Washington Man Charged with Attempting to Ship Sensitive Military Technology to China
Lian Yang, of Woodinville, Washington, was charged in connection with an attempt to ship sensitive military technology to the People's Republic of China. Yang attempted to purchase and export 300 radiation-hardened, programmable semiconductor devices that are used in satellites. He was arrested in an FBI sting operation after attempting to smuggle the parts out of the U.S.
Former New York State Senator Pleads Guilty to Obstruction of Justice, Tax Charges
Vincent L. Leibell, III a former New York state senator and the Putnam County executive-elect, pled guilty to obstructing a federal grand jury that was investigating whether he had extorted cash payments from lawyers working in Putnam County and to failing to report on his income tax returns tens of thousands of dollars in cash payments he had received from those lawyers.
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.