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December 2006

December 20, 2006

ENNASSIME: Lakewood Couple Sentenced for Forced Labor and Harboring Alien

December 21, 2006

STOUTENBURG: Second Pharmacy Burglar Pleads Guilty in Connection with Pharmacy Burglary and Drug Distribution Scheme

December 18, 2006

MACHADO: Robber Who Hit Banks in Three States Sentenced to 78 Months in Prison

December 15, 2006

WILLIAMS: Identity Thief Who Stole Information From Patient Files at Medical Clinic Pleads Guilty

December 14, 2006

MENDOZA-MEDINA: Fugitive in Federal Drug Case Arrested with 14 Pounds of Methamphetamine

MCKAY: United States Attorney John McKay Announces Resignation

MILMAN: Two Additional Defendants Indicted in Pharmacy Medicare Fraud Scheme

December 12, 2006

HOLST: Puyallup Man Indicted for Bank Fraud, Bankruptcy Fraud, Money Laundering and Evasion of Taxes

December 11, 2006

ALMUSSA: Kirkland Loan Officer Convicted of Wire Fraud in Connection to Mortgage Fraud Scheme

December 7, 2006

PALMER: First Defendant in Army Ranger Bank Robbery Case Pleads Guilty

SHERMAN: "Hockey Dad" Convicted of Wire Fraud, Mail Fraud and Securities Fraud

PORTER: Veteran Pleads Guilty to $174,000 Mail Fraud in Connection with Fraudulent Claim of PTSD

MILMAN: Kirkland Woman Pleads Guilty to Health Care Fraud and Money Laundering Conspiracy

December 1, 2006

BOLDS: Vancouver, Washington Man Gets 100 Month Prison Term for Distribution of Crack Cocaine

IRVING: Last Defendant in Seven Deuce Mob Case Sentenced to 17 Years in Prison

FLAKE: Sumner Man Sentenced for Income Tax Evasion

DRUGS: Forty Indicted in Connection with Sophisticated Skagit County Drug Trafficking Ring

GALINDO-ZURITA: Leader of Snohomish/King County Drug Ring Gets Ten Year Term

November 2006

November 30, 2006

LANEY: Former Vancouver Area Man Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Conspiracy Involving Counterfeit Software and Money Laundering

November 17, 2006

ROBERTS: Former Whatcom County Couple Indicted in Connection with Conspiracy, Tax Fraud, Bank Fraud, Wire Fraud, and Identity Theft

MERRITT: President of Bellingham Bandidos Sentenced to Four Years in Prison

STUCKEY: Repeat Offender Sentenced to 42 Months for Aggravated Identity Theft

PORTER: Raymond Man Sentenced in Connection with Internet Piracy Scheme

November 16, 2006

SONG: Edmonds Brothers Charged with Defrauding the Government on Computer Equipment Contracts

ROUSE: Canadian Woman Convicted of Smuggling Marijuana Into U.S. by Boat

November 15, 2006

HINKLE: Marysville Husband and Wife Plead Guilty in Connection with Pharmacy Burglary and Drug Distribution Scheme

November 9, 2006

LEE: Kent Man Convicted of Being Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Obstruction of Justice

STONE: Leader of Vashon Island Marijuana Manufacturing Operation Sentenced to Five Year Prison Term

November 3, 2006

STOKER: Former Silverdale Resident Sentenced to Five Year Prison Term for Receipt of Child Porn

MANALANG: Lawyer Sentenced to Prison for Money Laundering

November 1, 2006

PARK: South Korea Deports Pastor who Fled U.S. to Escape Sentencing on Visa Fraud Charges

ELECTION DAY: Federal Officers on Duty for Election Day

October 2006

October 30, 2006

GUITARD: Final Person Pleads Guilty to Theft of $2.9 Million Worth of Fuel

October 26, 2006

FONG: Canadian Nationals Arrested with More than 400 lbs. of Ecstasy

October 24, 2006

YOUNG: Whidbey Island Man Pleads Guilty to Using the Internet to Entice a Minor to Travel for Illegal Sexual Activity

October 19, 2006

DOLLAR: Tacoma Woman Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Driving Getaway Car in Credit Union Robbery

GARRED: Spanaway Woman Pleads Guilty in Connection with Armed Robberies

HERSEL: Lakewood Man Sentenced to Twelve Years in Prison for Bank Robbery, Carjacking, and Assault on FBI Agent

October 16, 2006

ARMSTEAD: Leader of ID Theft Ring Sentenced to 17 1/2 Years in Prison

PLOWMAN: Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Financial Reporting Crime in Connection with Laundering of Drug Money through Laundromat

October 13, 2006

ANGOUS: Repeat Identity Thief Sentenced to Nearly Eight Years in Prison

PATEL: Owner of House Used in "Drug Tunnel" Pleads Guilty

CUNNINGHAM: Leader of Marijuana and Cocaine Trafficking Ring Sentenced to a Decade Behind Bars

MORED: South King County Pair Charged with ID Theft/Bank Fraud Scheme

FIGUEROA-LOPEZ: Vancouver Man Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison for Repeated Drug Dealing

GARCIA-QUIROZ: Vancouver Resident Sentenced to More Than 12 Years in Prison for Drug Conspiracy

October 6, 2006

OJALA: Man Who Posed as Fiance and Recruited Others to Visa Fraud Scheme Sentenced

WEGERS: Bandidos President Sentenced to Prison for Racketeering

TRAN: Seattle Accountant Sentenced to Prison for Attempted Money Laundering

October 5, 2006

SHANAHAN: Trust Scheme Promoter Sentenced to Three Years in Prison

October 4, 2006

KOLAR: Two Defendants Enter Guilty Pleas in Connection with UW Arson

September 2006

September 29, 2006

JOHAL: Kent Man Sentenced to Six Years in Prison for Laundering Drug Proceeds

BROWN:Wyoming Businessman Sentenced for His Role in Tax Fraud Scheme

HOLLISTER: Bellingham Woman Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison for Murder-For-Hire Plot

FELIX: Snohomish County Cousins Sentenced to Lengthy Terms for Meth Dealing

WARREN: Man Sentenced to Seven Years in Federal Prison for Weapons Charges

September 27, 2006

ID THEFT WORKING GROUP: Prosecution Priorities for ID Theft Working Group

IDENTITY THEFT: Feds Go After "Insiders" in Battle Against Identity Thieves

September 18, 2006

FROGGER: Federal Investigation Dismantles Major Drug Organizations in Pacific Northwest

MOORE: State Department of Licensing Employee Indicted for Selling Drivers Licenses

September 15, 2006

MANCILLA: Aberdeen Resident Sentenced to Prison for Meth Distribution and Illegal Re-Entry in U.S.A.

KLIMAS: California Man Sentenced to Four Years in Prison for Aggravated Identity Theft

DINH: Two Seattle Area Men Sentenced to Prison for Role in Drug Distribution Conspiracy

MERKE: Former Everett Man Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Theft and Sale of Medical Devices

September 13, 2006

GILBERT: North Seattle Man Found Guilty of Gun Crimes

September 12, 2006

LOPEZ: Vancouver Resident Sentenced to More Than 11 Years in Prison for Gun and Drug Charges

September 8, 2006

FORD: Five Members of Cocaine Distribution Ring Sentenced to Long Prison Terms

FLAKE: Sumner Man Pleads Guilty to Income Tax Evasion

September 7, 2006

THOMAS: Leaders of Marijuana Distribution Ring Plead Guilty

ENNASSIME: Lakewood Couple Pleads Guilty to Forced Labor and Harboring Alien

September 1, 2006

RAPA: Mother and Daughter Identity Thieves Sentenced to Prison

August 2006

August 25, 2006

MAXWELL: California Man Sentenced for "Botnet" Attack that Impacted Millions

speaker AUSA Kathryn Warma on Magnitude of Botnet (click here for text version)

speaker AUSA Kathryn Warma on Potential Human Cost of Botnet (click here for text version)

August 22, 2006

BRADFORD: Los Angeles Gang Member Sentenced to 46 Months in Prison for Dealing Crack Cocaine

August 18, 2006

COOPER: Seventh Member of Counterfeit Travelers Cheque Ring Sentenced to Prison

August 14, 2006

PORTER: Raymond Man Pleads Guilty in Connection with Internet Piracy Scheme

August 11, 2006

LOVE: Mortgage Broker Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Launder Cash for Drug Dealers

August 10, 2006

KANG: Nine Charged in Connection with International Drug Trafficking Ring

August 1, 2006

MANALANG: Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering

July 2006

July 31, 2006

PETRIDIS: Celebrity Cruise Captain Pleads Guilty To, and is Sentenced for, Operating a Cruise Ship Under the Influence of Alcohol

July 28, 2006

MILLER: Tacoma Felon Sentenced to Six Years in Prison for Gun and Drug Possession

GUIMONT: Tacoma Man Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Possession of Child Porn

July 27, 2006

AKRAM: Everett Man Convicted of Wire Fraud and Food Stamp Fraud

July 26, 2006

OPERATION SOMALIA EXPRESS: Eighteen Indicted in Connection with International Drug Trafficking Ring in "Operation Somalia Express"

July 21, 2006

GHAG: Kent Man Sentenced to Prison for Ecstasy Trafficking

HERNANDEZ-NAVA: Mount Vernon Resident Gets Seven Year Sentence for Meth Distribution

SWAGERTY: State Prison Inmate Gets Federal Time After Confessing to Bank Robbery

PALOMERA: Brothers from South Snohomish County Sentenced to Prison for Dealing Cocaine

July 20, 2006

TRAVER: Longview Man Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison for Retaliating Against Police Informant

July 19, 2006

FUHR: Twenty-Sixth Guilty Plea in Cocaine and Oxycodone Distribution Ring

July 14, 2006

MILMAN: Kirkland Couple Indicted for Health Care Fraud and Money Laundering

RAJ: Builders of Drug Tunnel Between Canada and US Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison

July 11, 2006

DEADBEAT PARENTS: Feds Arrest Deadbeat Parents for Chronic Failure to Pay Child Support

July 7, 2006

CARSON: Pierce County "Career Offender" Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison

O'BRYANT: Vancouver, Washington Man Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Possession of Child Porn

ORELLANA: Los Angeles Man Who Dealt Large Quantities of Meth in Clark County Sentenced to More than 20 Years in Prison

MCILWAIN: Six Sentenced in Connection with Forks, Washington Gun Thefts

July 5, 2006

STOKER: Silverdale Man Pleads Guilty to Receipt of Child Porn

July 4, 2006

MARINE CONSERVATION FUND: Marine Conservation Fund Awards $1.7 Million in Grants to Restore Puget Sound

July 3, 2006

FRIEND: California Man Pleads Guilty, Agrees to 19 Year Term for Armed Robberies of Credit Union

June 2006

June 30, 2006

NGUYEN: Leaders of Visa Fraud Scheme Sentenced to Three Years in Prison

MEDIA ADVISORY: Media Advisory for July 5, 2006 - Puget Sound Scores Funding for 14 Restoration Projects

RENECKER: Identity Thief Sentenced to Four Years in Prison Under New Federal Statute

June 23, 2006

GALLARDO: Mexican National Gets Ten Year Term for Dealing Five Lbs. Of Meth

JEFFERSON: Lummi Tribal Member Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison for Voluntary Manslaughter

June 21, 2006

GALINDO-ZURITA: Seventeen Arrested in Snohomish/King County Drug Crackdown

KLIMAS: California Man Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Identity Theft

June 20, 2006

BROWN: Wyoming Businessman Pleads Guilty For His Role in Tax Fraud Scheme

June 19, 2006

PUTNAM: Issaquah Man Sentenced to 51 Months in Prison for Identity Theft

June 16, 2006

FIRST NATION: Five Canadian First Nation Members Sentenced to Prison for Drug Smuggling

MOAMLAE: Puyallup Man Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Possessing Car Load of Firearms

AMBAW: Seattle Man Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison for Dealing Crack Cocaine

June 15, 2006

MITTEN: Former Federal Manager Sentenced to Home Detention for Criminal Conflict of Interest

June 12, 2006

BLAND: Tacoma Woman Convicted of Social Security Fraud

June 9, 2006

DRY ICE: Federal Investigation Dismantles Major Drug Ring in Seattle and Tacoma

LUNA-CEJUDO: Mexican National Setenced to 60 Months in Prison for Methamphetamine Trafficking

PICAZO SANCHEZ: Winlick Man Sentenced to 43 Months in Prison for Marijuana Grows in Capitol State Forest

DANIELS: Puyallup Man Who Posed as Fiance in Visa Fraud Scheme Sentenced

TANG: Tacoma Restaurant Owner Sentenced to Prison for Harboring Illegal Aliens

June 7, 2006

RAPA: A Family of Identity Thieves Pleads Guilty in Federal Court

June 5, 2006

HOFF: Kirkland Man Sentenced to Prison for Securities Fraud

RUBENAKER: Registered Sex Offender Sentenced to 151 Months in Prison for Possesssion of Child Pornography

SMOKI: Seattle Company and CEO Sentenced for Allowing Tainted Fish into Food Chain

PARK: Tacoma Pastor Convicted of Conspiracy, Visa Fraud, and Obstruction of Justice

June 2, 2006

COON: Sequim Father and Son Sentenced to Probation for Bird Baiting

RUSSELL: Snohomish Man Sentenced in Cross Burning Incident

NGUYEN: Member of ID Theft Ring That Preyed on Starbucks' Employees Sentenced to Prison

May 2006

May 31, 2006

TAYLOR: Long Time Justice Department Attorney Robert Maxwell Taylor Dies at 59

May 30, 2006

RUIZ-MALDONADO: Everett Man Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison for Dealing Meth and Cocaine

May 25, 2006

CALDWELL: Seattle Man Convicted of Eleven Bank Robberies

HERSEL: Bank Robber Pleads Guilty in Connection with Lakewod Robbery, Car Jacking, and Assault on FBI Agent

May 24, 2006

BAUTISTA-OCAMPO: California Man Sentenced to Six Years in Prison for Dealing Highly Pure Methamphetamine

May 19, 2006

CLARK: Seattle Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison - Repeat Offender Designated as "Armed Career Criminal" Resulting in Lengthy Term

May 18, 2006

STEPHENSON: Washington State Trust Scheme Promoter Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison

May 17, 2006

LUNBECK: Kent Woman Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud and Aggravated ID Theft

May 5, 2006

GARCIA ROMERO: Cowlitz County Man Gets Ten Year Term for Meth Trafficking

LUCO: Former Bank Manager Sentenced to 15 Months for Bank Fraud

FLAKE: Sumner Man Indicted for Evasion of Income Taxes

WHEELER: Seattle Felon Gets Seven and a Half Years for Weapons Crime

NOLAN: Florida Man Sentenced for Web Attack on Rival Matchmaking Site

BOWLING: Seattle Man Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Possession of Child Pornogrpahy

ALBERT: Man Who Used the Identities of Hundreds of Deceased Children Sentenced to Prison for Mail Fraud & Production of False ID

May 4, 2006

MAXWELL: California Man Pleads Guilty in "Botnet" Attack that Impacted Seattle Hospital and Defense Department

April 2006

April 28, 2006

SIMS: Bremerton Felon Sentenced to Lengthy Prison Term for Weapon and Drug Crimes

BELL: Tacoma Man Sentenced to 60 Months in Prison for Crack Cocaine Distribution

LUKE: Former Tacoma Executive Sentenced to Prison for Bank Fraud

VAN DYKE: Bothell Senior Sentenced for Claiming More Than $200,000 in Pension Benefits for Deceased Mother

April 27, 2006

WITTER: Marysville Man Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Conspiracy to Distribute Anabolic Steroids and Prescription Pain Medication

April 21, 2006

CABRERA: Burien Man Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison for Meth Dealing

April 7, 2006

ELMS: Longview Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Drug and Ammunition Charges

NGUYEN: Leaders of Sham Marriage Conspiracy Plead Guilty in Federal Court

LIN: Lynnwood Man Sentenced in Cross Burning Incident

NGUYEN: Two Convicted in Connection with Sale of Stolen Medical Devices

March 2006

March 31, 2006

HAMILTON: Centralia Man Gets Eight Years for Drug and Gun Crimes

March 30, 2006

ORELLANA: Vancouver Man Convicted of Large Scale Methamphetamine Distribution

WATERS: Berkeley Woman Indicted in Connection with 2001 Arson at UW Center for Urban Horticulture

March 24, 2006

LAROCQUE: California Man Sentenced to Four Years in Prison for Conspiracy to Import Marijuana

JOHNSON: Camas Man Sentenced to Ten Years in Federal Prison for Drug and Weapons Charges

March 23, 2006

HSY: Bellevue Man Sentened for Violating Arms Export Act

March 17, 2006

SEVERIN: Seattle Man Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison for Ecstasy Trafficking

HARRIS: Longview Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Being an Armed Career Criminal

AYERS: Snohomish Man Sentenced for Tampering with Cold Medicine

March 10, 2006

OROZCO-CASTANEDA: Mexican National Sentenced to Six Years in Prison for Methamphetamine Trafficking

SAWYER: Southwest Washington Man Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Importing and Exporting Rare Reptiles

March 3, 2006

BEKINS: Seattle Man Sentenced to Home Detention, Community Service for Filing False Tax Return

March 2, 2006

GUITARD: Five People Indicted for Theft of $3.9 Million Worth of Fuel

February 2006

February 17, 2006

SARGENT: Edmonds Man Sentenced in Cross Burning Incident; Associates Face Sentencing After Admitting They Lied to Federal Grand Jury

PHAN: Renton Man Sentenced to Long Prison Term in Ecstasy Case

DAY: Oregon Woman Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison for Vancouver, Washington Kidnap Attempt

February 16, 2006

WEST: Federal Investigation Into Fomer Spokane Mayor Jim West Concludes Without Criminal Charges

February 14, 2006

HELLS ANGELS: Five Hells Angels Motorcycle Gang Members and Associates Charged with Federal Racketeering Offenses

February 10, 2006

MAXWELL: California Man Indicted for "Botnet" Attack that Impacted Hospital

February 6, 2006

DHALIWAL: Ecstacy Trafficker Sentenced to Twelve Years in Prison

February 2, 2006

SLAUGHTER: Seattle Man Sentenced to 100 Months in Prison for Dealing Crack Cocaine

SHU: Tacoma Resident Sentenced to Prison for Harboring and Inducing Illegal Aliens

January 2006

January 27, 2006

KHALEGHI: Bellevue Man Sentenced to Probation for International Parental Kidnaping

SIMMONDS: Canadian Sentenced to Prison for Marijuana Trafficking

CALDWELL: Renton Woman Sentenced to Four Years in Prison for Identity Theft

January 20, 2006

DAVIS: Woodinville Woman Sentenced to More Than Three Years in Prison for Mail Fraud

HERNANDEZ VALENCIA: Methamphetamine Trafficker Sentenced to 5+ Years in Prison

January 18, 2006

LATHAM: Tacoma Man Gets 15 Years in Prison for Very Sophisticated Marijuana Grow Operation

January 13, 2006

SMITH: Pierce County Man Sentenced to More Than 19 Years in Prison for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

SIMS: Three Leaders of Counterfeit Travelers Cheque Ring Sentenced to Prison

JORGENSON: Longview Felon Sentenced to Prison for Gun Possession

HOLMGREN: Former Mill Creek Resident Sentenced to Prison for Failing to File Income Tax Returns on Income of More Than $1,000,000

HILL: Seattle Felon Gets Ten Year Prison Term for Gun Crime

January 6, 2006

SMITH: Bellevue Real Estate Salesman Setenced for Failing to File Income Tax Returns

LAMONT: Darrington Man Sentenced to Probation & Community Service in Internet Bomb Threat Case

HSU: Seattle Man Sentenced for Concealing and Harboring Illegal Aliens

HOFF: Kirkland Man Pleads Guilty to Securities Fraud

CHANG: California Man Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison for Nationwide Fraud Scheme

TRIGG: Longview Resident Sentenced to Four Years in Prison for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

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