Wednesday, February 23, 2011

TWENTY CHARGED IN HUMBOLDT PARK DRUG SWEEP

Eighteen individuals, including seventeen members of the Maniac Latin Disciples street gang, operating primarily on Chicago’s Northwest side in and around Humboldt Park, were arrested today by agents and officers assigned to the FBI’s Joint Task Force on Gangs, culminating a nearly two-year long investigation which targeted illicit drug and firearms sales. Two additional defendants remain at-large and are now the subject of a nationwide manhunt.
The arrests were announced today by Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Jody P. Weis, Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department (CPD).

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Romanian Man Pleads Guilty to Role in International Fraud Scheme Involving Online Auction Websites

WASHINGTON—A Romanian man pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Matthew F. Kennelly in Chicago to one count each of wire fraud and conspiracy for his role in moving and hiding the illicit proceeds of an international fraud scheme, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald for the Northern District of Illinois and U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. for the District of Columbia.
Adrian Ghighina, 33, of Bucharest, Romania, was indicted by a federal grand jury in the Northern District of Illinois in April 2008 on seven counts of wire fraud. In May 2010, Ghighina was separately indicted by a federal grand jury in Washington on charges of conspiracy, bank fraud and money laundering.
According to court documents, Ghighina, who entered the United States legally in late 2004, acted as a “money mule” in a complex Internet fraud conspiracy. Ghighina’s coconspirators, many of whom are in Romania, created fraudulent online auctions for expensive items such as cars, motorcycles and RVs on websites such as eBay, Craigslist and AutoTrader.com. Victims who responded to these fraudulent listings were directed, in some cases by e-mail or telephone, to transmit payment for the non-existent items using Western Union and bank wire transfers to accounts controlled by Ghighina.
Ghighina admitted that he moved from city to city opening new accounts at various banks using false identification as part of the conspiracy. The victims never received the items for which they had paid. From approximately September 2005 until his arrest in October 2009 in Miami, Ghighina opened accounts and/or received funds in Illinois, the District of Columbia, Florida, New York, Arizona and elsewhere.
Ghighina faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the count of wire fraud from the Chicago indictment, and a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud from the Washington indictment. Both counts also include up to three years of supervised release following any prison term. Sentencing is scheduled for May 9, 2011. Ghighina also previously was convicted on related charges of wire and visa fraud in the Southern District of Florida and sentenced on those charges to 27 months in prison.
The Chicago case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Hayes with the Northern District of Illinois. The Washington case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Springsteen for the District of Columbia. Mr. Springsteen also serves as a Trial Attorney with the Criminal Division’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section. Assistance on the Washington case was also provided by CCIPS Trial Attorneys Gavin Corn and Mysti Degani. The Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs provided assistance in this matter. This case is being investigated by the Chicago and Washington Field Offices of the FBI, as well as the Chicago Police Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Glenn Stancil convicted for Scheming with Two Others in Fraud on Customers and Lenders

CHICAGO—The president of a former west suburban auto dealership was convicted of engaging in a fraud scheme in which he, together with the dealership’s owner and another employee, caused lending institutions, car dealerships, and customers to lose approximately $2.25 million in transactions involving more than 100 vehicles. Glenn Stancil, once president of the former Clover Financial Sales & Leasing, Inc., in Roselle, was found guilty late yesterday on 11 counts of mail and wire fraud by a federal jury following a two-week trial in U.S. District Court, Patrick J. Fitzgerald, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced today.

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SIXTEEN CHARGED IN SOUTH SUBURBAN DRUG SWEEP

Thirteen alleged members of two separate drug distribution rings operating in Robbins and Harvey were arrested yesterday by agents and officers assigned to a federal task force, culminating a lengthy investigation which targeted illicit drug distribution in the south suburbs. Three additional defendants remain at-large and are now the subject of a nationwide manhunt.
The charges were made public today by Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), who was joined Thomas Dart, Cook County Sheriff; Frederick W. Hayes, Chief of the Joliet, Illinois Police Department; and Timothy J. McCarthy, Chief of the Orland Park, Illinois Police Department in announcing the arrests.
The charges were contained in two separate criminal complaints filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, which were unsealed late yesterday, and which charged 12 Chicago area residents with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin. Four others were charged with violating state drug laws in charges filed in both Cook and Will County Circuit Courts.