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Readout of Attorney General Merrick B. Garland’s Call

Readout of Attorney General Merrick B. Garland’s Call with the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (STL.News) Attorney General Merrick B. Garland spoke yesterday with David Lametti, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.  In their inaugural conversation, the Attorneys General discussed a number of transborder law enforcement issues, including cybercrime, as well as violence against women, minorities, Indigenous peoples and other historically disadvantaged persons.  The Attorneys General discussed their shared commitment to combatting systemic racism and discrimination and to further enhancing bilateral cooperation on law enforcement matters, including through the reinstitution of the U.S./Canada Cross-Border Crime Forum. SOURCE: USDOJ.Today This News Readout

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Montville: Anthony Hall Admits Robbing Norwich Bank

Montville Man, Anthony Hall Admits Robbing Norwich Bank While on Supervised Release for Prior Bank Robbery Conviction (STL.News) Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that ANTHONY HALL, 60, of Montville, pleaded guilty yesterday before U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven to one count of bank robbery. According to court documents and statements made in court, in April 2011, Anthony Hall was sentenced in Hartford federal court to 87 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for robbing four Connecticut banks in 2008 and 2009.  He was released from federal custody in January 2016. On September 13, 2019, while on federal supervised release, Hall robbed the Eastern Savings Bank, located at 666 West

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DOJ Closes Investigation into the Death of Ashli Babbitt

Department of Justice Closes Investigation into the Death of Ashli Babbitt WASHINGTON (STL.News) The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice will not pursue criminal charges against the U.S. Capitol Police officer involved in the fatal shooting of 35-year-old Ashli Babbitt, the Office announced today. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia’s Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section and the Civil Rights Division, with the Metropolitan Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division (IAD), conducted a thorough investigation of Ms. Babbitt’s shooting.  Officials examined video footage posted on social media, statements from the officer involved and other officers and witnesses to the events, physical

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Theodore Linthicum Admits to $1.2M Check Kiting Scheme

Welch Cattleman, John Theodore Linthicum Admits to a $1.2 Million Check Kiting Scheme (STL.News) A Welch cattleman who defrauded First State Bank of Commerce pleaded guilty Friday in federal court, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson. John Theodore Linthicum, 52, also known as Teddy Linthicum, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud before U.S. District Judge Gregory K. Frizzell. “Teddy Linthicum perpetrated a check kiting scheme for his own gain and swindled First State Bank of Commerce out of $1.2 million,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson.  “Bank fraud, and other white-collar schemes, will not be tolerated.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office will hold fraudsters, like Linthicum, accountable for their crimes.” The check kiting scheme was carried out by Linthicum and an

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Pennsylvania: Marlon Palacios Plead Guilty to Multiple Crime

Pennsylvania Man, Marlon Palacios Pleads Guilty to Fraud and Identity Theft Charges for his Role in Nationwide Gas Station Skimming Scheme ALBANY, N.Y (STL.News) Marlon Palacios, age 33, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pled guilty today to participating in a conspiracy to commit access device fraud, as well as for committing aggravated identity theft, for taking part in a nationwide gas station skimming scheme that involved stealing the banking and personal information of residents of Upstate and Central New York who used the “pay at the pump” feature to make gasoline purchases. The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon; Thomas F. Relford, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and Acting Inspector

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Dominguez-Torres Sentenced for Possession of a Firearm

Illegal Alien, Silvano Dominguez-Torres Sentenced to 44 Months in Federal Prison for Possession of a Firearm RALEIGH, N.C (STL.News) The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced that today, in federal court, Silvano Dominguez-Torres, age 32, a citizen of Mexico residing in Wake County, North Carolina, illegally present in the United States, was sentenced by United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle to 44 months imprisonment following a guilty plea to unlawful and illegal alien in possession of a firearm. According to an affidavit filed in support of a criminal complaint, Dominguez-Torres, illegally entered the United States without inspection at an unknown place and date.  Thereafter, according to the affidavit, Dominguez-Torres was deported

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Five Individuals Charged in Offering Fraud

Five Individuals Charged in Offering Fraud, Stock Manipulation and Money Laundering Schemes Defendants Misappropriated More Than $10 Million and Used the Proceeds to Purchase Luxury Items, Plastic Surgery and a Bentley Automobile (STL.News) A five-count indictment was filed today in federal court in Brooklyn charging Richard Dale Sterritt, Jr., Michael Greer, Robert Magness, Mark Ross and Robyn Straza with conspiracy to commit securities fraud, wire fraud and money laundering, among other offenses.  The charged crimes arise out of a series of securities fraud schemes, including an offering fraud targeted at investors and potential investors in an oil and gas company in Texas and the attempted manipulation of the publicly traded stock of a cannabis company.  The defendants were arrested tod

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TGI Fridays® Enhances Indoor Dining Safety

TGI Fridays® Enhances Indoor Dining Safety with Newly Installed Air Purifying Systems The New Treatment System Neutralizes 99.9% of COVID-19 Particles. DALLAS, TX (StLouisRestaurantReview) TGI Fridays®, the iconic restaurant brand known as the authority on bringing good food and good times, has become one of the first restaurant-and-bar brands to implement a long-term solution for the enhanced health and safety of its guests and employees with state-of-the-art air treatment systems.  To date, Fridays have rolled out the system in their company-owned restaurants, which is more than half of their 300+ domestic restaurants.  Continue reading TGI Fridays® Enhances Indoor Dining Safety at St. Louis Restaurant Review.

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Smoothie King Reports 18% Same-Store Sales Growth During Q1

Smoothie King Reports Outstanding 18% Same-Store Sales Growth During Q1 Global Franchise Leader in Healthy Lifestyle Smoothies is off to a Hot Start in 2021, Opening 32 Stores and Receiving Signed Agreements for 71 Future Stores DALLAS, TX (StLouisRestaurantReview) After closing out the second half of last year with 12.2% sales growth, Smoothie King announced today it continued its impressive pace during the first quarter of 2021.  The world leader in healthy smoothies experienced a record-breaking 18% same-store sales increase year-over-year for the first quarter, received 24 signed franchise agreements to develop 71 stores, and welcomed nine franchisees into the system. Continue reading Smoothie King Reports 18% Same-Store Sales Growth During Q1 at St. Louis Restaurant Review.

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Hector Torres Charged with Child Exploitation Offenses

Monroe Man, Hector Torres Charged with Child Exploitation Offenses Related to His Alleged Sexual Abuse of Three Girls (STL.News) Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and David Sundberg, Special Agent in Charge of the New Haven Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced that HECTOR TORRES, 32, of Monroe, was arrested today on a federal criminal complaint charging him with child exploitation offenses related to his alleged sexual abuse of three minor girls. Following his arrest, Torres appeared via videoconference before U.S. Magistrate Judge S. Dave Vatti and is detained. As alleged in the criminal complaint, Torres used Snapchat, FaceTime and text messaging to communicate with three minor girls, ages 11 and 12, to persuade, induce,

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Irvine: Jean Guy Minn Agrees to Plead Guilty to Tax Evasion

Orange County Man, Jean Guy Minn Agrees to Plead Guilty to Tax Evasion for Failing to Report Interest from Millions of Dollars in Foreign Bank Accounts SANTA ANA, CA (STL.News) A South Korean national who lives in Orange County has been charged with tax evasion for failing to report on a federal income tax return interest income he earned from deposits in bank accounts he controlled in Hong Kong and Singapore. Jean Guy Minn, 56, of Irvine, who is residing in the United States as a legal permanent resident, was named in a criminal information filed late Monday that charges him with one count of tax evasion. The information specifically accuses Minn of filing a personal tax return for the year 2016 that failed to report $552,454 in interest income he earned from a foreign bank account.  As a

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James Maynard Pleads Guilty to Enticement of a Minor

Boonesboro Man, James Maynard Pleads Guilty to Coercion and Enticement of a Minor to Produce Child Pornography Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conversations with a 14-year-old Girl on Social Media Greenbelt, MD (STL.News) James Maynard, Jr., age 53, of Boonesboro, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to a federal charge for coercion and enticement of a minor in order to produce and distribute child pornography. The guilty plea was announced by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Jonathan F. Lenzner; Special Agent in Charge Jennifer C. Boone of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; and Chief Jason Lando of the Frederick Police Department. According to Maynard’s guilty plea, on November 27, 2019, Maynard used a social media account to meet a 14-year-old f

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Nicholas Pettis Pleads Guilty to Possessing Child Pornography

Deer Isle Man, Nicholas Pettis Pleads Guilty to Possessing Child Pornography BANGOR, ME (STL.News) A Deer Isle man pleaded guilty today in federal court to possessing child pornography, acting U.S. Attorney Donald E. Clark announced. According to court records, Nicholas Pettis, 38, possessed electronic devices containing child exploitation material.  Investigators seized the devices, including cell phones and a computer, from Pettis’s home on June 25, 2020.  Some of the material he possessed on the devices depicted children under the age of 12. Pettis faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.  He will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office. Homeland Security Investigations and the Maine State Police Computer C

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Honduran: Jose Luiz Suarez Sentenced for Illegal Reentry

Honduran Man, Jose Luiz Suarez Sentenced to 21 Months in Federal Prison for Illegal Reentry Greenbelt, MD (STL.News) U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte sentenced Jose Luiz Suarez, age 30, a Honduran citizen residing in Germantown, Maryland, to 21 months in prison for illegal reentry after being removed from the United States as a result of a previous felony conviction. The sentence was announced by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Jonathan F. Lenzner Field Office Director Francisco Madrigal of Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Baltimore; and Chief Marcus Jones of the Montgomery County Police Department. According to his guilty plea, Suarez unlawfully entered the United States on July 5, 1999.  On September 27, 2012, Suarez was sentenced to five years of

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Mandeville: Bret Berry Is Charged with Multiple Crimes

Mandeville Man, Bret Berry Is Charged with Health Care Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft NEW ORLEANS, LA (STL.News) U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans for the Eastern District of Louisiana, announced that BRET BERRY (“BERRY”), age 60, of Mandeville, LA was charged March 9, 2021 with seven counts of health care fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1347 and two counts of aggravated identity theft, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028A. According to the indictment, BERRY defrauded Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, Medicare and Medicaid, other health care benefit programs relating to billing for cardiac rehabilitation services.  BERRY attempted to provide services that required a doctor’s order when he did not have said order, and he attempted t

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