United States Department of Justice

Criminal Division Press Releases for January 2006

Friday, January 27, 2006

Virginia Man Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Charges (06-043)

WASHINGTON D.C. — A Virginia man has pleaded guilty to multiple charges involving the sexual exploitation of minor boys and the operation of child pornography websites, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney John L. Brownlee of the Western District of Virginia announced today.  (Read more)

Foreign Nationals Charged with Attempting to Provide Material Support to Terrorists and Alien Smuggling (06-042)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ten foreign nationals have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Miami on charges of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and alien smuggling, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney R. Alexander Acosta of the Southern District of Florida and Julie L. Myers, Assistant Secretary for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced today. (Read more)

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Six Current And Former U.S. Soldiers and Law Enforcement Officials and Two Civilians Agree to Plead Guilty to Participating in Bribery and Extortion Conspiracy (06-039)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Six additional current and former U.S. soldiers and law enforcement officials and two civilians have agreed to plead guilty to participating in a widespread bribery and extortion conspiracy which operated from January 2002 through March 2004, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division announced today.  (Read more)

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Former Campaign Manager Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Congressional Campaign (06-036)

WASHINGTON, DC — Jack Thomas, former campaign manager for the Robert Lamutt for Congress Committee (RLCC), pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud before U.S. District Judge Ricardo M. Urbina in the District of Columbia today, announced Alice Fisher, Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice. (Read more)

Monday, January 23, 2006

Federal Court Approves $11 Million Settlement to Resolve Claims at North Ridge Estates Asbestos Site (06-032)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — MBK Partnership—an Oregon general partnership of local real estate developers—along with its partners and related business entities (MBK), have entered into a consent decree to resolve a long-running dispute involving homeowners in Klamath Falls, Oregon, the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today. (Read more)

Friday, January 20, 2006

Eleven Defendants Indicted on Domestic Terrorism Charges (06-030)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Eleven defendants have been indicted on charges including arson and destruction of an energy facility for allegedly participating in a campaign of domestic terrorism in five western states on behalf of the extremist Earth Liberation Front (ELF) and the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) movements. (Read more)

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Former Salvadoran Official Sentenced to 29 Years (06-023)

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Former Salvadoran Congressman William Eliu Martinez was sentenced today to 29 years in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Michael M. Mihm in the District of Columbia.  (Read more)

Ninth Defendant in Multi-District Public Corruption Probe Pleads Guilty to Mail and Wire Fraud (06-020)

WASHINGTON — Floyd Gary Thacker, 50, of Atlanta, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to engage in honest services mail and wire fraud before U.S. District Judge David Hittner in the Southern District of Texas, Assistant Attorney General Alice Fisher of the Justice Department's Criminal Division announced today. Thacker is the owner of Thacker Operating Company, an Atlanta-based construction and building services company which provided energy-related services for municipal governments in Houston and Atlanta.  (Read more)

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Former Sheriff of Jefferson County, Alabama and Private Attorney Convicted of Conspiracy to Defraud the Government and Theft (06-013)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A federal jury in the Northern District of Alabama, Southern Division, convicted Jimmy Woodward, the former Jefferson County Sheriff, and Albert Jordan, a partner with the law firm of Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff & Brandt, L.L.C., on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States and theft of government property, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division announced today.  (Read more)

Former Congressional Legislative Assistant Brett M. Pfeffer Pleads Guilty in Bribery Scheme (06-009)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A former legislative assistant to a member of the U.S. Congress pleaded guilty in Alexandria, Virginia today to a two-count criminal information charging him with conspiracy to commit bribery and aiding and abetting the solicitation of bribes by a member of Congress, U.S. Attorney Paul J. McNulty of the Eastern District of Virginia and Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division announced today.  (Read more)

Tuesday, January 3, 2006

Former Lobbyist Jack Abramoff Pleads Guilty to Charges Involving Corruption, Fraud Conspiracy, and Tax Evasion (06-002)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former lobbyist Jack A. Abramoff has pleaded guilty to a three-count information charging him with conspiracy, aiding and abetting honest services mail fraud, and tax evasion, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division announced today.  (Read more)

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