Justice News https://www.justice.gov/ en Chicago Man Pleads Guilty to Investment Fraud https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/chicago-man-pleads-guilty-investment-fraud Gary Klopfenstein, 62, of Chicago, Illinois, pleaded guilty today to committing wire fraud in relation to an investment scheme. Thu, 18 Jul 2024 12:00:00 +0000 https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/chicago-man-pleads-guilty-investment-fraud Vallejo Man Pleads Guilty to Assaulting Federal Agents with a Firearm and Vehicle https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/vallejo-man-pleads-guilty-assaulting-federal-agents-firearm-and-vehicle Sean Thomas Delapp, 37, of Vallejo, pleaded guilty today to assaulting federal officers with a deadly weapon. Thu, 18 Jul 2024 12:00:00 +0000 https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/vallejo-man-pleads-guilty-assaulting-federal-agents-firearm-and-vehicle Gang Member Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison for Illegal Firearms Trafficking https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/gang-member-sentenced-2-years-prison-illegal-firearms-trafficking Juan Banda Jr., 44, of Selma, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Dale A. Drozd to 2 years in prison for engaging in the business of manufacturing and dealing firearms without a license. Thu, 18 Jul 2024 12:00:00 +0000 https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/gang-member-sentenced-2-years-prison-illegal-firearms-trafficking Fresno Man Sentenced for Illegally Possessing Ammunition https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/fresno-man-sentenced-illegally-possessing-ammunition Emmanuelle Padilla, 28, was sentenced to 63 months in custody today for being a felon in possession of ammunition and a probation violation. Wed, 17 Jul 2024 12:00:00 +0000 https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/fresno-man-sentenced-illegally-possessing-ammunition Los Angeles County Man Pleads Guilty to Identity Theft Offenses Committed While in Federal Prison https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/los-angeles-county-man-pleads-guilty-identity-theft-offenses-committed-while-federal Sean Lamont Wyatt, 46, of Los Angeles County, pleaded guilty today to identity theft and aggravated identity theft. Wed, 17 Jul 2024 12:00:00 +0000 https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/los-angeles-county-man-pleads-guilty-identity-theft-offenses-committed-while-federal Fresno Man Pleads Guilty to Embezzling $1.49 Million from his Employer in Nearly Decade Long Scheme https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/fresno-man-pleads-guilty-embezzling-149-million-his-employer-nearly-decade-long-scheme Gabriel Ruiz De Chavez, 46, of Fresno, pleaded guilty today to one count of wire fraud for defrauding his employer out of over $1.49 million. Wed, 17 Jul 2024 12:00:00 +0000 https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/fresno-man-pleads-guilty-embezzling-149-million-his-employer-nearly-decade-long-scheme Two Men Plead Guilty to Assaulting Correctional Officer at United States Penitentiary Atwater https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/two-men-plead-guilty-assaulting-correctional-officer-united-states-penitentiary Daniel Higgins, 39, of Morro Bay, California, and Austin Noblitt, 35, of Portland, Oregon, pleaded guilty today to Assault on a Federal Officer or Employee. Wed, 17 Jul 2024 12:00:00 +0000 https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/two-men-plead-guilty-assaulting-correctional-officer-united-states-penitentiary West Sacramento Man Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison for Fentanyl Pill and Cocaine Trafficking https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/west-sacramento-man-sentenced-ten-years-prisoning-fentanyl-pill-and-cocaine Christian Anthony Romero, 28, of West Sacramento, was sentenced yesterday by United States District Judge Dale A. Drozd to 10 years in prison for conspiracy distribute and possess with intent to distribute fentanyl pills and cocaine. Wed, 17 Jul 2024 12:00:00 +0000 https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/west-sacramento-man-sentenced-ten-years-prisoning-fentanyl-pill-and-cocaine Rancho Cordova Man Sentenced to Fifteen Years in Prison for Drug Importation and Money Laundering Offenses https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/rancho-cordova-man-sentence-fifteen-years-prison-drug-importation-and-money-laundering Adan Navarro, 30, of Rancho Cordova, was sentenced by United States District Judge Dale A. Drozd to 15 years in prison for conspiracy to import heroin, methamphetamine, and fentanyl pills, conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin, methamphetamine, and fentanyl pills, and conspiracy to launder money to Mexico. Wed, 17 Jul 2024 12:00:00 +0000 https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/rancho-cordova-man-sentence-fifteen-years-prison-drug-importation-and-money-laundering Bitwise Founders Plead Guilty to $115 Million Fraud Scheme https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/bitwise-founders-plead-guilty-115-million-fraud-scheme Irma Olguin Jr., 43, and Jake Soberal, 38, the founders and leaders of the failed Fresno-based start-up company, Bitwise Industries, pleaded guilty today to one count of conspiring to commit wire fraud and one count of wire fraud. Wed, 17 Jul 2024 12:00:00 +0000 https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/bitwise-founders-plead-guilty-115-million-fraud-scheme Carmichael Man Pleads Guilty to Sexual Exploitation of a Minor https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/carmichael-man-pleads-guilty-sexual-exploitation-minor Sam Moss Kerfoot, 27, of Carmichael, pleaded guilty today to sexual exploitation of a minor. Tue, 16 Jul 2024 12:00:00 +0000 https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/carmichael-man-pleads-guilty-sexual-exploitation-minor Manager of Marijuana Cultivation Site in Shasta Trinity National Forest Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/manager-marijuana-cultivation-site-shasta-trinity-national-forest-sentenced-10-years Custodio Ibarra Nunez, 42, of Merced, was sentenced today to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay $17,930 in restitution to the United States, for conspiracy to cultivate marijuana, marijuana cultivation, and depredation of public lands in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Tue, 16 Jul 2024 12:00:00 +0000 https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/manager-marijuana-cultivation-site-shasta-trinity-national-forest-sentenced-10-years Fresno Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and Receipt of Child Pornography https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/fresno-man-sentenced-25-years-prison-sexual-exploitation-minor-and-receipt-child Nicolas Adan Guereca, 25, of Fresno was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jennifer L. Thurston to 25 years in prison for sexual exploitation of a minor and receipt of child pornography. Mon, 15 Jul 2024 12:00:00 +0000 https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/fresno-man-sentenced-25-years-prison-sexual-exploitation-minor-and-receipt-child South Lake Tahoe Man Convicted of Impersonating Federal Officers https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/south-lake-tahoe-man-convicted-impersonating-federal-officers After a three-day trial, a federal jury found Anton Andreyevich Iagounov, 38, of South Lake Tahoe, guilty of four counts of impersonating a federal officer. Thu, 11 Jul 2024 12:00:00 +0000 https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/south-lake-tahoe-man-convicted-impersonating-federal-officers Sacramento Resident Indicted for Possession of Stolen Mail and Intent to Defraud https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/sacramento-resident-indicted-possession-stolen-mail-and-intent-defraud A federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment today against Stephanie Lynn Fahlgren, 47, of Sacramento, charging her with possession of stolen mail, unlawfully possessing a mail key or lock, and unauthorized possession of 15 or more access devices. Thu, 11 Jul 2024 12:00:00 +0000 https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/sacramento-resident-indicted-possession-stolen-mail-and-intent-defraud Armed Stockton Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/armed-stockton-drug-trafficker-sentenced-14-years-prison Jesus Iribe, 28, of Stockton, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Daniel J. Calabretta to 14 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Thu, 11 Jul 2024 12:00:00 +0000 https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/armed-stockton-drug-trafficker-sentenced-14-years-prison Paxful Inc. Co-Founder Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Fail to Maintain Effective Anti-Money Laundering Program https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/paxful-inc-co-founder-pleads-guilty-conspiracy-fail-maintain-effective-anti-money The co-founder and former chief technology officer of Paxful Inc. pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to fail to maintain an effective anti-money laundering (AML) program. Mon, 08 Jul 2024 12:00:00 +0000 https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/paxful-inc-co-founder-pleads-guilty-conspiracy-fail-maintain-effective-anti-money Madera County Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Supplying Fentanyl that Caused Death to a Person Under 21 Years of Age https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/madera-county-man-sentenced-10-years-prison-supplying-fentanyl-caused-death-person Yovany Ramirez, 29, of Madera, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jennifer L. Thurston to 10 years in prison for distribution of fentanyl to a person under age 21. Mon, 01 Jul 2024 12:00:00 +0000 https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/madera-county-man-sentenced-10-years-prison-supplying-fentanyl-caused-death-person Sacramento Man Charged with Serial Production of Child Sexual Abuse Material https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/sacramento-man-charged-serial-production-child-sexual-abuse-material A federal grand jury returned a five-count indictment on June 6, 2024, against Sean Ryan Angelo Grace, 32, of Sacramento, charging him with producing images and videos depicting child sexual abuse material. Mon, 01 Jul 2024 12:00:00 +0000 https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/sacramento-man-charged-serial-production-child-sexual-abuse-material Recidivist Sacramento Sex Offender Sentenced to 17.5 Years in Prison for Distributing and Possessing Child Pornography https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/recidivist-sacramento-sex-offender-sentenced-15-years-prison-distributing-and Michael Joseph Taylor, 39, of Sacramento, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Daniel J. Calabretta to 17 years and six months in prison to be followed by 20 years of supervised release for distributing and possessing child sexual abuse material. Thu, 27 Jun 2024 12:00:00 +0000 https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/recidivist-sacramento-sex-offender-sentenced-15-years-prison-distributing-and Former Department of Defense Employee Sentenced for Assaulting a U.S. Military Member in Korea https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/former-department-defense-employee-sentenced-assaulting-us-military-member-korea A former Department of Defense civilian employee was sentenced today to one year and eight months in prison for assaulting a U.S. military member in July 2020. Thu, 27 Jun 2024 12:00:00 +0000 https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/former-department-defense-employee-sentenced-assaulting-us-military-member-korea Sacramento County Man Indicted for Attempted Coercion and Enticement of a Minor https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/sacramento-county-man-indicted-attempted-coercion-and-enticement-minor A single count indictment was unsealed following the arrest of Mark Sigl, 62, of Antelope, that charges him with attempted coercion and enticement to engage in sexual activity. Thu, 27 Jun 2024 12:00:00 +0000 https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/sacramento-county-man-indicted-attempted-coercion-and-enticement-minor Arizona Man Pleads Guilty to Attempted Transportation of a Minor with Intent to Engage in Criminal Sexual Activity https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/arizona-man-pleads-guilty-attempted-transportation-minor-intent-engage-criminal-sexual Robert Frenchie McGriff, 44, of Mesa, Arizona, pleaded guilty today to attempted transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. Mon, 24 Jun 2024 12:00:00 +0000 https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/arizona-man-pleads-guilty-attempted-transportation-minor-intent-engage-criminal-sexual Tehama County Man Pleads Guilty to Online Enticement of a Minor for Sexual Purposes https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/tehama-county-man-pleads-guilty-online-enticement-minor-sexual-purposes Eduardo Castillo, 39, of Corning, pleaded guilty today to one count of online enticement of a minor for sexual purpose. Mon, 24 Jun 2024 12:00:00 +0000 https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/tehama-county-man-pleads-guilty-online-enticement-minor-sexual-purposes Tahoe City Resident Pleads Guilty to Smuggling Injurious Amphibians into the United States https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/tahoe-city-resident-pleads-guilty-smuggling-injurious-amphibians-united-states Andrew Laughlin, 47, of Tahoe City, pleaded guilty today to one count of smuggling goods into the United States. Mon, 24 Jun 2024 12:00:00 +0000 https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/tahoe-city-resident-pleads-guilty-smuggling-injurious-amphibians-united-states