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Newburgh Fire Chief Charged in White Plains Federal Court with Fraudulently Obtaining Retirement Benefits

Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), and Thomas P.

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Recently Terminated NYPD Officer Arrested for Interstate Transportation of Prostitutes

Earlier today, a complaint was unsealed in Brooklyn federal court charging Eduardo Cornejo, a former officer with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) with transporting women in interstate commerce to engage in prostitution.

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Gambino Crime Family Associate Gennaro Bruno Pleads Guilty to 2002 Murder of Martin Bosshart

Earlier today, Gennaro ) pleaded guilty at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, NY, to racketeering and admitted to murdering Martin Bosshart on January 2, 2002 and conspiring to prevent testimony in a grand jury investigation into the Bosshart murder.

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Colombian Arms Trafficker Sentenced to 13 Years in Prison

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that JHON JAIRO CRUZ TREJOS, a/k/a a citizen of Colombia, was sentenced today to 13 years in prison for conspiring to import cocaine into the United States and a related weapons offense.

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New York Attorney Sentenced to Six Months in Prison in Manhattan Federal Court for Fraud in Connection with a Scheme to Purchase Maxim Magazine

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that HARVEY NEWKIRK, formerly counsel at a law firm in Manhattan, was sentenced today to a prison term of six months for wire fraud in connection with his participation in a scheme to fraudulently induce lenders to provide tens of millions of dollars toward the purchase of Maxim Magazine and related assets ().

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Former President of Honduran Soccer Federation Pleads Guilty to Racketeering and Corruption Charges

Earlier today in federal court in Brooklyn, Rafael Callejas, the president of the Honduran soccer federation (FENAFUTH) from 2002 to 2015, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy in connection with his receipt of bribes in exchange for the awarding of contracts for the media and marketing rights to FIFA World Cup qualifier matches.

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Defendant Pleads Guilty to Extortion and Firearm Charges

Yesterday, at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York, Denis Nikolla pleaded guilty to two counts of Hobbs Act extortion conspiracy, one count of threatening physical violence in furtherance of an extortion plan, and one count of brandishing a firearm.

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Manhattan Man Sentenced to More Than 24 Years in Prison for Attempted Enticement of a Minor

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that STEPHEN P.

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Peekskill Man Pleads Guilty in White Plains Federal Court to Heroin Conspiracy and Admits Distributing Heroin and Fentanyl That Resulted in Death

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that LAKUAN RHYNE pled guilty to conspiring to distribute more than a kilogram of heroin in and around Westchester County during 2014.

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Four Individuals Charged in $7 Million Car Loan Scheme Involving Dealerships Throughout the New York City Area

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), announced today the unsealing of a complaint charging JULIO ALVAREZ, CHRISTOPHER CAMPOS, MARCO BLASIO, and GEURIS RAMOS with bank and wire fraud charges for perpetrating a scheme to fraudulently obtain millions of dollars in car loans.

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FBI, DEA, NYPD, and New York State Police Seize Over 200 Kilograms of K2 from Narcotics Factory Operating in Queens Storefront

A joint raid conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Administration from a storefront in Queens, New York.

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Florida Man Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court in Connection with Two Multi-Million-Dollar Fraud Schemes

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that JOSEPH DEL VALLE, an owner and partner of various investment companies, pled guilty today in Manhattan federal court to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft charges for operating two fraudulent schemes that resulted in more than $5 million in investor losses.

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MS-13 Gang Member Pleads Guilty to Double-Murder

Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, New York, Arnolvin Umanzor Velasquez (aka ), a member of the Brentwood Locos Salvatruchas (BLS) clique of La Mara Salvatrucha, also known as the MS-13 street gang, pleaded guilty to his involvement in the December 18, 2011 execution-style murders of two brothers, Ricardo and Enston Ceron.

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FIFA Match Agent Pleads Guilty to Corruption Charges

Earlier today in federal court in Brooklyn, Miguel Trujillo, a FIFA match agent and soccer consultant, pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering conspiracy and two counts of wire fraud conspiracy in connection with his participation in multiple schemes to bribe soccer officials.

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Malian National Pleads Guilty in Brooklyn Federal Court to Conspiracy to Murder U.S. Diplomat

Earlier today, Alhassane Ould Mohamed, also known as a citizen of Mali, pled guilty at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York, to conspiring to murder a United States diplomat stationed in Niamey, Niger, in December 2000.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Criminal Charges Against Owner of $161 Million Fraudulent Internet Payday Lending Enterprise

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), announced today the unsealing of an indictment charging RICHARD MOSELEY, SR.

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Seven New York National Guard Soldiers Charged in Fraudulent Recruitment Bonus Scheme

Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), and William J.

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Michigan Art Dealer Arrested and Charged with Fraud for Selling Dozens of Forged Artworks Over Five Years

Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ( on charges of wire fraud in connection with the sale of dozens of forged artworks by renowned American artists, such as Willem De Kooning, Franz Kline, and Joan Mitchell.

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CEO of Broker-Dealer Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court for Obstructing Regulatory Examination by Producing False Invoices to SEC Exam Team

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that CHARLES J.

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United States Attorneys Available to Receive Election Complaints

ROBERT L. CAPERS and PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorneys for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, respectively, announced today that special telephone numbers have been set up to receive complaints of possible violations of federal election laws relating to the upcoming primary elections in New York City and other counties in their districts.

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Ex-Employee Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Defrauding New York Power Authority

A former senior investigator of the New York Power Authority (NYPA) pleaded guilty today to charges of conspiring to defraud NYPA and for filing a false 2010 tax return to hide substantial income from the government, the Department of Justice, the Internal Revenue Service and the New York State Inspector General announced.

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United States Seeks to Forfeit and Return a Roman Statue Stolen from the Villa Torlonia in 1983

Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation () stolen from the Villa Torlonia in Rome in 1983.

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FBI New York Announces Recipient of Director’s Community Leadership Award

This past November, Rabbi Abraham Friedman, owner of the Brooklyn-based All Care Management Services, was recognized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with a Directors Community Leadership Award.

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Sixteen Latin King Gang Members and Associates Arrested for Narcotics Trafficking in Long Beach, New York

A four-count indictment was unsealed today in United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York charging sixteen defendants with four narcotics trafficking conspiracies, including conspiracies to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, cocaine base (crack cocaine), ethylone (molly), and marijuana.

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Utah Man Arrested and Charged in Manhattan Federal Court with Commodities Fraud

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), announced today that SCOTT A.

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Bronx Man Arrested for Sexual Exploitation, Enticement, Extortion, and Child Pornography Crimes

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriquez, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), announced the arrest of KELVIN ACOSTA on five counts stemming from his sexual exploitation and enticement of minors, his possession and receipt of child pornography, and his extortion of victims for money and child pornography.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Bribery Charges Against Chairman of New Jersey-Based Federal Credit Union

), and David E. Beach, Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the United States Secret Service, announced today the unsealing of a superseding indictment charging TREVON GROSS with accepting over $150,000 in bribes as the Chairman of the Board of a federal credit union that served primarily low-income local residents in New Jersey.

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Former High-Ranking FIFA and CONCACAF Official Pleads Guilty to Racketeering and Corruption Charges

Earlier today in federal court in Brooklyn, Alfredo Hawit, a former FIFA vice president and executive committee member, the former president of CONCACAF, and the former president and general secretary of the Honduran soccer federation (FENAFUTH), pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy, two counts of wire fraud conspiracy, and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice in connection with his receipt of bribes in exchange for the awarding of contracts for the media and marketing rights to CONCACAF tournaments and FIFA World Cup qualifier matches.

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Al Shabaab Member Sentenced to Nine Years for Conspiring to Provide Material Support to the Terrorist Organization

Earlier today at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, Mahdi Hashi was sentenced to nine years in prison by United States District Judge John Gleeson for conspiring to provide material support to al-Shabaab, a designated foreign terrorist organization.

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Ramapo Town Supervisor And Former Executive Director Of Ramapo Local Development Corporation Charged With Securities Fraud In Connection With Ramapo Municipal Bonds

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), Andrew J.

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New York Investment Fund Managers Plead Guilty for Orchestrating Two Multi-Million-Dollar Fraud Schemes

Earlier today, John R. Lakian and Diane W. Lamm, who managed Capital L Financial Group, LLC (Capital L) and Aegis Capital Fund, LLC (Aegis Capital), each pleaded guilty to two counts of securities fraud for defrauding investors out of millions of dollars in two separate schemes.

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New Jersey Man Found Guilty of Robbing and Murdering Ossining Resident

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that ANTHONY GRECCO, a New Jersey resident, was found guilty today of robbing and murdering Ryan Ennis, a resident of Ossining, New York, and of conspiring to distribute marijuana and heroin.

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Member of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Terrorism Charges

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, John P.

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Former Manhattan Restaurant Owner Arrested for Running a $12 Million Ponzi Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), and William J.

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Seven Charged in Manhattan Federal Court with Crimes Related to ATM Skimming and Counterfeit and Stolen Credit Cards

Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), and William J.

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Oilpro.com Founder Charged in Manhattan Federal Court with Hacking into Competitor’s Computer System

David W. Kent, the founder of professional networking website Oilpro.com, was arrested for charges relating to computer hacking and wire fraud.

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Federal Jury Finds Suffolk County Conservative Party Chairman Edward Walsh Guilty in Scheme to Defraud the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office

Walsh Falsely Represented that He Worked Regular and Overtime Hours for<br> the Suffolk County Sheriffs Office When He Was Playing Golf, Visiting Casinos, or<br> Performing Work on Behalf of the Suffolk County Conservative Party strong.

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Connecticut Attorney Admits Stealing More Than $600,000 from Client’s Trust Account

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that HAROLD JAMES PICKERSTEIN, 69, of Fairfield, Connecticut, waived his right to indictment and pled guilty today before U.

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Two Men Sentenced in White Plains Federal Court in Connection with Sullivan County Arson

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that NICHOLAS MOTTA and DOMINIC MOTTA were sentenced today in White Plains federal court to prison terms of 15 months, and 12 months and one day, respectively, for their roles in a scheme to obtain insurance proceeds by committing arson.

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Ten Defendants Charged in White Plains Federal Court with Committing Narcotics Offenses in Peekskill

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), Eric Johansen, the Chief of the Peekskill Police Department, and George Longworth, Commissioner-Sheriff of the Westchester County Department of Public Safety, today announced the unsealing of two Complaints charging a total of 10 defendants with committing various narcotics offenses in Peekskill, New York.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Charges Against Owner of, and Attorney for, $2 Billion Unlawful Internet Payday Lending Enterprise

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Karl Stiften, Special Agent-in-Charge of the St.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Charges Against Seven Iranians for Conducting Coordinated Campaign of Cyber Attacks Against U.S. Financial Sector on Behalf of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Sponsored Entities

Seven Iranians employed by two Iran-based computer companies, ITSecTeam and Mersad Company, which were sponsored by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, have been charged with conducting a coordinated campaign of distributed denial of service attacks against 46 major companies, primarily in the U.S. financial sector, from late 2011 through mid-2013.

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Chief Financial Officer of Furniture Company Pleads Guilty to $18 Million Accounting Fraud Against Bank and Gas City, Indiana

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ( financial condition.

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New York Man Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 16 Years in Prison for Attempting to Acquire Deadly Toxin, Ricin

Cheng Le was sentenced to 16 years in prison for attempting to acquire ricin, postal fraud, and identity theft in relation to a terrorism offense.

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Jury Finds Air Force Veteran Guilty in First ISIL Conviction After Trial in the United States

Today, a jury in Brooklyn returned a verdict finding defendant Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh, an American citizen and veteran of the United States Air Force, guilty of attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a foreign terrorist organization, and obstruction of an official proceeding.

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Chief Executive Officer of International Stock Transfer Sentenced to 42 Months in Prison for Operating $3 Million Securities Fraud Scheme

Wednesday evening, at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, Cecil Franklin Speight, was sentenced by the Hon.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Civil Forfeiture Complaint to Recover Proceeds of $100 Million Wire Fraud Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ().

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Partner at New York Accounting Firm Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court for Multi-Million-Dollar Accounting Fraud Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that MARC WIESELTHIER, a certified public accountant and former partner at a New York accounting firm (the ) that was a client of WIESELTHIER.

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Bulgarian Man Arrested and Charged in Manhattan Federal Court with $400 Million Market Manipulation Scheme Involving Avon Stock, as Well as Market Manipulation and Insider Trading of Two Other Securities

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ( Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Inc.

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Brooklyn Man Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court in Connection with Advance Fee Scheme

was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to two years in prison for wire fraud stemming from his scheme to defraud small business owners of more than $1 million through an advance fee scheme.

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Three Bronx Men, Including a Corrections Officer, Charged in Manhattan Federal Court with Armored Car Robbery Conspiracy

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriquez, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), and William J.

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Thirty-Six Members of Two Rival Manhattan Drug Trafficking Organizations Operating in NYCHA Housing Projects Charged in Federal Court with Narcotics Trafficking and Firearms Offenses

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), and William J.

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U.S. Citizen Indicted for Supporting and Receiving Military Training from al Shabaab

Maalik Alim Jones, 31, of Maryland, was indicted based on his alleged support of al Shabaab, a designated foreign terrorist organization based in Somalia that is allied with al Qaeda.

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Fugitive Arrested for November 24, 2015, Murder of Bronx Man and New Year’s Eve Shooting in Connection with Carjacking

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), and William J.

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Former Investment Adviser at Global Bank Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to Five Years in Prison for $20 Million Scheme to Defraud Clients

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that MICHAEL OPPENHEIM was sentenced today to five years in prison and over $20 million in forfeiture for using his position as an investment adviser at JP Morgan Chase Co.

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Largest Grossing Broker in Agape Ponzi Scheme Sentenced to 108 Months’ Imprisonment

Earlier today, at the United States District Court in Central Islip, New York, the Hon.

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Two Individuals Charged in Manhattan Federal Court with Extortion Plot

), and William J. Bratton, Commissioner of the New York City Police Department ( ), announced that BORIS KOTLYARSKY and BORIS NAYFELD were taken into custody yesterday for seeking payment from a victim who they claimed NAYFELD had been hired to murder.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney and FBI Assistant Director Announce Insider Trading Charges Against Analyst at Investment Fund

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), was arrested this morning and charged with insider trading.

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MS-13 Member Sentenced to 45 Years in Prison for Double-Murder

Earlier today at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, New York, Rene Mendez Mejia, also known as a member of La Mara Salvatrucha, also known as the MS-13 street gang, was sentenced to 45 years in prison by United States District Judge Joseph F.

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Pharmacist and Four Other Individuals Charged in Manhattan Federal Court in Oxycodone Distribution Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), and William J.

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Three Investment Professionals Arrested and Charged in Manhattan Federal Court in Connection with Sophisticated Scheme to Defraud Investors

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), and Philip R.

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Chief Executive Officer of International Metallurgical Company Arrested for Exporting Aerospace-Grade Metals to Iran

Earlier today, Erdal Kuyumcu of Woodside, New York, was arrested on federal charges of illegally exporting a cobalt-nickel metallic powder from the United States to Iran through an intermediary in Turkey.

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Former Suffolk County Police Chief Pleads Guilty to Civil Rights Violation and Conspiracy to Obstruct Justice

Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, New York, James Burke, the former Chief of Department for the Suffolk County Police Department (SCPD), pleaded guilty to a civil rights violation and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

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Brooklyn Man Arrested for Bribery in Connection with NYPD-Issued Gun Licenses

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), and William J.

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Company Executive and Consultant Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court for Scheme to Embezzle Millions from International Insurance Company

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that JAMES J.

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Remarks Prepared for Ramapo Town Supervisor Charged with Securities Fraud in Connection with Ramapo Municipal Bonds

In the spring of 2010, Ramapos Town Board wanted to build a minor league baseball stadium backed by $16.

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Mikhail Zemlyansky Sentenced to 15 Years for Racketeering, Securities Fraud, Mail Fraud, Wire Fraud, and Money Laundering

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that MIKHAIL ZEMLYANSKY was sentenced today to 15 years in prison in connection with his operation, from 2007 through 2012, of a sprawling racketeering conspiracy that engaged in the largest single no fault automobile insurance fraud scheme ever charged, two investment fraud schemes that resulted in losses to nearly 300 victims of approximately $17 million, multiple complex money laundering operations, and illegal gambling.

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Federal Jury Finds Crips Gang Leader Guilty of Racketeering

Following four weeks of trial, a federal jury in Central Islip, NY, returned a guilty verdict today against Raphael Osborne, also known as a Crips street gang leader from Roosevelt, NY, on twenty-one counts including racketeering, conspiracy, robbery, attempted murder, witness retaliation, assault with a dangerous weapon, drug conspiracy and brandishing and discharging firearms during the commission of these offenses.

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Evgeny Buryakov Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court in Connection with Conspiracy to Work for Russian Intelligence

Evgeny Buryakov pleaded guilty to covertly working as a Russian agent in the United States without notifying the Attorney General.

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American Citizen Charged with Conspiring to Murder U.S. Nationals and Conspiring to Use a Weapon of Mass Destruction in Attack Against U.S. Military Base in Afghanistan

A superseding indictment was obtained today in federal court in the Eastern District of New York, adding charges against Muhanad Mahmoud Al Farekh, an American citizen, for conspiracy to murder United States nationals, use of explosives, conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, and conspiracy to bomb a government facility.

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Clinic Owner and Four Medical Professionals Sentenced in a $4 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

Earlier today, Jeffrey Suh, Richelle Munoz, Sophia Lin, Kang Young Chung, and Emily Shim were sentenced in federal court in Brooklyn for conspiring to commit health care fraud in a scheme where they fraudulently billed Medicare for more than $4 million.

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Former NYPD Detective Sentenced to 72 Months

Earlier today, Rafael Astacio, a former detective with the New York City Police Department, was sentenced to 72 months of imprisonment by United States District Judge Joseph F.

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President of Office Equipment Leasing Company Pleads Guilty to Engaging in Multi-Million-Dollar Fraud Scheme

Earlier today, Michael Conway, the President of Choice Office Solutions LLC, pleaded guilty to wire fraud in connection with a scheme where he forged numerous lease agreements to defraud an individual investor and De Lage Landen Financial Solutions Partner (DLLFSP) of more than $3.

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Folk Nation Gang Leader Sentenced to Consecutive Terms of Life Imprisonment

Earlier today at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York, Yasser Ashburn, the leader of a set of the violent street gang Folk Nation operating primarily in the Crown Heights and East Flatbush neighborhoods of Brooklyn, was sentenced to two consecutive terms of life imprisonment.

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Two Members of al Shabaab Sentenced to 11 Years for Conspiring to Provide Material Support to the Terrorist Organization

Earlier today at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, Ali Yasin Ahmed and Mohamed Yusuf were sentenced to 11 years in prison by United States District Judge John Gleeson for conspiring to provide material support to al-Shabaab, a designated foreign terrorist organization.

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French Citizen Sentenced for Obstructing a Criminal Investigation into Alleged Bribes Paid to Win Mining Rights in Guinea

WASHINGTONFrederic Cilins, a 51-year old French citizen, was sentenced today in the Southern District of New York to 24 months in prison for obstructing a federal criminal investigation into alleged bribes to obtain mining concessions in the Republic of Guinea.

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Leaders of Violent Gang Convicted on All Counts in Racketeering and Murder Case

Earlier today, following three weeks of trial, a federal jury in Brooklyn, New York, returned guilty verdicts against Harvey Christian, Anthony Christian and Jason Quinn, on charges of racketeeringas well as firearms possession and multiple counts based on their trafficking in crack cocaine.

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Corporate Executives, Registered Brokers, and an Attorney Indicted for Orchestrating a $300 Million Market Manipulation Scheme Involving Four Publicly Traded Companies

A ten-count indictment was unsealed this morning in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, against seven defendants, Abraxas J.

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Bushwick Drug Dealer Convicted of Orchestrating Two Contract Murders

Earlier today, following three weeks of trial, a federal jury in Brooklyn, New York, returned a guilty verdict against Shaun Taylor, also known as on charges of murder and narcotics trafficking.

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Former CEO of Luggage Manufacturer Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to Three Years in Prison in Multi-Million-Dollar Bank Fraud Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that MARVIN JEMAL, the former Chief Executive Officer of a Manhattan-based company that designed, imported and distributed luggage, business bags, backpacks, and accessories (the ), was sentenced today to three years in prison for orchestrating and carrying out a scheme to fraudulently obtain millions of dollars in loans from a commercial bank.

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Former Union President Sentenced to 22 Months in Prison for Extortion Conspiracy Involving Christmastime Tribute Payments

NEWARK, NJs Association (ILA) was sentenced today to 22 months in prison for conspiring to extort ILA Local 1235 longshoremen on the New Jersey piers for Christmastime tribute payments, New Jersey U.

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Union Officials Plead Guilty in Extortion Conspiracy Involving Christmastime Tribute Payments

NEWARKs Association (ILA) union officials admitted today that they conspired to extort ILA Local 1235 longshoremen on the New Jersey piers for Christmastime tribute payments, New Jersey U.

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Manhattan Man Indicted in Manhattan Federal Court for Producing, Receiving, and Possessing Child Pornography

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and George Venizelos, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal), announced the filing of an Indictment in Manhattan federal court charging MATTHEW VADO, a Manhattan resident, with production of child pornography, receiving child pornography, and possessing child pornography.

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Ten Defendants Charged in $70 Million Scheme to Defraud Medicaid and Medicare Through Medical Clinics in Brooklyn and Queens

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, George Venizelos, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), William J.

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MS-13 Gang Member Sentenced to Life for Murdering 2-Year-Old Child and Mother

Adalberto Ariel Guzman (aka ) and MS-13 Co-Conspirators Executed 19-Year-Old Vanessa Argueta and Her Two-Year-Old Son Diego Torres.

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Two Long Island Men Charged in Manhattan Federal Court in Connection with Scheme to Defraud Potential Home Buyers

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and George Venizelos, the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), announced today the unsealing of an Indictment in Manhattan federal court charging KEITH ANTHONY, the former president and owner of a company that purported to provide financing for home purchases to people with poor credit, and a former employee of the company, ANTHONY PODIAS, for their alleged participation in a scheme that victimized more than 100 financially struggling people across the country.

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Four Employees of Bernard L. Madoff’s Fraudulent Investment Advisory Business Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court for Their Roles in the Massive Fraud

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that ANNETTE BONGIORNO, the manager of the fraudulent investment advisory business at Bernard L.

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Queens Man Arrested for Sexually Abusing Three Girls at Fort Hamilton Military Base

Federal agents arrested a Queens man earlier today on charges of coercing and enticing three minors to engage in sexual activity and sexually abusing minors.

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Former New York City Comptroller Candidate Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to Two Years in Prison for Illegally Distributing Prescription Pills

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that KRISTIN DAVIS, a former candidate for New York City Comptroller, was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to two years in prison for illegally distributing hundreds of various types of prescription pills.

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Former NYPD Detective Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy and Tax Fraud Charges

Earlier today, Rafael Astacio, a former detective with the New York City Police Department, pleaded guilty in Central Islip federal court to conspiracy to commit interstate transportation of stolen property and filing a fraudulent tax return.

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Self-Described Investment Fund Manager Sentenced to 57 Months’ Imprisonment in $5 Million Fraud Scheme

Earlier today, Thomas Bannon, the president of Overseas Investors LLC and Overseas Investors International, Ltd.

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Harold H. Shaw Named Special Agent in Charge of the Intelligence Division at the New York Field Office

Director James B. Comey has named Harold H. Shaw as the special agent in charge of the Intelligence Division at the New York Field Office.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney and FBI Assistant Director Announce Charges and Arrests in Multi-Million-Dollar Debt Collection Scam That Targeted More Than 6,000 Victims in All 50 States

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and George Venizelos, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (with conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with a nationwide debt collection scheme that targeted more than 6,000 victims throughout the United States.

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California Man Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Selling ‘Blackshades’ Malware That Enabled Users Around the World to Secretly and Remotely Control Victims’ Computers

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that BRENDAN JOHNSTON, an administrator of Blackshades who helped market and sell malicious software, or malware, including the Blackshades), pled guilty today in Manhattan federal court to conspiracy to commit computer hacking.

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Eight Additional Defendants Charged in White Plains Federal Court in Orange County Heroin Trafficking Conspiracy

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, George Venizelos, Assistant Director-In-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), Chief Ramon Bethencourt of the City of Middletown Police Department, announced the arrest of seven defendants and the unsealing of a Superseding Indictment charging a conspiracy to distribute over a kilogram of heroin in and around Orange County, New York.

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Fund Manager Arrested and Charged in $17 Million Ponzi Scheme

A five-count indictment was unsealed this morning in federal court charging James M.

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Former Hedge Fund Analyst Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Insider Trading Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Matthew Teeple, a former analyst for a hedge fund investment adviser located in San Francisco, California (Investment Adviser A), pled guilty today to participating in an insider trading scheme that resulted in at least $27 million in ill-gotten gains and losses avoided.

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Ahmed Abu Khatallah Indicted for Terrorist Conspiracy Stemming from September 2012 Attack in Benghazi, Libya

WASHINGTONAhmed Abu Khatallah, aka Ahmed Mukatallah, made his first appearance today in the U.

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Former President of Guatemala Alfonso Portillo Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court for Laundering Millions of Dollars Through United States Banks

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Alfonso Portillo, the former president of Guatemala, was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to 70 months in prison for laundering millions of dollars through bank accounts located in the United States.

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Importing Company’s Founder Pleads Guilty to Securities Fraud

On September 12, 2014, Eric Aronson, the founder and head of Permapave Industries LLC and Permapave USA Corporation (), pleaded guilty to securities fraud for soliciting over $30 million from more than 200 investors for fraudulent Permapave promissory notes.

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Reward of Up to $10,000 Offered for Information Leading to the Arrest of FBI Fugitive Antoine D. Burroughs

class="x_MsoNormal">The FBI, in conjunction with the United States Marshals Service (USMS) Fugitive Task Force, arrested Antoine Burroughs in the Bronx, New York, during the early morning hours of Thursday, September 4, 2014, without incident.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney and FBI Assistant Director in Charge Announce Charges in Connection with Blackshades Malicious Software That Enabled Users Around the World to Secretly and Remotely Control Victims’ Computers

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and George Venizelos, the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), announced today the unsealing of an indictment charging Alex Ycel, the owner of an organization known as Blackshades, that, since 2010, has sold and distributed to thousands of people in more than 100 countries a sophisticated and pernicious form of malicious software, or malware, known as the Blackshades remote access tool, or RAT.

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FBI New York Announces Newly Formed Cyber Task Force with NYPD and MTA

George Venizelos, the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI; William J.

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Former Corporate Executives Charged with Securities Fraud and Tax Offenses for Wide-Ranging Commercial Bribery Scheme

Two Coral Gables residents were charged today by separate informations for their participation in a scheme to obtain more than $9 million dollars in kickbacks and other benefits, and to conceal this illicit income from the IRS, while employed as senior executives at Systemax, Inc.

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New Jersey Man Found Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court of Perpetrating Multi-Million-Dollar Investment Fraud

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that CHARLES HUGGINS was found guilty in Manhattan federal court of perpetrating a multimillion-dollar investment fraud against dozens of victims across the United States.

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Australian Prime Minister Visits FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force for Threat Briefing

Australian Prime Minister, the Honorable Tony Abbott, visited the FBIs Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in Manhattan for a threat briefing today.

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Brooklyn Medical Equipment Providers Charged in Alleged $13 Million Scheme to Defraud Government-Funded Health Plans

BROOKLYNEarlier today, an indictment was unsealed charging Chikwere Onyekwere and Uchechi Onyekwere, registered owners and officers of purported durable medical equipment (DME) companies located in Brooklyn, New York, with executing a scheme to submit over $13 million in fraudulent claims to a New York-based, government-sponsored managed care organization.

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Two Members of Genovese Crime Family Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court for Loansharking in Commercial Carting Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that DOMINICK PIETRANICO and JOSEPH SARCINELLA were sentenced in Manhattan federal court in connection with their roles in a scheme to exert control over the commercial waste-hauling industry in the greater New York City metropolitan area and in parts of New Jersey.

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Former Stock Broker Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Insider Trading Charges

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that DARYL PAYTON, a former stock broker at a securities trading firm (), pled guilty today in Manhattan federal court to charges arising from his involvement in an insider trading scheme.

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Libyan National Charged with Federal Offenses in 2012 Attack on U.S. Special Mission and Annex in Benghazi

WASHINGTONAhmed Abu Khatallah, aka Ahmed Mukatalah, a Libyan national approximately 43 years of age, has been charged for his alleged participation in the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney and FBI Assistant Director in Charge Announce Commodities Fraud and Related Charges Against Principals of Commodities Trading Pool

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and George Venizelos, the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ().

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Guilty Plea of New York Accountant in Connection with the Massive Fraud at Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that PAUL J.

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Leader of Bloods Street Gang Convicted of Racketeering, Including Three Murders

Earlier today, following a month-long trial, Ronald Herron, also known as was convicted of all counts, including racketeering and three homicides, arising from his leadership of a violent set of the Bloods Street Gang that operated in the Gowanus Housing Development in Brooklyn.

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New York State Senator Thomas W. Libous Indicted by a White Plains Federal Grand Jury for Lying to the FBI

Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, George Venizelos, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office and Andrew W.

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FBI Launches National Campaign to Address Laser Threat to Aircraft

The FBI announced today a national campaign to deter people from pointing lasers at aircraft, a federal violation that presents danger to pilots, passengers, and those on the ground.

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Thirteen Members and Associates of Violent Yonkers Street Gang Charged in White Plains Federal Court with Racketeering, Violent Crimes, Narcotics Conspiracy, and Firearms Offenses

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, George Venizelos, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), with racketeering, violent crimes, narcotics conspiracy, and firearms offenses.

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Three Brothers Convicted of 1994 Murder

Earlier today, following three weeks of trial, a federal jury in Brooklyn, New York, returned guilty verdicts against Brian Gill, David Gill and Samuel McIntosh for their participation in the drug-related murder of Michael Dawson on June 22, 1994.

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New York City Police Department Officer Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Fraud and Identity Theft Charges

Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that JOHN L.

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New York Attorney Convicted of Fraud and Perjury in $5 Million Advance Fee Scheme

Robert Bardey, an attorney in New York, was convicted yesterday by a federal jury in Brooklyn on all four counts of the indictment, including wire fraud and perjury, for defrauding an individual entrepreneur of $5 million through, among other things, false representations about the disbursement of funds placed in his purported escrow account and then lying in a federal grand jury.

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Private Investigator and Former NYPD Officer Arrested in Bribery Scheme to Obtain Reports from Federal Law Enforcement Database

Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, George Venizelos, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), and William J.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney and FBI Assistant Director Announce Charges Against Brooklyn Man in Scheme to Defraud Elderly Victims Across the United States

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and George Venizelos, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), announced today the unsealing of a Complaint charging ALLAH JUSTICE MCQUEEN with conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with a scheme that targeted and victimized elderly people across the United States.

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Long Island Real Estate Manager Pleads Guilty in $96 Million Ponzi Scheme

Earlier today, Adam J.Manson, 42, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit securities fraud for engaging in a $96 million Ponzi scheme with co-defendant and former investment fund manager Brian R.

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Former Credit Suisse Vice President Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court in Connection with Scheme to Hide Losses in Mortgage-Backed Securities Trading Book

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that SALMAAN SIDDIQUI, a former Vice President in the Investment Banking Division of Credit Suisse Group (), was sentenced yesterday to time served in connection with a scheme to hide more than $100 million in losses in a mortgage-backed securities trading book at Credit Suisse.

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Man Charged with Attempted Enticement and Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today the filing of federal charges against Stephen P.

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Woman Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court in Water Park for Foster Kids Fraud

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that LILIANA TRAFFICANTE was sentenced this morning in Manhattan federal court by U.

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Lawyer Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to Five Years in Prison in Connection with Leadership of Asylum Fraud Ring

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that FENG LING LIU, a/k/a Karen, the attorney and owner of law firms in the Chinatown neighborhood of Manhattan, was sentenced in Manhattan federal court to five years in prison for her leadership of an immigration fraud conspiracy.

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Operator of 18 Chinese-Language Child Pornography Websites Sentenced to 210 Months in Prison

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Yong Wang was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to 210 months in prison for advertising in connection with the sexual exploitation of children through 18 Chinese-language child pornography websites he owned and operated.

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Senior Information Systems Engineer at National Law Firm Charged in Manhattan Federal Court with Insider Trading

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and George Venizelos, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), announced today that DMITRY BRAVERMAN was arrested this morning on securities fraud charges stemming from his involvement in an insider trading scheme.

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Investment Manager Principal of WG Trading Company LP and WG Trading Investors Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Role in Several-Hundred-Million-Dollar Fraud Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Stephen Walsh, an investment manager and principal of WG Trading Company LP (WG Trading Company) and WG Trading Investors, pled guilty today in Manhattan federal court to securities fraud.

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FBI, Yonkers Police Department Seek Public’s Assistance in Locating Two Violent Gang Members

12/19/14 Update:</ Ronnie King is in custody as of December 16, 2014.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney and FBI Assistant Director in Charge Announce Guilty Plea of Bank Employee to Insider Trading Charges

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and George Venizelos, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ().

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Aubrey Lee Price, Former Bank Director Who Faked His Own Death, Pleads Guilty to Bank, Wire, and Securities Fraud

STATESBORO, GAEarlier today, Aubrey Lee Price, 47, pleaded guilty to bank, securities, and wire fraud to resolve charges brought in the Southern District of Georgia and the Eastern District of New York relating to a multi-million-dollar fraud scheme that Price executed to defraud dozens of investors and a federally insured bank.

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Former CEO of Luggage Manufacturer Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Orchestrating Multi-Million-Dollar Bank Fraud Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that MARVIN JEMAL, the former Chief Executive Officer of a Manhattan-based company that designed, imported and distributed luggage, business bags, backpacks, and accessories (the ), pled guilty today in connection with a scheme to fraudulently obtain millions of dollars in loans from a bank by making false statements and submitting false and phony documents to the bank.

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Former Attorney Pleads Guilty to Lying to Federal Investigators About His Role in a Million-Dollar Fraud Scheme

Earlier today, Barry Stephen Zornberg pleaded guilty at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, New York, to lying to federal investigators about his role in a million-dollar foreclosure rescue fraud scheme.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Guilty Plea of Mayor of Mount Vernon Ernest D. Davis to Failing to File Income Tax Returns

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that ERNEST D.

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Afterschool Program Employee Indicted for Producing, Receiving, Distributing, and Possessing Child Pornography

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and George Venizelos, the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), announced that Rene Cardona, a former employee of an afterschool program in the Bronx, was indicted today on two counts of production of child pornography, two counts of receiving and distributing child pornography, and one count of possessing child pornography.

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Fourteen Defendants Charged in White Plains Federal Court with Massive Mortgage Fraud Conspiracy

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and George Venizelos, the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), and Carl E.

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Remarks by FBI Assistant Director in Charge George Venizelos Concerning the Arrest and Charges Against U.S. Representative Michael Grimm

The following remarks were prepared for delivery for New York Assistant Director in Charge George Venizelos on the arrest of and charges filed against U.

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Member of Russian Organized Crime Group Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 20 Years in Prison for Ordering Murder of Two Individuals

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that BORIS LISYANSKY was sentenced today to 20 years in prison for his role in hiring a hitman to kill two Queens businessmen, which resulted in a non-fatal shooting in May 2010.

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New York City Employee Charged in Manhattan Federal Court with Medicaid Fraud

Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York; George Venizelos, the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Mark G.

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Psychologist Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court for Participation in Multi-Year No-Fault Automobile Insurance Fraud Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that JAY SEITZ, a psychologist licensed to practice in the State of New York, was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court in connection with his participation in a multi-year, no-fault automobile insurance fraud scheme.

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Florida Man Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 51 Months in Prison in Connection with $8 Million Investment Fraud Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that SETH BEOKU BETTS, a principal of Betts and Gambles Global Equities LLC (), was sentenced today to 51 months in prison by the Honorable Shira A.

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Investment Fund Manager Pleads Guilty in $96 Million Ponzi Scheme

Earlier today, Brian R.Callahan, 44, pleaded guilty to one count of securities fraud and one count of wire fraud for operating a $96 million Ponzi scheme through his various offshore investment funds.

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Three Men Charged in White Plains Federal Court with Carjacking Resulting in Death

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, George Venizelos, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), William J.

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Medicare Fraud Strike Force Charges 90 Individuals for Approximately $260 Million in False Billing

WASHINGTONAttorney General Eric Holder and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today that a nationwide takedown by Medicare Fraud Strike Force operations in six cities has resulted in charges against 90 individuals, including 27 doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals, for their alleged participation in Medicare fraud schemes involving approximately $260 million in false billings.

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Joel Marcano Torres, Wanted for Attempted Murder in Providence, Arrested in the Bronx

Joel Marcano Torres was arrested without incident by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New York City Police department a few minutes after midnight on Friday, April 25, 2014.

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Two Defendants Sentenced for Participating in Racketeering Conspiracy with Russian-American Organized Crime Enterprise Operating International Sportsbook That Laundered More Than $100 Million

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that ANATOLY GOLUBCHIK was sentenced yesterday in Manhattan federal court to five years in prison, and VADIM TRINCHER was also sentenced today to five years in prison for participating in a racketeering conspiracy in connection with their roles as members of a Russian-American organized crime enterprise.

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Long Island Man Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to Five Years in Prison in Multi-Million-Dollar Investment Fraud Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and George Venizelos, the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), announced that NIZAR OTHMAN, the former principal of a Manhattan-based financial firm, NAOK Financial, Inc.

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Two Leaders of Israeli Fraud Ring Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court in Connection with Lottery Scheme That Targeted Elderly Victims in the United States

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that AVI AYACHE and YARON BAR, two leaders of an Israeli lottery fraud ring, were sentenced today by Chief United States District Judge Loretta A.

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Defendant Who Conspired to Kidnap, Rape, and Murder Women Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 10 Years in Prison

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that RICHARD MELTZ, the former Chief of Police, United States Department of Veterans Affairs, at the Bedford Veterans Affairs Medical Center, was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to ten years for conspiring to kidnap, rape, and murder the wife of a man he had met over the Internet, and a female Federal Bureau of Investigation agent working in an undercover capacity.

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Al Qaeda Spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghayth Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to Life in Prison for Conspiring to Kill Americans, Providing Material Support to Terrorists

Eric Holder, the Attorney General of the United States, Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, John P.

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FBI No Longer Seeking Gatsby Bandit

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New York City Police Department located and took into custody a man charged with the May 27, 2014 robbery of HSBC Bank located at 101 West 14th Street in Manhattan.

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Self-Described New York Money Manager Pleads Guilty in $5 Million Fraud Scheme

Thomas Bannon, the president of Overseas Investors LLC and Overseas Investors International Ltd.

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Former Senior Managing Director of Investment Bank Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 30 Months for Insider Trading and Making False Statements to FBI Agents

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced that FRANK PERKINS HIXON, JR.

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Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula Operative Pleads Guilty in Brooklyn Federal Court

Earlier today, Lawal Olaniyi Babafemi, a Nigerian citizen, pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide and providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

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Former Queens District Leader and City Council Candidate Found Guilty of Obstruction of Justice

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that attorney ALBERT BALDEO, a former Queens District Leader, was found guilty today in federal court of tampering with witnesses during the investigation of his alleged campaign fraud by the Federal Bureau of Investigation ().

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United States Congressman Michael Grimm Pleads Guilty to Causing the Filing of a False and Fraudulent Tax Return

WASHINGTONEarlier today, United States Congressman Michael Grimm pleaded guilty at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York, to aiding and assisting the preparation of a false tax return.

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Shooter Sentenced to 43 Years for 1997 Livery Cab Homicide

Elvin Hill was sentenced today to 43 years in prison at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn.

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Remembering 9/11

On the 13th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, the FBIs New York Field Office honored victims during an inaugural 9/11 Memorial Run/Walk and an early morning memorial service.

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Genovese Crime Family Associate Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court for Role in Commercial Carting Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Carmine Franco was sentenced yesterday in Manhattan federal court in connection with his role in a scheme to exert control over the commercial waste-hauling industry in the greater New York City metropolitan area and in parts of New Jersey.

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Art Gallery Owner Helly Nahmad Sentenced to One Year and One Day for Being a Leader of an International, Multi-Million-Dollar Illegal Sports Gambling Business

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that HILLEL NAHMAD, a/k/a was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to one year and one day in connection with his leadership role in the operation of a high-stakes illegal sports gambling business.

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Former Chief Financial Officer Indicted in $30 Million Bank Fraud

Thomas Torre, the former Chief Financial Officer of Metro Fuel Oil Cor.

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Software Company CEO Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 27 Months in Prison for His Role in $2 Million Securities Fraud Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that ROBERT KELLY, the Chief Executive Officer of Wwebnet, Inc.

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Six Corporate Executives and Six Corporate Entities Indicted for Orchestrating a $500 Million Offshore Asset Protection, Securities Fraud, and Money Laundering Scheme

A multi-count indictment was unsealed this morning in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, against six individual defendants: Robert Bandfield, a U.

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Alleged Texas Alien Smuggler Indicted by White Plains Federal Grand Jury on Hostage Taking and Alien Smuggling Charges

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and George Venizelos, the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), announced today the indictment of Juvencio Martinez-Martinez on hostage taking and alien smuggling charges.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney and FBI Assistant Director in Charge Announce Insider Trading Charges Against Director of Market Intelligence at Investor Relations Firm

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and George Venizelos, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), announced today that MICHAEL A.

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Foundry Owner Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison in $11 Million Scheme to Sell Fake Sculptures Attributed to Jasper Johns and Other Prominent Artists

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that BRIAN RAMNARINE was sentenced in Manhattan federal court to 30 months in prison for fraudulently selling and attempting to sell, for more than $11 million, bronze sculptures that he falsely represented to be works of art by prominent artists Jasper Johns, Robert Indiana, and Saint Clair Cemin.

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Former Longshoremen Plead Guilty to Extortion Conspiracy Involving Christmastime Tribute Payments

NEWARKs Association (ILA) for Christmastime tribute payments, New Jersey U.

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Long Island Man Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Join al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and Obstruction of Justice

Earlier today at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, New York, Marcos Alonso Zea, also known as ), and obstruction of justice.

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Former New York City Council Member Daniel Halloran Found Guilty in Federal Court on Bribery and Fraud Charges Connected to 2013 Mayor’s Race

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that former New York City Council Member DANIEL HALLORAN was found guilty in federal court of arranging the bribery of New York City Republican leaders to allow New York State Senator Malcolm Smith, a Democrat, to run as a Republican candidate for New York City Mayor in 2013.

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Former Longshoremen Plead Guilty to Extortion Conspiracy Involving Christmastime Tribute Payments

NEWARKs Association (ILA) for Christmastime tribute payments, and an associate of the Genovese organized crime family charged in the same case admitted running an illegal sports betting operation.

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‘Karl Lee’ Charged in Manhattan Federal Court with Using a Web of Front Companies to Evade U.S. Sanctions

WASHINGTON is charged with violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) by using United States-based financial institutions to engage in millions of dollars of U.

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Former Corporate Lawyer Arrested and Charged in Manhattan Federal Court in Connection with Multi-Million-Dollar Ponzi Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and George Venizelos, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), announced today that CHARLES A.

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Gambino Family Administration Member Bartolomeo Vernace Sentenced to Life Imprisonment

Earlier today at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, Bartolomeo Vernace, a member of the administration of the Gambino organized crime family of La Cosa Nostra (the Gambino family), was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole, plus 10 years.

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SAC Capital Portfolio Manager Michael Steinberg Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 42 Months in Prison for Insider Trading

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that MICHAEL STEINBERG, a portfolio manager of Sigma Capital Management LLC (), a division of the Connecticut based hedge fund S.

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East Hampton Man Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Fraudulent Sales of Purported Jackson Pollock and Willem De Kooning Artworks

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and George Venizelos, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), announced today that JOHN RE, 54, of East Hampton, New York, pled guilty to one count of wire fraud in connection with his nine-year scheme to defraud art collectors who sought to acquire works by famous American artists such as Jackson Pollock and Willem De Kooning, which resulted in approximately $2.

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Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, a/k/a ‘Abu Hamza,’ Convicted on 11 Terrorism Charges in Manhattan Federal Court

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, today announced the conviction of Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, a/k/a for his participation in a hostage-taking in Yemen in 1998 that resulted in four deaths, a conspiracy to establish a terrorist training camp in Bly, Oregon, in 1999, and supporting violent jihad in Afghanistan in 2000 and 2001.

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Former U.S. Congressional Aide Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court for Accepting Illegal Gratuities

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Samuel Pierre, who was employed by a member of Congress at the time of his offense, was sentenced yesterday in Manhattan federal court to three months home confinement for accepting an illegal gratuity in return for promising to provide immigration-related assistance that never was provided.

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Juveniles Recovered in Operation Targeting Commercial Child Sex Trafficking

During the past week, the FBI, along with local, state, and federal law enforcement partners, conducted Operation Cross Country VIII to address commercial child sex trafficking throughout the United States.

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Captain of Genovese Crime Family and Associate Charged in Manhattan Federal Court With Racketeering

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, George Venizelos, the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), James J.

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Leader of a Long Island Chapter of the Ñetas Gang Sentenced to 37 Years’ Imprisonment in Connection with the Murders of Two 17-Year-Old Rival Gang Members

Earlier today, the leader of a Long Island chapter of the was sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 37 years to be followed by five years of supervised release as a result of his guilty plea to the 2004 murders of Anthony Marcano and Fabian Mestres.

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Three Insurance Agents Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court for Elaborate Multi-Million-Dollar Life Insurance Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that MICHAEL BINDAY, the president and owner of a Scarsdale-based insurance agency, JAMES KEVIN KERGIL, an insurance agent based in Peekskill, New York, and MARK RESNICK, an insurance agent based in Orlando, Florida, were sentenced today to prison terms of 12 years, nine years, and six years, respectively, for their involvement in a massive scheme to defraud life insurance companies in connection with the issuance of stranger-originated life insurance () policies.

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Diego G. Rodriguez Named Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s New York Field Office

Director James B.Comey has named Diego G.Rodriguez the assistant director in charge (ADIC) of the FBI s New York Field Office.

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Prominent Wine Dealer Rudy Kurniawan Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 10 Years in Prison for Selling Millions of Dollars of Counterfeit Wine

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that prominent wine dealer RUDY KURNIAWAN was sentenced today to 10 years in prison for carrying out an elaborate scheme in which he manufactured and sold counterfeit bottles of purportedly rare and expensive wine for millions of dollars, and for fraudulently obtaining a $3 million loan from a financing company.

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Six Charged in Manhattan Federal Court for Operating Illegal Prescription Drug Ring Out of Bronx Grocery Store

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, George Venizelos, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), and William J.

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Connecticut Man Charged in Manhattan Federal Court with Misappropriation of More Than $1 Million from Investors in Commodity Pool

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and George Venizelos, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), in connection with the unsealing of a two-count Indictment charging TOMAZIN with defrauding investors and misappropriating investment funds.

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Dutchess County Woman Sentenced in White Plains Federal Court to 51 Months in Prison for Wire Fraud, Filing False Claims, Bank Fraud, and Corruptly Interfering with the IRS

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that MELANIE FERREIRA was sentenced yesterday afternoon in White Plains federal court to 51 months in prison following her conviction for engaging in a series of frauds, which included cheating the Internal Revenue Service () out of nearly half a million dollars, and perpetrating a bank fraud scheme.

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Yonkers Man Sentenced to 37 Months in Prison in White Plains Federal Court for Impersonating an FBI Agent

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that Ayman Rabadi, of Yonkers, New York, was sentenced to 37 months in prison after having pleaded guilty last May to a charge of wire fraud relating to his impersonation of a special agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

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SAC Capital Portfolio Manager Mathew Martoma Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to Nine Years for Insider Trading

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that MATHEW MARTOMA, a former portfolio manager of CR Intrinsic Investors, LLC, a division of SAC Capital, was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to nine years in prison based on his participation in the most lucrative insider trading scheme ever charged, involving approximately $275 million in illegal profits and avoided losses.

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Brothers Sentenced in $2 Million Fraud Scheme

Earlier today, Amner A.Borukhov, also known as was sentenced to 57 months of imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release, following his plea of guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

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Yonkers Cardiologist Convicted of Fraud Sentenced in White Plains Federal Court to Three Years in Prison

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that ROHAN WIJETILAKA was sentenced today by U.

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FBI Fugitive Antoine Burroughs Arrested

The FBI, in conjunction with the United States Marshals Service (USMS) Fugitive Task Force, arrested Antoine Burroughs in the Bronx, New York, during the early morning hours of Thursday, September 4, 2014, without incident.

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Five Employees, Including the Former President of Premier Links, Inc., Charged with Alleged $9 Million Microcap Stock Fraud

New York residents Margaret Amatulli, Frederick Anderson, Darnell Jackson, and Nicholas Spinelli were arrested today on charges that they engaged in a wire and mail fraud conspiracy to steal over nine million dollars from over 300 investors.

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New York City Employee Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Million-Dollar Medicaid Fraud

Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that AKIM MURRAY, an employee of the Medicaid Reimbursement Unit of the New York City Human Resources Administration (), pled guilty before U.

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Doctor Pleads Guilty in Connection with $13 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme

WASHINGTONA doctor at a Brooklyn, New York, health care clinic pleaded guilty today in the Eastern District of New York to conspiring to defraud the United States in connection with his role in a $13 million health care fraud scheme.

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Organized Crime Associate Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court for Role in Commercial Carting Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that William Cali was sentenced in Manhattan federal court in connection with his role in a scheme to exert control over the commercial waste-hauling industry in the greater New York City metropolitan area and in parts of New Jersey.

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Genovese Organized Crime Family Soldier and Two Crime Family Associates Admit Racketeering Conspiracy

NEWARK, NJs Association (ILA) for Christmastime tribute payments, New Jersey U.

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Dinesh D’Souza Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to Five Years of Probation for Campaign Finance Fraud

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that DINESH DSOUZA was sentenced in Manhattan federal court to five years of probation, with eight months during the first year to be served in a community confinement center, after having pled guilty to violating the federal campaign election law by making illegal contributions to a United States Senate campaign in the names of others.

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Defendant Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to Six Months in Prison and Six Month’s Home Confinement for Being a Leader of an International Multi-Million-Dollar Illegal Sports Gambling Business

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Illya Trincher was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to six months in prison followed by six months home confinement in connection with his leadership role in the operation of a high-stakes illegal sports gambling business.

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Connecticut Man Pleads Guilty in White Plains Federal Court to Seven Bank Robberies and a Convenience Store Robbery

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, George Venizelos, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigaion (), and Joseph A.

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Bloods Street Gang Leader Sentenced to 30 Years of Imprisonment for Racketeering, Murder, Drug Distribution, and Firearms Use

Today in Brooklyn federal court, Laron Spicer, also known as s control of illegal activity on Sterling Place between Buffalo and Rochester Avenues for over 12 years.

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Dinesh D’Souza Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Campaign Finance Fraud

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today the guilty plea of Dinesh DSouza to violating the federal election campaign law by making illegal contributions to a United States Senate campaign in the names of others.

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International Terrorism Defendant Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Carlin announced that ADEL ABDEL BARY, a/k/a s work on behalf of Al Qaeda and the Egyptian Islamic Jihad.

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Three Charged in White Plains Federal Court in Connection with December 2013 Homicide

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, George Venizelos, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ( for a fatal shooting related to gang rivalry in Yonkers.

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Chief Executive Officer of International Stock Transfer Pleads Guilty in $3 Million Securities Fraud Scheme

BROOKLYN, NYYesterday, Cecil Franklin Speight, also known as Frank Speight, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and securities fraud for engaging in a conspiracy to steal over three million dollars from investors.

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Three Foam Manufacturers Plead Guilty in Price Fixing Scheme

WASHINGTONThree manufacturers of polyurethane foam used to create interior components for automobiles pleaded guilty today to participating in a scheme to fix prices to customers, the Department of Justice announced.

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Manhattan Man Charged in White Plains Federal Court with Sexually Exploiting Boy in Sullivan County and Sexual Exploitation, Enticement, and Child Pornography Crimes

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today the filing of a five-count Indictment in White Plains federal court charging STEPHEN P.

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Former Operator of NYC Health Clinics Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to $30 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Thomas O), announced today that OSCAR HUACHILLO, the former operator of multiple HIV/AIDS clinics in New York City, pled guilty to orchestrating a scheme to defraud Medicare out of more than $31 million by billing Medicare for expensive treatments that were administered at a highly diluted dose or never administered at all, and were often medically unnecessary.

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Long Island Man Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 10 Years in Prison for Insurance Scam in Which He Caused Dozens of Intentional Car Crashes

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that MAXO JEAN was sentenced today to 10 years in prison for perpetrating a multi-year insurance fraud scheme in which JEAN directed co-conspirators to engage in more than 30 car crashes with innocent third parties, and then fraudulently obtained insurance benefits based on unnecessary medical treatments he secured for his co-conspirators following the crashes.

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Long Island Man Sentenced for Engaging in a Multi-State Scheme to Steal Victims’ Retirement Savings

Earlier today, defendant Alexander Swanson, 49, was sentenced to 30 months of incarceration for engaging in a wire fraud scheme to steal the retirement savings of individuals in New York, New Jersey, and elsewhere.

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Colombo Family Soldier Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison

Earlier today, Dino Saracino, a soldier in the Colombo organized crime family of La Cosa Nostra (the ), was sentenced to 50 years in prison at the United States Courthouse in Brooklyn, New York.

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Florida Man Charged in Manhattan Federal Court in Connection with Multi-Million-Dollar Real Estate Fraud Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and George Venizelos, the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office (FBI), announced today that Joseph del Valle, an owner and partner of various investment companies, including Vanquish Acquisition Partners LLC and PM Capital Management LLC, which were based in Manhattan, New York, surrendered this afternoon on charges of wire fraud and wire fraud conspiracy for operating a fraudulent scheme related to a Florida real estate development project.

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Long Island Man Pleads Guilty in Connection with $5 Million Ponzi Scheme

Long Island resident Robert Rocco, 49, pleaded guilty today before U.

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Fordham, FBI Hosting Fifth Annual Global Cyber Security Summit

Itintrusions, hacks, and breaches into private companies and U.

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Software Company CEO and Former Adjunct Columbia Business School Professor Arrested and Charged in Manhattan Federal Court in Connection with Multi-Million-Dollar Fraud Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and George Venizelos, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), announced today that GREGORY RORKE was arrested this morning on securities and wire fraud charges stemming from his alleged scheme to defraud investors in his company, Navagate, Inc.

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Justice Department, Federal and State Partners Secure Record $7 Billion Global Settlement with Citigroup for Misleading Investors About Securities Containing Toxic Mortgages

WASHINGTONThe Justice Department, along with federal and state partners, today announced a $7 billion settlement with Citigroup Inc.

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Three Individuals Found Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court of the 2010 Murder of Jeffrey Henry in Newburgh, New York

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that RAYMOND CHRISTIAN, GLENN THOMAS, and TYRELL WHITAKER were found guilty last Friday in Manhattan federal court of the December 15, 2010, murder of Jeffrey Henry.

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Atlantic County Man Sentenced to 57 Months in Prison for Trafficking Over 100,000 Cartons of Contraband Cigarettes

CAMDEN, NJAn Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 57 months in prison for trafficking millions of dollars in contraband cigarettes, laundering the proceeds through his South Jersey store and participating in a $2 million mortgage scheme in New York, U.

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Congressman Michael Grimm Indicted on Mail, Wire, and Health Care Fraud; Filing False Tax Returns; Perjury; Obstruction of an Official Proceeding; Hiring and Employing Unauthorized Aliens; and Related Charges in Connection with His Manhattan Restaurant

A 20-count indictment was unsealed this morning in federal court in Brooklyn charging Michael Grimm with five counts of mail fraud, five counts of wire fraud, three counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false federal tax returns, one count of conspiring to defraud the United States, one count of impeding the Internal Revenue Service, one count of health care fraud, one count of engaging in a pattern or practice of hiring and continuing to employ unauthorized aliens, two counts of perjury, and one count of obstructing an official proceeding.

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Haroon Aswat Extradited from the United Kingdom to the Southern District of New York to Face Terrorism Charges

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, George Venizelos, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), and William J.

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Former Chief Financial Officer Pleads Guilty in White Plains Federal Court to Embezzling $5.7 Million and Evading Income Taxes

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that Gregg Pierleoni pleaded guilty to fraud and tax evasion charges arising from his embezzlement of more than $5.

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Two New Jersey Residents Charged with Fatal Robbery of Ossining Man

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, George Venizelos, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), and Joseph Burton, Jr.

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Long Island Pediatrician Pleads Guilty to Child Sexual Exploitation

Earlier today, Rakesh K. Punn, a licensed medical doctor and pediatrician, pleaded guilty to child sexual exploitation. Today s plea took place before United States District Judge Joanna Seybert.

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Operator of Silk Road 2.0 Website Charged in Manhattan Federal Court

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, George Venizelos, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ( in connection with his operation and ownership of the Silk Road 2.

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Four Arrested for Defrauding Mortgage Lending Institutions

BROOKLYN, NYA six-count indictment was unsealed this morning in federal court in Brooklyn charging mortgage broker Alex Barrett, property manager Barthelemy Adjavehoude, title agent Michelle Baker, property manager and self-described foreclosure specialist James Bayfield, and property managers Samuel Terrell Bell and Dirk Hall with engaging in a bank and wire fraud conspiracy to steal millions of dollars from financial lending institutions.

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Aubrey Lee Price, Former Bank Director Who Faked His Own Death, Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison

STATESBORO, GA Edward J.Tarver, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, and Loretta E.Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, announced that Aubrey Lee Price, 48, was sentenced today in Statesboro federal court to 30 years in federal prison for perpetrating a Ponzi scheme that resulted in millions of dollars of losses to dozens of Price s investors and led to the collapse of a federally insured bank.

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Former CEO of Paramount Management Charged in Manhattan Federal Court with Fraud

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and George Venizelos, the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), announced today that ALEX V.

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Investment Managers Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court for Several Hundred Million-Dollar Fraud Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that STEPHEN WALSH and PAUL GREENWOOD, investment managers and principals of WG Trading Company, LP, and WG Trading Investors, were sentenced in Manhattan federal court in connection with a fraudulent commodities trading and investment advisory scheme.

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Leader of a Violent Crew Convicted of Racketeering and Six Murders

Earlier today, following five weeks of trial, a federal jury in Brooklyn, New York, returned guilty verdicts against Christian John and Marvin Johnson.

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Spike in Holiday Hold Ups

There has been an increase in bank robberies in New York City over the past week of this holiday season.

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CEO and Managing Director of U.S. Broker-Dealer Plead Guilty in Massive International Bribery Scheme

WASHINGTONThe former chief executive officer and former managing director of a U.

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Former Director of Market Intelligence at Investor Relations Firm Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Insider Trading

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that MICHAEL A.

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Brooklyn Doctor Found Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court in Connection with Massive No-Fault Insurance Fraud Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that TATYANA GABINSKAYA was found guilty Friday, October 3, 2014, of various health care fraud and mail fraud offenses following a two-week jury trial before the U.

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New Video Footage Released in Unsolved Armored Car Robbery, Suspects Linked to Second Robbery

A Spanish version of this press release is available after the English text.

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Ahmed Abu Khatallah Indicted on Additional Charges for September 2012 Attack in Benghazi, Libya

A federal grand jury in the District of Columbia returned a superseding indictment today charging Ahmed Abu Khatallah, aka Ahmed Mukatallah, with numerous additional offenses arising from his alleged participation in the Sept.

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Four More Individuals Charged in Manhattan Federal Court with Participating in a Multi-State Robbery Crew That Used Violence, Including Firearms, to Steal More Than $1 Million in Luxury Watches

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York; George Venizelos, the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and William J.

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Reward Money Offered for Information Leading to Arrest of Two Fugitives Charged in Multi-Million-Dollar International Cyber Fraud Scheme

Earlier today, the U.S.State Department s Transnational Organized Crime Rewards Program announced the offering of rewards for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Romanian fugitive Nicolae Popescu,<sup>1</sup> the leader of an international organized crime syndicate that ran a multimillion dollar cyber fraud scheme, and Dumitru Daniel Bosogioiu,<sup>2</sup> another Romanian fugitive charged with participating in the scheme.

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Eleven Charged in Federal Court with Cocaine Trafficking in the Bronx and Across New York State

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York; Janet DiFiore, the Westchester County District Attorney; Scott W.

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Leaders of Violent Gang Convicted on All Counts in Racketeering and Murder Case

Yesterday, following more than two weeks of trial, a federal jury in Brooklyn, New York, returned guilty verdicts against Anthony Mayes, Jr.

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Former Hedge Fund Analyst Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Participating in Insider Trading Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that MATTHEW TEEPLE, a former analyst for San Francisco-based hedge fund Artis Capital Management, L.

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Former Chief Investment Officer of Construction Supply Company Sentenced to 37 Months in Prison in Bank Fraud Scheme

BROOKLYN, NYRodney Watts, 42, the former chief investment officer of GDC Acquisitions LLC (GDC), was sentenced today in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, to 37 months in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release.

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Former NYPD Sergeant Who Participated in $4.7 Million Real Estate Fraud Sentenced to 58 Months in Prison

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced that JAMES MONAHAN, the owner of a real estate investment company called Panam Management Group, Inc.

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Former Director of Operations for Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities, Daniel Bonventre, Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 10 Years in Prison for His Role in the Massive Fraud

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that DANIEL BONVENTRE, the former Director of Operations for Bernard L.

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Leading Member of the International Cyber Criminal Group LulzSec Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Hector Monsegur, a/k/a computer systems.

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Rikers Island Correction Officer Found Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court of Deliberately Ignoring Urgent Medical Needs of Inmate Who Died

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that TERRENCE PENDERGRASS, a correction officer and former captain, was found guilty today in federal court of deliberately ignoring the urgent medical needs of a Rikers Island inmate who had ingested a corrosive disinfectant and later died, in violation of the inmates rights under the United States Constitution.

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Former Studio Assistant to Jasper Johns Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Engaging in $6.5 Million Scheme to Sell Stolen Johns Works

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that JAMES MEYER, a former assistant to artist Jasper Johns, pled guilty in Manhattan federal court in connection with his sale of 22 works that he stole from Johns studio in Sharon, Connecticut.

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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Employee Recognized by FBI Director

Last week, an employee of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory was recognized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with a Directors Community Leadership Award.

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Long Island Mortgage Banker and Five Others Indicted in $30 Million Bank Fraud Conspiracy

Earlier today, an indictment was unsealed charging six men with carrying out a $30 million bank fraud conspiracy by fraudulently inflating the prices of homes for sale and then obtaining mortgages that far exceeded the true collateral value of properties in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

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Former Senior Systems Engineer at National Law Firm Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Insider Trading

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that DMITRY BRAVERMAN, a former Senior Systems Engineer at a prominent national law firm, pled guilty today in Manhattan federal court to insider trading.

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Texas-Based Political Contributor Pleads Guilty to Evading Federal Election Campaign Contribution Limits

Earlier today, Diana Durand pleaded guilty to violating the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) by funneling campaign contributions through to the campaign committees of two candidates running for federal office.

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Remarks as Prepared for Delivery on Williams, Scott, & Associates Debt Collection Scam

The following remarks were prepared for delivery by FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard Frankel on the Williams, Scott, Associates debt collection scam:</em.

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Resident of Spain Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 65 Months in Prison for His Role in $16 Million Investment Fraud Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that ANTHONIE R.

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Brooklyn Man Convicted of Attempting to Drug and Sexually Abuse Children

Earlier today, following a two week trial, a federal jury in Brooklyn, New York, returned a guilty verdict against Bebars Baslan on charges of travel with intent to engage in sexual acts with a child under 12, conspiracy to produce child pornography, attempted production of child pornography, and attempted coercion and enticement of a child to engage in illegal sexual conduct.

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Wisconsin Pharmacist and Nevada Pharmacologist Charged with Smuggling Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals Using a Costa Rican Internet Pharmacy

WASHINGTONA Wisconsin pharmacist and a Nevada pharmacologist were arraigned on an indictment today in federal court in Central Islip, New York, before United States Magistrate Judge Gary Brown.

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Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by Assistant Director in Charge George C. Venizelos at the CodeSmart Press Conference

The following remarks were delivered by New York ADIC George Venizelos at the press conference regarding a market manipulation case.

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Former Senior Finance Analyst at Pharmaceutical Company Charged in Manhattan Federal Court with Insider Trading

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and George Venizelos, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), announced today that ZACHARY ZWERKO was arrested on securities fraud charges stemming from his involvement in an insider trading scheme.

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Queens Man Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 15 Years in Prison for Conspiracy and Attempting to Provide Material Support to Hizballah

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that PATRICK NAYYAR, 50, an Indian citizen who was residing illegally in the United States, was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to 15 years in prison for crimes related to support he attempted to provide Hizballah, a designated foreign terrorist organization.

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Former Chief Merchandising Officer of Aéropostale Inc. Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison for $25 Million Bribery Scheme

Christopher Finazzo, the former Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer of national teenage clothing retailer Aropostale, Inc.

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Violent Brooklyn Man Wanted for Numerous Armed Robberies

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and New York Police Department are asking for the publics help locating Ringo Delcid in connection with numerous violent Hobbs Act robberies.

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Talent Agent Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court for Stealing More Than Half-a-Million Dollars from His Actor Clients and Ordered to Forfeit Artwork He Purchased with Proceeds

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Peter Strain, a talent agent for film, television, and Broadway actors, was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to three years money, which he used to purchase, among other things, expensive artwork and luxury personal items.

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Former FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitive Pleads Guilty to Murder

Earlier today at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, New York, Juan Garcia, also known as a member of La Mara Salvatrucha, also known as the MS-13 street gang, pled guilty to murder in aid of racketeering.

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Manhattan Business Owner Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 46 Months in Prison for His Participation in a $2.9 Million Ponzi Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Jason Konior, the founder and manager of a number of related business entities in New York City, collectively referred to as Absolute, was sentenced yesterday in Manhattan federal court to 46 months in prison for his participation in a Ponzi scheme.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney and FBI Assistant Director Announce Securities and Wire Fraud Charges Against Texas Man for Running Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and George Venizelos, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ( was arrested this morning on securities fraud and wire fraud charges stemming from his involvement in a Bitcoin-related Ponzi scheme.

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Brooklyn Man Arrested and Charged in Manhattan Federal Court in Connection with Advance Fee Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and George Venizelos, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ( was arrested this morning on wire fraud charges stemming from his advance fee scheme, which allegedly defrauded small business owners of more than $1 million.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney and FBI Assistant Director in Charge Announce the Repatriation of Nine Stolen Miguel Cabrera Paintings to the Republic of Peru

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and George Venizelos, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), announced today the repatriation of nine stolen 18th century paintings to the Republic of Peru.

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Former Chief Information Officer of Foundry Networks Found Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court of Participating in Insider Trading Scheme That Reaped More Than Tens of Millions in Unlawful Gains

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that DAVID RILEY, former Chief Information Officer of Foundry Networks, Inc.

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Gambino Crime Family Associate Gennaro Bruno Charged with the 2002 Murder of Martin Bosshart

Earlier today, an indictment was unsealed charging Gennaro ) with racketeering and racketeering conspiracy, including predicate acts of murder, narcotics trafficking, extortion and obstruction of justice.

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BNP Paribas Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Conspiring to Violate U.S. Economic Sanctions

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Leslie R.

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Two Former Stock Brokers Charged in Manhattan Federal Court with Insider Trading Offenses

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and George Venizelos, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), for their alleged involvement in an insider trading scheme.

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Two Members of Bronx Drug Trafficking Crew Convicted in Manhattan Federal Court for Murders, Drug Trafficking, Firearms Offenses, and Other Crimes

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that ARMANI CUMMINGS, a/k/a were found guilty on December 12 of murder, drug trafficking, firearms offenses, and other crimes.

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Chief Financial Officer Pleads Guilty in Multi-Million-Dollar Advance Fee and Alaskan Gold Mine Investment Schemes

Earlier today, Frank E. Perkins, 54, a resident of La Grange, Kentucky, pleaded guilty to two counts charging conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit securities fraud and wire fraud for his leadership role in two separate schemes.

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Long Island Attorney Charged with Forging Signature of Bankruptcy Judge

An indictment was unsealed today in federal court in the Eastern District of New York charging Jeffrey I.

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United States Attorneys Offices Available to Receive Election Complaints

Preet Bharara and Loretta Lynch, the United States Attorneys for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, respectively, announced today that special telephone numbers have been set up to receive complaints of possible violations of federal election laws relating to the upcoming general elections in New York City and other counties in their districts.

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Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by Assistant Director in Charge George Venizelos for a Peruvian Paintings Repatriation Ceremony

The following remarks were prepared for delivery by FBI New Yorks Assistant Director in Charge George Venizelos of the repatriation of stolen Peruvian paintings.

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New York City Police Department Officer Arrested on Fraud and Identity Theft Charges

Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York,; Robert T.

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FBI, NYPD Seeking Information on Violent Armed Bank Robber Today in Queens

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New York City Police Department are seeking the publics assistance in identifying an individual responsible for a bank robbery earlier today in Queens.

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Gatsby Bandit Sought in Series of New York City Bank Robberies

Updated June 4, 2014: This fugitive has been captured.a title="" class="internal-link" href="http://nohost/Plone/contact-us/field-offices/newyork/press-releases/fbi-no-longer-seeking-gatsby-bandit" target="_self">Related press release.a.The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New York City Police Department are seeking the publics assistance in locating an armed bank robbery suspect last seen on May 16, 2014, robbing the Astoria Federal Savings Bank at 72-35 Broadway in Queens.

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Individual Posing as Investment Adviser Sentenced to 46 Months for Operating a Million-Dollar Investment Fraud Scheme

Earlier today, a Brooklyn man who was convicted of wire fraud after defrauding a Hawaiian investor of $1 million was sentenced to 46 months of imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release and was ordered to pay $1 million in restitution.

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Former Businessman Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 34 Months in Prison for Fraud in Connection with the Financing of ‘Rebecca—the Musical’

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that one-time Long Island businessman MARK HOTTON was sentenced in Manhattan federal court to 34 months in prison for defrauding the producers of the Broadway show fraud.

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Former CEO of Bitcoin Exchange Company Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to Two Years in Prison for Helping to Sell Nearly $1 Million in Bitcoins for Drug Buys on Silk Road

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that CHARLIE SHREM, the former Chief Executive Officer and Compliance Officer of BitInstant, a Bitcoin exchange company, and the former Vice Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation, was sentenced today to two years in prison for his role in knowingly transmitting nearly $1 million in Bitcoins intended to facilitate drug trafficking on a black-market website designed to enable users to buy and sell illegal drugs anonymously and beyond the reach of law enforcement.

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New Jersey Pharmacist Admits Attempting to Weaponize Deadly Toxins and Possessing Narcotics Manufacturing Equipment

WASHINGTONA licensed pharmacist pleaded guilty in federal court today to attempting to develop, produce, and possess the potentially deadly toxins ricin and abrin for use as weapons and to possessing equipment for producing illegal narcotics, New Jersey U.

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Eight Charged in White Plains Federal Court with Heroin Trafficking in Middletown

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, George Venizelos, Assistant Director-In-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), Ramon Bethencourt, the Chief of the City of Middletown Police Department, and Joseph A.

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Two Bloods Members Sentenced to Life in Prison for the Execution of Rival Gang Leader

Earlier today at the Brooklyn federal courthouse, Dontae Sebbern and Dexter Waiters were sentenced to life in prison for, among other crimes, the racketeering-related murder of gang leader Jermaine Dickersen, also known as Big Den.

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FBI New York Facilitates Return of Stolen Painting to Oysterponds Historical Society, Seeks Public Assistance Locating Other Stolen Items

On September 29, 2015, FBI New Yorks Art Crime Team returned the Bark Washington painting to the Oysterponds Historical Society in Orient, New York, after it was stolen more than 14 years ago.

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Middletown Registered Sex Offender Sentenced in White Plains Federal Court to 30 Years in Prison for Sexually Exploiting a Minor via Facebook

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), announced that DANIEL COONS, 35, a registered sex offender, was sentenced yesterday to 30 years in prison by United States District Judge Cathy Seibel for sexually exploiting a 14-year-old girl via Facebook.

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Suffolk County Resident Indicted for Fraudulent Lien Scheme Perpetrated Against Suffolk County State Court Judges

An indictment was unsealed today in United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York charging Jerry Campora, Jr.

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U.S. Air Force Veteran Charged with Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIL

Yesterday, a federal grand jury in Brooklyn returned a two-count indictment charging Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh, an American citizen and veteran of the United States Air Force, with attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a foreign terrorist organization, and obstruction and attempted obstruction of justice.

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Peekskill Man Charged in White Plains Federal Court with Distribution of Heroin and Fentanyl Causing the Death of an Individual

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-In-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), and George N.

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Brooklyn Man Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 15 Years in Prison for Providing Material Support to al Qaeda

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and John P.

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Terrorist Sentenced to 22 Years for Providing Material Support to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

WASHINGTONLawal Olaniyi Babafemi, 35, a Nigerian citizen, was sentenced today to 22 years in prison for conspiring to provide and providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

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Bronx Man Pleads Guilty to Aiming a Laser Beam at Commercial Airliners Near LaGuardia Airport

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that ELEHECER BALAGUER pled guilty today in Manhattan federal court to aiming the beam of a laser pointer at commercial airliners in the vicinity of LaGuardia Airport on March 9, 2015.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Arrest and Unsealing of Charges Against Senior Adviser to the Operator of the Silk Road Website

A complaint as unsealed charging Roger Thomas Clark, a senior adviser to Ross Ulbricht, a/k/a “Dread Pirate Roberts,” a/k/a “DPR,” the owner and operator of the “Silk Road” website, an online illicit black market that operated from January 2011 until October 2, 2013.

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Brooklyn Resident Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Provide Material Support to Terrorists

Earlier today, Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev, a citizen of Uzbekistan and resident of Brooklyn, New York, pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

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Al Qaeda Operative Convicted for Role in International Terrorism Plot Targeting the United States and Europe

Earlier today, following a two-week trial, Abid Naseer, a Pakistani national who joined al-Qaeda and plotted to commit a terrorist attack in the United Kingdom, was found guilty by a jury in Brooklyn federal court of providing material support to al-Qaeda, conspiring to provide material support to al-Qaeda, and conspiring to use a destructive device in relation to a crime of violence.

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New York Attorney Charged in Multi-Million-Dollar Fraud Scheme to Purchase Nationally Circulated Magazine

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Robert J.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces $370 Million Civil Fraud Settlement Against Novartis Pharmaceuticals for Kickback Scheme Involving High-Priced Prescription Drugs, Along with $20 Million Forfeiture of Proceeds from the Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), Gregory E.

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Former CEO of Paramount Management Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Commodities Fraud

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that ALEX V.

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CEO Who Oversaw Multi-Million-Dollar Corporate Accounting Fraud Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that STEVEN KAITZ, the chief executive officer and one of three owners and principals of G3K Displays, Inc.

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Secret Owner of Offshore Brokerage Firm Arrested for Alleged Leadership Role in a $300 Million Securities Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme

Gregg R.Mulholland, a dual U.S.and Canadian citizen, was arrested at Phoenix International Airport earlier today during a layover of his flight from Canada to Mexico on charges of securities fraud conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy for fraudulently manipulating the stocks of numerous U.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Charges Against Seven Individuals for Multi-Million-Dollar Investment Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Philip R.

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Sullivan County Man Charged in White Plains Federal Court with Distribution of Heroin and Fentanyl Causing the Death of an Individual

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), James R.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney and FBI Assistant Director Announce Arrest of Former Lawyer Stuart Schlesinger for Defrauding Clients of More Than $3 Million

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), announced the arrest of STUART SCHLESINGER for defrauding his clients by failing to pay them millions of dollars in personal injury settlements that SCHLESINGER had obtained on their behalf.

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Russian Agent Pleads Guilty to Leading Scheme to Illegally Export Controlled Technology to the Russian Military

Alexander Fishenko, a dual citizen of the United States and Russia, pled guilty to all charges pending against him, including acting as an agent of the Russian government within the United States without prior notification to the Attorney General, conspiring to export, and illegally exporting, controlled microelectronics to Russia, conspiring to launder money, and obstruction of justice.

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Remarks Prepared for Delivery by ADIC Diego G. Rodriguez

Were one step closer to eliminating the drugs and violence that threaten the future and stability of their community.

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Brian Gill Sentenced to Life and His Brothers David Gill and Samuel Mcintosh Sentenced to 40 Years for Drug-Related Murder

Earlier today, in U.S.District Court in Brooklyn, New York, Chief Judge Carol Bagley Amon sentenced defendant Brian Gill to life in prison and his brothers David Gill and Samuel McIntosh to 40 years in prison.

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Seven Defendants Arrested for Narcotics Trafficking in the Far Rockaway Neighborhood of Queens, New York

A twelve-count indictment was unsealed today in the United States District Court in Brooklyn charging seven defendants with crimes including conspiracy to distribute of heroin, crack cocaine, powder cocaine and marijuana, use and possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug crime, and firearms trafficking.

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Current and Former New York City Human Resources Administration Employees Each Charged with Corruption Offenses

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Mark G.

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Mount Vernon Man Charged in White Plains Federal Court with Threatening to Shoot Police Officers

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and George Venizelos, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), announced today the arrest of JEREMY MOTT on charges of threatening to shoot members of the Police Department of the City of Mount Vernon, New York.

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Brooklyn Man Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Securities Fraud in Connection with Multi-Million-Dollar Fraudulent Investment Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that MARCELLO TREBITSCH pled guilty in Manhattan federal court to an Information charging him with one count of securities fraud in connection with his operation of a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors of nearly $6 million over the course of seven years.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney and FBI Assistant Director Announce Arrests of Five Defendants in Multi-Million-Dollar Corporate Accounting Fraud

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and George Venizelos, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (s lenders and customers out of millions of dollars.

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Former Operator of NYC Health Clinics Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court in $12 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Scott Lampert, Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Regional Office of the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (), Thomas E.

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New York Dentist Arrested for Narcotics Trafficking and Distribution of Child Pornography

A criminal complaint was unsealed today in federal court in the Eastern District of New York charging John Wolf with conspiring to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession and distribution of child pornography.

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Investment Executive Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 21 Months in Prison for Multi-Million-Dollar Insurance Fraud Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that ALLEN REICHMAN, a former Executive Director of Investments at a New York investment bank and financial services company, was sentenced today to 21 months in prison and $10 million in restitution for defrauding his employer in connection with the fraudulent purchase of an Oklahoma-based insurance company.

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CEO of Broker-Dealer Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Obstructing Regulatory Examination by Producing False Invoices to SEC Exam Team

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that CHARLES J.

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Former Investment Adviser at Global Bank Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Multi-Millon-Dollar Scheme to Defraud Clients

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that MICHAEL OPPENHEIM pled guilty today to embezzlement and securities fraud for using his position as an investment adviser at a global financial institution based in New York City (the ) to defraud multiple Bank clients out of approximately $22 million over the course of a seven-year period.

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Remarks Prepared for ADIC Diego Rodriguez Concerning International Hacking Ring, Insider Trading Scheme

This is the story of a traditional securities fraud scheme with a twistone that employed a contemporary approach to a conventional crime.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Charges Against Bronx Man for Aiming a Laser Beam at Aircraft

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), William J.

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Three Charged in Sweepstakes Fraud Scheme That Used Hamptons-Based Bank Accounts

A criminal complaint was unsealed today in federal court in the Eastern District of New York charging Ana P.

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Former Chief Financial Officer Pleads Guilty to Role in $30 Million Bank Fraud Scheme

Earlier today, Thomas Torre, the former Chief Financial Officer of Metro Fuel Oil Cor.

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Four Plead Guilty in Health Care Fraud Conspiracy

BROOKLYN, NYEarlier today, Jeffrey Suh, Kang Young Chung, Sophia Lin, and Emily Shim pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit health care fraud in connection with a $4 million health care fraud scheme.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney, FBI Assistant Director, and NYPD Commissioner Announce Arrest of Man for Hoax Threat to Blow Up the Statue of Liberty

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), and William J.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney and FBI Announce Insider Trading Charges Against Managing Director of Investment Bank and His Father

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), announced today the unsealing of a criminal Complaint in Manhattan federal court charging SEAN STEWART, a Managing Director at an investment advisory firm headquartered in Manhattan, and his father, ROBERT STEWART, with using inside information to trade and cause another to trade in the securities of five different health care companies, the acquisitions of which were announced between 2011 and 2014.

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Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by ADIC Diego Rodriguez

The following remarks were prepared for delivery by FBI New York Assistant Director in Charge Diego Rodriguez concerning the arrests of New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam.

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Former New York City Police Department Officer Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 28 Months in Prison for Fraud and Identity Theft

Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that JOHN L.

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Tishman Construction Charged with Fraud, Agrees to Pay More Than $20 Million in Restitution and Penalties for Defrauding Clients in a 10-Year Overbilling Scheme

Earlier today, the U.S.Attorney), one of the largest construction companies in New York City.Tishman Construction is charged with mail and wire fraud conspiracy for improperly billing its clients more than $5 million over a ten-year period for hours not worked and at rates that were in excess of the agreed upon contract rate.

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Former Senior Information Systems Engineer at National Law Firm Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 24 Months in Prison for Insider Trading

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that DIMITRY BRAVERMAN, a former senior information systems engineer at a prominent national law firm, was sentenced to 24 months in prison for insider trading.

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Manhattan Deputy U.S. Attorney and FBI Assistant Director Announce Return to Italy of a Painting Attributed to Giambattista Tiepolo and Ancient Etruscan Bronze Sculpture of Herakles

Richard Zabel, the Deputy United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, Assistant Director in Charge New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), and an ancient Etruscan bronze statuette of Herakles dating from the 6th or 5th Century B.

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Former Hedge Fund Manager and New York Attorney Indicted in Multi-Million-Dollar Fraud Scheme

BROOKLYN, NYA seven-count indictment was unsealed this morning in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, charging Martin Shkreli, the founder and managing member of hedge funds MSMB Capital Management LP (MSMB Capital) and MSMB Healthcare Management LP (MSMB Healthcare) and former Chief Executive Officer of Retrophin Inc.

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Long Island Investment Fund Manager Sentenced to Six Years in Prison for Operating a $17 Million Ponzi Scheme

Earlier today at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, New York, James Peister was sentenced to six years in prison and three years of supervised release, following his November 10, 2014 guilty plea to committing securities fraud for defrauding 74 investors of $17.

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American Citizen Charged with Conspiring to Provide Material Support to Terrorists

U. S. Attorney Loretta E. Lynch of the Eastern District of New York, Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P.

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Parking Heater Company Pleads Guilty in Price-Fixing Scheme

Espar Inc., a seller of parking heaters for commercial vehicles, pleaded guilty to participating in a price-fixing scheme, the Department of Justice announced today.

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Albanian National Pleads Guilty to Attempting and Conspiring to Support Terrorists

Agron Hasbajrami, 31, an Albanian citizen and resident of Brooklyn, New York, pleaded guilty today to attempting and conspiring to provide material support to terrorists before U.

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New York City Employee Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court in Million-Dollar Medicaid Fraud

Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that AKIM MURRAY was sentenced in Manhattan federal court to 63 months in prison for orchestrating a substantial Medicaid fraud.

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Two Long Island Men Arrested for Defrauding Homeowners in Loan Modification Scheme

An eleven-count indictment was unsealed today in United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York charging David Gotterup, also known as and Jason Green with conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, and bank fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud homeowners who were attempting to modify their mortgage loans, and related mail fraud counts.

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Partner at New York Accounting Firm Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court in Multi-Million-Dollar Accounting Fraud Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation () that was a client of WIESELTHIER.

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Former Morgan Stanley Financial Adviser Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court for Illegally Accessing Confidential Client Information

Galen Marsh was sentenced to three years’ probation and ordered to pay $600,000 in restitution for obtaining confidential client information from his employer, Morgan Stanley, by gaining unauthorized access to certain of Morgan Stanley’s computer systems.

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Executives of Panamanian Corporation and Aviation Company Arrested in Multi-Million-Dollar Money Laundering Sting

Michael J. Dodd, also known as Kenneth Ardell Landgaard, and James Robert Shipman, Jr. were arrested today on charges that they conspired to launder over two million dollars of proceeds from what they thought to be a penny stock fraud scheme.

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Manhattan Man Charged with Sexual Exploitation, Enticement, and Child Pornography Crimes

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), announced that MATTHEW TIVY was arrested in Manhattan today and charged in a criminal complaint with two counts stemming from his sexual exploitation and enticement of a minor and his receipt and distribution of child pornography.

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Two Convicted for Participating in a $95 Million International Market Manipulation Scheme

BROOKLYN, NYLate yesterday, defendants Gary Kershner, an Arizona business owner, and Songkram Roy Sahachaisere, a California stock promoter, were convicted by a federal jury in Brooklyn on all counts for their role in a $95 million international market manipulation scheme.

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Former DEA Supervisor and Employee Charged with False Statements Regarding Employment at Adult Entertainment Establishment

Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), and Ronald R.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney and FBI Assistant Director Announce Charges Against Doctor for Illegal Distribution of More Than One Thousand Oxycodone Pills

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), announced the unsealing of a Complaint against a doctor who participated in a drug distribution conspiracy involving the prescription painkiller oxycodone.

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Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by ADIC Diego G. Rodriguez

The most recent wave of charges announced today is but one more step forward in our effort to level the playing field of soccer.

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Two Mobile Phone Industry Executives Arrested in Multi-Million-Dollar Consumer Fraud Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, William P.

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Bronx Man Indicted for Sexual Exploitation, Enticement, and Child Pornography Crimes

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriquez, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ( for four counts stemming from his sexual exploitation and enticement of minors and his receipt of child pornography.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces New Civil Rights Charges in Beating Death at Rikers Island

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today the return of a superseding indictment charging BRIAN COLL, a New York City Correction Officer, with causing the death of Ronald Spear, a pre-trial detainee at Rikers Island.

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Members and Associates of Violent Yonkers Street Gang Charged in White Plains Federal Court with Racketeering Offenses, Including May 2014 Murder in Greenacres, Florida

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ( with participation in a racketeering conspiracy, murder in aid of racketeering, Hobbs Act robbery conspiracy, bank robbery, firearms offenses, and witness tampering.

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Canadian Citizen Pleads Guilty to Leading an International Fraud Scheme

Earlier today, Sandy Winick pleaded guilty at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York, to conspiring to commit wire fraud for running an international advance fee scheme.

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Construction Service Company Owner Pleads Guilty to Fraud Conspiracy and Tax Violation Involving Contract with the New York Power Authority

WASHINGTONThe owner of a Bardonia, New York, construction service company pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and filing a false tax return, the Department of Justice, the IRS and the New York State Inspector General announced today.

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Four Executives Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court for Their Roles in Multi-Million-Dollar Corporate Accounting Fraud

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that STEVEN KAITZ, LATCHMEE MAHATO, a/k/a and JONATHAN WHEELER, the three owners and principals of Projuban, LLC, d/b/a G3K Displays, Inc.

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Bronx Man Sentenced to 16 Terms of Life in Prison for Armed Robberies of Seven Banks and a Restaurant in Bronx, Westchester, and Putnam Counties

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that KARRIEM BARROW was sentenced today in White Plains federal court to 16 terms of life in prison plus two terms of 20 years in prison in connection with his participation in a series of armed robberies that included seven banks and a restaurant in Bronx, Westchester, and Putnam counties over a two-month period.

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Fifteen Charged in White Plains Federal Court with Narcotics Trafficking in and Around Westchester County

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, George Venizelos, the Assistant Director-In-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), and George N.

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Three MS-13 Gang Members Indicted on Racketeering Charges

A 29-count superseding indictment was unsealed yesterday in federal court in Central Islip, New York, charging MS-13 members Edwin Acosta-Martinez (), with the November 2, 2011 murder of Brandon Sotomayor in Baywood, NY, the December 18, 2011 double-murder of two brothers, Enston and Ricardo Ceron, in Brentwood, NY, four attempted murders which took place between May and December 2011, and multiple racketeering offenses related to those murders and attempted murders.

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Former State Senate Leader Malcom Smith and Former Queens GOP Leader Vincent Tabone Sentenced in White Plains Federal Court on Bribery and Fraud Charges Connected to 2013 New York City Mayor’s Race

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that former New York State Senate leader MALCOM SMITH was sentenced today to seven years in prison for bribing New York City Republican Party leaders, including Queens County Republican Party Vice Chairman VINCENT TABONE, as part of a scheme to allow SMITH, a Democrat, to run as a Republican candidate for New York City Mayor in 2013 and for his role in obtaining New York State funding for a real estate project in Spring Valley, New York, in exchange for cash bribes paid on his behalf to the New York City Republican Party officials.

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Former Studio Assistant to Jasper Johns Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 18 Months in Prison for Scheme to Sell Millions of Dollars of Stolen Johns Works

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that JAMES MEYER, a former assistant to artist Jasper Johns, was sentenced in Manhattan federal court to 18 months in prison for his role the sale of 37 works that MEYER stole from Johnss studio in Sharon, Connecticut.

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Chairman of the Board of Forcefield Energy Inc. Arrested for Securities Fraud Conspiracy

Richard St.Julien, the Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of ForceField Energy Inc.(ForceField), a publicly traded company whose common stock was listed on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol FNRG, was arrested late Friday evening on charges of securities fraud conspiracy.

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Kentucky Businessman Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 12 Years in Prison for $53 Million Tax Scheme and Massive Fraud That Involved the Bribery of Bank Officials

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Acting Assistant Attorney General Caroline D.

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Major Drug Trafficker Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to Life Plus 30 Years in Prison for Two Murder-for-Hire Conspiracies, Attempted Murder, and Narcotics and Firearms Offenses

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that ROGER KEY, a/k/a attempted murder, and narcotics and firearms offenses.

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Estonian National Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Charges Arising from Massive Cyber Fraud Scheme That Infected Millions of Computers Worldwide

Vladimir Tsastsin pled guilty to wire fraud and computer intrusion charges arising from his operation of a massive and sophisticated Internet fraud scheme that infected with malware more than four million computers located in over 100 countries.

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Long Island Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Attempting to Join al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

Earlier today at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, New York, Marcos Alonso Zea, also known as an American citizen and resident of Brentwood, New York, was sentenced to 25 years in prison following his September 9, 2014, guilty plea to attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, also known as Ansar al-Sharia (collectively AQAP), and obstruction of justice.

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Captain of Genovese Crime Family Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that DANIEL PAGANO, a Captain of the Genovese Organized Crime Family of La Cosa Nostra (the ) was sentenced to a term of 27 months in prison for his leadership role in the Genovese Crime Family.

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Brooklyn Man Pleads Guilty to Enticing a Minor to Engage in Sexual Conduct

Earlier today at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, Andrew Goodman pled guilty to soliciting and enticing a minor victim to engage in sexual conduct.

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Al Qaeda Operative Sentenced to 40 Years for Role in International Terrorism Plot That Targeted the United States and Europe

Earlier today at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York, Abid Naseer was sentenced to 40 years by United States District Judge Raymond J.

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Three Individuals Charged in Manhattan Federal Court in Multi-Million-Dollar Scheme to Deceive Homeowners into Selling Their Homes

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), announced that SAMANTHA BOUBERT, CHRISTINE MAHARAJ, and OWEN REID were taken into custody this week for participating in a scheme to fraudulently induce distressed homeowners to sell their homes to a company associated with the defendants.

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Queens Man Pleads Guilty to Sexually Abusing Minor at Fort Hamilton Army Base

Yesterday at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, Fausto Bonifaz pled guilty to coercing and enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity.

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Eight Arrested as Federal Authorities Dismantle Violent Gang

A 13-count indictment was unsealed today in United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York charging eight members and associates of the Zheng Organization with crimes including racketeering, narcotics trafficking, extortion offenses, illegal gambling, and soliciting assaults.

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Former Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin Sentenced to Four Years in Prison for Extortion and Fraud Charges

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that NORAMIE JASMIN, the former mayor of Spring Valley in Rockland County, was sentenced today in federal court in White Plains to four years in prison for fraud and extortion, charges that stemmed from her misuse of her position as mayor in an effort to enrich herself.

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Queens Man Sentenced to More Than Years for Sexually Abusing Three Minor Girls at Fort Hamilton Army Base

Earlier today, in federal court in Brooklyn, Fausto Bonifaz was sentenced to 151 months imprisonment, to be followed by 20 years of supervised release, for coercing and enticing three minors, ages 12 and 13, to engage in sexual activity.

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New York City Employee and Nine Others Charged in Manhattan Federal Court with Food Stamp Bribery Scheme

Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Mark G.

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Two Men Charged in Manhattan Federal Court with Sex Trafficking of Minors and Related Crimes

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ( was arrested for his alleged role as the leader of a sex trafficking and prostitution enterprise, which exploited vulnerable minor girls and young women.

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Leader of Bloods Street Gang Sentenced to Life in Prison for Racketeering Murders

Earlier today, Bloods street gang leader Ronald Herron, also known as was sentenced to 12 terms of life in prison plus 105 years.

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Long Island Man Charged with Sexual Exploitation, Enticement, and Child Pornography Crimes

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), announced that HASSAN KHAN, a Long Island resident, was arrested today and charged in a criminal complaint with five counts stemming from his sexual exploitation and enticement of a minor and his receipt of child pornography.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney and FBI Announce Charges Against Three Correction Officers in Beating Death of Inmate at Rikers Island

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), announced today the unsealing of criminal charges against three New York City Correction Officers in the death of Ronald Spear, a pre-trial detainee at Rikers Island.

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Owners of Bronx Grocery Store That Trafficked in Prescription Drugs Charged in Manhattan Federal Court with Orchestrating October 2010 Near-Fatal Shooting of Rival Trafficker

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), and William J.

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Former Investment Adviser at Global Bank Charged in Manhattan Federal Court with Multi-Million-Dollar Scheme to Defraud Clients

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation () to defraud multiple Bank clients out of approximately $20 million over a four-year period.

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FBI, Secret Service in New York to Host Industry Leaders in Connection with White House Summit

The FBI and the United States Secret Service today announced the agencies are hosting open house events at select field offices and other locations throughout the country to discuss cybersecurity issues with invited guests from the private sector.

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Brooklyn Doctor Sentenced to 24 Months in Prison for Engaging in a $13 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme

BROOKLYN, NYEarlier today, defendant Dr.Okon Umana, 68, was sentenced to 24 months in prison for his role as the doctor in a $13 million health care fraud scheme.

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Three Men Charged in Manhattan Federal Court in Multi-Million-Dollar Scheme to Deceive Homeowners into Selling Their Homes

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation () announced that MARIO ALVARENGA, RAJESH MADDIWAR, and AMIR MEIRI were arrested today for participating in a scheme to fraudulently induce distressed homeowners to sell their homes to a company associated with the defendants.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Charges Against Two Florida Men for Operating an Underground Bitcoin Exchange

Anthony R. Murgio and Yuri Lebedev were charged with running an unlicensed Internet Bitcoin exchange, which they operated through a phony front-company and, at times, a federal credit union that MURGIO acquired for purposes of the scheme.

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Captain of Genovese Crime Family Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Racketeering

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today the guilty plea of DANIEL PAGANO, a Captain of the Genovese Organized Crime Family of La Cosa Nostra (the ).

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Former Chief Compliance Officer of Long Island Brokerage Firm Indicted on Fraud and Money Laundering Charges

A two-count indictment was unsealed this morning in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, charging William Michael Quigley, the former Chief Compliance Officer of a registered broker-dealer in Woodbury, New York, with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy in connection with a fraudulent investment scheme.

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Brooklyn Doctor Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to One Year and One Day in Prison for Role in Auto Insurance Fraud Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that TATYANA GABINSKAYA was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to one year and one day in prison in connection with her involvement in the largest single no-fault automobile insurance fraud scheme ever charged.

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Silent Business Partner of Organized Crime-Controlled World Trade Center Contractor Indicted for Scheme to Defraud the Port Authority and Related Crimes

A ten-count indictment was unsealed today in United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York charging the defendant Vincent Vertuccio, also known as with conspiracy to defraud the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in connection with the One World Trade Center project located in lower Manhattan, and related money laundering and tax crimes.

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Former Chief Information Officer of Foundry Networks Sentenced to 78 Months in Prison for Participating in Insider Trading Scheme That Reaped Tens of Millions in Unlawful Gains

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that DAVID RILEY, former Chief Information Officer of Foundry Networks, Inc.

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Three German Executives Indicted for Participation in Parking Heater Price-Fixing Scheme

WASHINGTONA federal grand jury in Detroit returned an indictment against Frank Haeusler, Volker Hohensee and Harald Sailer for their alleged participation in a conspiracy to fix the prices of parking heaters.

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Former Director of Market Intelligence at Investor Relations Firm Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court for Insider Trading

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that MICHAEL A.

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Executive Appointments Announced in the New York Field Office

Director James B.Comey appointed three new executives as special agents in charge at the FBI New York Office (NYO).

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Chief Financial Officer Sentenced to Nine Years’ Imprisonment for Defrauding Investors of More Than $10 Million in Two Separate Fraud Schemes

Earlier today, Frank E.Perkins, the Chief Financial Officer () of Harbor Funding Group, Inc.() and Black Sand Mine, Inc.

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New Jersey Man Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 10 Years in Prison in Multi-Million-Dollar Investment Fraud

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that CHARLES HUGGINS was sentenced in Manhattan federal court to 10 years in prison for perpetrating an $8 million investment fraud against dozens of victims across the United States.

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Connecticut Man Pleads Guilty in White Plains Federal Court to Nearly $ 1 Million Fraud Against More Than 30 Businesses in Eight States

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), announced that SHANE FUSCO pled guilty today to bank fraud charges.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Criminal Charges Against General Motors and Deferred Prosecution Agreement with $900 Million Forfeiture

Loretta E.Lynch, the Attorney General of the United States, Anthony Foxx, the United States Secretary of Transportation, Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Mark R.

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Owner of Utah-Based Pharmaceutical Wholesale Distributor Charged in Hundred-Million-Dollar Fraud Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), and William J.

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Selim Zherka, Westchester Businessman, Sentenced in White Plains Federal Court to 37 Months for Conspiring to Make False Statements to a Bank and to File Materially False Federal Tax Returns

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Westchester businessman SELIM ZHERKA was sentenced today to 37 months in prison on charges that he conspired to make false statements to a bank in order to receive millions of dollars in loans and to file materially false tax returns with the IRS.

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Connecticut Man is Sentenced to 100 Months in Prison for Engaging in Million-Dollar Fraud Involving More Than 30 Businesses in Eight States Along the Eastern Seaboard

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that SHANE FUSCO was sentenced today by United States District Judge Cathy Seibel to 100 months in prison on bank fraud charges.

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U.S. Attorney Announces Gun Charge Against Mount Vernon Man After Shooting in New Rochelle

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced the arrest and charge against RAHEEM JONES for possession of a gun after a shooting in New Rochelle, New York that resulted in a victim being shot three times.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Conviction of Michael Danilovich on Racketeering, Securities Fraud, Health Care Fraud, Mail Fraud, Wire Fraud, and Money Laundering Charges

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that MICHAEL DANILOVICH was found guilty today on racketeering conspiracy, securities fraud, health care fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering charges following a five-week jury trial before United States District Judge Deborah A.

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New York Attorney and Two Registered Brokers Arrested for Engaging in a $300 Million Market Manipulation Scheme

BROOKLYN, NY Michael Morris, a registered broker and managing director of Halcyon Cabot Partners, Ltd.

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Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by Assistant Director in Charge Diego G. Rodriguez Regarding Charges Stemming from Massive Network Intrusions

Gery Shalon, Joshua Aaron, and their co-conspirators robbed the victim companies, often for months at a time, stealing the contact information of tens of millions of customers.

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Bronx Man Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 10 Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking of a Minor

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and George Venizelos, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ().

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Company Executive and Consultant Charged in Manhattan Federal Court for Scheme to Embezzle Millions from International Insurance Company

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), unsealed today charges against JAMES J.

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Serial Bank Robber Sought

NYPDs assistance in identifying and locating a man wanted for multiple armed bank robberies in Queens, New York.

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Former Owner and Operator of NYC Health Clinics Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court for $30 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that OSCAR HUACHILLO, the former owner and operator of multiple HIV/AIDS clinics in New York City, was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to 87 months in prison for orchestrating a scheme to defraud Medicare out of more than $31 million; he was also sentenced to 60 months in prison, to be served concurrently, for evading more than $3.

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Georgia Man Pleads Guilty to Defrauding More Than One Hundred Individuals Through an Online Investment Fraud Scheme

Alex Haxton pled guilty today to orchestrating a fraudulent Internet-based investment scheme that victimized more than one hundred individuals.

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Alleged Armed Robber of Three Manhattan Banks Arrested and Charged in Manhattan Federal Court

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), and William J.

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Fourth Brooklyn Resident Charged with Attempt and Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to ISIL

Earlier today, a federal grand jury in Brooklyn returned a superseding indictment charging Dilkhayot Kasimov, a Brooklyn resident, with attempt and conspiracy to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a foreign terrorist organization.

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Remarks Prepared for Delivery by ADIC Diego G. Rodriguez

The following remarks were delivered by New York Assistant Director in Charge Diego Rodriguez on June 10, 2015, in connection with the beating death of an inmate at Rikers Island.

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Ross Ulbricht, aka Dread Pirate Roberts, Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to Life in Prison

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that ROSS ULBRICHT, a/k/a was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to life in prison in connection with his operation and ownership of Silk Road, a hidden website designed to enable its users to buy and sell illegal drugs and other unlawful goods and services anonymously and beyond the reach of law enforcement between January 2011 and October 2013.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Conviction of Jamal Smalls for Murder, Narcotics Trafficking, and Firearms Charges

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that JAMAL SMALLS, a/k/a and using and discharging firearms in connection with that narcotics conspiracy, following a two-week jury trial before United States District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald.

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Leader and Top Enforcer of Criminal Gang Convicted of Racketeering and Murder

Earlier today, following three weeks of trial, a federal jury in Brooklyn, New York, returned a guilty verdict against Damion Hardy, also known as on charges of racketeering, including six murders, narcotics trafficking, kidnapping, and robbery as predicate racketeering acts, and related offenses.

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Former Mayor of Spring Valley Found Guilty in Federal Court of Bribery, Extortion, and Fraud Charges

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that former Spring Valley Mayor NORAMIE JASMIN was found guilty in federal court today of engaging in a bribery scheme in which she negotiated a 50 percent stake for herself in a development company and $5,000 cash in exchange for her use of her office to obtain land and various government approvals to construct a community center in Spring Valley.

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Attorney General and Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announce Charges Stemming from Massive Network Intrusions at U.S. Financial Institutions, U.S. Brokerage Firms, Major News Publication, and Other Companies

A superseding indictment was unsealed charging Gery Shalon, aka “Garri Shalelashvili,” “Gabriel,” “Gabi,” “Phillipe Mousset” and “Christopher Engeham,” with orchestrating massive computer hacking crimes against U.S. financial institutions, brokerage firms and financial news publishers, including the largest theft of customer data from a U.S. financial institution in history.

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Two Convicted in Multi-Million-Dollar Investment Fraud Scheme That Victimized Professional Hockey Players and Long Island Investors

Following ten weeks of trial, a federal jury in Central Islip, New York, today returned a verdict convicting Phillip A.

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Former FBI Ten Most Wanted Murder Fugitive Sentenced to Life

Earlier today at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, New York, Juan Garcia, also known as a member of La Mara Salvatrucha, also known as the MS-13 street gang, was sentenced to life by United States District Judge Joseph F.

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Albanian National Sentenced to 16 Years’ Imprisonment for Attempting to Support Terrorism

Earlier today, at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn, Agron Hasbajrami, an Albanian citizen and resident of Brooklyn, was sentenced to 16 years in prison based on his June 2015 guilty plea to attempting and conspiring to provide material support to terrorists.

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Former Chief Financial Officer Found Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court of Misappropriating at Least $8 Million from Two Health Care Services Companies

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that STEVEN RAWLINS, a former Chief Financial Officer to two healthcare services companies based outside Nashville, Tennessee, was found guilty today of engaging in a scheme to defraud that yielded over $8 million in ill-gotten gains.

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Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by ADIC Diego Rodriguez Regarding UN General Assembly Bribery Case

Today, the FBI arrested former United Nations President John Ashe; Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN for the Dominican Republic Francis Lorenzo; Ng Lap Seng, aka David Ng; Jeff Yin; Yan Shiwei, aka Sheri Yan; and Paio Hongyue, aka Heidi Park, on charges including conspiracy, bribing a United Nations official, falsifying U.

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Three Long Island Men Plead Guilty in White Plains Federal Court in Connection with Sullivan County Arson

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that NICHOLAS MOTTA and DOMINIC MOTTA pled guilty today in White Plains federal court to attempted mail fraud in connection with a scheme to obtain insurance proceeds by committing arson.

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New York State Senator Thomas W. Libous Found Guilty by White Plains Federal Jury of Lying to the FBI

Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that New York State Senator THOMAS W.

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Manhattan Bank Robber Sought

On January 7, 2015, at around 2 .

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Former Employee of Federal Reserve Bank of New York Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Theft of Confidential Information from the Federal Reserve

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ().

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Folk Nation Gang Member Sentenced to Five Consecutive Terms of Life Imprisonment

Earlier today, Jamal Laurent, a member of a set of the violent street gang Folk Nation operating primarily in the Crown Heights and East Flatbush neighborhoods of Brooklyn, was sentenced to five consecutive terms of life imprisonment at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Conviction of Mikhail Zemlyansky on Racketeering, Securities Fraud, Mail Fraud, and Wire Fraud Charges

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that MIKHAIL ZEMLYANSKY was found guilty yesterday on racketeering conspiracy, securities fraud, mail fraud, and wire fraud charges following a four-week jury trial before United States District Judge J.

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Former Suffolk County Police Chief Indicted on Civil Rights Violation and Obstruction Conspiracy

A TWOs department-issued vehicle and stealing his property on December 14, 2012.

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Nine FIFA Officials and Five Corporate Executives Indicted for Racketeering Conspiracy and Corruption

BROOKLYN, NY participation in a 24-year scheme to enrich themselves through the corruption of international soccer.

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Carlos T. Fernandez Named Special Agent in Charge of Counterterrorism Division of the New York Field Office

FBI Director James B. Comey has named Carlos T. Fernandez as the special agent in charge of the Counterterrorism Division of the New York Field Office.

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Defendant Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to More Than Three Years in Prison for Insider Trading

PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced that ZACHARY ZWERKO was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to 37 months in prison for his participation in an insider trading scheme.

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Two Labor Union Officers and One Former Labor Union Officer Indicted in Manhattan Federal Court for Accepting More Than One Million Dollars in Kickbacks and Embezzling Union Funds

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), and William J.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces $60 Million Civil Fraud Settlement with Accredo Health Group Over Kickback Scheme Involving Prescription Drug

class=" ">U.S.Also Elects to Intervene Against Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation in Claims that Novartis Gave Kickbacks to Accredo in Exchange for Increased Refills of Exjade Drug, and Understated Exjades Serious and Potentially Life-Threatening Side Effects to Patients.

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Brooklyn Man Sentenced to 36 Years for Attempting to Drug and Sexually Abuse Children

On Friday, February 27, 2015, in federal court in Brooklyn, Bebars Baslan was sentenced to 36 years imprisonment for his attempt to drug and sexually abuse three young children: a seven-year-old, an 18-month-old, and three-month-old infant, and for his possession of over 76,000 images and videos of child pornography.

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Investment Executive Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Participating in $30 Million Insurance Fraud Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that ALLEN REICHMAN, a former Executive Director of Investments at a New York investment firm, pled guilty today in Manhattan federal court to participating in a massive scheme to defraud his employer and insurance regulators in connection with the fraudulent purchase of an Oklahoma insurance company.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Conviction of Bank Executive for Attempted Sex Trafficking of a Minor and Possession, Distribution, and Transportation of Child Pornography

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, today announced that CHARLES FAMILETTI, JR.

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New York City Police Department Auxiliary Officer Charged with Hacking into NYPD Computer and FBI Database

Earlier today, a criminal complaint was unsealed charging Yehuda Katz, a New York City Police Department (NYPD) Auxiliary Deputy Inspector assigned to the 70th Precinct in Brooklyn, with executing a scheme to hack into a restricted NYPD computer and other sensitive law enforcement databases.

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Ringleader of Extortion Ring Sentenced to More Than 14 Years in Manhattan Federal Prison for Massive “Call Center” Fraud Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, Assistant Director in Charge New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), and Timothy P.

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New Jersey Child Therapist Charged with Sexual Exploitation, Enticement, and Child Pornography Crimes

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriquez, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), announced that ELLIOT HALBERSTAM was arrested today and charged in a criminal complaint with three counts stemming from his sexual exploitation and enticement of a minor and his receipt of child pornography.

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Former Bank of America Executive Sentenced to Serve 26 Months in Prison for Role in Conspiracy and Fraud Involving Investment Contracts for Municipal Bond Proceeds

WASHINGTONA former Bank of America executive was sentenced today for his participation in a conspiracy and scheme to defraud related to bidding for contracts for the investment of municipal bond proceeds and other municipal finance contracts, the Department of Justice announced today.

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President of Commodities Trading Pool Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court for Misappropriating Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars of Client Funds

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that MICHAEL JAMES SEWARD, president of the now-defunct, unregistered commodities trading pool SK Madison Commodities, LLC (), was sentenced to 18 months in prison in connection with his misappropriation of approximately $1.

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New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Son Arrested on Corruption Charges

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, Assistant Director-In-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), announced today that New York State Senate Majority Leader DEAN SKELOS and his son ADAM SKELOS were taken into custody this morning on charges that they extorted those with business before New York State to make payments to ADAM SKELOS, with the expectation that such payments would result in official action by DEAN SKELOS.

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Two Men Plead Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court in Connection with Violent Daytime Robberies of Jewelry and Watch Stores Across Four States

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that SEAN ROBINSON and KENDAL THOMPSON pled guilty in connection with a robbery conspiracy operating across New York, New Jersey, Virginia, and Connecticut in which members committed daytime robberies of high-end jewelry and watch stores, including Cartier in Manhattan, using violence, including firearms, and resulting in serious injury to victims and the theft of more than one million dollars in watches and other goods.

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United States Returns Stolen Antique Books to the National Library of Sweden

Richard Zabel, the Deputy United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), announced today the return of two antique books that were stolen from the National Library of Sweden in the 1990s.

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Australian Man Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Helping Run the Silk Road Website

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that PETER PHILLIP NASH, a/k/a a hidden website designed to enable its users to buy and sell illegal drugs and other unlawful goods and services anonymously and beyond the reach of law enforcement.

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Brooklyn Man Arrested and Charged in Manhattan Federal Court in Connection with Multi-Million-Dollar Fraudulent Investment Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), announced today that MARCELLO TREBITSCH was arrested this morning on wire fraud and securities charges stemming from his alleged scheme to defraud multiple investors of approximately $7 million through a fraudulent investment scheme that he allegedly perpetrated for at least five years.

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Brooklyn Man Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 15 Months in Prison for Participating in Scheme to Defraud Elderly Victims Across New York State

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that ALLAH JUSTICE MCQUEEN OF Brooklyn, New York, was sentenced today by U.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney Files and Simultaneously Settles False Claims Act Lawsuit Against Defense Contractor and Its President for Multi-Year Fraud Involving Sale of Defective Weapons Sights to U.S. Military and Other Agencies

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Craig Rupert, the Northeast Field Office Special Agent of the Department of Defense-Office of Inspector General (), and Frank Robey, the Major Procurement Fraud Unit Director of the U.

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Three Members of al Shabaab Plead Guilty to Conspiring to Provide Material Support to the Terrorist Organization

Earlier today, Madhi Hashi, Ali Yasin Ahmed and Mohamed Yusuf pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide material support to al-Shabaab, a designated foreign terrorist organization.

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Ten Defendants Charged in White Plains Federal Court with Heroin Trafficking and Firearms Offenses in Dutchess County

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), Adrian H.

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New York City Private Investigator Who Hacked into E-Mail Accounts Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to Three Months in Prison

Eric Saldarriaga, a private investigator in New York City, was sentenced to three months in prison after previously pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit computer hacking.

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Former Investment Bank Associate Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Theft of Confidential Information fom the Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ().

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More Than $100,000 Being Offered for Information in Unsolved 2008 Times Square Bombing

Today, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New York City Police Department announced a reward of up to $115,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the person or persons involved in the unsolved 2008 bombing of the United States Armed Forces Recruiting Station in Times Square.

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Defendant Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 20 Years in Prison for Leading Crew That Committed Violent Daytime Robberies of Jewelry and Watch Stores Across Northeast

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that SEAN ROBINSON was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to 20 years in prison for leading a robbery crew that committed violent daytime robberies of jewelry and watch stores in 2013 and 2014.

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Yonkers Man Convicted in White Plains Federal Court of Kidnapping and Sex Trafficking a 19-Year-Old Victim

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), conspiring to engage in sex trafficking of the Victim, and attempting to engage in sex trafficking of the Victim.

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Fifth Defendant Charged with Attempt and Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to ISIL

Earlier today, a second superseding indictment was unsealed charging Akmal Zakirov with attempt and conspiracy to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization.

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Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by Special Agent in Charge Richard Frankel on the Arrest and Charges Against Sheldon Silver

For nearly two decades, Sheldon Silver has served as speaker of the New York State Assembly, a position that has afforded him significant power over the workings of state government.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney and FBI Assistant Director Announce Arrest of New York Man for Attempting to Acquire Deadly Toxin, Ricin

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and George Venizelos, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), announced today that a federal grand jury returned a two-count Indictment against CHENG LE for attempting to acquire and distribute ricin and committing postal fraud.

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Former Chairman and CEO of Technology Start-Up Company KIT Digital and Its Former Chief Financial Officer Charged in Manhattan Federal Court

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), and Philip R.

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Sixteen Additional FIFA Officials Indicted for Racketeering Conspiracy and Corruption

Guilty Pleas for Eight Others, Including Jeffrey Webb and the Former Presidents of the Colombian and Chilean Soccer Federations, also Announced.

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Twenty Arrested as Federal and Local Authorities Dismantle Violent Set of Crips Gang

A 75-count superseding indictment was unsealed today in United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York charging alleged members and associates of the Outlaw Gangsta Crips (OGC) with crimes including racketeering conspiracy, murder conspiracy, attempted murder, bank fraud, narcotics trafficking, and firearms offenses.

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Eight Trey Crips Gang Member Arrested for Murder of Brooklyn, New York Man

Earlier today, an indictment was unsealed charging Rodney Muschette, also known as with the retaliation murder of a federal informant in Atlanta, Georgia, on December 31, 2008.

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Aristedes Mahairas Named Special Agent in Charge of Special Operations/Cyber Division of the New York Field Office

FBI Director James B. Comey has named Aristedes Mahairas as the special agent in charge of the Special Operations/Cyber Division of the New York Field Office.

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Seventeen Individuals in New York and Two Western States Indicted by Queens County Grand Jury in Illegal $32 Million Sports Betting Ring

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, joined by Robert L. Capers, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and New York City Police Commissioner William J.

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New York Man Arrested for Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIL

WASHINGTONA criminal complaint was unsealed today in the Eastern District of New York charging Ali Saleh, 22, of Queens, New York, with attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization.

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New Jersey Man Arrested and Charged in Manhattan Federal Court with Securities Fraud

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), announced today that WILLIAM J.

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Haroon Aswat, Abu Hamza Co-Conspirator, Pleads Guilty to Terrorism Charges in Federal Court

WASHINGTONAssistant Attorney General for National Security John Carlin and U.

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Louis E. Bladel, III Named Special Agent in Charge of Counterintelligence Division of the New York Division

FBI Director James B.Comey has named Louis E.Bladel, III as the special agent in charge of the Counterintelligence Division of the New York Field Office.

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New York City Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Extortion and Firearms Charges

Earlier today, Besnik Llakatura pled guilty at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York, to two counts of Hobbs Act extortion conspiracy and one count of brandishing a firearm in relation to an extortion conspiracy.

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Co-Creator of Blackshades Malware Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that ALEX Ys Blackshades organization to thousands of people in more than 100 countries, pled guilty today in Manhattan federal court to one count of distribution of malicious software.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Agreement with Westchester County Jail to Establish Corrective Measures and Appoint an Independent Monitor

Monitor Will Oversee the Implementation of Corrective Measures That Address Use of Excessive Force, Use of Isolation for Minors, and Inadequate Medical and Mental Health Care.

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Long Island Legislator Pleads Guilty to Stealing More Than $2 Million from Client of His Former Law Firm

David Denenberg, a practicing New York attorney and Nassau County Legislator, pleaded guilty today to defrauding a former client of over $2 million.

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Remarks Prepared for Delivery by Assistant Director in Charge Diego G. Rodriguez

The vast majority of law enforcement officials serve their communities with honor and integrity.

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New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Arrested on Corruption Charges

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Richard Frankel, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Criminal Division of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), announced today that New York State Assembly Speaker SHELDON SILVER was arrested this morning on charges that he used his official position to receive nearly $4 million in bribes and kickbacks from people and businesses in exchange for his official acts, and that SILVER masked these payments from public view by disguising the payments as income from what he claimed was a law practice primarily focused on personal injury matters.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Charges Against Three Defendants in Multi-Million-Dollar Stock Manipulation Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), and Robert J.

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New York City Private Investigator Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Hacking into E-Mail Accounts

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), announced today that ERIC SALDARRIAGA, a licensed private investigator in New York City, pled guilty to a criminal Information charging him with conspiracy to commit computer hacking.

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Leader and Top Enforcer of Cash Money Brothers Criminal Gang Sentenced to Six Terms of Life Imprisonment

Earlier today, Damion Hardy, also known as were each sentenced to six terms of life imprisonment following their April 29, 2015 conviction after trial on charges of murder in-aid-of racketeering and related offenses.

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Texas Man Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Operating Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that TRENDON SHAVERS, a/k/a pled guilty before U.

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Two Queens Residents Charged with 
Conspiracy to Use a Weapon of Mass Destruction

Earlier today, a criminal complaint was unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn charging Noelle Velentzas and Asia Siddiqui with conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction against persons or property in the United States.

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Former United States Congressman Michael Grimm Sentenced to Eight Months for Tax Fraud

Earlier today in federal court in Brooklyn, former United States Congressman Michael Grimm was sentenced to a term of incarceration of eight months of incarceration in connection with his conviction for aiding and assisting the preparation of a false tax return.

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Former Investment Adviser at Global Bank Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court in Multi-Millon-Dollar Scheme to Defraud Clients

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that MICHAEL OPPENHEIM pled guilty today to embezzlement and securities fraud for using his position as an investment adviser at a global financial institution based in New York City (the ) to defraud multiple Bank clients out of approximately $22 million over the course of a seven-year period.

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Nine People Charged in Largest Known Computer Hacking and Securities Fraud Scheme

Nine people were charged in two indictments unsealed with an international scheme to hack into three business newswires and steal yet-to-be published press releases containing non-public financial information that was then used to make trades that allegedly generated approximately $30 million in illegal profits.

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Three Brooklyn Residents Charged with Attempt and Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to ISIL

Earlier today, a criminal complaint was unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn charging Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev, Akhror Saidakhmetov, and Abror Habibov with attempt and conspiracy to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a foreign terrorist organization.

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New York Man Sentenced to More Than 12 Years for Illegally Possessing Cache of Machine Guns, Rifles, and Other Firearms

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that ANTONIO OLMEDA of New York, New York, was sentenced today by U.

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Former Deputy Mayor of the Village of Spring Valley Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Role in Bribery Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that JOSEPH DESMARET was sentenced yesterday in White Plains federal court to three years in prison for his participation in a scheme in which he accepted over $10,000 in cash bribes in exchange for his votes, as a member of the Spring Valley Board of Trustees, to sell Village land and steer a state-funded transportation contract to a real estate development company.

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Brooklyn Man Pleads Guilty to Murder to Obstruct Bank Fraud Investigation

Yesterday, Naquan Reyes pled guilty at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York, to murdering Nicole Thompson to prevent her from communicating with federal law enforcement officials who were investigating a bank fraud conspiracy.

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Former Chief Executive Officer of Financial Lending Company Sentenced to 97 Months of Imprisonment for Bank Fraud Scheme

Earlier today, John Murphy, the former Chief Executive Officer of Oak Rock Financial, LLC (Oak Rock), was sentenced in federal court in Central Islip, New York to 97 months of imprisonment.

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Recidivist Securities Fraud Defendant Extradited and Charged in Manhattan Federal Court in Connection with Market Manipulation and Scheme to Defraud

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), and Philip R.

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After-School Program Employee Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to More Than 17 Years in Prison for Producing, Receiving, Distributing, and Possessing Child Pornography

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that RENE CARDONA, a former employee of an afterschool program in the Bronx, was sentenced to 17 years in prison for producing, receiving, distributing, and possessing child pornography.

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New York City Man Charged in Manhattan Federal Court in Connection with Threats Made to a New York School

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), announced that DANIEL GRUBER was arrested yesterday on stalking charges related to threats he allegedly made to a New York school and its leadershi.

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Sanden Corp. Agrees to Plead Guilty to Price Fixing on Automobile Parts Installed in U.S. Cars

WASHINGTONSanden Cor., an automotive parts manufacturer based in Gunma, Japan, has agreed to plead guilty and to pay a $3.

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Independent Contractor in Afghanistan Sentenced to 48 Months for His Role in Offering $54,000 in Bribes to a U.S. Government Official

Earlier today at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, Akbar Ahmad Sherzai, an independent contractor for a trucking company operating in Afghanistan responsible for delivering fuel to U.

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Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by SAC Michael Harpster Regarding Charges Against Martin Shkreli and Evan Greebel

The charges announced today describe a securities and wire fraud trifecta of lies, deceit, and greed.

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Haroon Aswat, Abu Hamza Co-Conspirator, Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 20 Years in Prison for Terrorism Offenses

Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and John P.

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Two New York City Residents Charged with Attempt and Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to ISIL

Yesterday, a federal grand jury in Brooklyn returned an indictment charging Munther Omar Saleh, a Queens resident, with attempt and conspiracy to provide material support to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and assault and conspiracy to assault federal officers.

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Benjamin Wey, Founder and President of New York Global Group, Arrested and Charged in Manhattan Federal Court for Securities Fraud Arising Out of Fraudulent Reverse Merger Scheme Involving Chinese Companies

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ( transactions between Chinese companies and U.

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Florida Man Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 77 Months in Prison for Defrauding Investors

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that STEVEN STALTARE was sentenced in Manhattan federal court to 77 months in prison for defrauding investors in connection with two fraudulent investment schemes.

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Former Agape Employees Convicted on All Counts By Jury in Massive Ponzi Scheme

Earlier today, after four weeks of trial, a federal jury in Central Islip, New York, returned guilty verdicts against Diane Kaylor and Jason Keryc, former employees of Hauppauge-based Agape World, Inc.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Conviction of High-Ranking al Qaeda Terrorist for Conspiring to Kill Americans and Other Terrorism Offenses

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced the conviction on February 26 in Manhattan federal court of KHALED AL FAWWAZ, a citizen of Saudi Arabia, on multiple terrorism offenses relating to his participation in Al Qaedas conspiracy to kill Americans.

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New York Man Pleads Guilty to E-Mailing Death Threats to an Employee of an American Islamic Organization

WASHINGTONBernhard Laufer, 58, a resident of Rego Park, Queens, New York, pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in the Eastern District of New York, to sending threatening communications from New York to an employee of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) located in Washington, D.

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Former Executive Director of the Village of Hempstead Housing Authority and Three Others Arrested and Charged with Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud in Connection with Bid Rigging and Kickback Scheme

Earlier today, federal agents arrested Stacey Stackhouse, the former executive director of Village of Hempstead Housing Authority (VHHA) and James Alimonos, Michael Lambros, and Demetrios Kaouris, who performed construction work for the agency, for their involvement in a wire fraud conspiracy in connection with the theft of federal funds.

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Former High-Level Adviser to Bank CEO Charged in Manhattan Federal Court with Insider Trading

PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (AS MAILLARD, a former high-level adviser to the CEO of a global bank, who engaged in securities trades based on material, nonpublic information he obtained through his employment.

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New York City Public School Teacher Charged with Producing, Receiving, and Possessing Child Pornography

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), announced that JON CRUZ, a teacher and debate coach at the Bronx High School for Science, was arrested today on charges relating to producing, receiving, and possessing child pornography.

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Two Individuals Plead Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court in Connection with 2009 Home Invasion Robbery and Murder

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that ANTOINE BURROUGHS and LEON WHITFIELD pled guilty to robbery charges in connection with the home invasion robbery and murder of Gerardo Antoniello on September 9, 2009.

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Chief Executive Officer of Beauty Products Company Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court and Chief Financial Officer Arrested in Multi-Million-Dollar Accounting Fraud Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), pled guilty yesterday in Manhattan federal court before U.

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Bronx Sex Trafficker Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 20 Years in Prison

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced that IRA RICHARDS, a/k/a ).

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Bitcoin Exchanger Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to Four Years in Prison for Selling Nearly $1 Million in Bitcoins for Drug Buys on Silk Road

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that ROBERT M.

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Four Defendants Charged in White Plains Federal Court in Connection with Heist of More Than $1 Million Worth of Computers Bound for Public High School Students

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), and Daniel McMahon, the Chief of the Yorktown Police Department, today announced the unsealing of a Complaint charging four defendants with participating in a scheme to steal, transport, and sell a shipment of approximately 1,200 computers, valued at over $1 million, that were bound for two public high schools in New Jersey.

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Long Island Businessman Harendra Singh Indicted on Bribery, Fraud, and Obstruction Charges

A 13H. Singh, with five counts of honest services wire fraud, one count of honest services wire fraud conspiracy, one count of federal program bribery, one count of disaster relief fraud, two counts of conspiring to defraud the United States, one count of impeding the Internal Revenue Service, one count of tampering with evidence, and one count of obstruction of justice.

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Attorney General, Manhattan U.S. Attorney, and FBI Announce Charges Against Russian Spy Ring in New York City

Charged were announced against Evgeny Buryakov, a/k/a “Zhenya,” Igor Sporyshev, and Victor Podobnyy in connection with Buryakov’s service as a covert intelligence agent on behalf of the Russian Federation in New York City, without notifying the United States Attorney General.

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Three Labor Union Members Plead Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Accepting Bribes in Exchange for Labor Union Memberships

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that CHRISTOPHER LUPINO and KELWYN BENJAMIN pled guilty today, and ADAM FORESTA pled guilty on March 31, 2015, each to participating in a conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud in connection with their accepting bribes in exchange for memberships in Steamfitters Local 638, a New York City labor union.

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One Labor Union Officer and Three Labor Union Members Charged in Manhattan Federal Court with Accepting Bribes in Exchange for Labor Union Memberships

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), and William J.

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Leaders of Violent Gang Sentenced to Life in Racketeering and Murder Case

Earlier today, Antoine Mayes was sentenced before Judge Allyne Ross in U.

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Six Defendants Charged in Manhattan Federal Court in Multi-Million-Dollar Text Messaging Consumer Fraud Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, William P.

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Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank Admits to Sanctions Violations, Agrees to Forfeit $312 Million

WASHINGTONdit Agricole S. A. and headquartered in Paris, has agreed to forfeit $312 million and enter into a deferred prosecution agreement with the U.

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New York Doctor Pleads Guilty in $14.2 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

A New York doctor pleaded guilty today for his involvement in a scheme to fraudulently bill Medicare for $14.

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Two Men Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court for Racketeering and Firearm Charges

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that PAUL DIBIASE, a/k/a and DANIEL DIBIASE, were sentenced in Manhattan federal court to 27 years in prison and 15 years in prison, respectively.

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Thirty-Four Defendants Charged in White Plains Federal Court with Committing Narcotics and Firearms Offenses in Sullivan County

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, James R.

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Former New York City Council Member Daniel Halloran Sentenced in White Plains Federal Court to 10 Years in Prison for Role in Bribery and Fraud Schemes

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that former New York City Council Member DANIEL HALLORAN was sentenced today in White Plains federal court to 10 years in prison in connection with his role in arranging the bribery of New York City Republican leaders to allow New York State Senator Malcolm Smith, a Democrat, to run as a Republican candidate for New York City Mayor in 2013, and accepting a $15,000 cash bribe in exchange for designating up to $80,000 in New York City funds to a non-profit entity that would allow the money to be embezzled through a no-show job.

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Three Defendants Convicted of Conspiring to Illegally Export Controlled Technology to the Russian Military

WASHINGTONEarlier today, after a month-long trial, Alexander Posobilov, Shavkat Abdullaev and Anastasia Diatlova were convicted of all counts, including conspiring to export, and illegally exporting, controlled microelectronics to Russia.

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Software Programmer Pleads Guilty to Hacking into Network of Long Island High-Voltage Power Manufacturer

Earlier today in the federal courthouse in Central Islip, New York, Michael Meneses, a software programmer who formerly resided in Smithtown, Long Island, pleaded guilty to hacking into the computer network of a Long Island-based company that manufactures high-voltage power supplies.

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Tennessee Man Charged in Manhattan Federal Court with Misappropriating More Than $8 Million from Private Health Care Services Companies

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), announced today the arrest of STEVEN RAWLINS, a former outside consultant to two healthcare services companies.

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Two Defendants Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to More Than 30 Years in Prison in Connection with 2009 Home Invasion Robbery and Murder

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that ANTOINE BURROUGHS and LEON WHITFIELD were sentenced today in connection with the home invasion robbery and murder of Gerardo Antoniello on September 9, 2009.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney and FBI Assistant Director in Charge Announce Arrest of Individual for Theft of Valuable Source Code from Former Employer

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (s former employer.

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Second Individual Charged in Ongoing New York Power Authority Procurement Fraud Investigation

WASHINGTONLaw enforcement agencies conducting a joint federal and state investigation into bid-rigging, fraud and tax-related offenses in the award of contracts by the New York Power Authority announced today that a construction company owner from Orangeburg, New York, has pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return.

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Parking Heater Company Sentenced to Pay $14.9 Million Criminal Fine for Price Fixing Scheme

Espar Inc.has been sentenced to pay a $14.9 million criminal fine after pleading guilty to participating in a scheme to fix prices for parking heaters used in commercial vehicles, the Department of Justice announced today.

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The Leader and Two Members of Folk Nation Gang Operating in the Ebbets Field Houses in Brooklyn Convicted of Racketeering and Murder

Yesterday, following a three-week trial, the defendants Yasser Ashburn, Jamal Laurent, and Trevelle Merritt were found guilty by a jury in Brooklyn federal court of racketeering and racketeering conspiracy, including as racketeering acts the murders of Courtney Robinson, Brent Duncan, and Dasta James, and related crimes.

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Pharmacist Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 36 Months in Prison in Multi-Million-Dollar Medicare/Medicaid Fraud Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that PURNA CHANDRA ARAMALLA was sentenced today to 36 months in prison, and ordered to pay over $7 million in restitution, for conducting a scheme to defraud Medicaid, Medicare, and the New York State-funded AIDS Drug Assistance Program () through the purchase and sale of illegally diverted prescription drugs, including HIV medication.

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Swedish Co-Creator of Blackshades Malware That Enabled Users Around the World to Secretly and Remotely Control Victims’ Computers Sentenced to 57 Months in Prison

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that ALEX Y was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to 57 months.

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Twenty Individuals Charged with Narcotics Trafficking Involving Firearms in the Bronx

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), and William J.

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Sullivan County Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Attempting to Entice a Minor to Engage in Sexual Activity

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that SAMUEL TERWILLIGER was sentenced to 12 years in prison for his attempted enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity.

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Former Queens District Leader and City Council Candidate Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 18 Months in Prison for Obstruction of Justice

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that attorney ALBERT BALDEO, a former Queens District Leader, was sentenced today in federal court to 18 months in prison for tampering with witnesses during the Federal Bureau of Investigation) investigation of alleged campaign fraud by BALDEO.

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Father of Former Investment Bank Managing Director Pleads Guilty to Insider Trading Conspiracy

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that ROBERT STEWART, the father of former investment bank managing director Sean Stewart, pled guilty today to participating in a conspiracy to trade on inside information about several mergers and acquisitions announced between 2011 and 2014.

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Four Remaining Defendants Plead Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court for Their Roles in Multi-Million-Dollar Corporate Accounting Fraud

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that LATCHMEE MAHATO, a/k/a and JONATHAN WHEELER, two of the owners and principals of G3K Displays, Inc.

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Former Corporate Executives Sentenced in Securities Fraud and Tax Offenses in Multi-Million-Dollar Scheme

Gilbert Fiorentino, 54, and Carl Fiorentino, 57, both of Coral Gables, Florida, were sentenced yesterday in Federal Court in the Southern District of Florida, in connection with their participation in an illegal scheme to obtain more than $11 million dollars in kickbacks and other benefits, and to conceal this illicit income from the IRS, while employed as senior executives at Systemax, Inc.

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Former UN General Assembly President and Five Others Charged in $1.3 Million Bribery Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, Assistant Director-In-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), and Thomas E.

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Bay Ridge Bank Robber Sought

The FBI and the NYPD Violent Crimes Task Force are seeking the publics assistance identifying an unknown subject in a bank robbery in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

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Former Employee of Global Financial Services Company Charged with Unauthorized Access of Supervisor’s E-Mail Account on Approximately 100 Occasions

A complaint was unsealed charging Kristopher Rocchio with computer fraud, stemming from his repeated unauthorized access of his former supervisor’s e-mail account from at least August 2013 through in or about February 2015.

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Former CEO and President of Gateway Bank Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud Conspiracy

Earlier today, Poppi Metaxas, the former President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Gateway Bank, FSB (Gateway) pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud for her role in defrauding the bank of more than $1.

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FBI New York Art Crime Team Has Record Number of Art and Cultural Items Returned in Second Half of 2015, Seeks Public Assistance Locating Other Stolen Items

A Chilean tapestry, the Bark Washington painting, and the Ames Stradivarius violin were returned to their rightful owners following the investigative work and partnerships of the FBIs New York Art Crime Team.

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Brookyln Resident Indicted for Sex Trafficking Minors

Yesterday, a 12-count superseding indictment was unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn charging Alvaun Thompson, also known as with three counts of child sex trafficking, one count of production of child pornography, and various other prostitution-related offenses.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney and FBI Announce Return of Stolen Stradivarius Violin to Heirs of Musician Roman Totenberg

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, Assistant Director-in-Charge New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (s Office in Manhattan.

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Members and Associates of Violent Mount Vernon Street Gang Known as Boss Playa Family, or BPF, Charged in Federal Court with Racketeering Offenses, Including Two Murders of Rival Gang Members

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Janet DiFiore, the District Attorney for Westchester County, and Diego Rodriguez, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ( with participation in a racketeering conspiracy and firearms offenses, and charging certain of those BPF members and associates with murder in aid of racketeering and narcotics conspiracy.

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Founder and Portfolio Manager of Canarsie Capital LLC Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Securities Fraud

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (s lies to investors and the U.

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Former Head of Operations at New York Brokerage Firm Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion and Filing False Tax Return

A former resident of North Bellmore, New York, pleaded guilty today in the U.

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Ross Ulbricht, the Creator and Owner of the Silk Road Website, Found Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court on All Counts

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that ROSS WILLIAM ULBRICHT, a/k/a was found guilty yesterday on all seven counts in connection with his operation and ownership of Silk Road, a hidden website designed to enable its users to buy and sell illegal drugs and other unlawful goods and services anonymously and beyond the reach of law enforcement, following a four-week trial before U.

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BNP Paribas Sentenced for Conspiring to Violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and the Trading with the Enemy Act

WASHINGTONBNP Paribas S.A.(BNPP), a global financial institution headquartered in Paris, was sentenced today for conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and the Trading with the Enemy Act (TWEA) by processing billions of dollars of transactions through the U.

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Arizona Man Indicted for Providing Material Support to ISIL by Facilitating New York Man’s Travel to Syria to Receive Terrorist Training

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), and William J.

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Alleged Terrorist, Charged with Murder of Five American Soldiers, Extradited to United States

WASHINGTONU.S.Attorney Loretta E.Lynch for the Eastern District of New York, Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P.

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Former Siemens Chief Financial Officer Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to $100 Million Foreign Bribery Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that ANDRES TRUPPEL, former chief financial officer for Siemens Argentina, pled guilty today in Manhattan federal court to conspiring to pay $100 million in bribes to senior Argentine government officials to secure, implement, and enforce a $1 billion contract between Siemens and the Argentine government to produce national identity cards.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney and FBI Assistant Director Announce Charges Against Founder of Non-Profit Organization for Defrauding Parents of Abducted Children

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (self-funded non-profit organization dedicated to preventing child abduction and trafficking.

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Managing Director of Venture Capital Firm Arrested and Charged in Manhattan Federal Court in Connection with Multi-Million-Dollar Ponzi Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), and Andrew Vale, the Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Division of the FBI, announced today that GREGORY W.

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Four Defendants Charged in Brooklyn and 16 Charged in Italy for Their Participation in a Transnational Cocaine Trafficking Operation

A six-count superseding indictment was unsealed yesterday in Brooklyn federal court charging husband and wife defendants Gregorio and Eleonora Gigliotti, their son Angelo Gigliotti, and a relative who is an Italian citizen, Franco Fazio, with conspiracy to import cocaine, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, importation of cocaine, and attempted possession of cocaine.

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President of Office Equipment Leasing Company Arrested for Engaging in Multi-Million-Dollar Fraud Scheme

Michael Conway, the President of Choice Office Solutions LLC (Choice Office), was arrested earlier today on charges of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft in connection with a scheme where he forged lease agreements to defraud an individual investor and De Lage Landen Financial Solutions Partner (DLLFSP) of approximately $3.

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Selim Zherka, Westchester Businessman, Pleads Guilty in White Plains Federal Court to Conspiring to Make False Statements to a Bank and to File Materially False Federal Tax Returns

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Westchester businessman SELIM ZHERKA pled guilty today to conspiring to make false statements to a bank in order to receive millions of dollars in loans and to file materially false tax returns with the IRS.

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Former New York State Senator Thomas W. Libous Sentenced in White Plains Federal Court for Making False Statements to the FBI

Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that New York State Senator THOMAS W.

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Maryland Man Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 20 Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking and Transporting a Minor Interstate for the Purpose of Prostitution

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that JABAR GILLIAM was sentenced in Manhattan federal court to 20 years in prison for trafficking a 16 year-old girl (the ) from Maryland to the Bronx and forcing her to engage in prostitution.

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New York Pharmacist Charged with Defrauding Medicare and Medicaid of More Than $5 Million Through Fraudulent Billing of Prescription Medications

A twenty-four-count indictment was unsealed this morning in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, charging Andrew Barrett, a licensed pharmacist, with health care fraud, filing false claims, unlawful monetary transactions, filing false personal tax returns, and the filing of and assisting in the preparation of false corporate tax returns.

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Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, a/k/a Abu Hamza, Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to Life in Prison

Charges Based on Participating in a Deadly Hostage-Taking in Yemen, Conspiring to Establish a Terrorism Training Camp in the United States, and Sending One of His Followers to Train and Fight with Al Qaeda in Afghanistan.

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Long Island Man Sentenced to 55 Months for Stealing More Than $31 Million Dollars in a Wire Fraud Scheme Involving Sub-Prime Mortgages

Earlier today, defendant Thomas Donovan, 67, was sentenced to 55 months of incarceration for his guilty plea to wire fraud conspiracy on May 31, 2013.

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Former New York City Department of Sanitation Officer Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 18 Months in Prison for Conspiring to Distribute Firearms and Stolen Goods and Sale of a Firearm

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that ANTHONY SANTIAGO, a former New York City Department of Sanitation Codes Officer, was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for engaging in a scheme involving the illegal interstate transport of firearms and stolen goods and the illegal sale of a firearm interstate.

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International Terrorism Defendant Sentenced in Manhattan to 25 Years in Prison

WASHINGTONAssistant Attorney General for National Security John P.

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Commerzbank AG Admits to Sanctions and Bank Secrecy Violations, Agrees to Forfeit $563 Million and Pay $79 Million Fine

WASHINGTONCommerzbank AG, a global financial institution headquartered in Frankfurt, and its U.

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Virtual Kidnapping Scam on the Rise in New York City

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and New York City Police Department are alerting the public to a new, frightening scam that is targeting New York City residents.

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Investment Managers Arrested and Charged in $11 Million Investment and $8 Million Bank Fraud Schemes

John R.Lakian and Diane W.Lamm have been charged in a five-count indictment alleging conspiracy to commit securities, wire and bank fraud, and two counts of substantive securities fraud in connection with schemes to defraud investors and banks of millions of dollars.

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Mergers and Acquisitions Analyst Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Insider Trading

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that ZACHARY ZWERKO pled guilty today in Manhattan federal court to one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and three counts of securities fraud in connection with an insider trading scheme in which ZWERKO, who worked for a pharmaceutical company (the ) who then made profitable securities trades based on the information and reaped over $700,000 in profits.

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Long Island Doctor Pleads Guilty to Health Care Fraud and Obstruction of Medicare Audit

Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, New York, Melvin Cwibeker, a doctor of chiropractic medicine from Nassau County, New York, pled guilty to healthcare fraud and obstruction of a federal audit, and he agreed to pay restitution and a $500,000 forfeiture.

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New York State Senator John Sampson Convicted of Obstruction of Justice and False Statements

Earlier today, following four weeks of trial, a federal jury in Brooklyn, New York, returned guilty verdicts against New York State Senator John Sampson, for one count of obstruction of justice and two counts of making false statements to federal agents.

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Brooklyn Man Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Defrauding Elderly Victims Across New York State

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that ALLAH JUSTICE MCQUEEN pled guilty today in Manhattan federal court to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud in connection with a scheme that targeted and victimized elderly people across New York State.

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Brooklyn Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Sexually Abusing a Minor

Earlier today, Andrew Goodman was sentenced by Judge Margo K.

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Investment Bank Financial Adviser Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Illegally Accessing Confidential Client Information

Galen Marsh, a private wealth management adviser, pled guilty to obtaining confidential client information from his employer, a multinational investment bank and financial services company headquartered in Manhattan, by gaining unauthorized access to certain of the bank’s computer systems.

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Malian National Sentenced Today in Brooklyn Federal Court to 25 Years for Conspiracy to Murder a U.S. Diplomat

Earlier today, Alhassane Ould Mohamed, also known as imprisonment at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York, for conspiring to murder a United States diplomat stationed in Niamey, Niger, in December 2000.

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Defendant Convicted at Trial for His Involvement in Multiple Queens Extortion Schemes Carried Out with New York City Police Officer

Yesterday, following two and a half weeks of trial, a federal jury in Brooklyn, New York, returned a guilty verdict against Redinel Dervishaj, on Hobbs Act extortion conspiracy, attempted extortion, threatening/committing physical violence in furtherance of an extortion plan, and related charges involving brandishing firearms.

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Former Chief Digital Officer of Premium Entertainment Network Charged with $8 Million Fraud

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), announced today that EMIL RENSING, former chief digital officer at a premium entertainment network, was arrested this morning on wire fraud and aggravated identity theft charges resulting from a scheme in which RENSING used companies he owned and controlled to fraudulently obtain from his former employer approximately $8 million for services that were, in large part, never performed.

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Estonian Cybercriminal Sentenced for Infecting Four Million Computers in 100 Countries with Malware in Multi-Million-Dollar Fraud Scheme

Vladimir Tsastsin was sentenced for perpetrating a massive internet fraud scheme by infecting more than four million computers in over 100 countries with malware.

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Former Newburgh City Fire Chief Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud for Fraudulently Obtaining Retirement Benefits

Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that MICHAEL J.

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Three East Flatbush Gang Members Sentenced for Their Roles in Police Impersonation Robberies

Today in Brooklyn federal court, Ringo Delcid, a member of the violent Predator Set street gang operating primarily in the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, was sentenced to 130 months of imprisonment for conspiring to commit two Hobbs Act robberies and for the use of a firearm in connection with one of those robberies.

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Nikita Kuzmin, Creator of the Gozi Virus, Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that NIKITA KUZMIN, the creator of malware, was sentenced in Manhattan federal court to time served (37 months).

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New York City Human Resources Administration Supervisor Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Two Public Assistance Programs of More Than $1.8 Million

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that CHERRISE WATSON-JACKSON, a/k/a ), pled guilty today to fraud offenses involving the theft of more than $1.

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Nine Individuals, Including Five Registered Brokers, Indicted for Orchestrating a $131 Million Market Manipulation Scheme

BROOKLYN, N. Y. Christopher Castaldo, the Chief Executive Officer of Stock Traders Press Inc. and the President of Wall Street Buy Sell Hold Inc.

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Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 12 Years in Prison

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that former New York State Assembly Speaker SHELDON SILVER was sentenced this afternoon to 12 years in prison after having been found guilty by a federal jury of using his official position to obtain nearly $4 million in bribes and kickbacks in exchange for his official acts and obtaining another $1 million through laundering the proceeds of his crimes.

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Father of Investment Banker Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court for Million-Dollar Insider Trading Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that ROBERT STEWART, a/k/a s son and co-conspirator, to trade and cause another to trade in the securities of five different health care companies.

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Bronx Man Charged in White Plains Federal Court with Discharging a Firearm While Robbing a Yonkers Bank in October 2013

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ( with robbing a Wells Fargo Bank branch in October 2013 and discharging a firearm in furtherance of the robbery.

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New York Pharmacist Pleads Guilty to Medicare and Medicaid Fraud and Tax Fraud

Earlier today, Andrew Barrett, a New York pharmacist and pharmacy owner, pleaded guilty to health care fraud and filing false tax returns.

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Member of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison in Manhattan Federal Court

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and John P.

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Investment Bank Director Charged in Manhattan Federal Court with Insider Trading

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation () in which the Investment Bank was involved.

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Eight MS-13 Members Convicted of Racketeering-Related Charges

A federal jury convicted eight defendants today of multiple charges related to a racketeering enterprise known as La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, after a 16-week trial.

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Nine Defendants Charged in White Plains Federal Court with Narcotics and Firearms Offenses as Part of the Yellow Tape Money Gang in Newburgh

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), Joseph A.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney And FBI Announce Return Of Stolen Inverted Jenny Stamp

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, Assistant Director-in-Charge New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), the assignee of Ethel B.

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Sullivan County Man Pleads Guilty in White Plains Federal Court to Distribution of Heroin and Fentanyl Causing the Death of an Individual

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that TERRENCE JOHNSON, 23, of Sullivan County, pled guilty to distributing a mixture of heroin and fentanyl that resulted in the overdose death of Malcolm Perry, 35, a resident of Liberty, New York.

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Investment Adviser Charged in Manhattan Federal Court with Insider Trading

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (s friend and client, worked.

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Man Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court for Threatening to Blow up the Statue of Liberty

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that JASON PAUL SMITH pled guilty in Manhattan federal court today to communicating a hoax threat to bomb the Statue of Liberty that resulted in the evacuation of more than 3,200 people from Liberty Island in New York Harbor.

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Fourteen Defendants Charged with Drug Trafficking and Illegal Weapons Possession in the Cypress Hills Houses in Brooklyn

Four indictments and two complaints were unsealed today in United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York charging 14 defendants for their involvement in narcotics trafficking and illegal weapons possession in the Cypress Hills Houses, a New York City Housing Authority complex located in East New York, Brooklyn.

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Norman Seabrook, President of Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association, Arrested for Demanding and Accepting Bribes in Exchange for Investing Union Money in New York-Based Hedge Fund

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (s hedge fund.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Extradition of Defendants Linked to Massive Network Intrusions at U.S. Financial Institutions, U.S. Brokerage Firms, a Major News Publication, and Other Companies in Furtherance of Securities Fraud Scheme and Other Crimes

Gery Shalon and Ziv Orenstein, two of the alleged perpetrators of the cybercrime described at the time of their arrests as securities fraud on cyber steroids, have been successfully extradited from Israel to the United States.

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Six Individuals Charged in Scheme to Defraud Merchants Out of Jewelry and Diamonds

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, ), Robert E.

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Former Pharmaceutical Company Employees Arrested for Participating in Fentanyl Kickback Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), and Scott Lampert, Special Agent in Charge of the U.

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FBI New York Metro Safe Streets Task Force Offers Reward for Fugitive Wanted in Gang Round-Up

The FBI NY Metro Safe Streets Task Force and the NYPD are asking for the publics help in finding a fugitive wanted for being part of a drug and weapons trafficking ring with ties to street gangs operating in the Cypress Hills Houses in Brooklyn, New York.

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Former DEA Supervisor and Employee Convicted of Making False Statements in National Security Forms

Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that DAVID POLOS, formerly an Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge with the Drug Enforcement Administration (), and GLEN GLOVER, a DEA Information Technology Specialist, were convicted of conspiracy and making false statements to the government in national security forms regarding, among other things, their employment at an adult entertainment establishment.

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Founder and Portfolio Manager of Canarsie Capital LLC Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court for Securities Fraud

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that OWEN LI was sentenced to probation for securities fraud and making a false statement, stemming from LIs lies to investors and the U.

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Chief Executive Officer of International Metallurgical Company Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Export Specialty Metals to Iran

Earlier today in federal court in Brooklyn, Erdal Kuyumcu, the chief executive officer of Global Metallurgy, LLC, a company based in Woodside, New York, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act in connection with the export of specialty metals from the United States to Iran.

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Hedge Fund Portfolio Manager Sanjay Valvani and Former Portfolio Manager Stefan Lumiere Charged in Manhattan Federal Court

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), and Elton Malone, Special Agent in Charge, Special Investigations Branch, U.

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Long Island Man Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Homeowners in Multi-Million Dollar Loan Modification Scheme

Earlier today, David Gotterup pleaded guilty at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York, to conspiracy to commit wire fraud by defrauding distressed homeowners in a loan modification scheme.

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Defendant Convicted at Trial for Drug and Firearm Related Murder in Albany

Late yesterday afternoon, following a one week trial, a federal jury in Brooklyn, New York, returned a guilty verdict against James Cureton for drug and firearm related murder and drug trafficking.

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Former Chief Financial Officer Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court for Misappropriating More Than $10 Million from Two Healthcare Services Companies

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that STEVEN RAWLINS, a former Chief Financial Officer to two healthcare services companies based outside Nashville, Tennessee, was sentenced to nine years in prison and $10,110,577.

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Executive Director Charged with Embezzling from Charity to Fund Home Renovations and Personal Expenses

Earlier today, a federal grand jury sitting in Brooklyn returned an indictment charging Yolanda Vitulli, the executive director of a charity that provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities, with embezzling approximately $100,000 from the charity for her personal use.

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New York City Pharmacy Owner Arrested for $8.5 Million Fraud as Part of Largest National Medicare Fraud Takedown in History

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), and Scott J.

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Five Defendants Charged in White Plains Federal Court with Robbery and Murder in Swan Lake

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, James R.

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Orchestrator of More Than 40 Pump and Dump Schemes and Secret Owner of Offshore Brokerage Firm Pleads Guilty to $250 Million Money Laundering Scheme

BROOKLYN, N. Y. Earlier today, Gregg R. Mulholland, a dual U. S. and Canadian citizen and secret owner of Legacy Global Markets S.

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Seven Defendants Charged in Manhattan Federal Court with Defrauding a Native American Tribe and Investors of Over $60 Million

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), and Philip R.

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Genovese Organized Crime Family Members and Associates Charged in Manhattan Federal Court with Racketeering Offenses, Including Murder Conspiracy, Attempted Murder, Extortion Conspiracy, and Illegal Gambling, as Well as Firearms Offenses

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Madeline Singas, the Nassau County District Attorney, Diego Rodriguez, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), William J.

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Former New York State Senate Leader Dean Skelos Sentenced to Five Years in Prison and His Son, Adam Skelos, Sentenced to More Than Six Years in Prison, in Manhattan Federal Court

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that former New York State Senate Majority Leader DEAN SKELOS was sentenced today to five years in prison after having been found guilty by a federal jury of using his official position to obtain more than $300,000 in bribes and extortion payments that were paid to his son, ADAM SKELOS, in exchange for DEAN SKELOSs official acts.

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Software Company CEO and Former Adjunct Columbia Business School Professor Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court for Multi-Million-Dollar Fraud Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced today that GREGORY RORKE was sentenced to two years in prison for his scheme to defraud investors in his company, Navagate, Inc.

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Twenty-One Defendants Charged in White Plains Federal Court with Committing Narcotics and Firearms Offenses in Sullivan County

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, James R.

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Bronx Man Charged in Manhattan Federal Court with 2013 Home Invasion Robbery and Murder

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), and William J.

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William T. “Billy” Walters Charged in Manhattan Federal Court with Insider Trading

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), and Philip R.

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Former Corporate Lawyer Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to Five Years in Prison in Connection with Multi-Million-Dollar Ponzi Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that CHARLES A.

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Canadian-Iranian Citizen Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to Three Years in Prison for Conspiring to Violate Iran Sanctions

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and John P.

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Yonkers Gang Leader Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Murder, Racketeering, and Narcotics Crimes

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that DA), including the murder of Tyrone Arthur on December 27, 2013.

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Bronx Man Charged in Manhattan Federal Court with Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIL

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, John P.

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Russian Banker Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 30 Months in Prison for Conspiring to Work for Russian Intelligence

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and John P.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney Charges Volunteer Wrestling Coach in Rockland County with Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

Volunteer wrestling coach Marcus Stroud charged with persuading a 14-year-old victim to engage in oral sex while Stoud recorded the activity.

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John Galanis Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Market Manipulation

John Galanis pled guilty to manipulating the market for Gerova Financial Group, Ltd., a publicly traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and its shareholders.

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California Registered Broker Pleads Guilty to Participating in a $20 Million Market Manipulation Scheme

Earlier today, Darren Goodrich, a registered broker at a brokerage firm in El Segundo, California, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit securities fraud for manipulating the stock of Cubed, Inc.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney Charges Three Defendants with Participating in Multi-Million-Dollar Fraud on Film Investors

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (), announced today the unsealing of charges against JAMES DAVID WILLIAMS, STEVEN BROWN, and GERALD SEPPALA for allegedly defrauding victims out of more than $12 million as part of an advance fee scheme in which victims were asked to invest in film projects based on false promises and misrepresentation.

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U.S. Attorney Charges Camp Counselor with Sexual Exploitation of Minor

Michael Bryant Marin has been charged with communicating with an underage victim online and convincing her to take and send sexually explicit photographs and videos to Marin online.

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Member of Brooklyn Street Gang Arrested and Charged with Racketeering, Double Homicide, Narcotics Trafficking, and Unlawful Use of Firearms

Frank Smith, a member of a Coney Island-based gang, was charged with crimes including racketeering, murder in aid of racketeering, narcotics trafficking, and unlawful use of firearms.

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Owner of Debt Collection Company Convicted in Manhattan Federal Court for Massive Fraud

John Todd Williams was convicted for conspiring to commit wire fraud in connection with a nationwide debt collection scheme that defrauded more than 6,000 victims throughout the United States.

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Three Additional Defendants Charged in Manhattan Federal Court in Connection with Fraud Schemes Relating to Technology Start-Up Company Kit Digital

Omar Amanat, Stephen E. Maiden, and Rima Jameel are charged for their involvement in fraudulent schemes related to Kit Digital (“KITD”), a publicly-traded technology start-up company based in New York and Prague.

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Florida Man Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court in Connection with Two Multi-Million-Dollar Fraud Schemes

Joseph Del Valle was sentenced to 98 months in prison for wire fraud and aggravated identity theft charges for operating two fraudulent schemes that resulted in more than $5 million in investor losses.

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Investment Bank Director Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Insider Trading

Steven McClatchey, a director at an investment bank in Manhattan, pled guilty to committing insider trading in connection with potential mergers and acquisitions in which the bank was involved.

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Former Broker and Bookkeeper in Agape Ponzi Scheme Sentenced to 78 Months’ Imprisonment

Diane Kaylor, a former broker and bookkeeper of Agape, was sentenced to 78 months following her convictions for securities fraud, conspiracy, mail fraud, and wire fraud.

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Former Executive Director and Two Co-Defendants Indicted for Embezzling and Laundering Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars from Charity

Wafa Abboud, ex-director of a charity, and Marcelle P. Bailey and Rami Misbah Taha were charged with embezzling and laundering hundreds of thousands of dollars from that charity for Abboud’s personal use.

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Michael Danilovich Sentenced to 25 Years for Racketeering, Health Care Fraud, Securities Fraud, Mail Fraud, Wire Fraud, and Money Laundering

Michael Danilovich was sentenced to 25 years for with racketeering conspiracy, securities fraud, health care fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering.

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Texas Man Sentenced for Operating Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme

Rendon T. Shavers, a/k/a “pirateat40,” was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for securities fraud related to his involvement in a Bitcoin-related Ponzi scheme.

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Queens Father and Son Convicted at Trial for Their Participation in a Transnational Cocaine Trafficking Operation

Gregorio and Angelo Gigliotti, a father and son, guilty in cocaine trafficking operation that stretched from Italy to Queens, New York and Costa Rica.

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MS-13 Members Indicted for Four Murders, Attempted Murder, Arson, Obstruction of Justice, and Firearms Offenses

A 23-count indictment charges three MS-13 members with murders, firearms charges, accessory after the fact, obstruction of justice, and arson offenses.

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Lebanese National Extradited from Malaysia to Face Charges in Wide-Ranging Counterfeit Currency Plot with Ties to Lebanon and Iran

Louay Ibrahim Hussein is charged in connection with his leadership role in a wide-ranging scheme to distribute large quantities of high-grade counterfeit U.S. currency.

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Three Brooklyn Men Charged in Manhattan Federal Court for Two Bank Burglaries

Michael Mazzara, Charles Kerrigan, and Anthony Mascuzzio were arrested for their roles in bank burglaries in Brooklyn and Queens, New York in 2016.

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Six Defendants, Including Three Former Members of the United States Military, Charged with Interstate Gun Trafficking

A 17-count indictment was fully unsealed yesterday charging six with conspiracy to deal in firearms and making false statements to acquire firearms

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Registered Broker Pleads Guilty to Securities Fraud for Participating in a $131 Million Market Manipulation Scheme

Naveed Khan, a registered broker, pleaded guilty to securities fraud in connection with the fraudulent market manipulation of ForceField Energy Inc.

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William Sweeney, Jr. Named Assistant Director in Charge of New York Division

William Sweeney, Jr. has been named assistant director in charge of the New York Division.

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Brooklyn Man Sentenced to Life for Murder to Obstruct Bank Fraud Investigation

Naquan Reyes was sentenced to life imprisonment on his conviction for murdering Nicole Thompson.

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New York City Official Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court for Food Stamp Bribery Scheme

Harry Fletcher was sentenced to 36 months in prison for taking more than $20,000 in bribes in exchange for awarding more than $240,000 in food stamp benefits.

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Former Head of Foundation Sentenced to 20 Months in Prison for Bribing Then-Ambassador and President of United Nations General Assembly

Shiwei Yan, a/k/a “Sheri Yan,” co-founder and former CEO of the Global Sustainability Foundation, was sentenced to 20 months for bribery.

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Peekskill Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Heroin Trafficking and Distributing Heroin and Fentanyl That Resulted in Death

Lakuan Rhyne was to 186 months in prison for distributing the heroin and fentanyl that resulted in the overdose death of an individual.

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New York Doctor Convicted of Multi-Million-Health Care Fraud

A New York surgeon who practiced at hospitals in Brooklyn and Long Island was convicted for submitting millions of dollars in false and fraudulent claims to Medicare.

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Former President of Guatemalan Soccer Federation Pleads Guilty to Racketeering and Corruption Charges

Brayan Jiménez, the president of the Guatemalan soccer federation (FENAFUTG) from 2009 to 2015, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud charges.

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FBI Employee Pleads Guilty to Acting in the United States as an Agent of the Chinese Government

Kun Shan Chun, a native of the People’s Republic of China and a naturalized U.S. citizen, pleaded guilty to acting in the U.S. as an agent of China.

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Israeli Man Charged with Operating FOREX Ponzi Scheme

Fadi Ewiess, a/k/a Fadi Awise, of Israel, was arrested for operating a $5.8 million FOREX Ponzi scheme.

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Georgia Trader Pleads Guilty to Largest Known Computer Hacking and Trading Scheme

Leonid Momotok, of Suwanee, Georgia, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud for his role in a scheme to hack into three business newswires.

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Individual Responsible for Telephone-Related Extortion Schemes to Appear Today in Federal Court

Hani Kabbara, a Canadian citizen, has been charged in a scheme that used overseas call centers to conduct telephone extortion scams.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney Charges 46 Leaders, Members, and Associates of Several Organized Crime Families of La Cosa Nostra with Wide-Ranging Racketeering Charges

Forty-six leaders, members, and associates of La Cosa Nostra have been charged for their alleged roles in a sprawling and long-running racketeering conspiracy.

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Six Men Charged in Manhattan Federal Court with Sex Trafficking of Minors

Six were charged with conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors, sex trafficking of minors, and conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce to promote sex trafficking.

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Eleven Defendants Charged in White Plains Federal Court with Narcotics Trafficking in Rockland County

Eleven defendants were charged with trafficking cocaine and crack cocaine in and around Rockland County, New York.

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Member of United States Army Sentenced to 10 Months for Theft and Sale of Military-Issued Night Vision Technology

Johnathan Serrano, a member of the United States Army, was sentenced for conspiracy to steal and sell government property.

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New Jersey Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Robbing and Murdering Ossining Resident

Anthony Grecco, of Manville, New Jersey, was sentenced to life in prison for robbing and murdering Ryan Ennis, a resident of Ossining, New York, and conspiring to distribute marijuana and heroin.

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Former Chief Financial Officer Sentenced to 20 Months for Role in $30 Million Bank Fraud Scheme

Thomas Torre, the former CFO of Metro Fuel Oil Corp., was sentenced in New York for conspiring to commit bank fraud by overstating Metro Fuel’s accounts receivable in order to draw from a revolving line of credit.

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Perpetrator of Sexual Assault Aboard International Flight Sentenced to Statutory Maximum 24 Months in Prison

Nadeem Mehmood Quraishi was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for the sexual assault of a woman while on an international flight.

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Derek Galanis Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Securities Fraud

Derek Galanis pled guilty to manipulating the market for Gerova Financial Group Ltd. (“Gerova”) and to defrauding the shareholders of that company.

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Member and Associates of the Lucchese Crime Family Plead Guilty to Extortion Conspiracy

Carmine Avellino, a member of the Lucchese organized crime family of La Cosa Nostra, pleaded guilty to an extortionate collection of credit conspiracy.

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Managing Director of Investment Bank Found Guilty of Insider Trading Charges

Sean Stewart, a former managing director at an investment advisory firm headquartered in Manhattan, was found guilty of providing inside information.

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Canadian Citizen Sentenced to 78 Months in Prison for Leading an International Multi-Million-Dollar Fraud Scheme

Sandy Winick, a Canadian citizen extradited from Thailand, was sentenced to 78 months in prison for conspiring to commit wire fraud for running an international advance fee scheme.

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Sex Trafficker Charged with Victimizing Girls and Women Between New York and Florida

Grevy Gerard Pierre-Louis was indicted for four counts stemming from his long-running criminal enterprise that turned the violent sexual exploitation of girls and women into his own profit.

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Three Gang Members Charged in Federal Court with Racketeering Offenses, Including Murder and Firearm Offenses

Officials announced today the charges against three members of the Sex Money Murder gang (SMM) with racketeering and firearms charges, including a gang-related murder.

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Jared Galanis Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Misprision of a Felony

Jared Galanis pled guilty to concealing a conspiracy to manipulate the market for Gerova, a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange, and to defraud the shareholders of that company.

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Brookyln Sex Trafficker Sentenced to 30 Years for Prostituting Minors and Producing Child Pornography

Alvaun Thompson, also known as Love Pimpin, was sentenced to 30 years’ imprisonment for forcibly sex trafficking minors—including a 13-year-old girl—and producing child pornography.

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Leading Member of Bloods Sentenced to 55 Years for Murder, Shooting, and Narcotics Trafficking

Jamal Smalls was sentenced to 55 years in prison for the July 26, 2012 drug-related murder of Doneil White and narcotics trafficking.

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Jacob “Kobi” Alexander Pleads Guilty to Securities Fraud

Jacob Alexander, also known as “Kobi Alexander,” an Israeli national, pleaded guilty to one count of securities fraud for his role in a stock options backdating scheme.

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Fifteen Defendants Charged in White Plains Federal Court with Narcotics Trafficking in Orange County

Fifteen defendants have been charged with trafficking cocaine and crack cocaine in and around Orange County, New York.

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Man Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 46 Months in Prison in Connection with $1.5 Million Ponzi Scheme

William J. Wells was sentenced to 46 months for securities and wire fraud charges after defrauding more than 30 investors of more than $1.5 million through a Ponzi-like scheme.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Arrest of Rabbi and Member of Satmar Community for Conspiring to Kidnap and Murder

Shimen Liebowitz and Aharon Goldberg have been charged with conspiring to kidnap and murder an individual in order to obtain a religious divorce for that individual’s wife.

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Owner and Chief Executive Officer of Beauty Products Company Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court for Multi-Million-Dollar Accounting Fraud Scheme

Emanuel Cohen was sentenced today to 27 months in prison for orchestrating a fraudulent scheme to obtain millions of dollars in loans.

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Former Chief Financial Officer of American Realty Capital Partners (ARCP) Charged with Accounting Fraud

Brian Block, the former CFO of the publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT), formerly known as American Realty Capital Partners (ARCP), was charged with accounting fraud.

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Bronx Man Arrested for Possessing and Distributing Child Pornography

Rudy Mena arrested for his possession and distribution of child pornography.

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Six Bronx Defendants Charged in Manhattan Federal Court with Sex Trafficking Offenses

Six individuals were charged with sex trafficking of minors, sex trafficking conspiracy, and receipt and possession of child pornography.

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Ahmad Khan Rahami Charged in Manhattan and New Jersey Federal Courts with Executing Bombings in New York City and New Jersey

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