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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

API’s Motor Oil Matters™ launches licensing effort for industry to ensure drivers get the right motor oil installed

API Press Release:


API’s Motor Oil Matters™ launches licensing effort for industry to ensure drivers get the right motor oil installed

Program links marketers, distributors and oil change locations under new symbol of quality
WASHINGTON, October 31, 2012 – The American Petroleum Institute (API) has launched its licensing efforts for motor oil distributors and oil change locations as part of its expanded Motor Oil Matters (MOM) campaign. Created to bring together everyone involved in the bulk motor oil chain of custody including motor oil marketers, distributors, oil change locations and consumers, MOM is designed to ensure that drivers get the right motor oil for their cars and trucks - every time.

API has been licensing motor oils meeting API performance standards and sampling and testing them in the marketplace for many years, but monitoring the quality of motor oils sold in bulk has been a challenge. API developed MOM to complement API’s current oil quality monitoring program and to provide greater assurance that the industry markets, delivers, and installs high-quality motor oils. This will be accomplished by maintaining a secure chain-of-custody for bulk motor oil from the marketer all the way to the vehicle.

Earlier this year, API published the industry’s first standard for establishing motor oil chain of custody, outlining basic procedures to ensure that distributors are able to confidently identify the oil that they deliver to oil change locations and these locations in turn are able to identify the oil they pour into customers’ vehicles. Every customer of a Motor Oil Matters™ licensed location will receive a written receipt with the brand name, viscosity, and performance level of the oil installed in his or her car.

API will certify motor oil distributors and oil change locations, identifying them as businesses committed to delivering quality oils. These distributors and locations will be able to market and advertise themselves as distributors and oil change locations that have successfully implemented API’s new chain of custody standard, therefore identifying themselves as trusted service providers.

As a consumer advocate, MOM will help reaffirm the confidence and trust the motoring public places in oil change locations. As an educator, ongoing efforts will be made to enlighten consumers about the benefits of using quality motor oils through online, social media and industry events. MOM will also identify MOM-licensed distributors and oil change locations. At the same time, API has expanded its monitoring system to better evaluate bulk oils.

Motor Oil distributors and oil change locations can join Motor Oil Matters and become a part of this new symbol of quality and accountability in the industry and reap the benefits of becoming a symbol that oil change locations and consumers will trust. Visit www.MotorOilMatters.org to join Motor Oil Matters and to find information on the benefits of using quality motor oil.

About API API is a national trade association that represents all segments of America’s technology-driven oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 500 members – including large integrated companies, exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms – provide most of the nation’s energy. The industry also supports 9.2 million U.S. jobs and 7.7 percent of the U.S. economy, delivers $86 million a day in revenue to our government, and, since 2000, has invested over $2 trillion in U.S. capital projects to advance all forms of energy, including alternatives.

American People Deserve a Full Accounting of Events in Benghazi

Senator Graham Press Releases
Contact: Tate Zeigler (202) 224-5972 or Kevin Bishop (864) 250-1417
Date: 10/31/2012

American People Deserve a Full Accounting of Events in Benghazi

Senators highlight serious questions about the terrorist attack that the Obama administration hasn’t answered


WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John McCain (R-AZ), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Ron Johnson (R-WI) are calling on the Obama administration to immediately respond to questions posed over the past three weeks about the administration's actions before, during, and after the terrorist attack in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.

In a letter to President Obama, the senators highlight a series of inquiries the administration has not yet answered - noting that failure to provide answers raises questions about whether the administration is deliberately stonewalling Congress and the American people.
"The American people and their representatives in Congress need to understand what you knew about the Benghazi terrorist attack and when you knew it. We also have a right to know what steps you and your administration took - or failed to take - before, during, and after the terrorist attack to protect American lives," the senators wrote.

McCAIN-GRAHAM-AYOTTE-JOHNSON LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA:

October 31, 2012

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

The American people deserve to know all the facts surrounding the terrorist attack in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, that resulted in the murder of four Americans-including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Unfortunately, you and your senior administration officials have not been forthcoming in providing answers to the many questions that have emerged.

On October 9, 2012, we sent a letter to the senior intelligence officials in your administration in an effort to obtain answers to these questions. More than three weeks have passed, and we still have not received a response. To make matters worse, since that original letter, we sent several subsequent letters to you or to your senior administration officials asking a number of questions, and we have failed to receive a single letter in response.

The American people and their representatives in Congress need to understand what you knew about the Benghazi terrorist attack and when you knew it. We also have a right to know what steps you and your administration took-or failed to take-before, during, and after the terrorist attack to protect American lives.

In order to facilitate an immediate response to our important questions on behalf of the American people, below are the questions from the letters we have sent over the last three weeks.

In our October 9, 2012, letter that we wrote with Senator Saxby Chambliss, we asked the following questions of Director of National Intelligence, James R. Clapper, Jr.; Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, David H. Petraeus; and Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and Deputy National Security Advisor, John Brennan:

• Within 48 hours of the attack, was there credible information and reporting to suggest that the assault on our Consulate and other U.S. facilities in Benghazi should be characterized as a terrorist attack?
• At what time did intelligence community agencies or elements first assess that the events in Benghazi were a terrorist attack?
• What information did the intelligence community provide to senior policymakers that led some of them to draw the conclusion as late as five days after the attack in Benghazi that it was the result of a spontaneous demonstration, not a terrorist act?
• Was there no credible evidence at that late date that was compelling enough for the intelligence community and the senior policymakers to draw a conclusion with at least moderate confidence that the attack in Benghazi was a terrorist act?

On October 15, 2012, Senator Graham sent letters to Mr. Brennan, Director Clapper, Director Petraeus, as well as National Security Advisor Thomas Donilon. The letters highlighted the fact that on June 6, 2012, assailants placed an improvised explosive device (IED) on the north gate of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. The IED detonated and ripped a hole in the security perimeter that was described by one individual as "big enough for forty men to go through." This attack was preceded by an earlier IED attack against the Consulate in April 2012. Based on these facts, the letter included the following questions:

• Were you aware of these attacks?
• Did you inform the President of these attacks?
• If so, what action was taken to protect our Consulate?
• If you did not inform the President, why not?
On October 15, 2012, Senator Graham sent you a similar letter asking the following questions:
• Were you informed of these attacks on our Libyan Consulate?
• If not, why not?
• Did you consider these serious events?
• If you were informed, what action was taken to protect the Consulate?

On October 19, 2012, we sent a follow-up letter to the same three senior intelligence officials in your administration noting that ten days had elapsed since we sent the October 9 letter.

On October 24, 2012, we sent a letter to you asking the following questions:

• Why did your administration insist that a spontaneous demonstration was responsible for the attack on our Consulate, but as the State Department later divulged, no demonstration even occurred in Benghazi?
• Why were requests for greater security assistance by officers on the ground not fulfilled, especially in light of the fact that there had already been two attacks on our Consulate in Benghazi this year and an attempt to assassinate the British Ambassador-events about which you should have known?
• In light of the deteriorating security situation in Benghazi and the escalating series of attacks in the preceding months, why were there not rapid reaction forces or other military assets available in the region to deploy to Libya in the event of an emergency on September 11, 2012-a day that our intelligence agencies consistently cite far in advance as a moment of heightened security threat for the United States and our citizens and interests abroad?

On October 26, 2012, we sent a letter to Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta; Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, David H. Petraeus; and Attorney General, Eric H. Holder requesting the immediate declassification of the surveillance video in and around the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi for the two days-September 11 and 12, 2012-that it and related U.S. facilities were under attack.

On October 27, 2012, Senators McCain and Portman sent a letter to Secretary Panetta asking the following questions:
• What military forces were available to provide support to U.S. personnel in Libya?
• What military forces were requested to provide support to U.S. personnel in Libya, by whom, and what forces were provided?
• What communication and coordination did you have with the President and other members of the National Security Council regarding possible Defense Department support in Libya?

Your failure to answer these important questions will only add to the growing perception among many of our constituents that your administration has undertaken a concerted effort to misrepresent the facts and stonewall Congress and the American people. We look forward to a prompt and thorough response to these questions. The American people deserve a full accounting of what happened in Benghazi where four brave Americans were murdered.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

John McCain
United States Senator

Lindsey Graham
United States Senator

Kelly Ayotte
United States Senator

Ron Johnson
United States Senator

Cc: The Honorable Leon E. Panetta, Secretary of Defense; The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General of the United States; The Honorable James R. Clapper, Jr., Director of National Intelligence; The Honorable David H. Petraeus, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

Exporter Sentenced to Prison for Selling Sensitive Technology to China

FBI Press Release:


Exporter Sentenced to Prison for Selling Sensitive Technology to China
Sold Restricted Microwave Amplifiers to People’s Republic of China without a License

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeOctober 31, 2012
  • Northern District of California(415) 436-7200
SAN JOSE, CA—Fu—Tain Lu, of Cupertino, California, was sentenced Monday to 15 months in prison for selling sensitive microwave amplifiers to the People’s Republic of China without a license, United States Attorney Melinda Haag announced.
Lu entered a guilty plea on November 21, 2011. In pleading guilty, he admitted that he was the owner and founder of Fushine Technology Inc. (Fushine), a California corporation formerly located in Cupertino. Fushine was an exporter of electronic components primarily used in communications, radar, and other applications. At the time of the offense, Fushine had a sales representative agreement with Miteq Components Inc. (Miteq), a New York-based manufacturer of microwave and satellite communications components and subsystems.
Lu, 65, admitted that, on March 1, 2004, Fushine submitted a purchase order to Miteq for one microwave amplifier and requested that Miteq notify Fushine immediately if an export license was required. Miteq responded that the part was controlled for export to China. Nonetheless, on April 2, 2004, Fushine exported the amplifier to co-defendant Everjet Science and Technology Corporation (Everjet), located in the People’s Republic of China, without having obtained a license or license exception from the United States Department of Commerce. Lu further admitted in the plea agreement that the amplifier he shipped was restricted for export to China for reasons of national security.
“Export regulations are vital to protecting the competitiveness and national security of the United States,” U.S. Attorney Haag said. “Our export controls depend on truthful compliance from exporters. My office will continue to work vigorously with our law enforcement partners to prosecute willful violations of those regulations.”
U.S. Attorney Haag expressed her appreciation to the agencies who conducted and assisted with the investigation, including the Department of Commerce Office of Export Enforcement; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
“Monday’s sentencing demonstrates the ongoing cooperation with our federal law enforcement partners to aggressively pursue and prosecute those who violate our export control laws,” said Julie Salcido, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security’s Office of Export Enforcement San Jose Field Office. “We will continue to work tirelessly to hold accountable those who choose to jeopardize U.S. national security interests.”
“The FBI works hand-in-hand with our law enforcement partners and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to address commercial and economic crimes of opportunity,” said Acting Special Agent in Charge Joel Moss of the FBI San Francisco Division. “This case is an example of our determination to combat the transfer of sensitive U.S. technology that have national security implications and our commitment to a fair and secure commercial arena.”
“The export of these defense articles to the People’s Republic of China or anywhere else in the world is tightly regulated for good reason,” said Clark Settles, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) San Francisco. “One of HSI’s top enforcement priorities is preventing U.S. military products and sensitive technology from falling into the hands of those who might seek to harm America or its interests. Requiring exporters to obtain licenses before shipping controlled technology to restricted countries is a vital precaution in ensuring our nation’s security.”
Lu, along with the two corporate defendants, Fushine and Everjet, were first indicted on April 1, 2009. A superseding indictment was returned on February 17, 2010. In addition to the count of conviction, the indictment also charged him with conspiring to violate United States export regulations and lying to federal agents who were investigating that conduct. The indictment alleged that the defendants knew about the licensing restrictions and specifically sought to circumvent them through various means, including by lying about the recipient and the intended end-use for the item being shipped. The court specifically found that Lu had lied to special agents from the Department of Commerce about, among other things, his relationship with Everjet.
In addition to the prison sentence, the court ordered Lu to serve three years of supervised release, to pay a $5,000 fine, and to forfeit 36 microwave amplifiers worth approximately $136,000. The sentence was imposed by United States District Court Judge Ronald M. Whyte.
David R. Callaway is the Assistant U.S. Attorney who is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Tracey Andersen and Rawaty Yim. The prosecution is the result of a joint investigation by the Department of Commerce; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations.
A copy of this press release may be found on the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Web site at www.usdoj.gov/usao/can.

San Jose Resident Sentenced to 27 Months in Prison for Selling Counterfeit Movies

FBI Press Release:


San Jose Resident Sentenced to 27 Months in Prison for Selling Counterfeit Movies
Ordered to Forfeit More Than 20,000 Unauthorized Movies, Equipment, and More Than $53,000 in Cash

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeOctober 31, 2012
  • Northern District of California(415) 436-7200
SAN JOSE, CA—Ricardo Blanco was sentenced yesterday to 27 months in prison and ordered to pay $200,200 in restitution for criminal copyright infringement, United States Attorney Melinda Haag announced.
Blanco pleaded guilty on April 30, 2012, to criminal copyright infringement, in violation of 17 U.S.C. § 506(a)(1)(A) and 18 U.S.C. § 2319(b)(1). According to the plea agreement, Blanco admitted that from approximately May 4, 2011 and continuing to July 14, 2011, he operated a store called Mia’s Fashions in San Jose. He admitted that in one area of the store, he sold unauthorized copies of movies, including “Cars 2,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” and “X-Men.” Blanco also admitted that he manufactured thousands of unauthorized copies of movies to sell in his store and hired several individuals to make copies of the movies in a room at a residence located on South King Road in San Jose. The employees transported movies to Mia’s Fashions. One employee worked as a security guard and cashier at the store.
In addition to the prison sentence and restitution, Blanco was ordered to forfeit 20,750 counterfeit movies, $53,115.10 in cash, and all the equipment used to manufacture the unauthorized movies. The items were seized from Mia’s Fashions and a residence located on South King Road in San Jose. Restitution will be paid to the Motion Picture Association of America.
Blanco, 28, of San Jose, was charged by Information on July 15, 2011.
The sentence was handed down by U.S. District Court Judge Edward J. Davila. Judge Davila also sentenced the defendant to a three-year period of supervised release. The defendant has been in custody since July 15, 2011, and will immediately begin serving the sentence.
Susan Knight is the Assistant U.S. Attorney who prosecuted the case with the assistance of legal tech Elise Etter. The prosecution is the result of a one-year investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
A copy of this press release may be found on the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s website at www.usdoj.gov/usao/can.

Alex Medicine Horse Sentenced in U.S. District Court

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Alex Medicine Horse Sentenced in U.S. District Court

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeOctober 31, 2012
  • District of Montana(406) 657-6101
The United States Attorney’s Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on October 31, 2012, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, Alex Medicine Horse, a 69-year-old resident of Lodge Grass and an enrolled member of the Crow Indian Tribe, appeared for sentencing. Medicine Horse was sentenced to a term of:
  • Prison: 360 months
  • Special assessment: $100
  • Supervised release: 10 years
Medicine Horse was sentenced after a federal district court trial in which he was found guilty of aggravated sexual abuse. Assistant U.S. Attorney E. Vincent Carroll prosecuted the case for the United States.
At trial, the following evidence and testimony was presented to the jury.
While a 6-year-old child was undergoing a medical examination at the Children’s Clinic in Billings, she disclosed that Medicine Horse had touched her “private part” with his hands. The incident took place at a residence in Lodge Grass, which is within the exterior boundaries of the Crow Indian Reservation.
On November 4, 2010, Medicine Horse was interviewed regarding the victim’s allegations, and he denied ever touching her in a sexual manner. Afterward, however, he confessed that he had put the victim on his lap, had inserted his hand inside her underwear, and had touched her vaginal area for approximately one minute. Medicine Horse also stated that he had not been truthful earlier in the interview because he “did not want to get into trouble.” Following the interview, a tape-recorded statement was given by Medicine Horse.
The victim also disclosed to her older sister and to a cousin what Medicine Horse had done to her. Specifically, the victim disclosed that Medicine Horse had touched her in her private part.
Assistant U.S. Attorney E. Vincent Carroll prosecuted the case for the United States.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the “truth in sentencing” guidelines mandate that Medicine Horse will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, Medicine Horse does have the opportunity to earn a sentence reduction for “good behavior.” However, this reduction will not exceed 15 percent of the overall sentence.
The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Minneapolis Man Sentenced for Robbing TCF Bank

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Minneapolis Man Sentenced for Robbing TCF Bank

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeOctober 31, 2012
  • District of Minnesota(612) 664-5600
MINNEAPOLIS—Earlier today in federal court in St. Paul, a 49-year-old Minneapolis man was sentenced for robbing the TCF National Bank branch located at 1444 West Lake Street in Minneapolis on March 28, 2012. United States District Judge Donovan W. Frank sentenced Brady Anthony Johnson to 156 months in prison on one count of bank robbery. Johnson, who was indicted on April 9, 2012, pleaded guilty on June 25, 2012.
In his plea agreement, Johnson admitted that on March 28, 2012, he stole approximately $3,846 from the bank after making gestures that led the teller to believe he had a gun. According to a law enforcement affidavit filed in the case, a man, later identified as Johnson, waited at the door of the bank until it opened. He then entered, grabbed a deposit slip, and approached the counter. He handed the teller a demand note while stating, “This is a robbery.” When the teller did not immediately react, the man warned, “This isn’t a joke. This is a robbery. Look at the note. Give me all the 50s and 100s. I have a gun, and I will shoot you.”
Thanks to the Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking device the teller secretly inserted into the pack of money given to the robber, police were able to determine that after leaving the bank, the robber boarded a metro bus. Near the intersection of West 24th Street and Harriet Avenue South, officers stopped the bus and apprehended Johnson, who matched the description of the robber. While searching Johnson, authorities found the stolen cash, the GPS device, and the demand note.
This case was the result of an investigation by the Minneapolis Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin S. Ueland.

Court Sentences Andrew Park to Prison for Felony Tax Evasion

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Court Sentences Andrew Park to Prison for Felony Tax Evasion

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeOctober 31, 2012
  • Eastern District of Michigan(313) 226-9100
Andrew Park, an owner and executive of Asian Village Detroit Inc. (“Asian Village”), Pangborn Technovations Inc. (PTI), and the Security Communication Alert Network (SCAN), was sentenced today to one year in prison based on his felony conviction for evading the payment of more than $300,000 in taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today.
Ms. McQuade was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge Erick Martinez of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations and Special Agent in Charge Robert Foley, III of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
During a hearing this afternoon before United States District Judge Patrick J. Duggan, the court sentenced Park to 12 months in prison and two years of supervised release based on Park’s December 17, 2010 guilty plea to tax evasion for his failure to report and pay taxes on $898,000 in income that Park earned in connection with Asian Village, SCAN, and PTI during the years 2005 through 2007. The court also ordered Park to pay the IRS $301,000 in taxes owed and to pay the significant civil penalties and interest owed the IRS for the evasion.
Although Park had been facing a sentence of two years to two and one-half years in prison under the terms of his plea agreement, the court reduced Park’s sentence to one year in prison based on the government’s motion for a downward departure as a result of Park’s cooperation in the prosecution of former Detroit city official Derrick Miller. Park had paid bribes to Miller in order to get a city contract for SCAN relating to homeland security worth more than $4 million. In addition, Park paid a bribe to Miller, which was shared with former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick in order to secure a favorable vote by the Board of Trustees on a $2.75 million loan from Detroit’s General Retirement System for the Asian Village restaurant. Subsequently, the pension fund lost all $2.75 million of the money loaned to Asian Village, and the city received nothing for the money paid to SCAN on the homeland security contract.
The case was investigated by special agents of the IRS, the FBI, and the Department of Homeland Security-Office of Inspector General. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Robert Cares and David A. Gardey.

Former Lieutenant in Sheriff’s Office Admits to Making False Statements to FBI

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Former Lieutenant in Sheriff’s Office Admits to Making False Statements to FBI

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeOctober 31, 2012
  • District of South Carolina(803) 929-3000
COLUMBIA, SC—United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Fred Allen Inabinett, age 39, of Walterboro, pled guilty Tuesday in federal court in Charleston to making false statements to federal agents, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001. United States District Judge Richard M. Gergel accepted the plea and will impose sentence after he has reviewed the presentence report which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.
Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that Inabinett, while employed as a lieutenant with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office, had conversations with a known drug dealer and revealed law enforcement sensitive information to him regarding federal investigations taking place in Colleton County. When questioned by FBI agents regarding any conversations that he had with the drug dealer, Inabinett denied that he had passed on any such information. Telephone calls intercepted from the drug dealer’s phone showed that Inabinett was not truthful in what he told the FBI about his conversations with the drug dealer. Inabinett was terminated from the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office shortly after he was charged.
Mr. Nettles stated the maximum penalty Inabinett can receive is a fine of $250,000 and/or imprisonment for five years, plus a special assessment of $100.
The case was investigated by agents of the FBI. Assistant United States Attorney Alston C. Badger of the Charleston office handled the case.

Former Charter Schools Treasurer Sentenced to 24 Months in Prison for Embezzling Money from Schools

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Former Charter Schools Treasurer Sentenced to 24 Months in Prison for Embezzling Money from Schools

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeOctober 31, 2012
  • Southern District of Ohio(937) 225-2910
COLUMBUS—Carl W. Shye, Jr., 57, of New Albany, Ohio, was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to 24 months in prison and ordered to repay $472,579.90 in federal funds that he embezzled between 2005 and 2011 while serving as treasurer for four community schools in Ohio.
Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio; Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost; Edward J. Hanko, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and Executive Director Paul Nick of the Ohio Ethics Commission announced the sentence imposed today by U.S. District Judge Gregory L. Frost.
Shye pleaded guilty on June 21, 2012, to one count of embezzlement. Shye admitted that, between October 2005 and September 2011, Shye used his position as treasurer of multiple Ohio community schools to embezzle from the schools that employed him.
The schools involved include the former George Washington Carver Preparatory Academy which was located in Columbus, Ohio; the former Legacy Academy for Leaders & Arts which was in Youngstown, Ohio; and the former NuBethel Center of Excellence and New City Community School, both in Dayton.
The primary means by which Shye illegally converted community school funds to his own use was through checks he made to himself as treasurer and custodian of the schools’ bank accounts that were in excess of his approved salary or contracted compensation amount. Shye took steps to hide these payments from the administrators and board members of the respective schools. In one example presented to the court, Shye made five salary payments to himself for one service period. Shye also admitted that he cut and pasted the signature of the then-deceased board member of one community school onto a copy of a false contract with the school after auditors requested a copy to try and verify his compensation.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine will oversee distribution of the restitution. Judge Frost ordered Shye to surrender to the facility to be designated by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons when notified by the U.S. Marshals Service.
Stewart acknowledged Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, whose office provided assistance in the investigation. Stewart also commended the cooperative investigation by the FBI, Ohio Auditor Dave Yost’s Office, and the Ohio Ethics Commission, as well as Assistant U.S. Attorney Doug Squires, who prosecuted the case.

South Carolina Man Sentenced to Over 11 Years in Prison for Bank Robbery

FBI Press Release:


South Carolina Man Sentenced to Over 11 Years in Prison for Bank Robbery

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeOctober 31, 2012
  • Western District of North Carolina(704) 344-6222
CHARLOTTE, NC—A South Carolina man was sentenced on Tuesday, October 30, 2012, to serve 138 months in prison for the January 2011 armed robbery of a Sun Trust Bank, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.
U.S. Attorney Tompkins is joined in making today’s announcement by Chris Briese, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Charlotte Division; Chief Debra C. Duncan of the Monroe Police Department; Chief Larry Brown of South Carolina’s Pageland Police Department; Chief Carl Webber of the Marshville Police Department; and Sheriff Sam Parker of South Carolina’s Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office.
In addition to the prison sentence, U.S. District Court Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr. also sentenced Harold Elwood Pritchett, 56, of Pageland, South Carolina, to three years of supervised release and ordered Pritchett to pay $7,418 as restitution.
In July 2012, Pritchett’s co-conspirator, Detrick Rayshawn Gaddy, 29, of Marshville, North Carolina, was sentenced to serve 84 months in prison, followed by two years of supervised release, for his role in the bank robbery. He was also ordered to pay $7,418 in restitution, jointly with Pritchett.
In October 2011, Pritchett pleaded guilty to conspiracy, bank robbery, armed bank robbery, and use of a firearm in connection with the bank robbery. In November 2011, Gaddy, who was the getaway driver, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm and use and carry of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence by aiding and abetting Pritchett’s brandishing of the firearm during the robbery.
According to court documents and court proceedings, on January 7, 2011, Pritchett, wearing a stocking over his head, entered the Sun Trust Bank branch located at 1908 Old Charlotte Highway in Monroe, North Carolina. Armed with a handgun, Pritchett robbed the bank, while Gaddy waited in a burgundy Oldsmobile in an adjacent car wash. Pritchett stole $7,418 from the bank, according to court documents. Following the robbery, Pritchett ran to the car wash and got into Gaddy’s car. The two then drove to Pageland, where they split the money stolen from the bank, court records show.
Filed documents indicate that prior to the robbery, Pritchett and Gaddy had conspired to rob the bank and purchased a black stocking to use as a mask. Gaddy and Pritchett’s purchase of the mask was recorded on a store video camera system.
According to information contained in court documents and yesterday’s sentencing hearing, bank surveillance photos depicting the armed robber brandishing the firearm were broadcasted on local television news. A citizen watching the news identified Pritchett from the bank surveillance photos and contacted law enforcement. Based on this and other information, law enforcement officers arrested Pritchett and Gaddy. According to filed documents, law enforcement located the getaway car in Gaddy’s backyard, and in it they found the black stocking Pritchett used as a mask during the robbery and a receipt for the purchase of the stocking.
Pritchett has been in local federal custody since his arrest in July 2011. He will be transferred to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility. Federal sentences are served without parole.
The investigation was led by the FBI and the Monroe Police Department, assisted by Pageland, South Carolina Police Department; Marshville Police Department; and Chesterfield County, South Carolina Sheriff’s Office.
The prosecution for the United States was handled by Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. Gleason of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte.

Pennsylvania Resident Sentenced in Concord Home Invasion

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Pennsylvania Resident Sentenced in Concord Home Invasion

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeOctober 31, 2012
  • District of New Hampshire(603) 225-1552
CONCORD, NH—Nicholas Sheffler, 22, was sentenced in United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire to 77 months in prison for his participation in an attempted armed home invasion of an apartment on Pleasant Street in Concord, New Hampshire, announced United States Attorney John P. Kacavas.
On May 30, 2011, Sheffler and three other individuals traveled to New Hampshire from Pennsylvania to commit a robbery at an apartment where they expected to find drugs and money. The participants brought with them two firearms, a handgun and a shotgun, to use in the crime. Sheffler participated in two attempts to enter the apartment but was unsuccessful both times. He was arrested shortly thereafter by members of the Concord Police Department, as he tried to flee the scene.
This case was investigated by the Concord Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigations. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Seth R. Aframe.


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FBI Seeks Public Assistance in Identifying Roswell Bank Robbery Suspect

FBI Press Release:


FBI Seeks Public Assistance in Identifying Roswell Bank Robbery Suspect

FBI AtlantaOctober 31, 2012
  • Special Agent Stephen Emmett(404) 679-6451
ATLANTA—Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Mark F. Giuliano, along with Roswell Police Chief Dwayne Orrick and Union City Police Chief Charles Odom, requests the public’s assistance in identifying and apprehending the individual responsible for the following area bank robberies:
On Friday, October 26, 2012, at approximately 12:24 p.m., a lone black female entered the Wells Fargo Bank branch at 10825 Alpharetta Highway in Roswell, Georgia and, after approaching one of the bank’s teller stations, announced a robbery. The robber, having obtained an undisclosed amount of money, fled the bank on foot without further incident.
On Tuesday, October 30, 2012, at approximately 2:26 p.m., a lone black female entered the Wells Fargo Bank at 4640 Jonesboro Rd. in Union City, Georgia (Shannon Mall branch), and announced a robbery to the victim teller. Again, the robber obtained an undisclosed amount of money and fled on foot.
The robber is described as a black female, medium complexion, approximately 30 years old, 5’2”-5’5” in height, weighing 110-120 lbs., wearing a black wig with purple tint, grayish dress hat/cap and large-framed sunglasses.
Anyone with information regarding this individual should contact the FBI Atlanta at (404) 679-9000, Roswell PD at (770) 640-4100, or Union City PD at (770) 306-6849.
Photos of the suspect are below.
 

Chevron Announces Quarterly Dividend

Press release from Chevron:


SAN RAMON, Calif., October 31, 2012 – The Board of Directors of Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) today declared a quarterly dividend of ninety cents ($0.90) per share, payable December 10, 2012, to holders of common stock as shown on the transfer records of the Corporation at the close of business on November 16, 2012.

Boeing Opens 1st System Integration Lab for KC-46 Tanker Program

Boeing Press Release:


KC-46 Tanker risk-reduction facility opens 3 weeks early
Boeing remains on plan to deliver 18 KC-46 Tankers by 2017
SEATTLE, Oct. 31, 2012 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] has opened the first KC-46 Tanker System Integration Laboratory (SIL) to support testing and reduce risk in the development of the U.S. Air Force's next-generation aerial refueling tanker.
"Opening this lab says a lot about Boeing's commitment to executing on this contract," said Maj. Gen. John Thompson, Air Force Tanker Program Executive Officer and KC-46 Program Director. "My congratulations to the entire team."
The lab, known as "SIL 0," opened on Sept. 12 -- three weeks ahead of schedule -- at Boeing Field in Seattle. It will be used to test commercial avionics and software for integration into the KC-46A Tanker. Three more SILs will open at Boeing Field and a fifth will open in Everett, Wash., by the end of 2013.
"Our five System Integration Labs will help keep us on track to deliver the first 18 KC-46A Tankers by 2017," said Maureen Dougherty, KC-46 vice president and program manager. "Accelerating system integration will drive out issues prior to flight testing and reduce risks to our schedule."
"The integration and test phase of the KC-46 program will draw on industry-leading expertise from across Boeing," said Dennis O'Donoghue, vice president, Boeing Test & Evaluation. "We have a strong and experienced team with an outstanding history of testing derivative aircraft."
Boeing Field also is home to the program's Boom Assembly Center, which opened on Oct. 16, and the Finishing Center, scheduled to open in late 2013, where military hardware and software will be installed onto the commercial 767 airframe on which the tanker is based.
Boeing is currently executing the KC-46 Engineering, Manufacturing and Design contract, which calls for the delivery of 18 combat-ready aerial refueling aircraft by 2017. The company anticipates building 179 KC-46A Tankers to support the U.S. Air Force requirement to replace its aging fleet of KC-135 tankers. The program remains on track for its next milestone, a Critical Design Review that will take place in mid-2013.
A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world's largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $32 billion business with 61,000 employees worldwide. Follow us on Twitter: @BoeingDefense.
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US Army's Soldier Radio Waveform demonstrated on Raytheon's next generation air and ground radios

Press release from Raytheon:


Multiple waveforms run on Raytheon tactical radios

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., Oct. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In a key milestone, Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has demonstrated the Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW) on its new class of airborne and ground radio terminals, providing soldiers with another way to communicate across disparate networks.
During the demonstration, users were able to send voice and data traffic between Raytheon's terminal and another soldier radio running SRW. Raytheon is moving through the Department of Defense's Joint Tactical Networking Center's (JTNC) certification process for waveform conformance, and the company plans to be at upcoming interoperability tests with the government.
In addition to SRW, Raytheon's tactical radios already have the Next Generation Mobile Ad Hoc Networking Waveform (NMW), specifically designed to run on lower cost, reduced size and lower power-consumption radios, while delivering much-needed wideband networking capability.
Raytheon's airborne radios are integrated on helicopters and unmanned aircraft. The ground radio system is called MAINGATE, or Mobile Ad Hoc Interoperability Network Gateway. It is targeted for the U.S. Army's mid-tier network, for which it is under evaluation at this year's Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) at Fort Bliss, Texas. MAINGATE, with NMW, has been in operational use with deployed forces for more than two years.
"The SRW demonstration was a key milestone and positions Raytheon to leverage its common radio architecture in our next generation ground and airborne radios," said Scott Whatmough vice president of Integrated Communication Systems in Raytheon's Network Centric Systems business. "The demonstration underscores Raytheon's commitment to advanced multi-waveform Software Defined Radios, providing interoperability to the warfighter."
The latest radios are capable of running narrowband and networking waveforms as well as the future Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) waveform from the JTNC library. Raytheon recently provided its NMW into this same repository to facilitate interoperability with MAINGATE.