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Baraga Man Jacob Charles Maki Sentenced for Assault by Strangulation

FBI Detroit Division Press Release:


Baraga Man Jacob Charles Maki Sentenced for Assault by Strangulation

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeOctober 26, 2015
  • Western District of Michigan(616) 456-2404
MARQUETTE, MI—Jacob Charles Maki, 35, of Baraga, Michigan, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 27 months’ imprisonment for assault by strangulation, U.S. Attorney Patrick A. Miles, Jr., announced today. In addition, Judge R. Allan Edgar sentenced Maki to serve three years of supervised release following the completion of his term of incarceration.
On February 28, 2015, Maki assaulted a victim. The assault began in the bedroom and continued into the bathroom where Maki pinned the victim in the tub and used his hands to strangle her. On March 1, 2015, he resumed the assault and repeatedly strangled the victim. Maki was indicted by a federal grand jury and pled guilty on June 22, 2015, to one count of assault by strangulation.
The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Police and the FBI investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Hannah N. Bobee prosecuted the case.
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Carrollton, Texas Man Sentenced to 84 Months in Federal Prison on Child Pornography Conviction

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Carrollton, Texas Man Sentenced to 84 Months in Federal Prison on Child Pornography Conviction
Arrested in Garland When He Arrived to Meet a Teen He Had Met Online

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeOctober 29, 2015
  • Northern District of Texas(214) 659-8600
DALLAS—A Carrollton, Texas, man, Jordan Michael Porter, 29, was sentenced this week by U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay to 84 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in February 2015 to one count of receipt of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas. Porter has been in custody since his arrest in July 2014 on a related federal indictment.
According to documents filed in the case, the investigation began when a parent found a photo of their 15-year-old minor female child kissing what looked to be a much older man. When questioned by the parent, the minor admitted she had met then 28-year-old Porter online a few weeks earlier. The parent notified the Garland Police Department.
The investigation revealed that the minor female had communicated with Porter via text, e-mail and phone calls. They had video-chatted and had met on previous occasions and engaged in sexual activity.
An undercover officer took over the minor’s online account and in subsequent chats with Porter, they agreed to meet, at the usual place, on July 2, 2014. Porter was arrested when he arrived at the location.
Porter admitted he knew the girl was age 15. He admitted she sent lewd and lascivious photos of her partially clothed in a bathrobe, and that on three of the four occasions they met, they had engaged in sexual activity.
The matter was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative, which was launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals, who sexually exploit children, and identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/. For more information about Internet safety education, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/ and click on the tab “resources.”
The FBI and the Garland Police Department investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Camille Sparks prosecuted the case.
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Texarkana Drug Traffickers Arrested in Operation Flashback Meth Investigation

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Texarkana Drug Traffickers Arrested in Operation Flashback Meth Investigation

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeOctober 27, 2015
  • Eastern District of Texas(409) 839-2538
TEXARKANA, TX—U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today the arrest of multiple individuals indicted for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas.
Arrests were made on Oct. 27, 2015 as part of Operation Flashback, a two-year joint federal and state investigation into individuals responsible for mid- and high-level trafficking and distribution of methamphetamine through the Eastern District of Texas as well as to Arkansas, Louisiana, and Tennessee. The defendants are alleged to have been responsible for trafficking and distributing more than 1,000 kilograms of methamphetamine through the I-30 corridor, to Northeast Texas, Southwest Arkansas, and beyond. A federal grand jury returned a sealed 43-count indictment on Sep. 16, 2015 charging the following individuals with drug trafficking violations:
  • Jeffrey George, Jr., 29, of Texarkana, Texas;
  • Joshua Thompson, 35, of Hot Springs, Arkansas;
  • Kyle Davis, 29, of Texarkana, Arkansas;
  • Demetrice Dornell Mullens, 25, of Texarkana, Texas;
  • James Neal Byrd, 25, of Texarkana, Arkansas;
  • Shawna Marie Seifert, 34, of Texarkana, Texas;
  • Stacy Childs, 25, of Hot Springs, Arkansas;
  • Stephanie Martinez, 33, of Hot Springs, Arkansas;
  • Pablo Martinez, 39, of Royal, Arkansas;
  • Dondrail Parks, 31, of Texarkana, Arkansas;
  • Billy Krimmel, 36, of Gould, Arkansas;
  • Lloyd Guedel Jones, Jr., 30, of Texarkana, Texas;
  • Jay Dee Doolin, 53, of Hooks, Texas;
  • Whitney Ann Smith, 52, of Texarkana, Texas;
  • Mica Crumpton-Smith, 35, of Texarkana, Arkansas;
  • Eliasar Mata, 31, of Dallas, Texas;
  • Gary Don Sandlin, 58, of Texarkana, Texas;
  • Roddis Faust, 28, of Texarkana, Texas;
  • Michael Shane Spencer, 42, of Texarkana, Texas;
  • Veronica Zuniga Rodriguez, 32, of Texarkana, Texas;
  • April Michaelle Wright, 24, of Texarkana, Texas;
  • Charles Randall Porter, 59, of Wake Village, Texas;
  • Kenneth Wayne Milner, 42, of Texarkana, Arkansas;
  • Jamilu Whiteside, 38, of Nash, Texas;
  • Matthew Ray Thompson, 28, of Texarkana, Arkansas;
  • Shauna Michelle Erwin, 37, of Wake Village, Texas;
  • Sam Rich, 47, of Tyler, Texas;
  • Kimberly Denise Unholz, 46, of Texarkana, Texas;
  • Jeanna Renea Watson-Patterson, 30, of Nash, Texas;
  • Daniel Garrett , 27, of Texarkana, Arkansas; and
  • Sheena Geneene McClendon, 30, of Texarkana, Texas.
This case is the result of an extensive two-year joint investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigation Division, and Texarkana, Texas, Police Department; with the assistance of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; U.S. Marshals Service; Texarkana, Arkansas, Police Department; the Bowie County (Texas) and Miller County (Arkansas) Sheriff’s Offices; the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Arkansas; and the District Attorney’s Offices of Bowie County (Texas) and Miller County (Arkansas). During the course of this operation, agents have successfully arrested approximately 75 individuals and seized approximately six pounds of methamphetamine, large amounts of marijuana, more than $35,000 in U.S. currency, one vehicle, approximately 45 firearms, and more than 10,000 rounds of ammunition.
The investigation has led to additional arrests in the Northern District of Texas (Dallas area), including more than 16 additional defendants and the seizure of more than two kilograms of methamphetamine.
These cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ryan Locker and Paul Hable.
A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
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Cartel-Connected Kidnappers Found Guilty on All Counts

FBI Columbia Division Press Release:


Cartel-Connected Kidnappers Found Guilty on All Counts

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeOctober 26, 2015
  • District of South Carolina(803) 929-3000
COLUMBIA, SC—United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that a federal jury in Columbia South Carolina needed only 45 minutes on Friday, October 23, 2015, to convict Juan Fuentes-Morales and Ruben Ceja-Rangel on 8 charges related to the armed abduction of a St. Mathews man that occurred in July of 2014. Evidence presented during the trial established that Ruben Ceja-Rangel (age 58) traveled from his home in Groveland, Florida in early June or July of 2014, for the purpose of conspiring with Juan Fuentes-Morales (age 27) to kidnap the victim from St. Mathews, South Carolina. During the trial evidence was presented that the victim was forcibly taken from his truck in the early morning hours of July 14, 2014 at gunpoint by Ceja-Rangel. Ceja-Rangel and another co-defendant then blindfolded and transported the victim to a residence near Garland, NC, where the victim was held for several hours at gunpoint. The victim testified that at one point, he attempted to escape and Juan Fuentes-Morales struck him and pointed a .25 caliber gun at the victim’s head. Evidence presented proved that around 8:00 p.m., the victim was moved from Garland to a residence located near Rosoboro, NC on Highway 210.
While held at the second location, the victim was blindfolded and chained to a workout bench, where he was made to lay on the floor from July 9, 2015, until his rescue by the FBI on July 15, 2014. In the early morning hours of July 15, 2014, a compliment of the Charlotte, NC FBI SWAT Team executed a search warrant at the Highway 210 residence near Roseboro. When the SWAT team made entry, they located the victim chained up and blindfolded on the floor. Ruben Ceja-Rangel attempted to run out of the back of the residence but he was quickly detained by FBI Charlotte SWAT operators.
Prior to locating the victim, Operators with the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) executed a search warrant at 5363 Old Fayetteville Road, Garland NC. During the execution of this search warrant, agents located a cellular phone that Juan Fuentes-Morales used during the kidnapping to communicate with individuals in Mexico who were demanding a ransom for the victim’s return. Agents also located a .25 caliber pistol that Fuentes-Morales had used to hold the victim during his initial abduction on July 9, 2014.
Evidence presented at trial proved that the victim’s father owed a drug debt to members of a Mexican Drug Trafficking organization, or cartel, related to the father’s inability to sell over 200 pounds of marijuana. Jurors heard multiple phone calls that were recorded by FBI hostage negotiators, wherein the Mexican drug traffickers threatened to gouge out the victim’s eyes and ultimately kill him if the father did not pay the ransom.
Ceja-Rangel and Fuentes-Morales were convicted of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, kidnapping, hostage taking, brandishing firearms in furtherance of crimes of violence and lying to the FBI. Ceja-Rangel was also convicted of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The defendants face a statutory mandatory minimum 32 years on the firearms charges alone, and could face potential life sentences on the kidnapping and hostage taking charges. A sentencing hearing will be held after a presentencing report is prepared by the United States Probation Office. Judge Michelle Childs of Columbia presided over the trial and will sentence the defendants.
Mr. Nettles stated that drug trafficking begets violent crime, and the conduct of the two convicted defendants exemplifies the violence associated with international drug trafficking organizations that are operating here in the United States. Mr. Nettles added that the FBI did extraordinary work in executing a difficult operational plan to ensure that lives were not lost as a result of the kidnapping that grew out of drug trafficking here in South Carolina.
FBI Special Agent in Charge Dave Thomas added, “The jury’s verdict in this matter validates the work of the dedicated professionals who worked quickly and tirelessly to recover the victim, bring justice to the accused and ultimately make South Carolina a safer place.”
The case was initiated by the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department and was investigated by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from Columbia Field Division and the Charlotte Field Division. Assistant United States Attorneys JD Rowell and Kelly Wilson Hall of the Columbia are prosecuting the case.
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Eric Bartoli, Fugititive for More Than a Decade, is in Custody in the U.S. and Scheduled to Appear in Court Thursday

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Eric Bartoli, Fugititive for More Than a Decade, is in Custody in the U.S. and Scheduled to Appear in Court Thursday

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeOctober 28, 2015
  • Northern District of Ohio(216) 622-3600
Eric V. Bartoli, who was indicted in 2003 and was a fugitive for more than a decade, is in custody in the United States, said Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the Cleveland Division of the FBI.
Bartoli is scheduled to appear before U.S. District Judge John Adams Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in Akron to be arraigned on a 10-count indictment.
Bartoli is accused of operating a large-scale ponzi scheme from 1995 through 1999. Bartoli allegedly created and operated a company by the name of Cyprus Funds, Inc., which was based in Doylestown, Ohio and incorporated in Central America. Bartoli and his co-conspirators allegedly operated Cyprus to sell certificates of deposit and unregistered mutual funds. Cyprus raised approximately $65 million from an estimated 800 investors in Latin America and the United States. Some of Cyprus’s victims include retirees, according to court records.
Bartoli was sued in 1999 by the Securities and Exchange Commission on charges involving the Cyprus Funds, Inc. Bartoli did not appear at a scheduled hearing regarding the SEC charges. He was subsequently found in contempt of court and a civil arrest warrant was issued. Bartoli had fled Ohio and was arrested in New Hampshire. Bartoli was not detained at that time and became a fugitive.
A 10-count federal indictment was filed against Bartoli in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio in October 2003. He was charged with conspiracy, securities fraud, sale of unregistered securities, wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, and attempted income tax evasion.
Bartoli has been featured on shows including American Greed and Life on the Run, among others.
Bartoli was taken into custody by the Peruvian National Police in Lima, Peru, in 2013. The operation was a joint effort between the FBI, Diplomatic Security Service, and the Peruvian National Police.
“The fact that this man is back on American soil and will finally stand before a judge to answer to these charges is a tribute to all who have worked on this case,” Dettelbach said. “They never stopped pursuing justice for the victims.”
“A little over 12 years past the date of indictment, Bartoli’s life on the run has come to an end,” Anthony said. “The over 800 investors will now have some closure by seeing that the FBI, in cooperation with our international partners, never gave up and has brought this fugitive to justice.”
“Honest and law-abiding citizens are fed up with those who use deceit and fraud to line their pockets with other people’s money,” said IRS Special Agent in Charge Kathy Enstrom. “Tax evasion and fraud of this magnitude, and with this degree of trickery, dishonesty and deceit, deserves to be punished.”
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Antoinette T. Bacon and Miranda Dugi following an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense, and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases, the sentences will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases they will be less than the maximum.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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Bolingbrook Man Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIL

FBI Chicago Division Press Release:


Bolingbrook Man Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIL

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeOctober 29, 2015
  • Northern District of Illinois(312) 353-5300
CHICAGO—A Bolingbrook man pleaded guilty today to a federal charge that he attempted to travel overseas to join a foreign terrorist organization in Syria.
MOHAMMED HAMZAH KHAN, 20, pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. The organization is identified in a written plea agreement as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (“ISIL”).
Khan, a U.S. citizen from southwest suburban Bolingbrook, faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. U.S. District Judge John J. Tharp Jr. did not immediately schedule a sentencing hearing. A status hearing was set for Dec. 3, 2015, at 11:30 a.m.
Khan has been detained in federal custody since he was arrested on Oct. 4, 2014, at O’Hare International Airport by members of the Chicago Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Beginning no later than approximately February 2014, Khan used the Internet to obtain introductions to ISIL members in Syria and to assist him with traveling there to join the terrorist group, according to the plea agreement. Khan spoke with ISIL members to coordinate the logistics of his admission into ISIL-controlled territory, the plea agreement states.
Khan admitted in the plea agreement that he knew ISIL had been designated by the United States as a foreign terrorist organization. Upon arriving in Syria, according to the plea agreement, Khan intended to work under the direction and control of ISIL, and be required to take any assignment ISIL gave him.
The guilty plea was announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; John P. Carlin, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; and Michael J. Anderson, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The Joint Terrorism Task Force is comprised of Special Agents of the FBI, officers of the Chicago Police Department, and representatives from an additional 20 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Illinois State Police also provided significant assistance in the investigation.
The government is represented by Assistant United States Attorneys Matt Hiller, Angel Krull and Sean Driscoll; and U.S. Department of Justice Trial Attorney Michael Dittoe of the National Security Division.
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Volo, Illinois Woman Pleads Guilty to Robbing Two Chase Bank Branches and Attempting to Rob a Third

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Volo, Illinois Woman Pleads Guilty to Robbing Two Chase Bank Branches and Attempting to Rob a Third

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeOctober 28, 2015
  • Northern District of Illinois(312) 353-5300
ROCKFORD—A Lake County woman pleaded guilty today in federal court to two counts of bank robbery and one count of attempted bank robbery. TERESA M. KNOWLES, 39, of Volo, Ill., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Kapala to robbing the Chase Bank, in Crystal Lake, Ill. on March 21, 2015, and the Chase Bank, in Grayslake, Ill. on March 24, 2015, as well as attempting to rob the Chase Bank in Johnsburg, Ill., on March 24, 2015.
According to the written plea agreement, on March 21, 2015, Knowles drove a Nissan SUV to a branch of Chase Bank located in Crystal Lake, Ill. She entered the bank, approached a teller window and passed the teller a note that demanded $10,000. The teller first handed Knowles $400. When Knowles said that was not enough money, the teller then handed Knowles another $2450. Knowles then left the bank and drove away.
Knowles also admitted in the plea agreement that on March 24, 2015, she drove to a branch of Chase Bank located in Grayslake, Ill. She entered the bank and handed a teller a note similar to the note Knowles used in robbing the Chase Bank branch in Crystal Lake. The teller handed Knowles $1,000. Knowles walked out of the Chase Bank with the note and drove away.
In addition, Knowles admitted that on March 24, 2015, she drove to a branch of Chase Bank located in Johnsburg, Ill. There, she entered the bank and handed a teller a note demanding money. When the teller refused to hand over any money, Knowles walked out of the Chase Bank and drove away.
Each count of bank robbery and attempted bank robbery carries a maximum potential penalty of up to 20 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release following imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, and full restitution. The court must impose a reasonable sentence guided by the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines. Sentencing for Knowles is set for February 4, 2016, at 2:30 p.m.
The guilty plea was announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and Michael J. Anderson, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Johnsburg Police Department, McHenry Police Department, Grayslake Police Department, and Crystal Lake Police Department assisted in the investigation.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael D. Love.
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Statement by the United States Attorney’s Office Following the Guilty Plea of Former U.S. Speaker of the House John Dennis Hastert

FBI Chicago Division Press Release:


Statement by the United States Attorney’s Office Following the Guilty Plea of Former U.S. Speaker of the House John Dennis Hastert

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeOctober 28, 2015
  • Northern District of Illinois(312) 353-5300
CHICAGO—This morning, JOHN DENNIS HASTERT, 73, of Plano, pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of illegally structuring cash withdrawals in order to evade financial reporting requirements. The Honorable U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin scheduled a sentencing hearing for February 29, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois issued this statement following the guilty plea:
“Now that Mr. Hastert has pled guilty, and the Court has accepted his guilty plea, the case will proceed to sentencing. As part of the sentencing process in this case, as in all cases, we will provide the Court with relevant information about the defendant’s background and the charged offenses, and the defendant will have an opportunity to do the same, so that the Court can impose an appropriate sentence taking into account all relevant factors in the case. We have no further comment about the matter at this time.”
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FBI Renews Its Request for Information About Unsolved Murder of Maywood Police Officer

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FBI Renews Its Request for Information About Unsolved Murder of Maywood Police Officer

FBI ChicagoOctober 28, 2015
  • Special Agent Joan Hyde(312) 829-1199
The FBI continues to seek information from the public regarding the unsolved murder of Maywood Police Officer Thomas T. Wood, announced Michael J. Anderson, special agent in charge of the Chicago Field Office of the FBI, and Vladimir Talley, chief of the Maywood Police Department.
Nine years ago this month, Maywood Police Officer Wood was shot by an unknown subject or subjects while sitting in his police vehicle. The October 23, 2006 shooting occurred at approximately 10:30 p.m. at the intersection of Sixth Avenue and Erie Street in Maywood. Officer Wood was on duty in a marked patrol sports utility vehicle, accompanied by his K-9 partner in the back seat, when he was shot multiple times in the chest. Wood subsequently died of his wounds; the K-9 was not injured.
During its investigation, Maywood Police requested the assistance of the FBI. Agents from the Chicago Office’s West Resident Agency have conducted numerous interviews and followed a multitude of leads generated over the past nine years. Despite these efforts, the person or persons responsible for the death of Officer Wood remain at large.
Officer Wood entered on duty with the Maywood Police Department on October 6, 1997. He was 37 years old at the time of his death and is survived by his wife and five children.
Anyone with information regarding this case is strongly encouraged to call the Chicago Field Office of the FBI at (312) 421-6700 or the Maywood Police Department at (708) 450-4471.