Friday, July 31, 2009

Top 10 stiri FBI in saptamana 25-31 Iulie 2009

1. Charlotte: Seven Charged with Terrorism Violations in North Carolina
Seven individuals have been charged with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and conspiring to murder, kidnap, maim, and injure persons abroad. The indictment alleges that the defendants prepared themselves to engage in violent jihad and were willing to die as martyrs. They also allegedly offered training in weapons and financing, and helped arrange overseas travel and contacts so others could wage violent jihad overseas. Full Story
2. Washington Field Office: James Von Brunn Indicted for Attack on the Holocaust Memorial Museum
A federal grand jury in the District of Columbia returned a seven-count indictment charging James Wenneker Von Brunn, 89, of Annapolis, Md., with the murder of Special Police Officer Stephen Tyrone Johns and related hate crime and gun charges for his alleged attack on the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on June 10, 2009. Full Story
3. Buffalo: FBI Announces Arrests involving an Illegal Narcotics Trafficking Organization
Twenty-two federal arrest warrants and 15 federal search warrants were executed in connection with an illegal narcotics trafficking organization. As evidenced by the locations of the search warrants, this was a wide ranging drug trafficking operation that reached across Erie and Niagara County borders into neighboring communities. Law enforcement officers seized 14 weapons, illegal drugs including cocaine and marijuana, $15,000 in cash, and approximately 10 vehicles. Full Story
4. Houston: Medicare Fraud Strike Force Operations Lead to Charges Against 32 Doctors and Health Care Executives
Thirty-two people have been indicted for schemes to submit more than $16 million in false Medicare claims in the continuing operation of the Medicare Fraud Strike Force. The Strike Force in Houston is the fourth phase of a targeted criminal, civil, and administrative effort against individuals and health care companies that fraudulently bill the Medicare program. Full Story
5. Newark: Six Mortgage Industry Insiders Charged by FBI and IRS
Daniel Verdia, Don Apolito, Jaye Miller, and Chrystal Paling were arrested and Robert Gorman and Philip Blanch surrendered in connection with a mortgage fraud scam operated out of an office in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey. The six defendants are each charged with one count of wire fraud, in a joint investigation between the FBI and IRS titled “Operation Follow The Money.” Full Story
6. Miami: Forty-One Defendants Charged in Separate Fraudulent Mortgage Schemes
Forty-one defendants were charged on July 28, 2009, in six separate cases, resulting in more than $40 million in fraudulent loans. The cases reaffirm the joint federal and local commitment to crack-down on mortgage fraud perpetrators in South Florida. Full Story
7. Detroit: Fourteen Motorcycle Gang Leaders and Members Plead Guilty to Violent Crime, Drug and Firearms Charges
Fourteen members of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club pled guilty in Detroit to charges including violent crimes in aid of racketeering, illegal drug distribution and firearms violations. The guilty pleas included leaders, members and gang associates of Outlaws’ chapters in Fort Wayne, Ind., Indianapolis, and areas of Detroit. Full Story
8. New Orleans: Illegal Aliens Arrested on Wire Fraud Charges
Jalla Pierre Emanuel and Jackson Ntone Ndemba, citizens of the Republic of Cameroon, were arrested and charged by a criminal complaint with conspiracy and wire fraud. According to the affidavit in support of the criminal complaint, Emanuel and Ndemba fraudulently represented that they could produce two counterfeit bills utilizing one real bill. Full Story
9. Washington Field Office: Virginia Resident Pleads Guilty to Participating in Scheme to Steal Fuel from U.S. Army in Iraq
Michel Jamil, 59, pled guilty on July 27, 2009, in a scheme to steal fuel worth approximately $39.6 million from the U.S. Army in Iraq. In his guilty plea, Jamil admitted that in March 2007, he and two of his co-conspirators arranged for the creation of a false Memorandum for Record (MFR) authorizing individuals to draw fuel from the Victory Bulk Fuel Point (VBFP), Camp Liberty, Iraq, purportedly on behalf of a company serving as a contractor to the U.S. government. Full Story
10. Kansas City: Wyoming Man Pleads Guilty to Buying Fake Diplomatic Identification
Blake W. Bestol of Cheyenne, Wyoming, a man with connections to the sovereign citizen movement, pled guilty in federal court to buying fraudulent diplomatic credentials. Bestol obtained an identification card that purported to be diplomatic identification and carried the title of “Ambassador” next to his name. Full Story

Friday, July 24, 2009

Top 10 stiri FBI in saptamana 18-24 Iulie

1. Newark: Political Corruption and International Money Laundering Ring Disrupted
The mayors of Hoboken, Secaucus and Ridgefield, the Jersey City deputy mayor and council president, two state assemblymen, numerous other public officials and political figures and five rabbis from New York and New Jersey were among 44 individuals charged in a public corruption and a high-volume, international money laundering conspiracy. Full Story
2. Los Angeles: FBI Top Ten Fugitive Apprehended in Mexico
Emigdio Preciado, Jr., a member of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives, was arrested in Mexico by officers with the Policia Federal Ministerial. Preciado was wanted for the brutal attack on two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies during a routine traffic stop. Full Story
3. Chicago: Suburban Businessman Charged in $77 Million Ponzi Scheme
Frank A. Castaldi is charged with allegedly operating a more than 20-year Ponzi scheme that resulted in more than 300 investors sustaining losses totaling over $31.5 million. Castaldi induced more than 450 investors to invest over $77 million in purported six-month promissory notes, which Castaldi falsely represented would pay guaranteed returns of 10 to 15 percent. Full Story
4. Denver: Second Top Ten Fugitive Apprehended in One Week Found in Wyoming
FBI Top Ten Fugitive Edward Eugene Harper was arrested on July 23, 2009. Harper was wanted for his alleged involvement in the sexual assault of two Mississippi girls, ages 3 and 8. Full Story
5. St. Louis: Cathy M. Gieseker Indicted for Multi-Million Dollar Ponzi Scheme
Cathy M. Gieseker, Owner of T.J. Gieseker Farms and Trucking, was indicted on multiple fraud charges including mail and wire fraud and interstate transportation of stolen property, involving a $27 million grain fraud scheme. Full Story
6. Houston: Father, Daughter, Wife Indicted in Mortgage Fraud Conspiracy
An 11-count indictment was unsealed charging Claymon “Butch” Trammell, Michelle Trammell, and Jeannettea Williams with conspiracy and wire fraud for their involvement in a scheme to defraud residential mortgage lenders out of loans totaling more than $2.5 million. Full Story
7. New York: Eleven Arrested in Israel on U.S. Charges for Lottery Scheme
Eleven Israeli residents were arrested by the Israel National Police overseas pursuant to a U.S. extradition request. From approximately 2005 through 2009, the defendants participated in a phony “lottery prize” scheme that targeted mostly elderly victims in the United States. Full Story
8. Denver: Former Wyoming Trooper Pleads Guilty to Civil Rights Violations
Franklin Joseph Ryle Jr., a former Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper, pleaded guilty to depriving a man of his constitutional right to be free from unreasonable seizures by kidnapping him. Ryle also pleaded guilty to one count of using his firearm in relation to the crime. Full Story
9. Phoenix: Arizona Couple Indicted for Voter Fraud
A federal grand jury returned a five-count indictment against James A. Marshall and Karen S. Marshall for conspiracy to commit voter fraud. The indictment alleges that the Marshalls voted in more than one state during the November 2008 U.S. Presidential election. Full Story
10. New Orleans: Ameal Parker Pleads Guilty to Murder of DEA Agent
Ameal Parker pled guilty to unlawfully killing DEA Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Thomas J. Byrne during an assault and robbery. SSA Byrne was attending the U.S. Department of Justice-sponsored Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Southeast Regional Conference. Full Story

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Cristinel Grigorie condamnat la 30 de luni de inchisoare

Cristinel Grigorie, cetatean roman domiciliat in Statele Unite, in varsta de 27 de ani a fost condamnat saptamana trecuta, de un judecator din Ohio, la doi ani si jumatate de inchisoare si alti 3 ani de eliberare conditionata, pentru comiterea de infractiuni pe teritoriul Statelor Unite. Printre capetele de acuzare se numara transferuri bancare frauduloase si spalare de bani.
Grigorie se pare ca facea parte dintr-un grup de infractori care isi are cartierul general in Romania.
Intre Ianuarie si Iulie 2008 acesta au primit din partea grupului infractional misiunea, ca impreuna cu alti complici, sa vina in America pentru a facilita comiterea de infractiuni prin internet.
Membrii bandei din Romania postau mesaje pe internet prin care vindeau produse fictive pe diferite situri de licitatii. Acestia cereau victimelor sa trimita banii in diferite locatii din America. Produsele respective nu erau insa trimise niciodata spre cumparatori. Grigorie se pare ca avea rolul de calatori prin diferite state americane pentru a colecta banii trimisi de victime, pe care ulterior ii trimitea mai departe complicilor sai din Romania.
Infractorul roman a pledat vinovat pentru spalare de bani, acesta urmand ca, pe langa pedeapsa primita, sa se oblige la a restitui bani luati de la victime.

Chicagoan pus sub acuzare pentru frauda piramidala

july, 22,2009
CHICAGO, IL—A suburban businessman who offered and sold purported investments to hundreds of investors was charged in an information filed yesterday by the United States Attorney's Office with allegedly operating a more than 20-year Ponzi scheme that resulted in more than 300 investors sustaining losses totaling over $31.5 million. The information alleges that, over the years, Frank A. Castaldi fraudulently induced more than 450 investors to invest over $77 million in purported six-month promissory notes, which Castaldi falsely represented would pay guaranteed returns of 10 percent to 15 percent.
Castaldi was charged with two counts of mail fraud and one count of corruptly endeavoring to impede the Internal Revenue Service in an information that was announced today by Patrick J. Fitzgerald, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Alvin Patton, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Office of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation. In addition to the mail fraud and IRS-related counts, the information seeks forfeiture of approximately $31.6 million.
Castaldi, 56, of Prospect Heights, was initially charged with a single count of mail fraud in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago on January 23, 2009.
According to the information, between at least March 1986 and December 2008, Castaldi engaged in and operated a "Ponzi" scheme by continually raising funds through the offer and sale of promissory notes to make purported "interest" payments to earlier investors. During the scheme, Castaldi made false representations and promises regarding the risk involved in the investment, the manner in which investors' funds would be used, and the source of returns generated by the investments, it alleges.
Castaldi allegedly fraudulently induced prospective investors to purchase promissory notes, and investors to roll over promissory notes, by falsely representing the risks involved in the investment and the source of the promised 10 percent to 15 percent returns. Castaldi also allegedly personally guaranteed the safety of the investors' principal, when he knew that he did not have the ability to make good on such guarantees without operating his Ponzi scheme.
The information further alleges that Castaldi falsely represented to certain prospective investors and investors that their funds would be invested in several different ways, including: (1) in certificates of deposit-like instruments, which were insured for up to $250,000; (2) in defendant's businesses; or (3) with financial institutions with which Castaldi claimed he had "special relationships." In reality, the information alleges: (1) none of the investors' funds were invested in certificates of deposit or any similar investments; (2) none of the investors' funds were insured; (3) Castaldi had no "special relationships" with any financial institutions; (4) none of the investors' funds were invested with any financial institutions; and (5) in general, Castaldi's businesses were unprofitable and the only way he could make the promised payments was through the operation of his Ponzi scheme. The information also alleges that Castaldi used a significant portion of investors' funds to make Ponzi-type payments to earlier investors as part of his scheme.
The information further alleges that, during the operation of his Ponzi scheme, Castaldi corruptly endeavored to impede the IRS in the due administration of the Internal Revenue Code and the ascertainment and collection of income tax revenue by, among other things, failing to report to the IRS his receipt and use of investors' funds.
If convicted, each mail fraud carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or the Court may impose an alternative maximum fine totaling twice the loss or twice the gain, whichever is greater. The charge that Castaldi corruptly endeavored to impede the IRS carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The Court, however, would determine the appropriate sentence to be imposed under the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Top 10 stiri FBI in saptamana 11-17 Iulie

1. Los Angeles: Engineer Convicted of Economic Espionage Charges
Dongfan “Greg” Chung, a former Rockwell and Boeing engineer, was remanded into custody after being convicted of economic espionage charges and for acting as an agent of the People’s Republic of China. Chung is alleged to have stolen restricted technology and Boeing trade secrets, including information related to the Space Shuttle program and Delta IV rocket. Full Story
2. Boston: Executives Indicted for SBA Loan Fraud Involving 9-11 Recovery Program
Former Ptech Officers Buford George Peterson and Oussama Abdul Ziade were arrested for making false statements to the U.S. Small Business Administration in connection with a loan application submitted under a program offered to assist small businesses economically harmed by the attacks of September 11, 2001. The indictment charges Peterson and Ziade with falsely representing the identities of Ptech’s major shareholders in this loan application to conceal the ownership interest in Ptech held by a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, Yassin Kadi. Full Story
3. Washington Field Office: Virginia Man Indicted for Making Threats to Federal Judges
Stephen H. Rosenberg was arrested and charged with transmitting threats to kill white judges in South Carolina as well as threats designed to influence or intimidate a federal judge hearing a civil case in which Rosenberg is the plaintiff. Full Story
4. San Diego: Casino-Cheating Criminal Enterprise Sentenced for Targeting Casinos
George Michael Lee, Duc Cong Nguyen, Hop Nguyen and Tien Duc Vu were sentenced in San Diego for their roles in a scheme by the “Tran Organization” to cheat casinos across the United States and Canada. Duc Cong Nguyen and Vu admitted that they unlawfully obtained up to $2.5 million during card cheats. Full Story
5. Buffalo: Two People Charged in United Nations Fraud Case
A 14-count Indictment was unsealed charging Deborah Bowers and Steve Jabar with wire fraud, money laundering and making false statements in connection with a scheme to defraud the United Nations Development Fund for Women of tens of thousands of dollars. Full Story
6. Chicago: Gang Leader Arrested for Extorting Recording Artist
Elgin Nathan James, the self-proclaimed founder of a street gang that purports to exert control through use of violence over hardcore punk rock music in clubs and concert venues, was arrested on an extortion charge filed in Chicago. James allegedly extorted $5,000 from an unnamed victim while the victim's band was on tour in late 2005 and early 2006. Full Story
7. San Antonio: Federal Probation Officer Charged with Drug Trafficking and Bribery
Armando Mora, a United States Probation Officer, was arrested and charged with drug trafficking and bribery. According to the criminal complaint, Mora received bribe payments from members of a drug trafficking organization to provide sensitive and confidential information from government records. Full Story
8. Detroit: Charges Arise from Deals with Former Detroit City Council Member Conyers
Samuel L. Riddle, Jr., was indicted for conspiracy, extortion, bribery, and making false statements to the FBI after conspiring with former Detroit City Council President Pro Tempore Monica Conyers. Riddle is charged with aiding and abetting Conyers in receiving bribes relating to the Synagro sludge hauling contract with the City of Detroit. Full Story
9. Kansas City: Naval Recruiter Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking of a Child
Shane Allan Childers, an active duty naval recruiter, pleaded guilty to the attempted commercial sex trafficking of a child. This conviction is the result of Operation Guardian Angel, a unique undercover law enforcement investigation targeting the demand for child prostitutes in the Kansas City metro area. Full Story
10. Headquarters: Houston Regional Computer Forensic Lab Receives New Accreditation
The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB) accredited the Greater Houston Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (GHRCFL) in digital and multi-media evidence. Full Story

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Rata criminalitatii in America

Between January 1, 2009 and March 31, 2009, there were 1,498 robberies of financial institutions*, 18 burglaries, five larcenies, and three extortions reported. This represents 1,524 reported violations of the Federal Bank Robbery and Incidental Crimes Statue, a decrease from the 1,642 reported violations in the same quarter of 2008.
Highlights of the report include:
Loot was taken in 92 percent of the incidents, totaling more than $11.4 million.
Of the loot taken, 22 percent of it was recovered. More than $1.9 million was returned to the financial institutions.
Bank crimes most frequently occurred on Friday. Regardless of the day, the time frame when bank crimes occurred most frequently was between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Acts of violence were committed in 4 percent of the 1,524 reported incidents, resulting in 38 injuries, five deaths, and 17 hostages taken. The five people killed were the perpetrators.
The most common methods used were oral demands, closely followed by written notes.
The southern region of the U.S. had the most violations, with 485 reported incidents.
These statistics were recorded as of June 17, 2009. Note that not all bank crimes are reported to the FBI, and therefore the report is not a complete statistical compilation of all bank crimes that occurred in the United States.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Top 10 stiri FBI in saptamana 3-10 Iulie

1. St. Louis/Kansas City/Springfield/Dallas: Nationwide Crackdown on Dog Fighting
In multiple cases around the country, many people were taken into custody for operating numerous dog fighting ventures. As of 07/08/09, at least 350 dogs had been seized as part of the investigation. Charges against the defendants include conspiracy to travel across state lines to sponsor a dog in an animal fighting venture and to aid in illegal gambling and bookmaking activities, among others. Full Story – St. Louis
Full Story – Dallas
2. Los Angeles: Largest Gang Case in U.S. History with Nearly 200 Defendants Named in Federal Indictments
In the nation’s largest-ever gang investigation and prosecution, a law enforcement task force arrested on 07/08/09, an additional 11 defendants named in federal charges that are linked to the Hawaiian Gardens gang that was previously the subject of a sweeping racketeering indictment. With the investigation dubbed Operation Knock Out drawing to a close, federal authorities have unsealed indictments charging 192 defendants, and 132 of those defendants have been taken into custody. With dozens of arrests leading to charges being filed in state court, Operation Knock Out has led to more than 300 gang members and associates being taken off the street. Full Story
3. Salt Lake City: Alleged Utah Drug Dealers, Distribution Organizations Targeted in Three Significant Federal Indictments
Fourteen individuals are charged in three federal indictments with violations of federal drug laws in connection with the alleged distribution of cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine in Utah. The indictments follow a significant 16-month investigation into drug trafficking organizations conducted by the FBI, Sandy City Police Department, the Utah County Major Crimes Task Force and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Full Story
4. San Diego: Indictment Charges Civilian Navy Employees and Contractors with Fraud and Bribery
A 25-count indictment was unsealed on 07/07/09, charging six individuals with corruption and fraud charges related to defense contracting at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), a government organization based in San Diego that is responsible for the development of technology to collect, process, display and manage information essential to successful military operations. Full Story
5. Las Vegas: Aryan Warrior Gang Members Convicted in Federal Racketeering Case
Following a seven-week federal jury trial, five members of the Aryan Warriors prison/street gang were found guilty of conspiracy to engage in a racketeering organization (RICO) or conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. The racketeering charges include multiple acts involving murder, attempted murder, extortion, operating an illegal gambling business, identity theft and fraud and drug trafficking. Full Story
6. Atlanta: Illegal Immigrants Sentenced in Georgia for Kidnapping, Abusing Drug Dealer
Victor Abiles Gomez, Omar Mendoza-Villegas, and Gerardo Solorio Reyes, a/k/a “Gera,” all illegal immigrants from Mexico, have been sentenced to federal prison on hostage-taking and related charges, arising from the week-long kidnapping and abuse of a drug dealer. Full Story
7. New York: Six Charged in $140 Million Investment Fraud and Stock Manipulation Scheme
Ross H. Mandell, Stephen Shea, Adam Harrington, a/k/a “Adam Rukdeschel”, Arn Wilson, Robert Grabowski, and Michael Passaro have been charged in a two-count Indictment with conspiracy to commit securities, wire and mail fraud; and with securities fraud. The defendants surrendered to agents of the FBI. Full Story
8. San Juan: Twelve Indicted for Conspiracy to Commit Carjacking Resulting in Death and Civil Rights Violations
A grand jury in the District of Puerto Rico returned an eight-count indictment on 07/07/09, charging 12 individuals with conspiracy to commit a carjacking that resulted in death and conspiracy to violate civil rights. The events, which occurred from about April 2008 until May 2008, resulted in the death of Elis Manuel Andrades-Telleria. The defendants were arrested by FBI agents with the collaboration of the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD). Full Story
9. Chicago: Two Arrested in Murder-for-Hire Plot
Heidi L. Friedburg and William C. Alexander, both of New Carlisle, Indiana, were arrested in a murder-for-fire plot, without incident, by members of the Chicago FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force (VCTF) in south suburban Lansing, Illinois. The arrests culminated a two-week investigation that began when a third party brought the plot, which targeted an unnamed Illinois man, to the attention of the Chicago FBI. Full Story
10. Indianapolis: Federal Grand Jury Returns Indictment on Internet Bomb Threats
A three-count indictment was returned against Ashton Lundeby, 16, for his role in Internet bomb and related threats directed to Purdue University, Indiana University/Purdue University at Fort Wayne, Ind., and numerous other educational institutions throughout the country. Lundeby and other co-conspirators would target institutions that used Web-based video surveillance cameras. They would log into those cameras, call in a bomb threat, and watch the police response in real-time, an illegal activity known as “swatting.” Full Story

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Banditul cu vesta antiglont jefuieste o noua banca

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The bank robber dubbed "Bullet Proof Bandit" has struck again. The robbery occurred today at the Edens Bank, 5256 Dempster, Skokie, around 9:30 A.M. A lone white male, armed with a gun, walked into the bank and announced a robbery. After getting an undisclosed amount of cash, he fled the bank on foot. No injuries were reported as a result of this robbery. He is further described as approximately 40 years old, 6'2, slim build, white handkerchief covering lower portion of face. (He has been given the moniker "Bullet Proof Bandit" due to the fact that he is believed to be wearing a ballistic vest during these robberies. He should be considered Armed & Dangerous.) The attached photos are from today's robbery.
For more photos and information about the "Bullet Proof Bandit" please visit website. Anyone with any information regarding this or any of the other robberies, please contact the Chicago Office of the FBI at 312/421-6700

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Top 10 stiri FBI in saptamana care se incheie

1. New York: Bernard Madoff Sentenced to 150 Years in Prison
Bernard L. Madoff was sentenced in Manhattan federal court to 150 years in prison for perpetrating a Ponzi scheme that resulted in billions of dollars of losses to thousands of investor-victims. He was also ordered to forfeit a total of $170,799,000,000. Full Story
2. Philadelphia: Joseph T. Lukas Pleads Guilty to Paying Bribes to Vietnamese Officials
Joseph T. Lukas, a former executive of Philadelphia-based Nexus Technologies Inc., pled guilty in connection with his participation in a conspiracy to bribe Vietnamese government officials in exchange for lucrative contracts to supply equipment and technology to Vietnamese government agencies, in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Full Story
3. Washington Field Office: Frank M. Lombard Arrested on Allegations He Offered, Via the Internet, to Permit a Traveler to Sexually Molest His Adopted 5-Year-Old Son
Frank M. Lombard, the Duke University Associate Director of the Center for Health Policy, was charged with attempting to persuade a person he did not realize was a task force officer from the Metropolitan Police Department to travel to North Carolina to have sex with Lombard's 5-year-old adopted child. Full Story
4. Norfolk: Paul Alonzo Ewing, Former Portsmouth Police Officer, Pleads Guilty to Possession of Child Pornography
Paul Alonzo Ewing pled guilty in Norfolk federal court to a three-count Criminal Information charging him with possession of child pornography. An analysis of Ewing’s computers and a thumb drive revealed at least 150 images of a known victim of child pornography. Full Story
5. New York: Eleven Charged in Massive Scheme to File Fraudulent Tax Returns Using Stolen Puerto Rican Identities
A four-count indictment charging 11 defendants for their roles in a massive scheme to steal identities of residents of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and file fraudulent federal and state tax returns in the names of those people seeking millions of dollars of tax refunds was unsealed. Over the course of the scheme, more than $18 million in fraudulent federal and state tax refunds were sought from the IRS, NYSDTF, and other state tax authorities. Full Story
6. Dallas: Jesse William McGraw Arrested on Federal Charges for Hacking into Hospital's Computer System
Jesse William McGraw, a contract security guard at the Carrell Clinic in Dallas, was arrested on felony charges outlined in a criminal complaint. According to the affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, McGraw is the leader of the hacker group "Electronik Tribulation Army. The affidavit alleges that McGraw committed computer intrusions of several computers in the Carrell Clinic hospital building, including computers controlling the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system and computers containing confidential patient information. Further investigation revealed that McGraw was planning to use his compromised systems to commit additional crimes on or before July 4, 2009, a date that McGraw, according to the affidavit, called "Devil's Day." Full Story
7. Knoxville: John Reece Roth Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Exporting Military Research Technical Data
John Reece Roth, a former University of Tennessee professor, was sentenced to 48 months in prison for violating the Arms Export Control Act by conspiring to illegally export, and actually exporting, technical information relating to a U.S. Air Force (USAF) research and development contract. Full Story
8. Indianapolis: Jarvis Brown Sentenced To Five Consecutive Life Sentences for Multiple Murders in Indianapolis and Evansville
Jarvis Brown was sentenced in federal court to five consecutive life imprisonment sentences, plus an additional 20 year sentence. In 2005, Brown’s group of heavily armed and violent cocaine and marijuana dealers operating in Indianapolis went on a crime spree that ultimately resulted in a series of approximately 13 drug dealer robberies, three attempted gambling house robberies, approximately 13 shootings, three gun murders, four gun assaults wherein the victims sustained permanent and life threatening injuries, and one witness murder. Full Story
9. Seattle: Strip Club Mogul and Associates Indicted for RICO Conspiracy, Money Laundering and Mail Fraud
A federal grand jury indictment was unsealed charging Frank Colacurico, Sr., his son Frank Colacurcio, Jr., and four of their close associates with a Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO) scheme to promote prostitution at the strip clubs they operate in the greater Seattle area, conspiracy to engage in money laundering, and twelve counts of mail fraud. Full Story
10. Memphis: Arthur Sease Sentenced to Prison Term of Life Plus 255 Years for Civil Rights, Narcotics, Robbery, and Firearms Crimes
Arthur Sease IV, a former Memphis Police Department officer, was sentenced to a prison term of life plus 255 years. A jury convicted Sease in February 2009 of 44 counts of civil rights, narcotics, robbery, and firearms offenses. Full Story