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Jury Convicts Memphis Man for Sex Trafficking of Minors

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that a federal jury has convicted TIMOTHY JONES, a/k/a age 25, from Memphis, for his role in sex trafficking two minors into the New Orleans area for the purposes of those minors engaging in prostitution.

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Two Women Sentenced in BP Conspiracy Related to Fraudulent Applications to the Gulf Coast Claims Facility and One Woman Sentenced in Abide Conspiracy to Receive Illegal Kickbacks

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that CLARA AITCH, age 39, and WENDY ERVIN, age of 42, both of New Orleans, were sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud relating to the fraudulent applications they made or caused to be made to the Gulf Coast Claims Facility ( ) for financial assistance during the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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Investigation Leads to Federal Narcotics and Firearms Indictment

LAFAYETTE, La. United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced the indictment of 11 Lafayette-area residents on charges for a variety of narcotics and firearms offenses.

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Ride or Die Gang Member Sentenced on Firearm and Drug Violations

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that MORRIS SUMMERS, age 25, a resident of New Orleans, was sentenced today after having previously pled guilty to federal firearm and drug violations.

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Five Former New Orleans Police Officers Plead Guilty and are Sentenced in the Danziger Bridge Shooting Case

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced today that five former officers of the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) pled guilty and were sentenced in connection with the federal civil rights prosecution of a police-involved shooting that occurred on the Danziger Bridge in the days after Hurricane Katrina.

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Metairie Man Sentenced to Over 10 Years in Prison for Trafficking a Minor into New Orleans to Work as a Prostitute

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that TORREY LEDELL DAVIS, age 44, who last resided in Metairie, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to interstate transportation of a minor for the purpose of engaging in criminal sexual activity.

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California Man Sentenced for Role in Manufacturing and Selling Fake Mercedes-Benz Diagnostic Software

Martin Vellozzi of Rancho Palos Verdes, California was sentenced after previously pleading guilty to mail fraud for his role in creating and selling non-authentic Mercedes Benz diagnostic equipment.

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Former Chief Financial Officer of Restaurant Chain Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud and Embezzlement from Bankruptcy Estate

BATON ROUGE, LA - United States Attorney Walt Green announced today that WILLIAM ROS</ , age 45, of Cortez, Florida, pled guilty to wire fraud and embezzlement from a bankruptcy estate.

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New Orleans Jury Convicts Company Owner and Doctor for Roles in $34 Million Fraud Scheme

A federal jury in New Orleans convicted the owner of a health care company and a doctor for their roles in a $34 million Medicare fraud scheme that operated over the course of seven years in New Orleans and surrounding communities.

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New Orleans Community Leader Recognized by FBIHQ for His Significant Contributions to the Metropolitan Area

The FBI recognizes Ethan Ashley, Director of Community Engagement, Urban League of New Orleans, as the recipient of the FBI New Orleans Divisions Community Leadership Award (DCLA).

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Superseding Indictment Charges 14 Individuals with Conspiracy to Commit $30 Million in Health Care Fraud

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced the return of a 31-count Superseding Indictment against fourteen individuals charging approximately $30,252,906 in Medicare fraud.

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Caddo Parish Commissioner Michael Williams Found Guilty of Stealing from Nonprofit

SHREVEPORT, La. United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that a federal grand jury indicted Caddo Parish Commissioner Michael Dwayne Williams for defrauding the Caddo Parish Commission and stealing from a nonprofit meant to help at-risk youth.

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Sheriff and Lieutenant Colonel of New Iberia, Louisiana, Charged in Conspiracy to Assault Inmates

LAFAYETTE, La. s Civil Rights Division, and United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that Iberia Parish, Louisiana, Sheriff Louis Ackal and Lieutenant Colonel Gerald Savoy were charged today with civil rights violations arising out of the beatings of five pre-trial detainees at the Iberia Parish Jail (IPJ) on April 29, 2011.

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Last Methamphetamine Distribution Conspirator Sentenced for Conducting Financial Transactions Related to Drug Deals

ALEXANDRIA, La. United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that an Alexandria woman was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison for accepting drug proceeds wired in her name and concealing the true owner of the money, convicted drug dealer Marcus Kirk.

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New Orleans Man Indicted for Fraud in Aftermath of BP Oil Spill

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that GRAEGG L. HOLMES, age 42, of New Orleans, was charged today in a two-count Indictment with wire fraud related to the BP Oil Spill.

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Mississippi Man Charged in Murder-for-Hire Scheme

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JEFFERY HOWARD, age 35, of Nicholson, Mississippi, was charged today in a one-count Indictment with use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1958(a).

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New Orleans Musician ‘Big Freedia’ Pleads Guilty to Theft of Government Funds

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that FREDDIE ROSS, JR. , age 38, of New Orleans, who performs under the stage name BIG FREEDIA, pled guilty today to theft of government funds.

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Federal Jury Convicts Former Houston Police Officer of Conspiracy

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that a federal jury has convicted former Houston Police Officer NOE JUAREZ, age 47, of conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine hydrochloride and conspiracy to possess firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense.

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Former Systems Administrator Convicted of Hacking into Industrial Facility Computer System

A former systems administrator who hacked into the computer system of an industrial facility to disrupt and damage its operations has been convicted.

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New Orleans Man Sentenced to 22 Years in Prison for Selling Heroin, Including While Being Incarcerated in OPP

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that LIONEL THOMAS, age 30, of New Orleans, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to an Indictment charging him with violations of the Federal Controlled Substances Act.

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Grand Jury Indicts Jarvis Hardy in Shooting of DEA Task Force Officer

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JARVIS HARDY, age 26, a resident of New Orleans, was charged in an eight-count Indictment attempted murder of a federal law enforcement officer (Count One); discharging one firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence and a drug trafficking crime (Count Two); possessing a second firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime (Count Three); ) (Counts 5-8).

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Former Vice President of Health Care Company Charged with Fraud Scheme Worth Over $7.5 Million

BATON ROUGE, LA - United States Attorney Walt Green announced today that DAVID</ MICHAEL PITTS</ , age 41, has been charged in a Bill of Information with wire fraud in connection with an alleged scheme to defraud Amedisys, Incorporated, a home health and hospice care company with a substantial presence in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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New Orleans Man and His Restaurant Plead Guilty to Employing Unauthorized Aliens and Making False Statements

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that KE LIAN ZHAO, age 50, of Kenner, pled guilty to employing unauthorized aliens at his restaurant, LA JUMBO CHINA BUFFET ( ), and JUMBO BUFFET pled guilty to two counts of making false statements to federal agents.

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North Carolina Man and His Company Sentenced for Manufacturing and Selling Fake Mercedes-Benz Diagnostic Software

Robert Beckmann and his company, Beckmann Technologies, Inc., were sentenced for manufacturing and selling fake Mercedes-Benz diagnostic software.

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Five Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office Employees Plead Guilty

LAFAYETTE, La. Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta and U. S. Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana Stephanie A.

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Women Sentenced for Natchitoches Bank Fraud Scheme

ALEXANDRIA, La. United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that two women were sentenced Tuesday for conspiring to steal money from the bank where they worked.

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Maurepas Woman Sentenced for Corporate Fraud Scheme Involving Almost $500,000

BATON ROUGE, LA - United States Attorney Walt Green announced today that U.

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Former Controller Sentenced to Prison for Embezzling Over $208,000 from Non-Profit Health Care Employer

BATON ROUGE, LA - United States Attorney Walt Green announced today that U.

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Des Allemands Man Sentenced for Fraud in Aftermath of BP Oil Spill

<p class="rtejustify">The U. S. Attorney s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana announced that DERRICK JOSEPH DURAN, age 28, a resident of Des Allemands, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to a three-count mail fraud Indictment.

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Grand Jury Returns Indictment for Whitney Bank Robbery

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that LAVERT LAYMON, age 27, of Gretna, was charged today in a one-count Indictment with the March 31, 2016 robbery of the Whitney Bank branch located at 3740 Elysian Fields.

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Former U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Employee Pleads Guilty to Demanding an Illegal Gratuity

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that PAMELA PARKER, 55, a resident of New Orleans and former employee of a regional office of the U.

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Former Saints Player Enters New Guilty Plea to Drug Distribution Charges

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that DARREN SHARPER, age 40, formerly of New Orleans, entered a new guilty plea today before U.

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River Ridge Man and His Harahan-Based Company Sentenced for Manufacturing and Selling Pirated Mercedes-Benz Software

Rainer Wittich of and his aftermarket auto parts distributor, the Brinson Company, were each sentenced after previously pleading guilty to criminal copyright infringement and conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement and to violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, respectively.

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Lafayette Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Shooting at Postal Worker

LAFAYETTE, La. United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that a Lafayette man was sentenced Monday to 120 months in prison for firing a gun at a postal worker.

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New Orleans Man Sentenced to 13 Years in Prison for Bank Robbery

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that THOMAS EUGENE, age 54, of New Orleans, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to one count of bank robbery.

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Former Shreveport Chiropractor, Son Plead Guilty to Operating Illegal Bitcoin Exchange Business

A former Shreveport chiropractor and his son pleaded guilty to funneling money through an unlawful bitcoin financial scheme.

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Walter Porter Found Guilty of Murder-for-Hire, Faces Mandatory Life Sentence

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that this afternoon, a jury returned a guilty verdict against WALTER PORTER, a/k/a Smith.

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Businessman Convicted of Making False Statements to Bank to Secure Over $750,000 in Funding

BATON ROUGE, LA - United States Attorney Walt Green announced today that CHARLES RICHARD BARBER</ , age 65, of Jackson, Louisiana, pled guilty before U.

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New Orleans Businessman Sentenced on Wire Fraud and Tax Charges

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JASON C. DOYLE, age 38, of New Orleans, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to wire fraud and failing to pay taxes.

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Child Predator Sentenced to 25 Years in Federal Prison

BATON ROUGE, LA - United States Attorney Walt Green announced today that District Judge James J.

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Former Ochsner Clinic Credit Union Manager Pleads Guilty to Stealing Over One Million Dollars

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JACQUELINE RAY, 60, of Biloxi, Mississippi, pled guilty as charged today to a Bill of Information which charged her with one count of stealing over one million dollars from Ochsner Clinic Federal Credit Union in connection with bank larceny during her employment there.

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New Orleans Musician Big Freedia Charged with Theft of Government Funds

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that FREDDIE ROSS, JR. , age 37, of New Orleans, who performs under the stage name BIG FREEDIA, was charged in a one-count Bill of Information with theft of government funds.

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Shreveport Resident Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Producing Child Pornography

SHREVEPORT, La. United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that a Shreveport resident was sentenced to 15 years in prison for producing child pornography.

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Former St. Charles District Attorney Harry Morel Charged with Obstruction of Justice

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced today the unsealing of a Bill of Information charging HARRY J. MOREL, JR.

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Louisiana Woman Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Commit Sex Trafficking of a Minor

A Louisiana woman pleaded guilty today to conspiring to commit sex trafficking of a minor, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R.

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Bankruptcy Attorney Sentenced to 34 Months in Prison for Bankruptcy Fraud

MONROE, La. United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that a bankruptcy attorney was sentenced to 34 months in prison for collecting filing fees from clients without informing the bankruptcy court.

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New Orleans Man Sentenced to 41 Months for Manufacturing and Selling More Than $1 Million in Counterfeit Coupons on Silk Road

A New Orleans man was sentenced to 41 months in prison for his role in a coupon counterfeit ring using the Silk Road online marketplace.

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Retired Colonel in Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office Charged with Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite and FBI Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey S. Sallet announced that ROY AUSTIN, 69, of St.

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River Ridge Man Sentenced for Fraud in Security System Contracts

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that WAYNE WILLIAMS, age 38, of River Ridge, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to two counts of wire fraud.

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Peter Hoffman and Susan Hoffman Sentenced for Roles in Film Infrastructure Tax Credit Scheme

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that PETER HOFFMAN and SUSAN HOFFMAN were sentenced today for their roles in a scheme to defraud the State of Louisiana out of film infrastructure tax credits.

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Tennessee Man Pleads Guilty for Role in New Orleans-Based Sex Trafficking Scheme

Seventh Defendant to Plead Guilty in Sex Trafficking Case</em.

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Former Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office Employee Pleads Guilty

LAKE CHARLES, La. Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta and U. S. Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana Stephanie A.

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Baton Rouge Man Convicted of Mailing Threatening Letters to Federal and State Courthouses

BATON ROUGE, LA - United States Attorney Walt Green announced today that BRIAN CAVALIER, age 33, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has been convicted of making threats by mail, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 844(e).

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FBI New Orleans Violent Gang Task Force Arrests Seven Subjects

On Friday, April 22, 2016, at approximately 7:00 a.

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Baton Rouge Man Convicted of Extorting Minors, Producing Child Pornography, and Receiving Child Pornography

BATON ROUGE, LA United States Attorney Walt Green announced the conviction of Matthew Chaney Walker, 25, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for extorting numerous children over the internet for the purpose of producing and receiving child pornography.

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Denham Springs Woman Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement of Over $600,000

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that KRISTEN KOENIG, a/k/a KRISTEN BARNES, age 41, of Denham Springs, pled guilty today to one count of bank fraud.

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FBI and Local Law Enforcement Recover Two Kidnapped Children

On Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at approximately 7:00 .

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A Leader of Harvey Hustlers Gang Sentenced to Life in Federal Prison

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that HARRY SMOOT, age 29, of Avondale, was sentenced today to life in federal prison by United States District Judge Lance M.

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Desoto Parish Residents Indicted for Conspiring to Distribute Cocaine

ALEXANDRIA, La. United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that seven DeSoto Parish residents were indicted for charges relating to the sale of crack and powder cocaine.

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New Orleans Man Sentenced to Over 15 Years for Heroin Crime Committed in Orleans Parish Prison

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that TREY MITCHELL, age 24, of New Orleans, was sentenced today for attempted distribution of heroin using a cell phone smuggled into the Orleans Parish Prison.

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New Orleans Woman Sentenced for Aiding and Abetting Health Care Fraud

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that EVELYN ODOMS, age 65, of New Orleans, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to aiding and abetting health care fraud.

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Former St. Charles District Attorney Harry Morel Pleads Guilty to Obstruction of Justice

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced today HARRY J. MOREL, JR. , age 73, pled guilty to obstruction of justice in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1512(d)(1).

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Harvey Woman Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Receive Illegal Kickbacks

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that ELESHIA WILLIAMS, age 45, of Harvey, pled guilty today to one count of conspiracy to receive illegal kickbacks.

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Violent Harvey Hustlers Gang Members Sentenced to Lengthy Prison Sentences

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that three members of the Harvey Hustlers organization were sentenced today for their participation in four murders, multiple shootings, and extensive drug distribution on the Westbank of Jefferson Parish.

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Former Police Officer Indicted for Multiple Incidents of Assault

WASHINGTONThe Justice Department announced that a federal grand jury in Shreveport, Louisiana, returned an indictment against former Homer Police Department Officer Willie Fred Knowles, 64, charging him with violating the civil rights of multiple individuals during three different incidents, as well as with making false statements to the FBI.

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Former Bossier Sheriff Larry Deen, Dealership Owners Indicted in Vehicle Purchase Scheme

SHREVEPORT, LAA grand jury indicted former Bossier Parish Sheriff Larry Deen and two owners of Blakey Auto Plex, LLC, U.

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New Orleans Bail Bondswoman Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud Conspiracy

NEW ORLEANS U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JANET SMITH, age 44, of New Orleans, pled guilty today to a one-count Bill of Information charging her with conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

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Abita Springs Man Pleads Guilty to Running Illegal Wagering Operation and Money Laundering

U. S. Attorney Kenneth Polite announced that FRANK FRABBIELE, 79, of Abita Springs, Louisiana pleaded guilty today to a two-count Bill of Information, charging him with the transmission of wagering information and money laundering.

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U.S. Attorney’s Office, FBI, and NOPD Hold Joint Training Session on Investigating Police Corruption

U. S. Attorney Kenneth Allen Polite, Jr. announced that on May 13, 2014, the United States Attorney Investigating and Prosecuting Police Misconduct and Corruption.

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East Hollygrove Neighborhood Gang Member, Avian Brule, Sentenced on Federal Drug and Firearms Violations

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that AVIAN BRULE, a/k/a 21, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was sentenced yesterday after having pled guilty to federal drug and firearm violations.

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Owner of Baton Rouge Pharmacy Pleads Guilty to Directing $2.2 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme

WASHINGTONThe owner of a Louisiana pharmacy pleaded guilty today for directing a $2.

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Former Sorrento Police Chief Sentenced for Making False Statements in Civil Rights Investigation

BATON ROUGE, LAUnited States Attorney Walt Green announced that EARL L.

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Two More Individuals Sentenced for Their Roles in Large-Scale Medicare Fraud Scheme

BATON ROUGE, LAA facility administrator and mental health therapist have been sentenced for their roles in an extensive Medicare fraud scheme.

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Minnesota Professor Pleads Guilty to Enticing a Louisiana Minor to Engage in Sexual Activity

MONROE, LAA Minnesota professor pleaded guilty to contacting a minor in Union Parish in order to start a sexual relationship, U.

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Homer Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing More Than $59,000 from Employer

SHREVEPORT, LA s bank account, U. S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today. John Bob Jr. , 46, of Homer, La.

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FBI Arrests Suspect Wanted for Extortion

Late yesterday afternoon, FBI special agents arrested John Michael Fowler, a 50-year-old male from Charlotte, North Carolina, without incident at Louis B.

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Former Office Manager Indicted for Corporate Fraud

BATON ROUGE, LAUnited States Attorney Walt Green announced today the unsealing of an indictment returned by a federal grand jury last week which charges LORI S.

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Erath Woman Sentenced to 12 Months in Prison for Wire Fraud

LAFAYETTE, LAUnited States Attorney Stephanie A.

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Ragley Man Pleads Guilty to Part in Robbery at Coushatta Tribal Reservation

LAKE CHARLES, LAThe last defendant in a group that conducted an armed home invasion on the Coushatta Tribal Reservation pleaded guilty, U.

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Slidell Man Charged with Defrauding the Deepwater Horizon Economic Claims Center

The United States Attorney ). According to the Bill of Information, on June 24, 2012, THONN submitted multiple claims with the Seafood Compensation Program administered by the DHECC based on losses he allegedly sustained as result of the April 2010 oil spill.

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Jury Convicts Ville Platte Man of Robbing St. Landry Parish Truck Stop Casino

LAFAYETTE, LAday trial, a federal jury found a Ville Platte man guilty of taking part in an armed robbery in which more than $11,000 was taken from a truck stop store and casino in St.

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Mastermind of $56 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme and Doctor Plead Guilty

WASHINGTONThe organizer of a $56 million Medicare fraud conspiracy and an accomplice physician pleaded guilty today in federal court in Louisiana to health care fraud charges.

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Armored Car Robbed Near Audubon Park

NEW ORLEANSToday, at approximately 8:40 a.

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Statement from FBI New Orleans Regarding Bomb Threat at University of Louisiana Lafayette

On July 16, the FBIs Office, and the Lafayette Police Department, and in collaboration with the ATF and the University of Louisiana Lafayette Police Department, responded to a bomb threat to the University of Louisiana Lafayette campus.

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Investment Broker Pleads Guilty in Wire Fraud Scheme That Netted More Than $190,000

NEW ORLEANS U. S. Attorney Kenneth Allen Polite, Jr. announced that AARON ORTLOFF, age 42, of Kenner, Louisiana, plead guilty as charged yesterday before U.

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Lake Charles Man Pleads Guilty to Charge in Terrorism Hoax

LAKE CHARLES, LAUnited States Attorney Stephanie A.

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New Orleans Men Sentenced for Drug Conspiracy

U. S. Attorney Kenneth Politc announced that JERRY SPENCER, JR. , 29, MITCHELL LEE, 28, and TERRANCE TIMMONS, 33, all residents of New Orleans, were sentenced today for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute a quantity of heroin and a quantity of cocaine base.

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Shreveport Man Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Role in LSU Health Sciences Center Bribery Scheme

SHREVEPORT, LA United StatesAttorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that a former staff member at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for mail fraud in connection with a bribery scheme involving a laboratory supply company owner.

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Former Shaw Executive Convicted of Insider Trading

BATON ROUGE, LAUnited States Attorney Walt Green announced today that a former executive of the Shaw Group has pled guilty to engaging in insider trading.

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River Ridge Man and His Company Charged in Superseding Indictment with Conspiring to Manufacture and Sell Counterfeit Mercedes-Benz Diagnostic Equipment Worth More Than $15,000,000

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that RAINER WITTICH, age 65, of River Ridge, Louisiana, and the company he owns, THE BRINSON COMPANY, of Harahan, Louisiana, were charged yesterday in a nine-count superseding indictment by a federal grand jury for their role in creating and selling fake Mercedes-Benz diagnostic equipment containing proprietary software without authorization.

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Delrice Augustus Sentenced

BATON ROUGE, LAUnited States Attorney Walt Green announced today the sentencing of the former Director of the Bureau of Auditing and Compliance Services for the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

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Shreveport Woman Pleads Guilty to Health Care Fraud, Wire Fraud

SHREVEPORT, LAThe owner and operator of a Shreveport intensive outpatient program pleaded guilty to charging Medicare for services never rendered, U.

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William Mannear Charged with Receiving Child Pornography

BATON ROUGE, LAUnited States Attorney Walt Green announced today the filing of a bill of information charging William Steven Mannear, age 62, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with receiving child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(2).

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FBI Arrests Suspect Wanted for Robbery of Fidelity Homestead Savings Bank in New Orleans’ Central Business District

Earlier today, FBI special agents arrested Derrick Morgan, a suspect in the September 3, 2014 robbery of Fidelity Homestead Savings Banks main branch located at 321 St.

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New Orleans Man, Curtis Anderson, Sentenced for Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud and Possession of Stolen Credit and Debit Card Numbers

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that CURTIS ANDERSON, age 36, a resident of New Orleans, was sentenced today after having previously pled guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and possession of unauthorized access devices.

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Shreveport Pastor Sentenced to 78 Months in Prison for Engaging in Sexual Contact with Minors

SHREVEPORT, LAA Shreveport pastor was sentenced to 78 months in prison and three years of supervised release for transporting minors across state lines in order to engage in illegal sexual conduct, U.

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FBI Arrests Suspect Wanted for Second-Degree Murder

Yesterday afternoon, at approximately 4:45 .

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FBI Arrests Suspect Wanted for Murder

At approximately 4:45 a. m. on October 2, the FBI s Violent Crime Task Force (NOVCTF) arrested Anthony Eugene, a black male, 35 years of age, without incident, in the 3500 block of Division Street in Metairie, Louisiana.

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Jury Imposes Death Sentence on a Las Vegas Man for Kidnapping and Murdering a 12-Year-Old Girl

WASHINGTONA federal jury in the Western District of Louisiana today returned a verdict imposing the death penalty on a Las Vegas man for the brutal kidnapping and murder of a 12-year-old girl.

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Sulphur Man Sentenced to 180 Months in Prison for Firearms Possession

LAKE CHARLES, LAA Sulphur man was sentenced to 180 months in prison and five years of supervised released for possessing multiple firearms illegally, U.

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New Orleans Police Officer, Tracie Medus, Suspended After Being Charged with Theft of Government Funds

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that TRACIE MEDUS, age 39, a New Orleans Police Department police officer, was charged yesterday with theft of government funds.

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California Man Sentenced for Role in Health Care Fraud Conspiracy and Bank Fraud

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that THEODORE PLATANITIS, age 44, of Rancho Cordova, California, was sentenced yesterday after having previously pled guilty to conspiring to commit health care fraud and bank fraud.

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Second Baton Rouge Man Sentenced in Connection with Fraudulent Scheme to Develop Fitness Facility

BATON ROUGEUnited States Attorney Walt Green announced that Ronald Joseph Olah, Jr.

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North Carolina Man Pleads Guilty to Creating and Selling Fake Mercedes-Benz Automotive Equipment

NEW ORLEANS U. S. Attorney Kenneth Allen Polite, Jr. announced that ROBERT BECKMANN, age 52, of Durham, North Carolina, pleaded guilty as charged yesterday before U.

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Avondale Drug Runner Sentenced to 78 Months in Prison

NEW ORLEANS U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that BRADLEY S. WILLIAMS, age 49, of Avondale, was sentenced today following his guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine hydrochloride.

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Los Zetas Cartel Member Sentenced to More Than 33 Years in Prison on Federal Drug Charges

U. S. Attorney Kenneth Polite announced that EFRAIN GRIMALDO, a resident of Mexico, was sentenced today by U. S. District Chief Judge Sarah S.

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Amite Woman, Angela Lemoine, Charged with Theft of Bank Funds

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that ANGELA LEMOINE, 43, of Amite, Louisiana, was charged in a Bill of Information today with one count of theft of funds.

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Prairieville Man Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison for Distribution and Receipt of Child Pornography

BATON ROUGE, LAUnited States Attorney Walt Green announced today that U.

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Gretna Woman Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Government Agencies

NEW ORLEANS U. S. Attorney Kenneth Polite announced today that MARCIA PETERSON, 61, a resident of Gretna, Louisiana, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft of government funds and one count of wire fraud.

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Baton Rouge Man Sentenced to 94 Months in Prison for Illegally Possessing Stolen Motor Vehicles

SHREVEPORT, LAA Baton Rouge man was sentenced to 94 months in prison and three years of supervised release for using multiple false identities to steal an RV, boat and sport utility vehicle, U.

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Chamico Employees Plead Guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud

U. S. Attorney Kenneth Polite announced that JERRY ATHEY, age 56; DAVID LOWE, age 48;andTERRY CASTILOW, age 48, all residents of Bogalusa, Louisiana, pleaded guilty today before U.

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Owner and Patient Recruiter Sentenced to Prison for Their Roles in $258.5 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

WASHINGTONAn owner and operator of two community mental health centers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and a patient recruiter for a community mental health center in Houston, Texas, were sentenced to prison today for their involvement in a $258.

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Former St. Bernard Deputy Sheriff and Former Saints Player Indicted for Drug Distribution and Obstruction Charges

NEW ORLEANS, LA U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite, announced that BRANDON LICCIARDI, age 29 of Meraux, Louisiana, and DARREN SHARPER, age 39, formerly of New Orleans, were charged today in a six-count Indictment.

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Dallas-Area Woman Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Traffic a Minor for the Purpose of Prostitution

U. S. Attorney Kenneth Polite announced that ANDREA BIRDOW, 22, of Sherman, Texas, pleaded guilty today to conspiring with her boyfriend, TAUREAN JACKSON, to trafficking of a minor from the Dallas, Texas-area into the New Orleans area for the purposes of that minor engaging in prostitution.

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Former Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office Vendor and Mississippi Businessman Kendall O. Marquar Sentenced for Failing to File Taxes

U. S. Attorney Kenneth Polite announced today that KENDALL O. MARQUAR, 36, a resident of Waveland, Mississippi, was sentenced by U.

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U.S. Attorney Designates District Officer to Handle Voting Rights Complaints for November 4th Elections

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced today that Assistant U. S. Attorney Irene Gonz s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming general elections on November 4, 2014.

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Owner of Health Care Company Sentenced to 13 Years in Prison

BATON ROUGE, LAUnited States Attorney Walt Green announced that U.

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State Auditor Pleads Guilty to Theft from a Federal Program

BATON ROUGE, LAUnited States Attorney Walt Green announced today another conviction in the ongoing federal and state investigation into corruption at the Bureau of Auditing and Compliance Services for the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

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New Orleans Man Sentenced for Armed Bank Robbery

NEW ORLEANS, LA U. S. Attorney Kenneth Allen Polite, Jr. announced today that ROBERT TAYLOR, 35, a resident of New Orleans, was sentenced by Chief U.

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Gretna Man Convicted by a Federal Jury of Sexual Exploitation of Children

U. S. Attorney Kenneth Allen Polite, Jr. announced that a federal jury has convicted a Gretna man guilty of crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children.

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Bookkeeper Patricia Blanchard Charged with Mail Fraud for Embezzling More Than $700,000 from a Charitable Organization

U. S. Attorney Kenneth Polite announced that PATRICIA BLANCHARD, age 67, formerly of New Orleans, Louisiana, was charged today in a one-count Bill of Information with mail fraud.

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Former Fort Polk Soldier Sentenced to 210 Months in Prison for Sexually Abusing Minor

LAKE CHARLES, LAA former Fort Polk soldier was sentenced Thursday to 210 months in prison and five years of supervised release for sexually abusing a minor under the age of nine, U.

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Former Mayor and President of the National Conference of Black Mayors Re-Sentenced to 20 Years

BATON ROUGE, LAUnited States Attorney Walt Green announced today that U.

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Baton Rouge Man Indicted for Mailing Threatening Letters to Federal and State Courthouses

BATON ROUGE, LAUnited States Attorney Walt Green announced today the filing of an indictment returned by a federal grand jury earlier this week that charges BRIAN CAVALIER, age 33, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with two (2) counts of making threats by mail, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 844(e).

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Lafayette Man Charged for Bomb Threat, Bank Robbery

LAFAYETTE, LAA Lafayette man suspected of making a bomb threat in the city of Lafayette has been arrested and charged for the bomb threat and an attempted bank robbery, U.

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Former Executive Director of NOAH, Stacey Jackson, Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that STACEY JACKSON, age 47, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was sentenced today for her role in a conspiracy to steal federal funds and demand kickbacks from a program receiving federal funds.

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Con Man Sentenced to More Than Five Years in Prison for Fraud Scheme

BATON ROUGE, LAUnited States Attorney Walt Green announced that Chief U.

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FBI Arrests Suspect Wanted on Narcotics Charges

At approximately 9:10 a. m. on October 2, the FBI New Orleans Violent Crime Task Force (NOVCTF), in coordination with the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff s Office and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), arrested Jamaar Payne, a black male, 31 years of age, at the Howard Johnson Hotel, 105 Lamaar Street in Houma, Louisiana.

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Indictment Unsealed Charging Conspiracy to Violate Federal Controlled Substances Act and Federal Gun Control Act

NEW ORLEANS U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that DARRELL LEWIS, age 29, STERLING PIPKINS, age 30, KEVIN WALKER, age 22, CARL LEWIS, age 21, DARRYL LEWIS, age 60, DEMONIDE ROWLEY, age 37, NERIMANE BONCHAMA, age 21, TANESHEN GRANDBERRY, age 38, MICHAEL MCQUITTY, age 40, all of New Orleans, were charged in a thirteen-count indictment for violations of the Federal Controlled Substances Act and the Federal Gun Control Act.

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Larose Man Sentenced to Five Years for Receipt of Child Pornography

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JUSTIN DOUCET, age 21, a resident of Larose, Louisiana, was sentenced today for receipt of child pornography.

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Federal Jury Convicts Owner of Health Care Company in Multi-Million-Dollar Fraud Scheme

BATON ROUGE, LAUnited States Attorney Walt Green announced that a federal jury returned unanimous verdicts of guilty this afternoon against AHAOMA BONIFACE OHIA, age 60, of Missouri City, Texas, on all seven counts of wire fraud charged in the indictment against him.

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Chamico Employees Sentenced for Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud

NEW ORLEANS U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JERRY ATHEY, age 56, DAVID LOWE, age 48, and TERRY CASTILOW, age 48, all of Bogalusa, Louisiana, were sentenced yesterday for their roles in a scheme to defraud the Louisiana Workforce Commission of unemployment benefits.

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Jury Convicts Ville Platte Man of Armed Robbery of St. Landry Parish Convenience Store

LAFAYETTE, LAA trial of two Ville Platte men ended with a jury finding one man guilty and a verdict deadlocked for the second man on charges stemming from a robbery of more than $11,000 from a truck stop and a casino in St.

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Seven Defendants Indicted and Three Other Defendants Plead Guilty to Their Roles in $56 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

WASHINGTONA New Orleans grand jury today indicted seven defendants for their roles in a $56 million Medicare fraud scheme that operated in New Orleans and surrounding communities.

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Former New Orleans Police Officers Sentenced in Conspiracy to Commit Theft and Wire Fraud

NEW ORLEANS U. S. Attorney Kenneth Allen Polite, Jr. announced today that RAFAEL DOBARD, age 39, and QUINCY JONES, age 33, both former New Orleans Police Department ( ) narcotics detectives, were sentenced by U.

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Hedge Fund Manager Convicted in Multi-Million-Dollar Investment Fraud

BATON ROUGE, LAUnited States Attorney Walt Green announced today that JAMES R.

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Texas Resident Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Enticing an Underage Girl to Have Sex

SHREVEPORT, LAA Carthage, Texas, man was sentenced to 120 months in prison and five years of supervised release for attempting to have sex with an underage girl, U.

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Justice Department Election Day Program

United States Attorney Walt Green announced today that the United States Attorneys Office and the local Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in consultation with Justice Department Headquarters, are prepared to receive and review allegations of election fraud and voting rights abuses related to the upcoming November elections.

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Houston Man Sentenced to 154 Months in Prison for Armed Robbery, Firearms Charges

LAKE CHARLES, LAA Houston man was sentenced last week to 154 months in prison for robbing from a Roanoke drug trafficker, U.

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Two New Orleans Men Plead Guilty to Drug Violations

NEW ORLEANS U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that RYAN DAVIN MANNING, age 37, and DANIEL LEVI MORRIS, age 34, both residents of New Orleans, pled guilty as charged on October 15, 2014, to conspiracy to distribute and possession with Intent to Distribute heroin.

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Louisiana Man Pleads Guilty to Racially Motivated Assault on Hurricane Relief Workers

WASHINGTONJosh Jambon, 52, a resident of Grand Isle, Louisiana, pleaded guilty today in front of U.

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Meraux Man Sentenced to 41 Months in Prison After Pleading Guilty to Bank Fraud, Money Laundering, and Wire Fraud

GLEN MCINERNEY, age 42, a resident of Meraux, Louisiana, was sentenced today by U.

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FBI Arrests Suspect in Kidnapping of 11-Year-Old Boy

NEW ORLEANSs Office in Mississippi, arrested Deborah Boyd, age 48, in connection with the kidnapping of 11-year-old Tyreon Brim.

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Alexandria Jury Finds Las Vegas Man Guilty of Kidnapping and Murder

ALEXANDRIA, LAUnited States Attorney Stephanie A.

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Ville Platte Man Sentenced to 105 Months in Prison for Role in Armed Robbery of a Truck Stop/Casino

LAFAYETTE, LAA Ville Platte man was sentenced last week to 105 months in prison for participating in the armed robbery of a St.

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State Audit Director Convicted of Theft from a Federally Funded Entity

BATON ROUGE, LAUnited States Attorney Walt Green announced today a conviction in the ongoing federal and state investigation into corruption at the Bureau of Auditing and Compliance Services for the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

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New Orleans Men Sentenced for Heroin Distribution Conspiracy

NEW ORLEANS U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that TERRIOUES OWNEY, age 27, and DARICK WALLACE, age 25, both of New Orleans, were sentenced today for their roles in a heroin distribution conspiracy.

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Grand Isle Man Sentenced for Assaulting Two African-American Women Because of Their Race and Employment Status

NEW ORLEANS U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that Grand Isle businessman JOSH JAMBON was sentenced to one year probation on each count for assaulting two African-American women because of both their race and employment status.

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Former New Orleans Traffic Court Chief Financial Officer, Vandale Thomas, Found Guilty After Trial

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that, after a week-long jury trial, VANDALE THOMAS, age 40, a resident of Prairieville, Louisiana, was convicted on all 11 counts of theft, money laundering, and structuring transactions to evade reporting requirements.

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Shreveport Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing from ATM

SHREVEPORT, LAA Shreveport man pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing more than $30,000 from an ATM located on bank property causing more than $35,000 worth of damage in the process, U.

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Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Provide Contraband into a Prison Facility

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that TYRELL C. SUTHERLAND, age 28, of New Orleans, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to provide contraband into a prison facility, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371.

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Operators of Health Care Company Convicted of Fraud and Kickbacks

BATON ROUGE, LAUnited States Attorney Walt Green announced that IMEH U.

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Raceland Man Sentenced to 24 Years for Sexual Exploitation of Children and Possessing Child Pornography

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JOHNNY SMITH, age 43, a resident of Raceland, Louisiana, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to the sexual exploitation of children and possession of images depicting the sexual victimization of children under the age of twelve-years-old.

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Second Superseding Indictment Returned Against FnD Gang Members

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. , announced the return of a second superseding indictment charging members of the Frenchmen/Derbigny gang, or with violating federal drug and firearm laws.

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FBI Arrests Second Suspect Wanted for Second-Degree Murder

NEW ORLEANSThis morning, Jeremiah Washington, the second suspect wanted in connection with the May 26, 2014 shooting of Korey Reed, turned himself in to the FBI New Orleans Violent Crime Task Force (NOVCTF).

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Mississippi Man Admits Committing Four Bank Robberies

U. S. Attorney Kenneth Allen Polite, Jr. announced today that DWAYNE E. HUPP, age 51, a resident of Bay St.

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Chamico President and Employees Plead Guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud

U. S. Attorney Kenneth Polite announced today that CHARLES E. MIZELL, JR. , age 44, a resident of Bogalusa, Louisiana; JAMES CREEL, age 48, a resident of Bogalusa, Louisiana; WILLIAM DARRYL KING, age 47, a resident of Angie, Louisiana; and TENILLE NIELSON, age 34, a resident of Franklinton, Louisiana, pleaded guilty before U.

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New Orleans Man Responsible for Killing Magnolia Shorty Pleads Guilty to Participating in Several Gang-Related Murders

U. S. Attorney Kenneth Allen Polite, Jr. announced today that GREGORY STEWART, a/k/a 22, a resident of New Orleans, pled guilty before U.

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Department of Justice Charges Six Defendants in Connection with Violent Sex Trafficking Scheme

WASHINGTONThe Department of Justice announced today a second superseding indictment in a sex trafficking conspiracy charging six individuals for offenses related to their involvement in sex trafficking adult victims in New Orleans and elsewhere.

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Lafayette Man Indicted for Bomb Threat, Bank Robbery

LAFAYETTE, LAA federal grand jury indicted a Lafayette man for making a bomb threat and attempting to rob a bank, U.

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Rufus Johnson and Three Others Indicted for Operating Fraudulent Bail Bonds Scheme in Orleans Parish

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that RUFUS JOHNSON, age 65, JAMES JOHNSON, age 36, PERRY BECNEL, age 38, and JOSEPHINE SPELLMAN, age 54, all of New Orleans, were indicted today by a federal grand jury for charges of conspiracy to commit honest services fraud, mail fraud, and wire fraud, and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

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Shreveport Man Sentenced to 264 Months in Prison for Cocaine Distribution

SHREVEPORT, LAA Shreveport man was sentenced to 264 months in prison and eight years of supervised release for his role in a Shreveport cocaine distribution conspiracy, U.

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Second State Auditor Charged with Theft from a Federally Funded Entity

BATON ROUGE, LAUnited States Attorney Walt Green announced today that another state auditor has been charged in the ongoing federal and state investigation into corruption at the Bureau of Auditing and Compliance Services for the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

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Lafayette Businessman Richard Buswell Sentenced to 126 Months in Prison for Investment Fraud Scheme That Cost Investors Millions

LAFAYETTE, LA U. S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that Lafayette investment firm owner Richard Buswell was sentenced to 126 months in prison for a scheme that cost victims millions of dollars.

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Baton Rouge Woman Sentenced to Lengthy Prison Term for Her Role in Multi-Million-Dollar Medicare Fraud Scheme

BATON ROUGE, LAAn owner and operator of community mental health centers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Houston, Texas, was sentenced today to serve more than eight years in prison for her role in an extensive Medicare fraud scheme.

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Louisiana Psychiatrist and Five Others Sentenced in $258 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

BATON ROUGE, LAA Louisiana psychiatrist was sentenced in federal court in Baton Rouge yesterday to serve 86 months in prison for his role in a $258.

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New Orleans Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Drug-Related Murder

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that EVANS LEWIS, age 23, of New Orleans, was sentenced today for his role in the shooting death of a New Orleans man.

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Third State Auditor Charged with Federal Program Fraud

BATON ROUGE, LAUnited States Attorney Walt Green announced today that federal corruption charges has been filed against a third state auditor in the ongoing federal and state investigation into the Bureau of Auditing and Compliance Services for the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

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Former Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Sentenced to 92 Years in Prison for Civil Rights, Bank Fraud, and Aggravated Identity Theft Violations

WASHINGTON s deputy. The sentence was announced by Acting Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta for the Civil Rights Division; U.

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Prisoners Plead Guilty to Assault Charge

ALEXANDRIA, LAUnited States Attorney Stephanie A.

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United States Attorney Confirms Federal Investigation into the Death of Victor White, III

LAFAYETTE, LA s Office. The coroner subsequently determined that Mr. White s death was a suicide, but Mr. White s family has disputed that conclusion.

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Chamico Employee Sentenced for Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud

NEW ORLEANS U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that TENILLE NIELSON, age 34, of Franklinton, was sentenced today for her role in a scheme to defraud the Louisiana Workforce Commission of unemployment benefits.

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Local Man Charged with Interstate Transportation of Vehicle Stolen from Murdered New Orleans-Area Couple

Frank Mike, Jr. , age 45, of New Orleans, was indicted today by a federal grand jury and charged with interstate transportation of a stolen motor vehicle, announced U.

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Owner and Recruiter for Louisiana and Texas Mental Health Clinics Convicted as Part of $258 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme in Baton Rouge

WASHINGTONAn owner and operator of community mental health centers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as well as a patient recruiter for a related facility in Houston, Texas, were convicted on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, for their roles in a $258 million Medicare fraud scheme involving three facilities that filed fraudulent claims for psychiatric services that were unnecessary or never actually provided.

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State Auditor Pleads Guilty to Theft from a Federal Program

BATON ROUGE, LAUnited States Attorney Walt Green announced today another conviction in the ongoing federal and state investigation into corruption at the Bureau of Auditing and Compliance Services for the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

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Texan Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking of a Minor

SHREVEPORT, LAA Dallas man pleaded guilty to bringing a minor to Bossier City, La.

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Third Former State Corrections Official Charged in Inmate Beating

BATON ROUGE, LAUnited States Attorney Walt Green announced today that a third former state corrections official has been charged with civil rights violations related to the beating of an inmate at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, Louisiana.

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Slidell Man Pleads Guilty to Defrauding the Deepwater Horizon Economic Claims Center of More Than $355,000

The United States Attorney ). Specifically, both counts of the Bill of Information charged THONN with violating Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343.

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Owner of Louisiana Film Tax Credits Companies Sentenced for Wire Fraud

BATON ROUGE, LAUnited States Attorney Walt Green announced today the sentencing of Gregory Martin Walker, 47, formerly of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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U.S. Attorney Announces November 4th Efforts to Protect Voting Rights, Prosecute Ballot Fraud

SHREVEPORT, LAFAYETTE, LAKE CHARLES, ALEXANDRIA, MONROE, LAUnited States Attorney Stephanie A.

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Former East Carroll Parish Sheriff Sentenced to Three Years’ Probation

MONROE, LAThe former sheriff of East Carroll Parish was sentenced to three years of probation for hunting with a convicted felon who was sentenced prior to 2014 and barred from possessing a firearm, U.

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November 2014 Elections

LAFAYETTE, LAUnited States Attorney Stephanie A.

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California Man Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud, Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud, and Health Care Fraud Charges

NEW ORLEANS U. S. Attorney Kenneth Allen Polite, Jr. announced that THEODORE PLATANITIS, age 44, of Rancho Cordova, California, pleaded guilty as charged yesterday before U.

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Former Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office Vendor and Mississippi Businessman Kendall O. Marquar Convicted of Failing to File Taxes

Kendall O. Marquar, age 36, a resident of Waveland, Mississippi, pled guilty today before U. S. Magistrate Judge Sally Shushan to the one-count bill of information charging him with willfully failing to file taxes, announced U.

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New Orleans CPA Charged with Embezzling More Than $1.7 Million

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that PAUL E. GARDNER, age 57, of New Orleans, was charged yesterday in a Bill of Information with one count of Wire Fraud alleging embezzlement which took place during GARDNER s employment with Clovelly Oil Co.

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Orleans Parish School Board Member Ira Thomas Charged with Conspiracy to Commit Federal Bribery and Honest Services Wire Fraud

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite and Michael Anderson, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigations ( ), was charged today in a one-count bill of information charging him with conspiracy to commit bribery and honest services wire fraud.

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Liberty Bank Located at 6600 Franklin Avenue Robbed

Today, at approximately 10:30 a. m. , a robbery occurred at the Liberty Bank located inside Rouse s supermarket at 6600 Franklin Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana, 70126.

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FBI Announces Arrest of Fugitive Derrick Demond Mitchell

Special Agent in Charge Michael Anderson of the New Orleans Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced today that Derrick Demond Mitchell, 24, was arrested in Stockton, California on Thursday, September 24, 2015, by the Safe Streets Task Force.

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Guilty Verdict Returned Against Peter Hoffman, Michael Arata, and Susan Hoffman for Fraudulent Film Tax Credit Scheme

NEW ORLEANS U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that this afternoon, a jury returned guilty verdicts against three defendants for their participation in a conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud as part of a fraudulent tax credit scheme.

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Dallas Man Sentenced to More Than 22 Years for Sex Trafficking of a Minor Girl

NEW ORLEANS U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that TAUREAN JACKSON, age 26, from Dallas, who went by the nickname was sentenced today for conspiring to trafficking a minor from the Dallas-area into the New Orleans-area for the purposes of that minor engaging in prostitution and obstruction of a federal investigation into his conduct.

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Another Man Sentenced for Motion Picture Tax Credit Scam

BATON ROUGE, LAUnited States Attorney Walt Green announced that GEORGE M.

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YMM Gang Members Sentenced to 21-Plus Years in Prison for Drug and Firearms Violations

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that ALFRED COBBINS, age 23, and SHAWN GRACIN, age 22, both residents of New Orleans, were sentenced today for their participation in a drug conspiracy and a conspiracy to possess and use firearms in connection with the drug trafficking activities of a local gang known as the YMM.

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Florida Woman Sentenced to 24 Months in Prison for LSU Health Sciences Certer Bribery Scheme

SHREVEPORT, LA United StatesAttorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that a Florida woman was sentenced to 24 months in prison for mail fraud in connection with a bribery scheme involving a former staff member at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC).

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Amite Woman Sentenced for Theft of Bank Funds

NEW ORLEANS U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that ANGELA LEMOINE, 43, of Amite, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to a one-count Bill of Information charging her with theft of funds.

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New Orleans Woman Sentenced for Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that KWANZA WELLS, age 34, a resident of New Orleans, was sentenced today for conspiring to defraud the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF).

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Eleven Individuals Operating 14 Companies Charged in New Orleans Fraud Schemes Amounting to Almost $110 Million in Fraud

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite of the Eastern District of Louisiana, Special Agent in Charge Michael Anderson of the FBI s New Orleans Field Office, and Special Agent in Charge Mike Fields of the U.

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Federal Jury Convicts Three Members of the Ride or Die Gang

U. S. Attorney Kenneth Polite announced today that a federal jury has convicted DELOYD JONES, age 23, BYRON JONES, age 24, and SIDNEY PATTERSON, age 24, all of New Orleans, following an 8-day trial.

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Ohio Man Charged with Committing a $300,000 Mail and Wire Fraud

NEW ORLEANS U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that HOWARD GREGOR, age 52, a resident of Attica, Ohio, was charged today in a two-count Bill of Information for mail and wire fraud.

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River Ridge Man Charged with Fraud in Security System Contracts

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that WAYNE WILLIAMS, age 37, of River Ridge, was charged today in a two-count Bill of Information with wire fraud.

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New Orleans Businessman Sentenced for Participating in Kickback Scheme

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that ANTHONY PENN, SR. , age 53, of New Orleans, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to Count One of an Indictment charging him with conspiring to receive kickbacks in a federal debris removal contract.

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Guilty Verdict Returned Against Murder-for-Hire Defendant

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that this afternoon, a jury returned a guilty verdict against NEMESSIS BATES for his participation in the November 2010 murder of Christopher Smith.

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Licensed Clinical Social Worker Sentenced to Prison for Health Care Fraud

BATON ROUGE, LAUnited States Attorney Walt Green announced that CARLA CLARK, age 50, of Pineville, Louisiana, was sentenced yesterday by Chief U.

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Regions Bank Located at 541 Chartres Street Robbed

Today, at approximately 1:35 p. m. , a robbery occurred at the Regions Bank branch located at 541 Chartres Street in New Orleans, Louisiana, 70130.

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Two Abide Home Care Employees Plead Guilty to Charges Related to Filing Fraudulent Claims for Oil Spill Compensation

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that CLARA AITCH, age 39, and WENDY ERVIN, age of 42, both of New Orleans, pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday before U.

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FBI Deputizes Three NOPD PIB Officers as Task Force Officers to Assist in Federal Civil Rights Investigations

On July 2, 2015, three New Orleans Police Department (NOPD)/Public Integrity Bureau (PIB) officers were deputized as special federal officers/special deputy U.

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Mandeville Man Charged with Embezzling $2.8 Million from Employer

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that MICHAEL SAPERA, a resident of Mandeville, Louisiana, was charged today in a four-count Bill of Information with bank fraud, aggravated identity theft, and wire fraud in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1344, 1028A, and 1343.

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Baton Rouge Woman Sentenced to 38 Months for Embezzling $465,000 from Former Employer

BATON ROUGE, LAUnited States Attorney Walt Green announced today that LORI S.

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Zachary Man Indicted for Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud and Wire Fraud

BATON ROUGE, LAUnited States Attorney Walt Green announced today that a federal grand jury has returned a twenty-five count indictment against SEDRIC C.

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Louisiana Motel Owner Pleads Guilty in Sex Trafficking Case

Today, a motel owner pleaded guilty to financially benefiting from a sex trafficking scheme operated out of the Riviera Motel in New Orleans in which multiple adult women were compelled to engage in prostitution, announced head of the Civil Rights Division Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta and U.

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Memphis Man Charged with Sex Trafficking of Two Minors by Using Threats, Violence, and Coercion to Compel Girls into Prostitution in New Orleans and Elsewhere

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that TIMOTHY JONES, a/k/a age 25, of Memphis, was charged today in an eight-count Indictment for offenses related to his involvement in the sex trafficking of two minor into the New Orleans area for the purposes of those minors engaging in prostitution.

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New Orleans Jury Convicts Two Doctors, a Nurse, and an Office Manager for Roles in $50 Million Fraud Scheme

A jury in New Orleans convicted four employees of medical service clinics yesterday for their roles in a $50 million Medicare fraud scheme.

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Grand Jury Returns Indictment Against Robert Durst for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

U. S. Attorney Kenneth Allen Polite, Jr. announced the return of an Indictment today charging ROBERT DURST, age 71, with the crime of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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Charlotte, North Carolina Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Scheme to Engage in Sextortion, for Coercing Minor to Engage in Sex, and for Distribution of Images Depicting the Sexual Victimization of Children

NEW ORLEANS U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JOHN MICHAEL FOWLER, age 51, from Charlotte, North Carolina, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to engaging in illicit sexual conduct in a foreign place, distribution and receipt of images depicting the sexual victimization of children, transmitting interstate communications with the intent to extort, and coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity.

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Shreveport Resident Pleads Guilty to Producing Child Pornography

SHREVEPORT, LAUnited States Attorney Stephanie A.

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Burnell Allen, Leader of the Allen Gang, Sentenced to Life in Prison

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that BURNELL ALLEN, age 35, and SONNY ALLEN, age 32, both of New Orleans, were sentenced today after being convicted by a federal jury.

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Owner of Medical Clinic and Accountant Plead Guilty to Roles in $50 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

WASHINGTONThe owner and operator of a New Orleans-based medical clinic and an accountant pleaded guilty today in federal court in New Orleans for their roles in a $50 million Medicare fraud scheme.

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New Orleans Woman Pleads Guilty to Theft of Bank Funds

NEW ORLEANS U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that GAIL TEAGUE, 48, of New Orleans, pled guilty yesterday to defrauding Ochsner Federal Credit Union in connection with the theft of funds during her employment.

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FBI New Orleans Division Hosts the Gulf Coast INLETS Conference

Law enforcement officers from across the United States and even some from around the world are visiting New Orleans from October 5 through October 9 for a special training session offered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and community partners organized to protect the United States infrastructure.

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Leader of Coupon Counterfeiting Ring on Silk Road Websites Pleads Guilty

A leader of a coupon counterfeiting ring pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to sell counterfeit coupons using the “Silk Road” online marketplace.

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FBI Announces Results of Nationwide Human Trafficking Operation

Officials from the FBI, U. S. Attorney St. Charles Parish Sheriff and the DELTA Task Force announced today that 149 underage trafficking victims were recovered and 153 pimps were arrested in a nationwide human trafficking operation conducted throughout the United States last week.

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Georgia Businessman Sentenced for Participating in Kickback Scheme and for Filing False Tax Returns

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that KENNETH JOHNSON, SR. , age 52, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, was sentenced today after previously pleading nolo contendere (no contest) to conspiring to pay kickbacks in a federal debris removal contract and two counts of filing false tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service.

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Prisoner Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter

ALEXANDRIA, LAUnited States Attorney Stephanie A.

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Baton Rouge Attorney Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Receiving Child Pornography

BATON ROUGE, LAUnited States Attorney Walt Green announced today that U.

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Lafourche Parish Man Charged with Possession of Child Pornography

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that ERIN PITRE, age 36, of Cut Off, Louisiana, was charged in a one-count Bill of Information with possession of images and videos depicting the sexual exploitation of children under the age of twelve years old.

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Five Plead Guilty to Interstate Heroin Conspiracy and Money Laundering Indictment

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that FRED DOUGLAS BROOKS III, age 47, of Houston;DAVID HUMPHRIES, age 46, of Baltimore; and PAUL LEE, age 36, MARLON BARNES, age 38, and GARRY GENTRY, age 31, residents of New Orleans, pled guilty today to a Superseding Indictment charging conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin.

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Health Care Company Executives Sentenced to Prison for Fraud and Kickbacks

BATON ROUGE, LAUnited States Attorney Walt Green announced that IMEH U.

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New Orleans Man Sentenced for Maliciously Conveying False Information

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JAHVAR HOOKS, age 31, of New Orleans, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty a one-count superseding Indictment charging him with maliciously conveying false information in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 844(e).

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New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty to Interstate Transportation of Stolen Van

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that FRANK MIKE, JR. , age 46, of New Orleans, pled guilty as charged today to an Indictment charging interstate transportation of a stolen 2010 Dodge Caravan van from Louisiana to Georgia.

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Bookkeeper Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud for Embezzling More Than $700,000 from Community Health Charities

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that PATRICIA BLANCHARD, age 67, formerly of New Orleans, pled guilty yesterday to mail fraud for her role in embezzling approximately $715,000 from Community Health Charities of Louisiana and Mississippi ( ).

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Eleven Plead Guilty in Heroin Trafficking Conspiracy

NEW ORLEANS U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that TERENCE TAYLOR, age 36; ARTHUR MCKINNIS, age 24; NOEL JONES, age 27; TERRELL DYER, age 30; PERCY DEPRON, age 28; ERNEST DIAZ, age 25; MALCOLM BOLDEN, age 20; TERRELL DAVIS, age 24; and MELVIN SMITH, age 30, all pled guilty today to an Indictment for conspiring to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin in the New Orleans area.

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Gretna Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Sexual Exploitation of Children

NEW ORLEANS, LA U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that KEITH JOSEPH MCGEE, age 31, of Gretna, was sentenced today for various charges of sexual exploitation of children.

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Two Psychologists Charged in $25.2 Million Fraud Scheme Involving Psychological Testing in Gulf Coast States

WASHINGTONTwo clinical psychologists were charged today with participating in a $25 million Medicare fraud scheme involving psychological testing in nursing homes in Gulf Coast states.

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Franklinton Man Charged with Structuring More Than $100,000 in Financial Transactions to Avoid Federal Reporting Requirements

NEW ORLEANS U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JERRY COX, age 72, of Franklinton, was charged in a one-count Bill of Information with structuring financial transactions to avoid federal reporting requirements.

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Businessman Charged in Motion Picture Tax Credit Scam

BATON ROUGE, LAUnited States Attorney Walt Green announced today that GEORGE M.

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New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty to Robbery of Chase Bank

NEW ORLEANS U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that LARRY WILLIAMS, age 34, of New Orleans, pled guilty yesterday to a one-count Indictment charging him with the robbery of the CHASE Bank branch located at 201 St.

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New Orleans Man Charged with Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud and Conspiracy to Commit Trademark Counterfeiting Using the Silk Road Online Marketplace

A Louisiana man was charged in a two-count information with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit trademark counterfeiting using the online marketplace, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R.

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Gang Member Sentenced to 40 Years for Participating in Drive-By Murder

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that LAVELL STOVALL, 22, of New Orleans, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to federal drug and firearms charges.

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CPA Sentenced for Embezzling $2.8 Million from Employer

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that MICHAEL SAPERA, age 55, a resident of Mandeville, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to a four-count Bill of Information charging him with bank fraud, aggravated identity theft, and wire fraud.

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Third Louisiana Resident Indicted for Insider Trading in Connection with the Acquisition of the Shaw Group

BATON ROUGE, LAUnited States Attorney Walt Green of the Middle District of Louisiana and Stephanie Finley of the Western District of Louisiana jointly announced that another individual has been charged with insider trading in connection with the acquisition of the Shaw Grou.

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Former New Orleans Police Officer Sentenced for Theft of Government Funds

NEW ORLEANS U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that TRACIE MEDUS, age 40, of New Orleans, was sentenced today after having previously pled guilty to theft of government funds.

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Former Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Sentenced

LAFAYETTE, LAUnited States Attorney Stephanie A.

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Eight Persons Charged with Robbing Metro Drug Dealers; One Charged with Murder of Witness

NEW ORLEANS, LA U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that GREGORY DENSON, 52, COREY DENSON, 31, CARL SINGLETON, 30, JOE LEE MILLER, 30, QUINCY JYNES, 27, BRIDGETT MILES, 44, ESCARLITA CARMOUCHE, 48, and ANNETTE ROBINSON, 37, all of New Orleans, were charged today in a fourteen-count Superseding Indictment.

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Leader of Sex Trafficking Ring Sentenced to Over Nine Years in Prison for Interstate Prostitution Enterprise

WASHINGTONThe leader of a sex trafficking ring was sentenced today to 115 months in prison for operating an interstate prostitution enterprise.

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Lafayette Man Pleads Guilty to Shooting at Postal Worker

LAFAYETTE, LAUnited States Attorney Stephanie A.

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Woman Pleads Guilty to One Count of Aiding and Abetting Health Care Fraud

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that EVELYN ODOMS, age 64, of New Orleans, pled guilty today to one count of aiding and abetting health care fraud.

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Man Sentenced to Prison for Motion Picture Tax Credit Scam

BATON ROUGE, LAUnited States Attorney Walt Green announced that DANIEL GARCIA, age 38, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Court Judge James J.

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Leader of Sex Trafficking Ring Pleads Guilty

WASHINGTONThe leader of a sex trafficking ring pleaded guilty today to charges stemming from his interstate prostitution enterprise, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R.

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FBI Seeks Information to Locate Wanted Fugitive Joe Matthew Constance

The New Orleans Division of the FBI has launched a campaign to locate Joe Matthew Constance, 48, a convicted felon who fled to avoid arrest and prosecution for his role in an alleged murder in Calcasieu Parish.

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Three Defendants Sentenced in Heroin Conspiracy

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that ARTHUR MCKINNIS, age 25, NARCISSE TROTTER, age 44, and AARONISHA LEWIS, age 26, all of New Orleans, were sentenced today for their roles in a heroin conspiracy.

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Benton Attorney Pleads Guilty to Bankruptcy Fraud

MONROE, LAUnited States Attorney Stephanie A.

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New Orleans Man Sentenced to Five Years for Receiving Images Depicting the Sexual Exploitation of Children

NEW ORLEANS U. S. Kenneth A. Polite announced that TRAVIS ISRAEL OSBORNE, age 23, of New Orleans, was sentenced today for crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children.

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Slidell Man Charged with Operating National Ponzi Scheme

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JOHN SPOSATO, age 64, of Slidell, was charged today in a one-count Bill of Information with wire fraud for his role in promoting and operating a national Ponzi scheme.

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New Orleans Couple Indicted for Violations of the Federal Controlled Substances Act and Money Laundering

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that GROSS WILLIAMS, age 49, and his wife,KATHLEEN WILLIAMS, age 46, both of New Orleans, were charged yesterday in a five-count Indictment for violations of the Federal Controlled Substances Act, the Federal Gun Control Act, conspiracy to launder money and obstruction of justice.

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Missouri Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that ROGER NADEAU, age 51, a resident of Linn, Missouri, was sentenced today for his role in a scheme to defraud the Louisiana Workforce Commission of unemployment benefits.

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New Orleans Office Manager Sentenced for Role in $50 Million Fraud Scheme

WASHINGTONThe office manager of a home health company at the center of a $50 million fraud scheme in New Orleans was sentenced to prison today for participating in the scheme.

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Memphis Man Pleads Guilty in Connection with Sex Trafficking Scheme

WASHINGTONs Civil Rights Division and United States Attorney Kenneth Allen Polite Jr.

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One Defendant Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison, Another Pleads Guilty in Heroin Conspiracy

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that MELVIN SMITH, age 30, of New Orleans, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to an Indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin.

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Indictment Returned Against Houston Police Officer and Mexican Citizen

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced the return of a Superseding Indictment charging Houston Police Officer NOE JUAREZ, 46, and Mexican citizen SERGIO GRIMALDO, 32, with conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine hydrochloride.

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Former New Orleans Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Theft of Government Funds

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that TRACIE MEDUS, age 39, of New Orleans, pled guilty yesterday to theft of government funds.

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Former New Orleans Traffic Court Chief Financial Officer Sentenced to Federal Prison

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that VANDALE THOMAS, age 41, a resident of Prairieville, was sentenced today after being convicted by a federal jury.

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New Orleans C.P.A. Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison in Embezzlement Scheme

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that PAUL E. GARDNER, age 57, of New Orleans, was sentenced today for an embezzlement scheme which took place during GARDNER s employment with Clovelly Oil Co.

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Grand Jury Returns 31-Count Superseding Indictment, Including RICO Charges, Against Violent YMM Gang

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that a Superseding Indictment was returned today charging members of a violent New Orleans street gang known as with violating federal racketeering statutes and committing five homicides as well as multiple violations of federal drug and firearm laws.

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Grand Jury Returns 45-Count RICO Indictment Against Violent New Orleans Gang

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that yesterday, an Indictment was unsealed charging members of a violent New Orleans street gang known as with violating federal racketeering statutes and committing twelve homicides as well as multiple violations of federal drug and firearm laws.

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Three New Orleans Men Receive Lengthy Prison Sentenced in Heroin Conspiracy Involving Overdose Death

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that MALCOLM BOLDEN, age 20, NOEL JONES, age 27, and TERRELL DYER, age 29, all of New Orleans, were sentenced today for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute at least one kilogram of heroin in the New Orleans area.

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Kenner Man Sentenced to Life Imprisonment for Murder-for-Hire Conspiracy

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that NEMESSIS BATES, a/k/a Smith. After a four-day jury trial beginning on June 4, 2015, a jury found BATES guilty solicitation to commit a crime of violence, use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire, causing death through the use of a firearm, and conspiracy to possess firearms.

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Former Systems Administrator Charged with Intentionally Damaging Computers

Former Georgia-Pacific IT specialist and systems administrator Brian P. Johnson of Baton Rouge, Louisiana was arrested after his indictment last week by a federal grand jury for intentionally damaging protected computers.

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Slidell Man Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Gulf Coast Claims Facility

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that RONALD BACKES, age 48, of Slidell, pled guilty today to wire fraud relating to an application for financial assistance in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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Des Allemands Man Charged with Mail Fraud in Aftermath of BP Oil Spill

NEW ORLEANS U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that DERRICK JOSEPH DURAN, age 28, a resident of Des Allemands, was charged today in a three-count Indictment with conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

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Former Credit Union Employee Sentenced to Federal Prison

BATON ROUGE, LAUnited States Attorney Walt Green announced today that Chief U.

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Indictment Returned Against Westbank Gang Members

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced the return of an Indictment charging members of a Westbank gang associated with the Harvey Hustlers with violating federal drug and firearm laws.

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Former Ochsner Clinic Credit Union Manager Charged with Stealing More Than $1 Million

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JACQUELINE RAY, age 60, of Biloxi, Mississippi, was charged yesterday in a Bill of Information one count of stealing over $1 Million from Ochsner Clinic Federal Credit Union in connection with bank larceny during her employment there.

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Houston Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that BAKEER RASHED, JR. , 33, of Houston, pled guilty today to a one-count superseding Bill of Information charging him with conspiring to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine hydrochloride.

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New Orleans Restaurant Owner Charged with Wire Fraud and Failing to Pay Over Taxes

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JASON C. DOYLE, age 38, of New Orleans, was charged today in a Bill of Information with one count of Wire Fraud and one count of Failing to Pay Over Taxes.

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Ride or Die Gang Members Sentenced on Firearm and Drug Violations

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that PERRY WILSON, a/k/a age 21, both of New Orleans, were sentenced today after having previously pled guilty to federal firearm and drug violations.

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Metairie Man Sentenced for Making False Statements on Tax Return

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that TIMOTHY DUCKWORTH, age 44, of Metairie, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to making false statements on income tax returns.

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Former Orleans Parish School Board Member Ira Thomas Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Federal Bribery and Honest Services Wire Fraud

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that IRA THOMAS, 56, of New Orleans and former member of the Orleans Parish School Board ( ), pled guilty today to charges of conspiracy to commit bribery and honest services wire fraud.

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Banker Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that FRANCES CARRINGTON, age 70, a resident of Ponchatoula, pled guilty today to a one-count Bill of Information for bank larceny.

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Des Allemands Man Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud in Aftermath of BP Oil Spill

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that DERRICK JOSEPH DURAN, age 29, of Des Allemands, pled guilty today to a three-count Indictment charging him with mail fraud.

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New Orleans Woman Sentenced for Making False Statements on Tax Returns

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JULIE MERLIN ZANCO, age 44, of New Orleans, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to making false statements on income tax returns.

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Westbank Drug Dealers Plead Guilty and Admit Role in Two Murders

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that RAY WOODRUFF, age 21, and FRANKIE HOOKFIN, age 24, both of Waggaman, pled guilty today to conspiring to distribute a kilogram or more of heroin and 280 grams or more of crack cocaine and to murdering a man to further their group s drug trafficking activities.

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Georgia Businessman Pleads No Contest to Participating in Kickback Scheme and Guilty to Filing False Tax Returns

NEW ORLEANS U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that KENNETH JOHNSON, SR. , age 52, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, pled nolo contendere (no contest) on March 16, 2015, to conspiring to pay kickbacks in a federal debris removal contract and guilty to two counts of filing false tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service.

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Louisiana Man Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Receive Child Pornography

WASHINGTONA Louisiana man pleaded guilty today to attempted receipt of child pornography, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R.

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Michigan Fugitve Arrested in New Orleans for Kidnapping a 14-Year-Old Girl

On Thursday, December 3, 2015, at approximately 7:50 a.

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New Orleans Man Charged with Receipt of Child Pornography

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JOSEPH RIVERA, age 33, of New Orleans was taken into custody today after previously being charged in a one-count Indictment by a federal grand jury with receipt of images and videos depicting the sexual exploitation of children.

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Bookkeeper Sentenced for Embezzling $715,000 from Community Health Charities

NEW ORLEANS U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that PATRICIA BLANCHARD, age 67, formerly of New Orleans, was sentenced after previously pleading guilty to mail fraud for her role in embezzling approximately $715,000 from Community Health Charities of Louisiana and Mississippi ( ), a charitable fundraising organization.

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Three Former Correctional Officers at Angola Prison Sentenced for Abusing an Inmate and Cover-Up

WASHINGTONThree former correctional officers with the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, Louisiana, were sentenced today before United States District Judge James J.

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Bogalusa Chiropractor Sentenced for Health Care Fraud

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that DAVID LEE KILLEN, age 44, a resident of Covington and a former chiropractor, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to health care fraud.

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Former Orleans Parish School Board Member Ira Thomas Sentenced

NEW ORLEANS U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that IRA THOMAS, 58, of New Orleans, a former member of the Orleans Parish School Board ( ), was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit bribery and honest services wire fraud.

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Louisiana Resident Indicted for Insider Trading in Connection with the Acquisition of the Shaw Group

BATON ROUGE, LAUnited States Attorney Walt Green announced today that another individual has been charged with insider trading in connection with the acquisition of the Shaw Grou.

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Ride or Die Gang Members Sentenced on Firearm and Drug Violations

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that TYONE BURTON, a/k/a age 31, both of New Orleans, were sentenced yesterday after having previously pled guilty to federal firearm and drug violations.

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Two Plead Guilty to Robbing Metro Drug Dealers, Murder, and Weapons Offenses

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JOE LEE MILLER, age 30, and QUINCY LEE JYNES, age 28, both of New Orleans, pled guilty yesterday in separate Bills of Information before U.

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New Orleans Doctors and Registered Nurse Sentenced for Roles in $50 Million Fraud Scheme

Two doctors and a registered nurse were sentenced to prison today for their roles at the center of a $50 million health care fraud scheme in New Orleans.

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New Orleans CPA Pleads Guilty to Embezzling More Than $1.7 Million

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that PAUL E. GARDNER, age 57, a resident of New Orleans, pled guilty today to wire fraud regarding an embezzlement scheme which took place during GARDNER s employment with Clovelly Oil Co.

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New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty in Conspiracy to Traffic Heroin Using Megabus

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that DONALD EALY, age 37, of New Orleans, pled guilty today to conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute over one kilogram of heroin.

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Grand Jury Returns Superseding Indictment Against Westbank Gang Members

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced the return of a second superseding Indictment charging members of a violent Westbank gang associated with the Harvey Hustlers with violating federal drug and firearm laws, including multiple murders and shootings.

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Former Saints Player Pleads Guilty to Drug Distribution Charges

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite, announced that age 40, formerly of New Orleans, pled guilty today to Conspiracy to Distribute Alprazolam, Diazepam and Zolpidem with intent to commit rape and two counts of distributing these substances with intent to commit rape.

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Houston Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine

NEW ORLEANS U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that BAKEER RASHED, JR. , age 33, of Houston was sentenced today after having pled guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine hydrochloride.

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Prisoners Sentenced for Assaulting Fellow Inmate

ALEXANDRIA, LAUnited States Attorney Stephanie A.

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FBI New Orleans SWAT Arrest

Michael Anderson, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the New Orleans Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), today announced Jonathan Motten, aka Ready Red, was taken into custody without incident by FBI New Orleans SWAT after executing a warrant at his residence in New Orleans East.

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Dallas-Area Woman Sentenced for Conspiracy to Trafficking Minor into the New Orleans-Area

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that ANDREA BIRDOW, age 24, from Sherman, Texas, was sentenced today after pleading guilty to conspiring with her boyfriend, TAUREAN JACKSON, to traffick a minor from the Dallas area into the New Orleans area for the purposes of that minor engaging in prostitution.

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Bogalusa Men Sentenced for Their Role in Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud and Mail Fraud

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that CHARLES E. MIZELL, JR. , age 44, a resident of Bogalusa, Louisiana, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to conspiracy commit mail fraud in a scheme to defraud the Louisiana Workforce Commission of unemployment benefits, and five counts of mail fraud.

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Lisa Crinel, Abide Home Health, Inc., and Three Others Plead Guilty to Health Care Fraud-Related Charges

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that LISA CRINEL, age 52; THREASA ADDERLEY, age 64; RHONDA MABERRY, age 48; SHEILA MATHIEU, age 46, all of New Orleans, and PCAH, INC.

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Jeffrey S. Sallet Named Special Agent in Charge of New Orleans Division

FBI Director James B. Comey has named Jeffrey S. Sallet as the special agent in charge of the New Orleans Division.

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Des Allemands Woman Charged with Mail Fraud in Aftermath of BP Oil Spill

NEW ORLEANS U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that MELISSA ANN DURAN, age 42, Des Allemands, was charged today in a one-count Indictment with mail fraud.

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New Orleans Woman Indicted for Submitting False Documents to the Road Home Program

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that DEBORAH FORTNER, age 52, of New Orleans, was indicted today for submitting false documents to the Louisiana Road Home Program ( ), a federally-funded agency.

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North Carolina Couple Sentenced to Pay $342,447 in Restitution for Participating in Health Care Kickback Scheme

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that CRYSTAL FINDLEY MCDONALD, and her husband,COREY MCDONALD (the ), ages 32 and 43, respectively, were sentenced after previously pleading guilty to a one-count Bill of Information for conspiracy to defraud the United States and to pay and receive illegal remuneration.

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Former Mamou, Louisiana Police Chief Sentenced, Second Former Police Chief Pleads Guilty to Firing Taser at Non-Combative Prisoners

WASHINGTONThe Justice Department announced today that the former Mamou, Louisiana, Police Chief Gregory W.

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New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty to Bank Robbery

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that DERRICK MORGAN, age 37, of New Orleans, pled guilty today to bank robbery and use of a dangerous weapon in commission of same.

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Man Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Defrauding River Boat Pilots in Louisiana

SAN DIEGO Mark A. Hofmann of San Diego, California, was sentenced today to two years in prison for his role in an investment fraud scheme whereby Hofmann misappropriated more than $400,000 in investment funds of a Louisiana riverboat pilots association known as Bolivar Investors Group, LLC.

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New Orleans Man Sentenced to 27 Years in Heroin Conspiracy Involving Overdose Death

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that TERENCE TAYLOR, age 37, a resident of New Orleans, was sentenced today for distributing heroin that resulted in an overdose death and for conspiring to distribute more than a kilogram of heroin in the New Orleans area.

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New Orleans Woman Charged with Stealing Federal Grant Money from Open World Family Services

NEW ORLEANS U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that KIM CASSELL, age 42, of New Orleans, was charged in a one-count Bill of Information last Friday with stealing money from Open World Family Services, Inc.

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Atlanta Man Pleads Guilty to Methamphetine Conspiracy Charge

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JAMES WOOLF, age 41, a resident of Atlanta, Georgia, pled guilty before United States District Judge Martin L.

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Slidell Man Sentenced for Making More Than $355,000 in False Claims to the Deepwater Horizon Economic Claims Center

NEW ORLEANS U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that CASEY THONN, age 35, of Slidell, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to a two-count Bill of Information charging him with wire fraud in connection with fraudulent claims filed with the Deepwater Horizon Economic Claims Center ( ).

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Slidell Man Sentenced to 30 Months for Money Laundering

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that RICHARD ZANCO, age 44, of Slidell, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to money laundering.

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Former State Official Convicted of Bribery Scheme Involving Louisiana State Board of Cosmetology

BATON ROUGE, LAUnited States Attorney Walt Green announced today the conviction of a former official of the Louisiana State Board of Cosmetology who engaged in a bribery scheme to sell answers to upcoming Board-administered cosmetology examinations for cash.

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Bogalusa Chiropractor Pleads Guilty to Health Care Fraud

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that DAVID LEE KILLEN, age 43, a resident of Covington, pled guilty today to a one-count Bill of Information for health care fraud.

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Louisiana Woman Indicted for Child Sex Trafficking

WASHINGTONAn indictment was unsealed today charging a Louisiana woman with offenses related to her sex trafficking of a minor, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R.

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Baton Rouge Resident Indicted in Wire Fraud Scheme Involving $1.3 Million

BATON ROUGE, LAUnited States Attorney Walt Green announced the unsealing of an indictment returned by a federal grand jury charging THOMAS J.

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New Orleans Man Sentenced for Interstate Transportation of Stolen Van

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that FRANK MIKE, JR. , age 46, of New Orleans, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to an Indictment charging him with interstate transportation of a stolen 2010 Dodge Caravan van from Louisiana to Georgia.

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New Orleans Woman Pleads Guilty to Stealing Educational Funds

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that KIM CASSELL, age 52, of Ruston, pled guilty today to stealing money from Open World Family Services, Inc.

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Lafayette Man Pleads Guilty to Bomb Threat, Bank Robbery Charges

LAFAYETTE, LAUnited States Attorney Stephanie A.

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Louisiana Doctor Pleads Guilty to Health Care Fraud Charges for Writing False Home Health Certifications in $56 Million Fraud Scheme

WASHINGTONA Louisiana doctor pleaded guilty to federal health care fraud charges today, admitting that he wrote false home health care certifications that were used in a multi-million-dollar Medicare fraud scheme.

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FBI Agents Arrest David M. Shearod, an Alleged Serial Bank Robber, in New Orleans East

Today, at approximately 10:30 a. m. , the FBI New Orleans Division s Violent Crimes Task Force arrested David M.

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New Orleans Man Charged with Receipt of Child Pornography

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that ANDREW HUTCHINSON, age 24, of New Orleans, was charged today in a one-count Bill of Information with receipt of images and videos depicting the sexual exploitation of children.

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Lafayette Man Pleads Guilty to Stalking, Harassing Ex-Wife

LAFAYETTE, LAUnited States Attorney Stephanie A.

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Former Orleans Parish School Board Employee Sentenced for Conspiracy to Commit Federal Bribery and Honest Services Wire Fraud

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that ARMER BRIGHT, age 51, of Baton Rouge, a former employee of the Orleans Parish School Board ( ), was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to the charge of conspiracy to commit bribery and honest services wire fraud.

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One New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty, Two Others Sentenced to More Than 10 Years in Prison in Heroin Conspiracy

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that TREY MITCHELL, age 23, pled guilty today to attempted distribution of heroin, while co-defendants TERRELL DAVIS, age 24, and PERCY DEPRON, age 28, all of New Orleans, were sentenced for conspiracy to distribute heroin.

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Texans Sentenced for Kidnapping Arkansas Man

MONROE, LA United StatesAttorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that two Texans were sentenced on Monday to 150 months in prison for kidnapping an Arkansas man and lying to FBI special agents.

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Slidell Man Sentenced for Wire Fraud in Aftermath of BP Oil Spill

NEW ORLEANS U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that RONALD BACKES, age 48, of Slidell, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to wire fraud relating to an application for financial assistance in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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Metairie Man Pleads Guilty to Receiving Images and Videos Depicting the Sexual Victimization of Children

NEW ORLEANS U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that ANDREW HUTCHINSON, age, 24, of New Orleans, pled guilty today to a one-count Bill of Information for crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children.

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Tax Preparer Convicted of Bank Fraud Scheme Worth $3 Million

BATON ROUGE, LAUnited States Attorney Walt Green announced that SHEDRICK MAYWEATHER, age 68, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, pled guilty before U.

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Baton Rouge Resident Indicted for Conducting Lengthy Fraudulent Scheme Throughout 2012 and 2013

BATON ROUGE, LAUnited States Attorney Walt Green of the Middle District of Louisiana announced that a federal grand jury has indicted RAPHEW T.

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Grand Jury Indicts Four Individuals on Federal Child Pornography Charges

BATON ROUGE, LAUnited States Attorney Walt Green announced today that combined federal, state, and local efforts to combat child pornographers has resulted in a federal grand jury returning indictments in four different matters involving federal child pornography offenses.

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River Ridge Man Pleads Guilty to Fraud in Security System Contracts

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that WAYNE WILLIAMS, age 37, of River Ridge, pled guilty today a two-count Bill of Information charging him with wire fraud.

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Abita Springs Man Sentenced for Running Illegal Wagering Operation and Money Laundering

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that FRANK FRABBIELE, age 79, of Abita Springs, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to the transmission of wagering information and money laundering.

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New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty to Maliciously Conveying False Information

NEW ORLEANS U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JAHVAR HOOKS, age 31, of New Orleans, pled guilty today to a one-count superseding indictment charging him with maliciously conveying false information in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 844(e).

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Former Orleans Parish School Board Employee Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Federal Bribery and Honest Services Wire Fraud

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that ARMER BRIGHT, 51, a resident of Baton Rouge and former employee of the Orleans Parish School Board ( ), pled guilty today to charges of conspiracy to commit bribery and honest services wire fraud.

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Catahoula Parish Man Pleads Guilty to Explosives, Firearms Charges

A Catahoula Parish man pleaded guilty to possessing unregistered explosives and illegally possessing firearms.

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Superseding Indictment Returned Against Former St. Bernard Deputy Sheriff and Second Individual for Drug Distribution and Obstruction Charges

NEW ORLEANS U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that BRANDON LICCIARDI, age 29 of Meraux, Louisiana, and ERIK NUNEZ, age 28, formerly of New Orleans, were charged today in a seven-count second superseding indictment.

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San Diego Real Estate Developer Sentenced for Wire Fraud

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that TIMOTHY MONAHAN, age 36, a real estate developer from San Diego, California, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to committing wire fraud.

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Ohio Man Sentenced for Mail and Wire Fraud

NEW ORLEANS U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that HOWARD GREGOR, age 52, a resident of Attica, Ohio, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to a two-count Bill of Information charging him with mail and wire fraud.

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Auto Parts Distributor Pleads Guilty to Manufacturing and Selling Pirated Mercedes-Benz Software

WASHINGTONAn aftermarket auto parts distributor in Harahan, Louisiana, pleaded guilty today to manufacturing and selling over 800 copyright-infringing copies of Mercedes-Benz diagnostic software valued at over $17 million.

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Bossier City Man Pleads Guilty to Bankruptcy Fraud

SHREVEPORT, LAUnited States Attorney Stephanie A.

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Owner and Chief Financial Officer of Health Care Company Convicted in Fraud Scheme

BATON ROUGE, LA BARBARA A. SADLER, age 63, of Zachary, Louisiana, and SEDRIC C. BLAKES, age 42, of Zachary, Louisiana, have been convicted in federal court of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud in connection with a multi-million dollar scheme to defraud the Louisiana Medicaid program through Extraordinary Care Network, Inc.

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Sorrento Councilman and Wife Indicted in Fraud Scheme

BATON ROUGE, LAUnited States Attorney Walt Green announced today that a federal grand jury has indicted RANDY ANNY (ANNY), age 51, and BARBARA FALGOUST ANNY (FALGOUST), age 51, both of Sorrento, Louisiana, with conspiracy and wire fraud in connection with a claim made to the Gulf Coast Claims Facility in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

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Mississippi Man Pleads Guilty to Assault at Fort Polk

LAKE CHARLES, LAUnited States Attorney Stephanie A.

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Two Allen Gang Members Sentenced

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that GIE PRESTON, age 39, and EMANUAL CASAME, age 26, both residents of New Orleans, were sentenced today for federal drug and gun violations.

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Hedge Fund Manager Sentenced to Prison in $7.9 Million Investment Fraud Scheme

BATON ROUGE, LAUnited States Attorney Walt Green announced today that JAMES R.

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Westbank Gang Members Plead Guilty

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that GLEN HOUSTON, age 22; SAVANNAH HOUSTON, age 25; JARRIN HARRIS, age 21; DENVER LONDON, age 22; JOESIA WILSON, age 27, and BRITTANY CONNER, age 22, all of the Harvey/Marrero area, pled guilty today to various charges, including conspiring to distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine, as well as conspiracy to possess firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking.

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Former District Attorney Walter P. Reed and His Son, Steven P. Reed, Charged by Federal Grand Jury in 18-Count Indictment

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that former District Attorney for the 22nd Judicial District,WALTER P. REED, age 68, and STEVEN P.

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Operation Wild Wild East Yields 111 Arrests

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite, DEA Special Agent in Charge Raymond Wild Wild East. . Beginning in late July 2014, DEA New Orleans Field Division initiated and led Operation Wild Wild East as part of a Violent Trafficker Initiative (VTI).

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Amite Woman Pleads Guilty to Theft of Bank Funds

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that ANGELA LEMOINE, 43, of Amite, pled guilty today to a one-count Bill of Information charging her with the theft of funds.

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Former Contractor Sentenced in Nagin Bribery Case

NEW ORLEANSs Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana announced that FRANK FRADELLA, age 57, a resident of Covington, was sentenced today in connection with his role in the C.

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Gretna Woman Charged with Theft of Government Funds

NEW ORLEANS U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that THERA ELLISON, age 58, a resident of Gretna, was charged today with theft of government funds.

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Bossier City Woman Pleads Guilty to Filing False Tax Return

SHREVEPORT, LAUnited States Attorney Stephanie A.

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Twenty Individuals and One Corporation Indicted in Conspiracy to Commit $30 Million in Health Care Fraud

NEW ORLEANS U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that a 26-count indictment was returned against twenty individuals and one corporation, charging approximately $30,052,295 in Medicare fraud.

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Arizona Man Sentenced to 30 Years’ Imprisonment for the Sexual Exploitation of Children

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that VITTORIO FRANCESCO GONZALEZ-CASTILLO,age 27, of Tucson, Arizona, was sentenced yesterday by District of Arizona Chief Judge Raner C.

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Man Sentenced to Prison in Motion Picture Tax Credit Scam

BATON ROUGE, LAUnited States Attorney Walt Green announced that MATTHEW KEITH, age 38, was sentenced today by Chief U.

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Kentwood Woman Sentenced for Stealing Money from United States Post Office

U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that WANDA JAMES, age 46, of Kentwood, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to a one-count Bill of Information charging her with making false entries and reports of money belonging to the United States, and in the care, custody and control of the United States Postal Service.

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Businessman Indicted for Fraud and Money Laundering Involving Charter School Construction

BATON ROUGE, LA - United States Attorney Walt Green announced today that a federal grand jury has returned an indictment against NATHIAN D.

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Former Vice President of Health Care Company Pleads Guilty to Fraud Scheme Worth Over $7.5 Million

BATON ROUGE, LA - United States Attorney Walt Green announced today that MICHAEL DAVID PITTS, age 41, has pled guilty to a Bill of Information which charges him with wire fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud Amedisys, Incorporated, a home health and hospice care company with a substantial presence in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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FBI’s Child Abduction Rapid Deployment (CARD) Team Reinvestigating a 15-Year-Old Cold Case in Louisiana

In an effort to recover a missing child, the FBI has deployed its Child Abduction Rapid Deployment (CARD) Team to Louisiana to assist the FBI New Orleans Division and the FBI Baton Rouge Joint-CARD team with investigating a 15-year-old cold case.

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Robert Durst Sentenced to Over Seven Years in Prison for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that ROBERT DURST, age 73, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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Natchitoches Man Pleads Guilty to Methamphetamine, Firearm Possession Charge

ALEXANDRIA, La. United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that a Natchitoches man pleaded guilty Tuesday to possessing methamphetamine and a firearm.

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Louisiana Man Charged in $2 Million Nationwide Advertising Scheme to Defraud Realtors

PITTSBURGH - A Louisiana resident has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of mail fraud, United States Attorney David J.

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Mississippi Man Pleads Guilty to Murder-for-Hire Scheme

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JEFFERY HOWARD, age 35, of Nicholson, Mississippi, pled guilty today to use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1958(a).

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New Orleans Woman Sentenced for Misprision of a Felony

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that BRIDGET MARIE MILES, age 47, of New Orleans, was sentenced yesterday after previously pleading guilty to a one-count Superseding Bill of Information for Misprision of a Felony, Hobbs Act robbery.

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New Orleans Businessman Charged with Defrauding Investors

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JOHN F. KELLY III, age 57, of Metairie, was charged today in a one-count Bill of Information with wire fraud.

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New Orleans Jury Convicts Company Owner for Directing $3 Million Fraud and Kickback Scheme

On Saturday, a jury in New Orleans convicted the owner of a health care company for her role in a $3.

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Federal Jury Convicts Former District Attorney Walter P. Reed on 18 Counts

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that a federal jury has convicted former District Attorney for the 22<sup>nd</sup> Judicial District, WALTER P.

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Tennessee Man Sentenced to Over 24 Years in Prison for Operating Sex Trafficking Enterprise

Sex Trafficking Scheme Used Threats, Violence and Coercion to Compel Women into Prostitution in New Orleans and Elsewhere</em.

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Ride or Die Gang Members Sentenced to Life in Prison Following Convictions on RICO, Drugs, and Murder Charges

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that DELOYD JONES, a/k/a as well as drug conspiracy, firearms conspiracy and murder charges.

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Florida Man Sentenced to Prison for Illegal Diet Pill Scheme

BATON ROUGE, LA - United States Attorney Walt Green announced today that U.

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Texas Man Sentenced to 14 Years and 10 Months for Transporting a Minor to Shreveport for Prostitution

SHREVEPORT, La. United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that a man from Texas was sentenced to 178 months in prison for bringing a minor to Shreveport to engage in prostitution.

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Former Office Manager of Baton Rouge Surgery Group Convicted of Wire Fraud

BATON ROUGE, LA - United States Attorney Walt Green announced today that LORRIE LYNN ROGERSON</ , age 57, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has pled guilty before U.

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New Orleans Man Charged with Sex Trafficking by Using Threats, Force, and Coercion

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that DAVID MICHAEL WHITE, JR. , a/k/a age 32, of New Orleans, was charged today in a three-count Indictment for offenses related to his involvement in the sex trafficking of adult women in the New Orleans area.

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U.S. Attorney Polite Announces House of Worship Security Symposium

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that the U. S. Attorney in collaboration with the New Orleans Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.

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FBI Arrests Michael Emry on Weapons Charges

FBI agents, working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the John Day Police Department and Oregon State Police, arrested Michael Ray Emry, age 54, on Friday, May 6, 2016.

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Matthew Vicknair Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

This press release was originally issued by St.

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Baton Rouge Attorney Charged with Distribution and Possession of Child Pornography

BATON ROUGE, LA - United States Attorney Walt Green announced today that a federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging CHRISTOPHER G.

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Des Allemands Woman Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud in Aftermath of BP Oil Spill

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that MELISSA ANN DURAN, age 42, a resident of Des Allemands, pled guilty today before Judge Carl J.

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New Orleans Couple Plead Guilty to Drugs, Firearms and Obstruction Charges

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that GROSS WILLIAMS, age 49, and his wife, KATHLEEN WILLIAMS, age 46, both residents of New Orleans, pled guilty today.

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Westbank Drug Dealer Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison

class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JOEQUELL LEWIS, age 28, of Westwego, was sentenced today to 120 months in federal prison by U.

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New Orleans Man and His Restaurant Sentenced for Employing Unauthorized Aliens and Making False Statements

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that KE LIAN ZHAO, age 50, of Kenner, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to employing aliens at his restaurant, LA JUMBO CHINA BUFFET ( ).

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Federal Grand Jury Indicts Members of New Orleans Heroin Trafficking Organization

BATON ROUGE, LA United States Attorney Walt Green of the Middle District of Louisiana announced today the unsealing of a federal grand jury indictment against five members of a heroin trafficking network operating in the St.

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Ride or Die Gang Member Sentenced to Life in Prison Following Convictions on RICO, Drugs, and Murder Charges

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that SIDNEY PATTERSON, a/k/a as well as drug conspiracy, firearms conspiracy and murder charges.

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Superseding Indictment Returned Charging Robbery, Murder of a Witness, and Obstruction

class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that GREGORY DENSON, 53, ESCRELITA CARMOUCHE, 49, and KYRA D. MORRIS-GRIFFITH, 35, all of New Orleans, were charged today in a thirteen-count Seventh Superseding Indictment.

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Opelousas Man Sentenced to a Year in Prison for Role in Major Computer Hacking Forum

An Opelousas man was sentenced for using a computer to steal money, hacking computers to obtain passwords, and attempting to sell information on the online hacking forum known as “Darkode.”

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New Orleans Businessman Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Investors

. <p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JOHN F. KELLY, III, age 55, of Metairie, pled guilty today to wire fraud.

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New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty in Conspiracy to Traffic Heroin Using Megabus

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that THOMAS GORDON, age 32, of New Orleans, pled guilty today to conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute over one kilogram of heroin.

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Former Terrebonne Sheriff’s Officer Pleads Guilty to Theft of Federal Funds

class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that DARRYL B. STEWART, age 49, of Houma, pled guilty today to one count of theft of government funds.

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Two Nurses Plead Guilty to Health Care Fraud

Rica Edwards, age 31, of New Orleans, and Jeff Koon, age 43, of Lockport, each pleaded guilty today to one count of health care fraud.

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Shreveport Man Sentenced to 38 Months in Prison for Stealing Almost $400,000 from Hospice Provider

SHREVEPORT, La. United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that a Shreveport man was sentenced last week to 38 months in prison for stealing more than $397,000 from a privately held hospice company.

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Additional Defendants Sentenced for Roles in Sex Trafficking Scheme

Sex Trafficking Scheme Used Threats, Violence and Coercion to CompelWomen into Prostitution in New Orleans and Elsewhere</em.

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Iberia Parish, Louisiana Sheriff and Two Other Officials Charged with Civil Rights Violations

Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Departments Civil Rights Division, and U.

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New Orleans Man Indicted for Whitney Bank Robbery

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that Gregory Chisolm of New Orleans, was charged by a federal grand jury in a one-count Indictment with the January 4, 2016 robbery of the Whitney Bank branch located at 228 Street.

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Federal Jury Finds Real Estate Company Owners, Attorney Guilty in Alexandria Mortgage Loan Scheme

ALEXANDRIA, La. United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that a federal jury found a couple who owned an Alexandria real estate company and an attorney guilty last week in a scheme to fraudulently obtain more than $2 million in loans.

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Shreveport Man Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking of a Minor

SHREVEPORT, La. United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that a Shreveport man pleaded guilty to sex trafficking.

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Denham Springs Woman Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Embezzlement of Over $600,000

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that KRISTIN KOENIG, a/k/a KRISTIN BARNES, age 41, of Denham Springs, was sentenced following a guilty plea to a one count Bill of Information for bank fraud.

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Franklinton Man Sentenced for Structuring Over $100,000 in Financial Transactions

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JERRY COX, age 72, of Franklinton, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to structuring financial transactions to avoid federal reporting requirements.

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Family Running Non-Profit Indicted for Conspiracy and Theft of Federal Funds Intended for Needy Individuals

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that RICKEY ROBERSON, age 48, his wife ADA CRAIGE-ROBERSON, age 42, and her mother MELANIE DUPLECHAIN, age 69, of New Orleans, were charged today in a three-count Indictment for conspiracy and theft of federal funds.

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Gretna Man Found Guilty of Mail Fraud

class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that MELVIN LEWIS II, age 53, of Gretna, was convicted of thirty (30) counts of mail fraud (18 U.

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Retired Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Gerald Ursin, Jr. Charged with Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that GERALD URSIN, JR. , age 62, of with conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

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Slidell Man Pleads Guilty to Operating National Ponzi Scheme

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JOHN SPOSATO, age 64, of Slidell, pled guilty today to wire fraud for his role in promoting and operating a national Ponzi scheme.

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Former Terrebonne Sheriff’s Detective Charged with Theft of Federal Funds

class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that former Terrebonne Parish Sheriffs Office Detective DAWN C. FORET, age 38, of Houma, was charged today in a one count Bill of Information for theft of government funds.

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New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty in Conspiracy to Traffick Heroin Using Megabus

<p class="rtejustify">U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that REGINALD WASHINGTON, age 32, of New Orleans, pled guilty today to conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute over 100 grams of heroin.

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Louisiana Man Sentenced to Six Years in Prison After Pleading Guilty to Possession of Child Pornography

Erin Pitre of Cut Off, Louisiana, was sentenced for possessing images and videos depicting the sexual exploitation of children under the age of 12-years old.

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New Orleans Man Charged with Conspiracy to Commit Federal Bribery and Honest Services Wire Fraud

Lester Mornay of New Orleans was charged in a one-count Bill of Information charging him with conspiracy to commit bribery and honest services wire fraud.

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Woman Pleads Guilty and is Sentenced for Assault Aboard an Aircraft

class="rtejustify">United States Attorney Kenneth A.

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Louisiana Woman Sentenced to 192 Months in Prison for Conspiring to Commit Sex Trafficking of a Minor

Kellie M. Dominique, 37, was sentenced to 16 years in prison, followed by a five-year term of supervised release, for conspiring to commit sex trafficking of a minor.

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NOPD, LSP Quickly Arrest Bank Robbery Suspect at Union and O’Keefe

A quick response by NOPD officers and Louisiana State Police Troopers led to the arrest of a bank robbery suspect the morning of July 1, minutes after the incident happened.

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Metairie Man Sentenced for Receiving Images and Videos Depicting the Sexual Victimization of Children

Andrew Hutchinson, 25, of New Orleans, was sentenced after previously pleading guilty to crimes involving receiving and attempting to receive sexually explicit images of children.

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United States Attorney Announces Federal Criminal Investigation Into Death of Alton Sterling

The FBI’s New Orleans Division, the Civil Rights Division, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Louisiana have opened a civil rights investigation into the death of Alton Sterling.

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Houston Woman Pleads Guilty in Conspiracy to Traffic Heroin Using Megabus

Martha Quinones, 51, of Houston, Texas, pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute over one kilogram of heroin.

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Middle District of Louisiana Human Trafficking Task Force Investigation Results in Indictment for Child Sex Trafficking

Udraka Roberts-Bey and Jennifer Gabrielle Anselmo conspired to recruit and induce a 15-year-old female to engage in prostitution and benefit financially from their pay-for-sex enterprise.

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Remaining Defendants Sentenced for Roles in Sex Trafficking Scheme

Christopher Williams, 31, and Laquentin Brown, 34, were sentenced to 180 months and 99 months in prison, respectively, for their roles in a sex trafficking scheme that operated out of a New Orleans motel.

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Arizona Man Pleads Guilty to Traveling to Louisiana to Have Sex with a Minor

Jonathan Glosch, 27, pleaded guilty to one count of traveling with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, and faces 30 years in prison, five years to life of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.

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Metairie Woman Convicted of Multi-State Bank Fraud Scheme and Aggravated Identity Theft

Marsha Cole, 56, pled guilty to aggravated identity theft and engaging in a scheme to defraud numerous banks in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. She embezzled approximately $102,257 from her victims.

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Former St. Bernard Parish Deputy Pleads Guilty in Darren Sharper Matter

Brandon Licciardi, a former St. Bernard Parish deputy sheriff, admitted distributing controlled substances to unsuspecting women and having sexual relations with them while they were incapacitated.

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Thibodaux Man Charged with Hacking iCloud, Facebook, and E-Mail Accounts of More Than 50 Victims

Brader Yelverton, age 24, of Thibodaux, was charged with obtaining unauthorized access to protected computers to acquire information.

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Caddo Parish Commissioner Michael Williams Sentenced to 14 Months for Stealing from Non-Profit

Caddo Parish Commissioner Michael Dwayne Williams was sentenced to 14 months in prison for stealing $,8000 from a non-profit mean to help at-risk youth.

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Thibodaux Man Arrested and Charged with 25 Counts of Possession of Child Pornography

Joshua Daigle was arrested by the FBI New Orleans Division’s Violent Crimes Against Children/Human Trafficking Task Force (VCAC/HT TF) on possession of child pornography.

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Natchitoches Man Sentenced to More Than 17 Years in Prison for Methamphetamine, Firearm Possession

A Natchitoches man was sentenced Wednesday to 211 months in prison for possessing methamphetamine and a firearm.

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Bank Robbery at Whitney Bank Located at 4301 Lapalco Blvd.

Today, at Approximately 4:30 P.m., the Whitney Bank Located at 4301 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero, Louisiana, 70072, Was Robbed

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Local Doctor Arrested for Illegally Dispensing Controlled Substances and Threatening to Kill Law Enforcement

Shannon Christopher Ceasar was arrested on charges of drug distribution and threatening to murder law enforcement agents.

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Two Shreveport Residents Found Guilty at Trial of Sex Trafficking a Minor

A man and woman from Shreveport were found guilty of having a minor female from Texas engage in prostitution in Shreveport.

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FBI Investigating Bank Robbery at CapitalOne Bank Branch in Marrero

The FBI is investigating the robbery of the Capital One Bank branch located at 1867 Barataria Blvd. in Marrero, Louisiana.

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FBI Investigating Bank Robbery at CapitalOne Bank Branch in New Orleans

The FBI is investigating a robbery of the CapitalOne Bank located at 7033 Canal Blvd., New Orleans, Louisiana, 70124, on July 26, 2016.

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New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty to Brandishing a Firearm During a Bank Robbery

London Carter, of New Orleans, pleaded guilty to brandishing a firearm in furtherance of the robbery of a CapitalOne Bank branch in Metairie.

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International Homicide Investigators Association Recognized FBI Violent Crime Task Force During Local Conferenece

The International Homicide Investigators Association (IHIA) awarded the FBI New Orleans Violent Crime Task Force (NOVCTF) with the IHIA Award of Excellence.

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FBI Investigating Robbery of Fidelity Bank Branch in New Orleans

The FBI New Orleans Division is requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the individual who robbed the Fidelity Bank branch located at 5530 Crowder Blvd. in New Orleans, Louisiana 70127.

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Former Homer Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Civil Rights Violations

Former Homer (Louisiana) Police Department Officer Willie Fred Knowles admitted violating the civil rights of a woman and making false statements about the incident to the FBI.

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FBI GNOCRWG Kicks Off Back to School Season with Local Youth Community Outreach Program

The FBI's Greater New Orleans Civil Rights Working Group (GNOCRWG) recently sponsored a youth engagement seminar through the Bureau's community outreach program.

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New Orleans Business Owner Sentenced to 80 Months in Prison for Role in $3.3 Million Fraud Scheme

The owner of a New Orleans company that defrauded Medicare of more than $3.3 million was sentenced to 80 months in prison for directing the scheme.

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Marrero Man Indicted for Whitney Bank Robbery

Travis Carter, age 37, of Marrero, has been charged with robbing the Whitney Bank branxg located in Marrero, Louisiana on July 22, 2016.

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FBI Investigating an Attempted Bank Robbery at Regions Bank Branch in New Orleans

Today, at approximately 10:15 a.m., an attempted bank robbery occurred at the Regions Bank, located at 3836 Elysian Fields Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70122.

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New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty to BP Fraud

Graegg L. Holmes, age 43, of New Orleans, pled guilty today to a one-count Indictment charging him with wire fraud related to the 2010 BP oil spill.

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Former St. Charles District Attorney Harry Morel Sentenced to Three Years’ Imprisonment for Obstruction of Justice

Harry J. Morel, JR., age 73, was sentenced to three years in prison after previously pleading guilty to obstruction of justice.

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Dwayne Anthony Winans, a.k.a. 'Butter,' Wanted by the FBI and New Orleans Police Department

The FBI’s New Orleans and the New Orleans Police Department are requesting the assistance of the public in locating Dwayne Anthony Winans for committing a bank robbery and carjacking.

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New Orleans Fugitive Dwayne Anthony Winans, aka 'Butter,' Arrested by Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office

On Tuesday, August 23, 2016, New Orleans fugitive Dwayne Anthony Winans was arrested by the Jacksonville, Florida Sheriff’s Office.

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Florida Resident Convicted in Wire Fraud Scheme Involving $1.3 Million

Thomas J. Tanner, Jr., age 50, of Destin, Florida, pled guilty to identity theft in connection with a $1.3 million fraud scheme.

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Memphis Man Sentenced to Life for Sex Trafficking of Minors

Timothy Jones a/k/a Lucci, King Lucci, Lucci Loco, age 26, was sentenced to life for his role in sex trafficking two minors into the New Orleans area.

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Former Terrebonne Sheriff’s Detective Pleads Guilty to Theft of Federal Funds

A former Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office (TPSO) Detective Dawn C. Foret pled guilty today to theft of government funds.

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Gretna Man Charged with Distribution of Child Pornography

Giordio Cosenza was charged in a one-count bill of information with distributing images and videos depicting the sexual exploitation of children.

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FBI New Orleans SWAT Team Arrests a Ranking Member of the Louisiana Tactical Militia

The FBI New Orleans Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested James Moore and charged him with distribution of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of a firearm.

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Big Freedia Sentenced for Section 8 Fraud

Freddie Ross Jr., who performs under the stage name Big Freedia, was sentenced after previously pleading guilty to theft of government funds.

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Former Ochsner Clinic Credit Union Manager Sentenced

Jacqueline Ray was sentenced to six months in prison after pleading guilty to stealing more than $1 million from Ochsner Clinic Federal Credit Union.

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Baton Rouge Man Sentenced to Lengthy Prison Term for Mailing Threatening Letters to Federal and State Courthouses

Brian Cavalier, age 34, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has been sentenced to 92 months in federal prison as a result of his convictions for making threats by mail.

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FBI Child Abduction Training

FBI New Orleans will be conducting training for law enforcement agencies in Louisiana to provide necessary skills and investigative techniques to successfully respond to a child abduction incident.

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Lafayette Business Owner Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Defrauding Investors out of $2 Million

A Lafayette woman was sentenced Monday to 120 months in prison for defrauding investor of more than $2 million.

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Federal Grand Jury Indicts Six Explo Company Officials for Offenses Related to Camp Minden, Louisiana Ammunition Disposal

Six officials of Explo Systems Inc. have been charged with defrauding the federal government and committing offenses relating to a munitions demilitarization contract with the U.S. Army.

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Thibodaux Man Pleads Guilty to Extensive Computer Hacking Scheme Involving Nearly 50 Victims

Brader Yelverton, age 24, of Thibodaux, pleaded guilty to unauthorized access of a protected computer.

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Baton Rouge Resident Sentenced for Stealing Federal Dollars in Fraudulent Tax Refund Scheme

Laguardia Coston, age 29, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was sentenced to 33 months in prison for theft of government funds.

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Company Owner Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud

Carl D. Wright, of Greenwell Springs, Louisiana, pled guilty to one count of bank fraud and to four counts of making false statements to financial institutions.

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Former Terrebonne Sheriff’s Officer Sentenced for Theft of Federal Funds

Darryl B. Stewart, age 49, of Houma, was sentenced after previously pleading guilty to one-count of theft of government funds.

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Two Psychologists Plead Guilty in $25 Million Nursing Home-Testing Scheme

Two clinical psychologists pleaded guilty today for their involvement in a fraudulent psychological testing scheme that preyed upon Medicare recipients living in nursing homes throughout the Southeastern United States.

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School Owner and CEO Indicted in Connection with Federal Financial Aid Scheme

School owner and CEO Alden Hall, age 57, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was charged with four counts of theft of Department of Education funds.

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Nurses Plead Guilty to Separate Charges of Misprision of a Felony and Health Care Fraud

Caren Battaglia, age 50, of New Orleans, pled guilty today to one count of misprision of a felony.

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Talisheek Man Charged with Methamphetamine Trafficking and Illegal Possession of Firearms

James Moore, Jr., age 47, of Talisheek, Louisiana, was charged with possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm.

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Six Individuals Face 47-Count Second Superseding Indictment for Health Care Services Fraud

A federal grand Jury has returned a 46-count superseding indictment against six individuals charging approximately $13.6 million in Medicare fraud.

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Federal Grand Jury Indicts Ethel Businessman for Investor Fraud Scheme Worth Over $3.5 Million

Bryan Lee Addington was indicted on charges of mail fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft in a $35 million fraud scheme.

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Baton Rouge Resident Convicted of Fraudulent Scheme Throughout 2012 and 2013

Raphew T. Reed, Jr., of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has been convicted of false representation of a Social Security number.

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New Orleans Gang Task Force Receives the 2016 FBI Director’s Award for Harvey Hustlers Case

Within the New Orleans Division, an FBI led task force was amongst those praised for their superior work in dismantling a criminal organization in the New Orleans metropolitan area.

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Breaux Bridge Woman Pleads Guilty to Stealing More Than $64,000 from a New Iberia Company

United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that a Breaux Bridge woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing more than $64,000 from a New Iberia company.

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