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Hammond: Murray Ford Charged | STL.News

(STL.News) – Murray Ford, age 57, of Hammond, Indiana was charged in a criminal Complaint with credit union robbery, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch. According to documents in this case, on October 13, 2020, it is alleged that Ford entered Teacher’s Credit Union in Hammond, Indiana, wearing sunglasses and a mask.  It is alleged that he displayed a firearm and demanded money, and employees handed over in excess of $14,000.  Ford left on foot to a strip mall parking lot where his vehicle was parked.  On October 14, 2020, agents subsequently executed a search warrant on Ford’s apartment and located approximately $14,000 in cash, some of which was stolen credit union funds, along with sunglasses consistent in appearance with the robber’s, and a silver revolver. The United States Attorney’s ...

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Norman Klosek Sentenced to Prison for Putting Dozens of Guns

Connecticut: Norman Klosek Sentenced to Prison for Putting Dozens of Guns on the Street to Feed Drug Addiction (STL.News) – John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Norman Klosek, also known as Rich Klosek, 36, of Enfield, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to 46 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally purchasing and selling numerous firearms. According to court documents and statements made in court, in 2018, the FBI’s Northern Connecticut Gang Task Force began investigating Ricardo Reyes, also known as “Rick the Ruler,” a member of the Los Solidos street gang who was distributing fentanyl, heroin, cocaine and crack in the area of Park Street and Hungerfo...

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Eric Michael Smith Charged with Serial Arson

Sacramento, Calif: Eric Michael Smith Charged with Serial Arson in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest (STL.News) – Eric Michael Smith, 38, of Redding, has been charged with setting fire to lands owned by the United States, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced. According to court documents, between June 23, and July 29, 2020, Smith allegedly set four wildland fires on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest within Shasta County.  He is alleged to have used a virtually untraceable cigarette lighter or pen torch to light the fires. One of these fires started near Turntable Bay and required the temporary closure of lanes on Interstate 5 while firefighters suppressed the blaze.  Two other fires started along Gilman Road, in the general area where the devastating Hirz Fire began during the s...

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New York: J&F Investimentos S.A. Pleads Guilty and Agrees to Pay Over $256 Million

New York: J&F Investimentos S.A. Pleads Guilty and Agrees to Pay Over $256 Million to Resolve Criminal Foreign Bribery Case (STL.News) – J&F Investimentos S.A. (J&F), a Brazil-based investment company that owns and controls companies involved in multiple industries, including the meat and agriculture industry, has agreed to pay a criminal monetary penalty of $256,497,026 to resolve the department’s investigation into violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).  The resolution arises out of J&F’s scheme to pay millions of dollars in bribes to government officials in Brazil in exchange for obtaining financing and other benefits for J&F and J&F-owned entities. J&F pleaded guilty and entered into a cooperation plea agreement with the Criminal Divisio...

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Salt Lake City: Gregory Alan Nelson Charged In Firearms Trafficking Case

Salt Lake City: Gregory Alan Nelson Charged In Firearms Trafficking Case; Allegedly Made False Statements To Purchase Firearms (STL.News) – A Las Vegas man is charged with nine counts of making a false statement during the acquisition of a firearm in a federal indictment returned by a grand jury in Salt Lake City, along with one count of dealing in firearms without a license and one count of travel within the United States with intent to violate federal law prohibiting dealing in firearms without a license. The indictment alleges Gregory Alan Nelson, 32, knowingly made false written statements in connection with the acquisition of firearms intended to deceive the firearms dealer.  Specifically, the indictment alleges Nelson falsely answered “yes” on an ATF form asking whether he was th...

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Luis Jesus Hernandez Sanchez sentenced for importing meth

Laredo, Texas: Luis Jesus Hernandez Sanchez sentenced for importing meth and cocaine at port of entry (STL.News) – A 34-year-old legal permanent resident of Port Arthur has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a large amount of narcotics, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Luis Jesus Hernandez Sanchez pleaded guilty March 2, admitting he knew there were narcotics in his vehicle and how he expected to be paid money for transporting them. Today, U.S. District Judge Diana Saldana ordered Sanchez to serve a 57-month sentence.  As a legal permanent resident, he could lose his status and possibly face removal proceedings following his sentence. On Nov. 18, 2019, Sanchez attempted entry into the United States via the ...

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U.S. Attorney Duncan Announces $1.5 Million

Kentucky: U.S. Attorney Duncan Announces $1.5 Million to Support Testing, Tracking of Sexual Assault Kits and an Additional $1.49 Million to Advance Forensic Science in Kentucky(STL.News) – U.S. Attorney Robert M. Duncan, Jr., announced on Monday two separate grants of Department of Justice funds that were awarded to recipients in the Eastern District of Kentucky.U.S. Attorney Duncan announced $1.5 million in Department of Justice grants to the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, to help law enforcement agencies and crime labs process sexual assault evidence and increase the number of sexual assault kits submitted to crime labs in order to solve more crimes, including cold cases, in the Eastern District of Kentucky.  The grants, awarded by the Department’s Office of Justice Program

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Mario F. Perez Charged in Miami Federal Court with Making Online Threats

Miami, Fl: Mario F. Perez Charged in Miami Federal Court with Making Online Threats to Injure and Kill Young Woman(STL.News) – South Florida federal prosecutors have charged 21-year-old Mario F. Perez, of Spring, Texas, with cyberstalking by making repeated threats on social media to kill a young woman.Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, FBI, Miami Field Office, made the announcement.The criminal complaint filed in the Southern District of Florida alleges that over the past six months, Perez created dozens of fake social media profiles to cyber stalk his victim, a young woman.  Perez posted racist and derogatory comments in connection with the victim, including racist comments about black Americans.  Accord

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Tyler Andrew Hilderman Pleads Guilty to Possessing Stolen Firearms

Jefferson City, Mo: Tyler Andrew Hilderman Pleads Guilty to Possessing Stolen Firearms(STL.News) – A Mexico, Missouri, man pleaded guilty in federal court today to possessing stolen firearms taken during the burglary of Tiger Pawn Shop in Columbia, Mo.Tyler Andrew Hilderman, 27, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Willie J. Epps, Jr. to one count of possessing stolen firearms and one count of stealing firearms from a licensed firearms dealer.Co-defendant Alexander Mears, 21, of Columbia, Mo., pleaded guilty on July 14, 2020, to possessing stolen firearms.  Mears admitted that he and Hilderman stole 65 firearms during the burglary of Tiger Pawn Shop in September 2019.According to Mears’s plea agreement, he and Hilderman made a hole in the building’s wall in order to enter the pawn s

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Kunta Daniels and Joe Daniels Charged in Superseding Indictment

(STL.News) – A pair of Danville men, Kunta Daniels and Joe Daniels, were indicted by a federal grand jury last week and charged via a superseding indictment with a variety of drug and gun charges.  Acting United States Attorney Daniel P. Bubar, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives of the Washington Field Division Ashan M. Benedict and Danville City Police Chief Scott Booth made the announcement today.The grand jury has charged Kunta Daniels, 43, with one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, one count of distribution of methamphetamine, one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, one count of possession with intent to distribute more than 28 grams of crack cocaine, one count of possession with intent to distribute m...

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U.S. Attorney Lawrence Keefe Announces $3.9 Million

Tallahassee, Florida: U.S. Attorney Lawrence Keefe Announces $3.9 Million In Awards To Fund Crime Laboratories And Forensic Research(STL.News) – Lawrence Keefe, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, today announced $3,908,850 in Department of Justice grants to fund crime laboratories, decrease DNA backlogs, support basic and applied forensic research, and help law enforcement identify missing persons.  The grants, awarded by the Department’s Office of Justice Programs, are part of $192 million in funding to advance forensic science nationwide.“I’m pleased to announce that close to $4 million dollars will be distributed throughout the state by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to increase laboratory capacity for processing DNA evidence, and to hire and train f

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U.S. Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. Announces Over $4 Million

Raleigh: U.S. Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. Announces Over $4 Million to Advance Forensic Science in the Eastern District of North Carolina(STL.News) – Today U.S. Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced $4,039,479 in Department of Justice grants to the Eastern District of North Carolina to fund crime laboratories, decrease DNA backlogs, support basic and applied forensic research, and help law enforcement identify missing persons.  The grants, awarded by the Department’s Office of Justice Programs, are part of $192 million in funding to advance forensic science nationwide.“Developments in forensic science have given investigators an extraordinary array of tools that can be enlisted to solve crimes and bring answers to victims and survivors, often after many years and even decades,” said

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Babatope Joseph Aderinoye Found Guilty of Financial Fraud

Sherman, Texas: Babatope Joseph Aderinoye Found Guilty of Financial Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme Victimizing Senior Citizens, School Districts, and Charities(STL.News) –A 30-year-old Plano, Texas man has been convicted of federal violations related to a bank fraud and money laundering conspiracy in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Cox today.Babatope Joseph Aderinoye was convicted by a jury of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering; wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and mail fraud.  The guilty verdict came following a four-day trial before U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant.“We are committed to protecting East Texas victims—and especially our senior citizens—from financial threats, both foreign and domestic,” said U.S. Atto

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Amber Rogers Sentenced for Role in Drug Trafficking Ring

Pittsburgh: Amber Rogers Sentenced for Role in Drug Trafficking Ring(STL.News) – A former resident of the Beltzhoover neighborhood in Pittsburgh, has been sentenced in federal court to two years’ probation and 100 hours of community service on her conviction of a drug trafficking charge in connection with a large-scale investigation conducted by the Greater Pittsburgh Safe Streets Task Force, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.United States District Judge William S. Stickman, IV, imposed the sentence on Amber Rogers, age 28, of North Carolina.According to information presented to the court, the Greater Pittsburgh Safe Streets Task Force conducted an investigation targeting the Darccide/Smash 44, or “DS44”, neighborhood gang, and its drug-trafficking activity, in and arou

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US Attorney Announces Increase in Prosecution of Firearms-Related Crimes

(STL.News) – Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, today announced the results of his office’s emphasis on prosecuting violent crimes involving firearms.  The U.S. Department of Justice announced that nationwide, more than 14,200 defendants have been charged with firearms-related crimes during Fiscal Year 2020.  In the Western District of Wisconsin, 56 defendants have been charged.According to U.S. Attorney Blader, the number of gun crimes prosecuted by his office has risen by over 100% between 2017 and 2019. The types of gun crimes subject to federal prosecution include felons in possession of firearms or ammunition; business and bank robberies while armed; drug distribution while armed; false statements made to federal firearms licensees; those pr...

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