Daily Dose of Justice

Daily Dose of Justice

THREE CANYON COUNTY RESIDENTS SENTENCED FOR CHECK FORGERY SCHEME

BOISE – This week, Senior U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge sentenced three of five defendants in a long-term check forgery scheme, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced. On September 18, 2019, Chul Gibbs, 33, of Canyon County, was sentenced to 48 months in prison for his role in organizing the scheme. Also on September 18, 2019, Tiffany Junge, 29, of Canyon County, was sentenced to 21 months in prison. On September 19, 2019, Alexandra Boyd, 31, of Nampa, was sentenced to 21 months in prison. All defendants sentenced this week will serve three years of supervised release upon their release from custody.

On August 22, 2019, their co-defendant, Jimmy Marley, 49, of Lubbock, Texas, was sentenced to 30 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. read here

ATTORNEY GENERAL BARR APPOINTS NINE NEW U.S. ATTORNEYS TO ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Attorney General William P. Barr today announced the appointment of the following nine U.S. Attorneys to serve on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee (AGAC): David Anderson, Northern District of California; Scott Brady, Western District of Pennsylvania; Maria Chapa Lopez, Middle District of Florida; Halsey Frank, District of Maine; Erica MacDonald, District of Minnesota; Christina Nolan, District of Vermont; Zach Terwilliger, Eastern District of Virginia; Tom Kirsch, Northern District of Indiana; and Nicholas Trutanich, District of Nevada.

“I am pleased to appoint these nine outstanding U.S. Attorneys to this key advisory committee. I am confident that they will serve with distinction,” Attorney General William P. Barr said. “The U.S. Attorneys who comprise the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee play a critical role in carrying out the Department of Justice’s important work, including its efforts to reduce violent crime, combat the opioid crisis, protect the most vulnerable, and enforce the rule of law.” read here

NORTH SUBURBAN MAN SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS IN PRISON FOR ENTICING UNDERAGE GIRLS INTO SEX

CHICAGO — A north suburban man has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for enticing underage girls to engage in sex acts with him.

CASEY IRELAND, 36, of Antioch, pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity, and one count of attempted enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity. U.S. District Chief Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer imposed the 15-year sentence Thursday in federal court in Chicago. read here

HENDERSON PAIR CHARGE IN FEDERAL COURT AFTER VANCE COUNTY DEPUTIES INJURED

RALEIGH – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces the arrest of two defendants pursuant to Federal Criminal Complaints for federal narcotics offenses.  The arrests occurred after law enforcement attempted to serve a search warrant in Henderson, North Carolina.  The defendants injured four Vance County Deputy Sheriffs, in their  attempt to flee the area where the search warrant was being executed.

JASMELE ROBINSON, 36, of Henderson, is charged with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession with the intent to distribute heroin, and maintaining a premises for the purpose of manufacturing and distributing heroin, and aiding and abetting.  If convicted of these charges, ROBINSON could be sentenced to at least five years’ imprisonment up to life, and up to five years supervised release following any term of imprisonment.  KRISHANA WILLIAMS, 30, of Henderson, was charged with maintaining a premises for the purpose of manufacturing and distributing heroin, and aiding and abetting.  She faces up to twenty years’ imprisonment and up to three years of supervised release. read here

MS-13 GANG MEMBER AND ASSOCIATE SENTENCED FOR VIOLENT ASSAULT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Two Falls Church men were sentenced today to a combined six years in prison for their roles and participation in a violent gang-related assault of a victim with multiple bats.

“Barrera and Melendez both participated in a violent assault whose reasons were as senseless as the brutality of the crime itself,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “MS-13 follows a warped code of violence to enforce the gang’s rules, and seeks to instill fear in those who would dare cross them. The involvement of Barrera and Melendez demonstrate their contempt for the law and their total disregard for the safety of the people who make up this community. I want to thank our investigative partners for their terrific work on this case, working to bring these violent criminals to justice. Hopefully, this lengthy sentence will achieve some measure of justice for the victim and his family, who have suffered the awful consequences of MS-13’s violent ideology and practice.” read here

FORMER CARLISLE MAN SENTENCED TO EIGHT YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT FOR DISTRIBUTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

HARRISBURG – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Jordan James, age 22, of Brooklyn, New York, was sentenced yesterday to 96 months’ imprisonment by Chief United States District Court Judge Christopher C. Conner, for distribution of child pornography.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, in May 2019, James pled guilty to distributing child pornography between May 2017 to May 2018, when he resided in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. read here

FULTON COUNTY MAN SENTENCED TO OVER 17 YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT FOR DISTRIBUTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

HARRISBURG – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Clay Aaron Rasp, age 34, of McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania, was sentenced yesterday to 210 months’ imprisonment by Chief United States District Court Judge Christopher C. Conner, for distribution of child pornography.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, in April 2019, Rasp pled guilty to distributing child pornography between January 2017 to July 2017, in McConnellsburg. During Rasp’s sentencing hearing, Chief Judge Conner noted Rasp’s efforts to lure an eleven-year-old child from Washington State to produce pornography for him as a factor in the 210-month sentence. read here

HAZLETON MAN SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING

SCRANTON- The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Kevin Charles Brown, age 39, of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on September 19, 2019, to 240 months’ imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release, by United States District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion, for distribution and possession with intent to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin, more than 280 grams of cocaine base (crack), and fentanyl (one kilogram is equivalent to approximately 40,000-50,000 individual doses).

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Brown previously pleaded guilty to participating in the conspiracy during 2015 and 2016. Brown rented a residence on East Birch Street in Hazleton where he and multiple other individuals distributed heroin, crack cocaine and fentanyl to customers on a daily basis. Brown also admitted that he possessed a firearm in connection with his drug distribution activities. read here

MEMBER OF VIOLENT “TRAINED TO GO” GANG CONVICTED AT TRIAL SENTENCED TODAY TO 35 YEARS IN FEDERAL P RISON FOR FEDERAL RACKETEERING AND DRUG CONSPIRACIES AND RELATED FIREARMS CHARGES

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Dennis Pulley, a/k/a Denmo, age 31, of Baltimore, to 35 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiring to participate in a drug distribution conspiracy and a violent racketeering enterprise known as Trained To Go (TTG), as well as possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and being a felon in possession of a firearm.  The racketeering conspiracy included eight murders, as well as drug trafficking and witness intimidation.  Pulley and his co-defendants were also convicted of a drug distribution conspiracy involving heroin, marijuana, and cocaine.  The TTG gang operated in the Sandtown neighborhood of West Baltimore.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; Special Agent in Charge Jennifer C. Boone of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; Commissioner Michael Harrison of the Baltimore Police Department; Special Agent in Charge Rob Cekada of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Baltimore Field Division; Assistant Special Agent in Charge Don A. Hibbert of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Baltimore District Office; Anne Arundel County Police Chief Tim Altomare; and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby. read here

ALLEGED COLOMBIAN DRUG KINGPIN EXTRADITED TO THE UNITES STATES TO FACE CHARGES OF OPERATING A CONTINUING CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE

Santos Roman Narvaez Ansazoy will be arraigned this afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge Steven M. Gold at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn on charges of leading a continuing criminal enterprise. The defendant was arrested in Colombia on a provisional arrest warrant and was extradited yesterday from Colombia to the United States.

Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Raymond P. Donovan, Special Agent-in-Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), New York Division, James P. O’Neill, Commissioner, New York City Police Department (NYPD), and Keith M. Corlett, Superintendent, New York State Police (NYSP), announced the extradition. read here

TWO MEN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR FIREARMS CONSPIRACY

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Two Washington, D.C. area men were sentenced to nearly four years in prison combined for their roles in a firearm trafficking conspiracy.

“Giles and Pearce went to extraordinary lengths to illegally traffic dozens of firearms from Virginia to Maryland and Washington, D.C.,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “EDVA has made a commitment to do all we can to attack straw purchasing and firearms trafficking across the Commonwealth and in the National Capital Region. This case is proof positive of the resources we have dedicated and will continue to surge to fight this dangerous conduct.” read here

FORT SMITH, ARKANSAS BUSINESSMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO TAX FRAUD

Fayetteville, AR – Duane (DAK) Kees, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced today that Donald Tankersley, age 76, of Fort Smith, Arkansas, has pleaded guilty to an information on two counts of Tax Fraud.  The Honorable Timothy L. Brooks accepted the plea in the United States District Court in Fayetteville on September 19, 2019.

According to court records, Tankersley is the owner of the White Dairy Ice Cream Company, Inc. (WDIC).  WDIC also includes Tankersley Food Service, which supplies food to restaurants, schools, and government entities.  WDIC is a corporation located in the Western District of Arkansas.  IRS investigators discovered a fraudulent scheme in which Tankersley siphoned funds from WDIC by having checks created from WDIC accounts and made out to non-existent trucking companies.  Tankersley collected and deposited the checks into his personal bank accounts, or directed others to either deposit the checks into his personal bank accounts or cash the checks for his personal use.  In 2013, Tankersley falsified the corporate tax returns for WDIC by causing the checks to non-existent trucking companies to be listed as corporate expenses.  This reduced the corporate tax liability for WDIC and caused a tax loss for the 2013 WDIC corporate tax return.  Also in 2013, Donald Tankersley did not report the checks listed above as personal income, despite many of them being deposited into his personal bank accounts.  This false omission from his personal tax returns also caused a tax loss.  According to court records, Tankersley has agreed to pay restitution to the IRS for a total tax loss of $188,198. read here

ALTOONA MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR DEFRAUDING UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL IOWA, EMBEZZLING FROM A LABOR UNION

Des Moines, IA—On September 17, 2019, Theodore Eric Watson, age 54, of Altoona, appeared before United States District Court Chief Judge John A. Jarvey and was sentenced to 18 months in prison for mail fraud and embezzlement of labor union assets, with three years of supervised release to follow his prison term. Watson pleaded guilty to these offenses on April 15, 2019.

Watson admitted from 2007 until September 2016, while employed as the Business Manager for Local 74 of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers (AFL-CIO), he sent fraudulent requests for payment of grant funds for training to the United Way of Central Iowa. These fraudulent requests were unauthorized and unknown to Local 74. read here

PHOENIX TAX PREPARER SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR STEALING HIS CLIENTS’ TAX REFUNDS

PHOENIX – This week, U.S. District Judge Diane J. Humetewa sentenced Erik Allen Ketelaar, 35, of Phoenix, Ariz., to 36 months in prison and three years of supervised release. The Court also ordered Ketelaar to pay $573,000 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service, third party processors, and individual taxpayers. Ketelaar had previously pleaded guilty to wire fraud.

In 2013 and 2014, Ketelaar owned and operated a tax preparation business called Tio Sams (“Uncle Sam”) Taxes, with five offices in Phoenix and Mesa, Arizona. He hired and trained Spanish-speaking staff, and marketed his tax services to nonresident and resident aliens living in Hispanic communities in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. Ketelaar controlled how all tax returns were completed, and had most of the client tax refunds directed to bank accounts or addresses he owned and managed. After he gained control of these tax refunds, he stole more than a half million dollars in refunds from many of his tax clients. read here

THREE MEMBERS OF MODESTO HELLS ANGELS, INCLUDING VICE PRESIDENT AND SECRETARY, INDICTED FOR FIREARM AND DRUG OFFENSES

FRESNO, Calif. — Three members of the Modesto Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, including the Club’s Vice President and Secretary, were charged yesterday in four separate indictments, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced. Hell’s Angels Vice President Michael Shafer, 31, of Modesto, was charged with conspiring to distribute marijuana, conspiring to distribute heroin, distribution of marijuana, and two counts of use of a communication facility to facilitate a drug trafficking offense. Hells Angels Secretary Patrick Gonzales, 31, of Modesto, was charged with being a felon in possession of firearm and ammunition. Hells Angels member Ricky Blackwell was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, and possession of a firearm after suffering a misdemeanor domestic violence conviction. read here

DOMESTIC ABUSER SENTENCED TO 7 YEARS IN PRISON

TUCSON, Ariz. – This week, Jose Moreno, of Tucson, Ariz., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge James A. Soto to 84 months of imprisonment and 5 years of supervised release. Moreno had previously pleaded guilty to kidnapping and domestic assault by a habitual offender.

On August 11, 2017, Moreno physically prevented the victim, his domestic partner, from leaving their residence, and threatened harm if the victim did try to leave. On that date, and again between August 24 and 27, 2017, Moreno assaulted the victim, by striking and beating the victim. Moreno had previously been convicted of two domestic violence assaults involving other victims. The assault in this case occurred at a home in Tucson, on the Pascua Yaqui Indian Reservation. Moreno is an enrolled member of the Tohono O’odham Nation, and the victim is an enrolled member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. read here

FORMER CEO OF TWO BELLEVUE IT COMPANIES SENTENCED TO 7+ YEARS IN PRISON FOR MAIL FRAUD AND FAILURE TO PAY MORE THAN $1 MILLION IN EMPLOYMENT TAXES

The former CEO of two Bellevue, Washington information-technology (IT) firms was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 87 months in prison for mail fraud and tax crimes related to a multi-year visa-fraud scheme, announced U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran. PRADYUMNA KUMAR SAMAL, 50, a citizen of India, was arrested in August 2018 when he arrived on an international flight at Sea-Tac Airport. Prior to the arrest, SAMAL had fled the U.S. in the midst of the visa fraud investigation. He has been in custody since his arrest last year. At the sentencing hearing U.S. District Judge James L. Robart said “Based on your time in the U.S. you have basically defrauded everyone you could defraud…. It is clear you have not followed the law since you came to this country. You engaged in an extensive scheme…. This was driven by greed: nothing more, nothing less.”

“This was the largest and most sophisticated H-1B visa fraud scheme we have prosecuted in Western Washington,” said U.S. Attorney Brian Moran. “The fraud harmed the workers who wound up far from home, essentially “benched” by the company, with no pay and no job. It harmed foreign workers who legitimately sought, but could not get visas, and it harmed U.S. workers who were excluded from employment opportunities.” read here

BELLINGHAM WOMAN WHO STOLE $200,000 FROM TRIBAL CASINO SENTENCED TO PRISON

A Bellingham, Washington woman who used her employee access to steal $200,000 from the Lummi Nation’s Silver Reef Casino was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to time-served (approximately 10 months in prison) and two years of supervised release, announced U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran. SHANNON MARIE MORRIS is a Lummi Tribal member and was an employee of the casino on November 24, 2018, when she stole $200,000 from the vault at the casino. Hours after the theft, MORRIS led law enforcement to where she had stashed the cash, but not before making a false report about a bomb in the casino that forced the evacuation of the casino and adjacent hotel. At the sentencing hearing, U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones noted that MORRIS placed her young son in harm’s way and adversely impacted the lives of a lot of people due to the bomb scare. read here

TEAMWORK BETWEEN STATE AND FEDERAL AGENTS NETS SUBSTANTIAL SENTENCES FOR EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN CRIMES

On September 20, 2019, in the District of Wyoming, JUSTIN DAVID BROWN, age 27 of Riverton, Wyoming was sentenced to seven hundred twenty months in prison followed by lifetime-supervised release after pleading guilty to two counts of Production of Child Pornography.  On January 4, 2019, the US Department  Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Casper, Wyoming office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Lander, Wyoming office and the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), Riverton and Casper, Wyoming offices arrested Justin David Brown, a registered sex offender, for federal violations of Production and Distribution of Child Pornography in Riverton, Wyoming.  read here

BROOKLYN MAN INDICTED FOR THREATENING FORMER STATE COURT PROSECUTOR

Scott Allan Smith was arraigned today before United States District Judge Raymond J. Dearie on an indictment charging him with threatening to murder the former state prosecutor who handled his criminal case. Smith was arrested on a complaint on August 6, 2019, and was remanded pending trial. If convicted, Smith faces up to five years’ imprisonment.

Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), announced the charges. read here

THREE MEN SENTENCED FOR TRANSPORTING LARGE AMOUNT MARIJUANA OVER STATE LINES

Lexington, KY- Two Mexican Nationals, illegally residing in the U.S., and one Nicholasville, Ky., man, who previously admitted to transporting more than 100 kilograms of marijuana from Phoenix, Az., to Nicholasville, Ky., were sentenced on Thursday.

U.S. District Court Judge Karen Caldwell sentenced, Fabian Zavala-Romero, 42, Jonathan Mendoza-Ricardo, 30, and Jesus Sabino Castro-Quinones, 38, to 68 months, 68 months, and 60 months respectively. Another defendant involved in the case, Fabian Noperi, 35, is scheduled for sentencing in October. read here

LAWRENCE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO PARTICIPATING IN A FENTANYL TRAFFICKING CONSPIRACY

CONCORD – Nathanael Peguero, 27, of Lawrence, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to conspiracy to distribute over 40 grams of fentanyl, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced. 

            According to court documents and statements made in court, between November and December of 2016, a DEA Task Force Officer (“TFO”) made arrangements with Peguero to purchase fentanyl.  The undercover officer made a series of five undercover purchases of fentanyl from Peguero or members of Peguero’s drug trafficking organization. read here

SEILING MAN SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN INDIAN COUNTRY

OKLAHOMA CITY – JAMES DEAN LAMAR LaFOUNTAIN, 25, of Seiling, Oklahoma, has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for wounding his wife and later calling her from jail to instruct her not to testify against him, announced U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Downing.

According to a two-count superseding indictment, LaFountain assaulted his wife with a knife with the intent to do bodily harm and also attempted to strangle and suffocate her, all on November 25, 2018.  The case was charged in federal court because LaFountain is an Indian and the alleged crimes took place in Indian Country.  Originally arrested on tribal charges, LaFountain has been in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since January 3, 2019. read here

DISTRICT MAN SENTENCED TO 18-MONTH PRISON TERM FOR SEXUALLY ASSAULTING FELLOW PASSENGER AFTER GETTING OFF A METROBUS

WASHINGTON – Justin Quentin Taylor, 20, of the District, was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for sexually assaulting a stranger after the two got off a Metrobus, U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu announced today.

Taylor pled guilty in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in March 2019, to attempted third degree sexual abuse. He was sentenced by the Honorable Danya A. Dayson to 18 months in prison. Following his prison term, he will be placed on supervised release for seven years and will have to register as a sex offender for ten years. read here

CHICOPEE MAN INDICTED ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES

BOSTON – A Chicopee man was charged yesterday in federal court in Springfield with child pornography offenses.

Thomas Stemmer, 57, was indicted on one count each of receipt and possession of child pornography. The indictment alleges that Stemmer received and possessed child pornography during 2015.

The charge of receipt of child pornography provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, a lifetime of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. The charge of possession of child pornography provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, a lifetime of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. read here

ROCHESTER MAN CHARGED WITH SEX TRAFFICKING OF A MINOR AND POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Peter R. Kiwitt, 61, of Rochester, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with sex trafficking of a minor, sex trafficking of a minor using force, fraud, and coercion, and possession of child pornography. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa M. Marangola, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, in June 2017, the defendant was convicted in Monroe County, NY, of Possession of a Sexual Performance by a Child, and sentenced to serve 10 years’ probation, and designated as a Level 1 Sex Offender. read here

LIBERATION WAY DOCTOR INVOLVED IN ADDICTION-TREATMENT HEALTH CARE FRAUD SCHEME SENTENCED TO 3+ YEARS IN PRISON

PHILADELPHIA – First Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Domenick Braccia, 58, of Hatfield, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 37 months’ incarceration, one year supervised release, 150 hours of community service, a $15,000 fine and ordered to pay $2,484,864 in restitution by United States District Judge Wendy Beetlestone. The defendant pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud in May 2019, arising from his role in a scheme to overbill health care benefit programs for treatment and testing of drug-addicted patients at outpatient facilities owned by Liberation Way.

Domenick Braccia was the so-called “medical director” and the only medical doctor on staff at Liberation Way’s three locations in Yardley, Bala Cynwyd, and Fort Washington. In violation of his oath as a doctor, and as part of a multi-state scheme to defraud insurers, Braccia signed blank prescription forms and patient orders, averred to the medical necessity of testing for patients whom he never saw, and prescribed for patients he did not see. read here

PASCO WOMAN SENTENCED TO 57 MONTHS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR CYBER STALKING AND MAKING ONLINE THREATS

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich has sentenced Tammy Marie Steffen (37, Holiday) to four years and nine months in federal prison for cyberstalking and sending threatening communications online.

Steffen had pleaded guilty on December 21, 2018. read here

11 CHARGED IN WHITE PLAINS FEDERAL COURT WITH CRACK COCAINE DISTRIBUTION

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, William F. Sweeney Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), and Brian Ryan, Town of Greenburgh Police Chief, announced the unsealing of an Indictment charging 11 defendants with narcotics distribution offenses in and around Westchester County, New York. The defendants, RANDY SARGEANT, a/k/a “Black,” KELVIN GANPAT, JEANCARLOS LAUREANO, a/k/a “Rico,” CHRISTOPHER MARTINEZ, a/k/a “Panama,” HOWARD MEREDITH, WILLIAM BRITO, AMANDA COPPOLLA, JAMAAL PETERS, a/k/a “Mega Head,” BERT HICKSON, CHRISTINE MORRISON, and CRYSTAL MARTINE, were presented in White Plains federal court yesterday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith C. McCarthy. read here

WARR ACRES DOCTOR INDICTED ON OPIOID AND IDENTITY THEFT CHARGES

OKLAHOMA CITY – A federal grand jury has charged DAVID QUY, D.O., 62, an Oklahoma City resident who practiced medicine in Warr Acres, with dispensing opioids illegally and identity theft, announced U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Downing.

According to the indictment, Quy saw patients at Family Medicine Center, 5500 N.W. Expressway, in Warr Acres.  It is alleged that from November 2014 until May 8, 2019, he conspired to dispense Schedule II prescription opioids, including Oxycodone and Hydrocodone, outside the usual course of professional medical practice and without legitimate medical purpose when he wrote prescriptions for certain of his employees and then directed those employees to fill the prescriptions and bring the pills back to him.  He is also charged with 55 counts of illegally dispensing Schedule II opioids on specific dates from November 2014 to April 2019. read here

CHESTER METHAMPHETAMINE DEALER WITH HISTORY OF CRIME SENTENCED TO 12 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON ON FIREARM AND NARCOTICS CHARGES

Columbia, South Carolina —- United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced today that John Bennett Roof, Jr., a/k/a “Brent Roof,” a/k/a “Ice Man”, age 34, of Chester, was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.  Following the term of imprisonment, Roof will remain on federal supervised release for an additional 3 years.  United States District Judge J. Michelle Childs of Columbia imposed the sentence.

Evidence presented in court established that on April 17, 2018, officers with the Chester Police Department Narcotics and Gang Unit and a Task Force Officer with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) conducted a traffic stop of a Mazda sedan on West Elliott Street in Chester.  Officers noticed a strong odor of marijuana and asked Roof, the only occupant of the vehicle, to step out of the car.  A search of the car produced a 9mm handgun loaded with seven rounds of ammunition in the magazine and one in the chamber; 4.86 grams of methamphetamine; what appeared to be cocaine, hydrocodone, three ecstasy pills, and a jar of marijuana; and $560 in U.S. currency.  Roof admitted the firearm and narcotics were his, that he is a methamphetamine dealer, that the pistol was stolen, and that he traded methamphetamine for the firearm. read here

SPIRIT LAKE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ASSAULT RESULTING IN SERIOUS BODILY INJURY OF A CHILD

FARGO – First Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas Chase, District of North Dakota, announced that on September 17, 2019, Jonathan James Hill, age 22, an enrolled member of the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe and the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Peter D. Welte, Fargo, ND, to an Indictment charging him with Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.

At the plea hearing, Hill admitted that between December 26, 2018, and January 1, 2019, he assaulted a baby by hitting the baby with his fists and shoving the child into walls.  read here

POLICE OFFICER ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH DISTRIBUTION AND POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces that Matthew Enhoffer (34, St. Petersburg) has been arrested and charged by federal criminal complaint with distribution and possession of child pornography. If convicted, Enhoffer faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 5 years, and up to 20 years, in federal prison. Federal agents arrested Enhoffer, a police officer with the St. Petersburg Police Department, yesterday without incident.

According to the complaint, an individual using the screen name “thehoff727” distributed child pornography on Snapchat, a mobile web-based communications application. Further investigation revealed that the Internet Protocol (IP) address and subscriber information associated with that account was linked to Enhoffer’s residence. read here

RUSH COUNTY SPECIAL SHERIFF’S DEPUTY AND RUSHVILLE FIREMAN CHARGED WITH SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A CHILD

Indianapolis – United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced today that Philip Michael Harr, 29, Rushville, Indiana, was charged by criminal complaint with Sexual Exploitation of a Child, and Distributing and Possessing Child Pornography. Harr had his initial appearance in the United States District Court on Thursday, September 19, 2019.

“Public officials are entrusted to perform their work duties and to serve the community without committing criminal conduct on the job,” said Minkler. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to identifying and prosecuting individuals who utilize social media and other vehicles to exploit innocent children.” read here

 

 

 

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