lelling Appoints District Election Officer to Monitor Integrity of Polls

BOSTON, Ms. – United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling announced today that Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) Eugenia M. Carris will lead the efforts of his Office in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming Nov. 6, 2018, general election. AUSA Carris has been appointed to serve as the District … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, U.S. Attorney Lelling Appoints District Election Officer to Monitor Integrity of Polls

Massachusetts News: Two Springfield Police Officers Indicted for Unreasonable Force Against Two Juveniles

One of the officers also charged with abusive interrogation and falsifying reports BOSTON, Ms. – Two Springfield Police Officers – one current and one former – were arrested today and charged in federal court in Springfield, Mass., in connection with using unreasonable force against two Latino juveniles during an arrest in 2016. One of the … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Two Springfield Police Officers Indicted for Unreasonable Force Against Two Juveniles

Massachusetts News: Businessman, Roger Richard Boncy Indicted for Conspiring to Bribe Senior Officials of the Republic of Haiti

BOSTON, Ms. – A businessman was charged in a superseding indictment filed yesterday in federal court in Boston for conspiring to bribe senior officials of the Republic of Haiti, and to launder funds for that purpose, in connection with a planned $84 million port development project in that country. Roger Richard Boncy, 74, a dual … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Businessman, Roger Richard Boncy Indicted for Conspiring to Bribe Senior Officials of the Republic of Haiti

Massachusetts News: Wakefield Man, Joseph Bates III Pleads Guilty in Connection with Decade-Long Mortgage Fraud Scheme

BOSTON, Ms. – A Wakefield man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston in connection with a decade-long mortgage fraud scheme involving at least two dozen fraudulent loan transactions and $4.3 million in losses to lenders. Joseph Bates III, 38, of Wakefield, pleaded guilty before U.S. Senior District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock to … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Wakefield Man, Joseph Bates III Pleads Guilty in Connection with Decade-Long Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Two Men Charged with Distributing Heroin in Northampton

BOSTON, Ms. – Two men were charged today in federal court in Springfield with distributing heroin in Northampton. Quincy Wilmington, 58, and Eugene Bond, 64, were each charged in separate indictments with distribution and possession with intent to distribute heroin. According to one indictment, Wilmington distributed heroin on May 21 and June 13, 2018. The … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Two Men Charged with Distributing Heroin in Northampton