United States Department of Justice

Criminal Division Press Releases for July 2008

wednesday, July 30, 2008

Former Department Of Defense Official Pleads Guilty To Making False Statement

WASHINGTON – Constance Walton, a former employee of the Defense Logistics Agency, an agency within the Department of Defense (DoD), pleaded guilty today to one count of making a false statement. (Read more)

District Of Columbia Man Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography Charges

WASHINGTON – A District of Columbia resident pleaded guilty today to a one count information charging him with possession of child pornography, Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew Friedrich of the Criminal Division announced. (Read more)

Former Department Of Interior Official Pleads Guilty To Conflict Of Interest Charge

WASHINGTON – The former special assistant to the Associate Director of Minerals Revenue Management, Mineral Management Service (MMS) at the U.S. Department of Interior pleaded guilty to a felony violation of the conflict of interest law, Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew Friedrich announced today. (Read more)

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Transcript Of Press Conference With Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew Friedrich On Indictment Of U.S. Senator

MR. FRIEDRICH: Good afternoon. My name is Matt Friedrich, and I am the Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division. With me here today is Steve Tidwell, who is an Executive Assistant Director at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. (Read more)

U.S. Senator Indicted On False Statement Charges

WASHINGTON – United States Senator Theodore F. Stevens of Alaska was charged today in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia with seven counts of making false statements related to Stevens’ financial disclosure forms. (Read more)

Monday, July 28, 2008

Three Ms-13 Leaders Plead Guilty To Involvement In A Racketeering Conspiracy

WASHINGTON – Three leaders of La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, pleaded guilty to participation in a racketeering enterprise, Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew Friedrich of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Edward M. Yarbrough for the Middle District of Tennessee announced today. (Read more)

Army Lieutenant Colonel Pleads Guilty To Participating In Wire Fraud Scheme Arising Out Of Al-Hillah, Iraq

WASHINGTON – Debra Harrison, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, pleaded guilty today to honest services wire fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud the Coalition Provisional Authority - South Central Region (CPA-SC) in Al-Hillah, Iraq. (Read more)

Friday, July 25, 2008

Indiana Man Pleads Guilty To Transporting Child Pornography

WASHINGTON – Charles Robert Gorby, 34, of Terre Haute, Ind., pleaded guilty today in Terre Haute to one count of transporting child pornography, Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew Friedrich of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Timothy M. Morrison of the Southern District of Indiana announced. (Read more)

Lobbyist Pleads Guilty To Destroying Evidence In Public Corruption Investigation

WASHINGTON – A partner in a Pennsylvania-based lobbying firm pleaded guilty today to destruction of evidence, Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew Friedrich of the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Jeffrey A. Taylor for the District of Columbia, Assistant Director of the FBI’s Washington Field Office Joseph Persichini Jr., and Special Agent in Charge C. André Martin of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Criminal Investigation announced. (Read more)

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Federal Grand Jury Charges California Man With Obscenity Violations

WASHINGTON – A California man was charged yesterday by a federal grand jury in San Jose, Calif., with mailing obscene materials and related offenses, Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division Matthew Friedrich announced today. (Read more)

wednesday, July 23, 2008

Oregon Man Sentenced To Four Years In Prison For Selling Counterfeit Software Worth $1 Million

WASHINGTON – An Oregon man was sentenced today for selling counterfeit computer software with a retail value of more than $1 million, and for aggravated identity theft and mail fraud, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division Matthew Friedrich and U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon Karin J. Immergut. (Read more)

Former Swim Coach In Indiana Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography Charges

WASHINGTON – Brian D. Hindson, 40, of Carmel, Ind., pleaded guilty today in Indianapolis to eleven counts of production of child pornography, four counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. (Read more)

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Former U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers Employee Pleads Guilty To Disclosing Sensitive Procurement Information

WASHINGTON – A former employee of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers pleaded guilty to providing sensitive contract information to a bidder seeking to win a multi-billion dollar government contract, Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew Friedrich of the Criminal Division announced today. (Read more)

Monday, July 21, 2008

Digital Currency Business E-Gold Pleads Guilty To MoneyLaundering And Illegal Money Transmitting Charges

WASHINGTON – A former employee of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers pleaded guilty to providing sensitive contract information to a bidder seeking to win a multi-billion dollar government contract, Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew Friedrich of the Criminal Division announced today. (Read more)

Friday, July 18, 2008

California Man Sentenced To Six Months In Prison In Connection With Scheme To Defraud The Export-Import Bank Of The United States

WASHINGTON – Edward Javier, 54, was sentenced to six months in prison in connection with a $1 million scheme to defraud the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank), Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew Friedrich of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Jeffrey A. Taylor of the District of Columbia announced today. (Read more)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Former Fresno County Sheriff’s Sergeant Sentenced To 14 Years In Prison For Receiving And Possessing Child Pornography

WASHINGTON – Ronald B. Vaughn Jr., 42, a former sergeant for the Fresno County, Calif., Sheriff’s Department was sentenced to serve 168 months in federal prison for child exploitation offenses. (Read more)

Defendant Sentenced To 48 Months In Prison For Trafficking In More Than $400,000 Worth Of Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals

WASHINGTON – Iyad Dogmosh, a Jordanian national, was sentenced today to 48 months in prison for trafficking in more than 38,000 counterfeit Viagra tablets. (Read more)

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Justice Department Moves To Revoke U.S. Citizenship Of Former Member Of Nazi Killing Unit

WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice has requested that a federal court in Seattle revoke the U.S. citizenship of a Bellevue, Wash., resident based on evidence of his role in a Nazi unit that participated in the mass murder of more than 17,000 Serbian civilians during World War II. (Read more)

Friday, July 11, 2008

Virginia Woman Indicted In $132 Million Scheme To Defraud Clients Of Funds Allegedly Held In Trust

WASHINGTON – Lara Coleman, 40, of Richmond, Va., was charged in a superseding indictment with conspiracy, fraud and money laundering charges. (Read more)

Former Hewlett Packard Vice President Pleads Guilty To Theft Of Ibm Trade Secrets

WASHINGTON – A former vice president of imaging and printing services at the Hewlett Packard Company (HP) pleaded guilty today to stealing trade secrets. (Read more)

Maryland Man Pleads Guilty To Receiving Child Pornography

WASHINGTON – Gary Jorandby, of Upper Marlboro, Md., pleaded guilty today to one count of receiving child pornography through the Internet. (Read more)

Miami Doctor Sentenced To 41 Months In Prison For Medicare Fraud

WASHINGTON – A Miami-area doctor was sentenced to 41 months in prison for her role in schemes to defraud the Medicare program, Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew Friedrich of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney R. Alexander Acosta of the Southern District of Florida announced today. (Read more)

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Alaska State Senator Indicted On Public Corruption Charges

WASHINGTON – John Cowdery, a current member of the Alaska state Senate, was indicted on charges arising out of a federal investigation into public corruption in the state of Alaska, Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew Friedrich for the Criminal Division announced today. (Read more)

Federal Jury Convicts Florida Physician For Child Pornography Receipt And Possession

WASHINGTON – A federal jury in Tampa, Fla., convicted Dr. Richard Carino, 48, a Tampa-based physician, of child pornography receipt and possession charges. (Read more)

HIV Infusion Clinic Administrator Sentenced To 30 Months In Prison For Health Care Fraud

WASHINGTON – Miami resident Aisa Perera, 42, was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for her role in an $11 million scheme to defraud the Medicare program. (Read more)

French National Pleads Guilty To International Stolen Art Conspiracy Involving Paintings By Monet, Sisley And Brueghel

WASHINGTON – French national Bernard Jean Ternus pleaded guilty today to conspiring to transport in interstate and foreign commerce four stolen paintings knowing that they were stolen, the Department of Justice Criminal Division, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, the FBI and the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced. (Read more)

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Michigan Man Sentenced To More Than 33 Years In Prison In Child Pornography Case

WASHINGTON – Kenneth Miller, 43, pleaded guilty today to numerous child exploitation offenses and was sentenced to 400 months in prison, Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew Friedrich of the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana Timothy Morrison and U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan Charles R. Gross announced. (Read more)

Owner Of Medical Equipment Company Sentenced To 130 Months In Prison For Health Care Fraud

WASHINGTON – A Miami resident was sentenced to 130 months in prison for his role in schemes to defraud the Medicare program (Read more)

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Michigan Man Sentenced To More Than 33 Years In Prison In Child Pornography Case

WASHINGTON – Kenneth Miller, 43, pleaded guilty today to numerous child exploitation offenses and was sentenced to 400 months in prison, Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew Friedrich of the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana Timothy Morrison and U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan Charles R. Gross announced. (Read more)

Owner Of Medical Equipment Company Sentenced To 130 Months In Prison For Health Care Fraud

WASHINGTON – A Miami resident was sentenced to 130 months in prison for his role in schemes to defraud the Medicare program (Read more)

Wednesday, July 1, 2008

Eleventh Member Of Casino-Cheating Criminal Enterprise Pleads Guilty To Racketeering Conspiracy Targeting Casinos Across The United States

WASHINGTON – Son Hong Johnson, 45, pleaded guilty today in San Diego to conspiring to participate in a racketeering enterprise, the “Tran Organization,” in a scheme to cheat casinos across the country out of millions of dollars. (Read more)

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