Wells Fargo Fair Lending Settlement
On July 12, the Department of Justice filed the second largest fair lending settlement in the department’s history to resolve allegations that Wells Fargo Bank, the largest residential home mortgage originator in the United States, engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination against qualified African-American and Hispanic borrowers in its mortgage lending from 2004 through 2009. If you believe that you were the victim of lending discrimination on the basis of race or national origin by Wells Fargo and have questions about the settlement, email the Department of Justice at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nationwide Breach of Credit and Debit Card Terminals at Michael Stores, Inc.
UNITED STATES v. EDUARD ARAKELYAN and ARMAN VARDANYAN, 12-CR-00153 CW
March 5, 2012: As the result of the ongoing, nationally-coordinated investigation into the breach of credit and debit card terminals at Michaels Stores, Inc., across the country, Eduard Arakelyan and Arman Vardanyan were each charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft, in connection with a scheme to use stolen bank account, and personal identifying information, to withdraw money from ATMs in Northern California. Both defendants have pled guilty to these charges. Their sentencing dates have been set for July 24, 2012, at 2:30 p.m., before United States District Judge Claudia Wilken, 1301 Clay Street, Oakland, California. If you have been victimized, by this scheme, please contact Special Agent Paul Grimm at 415-281-8527.
Hamedani Trial Information
10/20/11 Update: A hearing is scheduled before Judge Claudia Wilken on October 26, 2011 at 2:30 PM at Courtroom 1, 4th Floor, 1301 Clay Street, Oakland, CA for the case which involves defendants, Nasser V. Hamedani, and Sholeh A. Hamedani. The purpose of this hearing is for the defendants to enter a plea of guilty. Your attendance is not required.
Victims have the right at a Change of Plea to be reasonably heard. Please inform me, Nancy Woods, at 415-436-6834, if it is the victim's wish to attend and/or speak at this hearing.
Plea Negotiations may be ongoing between the United States and the defendant(s). We will discuss any issues or questions you may have regarding this at your request. Also, if you have any additional information you would like to share with the prosecutor at this time, please contact the Assistant U.S. Attorney involved in the case.
08/10/11 Update: A Jury Trial is now scheduled before Judge Claudia Wilken for March 5, 2012 at 8:30 AM, Oakland, CA for defendants Sholeh A. Hamdani and Nasser V. Hamedani
03/25/11 Update: A status hearing is scheduled before Judge Claudia Wilken for April 13, 2011 at 2:30 PM, 4th Floor, 1301 Clay Street, Oakland, CA for defendants Nasser V. Hamedani and Sholeh A. Hamedani. The purpose of this hearing is to determine if there are issues that the Court needs to address and to schedule any necessary future court dates.
09/08/10 Update: A Status Hearing is set for April 4, 2011 at 10:00 AM before the General Duty Magistrate Judge, for defendants Nasser V. Hamedani and Sholeh A. Hamedani.
A Jury Trial is set for October 17, 2011 at 8:30 AM before the Honorable Claudia Wilken for defendants Nasser V. Hamedani and Sholeh A. Hamedani. A Pretrial Conference is set for September 7, 2011 at 2:30 PM before the Honorable Claudia Wilken.
All hearings and the trial are in Courtroom 4, 3rd Floor, 1301 Clay Street, Oakland, California for defendants Nasser V. Hamedani and Sholeh A. Hamedani.
Heckscher Trial Information
10/24/11 Update: Restitution Hearing is now set for January 20, 2012 at 3:30 P.M. The victims will receive the final list of victims, restitution amounts and a proposed schedule for payments as well as other information on or about November 20, 2011. Victims should transmit any objections, comments or other statements in connection with this filing in writing to the special master and/or the United States Attorney’s Office on or before December 21, 2011.
8/10/11 Update: PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on July 22, 2011, the Court-appointed Special Master filed his Report and Request for Approval of Distribution Methodology (“Report”). The hearing on the Report is currently scheduled to be held on August 31, 2011 at 3:00 PM, 19th Floor of the Federal Courthouse, before Judge Susan Illston. A copy of the Report is attached.
SPECIAL MASTER APPOINTED: MARTIN H. DODD proceedings held before Judge Hon. Susan Illston.
March 14, 2011: Special Master will be sending out shortly a questionnaire for the victims in the case to complete. The status hearing date will be set by the Court after the Barry Bonds trial is over, probably at the end of April or early May.
8/24/10 Update: Defendant Roberto Heckscher has been sentenced by the Court. The Court ordered the defendant to the following:
- Incarceration of 20 years
- Followed by Supervised Release of 3 years
- Special Assessment of $100.00
- Restitution to be determined.
This case is assigned to the Honorable District Court Judge Susan Illston. Proceedings will be held on the 19th Floor, at 450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, California.
Pursuant to a plea agreement, Roberto Heckscher, pleaded guilty on October 30, 2009, before U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston to one count of mail fraud.
Notice of Sale of Real Property
United States v. Ruth Thomas, Special Administrator for Estate of Ruth E. Dubois, etc., U.S. District Court, Case No. C-02-1091 MMC