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Nineteen Alleged Latin Kings Gang Members Indicted On Federal

Racketeering Conspiracy Charge

Texas Man Guilty of Dog Fighting Charges

A 41-year-old Beckville, Texas man has pleaded guilty to federal dog

fighting charges in the Eastern District of Texas.

FBI Seeks Suspect in Nevada Stabbing

The FBI has obtained an arrest warrant for an Elko man wanted for the stabbing

of another Elko man earlier this week. Terry Dale Jones is wanted by the FBI as

the lone suspect in the stabbing, which occurred in the Upper Elko Colony

during the early-morning hours of Monday, November 16.

Utah Indictment for Attempting to Murder Witness

Jeffrey Lane Mowen, 47, of Lindon, who was charged in a federal indictment

returned in February with three counts of wire fraud in connection with an

alleged fraudulent investment scheme, faces new federal charges today. A

superseding indictment returned late Wednesday afternoon charges Mowen, who is

in federal custody, with solicitation to commit a crime of violence, tampering

with a witness, and retaliating against a witness

Guilty Pleas in Providence, Newport Bank Robberies

Dennis Tasker, 38, of Providence, pleaded guilty

today to robbing tellers at banks in Providence

and Newport in

July by using threatening notes. Quickly identified as a suspect, Tasker was

arrested in Boston

three days after the second robbery while allegedly trying to break into cars.

Ex-Kentucky Jail Chief Sentenced on Charges Related to Abuse of


A former lieutenant and supervisor at the Lexington-Fayette County Detention

Center was sentenced in federal court for her role in covering up systematic

detainee abuse.

New Orleans Bank Robber Sentenced to 51 Months in Prison


Lyle Fickes, 47 and a resident of New

Orleans, Louisiana,

was sentenced in federal court to fifty-one (51) months in prison for bank


FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending November 20,



about our Top Ten news stories of the week, including the charges against 26

people in a scheme to defraud the FCC’s Video Relay Service program; the

indictment of a Kuwaiti company for massively overcharging the U.S. for

soldiers’ food; and our request for public assistance in locating the next of

kin for victims in 33 civil rights-era cold cases. More


Headquarters: ATF Authorizes Manufacturers to Streamline Required Firearms


Virginia Man Sentenced for Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Godwin Asifo, of Woodbridge, Virginia,

was sentenced to 57 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised

release, for running a mortgage fraud scheme that resulted in the foreclosure

of at least three homes in northern Virginia.

He was also ordered to pay $546,685.20 in restitution.

California Exec Indicted for Embezzling More Than $1 Million

from Company

Ethan Farid Jinian, of San Francisco, was indicted on 14 counts of wire fraud

in connection with his alleged embezzlement of more than $1 million from

Bricsnet FM America Inc., where he served as CEO.

Twenty-six Charged in Nationwide Scheme to Defraud the FCC’s

Video Relay Service Program

“The individuals charged in connection with today’s operation are alleged to

have stolen tens of millions of dollars from an important government program

that is intended to help deaf and hard-of-hearing Americans communicate with

hearing persons,” said Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division

Lanny A. Breuer.

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Sentenced in Money Laundering,

Extortion Scheme

Pavel Ivanovich Lazarenko, the former prime minister of Ukraine, was sentenced in San Francisco to 97 months in prison, for his

role in laundering $30 million of extortion proceeds.

Former McKesson HBOC Chairman Convicted in $8 Billion

Securities Fraud Scheme

Charles W. McCall, the former chairman of McKessonHBOC, was convicted in San Francisco of four

counts of securities fraud and one count of circumventing internal accounting

controls at a public company. As a result of his actions, defrauded investors

lost more than $8 billion.

Vermont Man Sentenced for Producing Child Pornography

Allan Edward Patrick, of Rutland,

Vermont, was sentenced to 151

months in federal prison after pleading guilty to charges that he produced

child pornography at his residence.

Louisiana Gallery Owners Sentenced in Art Fraud Scheme

Art gallery owners Christopher Breithoff and Constance Breithoff, both of

Covington, Louisiana, were sentenced to 21 months and 18 months in prison,

respectively, on charges of mail fraud in connection with their perpetration of

a scheme to defraud their customers.

Louisiana Businessman Convicted of Bank Fraud, Bankruptcy Fraud

William R. Hayes, of Bossier City,

Louisiana, owner of Fire Security

Systems, Inc., was convicted by a federal jury of defrauding the First

Louisiana Bank, and later committing bankruptcy fraud by submitting false

statements regarding his business and the income from his business.

Three Charged in Louisiana in Connection with Bribery Scheme

Evelyn J. Holden, Koveria D. Williams, and Ann M. Warr, all of Baton Rouge, Louisiana,

were indicted on charges of using interstate facilities in aid of bribery in

connection with Operation Illegal Motion.

New Jersey Accountant Admits Embezzling More Than $1 Million

Daniel Chiu, of Rockaway Township, New Jersey, a senior accountant employed by

Bel Fuse, Inc. pled guilty to embezzling approximately $1 million in cash and

stock from the company.

New Jersey Men Charged in Plot to Extort Landscaping/Paving Business


Michael C. Sciarra, of Pompton Plains; his nephew, Michael A. Sciarra, of Union

City; Mark Ventricelli, of Union City; and Peter Ventricelli, of Parlin, New

Jersey, were indicted on charges of conspiracy to extort the owner of a

Hawthorne landscaping and paving business.

Mississippi Man Sentenced for Sex Trafficking of a Child

Christopher M. Cockrell, of Amory, Mississippi, was sentenced in Kansas City, Missouri

to 10 years in federal prison for the attempted commercial sex trafficking of a


Kansas City Man Pleads Guilty to Bank Robbery

Albert Vincent Perkins, of Kansas City,

Missouri, pled guilty to robbing

First Federal Bank.

Man Sentenced in Tennessee for $18 Million Ponzi Scheme

Luis Hiram Rivas was sentenced in Chattanooga,

Tennessee to 24 years and five

months in prison for his role in an $18 million Ponzi scheme.

Connecticut Businessman Pleads Guilty to Stealing More Than $1


Joseph Sorrentino, of Stratford,

Connecticut, pled guilty to one

count of interstate transportation of money obtained by fraud. The charge stems

from Sorrentino’s scheme to steal advance fees from victims who sought financing

from him and his company Kenlin Capital, Inc.

Connecticut Gang Member Sentenced for Trafficking Cocaine

Julio Bonilla, of Hartford,

Connecticut, was sentenced to

more than four years in prison for his participation in a narcotics trafficking


Twenty-Nine Indicted and Arrested for Drug Trafficking in

Puerto Rico

Twenty-nine individuals indicted by a federal grand jury were arrested as a

result of an investigation by the FBI and the Puerto Rico Police Department.

The defendants are charged with conspiracy, possession with intent to

distribute heroin, crack, cocaine, and marijuana, and forfeiture allegations

for $11 million.

Illinois Pediatrician Charged with Health Care Fraud

Jamie S. Warnick, a pediatrician who practiced in Decatur, Illinois,

was charged with health care fraud for allegedly defrauding a federally funded

health care benefit program as well as private insurance companies.

Minnesota Man Indicted for Providing Support to Somali


Omer Abdi Mohamed, of Minneapolis,

Minnesota, was indicted on

charges of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and related


New York Man Sentenced in New Hampshire on Drug Charges

Jayson Galeano, of New York City, was sentenced

to 11 years in prison for his involvement in the distribution of cocaine, crack

cocaine, and heroin in Manchester,

New Hampshire.

Thirteen Charged in Oregon in $19 Million Bank Fraud Scheme

A federal grand jury sitting in Eugene, Oregon returned indictments against 13 individuals on a

variety of mortgage and loan fraud charges arising out of the collapse of

Desert Sun Development, a company previously headquartered in Bend, Oregon.

Florida Man Charged with Bank Robbery

Christopher M. Walters, of Palm Springs, Florida, was charged with robbery of a Wachovia Bank in Palm Springs.

Texas Family Members Sentenced in Structuring Case

The last of four family members from San Angelo, Texas, who pled guilty in a

transaction structuring case was sentenced. The husband and wife are serving

prison sentences, and the children received probation.

Texas Man Sentenced for Role in Drug Conspiracy Related to Gulf


Uriel Palacios, of Dallas, Texas,

was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for his role in a cocaine

trafficking and money laundering conspiracy related to Mexico’s Gulf


Defendant Pleads Guilty to Murdr of U.S. Border Patrol Agent

A 17-year-old pled guilty in San Diego, California to the murder of U.S. Customs and Border

Protection Border Patrol Agent Robert W. Rosas, Jr., which the individual, who

entered the U.S.

illegally, committed in perpetration of a robbery.

Louisiana Man Indicted for Operating a $20 Million Ponzi Scheme


B. Pizzolato, of Tickfaw, Louisiana, was charged in a 64-count indictment

for allegedly operating a $20 million investment Ponzi scheme.

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