United States Department of Justice

Criminal Division Press Releases for May 2007

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Producer Paul Little Indicted on Obscenity Charges (07-393)

A Hollywood director and producer, along with an entertainment company, have been indicted on obscenity charges, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney James R. Klindt for the Middle District of Florida announced today.  (Read more)

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Iowa Man Sentenced To 30 Years For Producing Child Pornography  (07-386)

WASHINGTON — Brian Patrick Street, 39, of Griswald, Iowa, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography.  (Read more)

Nineteen Indicted for Conspiracy to Commit Racketeering, Money Laundering, and Related Offenses (07-385)

A federal grand jury in San Diego has indicted 19 defendants on charges related to an alleged racketeering enterprise and a scheme to cheat casinos across the country out of millions of dollars, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California Karen P. Hewitt announced today.  (Read more)

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Oregon Man Sentenced to More Than 24 Years in Prison for Producing Child Pornography Via “Webcam” (07-373)

A Beaverton, Ore., man, Joshua Kistler, was sentenced to 293 months in prison for producing child pornography, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Karin J. Immergut for the District of Oregon announced.   (Read more)

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Alaska Lobbyist Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Obtain Bribe Payments for State Lawmaker (07-364)

A lobbyist from Anchorage, Alaska, has pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiring to obtain bribe payments for a former elected member of the Alaska House of Representatives, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division announced today.  (Read more)

Two Sentenced in $1.4 Million Virgin Islands Bribery Scandal (07-363)

former U.S. Virgin Islands fireman and an Atlanta businessman were sentenced today in U.S. District Court for the District of the Virgin Islands for their role in an elaborate bribery and kickback scheme to defraud the U.S. Virgin Islands government of approximately $1.4 million in federal and local funds, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Anthony J. Jenkins of the District of the Virgin Islands announced.  (Read more)

Monday, May 14, 2007

Boston Man Pleads Guilty to Charges in Commercial Child Pornography Website Case (07-354)

A Boston man has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to sell, transport, reproduce, distribute and receive child pornography, and one count of money laundering, 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)

Justice Department Focuses on Efforts to Protect Intellectual Property Rights (07-353)

Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales today highlighted the Justice Department‘s ongoing efforts to protect intellectual property rights, and announced a comprehensive legislative proposal entitled the “Intellectual Property Protection Act of 2007,” before members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy.  (Read more)

Software Piracy Crackdown ′Operation Fastlink‘ Yields 50th Guilty Plea (07-350)

The 50th felony conviction from Operation FastLink, a major Department of Justice initiative to combat online piracy worldwide, was announced today by Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Chuck Rosenberg of the Eastern District of Virginia.  (Read more)

Friday, May 11, 2007

Former Corrections Officer and National Guardsman Sentenced for Participating in Bribery and Extortion Conspiracy (07-343)

A former corrections officer and a former Arizona Army National Guardsmen were sentenced this week for their roles in a widespread bribery and extortion conspiracy, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division announced today. The defendants were sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, Tucson Division, by the Honorable Cynthia K. Jorgenson.  (Read more)

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Strike Force Formed to Target Fraudulent Billing of Medicare Program by Health Care Companies (07-339)

Thirty-eight people have been arrested in the first phase of a targeted criminal, civil and administrative effort against individuals and health care companies that fraudulently bill the Medicare program, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales and Secretary Michael Leavitt of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced today.   (Read more)

Monday, May 7, 2007

Chief Executive Officer and Vice President of VECO Corporation Plead Guilty to Corruption and Tax Charges (07-333)

Bill J. Allen, chief executive officer and part-owner of VECO Corporation, and Richard L. Smith, vice president of community affairs and government relations of VECO Corporation, have pleaded guilty to providing more than $400,000 in corrupt payments to public officials from the state of Alaska, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division announced today.  (Read more)

Friday, May 4, 2007

Three Current and Former Alaska State Legislators Indicted on Public Corruption Charges  (07-330)

A current elected member of the Alaska State House of Representatives and two former members, including a one-time Speaker of the House, have been indicted and arrested on multiple charges arising out of a federal investigation into public corruption in the state of Alaska, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division announced today.  (Read more)

Thursday, May 3, 2007

2007 National Money Laundering Strategy Released  (07-325)

The 2007 strategy addresses the priority threats and vulnerabilities identified by the Money Laundering Threat Assessment released in 2006, the product of an extremely valuable investigation into the current and emerging trends and techniques used by criminals to raise, move and launder proceeds. The Assessment — the first government-wide analysis of its kind — brought together the expertise of regulatory, law enforcement and investigative officials from across the government, culminating in a comprehensive analysis of specific money laundering methods, patterns of abuse, geographical concentrations, and the associated legal and regulatory regimes.  (Read more)

Former Government Official Sentenced in $1.4 Million Virgin Islands Bribery Scandal (07-324)

The former director of the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) Division of Environmental Protection has been sentenced to four years in prison for conspiring to defraud the Virgin Islands government of approximately $1.4 million, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Anthony J. Jenkins of the District of the Virgin Islands announced today.  (Read more)

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