United States Department of Justice

Criminal Division Press Releases for March 2006

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Former Federal Prosecutor, State Department Agent Indicted For Obstruction Of Justice And Presenting False Evidence In Terrorism Trial (06-183)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A former federal prosecutor and a Department of State special agent were indicted by a federal grand jury today in Detroit on charges of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and making false declarations in the 2003 terrorism trial United States v. Koubriti in the Eastern District of Michigan, (Read more)

Monday, March 27, 2006

Telemarketing Firm Official Indicted In New Hampshire Phone Jamming Case (06-175)

WASHINGTON, DC — Shaun Hansen, former co-owner of Idaho-based telemarketing firm Mylo Enterprises, appeared in a federal court in New Hampshire today to face charges for conspiring to commit, and aiding and abetting the commission of, interstate telephone harassment relating to a scheme to jam several New Hampshire telephone lines on Election Day, 2002. (Read more)

Friday, March 24, 2006

Jordanian Man Sentenced In 1982 Bombing Of Pan Am Flight From Tokyo To Honolulu (06-172)

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Mohammed Rashed, a.k.a. Rashid Mohammed, has been convicted and sentenced in connection with the 1982 bombing of a Pan Am flight which killed a Japanese teenager and resulted in the injury of several other passengers. (Read more)

U.S. Civilian Translator Arrested For Offering Bribe To Iraqi Police Official  (06-171)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — An employee of a government contractor working in Iraq has been arrested on a charge of offering to bribe an Iraqi police official, (Read more)

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Four Defendants Indicted In Nigerian ′Advance-Fee‘ Fraud Scam (06-167)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Four defendants have been indicted on federal charges of running an “advance-fee” scheme that targeted U.S. victims with promises of millions of dollars, including money from an estate and from a lottery, (Read more)

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

United States Charges 50 Leaders of Narco-Terrorist FARC in Colombia with Supplying More Than Half of the World's Cocaine (06-163)

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Fifty leaders of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) in Colombia have been indicted on charges of importing more than $25 billion worth of cocaine into the United States and other countries, the Department of Justice announced today. (Read more)

Monday, March 20, 2006

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civilian Employee Arrested for Soliciting Bribes While Working at Camp Arifjan In Kuwait

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Gheevarghese Pappen, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employee was arrested today in Atlanta for soliciting and accepting bribes while detailed to the U.S. Army Area Support Group, Host Nation Office at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, (Read more)

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Miami Man Sentenced To 14 Years In Prison For Federal Child Prostitution Crimes (06-146)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The third of three co-defendants in a case investigated by a task force to combat child prostitution has been sentenced in the Southern District of Florida to 14 years in prison, (Read more)

Monday, March 13, 2006

Federal Jury Convicts Two Men in Texas On Distribution of Obscene Material Charges

WASHINGTON, DC – Two defendants – Clarence Thomas “Tom” Gartman and former Houston Police Officer Brent Alan McDowell – have been convicted by a federal jury in Dallas for their part in the operation of a business that sold obscene videos on the Internet, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Richard B. Roper of the Northern District of Texas announced today.  (Read more)

Thursday, March 9, 2006

Four Current And Former U.S. Soldiers Agree To Plead Guilty To Participating In Bribery And Extortion Conspiracy (06-129)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Four additional current and former U.S. soldiers have agreed to plead guilty to participating in a widespread bribery and extortion conspiracy which operated from January 2002 through March 2004, (Read more)

Monday, March 6, 2006

Third Defendant Pleads Guilty In Prosecution Of Major International Pornographic Spam Operation (06-123)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A New Hampshire woman has pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 — a federal law designed to crack down on the transmission of bulk, unsolicited commercial electronic mail messages...the third-ever conviction related to the transmission of obscene e-mails  (Read more)

Three Colombian Nationals Arrested And Charged With Money Laundering And Narcotics Trafficking (06-117)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Three Colombian nationals — Ricardo Mauricio Bernal Palacios, 39, Juan Manual Bernal Palacios, 44, and Camilo Andres Ortiz Echeverri, 36 — were named in a 49-count indictment returned by a grand jury and unsealed today in the Southern District of Florida, and were arrested on March 2 by law enforcement authorities in Bogotá, Colombia, (Read more)

Thursday, March 2, 2006

National Operator Of Sexually Oriented Business Sentenced On Federal Obscenity And Tax Charges (06-114)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Colorado man who served as the former national operator of several sexually-oriented businesses has been sentenced to 13 months in prison on federal obscenity and tax charges, (Read more)

Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Army Test And Evaluation Command Aviation Chief And Enterprise, Alabama-based Private Contractor Charged With Bribery, Honest Services Wire Fraud, And Obstruction Of Justice (06-110)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A federal grand jury in the Middle District of Alabama returned a five-count indictment charging Jeffrey H. Stayton, 55, and William Curtis Childree, 67, with two counts each of honest services fraud and one count each of bribery, (Read more)

Federal Jury Convicts Washington, D.C. Man of Interstate Sex Trafficking of 14-year-old Child and 19-year-old Adult (06-109)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Jaron Brice, a 27-year-old Washington, D.C. man, has been convicted by a federal jury in the District of Columbia on nine counts related to his illegal sex trafficking operation that involved the prostitution and sexual assault of females as young as 14 years old (Read more)

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