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Owners and Operators of Online Cryptocurrency Companies Indicted for Defrauding Investors

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An 11-count indictment was unsealed today in federal court in Brooklyn charging Dwayne Golden, Gregory Aggesen, and Marquis Demacking Egerton, the owners and operators of the web-based virtual currency companies EmpowerCoin, ECoinPlus and Jet-Coin, with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering, and related substantive counts, in connection with a sophisticated scheme to steal…

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Hollywood TV Actor Charged with Participating in Home-Delivery Drug Trafficking Ring

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          LOS ANGELES – A Koreatown man is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon after being arrested Saturday on federal charges alleging he worked with a Hollywood woman who ran a drug-delivery operation that in one incident sold counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl that resulted in a fatal opioid overdose. Mucktarr Kather Sei, 36, whose…

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Central Florida Man Charged With Almost $20 Million In Fraud

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The FINANCIAL –United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Nikesh Ajay Patel (38, formerly from Orlando) has been arraigned on charges related to almost $20 million in fraud that he perpetrated while on federal pretrial release. Patel has been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, three counts of wire fraud,…

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Foreign Service Officer and Former Spouse Sentenced for Obtaining U.S. Citizenship by Fraud

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The FINANCIAL — A California woman and Russian-born man were sentenced last week to a term of prison of 15 and 6 months, respectively, for their involvement in a conspiracy and obtaining citizenship by fraud. According to court records and evidence presented at trial, Laura Gallagher, 32, a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department…

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Bel Air Man Sentenced To 28 Months for a Conspiracy to Defraud the Company Where He Worked of More Than $2 Million

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The FINANCIAL –-Baltimore, Maryland – Chief U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar sentenced Kevin Miller, age 48, of Bel Air, Maryland, to 28 months in federal prison, followed by two years of supervised release, for conspiracy and for wire fraud, in connection with a scheme to defraud a Maryland company of more than $2 million. …

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Two Hawaii Legislators Charged with Honest Services Fraud

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The FINANCIAL — United States Attorney Clare E. Connors and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Steven Merrill announced that the United States Attorney today filed separate informations charging Jamie Kalani English, age 54, and Ty Cullen, age 41, each with one count of honest services wire fraud. Court appearances for both defendants…

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Akron Woman Sentenced to Prison for Stealing from Older Victim

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An Akron woman was sentenced to 54 months in prison after she pleaded guilty to stealing from and aggravated identity theft of an older individual.  Gina Palmer, 40, of Akron, Ohio, was sentenced on January 11, 2022, by U.S. District Judge James S. Gwin.  Palmer previously pleaded guilty to three counts of mail fraud and…

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South Korean National Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Attempting to Illegally Export to Asia Poached Wild Succulent Plants

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The FINANCIAL — A South Korean national was sentenced today to 24 months in federal prison for attempting to illegally export to Asia live Dudleya succulent plants worth at least $150,000 that he and his co-schemers had pulled out of the ground at remote state parks in Northern California.…

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Providence Man Admits to Fraudulently Applying for COVID Unemployment Benefits

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The FINANCIAL — A Providence man admitted in federal court today that he fraudulently filed an application for unemployment benefits provided for by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, announced United States Attorney Zachary A. Cunha and Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Neronha.…

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A 43-year-old Houston man who bought personal information with Bitcoin sent to prison

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The FINANCIAL — A 43-year-old Houston man has been ordered to prison after fraudulently purchasing two expensive vehicles using information purchased on the dark web, announced U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.…

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Former Federal Background Investigator Sentenced for Falsifying Background Investigation Reports

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 WASHINGTON – Michelle Layton, 57, a former background investigator for the National Background Investigations Bureau, now the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency, was sentenced today to three years of probation and ordered to pay more than $100,000 in restitution for falsifying reports of investigation she submitted as part of background investigations of individuals seeking national…

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Members of Retail Theft Organization Face Federal and State Charges

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Members of a large-scale theft ring have been charged by Federal and State prosecutors for their roles in an organization whose operations crossed state lines and caused more than $10 million in losses to retailers, announced U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson and Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor. This week, local, state, and federal law enforcement arrested…

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Amtrak Pays Over $2 Million to Individuals in Disability Settlement

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The Department of Justice today announced that Amtrak paid over $2 million to more than 1,500 individuals who experienced disability discrimination while traveling or attempting to travel by train. The payments were part of a comprehensive settlement agreement reached on Dec. 2, 2020, to resolve the United States’ determination that Amtrak failed for over a…

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Princess Cruise Lines Pleads Guilty to Second Revocation of Probation

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Princess Cruise Lines Ltd. (Princess) has pleaded guilty to a second violation of probation imposed as a result of its 2017 criminal conviction for environmental crimes because it failed to establish and maintain an independent internal investigative office. Under the terms of a plea agreement, Princess was ordered to pay an additional $1 million criminal…

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US Police Deaths Reach Record High in 2021, Report Says

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A record high number of law enforcement officers in the United States died in the line of duty last year, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Preliminary information in the organization’s 2021 Law Enforcement Officers Fatalities report showed 458 officer deaths last year, a 55% increase over 295 fatalities the previous year.…