DETROIT MAN SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS IN PRISON FOR SELLING DRUGS IN A DETROIT PARK
Danny Lee Woods, 46, of Detroit, Michigan, was sentenced on July 23, 2019, to a total of 20 years in federal prison by U.S. District Judge George Caram Steeh, III, for possession with intent to distribute controlled substances and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, announced United States Attorney Matthew Schneider. Woods pleaded guilty on February 27, 2019.
According to court records, Woods, who was on parole at the time, was selling crack cocaine and heroin that was mixed with fentanyl at Sasser Playground, a neighborhood park located in Detroit. While making the sales, Woods had a loaded pistol in his waistband, which Woods later hid behind a tree inside the park. Woods was being surveilled by officers of the Detroit Police Department and was subsequently arrested. The case was adopted for federal prosecution. read here.
MOLDOVAN NATIONAL SENTENCED TO 41 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR FAKING HIS DEATH FOR $2 MILLION INSURANCE PAYOUT
On November 7, 2011, IRINA VOROTINOV submitted a claim for death benefits against the Mutual of Omaha life insurance policy, claiming that VOROTINOV had died in the Republic of Moldova on October 1, 2011. VOROTINOV was aware of his former wife’s filing of the fraudulent death claim, and therefore continued living and doing business as “Nikoly Patoka.” On March 23, 2012, Mutual of Omaha mailed a check payable to IRINA VOROTINOV in the amount of $2,048,414.09 to her home in Maple Grove, Minnesota. read here.
GERMAIN SENTENCED FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY AND ASSAULTING A FEDERAL OFFICE
According to court records and proceedings, on August 2, 2017, Germain emailed a recipient in Tennessee a video file depicting sexual abuse of a female child involving bestiality. Law enforcement identified the Internet Protocol (IP) address associated with the email account that sent the video, then traced the IP address to Germain’s New Haven address and obtained a warrant to search the location. Federal, state, and local officers executed the warrant on November 7, 2017. During their search of the residence, Germain became argumentative and kicked a Special Agent for Homeland Security Investigations. read here.
LEVANT MAN SENTENCED TO 16 MONTHS FOR CONSPIRING TO MAKE FALSE STATEMENTS TO A FEDERAL FIREARMS DEALER
Bangor, Maine: United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Zachary Morneault, 35, of Levant, Maine, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge Nancy Torresen to 16 months in prison and three years of supervised release for making false statements to a federal firearms dealer. The defendant pled guilty on October 2, 2018. read here.
PITTSFIELD MAN SENTENCED TO TWO YEARS FOR CONSPIRING TO VIOLATE THE FEDERAL FIREARMS LAWS
According to court records, between February 2015 and September 2016, Rumery conspired with others to fraudulently obtain firearms from federally licensed dealers in Maine. When buying the firearms, Rumery and his coconspirators falsely claimed that they were the actual purchasers of the firearms. The firearms were, in fact, purchased for and sold to individuals residing outside of Maine. read here.
TWO FORMER VERNON COUNTY AMBULANCE DISTRICT EMPLOYEES SENTENCED FOR $270,000 EMEZZLEMENT
Although Werner pleaded guilty to only one count of wire fraud as a part of her plea agreement, according to court records, she committed numerous fraudulent transactions over a period of nearly three years. McKenzie willingly turned a blind eye to and concealed the actions of Werner, his employee with whom he was engaged in an adulterous relationship. The ambulance district suffered substantially as a result, to the point of having a lien filed against it for $213,158 for unpaid payroll taxes and taking out two substantial loans after the discovery of the fraud just to maintain its daily care-taking operations and pay outstanding debts. read here.
MAIN FIGURE IN FRAUDULENT DEBT-COLLECTION SCHEME SENTENCED TO FEDERAL PRISON
According to court documents and testimony, Plumb – who originally is from London, England – set up and led Crown Oaks Media, a fraudulent debt-collection business in Douglas, Ga. Employees of the Coffee County business, using written scripts, would call victims demanding payment of fictitious payday loan and credit card debt, often threatening service with legal documents. read here.
REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER INDICTED FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY PRODUCTION IN WISCONSIN
Tyler faces charges alleging he distributed and possessed child pornography contrary to Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2252A(a)(2)(A) and (a)(5)(B). If convicted of all of the charges, Tyler will serve a mandatory 15 years in federal prison. read here.
FORMER WAUKESHA COUNTY JUVENILE SOCIAL WORKER INDICTED FOR DISTRIBUTION AND POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
If convicted of all of the charges, Trokan will serve a mandatory 5 years in federal prison and up to 20 years in prison. read here.
JACKSON WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO INTENTIONALLY DAMAGING STATE AGENCY’S PROTECTED COMPUTERS
Steverson was terminated from her position at the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) on July 31, 2017. On August 1, 2017, the day after her termination, Steverson unlawfully accessed one of the systems utilized by MDHS and intentionally changed several files, resulting in other users being unable to perform their usual and customary workflow functions. The affected system was used to retain records and plans of home care and generically supports the tracking of home and community based services such as in-home services, meal delivery, and caregiver support. Steverson did over $5,000 in damage before losing access to the system.
Steverson will be sentenced by Judge Wingate on October 28, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. She faces a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine. read here.
FEDERAL PROBE INTO BANK FRAUD IN NORTH SUBURBS ADDS TWO NEW DEFENDANTS
JASON SCHIFF, 40, of Lincolnwood, is charged with three counts of bank fraud, according to a superseding indictment returned July 24, 2019, in U.S. District Court in Chicago. The superseding indictment also charges Jason Schiff’s brother, YALE SCHIFF, 44, of Riverwoods, with 12 counts of bank fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft. Yale Schiff was initially charged in the case last month. The Schiffs pleaded not guilty today during arraignments before U.S. Magistrate Judge Young B. Kim in Chicago.
A separate indictment returned July 17, 2019, charges Yale Schiff’s business associate, DAVID IZSAK, 44, of Chicago, with eleven counts of bank fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. During the investigation, federal authorities seized Izsak’s 57-foot Carver 570 Voyager yacht known as the “Flying Lady.” The indictment seeks forfeiture of the yacht, as well as a personal money judgment against Izsak of approximately $4 million. Izsak pleaded not guilty at his arraignment earlier this month. read here.
PRISONERS SENTENCED TO ADDITIONAL 20 YEARS IN PRISON FOR ATTEMPTING TO KILL A FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL OFFICER, ASSAULT ON A FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL OFFICER
According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, on October 6, 2017, Mota, Adams and four other inmates brutally attacked a Federal Bureau of Prisons officer who was a teacher working at the federal penitentiary in Atwater. The officer was repeatedly stabbed with homemade knives and kicked and beaten by the inmates.
According to court documents, on the day of the attack, Mota and Eric Chiago, 28, entered the copy room where the officer was making copies and repeatedly stabbed him. William Roe Acevedo, 33; Michael Martin, 30; Joey Thomas, 26; and Adams stationed themselves outside the room. When the victim was able to free himself and escape down the hallway, the six defendants tackled him and wrestled him to the floor where they repeatedly kicked, punched and stabbed him. Adams and Thomas also assaulted an officer who was responding to the attack. read here
AUBURN MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO PRODUCING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
According to court documents, Lee repeatedly used a webcam to produce child pornography involving a seven-year-old child and shared the live-streamed video with an individual who lived in England.
Lee is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller on Oct. 28. Lee faces a maximum statutory penalty of 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. read here
SEATTLE FELON ARRESTED WITH CACHE OF FIREARMS INCLUDING ASSAULT WEAPONS AND ‘BUMP STOCKS’
A 66-year-old Seattle resident was arrested this morning for illegally possessing approximately 20 firearms following the serving of a search warrant at a home he owns, announced U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran. PARK QUAN was arrested after FBI agents investigating a data theft served a search warrant on his home and discovered the cache of weapons. QUAN has two federal convictions for firearms violations and is prohibited from possessing firearms. QUAN made his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Seattle today. He remains detained pending a hearing on August 1, 2019. read here
SEATTLE TECH WORKER ARRESTED FOR DATA THEFT INVOLVING LARGE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMPANY
According to the criminal complaint, THOMPSON posted on the information sharing site GitHub about her theft of information from the servers storing Capital One data. The intrusion occurred through a misconfigured web application firewall that enabled access to the data. On July 17, 2019, a GitHub user who saw the post alerted Capital One to the possibility it had suffered a data theft. After determining on July 19, 2019, that there had been an intrusion into its data, Capital One contacted the FBI. Cyber investigators were able to identify THOMPSON as the person who was posting about the data theft. This morning agents executed a search warrant at THOMPSON’s residence and seized electronic storage devices containing a copy of the data. read here
TWO MEN ARRESTED FOR CONSPIRING TO PROVIDE MATERIAL SUPPORT TO ISIS
According to the criminal complaint, the defendants had been in communication with an FBI undercover employee whom they believed was a supporter of ISIS ideology. These communications revealed the defendants’ desire to travel overseas in order to fight on behalf of ISIS or to conduct an attack within the United States if they were unable to travel. Ultimately, the defendants purchased airline tickets to travel to Egypt, with the intention to travel on to Sinai and join ISIS. FBI agents arrested Mohamed and Hussein after they checked in for their flight at the Tucson International Airport in Arizona.
According to court documents, both defendants came to the United States as refugees from Somalia. At the time of their arrest, Mohamed had obtained lawful permanent resident status and Hussein remained a refugee. read here
FORMER S&P ANALYST SENTENCED TO MORE THAN ONE YEAR IN PRISON FOR INSIDER TRADING
U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said: “As an employee of Standard & Poor’s, Sebastian Pinto-Thomaz was privy to potentially lucrative information about business acquisition plans. Instead of protecting that information, as he had sworn to do, he shared it with a friend and with his hairdresser. In turn, they bet on a stock that they knew to be a sure thing, and raked in nearly $300,000 in profits. Pinto-Thomaz painted himself into a corner when he and his co-defendants exploited insider information to reap illegal profits. Now they all face time in prison for their misdeeds.” read here
FORMER FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL OFFICER SENTENCED TO 7 YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT FOR SOLICITING A CRIME OF VIOLENCE AND POSSESSING A FIREMAN
“Mr. Gonzalez hatched a plan that would have resulted in a brutal attack on his estranged wife and her new partner. Today’s sentencing sends a loud and clear message that those planning heinous acts of violence will be met with swift justice and appropriate punishment by our criminal justice system,” stated ATF Special Agent-in-Charge Devito. “ATF stands firm on protecting the public from violent criminals of all kinds. I would like to thank the Special Agents and Task Force Officers of the NYPD/ ATF Joint Robbery Task Force, the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Office of the Inspector General for their coordination and diligent efforts on this case. I would also like to extend my gratitude to the United States Attorney’s Office for their work in prosecuting the case.” read here
THIRD PORTLAND-AREA MAN SENTENCED IN METHAMPHETAMINE TRAFFICKING CONSPIRACY
Mayares’ sentence follows two sentences previously imposed for related conduct. On June 3, 2019, Francisco Alvarez, 49, also of Portland, was sentenced to 188 months in prison and five years’ supervised release. On May 1, 2019, Carlos Ortega-Estrella, 35, of Beaverton, Oregon, was sentenced to 140 months in prison and five years’ supervised release. read here
ASBURY PARK DOCTOR SENTENCED TO 27 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR DISTRIBUTION OF STEROIDS AND MARIJUANA
In 2016 and 2017, Custis wrote and delivered numerous prescriptions for various types of anabolic steroids to two patients. Custis admitted that he knew these prescriptions were not for the treatment of any actual medical condition, but were solely for muscle enhancement, beauty, and muscle building and fitness competitions. read here
VIRGINIA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO PRODUCING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Blevins admitted that on October 5, 2018, he traveled from his residence in Virginia to West Virginia, where he picked up two minors under the age of 12 with whom he had been communicating with over Facebook. Blevins took the minors to a hotel in Putnam County where he proceeded to record a video depicting himself engaging in sexually explicit conduct with one of the minors. Blevins also admitted to engaging in sexually explicit conduct with the other minor as well. read here
TRUCKING SCHOOL OWNER AND PRESIDENT PLEADS GUILTY IN $4.2 MILLION FRAUD FOR COLLECTING TUITION FOR VETERANS WHO DIDN’T ATTEND CLASSES
Pursuant to the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the VA paid tuition and fees directly to the school at which the veteran was enrolled. The VA also paid a housing allowance to the veteran enrolled full-time in an approved program, and, in some cases, the VA paid a books and supplies benefit directly to the veteran. Marshall admitted that Waggoner and another individual recruited eligible veterans to enroll at AST by telling the veterans they could collect housing and other fees from the VA without attending the programs. Knowing that the vast majority of veterans enrolling at AST did not intend to attend any portion of those programs, Marshall and Waggoner created and submitted fraudulent enrollment certifications, according to Marshall’s plea agreement. They also created student files that contained bogus documents. read here
LARGE SCALE DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION TAKEN DOWN IN COLORADO SPRINGS
According to court records, in 2018, detectives with the Colorado Springs Metro Vice, Narcotics, and Intelligence Division (Metro VNI) initiated an investigation into individuals distributing illegal narcotics to patrons at various bars and nightclubs in downtown Colorado Springs and in unincorporated El Paso County, Colorado. Due to the scope of this investigation, Metro VNI requested assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Southern Colorado Safe Streets Task Force. From mid-2018 to early 2019, numerous arrest and search warrants were authored and executed. The following items were seized as part of this investigation:
- Approximately 70 pounds of methamphetamine
- Approximately 15 pounds of heroin
- Approximately 4 pounds of cocaine
- Approximately 3,100 fentanyl pills
- Approximately $140,000.00 in US currency
- 29 Firearms (including: semi -automatic handguns, assault rifles and shotguns) read here
FORMER BOOKKEEPER FOR ANOKA FLOORING COMPANY SENTENCED TO 46 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR $630,000 EMBEZZLEMENT SCHEME
According to admissions made as part of her guilty plea and documents filed in court, NATYSIN was employed as the bookkeeper and office manager for a privately owned industrial concrete flooring business located in Anoka, Minnesota. Between January 2015 and December 2017, NATYSIN used her position and access to employee payroll data to defraud the company out of more than $630,000 and to defraud the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (“MNDEED”). As part of the scheme, NATYSIN manipulated the company’s payroll data in order to transfer more than $630,000 in company funds to her own personal bank accounts through more than 100 separate fraudulent transactions. NATYSIN used the funds to pay for personal expenses, including approximately $28,000 in restitution payments to Sherburne County District Court, a $10,000 payment to her mother, Carnival cruise tickets, and tickets to concerts and sporting events. read here
MEXICAN MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ILLEGALLY REENTERING THE UNITED STATES
According to court documents, Marcos Ordonez-Ortiz, 28, was found illegally in the United States two months ago when he was arrested and convicted in Virginia Beach for public swearing or intoxication. He had been deported at taxpayer expense eight months earlier, after sustaining a Virginia Beach DUI conviction and after overstaying authorization for voluntary departure. He then returned to Hampton Roads sometime in that eight-month period.
Ordonez-Ortiz pleaded guilty to illegal reentry of a previously deported alien, and faces a maximum penalty of two years in prison when sentenced on November 18. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. read here
JUDGE SENTENCES ERIE MAN TO MORE THAN 6 YEARS IN PRISON FOR VIOLATING LAWS RELATING TO THE SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN
ERIE, Pa. – A resident of Erie, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to six years and eight months (80 months) in prison, followed by five years supervised release and ordered to pay $1,500 in restitution on his conviction of violating federal laws relating to the sexual exploitation of children, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. read here