United States Department of Justice

Criminal Division Press Releases for September 2007

Friday, September 28, 2007

Repeat Sex Offender Pleads Guilty in Mississippi to Possessing Child Pornography  (07-780)

WASHINGTON — A previously convicted child sex offender has pleaded guilty in Mississippi to possessing child pornography.
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Florida Pharmacy and Medicare Equipment Company Owner Sentenced to More Than 12 Years in Prison for Medicare Fraud (07-773)

WASHINGTON — The owner and operator of a Florida pharmacy and Durable Medicare Equipment (DME) company has been sentenced to 151 months in prison for Medicare fraud.
 (Read more)

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Former Alaska State Speaker of the House Peter Kott Convicted on Public Corruption Charges (07-767)

WASHINGTON — A federal jury in Anchorage, Alaska, has found former Alaska state representative and former Alaska Speaker of the House Peter Kott guilty of bribery, extortion and conspiracy for corruptly soliciting and receiving financial benefits from a company in exchange for performing official acts in the Alaska State Legislature on the company‘s behalf.
 (Read more)

Monday, September 24, 2007

International Law Enforcement Operation Targets Underground Manufacture of Anabolic Steroids (07-753)

Authorities have arrested more than 124 individuals in the United States on federal charges as the result of an international investigation targeting the illegal manufacturing and trafficking of anabolic steroids and its raw materials, mainly from China, along with the human growth hormone (HGH) and the insulin growth factor (IGF) markets, the Department of Justice announced today. (Read more)

Paradigm B.V. Agrees to Pay $1 Million Penalty to Resolve Foreign Bribery Issues in Multiple Countries (07-751)

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice has entered into an agreement with Paradigm B.V. related to the making of improper payments to government officials in China, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Mexico and Nigeria in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), (Read more)

Friday, September 21, 2007

Three Men Indicted on Alien Smuggling, Fraud, Conspiracy Charges (07-747)

WASHINGTON — A federal grand jury in Pensacola, Fla., has indicted three men for their role in a large alien smuggling visa fraud scheme that illegally brought more than 200 aliens into the area of Destin, Fla., to work in major hotels and resorts
 (Read more)

Florida Defendant Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Medicare Fraud (07-746)

WASHINGTON — The owner and operator of a Florida health care company has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for Medicare fraud.
 (Read more)

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Former Nazi Concentration Camp Guard Loses U.S. Citizenship, Departs United States (07-738)

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has entered an order revoking the U.S. citizenship of Martin Hartmann for his role as an armed SS guard at the notorious Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp in Nazi Germany during World War II.
  (Read more)

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Doctor and Pharmacy Owner Plead Guilty in Internet Pharmacy Conspiracy  (07-735)

WASHINGTON — A Florida pharmacy owner and a Kentucky physician pleaded guilty to conspiracy for their participation in an Internet pharmacy business that generated more than $126 million in gross revenues from the illegal sale of prescription pharmaceuticals.
  (Read more)

Monday, September 17, 2007

Union Bank of California Enters into Deferred Prosecution Agreement and Forfeits $21.6 Million to Resolve Bank Secrecy Act Violations 

WASHINGTON — Union Bank of California, N.A., a wholly-owned subsidiary of UnionBanCal Corporation, based in San Francisco, has entered into a deferred prosecution agreement on charges of failing to maintain an effective anti-money laundering program and will forfeit $21.6 million to the U.S. government.
  (Read more)

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Maryland Man Indicted on Child Pornography Charges (07-713)

Scott Carpenter, 44, of Dundalk, Md., has been indicted on eleven child pornography charges, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein of the District of Maryland announced today.
  (Read more)

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Salvadoran Man Pleads Guilty for His Role in Conspiracy to Smuggle Scores of Migrants into the United States (07-708)

WASHINGTON — A Salvadoran national has pleaded guilty to engaging in a conspiracy to smuggle or attempt to smuggle scores of Central American migrants into the United States for private financial gain, and to causing the death of at least one person during the journey.
  (Read more)

Former Congressional Chief of Staff Neil G. Volz Sentenced for Conspiracy to Commit Honest Services Fraud (07-705)

WASHINGTON — Neil G. Volz, a Washington lobbyist who served as chief of staff for former Congressman Robert W. Ney, has been sentenced to two years probation and fined $2,000 on a charge of conspiracy to commit honest services fraud.
  (Read more)

Monday, September 10, 2007

Lieutenant Governor and Territorial Senator for American Samoa Indicted for Public Corruption Charges (07-698)

WASHINGTON — Lieutenant Governor Aitofele T.F. Sunia and Territorial Senator Tini Lam Yuen, of the U.S. Territory of American Samoa, have been arrested on fraud, bribery, and obstruction charges, (Read more)

Friday, September 7, 2007

Biloxi Attorney Paul Minor and Two Former Mississippi State Court Judges Sentenced on Conviction in Bribery Scheme

A Biloxi attorney and two former Mississippi state court judges have been sentenced for their roles in an extensive bribery scheme, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division announced today.
  (Read more)

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Chuckie Taylor Charged with Additional Acts of Torture in Superseding Indictment (07-688)

WASHINGTON — A federal Grand Jury in Miami today charged Roy Belfast Jr. in a superseding indictment with additional crimes of torture occurring in Liberia between 1999 to 2003.
  (Read more)

Former Orange County Man Brought to United States to Face Child Exploitation Charge (07-684)

WASHINGTON — A former contract employee for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has been arrested on charges of engaging in illicit sexual contact with a boy while working for USAID in Bangladesh.
  (Read more)

Four Defendants Plead Guilty to Charges Involving Conspiracy to Commit Securities Fraud and Electronic Mail Fraud 

WASHINGTON — Four defendants have pleaded guilty to defrauding investors of over $20 million in stock manipulation schemes involving 15 different publicly traded companies.
  (Read more)

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