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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Courtnee Brantley Ordered to Begin Prison Sentence for Misprison of Felony Conviction

FBI Tampa Division #News Release:


Courtnee Brantley Ordered to Begin Prison Sentence for Misprison of Felony Conviction

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeDecember 29, 2015
  • Middle District of Florida(813) 274-6000
TAMPA, FL—U.S. District Judge James S. Moody, Jr. today ordered Courtnee Brantley to surrender to the custody of the United States Marshal or to the institution designated by the Bureau of Prisons on January 4, 2016 to begin serving the 12 months and one day sentence imposed in June 2013. The Court’s Order follows the December 17, 2015 affirmance of Brantley’s conviction and sentence for misprision of felony by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, after a lengthy appeals process.
Brantley was found guilty of the crime by a federal jury on January 16, 2013, following a second trial in the case. The first trial resulted in a hung jury.
Brantley’s charge and conviction resulted from her actions following the murders of Tampa Police Officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab on June 29, 2010 by Dontae Morris. Brantley was operating a vehicle without a tag, resulting in Officer Curtis stopping the vehicle and the ensuing fatal encounter. The evidence at the trial revealed that Brantley left the scene of the shooting and concealed her vehicle. Brantley further communicated with Morris following the murders.
This case was investigated by the Tampa Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and other federal and local law enforcement agencies. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James C. Preston, Jr. The appeal was handled by Assistant United States Attorney David Rhodes, Chief of the Appellate Division, and Assistant United States Attorney Yvette Rhodes.
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Universal Aryan Brotherhood Member Pleads Guilty to Racketeering Charges

FBI Oklahoma City Division #News Release:


Universal Aryan Brotherhood Member Pleads Guilty to Racketeering Charges

U.S. Department of JusticeDecember 29, 2015
  • Office of Public Affairs(202) 514-2007/TDD (202) 514-1888
A member of the Universal Aryan Brotherhood (UAB) prison gang pleaded guilty today in federal court to charges of conspiracy to conduct a racketeering enterprise, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and two charges of violence committed in aid of racketeering, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Danny C. Williams Sr. of the Northern District of Oklahoma.
Ronnie Dean Haskins, aka Dirty Red, 43, of Oklahoma, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Frank H. McCarthy of the Northern District of Oklahoma.
In connection with his guilty plea, Haskins acknowledged his membership in or association with the UAB, a violent, “whites only” prison-based gang with members and associates operating inside and outside of state prisons throughout Oklahoma.
As alleged in the indictment, Haskins conspired in racketeering activities to advance the UAB enterprise, including possessing and selling 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. Haskins also admitted that he orchestrated and participated in the kidnapping and maiming of a former UAB member who violated the UAB by-laws.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations; Tulsa, Oklahoma, Police Department; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations Division; FBI; Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office and Oklahoma Department of Corrections investigated the case. Trial Attorney John C. Hanley of the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Allen Litchfield and Jan Reincke of the Northern District of Oklahoma are prosecuting the case.
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Federal Grand Jury Indicts Riverside Man on Charges of Conspiring with Shooter in San Bernardino Terrorist Attack to Provide Material Support to Terrorists

FBI Los Angeles Division #News Release:


Federal Grand Jury Indicts Riverside Man on Charges of Conspiring with Shooter in San Bernardino Terrorist Attack to Provide Material Support to Terrorists
Defendant Also Charged with Being ‘Straw Purchaser’ of Two Assault Rifles Later Used in San Bernardino Attack That Killed 14 People

U.S. Department of JusticeDecember 30, 2015
  • Office of Public Affairs(202) 514-2007/TDD (202) 514-1888
Enrique Marquez Jr., 24, of Riverside, California, a longtime friend of Sayed Rizwan Farook, the male shooter in the San Bernardino, California, terrorist attack, was named today in a federal grand jury indictment that charges him with conspiring with Farook in 2011 and 2012 to provide material support to terrorists.
Marquez was also charged today with two counts of making a false statement in relation to the purchase of two assault rifles that were used in the deadly shooting at the Inland Regional Center (IRC) on Dec. 2, 2015.
The five-count indictment additionally charges Marquez with marriage fraud and making a false statement on immigration paperwork in relation to an alleged sham marriage with a member of Farook’s family.
Marquez is currently being held in federal custody without bond and is scheduled to be arraigned in U.S. District Court in Riverside on Jan. 6, 2016.
“Enrique Marquez Jr. has been indicted for his role in plotting terrorist attacks on American soil with Sayed Rizwan Farook in 2011 and 2012, attacks which were, fortunately, not carried out. He is also charged with firearms violations for making straw purchases of weapons for Farook—weapons that were eventually used to carry out the recent terrorist attack in San Bernardino,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin. “This indictment is the next step in holding Mr. Marquez accountable. I would like to extend my gratitude to all the members of law enforcement involved in this ongoing investigation.”
“This indictment demonstrates that we will hold accountable all individuals who collaborate with terrorists in executing their plans,” said United States Attorney Eileen M. Decker. “Defendant Marquez’s extensive plotting with Sayed Rizwan Farook in 2011 and 2012 and his purchase of explosive powder and two firearms provided the foundation for the murders that occurred this month. This indictment is the result of sustained and coordinated efforts by many federal and state prosecutors, agents and officers, and I thank them for their efforts.”
“Mr. Marquez is charged for his role in a conspiracy several years ago to target innocent civilians in our own backyard with cold-blooded terror attacks, and with providing weapons to an individual whose endgame was murder,” said David Bowdich, the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office. “The covert nature of the defendant’s alleged actions is a stark reminder of the challenges we face in preventing attacks planned in the name of violent jihad, and underscores the critical need for those with knowledge about terror plots to come forward.”
Today’s indictment charges Marquez with conspiring with Farook to provide material support and resources, including weapons, explosives and personnel, to terrorists, knowing and intending that such support was to be used in preparation for and in carrying out the use of fire or explosive to maliciously damage or destroy any institution or organization receiving federal financial assistance and property used in interstate or foreign commerce or in any activity affecting interstate or foreign commerce.
In addition to the conspiracy count, Marquez is charged with two counts of making a false statement when purchasing two assault rifles for Farook—a Smith and Wesson, model M&P-15 Sport, 5.56-caliber rifle that was bought on Nov. 14, 2001, and a DPMS, model A-15, 5.56-caliber rifle that was bought on Feb. 22, 2012—which, according to an affidavit previously filed in this case, were used in the Dec. 2 attack on the IRC that killed 14 people and wounded 22 others. Specifically, he is charged with stating on a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) form that he was the actual buyer, a statement that was, and which defendant knew to be, false.
The final two counts in the indictment allege that Marquez entered into a sham marriage with a member of Farook’s family in November 2014 and that on July 17, 2015, he signed an immigration form, under penalty of perjury, that he was living with the purported spouse in Corona, California, when he was not actually living there.
An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.
The charge of providing material support to terrorists carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in federal prison. The charges of making a false statement in connection with acquisition of firearms each carry a statutory maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. The marriage fraud count carries a statutory maximum sentence of five years in prison, and the charge of making a false statement on immigration paperwork carries a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
Today’s indictment in the result of an ongoing investigation that is being conducted by several members of the Inland Empire Joint Terrorism Task Force, including agents and detectives from the FBI; the San Bernardino Police Department; the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department; ATF; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations; the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department; the Ontario Police Department and the Riverside Police Department. Several agencies are providing considerable assistance to the investigation, including the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office and detectives with the Chino, California, Police Department; the Redlands, California, Police Department and the Corona Police Department. Additionally, investigators have collaborated with sister task forces in the region and throughout the country, as well as with the intelligence community, foreign law enforcement partners and various FBI Legal Attach├ęs located overseas.
The case against Marquez is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Central District of California and the Counterterrorism Section of the Department’s National Security Division.
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FBI Offers Reward in Vandalism of Local Mosque

FBI Las Vegas Division #News Release:


FBI Offers Reward in Vandalism of Local Mosque

FBI Las VegasDecember 30, 2015
  • Public Affairs Specialist Bridget Pappas(702) 385-1281
The FBI Las Vegas Division is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for vandalism committed at the Masjid-e-Tawheed mosque located at 6180 W. Viking Road in Las Vegas, Nevada, 89103.
On the morning of December 27, 2015, at approximately 3:15 a.m., a white male was observed desecrating a local mosque by placing raw bacon on the various door handles of entrances to the mosque. The subject was observed wearing a dark blue hat, jacket, and black framed glasses. The subject appears to have black or dark brown hair with long thin sideburns.
At the time of the incident the mosque was unoccupied. No injuries or physical damage occurred to the mosque. Due to the nature of the crime, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police notified the FBI, which is investigating the matter as a possible hate crime.
Anyone with information is urged to call the FBI in Las Vegas at (702) 385-1281 or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555 or visit www.crimestoppersofnv.com. Tips directly leading to an arrest or an indictment processed through Crime Stoppers may result in a cash reward.

Northland Man Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography

FBI Kansas City Division #News Release:


Northland Man Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography
Project Safe Childhood

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeDecember 30, 2015
  • Western District of Missouri(816) 426-3122
KANSAS CITY, MO—Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to attempting to distribute child pornography over the Internet.
Steven H. Taylor, 25, of Kansas City-North, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to the charge contained in a Jan. 29, 2013, federal indictment.
According to today’s plea agreement, an undercover federal agent identified Taylor’s computer as sharing images of child pornography over the Internet through a peer-to-peer file-sharing network. The agent downloaded a video file of child pornography from Taylor’s computer.
The agent executed a search warrant at Taylor’s residence and seized his electronic media. According to the plea agreement, investigators identified more than 600 images of child pornography on Taylor’s computers.
Under the terms of today’s plea agreement, Taylor will not seek a sentence of less than six years in federal prison without parole and the government will not seek a sentence of more than 10 years in federal prison without parole. Taylor must pay $5,000 in restitution to one of the victims portrayed in the child pornography collection, or $3,000 if he can pay the latter sum within 30 days of the sentencing date. Taylor must forfeit two desktop computers, which were used to commit the offense, to the government. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Catherine A. Connelly. It was investigated by the FBI and the Nixa, Mo., Police Department.
Project Safe Childhood
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc . For more information about Internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”
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Five Southwest Missouri Residents Indicted for Meth, Illegal Firearms

FBI Kansas City Division #News Release:


Five Southwest Missouri Residents Indicted for Meth, Illegal Firearms

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeDecember 30, 2015
  • Western District of Missouri(816) 426-3122
SPRINGFIELD, MO—Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that five southwest Missouri residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury, in three separate but related cases, for distributing methamphetamine in Vernon and Bates County, Mo., and for illegally possessing firearms.
USA v. Bogart, et al
Marklee Eugene Bogart, 35, of Nevada, Mo., and Danny Albert Crawford, 35, of El Dorado Springs, Mo., were charged in a six-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Mo., on Dec. 9, 2015.
The federal indictment alleges that Bogart and Crawford participated in a conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine in Vernon County, Mo., from April 29, 2014, to Jan. 22, 2015.
In addition to the conspiracy, the indictment charges Bogart with one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and one count of illegally possessing firearms in furtherance of those drug-trafficking crimes. Bogart allegedly possessed nine rifles, six shotguns and seven handguns.
The indictment also charges Crawford with one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of those drug-trafficking crimes and one count of being a felon in possession of ammunition. Crawford, who has been convicted of a felony, allegedly possessed a Mountain Arms .22-caliber rifle and 199 rounds of .22-caliber ammunition.
The indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation, which would require Bogart to forfeit to the government any property derived from the proceeds of the alleged offenses, including a total of $50,897 that was seized by law enforcement officers on two separate occasions.
USA v. Grissom, et al
Donald G. Grissom, 60, of Milo, Mo., and Margaret Wyvonne West, 60, of Rockville, Mo., were charged in a five-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Mo., on Dec. 9, 2015.
The federal indictment alleges that Grissom and West participated in a conspiracy to distribute at least 50 grams of methamphetamine in Bates County, Mo., from Aug. 13 to Dec. 20, 2014.
In addition to the conspiracy, the indictment charges Grissom and West with one count each of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.
The federal indictment also charges West with one count of distributing methamphetamine and one count of being a felon in possession of firearms. West, who has been convicted of a felony, allegedly possessed a Cobra .380-caliber handgun, a Mossberg .410 shotgun and a Revelation .22-caliber rifle.
The indictment also contains a forfeiture count, which would require West to forfeit to the government any property derived from the proceeds of the alleged offenses, including $10,905 that was seized by law enforcement officers.
USA v. Pryor
James Pryor, 34, of Nevada, Mo., was charged in a two-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Mo., on Dec. 9, 2015.
The federal indictment alleges that Pryor possessed five grams or more of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute in Vernon County, Mo., on Dec. 1, 2014.
The indictment also alleges that Pryor possessed a firearm in furtherance of that drug-trafficking crime. Pryor allegedly possessed a Super Comanche 45LC/410 handgun.
Dickinson cautioned that the charges contained in these indictments are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.
These cases are being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jody M. Larison. They were investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI, the Vernon County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department and the Bates County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department.
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Former Springfield, Missouri Man Pleads Guilty to Defacing Islamic Center and Burning the Qur’an

FBI Kansas City Division #News Release:


Former Springfield, Missouri Man Pleads Guilty to Defacing Islamic Center and Burning the Qur’an

U.S. Department of JusticeDecember 29, 2015
  • Office of Public Affairs(202) 514-2007/TDD (202) 514-1888
U.S. Tammy Dickinson of the Western District of Missouri announced that a former Springfield, Missouri, man pleaded guilty in federal court today to violating the civil rights of others by leading a conspiracy to deface The Islamic Center of Springfield with graffiti and burn two copies of the Qur’an.
Adam David Smock, 23, of Edgewater, California, formerly of Springfield, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush of the Western District of Missouri to a federal information that charges him with participating in a conspiracy to oppress, threaten and intimidate worshippers at the Islamic Center of Springfield in the free exercise and enjoyment of their constitutional right to the free exercise of their religious beliefs.
The Islamic Center of Springfield provides services common to most religious establishments, including regular prayer service, a venue for individuals to pray on their own, community activities and a forum for charitable fund-raising.
Smock admitted that on Jan. 7, 2011, he and two other individuals (one of whom was a 14-year-old minor) spray-painted graffiti on the exterior walls of the Islamic Center of Springfield. The graffiti included explicit and offensive language in addition to such statements as “Bash Back,” “Now is our time!” and “You bash us in Pakistan we bash here.”
Smock also admitted that on April 10, 2011, he and the same two individuals partially burned two copies of the Qur’an, the Muslim holy book, and Smock left the burned Qur’ans directly in front of the main doors to the Islamic Center, approximately 30 feet away from the building, where a co-conspirator also left a computer-printed note that contained the image of a goat’s or ram’s head, and the following text:
To: Sincere Followers of Allah,
“Today, we show the Muslim Nation that its oppressive religion won’t go without a fight, not from soldiers, but from average citizens willing to fight for America – for there are three (sic) burned Qur’ans that lay spread in the driveway. For we grow tired of Anti-Zionism. The Islamification of Europe. Terroristic regimes. And worst of all, the membership of 1.5 billion Muslims that stain the earth. And we vow one thing: Islam will not survive.
“Death to Islam!”
Smock admitted that it was his idea to commit the acts and that he persuaded his co-conspirators to participate, and that he selected the Islamic Center of Springfield for vandalism because of the religious nature of the property in order to threaten and intimidate worshippers so as to hinder and interfere with the worshippers’ enjoyment of their constitutional right to the free exercise of religion.
The total cost of restoration and repair of the damage to the Islamic Center of Springfield, including sandblasting and applying anti-graffiti paint, is $15,662.
Under the terms of today’s plea agreement, a joint recommendation will be made to the court that Smock be incarcerated for 14 days, followed by a five-year term of supervised release; that Smock must pay $10,440 in restitution; and that Smock must perform 40 hours of community service. If the Islamic Center of Springfield, or an Islamic Center located near Smock’s residence, is willing to have him perform his community service on its premises, then that is the location where Smock should perform his community service. Smock will meet with and personally apologize to the leadership of the Islamic Center of Springfield for his crime. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the U.S. Probation Office.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall D. Eggert of the Western District of Missouri. It was investigated by the FBI and the Springfield Police Department.
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Former Beaumont ISD Assistant Superintendent Guilty of Federal Charges

FBI Houston Division #News Release:


Former Beaumont ISD Assistant Superintendent Guilty of Federal Charges

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeDecember 28, 2015
  • Eastern District of Texas(409) 839-2538
BEAUMONT, TX—A former Beaumont Independent School District (BISD) Assistant Superintendent pleaded guilty today to federal charges in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Patricia Adams Lambert, 61, of Beaumont, pleaded guilty to theft concerning programs receiving federal funds and conspiracy to submit false statements concerning standardized test scores today before U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield.
According to information presented in court, Lambert was hired by BISD on June 13, 2002, as a teacher, and on Aug. 28, 2002, she was promoted to Assistant Principal at Vincent Middle School. On July 15, 2004, Lambert was promoted to Principal and assigned to French Middle School, and on July 1, 2006, she was assigned to Central Medical Magnet High School (“CMMHS” or “Central”) as Principal. As Principal of Central, Lambert was responsible for oversight of the campus; managing personnel; ensuring proper reporting of grades, testing, and attendance to BISD administration; and financial oversight for certain aspects of the campus. On May 17, 2012, Lambert was promoted to Assistant Superintendent.
States are mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA) of 2001 to implement academic assessment tests in order to receive federal funding under the NCLBA. The NCLBA requires the Texas Education Agency to develop, implement, and regulate the student assessment tests. In Texas, public school students are required to take end-of-year assessment tests at particular grade levels. Students must pass these tests in order to move on to the next grade level or graduate. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) requires that campus principals and test administrators sign “Oaths of Test Security and Test Confidentiality,” ensuring full compliance concerning test security and confidentiality. Through words and actions, Lambert created a culture at CMMHS among the faculty and staff where cheating on standardized tests was accepted. Lambert, either directly or indirectly, encouraged teachers and staff to manipulate students’ standardized test scores or had knowledge that cheating occurred. Despite the fact that she knew that cheating was occurring on standardized tests, she signed and submitted Oaths of Test Security, including one in January of 2010, as alleged in the indictment, where she falsely affirmed all the requirements governing standardized test security were met. The government could prove, through first-hand witnesses, that teachers would aggregate large numbers of tests and then erase and change incorrect answers to correct answers after students turned their tests; teachers would give students answers while they were taking the tests; and that test manipulation occurred on a regular basis from 2007-2012. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is mandated by the U.S. Department of Education to administer and regulate standardized testing, including maintaining test security. As part of its test security measures, TEA requires that teachers abide by all test security regulations and sign Oaths of Test Security. These test scores are then communicated to the U.S. Department of Education, who relies on the scores, among other metrics, in determining the appropriate disbursement of federal education funds. The falsified oaths were capable of misleading TEA or the U.S. Department of Education.
In October 2007, Lambert took over control of the CMMHS “All Sports” Booster Club from the parent/volunteers who previously ran the Booster Club. From that point forward, Lambert had access to Booster Club funds by way of the Booster Club checking account. From 2007 until 2013 Lambert made purchases of personal items, not related to school activities, by using Booster Club checks and the Booster Club debit card. During this same time period, Lambert wrote and signed Booster Club checks fraudulently made out to herself, her relatives, and “cash,” and deposited those checks into her own personal bank account, knowing she lacked the proper authority to do so.
In addition, during the relevant time period in the indictment, Lambert also had access to the CMMHS Student Activity funds account. From 2007 through 2013 Lambert purchased items, some of which were for her personal use or the use of her family members, and other items not related to school activities, by writing checks on the CMMHS Student Activity funds checking account. During this same time period, Lambert wrote and signed Student Activity fund checks fraudulently made out to herself, and others and deposited those checks into her own personal bank account, or those of her relatives, knowing full well that she had no authority to do so.
Additionally, from 2007 through 2013, Lambert employed her son, Brian Collins, as the primary “printer” for various items including, but not limited, to pamphlets, flyers, banners, football programs, graduation programs, and instructional materials, and helped secure his payment for these items from Booster Club, Student Activity fund, and the BISD general fund, knowing full well that Collins, rather than doing any actual printing work, was securing the services of an actual printing business, and marking up the price for that work anywhere from 25 percent—215 percent.
During the years Lambert was principal at CMMHS, the school generated significant amounts of cash through various means. For example, when students were found with cell phones on campus or lost their student ID cards, they were required to pay a monetary penalty, usually approximately $10. Lambert also established an on-campus snack sales area, located near the cafeteria, where students could purchase candy and chips for approximately one dollar each. This money was aggregated in a file cabinet drawer in the bookkeeper’s office, and Lambert maintained access to this area. Between 2007 and 2012, Lambert made regular and substantial cash deposits into her personal bank accounts, totaling approximately $171,525.
From Jan. 1, 2010 through Dec. 31, 2010, Lambert, while an employee of BISD stole, embezzled, obtained by fraud, or otherwise without authority knowingly converted to the use of another property in aggregate amounts adding up to $5,000 or more, from BISD in the manner stated in the paragraphs above. During 2010, BISD received in excess of $10,000 in federal funds through various federal grants and programs.
Pursuant to the plea agreement, Lambert faces up to 40 months in prison. Lambert’s sentence will be imposed by Judge Heartfield based upon U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, other statutory factors, and evidence to be presented at a sentencing hearing. A sentencing date has not been set. Codefendant, Victoria Gauthier Steward, 31, of Lake Charles, LA, pleaded guilty on Dec. 23, 2015 to conspiracy to make false statements, related to the manipulation of BISD test scores and faces up to five years in federal prison.
This case was prosecuted as part of the Joint Task Force established in March 2014 between the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas and the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office to investigate and prosecute major crimes—more specifically, violent crime and crimes related to the abuse of public trust in Jefferson County, Texas.
If you have any information related to this matter, please call the Federal Bureau of Investigation at 409-832-8571.
This investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Education Office of Inspector General, the Texas Education Agency, the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office and the Beaumont Police Department. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christopher T. Tortorice and Joseph R. Batte.
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Rochester Man Charged with Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIL

FBI Buffalo Division #News Release:


Rochester Man Charged with Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIL

U.S. Department of JusticeDecember 31, 2015
  • Office of Public Affairs(202) 514-2007/TDD (202) 514-1888
Emanuel L. Lutchman, 25, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The announcement was made by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. of the Western District of New York and Special Agent in Charge Adam S. Cohen of the Federal Investigation Bureau’s (FBI) Buffalo Division.
“According to the complaint, as part of Emanuel Lutchman’s attempt to provide material support to ISIL, he planned to kill innocent civilians on New Year’s Eve in the name of the terrorist organization.” said Assistant Attorney General Carlin. “Thankfully, law enforcement was able to intervene and thwart Lutchman’s deadly plans.”
“This New Year’s Eve prosecution underscores the threat of ISIL even in upstate New York but demonstrates our determination to immediately stop any who would cause harm in its name,” said U.S. Attorney Hochul. “What began as an ISIL directive to harm the community ended with the arrest of this defendant and a message for any other individuals considering similar behavior—you will be caught, you will be prosecuted, and you will be punished. While law enforcement is well equipped for such investigations, the public is reminded to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity. I assure members of the public that the excellent work of our law enforcement partners with the cooperation of the public is the best way to ensure the safety of our community.”
“The FBI thwarted Emanuel Lutchman’s intent to kill civilians on New Year’s Eve,” said Special Agent in Charge Cohen. “The FBI remains concerned about people overseas who use the Internet to inspire people in the United States to commit acts of violence where they live.”
According to court records, the defendant, claiming to receive direction from an overseas ISIL member, planned to commit an armed attack against civilians at a restaurant/bar located in the Rochester, New York, area today, New Year’s Eve on behalf of ISIL and in furtherance of his plan to join ISIL overseas.
The defendant made an initial appearance this morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge Marian W. Payson of the U.S. Western District of New York.
The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Rochester Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brett A. Harvey with the assistance of Trial Attorney Lawrence Schneider of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.
The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
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