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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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Maximillian Zeferino Esquibel Sentenced For Being A Felon In Possession Of A Firearm

Pueblo Man, Maximillian Zeferino Esquibel Sentenced To Nearly 5 Years In Federal Prison For Being A Felon In Possession Of A Firearm Defendant found with multiple weapons and ammunition after previous state conviction for aggravated robbery DENVER (STL.News) United States Attorney Jason R. Dunn announced that Maximillian Zeferino Esquibel, age 32 of Pueblo, was sentenced to serve 58 months (nearly 5 years) in federal prison, followed by 3 years on supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Esquibel was convicted after the first criminal jury trial in the District of Colorado since COVID-19 impacted the court system in March.  The FBI and Southern Colorado Safe Streets Violent Gang Task Force joined in this announcement. According to court documents and facts presente

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Marc Nunez Charged With Possession Of Child Pornography

San Francisco Substitute Teacher, Marc Nunez Charged With Possession Of Child Pornography SAN FRANCISCO (STL.News) Marc Nunez made an initial appearance in federal court on a criminal complaint for possession of child pornography, announced David L. Anderson and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge Tatum King.  Nunez made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler. According to the complaint filed December 1, 2020, and unsealed, on August 27, 2019, agents from HSI served a federal search warrant at a residence in San Francisco and seized, among other things, a cell phone containing communications between the person whose residence was being searched and Nunez. As the investigation proceeded, federal agents uncovered additional evidence that

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Edward Fisher Sentenced for Multiple Crimes

Connecticut Man, Edward Fisher Sentenced for Bank Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft BOISE (STL.News) Edward Fisher, 57, of Stamford, Connecticut, was sentenced to 42 months in federal prison for bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced it.  U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also imposed a term of three years of supervised release to follow Fisher’s prison sentence. Fisher pleaded guilty to the charges on September 3, 2020. According to court records, on April 22, 2020, Fisher visited a Wells Fargo in Boise, a federally insured financial institution.  Fisher filled out a withdrawal slip for $3,500 and requested to withdraw funds from an account belonging to a Wells Fargo account holder. To withdraw the funds from the account, Fisher presented false

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Karl Justin Dunn sentenced for heroin charge

Eastern Panhandle man, Karl Justin Dunn sentenced for heroin charge MARTINSBURG, W.V (STL.News) Karl Justin Dunn, III, of Kearneysville, West Virginia, was sentenced to 37 months of incarceration for distributing heroin, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced. Dunn, age 33, pled guilty to one count of “Distribution of Heroin” in February 2020.  Dunn admitted to selling heroin in July 2018 in Berkeley County. This charge is the result of investigations supported by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) under the Attorney General-led Synthetic Opioid Surge (SOS)/Special Operations Division (SOD) Project Clean Sweep.  This initiative seeks to reduce the supply of synthetic opioids in “hot spot” areas previously identified by the Attorney General of the United States, thereby r

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Leonard Theodore Kern Pleads Guilty to Felony in Investment Scheme

Texas Man, Leonard Theodore Kern Pleads Guilty to Felony in $375,000 Investment Scheme CHARLESTON, W.V (STL.News) United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced that Leonard Theodore Kern, 64, of Plano, Texas, entered a guilty plea to obstruction of justice for his role in an investment scheme that resulted in the loss of over $375,000 to a West Virginia woman. “Kern’s scheme resulted in a significant loss to the victim,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “This case serves as a reminder to all of us that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  Fortunately, as a result of his plea agreement, Kern will be required to pay restitution.” Kern faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on March 29, 2021, and he will be required to pay restitution to the victim. Kern con

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Joseph L. Messier Sentenced for Possessing Child Pornography

Former Brewer Resident, Joseph L. Messier Sentenced for Possessing Child Pornography BANGOR, ME (STL.News) A former Brewer resident was sentenced today in federal court for possessing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced. U.S. District Judge Lance E. Walker sentenced Joseph L. Messier, 55, to 220 months in prison and 15 years of supervised release. Messier pleaded guilty on October 17, 2019. According to court records, Messier possessed videos of children engaging in sexually explicit conduct, which he had purposefully sought out and received through the internet in early 2018. These videos depicted the sexual exploitation of prepubescent children under the age of 12. Messier faced an enhanced sentence of 10–20 years in prison because of a prior sex offense conviction

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Gage Pascoe Charged With Selling Fentanyl-Laced Pills

East Bay Man, Gage Pascoe Charged With Selling Fentanyl-Laced Pills That Killed Buyer Fentanyl Overdose Kills Young Adult Who Ingested Counterfeit Oxycodone Pills SAN FRANCISCO (STL.News) The United States Attorney’s Office charged Gage Pascoe with the distribution of pills containing fentanyl that resulted in the overdose death of his customer, announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson and Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The federal complaint alleges that Pascoe, 22, of Pittsburg, California, sold counterfeit pills that appeared to be Oxycodone but instead contained the lethal drug fentanyl.  The young adult customer purchased the pills from Pascoe and shortly after taking the apparent Oxycodone pills at a Walnut Creek home died f

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Saeed Mustapha Moussa Charged with Making Videos of Him Sexually Assaulting a Child

East Hartford Man, Saeed Mustapha Moussa Charged with Making Cell Phone Videos of Him Sexually Assaulting a Child (STL.News) U.S. Attorney John H. Durham, Hartford State’s Attorney Sharmese L. Walcott, Acting Special Agent in Charge David Magdycz of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and East Hartford Police Chief Scott M. Sansom today announced that SAEED MUSTAPHA MOUSSA, 30, of East Hartford, has been charged by federal criminal complaint with child exploitation offenses related to his alleged sexual assault of a minor. Moussa appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert A. Richardson via videoconference.  He has been detained since his arrest on related state charges on October 27, 2020. As alleged in court documents, in September 2020, East Hartford Police received a report t

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Cornelius M. Jackson Charged for Sex Trafficking

Waukesha Man, Cornelius M. Jackson Faces Federal Charges for Sex Trafficking (STL.News) Matthew D. Krueger, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on December 1, 2020, a federal grand jury returned a five-count indictment against Cornelius M. Jackson (age 31) of Waukesha, Wisconsin, charging him with sex trafficking offenses that spanned over six years and multiple states. Count One alleges that from 2014 through August 2020, Jackson conspired with others to use force, fraud, and coercion to cause victims to engage in commercial sex acts in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Ohio, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1594.  Counts Two through Five allege that Jackson used force, fraud, and coercion to cause four individual victims

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Three Family Members Sentenced In Connection With Defrauding Veterans Health Care

Three Family Members Sentenced In Connection With Defrauding Veterans Health Care In The Villages Ocala, FL (STL.News) Miller Wilson, Jr. (50, Sparr), his daughter, Myoshi Wilson (26, Citra), and his ex-wife, Erica Wilson (43, Ocala) were sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge James D. Whittemore for their roles in a scheme to defraud the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs health care benefits.  Each had previously pleaded guilty. Miller Wilson, Jr. was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud and solicitation and receipt of a health care kickback. Erica Wilson was sentenced to 5 years’ probation for conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud. Myoshi Wilson was re-sentenced to 6 months’ imprisonment, foll

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Joseph Benjamin Posey Pleads Guilty to Illegally Possessing Firearm

Gulf Coast Gang Member, Joseph Benjamin Posey Pleads Guilty to Illegally Possessing Firearm Gulfport, MS (STL.News) Joseph Benjamin Posey, II, 19, of Biloxi, pled guilty today before U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden to being an unlawful user of a controlled substance in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Michelle Sutphin, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Mississippi. On September 2, 2020, law enforcement officers with the Biloxi Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in which Posey was a passenger. As a result of the stop, officers located two loaded handguns, one of which was stolen. Posey subsequently admitted that he obtained the guns three days before the traffic stop, and that he and the other occupant of th

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Five New York Residents Charged with Scheme to Defraud Banks

Five New York Residents Charged with Scheme to Defraud Banks NEWARK, N.J (STL.News) Five people have been charged for their participation in a scheme to engage in bank fraud, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today. Jose Lopez Blanco, 22; Jesus Emilio Ruiz Ramirez, 21; Cori Mojica Caminero, 25; Marisol Gomez, 34; and Daury DeLeon, 24, all of the Bronx, New York, are each charged by superseding complaint with one count of bank fraud conspiracy.  Blanco was additionally charged with one count of mail theft and one count of unlawful possession of a postal key. Blanco and two other individuals were charged in December 2019 with one count of conspiracy to commit mail theft and one count of conspiracy to commit unlawful possession of a postal key.  According to that complaint, Blanco had b

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