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Monday, April 17, 2017

Mosul Schools Reopen After Islamic State Occupation - SPIEGEL ONLINE

For over two years, Islamic State controlled the Iraqi city of Mosul, including its schools. Now that the U.S.-led coalition has pushed the Islamists out, the city's teachers face a dilemma: How do you reshape the minds of children who were taught to fight and kill?



Mosul Schools Reopen After Islamic State Occupation - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Germany Debates Safety of Football Players after Suspected Terror Attack - SPIEGEL ONLINE

The bomb attack on a German professional football team's bus this week had high symbolic impact, and some players felt used by the demand they play a rescheduled match one day later. The events have sparked a debate in Germany about the safety of famous athletes in the age of terror. By SPIEGEL Staff



Germany Debates Safety of Football Players after Suspected Terror Attack - SPIEGEL ONLINE

$20,000! It's a large price tag to replace two traffic signs

From Rudy Harper Reporter:




$20,000! It's a large price tag to replace two traffic signs. #KDOT says gang members are responsible. Thoughts? KCTV5 News Kansas City

Saudi Arabia to shelve infrastructure projects costing billions as cheap oil bites — RT Business

The oil-rich kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been forced to cancel or restructure economic and infrastructure projects worth billions of dollars, according to a Reuters report, which refers to sources in the government.



Saudi Arabia to shelve infrastructure projects costing billions as cheap oil bites — RT Business

Arctic Shamrock: Russian MoD offers interactive 360° tour of unique military base (PHOTOS) — RT Viral

The Russian Defense Ministry has provided a glimpse into its state of the art Arctic air defense base, offering an interactive tour of the facility known as the Arctic Shamrock – the northernmost permanent installation of the Russian armed forces.



Arctic Shamrock: Russian MoD offers interactive 360° tour of unique military base (PHOTOS) — RT Viral

Pakistani Christian burnt with rods after ‘befriending’ Muslim woman - report (GRAPHIC PHOTO) — RT News

A Pakistani Christian man was tortured with heated iron rods after befriending a Muslim woman, according to local news reports. Images allegedly show Ansar Masih’s charred body after the reported attack in Sheikhupura, eastern Pakistan, on April 1.



Pakistani Christian burnt with rods after ‘befriending’ Muslim woman - report (GRAPHIC PHOTO) — RT News

Indian Army accused of using Kashmir man as human shield (VIDEO) — RT News

Police in Kashmir have filed a criminal complaint against the Indian Army after video emerged showing a man tied to a jeep and allegedly being used as a human shield.



Indian Army accused of using Kashmir man as human shield (VIDEO) — RT News

Samuel Chase, Runkel v. Winemiller (1799)

From The Founders, Religion and Government:




"Religion is of general and public concern, and on its support depend, in great measure, the peace and good order of government, the safety and happiness of the people. By our form of government, the christian religion is the established religion; and all sects and denominations of christians are placed upon the same equal footing, and are equally entitled to protection in their religious liberty. The principles of the christian religion cannot be diffused, and its doctrines generally propagated without places of public worship, and teachers and ministers, to explain the scriptures to the people, and to enforce an observance of the precepts of religion by their preaching and living. And the pastors, teachers and ministers, of every denomination of christians are equally entitled to the protection of the law, and to the enjoyment of their religions and temporal rights. And the court are of opinion, that every endowed minister, of any sect or denomination of christians, who has been wrongfully dispossessed of his pulpit, is entitled to the writ of mandamus to be restored to his function, and the temporal rights with which it is endowed"
~ Samuel Chase, Runkel v. Winemiller (1799)

Today marks the anniversary of the birth of Founder Samuel Chase of Maryland. Chase was a lawyer, judge, member of the Continental Congress, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and a Supreme Court Justice.

To read his biography:

http://colonialhall.com/chase/chase.php 





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Cleveland manhunt for 'Facebook-Live killer'

‘Not a Terminator’: Russian android learns to shoot akimbo style (PHOTOS, VIDEO) — RT Viral

Russian humanoid robot FEDOR has been taught to dual-wield pistols, adding one more skill to his already impressive list. Vice Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has shared videos of the android’s exercises on Twitter.



‘Not a Terminator’: Russian android learns to shoot akimbo style (PHOTOS, VIDEO) — RT Viral

British MPs want to strip Assad’s wife of UK citizenship – reports — RT UK

The British-born wife of Syrian President Bashar Assad may have her citizenship revoked due to a social media post in which she accused western countries of lying about the use of chemical weapons by her husband.



British MPs want to strip Assad’s wife of UK citizenship – reports — RT UK

‘Terrorist’ 3-month-old baby interviewed at US embassy in London — RT Viral

A three-month old British ‘terrorist’ baby was summoned to the US embassy for an interview, after his grandfather accidentally ticked the wrong box on a visa form.



‘Terrorist’ 3-month-old baby interviewed at US embassy in London — RT Viral

On This Day In History > April 17,1783 Colbert launches raid on Fort Carlos, Arkansas

From The Founding of the United States:




On This Day In History > April 17,1783
Colbert launches raid on Fort Carlos, Arkansas

"About 2 a.m. on the morning of April 17, 1783, British Captain James Colbert, along with a group of 82 British partisans, launches a surprise attack on the Arkansas post of Fort Carlos (modern-day Gillett, in Desha County), located on the banks of the Arkansas River. The “Colbert Raid” was the only Revolutionary War action to take place in Arkansas.

Colbert launched the British attack on the Spanish-controlled fort in response to Spain’s decision to side with the Americans during the revolution. Forty Spanish soldiers defended the fort with help from their Quapaw Indian allies. After a six-hour battle, Spanish Commander Jacobo Du Breuil ordered a sortie, which forced the retreat of the British contingent.

The raid took place nearly two months after America’s preliminary peace treaty was signed with Great Britain, but word of the peace treaty did not reach either the British or American troops located in the Mississippi Valley until well after the raid. The area did not become part of the United States until 1803; in 1800, the Spanish ceded it to France and the French in turn sold it to Thomas Jefferson as part of Louisiana Purchase three years later.

The first European to recognize the value of this location, at the intersection of the Arkansas and Mississippi Rivers, had been a French trader, Henri de Tonty. In 1686, he established the Poste de Arkansea near a Quapaw Indian village in the area.

The state of Arkansas now maintains the fort and it surroundings as the Arkansas Post Memorial and Arkansas Post Museum State Park." 



Clinton County, Kentucky, Physician Charged With Illegal Distribution Of Controlled Substances To Patients

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Clinton County, Kentucky, Physician Charged With Illegal Distribution Of Controlled Substances To Patients

Charges include dispensing pain killers which resulted in the deaths of three patients

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A Clinton County, Kentucky, physician was charged this week by grand jury indictment with the illegal distribution of controlled substances which resulted in the deaths of three patients, announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.
Michael L. Cummings, 61, of Albany, Kentucky, was charged with 18 counts of knowingly and intentionally dispensing Schedule II, Schedule III, and Schedule IV controlled substances (pain killers) to six patients, without a medical purpose and outside the course of professional medical practice, and resulting in the deaths of three patients.

According to the indictment, Cummings allegedly began prescribing the controlled substances to patients, in Clinton County, without a medical purpose and outside the course of professional medical practice, in May of 2012, and continued through March of 2014.

According to the indictment, on March 25, 2014, Cummings dispensed and distributed, 120 Oxycodone 20 mg pills and 60 Oxycontin 40 mg pills, Schedule II controlled substances, without a legitimate medical purpose and outside the course of professional medical practice, which resulted in the serious bodily injury and death of S.F., on or about April 7, 2014.

On February 10, 2014, Cummings is charged with dispensing and distributing hydrocodone/acetaminophen 325 mg/10 mg pills, a Schedule III controlled substance, to S.C., without a legitimate medical purpose, and outside the course of professional medical practice, resulting in the serious bodily injury and death of S.C. on or about April 2, 2014.

On May 19, 2014, Cummings dispensed and distributed, 120 hydrocodone/acetaminophen 325 mg/10 mg pills, a Schedule III controlled substance, to P.G., without a legitimate medical purpose, and outside the course of professional medical practice, resulting in the serious bodily injury and death of P.G. on or about June 3, 2014.

If convicted at trial, Cummings could be sentenced to no less than 20 years in prison and up to and including a term of life in prison, fined $3,250,000 and serve a five-year period of supervised release.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Weiser and is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement/Special Investigations West Branch.

The indictment of a person by a Grand Jury is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty

Mercer County, New Jersey, Man Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison For Enticing Minor To Engage In Sexually Explicit Conduct

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Mercer County, New Jersey, Man Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison For Enticing Minor To Engage In Sexually Explicit Conduct

NEWARK, N.J. – A Lawrenceville, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 240 months in prison for paying a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct and stream it online, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced.
Curtis E. Thompson, 32, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge John Michael Vazquez to an information charging him with one count of production of child pornography. Thompson was charged by complaint on Nov. 10, 2015, and has been in custody since that date. Judge Vazquez imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Thompson admitted that from May 2015 through September 2015, he used Facebook Messenger and FaceTime on his iPhone to communicate with an individual, referred to in the information as “Victim 1,” and Victim 1’s friends. Thompson also admitted that based on those communications, he learned that Victim 1 was less than 18 years old.
Thompson admitted using Facebook Messenger and FaceTime to encourage Victim 1 and Victim 1’s friends to engage in sexually explicit activity and either record the conduct or stream it online. Thompson also admitted that he offered and made payments to the victim for recording and streaming the sexually explicit conduct.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Vazquez sentenced Thompson to lifetime supervised release.
Acting U.S. Attorney Fitzpatrick credited Special Agents with the FBI, under the direction of Special agent in Charge Timothy Gallagher in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Svetlana M. Eisenberg of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.
Defense counsel: David A. Holman Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Newark

Mount Morris Man Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography Charge

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Mount Morris Man Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography Charge

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
PHONE:         (716) 843-5817
FAX:            (716) 551-3051
ROCHESTER, N.Y.—Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Calvin R. Patrick, 35, of Mount Morris, NY, pleaded guilty to receipt of child pornography before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. Based on a prior conviction for possession of child pornography, the defendant faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, a maximum of 40 years, and a fine of $250,000.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Tiffany H. Lee, who is handling the case, stated that in the fall of 2015, Patrick enticed two minor females under the age of 18 to send to him sexually explicit pictures of themselves. The defendant used the application known as “Kik” to communicate with a 14-year-old female in Florida and a female in Pennsylvania who was not quite 12 years-old.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
The plea is the culmination of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Adam S. Cohen; the Mount Morris Police Department, under the direction of Chief Kenneth Mignemi; the Livingston County Probation Department, under the direction of Director Lynne C. Mignemi; and the Livingston County District Attorney’s Office, under the direction of Gregory J. McCaffrey.
Sentencing is scheduled for July 12, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. before Judge Geraci.

Software Engineer Arrested For Attempted Theft Of Proprietary Trading Code From His Employer

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Software Engineer Arrested For Attempted Theft Of Proprietary Trading Code From His Employer

Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and William F. Sweeney Jr., the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), announced today that DMITRY SAZONOV was charged with attempted theft of trade secrets for his alleged attempted theft of proprietary computer code for a trading platform from his employer, a financial services firm with an office in New York, New York, that trades securities and other financial products (“Firm-1”). SAZONOV was arrested yesterday afternoon and presented today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew J. Peck in federal court.
Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said:  “As alleged, Dmitry Sazonov attempted to steal valuable proprietary computer code that took his employer years to develop.  Sazonov allegedly took elaborate steps to conceal his attempted theft, including camouflaging pieces of source code within harmless-looking draft emails on his work computer.  Thanks to the FBI, Sazonov has been stopped and is now in custody.”
FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. said:  “As we allege, Sazonov went to great lengths to conceal source code for a trading platform in order to steal it from his former employer.  He researched and ultimately used the technique of steganography to hide the code within other PDF files like personal tax and immigration documents on his work computer. He also uploaded encrypted zip files to a third-party website to complete his heist.  Stealing from an employer is a serious offense especially when it comes to proprietary source code that companies have invested heavily in, and that they rely on to generate revenue.  The FBI is committed to enforcing laws that protect U.S. companies from the theft of trade secrets.”
According to the allegations contained in the Complaint unsealed today[1]:
Firm-1 acts as a market maker, facilitating trading and liquidity in a variety of financial markets.  A substantial portion of the trading done by Firm-1’s employees is facilitated by a proprietary computer trading platform (the “Trading Platform”), which deploys a computer program to take in many different pieces of market data, to use that data to develop trading strategies, and then to generate orders and automatically submit those orders to an exchange or market center.  Firm-1’s use of the Trading Platform accounts for a substantial volume of Firm‑1’s total trading activity.  For example, Firm-1 executes approximately $300 million in options trades through the Trading Platform every day.  The strategies and efficiency resulting from Firm-1’s use of the Trading Platform contribute substantially to Firm-1’s market share in the financial markets in which Firm-1 trades and to its overall trading profits. 
For at least approximately five years, Firm 1 has been in the process of developing an updated and improved version of the Trading Platform (the “Updated Trading Platform”).  Firm‑1 has, to date, invested more than approximately $5 million in the development of the Updated Trading Platform.  The Updated Trading Platform is expected by representatives of Firm-1 to continue to enhance the position of Firm-1 in the markets in which it participates and to contribute substantially to Firm-1’s market share and profits.  Accordingly, Firm-1 has put in place measures designed to protect the computer source code (the “Source Code”) underlying the Updated Trading Platform.
From July 2004 through February 6, 2017, SAZONOV was employed as a software engineer by Firm-1.  In that role, SAZONOV was involved in the development of trading strategies to be implemented in conjunction with the deployment of the Updated Trading Platform; as a result, SAZONOV had access to the Source Code.  On February 2, 2017, SAZONOV learned that his immediate supervisor at Firm-1 had resigned and began looking for a new job outside of Firm-1.  On Friday, February 3, 2017, SAZONOV learned that he would be meeting with another supervisor about the future of his role at Firm-1 the following Monday.   
Before that meeting took place, SAZONOV took various steps to attempt to steal the Source Code.  On the morning of February 6, 2017, SAZONOV downloaded the Source Code to his Firm-1 computer.  He ran Internet searches and viewed websites related to steganography, the practice of concealing messages or data within other files, among other things.  SAZONOV then deployed a computer program that appears to have used steganography, in order to break up a PDF file believed to contain the Source Code, and append pieces of the PDF file to various apparently innocuous documents and files contained in a folder on SAZONOV's desktop computer, including personal tax and immigration documents and images taken from the Internet, among others (the “Payload Documents”).  The program also appears to have produced a manifest, permitting the reassembly of the Source Code from the various Payload Documents.  SAZONOV used his Firm-1 computer to upload an encrypted zip file containing the manifest to a third-party website.  He also saved two draft emails to his Firm-1 email account, attaching the encrypted zip file containing the manifest to one email and a zip file containing the Payload Documents to the other email; the draft emails were addressed to an email address associated with SAZONOV.  SAZONOV did not send the emails before reporting to the meeting with the supervisor.  In the course of that meeting, SAZONOV was fired by Firm-1.  After being fired, SAZONOV repeatedly asked to be permitted to return to his desk to retrieve files from his computer.  Pursuant to Firm‑1 policy, however, SAZONOV was not permitted to return to his desk prior to being escorted out of Firm-1’s New York, New York, office.    
On multiple occasions following his termination by Firm-1, SAZONOV contacted individuals employed by Firm-1 by telephone and by email seeking the return of computer files on his Firm-1 desktop computer, which he claimed were personal documents.  Indeed, SAZONOV repeatedly requested that Firm-1 return to him the documents contained in the file in which the Payload Documents were saved.  On April 12, 2017, SAZONOV reported to the lobby of the building in which the New York, New York, office of Firm-1 is located and retrieved a disk he believed contained those files.  He was subsequently arrested.
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SAZONOV, 44, of Rockland County, New York, is charged with one count of attempted theft of trade secrets, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense.  The maximum potential sentence in this case is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge.
Mr. Kim praised the outstanding investigative work of the FBI. 
The case is being prosecuted by the Office’s Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Katherine Reilly is in charge of the prosecution.
The charges contained in the Complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
 
[1] As the introductory phase signifies, the entirety of the text of the Complaint, and the description of the Complaint set forth herein, constitute only allegations, and every fact described should be treated as an allegation.

Nahant Man Indicted on Extortion Charge

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Nahant Man Indicted on Extortion Charge

BOSTON – A Nahant man was indicted today in connection with arranging and paying for a local business owner to be assaulted.

Gary P. DeCicco, 58, was indicted on one count of attempted extortion. DeCicco was initially arrested and charged in March 2017.

According to court documents, in approximately 2004 or 2005, DeCicco sold land to the victim for $750,000. Shortly after construction began on the land in 2013, DeCicco asked the victim to be a partner in a car dealership the victim was building. When the victim refused to give DeCicco an interest in his business, DeCicco paid other individuals to arrange to threaten and assault the victim. On Jan. 11, 2015, the victim was assaulted at his business – an incident that was captured on video surveillance – and suffered several injuries, including a broken jaw.

The charging statute provides a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb; Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; Joel P. Garland, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation in Boston; and Colonel Richard D. McKeon, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristina E. Barclay of Weinreb’s Public Corruption Unit is prosecuting the case.

The details contained in the indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

MS-13 Member Pleads Guilty to Attempted Murder of Rival Gang Member

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MS-13 Member Pleads Guilty to Attempted Murder of Rival Gang Member

Clique Member Involved in Assaulting Gang Rival and Selling Heroin

BOSTON – A member of MS-13’s East Boston Loco Salvatrucha (EBLS) clique pleaded guilty yesterday in connection with the assault of a rival gang member in East Boston.

Christian Alvarado, a/k/a “Catracho,” 28, of East Boston, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity, more commonly referred to as racketeering or RICO conspiracy, and conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin. U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV scheduled sentencing for July 6, 2017.

After a three-year investigation, Alvarado was one of 61 persons named in a January 2016 superseding indictment targeting the criminal activities of alleged leaders, members, and associates of MS-13 in Massachusetts. As alleged in court documents, MS-13 was identified as a violent transnational criminal organization whose branches or “cliques” operate throughout the United States, including in Massachusetts. MS-13 members are required to commit acts of violence to maintain membership and discipline within the group. Specifically, MS-13 members are required to attack and murder gang rivals whenever possible.

On May 11, 2008, Alvarado and other MS-13 members, including fellow EBLS member Edgar Pleitez, also known as “Cadejo,” attempted to murder a gang rival by beating him near a soccer stadium in East Boston. Alvarado also allegedly conspired with Santos Portillo-Andrade, also known as “Flaco,” the leader of the EBLS clique, and Pleitez to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin. On several occasions in August 2015, Alvarado and Pleitez were recorded selling heroin to a cooperating witness. In addition, using a court-authorized wiretap, federal agents intercepted telephone calls between Alvarado and Portillo-Andrade in which the two men allegedly discussed selling a half-kilogram of heroin for $26,000. On Oct. 26, 2015, agents followed Alvarado and Portillo-Andrade to the sale, after which, the agents stopped Alvarado and Portillo-Andrade’s car and seized $26,000 in cash as well as a loaded firearm and a machete.

The RICO conspiracy charge provides for a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000. The charge of conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and no greater than 40 years in prison, a minimum of four years and up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a fine of up to $8 million.

Alvarado is the thirteenth defendant to plead guilty in this case. Other defendants have pleaded guilty to RICO conspiracy, drug trafficking, document fraud, and immigration offenses.

Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb; Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; Matthew Etre, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; Colonel Richard D. McKeon, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Commissioner Thomas Truco of the Massachusetts Department of Corrections; Essex County Sheriff Kevin F. Coppinger; Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Thompkins; Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley; Middlesex County District Attorney Marian T. Ryan; Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett; Boston Police Commissioner William Evans; Chelsea Police Chief Brian A. Kyes; Everett Police Chief Steven A. Mazzie; Lynn Police Chief Michael Mageary; Revere Police Chief Joseph Cafarelli; and Somerville Police Chief David Fallon made the announcement.

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The remaining defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Pike County Man Sentenced to 33 Years in Prison for Transportation of a Minor with Intent to Engage in Illegal Sexual Activity

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Central District of Illinois

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Pike County Man Sentenced to 33 Years in Prison for Transportation of a Minor with Intent to Engage in Illegal Sexual Activity

Springfield, Ill. - Senior U.S. District Judge Richard Mills today ordered a New Canton, Ill., man, Ralph David Hathaway, 48, to serve 400 months (33 years, 4 months) in federal prison for transporting a minor with the intent to engage in illegal sexual activity and two counts of travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct. Hathaway was also ordered to pay $4,489 in restitution. Following Hathaway’s release from prison, he was ordered to remain on supervised release for five years.

A jury convicted Hathaway of all counts against him in September 2016. During the weeklong trial, the government presented evidence that over a two-year period, beginning in 2013, Hathaway traveled on several occasions from his home in Pike County, Illinois to South Carolina to have illegal sexual activity with a 13-year-old girl whom Hathaway had met online. In June 2015, Hathaway transported the girl from South Carolina to his camper located in Troy, Mo., where Hathaway was arrested. Hathaway has remained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since his arrest.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI, Springfield, Ill., San Francisco, Calif., Charleston, S.C., and St. Louis, Mo. divisions; the Pike County Illinois Sheriff’s Office; St. Charles County (Mo.) Cyber Crime Task Force; the Lincoln County (Mo.) Sheriff’s Office; Horry County (S.C.) Police Department; San Mateo (Calif.) Police Department; and Daly City (Calif.) Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Victor Yanz and Gregory M. Gilmore represented the government in the prosecution.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Henry County Man Sentenced To 40 Years For Child Exploitation Offenses

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Eastern District of Kentucky

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Henry County Man Sentenced To 40 Years For Child Exploitation Offenses

FRANKFORT, Ky. – A Henry County, Ky., man, who was previously convicted of several child exploitation offenses, has been sentenced to 40 years in federal prison.

On April 11, U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove sentenced Joseph David Martin, 43, for producing child pornography, distribution of child pornography, and possession of child pornography. Under federal law, Martin must serve at least 85 percent of his prison sentence.

Martin was convicted of the offenses in 2016. The evidence at trial established that Martin had sexually exploited a teenager, repeatedly, starting when the victim was 13 years old. The evidence further established that Martin videotaped some of the sexual encounters.

Carlton S. Shier, IV, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Amy Hess, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Rick Sanders, Kentucky State Police Commissioner, jointly announced the sentence.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI and the KSP. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Marye prosecuted this case on behalf of the federal government.

Ohio Man Charged With Armed Robbery Of Essex County, New Jersey, Mobile Communications Store

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Ohio Man Charged With Armed Robbery Of Essex County, New Jersey, Mobile Communications Store

NEWARK, N.J. – A Westerville, Ohio, man was indicted by a federal grand jury today for his alleged role in a June 2016 armed robbery of a retail store in Orange, New Jersey, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced.
Frederick A. White, 43, is charged by indictment with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, one count of Hobbs Act robbery, and one count of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. He has been in custody since his arrest in June 2016.
According to the indictment and other documents filed in this case:
In the afternoon of June 11, 2016, White allegedly entered a mobile communications company retail store in Orange wearing a wig and brandishing a handgun. White stole cash from an employee of the store and fled.
White was arrested shortly afterwards when he attempted to evade the Orange Police Department on foot and was charged by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office with robbery and firearms offenses. He was charged by federal criminal complaint on Nov. 10, 2016 in Newark federal court.
White was previously convicted in Newark federal court of armed carjacking and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence in 1993.
The count of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years in prison based on White’s prior conviction for the same offense, and that sentence must be consecutive to any other sentence imposed. The Hobbs Act charge carries a statutory maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or twice the gain or loss from the offense. The felon in possession of a firearm charge carries a statutory maximum of 10 years in prison.
Acting U.S. Attorney Fitzpatrick credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Timothy Gallagher in Newark, and members of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Acting Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray, with the investigation leading to today’s charges. He also thanked the Orange Police Department for their assistance.
The charges and allegations in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elaine K. Lou of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.
Defense counsel: Kevin Carlucci Esq., Newark

South Sacramento Man Indicted for Attempted Online Enticement of a Minor for Sexual Purposes

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Eastern District of California

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

South Sacramento Man Indicted for Attempted Online Enticement of a Minor for Sexual Purposes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a single-count indictment today against Dilesh Sharma, of Sacramento, charging him with attempted online enticement of a minor for sexual purposes, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force. Assistant United States Attorneys Rosanne Rust and Jill M. Thomas are prosecuting the case.
If convicted, Sharma faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison and a $250,000 fine. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charge is only allegation; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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 those who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. Click on the “resources” tab for information about internet safety education.

Detroit Emergency Room Doctor Arrested and Charged with Performing Female Genital Mutilation

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Detroit Emergency Room Doctor Arrested and Charged with Performing Female Genital Mutilation

A Detroit Emergency Room physician was charged by complaint for performing female genital mutilation (FGM) on minor females.
Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Acting U.S. Attorney Daniel L. Lemisch of the Eastern District of Michigan, Special Agent in Charge David P. Gelios of the FBI’s Detroit Division and Special Agent in Charge Steve Francis of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) Detroit Field Office made the announcement.
Jumana Nagarwala, M.D., of Northville, Michigan, is charged with performing FGM on minor girls out of a medical office inLivonia, Michigan. According to the complaint, some of the minor victims allegedly traveled interstate to have Nagarwala perform the procedure. The complaint alleges that Nagarwala performed FGM on girls who were approximately 6 to 8 years old. This is believed to be the first case brought under 18 U.S.C. 116, which criminalizes FGM. Nagarwala was arrested and is scheduled to appear in federal court in Detroit this afternoon.
“According to the complaint, despite her oath to care for her patients, Dr. Nagarwala is alleged to have performed horrifying acts of brutality on the most vulnerable victims,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Blanco. “The Department of Justice is committed to stopping female genital mutilation in this country, and will use the full power of the law to ensure that no girls suffer such physical and emotional abuse.”
“Female genital mutilation constitutes a particularly brutal form of violence against women and girls. It is also a serious federal felony in the United States,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Daniel Lemisch. “The practice has no place in modern society and those who perform FGM on minors will be held accountable under federal law.”
“The allegations detailed in today’s criminal complaint are disturbing,” said Special Agent in Charge David Gelios. “The FBI, along with its law enforcement partners, are committed to doing whatever necessary to bring an end to this barbaric practice and to ensure no additional children fall victim to this procedure.”
“The allegations against the defendant in this investigation are made even more deplorable, given the defendant’s position as a trusted medical professional in the community,” said Special Agent in Charge Francis. “My sincere hope is that these charges will give support to those who have allegedly suffered both physically and emotionally.”
A complaint is merely an allegation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
The FBI’s Detroit Division and HSI investigated the case with support of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of Michigan and the FBI’s International Human Rights Unit, Criminal Investigative Division. Deputy Chief Sara Woodward of the Eastern District of Michigan and Fraud Section Assistant Chief Nick Surmacz and Trial Attorneys Amy Markopoulos and Malisa Dubal are prosecuting the case.
The FBI’s Detroit Field Division has set up a tip line for anyone who has information pertaining to the illegal practice of FGM or Dr. Jumana Nagarwala. Please call 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5984) or file an e-tip at FBI.GOV/FGM.

Fifteen Arrested in Three New England States as Mexico to Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut Heroin and Cocaine Supply Chain Broken

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Fifteen Arrested in Three New England States as Mexico to Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut Heroin and Cocaine Supply Chain Broken

Nine Dominican nationals face deportation proceedings, including three previously deported brothers alleged to have run the drug trafficking operation

PROVIDENCE, RI – Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Rhode Island Stephen G. Dambruch, and Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Field Division, today announce the dismantling of a significant drug trafficking organization importing substantial quantities of heroin and cocaine shipped from Mexico via the Southwest border of the United States directly into Rhode Island.

Acting U.S. Attorney Stephen Dambruch noted in court documents that the Valdez Drug Trafficking Organization, run by three brothers, Hector Valdez, 47 and Claudio Valdez, 44, Dominican nationals living in Woonsocket, R.I., and Juan Valdez, 50, also a Dominican national living in Milton, Mass. The three brothers, who allegedly reentered the county after having been previously convicted of felony drug crimes and deported, arranged for several shipments of multi-kilograms of heroin and cocaine to be brought from Mexico to stash houses in Cranston and Woonsocket, Rhode Island. The drugs were then distributed to mid-level drug dealers and street dealers in the greater Providence and greater Boston areas and in Hartford, Connecticut.

Based on information developed by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force during the investigation dubbed “Operation Triple Play,” a reference to the three Valdez brothers, the FBI, assisted by federal, state, and local law enforcement agents and officers in three states, executed 15 federal arrest warrants and 13 search warrants issued by the U.S. District Courts. Immigration detainers have been lodged against 9 of the defendants charged in this matter, identified as Dominican nationals, most living in the United States with what are alleged to be stolen identities. Additionally, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents assisting in the execution of the arrest and search warrants detained two individuals on administrative warrants for removal who they encountered but who were not criminally charged as a result of Operation Triple Play.

During the course of the investigation that began in September 2016, and as a result of search warrants executed this week, the FBI Safe Streets Task Force seized nearly 4 kilograms of heroin, 1.5 kilograms of fentanyl, 2 kilograms of cocaine, 155 grams of crack cocaine, more than 100 pounds of cutting agents, approximately 12 kilograms of powdery substances that have been sent for laboratory analysis, approximately $95,000 in cash and 9 vehicles. 5 of the vehicles had hidden compartments allegedly used for transporting drugs and money.
This announcement comes two days after Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent a memo to United States Attorneys directing them to focus on charging and prosecuting criminal aliens who profit by smuggling poison into our country and bringing death and violence to our streets.

“The President has made the dismantlement and destruction of drug cartels a top priority, and cases like these are integral in that effort,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “When law enforcement – federal, state and local – work together like these partners in Rhode Island, we will be one step closer to fulfilling this goal and protecting our communities.”

"As alleged, the Valdez brothers trafficked in all types of drugs and profited from the addictions that have destroyed lives and torn apart families here in New England. This case illustrates that drug cartels based in foreign countries will go anywhere to distribute their deadly products,” said Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Field Division. “The FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force will do everything it can to disrupt and dismantle drug trafficking organizations that threaten the safety and stability of our neighborhoods."

Operation Triple Play is an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation initiated by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force. Under the direction of the FBI, the participating agencies in this investigation include the Drug Enforcement Administration (Providence and Boston Resident Agencies); Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Rhode Island State Police; Providence Police Department; Woonsocket Police Department; Central Falls Police Department; Cranston Police Department; Warwick Police Department and; the Rhode Island Department of Corrections.

Acting United States Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch and FBI Special Agent in Charge Harold H. Shaw thank Michael J. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA for New England, and the DEA, for their financial and technical support during Operation Triple Play, the U.S. Department of State, and the United States Attorney’s Offices in the Districts of Massachusetts and Connecticut for their assistance.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gerard B. Sullivan, with the assistance of Assistant U.S. Attorneys William J. Ferland, Ronald A. Gendron and Richard W. Rose.


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