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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

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, United States Alleges Multiple Environmental Violations by The City of Quincy

BOSTON, Ms. (STL.News) – The United States has filed a civil complaint alleging that the City of Quincy is violating the Clean Water Act by discharging sewage and untreated wastewater into the Boston Harbor, Dorchester Bay, Quincy Bay and other waterways from the City’s sanitary sewer and storm drain systems. The complaint alleges that water … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, United States Alleges Multiple Environmental Violations by The City of Quincy

North Carolina News: RALEIGH, Rocky Mount Man and Woman Sentenced for Robberies

RALEIGH, N.C. (STL.News) – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that yesterday in federal court, Chief United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced JAQUIN JAMAL PRATT, 20, and nikita shontel taylor, 26, of Rocky Mount, North Carolina to 120 months imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release and 87 months imprisonment, … Continue reading North Carolina News: RALEIGH, Rocky Mount Man and Woman Sentenced for Robberies

Iowa News: Fremont County Man, John Tracy Miller Sentenced for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (STL.News) – United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum announced on March 14, 2019, John Tracy Miller, age 50, was sentenced by United States Senior District Court Judge James E. Gritzner for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine. Miller was sentenced to 78 months in prison, to be followed by a term of supervised … Continue reading Iowa News: Fremont County Man, John Tracy Miller Sentenced for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

Iowa News: Des Moines Man, Freddie Armando Butler Sentenced to Prison for Threat to Law Enforcement

DES MOINES, Iowa (STL.News) – On March 13, 2019, Freddie Armando Butler, age 31 of Des Moines was sentenced to 24 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release for making a false bomb threat to the Baker County, Oregon Sheriff, announced United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum. Butler was sentenced by … Continue reading Iowa News: Des Moines Man, Freddie Armando Butler Sentenced to Prison for Threat to Law Enforcement

Louisiana News: New Orleans Man, TROYNELL COOKS Pleads Guilty To Bank Robbery

NEW ORLEANS, La. (STL.News) – U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that yesterday TROYNELL COOKS, age 39, of New Orleans, pled guilty to bank robbery, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2113(a). According to court documents, on October 29, 2018, COOKS entered the Hancock Bank located at 2421 St. Claude Avenue, New … Continue reading Louisiana News: New Orleans Man, TROYNELL COOKS Pleads Guilty To Bank Robbery

Massachusetts News: Lawrence Man, Yoan Paniagua Arrested For Fentanyl Possession

Law enforcement allegedly seized ½ kilo of fentanyl from defendant’s vehicle BOSTON, Ms. (STL.News)– A Lawrence man was arrested on March 12, 2019, and charged in federal court in Boston with possession with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl. Yoan Paniagua, 24, was charged with possession with intent to distribute 400 grams … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Lawrence Man, Yoan Paniagua Arrested For Fentanyl Possession

West Virginia News: CHARLESTON, U.S. Attorney’s Office Concludes Investigation into West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (STL.News)– United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced today that his office has concluded its current investigation into the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. “Our long-term investigation into corruption of West Virginia’s highest court is now concluded,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. “Absent new information or new allegations of impropriety or illegality, … Continue reading West Virginia News: CHARLESTON, U.S. Attorney’s Office Concludes Investigation into West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals

New York News: Brooklyn, Anthony Pandrella, Gambino Crime Family Associate Charged in Murder and Robbery of Brooklyn Man

Defendant Allegedly Shot the Victim in the Back of the Head, Then Disposed of Evidence Brooklyn, N.Y. – An indictment was unsealed today in federal court in Brooklyn charging Anthony Pandrella, an alleged longtime associate of the Gambino organized crime family, with the Hobbs Act robbery and murder of 78-year-old Vincent Zito. The indictment was returned … Continue reading New York News: Brooklyn, Anthony Pandrella, Gambino Crime Family Associate Charged in Murder and Robbery of Brooklyn Man

WASHINGTON News: Former HUD Employee, Kevin Jones Pleads Guilty to Accepting Bribes from Government Contractor

Admits Taking Gifts in Return for Preferential Treatment on Contracts WASHINGTON – Kevin Jones, 48, a former contract oversight specialist with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), pled guilty today to a federal bribery charge stemming from a scheme in which he provided non-public information about pending HUD contracts to a business … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: Former HUD Employee, Kevin Jones Pleads Guilty to Accepting Bribes from Government Contractor

Missouri News: Joplin Woman, Tracy Arlene Smith, Sentenced to 19 Years for Illegal Firearm

SPRINGFIELD, MO (STL.News) – A Joplin, Missouri woman was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm. Tracy Arlene Smith, 48, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 19 years and seven months in federal prison without parole. On Sept. 25, 2018, Smith was found guilty at trial of one … Continue reading Missouri News: Joplin Woman, Tracy Arlene Smith, Sentenced to 19 Years for Illegal Firearm

Massachusetts News: Holyoke Man, Edward V. Laboursoliere Pleads Guilty To Making a Machine Gun

BOSTON, Ms. – A Holyoke man pleaded guilty Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in federal court in Springfield in connection with making a machine gun. Edward V. Laboursoliere, 50, pleaded guilty to one count of knowingly possessing an unregistered firearm, one count of possessing a firearm unidentified by a serial number, and one count of making … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Holyoke Man, Edward V. Laboursoliere Pleads Guilty To Making a Machine Gun

Massachusetts News: Lynn Man, Willian Troncoso de los Santos Charged With Making False Statement in Naturalization Application

BOSTON, Ms. – A Lynn man was charged in federal court in Boston with making a false statement on his naturalization application. Willian Troncoso de los Santos, 29, was charged with one count of making a false statement relating to naturalization. He was arrested on March 11, 2019, and appeared in federal court in Boston … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Lynn Man, Willian Troncoso de los Santos Charged With Making False Statement in Naturalization Application

Ohio News: Five from New York indicted for defrauding elderly victim in Ohio

Ohio – A federal grand jury returned a nine-count indictment charging Haki Toplica, 24, Luisa Rivera Goris, 22, Kathryn Lissette De La Torre, 24, Haider Islam, 21, and Robert Rosso, 27, all of New York, with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud and interstate transportation of stolen property. The defendants conspired to defraud and … Continue reading Ohio News: Five from New York indicted for defrauding elderly victim in Ohio

Massachusetts News: Kansas Sex Offender, Christopher Saemisch Convicted Of Distributing Child Pornography

Defendant previously convicted of distributing child pornography BOSTON, Ms. – A previously convicted sex offender was convicted Tuesday, March 12, 2019, by a federal jury in Boston following a five-day trial. Christopher Saemisch, 61, was convicted of distributing child pornography to a currently incarcerated federal inmate. U.S. District Court Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. scheduled … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Kansas Sex Offender, Christopher Saemisch Convicted Of Distributing Child Pornography

Massachusetts News: Boston Man, James Jones Sentenced For Escaping Re-Entry Center

BOSTON, Ms. – A Boston man was sentenced on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in federal court in Boston for escaping from a residential re-entry center where he was finishing the remainder of a 100 month sentence. James Jones, 45, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Patti Saris to 12 months and one day … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Boston Man, James Jones Sentenced For Escaping Re-Entry Center

United States News: Six Individuals and Two Companies Charged in Illegal Dietary Supplements Scheme

United States – Six people and two Florida corporations were charged in an indictment for their roles in a scheme to distribute illegal dietary supplements, the Department of Justice announced today. Phillip Braun, 38, of Boca Raton, Florida, Aaron Singerman, 39, of Delray Beach, Florida, Robert DiMaggio, 49, of Henderson, Nevada, Anthony Ventrella, 41, of … Continue reading United States News: Six Individuals and Two Companies Charged in Illegal Dietary Supplements Scheme

FLORIDA News: PANAMA CITY, Panama City Marriage Fraud Conspirators Plead Guilty and Sentenced

PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA – Ravi Babu Kolla, 47, an Indian foreign national residing in Panama City, pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiracy to commit marriage and visa fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. On Tuesday, his co-defendant Krystal Cloud, 40, of Altha, Florida, was sentenced to 24 months in prison for marriage and visa fraud … Continue reading FLORIDA News: PANAMA CITY, Panama City Marriage Fraud Conspirators Plead Guilty and Sentenced

Ohio News: Mahoning Valley, Pair from the Mahoning Valley indicted for sexually exploiting a minor

Mahoning Valley, Ohio – A pair from the Mahoning Valley were indicted for sexually exploiting a minor. Candis Sue Marie Wynn, 32, of Girard, and Daniel Robert Parker, 32, of Youngstown, were charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, receipt and distribution of child pornography and possessing child pornography. Wynn and Parker coerced a minor … Continue reading Ohio News: Mahoning Valley, Pair from the Mahoning Valley indicted for sexually exploiting a minor

North Carolina News: RALEIGH, Company and Two Individuals Sued for Allegedly Defrauding The United States Postal Service

RALEIGH, N.C. – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that the United States has filed a civil complaint alleging False Claims Act violations committed by BJ Trucking Company, Inc., a former Highway Contract Route supplier for the United States Postal Service. The complaint also alleges … Continue reading North Carolina News: RALEIGH, Company and Two Individuals Sued for Allegedly Defrauding The United States Postal Service

Massachusetts News: Lynn Man, Fortune Aikorogie Indicted For Money Laundering and Visa Fraud

BOSTON, Ms. – A Lynn man was arrested and charged in federal court in Boston on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in connection with money laundering and visa fraud. Fortune Aikorogie, a/k/a Imuetinyan Aikorogie, a/k/a Fortune Aikoriogie, a/k/a Imuetinyan Aikoriogie, 32, was charged with one count of making a false statement to a bank, five counts … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Lynn Man, Fortune Aikorogie Indicted For Money Laundering and Visa Fraud

United States News: Five men charged in 71-count indictment with defrauding federal agencies by paying bribes and fraudulently obtaining at least $15 million in government contracts they were not entitled to though disabled-veteran set asides and other programs

United States – Five men were charged in a 71-count indictment with engaging in conspiracies to defraud several federal agencies by paying bribes and fraudulently obtaining at least $15 million in government contracts they were not entitled to though disabled-veteran set asides and other programs. Indicted are: James A. Clark, 61, of Chipley, Florida, who … Continue reading United States News: Five men charged in 71-count indictment with defrauding federal agencies by paying bribes and fraudulently obtaining at least $15 million in government contracts they were not entitled to though disabled-veteran set asides and other programs

Missouri News: Former Teacher, Brandon Hileman, Sentenced for Child Pornography

SPRINGFIELD, MO (STL.News) – A former Lebanon, Missouri teacher was sentenced in federal court today for receiving and distributing child pornography over the Internet. Brandon Hileman, 26, of Lebanon, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to eight years in federal prison without parole. Hileman, formerly a math teacher at Joel E. … Continue reading Missouri News: Former Teacher, Brandon Hileman, Sentenced for Child Pornography

Louisiana News: ALEXANDRIA, Nathan Burl Cain II, Former Avoyelles Correctional Center warden pleads guilty fraud charges

ALEXANDRIA, La. – United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced today that the former warden of the Avoyelles Correctional Center in Cottonport, Louisiana, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell for his scheme to steal more than $150,000 in taxpayer money for his personal benefit. Nathan Burl Cain II, 51, of Moreauville, Louisiana, … Continue reading Louisiana News: ALEXANDRIA, Nathan Burl Cain II, Former Avoyelles Correctional Center warden pleads guilty fraud charges

South Dakota News: Sioux Falls Woman, Sharon Dvorak Charged with Distribution and Receipt of Child Pornography

Sioux Falls, South Dakota – United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Distribution and Receipt of Child Pornography. Sharon Dvorak, age 49, was indicted on March 5, 2019. She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on March 11, … Continue reading South Dakota News: Sioux Falls Woman, Sharon Dvorak Charged with Distribution and Receipt of Child Pornography

Pennsylvania News: Homestead Felon, Michael William Horvwalt Charged with Illegally Possessing a Gun and Ammunition

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – An Allegheny County felon has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of violating federal firearms laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. The one-count Indictment named Michael William Horvwalt, 32, formerly of Homestead, PA, as the sole defendant. According to the Indictment, on or … Continue reading Pennsylvania News: Homestead Felon, Michael William Horvwalt Charged with Illegally Possessing a Gun and Ammunition