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Monday, April 28, 2014

DHS chief: Immigration system not working | TheHill

Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson said on Sunday that the current U.S. immigration system isn't working.

Johnson pushed back at criticism from Republicans that Homeland Security is failing to enforce the law, but also said he needs help from Congress.


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DHS chief: Immigration system not working | TheHill

A House immigration bill by August? | TheHill

The House could come up with a bill to overhaul the country’s immigration system by August, according to the House’s No. 4 Republican.
“I believe there is a path that we get a bill on the floor by August,” Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-Wash.) the Republican conference chairwoman, told The Spokesman-Review last week.


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A House immigration bill by August? | TheHill

Ex-Im foes counting on Ryan | TheHill

Opponents of the Export-Import Bank are counting on House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to help them bring an end to the 80-year-old bank in October. 
Ryan has long been a critic of the bank, and might have his best chance to end it this year.


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Ex-Im foes counting on Ryan | TheHill

Steyer: I want to be 'one foot soldier' | TheHill

Despite criticisms that Tom Steyer is a lone wolf bending the will of Democrats toward extremist policies in favor of battling climate change in exchange for his donations, the billionaire environmentalist sees the fight as a movement in which he isn't alone. 

Steyer said he isn't trying to be a "one-man band" and doesn't want people to think that the fight against climate change is something that is centered around him.

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Steyer: I want to be 'one foot soldier' | TheHill

Green groups don’t avoid pro-Keystone XL pipeline candidates | TheHill

Centrist Democrats who support construction of the Keystone XL pipeline may not get the cold shoulder from green groups this fall. 
Kentucky Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, who’s challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), was the latest to buck her party’s leaders when she announced this week she supports construction of the pipeline. 


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Green groups don’t avoid pro-Keystone XL pipeline candidates | TheHill

Gregg: The real gap isn’t about wealth | TheHill

We often hear these days, from President Obama and his chorus on the left, that there is massive income inequality in America and that he and his minions are committed to correcting this situation.
It is an interesting observation.


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Gregg: The real gap isn’t about wealth | TheHill

Williams: Dems' hopes rise to keep Senate | TheHill

Williams: Dems' hopes rise to keep Senate | TheHill

Obama announces new round of sanctions | TheHill

President Obama said Monday that the U.S. would impose a new round of sanctions against top Russian officials designed to spur Russian President Vladimir Putin to "walk the walk, not just talk to talk" toward deescalating the crisis in Ukraine.

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Obama announces new round of sanctions | TheHill

Court springs into action | TheHill

The Supreme Court has suddenly become hyperactive even as political action by President Obama and Congress has fizzled out almost entirely.

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Court springs into action | TheHill

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Donilon: Russia likely 'engaged in a destabilization effort' – Global Public Square - CNN.com Blogs

Donilon: Russia likely 'engaged in a destabilization effort' – Global Public Square - CNN.com Blogs

How big a threat is nationalism to Asia's stability? – Global Public Square - CNN.com Blogs

How big a threat is nationalism to Asia's stability? – Global Public Square - CNN.com Blogs

McConnell on his Continued Efforts to Protect the Right to Bear Arms

Press Releases

Apr 25 2014

McConnell on his Continued Efforts to Protect the Right to Bear Arms

INDIANAPOLIS, INU.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell delivered the following remarks at the National Rifle Association Leadership Forum:
“It’s great to be here.
“I’m a proud lifetime member of the NRA.
“And I’ve always appreciated the support you’ve given me over the years.
“I’m proud of my record on the Second Amendment.
“As you know, I come from a state that takes the Second Amendment pretty seriously.
“From the sportsmen and sportswomen who hunt in Kentucky’s public recreation areas, to the many Kentuckians who find comfort in the protection that the Second Amendment guarantees for their homes and their families.
“These men and women understand the value of the Second Amendment — they live it.
“And there are hundreds of Kentucky jobs generated by the firearms industry in my state, too. I hope our vibrant Second Amendment culture results in even more job creation.
“But we’re here to talk about the Constitution. And my message to you today is this: the Bill of Rights does not come a la carte. It’s not a pick and choose menu; despite what some in Washington may think.
“If you believe in the Constitution, you defend all of it — not just the parts that happen to be popular at Washington cocktail parties. That’s the oath we take. That’s the charge we’re entrusted to keep.
“And yet, the current Administration seems to see things differently.
“They’ve tried to curb the rights of those they disagree with, whether it’s your right to bear arms or whether it’s your right to speak up without fear of government intimidation.
“When it comes to your Second Amendment rights, it’s no secret that the President isn’t terribly interested in them.
“He’s made that pretty clear in past campaigns. And he’s made it clear through his actions in Washington. He made it clear when his Administration signed an international arms treaty that fails to meaningfully recognize your right to private, lawful gun ownership. And he makes it clear every single time he tries to appoint another federal official who’s hostile to your Second Amendment freedoms.
“And threats to the Second Amendment don’t just come from Washington. Just look at what we saw in New York a little over a year ago, when a newspaper published an interactive map of government data containing the names and addresses of law-abiding citizens with firearm permits.
“Many feared this data could be used to target or harass them.
“That’s why I supported legislation in the Senate last year that aims to prevent this kind of thing from happening again.
“It’s a measure sponsored by Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming that would sanction any state or local government that publicly releases the personal information of private gun owners. I don’t know if this measure will become law in the current political atmosphere, but you should all know this: if I’m given the opportunity to lead a new Senate majority next year, I will work with Senator Barrasso to advance this important idea.
“Because the privacy of law abiding gun owners needs to be protected.
“But as I said, the Second Amendment isn’t the only amendment under assault these days.
“There’s another amendment the administration doesn’t seem too terribly fond of either.
“It’s the one that allows each of us to speak our minds, to gather peacefully here today, and to organize with friends and neighbors to effect political and social change.
“I’m talking about the First Amendment. It’s under threat. The Obama Administration has shown again and again how determined it is to shut up its critics.
“I haven’t hesitated to call them out on it. Neither have you.
“And we need to keep it up. Because these guys have shown a clear willingness to use the powers of government to shut down anybody who disagrees with them.
“We can’t allow it.
“Over the years, I’ve worked with many allies of the First Amendment — including many friends at the NRA — to push back against government constraints on your right to participate freely in the political process.
“Thankfully, the Supreme Court has shown an increasing willingness to defend this fundamental right.
“But the battle is far from over.
“The IRS targeting scandal showed just how determined the enemies of free speech really are. It was the kind of thing you’d expect from a banana republic, not the freest nation on Earth — which is exactly why people were so shocked by it.
“I mean, here you had one of the largest and most powerful agencies of the government — an agency with access to Americans’ most sensitive personal information — using its resources to target and harass political opponents. For what?
“For the supposed sin of advocating for causes in which they believe …
“For many of them, that simply meant promoting things like the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
“This is the kind of speech that officials in Washington viewed as somehow worthy of government suppression.
“And that should worry all of us.
“It was an outrage. I’m proud to say that I helped lead the fight for answers. And I’m still working to demand accountability and reform to ensure this never happens again. But I have to tell you, the Administration hasn’t given up on the fight. Not by a long shot. And we can’t either.
“As you may know, the White House is now pressuring the new IRS Commissioner to push through a regulation that would, in effect, legalize what had shocked so many to begin with: the attempt by the federal government to curtail the speech of its citizens. I’ve been working to do what I can to see that this regulation never comes into effect. We’ve made progress in recent months. But we need your continued engagement if we’re going to ensure that the constitutional rights of all Americans, including Second Amendment supporters, are protected.
“Some of you have already begun to answer the call, sending the IRS your thoughts on its deeply misguided proposal. You were among the nearly 150,000 Americans who made their voices heard — an unprecedented level of feedback for a regulation like this. Even the IRS Commissioner had to admit he’d never seen anything quite like it.
“This is a fight we can win, and it’s a fight we will win if we keep the pressure up.
“The Obama Administration needs to be made to understand that the American people are serious about protecting their rights.
“And I want you to know something else. No matter what happens, I’m never going to stop standing up for the Constitution — and that means standing up for your Second Amendment rights.
“Daniel Boone reportedly once said that all you need to be happy is a good gun, a good horse, and a good spouse.
“You’re on your own when it comes to Boone’s second two suggestions.
“But this Kentuckian will continue to fight for your right to bear arms. That’s my pledge to you today.
“We know the fight won’t be easy.
“We’ve already seen what government is capable of when it comes to targeting folks it disagrees with.
“We’ve seen it betray a really nasty side.
“Well, that behavior needs to stop.
“And I’m going to keep doing everything I can in the Senate to ensure that it does.
“I appreciate your support in this fight.
“We know we’re on the right side here. So let’s keep fighting for all of our constitutional freedoms — the First Amendment, and the Second Amendment, and the full array of rights and liberties our Constitution guarantees.
“The Founders would expect us to do no less. And I know we’ll ultimately prevail.
“Thank you.”

What world can teach U.S. about entitlements – Global Public Square - CNN.com Blogs

America’s long-term budget challenge may have dropped off Washington’s radar, but it has not dropped off the public’s.
According to the Fiscal Confidence Index released last month by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, 59 percent of the public said that the nation is on the “wrong track in addressing the national debt,” while 67 percent said that their level of concern has increased over the past few years.  The public is right to be concerned.


What world can teach U.S. about entitlements – Global Public Square - CNN.com Blogs

How the Cold War affected…deer? – Global Public Square - CNN.com Blogs

Pundits have said that the crisis between Russia and the West over Ukraine is a symbol of a new Cold War. There's been much talk about old dividing lines: Russia has been accused of building a new Berlin Wall, Vladimir Putin has said he doesn't want another "Iron Curtain."



How the Cold War affected…deer? – Global Public Square - CNN.com Blogs

Leader of Revolution Muslim Websites Sentenced for Using Internet to Threaten Jewish Organizations

FBI Washington Field Office Press Release:

Leader of Revolution Muslim Websites Sentenced for Using Internet to Threaten Jewish Organizations

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeApril 25, 2014
  • Eastern District of Virginia(703) 299-3700
ALEXANDRIA, VA—Yousef Mohamid Al-Khattab (a.k.a. Joseph Cohen), 45, of Atlantic City, New Jersey, was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for using his position as a leader of the “Revolution Muslim” websites to use the Internet to place others in fear of serious bodily injury.
Dana J. Boente, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Valerie Parlave, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office; and William J. Bratton, New York City Police Commissioner, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady.
According to court records, Al-Khattab and his colleague, Jesse Curtis Morton (a.k.a. Younus Abdullah Muhammad), founded the Revolution Muslim organization in December 2007 to operate Internet platforms and websites to encourage Muslims to support Osama bin Laden, Anwar Al Awlaki, al Qaida, the Taliban, and others engaged in or espousing violent jihad.
On January 8, 2009, Al-Khattab posted to the Revolution Muslim website a video encouraging viewers upset about the conflict in Gaza to seek out the leaders of Jewish Federation chapters in the U.S. and “deal with them directly at their homes.” Al-Khattab gave the names and addresses of synagogues in New York and another Jewish organization in Brooklyn.
On January 20, 2009, Al-Khattab posted a video and photo of the headquarters of the Jewish organization in Brooklyn with a map and directions to specific facilities. Al-Khattab also posted a link to “The Anarchist Cookbook,” which is a manual for (among other things) constructing and using explosive devices. On January 23, 2009, Al-Khattab posted to the Revolution Muslim website a video accusing the Jewish organization of funding terrorism and urging viewers to find the leaders of Jewish organizations and “hold them responsible.”
As part of the statement of facts accompanying his plea agreement, Al-Khattab admitted that he knew some viewers of the Revolution Muslim websites were inclined to violence, and by making the posts involving Jewish organizations in 2009, Al-Khattab was trying to frighten Jews and Jewish organizations.
On June 22, 2012, Revolution Muslim founder Jesse Morton was sentenced to 138 months in prison. On February 24, 2011, Revolution Muslim administrator Zachary Chesser was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
This investigation was conducted by the FBI’s Washington Field Office and the New York City Police Department’s Intelligence Bureau. Assistant U.S. Attorney Gordon D. Kromberg and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Allison Ickovic of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, along with Trial Attorney John T. Gibbs of the Justice Department’s Counterterrorism Section in the National Security Division, are prosecuting the case.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae.

Arizona Systems Administrator Sentenced for Sabotaging Ex-Employer’s Cloud-Computing Server

FBI Washington Field Office Press Release:

Arizona Systems Administrator Sentenced for Sabotaging Ex-Employer’s Cloud-Computing Server

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeApril 25, 2014
  • Eastern District of Virginia(703) 299-3700
ALEXANDRIA, VA—Jonathan Hartwell Wolberg, 31, of Tucson, Arizona, was sentenced today to 33 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for intentionally causing damage to a protected computer.
Dana J. Boente, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Valerie Parlave, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Liam O’Grady.
Wolberg pleaded guilty on January 6, 2014. According to court documents, Wolberg formerly worked as a systems administrator for a company identified as “Company A,” a cloud-computing services provider headquartered in the Eastern District of Virginia. After resigning, Wolberg continued to enter the networks of Company A for the purpose of damaging its servers, its reputation, and its business. From about March 16, 2012 through about August 1, 2012, Wolberg encouraged Company A’s customers to leave and secretly logged into Company A’s server to issue a shutdown command to a key data server. As a result, he shut down Company A’s customer networks, making key information—including that of hospitals responsible for surgery and other urgent patient care—unavailable for at least several hours. Wolberg caused hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage as a result.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Alexander T.H. Nguyen is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae. 

Murphysboro Woman Indicted on Bank Embezzlement Charges

FBI Springfield Division Press Release:

Murphysboro Woman Indicted on Bank Embezzlement Charges

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeApril 25, 2014
  • Southern District of Illinois(618) 628-3700
Buffy A. Bastien, 41, of Murphysboro, Illinois, was indicted on April 8, 2014, on bank embezzlement charges in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury sitting in Benton, Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today.
Bastien was charged in a one count indictment that charges that from about 2010 to on or about February 23, 2014, in Jackson County, Bastien, being an officer and employee of The Bank of Carbondale, a bank whose deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, with intent to injure and defraud The Bank of Carbondale, did willfully embezzle the sum of approximately $229,221.80 of the moneys or funds intrusted to the custody or care of The Bank of Carbondale.
Bastien faces a possible penalty of up to 30 years’ imprisonment, up to $1,000,000 fine, and supervised release of up to five years.
An Indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge until proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to the satisfaction of a jury.
The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney George Norwood.

Robert Mericle Sentenced to One Year in Prison

FBI Philadelphia Division Press Release:

Robert Mericle Sentenced to One Year in Prison

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeApril 25, 2014
  • Middle District of Pennsylvania(717) 221-4482
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Robert Mericle was sentenced to one year in prison by Senior District Judge Edwin M. Kosik. Judge Kosik also ordered Mericle to pay a $250,000 fine and to report to the Federal Bureau of Prisons on May 14, 2014.
Mericle was charged with misprison of a felony in August 2009 as part of a then-ongoing investigation of judicial corruption in Luzerne County. Mericle later entered into a plea agreement with the government, which was amended prior to today’s sentencing.
Mericle testified as a principal government witness in the trial of former Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge Mark Ciavarella in February 2011.
The government, as part of the plea agreement, recommended a downward departure from the Sentencing Guidelines based on Mericle’s cooperation during the long investigation. The defense argued for a greater downward departure. The court today ruled in favor of the government in regard to the downward departure.
At today’s hearing Judge Kosik considered the extent to which the court should vary from the guidelines based on factors listed under the governing federal statute in sentencing Mericle. Major factors in this case were the nature and circumstances of the offense and Mericle’s role in the offense. The court stated that, based on those factors, it was varying upward and sentenced Mericle to the one year prison term.
The government’s seven year investigation of judicial corruption in Luzerne County was led by the trial team of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gordon A. Zubrod, Michael A. Consiglio, and William S. Houser and agents of the FBI and IRS-Criminal Investigation offices in Scranton.
United States Attorney Peter Smith stated that the sentence was appropriate in view of the factors considered by the Court and that Judge Kosik was in the best position to make the appropriate determination having heard the evidence of the seriousness of the offense during the Ciavarella trial and having the benefit of the sentencing memoranda submitted to him by the government and the defense and Mericle’s own statement to the court.

Former eBay Executive Charged with Insider Trading

FBI Philadelphia Division Press Release:

Former eBay Executive Charged with Insider Trading

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeApril 25, 2014
  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania(215) 861-8200
PHILADELPHIA—Christopher Saridakis, 45, of Wilmington Delaware, was charged today by information with securities fraud, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. According to the information, Saridakis, a senior executive at GSI Commerce Inc. (GSIC), provided material, non-public information regarding eBay’s pending acquisition of GSIC.
It is further alleged that on March 20, 2011, Saridakis, who was privy to discussions of a merger, sent a series of text messages to CW1 that began with the defendant asking if CW1 “...own[ed] our [GSIC] shares?” CW1 replied, “no, but it’s cheap.” This response led Saridakis to tell CW1 “you should.” CW1 responded with “ok,” to which Saridakis replied, “soon.” According to the information, on March 22, 2011, following the receipt of the text messages, while in possession of the inside information, and knowing defendant Saridakis’ position as a senior executive at GSIC, CW1 purchased and caused to be purchased 25,000 shares of GSIC stock on margin for approximately $470,000. On June 20, 2011, CW1 received $737,500 in exchange for the 25,000 shares of GSIC, equating to an illicit profit of $260,304, as a result of the text messages. Saridakis allegedly also shared the same material non-public information with family members and his neighbor.
“The actions by Mr. Saridakis clearly violated the trust imparted on him by shareholders of GSIC. The FBI will continue to aggressively pursue those who take advantage of their position for their personal gain and who place greed and a sense of entitlement ahead of the law,” said Edward J. Hanko, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division.
If convicted the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, a $5 million fine, and a $100 special assessment.
U.S. Attorney Memeger credited special agents of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division, under the direction of SAC Hanko, for the investigation. He also thanked the staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Washington DC office, under the direction of Scott Friestad. Saridakis and others have been charged in a parallel civil matter by the SEC.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joel D. Goldstein.

Old Forge Pharmacist Pleads Guilty to Health Care Fraud Charges

FBI Philadelphia Division Press Release:

Old Forge Pharmacist Pleads Guilty to Health Care Fraud Charges

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeApril 25, 2014
  • Middle District of Pennsylvania(717) 221-4482
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that an Old Forge pharmacist pleaded guilty in Scranton today to health care fraud charges before the U.S. District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion.
According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, a criminal information was filed in January 2014 charging Peter Capitano with engaging in a scheme and artifice to defraud Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania and Medicaid for the period beginning January 2007 through August 2013.
The charges stem from an investigation initiated in February 2011 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Health and Human Services-Office of Inspector General. Capitano pled guilty pursuant to a plea agreement with the government.
The information filed against Capitano alleges that he engaged in a scheme and artifice to defraud Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania and Medicare by submitting claims or causing claims to be submitted to those health benefit providers for drugs allegedly prescribed when the prescriptions did not exist and for drugs not actually dispensed. Capitano will be required to pay restitution for the loss amount.
In this particular case, the maximum penalty under the federal statute is 10 years’ imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances, and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect, the public and provide for the defendant’s educational, vocational, and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Olshefski.

Luzerne County Man Charged with Heroin Conspiracy

FBI Philadelphia Division Press Release:

Luzerne County Man Charged with Heroin Conspiracy

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeApril 25, 2014
  • Middle District of Pennsylvania(717) 221-4482
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a criminal information was filed today charging a West Pittston resident with participating in a conspiracy to distribute heroin during 2013 and early 2014.
According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the information alleges that Michael Romasiewicz, age 21, conspired with others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin in Luzerne County and elsewhere during January 2013 through February 24, 2014.
The charge stems from an investigation by special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Romasiewicz faces a potential maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine if he is convicted of the charge. The information also seeks the forfeiture to the United States of two firearms seized during the investigation.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa.
Indictments and criminal informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.
A sentence following a finding of guilty is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
In this case, the maximum penalty under the federal statute is 20 years’ imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances, and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public, and provide for the defendant’s educational, vocational, and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.

Joel Marcano Torres, Wanted for Attempted Murder in Providence, Arrested in the Bronx

FBI New York Field Office Press Release:

Joel Marcano Torres, Wanted for Attempted Murder in Providence, Arrested in the Bronx
Torres Allegedly Shot His Girlfriend’s Mother, Who Remain in Critical Condition

FBI New YorkApril 25, 2014
  • FBI Public Information Office(212) 384-2100
Joel Marcano Torres was arrested without incident by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New York City Police department a few minutes after midnight on Friday, April 25, 2014.
Torres was wanted for shooting his girlfriend’s mother on April 23, 2014, at 143 Oxford Street in Providence, Rhode Island. Torres, who is 32 years old, fled to Bronx, New York, following the shooting.

Hartford Crack Dealer Sentenced to 70 Months in Federal Prison

FBI New Haven Division Press Release:

Hartford Crack Dealer Sentenced to 70 Months in Federal Prison

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeApril 25, 2014
  • District of Connecticut(203) 821-3700
Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that Jerome Willingham, 32, of Hartford, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to 70 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for distributing crack cocaine.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in the summer of 2012, in response to a series of shootings in the area of Bond Street and Franklin Avenue in Hartford, the FBI’s Northern Connecticut Violent Crimes Task Force began an investigation targeting gang and narcotics activity in that area. In October 2012, investigators began to make controlled purchases of multi-gram quantities of crack cocaine from Joshua Suarez, also known as “Tizzo.” Willingham was subsequently identified as Suarez’s source for crack cocaine.
Willingham has been detained since his arrest on April 28, 2013. On December 16, 2013, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine base (“crack cocaine”).
Willingham has prior felony convictions, and previously served more than seven years in state custody for criminal possession of a firearm.
The sentence in this case was enhanced after Judge Shea found that Willingham, in advance of his sentencing, had submitted a forged letter to the U.S. Probation Office purporting to confirm his participation in an apprenticeship program. The letter was submitted to corroborate Willingham’s assertion that he sold drugs because he had three children and needed to support them and that he was involved in an ironworker’s apprenticeship program for which he was not receiving compensation. Willingham never participated in the apprenticeship program.
Suarez has pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing.
This matter was investigated by the FBI’s Northern Connecticut Violent Crimes Task Force, the Connecticut State Police, the Hartford Police Department, and the Connecticut Department of Correction. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian P. Leaming.