United States Department of Justice

Criminal Division Press Releases for June 2006

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Colombian National Convicted On Cocaine Charges  (06-410)

WASHINGTON—Samuel Santander Lopesierra, a former member of the Colombian Senate, was convicted for conspiring to unlawfully import cocaine into the United States,  (Read more)

Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, Former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy Convicted of Bribery, Conspiracy and Fraud (06-409)

A jury in Montgomery, Ala. convicted former Alabama Governor Don Eugene Siegelman and former HealthSouth Chief Executive Officer Richard Scrushy of conspiracy, bribery and fraud, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher for the Criminal Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Louis V. Franklin, Sr. of the Middle District of Alabama announced today.  (Read more)

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Four Defendants Sentenced to Prison in Federal Online Piracy Crackdown (06-405)

WASHINGTON — David Chen Pui, 27, of Fountain Valley, Calif., and David Lee Pruett, 35, of Auburn, Washington, were sentenced to prison terms of 12 and 18 months, respectively, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert of the Western District of North Carolina announced today. Pui and Pruett were sentenced for their involvement with online software piracy.  (Read more)

Former BP North America Trader Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Manipulate and Corner the Propane Market (06-401)

WASHINGTON — Dennis N. Abbott, a former trader at a U.S. subsidiary of British Petroleum, has pleaded guilty to conspiring to manipulate and corner the propane market in the winter of 2004, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division announced today. (Read more)

Orangeburg County, South Carolina Council Chairman Indicted on Public Corruption Charges (06-400)

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Orangeburg, South Carolina, County Council has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds and extortion under color of official right, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Reginald I. Lloyd of the District of South Carolina announced today.  (Read more)

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Nevada Man Convicted on Charges Related to the Sex Trafficking of Minors (06-394)

WASHINGTON — A Reno, Nevada man has been convicted by a federal jury in Los Angeles on multiple charges related to the sex trafficking of minors, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Deborah Wong Yang of the Central District of California and FBI Assistant Director J. Stephen Tidwell announced today. (Read more)

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Former GSA Chief Of Staff David Safavian Convicted Of Obstruction, Making False Statements (06-381)

WASHINGTON — A federal jury in Washington, D.C., convicted David H. Safavian, the former chief of staff for the General Services Administration (GSA), of obstructing a GSA proceeding and making false statements, (Read more)

Thursday, June 1, 2006

Federal Grand Jury Charges Arizona And California Companies And Their Owners With Obscenity Violations (06-343)

WASHINGTON — A Chatsworth, California film production company and a Tempe, Arizona video distributor and retailer, along with three owners of the businesses, have been charged by a federal grand jury in Phoenix, Arizona with operating an obscenity distribution business and related offenses, (Read more)

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