United States Department of Justice

Criminal Division Press Releases for April 2006

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Five Additional Defendants Charged In Crackdown Against Worldwide Internet Piracy Groups

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Five individuals were charged with criminal copyright infringement in Charlotte, North Carolina, as part of an ongoing federal crackdown against international online piracy groups responsible for most of the illegal distribution of copyrighted movies, software, games and music on the Internet, (Read more)

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

BankAtlantic Enters Into Deferred Prosecution Agreement, Forfeits $10 Million To Resolve Money Laundering And Bank Secrecy Act Violations 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based BankAtlantic has entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with the government and will forfeit $10 million to resolve charges of failing to maintain an anti-money laundering program, (Read more)

Monday, April 24, 2006

Michigan Couple Charged With Obscenity And Child Pornography Violations

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A Brutus, Mich., couple—John Mart Messer and Deborah Messer—has been indicted on charges of operating an obscenity distribution business and related offenses, (Read more)

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