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SEC – World Tree Financial, LLC – SEC Wins Bench Trial

SEC Wins Bench Trial Against Advisory Firm, World Tree Financial, LLC and Its Co-Owners for Cherry-Picking Scheme and Misrepresentations to Clients (STL.New) On January 15, 2021, following a week-long, live bench trial, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana entered final judgment in favor of the SEC against investment advisory firm World Tree Financial, LLC and its co-owners Wesley Kyle Perkins and Priscilla Perkins.  The SEC charged Wesley Perkins and World Tree on September 18, 2018, with perpetrating a fraudulent cherry-picking scheme.  The SEC also charged Wesley Perkins, World Tree, and Priscilla Perkins for misrepresentations to investors regarding its trading policies. The court found that between July 2012 and July 2015, Wesley Perkins and World Tree engaged

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U.S. Attorney’s Office Reminds East Texans to Beware

U.S. Attorney’s Office Reminds East Texans to Beware of Social Security Scam Calls BEAUMONT, TS (STL.News) In connection with the Social Security Administration’s March 4th National “Slam the Scam” Day, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas reminds the public to be vigilant of Social Security scam calls. “For the past year, we have seen a steady increase in Social Security-related scam calls,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei. “The financial exploitation of older Americans will not be tolerated.  We are partnering with the Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General to spread the word about these scams.  We encourage anyone who receives such calls to hang up.” “We are working with the Department of Justice and law enforcement a

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Gerardo Gomez Extradited From Panama To Face Charges

Colombian National, Gerardo Gomez-Lubo Extradited From Panama To Face Drug Charges In The United States Tampa, FL (STL.News) Acting United States Attorney Karin Hoppmann announces the unsealing of an indictment charging Gerardo Gomez-Lubo, a/k/a Francisco Niño (42, Colombia), with conspiracy to distribute large amounts of cocaine knowing and intending it to be imported into the United States.  If convicted on all counts, Gerardo Gomez-Lubo faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. According to court documents, beginning in approximately September 2017 and continuing through 2019, Gomez-Lubo was part of a transnational criminal conspiracy that transported cocaine directly from Colombia to the United States, including Texas, California, Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Florida. In April 2

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Robert Solove pleaded guilty to Produce Child Pornography

Boca Raton Man, Robert Solove Used Messenger Applications to Produce Child Pornography of Toddler and Other Minors Miami, FL (STL.News) A Boca Raton man pleaded guilty today in West Palm Beach federal court to producing, distributing, and possessing child sexual abuse material. As part of his guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks, Robert Solove, 29, admitted to using social networking applications on his phone to communicate with children and to solicit and distribute child sexual abuse material.  Solove admitted during the hearing that he created illegal photos and videos of an 18-month-old child in his care and shared them in his smartphone social networking application’s chat rooms and with other individuals.  Solove also developed an online relationship with a midd

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San Diego: Arnold Ray Pleads Guilty to Distribute Fentanyl

Drug Dealer, Arnold Ray Walters Pleads Guilty to Distributing Fentanyl Resulting in Overdose Death Assistant U. S. Attorneys Kareem A. Salem (619) 546-8904 and Larry Casper (619) 546-6734 NEWS RELEASE SUMMARY – March 4, 2021 SAN DIEGO (STL.News) Arnold Ray Walters III of San Diego pleaded guilty today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen S. Crawford to distributing fentanyl that resulted in the overdose death of a 24-year-old male who resided in Poway on January 1, 2017.  The charge to which Walters pleaded guilty carries a 20-year mandatory minimum sentence. According to his plea agreement, Walters admitted that, on or about December 31, 2016, he knowingly provided a pressed-blue pill containing fentanyl to another individual and understood that it would, in turn, be provided to the victim.

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Williams Sentenced for Role in Auto Loan Fraud Scheme

Employee of Middletown Used Car Dealershipm, Justin Williams Sentenced to Prison for Role in Auto Loan Fraud Scheme (STL.News) Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JUSTIN WILLIAMS, 42, of Rocky Hill, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny to 21 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for his role in an auto loan fraud scheme.  Judge Chatigny ordered Williams to serve the first three months of his supervised release in home confinement, and to perform 200 hours of community service. Pursuant to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the sentencing occurred via videoconference. According to court documents and statements made in court, Williams worked as

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United Nations alleges war crimes in Ethiopia’s Tigray region

(STL.News) In tonight’s edition: UN leaders allege possible crimes against humanity in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, including Eritrean troops, as they urged a pullout by the neighboring country, which denies involvement.  The UN also warned of potentially catastrophic hunger as it pleaded for urgent humanitarian access.  And as Ivory Coast gears up towards legislative elections, dozens of opposition party members and activists remain behind bars. Finally, we take you to Congo-Brazzaville, where despite living in a country with vast natural resources, many people still live without electricity. ? Continue reading United Nations alleges war crimes in Ethiopia’s Tigray region at STL.News....

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Morocco: Woman urged to speak out about abuse

(STL.News) Moroccan activists try to penetrate the culture of silence surrounding sexual and domestic abuse in the country.  Also, more Togolese farmers look for ways to increase their yields sustainably.  And volunteers in Zanzibar save as many injured turtles as they can and nurse them back to health.  Then, once a year, they return the animals to the ocean. Wikipedia – Morocco ? Continue reading Morocco: Woman urged to speak out about abuse at STL.News....

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UK News: Biggest Budget tax rises in decades to fund COVID-19 crisis

(STL.News) The chancellor in today’s Budget has spelled out the enormous cost of shoring up the economy because of the pandemic.  Mr. Sunak revealed a series of measures that will make the UK’s tax burden to its highest level since the 1960s.  He insisted that without “corrective action,” the national debt would go on rising indefinitely. There will be more spending in the short term.  The furlough scheme for workers and support for the self-employed will be extended to September, as will the £20 a week uplift in Universal Credit. For the retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors, the business rates holiday will continue until June.  There’s an extra £65 billion being spent on the whole range of support measures. Paying for all this will take decades, according to the chancellor. Income tax...

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National Guard chief says Pentagon delayed sending troops

(STL.News) Former President Donald Trump’s Defense Department, placed “unusual” restrictions on the National Guard during the January 6 Capitol riot, delaying sending help for over three hours despite an urgent plea from police for reinforcement, according to D.C. National Guard commander Major General William’s testimony in the Senate on Wednesday. “The response to the request took too long, so I think there needs to be a study done to make sure that never happens again,” Walker said.  “It shouldn’t take three hours to get a yes or no answer.” During his testimony, Walker revealed that Army leaders privately worried about uniformed national guardsmen being “bad optics” and could inflame the rioters. The Senate hearing was held to discuss what went wrong on January 6, where national securi...

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