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News and Press Releases 2011

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December 2011

December 28, 2011

A Russian national convicted by a federal jury in September 2011 in U.S. District Court in Providence of aggravated identity theft; wire, passport and social security fraud; and making false statements on mortgage and federal student loan applications was sentenced today to 48 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release. Evgueni Tetioukhine, 40, of Warwick, R.I., was also ordered to pay $850 restitution to the person whose identity he stole, for expenses incurred by the victim when he traveled from Dublin, Ireland to testify against the defendant.

December 22, 2011

Two of three men arrested in March 2011by Pawtucket, R.I., Police and agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for allegedly trafficking nearly 300 kilograms of marijuana valued at approximately $750,000 have been sentenced to federal prison. The men were arrested after the marijuana was discovered in a rental truck that was followed by law enforcement from a trucking depot, stopped and searched.

December 20, 2011

Daniel Hamm, 26, a pharmacist at Miriam Hospital in Providence, R.I, who pleaded guilty in September 2011 to tampering with the hospital’s morphine inventory, was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith to 5 years probation and 1,000 hours of community service geared towards making presentations to pharmaceutical groups and students about the dangers of doing what he did. Judge Smith also ordered Hamm, who has remained free on unsecured bond, to visit the Wyatt Detention Center so he can talk about it in his presentations. Hamm pleaded guilty on September 23, 2011, to a federal charge of tampering with consumer products.

December 20, 2011

A North Kingstown, R.I., man pleaded guilty in federal court in Providence today to being in possession of more than 7,500 images of child pornography. Leon Tousignant, 67, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography and faces up to 10 years in federal prison; supervised release for a term of five years to life; and up to a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced on March 15, 2011, by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Mary M. Lisi.

December 19, 2011

A mortgage loan processor with National City Mortgage Company pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Providence, R.I., to his participation in a “straw-borrowing” scheme that netted more than $3.5 million in fraudulently obtained mortgages on thirteen properties in five Rhode Island communities, all of which were eventually foreclosed upon.

December 15, 2011

A Foster, R.I., man who was investigated and arrested by the Rhode Island State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) for downloading child pornography has been sentenced to 60 months in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police.

December 15, 2011

Johnny Souphida, 21, of Providence, an admitted armed drug dealer and member of the Laos Pride street gang in Providence was sentenced today to 72 months in federal prison for trafficking in ecstasy pills, heroin and cocaine; and for being in possession of two firearms in furtherance of his drug dealing announced U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven M. Pare.

December 12, 2011

Thomas Iafrate, 70, of Johnston, R.I., was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Providence, R.I., to 30 months in federal prison followed by 3 years of supervised release for participating in an extortion and racketeering conspiracy involving “protection” payments from several Rhode Island businesses, announced U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha; Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; and Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Boston Field Office. U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith ordered Iafrate to self-surrender to begin serving his sentence no later than noon on January 3, 2012.

December 12, 2011

A Warwick, R.I., man convicted in federal court in February 2011 of trafficking cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin; and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking was sentenced Friday to 181 months in federal prison. Jose Luis Maldonado, 38, a Dominican national, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith to 121 months in prison on the drug trafficking charges and to a consecutive sentence of 60 months in prison on the firearm charge.

December 9, 2011

A Providence man previously convicted of numerous crimes of violence including drug trafficking crimes was convicted on Thursday by a federal jury in Providence of trafficking heroin and crack cocaine, being in possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Shelton Smalls, 42, faces up to life in federal prison when he is sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi on March 2, 2012.

December 9, 2011

Kelley M. Lajoie, 33, of Chicopee, Mass., pled guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence today to Hobbs Act robbery and firearm charges for her participation in the September 2010 robbery and murder of David D. Main, 49, of Woonsocket, R.I. The Shell Gas Station manager was followed as he drove from a Woonsocket gas station to a nearby bank, then chased on foot, robbed and shot to death as he attempted to enter the bank to make a deposit.

December 2, 2011

A Chinese national student attending college classes in New England pled guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in Providence to kidnapping a classmate then transporting him to a Boston suburb in a plot to steal his luxury sport utility vehicle valued at $80,000, announced U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha. Zhengpeng Hu, 25, of Malden, Mass., pled guilty as charged in a federal indictment returned in August 2011, to charges of conspiracy to kidnap and kidnapping. No plea agreement has been filed in this case.

December 2, 2011

The founder of a defunct Rhode Island based Internet consumer electronics company was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Providence to 70 months in federal prison and ordered to pay full restitution to more than 80 business customers and a credit card processing firm from whom he defrauded more than $10 million. David Whitaker, 36, formerly of Bristol, Tenn., was also sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith to 5 years supervised release.

December 1, 2011

According to documents filed today in the U.S. District Court in Providence, R.I., Kenneth Aurecchia, 63, of Johnston, R.I., a regional vice president of the United Association of Journeyman and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry, has agreed to plead guilty to federal fraud and tax charges.

November 2011

November 30, 2011

An unlicensed Johnston insurance adjuster who pled guilty to participating in a scheme with three others to bilk an insurance company out of nearly $50,000 following the historic March 2010 floods was sentenced today to 3 years probation, the first six months to be served in community confinement at the Coolidge House in Boston followed by six months home confinement. Vincent O. DiPaolo, 62, owner of VDP United Consultants, Inc., was also ordered by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Mary M. Lisi to make restitution in the amount of $40,012.68 and pay a fine of $10,000.

November 23, 2011

A Cranston man was ordered detained following his initial appearance in federal court in Providence today on charges of possession of a kilogram or more of heroin with the intent to distribute and possession of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute. Jose Antonio Soto Hernandez, a/k/a Goyo, 38, was arrested Tuesday after members of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Task Force executed a federal search warrant at a Providence business and seized substantial quantities of heroin, crack cocaine, and various drug trafficking supplies and instruments.

November 23, 2011

A Foster, R.I., man was ordered detained today after making an appearance in federal court charged with robbing a Cranston bank. James W. Snoke, 45, was ordered detained by U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Lincoln D. Almond on a criminal complaint charging him with bank robbery. Snoke is charged with robbing a branch office of Bank of America while allegedly threatening employees of the bank with a device he claimed was a bomb. Snoke is scheduled to return to federal court for an initial appearance on Monday.

November 23, 2011

A Providence man identified as an active member of the ‘Hanover Boyz’ street gang was sentenced Tuesday to 57 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Vesna Puth, 34, of Providence, was also sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith to 3 years of supervised release to be served upon completion of his imprisonment.

November 21, 2011

Jose Osorio, 35, of Providence, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith on Friday to 96 months in federal prison for trafficking crack cocaine. Osorio, 35, was arrested by Providence Police in May 2009 after a court authorized search of his residence turned up more than 32 grams of crack cocaine.

November 21, 2011

Two men charged in a joint federal and local law enforcement investigation into firearms and drug trafficking in Woonsocket, R.I., were sentenced Friday to federal prison. Anthony Otero, 39, of Bronx, N.Y., was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison followed by 3 years of supervised release; and Aaron M. Swan, 24, of Woonsocket, was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison followed by 3 years of supervised release.

November 17, 2011

The owner of Planned Eldercare, a nationwide supplier of durable medical equipment located in Buffalo Grove, Ill., pled guilty today in U.S. District Court in Providence, R.I., to defrauding the Medicare program by targeting arthritic and/or diabetic Medicare beneficiaries, and ensuring that his company ordered and shipped medical equipment and supplies to Medicare beneficiaries that they did not order and/or were not medically necessary.

November 17, 2011

A Rhode Island attorney and an employee of his Cranston, R.I., estate planning company were charged in a 66-count federal grand jury indictment returned Thursday alleging that they conspired to steal and to use the identities of terminally-ill patients and elderly individuals to obtain more than 25 million dollars in illicit profits from insurance companies and bond issuers.

November 16, 2011

U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha announced today that the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Rhode Island collected more than $10.5 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 in criminal and civil actions. Of the $10,518,096 collected, $8,970,628 was collected in criminal and civil forfeitures. Additionally, the office collected $763,025 in criminal actions and $784,442 was collected in civil actions.

November 9, 2011

A 31-year-old Providence man who Providence Police detectives say tossed a bag containing more than 800 grams of heroin out of a window as they entered his home to execute a court authorized search warrant was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Providence today to 120 months in federal prison and 5 years supervised release on drug and firearm charges.

November 9, 2011

A joint federal-state investigation in five states into the alleged importation and sale of hundreds of thousands of packages of contraband cigarettes in Rhode Island resulted with the execution of search warrants in four states Tuesday and Wednesday, and the arrest of a Cambridge, Massachusetts man on federal charges. The alleged importation and sale of contraband cigarettes by Mohamad Mohamad, 35, allegedly deprived Rhode Island of millions of dollars in cigarette tax revenue.

November 4, 2011

A Providence man has been ordered detained on a federal firearm charge after Providence Police detectives seized a loaded firearm and drugs stowed among children’s toys in a bedroom in the man’s residence.

November 4, 2011

A Providence man who solicited an undercover Providence police officer and sold prescription drugs to him, and who later purchased a firearm from the officer, was sentenced today to 24 months in federal prison. David Rios, 60, pleaded guilty in August 2011 to being a felon in possession of a firearm. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi also sentenced Rios to 3 years of supervised release following his release from federal prison.

November 3, 2011

Napoleon Andrade, 29, of Central Falls, R.I., was sentenced today in U.S. District court in Providence to 120 months in federal prison, having pled guilty in August 2011 to drug, money laundering, firearm, and theft of government property charges. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi also sentenced Andrade to 5 years supervised release and imposed a fine of $10,000.

November 2, 2011

The owner and president of a Warwick, R.I., ambulance company was sentenced today to 24 month in federal prison, 3 years supervised release and 1,000 hours of community service for defrauding health care programs administered by Medicare and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island of more than $700,000.

October 2011

October 31, 2011

Two Liberian nationals have been ordered detained by U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Lincoln D. Almond on Criminal Complaints charging them with passing a fictitious obligation of the United States, after they allegedly defrauded a Fall River, Mass., man of $100,000 in cash in an alleged “black money” scheme.

October 28, 2011

Juan Funes, 39, of Providence, was sentenced Friday to 70 months in federal prison on heroin trafficking and federal firearm charges. Funes was arrested by Providence Police in November 2010, following an investigation which included several undercover purchases of heroin, and the execution of several search warrants and the seizure of more than 122 grams of heroin, $11,000 in cash and two firearms.

October 28, 2011

A Middletown, R.I., man faces up to life in federal prison after pleading guilty on Thursday in federal court in Providence to Hobbs Act robbery and federal firearm charges. Craig A. Rich, 32, admitted that he robbed a Middletown, R.I. hotel clerk at gunpoint in February 2011, stealing $186, shortly after he unsuccessfully attempted to rob two other women at gunpoint.

October 21, 2011

Domingo Torres-Rodriguez, 39, of Pawtucket, R.I., a Dominican national with a lengthy criminal record and who was previously deported three times, was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith to 70 months in federal prison for illegal re-entry. Torres-Rodriguez was arrested in November 2010 on drug and identity fraud charges by Pawtucket Police.

October 19, 2011

Juan Carlos Hernandez, 42, of West Warwick, R.I., a former loan officer with National City Mortgage Company, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Providence to his role in a “straw-borrowing” scheme that netted more than $3.5 million in fraudulently obtained mortgages on thirteen properties in five Rhode Island communities. All of the properties were eventually foreclosed upon by the banks holding the mortgages.

October 14, 2011

The president of a used auto dealership in Providence pled guilty on Thursday in U.S. District Court in Providence to money laundering. Domingo A. Lopez, 50, of Warwick, was arrested in November 2010 following a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigation into the sale of vehicles from Espaillat Motors Inc.

October 14, 2011

Two Providence men are scheduled to be sentenced on January 6, 2012, in federal court after pleading guilty to participating in a conspiracy to possess and distribute heroin. The two were arrested by Providence Police in February 2011. Amauris Luciano, 23, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute heroin; possession with the intent to distribute heroin; and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. Jose Muriel, 25, pleaded guilty before Chief Judge Lisi to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribution of heroin.

October 13, 2011

A United States Postal Service employee was charged Thursday in U.S. District Court in Providence, R.I., with allegedly stealing cash from greeting cards sent through the mail as they were being processed at the United States Postal Service’s Processing and Distribution Center in Providence.

October 13, 2011

An undercover investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Woonsocket Police into the alleged distribution of crack cocaine in Woonsocket has resulted in the arrest of a Central Falls man previously convicted twice on felony drug charges.

October 12, 2011

Three men involved in the trafficking of cocaine from central Connecticut to Rhode Island have been sentenced to federal prison. The men were arrested in Providence after members of the Rhode Island State Police High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (HIDTA) tracked a shipment in December 2009 of two kilos of cocaine from Meriden, Conn., to Providence.

October 7, 2011

Immanuel Rosario, 29, of Providence, was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Providence to 30 months in federal prison for trafficking in cocaine, announced U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven M. Pare.

October 2, 2011

Karen St. Pierre of Barrington, R.I., pleaded guilty before Judge John J. McConnell Jr. in the District of Rhode Island to one count of willfully filing a false individual tax return, the Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced today.

October 2, 2011

A Providence man was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Providence to 144 months in federal prison for manufacturing marijuana plants and for being in possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking announced U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha.

October 1, 2011

A 37- year-old West Warwick man was sentenced Friday to 60 months in federal prison for being in possession of more than 43 grams of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha.

September 2011

September 29, 2011

Four men have been sentenced to federal prison for distributing oxycodone in the Fall River, Mass., and Tiverton, R.I., areas. The four were arrested following an investigation which began in the summer of 2010 by agents from the DEA Worcester Tactical Diversion Squad, which included numerous undercover purchases of substantial quantities of oxycodone.

September 29, 2011

An Illinois businessman has agreed to plead guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence, R.I., to a five-count Information charging him with health care fraud; the introduction of an adulterated and misbranded medical device into interstate commerce; and money laundering, it was announced by U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha.

September 27, 2011

Christopher Barrett, 37, of North Providence, R.I., was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Providence to 151 months in federal prison for robbing the same Providence branch office of BankRI twice within 18 months, announced U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha.

September 26, 2011

A pharmacist at Miriam Hospital in Providence, R.I, pled guilty in federal court in Providence on Friday to tampering with the hospital’s morphine inventory in 2011, it was announced by U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha.

September 26, 2011

A Providence man convicted by a federal jury of all charges contained in a 17-count indictment, including firearms and identity theft charges, was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith to 164 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release, announced U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha.

September 23, 2011

Four alleged members and associates of the New England La Cosa Nostra (LCN), including an alleged Rhode Island leader, have been arrested and charged in a second superseding indictment returned yesterday in federal court in Providence with crimes involving racketeering and extortion.

September 22, 2011

A California woman pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Providence to defrauding a Rhode Island bank of more than $13,000 by stealing the identity of a bank customer and using it to withdraw funds from the customer’s account. Nancy Sherman, 42, also pleaded guilty to using the stolen identity of a second customer in an attempt to withdraw funds from a second account a month later. Sherman pleaded guilty to one count each of bank fraud and attempted bank fraud, and two counts of identity theft, announced U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha.

September 21, 2011

A federal jury in Providence today convicted a Russian national of using the identity of a resident of Ireland who holds dual citizenships in the United States to fraudulently receive a U.S. passport, social security card, mortgage, and federally subsidized student loans. United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha announced the conviction of Evgueni Tetioukhine, 43, of Warwick, R.I., on an eight count indictment which charged him with aggravated identity theft; false statements on mortgage and federal student loan applications; false use of a Social Security number; and passport fraud. At sentencing, Tetioukhine faces up to 45 years in prison, plus a mandatory consecutive term of 2 years imprisonment on each of the 3 counts of aggravated identity theft. He is scheduled to be sentenced December 8, 2011, by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi.

September 21, 2011

Anthony St. Laurent Sr., 70, was sentenced today to 84 months in federal prison for his role in an attempted murder-for-hire, announced U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha, Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, and Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Boston Field Office.

September 21, 2011

Two Providence men have been ordered detained on federal charges resulting from a year-long investigation by agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) into firearms trafficking in Providence. Trini Fuentes, 23, named in a four count indictment, was ordered detained Tuesday by U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge David L. Martin. Carlos Vazquez, a/k/a “Crazy Carlos,” 42, named in an eleven count indictment, was ordered detained on Friday.

September 20, 2011

A Portsmouth, R.I., man was sentenced Monday in federal court to 72 months in federal prison followed by lifetime supervised release for receiving and possessing more than 1,100 images and videos of child pornography. Thomas O’Brien, 51, was also ordered by U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith to continue an earlier court order that he post warning signs on his Newport Dive Shop business that minors are prohibited from entering the establishment without the supervision of an adult. O’Brien pleaded guilty in March 2011.

September 8, 2011

A federal investigation into the trafficking of heroin by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) R.I. Drug Task Force resulted in the arrest Wednesday of a Cranston man, and the seizure of more than a half kilogram of heroin; two firearms; and an assortment of ammunition. Able Perez, 30, was ordered detained Wednesday by U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge David L. Martin on a Complaint charging him with possession with intent to distribute and the distribution of heroin; being a felon in possession of a firearm; and being in possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense.

September 7, 2011

A Massachusetts man, currently serving a federal prison sentence for bank robbery, was sentenced Wednesday to an additional 37 months in federal prison for assaulting a correctional officer at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Center in Central Falls, R.I. U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha announced the sentencing of Joseph Lafata, 30, formerly of Gloucester, Mass.

September 7, 2011

A North Smithfield man who injured two officers as they awaited a search warrant to search the man’s apartment for drugs and firearms, breaking the hand of one of them, has been sentenced to 188 months in federal prison. Wayne Simon, 36, pleaded guilty in May 2011 to a four count federal Indictment charging him with possessing cocaine and oxycodone with the intent to distribute; possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute; and being a felon in possession of ammunition. No Plea Agreement was filed in this case.

September 6, 2011

A Woonsocket, R.I., man was ordered detained Tuesday after making an initial appearance in federal court in Providence charged with possession of more than a kilogram of heroin and 500 grams or more of cocaine with the intent to distribute. Andres Jiminez, 37, was arrested Sunday after Rhode Island DEA Drug Task Force agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration; Rhode Island State Police; and Pawtucket, Woonsocket and East Providence police departments seized more than 7 kilos of heroin, more than a kilo of cocaine and $30,000 in cash from a Pawtucket commercial storage facility he rented.

September 6, 2011

A South Kingstown, R.I., man faces up to twenty-five years in federal prison followed by up to nine years of supervised release after pleading guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Providence to trafficking firearms, announced U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha. Stanley Bates, 32, pleaded guilty as charged by way of an Indictment to selling a pair of firearms and ammunition in Rhode Island to a known convicted felon, and to selling a firearm to a person he believed was from Massachusetts and who told him he was prohibited from possessing a firearm.

September 2, 2011

Roger Williams University has agreed to make immediate changes to the President’s Residence, commonly referred to as the University Residence, located on its Bristol, R.I., campus, in order to bring it into compliance with Title III of the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) standards for accessibility. An audit by the United States Attorney’s Office identified several areas, inside and outside of the Residence, which are in violation of the ADA.

September 1, 2011

A Newport, R.I., man previously convicted and sentenced in Rhode Island state courts on three occasions since 2002 for drug trafficking has been sentenced to 84 months in federal prison, having pled guilty in May 2010 to again trafficking in cocaine announced U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha.

September 1, 2011

A Providence man and woman were ordered detained Wednesday following initial appearances in federal court on bank robbery charges. Anthony Miller 24, and Christine Halvorsen, 37, were arrested Tuesday shortly after allegedly robbing a Warwick bank and then fleeing in a taxi.

August 2011

August 25, 2011

Robert A. Ricci, 50, a contractor and former hearing officer for the Rhode Island Contractor’s Registration and Licensing Board, and Lori A. Sergiacomi, a/k/a Tanya Cruise, 49, a former on-air Providence radio personality were sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Providence for their role in an insurance scam uncovered by the FBI during an unrelated investigation into public corruption in North Providence. Both previously pled guilty as charged, along with two others, with participating in a conspiracy to defraud an insurance company of nearly $50,000.

August 25, 2011

A federal grand jury on Wednesday returned an indictment charging two Chinese nationals with allegedly kidnapping a college classmate in Providence and transporting him to the Boston area in an alleged plot to steal his luxury sport utility vehicle valued at $80,000, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha.

August 24, 2011

Online search engine Google Inc. has agreed to forfeit $500 million for allowing online Canadian pharmacies to place advertisements through its AdWords program targeting consumers in the United States, resulting in the unlawful importation of controlled and non-controlled prescription drugs into the U.S., announced Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole; Peter F. Neronha, United States Attorney for the District of Rhode Island; and Kathleen Martin-Weis, Acting Director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Criminal Investigations (FDA/OCI). The forfeiture, one of the largest ever in the United States, represents the gross revenue received by Google as a result of Canadian pharmacies advertising through Google’s AdWords program, plus gross revenue made by Canadian pharmacies from their sales to U.S. consumers.

August 23, 2011

A federal grand jury last Wednesday returned an eleven-count sealed indictment charging five Woonsocket residents with conspiracy and drug trafficking. The indictment, announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha; Guy N. Thomas, Special Agent in Charge of the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Boston field office; and Woonsocket Police Chief Thomas S. Carey, was sought by U.S. Attorney Neronha on information and evidence gathered by ATF agents and Woonsocket Police in an ongoing investigation targeting illegal firearms and narcotics trafficking in the city of Woonsocket.

August 18, 2011

A 25-year-old Providence man who was has been sentenced in at least seven state court cases since 2000, most involving drugs or firearms, was sentenced Thursday in federal court to 37 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha. Ryan McNeill, who was on probation for a state drug conviction at the time of his arrest in September 2010 on the firearm charge, was also sentenced to 3 years of supervised release by U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith.

August 17, 2011

Kenneth Brooks, 30, of Providence, an armed career criminal, faces a sentence of 15 years to life in federal prison after pleading guilty today, as charged in federal court, to being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha. No plea agreement was filed in this case.

August 17, 2011

A Providence man previously indicted on charges of Hobbs Act robbery, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and the use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence in connection with an alleged armed robbery of a Providence restaurant owner in April 2011, was charged today in a Superseding Indictment in connection with the armed robbery of a store clerk two days earlier.

August 11, 2011

A Providence man who was on supervised release having been previously convicted and imprisoned for being a felon in possession of a firearm was sentenced Thursday to 117 months in federal prison for again being a felon in possession of a firearm and for violating the terms of his supervised release, announced U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha. Jameel Z. Greene, 30, was on federal supervised release when he was arrested in August 2010, and was found to be in possession of a firearm that ballistics tests tied to a Providence homicide.

August 11, 2011

Under the terms of a settlement filed today in federal court, the city of Newport has agreed to eliminate illegal discharges of sewage into Narragansett Bay from its wastewater treatment plant and wastewater collection system. The city has also agreed to take actions to reduce the pollutants associated with storm sewer discharges to Easton’s Beach; purchase and distribute rain barrels to residents in order to capture stormwater for reuse; and take other actions to encourage low impact development.

August 10, 2011

A Dominican national, who illegally reentered the country after having been deported in December 2009 following his conviction on drug trafficking charges, was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi to 36 months in federal prison followed by 3 years supervised release on charges of identity theft and falsely representing his citizenship at the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles.

August 10, 2011

A Providence man who solicited an undercover officer and offered to sell drugs to him, and who later purchased a firearm from the officer, faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine after pleading guilty in federal district court on Tuesday to being a felon in possession of a firearm. United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha announced the guilty plea of David Rios, 60, entered before U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi.

August 9, 2011

An unlicensed insurance adjuster charged in connection with an insurance fraud scheme uncovered by the FBI during a lengthy federal probe into public corruption in North Providence, R.I., pled guilty Tuesday to four counts of mail fraud and one count of conspiracy announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Boston Field Office.

August 4, 2011

The Senior Vice President and Director of Contracts of now defunct Advanced Solutions for Tomorrow (ASFT) of Middletown, Rhode Island, and Roswell, Georgia, has agreed to plead guilty to an Information charging him with conspiracy to commit bribery, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha. Patrick Nagle, 50, of Marietta, Georgia, is scheduled to be arraigned in U.S. District Court on August 18, 2011, before Magistrate Judge Lincoln D. Almond.

August 4, 2011

A Central Falls, R.I. man will be sentenced in U.S. District Court in Providence on October 20, 2011, after pleading guilty on Wednesday to a variety of charges contained in three federal indictments and three informations filed with the U.S. District Court, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha. Napoleon Andrade, 29, faces up to a total of 125 years in federal prison, including two 5-year mandatory minimum sentences for trafficking cocaine; fines totaling $11,000,000; and lifetime supervised release.

August 3, 2011

A Rhode Island orthopedic surgeon and an orthopedic assistant made initial appearances in federal court in Providence Tuesday, charged with fraudulently obtaining, distributing and dispensing prescription drugs; announced U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Steve Steven W. Derr, special agent in charge of the New England field division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Dr. Robert Villarreal, 33, of Boston, and Gary Menissian, 49, of Providence, were charged by Criminal Complaint with obtaining controlled substances by fraud or forgery; distributing and dispensing controlled substances; and conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.

August 3, 2011

A U.S. District Court judge today sentenced Robert S. Ciresi, 78, an attorney and former North Providence town councilman and solicitor, to 63 months in federal prison and fined him $10,000 for his role as a middle-man in a corruption and kickback scheme run by three North Providence town councilmen. United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha announced the sentence imposed by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi.

August 2, 2011

An unlicensed insurance adjuster charged in connection with an insurance fraud scheme uncovered by the FBI during a lengthy probe into public corruption in North Providence, R.I., has agreed to plead guilty as charged in a five-count federal indictment, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Boston Field Office. Vincent O. DiPaolo, 62, of Johnston, an unlicensed public insurance adjuster and owner of VDP United Consultants, Inc., was indicted along with three others by a federal grand jury in November 2010 on four counts of mail fraud and one count of conspiracy.

August 2, 2011

A Patterson, New York, man who acknowledged to police at the time of his arrest in Rhode Island in December 2009 that he is a member of a New York chapter of the Hells Angels, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence on Tuesday to being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha. At the change of plea hearing, the Government informed the Court that the U.S. Attorney is seeking to have Christian A. Rufino, 40, declared by the Court an armed career criminal, thus allowing for an enhanced sentence of between 15 years and life imprisonment.

August 1, 2011

A Cranston man was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Providence to 60 months in federal prison to be followed by 5 years of supervised release, having pleaded guilty in June to possession of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute. Daniel Waite, 23, was arrested in April 2009 after a search of his apartment turned up 170 grams of crack cocaine and drug dealing paraphernalia.

July 2011

July 29, 2011

A Providence man arrested in January 2011 on drug and firearm charges following the execution of a state search warrant at his residence was sentenced in federal court on Thursday to 51 months in federal prison, to be followed by 6 years of supervised release. United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha announced the sentencing of Jeovanny Ocasio, 24, by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi, on charges of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute within 1000 feet of a school and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

July 21, 2011

Thomas Iafrate, 70, of Johnston, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence today to participating in an extortion and racketeering conspiracy that shook down several Rhode Island businesses for “protection” payments, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. Iafrate admitted to the court that he was an associate of the New England La Cosa Nostra (NELCN).

July 21, 2011

A federal court judge today sentenced convicted Rhode Island con man Rocco DeSimone, 58, to 192 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha. DeSimone was convicted in U.S. District Court in Providence in March 2011 for bilking numerous investors from around the United States out of more than $6 million dollars in cash and property by making false representations regarding the sale and/or marketing of three inventions.

July 20, 2011

A Providence man, who told police that he was on his way to purchase marijuana and then follow the drug dealer into his home to rob him of cash and drugs, but was arrested following a brief police pursuit before he could make the purchase, was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and being in possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha.

July 20, 2011

A Providence man could face up to life in federal prison after a grand jury indicted him today on charges of Hobbs Act robbery; being a felon in possession of a firearm; and the use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence in connection with the armed robbery and assault of a West End restaurant owner, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha.

July 14, 2011

A Newport, R.I., man who was free on bail on State child pornography charges when he was arrested a second time on federal charges for downloading and distributing child pornography was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Providence to 90 months in federal prison, United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha announced. Michael E. Hodge, 55, was also sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith to lifetime supervised release after completing his prison sentence.

July 13, 2011

A Providence man who was sought on a federal arrest warrant for allegedly violating the terms of his release while awaiting trial on a federal firearm charge was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday with forcibly resisting arrest by a Deputy United States Marshal.

July 13, 2011

Moments before jury empanelment was scheduled to begin Wednesday in the federal court trial of a Jamaica Plain, Mass., man charged with participating in a heroin trafficking conspiracy, the defendant pleaded guilty as charged. Emanuel Hilario, 31, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin. Hilario faces between 5–40 years in federal prison, to be followed by a minimum of 4 years of supervised release.

July 12, 2011

A Warwick, R.I., man was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Providence to 108 months in federal prison followed by lifetime supervised release for receiving and distributing child pornography. United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha announced the sentencing of Stephen Corona, 47, which was imposed by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi.

July 12, 2011

A Cranston, R.I., man who admitted to being the mastermind behind a check cashing scheme that defrauded several Rhode Island banks out of more than $73,000 was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Providence Tuesday to 71 months in federal prison, to be followed by 5 years supervised release.

July 7, 2011

A Dominican national previously deported after having been convicted for identity theft and passport fraud has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Providence on charges of illegal reentry, passport fraud, aggravated identity theft, false representation of a social security number and false claim of U.S. citizenship. Jose Medrano Baez, a/k/a Roberto Velez, a/k/a Carlos Mohler-Vega, 28, has been held in federal custody since September 2010, when he was arrested after being injured during a shooting in Lowell, Mass. A federal warrant for his arrest was issued in Providence in May 2010.

July 6, 2011

A Fall River, Mass., man arrested last Thursday on a federal arrest warrant charging him with allegedly persuading a fifteen year old girl he met on the Internet to travel from Rhode Island to Massachusetts to engage in sexual activity, made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Providence Friday and was released on $50,000 unsecured bond and home confinement. Armand D. Thibodeau, 27, was arrested at his parent’s North Dartmouth, Mass., home by a team of federal, state and local law enforcement agents.

July 6, 2011

United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha announced Wednesday that a Citizens Bank branch manager has agreed to plead guilty to a federal charge of bank fraud for allegedly embezzling more than $140,000 in bank funds. Janeth Blandon, 33, of Lincoln, R.I., was charged by way of an Information filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Providence.

June 2011

June 29, 2011

A Central Falls woman was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Providence Wednesday to 60 months in federal prison for trafficking in heroin. Ligia Delassalas, 34, pleaded guilty in July 2010 to one count each of conspiracy to possess and possession of more than 100 grams of heroin with the intent to distribute. Delassalas is one of three defendants arrested in January 2010 by agents and officers from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Drug Task Force, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Pawtucket Police during the surveillance of a heroin trafficking operation.

June 28, 2011

Two men indicted by a federal grand jury on bank robbery and firearm charges in connection with the armed holdup of a West Greenwich, R.I. bank on May 28, 2011, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Providence, it was announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha. Louis R. Peters III, 22, of West Topsham, Vt., and Craig A. Carey, 42, of Fall River, Mass., were indicted on federal charges of conspiracy to commit bank robbery, bank robbery, and brandishing a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence.

June 28, 2011

A Woonsocket man has become the twelfth person convicted in federal court in Providence in an on-going two-year joint investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Woonsocket Police into firearm trafficking and drug crimes in Woonsocket. United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha today announced that Marquis L. Brewster, 26, pled guilty Monday as charged by indictment to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

June 22, 2011

Two Rhode Island men were sentenced Thursday in federal district court in Providence for conspiring to possess and distribute crack cocaine, and distributing crack cocaine. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi sentenced Keishon Johnson, 21, of Warwick, to 72 months in federal prison followed by 5 years supervised release; and Keywion Brown, 21, of Providence, to 71 months in federal prison followed by 5 years supervised release.

June 22, 2011

United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha announced today that four Rhode Island law enforcement agencies each have received between $270,000 and $900,000 in one of the largest distributions of assets as the result of a successful federal asset forfeiture action in Rhode Island. The agencies received equitable sharing of $4.5 million dollars netted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office as a result of the landmark prosecution of a Chinese drug manufacturer, Genescience Pharmaceutical Company and its CEO for illegally marketing human Growth Hormone in the United States.

June 22, 2011

Two men arrested shortly after allegedly robbing a West Greenwich, R.I., bank as it was being readied to be opened for business on May 28, 2011, were indicted by a federal grand jury in Providence Wednesday on conspiracy, bank robbery and firearm charges, it was announced by U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha. Both men face significant mandatory federal prison sentences if convicted as charged in the indictment.

June 15, 2011

A two-year joint investigation by the United States Attorney’s Office, federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Woonsocket Police Department Special Squad targeting illegal firearms and narcotics trafficking throughout the city of Woonsocket has resulted in federal charges against sixteen defendants, the seizure of more than three dozen illegal firearms, and the seizure of substantial amounts of crack cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy pills and hits of acid. The investigation also resulted in the arrest of two defendants on state charges.

June 8, 2011

A Providence, R.I., woman who walked into a Cranston bank claiming to have a bomb while robbing the bank of more than $1,800 in July 2010 was sentenced Wednesday to 84 months in federal prison, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha. Anita Jackson, 51, was arrested about three weeks after the July 1, 2010 robbery, when a Rhode Island Corrections Officer recognized the woman from bank surveillance photographs broadcast on local TV.

May 2011

May 27, 2011

A Dominican national twice convicted of felony crimes in Rhode Island and twice deported was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith to 66 months in federal prison, it was announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha.

May 27, 2011

A Salem, Mass., man arrested while in possession of more than a kilo of cocaine in November 2010 by DEA Drug Task Force members and Cranston Police, was sentenced Friday to 60 months in federal prison by U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha. Julio Ernesto Soto, 30, was arrested as he delivered the cocaine during a controlled purchase set up under the direction of the agents.

May 25, 2011

A federal jury Wednesday deliberated for about one hour before returning guilty verdicts on all charges contained in a 17-count indictment against a Providence man who was arrested by Providence Police and the U.S. Marshals Service on weapons charges after barricading himself in a Providence home for several hours in March 2010, it was announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha.

May 25, 2011

A federal grand jury in Providence on Tuesday returned indictments against a loan officer and a loan processor employed at the same mortgage company, and a former Rhode Island attorney currently involved in the real estate industry in an alleged “straw borrowing” scheme that netted more than $3.5 million dollars in fraudulently obtained mortgages on thirteen properties in five Rhode Island communities, it was announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha.

May 24, 2011

A former on-air Providence radio personality, charged in an alleged insurance fraud scheme with three others, has agreed to plead guilty as charged in a five-count federal indictment, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Boston Field Office. The indictment arose as an outgrowth of an FBI investigation into political corruption in North Providence. A Plea Agreement in this matter was filed in U.S. District Court on Monday.

May 20, 2011

A Providence, R.I., man identified during an FBI undercover investigation as the leader or “Primera” of the Rhode Island Chapter of the Trinitarios street gang was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Providence to 90 months in federal prison. U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith sentenced John Polanco, 29, to 68 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, and conspiracy to distribute and distribution of Ecstasy; and a separate sentence of 22 months in federal prison for violating the terms of federal supervised release.

May 19, 2011

A Providence man stopped by police for driving with a broken headlamp which then resulted in the discovery by police of a loaded firearm in the vehicle was sentenced Wednesday to 51 months in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years supervised release. United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha announced the sentencing of Jason Shepard, 31, on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

May 19, 2011

A Providence man stopped by police for driving with a broken headlamp which then resulted in the discovery by police of a loaded firearm in the vehicle was sentenced Wednesday to 51 months in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years supervised release. United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha announced the sentencing of Jason Shepard, 31, on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

May 19, 2011

United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha today announced the launch of a redesigned website for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Rhode Island. The redesigned website includes updated links for news and resource information, including links to many of the local federal law enforcement agencies, and useful links to local, regional and national federal judicial websites, including the Supreme Court of the United States. The United States Attorney’s website for the District of Rhode Island is available at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/ri

May 18, 2011

A Worcester, Mass., man who admitted to police that he drove to Providence with the intent of robbing a drug dealer while armed with a firearm was sentenced Tuesday to 80 months in federal prison to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, it was announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha.

May 17, 2011

John A. Zambarano, 48, the third of three former North Providence, R.I., town councilmen to plead guilty for their roles in an extortion and bribery conspiracy was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Providence to 71 months in federal prison - to be followed by 3 years supervised release, a $10,000 fine, and was ordered to forfeit $46,000, the amount of bribe money collected during the kickback schemes.

May 16, 2011

Two former North Providence, R.I., town councilmen who pleaded guilty in March to federal bribery and extortion charges and a North Providence businessman who pleaded guilty to acting as the middle-man in kickback schemes with the councilmen were sentenced Monday by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi.

May 11, 2011

A federal grand jury in Providence on Wednesday indicted a West Warwick, R.I., man on charges of conspiracy and cultivating more than 100 marijuana plants, it was announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha. Erik Johansson, 48, was arrested in September 2010 when West Warwick Police executed a search warrant at the defendant’s residence, a former house of worship, and discovered 183 marijuana plants in various stages of growth.

May 11, 2011

A New Jersey man with three previous State of New Jersey convictions for crimes against children, including child endangerment and aggravated sexual assault of a child under the age of thirteen, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Providence on Wednesday on charges of interstate travel to engage in illicit sexual acts with a minor, enticement of a minor, and distribution of child pornography.

May 9, 2011

Wayne Simon, 36, of North Smithfield, pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Providence to a four count indictment charging him with trafficking in cocaine, oxycodone and marijuana, and being a felon in possession of ammunition.

April 2011

April 28, 2011

The founder and president of a technology services company located in Rhode Island and Georgia pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Providence to bribing a public official in a kickback scheme netting more than $9 million of naval funds, it was announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha.

April 28, 2011

One of three men arrested in January by federal, state and local law enforcement officers during the seizure of 65 kilos of cocaine and more than 1.2 million dollars in cash in North Kingstown pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Providence to conspiracy to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine.

April 27, 2011

Two indicted on conspiracy, drug trafficking and firearm charges

April 26, 2011

Rhode Island attorney, former solicitor and councilman convicted in municipal corruption and kickback scheme

April 22, 2011

Massachusetts man who discharged fiream during struggle with RI trooper sentenced to 15 years in federal prison

April 22, 2011

Mexican national sentenced to 24 months in federal prison for illegal reentry

April 21, 2011

Former RI contractor board hearing offcier to plead guilty in North Providence insurance fraud case

April 18, 2011

Founder and president of Rhode Island and Georgia based technology firm to plead guilty in multi-million dollar naval kickback scheme

April 14, 2011

Russian national indicted for identity theft, passport & wire fraud

April 11, 2011

New Jersey sex offender arrested on charges of interestate travel to engage in sex with a minor

April 5, 2011

Career drug dealer sentenced to 15 ½ years in federal prison

April 4, 2011

Criminal complaints charge two with kidnapping, carjacking

March 2011

March 30, 2011

United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin today announced that senior drug prosecutors from their offices will jointly prosecute in federal court three defendants who were arrested in January when local, state and federal law enforcement officers seized more than 65 kilos of cocaine and nearly $1.25 million in cash in North Kingstown. The arrests and seizures were part of an on-going multi-agency federal, state and local law enforcement investigation of a cocaine trafficking ring operating in Rhode Island and elsewhere.

March 29, 2011

Two Italian nationals pleaded guilty in federal court in Providence on Monday to using fraudulent passports with assumed identities to open bank accounts, and then withdrew funds obtained fraudulently and wired them to various foreign countries, it was announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha; Bruce M. Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of ICE's Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; Thomas M. Powers, Resident Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service; and Warwick Police Chief Colonel Stephen M. McCartney

March 25, 2011

A Pawtucket man previously convicted three times for violent crimes was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi to eight years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, it was announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha. Michael Blow, 38, was sentenced to 96 months in federal prison to be followed by three years of supervised release.

Two defendants have been sentenced to federal prison for committing a combined total of five “note-job” bank robberies, it was announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha. A “note-job” bank robbery, a crime of violence, occurs when a note demanding money is passed or an oral demand is made but a weapon is not shown.

March 24, 2011

Anthony St. Laurent Sr. pleaded guilty today in federal court in Providence to an attempted murder-for-hire, and acknowledged in a written plea agreement his participation in an extortion conspiracy outlined in a previous criminal complaint in which he, his wife Dorothy St. Laurent, his son Anthony St. Laurent Jr. and others extorted protection money from bookmakers in the Taunton, Mass.-area under the threat of violence. St. Laurent Sr. acknowledged in his plea agreement that he is a “made” member of the New England branch of the La Cosa Nostra (NELCN).

March 23, 2011

A Providence man arrested following a five month investigation into cocaine trafficking in Providence in 2009 pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to conspiracy and possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute; it was announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha.

Christopher Rene of Providence was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Providence to 46 months in federal prison to be followed by three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm, it was announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha.

A Newport, R.I., man pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Providence to receiving and distributing child pornography, admitting that he received, downloaded and distributed hundreds of images and dozens of videos; it was announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha.

March 18, 2011

The Justice Department announced today that it has reached an agreement with Rhode Island officials to ensure that all public assistance and disability services offices in Rhode Island offer voter registration services to their clients. The agreement is necessary to bring Rhode Island into compliance with the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).

March 16, 2011

A federal jury in Providence on Wednesday convicted Rocco P. DeSimone, 57, of Johnston, R.I., with conning an inventor and several investors out of more than six million dollars in cash, tangible assets and forgiven debt. DeSimone, a former art dealer, was convicted of bilking his victims by fraudulently claiming to be marketing inventions which he had little or no ownership. The jury, which deliberated for 17 hours over three days, convicted DeSimone of seven counts of mail fraud and one count of money laundering. The jury acquitted the defendant of two counts of mail fraud.

March 14, 2011

A Guatemalan national previously deported after being convicted of a violent crime was sentenced on Thursday in federal court in Providence to 24 months in federal prison for illegally reentering the United States, it was announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha.

March 11, 2011

Richard Hatch, 55, of Newport, RI, was sentenced Friday to nine months in federal prison for violating the terms of supervised release imposed by a U.S. District Court judge as a result of Hatch’s May 2006 conviction for tax evasion, it was announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha.

March 10, 2011

A Providence man who admitted to setting up a deal to purchase a million dollars worth of cocaine from an FBI undercover agent in August 2008 was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Providence to 121 months in federal prison to be followed by 5 years of supervised release, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha.

March 4, 2011

Rosilyn Brown, 61, an employee of the Narragansett Weruomuch Housing Authority (NHA), an agency of the Narragansett Indian Tribe, pleaded not guilty Friday in federal court in Providence to an indictment charging her with embezzling federal funds from the Housing Authority. Brown’s indictment and arraignment before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge David L. Martin was announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha.

March 3, 2011

David Chiaradio of Westerly, R.I., was sentenced today in federal court in Providence, R.I., to 97 months in prison and supervised releases for life following his release from prison for distribution and possession of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. In addition, Chiaradio was ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution to two victims whose images appeared in the child pornography.

March 1, 2011

Four alleged members and associates of the New England La Cosa Nostra (LCN), including an alleged former boss, were charged with crimes involving racketeering, extortion and related crimes in a superseding indictment unsealed today in Providence, R.I.

Three former North Providence, R.I., town councilmen and a local businessman have pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence for their roles in four extortion and bribery schemes in exchange for favorable votes on matters brought before the town council.

A Warwick, R.I., man was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison today for Internet sales of unregistered, unlabeled pesticides for cats and dogs while infringing on the trademark of two well known national brand names, “Frontline” and “Frontline Plus.”

February 2011

February 28, 2011

A federal jury on Friday found Jose Maldonado, 37, guilty of trafficking in cocaine powder, crack cocaine, heroin, and a related firearms offense. The jury returned guilty verdicts on all charges contained in a six count indictment after deliberating for less than three hours. The Warwick man was arrested by agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in April of 2009.

February 23, 2011

U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha announced today that three former North Providence town councilmen and a North Providence businessman have agreed to plead guilty as charged for their roles in four extortion and bribery schemes. In addition, the defendants are jointly liable to forfeit $46,000, which represents the total amount of bribe money received.

February 22, 2011

Bangor, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Robert Ferguson, 48, of Lowell, Massachusetts was sentenced on February 22, 2011, in U.S. District Court in Bangor, Maine, to 121 months imprisonment, 5 years supervised release, and a special assessment of $1,100. Ferguson was also ordered to pay restitution totaling $81,059 to the institutions he robbed. Ferguson pleaded guilty on October 1, 2010 to four counts of bank robbery, two counts of credit union robbery, four counts of armed bank robbery and one count of armed credit union robbery. 

February 15, 2011

A Pawtucket man, who was among 20 people arrested and charged in August 2010 in a statewide crackdown targeting individuals who allegedly downloaded and possessed child pornography, was arrested for the 2nd time in five months Tuesday for allegedly possessing child pornography. Robert MacGregor, 48, was arrested Tuesday morning after agents executed a federal search warrant at his home and, according to court documents, discovered 13 DVDs containing images of child pornography. 

February 11, 2011

Three Woonsocket men were sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Providence on federal conspiracy, Hobbs Act Robbery, firearm and drug trafficking charges in connection with an armed home invasion into a Providence home and drug rip-off in February 2009. Julio Candelario, 30, Robert Beauparlant, Jr., 27, and Pedro Cuadrado, 22, were identified by Woonsocket Police and ATF agents as being responsible for the Providence home invasion and drug rip-off while the agencies were jointly investigating unrelated illegal firearms cases in Woonsocket.

AA Providence man previously convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Friday to again being a felon in possession of a firearm. Jameel Z. Greene, 29, was on federal supervised release at the time of his arrest in August 2010.

February 10, 2011

A Massachusetts man was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Providence to 12 months and one day in prison for tax evasion related to an FBI investigation of organized crime activity in Rhode Island.

Christopher B. Maselli, a former North Providence real estate attorney and former Rhode Island state senator was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Providence to 27 months in federal prison. Maselli pleaded guilty in November to eight counts of bank fraud, admitting that he falsified bank and federal tax documents, and lied about his income and assets in obtaining more than $1.7 million in mortgages and loans. Mr. Maselli pleaded guilty as charged. There was no plea agreement between Mr. Maselli and the government.

February 9, 2011

A Providence woman pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Providence to smuggling erectile dysfunction drugs from the People’s Republic of China which were falsely labeled as herbal dietary supplements. Anny L. Puello, 32, the owner of JMM LLC, pleaded guilty to importing thousands of Durasex and Super Sense One capsules from a Chinese supplier which were mislabeled.

February 8, 2011

United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha announced today that a civilian program manager and senior systems engineer with the United States Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) in Newport, R.I and Washington, D.C., and the founder and president of a technology services company with offices in Rhode Island and Georgia, have been charged in U.S. District Court in Providence with bribery of a public official in connection with an alleged on-going kickback scheme involving approximately $10 million of naval funds.

January 2011

January 28, 2011

A federal criminal complaint and supporting affidavit unsealed in U.S. District Court in Providence detail the alleged participation of a Central Falls, R.I., man in a conspiracy to arrange for a drug runner from Rhode Island to travel to England and then Aruba to allegedly traffic between five and seven kilograms of cocaine from Aruba to England. As part of the alleged conspiracy, Gustavo Querido, 35, allegedly offered a local person $8,000 in cash to make the trip to London and the Caribbean to traffic the cocaine.

A Providence man who accepted shipment of nearly 900 grams of cocaine in April 2010 mailed from Guatemala was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Providence to 36 months in federal prison. Byron Eduardo Santos, 21, a Guatemalan national, pleaded guilty in August to federal charges of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute and possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute within 1000 feet of a school.

January 24, 2011

Four men were arrested Monday on federal complaints alleging that they trafficked significant amounts of oxycodone in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. Three other individuals were arrested and charged in Massachusetts state court. The federal charges follow an investigation in which, according to court documents, numerous undercover purchases of between 8 and 105 oxycodone pills were made in Tiverton, R.I. and Fall River, Mass.

January 21, 2011

A Warwick, R.I., man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence Friday to a federal charge of willfully interfering with the safe operation of an airborne commercial aircraft and endangering the safety of the twenty-three passengers and three crew members onboard by illuminating the cockpit of an incoming flight on final approach to T.F. Green Airport in Warwick with a laser light, momentarily blinding the pilot. Joseph Aquino, 31, entered his guilty plea before U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi.

January 20, 2011

Federal indictments were unsealed in U.S. District Courts in Providence and in three other federal judicial districts today charging ninety-one members and associates of seven organized crime families of La Cosa Nostra (LCN), including the New England LCN family, all five New York-based families and the New Jersey-based Decavalcante family, with federal crimes including racketeering and related crimes, murder and extortion. Another thirty-six defendants have been charged for their roles in alleged associated criminal activity.

January 19, 2011

A Providence man who was required to register as a sex offender when he moved to Rhode Island in September 2009 but failed to do so was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Providence to 30 months in federal prison on a federal charge of failing to register as a sex offender, in violation of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). Michael Sampson, 35, a convicted sex offender, was indicted by a federal grand jury in December 2009 after the U.S. Marshals Service in Rhode Island determined that Sampson, who moved from New Bedford to Providence in September 2009, failed to register in Rhode Island and notify authorities of his change of address. 

January 11, 2011

Nathan G. Pope, 48, of Indianapolis, Indiana, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence Monday to conspiracy and transporting an individual across state lines to engage in prostitution, in violation of the Mann Act. Pope and a codefendant, Jan M. Wales, 45, of Indianapolis, were charged with trafficking two women they recruited on the Internet to a Rhode Island hotel to engage in prostitution. Wales pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence in August.

January 7, 2011

A Newport, R.I. man who admitted to federal drug agents and Newport police that he intended to sell approximately four pounds of marijuana they found stashed in his attic was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Providence to 120 months in federal prison, to be followed by 5 years of supervised release. Samuel Garcia, 27, pled guilty in August 2010 to one count each of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, felon in possession of a firearm, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

January 6, 2011

Robert M. Lopes, 43, of Coventry, who pleaded guilty in June 2010 to receipt of child pornography, was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Providence to 60 months in federal prison, lifetime supervised release with strict guidelines, and was ordered to pay $20,000 in restitution to a victim who appeared in the “Vicky” series of child pornography videos. 

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