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.
MS-13 Street Gang Leader Sentenced in New York to 35 Years for Murder
Wilver R. Lopez, a leader in the La Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) street gang on Long Island, was sentenced to 35 years' imprisonment for the September 17, 2004 murder of 24-year-old fellow MS-13 member Genaro Venegas in Bethpage, New York.
Doctor Charged in Scheme to Submit Fraudulent Fen-Phen Claims
Dr. Abdur Razzak Tai, of Orlando, Florida, was indicted in Pennsylvania on 13 counts of mail fraud and wire fraud in connection with a scheme to submit fraudulent Fen-Phen claims. Tai was charged in connection with his review of the echocardiograms of more than 1,100 patients who filed claims with the American Home Product Settlement Trust in Philadelphia. According to the indictment, Tai falsely certified that these patients' tests showed that they had sustained heart damage whereas, in fact, many of these claimants had not been harmed.
Somali Sentenced for Acts of Piracy Against the USS Ashland
Jama Idle Ibrahim, a/k/a Jaamac Ciidle, of Somalia, was sentenced in Norfolk, Virginia to 30 years in prison for acts of piracy against the USS Ashland, which he believed was a merchant vessel that he intended to seize and hold for ransom. Ibrahim pled guilty on August 6, 2010, to attacking to plunder a vessel, engaging in an act of violence against persons on a vessel, and to using a firearm during a crime of violence in regard to an attack against the USS Ashland on April 10, 2010.