United States Department of Justice

Criminal Division Press Releases for February 2008

Friday, February 29, 2008

Foreign Nationals Sentenced In Alien Smuggling And Conspiracy To Support The Farc

WASHINGTON – Five foreign nationals have been sentenced by a federal judge in Miami for their roles in a conspiracy to smuggle purported terrorists to the United States from Colombia. (Read more)

California Man Sentenced to 33 Months in Prison in Connection with $20 Million Scheme to Defraud the Export-import Bank of the United States

WASHINGTON – David Villongco, 51, of San Mateo, Calif., was sentenced to 33 months in prison in connection with a $20 million scheme to defraud the Export-Import Bank of the United States, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Jeffrey A. Taylor of the District of Columbia announced today. (Read more)

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Department Of The Army Official And Alabama-Based Private Contractor Sentenced In Public Corruption Case

WASHINGTON – Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division announced today that a Department of the Army official and an Alabama-based contractor were sentenced to federal prison in connection with charges arising from participation in an honest services wire fraud scheme and a related obstruction of justice.
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Two Virgin Islands Commissioners Convicted In $1.4 Million Bribery And Kickback Scheme

WASHINGTON – On Feb. 27, 2008, a federal jury in St. Thomas found the former Commissioner of the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) guilty of demanding and accepting bribes and obstructing justice and the former Department of Property and Procurement (DP&P) guilty of demanding and accepting bribes in a $1.4 million bribery and kickback scheme. ( Read more)

Departments Of Justice And Homeland Security Announce International Initiative Against Traffickers In Counterfeit Network Hardware

WASHINGTON – The results to date of an ongoing international enforcement initiative between the United States and Canada that targets the illegal distribution of counterfeit network hardware manufactured in China. (Read more)

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Florida Man Sentenced For Smuggling Aliens To Work In Florida Resorts

WASHINGTON – Justin Eric King, 27, of Chipley, Fla., has been sentenced to 41 months in prison followed by three years supervised release resulting from his conviction on charges of conspiracy to commit visa fraud, visa fraud and conspiracy to commit alien smuggling. (Read more)

Monday, February 25, 2008

Former Gen Re And Aig Executives Found Guilty On All Counts Of Fraudulent Manipulation Scheme

WASHINGTON – A federal jury has found four former General Re Corporation (Gen Re) Executives and one former American International Group Inc. (AIG) executive guilty, following a five-week long trial, the Justice Department announced today. (Read more)

Friday, February 22, 2008

Three Former British Bankers Sentenced In Enron Case

WASHINGTON – Three investment bankers formerly employed by the British bank National Westminster Bank Plc (Nat West) were each sentenced to 37 months in prison on a wire fraud charge arising from a secret investment transaction in which they participated with former executives at Enron Corporation. (Read more)

Thursday, February 21, 2008

U.S. Congressman And Associates Indicted On Multiple Counts Including Fraud, Extortion, And Money Laundering

WASHINGTON – A federal grand jury in Tucson, Ariz. returned a 35-count indictment yesterday against Richard G. Renzi, 49, of Flagstaff, Ariz., the U.S. Representative from Arizona’s first congressional district; James W. Sandlin, 56, of Sherman, Texas, a real estate investor and Renzi's business associate; and Andrew Beardall, 36, of Rockville, Md., Renzi’s business associate. (Read more)

Flowserve Corporation To Pay $4 Million Penalty For Kickback Payments To The Iraqi Government Under The U.N. Oil For Food Program

WASHINGTON – Flowserve Corporation (Flowserve) has agreed to pay a $4 million penalty as part of an agreement with the U.S. government regarding charges brought in connection with an ongoing investigation related to the United Nations Oil for Food program, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division announced today. (Read more)

Thursday, February 19, 2008

Former Lancer Group Hedge Fund Manager Michael Lauer And Four Others Indicted On Conspiracy And Wire Fraud Charges

WASHINGTON – Five individuals who defrauded hedge fund investors of more than $200 million dollars have been indicted on charges of conspiracy and wire fraud. (Read more)

Friday, February 15, 2008

Federal Jury Convicts Arizona Man For Distributing And Possessing Child Pornography

WASHINGTON – A federal jury in Phoenix returned guilty verdicts on numerous counts charging Paul Richard Butts, 38, of Apache Junction, Ariz., with the distribution and possession of child pornography. (Read more)

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation Agrees To Pay $300,000 Penalty To Resolve Foreign Bribery Violations In India

WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice has entered into an agreement with Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation (Wabtec) regarding improper payments to government officials in India in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). (Read more)

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

U.S. Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey Travels to Baghdad to Meet with Senior U.S. and Iraq Officials; Discuss Cooperative Efforts to Promote the Rule of Law throughout Iraq

WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice has entered into an agreement with Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation (Wabtec) regarding improper payments to government officials in India in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). (Read more)

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  • Tuesday, February 12, 2008

    Fbi Employee Indicted For Accepting Gratuity

    WASHINGTON – FBI employee Curtis Jones was indicted today in Baltimore on charges of accepting an illegal gratuity for the performance of his official duties, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division announced today. (Read more)

    Thursday, February 7, 2008

    Benedict P. Kuehne, Two Others, Indicted On Money Laundering Charges

    WASHINGTON – A federal grand jury in Miami has charged three individuals with federal money laundering charges, obstruction of justice and forfeiture allegations, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division announced today. (Read more)

    Wednesday, February 6, 2008

    Federal Jury Convicts Anchorage Man In The First Sex Trafficking Trial In The District Of Alaska

    WASHINGTON – A federal jury in Anchorage, Alaska, returned guilty verdicts late yesterday on 28 counts charging Don Arthur Webster Jr., 51, also known as “Jerry Starr,” with sex trafficking of minors and adults, as well as drug trafficking offenses. (Read more)

    Monday, February 4, 2008

    President’s Request Supports Increase For Department’s National Security Efforts

    WASHINGTON – Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey today announced that the President’s fiscal year 2009 budget proposal for the Department of Justice is $22.7 billion. (Read more)

    East Boston Man Convicted On Child Prostitution Charges

    WASHINGTON – A federal jury in Boston, Mass., convicted Victor Diaz, 24, of East Boston of conspiring to engage in a child prostitution scheme, Alice S. Fisher, Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Michael J. Sullivan for the District of Massachusetts announced today.. (Read more)

    Friday, February 1, 2008

    Georgia Federal Jury Convicts Former Child Acting Consultant On Child Exploitation Charges

    WASHINGTON – A federal jury in Albany, Georgia returned a guilty verdict against Thomas Conrad Lowery, 48, of Americus, Georgia, on January 31, 2008, on all counts of an indictment charging child exploitation offenses, Assistant Attorney General Alice Fisher of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Frank Maxwell Wood of the Middle District of Georgia announced today. (Read more)

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