Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Fraude imobiliare

WASHINGTON—A federal grand jury has indicted four defendants, and an information has been filed against a fifth defendant, for their participation in a massive mortgage fraud scheme that allegedly promised to pay off homeowners’ mortgages on their "Dream Homes," but left them to fend for themselves, Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division Lanny A. Breuer and U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein announced today.
The indictment was returned on April 22, 2009, and unsealed today.
"The Criminal Division and the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices are jointly committed to redoubling our efforts to uncover and prosecute fraud and abuse in all facets of the housing market – a market upon which so many American families have pinned their hopes and their futures for so many years," said Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division Lanny A. Breuer. "I want to assure the American public that we will not rest until the tide of this criminal activity is turned."
"The indictment alleges that the defendants used slick marketing to conceal empty promises," said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. "They convinced many victims to invest at least $50,000 by refinancing their existing homes or buying new homes at inflated prices, while claiming that Metro Dream Homes would repay the mortgages with revenue from profitable businesses. The indictment alleges that there was no revenue to pay the mortgage payments. Instead, the conspirators used some of the investors' money to repay earlier investors in the Ponzi scheme and spent the remainder on themselves."
"The effects of this wide-ranging mortgage fraud scheme are particularly disturbing within the backdrop of today’s economic environment. With our federal, state and local partners working on 18 mortgage fraud task forces and 47 mortgage fraud working groups across the country, the FBI is committed to combating mortgage fraud and other financial crimes nationwide to protect the American homeowner and the national economy," said Executive Assistant Director Thomas J. Harrington, FBI Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch.
"IRS Criminal Investigation takes allegations of mortgage fraud seriously," said "Eileen Mayer, Chief, IRS Criminal Investigation. "These types of crimes drive home owners into foreclosure, erode the integrity of our tax system and threaten the financial health of our communities."
According to the indictment, from 2005 to 2007 the defendants allegedly used corporate names such as "Metropolitan Grapevine LLC," "Metro Dream Homes," "POS Dream Homes," and "POS DH LLC" (collectively, MDH) to target homeowners and home purchasers to participate in a purported mortgage payment program called the "Dream Homes Program." To participate, an investor had to provide a minimum of $50,000 for each home enrolled in the program, in addition to an "administrative fee" of up to $5,000. In exchange, the program promised to make the homeowner’s future monthly mortgage payments, and pay off the homeowner’s mortgage within five to seven years. Thereafter, the homeowner and MDH would own an equal interest in the home.
The indictment alleges that Andrew Hamilton Williams, Jr., 58, of Hollywood, Fla., was the founder and owner of MDH; Michael Anthony Hickson, 46, of Commack, N.Y., was the chief financial officer; Isaac Jerome Smith, 46, of Spotsylvania, Va., was the president; and Alvita Karen Gunn, 31, of Hanover, Md., was the vice president of operations. The information alleges that Carole Nelson, age 50, of Washington, D.C., was the chief financial officer of POS Dream Homes.
The indictment further alleges that Dream Homes Program representatives explained to investors that the homeowners’ initial payments would be used to fund investments in automated teller machines (ATMs), flat-screen televisions that would show paid business advertisements, and "Touch-N-Buy" electronic kiosks that sold telephone calling cards and other items. To give the Dream Homes Program a veneer of legitimacy and financial success, the defendants marketed the program through live presentations at luxury hotels in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Beverly Hills, Calif., among other locations. The defendants allegedly told some of the investors that they should not worry about the price of the homes or monthly mortgage payments because MDH would make mortgage payments on their behalf.
The indictment alleges that the defendants failed to advise investors that: the ATMs, flat-screen televisions and kiosks never generated any meaningful revenue; the defendants used the funds from later investors to pay the mortgages of earlier investors; and MDH had not filed any federal income tax returns throughout its existence. The defendants also allegedly failed to advise investors that their investments were being used for the personal enrichment of select MDH employees, including the defendants, to: pay salaries of up to $200,000 a year as well as their mortgages; employ a staff of 10 chauffeurs and maintain a fleet of luxury cars; and travel to and attend the 2007 National Basketball Association All-Star game and the 2007 National Football League Super Bowl, staying in luxury accommodations in both instances. Nor were investors told that investor funds were allegedly used to: pay off investors in a prior failed ATM investment venture that Williams had founded called Bankcard Group; make multiple donations of up to $50,000 each to charitable organizations to allegedly give MDH the appearance of being financially successful; and fund investments in third-party businesses that had not been disclosed to investors.
On Aug. 15, 2007, the Maryland Securities Commissioner issued a cease-and-desist order to Williams, MDH and other related companies directing them to immediately cease the offering and sale of unregistered securities in connection with their promotion of the Dream Homes Program. However, the defendants thereafter allegedly called additional meetings in which they made additional misrepresentations about the financial success of MDH’s operations. On Sept. 4, 2007, the defendants filed a legal challenge in federal court in Maryland to the cease-and-desist order. The indictment alleges that at a hearing on Sept. 12, 2007, Hickson testified that the financial success of the Dream Homes Program did not rely upon new investor funds, when in fact Hickson knew that the sole source of meaningful revenue for MDH was new investor funds.
As a result of the scheme, more than 1,000 investors in the Dream Homes Program invested approximately $70 million. When the defendants stopped making the mortgage payments, the homeowners were left to attempt to make the mortgage payments MDH had promised to make in full.
The four indicted defendants face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for the fraud conspiracy; 20 years in prison on each of the 15 counts of wire fraud; and 20 years in prison for conspiracy to commit money laundering. Hickson also faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison for making false statements. Smith also faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison for bank fraud arising out of his alleged misrepresentation of his income in order to obtain a bank loan to purchase a new Bentley automobile. Nelson was charged by information with money laundering, which carries a maximum penalty of ten years in prison. The indictment seeks forfeiture of the fraud proceeds, including $70 million.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceeding.
This prosecution is being brought jointly by the Maryland and Washington, D.C. Mortgage Fraud Task Forces, which are comprised of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia. The Task Forces were formed to promote the early detection, identification, prevention and prosecution of various kinds of mortgage fraud schemes. This case, as well as other cases brought by members of the Task Forces, demonstrates the commitment of law enforcement agencies to protect consumers from fraud and help to ensure the integrity of the mortgage market and other credit markets. Information about mortgage fraud prosecutions is available on the internet at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/md/Mortgage-Fraud/index.html.
Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer and U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the FBI, IRS - CI, the Maryland Attorney General’s Office, Securities Division and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Office of Inspector General for their investigative work; and thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the District of Maryland Jonathan C. Su and Bryan E. Foreman, who are prosecuting the case.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Constantin Remus Lucan si Bela Balint cautati de FBI

Din acelasi grup infractional, ne-au fost puse astazi la dispozitie de FBI, fotografiile romanilor Constantin Remus Lucan, 42 de ani, care folosea si numele de Dorel, Giuseppe Giovanni sau Massimo Proetti, si brasoveanul Bela Balint, 27 de ani, cunoscut si sub numele de Bebe sau George Blumann. Acestia, impreuna cu Gabriel Constantin si Lucian Nanau au reusit sa scape pana acum de urmarirea autoritatilor, motiv pentru care cei de la FBI au cerut ajutor publicului. Un premiu de 5,000 de dolari este oferit pentru informatii care vor duce la prinderea oricaruia dintre acestia.




Video Bela Balint cautat de FBI
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Bela Balint in vremurile bune pe hi5, pozele si contul  au disparut insa cand a aparut prin presa, noroca ca pozele au fost salvate la timp!






Top 10 stiri FBI in saptamana care se incheie

1. San Francisco: Marin Man Added to FBI’s ‘Most Wanted Terrorists’ List
The FBI announces the addition of animal rights extremist Daniel Andreas San Diego to the Most Wanted Terrorists list. Mr. San Diego is only the second United States citizen, and the only domestic terrorist, to appear on the Most Wanted Terrorists list. Full Story
2. New York: Somalian Pirate Brought to U.S. to Face Charges for Hijacking the Maersk Alabama and Holding the Ship’s Captain Hostage
Abduwali Abdukhadir Muse arrives in U.S. to face charges stemming from his alleged participation in the April 8, 2009, hijacking of the Maersk Alabama container ship in the Indian Ocean, and the subsequent taking of the captain of the ship as a hostage. Full Story
3. Washington Field Office: MS-13 Leader Found Guilty of 2007 Murder in Springfield
Virginia jury convicts Oscar Omar Lobo-Lopez of conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering activity, murder in aid of racketeering activity, and use of a firearm during a crime of violence causing death. Full Story
4. Atlanta: Former Military Official Pleads Guilty To Participating In Bribery Conspiracy Involving $206 Million Telecommunications Contract In Korea
A former Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) official pleaded guilty for his role in a conspiracy to commit bribery involving a multimillion dollar telecommunications contract, and for not reporting the bribes he accepted on his income tax returns. Full Story
5. Sacramento: Folsom Man Indicted in $40 Million Ponzi Scheme Defrauded 150 Investors, Many from His Church
Grand jury indicts man for mail fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering in a massive investment fraud scheme involving 150 investors, many of whom he met in church. Full Story
6. Los Angeles: Multiple Arrests of Two Dozen Federally Charged In Valley Operation Targeting Hispanic Gangs And Associates In Connection With Narcotics Distribution Ring
Two dozen individuals associated with the Mexican Mafia and other Hispanic street gangs are charged federally for their roles in a narcotics distribution ring operating in the San Fernando Valley. Full Story
7. New York: Former Professional Football Player Pleads Guilty to Multimillion-Dollar Fraud
Former gridiron pro pleads guilty to scheme that defrauded investors of millions of dollars. Full Story
8. Pittsburgh: West Virginia Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Civil Rights Charges
West Virginia man is guilty of charges involving using fire to intimidate and interfere with a person’s housing rights. Full Story
9. Knoxville: Union County Man Indicted on Federal Election Tampering and Vote Buying Charges
A six (6) count indictment returned by a federal grand jury charges a Tennessee man for allegedly paying and offering to pay six (6) different individuals for voting during an early election held in Union County, Tennessee in August, 2006. This election was held in part for the purpose of selecting a candidate for the office of Member of the United States Senate. Full Story
10. San Juan: FBI And Police Of Puerto Rico Recover Stolen Cargo Container
The FBI and the Police of Puerto Rico recovered a stolen shipping cargo container which held bales of corn meal used for a U.S. Department of Agriculture food distribution program. Full Story

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Top 10 stiri FBI in saptamana care se incheie

1. Charlotte: Marine Fugitive Brought Back to U.S.
Fugitive U.S. Marine Corps Corporal Cesar Armando Laurean was extradited from Mexico to the United States. Laurean was captured in central Mexico in April 2008 after fleeing the United States in January 2008. Full Story
2. Boston: FBI Safe Streets Gang Task Force Seizes 45 Kilograms of Cocaine in Manchester
Several New Hampshire men were arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Gang Task Force after a three month investigation focusing on the distribution of cocaine. Full Story
3. New Orleans: Man Pleads Guilty To Assault on the High Seas
Cruise ship passenger pleads guilty in federal court to one count of assault within the special maritime jurisdiction of the United States. Full Story
4. New York: Arms Trafficker Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison
Christiaan Spies, a leader of an international arms trafficking operation, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for plotting to smuggle shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles, rocket-propelled grenades, anti-tank guided missiles, and other high-powered military weapons. Full Story5. Miami: Mother and Two Others Charged with Kidnapping
Mom planned to kidnap her own 17-year-old son and demand the payment of a ransom from her ex-husband. Full Story
6. Houston: Businessman Convicted of Fraud in Iraq Food Contracts
Texas man pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the United States by misrepresenting the cost to deliver food to U.S. troops in Iraq and Kuwait. Full Story
7. San Antonio: CBP Inspector Pleads Guilty to Drug Trafficking, Alien Smuggling and Bribery
A Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspector is convicted of drug trafficking, alien smuggling and bribery. Full Story
8. Memphis: Jury Finds MTSU Professor Guilty of Bank and Wire FraudPamela Gail Holder, a nursing professor at the Middle Tennessee State University and the former coordinator of the statewide Tennessee Board of Regents On-Line Degree Program, was convicted by a jury on two counts of wire fraud and two counts of bank fraud. Full Story
9. Washington Field: Iraqi-Born Dutch Citizen Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Terrorism Conspiracy Against Americans in Iraq
An Iraqi-born Dutch citizen was sentenced to 25 years in prison today for conspiring to murder Americans overseas, including by planting roadside bombs targeting U.S. soldiers in Fallujah, Iraq, and by demonstrating on video how these explosives would be detonated to destroy American vehicles and their occupants. Full Story
10. Baltimore: Leader of Mortgage Fraud Scheme Confesses and Agrees to Forfeit $2 Million for Targeting Victims with TV Ads
Maryland pleaded guilty today to conspiracy and bankruptcy fraud arising from a scheme in which he and his conspirators offered to help financially vulnerable individuals save their homes from foreclosure, and instead defrauded homeowners and mortgage lenders. Full Story

Friday, April 17, 2009

Jaf la o banca din Skokie






There was a bank robbery that occurred this morning at the EDENS BANK, 5652 West Dempster, Skokie , IL .
Lone white male entered the bank a little after 9:00 AM and asked to speak to the bank manager. Robber announced a bank robbery to the manager and threatened harm if his demands for cash were not met. After getting an undisclosed amount of cash, robber fled the bank on foot. No injuries. No shots fired. No further information at this time. Agents are on the scene.
Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to call the Skokie Police or the Chicago FBI at 312/421-6700.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Crimele bancare din ultimele 3 luni ale lui 2008 in USA

Today the FBI released bank crime statistics for the fourth quarter of calendar year 2008. Between October 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008, there were 1,617 robberies of financial institutions,* as well as 25 burglaries and three larcenies. This represents 1,645 reported violations of the Federal Bank Robbery and Incidental Crimes Statute, an increase from the third quarter’s total of 1,376.

“Although this quarter showed a 19.5 percent increase in bank crimes from the third quarter of 2008, this brings the total violations for 2008 to 6,105—down from the 2007 (6,182) and 2006 (7,272) calendar year totals,” said Assistant Director Kenneth W. Kaiser, FBI Criminal Investigative Division.

Highlights of the report include the following:

Of the 1,645 total reported violations, loot was taken in 1,527 incidents (93 percent). In contrast, loot was taken in 1,267 incidents (92 percent) during the third quarter of 2008.
The total amount taken was valued at more than $15.4 million dollars, an increase from the previous quarter’s total of more than $12.5 million stolen.
A note was used in 839 incidents; a firearm was used in 465 incidents; and robbers threatened the use of a weapon in 696 incidents.
Acts of violence were committed during 75 of the reported incidents. These acts included 22 instances involving the discharge of firearms, 37 instances involving assaults, and 15 instances of hostage situations.
Three deaths occurred during this reporting period, all three of which were perpetrators. No law enforcement officers were killed responding to these incidents.
Most violations occurred on Friday. Regardless of the day of the week, violations between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. were the most common.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Top 10 stiri FBI in saptamana care se incheie

1. Washington Field Office: Two Department of Defense Contractors Charged in Bribery Conspiracy Related to DOD Contracts in Afghanistan
The charged were located in Afghanistan and taken into U.S. custody and transferred to the United States, with the authorization of Afghan authorities. Full Story
2. New Haven: Former Member of U.S. Navy Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Disclosing Classified Information
Hassan Abu-Jihaad was sentenced in New Haven for disclosing previously classified information relating to the national defense. Full Story
3. Norfolk: Virginia Physicist Sentenced to 51 Months in Prison for Illegally Exporting Space Launch Data to China and Offering Bribes to Chinese Officials
A PhD physicist was sentenced was sentenced to 51 months in prison for illegally exporting space launch technical data and defense services to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and offering bribes to Chinese government officials. Full Story
4. Philadelphia: FBI's Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory Network Increases Number of Accredited Labs
The Philadelphia lab becomes the ninth RCFL to receive accreditation. Full Story
5. Louisville: Fen-Phen Lawyers Convicted of Wire Fraud and Wire Fraud Conspiracy
Two Fen-Phen Lawyers accused of hoarding $94 million from their clients were convicted on eight counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit to wire fraud. Full Story
6. Atlanta: Bank-Robbing “Dracula” Sentenced to Over 20 Years in Prison
A man wearing a Dracula mask was sentenced to serve more than 20 years in prison on charges of armed bank robbery and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence. Full Story
7. San Antonio: Woman Sentenced to Federal Prison for Trafficking Over Two Million Dollars Worth of Counterfeit Goods
A 54-year-old Texas woman was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison for trafficking over $2 million dollars in counterfeit goods. Full Story
8. San Juan: FBI Fugitive Wanted in Wisconsin Arrested
A routine name check determined there was an outstanding arrest warrant from the FBI-Milwaukee Field Office for Puerto Rican ferry passenger Liosony Perez-Sosa. Full Story
9. Washington Field Office: Three International Airline Companies Agree to Plead Guilty to Price Fixing on Air Cargo Shipments
Three international airline companies have each agreed to plead guilty and pay criminal fines totaling $214 million for conspiring to fix prices in the air cargo industry. Full Story
10. Phoenix: Former 5th Grade Teacher Pleads Guilty to One Count of Receipt of Child Pornography

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Jefuitorul de la banca din Joliet a fost capturat



JERMAINE SMITH, age 25, of 850 Ewing in Joliet, was arrested yesterday evening by FBI Special Agents and Officers from the JPD following a brief foot chase. SMITH was taken into custody as he attempted to flee from a residence located at 5234 Stonebridge in Matteson. Officers from the Matteson, Illinois Police Department also assisted with the arrest.
SMITH was charged in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, earlier today, with one count of Bank Robbery, which is a felony offense. The complaint charges SMITH with the April 8, 2009 robbery of the Harris Bank branch, located at 207 North Midland in Joliet.
According to the complaint, SMITH confronted an employee of the bank as she approached the entrance just after 7:00 AM. He threatened her with harm if his instructions were not followed and proceeded with her to the bank’s entrance. They were then met at the door by a second bank employee, who unlocked the door and let both individuals into the building. SMITH then is alleged to have announced a robbery and demanded that he be led to the vault, where he filled a black plastic garbage bag with over $71,000. SMITH then fled the bank on foot, last seen walking around a fence separating the bank property from a grocery store. The bank employees gave investigators a description of the robber and his clothing, including a black leather "Sean John" jacket that the robber was wearing.
Subsequent investigation by the FBI and JPD discovered that an unoccupied vehicle parked in the lot of the adjacent grocery store was registered to SMITH and that his physical description, as contained on records of the Illinois Secretary of State, matched the description of the robber. Surveillance cameras from the grocery store also disclosed that a second vehicle, described as a Honda Accord, was seen parked next to SMITH’s vehicle, just prior to the robbery. The license plate of this vehicle was registered to an associate of SMITH’s in Matteson, Illinois.
When investigators arrived at the Matteson residence, they were met by an individual, subsequently identified as SMITH. As investigators were leaving, they observed a black leather "Sean John" jacket on the back seat of the Honda Accord, which was parked in the driveway of the residence. While they waited outside for a search warrant, investigators heard a smoke alarm activate inside the residence. A short time later, SMITH was seen opening windows in the house and the smell of smoke was detected.
Suspecting that SMITH was burning evidence, investigators gained entry to the residence and discovered money was being burned in the fireplace. While the fire was being extinguished, SMITH attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended a few blocks away. Additional evidence was later discovered inside, linking SMITH to the Joliet theft. Further investigation is being conducted into this theft by both the FBI and JPD.
Although charged with just the Joliet robbery, SMITH is a suspect in as many as four (4) additional thefts, dating to March of 2008. This includes the March 14th robbery of the Marquette Bank branch, located at 1876 West Airport Road in Romeoville, Illinois; and robberies of Harris Bank branches in Hinsdale, Illinois on March 17, 2008 and Plainfield, Illinois on October 30, 2008. No injuries were reported in any of these robberies.
SMITH appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan E. Cox, earlier today, at which time he was formally charged. SMITH was ordered held without bond, pending his next scheduled court appearance, and will be housed at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in Chicago. If convicted of the charge filed against him, SMITH faces a possible sentence of up to 20 years incarceration.
The public is reminded that a complaint is not evidence of guilt and that all defendants in a criminal case are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Monday, April 6, 2009

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Top 10 stiri FBI in saptamana care se incheie

1. Chicago: Former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich, His Brother, Two Former Top Aides, and Two Businessmen Indicted on Federal Corruption Charges Alleging Pervasive Fraud
Former Illinois Governor Rod R. Blagojevich has been charged in a 19-count indictment by a federal grand jury. Blagojevich, 52, of Chicago, was charged with 16 felony counts, including racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud, extortion conspiracy, attempted extortion and making false statements to federal agents. Full Story
2. Philadelphia: Federal Indictment in Coatesville Arson Case
Mark Gilliam, of Chester County, Pennsylvania, has been indicted with a one-count arson indictment for a fire at the Happy Days Family Bistro in Thorndale, Pennsylvania on January 25, 2009. Full Story
3. Detroit: Motorcycle Gang National President Indicted, 17 Other Members Charged in Criminal Complaints
A grand jury has charged Jeff Garvin Smith, aka “Fat Dog,” 54, of Mt. Clemens, Michigan, with being a violent felon in possession of body armor. Full Story
4. San Antonio: CBP Officer Indicted for Bribery, Drug Trafficking and Alien Smuggling
A Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer has been arrested following the filing of a criminal complaint accusing him of bribery, alien smuggling and drug charges. Full Story
5. Cincinnati: Grand Jury Indicts Three for Drive-By Shooting Involving FBI Agent
A federal grand jury has indicted three Cincinnati men, charging them with assaulting a federal officer in connection with a March 25, 2009 shooting where assailants fired multiple rounds into the car of an FBI agent. Full Story
6. Washington: Department Of Justice Efforts To Combat Mexican Drug Cartels
The FBI is taking proactive measures to assess and confront this heightened threat to public safety on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, by creating a Southwest Intelligence Group (SWIG), which will serve as a clearinghouse of all FBI activities involving Mexico. The FBI will also increase its focus on public corruption, kidnappings and extortion relating to Southwest border issues. Full Story
7. Salt Lake City: Two Individuals Face Federal Charge of Conspiracy to Commit Sex Trafficking of Children
Two residents of South Salt Lake City are charged with one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of children in a federal indictment unsealed late last week in the first case charged as a part of efforts by the Utah Human Trafficking Task Force. Full Story
8. Dallas: Fugitive Arrested by FBI in Amarillo, Texas
Don Dwayne McAdams was arrested in Amarillo by FBI agents and Deputy US Marshals. McAdams was charged federally on March 27, 2009 in the Eastern District of Texas for the kidnapping of a minor and for interstate transportation of a minor for sex. Full Story
9. Sacramento: Roseville Man Indicted for Shining Laser at Two Aircraft
A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment charging Balltazar O. Valladares, 29, of Roseville, California, with interference with the safe operation of an aircraft by shining a powerful handheld laser into the cockpit. Full Story
10. Portland: Man Sentenced to 15 Months in Federal Prison for Sending Letters Containing Simulated Anthrax
David A. Groves, 39, was sentenced to 15 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Anna J. Brown after he pled guilty to sending more than 25 bizarre and threatening letters to federal, state, and local governmental agencies which contained a white, powdery substance. Full Story