PORTLAND WOMAN CHARGED WITH CIVIL DISORDER AFTER THROWING HELMET AT POLICE OFFICER
PORTLAND, Ore.—Michelle Peterson O’Connor, 31, of Portland, has been charged by criminal complaint with civil disorder after throwing a helmet at an officer making an arrest during an unlawful assembly in Portland on August 24, 2020.
According to court documents, in the early morning hours of August 24, 2020, the Portland Police Bureau’s Rapid Response Team was conducting crowd control duties during a riot near the bureau’s Northeast Precinct. Portland officers witnessed O’Connor pick up a helmet from the ground and throw it at an officer arresting another person, striking the officer in the head. O’Connor was arrested without incident.
O’Connor made her initial appearance in federal court today before a U.S. Magistrate Judge. She was released pending further court proceedings. If convicted, O’Connor faces a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison. (Read Here)
SEATTLE MAN CHARGED WITH CIVIL DISORDER AFTER SHOOTING PORTLAND FIREFIGHTER WITH BALL BEARING
PORTLAND, Ore.—Jesse Herman Bates, 38, of Seattle, Washington, has been charged by criminal complaint with civil disorder after shooting a firefighter with a ball bearing during a protest in Portland on July 13, 2020, announced Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.
According to court documents, in the early morning hours of July 13, 2020, a firefighting crew was working to put out a fire burning in the middle of an intersection in downtown Portland that was blocking traffic. A crowd of approximately 300 people were in the immediate area, some of whom were assaulting police officers and committing acts of vandalism and property damage. A firefighter, who was wearing a grey uniform with a large medic patch, was walking across the street to brief his team when he was shot in the chest with a round metal ball bearing.
The firefighter said the shot came from a protester armed with a “wrist rocket” style slingshot. A Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office deputy saw the suspect on camera and identified Bates as the slingshot shooter. Bates was also identified by his clothing. At approximately 3:50 a.m, law enforcement officers spotted Bates near a white tent in Lownsdale Square holding a crowbar. When officers confronted him and told him he was under arrest, Bates ran with the crowbar in hand. After receiving a less lethal munition to his backside, Bates dropped the crowbar and was taken into custody. He was later released. (Read Here)
PORTLAND MAN CHARGED WITH REPEATEDLY ASSAULTING FEDERAL OFFICERS WITH VEHICLE
PORTLAND, Ore.—Lonnie Vantewa Albert, 55, of Portland, has been charged by criminal complaint for allegedly assaulting two Federal Protective Service officers with a sport utility vehicle on August 30, 2020, announced Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.
According to court documents, in the early morning hours of August 30, two Federal Protective Service officers deployed to Portland in support of ongoing federal law enforcement operations departed the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building in a rental vehicle en route to their hotel. Both officers were wearing their government-issued uniform with visible police patches and a badge.
While driving east on Interstate 84 approaching Interstate 205, one of the officers observed a gray sport utility vehicle passing on their left. The officer observed the other driver, later identified as Albert, glance toward him. Albert then turned sharply, nearly hitting the officers’ vehicle. The driving officer made several attempts to change lanes and pass Albert, but Albert swerved in either direction to block their vehicle. After positioning his vehicle to the officers’ left, Albert turned sharply to the right, striking the officers’ vehicle and causing his own vehicle to spin before coming to a stop. (Read Here)
ST. LOUIS COUNTY MAN LINKED TO JENNINGS OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING CHARGED WITH FELON IN POSSESSION OF FIREARM
ST. LOUIS – Lawton McKinnies, 31 years old of St. Louis County, is charged being a felon in possession of a firearm.
According to the criminal complaint, prior to September 1, 2020, St. Louis County Police conducting a fugitive investigation trying to find Dexter McKinnies (brother of defendant), learned the defendant had an active felony warrant for three counts of Assault First-degree and three counts of Armed Criminal Action.
On September 1, 2020, police set-up a meeting with McKinnies’ brother, Dexter, under a plan the brothers would be performing maintenance work on a property in Jennings. When Lawton McKinnies arrived, police arrested him on his felony warrant. Police searched McKinnies and found a weapon in his pocket. Police asked him some questions and McKinnies admitted having possession of the weapon and being a felon. (Read Here)
MAN CHARGED FOR ASSAULT ON METROPOLITAN POLICE OFFICER WHO WAS IN PROXIMITY TO CONFRONTATION OF SENATOR RAND PAUL
WASHINGTON – Brennen Sermon, 27, of Orlando, Florida, was charged by information on Friday, August 28, 2020, announced Acting United States Attorney Michael R. Sherwin. Sermon was in the vicinity of U.S. Senator Rand Paul when he was arrested by the Metropolitan Police Department for assault on a Metropolitan Police Department Officer.
Sermon was charged by information in D.C. Superior Court with one count of assault on a law enforcement officer in violation of D.C. Code § 22-405(b). He was arraigned on that charge and was released on his personal recognizance.
A Gerstein affidavit, based on an initial report from a responding officer, was filed along with the information. It states that at about 12:30 am on August 28, 2020, a Metropolitan Police Department officer was holding a police line at 14th and F Street NW when the defendant kicked his bicycle and fled. The officer pursued, and the defendant punched the officer in the left side of his face. The affidavit further reports that the officer sustained a laceration and severe swelling above his left eye, was transported to the hospital, and received stitches. A supplemental Gerstein affidavit filed after the initial report was prepared which clarified that a preliminary review of body worn camera showed that the individual kicking the bicycle and the individual throwing the punch appear to be wearing different color shirts. Therefore, the defendant is presently charged only with respect to the punching allegation. (Read Here)
NEW JERSEY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD PORNOGRAPHY, CYBERSTALKING CHARGES
BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Timothy Myers, 35, of Freehold, NJ, pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge William P. Geraci, Jr. to production of child pornography and cyberstalking. The charges carry a minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, a maximum penalty of 35 years, and a $250,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles M. Kruly, who is handling the case, stated that between December 2016 and August 2017, the defendant, using the names “CJ Mikowski” and “Colin James,” communicated via Facebook with five minor girls who lived in the Western District of New York. During those communications, Myers pretended to be a boy close in age to the minor girls with whom he was speaking. The defendant then coerced or attempted to coerce, each of the minor girls, who ranged in age from 13-16 years old, into sending sexually explicit visual depictions of themselves. Myers also transported one victim from New York State to New Jersey and engaged in sexual intercourse with her, and distributed sexually explicit images of the victim over Facebook. (Read Here)
SEATTLE MAN ARRESTED FOR MAKING BOMB THREAT TO PORTLAND, OREGON, POLICE PRECINCT
(Seattle) – A 36-year-old Seattle man was arrested today and appeared in U.S. District Court in Seattle for making a threat to damage or destroy a building–in this case a Portland, Oregon, police precinct, announced U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran. KYLE ROBERT TORNOW is accused of using an online communication system to claim he had planted explosives at a Portland, Oregon, Police precinct.
According to records file in the case, on July 24, 2020, TORNOW allegedly used the Portland Police TrackIT system to send a message claiming he had planted an explosive at one of the city’s police precincts. Using an alias, TORNOW claimed he had planted a bomb that was “undetectable” to canine searchers and that if he were caught, “others will take my place and immediately detonate the bomb.” The communication claimed it was a “felony threat” and needed to be taken “seriously to avoid death.”
FBI agents were able to trace the communications back to TORNOW, and he was arrested without incident this morning. (Read Here)
HIGH SCHOOL COACH IN TOPEKA CHARGED WITH SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF MINORS
TOPEKA, Kan. – A basketball coach at Seaman High School was charged today with sexually exploiting minors, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.
Jeffrey D. Pierce, 40, Topeka, Kan., is charged with two counts of producing child pornography (counts 1 and 2) and one count of possessing child pornography (count 3). The production crimes are alleged to have occurred March 10 and March 14, 2020. The possession crime is alleged to have occurred Sept. 2, 2020.
If convicted, Pierce could face a penalty of not less than 15 years and not more than 30 years in federal prison on each production count, and up to 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the possession count. The FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Hunting is prosecuting.
In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.
YOUNGSVILLE MAN SENTENCED FOR RUNNING A MILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENT FRAUD AND PONZI SCHEME
MONROE, La. – Acting United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that Donnie Laing, Jr., 40, of Youngsville, Louisiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Terry A. Doughty for wire fraud. Laing was sentenced to 36 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and was also ordered to pay $918,531 in restitution to the victims of this scheme.
Laing pled guilty in March 2020 to wire fraud in connection with a million dollar Ponzi scheme that he orchestrated through his limited liability company, Capital Energy Investments, LLC (“Capital”). Evidence established that from April through November of 2018, Laing operated a Ponzi scheme through Capital. Laing used Capital to set up a business bank account and solicit money from the victims of his scheme. He represented himself to be the owner of Capital, a purportedly legitimate business that purchased and rented out oil and gas equipment. Investors were led to believe that Capital would use their money to invest in oil and gas equipment, and then lease such equipment to companies engaged in oil and gas exploration activities for a profit, promising investors high rates of return on their investments. Instead, Laing used the victims’ investments for his own personal use.
Throughout the scheme, Laing submitted false proposals and contracts to his victims to persuade them to invest their money with Capital. He also used funds from new investors to make payments to previous investors under the guise that the payments represented legitimate profits and returns on the victims’ investments. These payments allowed the defendant to avoid detection and obtain additional funds from his victims. Laing also used his relationship with a former business associate living in northeast Louisiana to solicit money from investors. Throughout the course of the scheme, Laing defrauded multiple investors and received nine investor payments during the period from April to October 2018.
The FBI investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cadesby B. Cooper prosecuted the case.
FORMER ASBESTOS CONTRACTOR PLEADS GUILTY TO THEFT OF FEDERAL PROGRAM FUNDS
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA –U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced thatMARC A. VICTORIANO (VICTORIANO), age 46, of Covington, Louisiana, pleaded guilty today to one-count of theft from a program receiving federal funds before United States District Court Judge Lance M. Africk.
According to court documents from 2015 to 2017, VICTORIANOand his company, Professional Safety Consultants, LLC, (“PSC”) provided asbestos inspections for the Terrebonne Parish School Board (“TPSB”) as mandated by the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (“AHERA”). VICTORIANO submitted 56 invoices to TPSB with fraudulent asbestos laboratory reports including false air monitoring and false asbestos testing reports. VICTORIANO also submitted nine invoices to TPSB for AHERA reports with forged signatures and accreditation information. As a result, TPSB paid VICTORIANO approximately $212,618.26 to which he was not entitled, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 666(a)(1)(A).
“The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) is designed to protect our schools from hazardous air pollutants”, said Special Agent in Charge Christopher Brooks of EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division in Louisiana. “Today’s guilty plea demonstrates that individuals who intentionally violate federal laws will be held responsible for their crimes.” (Read Here)
KC MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD PORN CHARGE THAT COULD SEND HIM TO PRISON FOR 12 YEARS
KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A Missouri man with a prior child sexual exploitation conviction pleaded guilty today to possession of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.
William Lockwood, 41, who lived in Kansas City, Kan., at the time of the crime and now lives in Pleasant Valley, Mo., pleaded guilty to one count of possessing child pornography. The investigation began when Dropbox sent a tip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. In his plea, Lockwood admitted he uploaded child pornography to the Dropbox account and provided access to other users.
Investigators seized 26 videos of child sexual abuse from Lockwood’s account. In 2012, Lockwood was convicted in Collier County, Fla., on a charge of obscene communication for the purpose of luring a child for sex.
Sentencing is set for Dec. 3. Both parties are recommending a sentence of 144 months in federal prison. McAllister commended the FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Flannigan for their work on the case.
UNITED STATES SEIZES DOMAIN NAMES USED BY FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATION
ATLANTA – The United States has seized “Aletejahtv.com” and “Aletejahtv.org,” two websites which were unlawfully utilized by Kata’ib Hizballah, a Specially Designated National and a Foreign Terrorist Organization.
“Our system of commerce and our infrastructure, whether physical or electronic, is to be used by lawfully,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak. “We will not allow groups that have been rightfully prohibited from obtaining goods and services in the United States to use our internet services – especially to further their terrorist agenda. This seizure underscores national collaboration and a commitment to protecting our commerce and infrastructure.”
“Once again we see designated foreign terrorist organizations turning to the internet to push their message and recruit followers for their violent causes,” said John Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security. “We will continue to fight terror recruitment and propaganda efforts in the digital world, as we do elsewhere.” (Read Here)
U.S. ATTORNEY MATT MARTIN RECOGNIZES LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR OPERATION THAT LEAD TO MULTIPLE CHILD EXPLOITATION ARRESTS AND THE RESCUE OF CHILDREN FROM SEXUAL ABUSE
WINSTON-SALEM, NC – A man who pleaded guilty to transportation of child pornography was sentenced today, announced Matthew G.T. Martin, United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina.
Dustin Davis HAYNES, 34, of Lexington, North Carolina, pleaded guilty on March 2, 2020, to one count of transportation of child pornography. He was sentenced by Chief United States District Judge Thomas D. Schroeder to 65 months of imprisonment followed by 10 years of supervised release.
HAYNES was the first individual arrested after a Boone Police Department detective infiltrated a private group on a mobile messenger application dedicated to the sexual exploitation of children and the trafficking of child pornography. According to documents filed in the case, the detective, pretending to be a 14 year-old girl, convinced an administrator to add him to the group. Once accepted, the detective was able to gain access to additional similar private groups. Several days later, the detective and agents from the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) executed a search warrant at HAYNES’s Lexington, North Carolina residence and arrested him. (Read Here)
FEDERAL AUTHORITIES CHARGE NINETEEN WITH VOTER FRAUD
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Nineteen individuals have been charged with voter fraud and, in some instances, related offenses, announced United States Attorney Matthew G.T. Martin for the Middle District of North Carolina.
According to court charging documents, each defendant voted in a federal election in 2016. One defendant also voted in 2018. Non-citizens are not eligible to register to vote or to vote in federal elections.
On August 31, 2020, a federal grand jury indicted seven individuals as follows:
Charged with violations of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 611(a) (voting by non-citizen), 911 (claim of U.S. citizenship by non-citizen), and 1015(f) (false statement in a voter registration application):
- Francisco Antonio-Aguirre, age 64, of Dobson, NC (1:20CR351);
- Roob Kaur Atar-Singh, age 57, of Raeford, NC (1:20CR349);
- Rosalva Negrete-Toledo, aka Rosalva Cortes, age 65, of Winston-Salem, NC
- Dave Delano Virgil, age 57, of Winston-Salem, NC (1:20CR339);
- Eloy Alberto Zayas-Berrier, 70, of Pelham, NC (1:20CR348); (Read Here)
FORMER BANK PRESIDENT PLEADS GUILTY TO EMBEZZLEMENT
LEXINGTON, Ky. – A former bank president admitted in federal court on Wednesday that he embezzled from the Kentucky bank where he was the president.
Thomas Hinkebein, 59, pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement by a bank officer, before United States District Chief Judge Danny C. Reeves. Hinkebein admitted that, between January 12, 2016 and August 13, 2018 and while he was the President of Whitaker Bank, he willfully misapplied assets of the bank. Specifically, he admitted stealing golf carts and other property of Andover Country Club, an asset owned by Whitaker Bank, and seeking reimbursement from Whitaker Bank for a variety of personal expenses, including cell phone plans, gym memberships, fuel purchases, vehicle repairs, technology purchases for his family members, shipping expenses, and landscaping at his home. To hide the personal nature of these expenses, the Defendant falsely reported many of the expenses to Whitaker Bank to make them appear to be legitimate work expenses.
Hinkebein was charged by way of information, waiving his right to indictment by a federal grand jury. (Read Here)
UNITED STATES REACHES SETTLEMENT TO RECOVER MORE THAN $60 MILLION IN ASSETS ALLEGEDLY ACQUIRED WITH EMBEZZLED 1MDB FUNDS
LOS ANGELES – The Department of Justice has reached a settlement of its civil forfeiture cases against assets acquired by Riza Aziz utilizing funds allegedly embezzled from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), Malaysia’s investment development fund, and laundered through financial institutions in several jurisdictions, including the United States, Switzerland, Singapore and Luxembourg.
These assets are estimated to be worth more than $60 million. With this settlement, together with the prior disposition of other related forfeiture cases, the United States will have recovered or assisted in the recovery of nearly $1.1 billion in assets associated with the 1MDB international money laundering and bribery scheme. This represents the largest civil forfeiture ever concluded by the Justice Department.
“With more than $1 billion forfeited as a result of our 1MDB-related asset forfeiture cases, we continue to shed light on the massive fraud and money laundering scheme that brazenly stole public funds belonging to the people of Malaysia,” said United States Attorney Nick Hanna. “The high-end properties across the nation that have now been seized and forfeited demonstrate our commitment to preventing corrupt actors from using the United States as a place to hide stolen riches.” (Read Here)
SAN DIEGO WOMAN CREATED FAKE “EMPLOYEES” TO SWINDLE CARES ACT FUND; PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL FRAUD CHARGES
SAN DIEGO – Nikole L. Edwards – the founder of Social Savvy Marketing – pleaded guilty today to making false statements to the Small Business Administration. In court, Edwards admitted to submitting fake tax records and payroll information in order to secure a loan under the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”).
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act authorized the Small Business Administration to guarantee hundreds of billions of dollars in forgivable loans to small businesses to pay employees through the PPP. In order to obtain a PPP loan, a qualifying business has to provide its average monthly payroll expenses and number of employees, along with supporting documentation. These figures are used to calculate the amount of money the small business is eligible to receive under the PPP. A business’s PPP loan application is received and processed, in the first instance, by a participating financial institution, then transmitted to the Small Business Administration to assess the applicant’s eligibility.
In April and May 2020, Edwards applied for tens of thousands of dollars of PPP loans with three financial institutions. In her applications, Edwards falsely claimed that Social Savvy Marketing employed two individuals who earned annual salaries of $75,000 and $50,000. In reality, Social Savvy Marketing did not have any employees. Edwards also provided false addresses and Social Security numbers for her purported employees. To further support her false claims, Edwards submitted fake W-2s. (Read Here)
FORMER UNITED NATIONS EMPLOYEE CHARGED WITH MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS TO COVER UP SEXUAL ASSAULTS
Audrey Strauss, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and William F. Sweeney Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), announced today that KARIM ELKORANY, a former communications specialist with the United Nations (“UN”) in Iraq, was charged in an Indictment in Manhattan federal court with two counts of making false statements to special agents of the FBI in an effort to conceal his drugging and sexual assault of multiple women while he worked for the UN. ELKORANY was arrested in New Jersey today and is expected to be presented before Magistrate Judge James L. Cott this afternoon. The case is assigned to District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald.
Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said: “Karim Elkorany, a former United Nations communications specialist, was accused of furtively drugging and sexually assaulting several women. When questioned by the FBI, Elkorany compounded his alleged unconscionable conduct by making false statements to the special agents investigating the assaults. Thanks to the diligence of the FBI, Elkorany now faces serious time in an American federal prison. We urge any individuals who may have information concerning Elkorany or any similar conduct to please contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL- FBI or tips.fbi.gov.” (Read Here)
REPATRIATED ISIS FIGHTER PLEADS GUILTY TO TERROR CHARGE
A repatriated ISIS fighter has pleaded guilty to a terrorism charge, announced the Department of Justice.
Omer Kuzu – a 23-year-old U.S. citizen captured by the Syrian Democratic Forces and returned to the U.S. by the FBI after a five-year stint handling communications for ISIS – pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring to provide material support to terrorism.
“The Department of Justice remains committed to holding accountable those who have left this country in order to join and support ISIS,” said John C. Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security. “We are thankful for the work of our foreign partners and the FBI in returning Kuzu to this country to face justice in an American courtroom. We hope countries around the world, including our European allies and partners, will likewise take responsibility for their own citizens who traveled to support ISIS.”
“This defendant, an American citizen radicalized on American soil, pledged allegiance to a brutal terrorist group and traveled halfway across the world to enact its agenda,” said U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox for the Northern District of Texas. “The United States must do everything we can to prevent and deter this type of radicalization and prioritize prosecution of those that support the terroristic agenda of ISIS. I am gratified Mr. Kuzu faced justice in an American court.” (Read Here)
FEDS PROSECUTE ADDITIONAL LOUISVILLE LOOTERS
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Three defendants are now charged by a federal Grand Jury as a result of civil unrest in Jefferson County during the period of Monday, June 1, 2020, through Wednesday, June 3, 2020. The defendants charged are alleged to have engaged in looting a neighborhood pharmacy for controlled substances and firearms from a licensed dealer. This indictment is additive to multiple charges recently announced by the United States Attorney’s Office for the looting of neighborhood pharmacies for controlled substances, carjacking, and illegal possession of firearms by convicted felons. These indictments bring the total number of these defendants federally charged to 11.
“In Louisville we honor and protect lawful protest, but loot our businesses and expect to go to federal prison,” said United States Attorney Russell Coleman. (Read Here)
PITTSBURGH FELON CHARGED IN SHOOTING OF ATF SPECIAL AGENT IN JUNE 2020
PITTSBURGH, PA – A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of assault on a federal employee, and violating federal firearms laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
According to U.S. Attorney Brady, on June 18, 2020, a multi-agency enforcement action was occurring in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood following the indictment of members of a large-scale cocaine trafficking organization. At approximately 6:00 a.m., a Special Agent on a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Response Team was shot and wounded as he breached a doorway.
The three-count Indictment, returned on September 1, named Dion Williams, age 44, of Pittsburgh, as the sole defendant. (Read Here)
NINE BOSTON POLICE OFFICERS ARRESTED FOR OVERTIME FRAUD SCHEME
BOSTON – Nine current and former Boston Police Officers were arrested today and charged in connection with committing over $200,000 in overtime fraud at the Boston Police Department’s evidence warehouse.
Lieutenant Timothy Torigian, 54, of Walpole; Sergeant Gerard O’Brien (retired), 62, of Braintree; Sergeant Robert Twitchell (retired), 58, of Norton; Officer Henry Doherty (retired), 61, of Dorchester; Officer Diana Lopez (retired), 58, of Milton; Officer James Carnes (retired), 57, of Canton; Officer Michael Murphy, 60, of Hyde Park; Officer Ronald Nelson (retired), 60, of Jamaica Plain; and Officer Kendra Conway, 49, of Boston, were each charged in an indictment unsealed today with one count of conspiracy to commit theft concerning programs receiving federal funds and one count of embezzlement from an agency receiving federal funds. The defendants will make initial appearances via videoconference in federal court in Boston later today.
“I am a strong supporter of the police, especially in these difficult times. But all must be treated equally under the law, regardless of wealth, power or station,” said United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling. “These officers are charged with stealing taxpayer money, year after year, through fraud. Beyond the theft of funds, this kind of official misconduct also erodes trust in public institutions, at a time when that trust is most needed. I want to thank Commissioner Willie Gross for his cooperation in this case, and the BPD’s Anti-Corruption Unit for its assistance.” (Read Here)