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Anthony Tommy Foste Convicts For Providing Half-Million Dollars

Federal Jury Convicts Drug Trafficker, Anthony Tommy Foste For Providing Half-Million Dollars To Purchase 20 Kilograms of Cocaine CHARLOTTE, N.C (STL.News) A Charlotte federal jury has convicted Anthony Tommy Foster, 45, of Mokena, Illinois, of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and aiding and abetting possession with intent to distribute cocaine, announced Andrew Murray, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.  U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr. presided over the two-day trial, which ended today. U.S. Attorney Murray is joined in making today’s announcement by Ronnie Martinez, Special Agent in Charge of ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in North Carolina; Chief Chad Hawkins of the Belmont Police Department; Chief Johnny Jennings of

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Eric Reynolds Rowan admits to making a bomb

Upshur County man, Eric Reynolds Rowan admits to making a bomb ELKINS, W.V (STL.News) Eric Reynolds Rowan, of Buckhannon, West Virginia, has admitted to making a bomb, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced. Rowan, age 26, pled guilty to one count of “Making a Destructive Device.” Rowan admitted to making an explosive bomb sometime between August and November 2019 in Upshur County. Rowan faces up to 10 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $10,000.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher L. Bauer is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government.  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and the F

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David A. Franklin sentenced to prison for tax crimes, embezzlement

Former comptroller of Catholic Diocese of Steubenville, David A. Franklin sentenced to prison for tax crimes, embezzlement Defendant ordered to pay more than $1.3M in restitution COLUMBUS, OH (STL.News) The former comptroller of the Catholic Diocese of Steubenville was sentenced in federal court in Columbus for failing to pay payroll taxes withheld from the paychecks of diocesan employees, filing false tax returns and embezzling $299,500 in diocesan funds between 2008 and 2017. David A. Franklin, 67, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in July 2020 to one count of willful failure to account for and pay over employment tax, one count of making a false income tax return and one count of wire fraud.  Franklin was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison and two years of supervised relea

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Marreen Joy Garrett admits to drug charge

Morgantown woman, Marreen Joy Garrett admits to drug charge MARTINSBURG, W.V (STL.News) Marreen Joy Garrett, of Morgantown, West Virginia, has admitted to a drug charge, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced. Garrett, age 60, pled guilty to one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin.” Garrett admitted to having heroin in March 2020 in Morgan County. Garrett faces up to 20 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $1,000,000.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant. Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy D. Helman is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office investigated. U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Tr

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Thomas Bowers Admits Role in Compounded Prescription Drug Scheme

Former Sales Representative, Thomas Bowers Admits Role in Compounded Prescription Drug Scheme NEWARK, N.J (STL.News) A former sales representative today admitted his role in a scheme to defraud a New Jersey state health benefits program, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Thomas Bowers, 46, of Little Falls, New Jersey, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge William J. Martini to an information charging him with conspiracy to commit health care fraud. According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court: Compounding is a practice in which a pharmacist or physician combines, mixes, or alters ingredients of a drug to create a medication tailored to the needs of an individual patient.  The Food and Drug Administration does not approve compounded dr

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Daniel Daniel Pleads Guilty In Manhattan Federal Court

“Thief-In-Law’s” Money Launderer, Daniel Daniel Pleads Guilty In Manhattan Federal Court Daniel Daniel Used Fake Vodka Business to Conceal the Criminal Proceeds of a Powerful Vor v Zakone (STL.News) Audrey Strauss, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced the plea by DANIEL DANIEL of Miami, Florida, to the charge of conspiring to commit money laundering by concealing the proceeds of criminal activity.  As described below, DANIEL conspired with Razhden Shulaya to launder the proceeds of the illicit activities of the Shulaya Enterprise, a prolific criminal organization dismantled in June 2017 upon the arrests of Shulaya and over twenty-five other members and associates of the Shulaya Enterprise.  DANIEL faces a maximum term of twenty years in prison.

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Federal Grand Jury A Indictments Announced for December

Federal Grand Jury A Indictments Announced for December (STL.News) United States Attorney Trent Shores today announced the results of the December 2020 Federal Grand Jury A. The following individuals have been charged with violations of United States law in indictments returned by the Grand Jury.  The return of an indictment is a method of informing a defendant of alleged violations of federal law, which must be proven in a court of law beyond a reasonable doubt to overcome a defendant’s presumption of innocence. Joshua Michael Arneecher.  Third Degree Burglary in Indian Country.  (superseding) Arneecher, 33, of Tulsa, is charged with breaking into the victim’s vehicle with intent to steal items of value.  The Tulsa Police Department and FBI are the investigative agencies. Samuel James Bra

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Charles Harris Pleads Guilty to Using Counterfeit Credit Cards

Maryland Man, Charles Harris Pleads Guilty to Using Counterfeit Credit Cards PORTLAND, ME (STL.News) A Bowie, Maryland man pleaded guilty in federal court to using counterfeit credit cards, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced. According to court records, in December 2018, Charles Harris, 37, and his co-defendant, Bryan Boley, used counterfeit credit cards at Maine retail outlets.  The credit card numbers were purchased online. Harris faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  He also faces up to three years of supervised release.  He will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.  Harris’s co-defendant Boley was sentenced on November 15, 2019, to 22 months in prison and three years of supervised release. The U.S. Secret

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Nicholas Corsale-Althawabta Charged For Child Pornography

Bergen County Man, Nicholas Corsale-Althawabta Charged with Distribution and Possession of Child Pornography NEWARK, N.J (STL.News) A Bergen County, New Jersey, man was arrested on charges of possessing and distributing images of child sexual abuse, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Nicholas Corsale-Althawabta, 19, of Oakland, New Jersey, is charged by complaint with one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. He appeared by videoconference before U.S. Magistrate Judge Leda Dunn Wettre and was released on $100,000 unsecured bond. According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court: On Jan. 16, 2020, Corsale-Althawabta used an internet-based application to distribute multiple graphic videos depicting the sexual a

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Gerardo Cervantes-Valenzuela gets 10 years in prison

Project Python defendant, Gerardo Cervantes-Valenzuela gets 10 years in prison LAREDO, TX (STL.News) A 28-year-old resident of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, has been sentenced to a long prison term for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute meth, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Gerardo Cervantes-Valenzuela pleaded guilty July 8. U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo ordered him to serve 120 months in federal prison.  Not a U.S. citizen, he is expected to face deportation proceedings following his release.  In handing down the sentence, the court noted Cervantes-Valenzuela’s prior federal conviction for drug trafficking. On June 7, 2018, Cervantes-Valenzuela provided an informant with two drug-laden fire extinguishers.  Law enforcement obtained the items and

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Charlie Peeler Announces Resignation As U.S. Attorney For The Middle District

Charlie Peeler Announces Resignation As U.S. Attorney For The Middle District During U.S. Attorney Peeler’s tenure, the Office grew to its highest number of AUSAs and prosecuted more criminal defendants in the District’s history MACON, GA (STL.News) Charlie Peeler, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, is resigning as U.S. Attorney effective 11:59 p.m., December 11, 2020.  Following his resignation, he plans on reentering private practice with a law firm in Atlanta, Georgia. “Serving as the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia has been the most rewarding experience of my professional career.  I thank the President for the trust he placed in me, and I thank Attorney General Barr and former Attorney General Sessions for their leadership and support.  I am

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Ricky Joe Cornish Jr Sentenced for Attempting to Entice a Minor Online

Frankfort Man, Ricky Joe Cornish Jr Sentenced to 120 Months for Attempting to Entice a Minor Online FRANKFORT, KY (STL.News) A Frankfort man, Ricky Joe Cornish Jr., 33, was sentenced to 120 months in prison on Tuesday, by U.S. District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove, after previously pleading guilty to using the internet to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity. According to his guilty plea agreement, on May 16, 2019, Cornish contacted an individual, who self-identified as a 15-year-old female living in Franklin County, Kentucky, using the MeetMe/Skout messenger application over the Internet, on his cellular telephone.  The person Cornish contacted was, in reality, an investigator with the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Branch.  The investigator communicated t

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Firearm “Switch” Devices Seized From Suburban Chicago Home

More Than 100 Firearm “Switch” Devices Seized From Suburban Chicago Home; Devices Are Capable of Turning Handguns Into Machine Guns CHICAGO (STL.News) A suburban Chicago man was arrested on a federal firearm charge after law enforcement this week seized machine guns and more than 100 “switch” devices from his home. Each device is capable of converting a semi-automatic pistol into a machine gun. LEONARD D. JOHNSON, also known as “Scrap,” 32, of Robbins, is charged with one count of illegal possession of a machine gun.  Johnson was arrested Monday after agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives executed a search warrant at his home.  The agents seized five firearms, including three machine guns, and approximately 117 “switch” devices, according to a criminal c

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James Jeremy Barbera Charged In Connection With Multimillion-Dollar Securities Fraud Scheme

Former Founder And CEO Of Nanotechnology Company, James Jeremy Barbera Charged In Manhattan Federal Court In Connection With Multimillion-Dollar Securities Fraud Scheme James Jeremy Barbera Charged with Defrauding Investors Out of Approximately $12.2 Million (STL.News) Audrey Strauss, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and William F. Sweeney Jr., Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), announced that JAMES JEREMY BARBERA, the former founder and chief executive officer of a nanotechnology company based in New York, New York, was arrested this morning in New York on securities fraud and wire fraud charges stemming from a scheme to defraud investors in the company. Among other illicit activ

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Appointment of ADA Lance Webb as Special Assistant U.S. Attorney

U.S. Attorney Dunavant Announces Appointment of ADA Lance Webb as Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jackson, TN (STL.News) U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant is pleased to announce that Assistant District Attorney Lance Webb has been appointed as a new Special Assistant U.S. Attorney (SAUSA) in the Jackson Branch Office.  Thanks to an agreement with 29th Judicial District Attorney General Danny Goodman, ADA Lance Webb will now serve as a SAUSA in the Jackson office on a part-time basis, and will be cross-designated and dedicated to the prosecution of federal offenses originating and occurring in Dyer and Lake counties, in the 29th Judicial District of Tennessee. General Webb has served as an Assistant District Attorney General in the 29th Judicial District since 2001, and has handled and succ

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