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News and Press Releases

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Press Contact: Emily Langlie, (206) 553-4110

December 2011

December 29, 2011

BROOKS: Repeat Offender Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison as Armed Career Criminal

December 22, 2011

HAMILTON: Feds Dismantle Heroin and Meth Distribution Ring Based in Whatcom County

December 21, 2011

PHAIR: Two Lummi Tribal Members Charged with Murder of Third Tribal Member

December 20, 2011

SOLONDZ: Final Defendant in UW Horticulture Center Arson Pleads Guilty

December 16, 2011

WHITLOCK: Kitsap County Repeat Offender Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

DOJ: U.S. Justice Department Releases Investigative Findings on Seattle Police Department

DOJ: Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan on Seattle Police Department Findings

December 12, 2011

KWONG: Seattle Woman Sentenced to Prison for Food Stamp Fraud

December 9, 2011

TRAMBLE: SeaTac Man Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking

BLANTON: Seattle Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Drug and Gun Crimes

STUART: Blaine Man who Collected Millions with Version of Nigerian Inheritance Scam Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison

December 8, 2011

MUJAHIDH: Former Los Angeles Man Pleads Guilty in Plot to Attack Military Processing Center

MCNETT and SOUTHARD: Vancouver, Washington Men Indicted for Gun Theft

December 6, 2011

ROOSE: Oregon Man Charged with Attempting to Illegally Export Military-Grade Rifle Scopes

December 2, 2011

MRYLAND: Kirkland Man Sentenced to 40 Months in Prison for Threatening Public Officials

PEPIN: Florida Resident Sentenced for Distributing Stolen Diabetic Supplies


November 2011

November 30, 2011

KIM and YI: Seattle Area Men Charged with Criminal Copyright Infringement

November 22, 2011

VALENCIA GARCIA: Mexican National Sentenced to 11+ Years in Prison for Heroin Distribution

FINGER: Kirkland Broker Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud

FLORES: Seattle Man Pleads Guilty to Distribution of Child Pornography

November 18, 2011

PHAM: Food Stamp 'Runner' Sentenced to Prison for Repeated Fraud

VERHOEVEN: Tulalip Tribal Member Sentenced to Prison for Embezzling Nearly $400,000 from Tribal Smoke Shop

JACK: Swinomish Tribal member Pleads Guilty to Domestic Violence Assault

PETRI: Member of Prolific Romanian 'Skimming' Ring Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

DAVIS: Spanaway Felon Sentenced to 17+ Years in Prison

DIGGS: Blackfeet Tribal Member Sentenced to 80 Months in Prison for Sex Abuse of a Minor

November 17, 2011

FINANCIAL RECOVERIES: U.S. Attorney's Office Recovers more than $74 Million for Crime Victims and Tax Payers

KUKHAHN: Long Time Abusive Trust Promoter Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison

November 15, 2011

SEARCH WARRANTS: Federal Search Warrants Target Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering

November 10, 2011

JOHNSTON: Brinnon Man Indicted for Tree Theft From Olympic National Forest

November 10, 2011

JOHNSON: South Sound Doctor Convicted of Health Care Fraud, Tax Crimes and Drug Distribution

November 4, 2011

SETON: Marysville Tax Preparer Sentenced to Six Months in Prison for Falsifying Tax Returns to Increase Tax Refunds

November 3, 2011

HAWKINS: Final Member of Multi-State ID Theft and Bank Fraud Ring Sentenced to Prison

November 2, 2011

NGUYEN: Seattle Food Stamp Fraudster Sentenced to 34 Months in Prison

October 2011

October 31, 2011

JOHNSON: Woman Who Embezzled Nearly $1 Million from Company Sentenced to Four Years in Prison

October 27, 2011

ENFORCING THE RIGHTS OF SERVICEMEN: Justice Department Settles with Washington State Company Over Employment of Returning Air Force Reservist

October 25, 2011

WHITE CENTER INITIATIVE: Community Gathers to Forward Efforts to Keep White Center Safe and Thriving

October 21, 2011

WHITE CENTER INITIATIVE: Fifty Arrested, 68 Guns Seized, along with Meth, Heroin, Cocaine in Three Month "Hotspot" Intitiative

October 19, 2011

KENIT and LUKAS: Longview Couple Sentenced in Connection with Human Trafficking Violations

October 17, 2011

DEVENNY: Olympia Man Pleads Guilty to Illegal Gun Sales

October 14, 2011

GEORGE and STONE: Kent Couple Pleads Guilty to Twenty Year Disability Fraud Scheme

October 12, 2011

ALLOWAY: Former Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Illegal Gun Sales and Tax Crime

October 12, 2011

PEREZ-GONZALEZ: Mexican National Sentenced for Manufacturing 'Green Cards'

October 7, 2011

FAN: California Man Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Insider Trading

DAVIS: Military Cardiologist Sentenced for Illegally Accepting Benefits from Medical Device Company

September 2011

September 29, 2011

RISTICK and STEVENS: Four Puyallup Men Plead Guilty to Conspiracy for Rolling Back Car Odometers

ALEXANDER: Tacoma Man Sentenced to Prison for Human Trafficking

SIMPSON: Owner of 'Davey Crockett' Indicted for Oil Spill on the Columbia River

September 28, 2011

AG HOLDER: Public Awareness Campaign Launched to Seek New Information in Murder of Assistant United States Attorney Tom Wales

September 23, 2011

ACOSTA-LOJA: Drug Dealer Caught with More than 30 Lbs. of Heroin Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison

CURRY: Former Microsoft Manager Sentenced to Prison for Embezzlement Scheme

September 21, 2011

GRIFFIN: Three Seattle Men Indicted for Computer Hacking, Fraud and Identity Theft

September 20, 2011

GEORGE: Mill Creek Couple Pleads Guilty to Long-Running Disability Fraud Scheme

September 19, 2011

SALI: Electronic Crimes Task Force Targets Skimming Rings

September 16, 2011

ERICSSON: Former Bookkeeper Sentenced to Prison for Embezzling more than $450,000 from Judges' Association

FLORES: Former Police Officer Sentenced to Nearly Five Years in Prison for Dealing Oxycodone

SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION: Two Felons Who Failed to Register Get Federal Prison Time

September 14, 2011

DOJ GRANTS: Justice Department Awards more than $11 Million to Enhance Tribal Justice and Safety in Western Washington

September 9, 2011

DOJ GRANTS: Grants Target Child Sex Trafficking, Drug Abuse and Enhance Law Enforcement

KLEMETSEN: Final Defendant in Oxycodone Trafficking Ring Sentenced to Prison

September 8, 2011

FINGER: Kirkland Stockbroker Charged with Wire Fraud

September 7, 2011

G-SELLASSIE: Skimming Spree Across the West Ends with Seattle Area Arrests

September 2, 2011

DOJ GRANTS: More Than $5 Million for Local Law Enforcement

September 1, 2011

MITCHELL and BURRELL: Two Sentenced to Prison for Scheme to get Prescription Medication by Fraud

JOHNSON: Former Department of Licensing Employee Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Taking Bribes

August 2011

August 25, 2011

PHANHSIRY: Lynnwood Resident Who Stole $457,000 from Microsoft Sentenced to Four Years in Prison

MORRISON: Former Kirkland Resident Indicted for Embezzling from Ronald McDonald House Charity

August 23, 2011

SPAIN: Two Arrested Following Car Prowls at Mt. Rainier National Park

August 22, 2011

VALERA: Bellingham Couple Sentenced in Connection with Alien Harboring and Forced Labor

August 19, 2011

OLAIS ROCHA: Violent Mexican Drug Trafficking Organization Indicted for Meth and Heroin Distribution

August 12, 2011

OKUNNU: Repeat Identity Thief Sentenced to Prison for Passport Fraud

HABERMANN: Palm Springs Resident Sentenced to 8 Months in Prison for making Death Threats Against Washington Congressman Jim McDermott

ALLEN: Former Police Chief Sentenced to Prison for Stealing Benefits from Disabled Citizens

August 11, 2011

DIGGS: Blackfeet Tribal Member Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse of a Minor

MALU: Repeat Offender Sentenced to Prison for Firearms Possession

August 5, 2011

WAMU: DOJ Closes Washington Mutual Investigation with No Criminal Charges

PORTMANN: Four Indicted for Conspiracy that Resulted in Failure of Tacoma Bank

August 4, 2011

DOOLEY: Seattle Business Owner Indicted for Industrial Incident that Exposed Juvenile Worker to Chlorine Gas

GROEN: Lynden Man Sentenced to Prison for Interfering with Pilot of Customs and Border Protection Helicopter

August 2, 2011

BERG: Mercer Island Man Pleads Guilty in Connection With Ponzi Scheme and Bankruptcy Fraud

July 2011

July 29, 2011

KIM: Former Insurance Agent Sentenced to Prison for Bank Fraud and Identity Theft

July 22, 2011

TAVARES: Final Member of Everett, Washington Gang Sentenced to Prison for Dealing Oxycodone

July 22, 2011

DAMIEN: Swinomish Tribal member Sentenced to Prison for Sexual Abuse of a Minor

July 22, 2011

HILL: Repeat Embezzler Sentenced to Prison for Stealing More Than $610,000 From Employer

July 18, 2011

PLOM: Former DSHS Employee Sentenced to Prison for Selling Personal Information from State Database

July 15, 2011

RODRIGUEZ: Gang Member Sentenced for Drug and Gun Crimes

July 15, 2011

PHILLIPS: Co-Founder of High Tech Company Sentenced to Prison for Mail Fraud, Wire Fraud and Money Laundering

July 14, 2011

SAENGER: Former Whidbey Island Resident Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud for Taking More Than $2 Million From Elderly Victim

July 13, 2011

CHAN: Lakewood Oncologist and his Wife Indicted for Health Care Fraud, False Statements and Obstruction of Justice

July 13, 2011

GIN: Owners of Two White Center Businesses Charged with Food Stamp Fraud

July 12, 2011

FAN: Guilty Plea to Insider Trading in Seattle Genetics Stock

July 12, 2011

RUBIO GARCIA: Mexican National who worked as "Dispatcher" for Heroin Ring gets Ten Year Prison Term

July 8, 2011

TUDOR: Prolific "Skimmer" Sentenced to Prison For Bank Fraud, Conspiracy and Identity Theft

July 7, 2011

ABDUL-LATIF: Two Men Indicted in Plot to Attack Seattle Military Processing Center

July 7, 2011

DE GUZMAN: Seattle Man Charged with Wire Fraud for Ponzi Scheme Involving Fake Investment in Peru

July 6, 2011

SOLONDZ: Fugitive Who Built Firebombs that Destroyed UW Building Arrested After Expulsion From China


June 2011

June 29, 2011

STUART: Blaine Man who Collected Millions with Version of 'Nigerian Inheritance' Scam Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud and Tax Crimes

June 27, 2011

ARIAS-RAMIREZ: Two Men Sentenced to Prison for Smuggling More Than $650,000 From Canada into U.S.

June 27, 2011

PINEDA: Leader of Tacoma Heroin Trafficking Ring Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison

June 27, 2011

SHU: Clark County Man Sentenced for Counterfeit Software Scheme

June 24, 2011

GEORGE: Nine Indicted in Disability Fraud Schemes

June 23, 2011

ABDUL-LATIF: Two Seattle Men Charged in Plot to Attack Seattle Military Processing Center

June 23, 2011

ALEXANDER: Seattle Man Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Bank Fraud and Identity Theft

June 17, 2011

LEWIS: Tacoma Man Sentenced to Prison for Human Trafficking

June 17, 2011

BENNETT: Lower Elwha Tribal Member Sentenced to 7+ Years in Prison for Sex Abuse of a Minor

June 17, 2011

HARRIS-MOORE: Camano Island Man Pleads Guilty to Multi-State Crime Spree

June 17, 2011

KEYES: Seattle Man Sentenced to More Than 17 Years in Prison for Production and Distribution of Child Pornography

June 15, 2011

DARIGOLD: Company Pleads Guilty to Clean Water Act Violation

June 15, 2011

DANIYELYAN: Members of California-Based Crime Ring Convicted of Bank Fraud

June 14, 2011

WATERS: California Woman Pleads Guilty for Role In 2001 Arson at University of Washington Horticulture Center

June 10, 2011

KRANE: LA Lawyer Sentenced for Tax Evasion and Passport Fraud in Connection with Quellos Tax Shelter Scheme

June 8, 2011

BECK: Vancouver, Washington Man Convicted of Racially Motivated Hate Crime

June 3, 2011

LUGO and NICELY: Everett, Washington Gang Members Sentenced for Dealing Oxycodone


May 2011

May 31, 2011

WILLIAMS: Former Seattle Area Resident Sentenced to Prison for Identity Theft and Passport Fraud

KING: Canadian Sentenced to Prison for Gun Trafficking and Lying to Border Protection Officials

May 26, 2011

YANG: Former Federal Employee Sentenced for Lying on Disability Forms

COLACURCIO: Former Strip Club and Long-Time Colacurcio Offices to be Sold at Auction

SCHESSO: Former Vancouver, Washington Man Indicted for Production, Possession and Distribution of Child Pornography

May 23, 2011

MIRACLE: Seattle Businessman Sentenced to 13 Years in Prison for Mail Fraud and Tax Evasion

May 20, 2011

BRAR: Lynden Man Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison for Conspriacy to Distribute Ecstacy

May 18, 2011

JACK: Swinomish Tribal Member Charged with Domestic Violence Assault

May 13, 2011

RAMIREZ-VENTURA: Last Member of Drug Ring With Ties to Sinola Cartel Sentenced to Prison

MCKINNEY: Defendant with Gang Ties Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Gun Possession

May 12, 2011

KUKHAHN: Long Time Abusive Trust Promoter Convicted of Conspiracy, Income Tax Evasion, and Interfering with Income Tax Laws

BURRELL and MITCHELL: Two Plead Guilty in Scheme to Get Prescription Meidcation by Fraud

May 11, 2011

HABERMANN: Palm Springs Resident Pleads Guilty to Making Death Threats Against Congressman Jim McDermott

May 9, 2011

MARSCHALL: Port Angeles Naturopath Pleads Guilty to Importing Misbranded Drugs

May 6, 2011

ESCUDERO: Kent Man Sentenced to Prison for Illegal Gun Possession

MINHAS: Former Postal Worker Sentenced for Fraudulently Claiming Injured Worker Benefits

WILLIAMS: Chehalis Man Sentenced for Charges Related to 2007 Mail Box Explosion

May 3, 2011

BIRD: Repeat Offender Sentenced to Long Prison Term for Gun Possession

May 2, 2011

GUN SHOWS ILLEGAL SELLING: Four Indicted for Unlicensed Dealing at Gun Shows


April 2011

April 29, 2011

JEFFERSON: Lummi Tribal Member Sentenced to Prison for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon

April 28, 2011

GROEN: Lynden Man Convicted For Interfering with Pilot of Border Patrol Helicopter

April 4, 2011

VER HOEVEN: Tulalip Tribal Member Charged with Embezzling Nearly $400,000 from Tribal Smoke Shop

KELLY: Tacoma Man Sentenced to Prison for Embezzling From Credit Union

April 1, 2011

ASHMORE: Bellevue Man Sentenced to Prison for Conspriacy and Wire Fraud in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

JAY: Fish Processor Sentenced to Prison For Selling Falsely Labeled Salmon

LIDDELL: Seattle Man Sentenced to Prison for Ponzi Scheme

ALLEN-WILLIAMS: Former DSHS Employee Sentenced to Prison for Stealing From Child Care Program


March 2011

March 31, 2011

SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT: DOJ Opens Pattern and Practice Investigation into Seattle Police Department

March 30, 2011

KENIT: Micronesian Couple Indicted on Charges of Forced Labor

March 29, 2011

PLOM: Former DSHS Financial Worker Pleads Guilty to Unlawfully Accessing a Protected Computer

March 28, 2011

KELLY et al: Five Sentenced to Prison for Conspiracy, Tresspass and Destruction of Government Property

March 25, 2011

ROBINSON: Tulalip Tribal Member Sentenced to Prison for Conspiracy to Commit Robbery

YORK: Seven Canadian Defendants Sentenced For Role in Massive Drug Smuggling Scheme

WUDTEE: Man Who Lived For Three Decades Under False Identity Arrested for Identity Theft and Social Security Number Misuse

March 21, 2011

CROWE: Canadian Who Abandoned More than 500 Pounds of Marijuana in Puget Sound Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison

March 18, 2011

ROGERS: Resident of Special Commitment Center Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison for Possession of Child Pornography

GUENTHNER: Owner of Arlington Electircal Firms Pleads Guilty to Failing to Pay Taxes

March 14, 2011

LEDESMA-FLORES: Mexican National Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison for Manufacturing Fake Identity Documents

March 11, 2011

TANG: Felon Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Using Infant Son as Shield in Armed Confrontation with Sheriff's Deputies

March 7, 2011

LARSEN: Former Nurse Sentenced for Stealing Pain Medication from Nursing Home

March 4, 2011

JONES: Former Department of Licensing Employee Sentenced to Prison for Taking Bribes

TRAMBLE: Seattle Man Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking

March 3, 2011

RODRIGUEZ: Gang Member Convicted of Drug and Gun Crimes

March 2, 2011

PHILLIPS: Co-Founder of High Tech Company Convicted of Wire Fraud, Mail Fraud and Money Laundering

March 1, 2011

SHAW: California Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Trafficking Prescription Drugs


February 2011

February 25, 2011

FLORES: Two Convicted of Drug Dealing from Indian Smokeshops

February 23, 2011

SMITH: Former High School Drug Counselor Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Drug Distribution

February 22, 2011

JAMES: Former Tacoma Resident Convicted of Ecstasy Smuggling Conspiracy

February 18, 2011

RUSHING: Final Drug Defendant Pleads Guilty in Massive Hashish Smuggling Scheme

February 15, 2011

ROUECHE: Leader of Canada's UN Gang Sentenced Again to 30 Years in Prison

February 14, 2011

ARMSTRONG: Retired Dentist and Son Sentenced for Selling Counterfeit Drugs

LEWIS and ALEXANDER: Two Tacoma Men Plead Guilty to Human Trafficking

February 11, 2011

PABLO: Tulalip Tribal Member Sentenced for Illegal Fireworks Dealing

GALLOWAY: Seattle Man Sentenced for Selling Firearms to Felon

STARNES: Olympia Man with More than 34,000 Child Pornography Images Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

LIDTKE: Former Seattle Art Dealer Sentenced to Prison for Art Theft Conspiracy

February 8, 2011

SCHROCK: Army Officer Previously Stationed at Fort Lewis Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering of Funds Stolen From Iraq Rebuilding

February 7, 2011

DRURY: Vancouver Man who Defrauded Used Car Dealers Sentenced to Prison

February 4, 2011

PEREZ-ALMONTE: Two Members of Drug Ring Sentenced to 10 Year Prison Terms


January 2011

January 28, 2011

BOYD: Vancouver Skinhead Sentenced for Attack on African-American Man

REISBECK: Leader of Kelso Meth Trafficking Ring Sentenced to Long Prison Term

SPRAGUE: Ferndale Sex Offender Sentenced for Child Pornography

QUELLOS: Men Sentenced to Prison for $240 Million Tax Evasion Scheme

January 26, 2011

KING: Canadian Convicted of Illegal Gun Trafficking and Lying to Border Protection Officers

January 21, 2011

WILLIAMS: Swinomish Tribal Member Sentenced for Assault

ALLEN: Former Camas, WA Paramedic Sentenced to Prison for Product Tampering

SHOOK: Repeat Pharmacy Robber Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

CHALUPA: Kelso Man Sentenced to Long Prison Term for Meth Trafficking

January 13, 2011

GROEN: Lynden Man Indicted for Interfering with Border Patrol Helicopter

SHU: Clark County Couple Pleads Guilty to Counterfeit Software Scheme

January 12, 2011

DAVIS: Army Doctor Pleads Guilty to Accepting Illegal Salary

HABERMANN: Palm Springs Man Arrested for Making Death Threats Against Congressman Jim McDermott

January 10, 2011

SMITH: Southwest Washington Developer Sentenced for Illegally Filling Wetlands

BIGHETTY: Stole Identity of Deceased Step-Daughter to Unlawfully Collect Benefits

January 7, 2011

MSO: Medical Billing Company Pays $565,000 to Settle Healthcare Fraud Allegations

ROEMPKE: Auburn Car Dealer Sentenced for Violations of Clean Air Act

January 06, 2011

MAY: Three Charged in Theft of Mail During Holiday Season



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