United States Department of Justice

Criminal Division Press Releases for November 2007

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Three Former British Bankers Plead Guilty to Wire Fraud in Enron Case (07-949)

WASHINGTON — Three former employees of the British bank National Westminster Bank Plc (Nat West) have pleaded guilty to a charge of wire fraud in connection with a secret investment with former executives of the Enron Corporation.
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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Civilian Contractor Indicted for Allegedly Soliciting Bribes While Working at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait (07-935)

WASHINGTON — A civilian contractor from Georgia has been indicted by a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia for allegedly soliciting bribes while working at Camp Arifjan, an Army base in Kuwait.
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MS-13 Member Sentenced to More Than 19 Years in Prison for Involvement in a Racketeering Conspiracy  (07-934)

A member of La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, has been sentenced to 235 months in prison for his participation in a racketeering enterprise, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Edward M. Yarbrough of the Middle District of Tennessee announced today.
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Former Department of Defense Employee Pleads Guilty to Making False Statement (07-933)

WASHINGTON — A former Department of Defense employee has pleaded guilty in federal court in Washington, D.C., to a false statement charge for failing to disclose on his annual financial disclosure report cash payments made to his wife, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division announced today.
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Monday, November 19, 2007

Michigan Woman Sentenced for Her Role in Smuggling Scores of Iraqis and Jordanians into the United States (07-931)

WASHINGTON — Neeran H. Zaia, 56, of Sterling Heights, Mich., was sentenced to 15 years in prison for her role in a conspiracy to smuggle Iraqis and Jordanians into the United States. 
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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Seven Former Public Officials Sentenced for Participating in Bribery and Extortion Conspiracy  (07-925)

WASHINGTON — Seven former public officials were sentenced this week in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, in Tucson, for their roles in a widespread bribery and extortion conspiracy.
 (Read more)

Chicago Man Who Served as Former Nazi Police Officer Ordered Removed  (07-920)

WASHINGTON — An immigration judge in Chicago has ordered Chicago resident Osyp Firishchak removed from the United States for his role in a Ukrainian police unit that assisted in the annihilation of over 100,000 Jews in Nazi-occupied L‘viv, Poland (now in Ukraine), during World War II. 
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Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey Announces Brett C. Gerry as Chief of Staff for the Department of Justice

WASHINGTON – Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey today announced that Brett C. Gerry will serve as his chief of staff. In this role, Mr. Gerry will assist the Attorney General and senior Department of Justice staff in managing and implementing the Department’s policy initiatives and priorities.
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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Justice Department Announces Seventh Guilty Plea in P2P Piracy Crackdown (07-917)

WASHINGTON ­— A seventh defendant has pleaded guilty in connection with Operation D-Elite, the first criminal enforcement action targeting individuals committing copyright infringement on a peer-to-peer (P2P) network using BitTorrent technology, (Read more)

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Palestinian National and Former Colombian Detective Plead Guilty to Conspiring to Support the FARC And Alien Smuggling

WASHINGTON — A Palestinian national and a former detective with the Colombian Department of Administrative Security (DAS) have pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and alien smuggling.
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Former Guatemalan Government Official Convicted of U.S. Drug Charges (07-908)

WASHINGTON — A former police officer in the Guatemalan government was convicted in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on drug charges
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Former Florida Health Care Company Owner Sentenced to 66 Months in Prison for Medicare Fraud (07-907)

WASHINGTON — The owner and operator of a Florida health care company has been sentenced to 66 months incarceration for Medicare fraud.
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Friday, November 9, 2007

Four Miami Health Care Company Owners Sentenced to 57 Months in Prison for Medicare Fraud (07-904)

WASHINGTON — Four members of the same family, who owned and operated a series of Miami Durable Medicare Equipment companies and Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facilities have each been sentenced to 57 months in prison for Medicare fraud
 (Read more)

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Two Former Virgin Islands Commissioners and a Local Businessman Indicted in $1.4 Million Bribery and Kickback Scheme (07-900)

WASHINGTON — A federal grand jury in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, has returned a 12-count indictment against the former Commissioner of the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR), the former Commissioner of the Department of Property and Procurement (DP&P), and a local businessman.
 (Read more)

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Two Individuals Charged in $16 Million Scheme to Defraud the Export-Import Bank of the United States  (07-894)

WASHINGTON — Two men from the Philippines have been charged in connection with a $16 million scheme to defraud the Export-Import Bank of the United States (the Ex-Im Bank).
 (Read more)

Monday, November 5, 2007

Afghan National Arraigned on Drug Charges (07-890)

Khan Mohammed, an Afghan national, was arraigned today in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on charges of distributing one kilogram or more of heroin, intending and knowing that it be imported into the United States of America. (Read more)

Former Leader of Arellano-Felix Drug Trafficking Organization Sentenced to Life in Prison  (07-886)

Francisco Javier Arellano-Felix, the former leader of the deadly drug trafficking Arellano-Felix Organization (AFO), was sentenced to serve life in prison, the Department of Justice announced today. At the sentencing hearing at federal court in San Diego today, U.S. District Judge Larry A. Burns also ordered Arellano-Felix, 37, to forfeit $50 million and his interest in a yacht, the Dock Holiday. Arellano-Felix‘s sentence follows his September 2007 guilty plea to operating a continuing criminal enterprise and conspiring to launder monetary instruments. (Read more)

Former Executive of Willbros Subsidiary Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Bribe Nigerian Government Officials (07-885)

WASHINGTON — A former executive of a subsidiary of Houston-based Willbros Group Inc. (WGI) has pleaded guilty to conspiring to bribe officials of the government of Nigeria with more than $6 million in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
 (Read more)

Friday, November 2, 2007

Former Department of Defense Employee Pleads Guilty to Defrauding the United States (07-882)

WASHINGTON — A former civilian employee of the Department of Defense (DOD) has pleaded guilty in El Paso, Texas, to defrauding the United States of tens of thousands of dollars.
 (Read more)

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Former Alaska State Representative Victor Kohring Convicted on Public Corruption Charges (07-878)

WASHINGTON — A federal jury in Anchorage, Alaska, has found former Alaska State Representative Victor H. Kohring guilty of conspiracy, bribery and attempted extortion, (Read more)

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