United States Department of Justice

Criminal Division Press Releases for November 2007

Thursday, December 20, 2007

British National Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison for Conspiracy to Commit Visa Fraud (07-1021)

A U.K. citizen residing in St. Cloud, Fla., has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for conspiracy to commit visa fraud, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill for the Middle District of Florida announced today. (Read more)

Friday, December 14, 2007

Maryland Man Arrested on Child Exploitation Charges (07-1013)

WASHINGTON — Gary E. Jorandby, 57, of Upper Marlboro, Md., was arrested today on a federal indictment charging him with sexually exploiting a minor to produce child pornography.  (Read more)

Repeat Sex Offender Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison in Mississippi for Possessing Child Pornography (07-1008)

WASHINGTON — Jerry Wayne Ramey, 40, a previously convicted sex offender from Meridian, Miss., was sentenced today to 20 years in prison for possessing multiple images of child pornography he acquired over the Internet.  (Read more)

Italia Federici Sentenced for Evading Taxes and Obstructing Senate Investigation into Abramoff Corruption Scandal

WASHINGTON — Italia Federici, the former president of the Council of Republicans for Environmental Advocacy (CREA), has been sentenced to four years probation and ordered to pay more than $74,000 in restitution.  (Read more)

North Carolina Man Sentenced to 84 Months in Prison for Distribution of Child Pornography (07-1004)

WASHINGTON — A North Carolina man has been sentenced to 84 months in prison for distributing online child pornography to a person he believed to be a 13-year-old girl. (Read more)

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Two Former KBR Employees Charged in Scheme to Defraud the Department of Defense (07-1001)

WASHINGTON — A grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia has returned an indictment charging two former employees of Kellogg Brown and Root, Inc. (KBR) Fuel Section with conspiracy to defraud the Department of Defense. (Read more)

Medicare Fraud Strike Force Cases Result in Long Prison Terms for Five Health Care Company Owners (07-999)

WASHINGTON — The owners of five separate Miami-based health care corporations have been sentenced to prison terms today, (Read more)

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island Enters Agreement with the Government, Agrees to Pay $20 Million to Resolve Public Corruption Allegations (07-998)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The United States Government and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) have reached an agreement under which the insurer will pay $20 million to resolve matters related to the government‘s ongoing public corruption investigation. (Read more)

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Department of the Army Official and Alabama-Based Private Contractor Convicted on Public Corruption Charges (07-987)

WASHINGTON — A federal jury in Montgomery, Ala., has convicted Jeffrey H. Stayton, 57, of Spotsylvania, Va., and William C. Childree, 69, of Enterprise, Ala., on public corruption charges .(Read more)

Monday, December 10, 2007

MS-13 Member Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Involvement in a Racketeering Conspiracy  (07-984)

WASHINGTON — A member of La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for his participation in a racketeering enterprise.
(Read more)

Elbert Hidalgo, 23, Faces a Maximum Life Sentence for Racketeering  

TAMPA - A member of the Latin Kings gang pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to one count of conspiring to conduct and participate in the activities of a racketeering enterprise.
 (Read more)

Friday, December 7, 2007

Three Colombians Plead Guilty to Conspiring to Support the FARC and Alien Smuggling Charges (07-980)

WASHINGTON — Three Colombian nationals have pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to provide material support to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, a designated foreign terrorist organization, and alien smuggling.
(Read more)

Former Alaska State Speaker of the House Peter Kott Sentenced on Public Corruption Charges (07-979)

Peter Kott, a former elected member of the Alaska House of Representatives and former Alaska Speaker of the House, has been sentenced to 72 months in prison in Anchorage, Alaska, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division announced.  (Read more)

Former Congressional Chief of Staff Pleads Guilty to Honest Services Fraud Conspiracy (07-978)

WASHINGTON — Russell James Caso, Jr., 34, of Rockville, Md., a former Chief of Staff to a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives (Representative A), pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud.
 (Read more)

Colombian National Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison on Cocaine Charges (07-974)

WASHINGTON — Samuel Santander Lopesierra Gutierrez, a former member of the Colombian Senate, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon.
 (Read more)

AM Talk Radio Personality Indicted in Child Pornography Case (07-973)

WASHINGTON — A San Francisco grand jury has returned a three-count indictment charging Bernard V. Ward, 56, with distributing and receiving child pornograph.
 (Read more)

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Two Foreign Nationals Arrested for Smuggling East Africans to the United States (07-970)

WASHINGTON — Two foreign nationals have been arrested on charges of conspiracy and alien smuggling in connection with their roles in smuggling East Africans to the United States.  (Read more)

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Florida Man Convicted of Visa Fraud and Alien Smuggling Conspiracy Charges (07-967)

WASHINGTON — A Florida man has been convicted on seven counts of visa fraud and alien smuggling for his role in bringing aliens to work at major hotels and resorts in the Destin, Fla., area.  (Read more)

MS-13 Member Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Involvement in a Racketeering Conspiracy (07-965)

WASHINGTON — A member of La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for his participation in a racketeering enterprise.  (Read more)

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