United States Department of Justice

Criminal Division Press Releases for February 2009

Friday, February 27, 2009

International Criminal Figure Pleads Guilty to $138 Million Fuel Tax Scheme After Nearly 13 Years as a Fugitive

After nearly 13 years as a fugitive, a former New Jersey resident has been returned to the United States, and pleaded guilty today to conspiring to committing one of the nation’s largest known motor fuel excise tax schemes.
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Thursday, February 26, 2009

17 Members and Associates of Violent Gang Indicted

A federal grand jury in Lubbock, Texas, has charged 17 members and associates of the violent gang known as the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation (ALKQN) with various charges related to their alleged narcotics and weapons trafficking violations, a well as a variety of alleged violent crimes throughout Texas.
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Stanford Financial Group Chief Investment Officer Charged with Obstruction

Laura Pendergest-Holt, the chief investment officer of Houston-based Stanford Financial Group (SFG), was arrested today by agents of the FBI’s Houston Field Office on a criminal complaint charging her with obstruction of a proceeding before an agency of the United States.
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Former Cartel Leader Extradited from Mexico

Miguel Caro Quintero, the alleged former leader of the now-defunct Sonora Cartel, was extradited by the government of Mexico to the United States on Feb. 25, 2009, the Justice Department announced today.
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Miami Man Found Guilty in $13.5 Million International Money Laundering Scheme

Rodrigo Molina, 33, a Brazilian national who resided in Miami, was found guilty by a federal jury on 11 of 16 charged counts related to a $13.5 million money laundering conspiracy.
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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Former Employee of the Export-Import Bank of the United States Charged with Corruption and Tax Violations

A former employee of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) has been indicted on corruption and tax violations arising from her alleged receipt of a $100,000 bribe while working at the Ex-Im Bank.
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Monday, February 23, 2009

U.S. District Court Judge Pleads Guilty to Obstruction of Justice

U.S. District Judge Samuel B. Kent pleaded guilty today to obstruction of justice in federal court in Houston.
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Friday, February 20, 2009

John Doe # 17 Indicted in Child Pornography Case

John Doe 17," a white male with curly brown hair weighing approximately 210-250 pounds, has been indicted by a federal grand jury for transporting child pornography via the Internet on or about May 5, 2007.
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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Kentucky Man Pleads Guilty to Producing Child Pornography and Is Sentenced to 20 Years

Jack A. Taylor, 68, a resident of Rolling Springs, Ky., pleaded guilty today to producing child pornography and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

North Carolina Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Child Pornography

Timothy Christenbury, of Charlotte, N.C., pleaded guilty today to possessing child pornography.
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Texas Man Sentenced to 41 Months in Prison for Selling Counterfeit Software Worth $1 Million on Web Sites

Timothy Kyle Dunaway, 24, of Wichita Falls, Texas, was sentenced today to 41 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor in Wichita Falls for selling counterfeit computer software through the Internet in violation of criminal copyright infringement laws.
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Friday, February 13, 2009

Co-Founder of Casino-Cheating Criminal Enterprise Pleads Guilty to Racketeering Conspiracy Targeting Casinos in the United States and Canada

Tai Khiem Tran, 47, 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 United States and Canada.
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Three Miami Physicians and Three Medical Workers Charged with $10 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

Six Miami-Dade County residents have been indicted in connection with an alleged $10 million Medicare fraud scheme operated out of Midway Medical, a Miami clinic that purported to specialize in treating HIV/AIDS patients.
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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Hyannis, Mass., Man Pleads Guilty to Receiving and Possessing Child Pornography

Harris Taubman, of Hyannis, Mass., pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Boston to receiving and possessing child pornography.
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Kellogg Brown & Root LLC Pleads Guilty to Foreign Bribery Charges and Agrees to Pay $402 Million Criminal Fine

Kellogg Brown & Root LLC (KBR), a global engineering, construction and services company based in Houston, pleaded guilty today to charges related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) for its participation in a decade-long scheme to bribe Nigerian government officials to obtain engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts.
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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Former Member of Armed Services Pleads Guilty to Participating in Bribery and Extortion Conspiracy

A former member of the U.S. armed services pleaded guilty today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona in Tucson for his role in a widespread bribery and extortion conspiracy, Acting Assistant Attorney General Rita M. Glavin of the Criminal Division announced today.
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Former Tulsa Businessman Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison for Receiving Child Pornography

Terry Brian Dobbs, an Oklahoma businessman, was sentenced today to 11 years in prison for receiving images of child pornography.
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Arizona Man Sentenced to Five Years for Distribution of Child Pornography

Theodore Allan, 54, of Glendale, Ariz., was sentenced today to five years in prison for distribution of child pornography.
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California Man Sentenced to 18 Months in Community Correctional Facility in Connection with Scheme to Defraud First International Bank and Export-Import Bank

Carlos Serrano, 64, of Glendale, Calif., was sentenced to 18 months in a community correctional facility in connection with a $1.3 million scheme to defraud the First International Bank of Connecticut (FIB) and the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank).
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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Former Employee at U.S. Embassy in Haiti Pleads Guilty to Theft of More Than $800,000

A former employee at the U.S. Embassy in Haiti pleaded guilty today to one count of theft for stealing more than $800,000 from the U.S. Department of State, Acting Assistant Attorney General Rita M. Glavin of the Criminal Division announced.
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Minnesota Man Arrested in Connection with Ponzi Scheme

Former Employee at U.S. Embassy in Haiti Pleads Guilty to Theft of More Than $800,000.
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Government Contractor Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison on Bribery Charges

A government contractor and former employee of the U.S. Department of the Treasury was sentenced in Washington today in connection with a bribery scheme involving contracts at the U.S. Tax Court in the District of Columbia.
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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Former Finance Director of California Valve Company Pleads Guilty to Bribing Foreign Government Officials

The former finance director of an Orange County, Calif.-based valve company pleaded guilty today in connection with his role in a conspiracy to pay approximately $628,000 in bribes to numerous foreign government officials.
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