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Missouri News: Kansas City Man, Chance Ayers, Who Led Police in Car Chase Charged with Illegal Firearm

KANSAS CITY, MO (STL.News) – A Kansas City, Missouri man who rammed a police vehicle and crashed into two more cars while leading officers on a high-speed chase in a stolen vehicle was charged in federal court today with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Chance Ayers, 24, was charged with being a … Continue reading Missouri News: Kansas City Man, Chance Ayers, Who Led Police in Car Chase Charged with Illegal Firearm

South Carolina News: Florence, Barbara Landy, Gang Leader and Co-Conspirators Collectively Sentenced to Nearly 55 Years in Federal Prison

Florence, South Carolina (STL.News) – United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced today that nine defendants, including six current or former members of a criminal street gang, were sentenced in federal court on drug and firearms violations. During the sentencing hearings, United States District Judge Bruce Howe Hendricks characterized the gang as one of the … Continue reading South Carolina News: Florence, Barbara Landy, Gang Leader and Co-Conspirators Collectively Sentenced to Nearly 55 Years in Federal Prison

LOUISIANA News: Honduran Man, ELVIN FRANCISCO ALVAREZ-IZAGIRREZ Charged With Illegal Re-Entry

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA (STL.News) – United States Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that ELVIN FRANCISCO ALVAREZ-IZAGIRREZ, age 37, a native of Honduras, was charged Thursday, March 14, 2019 in a one-count indictment with illegal reentry of a removed alien, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1326(a). According to the indictment, ALVAREZ-IZAGIRREZ was previously … Continue reading LOUISIANA News: Honduran Man, ELVIN FRANCISCO ALVAREZ-IZAGIRREZ Charged With Illegal Re-Entry

Iowa News: Des Moines Man, Ryan Nicholas Haynes Sentenced to 120 Months in Prison for Felon in Possession of a Firearm

Des Moines, Iowa (STL.News) – On March 13, 2019, Ryan Nicholas Haynes, age 28, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Stephanie M. Rose for Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Haynes was sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment, to be followed by a three-year term of supervised release. On November 6, 2018, following a … Continue reading Iowa News: Des Moines Man, Ryan Nicholas Haynes Sentenced to 120 Months in Prison for Felon in Possession of a Firearm

South Carolina News: Greenville Woman, Jessica A. Dishinger Sentenced to 4 Years in Federal Prison Following Second Counterfeiting Conviction

Greenville, South Carolina (STL.News) – United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced today that Jessica A. Dishinger, age 24, of Greenville, South Carolina, was sentenced in federal court after pleading guilty to manufacturing counterfeit money. United States District Judge J. Michelle Childs sentenced Dishinger to 48 months in federal prison, followed by three years of … Continue reading South Carolina News: Greenville Woman, Jessica A. Dishinger Sentenced to 4 Years in Federal Prison Following Second Counterfeiting Conviction

Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, Luis M. Liriano-Toribio, Jury Convicts Narcotics Trafficker Involved in Multi-Million Dollar Deal

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (STL.News) – A federal jury convicted a narcotics trafficker from the Dominican Republic yesterday who was involved in a multi-million dollar deal to obtain a large quantity of cocaine. According to court records and evidence presented at trial, Luis M. Liriano-Toribio, 32, traveled from New York to Northern Virginia last October to assist … Continue reading Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, Luis M. Liriano-Toribio, Jury Convicts Narcotics Trafficker Involved in Multi-Million Dollar Deal

Alabama News: Mobile County Businessman, Khalil N. Al-Mashni Sentenced to One Year Probation and Ordered to Pay Restitution After Felony Conviction for Trafficking in Contraband Cigarettes

Alabama (STL.News) – United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Khalil N. Al-Mashni, a 50 year old resident of Mobile, Alabama was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,008.96. On December 12, 2018, Al-Mashni entered a guilty plea pursuant … Continue reading Alabama News: Mobile County Businessman, Khalil N. Al-Mashni Sentenced to One Year Probation and Ordered to Pay Restitution After Felony Conviction for Trafficking in Contraband Cigarettes

Ohio News: CINCINNATI, Gary Wipperman, Registered Sex Offender Allegedly Faked Court Documents in Order to Secure Housing Vouchers

CINCINNATI, Oo. (STL.News)  – Federal agents arrested a Cincinnati man this weekend on charges of defrauding the government and making false statements. Gary Wipperman, 57, of Cincinnati, allegedly created fictitious court documents that included forged judges’ signatures in order to obtain housing vouchers. Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, … Continue reading Ohio News: CINCINNATI, Gary Wipperman, Registered Sex Offender Allegedly Faked Court Documents in Order to Secure Housing Vouchers

Iowa News: DES MOINES, Nine Defendants Sentenced to Federal Prison for Sex Trafficking

DES MOINES, Iowa (STL.News) – Between January and March 2019, nine defendants were sentenced to significant prison terms for sex trafficking and related offenses in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, announced United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum. On March 13, 2019, the last of seven co-defendants charged with sex trafficking … Continue reading Iowa News: DES MOINES, Nine Defendants Sentenced to Federal Prison for Sex Trafficking

Louisiana News: Mexican National, OMAR ORTIZ-HERNANDEZ Indicted For Illegal Re-Entry

NEW ORLEANS, La. (STL.News) – U.S. Attorney Peter Strasser announced today that OMAR ORTIZ-HERNANDEZ, age 26, was charged Thursday, March 14, 2019 in a one-count indictment for illegal reentry of a removed alien in violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1326(a). According to the indictment, OMAR ORTIZ-HERNANDEZ (“HERNANDEZ”), reentered the United States after … Continue reading Louisiana News: Mexican National, OMAR ORTIZ-HERNANDEZ Indicted For Illegal Re-Entry

Oregon News: Madras Man, Dat Quoc Do Found Guilty of Discharging Firearm During Road Rage Altercation on Warm Springs Indian Reservation

PORTLAND, Ore. (STL.News) — On Friday, March 15, 2019, a federal jury found Dat Quoc Do, 28, of Madras, Oregon, guilty of two counts of unlawful use of a weapon for discharging a firearm during a road rage altercation on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in September 2017. “There is simply no excuse for this … Continue reading Oregon News: Madras Man, Dat Quoc Do Found Guilty of Discharging Firearm During Road Rage Altercation on Warm Springs Indian Reservation

Colorado News: DENVER, U.S. AttoColoradorney Jason R. Dunn Delivers Remarks At Islamic Center Of Boulder In Wake Of New Zealand Massacre

DENVER, Co. (STL.News) – U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn and senior staff attended a vigil yesterday for victims of the mass shooting in New Zealand. Please find U.S. Attorney Dunn’s remarks below. Text of U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn’s remarks Good Afternoon. My name is Jason Dunn, and I am the United States Attorney for the District … Continue reading Colorado News: DENVER, U.S. AttoColoradorney Jason R. Dunn Delivers Remarks At Islamic Center Of Boulder In Wake Of New Zealand Massacre

Pennsylvania News: PITTSBURGH, Erika Romanowski, Former Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office Employee Sentenced for Obstruction of Justice

PITTSBURGH, PA (STL.News) – A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was sentenced in federal court for obstruction of justice, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab sentenced Erika Romanowski, 41, to serve one day in prison, followed by six months (180 days) of home detention and three years … Continue reading Pennsylvania News: PITTSBURGH, Erika Romanowski, Former Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office Employee Sentenced for Obstruction of Justice

NEW YORK News: Amsterdam Felon, Nelson Rodriguez Pleads Guilty to Firearms Offenses

ALBANY, NEW YORK (STL.News) – Nelson Rodriguez, age 39, of Amsterdam, New York, pled guilty today to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and possession of a firearm by a felon. The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith; Amsterdam Police Chief Gregory J. Culick; and John … Continue reading NEW YORK News: Amsterdam Felon, Nelson Rodriguez Pleads Guilty to Firearms Offenses

Massachusetts News: Salvadoran National, Juan Martinez Sola Sentenced for Illegal Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition

BOSTON, Ms. (STL.News) – A Salvadoran national was sentenced on Friday, March 15, 2019, in federal court in Boston for illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. Juan Martinez Sola, 22, was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Court Judge Mark L. Wolf to time served in prison, approximately 16.5 months, and three years of supervised release. … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Salvadoran National, Juan Martinez Sola Sentenced for Illegal Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition

Connecticut News: Nora R. Dannehy Returns to U.S. Attorney’s Office

Connecticut (STL.News) – U.S. Attorney John H. Durham today announced that Nora R. Dannehy has returned to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and will serve as Counsel to the U.S. Attorney. Ms. Dannehy first joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut in 1991 and served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney until April 2008 … Continue reading Connecticut News: Nora R. Dannehy Returns to U.S. Attorney’s Office

Connecticut News: Federal Employee, SCOTT PIERSON Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Offense

Connecticut (STL.News) – John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that SCOTT PIERSON, 58, of Vernon, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden in Bridgeport to one count of receipt of child pornography. According to court documents and statements made in court, in March 2018, the U.S. … Continue reading Connecticut News: Federal Employee, SCOTT PIERSON Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Offense

Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, Local Business Settles Claims it Violated Servicemember’s Rights

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  (STL.News) – Lawn Doctor of Stafford-Culpepper, doing business as Beck I, LLC, has agreed to settle claims that the business and its owners violated the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) by suspending and terminating a U.S. Army Reserve soldier following his return from active duty military service. “Military reservists make … Continue reading Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, Local Business Settles Claims it Violated Servicemember’s Rights

WASHINGTON News: District Man, Orlando Bell Sentenced to 130 Months in Prison for Role in Drug Trafficking Organization

Defendant Caught With Crack Cocaine and Firearm WASHINGTON (STL.News)– Orlando Bell, 37, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to 130 months in prison for his role in a drug trafficking organization that distributed large amounts of heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Jessie K. … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: District Man, Orlando Bell Sentenced to 130 Months in Prison for Role in Drug Trafficking Organization

USVI News: St. Croix Man, Gibbs Bully Sentenced For His Role in Attempting to Smuggle Marijuana through the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport

St. Croix, USVI (STL.News) – Gibbs Bully, 52, of St. Croix, was sentenced on March 14, 2019, in District Count on one count of Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced. Chief Judge Wilma A. Lewis sentenced Bully to a prison sentence of 18 months, followed by four … Continue reading USVI News: St. Croix Man, Gibbs Bully Sentenced For His Role in Attempting to Smuggle Marijuana through the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport

WASHINGTON News: District Man, Danzell Johnson Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison for Armed Robberies in Southeast Washington

Defendant and Accomplice Carjacked One of the Victims WASHINGTON (STL.News) – Danzell Johnson, 21, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to 16 years in prison for a pair of armed robberies he committed last summer in Southeast Washington, including one that resulted in a carjacking, announced U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu and Peter Newsham, Chief … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: District Man, Danzell Johnson Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison for Armed Robberies in Southeast Washington

Massachusetts News: Worcester Man, Michael Chapman Charged With Possessing Child Pornography

Defendant has prior convictions for rape of a child, indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, and a child pornography offense BOSTON, Ms. (STL.News) – A Worcester man was charged in federal court in Worcester with possession of child pornography. Michael Chapman, 62, was charged with one count of possession of child pornography. … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Worcester Man, Michael Chapman Charged With Possessing Child Pornography

Massachusetts News: Worcester Man, Leroy Byron Charged With Federal Firearm Offense

BOSTON, Ms. (STL.News) –  A Worcester man was charged yesterday in federal court in Worcester with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Leroy Byron, 34, was indicted on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Byron has been in federal custody since he was charged by complaint in November 2018. … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Worcester Man, Leroy Byron Charged With Federal Firearm Offense

Connecticut News: New London Psychiatrist and Mental Health Clinic Pay over $3.3 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations

Connecticut (STL.News) – United States Attorney John H. Durham, Special Agent in Charge Phillip Coyne of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, and Connecticut Attorney General William Tong today announced that DR. BASSAM AWWA and his medical practice, CONNECTICUT BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ASSOCIATES, P.C. (“CBHA”) have entered into a civil … Continue reading Connecticut News: New London Psychiatrist and Mental Health Clinic Pay over $3.3 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations

Maryland News: Baltimore County Felon, Christopher Dean Taggart Sentenced to 57 Months in Federal Prison for Illegal Possession of Firearms, Ammunition, and an Improvised Explosive Device

Law Enforcement Seized 13 Firearms, Over 3,800 Rounds of Various Caliber Ammunition, An Improvised Explosive Device, Body Armor, and Armored Plates, as well as Numerous Controlled Substances from the Defendant’s Residence Baltimore, Maryland (STL.News) – U.S. District Judge George L. Russell, III sentenced Christopher Dean Taggart, age 52, of Hampstead, Maryland, today to 57 months … Continue reading Maryland News: Baltimore County Felon, Christopher Dean Taggart Sentenced to 57 Months in Federal Prison for Illegal Possession of Firearms, Ammunition, and an Improvised Explosive Device

Massachusetts News: Boston Woman, Brianna Alexis Forde Sentenced for $2.7 Million Bank Fraud Scheme

BOSTON, Ms. (STL.News) – A Boston woman was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for her role in a scheme to embezzle more than $2.7 million from Bank of America using fraudulent donations to non-profit organizations. Brianna Alexis Forde, 36, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs to four months in … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Boston Woman, Brianna Alexis Forde Sentenced for $2.7 Million Bank Fraud Scheme

WEST VIRGINIA News: WHEELING, Drug Seizures Top 275 Kilos in 2018

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA (STL.News) –United States Attorney Bill Powell is applauding law enforcement efforts in 2018, as more than 275 kilos of illicit and dangerous drugs were taken off the streets in communities across the Northern District of West Virginia. More than 3 kilos of fentanyl alone was seized, enough to kill 83% of the … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: WHEELING, Drug Seizures Top 275 Kilos in 2018

Massachusetts News: Bronx Man, Marvin Ortega Pleads Guilty To His Role in Large-Scale Fentanyl and Heroin Trafficking Ring in Springfield

Defendant admitted his role in a drug trafficking organization responsible for fatal overdoses BOSTON, Ms. (STL.News) – A Bronx, N.Y., man pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Springfield to his role in a large-scale drug conspiracy that trafficked dozens of kilos of heroin and fentanyl into Springfield from New York City and the Dominican … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Bronx Man, Marvin Ortega Pleads Guilty To His Role in Large-Scale Fentanyl and Heroin Trafficking Ring in Springfield

New Jersey News: CAMDEN, Seven People Charged in $50 Million Health Care Fraud Conspiracy Targeting State Health Benefits Programs

CAMDEN, N.J. (STL.News) – A federal grand jury has returned a 50-count indictment charging seven people with defrauding New Jersey state health benefits programs and other insurers out of more than $50 million by submitting fraudulent claims for medically unnecessary prescriptions, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today. William Hickman, 42, Sara Hickman, 42, Thomas Schallus, … Continue reading New Jersey News: CAMDEN, Seven People Charged in $50 Million Health Care Fraud Conspiracy Targeting State Health Benefits Programs

Pennsylvania News: Uniontown Man, Eugene Traficante Pleads Guilty to Defrauding his Employer, Failing to File Tax Returns

PITTSBURGH, PA (STL.News) – A resident of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of mail fraud, tax evasion, and willful failure to file income tax returns, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. Eugene Traficante, 44, pleaded guilty yesterday to four counts before United States District Judge Cathy Bissoon. In connection … Continue reading Pennsylvania News: Uniontown Man, Eugene Traficante Pleads Guilty to Defrauding his Employer, Failing to File Tax Returns