Jessie K. Liu

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

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

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

WASHINGTON News: California Couple Sentenced to Prison Terms on Federal Child Exploitation Charges

WASHINGTON – Jorge Castillo, 37, and his girlfriend, Katherine Briones, 43, both of Inglewood, Calif., were sentenced today to prison terms of 25 years and 15 years, respectively, after earlier pleading guilty in the District of Columbia to child exploitation charges. The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Jessie K. … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: California Couple Sentenced to Prison Terms on Federal Child Exploitation Charges

WASHINGTON News: Maryland Man, Kevin Hammond Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Committing Armed Carjacking in Morning Rush Hour

Defendant Pistol-Whipped Victim, Led Police on a Chase Ending at Construction Site WASHINGTON – Kevin Hammond, 26, of Suitland, Md., was sentenced today to 15 years in prison for an armed carjacking in the Ivy City neighborhood of Northeast Washington in which he pistol-whipped the victim so violently that the gun broke into two pieces. … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: Maryland Man, Kevin Hammond Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Committing Armed Carjacking in Morning Rush Hour

WASHINGTON News: Manuel D. Reynoso, Convicted Felon Found Guilty of Federal Firearm Charge

WASHINGTON – Manuel D. Reynoso, 36, of Glen Burnie, Md., was found guilty today following a jury trial in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia of possessing a firearm with an extended magazine loaded with ammunition; possession of marijuana; and possession of N-Ethypentylone, announced U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu. The verdict followed … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: Manuel D. Reynoso, Convicted Felon Found Guilty of Federal Firearm Charge

WASHINGTON News: District Man, Deangelo Jenkins Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearms and Narcotics Charges

Two Guns and Cocaine Base Recovered in Searches of Defendant and Car He Was Driving WASHINGTON – Deangelo Jenkins, 33, of Washington, D.C., has pled guilty to federal firearms and narcotics offenses stemming from an investigation in which law enforcement recovered two loaded handguns and cocaine base, announced U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu and Peter … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: District Man, Deangelo Jenkins Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearms and Narcotics Charges

WASHINGTON News: Maryland Woman, Aminata Bah Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Obstruct Investigation Into Homicide Committed by Boyfriend

Violence Took Place in July 2017 in Georgetown Area WASHINGTON – Aminata Bah, 24, of Bowie, Md., has pled guilty to conspiring to obstruct justice stemming from her actions over the course of the investigation into a murder last year that was committed by her boyfriend, U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu announced today. The boyfriend, … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: Maryland Woman, Aminata Bah Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Obstruct Investigation Into Homicide Committed by Boyfriend

WASHINGTON News: District Man, Lonniel Peterson Jr. Sentenced to 27 Months in Prison for Escaping from Halfway House in Southeast Washington

Defendant Later Re-Arrested on Gun and Drug Charges WASHINGTON – Lonniel Peterson Jr., 28, of Washington, D.C., has been sentenced to 27 months in prison after pleading guilty to escaping from a halfway house in the District of Columbia, announced U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu and Robert Turner, United States Marshal for the District of … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: District Man, Lonniel Peterson Jr. Sentenced to 27 Months in Prison for Escaping from Halfway House in Southeast Washington

WASHINGTON News: District Man Pleads Guilty to Sexually Abusing 12-Year-Old Child

Defendant Was the Child’s Father; She Called Mother and 911 WASHINGTON – A 31-year-old man, of Washington, D.C., pled guilty today to sexually abusing his 12-year-old biological daughter, U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu announced. The man, who is not identified here to protect the privacy of the victim, pled guilty in the Superior Court of … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: District Man Pleads Guilty to Sexually Abusing 12-Year-Old Child

WASHINGTON News: U.S. Attorney Liu Announces Initiative to Combat Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation

Efforts Are Part of Nationwide Effort Led by U.S. Department of Justice WASHINGTON – The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia is launching an Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation Initiative to expand its response to criminal and civil violations targeting older adults, U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu announced today. The establishment of this … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: U.S. Attorney Liu Announces Initiative to Combat Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation

WASHINGTON News: Iranian National, Arash Sepehri Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Illegally Export Products from the United States to Iran

WASHINGTON – Arash Sepehri, 38, a citizen of Iran, pleaded guilty on Nov. 7, to a federal charge stemming from his role in a conspiracy to cause the export of controlled goods and technology to Iran, in violation of U.S. Department of Commerce and military controls, as well as in contravention of sanctions imposed against … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: Iranian National, Arash Sepehri Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Illegally Export Products from the United States to Iran

WASHINGTON News: District Woman, Briana Barnes Sentenced for Distributing Synthetic Marijuana Woman Arrested After Making Sales in Northeast Washington

WASHINGTON – Briana Barnes, 20, of Washington, D.C., has been sentenced to six months of incarceration on a charge stemming from an investigation into the sales of synthetic cannabinoids in Northeast Washington, announced U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu and Peter Newsham, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). Barnes pled guilty in August 2018, in … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: District Woman, Briana Barnes Sentenced for Distributing Synthetic Marijuana Woman Arrested After Making Sales in Northeast Washington

WASHINGTON News: District Man, Austin Boykins Pleads Guilty to Federal Gun and Drug Charges After Being Observed Engaging in Sale of Narcotics

Guilty Plea Will Result in Third Firearms Conviction WASHINGTON – Austin Boykins, 35, of Washington, D.C., pled guilty today to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, after law enforcement discovered a loaded firearm and packaged narcotics in his vehicle following a street sale of drugs during an undercover operation, announced U.S. … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: District Man, Austin Boykins Pleads Guilty to Federal Gun and Drug Charges After Being Observed Engaging in Sale of Narcotics

WASHINGTON News: District Man, Bijon Brown Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges for Escaping From Halfway House and Possession of a Handgun

Defendant Had Been Serving Time After Series of Earlier Crimes WASHINGTON – Bijon Brown, 23, of Washington, D.C., pled guilty today to federal charges stemming from his escape from a halfway house and his subsequent arrest in possession of a loaded semi-automatic pistol, announced U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu. Brown pled guilty in the U.S. … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: District Man, Bijon Brown Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges for Escaping From Halfway House and Possession of a Handgun

WASHINGTON News: U.S. Attorney Liu Announces Appointment of Election Day Officer

Part of Department of Justice Efforts to Protect the Right to Vote and Prosecute Ballot Fraud WASHINGTON – U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu today announced the appointment of Assistant U.S. Attorney Derrick Williams to lead the efforts of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: U.S. Attorney Liu Announces Appointment of Election Day Officer

WASHINGTON News: District Woman, Shadashia Gillis Pleads Guilty to Perjury For Lying to Grand Jury in Homicide Investigation

Defendant Was An Important Eyewitness in Slaying of 24-Year-Old D.C. Resident WASHINGTON – Shadashia Gillis, also known as Shadashia Warren, 27, of Washington, D.C., has pled guilty to one count perjury for lying to a grand jury during a homicide investigation, U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu announced today. Gillis pled guilty on Oct. 26, 2018, … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: District Woman, Shadashia Gillis Pleads Guilty to Perjury For Lying to Grand Jury in Homicide Investigation

WASHINGTON News: District Man, Eric Singletary Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Assaulting Ex-Girlfriend With Firearm

Defendant Placed Gun in Victim’s Mouth and Claimed to Own Her Body WASHINGTON – Eric Singletary, 36, of Washington, D.C., has been sentenced to five years in prison for assaulting his former girlfriend with a firearm, U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu announced today. Singletary pled guilty in July 2018, in the Superior Court of the … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: District Man, Eric Singletary Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Assaulting Ex-Girlfriend With Firearm

WASHINGTON News: Quran Jeter Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Illegally Traffic Firearms from Georgia into the District of Columbia for Resale

About 25 Weapons Recovered to Date in Investigation WASHINGTON – Quran Jeter, 20, of Washington, D.C., pled guilty today to a federal charge stemming from his role in a conspiracy to purchase firearms through a straw purchaser in the Atlanta, Ga. region and bring them to the District of Columbia for illegal resale. The announcement … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: Quran Jeter Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Illegally Traffic Firearms from Georgia into the District of Columbia for Resale

WASHINGTON News: Jamaican National, Keniel Thomas Pleads Guilty to Federal Charge in Lottery Fraud/Extortion Scheme

Defendant Tried to Trick Victims Into Believing They Won Mega Millions Lottery WASHINGTON – Keniel Thomas, 29, a Jamaican national, pled guilty today to trying to extort money from a couple in Washington D.C., who he tried to trick into believing they won the Mega Millions lottery, announced U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu and Nancy … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: Jamaican National, Keniel Thomas Pleads Guilty to Federal Charge in Lottery Fraud/Extortion Scheme

WASHINGTON News: Project Safe Neighborhoods Task Force Targets Violent Offenders, Works With Community to Promote Public Safety

Federal-Local Partnerships Now Entering Second Year WASHINGTON – A man with a history of drug and firearms convictions has been sentenced to 51 months in prison on a federal gun charge, marking the latest success of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a coordinated law enforcement effort to identify and address the most violent locations and offenders in … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: Project Safe Neighborhoods Task Force Targets Violent Offenders, Works With Community to Promote Public Safety

WASHINGTON News: Maryland Man, Anthony Brooks Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison On Federal Charges Involving Sexual Abuse of 14-Year-Old Girl

Defendant Had Tutored the Girl in an Afterschool Program WASHINGTON – Anthony Brooks, 29, of Indian Head, Md., was sentenced today to 10 years in prison on federal charges of transporting a minor across state lines with intent to sexually abuse her. The minor was a 14-year-old girl whom Brooks tutored as part of an … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: Maryland Man, Anthony Brooks Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison On Federal Charges Involving Sexual Abuse of 14-Year-Old Girl

WASHINGTON News: Two Maryland Women Arrested on Federal Charges Alleging They Defrauded D.C Medicaid Program

Defendants Worked as Personal Care Aides WASHINGTON – Two Maryland women who were employed as personal care aides were arrested today on separate federal charges. Both are charged with engaging in a scheme in which they allegedly submitted a combined $1.7 million in false claims to the District of Columbia’s Medicaid program. The announcement was … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: Two Maryland Women Arrested on Federal Charges Alleging They Defrauded D.C Medicaid Program

WASHINGTON News: U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia Launches Hotline for Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse by Clergy

WASHINGTON – The Superior Court Division’s Sex Offense and Domestic Violence Section and the Victim Witness Assistance Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia are launching a hotline and e-mail address for survivors to report child sexual abuse by clergy, U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu announced today. Survivors of child sexual … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia Launches Hotline for Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse by Clergy

WASHINGTON News: Business Owner, Vashawn Strader Sentenced to Prison Term for Bribing District of Columbia Government Employee

Defendant’s Crimes Cost Government More Than $300,000 WASHINGTON – Vashawn Strader, 40, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for bribing an employee of the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) to get favorable action on government contracts. The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Jessie … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: Business Owner, Vashawn Strader Sentenced to Prison Term for Bribing District of Columbia Government Employee

WASHINGTON News: District Man, Kevin Cole Sentenced to 66 Months in Prison for Fraud and Theft Schemes Targeting Businesses

Defendant Got Access to Checks Written to Companies WASHINGTON – Kevin Cole, 26, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to 66 months in prison for a pair of schemes in which he stole nearly $80,000 in checks intended for local businesses, U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu announced. Cole pled guilty in July 2018, in the … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: District Man, Kevin Cole Sentenced to 66 Months in Prison for Fraud and Theft Schemes Targeting Businesses

WASHINGTON News: Seven People Sentenced to Prison on Federal Charges Following Investigation Into Drug Sales in Southwest Washington

Investigation Targeted Sales of PCP, Crack Cocaine, and Heroin WASHINGTON –Antonio Spencer, 25, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to a five-year prison term after pleading guilty to a federal drug offense stemming from an investigation into the trafficking of PCP, crack cocaine and heroin in Southwest Washington. Six co-defendants previously were sentenced to prison … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: Seven People Sentenced to Prison on Federal Charges Following Investigation Into Drug Sales in Southwest Washington

WASHINGTON News: Former U.S. Senate Employee, James A. Wolfe Pleads Guilty to False Statements Charge

Longtime Director of Security for the Senate Select Committee on IntelligenceAdmits Lying to FBI About Disclosing Information to Reporter WASHINGTON – James A. Wolfe, 57, of Ellicott City, Maryland, a former staff employee of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), pleaded guilty today to one count of making a false statement to special … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: Former U.S. Senate Employee, James A. Wolfe Pleads Guilty to False Statements Charge

WASHINGTON News: Latasha Moore, Former District of Columbia Government Employee Pleads Guilty to Accepting Bribes from Consultant

Defendant Admits Taking More Than $140,000 to Channel Money to Consultant,Despite Suspicions About Invoices WASHINGTON – A former employee of the District of Columbia Department of Human Resources pled guilty today to a federal bribery charge for accepting more than $140,000 in bribes from a consultant and independent contractor who did business with the government. … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: Latasha Moore, Former District of Columbia Government Employee Pleads Guilty to Accepting Bribes from Consultant

WASHINGTON News: Two Men Plead Guilty to Brazen Capitol Hill Armed Robbery

Pharmacy Employees and Customers Were Held at Gunpoint in Afternoon Hold-Up WASHINGTON – Arturo Gray, 23, of Capitol Heights, Md., and Twon Brown, 24, of Washington D.C., have pled guilty to charges stemming from an armed robbery of a pharmacy last year on Capitol Hill, announced U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu. Gray and Brown pled … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: Two Men Plead Guilty to Brazen Capitol Hill Armed Robbery