Federal news… Immigration Officer Pleads Guilty to Destroying Files, Producing False Document

Immigration Officer Pleads Guilty

to Destroying Files, Producing False Document

Former U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deportation officer Thomas P.

Randell, of Chicago,

admitted facilitating the destruction of the master immigration files of two

aliens to interfere with the administration of immigration laws, and, in a

separate scheme,fraudulently providing an immigration stamp conveying temporary

legal resident status to an alien who was eligible for deportation.

Most Wanted Terrorists Two Names Added to ListSuspects in the bombings of the USS Cole in 2000 and a Hawaii-bound airliner in 1982 were

added to the FBI’s terrorist fugitives list. Story

Six Individuals Sentenced for

Multi-Million Dollar E-Mail Stock Fraud Scheme 

Six individuals were sentenced today in federal court in Detroit for their

roles in a wide-ranging international stock fraud scheme involving the illegal

use of bulk commercial e-mails, or “spamming.”

Four Indicted for Conspiring to

Support Hizballah; Six Others Charged with Related Crimes

Ten individuals were indicted today, charged with, among other things,

conspiring to export weapons from Philadelphia to the Port of Latakia, Syria.

Florida Couple Convicted in Massive

Money Laundering, Mortgage Fraud Conspiracy

Husband and wife Garry Souffrant and Yvonne Souffrant, both of Davie, Florida,

were found guilty of charges relating to their participation in a multi-million

dollar drug money laundering and mortgage fraud conspiracy.

Two Sentenced in Georgia for

Involvement in Charge-Fixing Extortion Scheme

Keith L. Hughes, of Covington, Georgia, the former coordinator of the DeKalb

County Office of Pretrial Services; and Natalie Nicole Dunn, of Ellenwood,

Georgia, a former DeKalb County State Court probation officer, were sentenced

for conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act extortion under color of official right in a

criminal charge-fixing scheme.

Arizona Man Sentenced for Second

Degree Murder

Augustine Bernal Thomas, of Phoenix,

Arizona, was sentenced to 20

years in federal prison for his involvement in the homicide of a man on the

Gila River Indian Reservation.

Arizona Man Sentenced for Role in

Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Brandon Azadegan, of Phoenix,

Arizona, was sentenced to 18

months in prison for his role in as an investor in a mortgage fraud scheme in

which he sold four homes to a straw buyer.

Eighteen Charged in Ohio Following

Multi-Year Fraud Investigation

Eighteen defendants were indicted in Ohio

for allegedly violating federal laws following a multi-year investigation into

fraud relating to identification documents.

U.S. Intervenes in Civil Case

Against Louisiana Cardiologist

The United States has intervened in a civil lawsuit seeking treble damages and

penalties from Dr. Mehmood Patel, a Lafayette,

Louisiana interventional

cardiologist. The lawsuit accuses Dr. Patel of performing and billing Medicare

for medically unnecessary cardiovascular procedures.

Washington Man Indicted in

Connection with Comcast Hacking

James Robert Black, Jr., of Tumwater,

Washington, was indicted in

connection with allegedly conspiring with others to disrupt service at Comcast

Corporation’s website on May 28 and 29, 2008.

Virginia Car Dealership Owner

Sentenced on Obstruction Charges

Used car dealership owner Reza Azizkhani, of Virginia Beach, was sentenced to 27 months in

prison for corruptly persuading and directing two employees and another person

to shred and to destroy records in order to obstruct a criminal investigation.

Nevada Surgeon Pleads Guilty to

Misprision of a Felony
Las Vegas

orthopedic spine surgeon Mark B. Kabins, M.D., pled guilty to concealing a

fraud committed by his co-defendants, local lawyer Noel Gage and medical

consultant Howard Awand.

New Jersey Man Admits Committing

Armed Robbery of Hotel

Patrick Reed-Price, of Woodbine, New Jersey, pled guilty to a federal charge of

armed robbery, admitting that he and his now-deceased father committed an armed

robbery of an Econo Lodge in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey.

California Man Arrested for

Defrauding Elderly Couple in Gold Mine Scheme

John Arthur Walthall, formerly of Laguna

Beach, California,

was arrested on charges of defrauding an elderly couple out of nearly $5

million by falsely promising to extract gold from old mines.

U.K.-Based Fraudster Sentenced in

California for Role in Massive Lottery Scam

Oloruntade Olumuyiwa, who participated in a London-based telemarketing scheme

that defrauded elderly victims in the United

States and the United

Kingdom with false promises of lottery winnings, was

sentenced in Los Angeles

to 70 months in federal prison.

Pennsylvania Man Admits Attempted

Extortion of NFL Coach

Herbert Alex Simpson, of Philadelphia,

pled guilty to mailing threatening communications to New York Giants Head Coach

Tom Coughlin and a former employer.

Missouri Man Sentenced for Sending

Obscene Material to Minor

Anthony Thomas Eriksen, of Festus, Missouri, was sentenced in Greenbelt,

Maryland to eight years in prison for attempting to transfer obscene materials

to an 11-year-old girl.

Former U.S. Navy Air Traffic

Controller Indicted for Interstate Domestic Violence

Ryan Holness, of Lexington Park, Maryland, was indicted in Baltimore on charges

of interstate domestic violence, related to the murder of his wife.

Maryland Man Sentenced for Bank


Deshon Johnson, of Baltimore,Maryland, was sentenced to 15 years in

prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for bank robbery.

Three New York Execs Convicted in

$18 Million Real Estate Securities Fraud Scheme

Mark Alan Shapiro, Irving Stitsky, and William B. Foster, all former principals

of a group of companies known as Cobalt, were convicted of securities fraud,

wire fraud, mail fraud, and conspiracy charges after they stole more than $18

million from over 150 investors through private placement offerings.

New York Real Estate Developer

Sentenced in $27 Million Ponzi Scheme
Manhattan real

estate developer Ivy Woolf-Turk was sentenced to five years in prison for her

participation in a $27 million Ponzi scheme involving obtaining fraudulent

loans secured by nonexistent mortgages.

Texas Man Arrested on Child

Pornography Charges

Patrick Sanders, of Lufkin,

Texas, was arrested on charges of

producing child pornography.

Four Indicted for Conspiring to

Support Hizballah; Six More Face Related Charges

Ten individuals were indicted in Philadelphia on multiple charges, including,

among other things, conspiring to export weapons from Philadelphia to the Port

of Latakia, Syria. Four of the defendants were were also charged with conspiring

to provide support to Hizballah, a foreign terrorist organization.

Former United Way Employee

Sentenced for Damaging Computer Network

Luis Robert Altamirano, a former computer specialist for United Way of Miami-Dade, was sentenced

to 18 months in prison on computer fraud charges in connection with damaging United Way’s

computer network after he left United

Way’s employ.

Indiana Man Sentenced for

Production of Child Pornography

Mark Armstrong, of Scottsburg,

Indiana, was sentenced to 75

years in prison following his guilty plea to three counts of production of

child pornography.

Wisconsin Man Sentenced for

Sexually Exploiting Children

Kenneth A. Krueger, of Sussex,


was sentenced to 18 years in prison for sexual exploitation of children which

involved the production of child pornography.

Six Sentenced in Michigan for

Multi-Million Dollar E-Mail Stock Fraud Scheme

Six individuals were sentenced in federal court in Detroit for their roles in a wide-ranging

international stock fraud scheme involving the illegal use of bulk commercial

e-mails, or “spamming.”

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