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.
Oklahoma Oil and Gas Exec Sentenced for Defrauding Company of $1 Million
David Grose, of Edmond, Oklahoma, the former chief financial officer for Quest Energy Partners, L.P., a publicly traded oil and gas exploration and production business, was sentenced to serve 192 months in federal prison for wire fraud stemming from a scheme to defraud Quest out of $1 million.
Oregon Resident Arrested in Plot to Bomb Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Somalia and resident of Corvallis, Oregon, was arrested after he attempted to detonate what he believed to be an explosives-laden van that was parked near the tree lighting ceremony in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square. The arrest was the culmination of a long-term undercover operation, during which Mohamud had been monitored closely for months as his alleged bomb plot developed. The device was in fact inert, and the public was never in danger from the device.
Five Somalis Convicted of Piracy Against USS Nicholas
A federal jury in Norfolk, Virginia has convicted five men from Somalia of engaging in piracy and related offenses in their attack on the USS Nicholas, marking what is believed to be the first piracy trial conviction in the United States since 1820.
Senior Aide to Albanian Foreign Minister Extradited to Face Murder, Other Charges
Almir Rrapo, the senior administrative assistant to the deputy prime minister of Albania, has been extradited to New York to face charges related to his involvement in a racketeering enterprise that engaged in murder, kidnapping, narcotics trafficking, extortion, robbery, arson, obstruction of justice, and interstate transportation of stolen goods.
Head of D.C. Special Education Institution Accused of Stealing More Than $2.4 Million
Charles Ike Emor, aka Charles Ike Emenogha, the founder and former executive director of SunRise Academy, a non-profit special education institution in Washington, D.C., was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges that he stole more than $2.4 million in government money meant to serve needs of students. Among other things, Emor allegedly used the money for properties, cars, electronics, jewelry, and other personal expenses.