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Previously Convicted Sex Offender Pleads Guilty in Maryland to Child Pornography Charge
Wed, 30 Mar 2011 17:10:54 -0500

Lawrence Franklin King III, a previously convicted sex offender living in Ocean City, Maryland, pled guilty to possession of child pornography.

Oregon Man Pleads Guilty to Investment Fraud and Tax Fraud
Tue, 29 Mar 2011 16:48:57 -0500

Hussein Ali Mehdi, of Eugene, Oregon, pled guilty to three counts of mail fraud and one count of tax fraud related to an investment fraud scheme through which he received more than $850,000 in fraudulent proceeds.

New York Men Charged in $10 Million Commercial Bank Fraud, Identity Theft Scheme
Wed, 30 Mar 2011 16:40:32 -0500

Christopher Cavounis and Jagdesh Cooma, both of Fresh Meadows, New York, were charged for allegedly orchestrating a scheme to defraud several banks of at least $10 million by obtaining commercial loans and lines of credit using false and fraudulent documents. The defendants also allegedly paid bribes totaling over $135,000 to an employee of Citibank to obtain $2.45 million worth of loans.

Illinois Man Convicted on Drug Charges
Wed, 30 Mar 2011 16:37:37 -0500

Cortez L. Wooten, of East St. Louis, Illinois, was convicted by a federal jury of possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base, or crack.

Missouri Woman Indicted, More Charges Filed in Sex Trafficking, Murder-for-Hire Scheme
Wed, 30 Mar 2011 16:33:40 -0500

Marilyn Bagley, of Lebanon, Missouri, was indicted by a federal grand jury, joining her husband and four other co-defendants who were indicted last year for their roles in a commercial sex trafficking conspiracy in which a young, mentally deficient woman was sexually abused and tortured for several years at a Lebanon residence and forced to work as an exotic dancer at local strip clubs. Today's indictment also contains additional charges against the original defendants related to a murder-for-hire scheme, witness and victim tampering and witness retaliation, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, and child pornography.

South Dakota Residents Plead Guilty to Drug Charges
Wed, 30 Mar 2011 16:30:59 -0500

Errol Medicine, of Wakpala, South Dakota; and Wynona Medicine and Wilma Medicine, both of Rapid City, South Dakota, each pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.

Minnesota Man Pleads Guilty to Bank Robbery
Wed, 30 Mar 2011 16:28:21 -0500

Joe Nathan Michael, of Fridley, Minnesota, pled guilty robbing a TCF Bank branch in Fridley.

Minnesota Man Sentenced to Lengthy Term for Bank Robbery
Wed, 30 Mar 2011 16:26:38 -0500

Robert Lee Russell, Jr., of St. Paul, Minnesota, was sentenced to 151 months in prison on one count of armed bank robbery, and an additional 36 months in prison for violating the terms of federal supervised release relative to a previous crime when he committed this robbery.

Texas Man Sentenced for Child Pornography Offense
Wed, 30 Mar 2011 16:24:53 -0500

Monte Melugin, of Dallas, was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison following his guilty plea to one count of receiving child pornography. Melugin had 1830 images and 68 videos of child pornography, with 80 percent of it of very young boys.

California Man Pleads Guilty in Florida to Role in Stock Manipulation Scheme
Wed, 30 Mar 2011 16:20:51 -0500

Barry Minkow, of San Diego, California, pled guilty in Florida to conspiring with others to manipulate the stock price of Lennar Corporation by making false and misleading statements about Lennar Corporation's business operations and management.

Alabama Mother and Daughter Indicted in Murder-for-Hire Scheme
Wed, 30 Mar 2011 16:15:20 -0500

Barbara Louise Patterson, of Columbiana, Alabama, and her daughter, Kimberly Dawn McGuffie, of Calera, Alabama, were indicted for conspiring in a 2009 murder-for-hire plot against the McGuffie's ex-husband.

Alabama Man and Woman Charged in Tax Fraud Scheme
Wed, 30 Mar 2011 16:11:22 -0500

Tuscumbia, Alabama residents Ricky Walter Denton (who was charged with a 2009 armed bank robbery) and Joann Smith Choat were indicted for their roles in a federal tax fraud conspiracy.

Alabama Man Indicted for Bank Fraud
Wed, 30 Mar 2011 16:09:54 -0500

Marc Corey Mitchell, a former manager of the First Financial Bank branch in McCalla, Alabama, was charged with bank fraud related to his solicitation of money from a bank customer while the customer was attempting to conduct bank business.

Record 309-Year Sentence Upheld in Louisiana for White-Collar Criminal
Wed, 30 Mar 2011 16:02:01 -0500

The 309-year sentence of Robert Thompson, of Zachary, Louisiana, was upheld for his conviction on one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and obstruct justice; seven counts of wire fraud; one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud, and money laundering; one count of mail fraud; one count of honest services mail fraud; one count of money laundering; four counts of access device fraud; two counts of aggravated identify theft; one count of computer fraud; one count of bank fraud; and one count of obstruction of justice.

New Mexico Man Pleads Guilty to Bank Robbery
Wed, 30 Mar 2011 15:57:27 -0500

Johnny Eldrid Ortiz, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, pled guilty to an indictment charging him with bank robbery.

Arizona Man Sentenced on Child Pornography Charges
Wed, 30 Mar 2011 15:54:46 -0500

Jason Farineau, of Tucson, Arizona, was sentenced to 210 months in prison for distribution and possession of child pornography.

Woman Charged in Pennsylvania in $2.7 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme
Wed, 30 Mar 2011 14:25:40 -0500

Joanne M. Seeley was indicted in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for allegedly defrauding 14 mortgage lenders, 35 homeowners, and five individual investors in Cumberland, Dauphin, York, and Adams Counties out of approximately $2,700,000 between 2006 and 2008.

Two Pennsylvania Men Charged with Five Armed Robberies
Tue, 29 Mar 2011 14:22:21 -0500

Andrew Chronister and Faheem Yuself, both of Norristown, Pennsylvania, were indicted for allegedly conspiring to commit and committing five armed robberies of convenience stores and gas stations.

Missouri Woman Sentenced for Bank Theft
Wed, 30 Mar 2011 14:01:36 -0500

Laurine K. Calvert, of Polo, Missouri, was sentenced to 23 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution for embezzling more than $414,000 from Bank Northwest, where she was employed as a teller and bank loan secretary.

California Man Pleads Guilty in Oregon in $18 Million Ponzi Scheme
Tue, 29 Mar 2011 13:49:29 -0500

Louis J. Borstelmann, of Thousand Oaks, California, pled guilty in Eugene, Oregon to mail fraud and money laundering in connection with his operation of a Ponzi scheme that defrauded approximately 100 individuals out of more than $18 million.

National Center for the Employment of the Disabled Exec Sentenced in Texas
Tue, 29 Mar 2011 13:43:40 -0500

Former National Center for the Employment of the Disabled chief operations officer Ernesto Alonzo Lopez was sentenced in El Paso, Texas to three years in federal prison for embezzling millions of dollars in government program funds.

Indiana Woman Indicted for Racially Motivated Arson Threat
Wed, 30 Mar 2011 13:34:35 -0500

Sheryl Small, of Indianapolis, was indicted on charges stemming from a racially motivated threat to burn a house that two African-American women were preparing to rent. The home was set on fire approximately six weeks later. The investigation into the arson is ongoing.

Massachusetts Investment Adviser Pleads Guilty to Stealing $3 Million from Clients
Tue, 29 Mar 2011 13:24:45 -0500

Sean Mansfield, an investment adviser in West Springfield, Massachusetts, pled guilty to 17 counts of wire fraud, two counts of embezzlement from a pension fund, and four counts of money laundering in connection with a scheme in which he illegally took $3 million from his clients for his own personal benefit.

New York Man Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking of Minor
Tue, 29 Mar 2011 13:09:15 -0500

Rasheed Davis, of the Bronx, New York, pled guilty to his role in the sex trafficking of a 16-year-old girl for profit.

California Business Owner Sentenced in $1.8 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme
Tue, 29 Mar 2011 13:05:17 -0500

Marlon Oslvaldo Palma, the owner of a South Los Angeles medical supply company, was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison for his role in a scheme that fraudulently collected nearly $2 million from Medicare for unneeded electric wheelchairs and other durable medical equipment.

Business Owner Pleads Guilty in Illinois to Mail Fraud, Money Laundering
Tue, 29 Mar 2011 12:58:32 -0500

Jacklyn Gebhardt, the owner of Gebhardt Trailer Sales located in Jacksonville, Illinois, pled guilty to her role in a $1 million mail fraud and money laundering scheme.

Maryland Man Pleads Guilty to Posing as a Retired Army Special Forces Colonel
Tue, 29 Mar 2011 12:51:04 -0500

William G. Hillar, of Millersville, Maryland, pled guilty to wire fraud in connection with a scheme to lie about his military experience and academic credentials in order to gain employment for teaching and training.

Director Mueller Testifies Before Senate at Hearing on Oversight of the FBI
Wed, 30 Mar 2011 11:32:07 -0500

Director Robert S. Mueller, III testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee at a hearing entitled "Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation," during which he reviewed some of our recent work in responding to the complex and wide range of threats we face today and our commitment to keeping the nation safe.

Texas Man Sentenced on Child Pornography Charges
Tue, 29 Mar 2011 11:19:10 -0500

Cruz Michael Hernandez, of Houston, was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison for distributing and possessing child pornography.

Former Alabama Court Clerk Charged with Embezzlement
Tue, 29 Mar 2011 10:44:31 -0500

Janice J. Adams, a former court clerk for the city of Adamsville, Alabama, was charged with using her position to embezzle more than $108,000 from the city.

Up to $5 Million Reward Offered for Information Regarding Shootings of Two ICE Agents
Wed, 30 Mar 2011 10:12:31 -0500

The Departments of Justice, State, and Homeland Security jointly announced a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of individuals allegedly responsible for the murder of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent Jaime Zapata and the attempted murder of ICE HSI Special Agent Victor Avila.

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