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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: BOSTON, Dozens Arrested in and Around City of Lawrence as Part of Project Safe Neighborhood Sweep

Defendants arrested on drug, gun and immigration charges BOSTON, Ms. – Dozens of individuals were arrested today on federal drug, firearms, and immigration offenses, as well as state warrants. In addition, 13 criminal aliens were arrested and will be processed administratively. Today’s sweep, netting more than 35 criminals in and around the City of Lawrence, … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Dozens Arrested in and Around City of Lawrence as Part of Project Safe Neighborhood Sweep

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Six Massachusetts Jurisdictions Awarded Over $3 Million in Federal Grants to Support School Safety

BOSTON, Ms. – The Department of Justice announced today that six Massachusetts jurisdictions will receive over $3 million in grant funding to bolster school security, educate and train students and faculty and support law enforcement officers and first responders who arrive on the scene of a school violence incident. “President Trump and his administration will … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Six Massachusetts Jurisdictions Awarded Over $3 Million in Federal Grants to Support School Safety

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, 12 Massachusetts Programs Awarded Over $8.4 Million in Federal Grants to Combat Opioid Crisis

BOSTON, Ms. – The Department of Justice is awarding over $8.4 million to 12 Massachusetts programs that are working to combat the opioid crisis through prevention, treatment and enforcement. On the first day of National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Department of Justice is awarding nearly $320 million in … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, 12 Massachusetts Programs Awarded Over $8.4 Million in Federal Grants to Combat Opioid Crisis

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, 18th Street Gang Member, Roberto Portillo Sentenced for Firearm Charge

BOSTON, Ms. – A Salvadoran national was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for being an alien in possession of a firearm. Roberto Portillo, aka “Mysterio,” 24, a Salvadoran national previously residing in Chelsea, was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Court Judge Rya W. Zobel to one year and one day in prison. Portillo … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, 18th Street Gang Member, Roberto Portillo Sentenced for Firearm Charge

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Two Lynn Men Arrested for Drug and Firearm Possession

BOSTON, Ms. – Two Lynn men were arrested yesterday and charged in federal court in Boston in connection with drug and firearm charges. Carlos Lopez, aka “C-Lo,” 30, was charged in an indictment unsealed yesterday with one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin and marijuana, one count of being a felon in possession … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Two Lynn Men Arrested for Drug and Firearm Possession

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Two MCI-Cedar Junction Inmates and Two Family Members Indicted on Drug Charges

BOSTON, Ms. – Two MCI-Cedar Junction inmates, and the wife and mother of one of the inmates, were charged in federal court in Boston in connection with smuggling drugs into the facility. Chad Connors, 42, and William Guillemette, 39, both inmates at Massachusetts Correctional Institute – Cedar Junction (MCI-CJ) in South Walpole, and Lisa Guillemette, … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Two MCI-Cedar Junction Inmates and Two Family Members Indicted on Drug Charges

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Moses Rapoza, Operator of Fall River Glass Company Charged with Failing to Pay Required Employee Taxes

BOSTON, Ms. – The owner of a Fall River-based glass company was charged in an indictment in connection with failing to pay the IRS taxes he withheld from his company’s employees. Moses Rapoza, 83, of Lakeville, was charged in an indictment unsealed today with one count of filing a false tax return and eleven counts … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Moses Rapoza, Operator of Fall River Glass Company Charged with Failing to Pay Required Employee Taxes

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Nicole Lescarbeau, Former Financial Officer of Non-Profit Charged with Embezzling over $1.3 Million

BOSTON, Ms. – The former financial officer of a Boston-based non-profit was arrested today and charged in connection with a fraud and embezzlement scheme that that netted over $1.3 million dollars. Nicole Lescarbeau, 51, of Canton, was charged in an indictment unsealed today with three counts of wire fraud, five counts of bank fraud, and … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Nicole Lescarbeau, Former Financial Officer of Non-Profit Charged with Embezzling over $1.3 Million

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, John J. Crowley, Chief Financial Officer of Marlborough Business Sentenced for Bank Fraud Conspiracy

BOSTON, Ms. – The chief financial officer of a Marlborough business was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Worcester in connection with a scheme to commit bank fraud. John J. Crowley, 62, of Boca Raton, Fla., was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman to three years of supervised release and ordered to … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, John J. Crowley, Chief Financial Officer of Marlborough Business Sentenced for Bank Fraud Conspiracy

Massachusetts News: South Boston Man, Jomar Ventura Charged with Distributing Heroin and Fentanyl in Public Housing Development

BOSTON, Ms. – A South Boston man was arrested today and charged in federal court in Boston with distributing heroin and fentanyl. Jomar Ventura, 24, was charged with four counts of distribution and possession with intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl. Ventura will appear in federal court later today. According to court documents, Ventura distributed … Continue reading Massachusetts News: South Boston Man, Jomar Ventura Charged with Distributing Heroin and Fentanyl in Public Housing Development

Massachusetts News: South Boston Man, Jermaine Tindal Charged with Being Felon in Possession of Firearm and Ammunition

Defendant allegedly sold a shotgun in public housing development BOSTON, Ms. – A South Boston man was arrested today and charged in federal court in Boston with illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition. Jermaine Tindal, 29, was charged with possessing a firearm and ammunition after being previously convicted of a crime punishable by more than … Continue reading Massachusetts News: South Boston Man, Jermaine Tindal Charged with Being Felon in Possession of Firearm and Ammunition

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Leader of Lawrence-Based Drug Trafficking Organization Pleads Guilty to Heroin, Fentanyl Charges

BOSTON, Ms. – The leader of a Lawrence-based heroin and fentanyl drug trafficking organization pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Boston in connection with orchestrating a wide-ranging operation that distributed multiple kilos of fentanyl and cocaine to customers in Lawrence and surrounding areas – including New Hampshire and Maine. Juan Anibal Patrone, 28, a … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Leader of Lawrence-Based Drug Trafficking Organization Pleads Guilty to Heroin, Fentanyl Charges

BOSTON | Lawsuit filed against gas company after Massachusetts blasts

BOSTON— Lawyers filed a class action lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of people who were forced out of their homes for days when dozens of natural gas explosions and fires ripped through three Massachusetts towns. The lawsuit is the first of what’s likely to be several filed against Columbia Gas and its parent company over Thursday’s … Continue reading BOSTON | Lawsuit filed against gas company after Massachusetts blasts

BOSTON | Cape Cod shark attacks show need for better cell service

BOSTON — More than a century ago, the Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi pioneered long distance, wireless communications from Cape Cod’s famous coastline. But two shark attacks this summer — including Massachusetts’ first fatal shark attack in more than 80 years — have underscored a troubling reality: In many parts of the vacation destination, great white … Continue reading BOSTON | Cape Cod shark attacks show need for better cell service

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Robert D. Chain, Grand Jury Indicts California Man for Making Violent Threats Against Boston Globe Employees

BOSTON, Ms. – A federal grand jury has indicted a California man who was previously arrested and charged with making violent threats against Boston Globe employees in retaliation for the newspaper’s editorial response to political attacks on the media. Robert D. Chain, 68, of Encino, Calif., was indicted on seven counts of use of interstate … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Robert D. Chain, Grand Jury Indicts California Man for Making Violent Threats Against Boston Globe Employees

BOSTON | Democratic AGs win case against US Education Secretary DeVos

BOSTON — Democratic attorneys general from 19 states and the District of Columbia have won a case against U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over her decision to suspend rules meant to protect students from abuse by for-profit colleges. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Washington, argued DeVos violated rule-making laws when she announced a … Continue reading BOSTON | Democratic AGs win case against US Education Secretary DeVos

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Alexander Ciccolo Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Planning ISIS Inspired Attack

Defendant was planning attack on a university; stabbed nurse 10 times while in custody BOSTON, Ms. – An Adams, Mass. man was sentenced today in federal court in Springfield in connection with a plot to engage in terrorist activity inspired by and in the name of ISIS. Alexander Ciccolo, a/k/a Ali Al Amriki, 26, was … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Alexander Ciccolo Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Planning ISIS Inspired Attack

Massachusetts News: Boston Man and Arizona-Based Supplier, Adrian Carlos Maldonado Sentenced for Distributing Methamphetamine

BOSTON, Ms. – A Boston man and his Arizona-based supplier have been sentenced in federal court in Boston for trafficking methamphetamine. Adrian Carlos Maldonado, 38, of Phoenix, Arizona, was sentenced on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, by U.S. Senior District Court Judge Mark L. Wolf to 10 years in prison and five years of supervised release; … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Boston Man and Arizona-Based Supplier, Adrian Carlos Maldonado Sentenced for Distributing Methamphetamine

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Project Safe Childhood Sweep Nets 29 Individuals Charged with Drug and Gun Charges in Brockton and Boston

BOSTON, Ms. – 29 individuals have been charged with federal and state drug, firearms, and counterfeiting offenses as part of federal investigations in Brockton and Boston. The cases were brought as part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhood Initiative (PSN), which aims to bring together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Project Safe Childhood Sweep Nets 29 Individuals Charged with Drug and Gun Charges in Brockton and Boston

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, High School Teacher, Warren Anderson Charged with Child Pornography Offenses

Defendant allegedly possessed videos of three-to-five-year-old girls engaged in sex acts with adult men BOSTON, Ms. – A Narraganset School District high school math teacher was arrested and charged yesterday in federal court in Boston with receipt and possession of child pornography. Warren Anderson, 26, of Lowell and Harvard, was charged with one count each … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, High School Teacher, Warren Anderson Charged with Child Pornography Offenses

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, John George Jr, Previously Convicted Former State Representative Sentenced for Obstruction of Justice

BOSTON, Ms. – A former Dartmouth Selectman was sentenced today in federal court in Boston in connection with concealing approximately $2.5 million in cash from the U.S. District Court following his sentencing proceedings in 2015. John George Jr., 71, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Senior Judge Douglas P. Woodlock to five months in prison, … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, John George Jr, Previously Convicted Former State Representative Sentenced for Obstruction of Justice

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Unlicensed Pharmacy Technician, Scott M. Connolly Pleads Guilty to Working at New England Compounding Center

BOSTON, Ms. – A New England Compounding Center (NECC) employee pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston in connection with working as an unlicensed pharmacy technician at the compounding pharmacy in Framingham. Scott M. Connolly, 46, of East Greenwich, R.I., pleaded guilty to nine counts of mail fraud. U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Unlicensed Pharmacy Technician, Scott M. Connolly Pleads Guilty to Working at New England Compounding Center

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Lowell Physicians Settle Drug Diversion Allegations

BOSTON, Ms. – Two Lowell-based physicians have agreed to settle with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to resolve allegations of improper dispensing of controlled substances and improper billing. Dr. Hung K. Do and his addiction treatment clinic, H.K.D. Treatment Options, have agreed to pay $23,000 to settle claims of improper billing of medical services under the Controlled … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Lowell Physicians Settle Drug Diversion Allegations

BOSTON | ‘Tough guys’ urged to audition for new Mark Wahlberg movie

BOSTON — Mark Wahlberg is looking for a few tough guys to appear in his latest movie. Boston Casting says auditions will be held Saturday at its offices in the city’s Allston neighborhood, and it’s encouraging “real people” with “tough faces” to answer the call. The company says it’s looking for construction workers, blue collar … Continue reading BOSTON | ‘Tough guys’ urged to audition for new Mark Wahlberg movie

BOSTON | Red Sox put ace Sale on disabled list with sore shoulder

BOSTON  — The Boston Red Sox put ace Chris Sale on the disabled list Tuesday with left shoulder inflammation, meaning he will miss his scheduled start this week against the New York Yankees. Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told reporters the soreness is mild and Sale was “adamant” that he would only … Continue reading BOSTON | Red Sox put ace Sale on disabled list with sore shoulder

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, 25 Charged in Federal Document and Benefit Fraud Sweep

Many defendants have criminal histories including a conviction for murder and drug charges BOSTON, Ms. – 25 individuals were charged today in federal court in Boston as a result of a federal sweep targeting offenders of document and benefit fraud. Many of the defendants have prior criminal histories, including a convicted murderer who escaped from … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, 25 Charged in Federal Document and Benefit Fraud Sweep

BOSTON | New co-hosts chosen for NPR’s ‘On Point’ news and talk show

BOSTON  — Two co-hosts are taking the helm of a successful National Public Radio program whose previous host was accused of workplace abuse. Boston radio station WBUR said Wednesday it’s appointing Meghna Chakrabarti and David Folkenflik as the new co-hosts of the popular weekday news and talk program “On Point” beginning the week of Aug. … Continue reading BOSTON | New co-hosts chosen for NPR’s ‘On Point’ news and talk show

BOSTON | AP source: Celtics re-sign Smart to 4-year, $52 million deal

BOSTON — The Boston Celtics re-signed guard Marcus Smart on Thursday, bringing him back for four more years after he found the market for a restricted free agent defensive specialist wasn’t as lucrative as he’d hoped. A person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press that Smart will be paid $52 million over … Continue reading BOSTON | AP source: Celtics re-sign Smart to 4-year, $52 million deal

BOSTON | Lawsuit accuses priest of denying aid for sex abuse victim

BOSTON — A man who says he was sexually assaulted as a child by a Roman Catholic monk in Massachusetts has filed a lawsuit accusing a priest of trying to conceal the abuse and refusing to help pay for his mental health treatment The man says in the lawsuit filed Tuesday that he was raped … Continue reading BOSTON | Lawsuit accuses priest of denying aid for sex abuse victim