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California Man Arrested for Making False Statements in a Terrorism Investigation

A Sacramento, California, resident was arrested today on a federal charge of making a false statement involving international terrorism.

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Modesto Developer Sentenced for Mortgage Fraud Scheme

FRESNO, Calif. United States District Judge Anthony W. Ishii sentenced Aruna Kumari Chopra, 66, of Modesto, today to one year and one day in prison, to be followed by a year of home confinement, for her mail fraud conviction in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Former Finance Director of Pit River Tribe Indicted for Tax Evasion, Failure to File a Tax Return, and Theft from the Pit River Tribe

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Kenley Black, 41, formerly of Burney, California, was arrested today at his home in Ft. Defiance, Arizona on charges of tax evasion, failure to file income taxes, and embezzlement and theft from a tribal organization, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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California Man Indicted in Chicago for Attempting to Provide Material Support to Overseas Terrorists

Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab, 23, of Sacramento, California, was indicted today in the Northern District of Illinois for attempting to provide material support to acts of violence overseas.

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FBI Seeking Bearded Bandit

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking information that may lead to the identification and apprehension of a serial bank robbery suspect.

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San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office Receives Award for Its Contribution to the Mission of the Department of Justice

SACRAMENTO, Calif. United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner is pleased to announce the 2015 winner of the Eastern District of California Outstanding Law Enforcement Agency Award for the Sacramento Division.

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Two Indicted in Fresno for Drug and Firearms Offenses

FRESNO, Calif. A federal grand jury returned two indictments today charging two individuals with drug trafficking offenses and one with an additional firearms charge, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Clovis Man Pleads Guilty to Laser Strikes on CHP Plane

FRESNO, Calif. Jeremy Scott Danielson, 35, of Clovis, pleaded guilty today to striking a California Highway Patrol plane with a powerful green laser beam, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Bakersfield Man Pleads Guilty to Laser Strikes on Sheriff Helicopter

FRESNO, Calif. s helicopter, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. In pleading guilty, Sahagun acknowledged that on February 26, 2015, s Office helicopter, Air-1, with the beam of a green laser pointer.

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Jury Finds Elk Grove Man Guilty of National Guard Recruiting Fraud

SACRAMENTO, Calif. After a seven-day trial, a federal jury found Richard C. Sihner, 54, of Elk Grove, guilty of 18 counts of wire fraud and one count of false statements to a federal agent for a scheme to fraudulently obtain bonuses in a recruitment program for the California National Guard, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Final Defendant in Shoplifting Ring Sentenced to Prison

SACRAMENTO, Calif. The final defendant in a shoplifting ring that stole over $2. 5 million in retail goods and resold them on eBay was sentenced today to three years in prison, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Tracy Mosque Arson Joint Investigation Continues

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect or suspects who participated in the December 26, 2015 attempted arson and possible hate crime the Tracy Islamic Center located at 11970 West Larch Road in Tracy.

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Washington Man Pleads Guilty to Sending Death Threats

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Scott Anthony Orton, 57, of Puyallup, Washington, pleaded guilty today to transmitting interstate threats, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Fresno Woman Sentenced to Prison for Embezzling More Than Half-a-Million Dollars from Law Firm

FRESNO, Calif. Shelley Corkins, aka Shelley Kimbrell, 39, of Fresno, was sentenced Monday by Senior United States District Judge Anthony W.

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FBI Seeking Placer County Serial Bank Robber

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking information to aid the identification and apprehension of an armed and dangerous bank robbery suspect tied to four robberies in Placer County.

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Three Sentenced in Bakersfield Heroin Trafficking Conspiracy

FRESNO, Calif. Three defendants have been sentenced by United States District Judge Anthony W. Ishii for a conspiracy to distribute heroin, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Bakersfield Resident Sentenced for Pointing a Laser at Kern County Sheriff Helicopter

FRESNO, Calif. s helicopter, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. The sentence follows Rosas s guilty last fall.

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Former Chief Operating Officer of Davis Bio-Pesticide Company Indicted for Securities Fraud

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Hector Absi, 47, of Las Vegas, Nevada, was arrested today by FBI agents at his home in Las Vegas.

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Granite Bay Man Sentenced for Defrauding Investors in a Green Cleaning Product Company

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Brent Lee Newbold, 58, of Granite Bay, was sentenced today to four years and three months in prison and ordered to pay more than $2.

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Final Defendant Pleads Guilty in Connection with Extensive Counterfeit Media Conspiracy in Central Valley

Miguel Angel Gomez Rebolledo pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement and related crimes in connection with an extensive counterfeit media scheme.

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Vallejo Business Owner Arrested for Alleged Foreclosure Rescue Fraud Scheme

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Sergio Roman Barrientos, 62, of Poway, was arrested on Wednesday in San Diego. On Thursday, April 14, a federal grand jury returned a six-count superseding indictment against Barrientos that added co-defendant Zalathiel Aguila, 42, of Fairfield, to the indictment originally brought on March 3, 2016, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Fresno Man Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Methamphetamine Trafficking

FRESNO, Calif. Jose Nicolas Olivas Zazueta, 35, of Fresno, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Lawrence J.

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Fresno Man Sentenced for Striking Police Helicopter with Powerful Laser

FRESNO, Calif. Johnny Alexander Quenga, 29, of Fresno, was sentenced today to six months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release for aiming the beam of a laser pointer at Air 1, a Fresno Police helicopter, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Carmichael Man Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Possessing Biological Toxin and Selling Machine Guns

SACRAMENTO, Calif. and possession and transfer of a machine gun, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. United States District Judge Troy L.

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Roberts Family Development Center Receives FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award

During a brief ceremony held at the Roberts Family Development Center in Del Paso Heights on Wednesday evening, Special Agent in Charge Monica M.

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Stockton Man Charged with Sex Trafficking a Minor

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Ricky Lee Richardson Jr. , 39, of Stockton, was arrested on Monday, April 4, 2016, charged with sex trafficking of a minor and possession of child pornography, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Three Charged in Arson Fraud Scheme Involving Seven Sacramento-Area Commercial Buildings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. B. Wagner announced. The indictment returned by a grand jury on February 25, 2016, and unsealed today, charges Jamal M.

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Former Correctional Officer at Susanville Pleads Guilty to Accepting Bribes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Jordan Kinglee, 23, of Susanville, pleaded guilty today to honest services wire fraud for smuggling cellphones into prison, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Six Arrested on Drug, Weapons Charges

Wednesday, the Sacramento Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Safe Streets Task Force (SSTF) executed six federal arrest warrants and conducted several searches during law enforcement activities in the greater Sacramento area.

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Placer County Woman Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison for Multi-Million-Dollar Mortgage Fraud Scheme

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - United States District Judge John A. Mendez sentenced Vera Kuzmenko, 46, of Loomis, today to 14 years in prison for multiple counts of mail and wire fraud, witness tampering, and money laundering associated with her involvement in a mortgage fraud scheme that cost financial institutions over $16 million, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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EDD Investigator Receives Award for Contributing to the Mission of the Department of Justice

SACRAMENTO, Calif. United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner is pleased to announce the 2015 winner of the Eastern District of California Outstanding Investigator Award for the Sacramento division.

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Sacramento Man Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Today U. S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley sentenced Percy Love III, 34, of Sacramento, to 35 years in prison for five counts of sex trafficking related to multiple victims, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Update on Investigation at University of California, Merced

On the morning of November 4, 2015, members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Fresno Area Joint Terrorism Task Force, responded to a multiple stabbing incident at the University of California, Merced campus.

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Visalia Man Sentenced to More Than 12 Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking of a Minor

FRESNO, Calif. Tyrell Richmond, 33, of Visalia, was sentenced today by U. S. District Judge Lawrence O Neill to 12 years and seven months in prison for sex trafficking a minor, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Former Maintenance Manager at Foster Farms Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Commit Mail Fraud

FRESNO, Calif. Surjit Toor, 61, of Hilmar, pleaded guilty today to conspiring to commit mail fraud in a scheme that defrauded Foster Farms of nearly $47,000, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Modesto Tri Counties Bank Robber Sentenced to Over 26 Years in Prison

FRESNO, Calif. Lloyd George Kenney, 65, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Anthony W. Ishii to 26 years and seven months in prison for an armed bank robbery he committed at the Tri Counties Bank in Modesto.

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Stockton Loan Officer Pleads Guilty to Mortgage Fraud Offense

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Jeffrey T. Crothers, 50, of Stockton, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit bank fraud, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Bakersfield Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearm Charge

FRESNO, Calif. Bryson LaPaul Blair, 30, of Bakersfield, pleaded guilty today to being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Roseville Podiatrist Sentenced to Three Years in Federal Prison for Health Care Fraud Scheme

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Neil Van Dyck, 64, of Roseville, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Garland E.

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Sacramento Man Indicted for Terrorism Offense

SACRAMENTO, Calif. A Sacramento grand jury returned an indictment today charging Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab, 23, of Sacramento, with one count of making a false statement involving international terrorism, Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P.

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Roseville Wealth Advisor Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Lee Loomis, 58, of Granite Bay, pleaded guilty today to wire fraud, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Roseville Resident Sentenced for Loan Modification and Foreclosure Rescue Scam that Targeted Spanish-Speaking Community

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Ligia Sandoval Spafford (Sandoval), 48, of Roseville, was sentenced Thursday by U. S. District Judge Troy L.

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Two Vallejo Residents Plead Guilty to Multi-Million-Dollar Mortgage and Foreclosure Rescue Fraud Scheme

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Zalathiel Aguila, 42, and Omar Anabo, 53, both of Vallejo, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to make false statements on loan applications, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Stockton Man Sentenced for Fraud in Auto Engine Scam

SACRAMENTO, Calif. John Steven Keplinger, 56, of Stockton, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller to two years and three months in prison and a $100,000 fine for mail fraud in connection with an auto engine scam, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Federal Jury in Fresno Finds Former Fresno National Guard Recruiter Guilty of Recruiting Fraud

FRESNO, Calif. On Monday, February 1, 2016, after a seven-day trial, a federal jury found Joaquin Cuenca, 38, of San Diego, guilty of three counts of wire fraud in a scheme to fraudulently obtain bonuses in a recruitment program for the California National Guard, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Veterans Affairs Official Sentenced for Accepting Gifts in Relation to His Job Duties

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Anthony Castaneda, 45, of Oakdale in Stanislaus County, was sentenced today by Judge Morrison C. England Jr.

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Modesto Man Sentenced in Two Mortgage Fraud Schemes

FRESNO, Calif. Tony Huy Havens, 42, of Modesto, was sentenced Monday by United States District Judge Lawrence J.

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Stockton Bank Robber Sentenced to Over 15 Years in Prison

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Phillip Dale Selfa, 63, of Stockton, was sentenced today to 15 years and eight months in prison for six counts of bank robbery, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Grand Jury Indicts Herlong Prisoner for Assaulting Another Prisoner

<font color="#000000" size="2">SACRAMENTO, Calif. A federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment today against Willie James McNeal, 59, a prisoner at the Federal Correctional Institution located in Herlong, California, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Bakersfield Man Sentenced for Striking Sheriff’s Helicopter with Laser

FRESNO, Calif. s helicopter, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. On January 11, 2016, Sahagun pleaded guilty to aiming a beam of a laser pointer at an aircraft.

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Elk Grove Man Arrested, Charged for Adult Adoption Scheme to Defraud Undocumented Immigrants

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Helaman Hansen, 63, of Elk Grove, was arrested today after a federal grand jury returned a 13-count indictment charging him with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, 11 counts of mail fraud, and one count of wire fraud for operating a fraudulent adult-adoption program that targeted undocumented aliens, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Former Fox40 Web Producer Sentenced to Prison for Attack on Media Sites

Matthew Keys, former web producer and network site administrator for KTXL FOX40, a Sacramento television station, was sentenced for inciting, assisting, and conducting a weeks-long campaign of online attacks against FOX40 and The Los Angeles Times.

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Two Defendants Plead Guilty to Child Exploitation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Jason S. Wymer, 44, of Citrus Heights, pleaded guilty today to sexual exploitation of children, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Loan Officer Pleads Guilty to Concealing Mortgage Fraud Conspiracy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Christian Parada-Renteria, 40, of Woodland, pleaded guilty today to one count of concealing a widespread conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of concealing a mail fraud transaction in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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FBI Seeking Bad Breath Bandit in Northern California

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking information that may lead to the apprehension of an armed and dangerous bank robber who has robbed seven banks in Northern California and may have cased one bank.

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Wanted Serial Bank Robber Surrenders

Today, Special Agent in Charge Monica M.

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Five Sacramento Men Indicted for Trafficking in Drugs and Guns

SACRAMENTO, Calif. A federal grand jury returned a 32-count indictment today against five Sacramento men, charging them with various crimes related to trafficking in narcotics and firearms, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Former WECO Owner Sentenced for Fraudulent Aircraft Repairs

SACRAMENTO, CA U. S. District Judge John A. Mendez sentenced the former owner and president of WECO Aerospace Systems Inc.

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Four Family Members Charged in Multi-State Conspiracy to Sell Counterfeit Erectile Dysfunction Drugs

FRESNO, CAFour family members have been charged with conspiring to traffic in counterfeit erectile dysfunction drugs, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Former Sierra Army Depot Employee Indicted for Theft of Military Equipment

SACRAMENTO, CAFormer Sierra Army Depot employee Tony Herrin, 36, of Reno, Nev.

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Former Owner of Sacramento Capitols Tennis Team Pleads Guilty in $50 Million Fraud Scheme

WASHINGTONDeepal Wannakuwatte, 63, of Sacramento, California, pleaded guilty today to one count of wire fraud in furtherance of a long-running and large-scale fraud scheme, announced U.

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Sacramento County Residents Indicted in Tax Refund Fraud Scheme

SACRAMENTO, CAA federal grand jury returned an eight-count indictment today against Sergey Shchirskiy, 38, of Carmichael, and Vladislav Atamanyuk, 27, of Rancho Cordova, charging them with conspiracy to defraud the United States and aggravated identity theft, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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California Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Racially Motivated Assault on White Man and African-American Woman

WASHINGTONPerry Sylvester Jackson, 28, of Marysville, California, was sentenced today by U.

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Defendants from Inyo and Fresno Counties Sentenced in Separate Child Exploitation Cases

FRESNO, CATwo men were sentenced today for their convictions in separate child exploitation cases, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Prison Inmate Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Smuggle Drugs and Contraband into the Taft Correctional Facility

FRESNO, CAGerardo Alvarez-Montanez, 32, an inmate at the Taft Federal Correctional Facility, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to provide and possess contraband in prison, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Granite Bay Man Arrested for $6.8 Million Bank Fraud

SACRAMENTO, CA Michael T. Sahlbach, 60, of Granite Bay, was arrested today on six counts of bank and wire fraud, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Former Fugitive Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Mortgage Fraud Scheme

SACRAMENTO, CAScott Edward Cavell, 31, of Sacramento, was sentenced today by United States District Judge John A.

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Community Urged to Help Identify Woman

The Sacramento Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) seeks assistance from the public to identify a woman whose body was found in the greater Seattle, Washington area more than 25 years ago.

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Visalia Man Facing Federal Charges for Sex Trafficking Three Minors

Today, Tyrell Richmond, 31, of Visalia, was arrested at a residence in the Visalia area for allegedly trafficking three female minors.

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Fresno Man Sentenced for Laser Strikes on CHP Plane

FRESNO, CAAndrew Zarate, 20, of Fresno, was sentenced today to one year in prison to be followed by two years of supervised release, for aiming a laser pointer at a California Highway Patrol airplane, Air 43, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Rancho Cordova Man Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Receive Child Pornography

SACRAMENTO, CAKevin Michael Wood, 35, of Rancho Cordova, pleaded guilty today to attempting to receive sexually explicit images of minors and child pornography, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Former Elk Grove Man Sentenced to More Than 15 Years in Prison in $20 Million Investment Fraud and for False Statements in Bankruptcy

SACRAMENTO, CAVincent Singh, 45, formerly of Elk Grove, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Morrison C.

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Solano County Violent Gang Safe Streets Task Force Efforts Result in Four Federal Indictments for Firearms Charges

SACRAMENTO, CA Antonio Bankhead, 26, both of Vallejo, were each charged individually in separate indictments with being felons in possession of a firearm, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Arrest Made in Venice for $5 Million Movie Studio Construction Scam in Northern California

SACRAMENTO, CAcount indictment was unsealed today after the arrest of Carissa Carpenter, 51, formerly of Malibu, charging her with mail fraud, wire fraud, and three counts of making a false statement to a government agent, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Bureau of Prisons Inmate Pleads Guilty to Assaulting a Correctional Officer

SACRAMENTO, CACresencio Ochoa-Tovali, 46, of Mexico, pleaded guilty today to assaulting a federal correctional officer, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Solano County Violent Gang Safe Streets Task Force Efforts Result in Three Federal Indictments for Firearms Charges

SACRAMENTO, CA and Rahson Woods, 35, of Vallejo, were charged today by a federal grand jury in separate indictments with being a felon in possession of a firearm, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Two Facing Federal Charges for Patterson Bank Robbery

FRESNO, CATwo Central Valley men are now in federal custody after a Fresno grand jury returned a two-count indictment charging them with armed bank robbery and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Lassen County Man Sentenced for Child Pornography Offense

SACRAMENTO, CABruce Austin Watkins, 43, of Westwood, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Lawrence K.

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Chicago Man Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking Offense with Underage Girl in Sacramento Area

SACRAMENTO, CAMarquist Piere Bradford, 28, of Chicago, pleaded guilty today to sex trafficking of children by force, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Three Men Indicted by a Federal Grand Jury for Conspiracy to Distribute More Than 10 Pounds of Heroin

FRESNO, CA and Francisco Rivera, 29 of Palmdale, charging them with conspiracy to distribute heroin and possession with intent to distribute heroin, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Co-Defendant in Loomis Wealth Solutions Mortgage Fraud Case Pleads Guilty

SACRAMENTO, CAJoseph Gekko, 45, of Yorba Linda, pleaded guilty today to three counts of wire fraud in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Marysville Man Sentenced to More Than 14 Years in Prison and Tehama Man Pleads Guilty

SACRAMENTO, CAJohn Franklin Bye, 45, of Marysville, was sentenced Tuesday by United States District Judge John A.

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Federal Racketeering and Attempted Murder Charges Brought Against Leaders and Associates of the Nuestra Familia Gang

WASHINGTONA second superseding indictment was unsealed today adding 19 counts, including racketeering conspiracy and attempted murder, against three defendants for their alleged participation in the violent Nuestra Familia gang, Acting Assistant Attorney General David A.

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Former Sacramento Man Pleads Guilty in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

SACRAMENTO, CAJoshua Clymer, 28, currently of San Francisco, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Child Pornography Prosecutions This Week

SACRAMENTO, CAUnited States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Former California Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Civil Rights Offense for Sexually Exploiting Woman

WASHINGTONFormer Anderson, California police officer Bryan Robert Benson pleaded guilty today in federal court to a civil rights offense for sexually assaulting a woman while transporting her to jail, announced the Justice Department and the U.

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Roseville Financial Adviser Sentenced to 46 Months in Prison for Stealing from Her Clients

SACRAMENTO, CAMichelle Lee Kern, 36, of Sacramento, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Morrison C.

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Oroville Man Indicted for Receiving Child Pornography

SACRAMENTO, CAA federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment today against Jan Alan Shafer, 63, of Oroville, charging him with receipt of child pornography, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Sacramento Pimp Sentenced to More Than 10 Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking of a Minor

SACRAMENTO, CAKeon Jamar Nunnelly, 30, of Sacramento, was sentenced today by United States District Judge John A.

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Oakdale Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of Child Pornography

FRESNO, CATimothy Brian Werlhof, 24, of Oakdale, pleaded guilty today to possession of material involving the sexual exploitation of prepubescent minors, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Visalia Man Indicted for Sex Trafficking of Minors

FRESNO, CAA federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment today against Tyrell Richmond, 31, of Visalia, charging him with three counts of sex trafficking of a minor by force, fraud and coercion, and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Guilty Plea in Telemarketing Scam That Targeted Elderly in Woodland, Stockton, Bakersfield, and Dinuba

SACRAMENTO, CAWladimir Rocha, 35, a Cape Verde national and resident of Winchester, Virginia, pleaded guilty today to one count of mail fraud, in connection with a telemarketing scam that tricked people into sending him money in order to receive cash prizes, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Federal Investigation into Death of David Silva Closed

SACRAMENTO, CAOn the evening of May 7, 2013, David S.

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One Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison and Three Others Plead Guilty in Child Exploitation Cases

FRESNO, CAOne defendant was sentenced and three others pleaded guilty to child exploitation offenses in separate cases in federal court today, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Twenty-Five Pounds of Methamphetamine Discovered in Vehicle’s Hidden Compartment

FRESNO, CAA federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment today against Mario Farias Pineda, 22, of Calistoga, charging him with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute it, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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U.S. Department of Justice Awards City of Stockton a $414,923 Grant to Continue Funding a County-Wide Firearms Reduction Consortium

SACRAMENTO, CAThe Bureau of Justice Assistance, an agency of the United States Department of Justice, awarded an Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) to the City of Stockton to prevent and control crime, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Sentences of 30, 20, and 10 Years Handed Down in $37 Million Ponzi Scheme

SACRAMENTO, CAThree Sacramento-area residents were sentenced today for their roles in the Diversified Management Consultants Ponzi scheme, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Fresno Man Charged with Sex Trafficking Underage Girl

FRESNO, CAA federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment today against Tryvell Powell, 33, of Fresno, charging him with sex trafficking of a minor, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Public Assistance Needed to Locate Sacramento-Area Fugitive Otis Cooper

The Sacramento Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) seeks assistance from the public to help locate Otis Lee Cooper, 57.

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Bakersfield Men Sentenced for Damaging Oil Field Facilities

FRESNO, CA Derek A. Brown, 33, and Bryan T. Schaub, 22, both of Bakersfield, were sentenced today to two years in prison and ordered to pay $240,084 in restitution for conspiring to damage energy facilities, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Suisun City Man Charged with Federal Firearm Offense

SACRAMENTO, CAA federal grand jury returned a single-count indictment today against Frank Gowans III, 26, of Suisun City, charging him with felon in possession of a firearm, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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FBI Seeks Information to Locate Wanted Fugitive Julio Cesar Guevara-Mejia

The Sacramento Division of the FBI has refreshed an international campaign to locate Julio Cesar Guevara-Mejia, 42, a Honduran national whose alleged crimes include attempted murder and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution for the related charge.

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Sacramento Woman Found Guilty in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

SACRAMENTO, CAAfter a nine-day trial, a federal jury found Anna Sorokina Kuzmenko, 33, of Sacramento, guilty today of two counts of wire fraud in a mortgage fraud scheme, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Sacramento Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Child Exploitation

SACRAMENTO, CA Phillip J. Colwell, 54, of Sacramento, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Troy L. Nunley to 30 years in prison for producing child pornography, transmitting obscene matter to a minor, and using a cellphone to entice a minor to engage in unlawful sexual conduct, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Madera County Man Indicted for Pipe Bombs Found at School and Gas Station

FRESNO, CAToday, a federal grand jury indicted the man alleged to be responsible for pipe bombs found at a Chowchilla Shell Gas Station on March 28, 2014, and at the Crossroads Christian School in Madera on May 4, 2014, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Former California News Helicopter Pilot Sentenced

SACRAMENTO, CAJohn Michael Dial, 58, of Skaneateles, New York, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Morrison C.

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Fresno Man Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Laser Strikes on CHP Plane

FRESNO, CADavid Walter Fee, 22, of Fresno, was sentenced today to 18 months in prison, to be followed by two years of supervised release, for aiming a laser pointer at a California Highway Patrol airplane, announced U.

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Jury Finds Dixon Man Guilty of Mortgage Fraud After Trial

SACRAMENTO, CAA federal jury today found Hubert Rotteveel, 52, of Dixon, guilty of one count of mail fraud affecting a financial institution relating to his role in a mortgage fraud scheme, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Sisters Convicted at Trial for Roles in Bakersfield Mortgage Fraud Scheme

FRESNO, CAA federal jury in Fresno stayed late into the evening on Friday, November 21, and returned guilty verdicts on all counts in the trial of Evelyn Brigget Sanchez, 32, and Darling Arlette Montalvo, 33, both of Bakersfield, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Tehachapi Man Indicted on Child Pornography Charges

FRESNO, CAA federal grand jury returned an indictment today against Thomas Bettis, 53, of Tehachapi, charging him with two counts of receipt and distribution of child pornography, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Sacramento Man Indicted for Selling Machine Guns and Explosives

SACRAMENTO, CA and two counts of possession of machine guns, U.

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Kern County Man Sentenced for Laser Strike on Sheriff’s Helicopter

FRESNO, CASenior United States District Anthony W.

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Butte County Man Sentenced in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

SACRAMENTO, CA,United States District Court Judge John A.

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New Benefit Fraud Arrests in Sutter County

YUBA CITY, CAAn ongoing investigation into an unemployment and disability benefits fraud scheme has led to the indictment and arrest of four Sutter County residents for their participation in the scheme and a superseding indictment bringing additional charges against others previously named as defendants, announced United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Bakersfield Man Sentenced to One Year in Prison for Structuring Cash Deposits

BAKERSFIELD, CAMiguel Antonio Ruiz Jaramillo, 67, of Bakersfield, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Lawrence J.

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Jury Convicts 64-Year-Old Las Vegas Man of Interstate Transportation of a Minor for Unlawful Sexual Activity

SACRAMENTO, CAA federal jury returned a guilty verdict today, finding Donald J.

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Business Partners Plead Guilty to Running Multi-Million-Dollar Foreclosure Rescue Scam in Bakersfield, Visalia, and Salinas

FRESNO, CAJuan Ramon Curiel, 36, of Visalia, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and bankruptcy fraud in connection with a foreclosure rescue scheme he orchestrated, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Fugitive Pair Returned to Kern County to Face Charges

Friday, Alberto Faragia Garcia, 31, and Carla Mariela Torres Garcia, 30, who were wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, were extradited to Kern County, California to face charges filed by the Kern County District Attorneys Office.

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Fresno Man Pleads Guilty to Shining Laser at California Highway Patrol Plane

FRESNO, CAAndrew Zarate, 20, of Fresno, pleaded guilty today to aiming a laser pointer at a California Highway Patrol airplane, Air 43, announced U.

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Final Defendants Sentenced in Prison Gang Case Based in Central Valley

FRESNO, CAThe last defendants in a series of large cases targeting the Nuestra Familia prison gang were sentenced in U.

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Federal Inmate Indicted for Assaulting Correctional Officer

SACRAMENTO, CAA federal grand jury returned a single-count indictment today against Mexican national Cresencio Ochoa-Tovali, 46, charging him with assaulting a federal correctional officer, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Livingston Convenience Store Owner Indicted for USDA Benefits Fraud

FRESNO, CABharpur Singh, 39, of Ceres, was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury for defrauding the U.

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Eight California National Guard Members Charged in Recruitment Fraud Scheme

SACRAMENTO, CAGrand juries in Fresno and Sacramento have indicted eight current or former members of the California National Guard, in seven separate cases, charging them with wire fraud for fraudulently obtaining recruiting referral bonuses, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Sacramento Man Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison for Ponzi Scheme

SACRAMENTO, CAJames Berghuis, 42, of Sacramento, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for orchestrating a Ponzi scheme in the Sacramento area that defrauded family members, friends, and other acquaintances of more than $2.

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Huntington Beach Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Nationwide Foreclosure Rescue Scam

SACRAMENTO, CA Head, 34, of Huntington Beach, was sentenced today to 10 years in prison for a nationwide foreclosure rescue scam, United States Attorney Benjamin Wagner announced.

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Brothers Indicted in Prison Drug Smuggling Scheme

FRESNO, CAJames Steven Harris, aka Steve Harris, 44, of Loma Linda, was arraigned today in Fresno, charged with scheming to smuggle synthetic cannabinoids into prison, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Federal Inmate Sentenced to Life in Prison for the Murder of a U.S. Correctional Officer

WASHINGTONFederal inmate James Ninete Leon Guerrero, 48, of Guam, was sentenced today to serve life in prison for the murder of United States Correctional Officer Jose Rivera, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R.

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Seven Defendants Sentenced Recently for Roles in Nationwide Foreclosure Rescue Scam

SACRAMENTO, CASeven defendants were sentenced recently for a huge mortgage fraud scheme that was charged in 2008.

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Correctional Officer Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Smuggle Heroin, Methamphetamine, and Other Contraband into Taft Correctional Institution

FRESNO, CACorrectional officer Ramon Cano, 28, of Bakersfield, pleaded guilty today to a conspiracy to provide and possess contraband in prison, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Former Rancho Cordova Executive Pleads Guilty to Securities Fraud

SACRAMENTO, CAMatthew Sarad, 40, of Bakersfield, pleaded guilty today to securities fraud, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Jury Finds Sacramento Man Guilty of Conspiracy and Money Laundering in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

SACRAMENTO, CAday trial in a mortgage fraud case, a federal jury found Leonard E.

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Two Former California National Guard Members Plead Guilty to Charges of Recruiting Fraud

SACRAMENTO, CATwo former California National Guard members recently pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud stemming from a fraud scheme involving recruiting bonuses United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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FBI Task Forces in Fairfield, Fresno, and Sacramento Successfully Recover Nine Juveniles, Arrest Seven Alleged Pimps

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), in conjunction with its local, state, and federal law enforcement task force partners, conducted Operation Cross Country VIII last week to address commercial child sex trafficking throughout the United States.

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Two More Guilty Pleas Entered in Vallejo-Based Drug Trafficking Indictments

SACRAMENTO, CA crack cocaine, heroin, Oxycodone, and marijuana in the Vallejo area, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Stanislaus County Man Pleads Guilty to Trafficking Child Pornography

FRESNO, CAKevin Ray Adams, 24, of Oakdale, pleaded guilty today to receiving and distributing child pornography, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Sacramento Businessman Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for $100 Million Fraud Scheme

WASHINGTONDeepal Wannakuwatte, 63, of Sacramento, California, was sentenced today to 20 years in prison for a long-running fraud scheme, announced United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Man Gets 35 Year Prison Sentence in Nationwide Foreclosure Rescue Scam

SACRAMENTO, CACharles Head, 40, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, (formerly of Los Angeles and Orange County), was sentenced today by United States District Judge Kimberly J.

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San Jose Man Sentenced in Copyright Infringement Conspiracy

SACRAMENTO, CAUnited States District Judge Kimberly J.

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Three Defendants Sentenced to Prison in Bakersfield and Fresno Mortgage Fraud Schemes

FRESNO, CAIn three separate cases, defendants convicted of carrying out mortgage fraud schemes in Fresno and Bakersfield were sentenced to prison today, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Las Vegas Attorney Indicted for Child Exploitation Offenses Committed in Bakersfield

FRESNO, CAA grand jury in Fresno returned an indictment today against Charles Max Pollock, 43, of Las Vegas, charging him with two counts of travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Orangevale Man Sentenced for Child Pornography Crime

SACRAMENTO, CAAnthony Nail, 26, of Orangevale, was sentenced on Friday by United States District Judge Garland E.

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Stanislaus County Man Sentenced, San Joaquin County Man Pleads Guilty in Separate Child Exploitation Cases

FRESNO, CAOne man was sentenced and another pleaded guilty to child pornography offenses in separate cases in federal court today, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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U.S. Citizen Extradited from the Netherlands Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison for Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

WASHINGTON A U. S. citizen living in Amsterdam, Netherlands, was sentenced today to serve 35 years in prison for sexually exploiting a minor in California and elsewhere and producing images of that abuse.

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Sacramento Man Sentenced for Sex Trafficking of a Minor

SACRAMENTO, CAJustin Isaac Jackson, 24, of Sacramento, was sentenced today by United States District Judge John A.

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Vallejo Drug Dealer Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison

SACRAMENTO, CAMichael Lott, 39, of Vallejo, was sentenced to 14 years in prison yesterday after entering guilty pleas to drug trafficking charges in a wide-ranging conspiracy to distribute MDMA and crack cocaine, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Butte County Couple Indicted for Drug Trafficking as Part of Silk Road 2.0 Takedown

SACRAMENTO, CAA federal grand jury returned an 11-count indictment today against David Schell, 54, and Teri Schell, 59, both of Durham, charging them with conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Madera County Man Arrested for Explosives Violations

SACRAMENTO, CAThe Fresno Resident Agency of the Sacramento FBI conducted a joint investigation, in partnership with local and federal law enforcement, of two incidents involving explosive devices found in the Central Valley.

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Vagos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigation Leads to Four Drug Trafficking Indictments

SACRAMENTO, CAMembers and associates of the Vagos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang have been indicted today for drug trafficking offenses in an ongoing FBI probe, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Washington Man Pleads Guilty in Telemarketing Fraud Scam Targeting Elderly Citizens

SACRAMENTO, CAJoseph Nkunzi, 31, of Des Moines, Washington, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit mail fraud in connection with a telemarketing scam that tricked people into sending him money in order to receive cash prizes, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Citrus Heights Man Sentenced for Child Pornography Crime

SACRAMENTO, CAJason Carlsen, 41, of Citrus Heights, was sentenced today by United States District Judge John A.

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U.S. Attorney Names District Election Officer

SACRAMENTO, CAUnited States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Vallejo Man Indicted on Firearms Charges

SACRAMENTO, CAA federal grand jury returned an indictment today, charging Tiandre Cook, 24, of Vallejo, with being a felon in possession of a firearm, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Bakersfield Man Pleads Guilty to Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

FRESNO, CAVincent Deleon, 33, of Bakersfield, pleaded guilty today before U.

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Nuestra Familia Gang Member Sentenced to More Than 31 Years in Prison for Drug Trafficking

SACRAMENTO, CARobert Hanrahan, aka Bubba, 41, of Salinas, was sentenced today by United States District Judge William B.

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Bad Beard Bandit Indicted for Four Bank Robberies in San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties

SACRAMENTO, CAA federal grand jury returned an indictment today against Gerardo Lopez, 28, of Half Moon Bay, charging him with four counts of bank robbery, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Jury Finds Sacramento Man Guilty of Sex Trafficking

SACRAMENTO, CALate Tuesday evening, a federal jury found a Sacramento man guilty of five counts of sex trafficking related to five victims, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Two Defendants Sentenced in Texas for Conspiring to Bribe Military Contracting Officials

SACRAMENTO, CATwo defendants were sentenced today in the Northern District of Texas for conspiring to bribe public officials in Afghanistan and Texas in furtherance of an ongoing effort to secure government contracts through graft, Benjamin B.

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Sacramento Man Indicted for Sharing Child Pornography Files

SACRAMENTO, CAA federal grand jury returned an indictment Thursday, charging Michael Bailey, 59, of Sacramento, with receipt and distribution of child pornography, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Nevada County Man Who Shot Federal, State Officers Charged with Federal Crimes

SACRAMENTO, CAA federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment today against Brent Douglas Cole, 61, of Nevada County, charging him with assault on a federal officer with a deadly weapon which inflicted bodily injury, assault on a person assisting a federal officer with a deadly weapon which inflicted bodily injury, and discharge of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Former Anderson, California Police Officer Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Sexually Assaulting a Woman

Former Anderson, California, police officer Bryan Robert Benson, 30, of Shasta Lake, was sentenced today in federal court to five years in prison and three years of supervised release for violating the civil rights of a woman he arrested by sexually assaulting her while she was in his custody, announced the Justice Department and the U.

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Sutter County Woman Pleads Guilty to Participation in Large-Scale EDD Benefit Fraud Scheme

SACRAMENTO, CAIqila Begum Khan, 34, of Live Oak, pleaded guilty today to conspiring to commit mail fraud in a fictitious employer scheme, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Last Defendant Found Guilty in $30 Million Bakersfield Mortgage Fraud Scheme

FRESNO, CAA federal jury in Fresno returned a verdict today in the trial of Julie Dianne Farmer, 45, of Bakersfield, finding her guilty of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, and bank fraud and two counts each of mail fraud and wire fraud, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Bay Area Man Sentenced to Prison for Investment Fraud

SACRAMENTO, CAAlfred John Schlette, 60, of San Ramon, was sentenced today in San Francisco by Chief United States District Judge Claudia Wilken of the Northern District of California to three years and five months in prison for mail fraud, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Sacramento Real Estate Professional Pleads Guilty to Mortgage Fraud Offenses

SACRAMENTO, CALicensed real estate agent Manuel Herrera, 34, of Sacramento, pleaded guilty today to conspiring to commit wire fraud in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Fresno Men Indicted in Methamphetamine Distribution Conspiracy

FRESNO, CAA federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment today charging Jose Nicolas Olivas Zazueta, 32, and Jorge Hernandez, 34, both of Fresno, with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Oregon Man Arrested in Glenn County Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Drug and Firearm Offenses

SACRAMENTO, CAJoshua Anthony Bond, 25, of Grants Pass, Oregon, was sentenced this morning by U.

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Two Men Plead Guilty in Separate Child Exploitation Cases

FRESNO, CATwo men pleaded guilty to offenses involving material related to the sexual exploitation of minors in separate cases in federal court today, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Mammoth Lakes Man Sentenced to More Than 15 Years in Prison for Enticement of a Minor

SACRAMENTO, CAGene Wayne Harris, 42, of Mammoth Lakes, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Morrison C.

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Google Tip Leads to 30-Year Prison Sentence

FRESNO, CAUnited States District Judge Lawrence J.

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Modesto Man Arrested for Defrauding Real Estate Investors

FRESNO, CAXue Heu, 37, of Modesto, was arrested this morning following an indictment by a federal grand jury charging him with wire fraud in connection with a fraudulent real estate investment scheme, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Former Sierra Army Depot Employee Pleads Guilty to Stealing Sophisticated Military Equipment

SACRAMENTO, CADevon Gregory Biggs, 38, formerly of Reno, Nevada, pleaded guilty today to theft of government property, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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International Fugitive Nazira Cross Apprehended in Peru

Nazira Maria Cross, 48, wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution was arrested by Peruvian National Police at her current residence in Peru in the early morning hours of Thursday, June 4, 2014.

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San Joaquin County Resident Indicted for Assault on a Federal Officer

SACRAMENTO, CAA federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment today against Andrew J.

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DNA Links Oakland Man to 2009 Modesto Bank Robbery

FRESNO, CAA federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment today against Enouche Trosclair, 44, of Oakland, charging him with conspiring to commit armed bank robbery, armed bank robbery, and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Prison Inmate Sentenced for Conspiracy to Smuggle Contraband into the Taft Correctional Institution

FRESNO, CAGerardo Alvarez-Montanez, 32, an inmate at the Taft Federal Correctional Institution, was sentenced by United States District Judge Anthony W.

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Father and Son Charged with Defrauding Foster Farms

FRESNO, CASurjit Toor, 59, and his son Raju Toor, 34, both of Hilmar, were arraigned in Fresno today for a scheme that defrauded Foster Farms of more than $46,000, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Guilty Plea in a Conspiracy to Bribe a U.S. Air Force Contract Administrator

SACRAMENTO, CALida Amin, 40, of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Dublin, California, pleaded guilty today to conspiring to bribe a public official in furtherance of an ongoing effort to secure government contracts through graft, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Nevada County Man Who Shot Federal, State Officers Charged with Federal Crimes

SACRAMENTO, CAThe Sacramento Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced that a three count federal criminal complaint was filed today against Brent Douglas Cole, age 61, resident of Nevada County.

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Jury Convicts Modesto Man for Production of Child Pornography and Attempted Sex Trafficking of a Minor

FRESNO, CAday trial, a federal jury found Ricky Davis, 36, of Modesto, guilty late Wednesday afternoon of production of child pornography and attempted sex trafficking of a minor, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Sacramento Man Sentenced to More Than 11 Years in Prison for Child Pornography Offense

SACRAMENTO, CA Robert M. Schaefer, 68, of Sacramento, was sentenced today by Chief United States District Judge Morrison C. England Jr.

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Last Defendant Sentenced in Case Involving the Sale of Unregistered Securities

SACRAMENTO, CAKen Sarna, 50, of Vallejo, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Troy L.

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Former Fresno Police Department Deputy Chief and Six Others Indicted for Drug Trafficking

FRESNO, CAA federal grand jury indicted former Fresno deputy police chief Keith Foster and six others today, charging them with a variety of drug trafficking offenses, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Nevada Man Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Identity Theft

SACRAMENTO, CAGlenn Litton, 47, of Carson City, Nevada, pleaded guilty today to aggravated identity theft arising from false statements he made in an application for a United States Passport, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Chico Man Charged with Filming Sexual Abuse of a Child

SACRAMENTO, CAA federal grand jury returned an indictment today against Nathan Alexander Drury, 36, of Chico, charging him with nine counts of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Stockton Loan Officer Charged with Mortgage Fraud

SACRAMENTO, CAA federal grand jury returned a six-count indictment Thursday against Mark F.

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Stockton Man Pleads Guilty in Auto Engine Scam

SACRAMENTO, CAJohn Steven Keplinger, 56, of Stockton, pleaded guilty today to mail fraud in connection with an auto engine scam, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Fresno Man Pleads Guilty to Laser Strike of Police Helicopter

FRESNO, CAJohnny Alexander Quenga, 28, of Fresno, Calif.

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Two Plead Guilty in Scheme to Bribe DMV Employees to Issue Commercial Driver’s Licenses; Four More Charged

SACRAMENTO, CAs licenses (CDLs) without the buyer having to take or pass the required tests, announced United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Yuba City Police Officer and Resident Indicted on Cocaine Conspiracy and Bribery Charges

SACRAMENTO, CAA federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment today against Gursharan Phagura, 39, and Harminder Phagura, 35, both residents of Yuba City, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Six Defendants Convicted in Mortgage Fraud Scheme After 12-Day Trial

SACRAMENTO, CAday trial, a federal jury today found six defendants guilty of all counts of wire fraud in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Ninth Defendant Sentenced in Elk Grove Mortgage Fraud Case

SACRAMENTO, CADana Faulkner, 48, resident of Oakland, CA, was sentenced today by United States District Judge John A.

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San Joaquin County Man Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIL

SACRAMENTO, CANicholas Michael Teausant, 22, of Acampo, pleaded guilty today to attempting to provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization, announced Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P.

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Sacramento Man Sentenced to More Than 13 Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking of a Minor

SACRAMENTO, CALonnell McCarter, 39, of Sacramento, was sentenced today by United States District Judge William B.

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Fresno and Bakersfield Men Indicted for Laser Strikes on Law Enforcement Helicopters

FRESNO, CAs helicopter in Bakersfield, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Bakersfield Resident Pleads Guilty to Laser Strike of Sheriff’s Helicopter

FRESNO, CAs Office helicopter, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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California Army National Guard Member Pleads Guilty to Charges of Recruiting Fraud

FRESNO, CALeonardo Pesta, 47, of Mountain View, pleaded guilty today to one count of wire fraud stemming from a fraud scheme involving recruiting bonuses, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Fresno Man Pleads Guilty to Bank Larceny

FRESNO, CADarrin Wagner, 49, of Fresno, pleaded guilty today to bank larceny, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Sacramento Man Sentenced to Two Years for Conspiracy in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

SACRAMENTO, CAJoshua Clymer, 28, of San Francisco, was sentenced today to two years in prison for conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Ceres Man Sentenced to More Than Seven Years in Prison for Receiving Child Pornography

FRESNO, CAGeorge Esle Pires, 56, of Ceres, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Anthony W.

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Kern County Man Indicted for Illegal Possession of a Destructive Device and Firearms

FRESNO, CAA federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment today against Kenneth William Kirkland, 47, of California City, charging him with being a felon in possession of firearms, a destructive device and explosives, and failing to register a destructive device in the National Firearms Registry, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Veterans Affairs Official Pleads Guilty to Accepting Gifts in Relation to His Job Duties

SACRAMENTO, CAAnthony Castaneda, 45, resident of Oakdale, pled guilty today before Judge Morrison C.

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Four Defendants Indicted in Drug Trafficking Ring That Shipped Methamphetamine and Marijuana to Hawaii and New York

SACRAMENTO, CA and Francisco Poloai, 43, of Dixon, charging them with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, attempted distribution of methamphetamine, distribution of marijuana, and use of a communications facility to facilitate a drug trafficking crime, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Taft Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and Heroin

FRESNO, CA David Edward Hampton Jr. , 34, of Taft, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Lawrence J.

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Fresno Woman Pleads Guilty to Embezzling Money from Vocational College

FRESNO, CASandi Marie Hollifield, 49, of Fresno, pleaded guilty today to theft from a program receiving federal funds, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Sex Trafficker of Teen Girls Sentenced to More Than 12 Years in Prison

FRESNO, CAMichael Anthony Andrade, 34, of Fresno, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Anthony W.

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Six Bakersfield Residents Indicted for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

FRESNO, CA and Henry Polin Morales III, 20 all residents of Bakersfield, charging them with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Elk Grove Man Sentenced to More Than Four Years in $2.5 Million Embezzlement Scheme

SACRAMENTO, CA Vincent J. Doyle, 56, formerly of Elk Grove, California, was sentenced on Wednesday by United States District Judge Kimberly J.

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Man Who Shot and Wounded Two Law Enforcement Officers in Nevada County Convicted in Federal Court Trial

SACRAMENTO, CA and discharge of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Prison Tax Fraud Ringleader Pleads Guilty to Filing False Claims for Federal Tax Returns

SACRAMENTO, CAEdwin Ludwig IV, 34, currently an inmate in an Oklahoma state prison, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and two counts of filing false claims for federal tax refunds, United States Attorney Benjamin Wagner announced.

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FBI Announces Results of Nationwide Human Trafficking Operation

Officials from the FBI and its state and local partners today announced that 149 underage trafficking victims were recovered and 154 pimps we arrested in a nationwide human trafficking operation last week.

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Federal Inmate Pleads Guilty in Synthetic Drug Smuggling Scheme

FRESNO, CATracy McArthur Harris, aka Trey Harris, 42, a federal inmate who is serving an 11-year prison sentence for a cocaine conspiracy, pleaded guilty today to conspiring with his brother, James Steven Harris, aka Steve Harris, 44, of Loma Linda, to smuggle synthetic cannabinoids into Taft Correctional Institution, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Convicted Sacramento Businessman Ordered to Pay More Than $108 Million in Restitution in Decade-Long Scheme

SACRAMENTO, CAOn Thursday, a federal judge ordered Deepal Wannakuwatte, 64, of Sacramento, to pay $108,199,425 in restitution to victims of his long-running fraud scheme, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Federal Inmate Sentenced for Synthetic Drug Smuggling Scheme

FRESNO, CATracy McArthur Harris, aka Trey Harris, 42, a federal inmate, was sentenced today to one year in prison to be served consecutively to his current 11-year sentence for conspiring to smuggle half an ounce of synthetic cannabinoids into Taft Correctional Institution, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Southern California Man Sentenced for Smuggling Synthetic Drugs into Federal Prison

FRESNO, CA to his brother who was then an inmate of Taft Correctional Institution, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Jury Convicts Former Fox 40 Web Producer for Conspiring to Hack into and Alter Los Angeles Times Servers

A former web producer for KTXL FOX40, a Tribune Company-owned television station in Sacramento, was convicted today for his role in a conspiracy to hack into the servers of the Los Angeles Times and the Tribune Company.

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Former Sierra Army Depot Employee Sentenced for Stealing Military Equipment

SACRAMENTO, CATony Herrin, 36, resident of Reno, Nevada, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Kimberly J.

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Fair Oaks Man Sentenced for Child Pornography Crime

SACRAMENTO, CAOrest Shaynyuk, 22, resident of Fair Oaks, was sentenced yesterday by United States District Judge John A.

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Final Defendant Pleads Guilty in Multi-State Conspiracy to Sell More Than $1 Million in Counterfeit Erectile-Dysfunction Drugs

FRESNO, CAJohn Derek Gitmed, 53, of Los Angeles, pleaded guilty today to one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Former Roseville Resident Sentenced for Loan Modification and Foreclosure Rescue Scam That Targeted Spanish-Speaking Community

SACRAMENTO, CAMartin Wayne Flanders, 51, formerly of Roseville, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Troy L.

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Sacramento Man Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Receiving Child Pornography

SACRAMENTO, CATroy Lee Vickers, 49, of Sacramento, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Kimberly J.

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Los Angeles and Sacramento Men Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Trafficking in Counterfeit Credit Cards

Gevorg Meroyan of Los Angeles was sentenced to two years in prison for conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit credit cards and credit card fraud.

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Rancho Cordova Man Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Attempting to Receive Child Pornography

SACRAMENTO, CAKevin Michael Wood, 35, of Rancho Cordova, was sentenced today to five years in prison, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release and required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Patterson Man Sentenced for Wells Fargo Bank Robbery

FRESNO, CA Jose Valadez Jr. , 35, of Patterson, was sentenced today to nearly 10 years in prison today for an armed bank robbery, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Modesto Man Pleads Guilty to Producing Child Pornography

SACRAMENTO, CA Danny M. Shatswell Jr. , 44, of Modesto, pleaded guilty today to producing visual depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Former Bakersfield Real Estate Agent Sentenced for Mortgage Fraud Scheme

FRESNO, CAArlene Jeanette Mojardin, 32, of Bakersfield, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Anthony W.

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Five from Fresno Sentenced for Firearms Charges

FRESNO, CAOn Monday, United States District Judge Lawrence J.

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Sacramento Woman Charged with Eight Counts of Bank Fraud

SACRAMENTO, CAA federal grand jury returned an eight-count indictment today against Gabriela Carter, 43, resident of Sacramento, charging her with bank fraud, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Fresno Woman Pleads Guilty to Bomb Threat Hoax at Fresno City College

FRESNO, CAJudy Gutierrez, 22, of Fresno, pleaded guilty today to violating federal law by making a false bomb threat (false information and hoax), United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Two Indictments for Crimes Related to Sex Trafficking of Minors in Sacramento and Solano Counties

SACRAMENTO, CAA federal grand jury in Sacramento returned indictments in two separate cases today charging a total of three defendants for various acts involving the sex trafficking of minors, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Guilty Plea in Bakersfield Mortgage Fraud Scheme

FRESNO, CAArlene Jeanette Mojardin, 32, of Bakersfield, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit bank fraud, mail fraud, and wire fraud, in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme in Bakersfield, U.

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Ten Arrested, Thousands of Counterfeit and Pirated Disks Seized in Movie and Music Investigation

FRESNO, CAMultiple search warrants and a local probation search were executed on Friday March 13, 2015 in San Jose, Calif.

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Anderson Couple Pleads Guilty to Offenses Related to Marijuana Cultivation

SACRAMENTO, CAAnderson residents John Wesley Lane, 35, and Kelsey Ann Lane, 28, pleaded guilty today to charges related to marijuana cultivation and distribution, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Southern California Man Enters Guilty Plea in Connection with Prison Spice Smuggling Scheme

FRESNO, CAJames Steven Harris, aka Steve Harris, 45, of Loma Linda, pleaded guilty today in connection with his involvement in smuggling smokable synthetic cannabinoids into prison, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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U.S. Attorney’s Office and California Office of Emergency Services Join Representatives of the Greater-Fresno Muslim Community in Effort to Strengthen ties and Equip Communities to Counter Radicalization to Violence

SACRAMENTO, CAs Office, in partnership with the California Office of Emergency Services, held a Community Resilience Exercise (CREX) at the central library at California State University, Fresno.

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Modesto Real Estate Attorney Indicted on Fraud Charges in a Short Sale Scheme

FRESNO, CARobert Farrace, 51, of Modesto, was indicted today on three counts of wire fraud in connection with a fraudulent short-sale scheme, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Sacramento Man Indicted for Drugs and Firearm Offenses

SACRAMENTO, CAA federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment today against Hector Manuel Mendoza, 32, of Sacramento, charging him with possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute and with being a felon in possession of a firearm, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Man Charged with Kidnapping May Have Committed Other Similar Offenses

On June 29, 2015, the Federal Bureau of Investigation obtained a warrant for the arrest of Matthew Muller, 38, of Orangevale, California for the alleged kidnapping of an adult female victim from a residence in Vallejo, California.

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Modesto Pair Indicted for Selling Large-Caliber Firearms

FRESNO, CAA federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment today against Orlando Rangel, 31, and George Boone, 38, both of Modesto, charging them with being a felon in possession of a firearm, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Three Sutter County Residents Sentenced to Prison for Roles in Decades-Long Unemployment and Disability Benefits Fraud Scheme

SACRAMENTO, CAFour residents of Sutter County, California were sentenced to prison today for their roles in a $14 million unemployment and disability benefits fraud scheme based out of Yuba City and Live Oak, California, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Jury Convicts Modesto Tri Counties Bank Robber

FRESNO, CAday trial, a federal jury found Lloyd George Kenney, 65, of San Jose, guilty today of armed bank robbery, using a firearm during a crime of violence, and of being felon in possession of a firearm, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Colorado Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Kidnapping a Toddler and Producing Child Pornography

A Colorado man was sentenced today to life in prison for kidnapping a toddler and producing child pornography, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R.

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FBI, UC Merced Police Department Offer Statement Regarding UC Merced Investigation

SACRAMENTO, CAOn November 4, 2015, an 18-year-old student attacked and stabbed four individuals on the UC Merced campus.

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Guilty Verdicts on All Counts in Mortgage Fraud Scheme for Four Sacramento-Area Residents

SACRAMENTO, CA and Peter Kuzmenko, 37, of West Sacramento, guilty of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, related to a mortgage fraud conspiracy.

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Three Appear in Federal Court on Firearms Charges

FRESNO, CAJuan Valenzuela, 34, and Ernie Rodriguez, 39, both of Fresno, and Anthony Rodriguez, 32, of Modesto, appeared before U.

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Roseville Couple Plead Guilty to Loan Modification and Foreclosure Rescue Scam That Targeted Spanish-Speaking Community

SACRAMENTO, CAMartin Wayne Flanders, 50, formerly of Roseville, and Ligia Sandoval Spafford, 48, of Roseville, pleaded guilty today to mail fraud for their participation in a fraud scheme that targeted distressed homeowners, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Former Real Estate Agent Pleads Guilty in Connection with Investment Fraud Scheme

FRESNO, CAKenneth Manuel Martin, 66, formerly of Modesto, pleaded guilty today to one count of wire fraud in connection with a Guatemalan real estate investment scheme, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Last Two Defendants Sentenced in Bakersfield Mortgage Fraud Scheme

FRESNO, CAEvelyn Brigget Sanchez, 32, and Darling Arlette Montalvo, 34, both of Bakersfield, were sentenced today to two years in prison each for their involvement in a mortgage fraud scheme that ran from October 2005 to May 2007, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Four Romanian Nationals Charged in Bribery Scheme

SACRAMENTO, CA and Marcelle Banaga, 40, all of whom reside in Romania, charging them with conspiracy to commit bribery and with bribery of a public official, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Kern County Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Child Pornography Offenses

FRESNO, CAThomas Bettis, 54, of Tehachapi, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Anthony W.

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Three Defendants Plead Guilty in Bakersfield Mortgage Fraud Scheme

FRESNO, CAThree members of the same family entered guilty pleas today in connection with a $5.

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Fair Oaks Man Sentenced to More Than Five Years in Prison for Mortgage Fraud

SACRAMENTO, CAToday, United States District Judge Morrison C.

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Bank Robber Sentenced to 188 Months' Imprisonment

FRESNO, CAFausto Arthur Cruz Hernandez, 44, resident of Mexico, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Lawrence J.

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Three Bakersfield Residents Sentenced on Monday for Drug Trafficking Offenses

FRESNO, CAThree Bakersfield men were sentenced in two separate cases on Monday by United States District Judge Lawrence J.

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Sacramento Man Charged with Sex Trafficking of a Minor

SACRAMENTO, CAA federal grand jury returned a single-count indictment today against William Morgan Banks, 31, of Sacramento, charging him with sex trafficking of a minor, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Fair Oaks Man Found Guilty of Mortgage Fraud After Five-Day Trial

SACRAMENTO, CAToday, after a five-day trial, a federal jury found Sacramento area loan broker and real estate agent, Anthony Salcedo, 34, of Fair Oaks, guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and four counts of mail fraud for his involvement in a mortgage fraud scheme, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Founder of Delta Homes and Lending Inc. Pleads Guilty to Mortgage Fraud Scheme

SACRAMENTO, CAMoctezuma Tovar, 46, of Sacramento, and Sandra Hermosillo, 53, of Woodland, pleaded guilty today to conspiring to commit wire fraud in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Three Sentences Handed Down in Mortgage Fraud Cases

SACRAMENTO, CAAs part of the ongoing effort by U.

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Las Vegas Man Sentenced to More Than 17 Years in Prison for Interstate Transportation of a 16-Year-Old for Sex

SACRAMENTO, CA Donald J. Peel, 64, of Las Vegas, Nevada, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Garland E.

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Three Men Sentenced Today for Drug Trafficking in Kern County

FRESNO, CAToday, United States District Judge Lawrence J.

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Four Sacramento-Area Residents Sentenced in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

SACRAMENTO, CAToday, United States District Judge Troy L.

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Modesto Man Pleads Guilty in Multistate Conspiracy to Sell Counterfeit Erectile-Dysfunction Drugs

FRESNO, CAAnthony Pollino, 37, of Modesto, pleaded guilty today to one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Fresno Podiatrist Indicted for Health Care Fraud

FRESNO, CAA federal grand jury returned a 20-count indictment today against Franklyn Collier Jones, 52, of Fresno, charging him with health care fraud and making false statements relating to a health care matter, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Modesto Man Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Real Estate Investors

FRESNO, CAXue Heu, 38, of Modesto, pleaded guilty today to two counts of wire fraud in connection with a fraudulent real estate investment scheme, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Federal Jury Convicts Roseville Woman for Her Role in a Bank Fraud and Identity Theft Scheme

SACRAMENTO, CAOn Monday evening, a federal jury found Rachel Siders, 39, of Roseville, guilty of bank fraud, making a false loan application, and committing aggravated identity theft, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Fresno Man Sentenced to More Than 11 Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking of a Minor in San Luis Obispo

FRESNO, CAJavier Solis, 29, of Fresno, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Anthony W.

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Dixon Man Sentenced to More Than Three Years in Prison for Mortgage Fraud

SACRAMENTO, CAHubert Rotteveel, 52, of Dixon, was sentenced today by Senior United States District William B.

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Wanted: High School Juniors

SACRAMENTO, CAs Sacramento field office, apply to find your answers at the Fall 2015 Sacramento FBI Teen Academy.

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Modesto Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Production of Child Pornography and Attempted Sex Trafficking of a Minor

FRESNO, CARicky Davis, 36, of Modesto was sentenced today to 25 years in prison by United States District Judge Anthony W.

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Rancho Cordova Woman Charged with Falsifying Social Security Records

SACRAMENTO, CAA federal grand jury returned an indictment on Thursday, December 17, 2015, against Nelli Kesoyan, 43, of Rancho Cordova, charging her with making false entries and reports, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Fresno Woman Pleads Guilty to Embezzling More Than $300,000 from Former Law Firm Employer

FRESNO, CAShelley Corkins, also known as Shelley Kimbrell, 38, of Fresno, pleaded guilty today to three counts of wire fraud in connection with her embezzlement of money from the law firm that formerly employed her, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Three Plead Guilty, One is Sentenced for Extensive Counterfeit Media Conspiracy in Central Valley

FRESNO, CAEfrain Lozada Rosas, 34, and Victor Flores Fuentes, 39, both of San Jose, and Jesus Cuevas Lopez, 25, of Southern California, pleaded guilty today before U.

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Additional Charges in Ongoing National Guard Recruitment Fraud Investigation

SACRAMENTO, CA Steel A. Davis, 42, of Paradise, was arraigned today in federal court, charged with wire fraud in a scheme to obtain bonuses for purportedly referring individuals to enlist in the California National Guard, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Washington Man Sentenced to More Than Four Years in Prison in a Telemarketing Scam Targeting Elderly Citizens

SACRAMENTO, CAJoseph Nkunzi, 31, of Des Moines, Washington, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Kimberly J.

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California Army National Guard Member Pleads Guilty to Charges of Recruiting Fraud

FRESNO, CANicholas Huerta, 33, of Fresno, pleaded guilty today to one count of wire fraud for a fraud scheme involving military recruiting bonuses, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Fresno Man Found Guilty of Filing False Liens on Federal Bankruptcy Judges

FRESNO, CAday bench trial, Barry Halajian, 56, of Fresno, was found guilty of two counts of filing false liens on federal bankruptcy judges, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Visalia Man Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking

FRESNO, CATyrell Richmond, 33, of Visalia, pleaded guilty today to sex trafficking a minor, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Archbishop of a Nevada City Spitirual Organization and Six Others Indicted in $8 Million Mortgage Fraud Conspiracy

SACRAMENTO, CAThree persons were arrested today on felony charges contained in a 42-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Sacramento on September 10, 2015, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Modesto Man Pleads Guilty in Two Mortgage Fraud Schemes

FRESNO, CATony Huy Havens, 42, of Modesto, pleaded guilty today to mail fraud and wire fraud in two mortgage fraud schemes, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Sacramento Man Pleads Guilty to Mortgage Fraud

SACRAMENTO, CAAnatoliy Azarov, 33, of Sacramento, pleaded guilty today to mail fraud for a mortgage fraud scheme involving 24 residential properties, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Bakersfield Man Indicted on Federal Firearms Charges

FRESNO, CAA federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment today against Bryson LaPaul Blair, 29, of Bakersfield, charging him with possession of a firearm and ammunition after having been convicted of a felony and domestic violence misdemeanor, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Los Angeles Man Sentenced in Multi-State Conspiracy to Sell More Than $1 Million in Counterfeit Erectile-Dysfunction Drugs

FRESNO, CAJohn Derek Gitmed, 53, of Los Angeles, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Anthony W.

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Court Sentences Prison Inmate to Eight Years’ Incarceration for Assault Against Another Prison Inmate

SACRAMENTO, CA) was sentenced today by United States District Judge Kimberly J.

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Tulare County Woman Arrested for Tax and Investment Fraud

FRESNO, CA Marie E. Sherrill, 54, of Porterville, was arrested today on a 34 count indictment charging her with wire fraud, money laundering, aiding the preparation of false tax returns, and corruptly interfering with the administration of the internal revenue laws, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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FBI Seeking Armed and Dangerous Bank Robbery Suspect

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) requests assistance from the public to aid in the location of Darious Gilbert, an individual believed to be responsible for the following bank robberies in Northern California this year:.

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Ten Men Indicted for Trafficking Counterfeit Media in Central Valley

FRESNO, CAA federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment Thursday against 10 defendants, charging them with conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement and related crimes, and trafficking in counterfeit labels, documentation and packaging, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Vallejo Kidnapping Suspect Indicted in Federal Court

SACRAMENTO, CAA federal grand jury returned an indictment today against Matthew D.

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Sacramento Woman Sentenced to More Than 24 Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking of Minors

SACRAMENTO, CAShanntaye Ebony Hicks, 25, of Sacramento, was sentenced today to 24 years and four months in prison for two counts of transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Northern California Developer and Escrow Agent Indicted in Multi-Million-Dollar Commercial Loan Fraud

SACRAMENTO, CA Alizadeh, 56, of Granite Bay, and Mary Sue Weaver, 62, of Roseville, charging them with various counts of mail, wire and bank fraud in connection with schemes to defraud lenders in large commercial real estate transactions between mid-2004 and April 2008, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Colorado Man Convicted of Kidnapping a Toddler and Producing Child Pornography

WASHINGTONA Colorado man was convicted by a federal jury of kidnapping a toddler and producing child pornography, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R.

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Seven Indicted in Mortgage Fraud Conspiracy

FRESNO, CAA federal grand jury returned a 15-count indictment on Thursday against seven individuals, charging them with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and bank fraud, mail fraud and aiding and abetting, and making false statements to a bank in a mortgage fraud scheme, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Two Defendants Plead Guilty in Bakersfield Mortgage Fraud Scheme

FRESNO, CALucia Chavez, 37, and her husband Joseph Chavez, 41, both of Bakersfield, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit bank fraud, mail fraud, and wire fraud, in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme in Bakersfield, U.

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Bakersfield Man Sentenced to Five Years and Nine Months in Prison for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

FRESNO, CAVincent Deleon, 32, of Bakersfield, was sentenced today by United States District Court Judge Lawrence J.

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Four Arrested in Fresno for Drug Conspiracy

Today, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Sacramento Field Office Special Agent in Charge Monica Miller and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) San Francisco Field Division Special Agent in Charge Joseph M.

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Modesto Man Charged with a Scheme to Defraud a Modesto Car Dealership

FRESNO, CAScott Allen Pieracci, 54, of Modesto, was arraigned today before United States Magistrate Judge Gary S.

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Former Rancho Cordova Executive Sentenced to Four Years in Prison for Securities Fraud

SACRAMENTO, CAMatthew Sarad, 42, of Bakersfield, was sentenced today to four years in prison for securities fraud, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Bakersfield Couple Sentenced to Prison for Role in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

FRESNO, CATwo Bakersfield residents were sentenced Tuesday by Senior United States District Judge Anthony W.

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Sacramento Man Charged with Conspiracy to Produce Child Pornography Using Children in the Philippines

SACRAMENTO, CAA Federal Grand Jury Returned a Four-Count Indictment Today Against Michael Carey Clemans, 55, of Sacramento, Charging Him With a Conspiracy to Produce Child Pornography, Production and Receipt of Child Pornography, and the Buying of Children, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Chico Man Indicted for Sexual Exploitation of Minors

SACRAMENTO, CAA federal grand jury returned a six-count indictment today against Mark McLeod Wygant, 44, resident of Chico, charging him with Sexual Exploitation and Attempted Sexual Exploitation of Minors, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Sentence and Guilty Plea in Cases Involving Theft of Military Equipment Returned from Iraq and Afghanistan

SACRAMENTO, CAOne defendant pleaded guilty and another was sentenced today in two related cases involving the theft of military equipment that was being inventoried at the U.

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Stockton Man Sentenced to More Than One Year in Prison for Trafficking in Counterfeit Goods

Joe L. Regalado of Stockton was sentenced for trafficking in counterfeit goods bearing counterfeit trademarked insignia.

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Six Defendants Indicted on Federal Firearms Charges

FRESNO, CA and Samuel Zaragoza-Villanueva, 37, of Mexico, for violating federal firearm laws, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Bakersfield Man Indicted for Laser Strikes on Police Helicopter and Possessing Seven Bombs

FRESNO, CAEarlier today an indictment was unsealed charging Pablo Cesar Sahagun, 26, of Bakersfield, in connection with laser strikes of a police helicopter and possessing seven bombs, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Federal Inmate Sentenced for Assaulting Fellow Inmate

SACRAMENTO, CAJordon Harrington, 25, an inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution in Herlong, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Kimberly J.

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Granite Bay Man Pleads Guilty in Scheme That Defrauded Investors in Green Cleaning Product Company

SACRAMENTO, CABrent Lee Newbold, 58, of Granite Bay, pleaded guilty today to wire fraud and agreed to submit to a restitution order of at least $2.

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Modesto Man Sentenced in Two Schemes That Defrauded Investors of More Than $1 Million

FRESNO, CAXue Heu, 38, of Modesto, was sentenced today to five years and three months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for investment fraud schemes in Fresno and Texas, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Wanted by the Sacramento FBI: High School Juniors

Have you wondered if the TV shows featuring the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are realistic? Are you curious about what it takes to be an FBI agent or member of the FBIs Sacramento Field Office, a perfect opportunity to discover the answers awaits: the Spring 2015 Sacramento FBI Teen Academy.

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Two Plead Guilty to Sex Trafficking of a Minor

FRESNO, CAFresno residents Michael Anthony Andrade, 34, and Javier Solis, 29, pleaded guilty today to sex trafficking of a minor, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Two Chiropractors Arrested for Roles in Health Care Fraud Scheme Connected to Clinics in Bakersfield, Visalia, and Fresno

FRESNO, CAFollowing arrests made earlier today, a federal indictment was unsealed charging three defendants with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and 15 counts of health care fraud, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Folsom Naval Reservist is Sentenced After Pleading Guilty to Unauthorized Removal and Retention of Classified Materials

Bryan H. Nishimura of Folsom, California pleaded guilty to unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials.

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Former Fresno Bank Manager and Her Boyfriend Arrested, Charged with Bank Fraud Conspiracy

FRESNO, CAFormer bank manager Sylvia Ochoa, 33, and Shanne Leavell, 23, both of Orange Cove, were arrested today for an embezzlement scheme that defrauded the Bank of America of over $600,000, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Former Fugitive Sentenced to More Than 15 Years in Prison for Bank Fraud and Failure to Appear

SACRAMENTO, CANiesha Nicole Jackson, 35, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Kimberly Mueller to 15 years and seven months in prison for bank fraud and failure to appear for sentencing, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Former Head of Real Estate Investment Firm Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison for the Sale of Unregistered Securities

SACRAMENTO, CAAkbar Bhamani, 61, of Carmichael, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Troy L.

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Bakersfield Man Pleads Guilty to Shining Laser at Law Enforcement Aircraft

FRESNO, CATimothy Earl Wilson, 46, of Bakersfield, pleaded guilty today to aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Former Fresno Police Department Detective and Fresno Marijuana Trafficker Plead Guilty to Bribery Conspiracy

FRESNO, CA 41, both residents of Fresno, pleaded guilty today to conspiring to commit bribery, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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West Sacramento Woman Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud for Filing False Workers’ Compensation Claim for Former NFL Player

SACRAMENTO, CAKimberly Jones, 50, of West Sacramento, pleaded guilty today to wire fraud and agreed to submit to a restitution order of at least $1.

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New Charges and Defendants Added in Superseding Indictment for Credit Card Scheme

SACRAMENTO, CAA superseding indictment has been unsealed that charges three defendants for participating a large-scale scheme to defraud over 119,000 credit card account holders by making false charges on their accounts, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Federal Jury Finds Placer County Women Guilty in Multi-Million-Dollar Mortgage Fraud Scheme

SACRAMENTO, CAAfter a 16-day trial, a federal jury today found Vera Kuzmenko, 45, of Loomis, and Rachel Siders, 40, of Roseville, guilty of multiple counts of mail and wire fraud associated with their involvement in a mortgage fraud scheme that cost financial institutions over $16 million, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Two Indicted for Laser Strikes on Law Enforcement Aircraft

FRESNO, CAA federal grand jury returned two indictments today against Jose Javier Rosas, 62, resident of Bakersfield, Calif.

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Loomis Man and Corporation Plead Guilty to Conducting an Illegal Gambling Business

SACRAMENTO, CACapital Sweepstakes Systems Inc. , a corporation headquartered in Loomis, and Kevin Freels, 41, of Loomis, pleaded guilty today to conducting an illegal gambling business related to Internet sweepstakes cafs, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Roseville Podiatrist Pleads Guilty in $1 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme

SACRAMENTO, CANeil A. Van Dyck, 64, of Roseville, pleaded guilty today to health care fraud, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Arrests Target Methamphetamine Trafficking from Bakersfield to Oil Fields in North Dakota

SACRAMENTO, CAU. S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner, Acting U. S. Attorney Christopher C. Myers (District of North Dakota), North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, Special Agent in Charge Richard Thornton (Minneapolis FBI), Special Agent in Charge Monica M.

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Butte County Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Trafficking and Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

SACRAMENTO, CASeth Michael Bertolini, 44, of Chico, pleaded guilty today to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of drug trafficking, United States Attorney Benjamin Wagner announced.

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Jury Finds Defendant Guilty in $11.25 Million Investor Fraud Scheme Involving Facebook Stock

SACRAMENTO, CAA federal jury found Troy Stratos, 49, formerly of Los Angeles, guilty today of four counts of wire fraud and two counts of money laundering, in a scheme to defraud, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Atwater Pentitentiary Inmate Indicted for Assault on Two Correctional Officers

FRESNO, CAA federal grand jury returned a single-count indictment against Curtis Dickson, 36, a federal inmate, charging him with assault on a federal employee, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Sacramento Man Sentenced to More Than Seven Years in Prison for a Mortgage Faud Scheme in Chico and Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, CALeonard E. Williams, 52, of Sacramento, was sentenced today to over seven years and three months in prison for conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and two counts of money laundering, in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Man Wanted in Connection with a Series of San Francisco-Area Bank Robberies Linked to the Clean Cut Bandit Arrested at Sunset Boulevard Hotel

An alleged bank robbery suspect wanted by authorities in northern California was arrested in Los Angeles today following a joint investigation among federal and local authorities, announced David J.

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Two Bakersfield Men Plead Guilty in Large Methamphetamine Distribution Conspiracy

FRESNO, CATwo Bakersfield residents pleaded guilty today to drug trafficking offenses, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Chicago Man Sentenced to More Than 10 Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking of Underage Girl in Sacramento Area

SACRAMENTO, CAMarquist Piere Bradford, 29, of Chicago, was sentenced today to 10 and a half years in prison for sex trafficking of minors, U.

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Former Correctional Guard Sentenced for Conspiracy to Smuggle Heroin, Methamphetamine, and Other Contraband into the Taft Correctional Facility

FRESNO, CARamon Cano, 28, a former correctional officer at the Taft Federal Correctional Facility was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Anthony W.

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Prison Tax Fraud Ringleader Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison

SACRAMENTO, CAEdwin Ludwig IV, 34, currently an inmate in an Oklahoma state prison, was sentenced today to seven years in prison for conspiring to defraud the United States and for filing false claims for federal tax refunds, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Butte County Man is Sentenced for Heroin Distribution and Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

SACRAMENTO, CAUnited States Attorney Benjamin Wagner announced that Seth Michael Bertolini, 44, of Chico, was sentenced Thursday by U.

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Lead Defendant in Shoplifting Ring Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison

SACRAMENTO, CAThe lead defendant in a shoplifting ring that stole over $2.

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Facebook Predator Sentenced to 29 Years in Prison in for Child Pornography and Sexual Extortion Offenses

SACRAMENTO, CAJordan James Kirby, 23, of Paradise, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Garland E.

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Federal Jury Finds Two Guilty of All Counts in Sacramento-Area Builder-Bailout Mortgage Fraud Scheme

SACRAMENTO, CAA federal jury found two defendants guilty today of mail fraud and making false statements on loan applications in a scheme that provided financial incentives to straw buyers to get them to purchase homes that developers were having difficulty selling, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Six Tulare County Residents Indicted on Drug Trafficking and Firearms Charges

FRESNO, CA and Fabian Magana, 24, of Orosi, charging them with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and various other drug trafficking and firearms offenses.

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Former Operations Manager of WECO Repair Station Sentenced for Recklessly Endangering Aircraft

SACRAMENTO, CAThe former operations manager of WECO Aerospace Systems Inc.

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Former Bureau of Prisons Employee Charged with Sex Trafficking a Minor

SACRAMENTO, CAA federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment today against Charles Carstersen, 52, of Manteca, charging him with sex trafficking of a minor, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Fresno Man Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking of a Minor

FRESNO, CATryvell Powell, 34, of Fresno, pleaded guilty today to sex trafficking of a minor, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Stockton Man Charged with Fraud in Auto Engine Scam

SACRAMENTO, CAStockton resident John Steven Keplinger, 56, was charged today with five counts of mail fraud in connection with an auto parts scam, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Sacramento Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of Child Pornography

SACRAMENTO, CAFour days before a trial was set to begin, Robert M.

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Roseville Man Sentenced to 84 Months for Possession of Child Pornography

SACRAMENTO, CADaniel Harrison McGrath, 60, resident of Roseville, California, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Garland E.

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Nevada Man Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Aggravated Identity Theft

SACRAMENTO, CAGlenn Litton, 47, resident of Carson City, Nevada, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Morrison C.

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Former Fresno Police Department Detective and Fresno Marijuana Trafficker Sentenced to Federal Prison for Bribery Conspiracy

FRESNO, CADerik Carson Kumagai, 41, of Fresno, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Anthony W.

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United States Attorney and California Attorney General Partner to Present the Second in a Series of Awareness Trainings on Labor Trafficking

SACRAMENTO, CAToday, a training aimed at combatting the serious crime of labor trafficking was held, organized by U.

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Four Convicted for Roles in Multi-Million-Dollar Mortgage Fraud Scheme in Federal Court Trial

SACRAMENTO, CAAfter a 21-day trial, a federal jury found Nadia Kuzmenko, 35, resident of Loomis, Peter Kuzmenko, 36, resident of Sacramento, Edward Shevtsov, 51, resident of Sacramento, and Aaron New, 39, resident of Sacramento, guilty of multiple counts of mail and wire fraud associated with their involvement in a mortgage fraud scheme that cost financial institutions approximately $16 million, United States Attorney Benjamin B.

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Man Who Preyed on Vulnerable with Sweepstakes Scam Sentenced to Prison

A South King County man who preyed on people across the country with a phony sweepstakes scam, was sentenced today in U.

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Ripon Man Arraigned for Bankruptcy Fraud Indictment

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Kulvir Singh Cheema, 55, of Ripon, was arraigned today before U. S. Magistrate Judge Edmond F.

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Nuestra Familia Leader and Associates Sentenced on Racketeering Charges

The last of three defendants charged with racketeering offenses was sentenced today by the Honorable Lawrence J.

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Sacramento Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Producing Child Pornography Used in Online Ads for Prostitution Services

A Sacramento man was sentenced today to 15 years in federal prison today for producing child pornography that was used to advertise the victim as a prostitute.

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Elk Grove Man Sentenced to Two-and-a-Half Years in Prison for National Guard Recruiting Fraud

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Richard C. Sihner, 54, of Elk Grove, was sentenced today to two years and six months in prison for a scheme to fraudulently obtain bonuses in a recruitment program for the California National Guard, Acting United States Attorney Phillip A.

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Cleveland Man Pleads Guilty to Transporting Minors to California to Engage in Commercial Sex Acts

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Jarrail Lamont Smith, 23, of Cleveland, Ohio, pleaded guilty today to two counts of interstate transportation of a minor for the purpose of prostitution, Acting United States Attorney Phillip A.

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Three Defendants Charged for Timeshare Resale Fraud

SACRAMENTO, Calif. and Marco Antonio Ramirez-Zuno, 31, of Cancun, Mexico, charging them with wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud in relation to a timeshare-resale scheme, Acting U.

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Fresno Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Distribute Heroin

FRESNO, Calif. Rafael Guzman, 42, of Fresno, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin, Acting United States Attorney Phillip A.

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Southern California Man Pleads Guilty to Making Illegal Contributions to His Son’s Congressional Campaign

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Babulal Bera, 83, of La Palma, pleaded guilty today to making excessive campaign contributions and making campaign contributions in the name of another.

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Armed and Dangerous Bank Robber Tied to Several Northern California Bank Robberies

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) seeks the publics help to identify an armed and dangerous individual who has robbed several Northern California banks.

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Former DMV Employee Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Commit Bribery

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Andrew Kimura, 31, of Sacramento, pleaded guilty today to two counts of conspiracy to commit bribery, Acting United States Attorney Phillip A.

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Former Air Force Member Arrested, Charged with Assaulting and Sexually Abusing His Spouse While Both were Stationed Abroad

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Christopher Mroz, 23, of Sacramento, was arrested today at his residence, charged with aggravated sexual abuse, and assault resulting in serious bodily injury, Acting United States Attorney Phillip A.

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Kern County Man Pleads Guilty to Receipt and Distribution of Child Pornography in “Sextortion” Case

FRESNO, Calif. Brian Caputo, 27, of Arvin, pleaded guilty today to receipt and distribution of child pornography, Acting United States Attorney Phillip A.

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Former Fresno County Administrator Indicted for Health Care Fraud

FRESNO, Calif. A. Talbert announced. . According to court documents, Hernandez was a provider relations specialist at the Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health, which is responsible for administering mental health services to Fresno County s Medi-Cal beneficiaries.

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Two Solano County Women Charged with Fraud Conspiracy, Filing Fraudulent Income Tax Returns, and Aggravated Identity Theft

SACRAMENTO, Calif. 19, 2016, against Pamela Dawn Pierson, 50, of Vallejo, and Michelle Louise Travis, 50, of Suisun City.

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Serial Bank Robber Known as ‘The Well Dressed Man’ Pleads Guilty to Bank Robbery in Five Counties

SACRAMENTO, Calif. David James Lira, 39, of Roseville, pleaded guilty today to robbing five banks in Northern California, Acting U.

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Former Bakersfield Police Department Detective Pleads Guilty to Bribery, Drug Trafficking, and Filing a False Tax Return

FRESNO, Calif. Damacio Diaz, 44, of McFarland, formerly a detective with the Bakersfield Police Department, pleaded guilty today to bribery, possession and attempted possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, and making and subscribing a false income tax return, Acting United States Attorney Phillip A.

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Two Arrested for Nationwide Casino and Credit Card Fraud Scheme

SACRAMENTO, Calif. A federal grand jury returned a nine-count indictment Thursday against Vivian Wang, 53, of Lilburn, Georgia, and Frank Luo, 48, of Las Vegas, Nevada, charging them both with wire fraud and charging Wang with aggravated identity theft, Acting United States Attorney Phillip A.

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Fresno- and Visalia-Based Health Care Company President Charged with Fraud, Embezzlement, and Money Laundering

FRESNO, Calif. A federal grand jury returned a 20-count indictment today against Mark Merrill Reynolds, 60, of Fresno, charging him with embezzlement, mail fraud, and money laundering, Acting United States Attorney Phillip A.

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Former Caltrans Employee Sentenced to 6.5 Years in Prison for Bid Rigging and Contracting Fraud

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Clint Gregory, 53, of Sacramento, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Morrison C. England Jr.

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San Joaquin County Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Attempting to Join ISIL

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Nicholas Michael Teausant, 22, of Acampo, was sentenced today by U. S. District Judge John A.

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FBI Offers $2,500 Reward for Information Leading to Arrest, Conviction of Unknown Clinic Arson Subject

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects who participated in the May 25, 2016 arson at a women's health clinic in Stanislaus County.

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Bakersfield Man Sentenced to Over Three Years in Prison for Firearm Offense

FRESNO, Calif. Bryson LaPaul Blair, 30, of Bakersfield, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Lawrence J.

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FBI Announces $50,000 Reward and National Campaign to Identify East Area Rapist/Golden State Killer

Today, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Sacramento County Sheriffs Department held a press conference to announce the launch of a reward and national campaign to help identify the East Area Rapist/Golden State Killer, a violent serial burglar, rapist, and murderer who terrorized multiple communities in California throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

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Fresno Woman Charged with Embezzling More Than $1 Million from Food Distribution Company

A Federal Grand Jury Returned an 11-Count Indictment Today Against Leslie Michelle Hays Charging Her with Wire Fraud for Embezzling Over $1 Million from Her Employer

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Former Bakersfield Police Detective Pleads Guilty to Drug Trafficking

FRESNO, Calif. Patrick Mara, 36, of Bakersfield, a former detective with the Bakersfield Police Department (BPD), pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, Acting United States Attorney Phillip A.

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Oroville Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Child Exploitation Offense

Jan Alan Shafer, 65, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, to be followed by a lifetime term of supervised release, for attempted travel with intent to engage in sex with a minor.

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Vallejo Man Indicted on Firearms Charges

Gregory M. Cox, 51, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of a short-barrel shotgun, and unlawful possession of a short-barrel rifle.

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Sacramento Man Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison for Child Exploitation Offense

Dean Lynn Christiansen, 70, was sentenced to eight years and one month in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release, for receiving child pornography.

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Sacramento Man Indicted for Transmitting Online Threats to Blizzard Entertainment, a Video-Game Company

Stephen Cebula, 28, of Sacramento, charged with making threats to injure employees of the video game company Blizzard Entertainment Inc.

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Bakersfield Man Sentenced to Over Seven Years in Prison for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

Jorge Chavez, 30, of Bakersfield, was sentenced today to seven years and eight months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition

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Seventeen Indicted for Firearms and Drug Trafficking Following Multi-Agency Sweep in Fresno

Three related indictments were returned charging 17 individuals with firearms and drug trafficking offenses.

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Participant in Prison Tax Fraud Ring Sentenced to 21 Months in Prison

Judy Ruth Mullin was sentenced to 21 months in prison for falsely claiming approximately 138 fraudulent tax refunds totaling approximately $219,984.

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Citrus Heights Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Child Exploitation

Jason S. Wymer, 44, of Citrus Heights, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the sexual exploitation of children.

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Roseville Woman Convicted of Mortgage Fraud Scheme Involving Falsified Documents

Alla Samchuk was found guilty for her role in a mortgage fraud scheme involving three properties.

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Phone Scam Targeting Northern and Central California Residents

FBI Sacramento has received numerous reports of individuals impersonating government agencies to scam the public.

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Cleveland Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Transporting Minors to California to Engage in Commercial Sex Acts

Jarrail Lamont Smith, 24, was sentenced to 15 years in prison on two counts of interstate transportation of a minor for prostitution.

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Dubai Man Pleads Guilty to Bribery of Public Official

Ahmed Pervez Aarianpur, 36, of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, pleaded guilty today to bribing a public official of the United States.

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'Well Dressed Man' Serial Bank Robber Sentenced to Three Years in Prison

David James Lira, of Roseville, was sentenced to three years in prison for robbing five banks in Northern California.

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Fresno Woman Arrested for Bank Fraud, Mail Fraud, and Identity Theft

Marci Jessie Ramirez, of Fresno, was arrested on charges of bank fraud, mail fraud, aggravated identity theft, and fraudulent possession of access device-making equipment.

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Former Sacramento DMV Licensing Registration Examiner Sentenced for Conspiracy, Bribery, and Fraud

Andrew Kimura, 31, of Sacramento, was sentenced to three years and 10 months in prison and a $7,500 fine for participating in a bribery conspiracy that licensed unqualified drivers.

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FBI Teen Academy Offers Information, Experiences, and More

The Federal Bureau of Investigation Sacramento Field Office is now accepting applications for the Sacramento Fall 2016 FBI Teen Academy.

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Babulal Bera Sentenced for Making Illegal Contributions to His Son’s Congressional Campaign

Babulal Bera, 83, of La Palma, was sentenced to 12 months in prison for making excessive campaign contributions and making campaign contributions in the name of another.

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Stratos Pleads Guilty to Multi-Million-Dollar Fraud

Troy David Stratos, 50, formerly of Los Angeles pleaded guilty today to 11 counts of wire and mail fraud, two counts of money laundering, and one count of obstruction of justice.

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FBI Offers $5,000 Reward to Aid Central Bakersfield Shooting Investigation

The FBI is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the person(s) for a violent attack in central Bakersfield.

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Jury Convicts Kern County Man of Illegally Possessing Firearms, Explosives, and Ammunition

Kenneth William Kirkland was found guilty of being a felon in possession of firearms and being a felon in possession of a destructive device.

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Sacramento Man Sentenced to Over 12 Years in Prison for Child Pornography

Michael Bailey, of Sacramento, was sentenced to 12 years and seven months in prison for receipt of child pornography.

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Butte County Sex Offender Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Production of Child Pornography

Joshua Landon Klipp, was sentenced today to 25 years in prison for one count of production of child pornography and one count of receipt of child pornography.

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Ten Eastern California Real Estate Investors Sentenced for Roles in Bid-Rigging and Mail Fraud Conspiracies Involving Real Estate Purchased at Public Foreclosure Auctions

Ten real estate investors were sentenced for their participation in conspiracies to rig bids and commit mail fraud at public real estate foreclosure auctions.

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Sacramento Woman Charged with Failure to Appear for Sentencing

Maria Santa was chatged with failing to surrender for service of sentence and obstruction of justice, and Virgil Santa was charged with harboring a fugitive.

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Final Defendant Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison for Nationwide Foreclosure Rescue Scam

Domonic McCarns was sentenced to 14 years in prison for conspiracy to commit mail fraud in connection with a nationwide foreclosure rescue scam.

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Roseville Woman Sentenced to 14.5 Years in Prison for Mortgage Fraud and Identity Theft

Rachel Siders, 41, of Roseville, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for her involvement in mortgage fraud schemes.

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Three Bakersfield Residents Charged in a Scheme to Defraud Bakersfield Pipe & Supply Inc.

Two Bakersfield residents were arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and crimes related to a scheme to defraud Bakersfield Pipe and Supply Inc., (BPS).

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