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December 2013

December 20, 2013

Juan Carlos Santiago, 36, of Providence, R.I., was sentenced today to 15 years in federal prison for producing child pornography outside of the country and transporting it into the United States, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha; Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police; and Bruce M. Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of the Boston field office of Homeland Security Investigations.

December 20, 2013

Cristina Ramirez, 37, of Providence, owner of Cristina’s Market in Providence, was sentenced on Thursday to twelve months and one day in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, the first eight months to be served in home confinement, for defrauding the Food Stamp Program and money laundering. Ramirez’s sentence was announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha.

December 19, 2013

Damien Gouse, 35, who is currently serving a lengthy prison sentence in Massachusetts on felony assault charges, faces 15 years up to life in federal prison after being convicted by a federal court jury on Wednesday of being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Providence Police Chief Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr.

December 16, 2013

Joseph A. Caramadre, 53, president, CEO and majority owner of Estate Planning Resources in Cranston, R.I., was sentenced today to 72 months in federal prison for conspiring to steal and use the identities of terminally-ill patients to obtain millions of dollars in illicit profits from insurance companies and bond issuers. In addition, Caramadre was ordered by U.S. District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith to serve 3 years of supervised release upon completion of his prison term, during which time he is required to perform 3,000 hours of community service to the elderly and terminally-ill individuals.

December 12, 2013

Fernando Santana, 27, of Providence, was sentenced today to 70 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and for violating terms of supervised release imposed at the time of sentencing on a previous federal conviction for drug trafficking, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Providence Police Chief Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr.

December 11, 2013

Three individuals have been charged in federal court in Providence and are detained for allegedly conspiring and setting fire to an occupied multi-family dwelling in Providence in an alleged arson-for-profit scheme, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha; Daniel J. Kumor, Special Agent in Charge of the Boston Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); and Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven M. Paré.

December 5, 2013

A sweeping, more than two-year investigation into the trafficking of heroin by armed drug dealers in Providence and surrounding areas has resulted in the imprisonment of twenty-four individuals, the arrest and detention of twelve others who face deportation on alleged immigration violations, and the dismantling of the MS-13 Providence street gang. The investigation, dubbed “Operation Gas,” was conducted by a task force comprised of federal agents from the FBI, DEA, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Homeland Security Investigations, detectives and officers from the Rhode Island State Police, Providence Police, Cranston Police, Newport Police, Pawtucket Police and Woonsocket Police Departments, and prosecutors from the United States Attorney’s Office and the Rhode Island Department of Attorney General.

November 2013

November 26, 2013

Darren Monteiro, 26, of Providence, has been ordered detained in federal custody on drug and firearm charges following an investigation into Monteiro’s alleged drug trafficking activities by the Providence Police Department’s Narcotics and Organized Crime Bureau, with the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha, Providence Police Chief Hugh T. Clements, Jr., and Daniel J. Kumor, Special Agent in Charge of ATF’s Boston Field Division.

November 25, 2013

Eddie Carrasquillo, 29, of Woonsocket, was sentenced on Friday to 121 months in federal prison for trafficking cocaine and maintaining a drug related property, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha, John J. Arvanitis, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) New England Field Division, and Woonsocket Police Chief Thomas S. Carey.

November 25, 2013

Assistant United States Attorney Michael P. Iannotti, Civil Division Chief at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Rhode Island, has announced his retirement after 31 years of public service with the Department of Justice. Mr. Iannotti, a Rhode Island native and Dean’s List graduate of the University of Rhode Island in 1979 and the New England School of Law in 1983, began his career in 1982 as a summer law assistant with the U.S. Attorney’s Office while still attending law school. Mr. Iannotti was named an Assistant U.S. Attorney in 1984 and Civil Division Chief in 2009.

November 21, 2013

Robert Brown, Jr., 42, formerly of Scituate, a former Big Brother volunteer, was sentenced today to 60 months in federal prison for possessing and distributing child pornography, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Vincent B. Lisi, Special Agent in Charge of the Boston Field Office of the FBI.

November 18, 2013

Earl Francis Hart, 53, an inmate at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls, was sentenced today to 30 months in federal prison for assaulting a federal correctional officer in February 2013, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and United States Marshal Jamie A. Hainsworth.

November 15, 2013

Juliana Martins, 44, and Jairo Morales, 28, of Providence, R.I., were arrested by federal agents and made initial appearances today in U.S. District Court in Providence on charges of aggravated identity theft, theft of government property, forging endorsements on treasury checks and money laundering. The defendants were arrested by agents from Homeland Security Investigations, assisted by agents from the U.S. Secret Service and Internal Revenue Service Office of Investigation, as the result of an ongoing investigation into an alleged scheme to obtain federal tax checks with the use of stolen personal identifying information of others.

November 15, 2013

William McKinney 23, of Providence, was sentenced on Thursday to 37 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha, Providence Police Chief Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr., and Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police.

November 14, 2013

A Renoir painting and a custom designed sports car seized from imprisoned Rhode Island con man Rocco DeSimone, 60, have been sold at auction for $740,000, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and U.S. Marshal Jamie A. Hainsworth. DeSimone was convicted by a federal court jury in Providence in March 2011 of bilking an inventor and numerous investors out of more than six million dollars in cash, property and forgiven debt.

November 13, 2013

Three men arrested by Central Falls Police, the FBI and officers and agents assigned to the FBI RI Safe Streets Task Force were ordered detained in federal custody on Tuesday on charges of allegedly participating in a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha, Vincent B. Lisi, Special Agent in Charge of the Boston Field Office of the FBI, and Central Falls Police Chief James J. Mendonca.

November 12, 2013

Ian Andrade, 36, of Newport, was ordered detained today by U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Sullivan on federal drug and firearm charges, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Newport Police Chief Gary T. Silva.

November 8, 2013

Sean Keener, 26, of Warwick, R.I., was ordered detained by U.S. District Court Magistrate Lincoln D. Almond today following an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Providence on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha, Bruce M. Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); and Warwick Police Chief Colonel Stephen M. McCartney.

November 1, 2013

Ralph M. Mariano, 55, of Warwick, R.I., and South Arlington, VA., a former senior systems engineer with the United States Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) in Newport, R.I., and Washington, D.C., was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Providence, R.I., today to 120 months in prison for masterminding a kickback scheme which defrauded the U.S. Navy of nearly $18 million dollars. Mariano pleaded guilty in May 2013 to conspiracy and theft of government funds.

October 2013

October 25, 2013

Jason W. Pleau, 35, of Providence, R.I., was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Providence to life in federal prison without the possibility of release for the murder and robbery of Woonsocket, R.I., gas station manager David D. Main. Pleau chased, shot at close range and robbed Mr. Main on September 20, 2010, as he approached the doorstep of a Woonsocket bank where he was to have deposited receipts belonging to the gas station that he managed.

October 23, 2013

A federal grand jury in Providence today returned a two-count indictment which charges Richard P. Baccari, Sr., 71, of Narragansett, President and Chief Executive Officer of Churchill & Banks Companies, LLC, and his company, Churchill & Banks Companies, each with one count of conspiracy and one count of bribery, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Vincent B. Lisi, Special Agent in Charge of the Boston field office of the FBI.

October 17, 2013

Sojin Lim, 60, of East Greenwich, R.I., Chief Executive Officer and Vice President of General Technologies Corporation, d/b/a CompUtopia, pled guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence on October 15, 2103, to one count each of bank fraud and money laundering, having defrauded the Rockland Trust Company of more than $5 million dollars, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha; John G. Collins, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Boston office of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation; Vincent B. Lisi, Special Agent in Charge of the Boston field office of the FBI; and Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police.

October 17, 2013

Randolph Hurst, 50, of West Warwick R.I., a former Assistant District Manager for the Social Security Administration in Rhode Island, pled guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence on October 9, 2013, to stealing the identity of a Coventry man and using the victim’s identity to fraudulently sell more than $160,000 worth of stock certificates belonging to the victim. Hurst also pled guilty to failing to pay $61,999 in taxes owed to the IRS..

October 17, 2013

Scott Niemic, 36, of Swansea, Mass., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence on October 9, 2013, to committing five “note-job” bank robberies, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha; Vincent B. Lisi, Special Agent in Charge of the Boston field office of the FBI; and Warwick Police Chief Colonel Stephen M. McCartney. A “note-job” bank robbery occurs when a note demanding money is passed or an oral demand is made but no weapon is shown.

October 17, 2013

Michael Domenech, 28, of North Providence, R.I., was sentenced on October 8, 2013, to 51 months in federal prison for trafficking crack cocaine and being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police.

October 17, 2013

Crystal Ferreira, 27, of Fall River, Mass., faces up to 30 years in federal prison when she is sentenced in January, having pled guilty on October 4, 2013, to embezzling more than $437,000 from a Columbus Credit Union branch office in East Providence where she was employed as a supervisor, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha; East Providence Police Chief Joseph H. Tavares; and Vincent B. Lisi, Special Agent in Charge of the Boston field office of the FBI.

October 17, 2013

Dr. Hafeez Kahn, a former Rhode Island physician with practices located in Smithfield and East Providence, R.I., will pay the government $1.2 million dollars, twice the amount of money a Settlement Agreement states he fraudulently billed the Medicare and Medicaid programs, it was announced today by the United States Attorney’s Office, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), and the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office.

October 17, 2013

David Welch, 42, of Bristol, who admitted to a federal court judge that he stole more than a dozen firearms from a Rhode Island residence, was sentenced on October 1, 2013, to 120 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha.

September 2013

September 24, 2013

Fernando Santana, 26, of Providence, faces up to 10 years in federal prison when he is sentenced in December, having pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Providence to being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Providence Police Chief Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr.

September 20, 2013

The Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that a federal grand jury in Providence, R.I., returned a five-count indictment yesterday charging John Fall of Milton, Mass., with one count of corruptly endeavoring to obstruct and impede the IRS, one count of tax evasion and three counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation and filing of false corporate and individual tax returns. The indictment was unsealed today following Fall’s arrest.

September 19, 2013

Randolph Hurst, 50, of West Warwick R.I., a former Assistant District Manager for the Social Security Administration in Rhode Island, has agreed to plead guilty to stealing the identity of a Coventry man and using the victim’s identity to fraudulently sell more than $160,000 worth of stock certificates belonging to the victim. Hurst has also agreed to plead guilty to failing to paying $61,999 in taxes owed to the IRS.

September 19, 2013

A fifteen-count superseding federal indictment returned by a grand jury in Providence on Wednesday names eight individuals and expands the scope of federal charges previously brought in a complex interstate contraband cigarette trafficking conspiracy allegedly responsible for the sale in Rhode Island of more than $1.2 million dollars of contraband cigarettes. The superseding indictment also includes charges related to alleged conspiracies to defraud the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly referred to as the food stamp program, and the Social Security Administration.

September 19, 2013

Mashhod Afzal, 25, of North Providence, an employee of the Stop & Go convenience store in Providence, one of five convenience stores previously identified in court records as locations where store owners and employees were allegedly participating in conspiracies to defraud the food stamp program, was named in a federal superseding indictment returned by a grand jury on Wednesday which charges him with conspiracy, food stamp fraud and lying to a federal agent, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha.

September 19, 2013

Mashhod Afzal, 25, of North Providence, an employee of the Stop & Go convenience store in Providence, one of five convenience stores previously identified in court records as locations where store owners and employees were allegedly participating in conspiracies to defraud the food stamp program, was named in a federal superseding indictment returned by a grand jury on Wednesday which charges him with conspiracy, food stamp fraud and lying to a federal agent, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha.

September 13, 2013

Stephen Ardrey, 30, of Springfield, Mo., was ordered detained today by U.S District Court Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Sullivan during his initial appearance in federal court on charges of sex trafficking children and transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.

September 9, 2013

Sojin Lim, 60, of East Greenwich, R.I., Chief Executive Officer and Vice President of General Technologies Corporation, d/b/a CompUtopia, has agreed to plead guilty to one count each of bank fraud and money laundering in connection with an alleged scheme to defraud Rockland Trust Company of more than $5 million dollars, announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha; John G. Collins, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Boston office of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation; Vincent B. Lisi, Special Agent in Charge of the Boston field office of the FBI; and Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police.

September 6, 2013

Elvy Gomez, 40, of Providence, R.I., was sentenced today to 12 months and one day of community confinement for embezzling more than $95,000 from stolen federal tax checks, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha; John Collins, Acting Special Agent in Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation; and Brian S. Deck, Acting Resident Agent in Charge of the Providence Office of the U.S. Secret Service.

September 6, 2013

Alvin Pennue, 32, of Indianapolis, Ind., was sentenced today to 21 months in federal prison for passing altered United States currency on two occasions and for inducing a victim to transport $5,000 from Massachusetts to Rhode Island as part of a Black Money scam, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Brian S. Deck, Acting Resident Agent in Charge of the Providence Office of the United States Secret Service.

September 5, 2013

Jose A. Santiago, 36, formerly of Springfield, Mass., pleaded guilty in federal court in Providence today to conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery; Hobbs Act robbery; and carrying, using, and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a federal crime of violence, death resulting, for his participation in a conspiracy that resulted in the armed robbery and murder of David D. Main of Woonsocket on September 20, 2010. Mr. Main was chased, shot to death at close range and robbed as he approached the doorstep of a Woonsocket, R.I., bank where he was preparing to deposit receipts belonging to a gas station he managed.

September 5, 2013

A two-year criminal investigation conducted by the United States Attorney’s Office; the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Inspector General; U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Retailer Investigations Branch; Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation; and the Rhode Island State Police has resulted in federal indictments charging six individuals and the filing of federal criminal charges against three others who are set to plead guilty for their alleged roles in various conspiracies and actions to defraud the federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly referred to as the food stamp program, of more than $3 million dollars.

August 2013

August 16,2013

Daniel Berger, 27, of Haskell, New Jersey, pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence, R.I., today to a federal indictment charging him with one count of transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha; Vincent B. Lisi, Special Agent in Charge of the Boston Field Office of the FBI; Portsmouth, R.I., Acting Police Chief Jeffrey Furtado; and Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police.

August 8,2013

A federal grand jury in Providence on Wednesday returned a two-count indictment charging Matthew Golatto, 28, of Providence, a U.S. Postal letter carrier, with one count each of delaying delivery of mail and theft of mail, announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Rafael Medina, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General (USPS OIG) - Northeast Area Field Office.

August 7,2013

Patrick Cunningham, 44, of Cranston, RI, has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for his participation in an international conspiracy to import and distribute prescription drugs and anabolic steroids, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Mark Dragonetti, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Criminal Investigation.

August 6,2013

Robert Brown, Jr., 42, formerly of Scituate, pleaded guilty in federal court in Providence today to possessing nearly 2,300 images and more than 30 videos depicting child pornography involving prepubescent children, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Vincent B. Lisi, Special Agent in Charge of the Boston Field Office of the FBI.

July 2013

July 26, 2013

A five-count federal indictment returned on Wednesday and unsealed today in U.S. District Court in Providence charges Henry A. Fellela, Jr., 55, of Johnston, with obtaining the identity of a Smithfield resident and using that person’s identity and credit card to purchase more than $3,000 worth of goods. In addition, the indictment alleges that Fellela fraudulently obtained more than $58,000 in Supplementary Social Security benefits by falsely claiming that he was homeless while living with his wife and children in their Johnston residence.

July 26, 2013

According to a signed Plea Agreement filed today in U.S. District Court in Providence, Jason W. Pleau, 35, will plead guilty as charged by way of a federal indictment for the robbery and murder of Woonsocket gas station manager David Main. It is alleged that Pleau robbed and shot Mr. Main on September 20, 2010, as he attempted to enter a Woonsocket bank to deposit receipts belonging to the gas station that he managed.

July 26, 2013

Justin Worley, 34, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Providence to 73 months in federal prison, the high end of the federal sentencing guidelines, for robbing eight banks in Rhode Island and one bank in Massachusetts between February and September 2012, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha.

July 23, 2013

Luis Marte, 34, of Pawtucket, and Luis Fernandez, 26, of Providence, were sentenced to lengthy federal prison terms today for conspiring to possess and possessing with the intent to distribute over 800 grams of heroin, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Cranston Police Chief Marco Palombo, Jr.

July 19, 2013

An ongoing investigation into the alleged trafficking of crack cocaine in South Kingstown and Narragansett resulted in the arrest on Thursday of a Narragansett couple, Damon Graham, 33, and Ashley Sekator-Graham, 30, and the seizure of crack cocaine, cocaine powder and two firearms, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha, South Kingstown Police Chief Vincent Vespia, Narragansett Police Chief Dean Hoxsie and John J. Arvanitis, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New England Field Division.

July 18, 2013

A federal grand jury in Providence on Wednesday returned an indictment charging Matteo Morelli, 34, of Warwick, a U.S. Postal Service (USPS) letter carrier, with one count of delay or destruction of mail by a Postal Service officer or employee. It is alleged in court documents that Morelli discarded more than 1,000 pieces of mail that were addressed to individuals and business in East Greenwich and North Kingstown.

July 16, 2013

Nimera Seng, 31, of Providence, a member of the Providence Street Boyz, a Providence street gang, was sentenced today to 30 months in federal prison for being in possession of a loaded 9mm handgun after having been convicted of a domestic violence charge, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha, Kenneth J. Croke, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Boston Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and Providence Police Chief Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr.

July 15, 2013

Russell Yates, 42, of Providence, was sentenced on Friday to 30 months in federal prison for possessing and passing counterfeit money, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Brian S. Deck, Acting Resident Agent in Charge of the Providence Office of the U.S. Secret Service.

July 15, 2013

Leticia Gonzalez, 40, of Providence, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence on Friday to embezzling more than $230,000 from stolen federal tax checks she deposited into a business account she manages at a Providence barber shop, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha, Phil Hall, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Boston office of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, and Brian S. Deck, Acting Resident Agent in Charge of the Providence Office of the U.S. Secret Service.

July 11, 2013

The Justice Department announced today the launch of a new educational video to assist employers in avoiding charges of discrimination in the employment eligibility verification form I-9 process and in the use of E-Verify. The video also helps educate employees about their legal rights. The Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) within the department’s Civil Rights Division enforces the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which prohibits employers from discriminating against work-authorized individuals in hiring, firing, recruitment or referral for a fee, regardless of their citizenship status or national origin. The law also prohibits discrimination during the form I-9 and E-Verify processes.

July 10, 2013

A Bristol, R.I., man previously convicted in state court on multiple drug trafficking charges, admitted to a U.S. District Court judge in Providence today that in December 2012, he broke into a Portsmouth, R.I., home and stole more than a dozen firearms, five of which were recovered from his residence, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha.

July 10, 2013

A Providence man arrested in November 2011 when Providence Police discovered a loaded firearm and a bag of ammunition hidden among children’s toys in a bedroom in his residence was sentenced on Tuesday to 180 months in federal prison, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Providence Police Chief Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr.

July 9, 2013

Maria Vallee, 47, of North Providence, R.I., a municipal employee for the town of North Providence, will pay more than $78,000 in damages after having reimbursed nearly $48,000 of Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) monies she received in the form of loans from the town of North Providence which she was not qualified to receive, according to a Civil Complaint and a Consent Judgment filed today with the U.S. District Court in Providence.

July 8, 2013

Christian J. Morales, 30, formerly of Pawtucket and Woonsocket, R.I., and Blackstone, Mass., was sentenced today to 65 months in federal prison for failing to register as a sex offender for the 3rd time, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and United States Marshall Jamie A. Hainsworth. The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith.

July 3, 2013

A federal grand jury in Providence today returned a five-count indictment charging Vaughn Watrous, 36, formerly of Providence, with five counts of bank robbery, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha, Cranston Police Chief Colonel Marco Palombo, Jr., Providence Police Chief Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr., and Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Boston Field Office.

July 2, 2013

The Justice Department announced today that it has reached an agreement with Vincent Porcaro Inc. (VPI) resolving allegations that the company violated the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). VPI is a Rhode Island company that provides warehousing, distribution, light assembly and packaging for regional, national and international companies.

June 2013

June 25, 2013

Cristian Jimenez, a/k/a Alacran, 32, of Providence, faces between ten years to life in federal prison at sentencing after a federal court jury on Monday convicted him of one count of conspiracy to possess and distribute heroin and three counts of possession and distribution of heroin, announced Unites States Attorney Peter F. Neronha, Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Boston Field Office; and John J. Arvanitis, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New England Field Division.

June 21, 2013

Elvy Gomez, 39, of Providence, a former employee of Bank of America, has pleaded guilty in federal court in Providence to embezzling more than $95,000 from stolen federal tax checks. Gomez admitted to the court that he used his position at the bank to access a dormant checking account which he used to deposit stolen treasury checks and then withdraw the funds. Gomez pleaded guilty to one count each of theft of government property, forging an endorsement on treasury checks and money laundering.

June 20, 2013

A federal court jury in Providence, R.I., on Wednesday convicted Alvin Pennue, 32, of Indianapolis, Ind., with passing altered United States currency on two occasions and inducing a victim to transport $5,000 from Massachusetts to Rhode Island as part of a Black money scam, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Brian S. Deck, Acting Resident Agent in Charge of the Providence Office of the United States Secret Service.

June 14, 2013

The Justice Department announced today that it has entered into an interim settlement agreement with the State of Rhode Island and the City of Providence that will resolve violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for approximately 200 Rhode Islanders with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

June 6, 2013

Joshua Rojas, a/k/a Joshua Ramos, 19, of Woonsocket, and Victor Burgos, a/k/a Fat Boy, 20, of Providence, have been charged in federal court in Providence with witness tampering in connection with a joint Woonsocket Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigation into the alleged trafficking of Fentanyl Acetyl analogue, a Schedule 1 controlled substance.

June 6, 2013

Troy L Antley, 44, of Providence, is scheduled to make an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Providence on June 12, 2013, charged by way of a federal criminal complaint with being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Providence Police Chief Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr.

June 3, 2013

Four men have been arrested on federal drug charges and ordered detained, and six firearms including a suspected automatic weapon were seized by federal, state and local law enforcement agents and officers in connection with a fifteen-month multi-agency investigation initiated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) into the alleged trafficking of cocaine, heroin, Ecstasy and a synthetic drug termed “Molly.” Law enforcement also seized additional amounts of drugs and cash, and discovered an alleged marijuana grow in the home of an individual with a medical marijuana caregiver card authorized by the State of Rhode Island.

May 2013

May 30, 2013

Daniel Ferro, 50, of Warren, R.I., arrested by Rhode Island State Police on May 24, 2013, after allegedly confronting two state troopers with a loaded shotgun, was arraigned in federal court in Providence on Thursday on an indictment charging him with one count of being a felon in possession of ammunition. Ferro was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 29, 2013.

May 30, 2013

Ralph M. Mariano, of Warwick, R.I., a former senior systems engineer with the United States Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) in Newport, R.I., and Washington, D.C., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence, R.I., today to conspiracy and to defrauding the U.S. Government of between $7 million and $20 million by directing co-conspirators to bill the Navy for work that was never performed, announced Peter F. Neronha, United States Attorney for the District of Rhode Island.

May 21, 2013

Christian M. Araujo, a/k/a Christian Sanchez, 46, of Providence, has been ordered detained in federal custody on a charge of possession with the intent to distribute Ecstasy. Araujo was arrested by DEA agents on May 17, 2013, after he allegedly delivered between 2,400 and 3,000 Ecstasy pills with an estimated street value of approximately $30,000 to a person posing as a drug dealer.

May 14, 2013

Jorge Daniel Estrada of Providence, R.I., and Angel Feliz of Dorchester, Mass., have been sentenced to lengthy federal prison sentences in connection with the seizure in October 2012 of 19 kilos of heroin, the largest single seizure in Rhode Island, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha; Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven M. Paré; Providence Police Chief Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr.; John J. Arvanitis, Special Agent in Charge of DEA’s New England Field Division; and Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin.

May 13, 2013

Michael Brier, 50, owner of Refunds Now Inc., a tax preparation firm based in Providence, R.I., was sentenced on Friday to 27 months in federal prison for violating a federal judge’s order permanently barring him from preparing tax returns for others, and for underreporting more than $1.1 million dollars in income between 2004 and 2009, and failing to pay nearly $400,000 in federal taxes, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and William P. Offord, Special Agent in Charge of the Boston office of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Criminal Investigation.

May 9, 2013

Charlie Rosario, 29, formerly of North Providence, R.I., was sentenced on Wednesday to 96 months in federal prison for conspiracy and trafficking more than 500 grams of cocaine in November 2010, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha; John J. Arvanitis, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s New England Field Division; and United States Marshal Jamie A. Hainsworth.

May 8, 2013

A federal grand jury indictment which names seven individuals and alleges a complex interstate contraband cigarette trafficking conspiracy responsible for the sale of more than $1.2 million dollars of contraband cigarettes in Rhode Island and the loss of more than one million dollars in tax revenue to the state was unsealed today in U.S. District Court in Providence. It is alleged that the cigarettes were bought in Virginia and sold in Rhode Island in convenience stores and other locations allegedly owned or operated by members of the conspiracy and others. The indictment also alleges that defendants engaged in other types of program fraud, including Social Security and food stamp fraud.

May 6, 2013

Lin Xiao Wei, 33, a Chinese national, was sentenced on Friday to 16 months in federal prison for importing counterfeit tobacco products into the United States from China, earmarked for Rhode Island. In February 2013, Wei admitted to the court that in February 2012, he arranged for the shipment of a 20-foot cargo container containing counterfeit cigarettes from China to the United States.

May 6, 2013

Craig A. Carey, 44, of Fall River, Mass., was sentenced on Friday to 272 months in federal prison on conspiracy, bank robbery and firearm charges, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha; West Greenwich Police Chief Richard N. Ramsay; Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police; and Richard Deslauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s New England Field Office.

April 2013

April 12, 2013

Casey J. Dunphy, 38, of Providence, was ordered detained in federal custody on April 11, 2013, following an initial appearance in federal court on firearms and drug charges, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha, Providence Police Chief Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr., and Eugenio A. Marquez, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Boston Field Office.

April 9, 2013

Edmond Paolucci, 54, of Coventry, RI, was sentenced today to 33 months in federal prison for his participation in an international conspiracy to import and distribute prescription drugs and anabolic steroids, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Mark Dragonetti, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Criminal Investigation.

April 5, 2013

Carlos Gonzalez, 42, of Pawtucket, R.I., was sentenced today to 168 months in federal prison for possession with the intent to distribute one kilo or more of heroin, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha. Gonzalez was arrested by federal agents in January 2012, shortly after he accepted delivery of a parcel which had contained a large quantity of heroin stashed inside a pair of flat screened monitors shipped from Venezuela to his Pawtucket residence.

April 5, 2013

Denny Mendoza, 38, formerly of Providence, was sentenced today to 18 months in federal prison for failing to register as a sex offender, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and United States Marshal Jamie A. Hainsworth.

April 4, 2013

Richard Scialo, 58, owner and operator of Personal Touch, a Providence based home and business cleaning service, pleaded guilty in federal court in Providence today to attempting to evade the payment of more than $180,000 in federal taxes by underreporting taxable income he claimed was cash “gifts” from some of his clients for whom he provided cleaning services.

April 4, 2013

Anthony Cucinotta, 28, of Johnston, R.I., was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Providence today to 48 months in federal prison and fined $5,000 for growing marijuana in his home with the intent to sell it, and being a felon in possession of a semi-automatic pistol and an assault rifle, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Eugenio A. Marquez, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Boston Field Office.

March 2013

March 28, 2013

Moises Tronilo, 27, of Providence, was ordered detained today on federal heroin trafficking and firearm charges, announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Eugenio A. Marquez, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Boston Field Office. Tronilo was arrested on Tuesday by ATF agents following an undercover investigation into Tronilo’s alleged drug trafficking activities.

March 28, 2013

Audi Pineda, 39, of Pawtucket, a career offender, was sentenced on Wednesday in U.S. District Court to 120 months in federal prison, having been convicted by federal court jury on October 18, 2012, of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute oxycodone, and possession with the intent to distribute oxycodone.

March 27, 2013

A Providence man who pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence today to drug and firearm charges could face up to life in federal prison when he is sentenced on June 18, 2013. Henry Lee, 30, was arrested by Providence Police on November 3, 2011, after they discovered crack cocaine and a loaded firearm stashed among children’s toys in Lee’s Providence apartment. A bullet proof vest was also seized from a kitchen closet.

March 26, 2013

Corey Kidd, 31, formerly of Warwick, was sentenced today to 30 months in federal prison for failure to register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha; United States Marshal Jamie A. Hainsworth; and, Warwick Police Chief Colonel Stephen M. McCartney.

March 25, 2013

Abel Perez, 31, of Cranston, was sentenced on Friday to 12 years in federal prison for trafficking heroin, being a felon in possession of a firearm and for use of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and John J. Arvanitis, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) New England Field Division.

March 18, 2013

James W. Snoke, 49, of Foster, was sentenced today to 151 months in federal prison for robbing a Cranston bank while claiming to be armed with an explosive device in November 2011, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha; Cranston Police Chief Colonel Marco Palombo, Jr.; Foster Police Chief Robert E. Coyne, Jr.; Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police; and Richard Deslauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Boston Field Office.

March 13, 2013

Two Rhode Island men have pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence, R.I., to participating in an international conspiracy to illegally import and distribute prescription drugs and anabolic steroids. Edmond Paolucci, 54, of Coventry, and Patrick Cunningham, 44, of Cranston, admitted to the court that they participated in a conspiracy to repackage the illegal drugs and sell them under various names and labels to consumers who placed orders via the Internet. A significant portion of the proceeds realized from the sale of the illegal drugs was laundered back to individuals in Israel.

March 13, 2013

David Crisostomi, 37, of East Providence, R.I., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence on Tuesday to three counts of using a minor to manufacture child pornography, and one count each of possessing and distributing child pornography, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha; Richard Deslauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Boston Field Office; and Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police.

March 11, 2013

Rolando A. Rojas, 34, of Providence, was sentenced today to 175 months in federal prison for trafficking crack cocaine. Rojas, a career criminal who was previously convicted on drug trafficking, firearms, felony assault and robbery charges, was convicted by a federal court jury on July 18, 2012, with selling crack cocaine on three occasions to an undercover federal agent.

March 8, 2013

Harold Moody, 47, of Providence, was sentenced today to 96 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha, Guy N. Thomas, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Boston Field Office, and Providence Police Chief Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr.

March 7, 2013

Justin L. Worley, 34, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence today to nine counts of bank robbery, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha.

March 5, 2013

The United States Supreme Court on Monday denied a petition for writ of certiorari filed by former North Providence solicitor Robert S. Ciresi, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha.

March 5, 2013

Rafael Lara-Mejia, a/k/a Gabriel Arenas, Martin Muniz Rosado, and Jeffrey Montanez Rivera, a Dominican national living in Providence, was sentenced today to 24 months in federal prison for his role in a scheme to steal and sell the identities and corresponding identity documents of Puerto Rican U.S. citizens, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha.

March 1, 2013

Sixteen federal, state and local Rhode Island law enforcement agents and officers, and a federal prosecutor from the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Rhode Island, were recognized today with a top Department of Justice award for their achievements significantly impacting the trafficking of heroin along the “Heroin Highway.” This notorious stretch of highway, running from I-195 East from Providence, R.I., to Cape Cod, Mass., has been used for many years to transport heroin to street level drug dealers and drug users.

February 2013

February 28, 2013

Felix Reyes, 20, of Woonsocket, was sentenced today to 60 months in federal prison for possession of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Woonsocket Police Chief Thomas S. Carey.

February 27, 2013

Isaiah Gasperini, 30, of Pawtucket, was sentenced today in federal court in Providence to 132 months and one day in federal prison for being in possession of an unregistered machine gun and ammunition, and for violating the terms of supervised release following a lengthy federal prison sentence on a previous federal firearm conviction, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Providence Police Chief Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr.

February 15, 2013

Glen Matteson, 52, of Richmond, R.I., a former Chariho High School assistant soccer coach, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Providence today to 60 months in federal prison on child pornography charges, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha; Richmond Police Chief Elwood M. Johnson, Jr.; Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police; and Bruce M. Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

February 15, 2013

According to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Providence today, Justin L. Worley, 34, has agreed to plead guilty in federal court to robbing eight banks in Rhode Island and one in Massachusetts, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha.

February 14, 2013

Stephen Hickey, 60, of Warwick, R.I., was released to home confinement with electronic monitoring on unsecured bond following an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Providence today on a federal charge of possession of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha; Kevin M. Niland, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Boston Division; and Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police.

February 14, 2013

Gilberto Morales, 30, of Pawtucket, a convicted sex offender in Wisconsin, was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Providence to 46 months in federal prison, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release, for failing to register as a sex offender, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha, United States Marshal Jamie A. Hainsworth and Pawtucket Police Chief Paul King.

February 12, 2013

Former Central Falls, R.I., Mayor Charles D. Moreau, 49, of Lincoln, R.I, and longtime friend, business associate and political supporter Michael G. Bouthillette, 49, of Lincoln, R.I., were sentenced in U.S. District Court in Providence today for participating in a corruption scheme in which the former mayor accepted goods and services from Mr. Bouthillette as a reward for having directed and provided board-up work on more than 160 properties in Central Falls between 2007 and 2009, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha, Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin and Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police.

February 4, 2013

Juan Carlos Santiago, 35, of Providence, R.I., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence today to production of child pornography outside the United States and transporting it into the United States. Santiago faces between 15-30 years in federal prison, followed by 5 years to lifetime supervised release, when he is sentenced on June 6, 2013.

February 1, 2013

Andrew Rios, 41, of California, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Providence to 188 months in federal prison on drug trafficking charges, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin. Rios was arrested in January 2011 in connection with the seizure of 65 kilos of cocaine and more than $1.2 million in cash, the single largest seizure of cocaine in Rhode Island.

February 1, 2013

Lin Xiao Wei, 32, a Chinese national, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence today to importing counterfeit tobacco products into the United States from China, earmarked for Rhode Island. Wei admitted to the court that beginning in February 2012, he arranged for the shipment of a 22-foot cargo container containing counterfeit cigarettes.

January 2013

January 31, 2013

An investigation by Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) has resulted in the federal indictment of two individuals from Providence, R.I., on charges of allegedly embezzling federal tax checks in excess of $1,000, and allegedly converting the funds for personal use, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and William P. Offord, Special Agent in Charge of the Boston Field Office of IRS-CI.

January 30, 2013

William L’Europa, 47, of Scituate, co-operator of McCauley and L’Europa Public Adjusters, LLC and PIA Restoration, LLC, was sentenced today to 27 months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiring to defraud the United States government and filing false tax returns.

January 30, 2013

James P. Perry, 35, of Pawtucket, was sentenced today to 10 years in federal prison on drug and firearm charges, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Pawtucket Police Chief Paul King. Perry was arrested by Pawtucket Police on March 15, 2012, during an undercover investigation into the trafficking of crack cocaine.

January 29, 2013

Jorge Daniel Estrada of Providence, R.I., and Angel Feliz of Dorchester, Mass., face up to life in federal prison when they are sentenced in April, after pleading guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence today to drug trafficking charges in connection with the single largest seizure of pure heroin from the streets of Rhode Island.

January 25, 2013

Dwayne O’Hagan, 30, of Woonsocket, arrested by members of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Drug Task Force in April 2012 for dealing cocaine on the streets of Woonsocket, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Providence today to 24 months in federal prison, the high end of advisory federal sentencing guidelines, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha; John J. Arvanitis, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s New England Field Division; and Woonsocket Police Chief Thomas S. Carey.

January 24, 2013

Richard Paulino, a/k/a Jose Nieves and Jose Ayala, 30, a Dominican national living in Providence, was sentenced today to 57 months in federal prison for possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine and being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Providence Police Chief Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr.

January 18, 2013

Four defendants have been sentenced to federal prison and a fifth is awaiting trial in federal court on drug trafficking charges, for allegedly shipping packages containing substantial quantities of cocaine through the U.S. Postal Service, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Kevin M. Niland, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Boston Division.

January 17, 2013

For the second time this week, a federal court judge has sentenced a previously convicted felon to a lengthy federal prison sentence for crimes involving the use or possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha; Providence Police Chief Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr; and Guy N. Thomas, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Boston Field Office.

January 14, 2013

Alphonso D. Johnson, 38, of Providence, a career offender, was sentenced today to 312 months in federal prison for robbing a Providence convenience store clerk at gunpoint in April 2011, and for robbing and assaulting a Providence restaurant owner with a pistol two days later, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Providence Police Chief Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr.

January 14, 2013

Today, the United States Supreme Court denied petitions for writs of certiorari filed by Governor Lincoln D. Chafee and defendant Jason Wayne Pleau. This means that the Supreme Court has refused to consider the Governor’s and Pleau’s challenge to the earlier en banc decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, requiring that the state surrender custody of Pleau for trial on pending federal charges. United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha commented, “I am obviously pleased with the decision of the United States Supreme Court not to review the First Circuit’s entirely correct ruling requiring the State of Rhode Island to surrender custody of Mr. Pleau to the United States for trial in federal court. As we have been since September of 2010, we are prepared to move ahead with this case immediately and without delay.”

January 7, 2013

Peter A. Laporte, 47, of Warwick, a four-time convicted felon who helped orchestrate the straw-purchase of 10 firearms and a significant quantity of ammunition from a federally licensed firearms dealer in Wyoming, R.I., pleaded guilty today in federal court to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

January 4, 2013

Charles Fermin, 29, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Providence, R.I., to 41 months in federal prison, having been convicted by a federal court jury in Rhode Island in September 2012 of trafficking cocaine and marijuana, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police.

January 4, 2013

Denis Quirke, 37, an Irish national, will be turned over to immigration officials for deportation proceedings after being sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith to time served in federal prison for falsely representing to the government that he was a U.S. citizen when he applied for a Rhode Island identification card from the Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles in December 2011. Quirke has been detained in federal custody since his arrest on August 31, 2012.

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