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Bucks County Real Estate Investment Fraudster Dean Rossi Sentenced to Five Years

(STL.News) – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Dean Rossi, 55, of Warrington, PA, was sentenced to five years in prison, four years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay $2.85 million in restitution and $1.38 million in forfeiture by United States District Judge Joel H. Slomsky, for devising and participating in schemes to defraud three financial institutions out of millions of dollars. Rossi was convicted at trial in March 2018 on seven charges: one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud affecting a financial institution and bank fraud; one count of mail fraud affecting a financial institution; three counts of bank fraud; and two counts of loan fraud. From at least December 2006 until about March 2012, Rossi and his co-conspirators participated in sche...

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Kashajuan Kalil Lyvers Sentenced to 70 Months for Fentanyl Trafficking

Lexington, Ky: Kashajuan Kalil Lyvers Sentenced to 70 Months for Fentanyl Trafficking and Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon (STL.News) – A Versailles, Ky., man, Kashajuan Kalil Lyvers 24, was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison on Wednesday, before U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell, for possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. According to Lyvers’ plea agreement, he admitted that, on October 2, 2019, law enforcement conducted a traffic stop on his vehicle and found him in possession of more than six grams of fentanyl that he planned to distribute.  Furthermore, Lyvers was found with a stolen, loaded.40 caliber pistol.  Lyvers admitted that he possessed the firearm unlawfully because he was a convicted felon. Lyvers had...

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U.S. Attorney Nolan Appoints Election Officers for the District of Vermont

(STL.News) – United States Attorney Christina E. Nolan announced today that Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSA) Michael Drescher and Barbara Masterson will lead the efforts of her Office in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming November 3, 2020, general election.  AUSAs Drescher and Masterson have been appointed to serve as the District Election Officers (DEO) for the District of Vermont, and in that capacity are responsible for overseeing the District’s handling of complaints of election fraud and voting rights concerns in consultation with Justice Department Headquarters in Washington. United States Attorney Nolan stated, “Every citizen must be able to vote without interference or discrimination and to have that vote counted wi...

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Doctor Americo Oms-Rivera Pleads Guilty To Social Security Fraud

(STL.News) – Defendant Americo Oms-Rivera plead guilty before United States District Judge Francisco A. Besosa to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, announced W. Stephen Muldrow, United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico. On August of 2016, a Federal Grand Jury in the District of Puerto Rico returned a 16-count indictment charging doctor Americo Oms-Rivera, his secretary Mayte González Muñoz, and Francisco Cabrera Alvarado, a former Social Security Administration (SSA) employee, for fraud in the application process for SSA disability insurance benefits in Puerto Rico.  González-Muñoz and Cabrera Alvarado plead guilty on March of 2017. The SSA is responsible for the implementation of the Disability Insurance Benefits Program.  The SSA provides monetary benefits to workers wit...

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Minnesota: Miguel Eduardo Del Real and four others Indicted

Minnesota: Miguel Eduardo Del Real and four others Indicted In Central Minnesota Methamphetamine Trafficking Conspiracy (STL.News) – United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced a federal indictment charging Miguel Eduardo Del Real, 25, GERALD ALLEN JENSEN, 57, IVAN LOPEZ, 25, JUAN JOSE PANIAGUA JR., 24, and AARON MICHAEL STENQUIST, 49 with conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.  The defendants will be arraigned in U.S. District Court before a Magistrate Judge at a later date. According to the allegations in the indictment and documents filed with the court, between June 2020 and September 2020, members of the East Central Drug and Violent Offenders Task Force (ECDVOTF) received information that JENSEN was regularly selling pound-level amounts of methamphetamine.  On Se...

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Carlos Pemberton Sentenced on Federal Drug Charge

(STL.News) – A Waterbury, Connecticut man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Bangor for possessing heroin with intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced. U.S. District Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. sentenced Carlos Pemberton, a/k/a “Pepa,” 43, to 46 months in prison, three years of supervised release and a $5,000 fine.  Pemberton pleaded guilty in January 2020. According to court records, on March 26, 2018, officers with the Indian Township Police Department conducting a child welfare check at a residence in Indian Township discovered Pemberton in a bedroom.  Pemberton was in possession of a backpack and a duffle bag that contained, among other items, heroin and drug paraphernalia.  He was also in possession of $7,266.00 in cash. The Indian Township Police De...

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Justice Department Requires Waste Management To Divest Assets In Order

Columbia: Justice Department Requires Waste Management To Divest Assets In Order To Proceed With Advanced Disposal Services Acquisition (STL.News) – The Department of Justice announced today that Waste Management, Inc. (WMI) will be required to divest 15 landfills, 37 transfer stations, 29 hauling locations, over 200 waste collection routes, and other assets in order to proceed with its $4.6 billion acquisition of Advanced Disposal Services, Inc. (ADS).  The department said that without the divestiture, the proposed acquisition would substantially lessen competition for small container commercial waste collection or municipal solid waste disposal services in over 50 local markets. The department’s Antitrust Division filed a civil antitrust lawsuit today in the U.S. District Court for t...

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on October 24, 2020

(STL.News) – United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur and Assistant Special Agent in Charge Orville O. Greene of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Baltimore District Office are teaming up to publicize the Drug Enforcement Administration’s 19th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day being held in Maryland and across the country on Saturday, October 24.  The service is free and anonymous.  Maryland has approximately 100 available sites.  The public can find a nearby collection site at www.DEATakeBack.com or by calling 800-882-9539.  The nationwide event aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs and educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. “Pharmaceutical pills can be just as...

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Kenyada Jaqu Convicted of Drug and Firearms Crimes

Columbia, South Carolina: Kenyada Jaqu Convicted of Drug and Firearms Crimes in First Federal Criminal Jury Trial Since Pandemic (STL.News) – United States Attorney Peter M. McCoy, Jr. announced today that Kenyada Jaqu, 45, of Columbia, was convicted following a jury trial in federal court for possession with intent to distribute heroin and methamphetamine, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute heroin and methamphetamine, being a felon in possession of firearms, and possessing firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking.  This was the first criminal trial in the District of South Carolina since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. “This office has not rested in its efforts to protect the people of South Carolina, to uphold the rule of law, and to vigorously p...

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Acting U.S. Attorney Daniel Bubar, DEA ASAC Christopher Goumenis Announce

Roanoke, Virginia: Acting U.S. Attorney Daniel Bubar, DEA ASAC Christopher Goumenis Announce 19th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day (STL.News) – Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia, Daniel P. Bubar, and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Assistant Special Agent (DEA) in Charge (ASAC) of the Richmond District Office, Christopher Goumenis, announced today that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is holding its 19th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 24, 2020, at locations throughout the Western District of District of Virginia.  The nationwide event aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs and educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications...

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Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Settlement Of Tax Shelter Lawsuit

New York: Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Settlement Of Tax Shelter Lawsuit Against AIG For Entering Into Sham Transactions Designed To Generate Bogus Foreign Tax Credits (STL.News) – Audrey Strauss, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today the settlement of a tax refund lawsuit brought by insurance and financial services company AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL GROUP, INC. (“AIG”) involving seven cross-border financial transactions that the United States asserted were abusive tax shelters designed to generate bogus foreign tax credits that AIG improperly attempted to use to reduce its tax liabilities in the United States.  AIG filed this tax refund lawsuit in 2009, seeking to recover disallowed foreign tax credits and other taxes related ...

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James Robert Banks Sentenced to 132 Months for Distributing Heroin

(STL.News) – James Robert Banks, a Roanoke man responsible for distributing between one and three kilograms of heroin throughout the Roanoke area in 2019, was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court in Roanoke to 132 months in federal prison following his conviction earlier this year on federal drug distribution charges.  Acting United States Attorney Daniel P. Bubar and Jesse Fong, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Washington Field Office made the announcement today. Banks, 32, pleaded guilty in June 2020 to one count of possession with the intent to distribute heroin. “Heroin abuse continues to plague our communities in a cycle of painful abuse, and those that distribute it must face justice,” Acting United States Attorney Bubar said today.  “Thanks ...

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Goldman Sachs Charged in Foreign Bribery Case

New York: Goldman Sachs Charged in Foreign Bribery Case and Agrees to Pay Over $2.9 Billion (STL.News) – The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (Goldman Sachs or the Company), a global financial institution headquartered in New York, New York, and Goldman Sachs (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. (GS Malaysia), its Malaysian subsidiary, have admitted to conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) in connection with a scheme to pay over $1 billion in bribes to Malaysian and Abu Dhabi officials to obtain lucrative business for Goldman Sachs, including its role in underwriting approximately $6.5 billion in three bond deals for 1Malaysia Development Bhd.  (1MDB), for which the bank earned hundreds of millions in fees.  Goldman Sachs will pay more than $2.9 billion as part of a coordinated resolu...

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David Neil Dunn Pleads Guilty To Use, Carry And Discharge Of A Firearm

Muskogee, Oklahoma: David Neil Dunn Pleads Guilty To Use, Carry And Discharge Of A Firearm During And In Relation To A Crime Of Violence (STL.News) – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that David Neil Dunn, a/k/a David Neil Dunn, Jr, age 20, of Muskogee, Oklahoma entered a guilty plea to Use, Carry, and Discharge of a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A)(iii), punishable by not less than 10 years imprisonment to run consecutive to any other term of imprisonment imposed, a fine up to $250,000.00, or both. The Indictment alleged that on or about October 9, 2019, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, did knowingly use, carry, and discharge ...

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Felon Zachary A. Jones Sentenced To More Than Six Years

Tampa, Florida: Felon Zachary A. Jones Sentenced To More Than Six Years For Possessing A Firearm (STL.News) – U.S. District Judge William F. Jung has sentenced Zachary A. Jones (22, Tampa) to six years and five months in federal prison for possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon.  The court also ordered Jones to forfeit the firearm and ammunition used in the offense. Jones had pleaded guilty on August 11, 2020. According to court documents, on February 18, 2019, officers from the Tampa Police Department were looking for Jones, who had active warrants for his arrest.  As officers approached Jones, he fled.  While running from the officers, Jones discarded a loaded firearm.  Officers later arrested Jones and recovered the firearm. Jones has multiple prior convictions for...

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