Massachusetts Man Sentenced for Burning African-American Church
Benjamin Haskell, of Springfield, Massachusetts, was sentenced to nine years in prison and three years of supervised release for his role in the 2008 burning of the Macedonia Church of God in Christ, a predominately African-American Church, on the morning after President Barack Obama was elected as the first African-American president of the United States.
Louisiana Police Chief Charged with Making False Statements to Federal Agents
Ronald G. "Tapper" Hendricks, chief of police of Vidalia, Louisiana, was charged with making false statements to federal law enforcement agents in the course of an investigation into the use and disposition of certain firearms at the Vidalia Police Department.
All Nippon Airways Guilty of Price Fixing on Air Cargo and Air Passenger Services
Japan-based All Nippon Airways Co. Ltd. (ANA) has agreed to plead guilty and to pay a $73 million criminal fine for its role in two separate conspiracies—to fix one or more components of cargo rates charged for international air cargo shipments, and to fix unpublished passenger fares on tickets purchased in the United States.
Agape World President/Owner Pleads Guilty in $195 Million Ponzi Scheme
Nicholas Cosmo, the former president and owner of Agape World, Inc. and Agape Merchant Advance, LLC, pled guilty in New York to federal mail fraud and wire fraud charges for his role in running a Ponzi scheme that resulted in losses in excess of $195 million dollars.
Securities Attorney, Stock Broker Sentenced for $43 Million Stock Manipulation Scheme
G. David Gordon, a securities attorney, and Richard Clark, a businessman and former stock broker, both of Tulsa, Oklahoma, were each sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for their roles in a $43 million pump-and-dump stock manipulation scheme.
Two Plead Guilty in Scheme to Defraud FCC Program
John T.C. Yeh, the owner of Viable Communications Inc., and his brother, Joseph Yeh, the company's former vice president for corporate strategy, pleaded guilty in New Jersey to engaging in a conspiracy to defraud the FCC's Video Relay Service (VRS) program. VRS is an online video translation service that allows people with hearing disabilities to communicate with hearing individuals through the use of interpreters and web cameras.
In pleading guilty, John and Joseph Yeh admitted that beginning in 2007, they conspired with others to pay individuals to make fraudulent VRS phone calls using their company's VRS service. The defendants are alleged to have submitted a total of approximately $55 million in VRS claims to the FCC.
Al Qaeda Supporter Arrested for Plotting Attacks on D.C.-Area Metro Stations
Ashburn, Virginia resident Farooque Ahmed, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Pakistan, was arrested today for attempting to assist others whom he believed to be members of al Qaeda in planning multiple bombings at Metrorail stations in the Washington, D.C. area.
FBI Opens Investigation Into Three Shootings in Northern Virginia
The FBI announced today that it has opened an investigation into three shootings that have occurred in Northern Virginia since October 17, 2010.
Investigative evidence has confirmed that shots fired at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Virginia and the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia involved a single weapon. Ballistics testing is underway for an overnight shooting that took place on October 25 or October 26 at the Marine Corps Recruiting Station in Chantilly, Virginia.