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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: ALEXANDRIA, William Hemphill, Repeat Offender Sentenced to Prison for Child Pornography

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A Springfield man was sentenced today to total of 16 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release for receipt of child pornography and a supervised release violation. According to court documents, William Hemphill, 39, admitted that he downloaded thousands of images and videos of child pornography in February and March … Continue reading Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, William Hemphill, Repeat Offender Sentenced to Prison for Child Pornography

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: ALEXANDRIA, South American Couple Sentenced to Prison for Fraud Conspiracy

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A South American couple were each sentenced today to nearly two years in prison for conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud. According to court documents, Rodrigo Pardo, 46, of Argentina, and Lorena Medina, 46, of Ecuador, defrauded homeowners in Northern Virginia and mortgage lenders by promising the homeowners to assist them … Continue reading Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, South American Couple Sentenced to Prison for Fraud Conspiracy

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: NORFOLK, Desmond Littlejohn, Jury Convicts Man for Armed Robbery of Firearms Dealer

NORFOLK, Va. – A federal jury convicted a Norfolk man today on charges of robbery and brandishing a firearm during a robbery. According to court records and evidence presented at trial, Desmond Littlejohn, 33, and his co-conspirator robbed a firearm and ammunition dealer in Virginia Beach. On Oct. 9, 2017, the owner and an employee … Continue reading Virginia News: NORFOLK, Desmond Littlejohn, Jury Convicts Man for Armed Robbery of Firearms Dealer

Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, Logan Roy McCauley, Jury Convicts Man of Producing Child Pornography

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A federal jury convicted a Hamilton man today on charges of producing child pornography. According to court records and evidence presented at trial, in November 2017, Logan Roy McCauley, 25, drove from his residence in Hamilton to West Virginia and picked up a minor he recently had met online. He then drove … Continue reading Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, Logan Roy McCauley, Jury Convicts Man of Producing Child Pornography

Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, Two Men Charged with Conspiracy and Acting as Agents of a Foreign Government

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – An indictment was unsealed today charging two men with conspiracy, acting in the United States as unregistered agents of the government of Turkey, and making false statements to the FBI. According to allegations in the indictment, Bijan Rafiekian, aka Bijan Kian, 66, of San Juan Capistrano, California, and Kamil Ekim Alptekin, 41, … Continue reading Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, Two Men Charged with Conspiracy and Acting as Agents of a Foreign Government

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: 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, Glenn Murphy Pleads Guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl

NORFOLK, Va. – A Suffolk man pleaded guilty today to possession with intent to distribute Fentanyl. According to court documents, Glenn Murphy, 38, sold a total of three ounces of heroin to the Portsmouth Police during an undercover operation. After a subsequent attempt to sell heroin to the police, Murphy placed under arrest and searched. … Continue reading Virginia News: NORFOLK, Glenn Murphy Pleads Guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl

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: 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: RICHMOND, Max Alberto Estrada-Linares, Leader of International Drug Trafficking Organization Sentenced

RICHMOND, Va. – A Guatemalan man was sentenced today to over 23 years in prison for his leadership role in operating a large-scale Guatemalan drug trafficking organization (DTO) that moved 3,739 kilograms of cocaine throughout Central America, as part of a coordinated international law enforcement investigation codenamed Operation Go Explorers. According to court documents, Max … Continue reading Virginia News: RICHMOND, Max Alberto Estrada-Linares, Leader of International Drug Trafficking Organization 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: ALEXANDRIA, Tarvell Vandiver, Leader of Local Bloods Gang Sentenced to Prison for Drug and Gun Crimes

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A Triangle man was sentenced today to 20 years in prison for conspiring to distribute cocaine, heroin, and using and carrying a firearm while drug trafficking. According to court documents, Tarvell Vandiver, 29, has been a member of the Imperial Gangsta Blood (IGB) gang for years. IGB is a “hood” of the … Continue reading Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, Tarvell Vandiver, Leader of Local Bloods Gang Sentenced to Prison for Drug and Gun Crimes

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: 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

Virginia News: Hampton Man, Oscar Von Alston II Indicted for Armed Bank Robbery and Multiple Bomb Hoaxes

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging a Hampton man with making multiple bomb threats in Hampton and Newport News in an effort to divert authorities away from his armed robbery of the Virginia Educators Credit Union (VECU). According to allegations in the indictment, Oscar Von Alston II, 31, … Continue reading Virginia News: Hampton Man, Oscar Von Alston II Indicted for Armed Bank Robbery and Multiple Bomb Hoaxes

Virginia News: NORFOLK, Operation Goodfellas Results in Arrests of Multiple Hampton Roads Men for $19 Million Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

NORFOLK, Va. – Nearly 150 law enforcement officers from the FBI, DEA, Norfolk Police, and the U.S. Marshals participated in Operation Goodfellas this morning in Norfolk, executing arrest warrants on five Hampton Roads men for their alleged participation in a $19 million drug trafficking conspiracy. One man remains a fugitive. “These defendants allegedly distributed approximately … Continue reading Virginia News: NORFOLK, Operation Goodfellas Results in Arrests of Multiple Hampton Roads Men for $19 Million Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

VIRGINIA News: Violent Felon, Derrick Anthony Savage Sentenced for Possessing Stolen, High Capacity Firearm

RICHMOND, Va. – A Chester man was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for possessing a stolen, high-capacity firearm after a violent felony conviction. “Violent felons who illegally possess firearms are a threat to the safety of our law enforcement officers and the communities they serve,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the … Continue reading VIRGINIA News: Violent Felon, Derrick Anthony Savage Sentenced for Possessing Stolen, High Capacity Firearm

Virginia News: RICHMOND, Kevin A. Brown Sentenced to Prison for Drug and Gun Crimes

RICHMOND, Va. – A Richmond man was sentenced today to over 17 years in prison for distribution of crack cocaine, possession of a firearm after a felony conviction, and violations of supervised release. “Firearms in the hands of drug distributors, especially those who have been previously convicted of a felony, are a deadly combination,” said … Continue reading Virginia News: RICHMOND, Kevin A. Brown Sentenced to Prison for Drug and Gun Crimes

Virginia News: Fairfax Man, Todd Elliott Hitt Arrested for $16 Million Securities Fraud Scheme

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A Fairfax man surrendered to the FBI on an outstanding arrest warrant today in connection with being charged with having committed securities fraud. According to court documents, Todd Elliott Hitt, 53, is alleged to have committed securities fraud in connection with his ownership and operation of Kiddar Capital, a self-described asset management … Continue reading Virginia News: Fairfax Man, Todd Elliott Hitt Arrested for $16 Million Securities Fraud Scheme

Virginia News: NORFOLK, Marquis Larosa Buckley Sentenced to Prison for Multiple Armed Bank Robberies

NORFOLK, Va. – A Georgia man was sentenced today to over 15 years in prison for armed robbery of two banks and one credit union. According to court documents, Marquis Larosa Buckley, 41, of Townsend, conducted an armed robbery of a Fulton Bank and a PNC Bank, both located in Virginia Beach. At the Fulton … Continue reading Virginia News: NORFOLK, Marquis Larosa Buckley Sentenced to Prison for Multiple Armed Bank Robberies

Virginia News: RICHMOND, Two Men Sentenced in Multi-Kilogram Cocaine Trafficking Conspiracy

RICHMOND, Va. – Two men were sentenced today for being involved in a multi-kilogram cocaine trafficking ring in Emporia. Hershell Grant, 52, of Richmond, was sentenced to 14 years, while Marvin Baskerville, 44, of North Carolina, was sentenced 17 1/2 years in prison.Emporia, “Grant and Baskerville are responsible for distributing at least 130 kilograms of … Continue reading Virginia News: RICHMOND, Two Men Sentenced in Multi-Kilogram Cocaine Trafficking Conspiracy

Virginia News: Raheem Oliver Sentenced for Defrauding Elderly Victims in Magazine Scam

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – An Arizona man was sentenced today to 14 years in prison for his role in a conspiracy that defrauded elderly victims, including several Virginia residents, out of over $640,000. “Oliver preyed upon approximately 350 individuals, including a 94-year-old resident of Alexandria and an 84-year-old resident of Painter who suffered from Alzheimer’s,” said … Continue reading Virginia News: Raheem Oliver Sentenced for Defrauding Elderly Victims in Magazine Scam

Virginia News: RICHMOND, Slimero Grimes, Convicted Felon Sentenced to Prison for Possessing Firearms

RICHMOND, Va. – A Richmond man was sentenced today to 52 months in prison for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. “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 the Eastern District … Continue reading Virginia News: RICHMOND, Slimero Grimes, Convicted Felon Sentenced to Prison for Possessing Firearms

Electronic filing coming to the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON/November 11, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Surely but slowly, the Supreme Court is entering the 21st century. The court is making new legal filings available online starting Monday, years behind the rest of the federal court system. Can livestreamed audio of arguments and even televised sessions be far behind? Yes, they can. But advocates of court … Continue reading Electronic filing coming to the Supreme Court