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August 21, 2013

BISHOP: Former Chairman and CEO of Skagit County Community Bank Pleads Guilty in Connection with False Information Provided to Bank Regulators

June 19, 2013

LITTLE: Renton Man Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud in Connection with Sales of Fake Dale Chihuly Artwork

May 24, 2013

LEAMING and STEPHENSON: Two Members of So-Called 'Sovereign Citizen' Movement Sentenced to Long Prison Terms

April 20, 2012

HARBOR SEAFOOD: DOJ and Seafood Importer Reach Settlement over 112 Tons of Illegally Imported Russian King Crab

March 2, 2012

RISTICK and STEVENS: Four Puyallup Men Sentenced to Prison for Rolling Back Car Odometers

December 2, 2011

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

September 29, 2011

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

August 5, 2011

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

June 23, 2011

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

May 26, 2011

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

March 31, 2011

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

March 28, 2011

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

1/13/11 GROEN
LYNDEN MAN INDICTED FOR INTERFERING WITH U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION (CBP OFFICE OF AIR AND MARINE) HELICOPTER
Defendant Intentionally Blinded Pilot with High Powered Spotlight

1/12/11 HABERMANN
PALM SPRINGS RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR MAKING DEATH THREATS AGAINST WASHINGTON CONGRESSMAN JIM McDERMOTT
Defendant Left Expletive-Laden, Threatening Voice Mail Messages Following Tax Cut Debate

12/13/10 BANGOR
FIVE CONVICTED OF CONSPIRACY, TRESPASS, AND DESTRUCTION OF GOVERNMENT PROPERTY
Group Cut Through Three Fences, Violated Areas Secured by Armed Guards

12/10/10 CRAIGHEAD
VIRGINIA RESIDENT SENTENCED TO 18 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR INDUSTRIAL ESPIONAGE
Former Employee Stole Proprietary Parts, Designs and Customer Lists

10/26/10 ELECTION DAY
U.S. ATTORNEY APPOINTS FEDERAL ELECTION OFFICER FOR WESTERN WASHINGTON
Veteran Attorney Poised to Handle Any Complaints on Election Day

10/25/10 SIN
CAPTAIN OF KOREAN FREIGHTER SENTENCED TO PRISON, BARRED FROM U.S. WATERS FOR BEING DRUNK WHILE COMMANDING SHIP
Captain of STX Daisy Convicted Following Jury Trial

10/25/10 ESTRELLA
FEDS SEIZE PRODUCT FROM MONTESANO DAIRY ADULTERATED DUE TO THE PRESENCE OF A DANGEROUS PATHOGEN
District Court Judge Approves Seizure after Repeated Tests Show Listeria Monocytogenes

10/22/10 WILSON
SELAH, WASHINGTON MAN SENTENCED FOR MAKING DEATH THREATS
Repeatedly Called U.S. Senator Threatening Her with Violence

10/18/10 MOONEN
U.S. ATTORNEY CLOSES INVESTIGATION INTO 2006 FATAL SHOOTING IN BAGHDAD, IRAQ

10/8/10 ARNOLD
FORMER TECH EXECUTIVE SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR LYING TO GRAND JURY
Defendant Ordered Into Custody to Begin Sentence Immediately

9/13/10 MONTOUR
TRIBAL CIGARETTE WHOLESALER PLEADS GUILTY TO OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE
New York Company Pays $1 Million for False Declarations in Smoke Shop Forfeiture Case

9/10/10 YOUNG
COUNTERFEITER GETS 3+ YEARS IN PRISON FOR MAKING MORE THAN $25,000 IN BOGUS CASH
Felon Moved Operation to Various Hotel Rooms to Avoid Law Enforcement

9/3/10 BANGOR 5
‘BANGOR 5' INDICTED FOR CONSPIRACY, TRESPASS, DESTRUCTION OF GOVERNMENT PROPERTY
Group Cut Through Three Fences, Violated Areas Secured by Armed Guards

8/26/10 FURUNO
U.S. REACHES $695,000 SETTLEMENT IN DISPUTE OVER CHINESE-MADE NAVIGATION EQUIPMENT
Electrical Firm Provided Devices in Violation of U.S. Law and Contract Terms

7/27/10 COLACURCIO
STRIP CLUB CORPORATIONS AND ASSOCIATES SENTENCED FOR RICO CONSPIRACY AND PROSTITUTION RELATED CHARGES
Strip Clubs Closed, Properties Forfeited to Feds

6/25/10 TURNER
OPERATOR OF ONLINE DATING SITE PLEADS GUILTY TO MAIL FRAUD
Canadian Operated Sham Dating Service

6/25/10 COLACURCIO
FRANK COLACURCIO, JR. PLEADS GUILTY IN STRIP CLUB CASE
Colacurcio, Jr. Faces Prison Term and Will Forfeit Millions in Cash and Property

6/10/10 WILSON
SELAH, WASHINGTON MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO MAKING DEATH THREATS
Repeatedly Called U.S. Senator Threatening Her with Violence

5/10/10 CHUGACH
CONSTRUCTION COMPANY PAYS FOR OVER BILLING MILITARY FOR FENCE CONSTRUCTION
Alaska Native Company Billed for Much Heavier Steel than used in McChord Fence

4/20/10 MACOM
BUCKLEY WOMAN SENTENCED TO JAIL TIME, HOME DETENTION FOR FALSE CLAIM OF GLASS IN BOTTLED WATER
Better Business Bureau Employee used Young Daughter to Make False Claim for Damages

4/6/10 WILSON
SELAH, WASHINGTON MAN ARRESTED FOR MAKING DEATH THREATS
Repeatedly Called U.S. Senator Threatening Her with Violence

3/29/10 TURNER
OPERATOR OF ONLINE DATING SITE ARRESTED FOR MAIL FRAUD Canadian Arrested as he Tried to enter U.S. to check His Mail

10/30/09 HE
BELLEVUE SALON OWNER CONVICTED IN CONNECTION WITH UNLICENCED COSMETIC TREATMENTS
Bellevue Cosmetologist Injected Women with Unknown Substance She Claimed was ‘Restylane’

8/25/09 HE-HO-LE
THREE INDICTED IN CONNECTION WITH UNLICENCED COSMETIC TREATMENTS
Bellevue Woman Offered Bad Botox; Burien Couple Tried to Bribe FDA Officer

8/14/09 TORRELLA
THREE PEOPLE SENTENCED FOR PRETEXTING IN “OPERATION DIALING FOR DOLLARS”
Belfair Couple Who Owned Pretexing Company and Biggest Client Sentenced to Prison Time

6/2/09 HOWARD
TENINO MAN INDICTED FOR HIDING A FUGITIVE AND LYING TO INVESTIGATORS
Member of the “Patriot Movement” Assists Felon Wanted in North Carolina

3/17/09 BENNEST
SUMNER MAN ORDERED TO PARTICIPATE IN MORAL RECONATION THERAPY FOR MAKING FALSE CLAIMS OF MILITARY MEDALS Man Falsely Claimed He Had Been Awarded Bronze Star and Purple Heart

2/27/09 PERKINS
KENT MAN SENTENCED FOR MAKING FALSE MILITARY CLAIMS IN EFFORT TO RECEIVE COMPENSATION Claimed Combat Service in Iraq and To Have Been Awarded The Purple Heart

2/11/09 TURCAT-MERY
ANTIQUE FRENCH ROADSTER TO BE SHIPPED HOME TO SETTLE SEIZURE CASE
1919 Turcat-Mery, a “National Monument” of France, was Illegally Exported

12/23/08 BONNAR
KING COUNTY, WASHINGTON, SHERIFF’S DEPUTY ACQUITTED
ON FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS CHARGE AND PERJURY

12/17/08 BENNEST
SUMNER MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FALSE CLAIMS OF MILITARY MEDALS Claimed to be Decorated War Veteran Who Received Purple Heart and Bronze Star

11/26/08 POPESCU
HITLER 18 CT GOLD BOOKMARK RECOVERED IN STOLEN ARTIFACT STING
Seattle Area Resident Arrested After Seeking Buyer for Bookmark Stolen in Spain in 2002

11/13/08 PERKINS
KENT MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO MAKING FALSE MILITARY CLAIMS IN EFFORT TO RECEIVE COMPENSATION Claimed Combat Service in Iraq and To Have Been Awarded The Purple Heart

9/4/08 RIVARD
KALAMA MAN SENTENCED TO FOUR YEARS IN PRISON FOR OBSTRUCTING JUSTICE IN CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION

6/18/08 PUCKETT
COWLITZ COUNTY COUPLE PLEADS GUILTY TO DISTRIBUTING ADULTERATED MILK - Milk was Responsible for E. Coli Outbreak in 2005 in Washington and Oregon

6/04/08 BONNAR
KING COUNTY, WASHINGTON SHERIFF’S DEPUTY INDICTED FOR FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATION AND PERJURY

3/7/08 RIVARD
KALAMA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CONSPIRING TO OBSTRUCT JUSTICE IN FEDERAL CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION - Man Fabricates Evidence in Order To Implicate Another in Criminal Activity

12/20/07 HERSEY
VANCOUVER MAN ADMITS HE LIED ABOUT MILITARY SERVICE AND MEDALS TO GET BENEFITS - Claimed to be Decorated War Veteran and Fraudulently Obtained Medical Benefits

11/30/07 SCOTT
PORT ANGELES MAN SENTENCED FOR LYING ABOUT MILITARY SERVICE AND MEDALS TO GET BENEFITS - Claimed to be Decorated Korean War Veteran and Fraudulently Obtained Medical Benefits

11/21/07 CHIU
TENNESSEE PHYSICIAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CALLING IN BOMB THREATS TO DELAY FLIGHT - Physician Called 9-1-1 Three Times From Sea-Tac Gate in Effort to Make Flight to Memphis

11/16/07 CALVIN
FORMER SEATTLE WOMAN SENTENCED FOR HURRICANE KATRINA FRAUD AND FOR DEFRAUDING OTHER ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS - Woman Used Stolen Identity to Obtain Nursing License and Illegally Collect other Benefits

9/21/07 OPERATION STOLEN VALOR
NORTHWEST CRACKDOWN ON FAKE VETERANS IN "OPERATION STOLEN VALOR" - Phony Vets Scam more than $1.4 Million and Damage Image of Honorable Veterans

9/21/07 MACBETH
TACOMA RESIDENT SENTENCED FOR MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS TO DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS - Defendant Masqueraded as Decorated Vet, Making False Claims of "War Crimes"

9/20/07 BATES
SEATTLE MAN UNLAWFULLY COLLECTED VETERANS BENEFITS - Cashed His Mother's VA Benefit Check for Year after Her Death

8/31/07 SCOTT
PORT ANGELES MAN ADMITS HE LIED ABOUT MILITARY SERVICE AND MEDALS TO GET BENEFITS - Claimed to be Decorated Korean War Veteran and Fraudulently Obtained Medical Benefits

7/30/07 BUDDLE
PUYALLUP MAN SENTENCED TO TEND GRAVES IN MILITARY CEMETARY FOR POSING AS MARINE CORPS CAPTAIN AND CHAPLAIN - Conducted Weddings, Funerals and Other Events Illegally Wearing Uniform and Medals for Valor

6/22/07 GRESHAM
LAKEWOOD WOMAN SENTENCED FOR HURRICANE KATRINA FRAUD - Defendant Falsely Claimed She Resided on Gulf Coast During Hurricane Disaster

6/7/07 MACBETH
PHONY WAR VETERAN PLEADS GUILTY TO MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS - Defendant Masqueraded as Decorated Vet, Making False Claims of Service And Medals In Attempt to Qualify for Compensation

5/18/07 BAER
BOTHELL MAN SENTENCED TO 30 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR BANKRUPBCY FRAUD - Concealed Previous Bankruptcy Filings and Hid Assets

5/17/07 CALVIN
FORMER SEATTLE WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO HURRICANE KATRINA FRAUD AND TO DEFRAUDING OTHER ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS - Woman Used Stolen Identity to Obtain Nursing License and Illegally Collect other Benefits

4/19/07 WILKES
KATRINA FRAUD DEFENDANT PLEADS GUILTY - Defendant Falsely Claimed he was Living in New Orleans at Time of Hurricane Katrina

4/17/07 PORTER
NAVY VETERAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR MAIL FRAUD IN CONNECTION WITH FALSE CLAIM OF PTSD - No Evidence to Back up Claims of Traumatic Experiences

4/5/07 BUDDLE
PUYALLUP MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO POSING AS MARINE CORPS CAPTAIN AND CHAPLAIN WEARING UNEARNED MEDALS OF VALOR - Conducted Weddings, Funerals and Other Events Illegally Wearing Uniform and Medals for Valor

3/22/07 HURRICANE KATRINA FRAUD
FOUR MORE INDICTED IN CONNECTION WITH HURRICANE KATRINA FRAUD - Defendants Falsely Claimed they Resided on Gulf Coast During Hurricane Disaster

3/8/07 HURRICANE KATRINA
SEVEN INDICTED IN CONNECTION WITH HURRICANE KATRINA FRAUD - efendants Falsely Claimed they Resided on Gulf Coast During Hurricane Disaster

12/7/06 PORTER
VETERAN PLEADS GUILTY TO $174,000 MAIL FRAUD IN CONNECTION WITH FRAUDULENT CLAIM OF PTSD - False Claims of Traumatic Experiences Alleged

7/31/06 PETRIDIS
CELEBRITY CRUISE CAPTAIN PLEADS GUILTY TO, AND IS SENTENCED FOR, OPERATING A CRUISE SHIP UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL - Former Captain in Fined, Placed on Probation, and Agrees to Stay Out of United States Waters as Crewmember for One Year

6/5/06 SMOKI
SEATTLE COMPANY AND CEO SENTENCED FOR ALLOWING TAINTED FISH INTO FOOD CHAIN - Company's Tainted Bait Fish was Ultimately Sold for Human Consumption

8/12/05 CHAGGER
Canadian Lawyer Sentenced to Prison For Two Counts of Witness Tampering

5/9/05 ANDERSON
Monroe Man Sentenced to Probation for Removing Artifact From Protected Historic Site

5/3/05 SMITH
Tacoma Woman Pleads Guilty to Filing a False Declaration in Her Boyfriend's Criminal Case

4/8/05 CHAGGER
Canadian Lawyer Convicted of Two Counts of Witness Tampering

1/21/05 HUGHES
Snohomish Man Sentenced to 10 Months in Prision for Resisting and Impeding Federal Officers During 31 Hour Stand-Off

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