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Minnesota News: Minneapolis, AMAAL MARQUIE MAYS, Inver Grove Heights Cell Phone Store Robber Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison

Minneapolis, Minnesota – United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencing of JAMAAL MARQUIE MAYS, 34, to 180 months in prison for the armed robbery of an Inver Grove Heights business. MAYS and his co-defendant, JAQUON KESHAWN MOMAN, 26, were charged in a superseding indictment on February 7, 2018. MAYS, who pleaded guilty … Continue reading Minnesota News: Minneapolis, AMAAL MARQUIE MAYS, Inver Grove Heights Cell Phone Store Robber Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison

Minnesota News: Burnsville Man, DONTAY LAVARICE REESE Pleads Guilty To Violent Kidnapping

Minneapolis, Minnesota – United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the guilty plea of DONTAY LAVARICE REESE, 37, for kidnapping. REESE entered his guilty plea yesterday afternoon before Judge Patrick J. Schiltz in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota. According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, in the early morning … Continue reading Minnesota News: Burnsville Man, DONTAY LAVARICE REESE Pleads Guilty To Violent Kidnapping

Minnesota News: Saint Paul, BARTON GEORGE SCOTT, Convicted Sex Offender Pleads Guilty To Using Snapchat To Produce Child Pornography

Saint Paul, Minnesota – United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the guilty plea of BARTON GEORGE SCOTT, 35, a registered sex offender, for producing child pornography. SCOTT, who was indicted on September 12, 2018, entered his guilty plea earlier today before Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright in U.S. District Court in Saint Paul, Minnesota. … Continue reading Minnesota News: Saint Paul, BARTON GEORGE SCOTT, Convicted Sex Offender Pleads Guilty To Using Snapchat To Produce Child Pornography

Minnesota News: St. Paul, OMAR KASHAKA TAYLOR, Owner Of Illegal Massage Parlor Found Guilty Of Sex Trafficking

St. Paul, Minnesota – United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the conviction of OMAR KASHAKA TAYLOR a/k/a “Shaka,” 44, for sex trafficking two victims, including one minor victim. Following a seven-day trial before Senior Judge Donovan W. Frank in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota, the jury found TAYLOR guilty on all … Continue reading Minnesota News: St. Paul, OMAR KASHAKA TAYLOR, Owner Of Illegal Massage Parlor Found Guilty Of Sex Trafficking

Minnesota News: Minneapolis, Four Men Convicted In String Of Robberies Of Auto Parts Stores Throughout Twin Cities Metro

Minneapolis, Minnesota – United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the conviction of TONY LENDELL REED, 32, of Memphis, Tennessee, for robbery. Following a five-day trial before U.S. District Judge Joan N. Ericksen, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a federal jury found REED guilty on February 1, 2019, of six counts of interference with commerce by … Continue reading Minnesota News: Minneapolis, Four Men Convicted In String Of Robberies Of Auto Parts Stores Throughout Twin Cities Metro

Minnesota News: St. Paul, Two Illinois Men Plead Guilty To Bombing Of Islamic Center

St. Paul, Minnesota – Michael McWhorter, 29, and Joe Morris, 23, both of Clarence, Illinois, pleaded guilty today to multiple charges including federal civil rights charges in United States District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota. United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota Erica H. MacDonald; United States Attorney for the Central District of Illinois … Continue reading Minnesota News: St. Paul, Two Illinois Men Plead Guilty To Bombing Of Islamic Center

Minnesota News: Chaska, Telemarketing Scammer, WAYNE ROBERT DAHL, JR. Charged With Multiple Counts Of Mail and Wire Fraud

Chaska, Minnesota – United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced a federal indictment charging WAYNE ROBERT DAHL, JR., 50, with four counts of mail fraud and four counts of wire fraud.[1] DAHL will make his initial appearance in U.S. District Court at a later date. According to the indictment, DAHL owned “Your Magazine Service, … Continue reading Minnesota News: Chaska, Telemarketing Scammer, WAYNE ROBERT DAHL, JR. Charged With Multiple Counts Of Mail and Wire Fraud

Minnesota News: Minneapolis, RYAN RANDALL GILBERTSON, Former Oil Company President Sentenced To 12 Years In Prison For Stock Manipulation Scheme

Minneapolis, Minnesota – United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencing of RYAN RANDALL GILBERTSON, 42, founder of Dakota Plains Holdings, Inc., to 144 months in federal prison, a $2 million fine, and over $15 million in restitution. GILBERTSON was sentenced today by Judge Patrick J. Schiltz in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, … Continue reading Minnesota News: Minneapolis, RYAN RANDALL GILBERTSON, Former Oil Company President Sentenced To 12 Years In Prison For Stock Manipulation Scheme

Minnesota News: Duluth, Four Bemidji Residents Sentenced For Their Roles In Home Invasion On Red Lake Reservation

Duluth, Minnesota – United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencing of DEREK JON PADDY, 22, KEVIN ROBERTSON, 32, CHERAI MICHELLE CLARK, 26, and SHANISE FRANCES OSTLUND, 29, for their roles in a burglary on the Red Lake Reservation in the early morning hours of November 24, 2017. PADDY was sentenced to 29 … Continue reading Minnesota News: Duluth, Four Bemidji Residents Sentenced For Their Roles In Home Invasion On Red Lake Reservation

Minnesota News: Minnesota Temporary Agency Owner, MAI NHIA VUE Sentenced To Three Years In Prison For Failing To Pay Taxes

Minneapolis, Ma. – United States Attorney Erica MacDonald today announced the sentencing of MAI NHIA VUE, 47, to 38 months in federal prison for failing to pay payroll taxes. VUE pleaded guilty on May 16, 2018, to one count of willful failure to pay payroll taxes and was sentenced on November 27, 2018, by Judge … Continue reading Minnesota News: Minnesota Temporary Agency Owner, MAI NHIA VUE Sentenced To Three Years In Prison For Failing To Pay Taxes

Minnesota News: Minneapolis Felon, CORTEZ MAURICE CRUMBLE Found Guilty In Connection With 2017 Bar Shooting

Minneapolis, Ma. – United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the conviction of CORTEZ MAURICE CRUMBLE, a/k/a “Bruiser,” 30, on one count of felon in possession of ammunition in connection with a shooting at a Minneapolis bar. CRUMBLE was indicted on January 23, 2018, and was found guilty yesterday afternoon following a jury trial … Continue reading Minnesota News: Minneapolis Felon, CORTEZ MAURICE CRUMBLE Found Guilty In Connection With 2017 Bar Shooting

Minnesota News: Blaine Man, SCOTT FRANCIS FORTIER Sentenced To 25 Years In Prison For Production And Possession Of Child Pornography

Minneapolis, Ma, – United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald announced the sentencing of SCOTT FRANCIS FORTIER, 39, to 25 years in prison for producing and possessing video files containing child pornography. FORTIER, who was convicted by a federal jury on January 25, 2018, on one count of production of child pornography and one count of … Continue reading Minnesota News: Blaine Man, SCOTT FRANCIS FORTIER Sentenced To 25 Years In Prison For Production And Possession Of Child Pornography

Minnesota News: Minneapolis, RONNIE EUGENE TAGGART, Former City Of Plymouth Official Sentenced To 24 Months In Prison For Illegal Bribery And Kickback Scheme

Minneapolis, Ma. – United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencing of RONNIE EUGENE TAGGART, 51, to 24 months in prison for soliciting and receiving bribes and kickbacks in exchange for awarding City of Plymouth contracts. TAGGART pleaded guilty on May 1, 2018, to one count of wire fraud and was sentenced earlier … Continue reading Minnesota News: Minneapolis, RONNIE EUGENE TAGGART, Former City Of Plymouth Official Sentenced To 24 Months In Prison For Illegal Bribery And Kickback Scheme

Minnesota News: Minneapolis, Twin Cities Construction Company Owner Sentenced To 49 Months In Prison For Defrauding Investors Out Of $880,000

Minneapolis, Minnesota – United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald announced the sentencing of JESSE WELLS HAUG, 33, to 49 months in prison for defrauding real estate investors out of $880,000. HAUG, who pleaded guilty on June 4, 2018, to one count of wire fraud, was sentenced yesterday before Chief Judge John R. Tunheim in U.S. … Continue reading Minnesota News: Minneapolis, Twin Cities Construction Company Owner Sentenced To 49 Months In Prison For Defrauding Investors Out Of $880,000

Minnesota News: Brooklyn Center Man, EDGAR MARTINEZ-SANCHEZ Sentenced To 210 Months In Prison For Methamphetamine, Cocaine Distribution

Minneapolis, Ma. – United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald announced the sentencing of EDGAR MARTINEZ-SANCHEZ, 41, to 210 months in prison for his role in a methamphetamine and cocaine distribution conspiracy. MARTINEZ-SANCHEZ, who pleaded guilty on November 14, 2017, to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine, was sentenced yesterday before Judge Joan … Continue reading Minnesota News: Brooklyn Center Man, EDGAR MARTINEZ-SANCHEZ Sentenced To 210 Months In Prison For Methamphetamine, Cocaine Distribution

Minnesota News: California Man, YU ZHANG Pleads Guilty To Defrauding Victims In IRS Impersonator Scam

Minneapolis, Minnesota – United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the guilty plea of YU ZHANG, 27, to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. ZHANG, who was initially charged via criminal complaint on June 8, 2018, pleaded guilty yesterday before Senior Judge Ann D. Montgomery in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota. … Continue reading Minnesota News: California Man, YU ZHANG Pleads Guilty To Defrauding Victims In IRS Impersonator Scam

Minnesota News: Mexican Citizen, ALEJANDRO MARIO CORTES Pleads Guilty To Faking His Own Kidnapping In An Attempt To Obtain An Immigration Visa

Minneapolis, Minnesota – United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the guilty plea of ALEJANDRO MARIO CORTES, 46, to one count of visa fraud and one count of illegally reentering the United States. CORTES, who was initially charged via criminal complaint on August 28, 2018, pleaded guilty earlier today before Senior Judge Michael J. … Continue reading Minnesota News: Mexican Citizen, ALEJANDRO MARIO CORTES Pleads Guilty To Faking His Own Kidnapping In An Attempt To Obtain An Immigration Visa

Minnesota News: St. Paul, MARK MCSHANE, Former Correctional Officer Sentenced To 14 Months In Prison For Having Sex With An Inmate

St. Paul, Minnesota – United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald announced the sentencing of MARK MCSHANE, 37, a former correctional officer, to 14 months in prison for engaging in a sexual relationship with a female inmate. On June 7, 2018, MCSHANE pleaded guilty to a felony information charging him with one count of sexual abuse … Continue reading Minnesota News: St. Paul, MARK MCSHANE, Former Correctional Officer Sentenced To 14 Months In Prison For Having Sex With An Inmate

Minnesota News: Saint Paul Felon, MICHAEL CORTEZ REED Charged With Attempted Robbery Of A Pharmacy, Drug-Trafficking And Firearms Violations

St. Paul, Minnesota – United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced a federal indictment charging MICHAEL CORTEZ REED, 25, with the attempted robbery of a Walgreens pharmacy, as well as drug-trafficking and firearms violations.[1] REED was arraigned yesterday afternoon before Magistrate Judge Becky R. Thorson in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota. According … Continue reading Minnesota News: Saint Paul Felon, MICHAEL CORTEZ REED Charged With Attempted Robbery Of A Pharmacy, Drug-Trafficking And Firearms Violations

Minnesota News: Minneapolis, Twenty-Six Count Indictment Charges Convicted Sex Offender With Computer Hacking, Producing Child Pornography

Defendant hacked into victims’ Snapchat accounts in order to produce child pornography Minneapolis, Minnesota – United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced a federal indictment charging BARTON GEORGE SCOTT, 35, with child pornography and computer hacking offenses. SCOTT made his initial appearance on September 25, 2018, before Magistrate Judge David T. Schultz in U.S. … Continue reading Minnesota News: Minneapolis, Twenty-Six Count Indictment Charges Convicted Sex Offender With Computer Hacking, Producing Child Pornography

Minnesota News: Minneapolis, JAMAAL MARQUIE MAYS Guilty Pleas Entered In Inver Grove Heights Cell Phone Store Robbery

Minneapolis, Minnesota – United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the guilty plea of JAMAAL MARQUIE MAYS, 33, for the armed robbery of an Inver Grove Heights business. MAYS and his co-defendant, JAQUON KESHAWN MOMAN, 26, were charged in a superseding indictment on February 7, 2018. MAYS entered his guilty plea today before Chief … Continue reading Minnesota News: Minneapolis, JAMAAL MARQUIE MAYS Guilty Pleas Entered In Inver Grove Heights Cell Phone Store Robbery

Minnesota News: Moose Lake Man, Roland Joseph Brant Charged with Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child

Moose Lake, Minnesota – United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Moose Lake, Minnesota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for aggravated sexual abuse of a child and for abusive sexual contact of a child under twelve years. Roland Joseph Brant, age 63, was indicted on June 6, 2018. He appeared … Continue reading Minnesota News: Moose Lake Man, Roland Joseph Brant Charged with Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child

Minnesota News: Rochester Woman, ROSA MARGARITA MALDONADO Sentenced To Two Years In Prison For Tax Fraud And Aggravated Identity Theft

Minneapolis, Minnesota – United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencing of ROSA MARGARITA MALDONADO to two years and one day in prison for filing a false claim for tax refund and aggravated identity theft. MALDONADO pleaded guilty on April 19, 2018, and was sentenced today before Judge Patrick J. Schiltz in U.S. … Continue reading Minnesota News: Rochester Woman, ROSA MARGARITA MALDONADO Sentenced To Two Years In Prison For Tax Fraud And Aggravated Identity Theft

CFTC News: CFTC Charges Futures Broker, Christian Robert Mayer, with Engaging in Fraudulent Trade Allocation Scheme

WASHINGTON, DC – The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) yesterday issued an Order filing and simultaneously settling charges against Christian Robert Mayer of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, for engaging in a fraudulent trading scheme involving unauthorized trades in cattle, crude oil and wheat futures contracts.  The CFTC Order requires Mayer to pay a $100,000 civil monetary … Continue reading CFTC News: CFTC Charges Futures Broker, Christian Robert Mayer, with Engaging in Fraudulent Trade Allocation Scheme

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minn | As Ellison departs Congress, Omar chases another first

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minn — In a coffee shop at the edge of a working-class Minneapolis suburb, not far from the high school Ilhan Omar attended in the years after she immigrated to the U.S., some two dozen people crowded around a table to hear her make the case for sending her to Congress. “There is … Continue reading COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minn | As Ellison departs Congress, Omar chases another first

FDA News: Federal judge enters consent decree against Minnesota dairy farm for drug residue violations

MN – U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright for the District of Minnesota entered a consent decree of permanent injunction against Todd & Patty Meech Dairy Farm of Sebeka, Minnesota and the farm’s owners, Todd Meech and Patty Meech, for introducing adulterated meat into interstate commerce and for failing to comply with federal requirements for … Continue reading FDA News: Federal judge enters consent decree against Minnesota dairy farm for drug residue violations

Minnesota News: Saint Paul, Wife Of Big Island Capital Fraudster, ALEX REAVES LUNDIN Sentenced To 24 Months In Prison For Her Role In Million Dollar Ponzi Scheme

Saint Paul, Minnesota – United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencing of ALEX REAVES LUNDIN, 26, to 24 months in prison for her role in a $1.1 million Ponzi scheme orchestrated by her husband, Jeremy Lundin. LUNDIN, who pleaded guilty on February 15, 2018, was sentenced yesterday before Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright … Continue reading Minnesota News: Saint Paul, Wife Of Big Island Capital Fraudster, ALEX REAVES LUNDIN Sentenced To 24 Months In Prison For Her Role In Million Dollar Ponzi Scheme

Minnesota News: Moorehead Man, Jack Moore Sentenced for Criminal Contempt

Moorehead, Minnesota – United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Moorehead, Minnesota, man convicted of Criminal Contempt pled guilty and was sentenced on June 26, 2018, by U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes. Jack Moore, age 30, was sentenced to time served equal to 2 days in custody and a special assessment to the … Continue reading Minnesota News: Moorehead Man, Jack Moore Sentenced for Criminal Contempt

Minnesota News: Anoka Man, ERIC EDWARD ARMSTRONG Charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

Anoka, Minnesota – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that ERIC EDWARD ARMSTRONG, age 31, of Anoka, Minnesota, was charged Friday by grand jury indictment with one count of failure to register as a sex offender under the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). If convicted, ARMSTRONG faces a maximum term of 10 … Continue reading Minnesota News: Anoka Man, ERIC EDWARD ARMSTRONG Charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

Minnesota News: Minnesota Governor Dayton Proclaims “Paul Simon Day” in Minnesota

Proclamation marks singer-songwriter’s extensive career in music, along with his fifteenth performance in Minnesota ST. PAUL, MN – As critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter Paul Simon prepares to give his 15th performance in Minnesota, Governor Mark Dayton is proclaiming Friday, June 8th, 2018 as “Paul Simon Day” throughout the state.  Simon’s stop in St. Paul is one of … Continue reading Minnesota News: Minnesota Governor Dayton Proclaims “Paul Simon Day” in Minnesota