United States Department of Justice

Criminal Division Press Releases for June 2007

Friday, June 29, 2007

Former Senior Officer of Schnitzer Steel Industries Inc. Subsidiary Pleads Guilty to Foreign Bribes  (07-474)

Si Chan Wooh, a former senior officer of SSI International, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Schnitzer Steel Industries Inc. until 2006, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division announced today. (Read more)

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman and Former Healthsouth CEO Richard Scrushy Sentenced on Bribery, Conspiracy and Fraud Charges (07-473)

Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth Chief Executive Officer Richard Scrushy were sentenced to prison terms today for their roles in a bribery, conspiracy and fraud scheme, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Louis V. Franklin Sr. of the Middle District of Alabama announced today. (Read more)

Medicare Fraud Strike Force Convicts Owner of Miami Durable Medical Equipment Company of Defrauding Medicare (07-472)

The owner of a Miami health care company has been convicted on charges of defrauding the Medicare program of millions of dollars, the Department of Justice announced today. (Read more)

Federal Grand Jury In Salt Lake City Charges Cleveland Men with Obscenity Violations  (07-471)

Two Cleveland men have been charged by a federal grand jury in Salt Lake City with operating an obscenity distribution business and related offenses, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Brett Tolman of the District of Utah announced today. (Read more)

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Justice Department Alerts Public about Fraudulent Spam Email (07-465)

The Department of Justice has recently become aware of fraudulent spam e-mail messages claiming to be from DOJ. Based upon complaints from the public, it is believed that the fraudulent messages are addressed “Dear Citizen.” The messages are believed to assert that the recipients or their businesses have been the subject of complaints filed with DOJ and also forwarded to the Internal Revenue Service. THESE EMAIL MESSAGES ARE A HOAX. DO NOT RESPOND. (Read more)

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Former Interior Deputy Secretary Steven Griles Sentenced to 10 Months in Prison for Obstructing U.S. Senate Investigation into Abramoff Corruption Scandal (07-455)

James Steven Griles, the former Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior (DOI), has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for obstructing the U.S. Senate‘s investigation into the corruption allegations surrounding former Washington lobbyist Jack A. Abramoff, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division announced today. (Read more)

Monday, June 25, 2007

Jury Convicts Two Men for Running International Pornographic Spamming Business (07-453)

A federal jury in Phoenix convicted two men today on all counts, including conspiracy, fraud, money laundering, and transportation of obscene materials, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher for the Criminal Division and Interim U.S. Attorney Dan Knauss of the District of Arizona announced today. (Read more)

Two Convicted of Selling $6 Million Worth of Counterfeit Software on eBay  (07-451)

Two more defendants pleaded guilty in Milwaukee to charges of criminal copyright infringement as a result of their selling counterfeit software on eBay, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher for the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Steven M. Biskupic for the Eastern District of Wiscon­sin announced today. (Read more)

Former DOD Contractor Sentenced in Case Involving Bribery, Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme in al-Hillah, Iraq (07-449)

A former Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserves was sentenced to 21 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy and money laundering scheme involving contracts in the reconstruction of Iraq, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division announced today. (Read more)

Friday, June 22, 2007

Former Pacific Consolidated Industries LP Executive Arrested for Conspiring to Bribe U.K. Ministry of Defence Official (07-445)

A former executive of Santa Ana, Calif.-based Pacific Consolidated Industries LP (PCI) has been arrested for allegedly violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) as part of a conspiracy to bribe a United Kingdom Ministry of Defence official in order to obtain lucrative contracts with the U.K. Royal Air Force, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney George S. Cardona of the Central District of California announced today. (Read more)

Extradited Software Piracy Ringleader Sentenced to 51 Months in Prison (07-444)

The leader of one of the oldest and most infamous Internet software piracy groups was sentenced today to 51 months in prison on one count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Chuck Rosenberg for the Eastern District of Virginia announced today. (Read more)

Monday, June 18, 2007

Former Enron Broadband Chief Executive Officer Kenneth Rice Sentenced on Securities Fraud Charge (07-433)

Kenneth Rice, a former chief executive officer of Enron Broadband Services (EBS), was sentenced to 27 months in prison and ordered to forfeit approximately $15 million to be used to compensate victims of the Enron fraud, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division announced today. (Read more)

Friday, June 8, 2007

Former Department of Defense Official Sentenced for Stealing Over $100,000 in DOD Intelligence Funds (07-416)

A former Intelligence Contingency Funds (ICF) officer for the Department of Defense, was sentenced to 12 months in prison for stealing over $100,000 in intelligence funds from his former employer, Assistant Attorney General Alice Fisher for the Criminal Division announced today. (Read more)

Italia Federici Pleads Guilty to Evading Taxes and Obstructing Senate Investigation into Abramoff Corruption Scandal (07-415)

Italia Federici, the president of the Council of Republicans for Environmental Advocacy (CREA), pleaded guilty to one count of income tax evasion and one count of obstructing the U.S. Senate‘s investigation into the corruption scandal surrounding former lobbyist Jack A. Abramoff, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division and Assistant Attorney General Eileen J. O‘Connor of the Tax Division announced today. (Read more)

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Former Alcatel Executive Pleads Guilty to Participation in Payment of $2.5 Million in Bribes to Senior Costa Rican Officials to Obtain a Mobile Telephone Contract (07-411)

A former Alcatel CIT executive pleaded guilty to participating in the payment of more than $2.5 million in bribes to senior Costa Rican government officials in order to obtain a mobile telephone contract from Costa Rica‘s state-owned telecommunications authority, in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the Department of Justice announced today. (Read more)

Foreign Operator of Obscene Web Sites Pleads Guilty to Obscenity Charges (07-410)

Danilo Simoes Croce, 43, of Sao Paulo, Brazil, an officer of Lex Multimedia, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to an obscenity-related charge in U.S. District Court in Orlando, the Justice Department announced today. (Read more)

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Former DOD Employee Pleads Guilty to Charges Involving Fraud and Theft from the Army (07-406)

A former civilian employee of the Department of Defense (DOD) and former member of the California Army National Guard, has pleaded guilty to defrauding the United States and conspiring with four other individuals to do the same, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division announced today. (Read more)

Three Salvadoran Nationals Indicted on Racketeering Charges for Participation in Violent International Gang (07-405)

A federal grand jury in Greenbelt, Md., has charged leaders of the violent street gang known as MS-13 with federal racketeering crimes, including two men who allegedly ordered murders inside the United States from their prison cells in El Salvador, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales announced today. (Read more)

Monday, June 4, 2007

Congressman William Jefferson Indicted On Bribery, Racketeering, Money Laundering, Obstruction of Justice, and Related Charges (07-402)

United States Congressman William J. Jefferson was indicted today by a federal grand jury on charges including bribery and racketeering for allegedly using his office to corruptly solicit bribes and for paying bribes to a foreign official, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Chuck Rosenberg for the Eastern District of Virginia announced today. (Read more)

Friday, June 1, 2007

Former Department of Defense Employee Sentenced to 12 Months in Prison on Corruption Charges (07-396)

A former Department of Defense (DOD) employee was sentenced to 12 months in prison for accepting illegal gratuities from a government contractor, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division announced today. (Read more)

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