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Clarence Investment Advisor, Michael Geokas Pleads Guilty To Bilking Clients Out Of Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars

BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced yesterday that Michael Giokas, 58, of Clarence, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to wire fraud for defrauding numerous clients of his investment advisory firm out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.  The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years … Continue reading Clarence Investment Advisor, Michael Geokas Pleads Guilty To Bilking Clients Out Of Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars

Dallas Man, Arnoldo Morfin Sentenced to Life in Federal Prison for Drug Offense

FORT WORTH, Texas — Arnoldo Morfin-Arias, aka “Efrain Arias” and “Pollo,” 44, of Dallas, Texas, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge John McBryde to Life in federal prison following his guilty plea in November 2017 to one count of conspiring to traffic in methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox of the Northern District … Continue reading Dallas Man, Arnoldo Morfin Sentenced to Life in Federal Prison for Drug Offense

Tonawanda Man, Dakkar Young Pleads Guilty To Distributing Child Pornography

BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced yesterday that Dakkar Young, 23, of Tonawanda, NY, pleaded guilty to distribution of child pornography, before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo.  The charge carries a minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 20 years, and a $250,000 fine. Assistant U.S. Attorney … Continue reading Tonawanda Man, Dakkar Young Pleads Guilty To Distributing Child Pornography

Former Employee, George Koutsostamatis Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud

HOUSTON, TX – A 28-year-old former employee of BP America Inc. has admitted he attempted to extort money from the company, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.  George Koutsostamatis pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud. Koutsostamatis, of Chicago, was a BP employee.  While employed there, he admitted he sent an email to BP … Continue reading Former Employee, George Koutsostamatis Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud

Virginia resident, Angela Dawn Roberts sentenced for identity theft

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Angela Dawn Roberts, of Stephenson, Virginia was ordered to pay more than $22,000 in restitution and sentenced to five years probation for identity theft, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Roberts, age 42, pled guilty to one count of “Identity Theft” in July 2017.  Roberts admitted to using another’s identifying information … Continue reading Virginia resident, Angela Dawn Roberts sentenced for identity theft

Navajo Man from Arizona, Jerome Dayzie Pleads Guilty to Federal Involuntary Manslaughter Charge

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Jerome Dayzie, 44, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Roundrock, Arizona, pled guilty yesterday in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to an involuntary manslaughter charge. Dayzie was arrested in December 2017, on a criminal complaint charging him with killing a man on December 9, 2017, on the Navajo … Continue reading Navajo Man from Arizona, Jerome Dayzie Pleads Guilty to Federal Involuntary Manslaughter Charge

Pittsburgh Woman, Tevina Harris Sentenced for Role in Painkiller Distribution Scheme

PITTSBURGH, PA – A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 42 months of probation and 10 months of home confinement on her conviction of conspiring to possess and distribute opiate painkillers, oxycodone and oxymorphone, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak imposed … Continue reading Pittsburgh Woman, Tevina Harris Sentenced for Role in Painkiller Distribution Scheme

FBI Fugitive, Steven Nacim Admits Involvement In 2002 Bank Fraud Conspiracy

NEWARK, N.J. – A fugitive wanted by the FBI for almost 15 years admitted today to defrauding a financial institution to obtain hundreds of thousands of dollars for himself, his computer retail business, and his associates, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Steven Nacim, 49, a/k/a “Fouad,” a Moroccan national, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge … Continue reading FBI Fugitive, Steven Nacim Admits Involvement In 2002 Bank Fraud Conspiracy

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif | Some in California side with US stance on sanctuary cities

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif | April 16, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — More local governments in California are saying they don’t want to be part of the state’s efforts to resist the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown, especially in pockets where Republicans still dominate in the otherwise Democratic state. Since the Jeff Sessions-led Department of Justice sued California last month … Continue reading LOS ALAMITOS, Calif | Some in California side with US stance on sanctuary cities

SANTA ANA, Calif | Opposition to immigrant sanctuary spreading in California

SANTA ANA, Calif. | April 15, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)   More local governments in California are resisting the state’s efforts to resist the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown, and political experts see politics at play as Republicans try to fire up voters in a state where the GOP has grown weak. Since the Jeff Sessions-led Department of Justice … Continue reading SANTA ANA, Calif | Opposition to immigrant sanctuary spreading in California

WASHINGTON | Trump: All lawyers ‘deflated’ by FBI raid on Michael Cohen

WASHINGTON | April 15, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)   President Donald Trump said Sunday that all lawyers are now “deflated and concerned” by the FBI raid on his personal attorney Michael Cohen’s home and office. “I have many (too many!) lawyers and they are probably wondering when their offices, and even homes, are going to be raided with … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump: All lawyers ‘deflated’ by FBI raid on Michael Cohen

Buffalo Man, Michael Milton, Sr. Pleads Guilty To Production Of Child Pornography

BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Tuesday that Michael Milton, Sr., 42, of Buffalo, NY pleaded guilty to production of child pornography, before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr.  The charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison, a maximum of 30 years, and a fine … Continue reading Buffalo Man, Michael Milton, Sr. Pleads Guilty To Production Of Child Pornography

Lebanon Man, Adam E. Billings Sentenced to 24 Years for Meth

SPRINGFIELD, MO – A Lebanon, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court yesterday for possessing methamphetamine that was hidden in computer hard drives that were mailed to a neighbor’s residence. Adam E. Billings, 43, of Lebanon, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 24 years and four months in federal prison without … Continue reading Lebanon Man, Adam E. Billings Sentenced to 24 Years for Meth

Springfield Man, Kenneth R. Friend Pleads Guilty to Distributing Meth Facing Up To 30 Years in Prison

SPRINGFIELD, MO – A Springfield, Missouri, man pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to his role in a conspiracy to distribute large quantities of methamphetamine in southwest Missouri. Kenneth R. Friend, 47, of Springfield, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to participating in the conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Greene, Polk, Christian, … Continue reading Springfield Man, Kenneth R. Friend Pleads Guilty to Distributing Meth Facing Up To 30 Years in Prison

U.S. Attorney’s Office – Eastern District of Missouri – Violent Crime Federal Prosecution Update

St. Louis, MO – The United States Attorney’s Office will prosecute aggressively violent criminals and drug dealers.  Federal prosecution is a powerful tool in the fight to reduce violent crime.  Below is a list of defendants prosecuted federally in March: Jamacian Brown, 28, St. Louis, was indicted by a federal grand jury on one felony … Continue reading U.S. Attorney’s Office – Eastern District of Missouri – Violent Crime Federal Prosecution Update

New York Man, Rudolf Szoradi Charged With Kidnapping And Assaulting A Victim In Essex County, New Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. – A New York man will appear in federal court today to face allegations that he assaulted and kidnapped an individual who had a protection order against him, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Rudolf Szoradi, 50, is charged by four-count criminal complaint with kidnapping, transporting a stolen vehicle across state lines, interstate domestic … Continue reading New York Man, Rudolf Szoradi Charged With Kidnapping And Assaulting A Victim In Essex County, New Jersey

David J. Miller of New York Sentenced to 124 Months in Prison for Theft from City of Miami Beach

MIAMI, FL – David J. Miller, 45, of Syracuse, New York, was sentenced today to 124 months in prison for stealing over $3.5 million from the City of Miami Beach’s bank account through unauthorized electronic transfers. Benjamin G. Greenberg, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Robert F. Lasky, Special Agent in Charge, Federal … Continue reading David J. Miller of New York Sentenced to 124 Months in Prison for Theft from City of Miami Beach

Justice Department Leads Effort to Seize BackPage.com

The Justice Department today announced the seizure of Backpage.com, the Internet’s leading forum for prostitution ads, including ads depicting the prostitution of children.  Additionally, seven individuals have been charged in a 93-count federal indictment with the crimes of conspiracy to facilitate prostitution using a facility in interstate or foreign commerce, facilitating prostitution using a facility … Continue reading Justice Department Leads Effort to Seize BackPage.com

Former Administrator, Michael Paul Gardner Sentenced for Stealing $227,000 from Pettis County Ambulance District

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – The former administrator of the Pettis County Ambulance District was sentenced in federal court today for embezzling more than $227,000 from the district. Michael Paul Gardner, 62, of Sedalia, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to two years in federal prison without parole.  The court also ordered … Continue reading Former Administrator, Michael Paul Gardner Sentenced for Stealing $227,000 from Pettis County Ambulance District

Florida Man, David Webb Sentenced for Defrauding Investors of Over $5 Million

ALEXANDRIA, VA – A Florida man was sentenced today to four years in prison for defrauding investors in his company of more than $5 million. According to court documents, David Webb, 59, of North Palm Beach, made false statements to more than 70 investors from Virginia and other states.  Webb told them that he had … Continue reading Florida Man, David Webb Sentenced for Defrauding Investors of Over $5 Million

Pimp, Andrew Lee Thompson II Sentenced to 25 Years for Sex Trafficking Minor

ALEXANDRIA, VA – A Florida man was sentenced today to 25 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release for sex trafficking a 16-year-old girl throughout the United States in 2017. According to court documents, Andrew Lee Thompson II, aka “Slim,” 34, met the minor victim in Arizona and began sex trafficking her with … Continue reading Pimp, Andrew Lee Thompson II Sentenced to 25 Years for Sex Trafficking Minor

Jury Convicts Kansas City Man, Robert L. White of Drug Trafficking, Illegal Firearm

KANSAS CITY, MO – A Kansas City, Missouri, man was convicted by a federal trial jury today of drug-trafficking and illegally possessing a firearm. Robert L. White, 46, of Kansas City, was found guilty of all 16 counts contained in a July 19, 2016, federal indictment.  White was found guilty of nine counts of distributing … Continue reading Jury Convicts Kansas City Man, Robert L. White of Drug Trafficking, Illegal Firearm

Michael Gladney Charged in a Federal Complaint in Connection with the Robbery at Vincent’s Jewelers in Creve Coeur, Missouri

St. Louis, MO – Michael Gladney, 41, of St. Louis, was arrested this morning after being charged in a federal criminal complaint dated March 30, 2018. According to the affidavit submitted in support of the complaint, on March 19, 2018, at approximately 12:40 p.m., Gladney and three other people entered Vincent’s Jewelers located at 11733 … Continue reading Michael Gladney Charged in a Federal Complaint in Connection with the Robbery at Vincent’s Jewelers in Creve Coeur, Missouri

Canadian Pharmacist, Nikhil Buhecha Sentenced for Distributing Counterfeit & Adulterated Botox to Local Doctors

St. Louis, MO – Nikhil Buhecha, a resident of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, pled guilty today and was sentenced to 36 months’ imprisonment for conspiring to distribute counterfeit, misbranded, and adulterated Botox® into the United States, including multiple shipments to two doctors located in St. Louis County, Missouri. According to defendant’s plea agreement, defendant owned … Continue reading Canadian Pharmacist, Nikhil Buhecha Sentenced for Distributing Counterfeit & Adulterated Botox to Local Doctors

Baton Rouge Man Arrested, Steven Joseph Everhardt Charged with Distribution & Possession of Child Pornography

BATON ROUGE, LA – On April 2, 2018, the FBI Baton Rouge Resident Agency Office and Louisiana State Police arrested Steven Joseph Everhardt in the Baton Rouge area, charging Everhardt with distribution and possession of child pornography. After a joint federal and state investigation, Steven J. Everhardt, age 51 and a resident of Baton Rouge, … Continue reading Baton Rouge Man Arrested, Steven Joseph Everhardt Charged with Distribution & Possession of Child Pornography

Springfield Missouri Family Among Seven Defendants Indicted for Heroin Conspiracy

SPRINGFIELD, MO – A Springfield, Missouri, man along with his three sons and a daughter, another Springfield resident and a Columbia, Mo., woman have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute heroin. Lucian Robinson, also known as “OG,” 60, of Springfield; his three sons, Charles A. Robinson, … Continue reading Springfield Missouri Family Among Seven Defendants Indicted for Heroin Conspiracy

Dallas County Schools Superintendent, Rickey Dale Sorrells Charged in $3 Million Kickback Scheme

DALLAS, TX – Rickey Dale Sorrells, 62, of Dallas, has been charged for his role in receiving more than $3 million in bribe and kickback payments to help secure over $70 million in contracts, agreements, and orders, announced U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox of the Northern District of Texas. The criminal felony Information filed today … Continue reading Dallas County Schools Superintendent, Rickey Dale Sorrells Charged in $3 Million Kickback Scheme

Former St. Joseph, MO Business Owner, Dinorah Lynn Stoll-Weaver Sentenced for $1.5 Million Tax Fraud Scheme

KANSAS CITY, MO – A St. Joseph, Missouri, woman was sentenced in federal court today for leading a $1.5 million tax fraud scheme. Dinorah Lynn Stoll-Weaver, 50, of St. Joseph, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips to two years in federal prison without parole.  The court also ordered Stoll-Weaver to pay $1,493,991 in … Continue reading Former St. Joseph, MO Business Owner, Dinorah Lynn Stoll-Weaver Sentenced for $1.5 Million Tax Fraud Scheme

Clinton, MO Man, Cameron J. Hager, Indicted for $4.7 Million Investment Fraud Scheme

KANSAS CITY, MO – A Clinton, MO, man has been indicted in a $4.7 million investment fraud scheme in which he defrauded 89 investors who believed they were purchasing cattle for resale at a profit. Cameron J. Hager, 42, of Clinton, was charged in a nine-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury … Continue reading Clinton, MO Man, Cameron J. Hager, Indicted for $4.7 Million Investment Fraud Scheme

Medical Device Company Employee, Daniel Lawrynowicz Admits Accepting Bribes For Securing Contract With His Company

NEWARK, NJ – A Monroe, New York, man yesterday admitted accepting bribes in exchange for his assistance in securing a contract between a metallurgical technology company (the “technology company”) and his employer, a medical device company in New Jersey (the “medical device company”), U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Daniel Lawrynowicz, 48, pleaded guilty before U.S. … Continue reading Medical Device Company Employee, Daniel Lawrynowicz Admits Accepting Bribes For Securing Contract With His Company