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    President Donald Trump listens to Attorney General William Barr speak to reporters in the Oval Office in July.Anna Moneymaker/ZUMA For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.In a rare move, a current Justice Department attorney is denouncing Attorney General William Barr for abusing federal power to support President Donald Trump. “The attorney general acts as though his job is to serve only the political interests of Donald J. Trump,” Assistant US Attorney James D. Herbert wrote in a letter to the Boston Globe. “This is a dangerous abuse of power.” He added that Barr “has done the president’s bidding at every turn.” Herbert said he was compelled to speak out...
    Fox News’ Judge Andrew Napolitano spoke with John Roberts Friday and broke down the controversy over nine discarded military ballots found in Pennsylvania. Roberts noted the criticism that the DOJ is “playing politics…as opposed to investigating what’s going on.” Napolitano said, “Usually an investigation of election irregularities doesn’t occur until after Election Day, because there’s no such thing as an irregularity until all the votes are counted.” He talked about the issue of “the naked ballot”: “When you vote by absentee or when you vote by paper ballot, they send you a package. You fill out the ballot, you don’t sign it, you seal it in an envelope and you sign the envelope. Then you must put that envelope...
    SAN FRANCISCO — In 2016, a then-Bay Area substitute teacher admitted to federal authorities that he was sexually attracted to “young Asian boys” right after returning from a trip to Vietnam, but remained employed for more than two years, federal prosecutors alleged in court records as part of a sex tourism case against him. Paul Bodner, 64, was indicted last January on sex tourism charges, which carry a maximum of 30 years. Eight months later, he remains in Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, his case still in limbo. Last week, Bodner was expected to plead guilty to at least one of the charges in exchange for an unspecified federal prison term, but rejected the federal government’s plea offer, court record...
    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Authorities have broken up a drug-trafficking operation that was moving marijuana, heroin and cocaine from California to Wisconsin, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. U.S. Attorney Matthew Krueger said during a news conference that federal, state and local law enforcement officers arrested 21 of 26 suspects connected to the ring Tuesday morning. Officers executed search warrants in both California and Milwaukee. They seized about 33 firearms, $170,000, marijuana, cocaine and more than 700 grams of heroin. U.S. Attorney General William Barr appeared alongside Krueger at the news conference. He said the investigation into the ring was part of Operation Legend, a project the U.S. Department of Justice launched this summer pairing federal agents and investigators with local and state...
    Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia pharmacist pleaded guilty on Monday to swindling millions from investors and pretending to be a government contractor, prosecutors announced. Natalie Cochran admitted in federal court to wire fraud and money laundering. She defrauded about $2.5 million from at least 11 investors with promises the money would be put into federal contracts. She convinced one person to wire transfer over $511,000 from North Carolina. Cochran, 39, used the money to buy a 1965 Shelby Cobra and other vehicles, two properties and jewelry — all goods she has agreed to give up. She will also pay $2.6 million to her victims and nearly $45,000 was seized from her business's bank account, federal prosecutors...
    The triple amputee Iraq veteran accused of stealing from the We Build The Wall campaign along with Steve Bannon and two others, has claimed the charges leveled against him are part of a 'politically motivated' scheme targeting Trump associates.  Brian Kolfage, 38, is charged with stealing $350,000 from the multimillion-dollar GoFundMe account he set up in support of President Trump's wall initiative in 2018. Federal prosecutors last month alleged the Purple Heart had siphoned some of the money to fund his and his wife's lavish lifestyle and had spent it on boats, an SUV, plastic surgery, jewelry, home renovations and credit card debt.   Kolfage on Saturday spoke out against the indictment in his first interview since his arrest, accusing federal prosecutors in Manhattan of...
    An attorney for a former gynecologist accused of sex abuse attempted to shed light Thursday on a controversial plea deal that spared him from spending any time in prison. Robert Hadden was charged September 9 with six federal sex abuse crimes, but he was previously charged in New York State court with sexually abusing other former patients. The 2016 plea agreement in the state case also included a stipulation downgrading Hadden's sex offender status to the lowest level, meaning he is not listed in New York State's online sex offender registry. "I don't quite understand what happened there," federal judge Richard Berman said Thursday. He later added that he assumed "there was some sort of prosecutorial issue, perhaps a Brady...
    A trucker accused of stabbing a black man in an unprovoked attack at an Oregon truck stop — saying he did so because he didn’t “like black people” — has been charged with a hate crime, federal prosecutors said. Nolan Levi Strauss, 26, of Colorado, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Eugene in the December 2019 stabbing attack on a 48-year-old black man who was applying for a job at an Arby’s restaurant at the Pilot Travel Center truck in Ontario, Oregon, federal prosecutors said Thursday. The victim, identified as Ronnell Tyrone Hughes, was sitting in the restaurant’s lobby waiting for a manager when Strauss approached him from behind without warning and stabbed him in the neck, prosecutors...
    Attorney General William Barr and top officials within the Justice Department have urged federal prosecutors to charge violent protesters who have burned buildings with sedition, an internal memo shows. In the memo to US attorneys, Jeffrey Rosen, the department's No. 2 official, wrote that he and Barr have told federal prosecutors should aggressively go after demonstrators who cause violence. The memo said prosecutors do not need to prove that protesters were plotting to overthrow the US government in order to bring rarely used sedition charges against them. Invoking the rarely used law could instead be used when a defendant tries to oppose the government's authority by force, the memo reads.  'In appropriate cases - for instance, where a group has conspired to take...
    Attorney General William Barr reportedly told U.S. federal prosecutors during a conference call last week that they needed to be aggressive in charging the violent rioters terrorizing American cities, adding that prosecutors should consider going after them for plotting to overthrow the U.S. government. The conference call comes as the U.S. is just weeks away from the upcoming November elections, which Barr warned could spark even more violent riots than the ones that have already caused billions of dollars in damage. Barr reportedly encouraged prosecutors to consider charges the far-left extremists behind the violence with a rarely used sedition law. The Wall Street Journal reported: In more recent months, police officials say they are alarmed by the presence of armed...
    By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top officials in the U.S. Justice Department are encouraging prosecutors to consider sedition charges against protesters who have burned buildings and engaged in other violent activity, according to a memo seen by Reuters on Thursday. Jeffrey Rosen, the department's No. 2 official, wrote that he and Attorney General William Barr have told prosecutors that they do not need to prove that defendants were plotting to overthrow the U.S. government in order to invoke the rarely used law. "In appropriate cases - for instance, where a group has conspired to take a federal courthouse or other federal property by force - you should consider a charge," he wrote. Barr has mounted an aggressive response to...
    Reuters September 17, 2020 0 Comments Federal prosecutors said on Thursday they had filed additional charges against Lev Parnas, a one-time associate of President Donald Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, who was already facing campaign finance-related charges. Prosecutors said they had charged Parnas and an associate, David Correia, with conspiring to defraud investors in an insurance company they operated. Prosecutors said a superseding indictment also includes fresh campaign finance law violations. Audrey Strauss, acting chief federal prosecutor in Manhattan, said that Parnas and David Correia, one of three co-defendants charged with Parnas in an indictment the prosecutor’s office issued in 2019, were charged in a superseding indictment with conspiring to commit wire fraud in connection with their efforts to raise...
    OAKLAND — In court records for the sentencing for a pot trafficker supposedly known as “Hitler,” federal authorities formally connected the dots between two 2016 homicides that occurred 2,000 miles apart, but which federal authorities allege were ordered by the same man. Marcus Etienne, 38, of Parish, New Orleans, is awaiting what will be a 33 to 35-year federal prison sentence for a charge of ordering the March 2016 murder of Trince Thibodeaux, shot and killed in Oakland allegedly because Etienne suspected him of stealing. Etienne also pleaded guilty to dogfighting as part of a plea deal, prosecutors said. The prosecution sentencing memo alleged that after ordering Thibodeaux’s murder, Etienne told the victim’s family that another man, 34-year old Rodney...
    Federal prosecutors have hit Lev Parnas with fresh charges, accusing him of defrauding investors in a startup company called 'Fraud Guarantee.' The charge was announced on Friday by Audrey Strauss, the acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, in a superseding indictment that also levies new charges against Parnas' associate David Correia.  Parnas, along with his associate Igor Fruman, were originally charged in October of 2019 with planning to direct funds from foreign nationals to U.S. politicians while trying to influence U.S.-Ukraine relations, prosecutors said. Parnas and Fruman famously assisted Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, in his freelance investigation into allegations of corruption involving Joe Biden's dealings in Ukraine when he was vice president. Federal prosecutors...
    In a private call with federal prosecutors across the country, Attorney General William Barr's message was clear: Aggressively go after demonstrators who cause violence.   Barr pushed his U.S. attorneys to bring federal charges whenever they could, keeping a grip on cases even if a defendant could be tried instead in state court, according to officials with knowledge of last week's call who were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity. Federal convictions often result in longer prison sentences.  The Trump administration's crackdown has already led to more than 300 arrests for federal crimes allegedly committed in protests since the death of George Floyd. An AP analysis of the data shows that while many...
    The Department of Justice (DOJ) has explored charges against Portland, Ore., officials after nightly protests for police reform led to clashes between demonstrators and law enforcement, a spokesperson told The Associated Press on Thursday. DOJ spokesperson Kerri Kupec said the department had conducted research on whether it could pursue charges against Portland officials over their handling of the unrest. She declined to tell the AP what the status was on the charges and whether they would be brought. The consideration of pressing criminal or civil charges against Portland officials follows as President TrumpDonald John TrumpBarr criticizes DOJ in speech declaring all agency power 'is invested in the attorney general' Military leaders asked about using heat ray on protesters outside White...
    (CNN)Justice Department prosecutors looked into the possibility of bringing criminal or civil charges against local officials in Portland, Oregon, over their handling of weeks of protests that for a period laid siege to a federal courthouse and other buildings, according to Kerri Kupec, a Justice Department spokeswoman. The idea is part of Attorney General William Barr's push for aggressive action by federal prosecutors against violence surrounding nationwide protests following the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police in May.Typically, in times of local unrest, local prosecutors take the lead in bringing charges against people carrying out violence. But Barr has pushed for greater use of federal prosecution, even in relatively minor cases usually left up to local...
    Attorney General William Barr reportedly asked federal prosecutors to explore whether Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (D) should face criminal charges over the “autonomous zone,” otherwise known as Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP), which she eventually shut down via executive order after weeks of escalated violence, robbery, assault, and increased gang activity over the summer. According to a Wednesday report from the New York Times, the attorney general floated sedition as a possible charge against violent rioters. The outlet added that Barr “has also asked prosecutors in the Justice Department’s civil rights division to explore whether they could bring criminal charges against Mayor Jenny Durkan of Seattle for allowing some residents to establish a police-free protest zone near the city’s downtown for weeks this...
    Attorney General William BarrBill BarrBarr asked prosecutors to explore charging Seattle mayor over protest zone: report Trump says mail ballots greater election threat than foreign interference Barr told federal prosecutors to aggressively charge protesters with crimes: report MORE belittled the idea that lower level attorneys within his own Justice Department have any power to make decisions on how the agency is run, equating that notion to toddlers running a preschool, during scathing remarks given Wednesday as part of a speech at Hillsdale College event. "Letting the most junior members set the agenda might be a good philosophy for a Montessori preschool, but it's no way to run a federal agency," Barr said during his speech, according to multiple reports. "The notion that line...
    Seattle's mayor said a report indicating that Attorney General William BarrBill BarrBarr asked prosecutors to explore charging Seattle mayor over protest zone: report Trump says mail ballots greater election threat than foreign interference Barr told federal prosecutors to aggressively charge protesters with crimes: report MORE instructed federal prosecutors to consider targeting her for charges over a decision to allow protesters to establish an area free from police presence during weeks of protests in the city is "chilling ." In a statement issued on Twitter late Wednesday, Jenny DurkanJenny DurkanDemocratic mayors rip Trump funding threat: We're not 'political pawns' Seattle police chief resigning after council approves cuts to department Seattle mayor says federal agents are leaving city MORE (D) said that Barr's reported actions...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a private call with federal prosecutors across the country, Attorney General William Barr’s message was clear: Aggressively go after demonstrators who cause violence. Barr pushed his U.S. attorneys to bring federal charges whenever they could, keeping a grip on cases even if a defendant could be tried instead in state court, according to officials with knowledge of last week’s call who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. Federal convictions often result in longer prison sentences. The Trump administration’s crackdown has already led to more than 300 arrests on federal crimes in the protests that erupted following the death of George Floyd. An AP analysis of the data shows that while many are...
    Attorney General William Barr drew stinging rebuke from legal experts and civil liberties advocates including the ACLU Wednesday after he told federal prosecutors to more aggressively charge some protesters with crimes—including sedition, under certain circumstances. The Wall Street Journal reports Barr’s directive came during a conference call last week in which the attorney general warned that protests—which have been overwhelmingly peaceful and focused on racial justice—could increase as Election Day approaches. Attorney General William Barr told federal prosecutors to be aggressive in charging violent demonstrators, including potentially prosecuting them for plotting to overthrow the government, say people familiar with the talks https://t.co/hu4TzCOMqt — The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) September 16, 2020 Two people familiar with the call told the Journal that Barr...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a private call with federal prosecutors across the country, Attorney General William Barr’s message was clear: Aggressively go after demonstrators who cause violence. Barr pushed his U.S. attorneys to bring federal charges whenever they could, keeping a grip on cases even if a defendant could be tried instead in state court, according to officials with knowledge of last week’s call who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. Federal convictions often result in longer prison sentences. The Trump administration’s crackdown has already led to more than 300 arrests on federal crimes in the protests that erupted following the death of George Floyd. An AP analysis of the data shows that while many are accused...
    The U.S. attorney for the Western District of Washington issued a statement early Thursday denying an explosive report that claimed Attorney General William Barr asked federal prosecutors to explore whether they could bring criminal charges against Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan for allowing the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) police-free protest zone that led to two fatal shootings. Brian T. Moran, the federal prosecutor, said he has had multiple conversations with leadership inside within the Department of Justice and "at no time has anyone at the Department communicated to me that Seattle  Mayor Jenny Durkan is, was or should be charged with any federal crime" related to CHOP. "As U.S.  Attorney I would be aware of such an investigation," he said. BARR SAYS RUMORS TRUMP WOULD REFUSE TO...
    Attorney General William Barr said in a speech Wednesday that lockdowns intended to slow the spread of the new coronavirus were “the greatest intrusion on civil liberties” in the history of the United States since slavery.  “You know, putting a national lockdown, stay at home orders, is like house arrest. Other than slavery, which was a different kind of restraint, this is the greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history,” he said, according to CNN. The crowd at Hillsdale College in Michigan reportedly burst into applause. One of the hosts of the event had asked him about “constitutional hurdles for forbidding a church from meeting during COVID-19.” Barr advocated for allowing businesses to reopen in addition to his statement...
    Roethlisberger: First game back felt like being trainwreck The 5 States Where COVID Is Now Spreading Fastest Attorney General Barr told federal prosecutors to be aggressive with charges against violent protesters, and even called for potentially charging them with sedition © Chip Somodevilla/Reuters Attorney General William Barr testifies during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC, July 28, 2020. Chip Somodevilla/Reuters Attorney General William Barr told prosecutors to bring aggressive charges against those involved in protests including sedition, according to reports. The charge of sedition is levied for alleged attempts to overthrow the government and has rarely been used, the Wall Street Journal reported.  Barr also called for criminal charges against Seattle's mayor over...
    Attorney General William BarrBill BarrJustice IG investigating Stone sentencing: report Congress should support independent oversight of federal prisons Durham aide resigns from Russia probe amid concerns over pressure from Barr: report MORE asked Justice Department prosecutors to explore charging Seattle Mayor Jenny DurkanJenny DurkanDemocratic mayors rip Trump funding threat: We're not 'political pawns' Seattle police chief resigning after council approves cuts to department Seattle mayor says federal agents are leaving city MORE (D) over a protest zone in the city, The New York Times reported Wednesday.  Barr asked prosecutors in the department's civil rights division to explore charging Durkan during a call with prosecutors last week, the Times reported citing two people briefed on those discussions.  Barr asked the attorneys to...
    Loading the player... Attorney General William Barr told U.S. prosecutors that he wanted violent protesters to be charged with sedition or the overthrow of the US government, according to a new report. Barr advocated for the fullest extent of the law to be unleashed against protesters during a conference call last week, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. The death of George Floyd in May while in the custody of Minneapolis police led to widespread Black Lives Matter protests, some of which became violent as protesters clashed with cops. Read More: Kamala Harris slams Trump, Barr for denying systemic racism in justice system U.S. Attorney General William Barr testifies before the House Judiciary Committee in the Congressional Auditorium at...
    A federal judge has ordered all federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York to read a ruling she issued Wednesday that blasts prosecutors for their handling of evidence in a criminal case involving alleged violations of sanctions against Iran. U.S. District Court Judge Allison Nathan also said she was unsatisfied with the completeness of the government’s account of why prosecutors failed to turn over one key piece of evidence to the defense until the middle of trial, with one government attorney discussing with colleagues a plan to “ bury” the previously undisclosed letter among other documents being emailed to defense lawyers. “No responsible Government lawyer should strategize how to ‘bury’ a document that was not, but should have...
    Attorney General William Barr reportedly told federal prosecutors to consider charging violent protesters with plotting to overthrow the government, if they can prove it. Barr's advice came as he warned U.S. attorneys general in a call earlier in September that violent demonstrations might worsen as Election Day draws closer, according to the Wall Street Journal. Among several federal charges Barr encouraged prosecutors to pursue, he cited the sedition law, a rarely used statute legal experts argue would be difficult to enforce. In order to bring a sedition case, prosecutors would have to look beyond rhetoric and prove there was a conspiracy to attack government officials that posed an imminent danger. First Amendment protections would also create an additional barrier for...
    (CNN)Attorney General William Barr expressed frustration with some local and state prosecutors' handling of riot-related crimes, telling top Justice Department prosecutors that he wants them to be aggressive in bringing charges related to protest violence, including exploring using a rarely used sedition law, according to a person familiar with the matter.Since taking office in 2019, Barr has lashed out at a group of left-leaning district attorneys in cities around the country who have sought to change the way they prosecute low-level drug and other crimes. It's a theme that has gained traction in conservative media, which Barr follows closely, and he is known to focus on the issue from time to time. Still, some federal prosecutors were taken aback last...
    Attorney General Bill Barr said during a conference call with U.S. Attorneys last week that charging Americans with sedition was on the menu of criminal statutes available to federal prosecutors examining how to charge violent protesters, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. According to the Journal, which cited “people familiar” with the conference call, the attorney general “encouraged the prosecutors to seek a number federal charges, including under a rarely used sedition law, even when state charges could apply.” The seditious conspiracy statute, 18 U.S. Code § 2384, is a means of punishing those who conspire to violently overthrow or who oppose by force the authority the U.S. government or who by force conspire to seize federal property: If...
    A Huntington Beach man who fled to Thailand in an apparent attempt to avoid prosecution for a drug trafficking and money laundering scheme was sentenced Monday to more than 24 years in prison. Damon Vincent Jobin, 35, pleaded guilty earlier this year to federal charges of conspiring to commit money laundering and conspiracy to distribute a Fentanyl analogue, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Federal prosecutors say Jobin and other alleged conspirators sold pills they manufactured containing fentanyl or an analogue or derivative of fentanyl across the country through the Dark Web, then laundered the proceeds through online cryptocurrency exchanges. Jobin was indicted by a federal grand jury, arrested in Los Angeles in Nov. 2018 and ordered to appear at...
    WORCESTER, Mass. – A former deputy sheriff from Texas has been sentenced to more than 18 years in prison for sexually exploiting young girls from Massachusetts he met online, federal prosecutors said. Pasquale Salas, 26, who pleaded guilty in May to cyberstalking and sexual exploitation of a minor, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Worcester, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney's office in Massachusetts. The former deputy sheriff with the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Office southwest of Houston met one girl in 2014 when she was 12 while playing the video game Minecraft, federal prosecutors said. Salas asked the girl for sexually explicit images and videos of herself, and threatened to send them to her friends and family...
    AUGUSTA, Ga. (CBSDFW/AP) – A man from Athens, Texas was sentenced Monday to more than two years in federal prison after pleading guilty to a scheme that used stolen identities to obtain tickets to the Masters golf tournament. Federal prosecutors say Stephen Michael Freeman, 42, and three family members in Texas sold those tickets for a profit. U.S. District Court Judge Randall Hall in the tournament’s hometown of Augusta sentenced Freeman to 28 months in prison. More than a year had passed since Freeman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud. His parents and a sister also entered guilty pleas last year and were sentenced to three years on probation. As part of their plea deals, the family members...
    Prosecutors want a federal judge to throw the book at Seagram’s liquor heiress Clare Bronfman for her role as a high-ranking member of the Nxivm sex-slave cult — by sentencing her to five years in prison and a $500,000 fine. Although Bronfman’s non-binding plea deal calls for 21 to 27 months behind bars, in court papers filed Monday in Brooklyn, prosecutors say she deserves a “significant upward variance” that would double the maximum 30 months she faces under federal guidelines at her scheduled Sept. 30 sentencing. “For years, Bronfman leveraged her colossal wealth to recruit individuals, often women with no legal status in the United States, into Nxivm-affiliated organizations,” prosecutors Tanya Hajjar and Mark Lesko wrote. “Although she claimed to...
    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man was sentenced Monday to more than two years in federal prison after pleading guilty to a scheme that used stolen identities to obtain tickets to the Masters golf tournament. Federal prosecutors say Stephen Michael Freeman, 42, of Athens, and three family members in Texas sold those tickets for a profit. U.S. District Court Judge Randall Hall in the tournament's hometown of Augusta sentenced Freeman to 28 months in prison. More than a year had passed since Freeman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud. His parents and a sister also entered guilty pleas last year and were sentenced to three years on probation. As part of their plea deals, the family members...
    AUGUSTA, Ga. (CBSDFW/AP) – A man from Athens, Texas was sentenced Monday to more than two years in federal prison after pleading guilty to a scheme that used stolen identities to obtain tickets to the Masters golf tournament. Federal prosecutors say Stephen Michael Freeman, 42, and three family members in Texas sold those tickets for a profit. U.S. District Court Judge Randall Hall in the tournament’s hometown of Augusta sentenced Freeman to 28 months in prison. More than a year had passed since Freeman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud. His parents and a sister also entered guilty pleas last year and were sentenced to three years on probation. As part of their plea deals, the family members...
    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man was sentenced Monday to more than two years in federal prison after pleading guilty to a scheme that used stolen identities to obtain tickets to the Masters golf tournament. Federal prosecutors say Stephen Michael Freeman, 42, of Athens, and three family members in Texas sold those tickets for a profit. U.S. District Court Judge Randall Hall in the tournament’s hometown of Augusta sentenced Freeman to 28 months in prison. More than a year had passed since Freeman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud. His parents and a sister also entered guilty pleas last year and were sentenced to three years on probation. As part of their plea deals,...
            by Michael Kunzelman  A former aide who helped ex-Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh fraudulently sell her self-published children’s books to nonprofits was sentenced Friday to more than two years in federal prison. Gary Brown Jr. apologized for his actions and expressed regret for bringing shame to his family and friends before U.S. District Judge Deborah Chasanow sentenced him to 27 months. In February, Chasanow sentenced Pugh, a Democrat, to three years in prison for her role in the scheme to profit from sales of her “Healthy Holly” books. The judge said the scam’s victims extended beyond the organizations that Pugh and Brown defrauded. “The victims are all of us who have lost some faith in our...
    SAN FRANCISCO — A man who accepted a plea deal after federal prosecutors charged him with passing counterfeit notes around the Bay Area has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison, court records show. Eric Jackson, 41, was sentenced Wednesday for a conviction of a single count uttering counterfeit obligations of the United States, a federal offense. He was originally charged with seven counts, related to attempts to pass $100 bills at Safeways around the Bay Area, prosecutors said. In a sentencing memo, prosecutors wrote that Jackson had a history of forgery and similar offenses. In 2016, authorities searched his U-Haul truck and found, “numerous images of federal reserve note front and back plates, watermarks, and ‘100 USA’ security...
    Federal prosecutors have charged two Rochester protesters with attacking cops during violent demonstrations in the upstate city. The busts came after some 1,500 protesters took to the streets and clashed with police following the release of bodycam video of Daniel Prude’s death during his arrest by Rochester cops, the US Attorney’s Office announced. Dallas Williams-Smothers, 20, of Rochester, and Adam Green, 20, of Dansville, a village south of the city, were charged in separate incidents during the unrest on Saturday, prosecutors said. Green was allegedly part of a mob of demonstrators hurling rocks, bottles and fireworks at police at the intersection of Broad Street and Exchange Boulevard when Rochester Police Officer Geoffrey Quinn moved in to disperse the crowd, according...
    Robert A. Hadden, 62, faces six counts of inducing others to travel to engage in illegal sex acts. He was arrested on Wednesday A former Columbia University gynecologist accused of sexually abusing more than two dozen patients, including the wife of former presidential candidate Andrew Yang, now faces federal charges. The doctor, Robert A. Hadden, 62, faces six counts of inducing others to travel to engage in illegal sex acts in a federal indictment unsealed Wednesday. The sexual abuse allegations against Hadden date back as early as 1993 and include the alleged abuse of a minor who he understood to be under 18 in part because he had delivered her at birth.  The indictment said Hadden had sexually abused...
    (CNN)R. Kelly's appeal to be released on bail ahead of his trial was denied by an appeals court Tuesday. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals' decision said prosecutors presented "clear and convincing evidence" that Kelly presents a potential danger to the community and he is a flight risk. R. Kelly's attorneys asked for his release from federal custody before the panel of three judges Friday morning, arguing that the singer has been unable to prepare for his upcoming trial for nearly six months.The singer has not seen his attorneys in person since March, when prisons went into lockdown, cutting off in-person legal visits due to coronavirus concerns, his attorney told CNN. His trial was scheduled to begin at the end...
    (CNN)Before Donald Trump ever sought the Oval Office, he was preoccupied by its occupant President Barack Obama, publicly questioning his birthplace and privately describing him as "a Manchurian candidate" who obtained his Ivy League degrees only by way of affirmative action, according to a new book by Trump's former attorney, Michael Cohen.CNN obtained a copy of the book ahead of its Tuesday publication.Trump's disdain for Obama was so extreme that he took his fixation a step further, according to Cohen: Trump hired a "Faux-Bama" to participate in a video in which Trump "ritualistically belittled the first black president and then fired him."Cohen's book, "Disloyal: A Memoir," doesn't name the man who was allegedly hired to play Obama or provide a...
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Justice Department prosecutors have urged a federal appeals court to uphold a prison sentence of more than 13 years for a former Coast Guard officer accused of plotting a terrorist attack inspired by infamous mass murderers and far-right extremists. The arguments from federal prosecutors in Maryland came in a court filing Friday, about three months after attorneys for Christopher Hasson asked the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to let him withdraw his guilty plea or else throw out his sentence. The main area of contention in the appeal case is whether a federal judge in Maryland properly applied a terrorism enhancement to the sentence of the former lieutenant, who was not charged or convicted of...
    OAKLAND — A Hayward man was sentenced to two years in federal prison this week to settle ammo and drug possession cases, the former of which stemmed from a May 2019 shooting in which the defendant returned fire at two assailants. D’Monieya Deshaun Green, 27, was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White. The federal charges stem from two separate incidents. Prosecutors say that in November 2018, Green sold heroin to a confidential informant at a park near 73rd Avenue and International Boulevard in Oakland. Then, in May 2019, two men opened fire on Green and in response he pulled out a pistol and fired back. When police arrested him three months later, he said he did so “to...
    Washington (CNN)Black prosecutors in the US Attorney's Office in Washington, DC, this summer told their leaders they opposed a gun control law enforcement approach that unequally fixated on and punished more harshly people in the city's Black neighborhoods. The disclosure of the career prosecutors' recommendation, to abandon cracking down on certain Washington, DC, neighborhoods in federal court, is tucked into court filings from July about a controversial approach to gun prosecutions in the city. This newly disclosed split in the DC US Attorney's office adds to a year of political battles inside one of the most closely watched Justice Department bureaus during the Trump administration, and at a time when discussions over policing have become a focus of the presidential...
    A Massachusetts man accused of faking his own death to avoid being charged with defrauding the CARES Act has been indicted, federal prosecutors said. David Adler Staveley, 53, of Andover, and his alleged co-conspirator, David Andrew Butziger, 52, of Warwick, Rhode Island, were the first people nationwide to be charged with fraudulently seeking Paycheck Protection Program loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Rhode Island announced in May. The pair is accused of trying to secure $543,959 in loans intended for small businesses struggling amid the pandemic by falsely claiming they had dozens of employees at four businesses, including three restaurants, although...
    (CNN)R. Kelly's attorneys will ask for his release from federal custody before an appeals court on Friday, arguing that the singer has been unable to prepare for his upcoming trial for nearly six months.The singer has not seen his attorneys in person since March, when prisons went into lockdown, cutting off in-person legal visits due to coronavirus concerns, his attorney told CNN. His trial was scheduled to begin at the end of September in federal court in Brooklyn, but was delayed in part due to the pandemic.His legal team says that because the singer can't read or write, he can't review legal documents in his case, make notes or "meaningfully" communicate with lawyers without in-person meetings. "He has essentially been...
    Federal prosecutors say they have arrested nine current and former Boston police officers Wednesday for allegedly participating in a scheme in which they embezzled more than $200,000 in overtime pay. The officers – six of whom are retired – have each been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit theft concerning programs receiving federal funds and one count of embezzlement from an agency receiving federal funds, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of Massachusetts. “I am a strong supporter of the police, especially in these difficult times. But all must be treated equally under the law, regardless of wealth, power or station,” U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said in a statement. “These officers are charged with stealing taxpayer money, year after year, through fraud. Beyond the theft of funds, this kind of official...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nine days after the scuba boat Conception went down in flames with 34 people trapped below deck in one of the deadliest disasters in California maritime history, a federal grand jury began looking into whether a crime had been committed. Now, a year after the Sept. 2 tragedy, investigations into the cause of the pre-dawn blaze and whether someone is to blame are still ongoing, though court documents say criminal charges are imminent. The captain of the boat, who could face an unusual federal manslaughter charge, was briefed in July on the evidence prosecutors have against him. It’s the type of meeting often used to persuade a suspect to plead guilty, lawyers for the boat’s owners...
    OAKLAND — A Fremont man was sentenced to 40 months late last week for being found with a loaded, stolen gun after police corralled his car to end a chase, court records show. Jason Knecht, 36, was arrested in July 2019 after police spotted him leaving a home in Fremont and attempted to serve an unrelated arrest warrant. He got into a blue BMW and sped off, occasionally driving against traffic until he crashed. He attempted to flee again but the officers boxed his car with their unmarked police vehicles, prosecutors said. A loaded pistol that had been reported stolen was found in the car, along with an empty shell casing, a second magazine loaded with 33 rounds, shaved keys...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nine days after the scuba boat Conception went down in flames with 34 people trapped below deck in one of the deadliest disasters in California maritime history, a federal grand jury began looking into whether a crime had been committed. Now, a year after the Sept. 2 tragedy, investigations into the cause of the pre-dawn blaze and whether someone is to blame are still ongoing, though court documents say criminal charges are imminent. The captain of the boat, who could face an unusual federal manslaughter charge, was briefed in July on the evidence prosecutors have against him. It’s the type of meeting often used to persuade a suspect to plead guilty, lawyers for the boat’s owners...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Prosecutors are now recommending Gary Brown Jr., a former aide to Catherine Pugh, be sentenced to 33 to 41 months in prison. Brown, a former Baltimore City employee, was involved in the years-long Healthy Holly book scandal. The duo made money by selling the books and either not deliver them, or if they delivered them convert them for their own use without the buyer’s knowledge or they would double sell the books without the buyer’s knowledge or consent. Prosecutors cite him as being key to four different schemes, playing the role at times of the “bagman” for a campaign finance scheme, funneling money illegally to Pugh’s campaign. He was in turn, rewarded for his work with an...
    RENO, Nev. (AP/CBS13) — A Lake Tahoe-area veterinarian and former UC Davis professor from Truckee who oversaw the treatment of horses at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing has pleaded guilty to federal tax evasion, according to the Sacramento-area U.S. Attorney’s office. The office said 63-year-old Jack Ray Snyder admitted he under-reported nearly $350,000 in income from 2011-14. More than $212,000 of that was due for the 2011 tax year. Prosecutors say Snyder took deductions that weren’t allowed and endorsed outside client payment checks to directly pay credit card bills. A federal grand jury indicted him in 2018 on eight counts of tax evasion and filing false tax returns. He intended to enter a guilty plea in July but U.S. District...
    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles head of a ring that tracked and robbed traveling jewelry salespeople, stealing at least $835,000 worth of goods, was sentenced to federal prison Friday, prosecutors said. Federico Santiago Quiroz Lucca was sentenced to 45 months in prison and was ordered to pay $835,000 in restitution, the U.S. attorney’s office announced. Lucca, 52, pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery. Prosecutors said that from 2017 into 2019, Lucca and his crew robbed jewelry salespeople in the Los Angeles area, the San Francisco Bay Area and in Denver. “Lucca led and organized the crew’s activities, enlisting help from several Colombian nationals who traveled to Los Angeles to participate in...
    A former college student in Minnesota admitted she sought to join al Qaeda and tried to set multiple university buildings on fire, federal prosecutors said. Tnuza Jamal Hassan, 22, of Minneapolis, pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempting to provide material support to al Qaeda while she was a freshman at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota announced. Court documents show Hassan wrote a letter in March 2017 and anonymously delivered it to two other students she tried to recruit for the terrorist organization. Hassan, a US native, then bought a round-trip ticket in September 2017 from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and a second ticket from Dubai to...
    OAKLAND — A federal judge handed down a 15-year prison sentence last week, against a Hayward man who allegedly admitted to molesting a 4-year-old girl who he also distributed child porn pictures of online. Brian Paul Morales, 25, pleaded guilty in federal court to child porn distribution, in an open-ended plea deal with prosecutors. On Aug. 20, U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers handed down the sentence, after hearing argument from the prosecution and defense. The case was based on posts in chat applications between Morales and an undercover officer, according to court records. “After a short time, the (undercover officer) and the defendant began messaging on the Kik app,” prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memo. “In the private Kik...
    A man who ambushed a New York City police officer in Brooklyn in June — stabbing him in the neck and stealing his gun to shoot other officers — had an interest in violent Islamic extremism and punctuated the attack with screams of “Allahu Akbar,” prosecutors alleged in court papers filed with his indictment Thursday on state and federal charges. Days later, according to prosecutors, suspect Dzenan Camovic told a hospital worker: “My religion made me do it.” Camovic, a 21-year-old Bosnian immigrant living illegally in the U.S., faces state charges including attempted aggravated murder and federal charges including theft and unlawful possession of a firearm. Camovic’s lawyer said arraignments could be scheduled within a few weeks.
    A man who stabbed a New York City police officer in the neck with a knife in June was motivated by the Islamic State militant group's materials he viewed online, federal prosecutors said on Wednesday. Dzenan Camovic, 20, a Bosnian immigrant living in Brooklyn, attacked the officers on June 3, during the chaos during the George Floyd protests. He allegedly shouted the Islamic refrain 'Allahu Akbar,' meaning God is great, repeatedly during the attack.  Camovic took the injured officer's gun and used it to shoot a responding NYPD officer. Both injured officers survived the attack. Camovic was shot eight times by NYPD officers, who arrived to assist their colleagues.  Dzenan Camovic, 20, allegedly stabbed a cop on anti-looting patrols in...
    OAKLAND — Federal prosecutors have charged a man with illegally selling guns to a confidential informant, in a criminal complaint that alleges he got away from federal agents and remained on the lam for days. Samir Gray, 20, was charged with dealing firearms without a license, a federal offense that carries a maximum 10-year sentence. The case started when an undercover police officer noticed Gray was offering guns for sale through an Instagram account, “gen4stunna,” according to the criminal complaint. Not only is Gray alleged to have illegally sold guns, but the charging documents say that after he successfully eluded authorities, he mocked them on social media. Shortly after the chase, he posted a picture of himself dangling a pistol...
    By Jonathan Allen (Reuters) - The United States is set to execute Lezmond Mitchell, a convicted murderer and the only Native American on federal death row, on Wednesday, despite opposition from the Navajo Nation, which says the government is infringing tribal sovereignty. Mitchell, a Navajo, is set to be killed with lethal injections of pentobarbital, a powerful barbiturate, at 6 p.m. in the Department of Justice's execution chamber in Terre Haute, Indiana. His lawyers and Jonathan Nez, the Navajo Nation president, have asked U.S. President Donald Trump for clemency, and Mitchell has asked the U.S. District Court in Washington to delay the execution while this is considered. On Tuesday night, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his bid for a stay...
    BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Two men have been sentenced to federal prison after prosecutors say they were responsible for selling drugs that led to a woman's overdose death, federal prosecutors said. Makeda Atkinson, 46, was sentenced Tuesday to serve 15 and a half years in federal prison, according to online court records. Donald Adams, 63, had previously been sentenced in January to serve 10 and a half years. The two men, both from the port city of Brunswick, had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with intent to distribute, prosecutors said in a news release. They were each ordered to serve three years of supervised release after completing their prison terms. “Makeda Atkinson and Donald Adams were...
    Longtime lobbyist and former City Hall official Morrie Goldman has agreed to plead guilty to conspiring to commit bribery and honest services mail fraud, the latest person to strike such a deal in an ongoing pay-to-play probe. Federal prosecutors say that Goldman, 57, was part of a bribery scheme in which one of his clients, a real estate developer building an Arts District complex, agreed to give tens of thousands of dollars to a political action committee in exchange for Councilman Jose Huizar taking steps to help the project. In the plea deal reached with Goldman, prosecutors alleged that the lobbyist pressured real estate developers to give to a committee that was set up to benefit a relative of Jose...
    ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. Near the end of a lengthy indictment detailing fraud allegations against Stephen Bannon, former Donald Trump campaign CEO and chief strategist and his associates, federal prosecutors reveal that they intend to seize the assets of a murky nonprofit organization Bannon launched in 2017 to promote “economic nationalism.” The group is Citizens of the American Republic, a California-based nonprofit that serves as a platform for Bannon’s films and podcasts that promote Trump’s ideology. Throughout the 24-page indictment, the group appears to be referenced as “Non-Profit-1” in a scheme in which Bannon and his partners were allegedly looting a...
    Yeganeh Torbati August 25, 2020 11:30AM (UTC) This article originally appeared on ProPublica. Near the end of a lengthy indictment detailing fraud allegations against Stephen Bannon, former Donald Trump campaign CEO and chief strategist and his associates, federal prosecutors reveal that they intend to seize the assets of a murky nonprofit organization Bannon launched in 2017 to promote "economic nationalism." The group is Citizens of the American Republic, a California-based nonprofit that serves as a platform for Bannon's films and podcasts that promote Trump's ideology. Throughout the 24-page indictment, the group appears to be referenced as "Non-Profit-1" in a scheme in which Bannon and his partners were allegedly looting a crowdsourced charity, We Build the Wall, for personal gain....
    Federal prosecutors in the Northern California District — which encompasses most of the Bay Area — have amended the controversial practice of requiring that criminal defendants agree not to seek compassionate release from prison as part of a plea deal, according to the local U.S. Attorney. For years, federal prosecutors across the United States have routinely required that defendants who want to settle their cases either agree not to seek compassionate release in the event they become terminally ill while in prison, or delay making such a request for several months. It is a longstanding practice that has come under fire amidst the COVID-19 pandemic; in mid-May, one federal judge in California called it “appallingly cruel” and rejected a pending...
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are stepping into a case against three men accused of beating a man at a Mandan car wash. The Bismarck Tribune reported that Justcye Houle, Michael Baker and Vegas Morin were originally charged in Morton County in May for plotting to lure a man to the Turbo Car Wash and robbing him of his drugs and drug sale money. They allegedly pulled the man from his car, beat and kicked him and stole $300 from him. The newspaper reports that a federal grand jury has indicted all three on weapons charges and interfering with commerce by threats or violence under the Hobbs Act, a 1946 law designed to combat racketeering. All three men have...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted a St. Paul man on charges that he fraudulently obtained $841,000 in federal coronavirus loans for a business that doesn’t exist. The indictment, unsealed Friday, charges 32-year-old Kyle Brenizer with two counts of wire fraud and two counts of money laundering. According to prosecutors, Brenizer in May twice applied for $841,000 in Paycheck Protection Program loans for his business, True-Cut Construction. The business folded in 2019. The first application was denied. Brenizer filed the second application under a false name. He falsely stated that True-Cut’s average monthly payroll was $336,400 for about 30 employees and supplied falsified bank statements and IRS documents, prosecutor said. The second application was approved. He transferred...
    Actress Felicity Huffman arrives at federal court in Boston on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, to face charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. AP Photo/Charles Krupa Dozens of wealthy people, including actors Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, have been charged in the college admissions scandal. Federal prosecutors say parents paid about $25 million to get their students into elite schools like the University of Southern California, Stanford, and Yale as part of the scheme. Federal prosecutors have charged more than 50 people, some of whom have already pleaded guilty. Here's the full list of people who have been sentenced in the college admissions scandal. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Sentencings have begun for the college...
    Washington — Former White House adviser Stephen Bannon has pleaded not guilty to charges of wire fraud and money laundering Thursday, after federal prosecutors in New York announced that Bannon and three others were indicted for allegedly defrauding donors to a $25 million fundraising campaign to build a wall along the southern border.  Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Audrey Strauss said Bannon, Brian Kolfage, Andrew Badolato and Timothy Shea were arrested Thursday morning. Bannon was taken into custody by agents from the U.S. Postal Service off the coast of Connecticut on a 152-foot yacht registered to exiled Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui, law enforcement sources said. The indictment was unsealed Thursday morning.  Bannon was released on...
    Jaap Arriens | NurPhoto | Getty Images) A former Uber executive was charged Thursday in federal court on allegations that he arranged to pay hackers $100,000 to cover up a high-tech heist that stole the personal information about 57 million of the ride-hailing service's users and drivers during 2016. Two hackers pleaded guilty in the scheme last year and are awaiting sentencing. The criminal complaint filed Thursday against Joseph Sullivan, Uber's former chief security officer, alleges that the hackers shared the data with a third person — who may still have it. Sullivan, 52, previously served as an assistant U.S. attorney in a Computer Hacking and IP Unit. He worked in the same federal prosecutor's office that brought the charges against him....
    By STEFANIE DAZIO, Associated Press A former Uber executive was charged Thursday in federal court on allegations that he arranged to pay hackers $100,000 to cover up a high-tech heist that stole the personal information about 57 million of the ride-hailing service’s users and drivers during 2016. Two hackers pleaded guilty in the scheme last year and are awaiting sentencing. The criminal complaint filed Thursday against Joseph Sullivan, Uber's former chief security officer, alleges that the hackers shared the data with a third person — who may still have it. Sullivan, 52, previously served as an assistant U.S. attorney in a Computer Hacking and IP Unit. He worked in the same federal prosecutor’s office that brought the charges against him....
    A former Uber executive was charged Thursday in federal court on allegations that he arranged to pay hackers $100,000 to cover up a high-tech heist that stole the personal information about 57 million of the ride-hailing service’s users and drivers during 2016. Two hackers pleaded guilty in the scheme last year and are awaiting sentencing. The criminal complaint filed Thursday against Joseph Sullivan, Uber’s former chief security officer, alleges that the hackers shared the data with a third person — who may still have it. Sullivan, 52, previously served as an assistant U.S. attorney in a Computer Hacking and IP Unit. He worked in the same federal prosecutor’s office that brought the charges against him. Sullivan, who lives in Palo...
    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A former North Carolina county commissioner was sentenced on Thursday to one year and one day in prison after pleading guilty to filing false federal tax returns and failing to file a return, federal prosecutors said. Former Forsyth County commissioner Everette Witherspoon Jr. will have to report to federal prison in October, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release. Witherspoon pleaded guilty to the charges in March. In addition to his sentence, U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder ordered Witherspoon to pay about $211,000 in restitution. According to prosecutors, Witherspoon filed tax returns in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 and failed to report income he made as a commissioner and under-reported income he made...
    By GARY D. ROBERTSON, Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina state Rep. David Lewis was accused Thursday of federal bank fraud and tax violations stemming from a scheme to transfer money from his campaign committee to help his ailing farm, according to documents. Lewis, chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee since 2015, said in a news release he's entering a plea agreement with federal prosecutors in Charlotte. A formal plea hearing is scheduled for next week, a court record says. Lewis also resigned from the House. The Harnett County Republican already had announced last month he wouldn’t be seeking a tenth term this November. A criminal bill of information filed on Thursday by prosecutors formally accuses of...
    (CNN)An associate of the border wall crowdfunding group We Build the Wall told CNN Thursday that federal agents "raided" his recreational vehicle in Mesquite, Nevada, hours before prosecutors unsealed charges accusing others involved in the group, including President Donald Trump's former senior adviser Steve Bannon, of defrauding donors.Dustin Stockton and Jennifer Lawrence, who are listed on the group's website as part of the We Build the Wall team, were both served with warrants for their cellphones and subpoenas to appear before a grand jury, Stockton told CNN. He and Lawrence have not been charged with any crime.Steve Bannon, three others charged with fraud in border wall fundraising campaign"In the predawn, heavily armed federal agents served Jennifer Lawrence and I with...
    BOSTON (AP) — A former Bank of America manager has been charged with embezzling $1.5 million from a client company and using some of the money to fund a lavish lifestyle, including a luxury vehicle, prosecutors said Thursday. Waqas Ali, 31, of Abington, was charged with wire fraud and money laundering. Ali was the bank's client relationship manager for the victim company, according to federal prosecutors in Boston. Ali allegedly opened a checking account in the name of the company without its knowledge or authorization, and between September 2016 and July 2017, fraudulently transferred more than $1.5 million from the victim company’s accounts to a fraudulent account, prosecutors said. He then used more than $600,000 of the money to pay...
    Washington — Federal prosecutors in New York announced Thursday that Steve Bannon, President Trump's former White House chief strategist, has been indicted along with three others for allegedly defrauding donors to a $25 million fundraising campaign to build a wall along the southern border. Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Audrey Strauss said Bannon, Brian Kolfage, Andrew Badolato and Timothy Shea were arrested Thursday morning. Bannon, 66, was taken into custody by agents from the U.S. Postal Service, a law enforcement source said, and is set to appear before a federal judge in Manhattan. The indictment was unsealed Thursday morning. Bannon joined the Trump campaign in 2016 and subsequently served in the White House as chief...
    Washington — A federal judge in New York has dismissed the second effort by President Trump to block the Manhattan district attorney from gaining access to troves of his financial records, including his tax returns, ruling the president must hand over the information to state prosecutors. The order from U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero grants a request from New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance to dismiss Mr. Trump's second complaint, which again challenged the validity of the grand jury subpoena from Manhattan's chief prosecutor, arguing it was overbroad and issued in bad faith. "Justice requires an end to this controversy," Marrero wrote in his 103-page ruling. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Mr. Trump was attempting to block...
    NEW YORK (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Steve Bannon, a former Former White House adviser, has been arrested on charges that he and three others ripped off donors to an online “We Build The Wall” fundraising scheme. The charges were contained in an indictment unsealed in Manhattan federal court. Federal prosecutors alleged Bannon and three others “orchestrated a scheme to defraud hundreds of thousands of donors” in connection with an online crowdfunding campaign that raised more than $25 million to build a wall in southern Texas and along the border of the United States. White House advisor Steve Bannon makes remarks during a discussion at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, February 23, 2017. (credit: MIKE THEILER/AFP/Getty Images) Federal...
    By Sarah N. Lynch and Jan Wolfe WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Steve Bannon, a former senior adviser to President Donald Trump, has been charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud in relation to a fundraising campaign to support the building of Trump's promised U.S.-Mexico border wall, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan announced that Bannon was charged in an unsealed indictment along with several others including Brian Kolfage, Andrew Badolato and Timothy Shea for allegedly defrauding hundreds of thousands of donors through a $25 million crowdfunding campaign called "We Build the Wall." The donors thought the money would go toward helping to build a border wall, prosecutors said. But Kolfage, whom they described as the public...
    OAKLAND — A Vallejo man who prosecutors say sold two firearms — including a stolen weapon — despite being banned from possessing guns because of felony convictions received 77 months in federal prison this week. Last year, Lorenzo Preston, 36, arranged to meet gun buyers in Richmond, texting them that while he was worried about “federales” he would go through with the gun deal because, “this is what I do,” prosecutors wrote in court records. Prosecutors called for the lengthy prison term despite noting that Preston was forced to ingest marijuana as a 4-year-old and endured other personal tragedies, like the loss of his brother to gun violence. “The government’s recommended sentence accounts for (Preston’s) serious criminal history, his multiple...
    A Long Island attorney who bills himself as the “lottery lawyer” ran a mobbed-up scheme to bilk jackpot winners out of more than $100 million in prize money, Brooklyn federal prosecutors alleged Tuesday. Jason Kurland, 46, cultivated clients from across the nation, including a $1.5 billion Mega Millions winner, and promised to invest their winnings — but instead threw their cash into shady investments run by reputed Genovese crime family soldier Christopher Chierchio and two other associates, the US Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District said. Kurland allegedly got kickbacks for steering the money to Chierchio, 52, and his partners, who funneled a portion of the lottery winners’ money back to them under the guise that they were “interest payments” on...
    Prosecutors urged a judge on Monday to accept deals that would have Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli serve time in jail for their involvement in the college admissions scandal. The "Full House" alum would serve two months in jail while her designer husband would serve five months. The pair pleaded guilty in May to paying $500,000 to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as crew recruits even though neither girl was a rower. OLIVIA JADE STUNS IN BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOS AHEAD OF PARENTS LORI LOUGHLIN, MOSSIMO GIANNULLI'S SENTENCING At the time of their pleas, a judge neither accepted nor rejected the deals that included the prison time. Lori Loughlin, front, and her husband, clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli, left, have entered...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Federal prosecutors on Monday will announce the indictment of two men in the 2002 unsolved murder of Jam Master Jay, the D.J. for the rap group Run-DMC.Jason Mizell was murdered in Hollis, Queens October 30, 2002, shot at point-blank range in the head with a .40-caliber handgun.Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn and the NYPD planned an afternoon news conference to announce the charges.Ronald Washington and Karl Jordan, Jr., were indicted on charges of murder, according to sources.The 36-year-old Jordan was taken into custody on Sunday and will be arraigned later today.Washington, 56, is already in federal prison serving time for a robbery conviction.----------* Get Eyewitness News Delivered * Follow us on YouTube * More local news*...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A Panorama City man faces federal charges of taking more than $860,000 in coronavirus relief loans for a sham sewing business. Arman Manukyan, 49, who is believed to have fled the United States for Belarus, has been charged with one count each of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft in a criminal complaint filed this week in U.S. District Court. He faces a statutory maximum sentence of 32 years in federal prison if convicted. Federal prosecutors say Manukyan submitted two applications for Paycheck Protection Program loans to Bank of America for $1.7 million on behalf of two shell companies registered in his name – Argo Global Inc., which he claimed was a sewing business in Beverly...
    By SOPHIA TAREEN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Longtime state Sen. Terry Link was charged in federal court Thursday with filing a false tax return, the latest Illinois lawmaker to face public corruption charges. Link reported an income of $264,450 in 2016 when the "defendant knew that the total income substantially exceeded that amount,” according to the single-page charging document. Often, those charged in these type of filings, called informations, go on to enter plea deals with prosecutors. Link, 73, did not return messages seeking comment. The Democrat, whose district covers suburbs north of Chicago, first took office in 1997 and eventually became assistant majority leader. He serves on the Legislative Ethics Commission and is chair of the Lake County...