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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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Cornyn OpEd: Reviving the U.S.-India Partnership

From Senator John Cornyn:


When President Obama meets today with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he has an opportunity to revitalize the partnership between the world’s oldest and largest democracies...

Sep 30 2014

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) authored the following OpEd in The Hill:
Reviving the U.S.-India Partnership
U.S. Senator John Cornyn
The HillSeptember 30, 2014
When President Obama meets Tuesday with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he has an opportunity to revitalize the partnership between the world’s oldest and largest democracies. 
This past weekend, I had the honor of speaking to the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston and discussing why the case for closer U.S. relations with India is overwhelming. Both of our countries are multi-ethnic democracies that share a native language, common values and a similar political heritage. India has a remarkably young population and a rising middle class, and the growth of its consumer market will create massive new opportunities for U.S. exporters in the decades ahead.
Meanwhile, both literally and figuratively, India sits at the crossroads of America’s biggest foreign policy challenges. It’s a country that borders Pakistan to the west and China to the north, a country that has repeatedly been attacked by terrorists and is concerned about maintaining stability in Afghanistan, and a country that continues to clash with Beijing over territorial claims.
India has a clear and critical role to play in upholding a balance of power favorable to U.S. interests in the region.
When President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh signed a bilateral Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement in 2006, they made it clear that a lasting U.S.-India relationship had finally arrived. Bill Emmott, a former editor of The Economist, has written that Bush’s embrace of India “may eventually be judged by historians as a move of great strategic importance and imagination.”
Under Obama, progress has been made on broadening our partnership on commerce and security-related issues, including the Defense Trade and Technology Initiative.
Between 2001 and 2013, U.S. trade with India grew by 372 percent, with U.S. exports to India growing by 482 percent. Yet, two-way trade and investment could — and should — be more robust than it is today. I am encouraged that Republicans and Democrats alike have called for increasing cooperation on issues ranging from energy policy to counterterrorism; but to get us there, Obama must invest himself in rejuvenating the partnership that was launched under Bush but has since stalled.
The president and Congress might start by making it easier for American companies to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to their Indian counterparts. Under current law, our companies are required to seek federal approval for all LNG exports to nations with which we do not have a free trade agreement. I have co-sponsored legislation with Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) that would accelerate the approval process for countries like India. Our bill would be good for the U.S. economy, good for the U.S.-India partnership and good for our mutual strategic interests.
Boosting American LNG exports is just one example of a modest but achievable short-term policy objective that would create a new sense of momentum. Others include signing a bilateral investment treaty (which is often the precursor to a free trade agreement) and making India a full member of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.
Whether it is managing the rise of China, combating terrorism, stabilizing Afghanistan or protecting the free movement of people and cargo on the high seas, the United States and India are natural allies in confronting some of the biggest global challenges of the early 21st century. America’s strategic partnership with India was one of Bush’s greatest diplomatic achievements, and I hope Obama will seize this opportunity to make that partnership stronger.
Sen. John Cornyn (R., Texas) is the Senate Republican Whip and a co-founder and co-chair of the Senate India Caucus, which has 42 members.

Pine Ridge Woman Sentenced for Theft from Indian Tribal Organization

FBI Minneapolis Division Press Release:


Pine Ridge Woman Sentenced for Theft from Indian Tribal Organization

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeSeptember 29, 2014
  • District of South Dakota(605) 330-4400
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Pine Ridge, South Dakota, woman convicted of Theft from Indian Tribal Organization was sentenced on September 22, 2014, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.
Lorelei Exendine, age 44, was sentenced to two years of probation, ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund, and restitution in the amount of $3,214.57.
Exendine was indicted for Theft from Indian Tribal Organization by a federal grand jury on August 27, 2013. She pled guilty on June 2, 2014.
In December 2009, Exendine was serving as president of the Northern Great Plains Emergency Medical Services Association. In that capacity, she planned a conference for emergency medical service providers to be held in Rapid City. The Oglala Sioux Tribe Ambulance Service, an entity of the Oglala Sioux Tribe (OST), had agreed to co-sponsor the conference. Registration fees totaling over $3,000 were sent directly to Exendine, who kept the money for herself instead of sending it to the OST.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn N. Rich prosecuted the case.
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Mission Man Sentenced for First-Degree Burglary

FBI Minneapolis Division Press Release:


Mission Man Sentenced for First-Degree Burglary

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeSeptember 29, 2014
  • District of South Dakota(605) 330-4400
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Mission, South Dakota, man convicted of First Degree Burglary was sentenced on September 23, 2014, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.
Joshua Daniel Peneaux, age 19, was sentenced to 44 months in custody, two years of supervised release, $1,400 in restitution, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Peneaux was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 8, 2014, and pled guilty on July 14, 2014.
The conviction stems from an incident on March 30, 2014, in Mission, when Peneaux and others kicked open the door of a home in the middle of the night intending to loot the house of valuables to sell for money to buy marijuana. The homeowner became alert to the intrusion, armed himself with a firearm, and confronted the intruders. When the intruders did not get on the floor as instructed, the homeowner shot at the intruders, mortally wounding one and shooting Peneaux in the buttock. When Peneaux was taken to the hospital for treatment, a knife was found in his pants pocket.
The investigation was conducted by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Maher.
Peneaux was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service to begin serving his sentence.
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Norris Man Sentenced for Sexual Abuse of a Minor

FBI Minneapolis Division Press Release:


Norris Man Sentenced for Sexual Abuse of a Minor

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeSeptember 29, 2014
  • District of South Dakota(605) 330-4400
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Norris, South Dakota, man convicted of Sexual Abuse of a Minor was sentenced on September 22, 2014, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.
Arnold Eagle Bear, Jr., age 32, was sentenced to 27 months in custody, five years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Also, Eagle Bear cannot have contact with minors, shall register as a sex offender, and participate in a sex offender program.
Eagle Bear was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 22, 2014. He pled guilty on June 30, 2014.
The conviction stems from incidents between November 1, 2013, and December 31, 2013, when Eagle Bear used his computer to communicate with underage girls. He misrepresented his age as being 18 or 19 when he spoke with a minor female. They later met at her house and had sexual intercourse. He knew it was wrong but believed girls would not talk to him if they knew his real age.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy M. Maher prosecuted the case.
Eagle Bear was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.
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Rapid City Man Sentenced for Attempted Sex Trafficking

FBI Minneapolis Division Press Release:


Rapid City Man Sentenced for Attempted Sex Trafficking

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeSeptember 29, 2014
  • District of South Dakota(605) 330-4400
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Attempted Trafficking with Respect to Involuntary Servitude and Forced Labor was sentenced on September 23, 2014, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.
John Miller, age 25, was sentenced to three years in custody, 36 months of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Miller was one of nine men who were arrested and federally indicted as a result of an undercover sex trafficking operation conducted during the 2013 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, targeting persons willing to pay to have sex with underage girls obtained through the Internet. All nine men were indicted for Commercial Sex Trafficking.
The conviction stemmed from Miller responding to a Craigslist.com advertisement posted by Division of Criminal Investigation undercover agents, which purported to offer young girls for sex. Following several e-mails with a person Miller believed to be associated with a 13-year old girl, but who in fact was an undercover agent, he proceeded to negotiate the time and place they would meet, along with the price he would pay, which was $150.
The undercover operation and arrests were a joint effort between the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Rapid City Police Department, and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Collins prosecuted the case.
Miller was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.
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Porcupine Man Indicted on Child Pornography Charges

FBI Minneapolis Division Press Release:


Porcupine Man Indicted on Child Pornography Charges

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeSeptember 29, 2014
  • District of South Dakota(605) 330-4400
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Porcupine, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Receipt of Child Pornography and Possession of Child Pornography.
Jefferson Swallow, age 23, was indicted on September 22, 2014. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica Duffy on September 25, 2014, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.
The penalty upon conviction is a mandatory minimum of five years’ imprisonment up to 20 years’ imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine, lifetime of supervised release, and a $100 assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The Indictment charges that between March 2014 and August 2014, at Porcupine, Swallow knowingly received and possessed computers files containing images of child pornography.
The charges are merely accusations and Swallow is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah B. Collins is prosecuting the case.
Swallow was detained pending trial. A trial date has not been set.
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Fort Thompson Man Charged with Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child

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Fort Thompson Man Charged with Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeSeptember 29, 2014
  • District of South Dakota(605) 330-4400
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Fort Thompson, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child.
Dillon Bagola, age 22, was indicted on August 13, 2014. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on September 22, 2014, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to life in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, five years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The Indictment alleges that on or about August 3, 2014, Bagola knowingly engaged in, and attempted to engage in, a sexual act with a child who had not attained the age of 12 years old.
The charge is merely an accusation and Bagola is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Lower Brule Agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges is prosecuting the case.
Bagola was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial, which has been set for October 21, 2014.
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Norris Man Sentenced for Two Counts of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon

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Norris Man Sentenced for Two Counts of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeSeptember 29, 2014
  • District of South Dakota(605) 330-4400
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Norris, South Dakota, man convicted of two counts of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon was sentenced on September 23, 2014, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.
Chauncy Crow Dog, age 20, was sentenced to 42 months in custody, two years of supervised release, restitution, and a $200 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Crow Dog was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 21, 2013, and pled guilty on June 17, 2014.
The convictions arose from an incident that took place on August 14, 2013, at the Paul Mart Store in Rosebud. The two victims engaged in an argument and physical confrontation with Crow Dog and another person. Crow Dog retrieved a baseball bat and struck both men, knocking them to the ground. Neither victim had a weapon. While the victims were down and on the ground, Crow Dog delivered blows to their backs and to their heads. Crow Dog’s friends told him to stop, but he did not. The victims were seriously injured.
The investigation was conducted by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Maher.
Crow Dog was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service to begin serving his sentence.
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Head of International Narcotics Trafficking and Money Laundering Organization Sentenced to 150 Years in Prison

FBI Miami Division Press Release:


Head of International Narcotics Trafficking and Money Laundering Organization Sentenced to 150 Years in Prison
Organization Spanned Three Continents, Distributed More Than Eight Tons of Cocaine, and Laundered More Than $14 Million in Narcotics Proceeds

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeSeptember 29, 2014
  • Southern District of Florida(313) 226-9100
Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Miami Field Office, and Donnell Young, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), announce that Alvaro López Tardón, 39, of Miami Beach and Madrid, Spain, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Joan A. Lenard to 150 years in prison. In addition to the term of imprisonment, a $14 million forfeiture money judgment and $2 million fine were entered against Tardón. Tardón was also ordered to forfeit a significant number of assets, including luxury real estate, cars and bank accounts.
After a seven-week trial, Tardón was convicted on one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and 13 substantive counts of money laundering, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1956 and 1957, respectively.
Tardón was the head of an international narcotics trafficking and money laundering syndicate which distributed over 7,500 kilograms of South American cocaine in Madrid and laundered over $14,000,000 in narcotics proceeds in Miami by buying high-end real estate, luxury and exotic automobiles and other high-end items. The proceeds were smuggled into Miami by couriers through Miami International Airport, wire transferred to South Florida by co-conspirators via MoneyGram and Western Union, wire transferred to third parties internationally on behalf of Tardón, and wire transferred directly to Tardón and his co-conspirators in Miami through Tardón’s exotic car dealership and other companies controlled by him located in Madrid, Spain.
Following the guilty verdicts, the jury found that a significant portion of the Tardón’s assets should be forfeited. Those assets involved real estate and cars. The real estate purchased by Tardón included condominium units in Miami Beach and Coconut Grove areas of Miami-Dade County. The exotic automobiles included a Bugatti Veyron and Ferrari Enzo, each worth over $1 million, a Mercedes-Benz Maybach 57S, two Mercedes-Benz G55, a Rolls Royce Ghost, and a Land Rover Range Rover. The government also seized three bank accounts.
The seven-week trial included the introduction of over 36,000 pages of financial and corporate documents from Spain and the United States. The trial also included testimony from six members of the Spanish National Police, a member of the Spanish national wiretapping agency (SITEL), and the Spanish taxing authority (Agencia Estatal de la Administración Tributaria).
The investigation and prosecution of Tardón was the result of the ongoing efforts by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), a partnership between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to identify, investigate and prosecute high level narcotics traffickers and money launderers.
“For over a decade, Tardón oversaw a narcotics trafficking and money laundering organization that spanned three continents, distributed over 8 tons of cocaine and laundered over $14 million,” said U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer. “Today’s sentencing, which includes the forfeiture of millions of dollars in assets acquired with the proceeds of the narcotics trafficking, ensures not only that Tardón will spend the rest of his life in prison, but the dismantlement of this criminal organization.”
“With this term of imprisonment, rest assured Alvaro Lopez Tardon’s days as an international drug kingpin are over,” said George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Miami. “This was most certainly a team effort with the Spanish National Police and our partners in the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.”
“Today’s sentencing of Tardon is a decisive blow against the drug trafficking and money laundering network. It also sends a clear message to those who attempt to hide their ill-gotten gains through investment in real estate and cars,” said Donnell Young, Acting Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigation. “The success of this case can be attributed to the partnership of local, federal and international partners, and IRS Criminal Investigation is proud to be part of such a dedicated group of agencies who were committed to putting Tardon in prison and taking away assets he acquired from the proceeds of his illegal international organization.”
Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the FBI, IRS-CI and members of the South Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (HIDTA) for their extraordinary work in this multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional investigation. Mr. Ferrer also thanked Customs and Border Protection, Tactical Analytical Unit, Drug Enforcement Administration, Miami Police Department and Monroe County Sherriff’s Office. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tony Gonzalez, Cristina Maxwell, Daren Grove and Evelyn B. Sheehan.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.
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Administrator Sentenced to 68 Months in Prison for Role in $6 Million Miami Home Health Care Fraud Scheme

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Administrator Sentenced to 68 Months in Prison for Role in $6 Million Miami Home Health Care Fraud Scheme

U.S. Department of JusticeSeptember 29, 2014
  • Office of Public Affairs(202) 514-2007/TDD (202) 514-1888
WASHINGTON—An administrator of a Miami home health care company, Professional Medical Home Health LLC, was sentenced to serve 68 months in prison and ordered to pay $6,257,142 million in restitution today for her participation in a $6 million health care fraud scheme.
Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer of the Southern District of Florida, Special Agent in Charge George L. Piro of the FBI’s Miami Field Office and Acting Special Agent in Charge Derrick Jackson of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General’s (HHS-OIG) Miami Regional Office made the announcement. U.S. District Judge Federico A. Moreno of the Southern District of Florida imposed the sentence.
According to court documents, Annilet Dominguez, 28, of Hialeah, Florida, was an administrator at Professional Home Health. Dominguez and her co-conspirators paid kickbacks to patient recruiters in return for providing patients to Professional Home Health. Dominguez and her co-conspirators falsified patient documentation to make it appear that beneficiaries qualified for and received home health care services, when, in fact, many of the beneficiaries did not actually qualify for or receive such services. Dominguez and her co-conspirators then caused the submission of false claims to Medicare for services that were not medically necessary or not provided.
From December 2008 through February 2014, Medicare paid Professional Home Health approximately $6.25 million for fraudulent claims for home health care services.
On June 25, 2014, Dominguez pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and three counts of making false statements related to health care matters. On Aug. 26, 2014, co-defendant Annarella Garcia was sentenced to serve 70 months in prison and ordered to pay $6,257,142 million in restitution.
The case was investigated by the FBI and HHS-OIG and was brought as part of the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, under the supervision of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida. This case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorneys Anne P. McNamara and A. Brendan Stewart of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section.
Since its inception in March 2007, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, now operating in nine cities across the country, has charged nearly 2,000 defendants who have collectively billed the Medicare program for more than $6 billion. In addition, the HHS Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, working in conjunction with the HHS-OIG, are taking steps to increase accountability and decrease the presence of fraudulent providers.
To learn more about the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team (HEAT), go to:www.stopmedicarefraud.gov.
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Former Police Officer and School Administrator Charged with Violating Federal Child Sex Abuse Laws

FBI Louisville Division Press Release:


Former Police Officer and School Administrator Charged with Violating Federal Child Sex Abuse Laws
Other School Officials Charged with Failing to Report the Abuse

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeSeptember 29, 2014
  • Western District of Kentucky(502) 582-5911
LOUISVILLE, KY—A federal grand jury charged a Grayson County, Kentucky, man with violating federal laws designed to protect children from sexual abuse as well as threatening/intimidating a witness. The grand jury also charged several other school officials with failing to report the abuse, announced David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.
Stephen E. Miller, age 44, previously worked as a police officer in Leitchfield, Kentucky. He resigned the position following complaints of inappropriate sexual activity toward two women. Miller then began working at Bluegrass Challenge Academy, a residential, educational program run by the Kentucky National Guard, located on Fort Knox Military Base. Miller had supervisory authority over the Academy students. He is charged with engaging in sexual contact with three students, including an incident of aggravated sexual abuse with one of the three. The incidents occurred between February and August, 2013. The Indictment also charges Miller with attempting to threaten or intimidate the third student to prevent her from reporting the matter to law enforcement.
Additionally, the grand jury charged school officials, John W. Smith, Leroy Burgess, Jr., Kemmye S. Graves, Rolanshia Windom, Rita Carthen, and Gabriel Onusko with failing to report the first incident of abuse to law enforcement officials, as required by federal law.
If convicted, Miller faces a maximum sentence of life in prison, a fine of up to $1,250,000 and at least five years of supervised release. The remaining defendants, if convicted, face maximum sentences of one year in prison, a fine of up to $100,000 and up to one year of supervised release. Miller is being held in the custody of the United States Marshals Service.
Assistant United States Attorneys Jo E. Lawless and Stephanie Zimdahl are prosecuting the case. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) with assistance from the Army Criminal Investigation Division conducted the investigation.
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Cyberstalking Case Involving Violent Threats Against Art Dealers and Their Children Leads to Five-Year Federal Prison Term

FBI Los Angeles Division Press Release:


Cyberstalking Case Involving Violent Threats Against Art Dealers and Their Children Leads to Five-Year Federal Prison Term

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeSeptember 29, 2014
  • Central District of California(213) 894-2434
LOS ANGELES—The owner of a Temecula art gallery who stalked, harassed and attempted to extort as much as $300,000 from art world professionals was sentenced today to 60 months in federal prison.
Jason White, 43, of Temecula, who pleaded guilty in March to two counts of federal stalking, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Stephen V. Wilson.
During today’s hearing, Judge Wilson called White’s crimes ”horrendous” and “very disturbing.”
White was arrested by the FBI on February 12 after engaging in a six-month stalking and extortion scheme that targeted art world professionals with whom he had had business relationships. When those business relationships ended, White posted derogatory information about his former associates on websites he had created, and then used threatening e-mails to demand hundreds of thousands of dollars in exchange for taking the websites down. White repeatedly made extortionate demands through harassing text messages and e-mails, and when his demands were not met, he threatened violence against the victim families, including their children.
“Given the ominous, angry and relentless nature of the messages, the victims had a reasonable fear that defendant planned to hunt down and kill their spouses and children,” prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memo filed with the court. “Indeed, this case is a parent’s worst nightmare that will likely haunt the victims for the rest of their lives because they will always be fearful that defendant may find their children and make good on his threats.”
In one part of the scheme, White targeted his former employer, an art publisher, as well as White’s supervisor at the art publisher’s company. After creating derogatory websites in the art publisher’s name, White allegedly sent threatening text messages to the art publisher, the publisher’s son, and his former supervisor. In a text message to his former supervisor, he threatened to find her family and make her pay with “fear, anguish and pain.” On several occasions, White obtained pictures of her child and sent pictures of the child to the victim with comments such as “it will be very unfortunate if something was to happen to him.”
White’s “conduct also demonstrates a disturbing and escalating pattern of stalking conduct, particularly since he committed these crimes less than one year after a restraining order was filed against him by another former employer for identical cyber stalking and extortion conduct,” according to the government’s sentencing position papers. “As defendant intended, his stalking crimes traumatized his victims.”
During today’s sentencing hearing, two of the victims spoke, telling Judge Wilson how they felt terrorized by the barrage of threatening e-mails and texts that White sent them.
The case against White was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Art Crime Team.
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