United States Department of Justice

Criminal Division Press Releases for February 2006

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Justice Department Announces Four Pleas In Internet Music Piracy Crackdown  (06-103)

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The first guilty pleas involving members of pre-release music piracy groups from Operation FastLink, a major Department of Justice initiative against online piracy worldwide, were announced today by Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the U.S. Justice Department‘s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Paul J. McNulty of the Eastern District of Virginia. Derek A. Borchardt, age 21, of Charlotte, North Carolina; Matthew B. Howard, age 24, of Longmont, Colorado; and Aaron O. Jones, age 31, of Hillsboro, Oregon, each pled guilty today to one count of conspiracy to commit copyright infringement for their involvement in the pre-release music group “Apocalypse Crew” or “APC.”  (Read more)

Monday, February 24, 2006

Court of Appeals Upholds Denaturalization of Wisconsin Man Who Helped Carry Out 1943 Nazi Mass Murder of Jews 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A federal appeals court yesterday affirmed a lower court ruling revoking the U.S. citizenship of a Wisconsin man who, by his own admission, stood guard during a Nazi mass killing operation in occupied Poland in 1943, with orders to “shoot to kill” any still-living Jewish victim who attempted escape, announced Alice S. Fisher, Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division. (Read more)

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

WILLIAMS POWER COMPANY, INC., TO PAY $50 MILLION PENALTY TO RESOLVE CRIMINAL ALLEGATIONS (06-094)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Williams Power Company Inc. (WPC), a Delaware corporation, has entered into an agreement with the government resolving an ongoing federal investigation into the submission of knowingly inaccurate reports by WPC concerning a commodities market, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Kevin V. Ryan of the Northern District of California announced today. (Read more)

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Three Men Charged with Conspiring to Commit Terrorist Acts Overseas, Providing Material Support to Terrorists (05-090)

Three men who resided in the Toledo, Ohio area have been charged with conspiring to commit acts of terrorism against persons overseas, including U.S. military personnel serving in Iraq, and with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday.  (Read more)

Friday, February 17, 2006

Justice Department Announces Appointment of Rachel K. Paulose as United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota (06-087)

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Justice Department today announced the appointment of Rachel K. Paulose to serve as the United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota. Ms. Paulose will serve under an Attorney General Appointment. She will succeed Thomas B. Heffelfinger, who will resign from the position on February 28, 2006. (Read more)

Thursday, February 9, 2006

American International Group, Inc. Enters into Agreement with the United States (06-070)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — American International Group, Inc. (AIG) has agreed to resolve criminal liability arising from misstatements in its periodic financial reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) between 2000 and 2004 by paying $25 million in penalties to the United States and cooperating fully in the government‘s continuing criminal investigation, Acting Deputy Attorney General Paul J. McNulty and Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division announced today. (Read more)

Thursday, February 2, 2006

Three Former Gen Re and One Former AIG Senior Executives Charged in Connection with Fraud Scheme (06-057)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A federal grand jury in Norfolk, Va., has indicted three former senior executives of General Re Corporation (Gen Re) and one former senior executive of American International Group, Inc. (AIG) on charges relating to a fraudulent scheme to manipulate AIG‘s financial statements, the Department of Justice announced today. (Read more)

Wednesday, February 1, 2006

19 Indicted in $6.5 Million "Risciso" Software Piracy Conspiracy

CHICAGO – Nineteen defendants from across the United States and overseas who allegedly were leaders, members and associates of the underground software piracy group known as “RISCISO” were indicted on federal charges for pirating more than $6.5 million of copyrighted
computer software, games, and movies through non-public Internet sites.  (Read more)

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