Thomas T. Cullen

VIRGINIA News: Danville Man, Tyrone Dwayne Young Sentenced on Wire Fraud, Identity Theft, Student Loan Fraud Charges

Tyrone Young Defrauded More than a Half-Dozen Universities Danville, VIRGINIA – A Danville resident, who committed federal student loan fraud by enrolling dozens of individuals in online universities for personal financial gain, was sentenced yesterday in federal court to more than nine years in prison, United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen announced. Tyrone Dwayne Young, … Continue reading VIRGINIA News: Danville Man, Tyrone Dwayne Young Sentenced on Wire Fraud, Identity Theft, Student Loan Fraud Charges

VIRGINIA News: Abingdon, Patrick Steven Hyde, Husband Sentenced on Federal Charges—Wife to be Sentenced Later in March

Patrick Steven Hyde Sentenced to Federal Prison on Gun Charges Abingdon, VIRGINIA – A St. Paul, Virginia man, who illegally possessed more than a dozen firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition, was sentenced yesterday to 71 months in federal prison, United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen and Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced. … Continue reading VIRGINIA News: Abingdon, Patrick Steven Hyde, Husband Sentenced on Federal Charges—Wife to be Sentenced Later in March

VIRGINIA News: Former Blacksburg Doctor, Roanoke, Sentenced on Federal Drug Charges

Frank Purpera Jr. Sentenced to 20 Months After Being Convicted of 69 Counts Following Four-Day Trial in February 2018 Roanoke, VIRGINIA – The former owner of the Virginia Vein Institute in Blacksburg was sentenced yesterday to 20 months in federal prison resulting from his conviction on nearly 70 federal drug charges for illegally obtaining 3,200 … Continue reading VIRGINIA News: Former Blacksburg Doctor, Roanoke, Sentenced on Federal Drug Charges

VIRGINIA News: Roanoke, United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen Offers Condolences to the Virginia State Police As They Mourn Slain Virginia State Trooper Lucas B. Dowell

Roanoke, VIRGINIA – United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen joins the Virginia State Police and law enforcement throughout the Commonwealth in mourning the loss of Virginia State Police Trooper Lucas B. Dowell, a Chilhowie, Virginia native who died in the line of duty Monday, February 4, 2019. “As this terrible incident illustrates, police officers risk … Continue reading VIRGINIA News: Roanoke, United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen Offers Condolences to the Virginia State Police As They Mourn Slain Virginia State Trooper Lucas B. Dowell

VIRGINIA News: Abingdon, Defendants in Methamphetamine Conspiracy Sentenced

Conspiracy Trafficked Crystal Methamphetamine in Smyth County Abingdon, VIRGINIA – A Saltville, Va., man, convicted of trafficking a large quantity of methamphetamine in Smyth County, was sentenced yesterday in federal court to 72 months in prison, United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen and Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced today. Zachary Blue Carter, 38, … Continue reading VIRGINIA News: Abingdon, Defendants in Methamphetamine Conspiracy Sentenced

VIRGINIA News: California Man, Eun Soo Lee Sentenced for Lying to Federal Agents

Eun Soo Lee Lied About Making Threats Against Former Congressman Tom Garrett Abingdon, VIRGINIA – A California man, who made threats of violence against then-United States Congressman Tom Garrett, was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court in Abingdon to serve six months in federal prison, United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen announced. Eun Soo Lee, … Continue reading VIRGINIA News: California Man, Eun Soo Lee Sentenced for Lying to Federal Agents

VIRGINIA News: Martinsburg, West Virginia Man, Kendall Demarko Wysinger Convicted of Sex Trafficking, Distributing Fatal Dose of Fentanyl and Evidence Tampering

Harrisonburg, VIRGINIA – A Martinsburg, West Virginia, man, who used heroin as a means to control numerous women he trafficked as part of a commercial prostitution ring that operated in the Western District of Virginia, and elsewhere, was convicted this week following a jury trial in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg. United States Attorney Thomas … Continue reading VIRGINIA News: Martinsburg, West Virginia Man, Kendall Demarko Wysinger Convicted of Sex Trafficking, Distributing Fatal Dose of Fentanyl and Evidence Tampering

VIRGINIA News: Charlottesville, Husband and Wife Sentenced on Federal Health Care Fraud Charges

Charlottesville, VIRGINIA – A husband and wife, who enriched themselves by defrauding the Virginia Medicaid program, were sentenced this week in U.S. District Court on federal health care fraud and related charges, United States Thomas T. Cullen and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced. Dennis Gowin, 67, of Dillwyn, Va., was sentenced earlier this week … Continue reading VIRGINIA News: Charlottesville, Husband and Wife Sentenced on Federal Health Care Fraud Charges

VIRGINIA News: California Man, Cole Evan White Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Riot

Cole White Admits to Traveling from California to Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017 and Committing Acts of Violence at the University of Virginia and Unite the Right Rally CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA – An associate of a violent extremist group the “Rise Above Movement” [RAM] pleaded guilty today to federal conspiracy-to-riot charges after admitting to traveling across … Continue reading VIRGINIA News: California Man, Cole Evan White Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Riot

VIRGINIA News: North Carolina Man, Carl Ray Kennedy Indicted on a Federal Charge

Danville, VIRGINIA – A federal grand jury sitting in the Western District of Virginia in Charlottesville has indicted a North Carolina man on a federal charge of violating a protective order. United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen and Special Agent in Charge Adam S. Lee of the FBI’s Richmond Division made the announcement today. Carl … Continue reading VIRGINIA News: North Carolina Man, Carl Ray Kennedy Indicted on a Federal Charge

VIRGINIA News: Abingdon, Five Defendants Plead Guilty in Drug Conspiracy Investigation

Defendants Admit Trafficking Crystal Ice Methamphetamine and Other Drugs into Virginia from Georgia Abingdon, VIRGINIA – Five members of a drug distribution organization that trafficked methamphetamine, heroin, oxycodone, cocaine, and other drugs from Georgia into Southwest Virginia pleaded guilty recently in federal court to federal drug conspiracy charges, United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen and … Continue reading VIRGINIA News: Abingdon, Five Defendants Plead Guilty in Drug Conspiracy Investigation

VIRGINIA News: Duffield Man, Claude Gene Sloan Sentenced for Manufacturing Marijuana, Felon in Possession of a Firearm

Claude Sloan was on Supervised Release at the Time of Most Recent Offenses Abingdon, VIRGINIA – A federal judge yesterday sentenced a Duffield man, who was on supervised release for a previous federal conviction after serving a lengthy state prison sentence for arson, to a total of 14 years in federal prison for marijuana and … Continue reading VIRGINIA News: Duffield Man, Claude Gene Sloan Sentenced for Manufacturing Marijuana, Felon in Possession of a Firearm

VIRGINIA News: Atlanta Man, Michael Anthony Townes Sentenced for Threatening Charlottesville-Area Schools

October 2017 Threats Resulted in Modified Lockdown Charlottesville City Schools Charlottesville, VIRGINIA – A federal judge here sentenced an Atlanta man today to 12 months and one-day in federal prison as a result of his October 2017 posting of threatening messages against Charlottesville-area schools that caused Charlottesville City Schools to go into a modified lockdown … Continue reading VIRGINIA News: Atlanta Man, Michael Anthony Townes Sentenced for Threatening Charlottesville-Area Schools

VIRGINIA News: Danville Man, Keemo Jonathan Lee Sentenced on Federal Drug and Gun Charges

Prosecution of Keemo Lee Comes as Part of Western District of Virginia’s Ongoing Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative to Reduce Violent Crime Danville, VIRGINIA – A federal court today sentenced Keemo Jonathan Lee, a Danville man who previously pleaded guilty to a series of federal drug and gun charges related to the sale of cocaine, heroin … Continue reading VIRGINIA News: Danville Man, Keemo Jonathan Lee Sentenced on Federal Drug and Gun Charges

VIRGINIA News: California Man, Eun Soo Lee Pleads Guilty to Lying to Federal Agents

Eun Soo Lee Lied About Making Threats Against Congressman Tom Garrett Abingdon, VIRGINIA – A California man, who made threats of violence against Virginia Congressman Tom Garrett, pleaded guilty yesterday in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon to one count of lying to federal agents, United States Attorney … Continue reading VIRGINIA News: California Man, Eun Soo Lee Pleads Guilty to Lying to Federal Agents

VIRGINIA News: Roanoke, United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen Appoints Dedicated Official to Answer Western District of Virginia Election Complaints

Roanoke, VIRGINIA – United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen announced today that Assistant United States Matthew Miller will lead the efforts of his Office in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming November 6, 2018 general election. AUSA Miller has been appointed to serve as the District Election Officer (DEO) … Continue reading VIRGINIA News: Roanoke, United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen Appoints Dedicated Official to Answer Western District of Virginia Election Complaints

VIRGINIA News: Danville, Two Danville Men Plead Guilty to Child Pornography Charge

Matthew Ferguson and Joshua Coleman Filmed Sex Acts Performed on Minor Danville, VIRGINIA – A pair of Danville men pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Danville to a charge of production of child pornography, United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen announced. Today in District Court, Matthew Ceasar Ferguson, 22, and Joshua Malik Coleman, … Continue reading VIRGINIA News: Danville, Two Danville Men Plead Guilty to Child Pornography Charge

VIRGINIA News: Roanoke, Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Set for Saturday, October 27, 2018

This Weekend’s Event is the 16th Annual Collection Roanoke, VIRGINIA – United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen announced that the United States Attorney’s Office is proud to partner with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, the Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Coalition (RAYSAC), the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Western Virginia Water Authority to … Continue reading VIRGINIA News: Roanoke, Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Set for Saturday, October 27, 2018

VIRGINIA News: Roanoke, U.S. Attorney Thomas T. Cullen Announces Progress in Making our Communities Safer Through Project Safe Neighborhoods

Roanoke, VIRGINIA – One year ago, the Department of Justice announced the revitalization and enhancement of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), which Attorney General Sessions has made the centerpiece of the Department’s violent crime reduction strategy. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders … Continue reading VIRGINIA News: Roanoke, U.S. Attorney Thomas T. Cullen Announces Progress in Making our Communities Safer Through Project Safe Neighborhoods

VIRGINIA News: Psychiatrist, Alfredo Cervantes Pleads Guilty to Healthcare Fraud and Wire Fraud

Alberto Cervantes Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Virginia Medicaid and United Healthcare While Carrying on Sexual Relationship with Patient Abingdon, VIRGINIA – A former psychiatrist who previously worked in Lebanon, Virginia pleaded guilty last week to healthcare fraud and wire fraud, United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced. Alfredo Cervantes, … Continue reading VIRGINIA News: Psychiatrist, Alfredo Cervantes Pleads Guilty to Healthcare Fraud and Wire Fraud

VIRGINIA News: Abingdon, Federal, State, and Local Authorities Charge 28 Individuals on Federal Drug Charges as part of Operation California Dreamin’

Alleged Conspiracy Trafficked Methamphetamine between California and Southwest Virginia/Northeast Tennessee/Georgia Abingdon, VIRGINIA – Twenty-eight individuals suspected of trafficking methamphetamine from Southern California into Southwest Virginia, Northeast Tennessee, and Georgia have been charged via a federal criminal complaint with conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen was joined … Continue reading VIRGINIA News: Abingdon, Federal, State, and Local Authorities Charge 28 Individuals on Federal Drug Charges as part of Operation California Dreamin’

VIRGINIA News: Roanoke, United States Attorney’s Office to Deploy Resources to Underserved Areas in the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester, and Route 29 Corridor

Roanoke, VIRGINIA – United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen announced today a plan that will provide greater prosecutorial resources to underserved areas of the Western District of Virginia and allow his office to more efficiently prosecute federal crimes throughout the Charlottesville and Harrisonburg Divisions. The WDVA Consolidation and Winchester Expansion Plan will take unprecedented steps … Continue reading VIRGINIA News: Roanoke, United States Attorney’s Office to Deploy Resources to Underserved Areas in the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester, and Route 29 Corridor

VIRGINIA News: Virginia State Police Special Agent, Shade Workman Arrested on Federal Criminal Complaint

Shade Workman Charged with Lying to Federal Agents Abingdon, VIRGINIA – A Virginia State Police Special Agent, formerly assigned to the Tazewell County High Intensity Drug Task Force, was arrested this morning on a federal criminal complaint charging him with lying to a federal agent. United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen and Special Agent in … Continue reading VIRGINIA News: Virginia State Police Special Agent, Shade Workman Arrested on Federal Criminal Complaint

VIRGINIA News: Duffield Man, Claude Gene Sloan Pleads Guilty to Manufacturing Marijuana, Felon in Possession of a Firearm

Claude Sloan was on Supervised Release for a Previous Conviction Abingdon, VIRGINIA – A Duffield, Virginia man, who was on supervised release for a previous federal conviction after having served a lengthy state prison sentence for arson, pled guilty last week in U.S. District Court in Abingdon to federal marijuana and firearms charges, United States … Continue reading VIRGINIA News: Duffield Man, Claude Gene Sloan Pleads Guilty to Manufacturing Marijuana, Felon in Possession of a Firearm

Virginia News: Opinion: Charlottesville, One Year Later

Virginia – The one-year anniversary of the odious “Unite the Right” (UTR) rally in Charlottesville thankfully passed without incident. Marked by mainly peaceful marches and rallies on the grounds of the University of Virginia and the Downtown Mall, this weekend’s events stood in stark contrast to the ugly and violent episodes of last year. Law … Continue reading Virginia News: Opinion: Charlottesville, One Year Later

VIRGINIA News: Abingdon, Husband and Wife Plead Guilty to Federal Charges

Patrick Steven Hyde and Crystal Dione Hyde Both Face Possible Federal Prison Time Abingdon, VIRGINIA – A St. Paul, Virginia man who illegally possessed more than a dozen firearms, and his wife who lied to federal agents to try to keep him out of trouble, have both pleaded guilty to federal charges, United States Attorney … Continue reading VIRGINIA News: Abingdon, Husband and Wife Plead Guilty to Federal Charges

VIRGINIA News: Danville Man, Keemo Jonathan Lee Pleads Guilty to Seven Federal Drug and Gun Charges

Prosecution of Keemo Lee is Part of Western District of Virginia’s Ongoing Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative to Reduce Violent Crime Danville, VIRGINIA – United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen announced today the guilty plea of Keemo Jonathan Lee to a series of federal drug and gun charges related to the sale of cocaine, heroin and … Continue reading VIRGINIA News: Danville Man, Keemo Jonathan Lee Pleads Guilty to Seven Federal Drug and Gun Charges