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Former Rohnert Park Police Officers Charged With Conspiracy

Former Rohnert Park Police Officers Charged With Conspiracy To Commit Extortion And Related Charges In Marijuana Seizure Scheme Defendants Allegedly Used Traffic Stops along Highway 101 to Shake Down Drivers for Money, Marijuana, and Other Property SAN FRANCISCO (STL.News) The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California unsealed charges today in a criminal complaint charging former Rohnert Park police officers Brendon Jacy Tatum and Joseph Huffaker with conspiracy to commit extortion under color of official right, announced Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of California Stephanie M. Hinds, FBI Special Agent in Charge Craig D. Fair, and Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations Acting Special Agent in Charge Michael Daniels.  Tatum a

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Marco Garmo Sentenced for Illegal Gun Deals and Corruption

Former Sheriff’s Captain, Marco Garmo Sentenced to Prison for Illegal Gun Deals and Corruption Assistant U. S. Attorneys Nicholas Pilchak (619) 546-9709 or Andrew Haden (619) 546-6961 NEWS RELEASE SUMMARY – March 12, 2021 SAN DIEGO (STL.News) Former San Diego County Sheriff’s Captain Marco Garmo was sentenced to two years in prison today for years of unlawful firearms transactions and for an array of corrupt conduct relating to unlicensed marijuana dispensaries operating in his former jurisdiction. In pronouncing sentence, U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel said that Garmo’s conduct demonstrated arrogance reaching a level where Garmo was “almost becoming a mob boss of sorts” in picking winners and losers and dispensing unlawful favors to friends and family. Garmo admitted in pleading guilt

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Landon Perry Grier Charged for Interfering with Flight Crew

Cañon City Man, Landon Perry Grier Charged for Interfering with Flight Crew Passenger refused to wear mask, struck a flight attendant in the arm, and urinated in his seat DENVER (STL.News) The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado announced that Landon Perry Grier, 24, of Cañon City has been charged with interfering with a flight crew in violation of Title 49, United States Code, Section 46504.  Grier made his initial appearance in federal court in Denver yesterday, where he was advised of the charge against him and ordered released on conditions of pre-trial supervision. According to the facts contained in the complaint, on March 9, 2021, Grier was a passenger onboard Alaska Airlines flight 1474 traveling from Seattle to Denver  .  During the flight, Grier was asked eight to

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Buster Hernandez Sentenced to 75 years in Federal Prison

Child Predator and Cyberterrorist, Buster Hernandez, aka “BrianKil,” is Sentenced to 75 years in Federal Prison Hernandez Used Sextortion and Made Death Threats to At Least 375 Minor Victims, Threatened to Use Explosive Devices at Plainfield and Danville High Schools Indianapolis (STL.News) Acting U.S. Attorney John Childress announced today that Buster Hernandez, 29, of Bakersfield, California, was sentenced to 75 years in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt. In August 2017, Hernandez was initially charged with sexually exploiting a minor, threatening to use an explosive device and threatening to kill, kidnap, or injure another person.  Those charges eventually extended to include 41 separate allegations including: the production of child pornography, the coercion and

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Lester B. Joy Sentenced for Violating Sex Offender Laws

Sex Offender, Lester B. Joy Who Fled with Girlfriend to Mexico Sentenced for Violating Sex Offender Laws (STL.News) Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that LESTER B. JOY, 40, formerly of Waterbury, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 48 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for failing to register as a sex offender. The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (“SORNA”) provides a comprehensive set of minimum standards for sex offender registration and notification in the United States and seeks to strengthen the nationwide network of sex offender registration and notification programs.  In part, SORNA requires registered sex offenders to register and kee

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Ringgold: James Coleman Sentenced to Distribute Meth

Drug Trafficker, James Coleman from Ringgold, Louisiana Sentenced to Federal Prison SHREVEPORT, LA (STL.News) Acting United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that James Coleman, 44, of Ringgold, Louisiana, was sentenced by United States District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote to 132 months (11 years) in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Coleman was involved in a drug trafficking organization that was selling illegal narcotics and was charged in a federal indictment with drug offenses.  The investigation that led to these charges began in January 2017.  Law enforcement agents learned that Coleman and others were distributing and possessing methamphetamine and crack cocaine.  Their

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David Devall Sentenced in Possession Of A firearm

Convicted Felon, Drug User, and Domestic Abuse Misdemeanant, David Devall Who Possessed a Firearm Sentenced to Federal Prison (STL.News) A man who possessed a loaded pistol was sentenced March 12, 2021, to more than one year in federal prison. David Devall, age 43, from Sioux City, Iowa, received the prison term after an October 13, 2020, guilty plea to being a felon, drug user and domestic abuse misdemeanant in possession of a firearm and ammunition.  Devall was previously convicted of felony and domestic abuse crimes which made it illegal for him to possess a gun. Evidence at Devall’s, detention, change of plea, and sentencing hearings revealed that on in the early morning hours of December 17, 2019, officers with the Sioux City, Iowa, police department observed a suspicious vehicle in a

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Crow Agency: Dee Bad Bear admits stabbing man

Crow Agency man, Dee Bad Bear admits stabbing man BILLINGS (STL.News) A Crow Agency man today admitted stabbing another man last year on the Crow Indian Reservation, Acting U.S. Attorney Leif Johnson said. Dee Bad Bear, 59, pleaded guilty to an indictment charging him with assault with a dangerous weapon.  Bad Bear faces a maximum 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy J. Cavan presided.  A sentencing date will be set.  Bad Bear was detained. In court documents filed in the case, the prosecution alleged the assault occurred on April 17, 2020 at a Lodge Grass residence, located on the Crow Indian Reservation.  Bad Bear and the victim, identified as John Doe, were drinking alcohol and talking.   Doe went to the bathroom and wh

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Arlan Koontz Sentenced For Distributing Child Pornography

Austin Man, Phillip Arlan Koontz Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison For Distributing Child Pornography (STL.News) Acting United States Attorney W. Anders Folk today announced the sentencing of PHILLIP ARLAN KOONTZ, 53, to 20 years in prison for distributing child pornography. KOONTZ, who pleaded guilty on January 22, 2020, was sentenced yesterday afternoon by Judge Joan N. Ericksen in U.S. District Court. “The sexual exploitation of children is a heinous crime, one deserving of a lengthy prison sentence,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Anders Folk. “Here in Minnesota we are fortunate to have dedicated federal, state, and local investigators who are committed to seeking justice for those who abuse and exploit innocent children.” “This repeat offender will spend the next 20 years behind bars,” said

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Guyanese: Michael Whyte Sentenced For Illegal Re-Entry

Guyanese National, Warren Michael Whyte Sentenced to Time Served For Illegal Re-Entry into the United States St. Thomas, USVI (STL.News) United States Attorney, Gretchen C.F. Shappert for the District of the Virgin Islands announced that Warren Michael Whyte, a citizen of Guyana, was sentenced after previously pleading guilty to illegally re-entering the United States after being ordered deported and removed. According to Court documents, onMarch 14, 2020, an ICE Deportation Officer received information from a credible source of information (SOI) that an individual who was previously deported from the United States was working in the Smith Bay area in St. Thomas, V.I. at an auto repair shop called “Auto World”.  Criminal and immigration records checks were completed and revealed that on Ju

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Joanne Benjamin Pleads Guilty in Tax Fraud Scheme

Eighth St. Croix Woman, oanne Benjamin Pleads Guilty in Multi-Defendant Tax Fraud Scheme St. Croix, USVI (STL.News) United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced that Joanne Benjamin, age 41, from the Virgin Islands pled guilty in federal court on March 11, 2021 to Conspiracy to Defraud the United States. According to the plea agreement filed with the court, from January 2011 to July 2012, Joanne Benjamin and others participated in a scheme to steal money from the United States treasury by fraudulently obtaining federal income tax refunds.  The scheme involved the acquisition of personal identifying information of individuals (i.e. name, social security number, and date of birth) used to electronically file falsified tax returns with a designation of refunds to the acquired bank

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Biloxi: Benjamin Posey Sentenced for Firearms Offense

Gulf Coast Gang Member, Joseph Benjamin Posey Sentenced to Almost 3 Years in Federal Prison for Firearms Offense Gulfport, MI (STL.News) Joseph Benjamin Posey, Jr., 19, of Biloxi, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden to 33 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for being an unlawful user of a controlled substance in possession of multiple firearms, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Darren J. LaMarca and Michelle A. Sutphin, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Mississippi.  Posey was also ordered to pay a $3,000 fine. On September 2, 2020, Biloxi Police officers 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. 

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Buffalo: Saleh Mozeb Charged with Healthcare Fraud

Buffalo Man, Saleh Mozeb Arrested, Charged For His Role In A Scheme To Defraud Medicaid Out Of Thousands Of Dollars BUFFALO, N.Y (STL.News) U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced that Saleh Mozeb, 65, of Buffalo, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with healthcare fraud.  The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. “The Medicaid program is intended to provide healthcare benefits to those in need,” noted U.S. Attorney Kennedy. “This Office and our partners will do all that we can in order to ensure that dishonest individuals who seek to enrich themselves by exploiting the Medicaid program are brought to justice.” Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan P. Cantil, who is handling the case, stated that the defendant is a co-owner of Great Lak

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Allan Warthen Sentenced for Possession of Child Pornography

Rapid City Man, Vance Allan Warthen Sentenced to Prison for Possession of Child Pornography (STL.News) Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of Child Pornography was sentenced on March 8, 2021, by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken. Vance Allan Warthen, age 31, was sentenced to 36 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Warthen will also be required to register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. The conviction stems from Warthen sexually exploiting an underage female in August 2019 at Rapid City by producing images of child pornography.  He remained in p

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St. Thomas: Bob Leonard Pleads Guilty to Distribute Cocaine

St. Thomas Man, King Bob Leonard Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine St. Thomas, USVI (STL.News) King Bob Leonard, 28, of St. Thomas, entered a guilty plea to the charge of Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine, United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert for the District of the Virgin Islands announced . According to court documents, in January and February of 2018 the defendant conspired with others to distribute cocaine.  He operated through a number of text messages that were seized as part of the investigation.  Further, the investigation revealed that the defendant and others coordinated the delivery of between 400 and 500 grams of cocaine in St. Thomas, USVI. The offense carries a possible sentence of incarceration of up to twenty years, a maximum fine of up to $1,000,000

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