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December 2004

December 15, 2004

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney announced that ROSITA HEREDIA, a/k/a Rosita Roden, pled guilty to violations of the Lacey Act and the Endangered Species Act in federal court in Raleigh on Wednesday, December 15, 2004.

November 2004

November 18, 2004

WASHINGTON, D. C. - United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney announced that DENNIS M. DUFFY and JOHN STUART BRUCE, attorneys in the U. S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina, have been named by the U. S. Department of Justice (DOJ) as recipients of 2004 Director's Awards.

November 9, 2004

ELIZABETH CITY - United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney announced that FRANK W. BALLANCE, JR. pled guilty in federal court in Elizabeth City, N. C., on Tuesday, November 9, 2004, pursuant to a plea agreement.

October 2004

October 29, 2004

outside accountant for international heritage, inc. pleads guilty to conspiracy

October 28, 2004

department of justice announces federal observers to monitor general election in states across the country

October 26, 2004

Raleigh - United States Attorneys Frank D. Whitney, Anna Mills S. Wagoner, and Gretchen C. F. Shappert, of the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina, respectively, have scheduled a news conference to discuss ballot access and voting integrity relating to the November 2004 elections.

October 22, 2004

RALEIGH - Oral argument in the case of IN RE: ROBERT V. MATTHEWS (United States v. North Carolina's Original Copy of the Bill of Rights), has been scheduled in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Virginia. Details are as follows:

October 20, 2004

U. S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE COLLECTIONS For Fiscal Year 2004, $24.1 Million Collected by United States Attorney's Office For the Eastern District of North Carolina

GREENVILLE - United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney announced that LAKENDRICK FOBBS was sentenced in federal court in Greenville, N. C., on Monday, October 18, 2004, for conspiracy, armed bank robbery, and firearms violations.

October 19, 2004

GREENVILLE - United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney announced that NORMAN Y. CHAMBLISS III, 53, of Rocky Mount, N. C.; WELDON B. DENNY, 78, of Raleigh, N. C.; and MORRIS VIVONA, JR., 46, of Vecona, New Jersey, were sentenced in federal court in Greenville on Tuesday, October 19, 2004.

October 12, 2004

u. s. justice department announces grants to n. c. for dna backlog reduction and capacity enhancement

October 7, 2004

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney announced that STANLEY H. VAN ETTEN, 42, of Millbrook Road, Raleigh, N. C., and Bridgestone Drive, Orlando, Florida, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Raleigh on Thursday, October 7, 2004, for offenses related to a failed real estate transaction and related insurance fraud in the Spring of 2002.

October 5, 2004

virginia dare memorial bridge, manteo, n. c., project manager pleads guilty to environmental violations

October 4, 2004

Media Advisory

October 1, 2004

attorney general john ashcroft, labor secretary elaine l. chao sign agreement improving job protection for returning guardsmen and reservists

RALEIGH - In a news release issued on Wednesday, September 29, 2004, the U. S. Department of Justice announced that Attorney General John Ashcroft and Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao had signed an agreement to improve job protection for returning Guardsmen and Reservists.

RALEIGH - Sentencing in the cases of United States v. Norman Y. Chambliss, III, No. 5:04-CR-59-1H; United States v. Weldon B. Denny, No. 5:04-CR-60-1H; and United States v. Morris Vivona, Jr., No. 5:04-CR-196-1H, has been scheduled for federal court in Greenville, N. C. United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard will preside.

September 2004

September 28, 2004

WILMINGTON - United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney announced that LOUIS MICHAEL LAZORWITZ was sentenced in federal court in Wilmington on Tuesday, September 28, 2004, for conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, and securities fraud;

September 23, 2004

thomas hodges, former senior vp at insurance consulting firm, sentenced to 58 months in u. s. prison

September 22, 2004

WILMINGTON - United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney announced that LEON OXENDINE was convicted in federal court in Wilmington on Wednesday, September 22, 2004, on charges of witness tampering, making a false statement to a federal law enforcement agency, and making false statements to a federal grand jury.

RALEIGH - DAVID R. (RICKY) GODWIN and his son, DAVID R. (RICKY) GODWIN, JR., pled guilty on August 15, 2003, to operating an illegal gambling business in the Eastern District of North Carolina, in violation of federal law and the North Carolina General Statutes.

September 17, 2004

WILMINGTON - United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney announced that JULIO GUZMAN, a/k/a Van, was sentenced in federal court in Wilmington on Wednesday, September 8, 2004, for possessing a firearm after he had been convicted previously of a felony.

September 14, 2004

WILMINGTON - United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney announced that SHIRLEY A. McDONALD and JACQUELINE DAILY were sentenced in federal court in Wilmington on September 8, 2004, for conspiracy and income tax violations.

September 13, 2004

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney announced that in an Order filed on September 10, 2004, U. S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan denied Army Reserve Captain Michael T. Parrish's motion to enjoin the United States Army from ordering him to active duty.

September 10, 2004

NEW BERN - United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney announced that WILMINGTON LODGE NUMBER 532 OF THE BENEVOLENT AND PROTECTIVE ORDER OF ELKS, WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA, was sentenced in federal court in New Bern, N. C., on Friday, September 10, 2004, for conspiring to conduct an illegal gambling business.

September 2, 2004

Media Advisory

RALEIGH - Frank D. Whitney, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announced today the indictment of FRANK W. BALLANCE, JR., 62, of Warrenton, N. C., and his son, GAREY M. BALLANCE, 34, of Norlina, N. C., on charges related to an investigation of the John A. Hyman Memorial Youth Foundation, Inc.

August 2004

August 5, 2004

GREENVILLE - United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney announced that REGINALD LARUE SPIVEY, a/k/a "Buddy," was sentenced in federal court in Greenville, N. C., on Tuesday, August 3, 2004, for conspiracy and drug violations.

August 4, 2004

U. S. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES GRANT TO N. C. FOR STRENGTHENING SAFETY OF VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE

July 2004

July 23, 2004

u. s. justice department announces grant to n. c. for juvenile justice system improvements

June 2004

June 30, 2004

ELIZABETH CITY - United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney announced that JOHN THOMAS PAYNE III and WILLIAM BUTLER MATTHEWS II were sentenced in federal court in Elizabeth City, N. C., on Monday, June 28, 2004, for federal wildlife violations.

ELIZABETH CITY - United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney announced that seven individuals pled guilty and were sentenced in federal court in Elizabeth City, N. C., on Monday, June 28, 2004, for unauthorized dumping and/or littering within the Croatan National Forest, Carteret County, N. C.

June 21, 2004

NORTH CAROLINA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE

NEW BERN - United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney announced that a jury in New Bern, N. C., has convicted SAID KARIM HAYEZ of two felony counts of filing false tax returns.

Media Advisory

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney announced that the United States has settled a lawsuit involving the Ocean Dunes Homeowner Association and its former president, of Kure Beach, N. C., which resulted from events that occurred following Hurricane Fran.

June 18, 2004

Local officials team up with national leadership to reduce gun crime in our community

June 17, 2004

cia contractor indicted for assaulting detainee held at u.s. base in afghanistan

June 8, 2004

GREENVILLE - United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney announced that JAMES EDWARD LEONARD, 55, of Plymouth, N. C., was sentenced in federal court in Greenville, N. C., on Tuesday, June 8, 2004. U. S. District Judge Malcolm J. Howard imposed a sentence of 72 months imprisonment, to be followed by a supervised release term of five years.

June 7, 2004

GREENVILLE - United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney announced that MORRIS VIVONA, JR. pled guilty in federal court in Greenville on Monday, June 7, 2004, to a felony relating to the investigation of the Meg Scott Phipps Campaign 2000 for Commissioner of Agriculture.

June 3, 2004

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney announced that JOSEPH DANIEL GRIFFITH, 19, of Glen Allen, Virginia, was indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in Raleigh, N. C., on Wednesday, June 2, 2004.

GREENVILLE - United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney advises that arraignment in the case of United States v. Morris Vivona, Jr., No. 5:04-CR-196-1H, has been scheduled for federal court in Greenville, N. C. United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard will preside.

May 2004

May 28, 2004

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney announced that GEORGE EDWARD WHEATLY, JR., was sentenced in federal court in Raleigh, N. C., on Friday, May 28, 2004.

May 26, 2004

u. s. department of justice awards $2.9 million for north carolina to prosecute and respond to violence against women

May 25, 2004

violent crime down in raleigh and the nation

May 20, 2004

RALEIGH - At a news conference in Raleigh, N. C., on Thursday, May 20, 2004, Acting United States Attorney George E. B. Holding and United States Marshal Charles R. Reavis announced the completion of a three-day warrant enforcement initiative conducted throughout Wake County.

May 18, 2004

SMITHFIELD - At a news conference in Smithfield, N. C., on Tuesday, May 18, 2004, federal, state, and local law enforcement authorities announced the results of "Project Ratpack," an EASTFORCE investigation involving drug and firearm trafficking in the Johnston County area of North Carolina.

May 17, 2004

VIRGINIA DARE MEMORIAL BRIDGE, MANTEO, N. C., CONTRACTOR PLEADS GUILTY TO ENVIRONMENTAL VIOLATIONS

May 6, 2004

GOLDSBORO - At a news conference in Goldsboro, N. C., on Thursday, May 6, 2004, federal, state, and local law enforcement authorities announced the results of "OPERATION CLEANSWEEP," an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation involving drug trafficking in the Goldsboro/Wayne County area of North Carolina.

May 4, 2004

GREENVILLE - Acting United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced that ANGELOUS W. LINEBACK pled guilty in federal court in Greenville on Monday, May 3, 2004, to embezzlement of labor union funds and making false entries in labor union financial records.

May 3, 2004

justice department settles race discrimination lawsuit against cracker barrel restaurant chain

GREENVILLE - Acting United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced that WELDON B. DENNY pled guilty in federal court in Greenville on Monday, May 3, 2004, to a felony relating to the investigation of the Meg Scott Phipps Campaign 2000 for Commissioner of Agriculture.

April 2004

April 29, 2004

WILMINGTON - Acting United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced that JAMES ARDELL CANADY, CHARLES G. CANADY, and REGGIE W. CANADY were sentenced in federal court in Wilmington, N. C., on Tuesday, April 27, 2004, for conspiracy, drug, and firearm violations.

WILMINGTON - Acting United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced that JAMES CHARLES REIVES and JACKIE DOBSON PRITCHETT were sentenced in federal court in Wilmington on Monday, April 26, 2004, for conspiring to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, and securities fraud.

April 28, 2004

WILMINGTON - Acting United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced that LEO HINSON was sentenced in federal court in Wilmington, N. C., on Monday, April 26, 2004, for conspiring to launder drug money.

April 26, 2004

NORTH CAROLINA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO RACIAL HARASSMENT OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN FAMILY

April 23, 2004

KINSTON - At a news conference in Kinston, N. C., on Friday, April 23, 2004, federal, state, and local law enforcement authorities announced the results of "OPERATION EAGLECLAW," an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation involving drug trafficking in the Kinston/Lenoir County area of North Carolina.

April 21, 2004

Raleigh - Acting United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced today the indictment of LEON OXENDINE, 50, of Lumberton, N. C., on charges of witness tampering, making a false statement to a federal law enforcement agency, and making false statements to a federal grand jury.

April 20, 2004

NEW BERN - Acting United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced that CRAIG IRA CLAPP was sentenced in federal court in New Bern on Tuesday, April 20, 2004, for extorting money from an individual involved in drug trafficking.

April 19, 2004

NEW BERN - Acting United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced that THOMAS M. HODGES pled guilty in federal court in New Bern, N. C., on Monday, April 19, 2004, to a 20-count indictment that charged him with mail fraud, money laundering, and embezzlement of an insurance premium.

U. S. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES GRANT TO N. C. INTERNET CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN TASK FORCE PROGRAM

April 15, 2004

RALEIGH - Federal law enforcement agents' activities at the Youngsville headquarters of Sirchie Fingerprint Laboratories on April 14, 2004, have received substantial publicity.

April 8, 2004

RALEIGH - Acting United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced that JOHN DAVID BROTHERS, 40, of Frisco, Texas, a founder of Raleigh-based International Heritage, Inc. (IHI), pled guilty in federal court in Raleigh on Thursday, April 8, 2004, to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, securities fraud, obstruction of justice, subornation of perjury, and to make false statements to the United States.

April 7, 2004

GREENVILLE - Acting United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced that RASHAAN CARDELL ROGERS, 32, of Greenville, N. C., was sentenced in federal court in Greenville on Tuesday, April 6, 2004.

April 5, 2004

GREENVILLE - Acting United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced that NORMAN Y. CHAMBLISS III pled guilty in federal court in Greenville on Monday, April 5, 2004, to felonies relating to the investigation of the Meg Scott Phipps Campaign 2000 for Commissioner of Agriculture.

March 2004

March 31, 2004

HENDERSON - At a news conference in Henderson, N. C., on Wednesday, March 31, 2004, federal, state, and local law enforcement authorities announced the results of "Project Countdown," an EASTFORCE investigation involving drug and firearm trafficking in the Henderson/Vance County area of North Carolina.

March 24, 2004

RALEIGH - Acting United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced that CLAUDE WILLIAM SAVAGE, 66, of Charlotte, N. C., a founder of Raleigh-based International Heritage, Inc. (IHI), pled guilty in federal court in Raleigh on Tuesday, March 23, 2004, to a one-count criminal information charging him with mail fraud.

March 23, 2004

RALEIGH - Acting United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced the recent disposition of the following cases in United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina:

March 22, 2004

RALEIGH - Acting United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced that BRIAN TOD SCHELLENBERGER was indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in Raleigh on January 22, 2004, for child pornography violations.

March 16, 2004

NEW BERN - Acting United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced that AL JAMES SMITH was sentenced in federal court in New Bern on Monday, March 15, 2004, for firearms violations and related charges.

March 8, 2004

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney announced today the sharing of forfeited drug assets from the "Harvest Moon" OCDETF (Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force) investigation with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office and the N. C. State Bureau of Investigation (SBI).

March 3, 2004

GREENVILLE - United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney announced that LINDA JOHNSON SAUNDERS, 44, of Greensboro, N. C.; BOBBY C. McLAMB, 43, of Raleigh, N. C., and MICHAEL EUGENE BLANTON, 44, of Fuquay-Varina, N. C., were sentenced in federal court in Greenville on Wednesday, March 3, 2004.

March 2, 2004

GREENVILLE - United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney announced that MEG SCOTT PHIPPS, 48, of Haw River, N. C., was sentenced in federal court in Greenville on Tuesday, March 2, 2004.

March 1, 2004

RALEIGH - Frank D. Whitney, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announced today the filing of two criminal informations charging NORMAN Y. CHAMBLISS, III, and WELDON B. DENNY with felonies relating to the investigation of the Meg Scott Phipps Campaign 2000 for Commissioner of Agriculture.

RALEIGH/WILMINGTON - At news conferences in Raleigh and Wilmington on Monday, March 1, 2004, United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney announced a multi-agency investigation, known as"Operation Pipecleaner," which involves the illegal marketing and sale of drug paraphernalia in the Eastern District of North Carolina.

February 2004

February 25, 2004

justice department announces arrests and indictment in north carolina cross burning case

February 23, 2004

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney announced that WILMINGTON LODGE NUMBER 532 OF THE BENEVOLENT AND PROTECTIVE ORDER OF ELKS, WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA, pled guilty in federal court in Raleigh on Monday, February 23, 2004, to conspiring to conduct an illegal gambling business.

February 13, 2004

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney announced that GEORGE EDWARD WHEATLY, JR., 21, of 156 Hawland Parkway, Beaufort, N. C., was convicted in federal court in Raleigh on Friday, February 13, 2004, following a jury trial.

February 2, 2004

GREENVILLE - United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney announced that JAMES EDWARD LEONARD, 55, of Plymouth, N. C., pled guilty in federal court in Greenville on Monday, February 2, 2004, to conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine.

January 2004

January 23, 2004

north carolina police officer sentenced on civil rights violation

RALEIGH, N. C. - At a hearing in federal court in Raleigh today, Chief U. S. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle entered an oral order finding that the State of North Carolina is the true owner of its original copy of the Bill of Rights.

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney announced that LAWRENCE M. SMALL pled guilty to violations of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and was sentenced in federal court in Raleigh on Friday, January 23, 2004.

January 22, 2004

project safe neighborhoods: record increase in gun and violent crime prosecutions in the eastern district of north carolina 259 percent increase in federal firearms prosecutions over last two years

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