DOWNEY MAN SENTENCED TO TEN YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR POSSESSING SEXUALLY EXPLICIT IMAGES OF MINORS
“POCATELLO – James Clifford Goodwin, III, 46, of Downey, Idaho, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 120 months in prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release for possessing sexually explicit images of minors, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced today. Goodwin was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge David C. Nye. Goodwin pleaded guilty on January 16, 2019.
According to court records, law enforcement agents searched Goodwin’s Downey residence in October 2017. Agents discovered that Goodwin had cell phones and other electronic storage devices. During a forensic search of Goodwin’s phones, agents found 33 images of child pornography. At Goodwin’s change of plea hearing, he admitted to knowingly possessing the images. At the time of the search, Goodwin was on supervised release for a federal felony conviction for possessing child pornography. The terms of his supervised release prohibited him from possessing any electronic storage devices or cell phones.” read here
FORMER PINE RIDGE INDIAN HEALTH SERVICES PEDIATRICIAN CONVICTED OF MULTIPLE SEX OFFENSES AGAINST CHILDREN
“RAPID CITY, SD – United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that Stanley Patrick Weber, age 70, of Spearfish, South Dakota, was found guilty by a federal jury of 5 counts of Aggravated Sexual Abuse and 3 counts of Sexual Abuse of a Minor following a week-long jury trial in Rapid City, South Dakota.
Aggravated Sexual Abuse carries a penalty of a mandatory minimum of 30 years up to life in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, a minimum of 5 years up to lifetime supervised release, and a $500 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Sexual abuse of a minor carries a penalty of 15 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, a minimum of 5 years up to lifetime supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund for each count. Restitution may also be ordered.” read here
CHICAGO MAN SENTENCED TO 22 YEARS IN PRISON FOR RECRUITING MINORS TO ENGAGE IN SEX ACTS
“CHICAGO — A Chicago man has been sentenced to 22 years in federal prison for recruiting minors on Facebook to participate in sex acts with him and others.
BRYAN OSBORNE, 30, posed as a woman on Facebook to send thousands of messages to intended victims, most of them minors. Osborne enticed several children to agree to appear in sexually explicit films in exchange for a purported payment of thousands of dollars. He told the minors that they would first need to engage in sex acts with a male producer named “Trey,” purportedly so that “Trey” could make sure the minors were suitable for filming. Several of the minors agreed to the arrangement and engaged in sex acts with “Trey,” who turned out to be Osborne.” read here
SENIOR LIVING FACILITY CAREGIVER SENTENCED TO 18 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR DEFRAUDING 92-YEAR OLD VICTIM
“TUCSON, Ariz. – On September 27, 2019, U.S. District Court Judge Jennifer Zipps sentenced Faye Ann Singer to 18 months in prison for defrauding a 92-year-old vulnerable- victim. The court also ordered Singer to pay $93,378.25 in restitution for the victim’s losses. Singer previously pleaded guilty to bank fraud.
Singer worked as a caregiver at a senior living facility where the victim resided. Singer admitted that she gained access to the victim’s banking information while working at the facility. For 17 months, Singer wrote checks for her own personal benefit out of the victim’s account and used the victim’s account information to electronically pay her own bills. The victim was unaware that Singer had the victim’s bank account information or that Singer was stealing money from the account.” read here
ELLICOTT CITY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL CHARGE FOR ATTEMPTED POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Baltimore, Maryland – Mark David Franklin, age 44, of Ellicott City, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to the federal charge of attempted possession of child pornography.
The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur and Special Agent in Charge Jennifer C. Boone of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office.” read here
DISTRIBUTOR OF POTENTIALLY TAINTED PILLS CHARGED IN FEDERAL COURT WITH DRUG CRIMES
A Bellingham, WA man was charged in federal court today with two drug crimes related to cocaine and heroin found in his apartment, announced U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran. TONY LEE WILLIAMS, 33, was arrested this morning following an investigation by the Lummi Tribal Police and the FBI. The investigation began late yesterday, when medics responded to a home on the Lummi reservation where a woman was unresponsive. The woman could not be revived with NARCAN and is deceased. Pills ingested by the woman are linked to those sold by WILLIAMS. Lab analysis of the pills is underway to determine whether they are tainted with a substance such as fentanyl.” read here
FORMER OLYMPIC ATHLETE AND TRACK COACH SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS IN PRISON FOR UNLAWFUL SEXUAL ACTIVITY WITH A STUDENT
“SAN JUAN, P.R. – United States District Court Judge Francisco A. Besosa sentenced Alexander Greaux-Gómez to 20 years in prison followed by a supervised release term of 15 years for sexual enticement of a minor, and transportation with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, announced United States Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez. On May 22, 2019, after a three-day jury trial, Greaux-Gómez was found guilty. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ginette Milanés.
On February 9, 2017, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents, working jointly with Puerto Rico Police Department’s Division of Sexual Crimes in Guayama, and prosecutors from the Puerto Rico Department of Justice, arrested Greaux-Gómez, former teacher and track and field coach of the Salinas’s specialized sports school, “Albergue Olímpico,” for sexual enticement of a minor and production of child pornography”. read here
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY MIKE STUART ISSUES STATEMENT ON ELECTION SECURITY
“CHARLESTON, W.VA. – United States Attorney Mike Stuart issued the following statement about the important issues of elections, election security and voter legitimacy:
During the 2018 election cycle, Secretary of State Warner referred to my office what he perceived to be an attempted intrusion by an outside party into the West Virginia military mobile voting system. I note that there was no intrusion and the integrity of votes and the election system was not compromised. My office instituted an investigation to determine the facts and whether any federal laws were violated. The FBI has led that investigation. That investigation is currently ongoing and no legal conclusions whatsoever have been made regarding the conduct of the activity or whether any federal laws were violated.” read here
WORCESTER MAN ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
“BOSTON – A Worcester man was arrested yesterday and charged with possession of child pornography.
Kenneth Gianatasio, 40, was arrested and charged with one count of possession of child pornography. Gianatasio was detained pending a detention and probable cause hearing scheduled for Oct. 3, 2019.
As alleged in charging documents, on Aug.5, 2019, Gianatasio initiated a conversation with an undercover agent on Kik Messenger. During the conversation, Gianatasio allegedly requested to meet the agent in order to engage in sexual activity with the agent’s fictitious underage daughter. Gianatasio was subsequently interviewed by law enforcement and stated that he had used Kik to communicate with parents of underage girls in order to engage in sexual activity with the girls. A search of Gianatasio iPhone yielded multiple videos of child pornography.” read here
FORMER JACKSON COUNTY TREASURER SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR IDENTITY THEFT AND WIRE FRAUD SCHEME
“The former treasurer of Jackson County, Kentucky, was sentenced today to 45 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release.
U.S. District Judge Claria Horn Boom sentenced Beth N. Sallee, 39, of McKee, Kentucky, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky. Sallee was also ordered to pay $161,808.23 in restitution for devising a multi-year scheme to defraud the Jackson County Fiscal Court of over $160,000 and for misusing the identity of a Jackson County employee to facilitate her theft.
Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, United States Attorney Robert M. Duncan of the Eastern District of Kentucky, Special Agent in Charge James Robert Brown Jr. of the FBI’s Louisville Field Division and Richard Sanders, Commissioner of the Kentucky State Police, made the announcement.” read here
ILLEGAL ALIEN PLEADS GUILTY TO RE-ENTERING THE UNITED STATES
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – October 1, 2019 – Jose Lopez-Ruiz, 39, an illegal alien from Guatemala, pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court in Nashville, to re-entering the U.S. after having been previously deported, announced Don Cochran, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.
In May 2019, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations (ICE ERO) agents encountered Lopez-Ruiz while detaining another individual in Madison, Tennessee, as part of its Criminal Alien Program. During this encounter, Lopez-Ruiz fled on foot and was not apprehended. Approximately two months later, on July 9, 2019, ICE ERO, after receiving information on his whereabouts, engaged Lopez-Ruiz again in Madison. After initially resisting officers, Lopez-Ruiz was taken into custody.” read here
FORMER SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION EMPLOYEE PLEADS GUILTY TO OBTAINING UNAUTHORIZED BENEFITS
“FRESNO, Calif. — Martin Hernandez, 45, of Selma, pleaded guilty on Monday to one count of wire fraud in connection with a scheme to fraudulently obtain unauthorized Social Security benefit payments, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.
According to court documents, Hernandez met Social Security benefit recipients through his employment at the Social Security Administration. Hernandez recruited certain recipients to receive fraudulent payments in addition to the benefits that they were entitled to receive. These recipients agreed to return a substantial amount of the money they received from the fraudulent payments back to Hernandez. Hernandez electronically initiated the payments from his workstation at the Social Security Administration offices where he worked. After Hernandez caused the beneficiaries to receive the fraudulent overpayments, he would instruct them to meet him in person to give him cash. During the course of the scheme, Hernandez caused the Social Security Administration to make unauthorized payments of over $446,000.” read here
PASSAIC COUNTY MAN CHARGED WITH KIDNAPPING MINOR AND TRANSPORTING HER TO OHIO TO ENGAGE IN SEXUAL ACTIVITY
“NEWARK, N.J. – A Passaic County, New Jersey, man has been charged by indictment with kidnapping a 15-year-old girl and transporting her to Ohio, as well as with being in the United States illegally after previously being deported, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
Juan Carlos Morales-Pedraza, 33, of Paterson, New Jersey, was charged in a superseding indictment with one count of kidnapping, one count of transportation of a minor, and one count of re-entry of removed aliens. He was arraigned today before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler in Newark federal court and pleaded not guilty.” read here
CONGRESSMAN CHRISTOPHER COLLINS PLEADS GUILTY TO INSIDER TRADING SCHEME AND LYING TO FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENTS
“Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, who represented the 27th District of New York as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, pled guilty to participating in a scheme to commit insider trading and to making false statements to federal law enforcement agents when interviewed about his conduct.
U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said: “By virtue of his office, Christopher Collins helped write the laws of this country, but he acted as if the law did not apply to him. Today, by pleading guilty, Collins acknowledged that while he was a member of Congress he committed insider trading and then lied to the FBI in an attempt to cover it up. Today’s plea is a reminder that all citizens stand equal before the law in our criminal justice system.” read here
POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY MAN SENTENCED FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
“COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa – United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum announced on September 30, 2019, Jay R. Jahn, age 27, was sentenced by United States District Court Senior Judge Robert W. Pratt for Receipt of Child Pornography. Jahn was sentenced to five years in prison to be followed by a five year term of supervised release.
In July 2017, Carter Lake Police received a referral from the La Plata County Sheriff in Colorado regarding a 15 year old child who had received sexually explicit messages online from Jahn. A search warrant was obtained for Jahn’s residence, where officers located a computer and cell phone. A search of the electronic devices located images and videos of child pornography. Jahn pleaded guilty to this charge in May 2019.” read here
THREE MEN ADMIT PRODUCING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
STATESBORO, GA: A third guilty plea filed in U.S. District Court this week wraps up an investigation of child pornographers.
Charles Casey Garner, 40, of Brooklet, Ga., pled guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of Production of Child Pornography, said Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. Previously, Richard Hunt Moore Jr., 48, of Hephzibah, Ga., and Carl Scott Ruger, 40, of Guyton, Ga., each pled guilty to one count of Production of Child Pornography.” read here
BARRINGTON MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO PRODUCTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
“CONCORD – Thomas Whitney, 39, of Barrington, New Hampshire, pleaded guilty in federal court to production of child pornography, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.
According to court documents and statements made in court, between a date unknown and September 19, 2018, Whitney produced visual depictions of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct using a cellular telephone.
Whitney is scheduled to be sentenced on January 13, 2020.”read here
FORMER LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER INDICTED FOR USING HIS POSITION TO STEAL COCAINE AND METHAMPHETAMINE
“ATLANTA – Former Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Deputy Antione Riggins, who was also a federal task-force member, has been arraigned on federal charges that he used his former position to steal cocaine and methamphetamine before the drugs could be secured in evidence, and made a series of false statements to cover up his drug theft.
“Riggins’ alleged theft of previously seized drugs is shocking,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak. “He also allegedly fabricated documents and made false statements to prevent the arrest and prosecution of the drug trafficking suspects from whom the drugs were seized, in an apparent effort to cover his tracks. Riggins’s alleged actions betray the community he was sworn to protect.” read here
PALM BEACH GARDENS MAN SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON ON FEDERAL CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES
“U.S. Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan of the Southern District of Florida and Special Agent in Charge George L. Piro the of the FBI’s Miami Field Office announced that Matthew Tassin, 37, of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, was sentenced to prison last week on federal child pornography charges.
Tassin previously pled guilty to distribution of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(2), and possession of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(4)(B) (Case No. 19cr80064). On September 26, 2019, U.S. District Rodolfo A. Ruiz, II, sentenced Tassin to 20 years in prison, to be followed by 15 years of supervised release. Tassin was also ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution to the victims.” read here
BERGEN COUNTY MAN ADMITS MONEY LAUNDERING
“NEWARK, N.J. – A Bergen County, New Jersey, man today admitted conspiring to launder the proceeds of narcotics activity, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
Bobbie L. Henderson III, 36, of Edgewater, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler in Newark federal court to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments.” read here
KANSAS WOMAN CONVICTED IN SCAM TARGETING HOMEOWNERS FACING FORECLOSURE
“KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A federal jury Monday found a Kansas woman guilty of taking part in a scheme to swindle homeowners facing foreclosure with false promises to help them save their homes, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.
Sara Cordry, 69, Overland Park, Kan., was convicted on one count of conspiracy, one count of mail fraud and six counts of wire fraud.
During trial, prosecutors presented evidence that Cordry conspired with co-defendants to take money from victims by fraudulently promising to:
- Lower their interest rates.
- Lower their monthly payments.
- Help them obtain loan modifications.” read here
PATERSON POLICE OFFICER ADMITS CONSPIRING TO VIOLATE CIVIL RIGHTS, USING EXCESSIVE FORCE, AND FILING FALSE POLICE REPORT
“NEWARK, N.J. – A City of Paterson police officer today admitted conspiring with other officers to violate the civil rights of individuals in Paterson, using unreasonable and excessive force, and filing a false police report to conceal his criminal activity, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
Police Officer Daniel Pent, 32, of Paterson, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Katharine S. Hayden in Newark federal court to an information charging him with conspiracy to violate individuals’ civil rights, using unreasonable and excessive force in violation of individuals’ civil rights, and filing a false police report.” read here
NEW YORK MAN ACCUSED OF TAKING WEST VIRGINIA TEEN ACROSS STATE LINES FOR SEX
“WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Max Paul Levine, of Bronx, New York, was indicted today for interstate transport of a minor for sex, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced.
Levine, also known as “James Connely” and “Noxx Nocten,” age 34, was indicted on one count of “Transportation of a Minor Across State Lines for Sexual Purposes.” Levine is accused of transporting a 15-yer-old West Virginia girl from her Harrison County home to his residence in Bronx, New York to engage in sexual activity in June 2019.” read here
THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS – OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL AND DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ANNOUNCE VETERANS AFFAIRS HEALTH CARE FRAUD TASK FORCE
“The Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (VA-OIG) and the Department of Justice today announced the establishment of the VA Health Care Fraud Task Force to combat fraud in VA’s expanding health care programs.
The Task Force combines VA-OIG’s substantial experience investigating health care fraud at VA with the Justice Department’s proven track record prosecuting health care fraud through its Medicare Fraud Strike Force, which resides within the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section. The Task Force initially will focus on investigating and prosecuting health care fraud in VA’s growing Community Care program, under which eligible veterans may receive health care from a private provider in their community (rather than from a VA medical facility), similar to the Medicare program. As part of the Task Force, a VA-OIG attorney will be detailed to serve as a special prosecutor in the Health Care Fraud Unit of the Fraud Section.” read here
IRISH NATIONAL EXTRADITED TO THE UNITED STATES FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM PLEADS GUILTY TO TRAFFICKING OF RHINOCEROS HORNS AND IS SENTENCED TO PRISON
“MIAMI – An Irish national who was extradited to the United States in August pleaded guilty and was sentenced today for his role in trafficking a libation cup made from the horn of a protected rhinoceros.
After entering his guilty plea today in Miami, U.S. District Judge Jose E. Martinez sentenced Sheridan to a term of 14 months in prison and two years of supervised release.” read here
JURY CONVICTS MASSACHUSETTS RESIDENT FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER IN FLORIDA
“Orlando, Florida – A federal jury has found William Tosca (35, Kissimmee) guilty of failing to register and update a registration as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for December 16, 2019.
According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, in January 2013, Tosca was convicted by a jury in Massachusetts of a qualifying sex offense. While incarcerated in Massachusetts, the state’s sex offender registry board notified Tosca of his need to register as a sex offender. In October 2015, after being informed of his need to update his registration, Tosca failed to register in Massachusetts. In October 2016, he then moved to Florida and again failed to update his registration.” read here
CITIZEN OF GUATEMALA IS SENTENCED TO EIGHT YEARS IN PRISON ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES
“CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Robson Gustavo Morales Santos, 31, was sentenced on Monday, September 30, 2019, to 96 months in prison on child pornography charges, announced Andrew Murray, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Santos, who is a citizen of Guatemala residing illegally in the United States, was also sentenced to a lifetime of supervised release and was ordered to register as a sex offender. U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad Jr. presided over the sentencing hearing.
According to information contained in filed court documents and yesterday’s sentencing hearing, law enforcement received a cybertip that Santos was uploading child pornography to a cloud application. A forensic analysis of Santos’ cell phone, and a subsequent search of his cloud account by law enforcement, revealed that Santos possessed more than 600 videos depicting the sexual abuse of children, some of whom were prepubescent minors as young as infants. Santos pleaded guilty on April 29, 2019, to receiving child pornography.” read here
THREE CHINESE NATIONALS USING THE ALIAS “ALEX” INDICTED IN THE UNITED STATES FOR CONSPIRING TO IMPORT AND DISTRIBUTE DEADLY OPIOIDS
“PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Deyao Chen, Guichun Chen, and Liangtu Pan a/k/a Liang Pan, all of the People’s Republic of China, have been charged by indictment with the following: conspiracy to import controlled substances (one count); conspiracy to distribute controlled substances (one count); and distribution of furanyl fentanyl, U-47700, and methoxyacetyl fentanyl – all powerful synthetic opioids (62 counts). In a news conference at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, U.S. Attorney McSwain addressed the charges in the indictment and highlighted broader efforts of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and law enforcement to stem the tide of the opioid crisis.” read here
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST COAHOMA COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI, TO ENFORCE THE RIGHTS OF A UNITED STATES ARMY RESERVIST
“The Department of Justice announced that it filed a complaint yesterday in federal court in the Northern District of Mississippi against Coahoma County, Mississippi (Coahoma County), to protect the employment rights of an Army Reservist, Staff Sergeant First Class (SSG) Jason Sims Sr.
According to the complaint, SSG Sims was employed with the Coahoma County Sheriff’s Office from 2014 to 2018 during which time he also performed military service by teaching leadership courses at the United States Army Installation at Fort Knox, Kentucky. The complaint alleges that he was fired because of this military service obligation, in violation of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA). The lawsuit seeks reinstatement of SSG Sims to his employment with the Coahoma County Sheriff’s Office and the recovery of back wages and other benefits of employment that Sims lost as a result of his termination.” read here
FORMER VA SUPPLY TECHNICIAN SENTENCED TO FEDERAL PRISON FOR THEFT OF GOVERNMENT MONEY
“GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA – United States Attorney Lawrence Keefe for the Northern District of Florida today announced the sentencing of Caron Griffis, 44, of Melrose, Florida, after she pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Gainesville to a charge of theft of government money.
Griffis, who was employed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as a supply technician at the Gainesville VA Medical Center, was responsible for purchasing supplies for the center from outside vendors. Griffis’ responsibilities required that government purchase cards be issued in her name. She was also responsible for completing internal purchase orders and reconciliation documents
for each transaction that would be charged to her VA purchase cards.” read here
INTERNATIONAL ARMS TRAFFICKER SENTENCED TO MORE THAN EIGHT YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON
“Fort Myers, FL – U.S. District Judge Sheri Polster Chappell has sentenced Jose Mario Moreno Parada (37, Naples) to eight years and four months in federal prison for smuggling goods from the United States, possessing firearms with obliterated serial numbers, and making false statements to federal agents. The court also ordered Parada to forfeit the firearms involved in the offenses.
Parada had pleaded guilty on May 10, 2019.” read here