G. Zachary Terwilliger

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

Virginia News: RICHMOND, James Pixley, Federal Inmate Pleads Guilty to Possessing a Controlled Substance

RICHMOND, Va. – A Maryland man pleaded guilty today to possessing suboxone, a Schedule III controlled substance, while in federal prison. According to court documents, James Pixley, 29, of Leonardtown, was in the visiting area of the Petersburg Federal Correctional Institution in July 2018 when he received 35 12mg suboxone strips from a visitor. Suboxone … Continue reading Virginia News: RICHMOND, James Pixley, Federal Inmate Pleads Guilty to Possessing a Controlled Substance

Virginia News: RICHMOND, Lumber Liquidators Agrees to $33 Million Penalty for Securities Fraud

RICHMOND, Va. – Lumber Liquidators Holdings, Inc. has agreed to pay a total penalty of $33 million for filing a materially false and misleading statement to investors regarding the sale of its laminate flooring from China to its customers in the United States. “This resolution holds Lumber Liquidators accountable for misleading the investing public,” said … Continue reading Virginia News: RICHMOND, Lumber Liquidators Agrees to $33 Million Penalty for Securities Fraud

Virginia News: NEWPORT NEWS, Jury Convicts Two Men of Heroin Trafficking Conspiracy

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A federal jury convicted two men late yesterday on charges of conspiracy to distribute heroin, crack cocaine, and fentanyl, and possession with intent to distribute heroin. “Armed drug traffickers pose serious threats to the safety of our communities,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “The … Continue reading Virginia News: NEWPORT NEWS, Jury Convicts Two Men of Heroin Trafficking Conspiracy

Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, Brian Thomas Reynolds, Convicted Felon Arrested for Fraud Scheme Involving Local Newspaper

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A previously convicted felon was arrested last night on charges related to defrauding investors of a local newspaper, unlawful possession of firearms by a previously convicted felon, and making false statements to the FBI. According to allegations in the indictments, Brian Thomas Reynolds, 52, of Leesburg, defrauded both investors and lenders to … Continue reading Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, Brian Thomas Reynolds, Convicted Felon Arrested for Fraud Scheme Involving Local Newspaper

Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, Andrew W. Cheveers, Former State Department Contractor Pleads Guilty to Stealing Computers

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A former federal contractor pleaded guilty today to theft and embezzlement of up to 16 government computers from the U.S. Department of State. According to court documents, Andrew W. Cheveers, 31, of Bowie, Maryland, was an Information Technology contractor for the State Department’s Office of Inspector General. In this role, Cheveers held … Continue reading Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, Andrew W. Cheveers, Former State Department Contractor Pleads Guilty to Stealing Computers

Virginia News: RICHMOND, Christopher Brannan, Former High School Teacher Sentenced for “Celebgate” Hacking

RICHMOND, Va. – A Richmond man was sentenced today to almost three years in prison for charges of unauthorized access to a protected computer and aggravated identity theft. According to court documents, Christopher Brannan, 31, intentionally accessed without authorization Internet and email accounts, including Apple iCloud, Yahoo!, and Facebook accounts, and obtained complete iCloud backups, … Continue reading Virginia News: RICHMOND, Christopher Brannan, Former High School Teacher Sentenced for “Celebgate” Hacking

Virginia News: Illegal Alien, Carlos Arturo Rodezno-Quintanilla Pleads Guilty to Transporting Minor for Sexual Purposes

NORFOLK, Va. – A Honduran man who illegally entered the United States pleaded guilty yesterday to transportation of a person for criminal sexual purposes. “Our office is committed to protecting the most vulnerable victims of our society,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “We have a long history of … Continue reading Virginia News: Illegal Alien, Carlos Arturo Rodezno-Quintanilla Pleads Guilty to Transporting Minor for Sexual Purposes

Virginia News: NORFOLK, Dashawn Webster Sentenced to 24 Years for Producing Images of Child Sexual Abuse

NORFOLK, Va. – A Portsmouth man was sentenced today to over 24 years in prison for producing child pornography of a 2-year-old boy. “Protecting the most vulnerable from heinous crimes and vile perpetrators, like Webster, will continue to be a top priority,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “The … Continue reading Virginia News: NORFOLK, Dashawn Webster Sentenced to 24 Years for Producing Images of Child Sexual Abuse

Virginia News: RICHMOND, Frankie Brown, Operation California Dreamin Nets Richmond Cocaine Trafficker

RICHMOND, Va. – A Richmond man pleaded guilty today after being caught in a law enforcement controlled delivery operation involving the transportation of 9 kilograms of cocaine from Los Angeles to Richmond. “Brown planned on distributing at least 9 kilograms of dangerous narcotics onto the streets of Richmond and beyond,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. … Continue reading Virginia News: RICHMOND, Frankie Brown, Operation California Dreamin Nets Richmond Cocaine Trafficker

Virginia News: RICHMOND, Frankie Brown, Operation California Dreamin Nets Richmond Cocaine Trafficker

RICHMOND, Va. – A Richmond man pleaded guilty today after being caught in a law enforcement controlled delivery operation involving the transportation of 9 kilograms of cocaine from Los Angeles to Richmond. “Brown planned on distributing at least 9 kilograms of dangerous narcotics onto the streets of Richmond and beyond,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. … Continue reading Virginia News: RICHMOND, Frankie Brown, Operation California Dreamin Nets Richmond Cocaine Trafficker

Virginia News: NEWPORT NEWS, Two Convicted Felons Charged with Possessing Firearms

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging two Hampton Roads men with being a felon in possession of a firearm. “Convicted felons who possess firearms present a significant danger to the safety of our law enforcement partners and the communities they serve,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for … Continue reading Virginia News: NEWPORT NEWS, Two Convicted Felons Charged with Possessing Firearms

Virginia News: Suffolk Man, Christopher Howerton Sentenced to Prison for Child Pornography

NORFOLK, Va. – A Suffolk man was sentenced today to 12 years in prison and 20 years of supervised release for receiving images of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. According to court documents, Christopher Howerton, 33, was identified by both the Virginia Beach Police Department and Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force … Continue reading Virginia News: Suffolk Man, Christopher Howerton Sentenced to Prison for Child Pornography

Virginia News: NORFOLK, Wesley Paul Hadsell, Felon Sentenced to Prison for Possession of Ammunition

NORFOLK, Va. – A Norfolk man was sentenced today to the statutory maximum penalty of 10 years in prison for being a felon in possession of ammunition. According to court documents, Wesley Paul Hadsell, 40, pleaded guilty on Nov. 6, 2015. According to the statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Hadsell admitted that … Continue reading Virginia News: NORFOLK, Wesley Paul Hadsell, Felon Sentenced to Prison for Possession of Ammunition

Virginia News: Jury Convicts Moroccan Man, Zakaria Taoufik of Assault on Federal Officers

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A federal jury convicted a Moroccan man yesterday on charges of assaulting federal law enforcement officers and failure to depart the United States. “These ICE officers were carrying out a lawful judicial order to deport a convicted felon,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “This verdict … Continue reading Virginia News: Jury Convicts Moroccan Man, Zakaria Taoufik of Assault on Federal Officers

Virginia News: Florida Businessman, Armando Almirall Pleads Guilty to Fraud Conspiracy

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A Florida businessman pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit wire fraud for orchestrating a scheme that caused over $1 million in losses to multiple victims. According to court documents, Armando Almirall, 37, of Oviedo, was one of the managing principals of a company called Aura Exchange LLC (AURA). Almirall and his … Continue reading Virginia News: Florida Businessman, Armando Almirall Pleads Guilty to Fraud Conspiracy

Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, Amrit Jaswant Singh Chahal, Businessman Pleads Guilty to Investment Fraud Scheme

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A local businessman pleaded guilty today to charges of orchestrating a multi-year investment fraud scheme causing at least hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses to dozens of victims. According to the statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Amrit Jaswant Singh Chahal, 30, of Fairfax, operated an investment fraud scheme … Continue reading Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, Amrit Jaswant Singh Chahal, Businessman Pleads Guilty to Investment Fraud Scheme

Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, U.S. Attorney Announcement on 2018 Midterm Elections – Alexandria

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – United States Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger announced today that Assistant U.S. Attorney James P. Gillis will lead the efforts here in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming midterm elections on November 6. Gillis has been appointed to serve as the District Election Officer (DEO) for the … Continue reading Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, U.S. Attorney Announcement on 2018 Midterm Elections – Alexandria

Virginia News: RICHMOND, U.S. Attorney Announcement on 2018 Midterm Elections – Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. – United States Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger announced today that Assistant U.S. Attorney David T. Maguire will lead the efforts here in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming midterm elections on November 6. Maguire has been appointed to serve as the District Election Officer (DEO) for the … Continue reading Virginia News: RICHMOND, U.S. Attorney Announcement on 2018 Midterm Elections – Richmond

Virginia News: NORFOLK, U.S. Attorney Announcement on 2018 Midterm Elections – Norfolk and Newport News

NORFOLK, Va. – United States Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger announced today that Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy C. Stoker will lead the efforts here in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming midterm elections on November 6. Stoker has been appointed to serve as the District Election Officer (DEO) for the … Continue reading Virginia News: NORFOLK, U.S. Attorney Announcement on 2018 Midterm Elections – Norfolk and Newport News

Virginia News: NORFOLK, Shaun Brown Convicted of Defrauding USDA’s Summer Food Service Program

NORFOLK, Va. – A federal jury convicted a Hampton woman today for her role in a fraud conspiracy related to a federally funded summer food service program. According to court records and evidence presented at trial, Shaun Brown, 59, defrauded the USDA’s summer food service program (SFSP) aimed at feeding low income children. Brown and … Continue reading Virginia News: NORFOLK, Shaun Brown Convicted of Defrauding USDA’s Summer Food Service Program

Virginia News: Edgar A. Quinonez Salazar, Leader of International Cocaine Trafficking Conspiracy Sentenced

RICHMOND, Va. – A Mexican man was sentenced today to 25 years in prison for his leadership role in transporting over 3,300 kilograms of cocaine for a large-scale Guatemalan drug trafficking organization (DTO) operating in Central America, as part of a coordinated international law enforcement investigation codenamed Operation Go Explorers. According to court documents, Edgar … Continue reading Virginia News: Edgar A. Quinonez Salazar, Leader of International Cocaine Trafficking Conspiracy Sentenced

Virginia News: NORFOLK, Fiorman Erick Gillett, Fentanyl and Methamphetamine Dealer Sentenced to Prison

NORFOLK, Va. – A Belizian national was sentenced today to 11 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, including nearly two pounds of Fentanyl. According to court documents, Fiorman Erick Gillett, 48, who was living illegally in the United States, conspired with others to ship about three pounds of 100 percent pure methamphetamine … Continue reading Virginia News: NORFOLK, Fiorman Erick Gillett, Fentanyl and Methamphetamine Dealer Sentenced to Prison

Virginia News: Virginia Beach Man, Rian Michael Lopez Pleads Guilty to Four Bank Robberies

NORFOLK, Va. – A Virginia Beach man pleaded guilty today to robbing three banks and one credit union. According to court documents, from October 2017 through April 2018, Rian Michael Lopez, 30, robbed a Wells Fargo bank of $7,700, a Bank of America of $17,191, a BB&T bank of $4,076, and a Bayport Federal Credit … Continue reading Virginia News: Virginia Beach Man, Rian Michael Lopez Pleads Guilty to Four Bank Robberies

Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, Corey Cadet Dukes, Former State Department Employee Pleads Guilty to Student Loan Fraud

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A Georgia man pleaded guilty today to fraudulently discharging over $200,000 in student loan debt. According to court documents, Corey Cadet Dukes, 39, of Jonesboro, and formerly of Alexandria, was an employee of the U.S. Department of State from 2013-2017. Simultaneously, Dukes was also a full-time supervisor for a security company providing … Continue reading Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, Corey Cadet Dukes, Former State Department Employee Pleads Guilty to Student Loan Fraud

Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, Russian National Charged with Interfering in U.S. Political System

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A criminal complaint was unsealed here today charging a Russian national for her alleged role in a Russian conspiracy to interfere in the U.S. political system, including the 2018 midterm election. “The strategic goal of this alleged conspiracy, which continues to this day, is to sow discord in the U.S. political system … Continue reading Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, Russian National Charged with Interfering in U.S. Political System

Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, Jose Manlapaz, Owner of Financial Services Business Sentenced to Prison

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – An Annandale man was sentenced today to nine years in prison for conspiracy, aiding in the preparation of false tax returns, mail and wire fraud. According to court records and evidence presented at trial, Jose Manlapaz, 55, owned and operated a tax preparation business named JBM Financial Services or JBM Financial Group … Continue reading Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, Jose Manlapaz, Owner of Financial Services Business Sentenced to Prison

Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, Skydance MacMahon, Former State Department Employee Sentenced for Producing Child Pornography

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – An Alexandria man was sentenced today to 26 years in prison for production of child pornography. According to court documents, over at least a two year period, Skydance MacMahon, 45, conspired with an adult in Canada to produce over a thousand sexually explicit images and videos of minor children in Canada. These … Continue reading Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, Skydance MacMahon, Former State Department Employee Sentenced for Producing Child Pornography

Virginia News: Ashburn Woman, Keisha L. Williams Pleads Guilty to $5 Million Fraud

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – After two days of jury trial, an Ashburn woman pleaded guilty today to wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy to impersonate a federal agent to demand money, and obtaining confidential phone records. According to court documents and the evidence at trial, Keisha L. Williams, 43, solicited over $5.4 million from more than 50 … Continue reading Virginia News: Ashburn Woman, Keisha L. Williams Pleads Guilty to $5 Million Fraud

Virginia News: NORFOLK, Investment Advisor, Edward Lee Moody Pleads Guilty to $6.1 Million Ponzi Scheme

NORFOLK, Va. – A Chesterfield man who owned and operated an investment firm in Virginia Beach pleaded guilty today to mail fraud and engaging in monetary transactions in criminally derived property. According to court documents, Edward Lee Moody, Jr., 47, was a registered investment adviser and the sole owner and operator of CM Capital Management … Continue reading Virginia News: NORFOLK, Investment Advisor, Edward Lee Moody Pleads Guilty to $6.1 Million Ponzi Scheme