U.K. Citizen Guilty in Foreign Bribery Conspiracy Involving $6 Billion Contracts
Wojciech J. Chodan, a former commercial vice president and consultant to a United Kingdom subsidiary of Kellogg, Brown & Root Inc. (KBR), pled guilty in Houston, Texas to conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act for his participation in a decade-long scheme to bribe Nigerian government officials to obtain engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contracts. The EPC contracts to build liquefied natural gas facilities on Bonny Island, Nigeria, were valued at more than $6 billion.
California Man Charged with Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to al Shabaab
Ahmed Nasir Taalil Mohamud, of Anaheim, California, was indicted on charges of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, conspiracy to kill in a foreign country, and conspiracy to launder monetary instruments.
Three Arizona Residents Indicted in $1 Million Loan Kickback Scheme
Three Yuma, Arizona residents were charged in a 68-count indictment with committing fraud against AEA Federal Credit Union, located in Yuma and Parker, Arizona. The indictment alleges that William Liddle, the former vice president of business lending for AEA, conspired with Yuma businessman Frank Ruiz to approve suspicious business loans in exchange for almost $1 million in kickbacks to Liddle and his wife, Rhonda Liddle.
Former Treasurer of National Republican Congressional Committee Sentenced for Embezzlement
Christopher J. Ward, formerly of Bethesda, Maryland, the former treasurer of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), was sentenced to 37 months in prison for stealing approximately $844,718 by issuing unauthorized checks and wire transfers from the NRCC and political committees who were clients of his business, using the funds for his personal benefit.
Hospital Purchasing Official Pleads Guilty in New York to Bid Rigging, Fraud Conspiracies
Mario Perciavalle, a former purchasing official at Mount Sinai Medical Center and School of Medicine in New York City, pled guilty to participating in bid rigging and fraud conspiracies related to contracts for maintenance and insulation work performed at Mount Sinai.
Jury Finds Connecticut Man Guilty of Making Grenades
A federal jury in Bridgeport, Conn., today found Alexander DeFelice, 33, of Milford, Conn., guilty of conspiracy and firearms offenses stemming from an alleged attempt to sell firearms and explosive grenades to what he thought was a white supremacist group located outside of Connecticut.
Former New Orleans Police Officer Sentenced in Connection with Danzinger Bridge Shootings
A former officer with the New Orleans Police Department, was sentenced to eight years in prison for conspiracy to obstruct justice and for misprision of a felony (for concealing a known crime), in connection with a federal investigation of two police-involved shootings that left two civilians dead and four others seriously wounded in the area of the Danziger Bridge in the days after Hurricane Katrina.
Mary F. Rook Named Special Agent in Charge of the Anchorage Division
Director Robert S. Mueller, III named Mary F. Rook special agent in charge of the FBI’s Anchorage Division. Ms. Rook most recently served as the chief in the Training Division’s Law Enforcement Programs Section. She oversaw multiple programs, including the National Academy Program, International Training, and the Leadership Development Institute.
Singapore Airlines Cargo to Plead Guilty, Pay $48 Million Fine for Price Fixing
Singapore Airlines Cargo Pte Ltd. has agreed to plead guilty and to pay a $48 million criminal fine for its role in a conspiracy to fix the cargo rates charged to certain customers in the U.S. and elsewhere for international air shipments.
Including today's charge, as a result of this investigation, a total of 20 airlines and 17 executives have been charged in the Justice Department's ongoing investigation into price fixing in the air transportation industry. To date, more than $1.7 billion in criminal fines have been obtained and four executives have been sentenced to serve prison time. Charges are pending against the remaining 13 executives.