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Marin Resident Charged with Fraudulently Misrepresenting Military Service

SAN FRANCISCO Federal charges were filed against Gregory Bruce Allen yesterday for fraudulently representing that he received the Purple Heart military medal, announced Acting United States Attorney Brian J.

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San Francisco Resident Pleads Guilty to Straw Hat Bandit Bank Robberies

SAN FRANCISCO - Richard Laurence Stewart pleaded guilty today to robbing four San Francisco banks announced Acting United States Attorney Brian J.

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Pacifica Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Possession of Child Pornography

SAN FRANCISCO Robert Spence II was sentenced yesterday to ten years in prison for possession of child pornography, announced Acting United States Attorney Brian J.

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Cupertino Couple Indicted for Embezzling Donated Funds

SAN JOSE - A federal grand jury indicted Jonathan Chang and Grace Chang last week with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering and money laundering, announced Acting United States Attorney Brian J.

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Former Marin County Mortgage Broker Sentenced to 41 Months in Prison

SAN FRANCISCO Diane Cobb was sentenced to 41 months in prison yesterday for her role in a Ponzi scheme, announced Acting United States Attorney Brian J.

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South Bay Resident Charged with Illegal Dumping in Wetlands and Other Protected Waters

SAN FRANCISCO Violations of the Federal Clean Water Act were filed last week against James Philip Lucero for the unpermitted discharge of pollutants into waters of the United States, including wetlands, announced Acting United States Attorney Brian J.

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Father and Son Charged with Drug-Related Murder on the Hoopa Indian Reservation

SAN FRANCISCO Rodney Vincent Ortiz and Vincent Rudy Ortiz were arraigned in federal court today for their alleged involvement in the March 21, 2015, drug related shooting and murder on the Hoopa Indian Reservation in Humboldt County, California, announced Acting United States Attorney Brian J.

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Former Joint Powers Authority Finance Director Sentenced to a Year in Prison and Six Months’ Home Confinement

SAN FRANCISCO Clarke J. Howatt was sentenced today to a year and a day in prison for his conviction for wire fraud stemming from a series of embezzlements from the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the related ABAG Finance Authority for Nonprofit Corporations (FAN), announced Acting United States Attorney Brian J.

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Two San Jose Men Sentenced to Prison for Posting Information About a Minor Online to Solicit Sex Customers

SAN JOSE- Two San Jose residents were sentenced to approximately five years in prison yesterday for posting information about a minor under the age of 16 on the Internet in order to solicit prostitution customers, announced Acting United States Attorney Brian Stretch and FBI Special Agent in Charge David Johnson.

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Kwok Cheung Chow (aka ‘Raymond Chow,’ ‘Ha Jai,’ ‘Shrimp Boy’) Convicted of Murder and Various Racketeering Crimes

SAN FRANCISCO - A federal jury in San Francisco convicted Kwok Cheung Chow, aka Raymond Chow, aka today of racketeering, murder, money laundering, and conspiracy charges, announced Acting United States Attorney Brian J.

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Napa Physician Agrees to Pay $400,000 to Settle Allegations That He Submitted False Claims to the Medicare Program

SAN FRANCISCO Ali S. Vaziri, a gastroenterologist who had a private gastroenterologist practice in Napa, California, has agreed to pay the United States $400,000 to settle allegations that he submitted false claims for reimbursement to the Medicare program in violation of the False Claims Act, announced United States Attorney Brian J.

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Former Lawrence Hall of Science Employee Pleads Guilty to Theft and Fraud

OAKLAND - DeSondra Michell Ward pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing from and defrauding the University of California, Berkeley, announced Acting United States Attorney Brian J.

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Former State Senator Leland Yee Sentenced to Five Years’ Imprisonment on Racketeering Conspiracy Charges

SAN FRANCISCO imprisonment today for their respective roles in a racketeering conspiracy announced Acting United States Attorney Brian J.

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Sonoma Man Sentenced to 37 Months in Prison for Wire Fraud

SAN FRANCISCOMichael Thomas Hamilton, a/k/a Thomas Smith, was sentenced today to 37 months in prison and ordered to pay $426,911 in restitution for wire fraud, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and FBI Special Agent in Charge David J.

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Napa County Resident Indicted on Eight Counts of Bank Robbery

SAN FRANCISCOYesterday a federal grand jury returned an indictment against Joshua James Metoxen, charging him with eight counts of bank robbery, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and FBI Special Agent in Charge David J.

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Oakland Man Sentenced to Four Years in Prison for Selling Historic Gold Jewelry Box Stolen from Oakland Museum

OAKLAND, CAAndre Taray Franklin was sentenced yesterday to four years in prison for knowingly receiving and then selling a historic gold jewelry box stolen from the Oakland Museum of California, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and FBI Special Agent in Charge David J.

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Former Vice President of the Wine Tasting Network Sentenced to 33 Months in Embezzlement Case

SAN FRANCISCOMartin Christopher Edwards was ordered to serve a 33 month prison sentence yesterday, and ordered to pay $894,222 in restitution to the WineTasting Network for his involvement in an embezzlement and tax evasion scheme, announced U.

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Ringleader of Fraud Conspiracy to the Federal Student Assistance Program Sentenced to Prison

OAKLANDKyle Edward Moore was sentenced today to 37 months in prison, and was ordered to pay $520,904 in restitution for carrying out two conspiracies to commit financial aid fraud and wire fraud, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and FBI Special Agent in Charge David J.

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Former Boxing Champ Sentenced to 87 Months in Prison for East Bay Bank Robbery Spree

OAKLANDJames Quindale Page was sentenced today to 87 months in prison for a bank robbery spree in which he robbed banks throughout the East Bay, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and FBI Special Agent in Charge David J.

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Two Northern California Real Estate Investors Agree to Plead Guilty to Bid Rigging and Fraud at Public Foreclosure Auctions

WASHINGTONTwo Northern California real estate investors have agreed to plead guilty for their role in conspiracies to rig bids and commit mail fraud at public real estate foreclosure auctions in Northern California, the Department of Justice announced.

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Former Symantec Marketing Director Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement Charges

SAN JOSE Jacobs Coombs pleaded guilty yesterday afternoon on wire fraud charges alleging she embezzled money from her former employer, Symantec, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and FBI Special Agent in Charge David J.

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Bio-Rad Laboratories Resolves Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Investigation and Agrees to Pay $14.35 Million Penalty

WASHINGTONA California-based medical diagnostics and life sciences manufacturing and sales company, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.

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Arkansas Woman Sentenced to Prison for Defrauding Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

SAN JOSELisa McMahon was sentenced yesterday to 19 months in prison and ordered to pay $798,469.

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Former Symantec Marketing Director Indicted on Embezzlement Charges

SAN JOSE Jacobs Coombs was indicted yesterday afternoon on wire fraud and money laundering charges alleging that she embezzled money from her former employer, Symantec Corporation, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and FBI Special Agent in Charge David J.

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Lookout in Armed Bank Robbery Sentenced to More Than Seven Years in Prison

OAKLANDKevin Tyrone Buford was sentenced today to 90 months in prison for planning and participating in the March 1, 2013 takeover style armed bank robbery of the Mechanics Bank on Pinole Valley Road, in Pinole, Calif.

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San Francisco Woman Sentenced to 74 Months in Prison for Distribution of Crack Cocaine

SAN FRANCISCOThomasha Mayfield was sentenced yesterday to more than six years in prison, announced U.

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San Francisco Man Indicted on Fraud Charges

SAN FRANCISCOYesterday a grand jury indicted Luke D.

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Two San Jose Residents and a Miami Woman Indicted for Defrauding Blue Shield of California

SAN JOSE and Dana Ann Wilkey yesterday with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud and aiding and abetting, and false statements to government agents, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and FBI Special Agent in Charge David Johnson.

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CEO of Lafayette and Walnut Creek Venture Capital Firm Sentenced to 24 Months in Prison

OAKLAND, CAStephen B. Lopez was sentenced today to 24 months in prison, and ordered to pay $1. 3 million in restitution for his guilty plea to two counts of wire fraud, announced U.

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San Francisco and Los Banos Doctor Sentenced to Two Years in Prison in $3.2 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

SAN FRANCISCO probation yesterday for conspiracy to commit health care fraud, conspiracy to pay and receive kickbacks involving the Medicare program, and health care fraud, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag, FBI Special Agent in Charge David J.

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California Woman Charged with Possessing Cell Phone Spyware and Using It to Intercept Communications

SAN JOSEKristin Nyunt was charged by information today with two counts of illegal wiretapping and the possession of illegal interception devices, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and FBI Special Agent in Charge David J.

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Former Calpers CEO Pleads Guilty to Corruption Conspiracy

WASHINGTONFred Buenrostro pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit corruption and fraud charges stemming from a conspiracy to trade official acts for cash and benefits, announced U.

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San Jose Man Indicted for Mailing Letters Attacking Victims’ Sexual Orientation, Race, and Religion

SAN JOSE, CAA federal grand jury returned a four count indictment charging a San Jose man with transmitting threats in the mail, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag, FBI Special Agent in Charge David J.

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Sonoma Man Pleads Guilty in $1.6 Million Fraud Scheme

SAN FRANCISCOMichael Thomas Hamilton, a/k/a Thomas Smith, pleaded guilty today in federal court in San Francisco to two counts of wire fraud, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and FBI Special Agent in Charge David J.

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Former Apple Executive Sentenced to One Year in Prison for Defrauding Apple in Kickback Scheme and Laundering the Proceeds of the Fraud

SAN JOSEPaul S. Devine was sentenced on Dec. 1, 2014, to 12 months and one day in prison, and ordered to pay $4,464,664 in restitution for wire fraud, conspiracy, money laundering, and engaging in transactions in criminally-derived property, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag, FBI Special Agent in Charge David J.

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Florida Man Sentenced to 37 Months in Prison for $433,000 Fraud

SAN FRANCISCOYesterday, Leigh Farrington Fiske was sentenced to 37 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution for a fraud scheme he perpetrated against small business owners and others seeking lines of credit around the nation, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag, Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program Christy Romero, and FBI Special Agent in Charge David J.

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Former CFO Pleads Guilty to Embezzling More Than $900,000 from Non-Profit Employer

SAN FRANCISCORobert Bradley Strahan, a/k/a Robin Bradley, a/k/a Kaola Bradley, pleaded guilty on Nov.

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Five Northern California Real Estate Investors Indicted for Bid Rigging and Fraud at Public Foreclosure Auctions

WASHINGTONA federal grand jury in San Francisco returned an eight-count indictment against five real estate investors for their role in bid rigging and fraud schemes at foreclosure auctions in Northern California, the Department of Justice announced.

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Placement Agent Charged with Bribery in CalPERS Corruption Conspiracy

SAN FRANCISCOA federal grand jury earlier today indicted Alfred J.

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Two Founders of S3 Partners Sentenced to Prison in Investment Fraud Scheme

SAN JOSE, CATwo founders of the S3 Partners were sentenced to prison on Nov.

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Law Firm Paralegal Sentenced to Prison in Mail Fraud and Tax Evasion Scheme

OAKLANDAna Lissa Reyes was sentenced today to 27 months in prison and ordered to pay $327,795 in restitution to victims of her mail fraud scheme and $67,448 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service for tax evasion, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag, along with Special Agents in Charge David Johnson of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Jose M.

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Laguna Niguel Man Receives 15-Month Prison Term for Defrauding eBay

SAN JOSEBrian Andrew Dunning was sentenced today to serve fifteen months in prison for receiving between $200,000 and $400,000 in fraudulent commissions from eBay, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and FBI Special Agent in Charge David J.

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Armed Robber of a Garda Armored Car Warehouse Sentenced to 32 Years' Imprisonment

SAN FRANCISCO imprisonment, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and FBI Special Agent in Charge David J.

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Former United Commercial Bank Chief Financial Officer Convicted of Conspiracy to Mislead Auditors

SAN FRANCISCOCraig S. On pleaded guilty today to one count of Conspiracy to Make a Materially False and Misleading Statement to an Accountant, announced U.

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Former United Commercial Bank Senior Vice President Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy

OAKLANDThomas Yu was convicted of Conspiracy to Commit False Bank Entries, Reports, and Transactions by pleading guilty today to Count Six of the pending Superseding Indictment in this case, announced U.

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Northern California Real Estate Investor Agrees to Plead Guilty to Bid Rigging and Fraud at Public Foreclosure Auctions

WASHINGTONA Northern California real estate investor has agreed to plead guilty for his role in conspiracies to rig bids and commit mail fraud at public real estate foreclosure auctions in Northern California, the Department of Justice announced.

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Eleven Northern California Real Estate Investors Indicted for Bid Rigging and Fraud at Public Foreclosure Auctions

WASHINGTONA federal grand jury in San Francisco returned three multi-count indictments against eleven real estate investors for their role in bid rigging and fraud schemes at foreclosure auctions in Northern California, the Department of Justice announced.

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CFO Accused of Embezzling More Than $500,000 from Non-Profit Employer

SAN FRANCISCOOn May 29, 2014, a federal grand jury in San Francisco indicted Robert Bradley Strahan, a/k/a Robin Bradley, a/k/a Kaola Bradley, for wire fraud and mail fraud, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag, FBI Special Agent in Charge David J.

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Walter Liew Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Economic Espionage

SAN FRANCISCOYesterday, Walter Lian-Heen Liew (aka Liu Yuanxuan) was sentenced to serve 15 years in prison, forfeit $27.

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Former Hedge Fund Manager Sentenced to 14 Months in Prison

SAN FRANCISCOYesterday afternoon former hedge fund manager Lawrence R.

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Former Commander of the Pacific Grove Police Department Pleaded Guilty to Possession of Stolen Firearms

SAN JOSE, CAJohn Nyunt pleaded guilty in federal court today, to possession of stolen firearms, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and FBI Special Agent in Charge David J.

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Former Commander of the Pacific Grove Police Department Pleaded Guilty to Extortion and Wire Fraud

SAN JOSEJohn Nyunt pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to extortion and wire fraud, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and FBI Special Agent in Charge David J.

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Federal Grand Jury in Oakland Indicts President of Discovery Sales Inc.

WASHINGTONs San Francisco Field Office. According to the indictment, Shahid, 38, of Danville, California, is alleged to have masterminded a scheme to cause banks to approve mortgage loans for unqualified buyers at the height of the financial crisis.

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Northern California Real Estate Investor Pleads Guilty to Bid Rigging and Fraud at Public Foreclosure Auctions

WASHINGTONA Northern California real estate investor pleaded guilty for his role in bid rigging and fraud at public real estate foreclosure auctions in Northern California, the Department of Justice announced.

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PG&E Charged with Obstruction of the Investigation of the National Transportation Safety Board and Additional Violations of the Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act

SAN FRANCISCO), as well as additional violations of the Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act of 1968 (PSA), announced U.

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Five Northern California Real Estate Investors Indicted for Bid Rigging and Fraud at Public Foreclosure Auctions

WASHINGTONA federal grand jury in San Francisco returned a nine-count indictment against five real estate investors for their role in bid rigging and fraud at foreclosure auctions in Northern California, the Department of Justice announced.

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Three Defendants Sentenced to Prison in $3.2 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

SAN FRANCISCO and Glenn R. Ferry, the Special Agent in Charge for the Los Angeles Regional Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Former CEO of San Francisco Technology Start-Up Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud

SAN FRANCISCOJonathan Edward Mills, the former Chief Executive Officer of a San Francisco-based technology company, pleaded guilty in federal court in San Francisco today to two counts of wire fraud, United States Attorney Melinda Haag announced.

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California Operator of MyRedBook.com Website Pleads Guilty to Facilitating Prostitution

WASHINGTONA California man pleaded guilty today in connection with his operation of the myRedBook.

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Northern California Real Estate Investor Agrees to Plead Guilty to Bid Rigging and Fraud at Public Foreclosure Auctions

WASHINGTONA Northern California real estate investor has agreed to plead guilty for his role in conspiracies to rig bids and commit mail fraud at public real estate foreclosure auctions in Northern California, the Department of Justice announced.

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Two Southern California Men Sentenced to Prison for Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft

SAN FRANCISCONgoc Duong, a/k/a Danny Duong, and Hong Lee Wong, a/k/a William Wong, were sentenced on Friday, May 30, 2014, to 30 and 28 months in prison, respectively, for wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and FBI Special Agent in Charge David J.

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Masked Baton-Wielding Bandit Sentenced to 78 Months in Prison for Oakland Bank Robbery Spree

OAKLANDNoah Blue was sentenced on October 10, 2014, to 78 months in prison for a summer bank robbery spree in Oakland, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and FBI Special Agent in Charge David J.

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Richmond Man Sentenced to 27 Months in Prison for Defrauding Relatives of $244,000

SAN FRANCISCOOn June 11, 2014, Marvin Solis was sentenced to 27 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution for an investment fraud scheme he perpetrated against his relatives, announced U.

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Boston Man Charged in Twitter Hack

SAN JOSE, CACameron Lacroix was charged today in San Jose with hacking Zendesk, a San Francisco company that provides helpdesk support to numerous companies, including Twitter, announced U.

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FBI Seeking the Public’s Help in Locating Armed and Dangerous Suspect

Updated June 4, 2014: Chamberlain was captured on June 2 by the FBI and San Francisco Police Department. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is seeking the publics help in locating Ryan Kelly Chamberlain, II.

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Five Defendants Charged in Fraudulent Life Insurance Policy Scheme

SAN FRANCISCOBehnam Halali, Ernesto Magat, Kraig Jilge, Karen Gagarin, and Alomkone Soundara, a/k/a Alex Soundara, were charged in an indictment unsealed yesterday in federal court in connection with a scheme involving fraudulent life insurance policies while each was employed at the American Income Life Insurance Company (AIL), announced U.

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Napa Doctor Sentenced to Federal Prison for Tax Fraud

SAN FRANCISCOAli Vaziri was sentenced yesterday to one year and one day in prison and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and $116,703 in restitution for tax fraud, announced U.

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Hercules Resident Pleads Guilty to Transporting Multiple Minors Around the United States for Prostitution

SAN JOSEJamal Raphael Broussard pleaded guilty in federal court today to transportation of minors for prostitution, announced U.

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Los Altos Investment Manager Indicted on Securities and Mail Fraud Charges

SAN JOSE, CAA federal grand jury in San Jose returned a 29 count indictment charging a Los Altos investment manager with securities and mail fraud, relating to a multi-million dollar investment scheme, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag, FBI Special Agent in Charge David J.

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Florida Man Pleads Guilty to $433,000 Fraud

SAN FRANCISCOLeigh Farrington Fiske pleaded guilty in federal court on June 11, 2014, to wire fraud, announced U.

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California Resident Pleads Guilty to Wiretapping Law Enforcement Communications and Others

SAN JOSEKristin Nyunt pleaded guilty in federal court in San Jose today, to wiretapping charges, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and FBI Special Agent in Charge David J.

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Jury Convicts Gang Member in South Francisco Triple Homicides

SAN FRANCISCOs (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Acting Special Agent in Charge Tatum King, and FBI Special Agent in Charge David J.

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Two San Francisco Police Officers Convicted of Violations of Civil Rights, Theft, and Fraud

SAN FRANCISCOIan Furminger, 47, of Pleasant Hill and Edmond Robles, 46, of Danville, both San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) officers, were convicted today by a federal jury of conspiracy to violate civil rights, conspiracy to steal from a federally funded program, and devising a scheme to defraud and obtain money and property through wire fraud.

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Orange County Man Charged with Defrauding Bay Area Banks

SAN FRANCISCODaniel Rosenthal was arraigned today on charges of submitting fraudulent loan applications to three Bay Area banks using a false name and then laundering more than $2.

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FBI Announces the Arrest and Capture of Fugitive Marcos Daniel Robles

A man wanted for his alleged participation in a shooting that killed a 4-year-old Watsonville girl has been arrested and taken into custody, announced David Johnson, Special Agent in Charge of the FBIs San Francisco Field Office.

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Northern California Real Estate Investor Agrees to Plead Guilty to Bid Rigging and Fraud Conspiracies at Public Foreclosure Auctions

A Northern California real estate investor has agreed to plead guilty for his role in bid rigging and fraud conspiracies at public real estate foreclosure auctions in Northern California, the Department of Justice announced.

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NEC Tokin Corporation to Plead Guilty and Pay $13.8 Million for Fixing Price of Electrolytic Capacitors

WASHINGTONNEC TOKIN Cor.will plead guilty and pay a $13.8 million criminal fine for conspiring with competitors between 2002 and 2013 to fix prices for electrolytic capacitors sold to customers in the United States and elsewhere.

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Former President of Bay-Area Home Builder Pleads Guilty to Mortgage Fraud Conspiracy

WASHINGTONAyman Shahid, 39, of Danville, California, the former president of Discovery Sales Inc.

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East Bay Finance Manager Charged in Wire Fraud and Tax Evasion Scheme

OAKLAND M. Martinez. According to the indictment, Hatanaka, is alleged to have carried out a scheme to embezzle money from his employer, Foster Wheeler Martinez, Inc.

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Airport Baggage Handlers Charged in Wide-Ranging Conspiracy to Transport Drugs Across the Country

14 persons have been charged in connection with an alleged wide-ranging criminal conspiracy to violate airport security requirements and transport drugs throughout the country announced U.

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Former DEA Agent Sentenced for Extortion, Money Laundering, and Obstruction Related to Silk Road Investigation

WASHINGTONA former Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agent was sentenced today to 78 months in prison for extortion, money laundering and obstruction of justice, which crimes he committed while working as an undercover agent investigating Silk Road, an online marketplace used to facilitate the sale and purchase of illegal drugs and other contraband.

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Bay Area Man Sentenced to Prison for Coercion of Minors for Prostitution

SAN FRANCISCOOmar Ahmad was sentenced to 63 months in prison for coercing and enticing two underage boys to engage in prostitution, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and FBI Special Agent in Charge David J.

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Oakland-Based Government Finance Director Pleads Guilty to Embezzling Public Funds

SAN FRANCISCOClarke J. Howatt, a former public finance director of the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), pleaded guilty today to embezzling almost $3.

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Fortuna Resident Indicted for Loan Fraud and Identity Theft

SAN FRANCISCOA federal indictment charging Delores Reeves with three counts of mail fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft was unsealed this afternoon in federal court, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and FBI Special Agent in Charge David J.

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Former CEO Sentenced to 57 Months in Prison for Embezzling More Than $900,000 from Non-Profit Employer

SAN FRANCISCORobert Bradley Strahan, a/k/a Robin Bradley, a/k/a Kaola Bradley, was sentenced yesterday to 57 months in prison, and ordered to pay $1,105,481 in restitution for an embezzlement scheme, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag, Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge David J.

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Two San Francisco International Airport Security Screeners Charged in Bribery and Drug Smuggling Scheme

SAN FRANCISCOTwo San Francisco International Airport security screeners were among the three individuals arrested and arraigned today on charges of bribery and drug smuggling, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag, Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge David Johnson, Drug Enforcement Administration Acting Special Agent in Charge Bruce Balzano, and Transportation Security Administration Office of Inspection Special Agent in Charge Regan Fong.

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Former United Commercial Bank Chief Credit Officer Convicted of Securities and Other Corporate Fraud After Trial

OAKLANDA jury convicted Ebrahim Shabudin yesterday of seven felony counts of conspiracy, securities fraud, and other corporate fraud offenses stemming from the failure of United Commercial Bank, announced U.

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Humboldt County Marijuana Farmer Sentenced to Life in Prison Plus 35 Years for Murdering Immigrant Worker and Related Crimes

WASHINGTONMikal X. Wilde, 33, of Kneeland, California, was sentenced today to life in prison plus 35 years for murder and related drug trafficking charges, announced U.

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Oakland Man Sentenced to Life in Prison Plus 10 Years for Murder in Christmas Marijuana Robbery Near Oakland Airport

OAKLAND, CADamion Sleugh was sentenced today to life in prison plus 35 years for murder and related drug trafficking charges, announced Acting U.

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Scottish Citizen Indicted for Twitter-Based Stock Manipulation Scheme

SAN FRANCISCOA federal grand jury in San Francisco indicted James Alan Craig today with securities fraud, announced Acting United States Attorney Brian J.

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FBI Announces Results of Nationwide Human Trafficking Operation

SAN FRANCISCOOfficials from the FBI and 30 Bay Area law enforcement agencies announced today that 149 underage trafficking victims were recovered and 153 pimps were arrested in a nationwide human trafficking operation conducted throughout the United States last week.

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Canadian Man Sentenced to 262 Months in Prison in $130 Million Ponzi Scheme

SAN FRANCISCOOn February 4, 2015, William Wise was sentenced to 262 months in prison for a Ponzi scheme he perpetrated against over 1,200 victims who were seeking safe investments in certificates of deposit (CDs), announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag, Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge David J.

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Cold Case Fugitive Wanted for Crimes Against Children in Northern California Arrested in Los Angeles

A former northern California school teacher wanted for alleged crimes against children was arrested this morning in Los Angeles by members of the FBIs San Francisco Field Office.

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Michigan Man Sentenced to 14 Months in Prison for Making Telephone Bomb Threats to San Benito High School

SAN JOSEJason Keith Smith was sentenced to 14 months in prison for making multiple telephone bomb threats to San Benito High School, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and FBI Special Agent in Charge David J.

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John Muir Health Agrees to Pay $550,000 to Resolve False Claims Allegations

SAN FRANCISCOJohn Muir Health has agreed to pay the government $550,000 to resolve allegations that it submitted false claims for Medicare reimbursement, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag, Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) Special Agent in Charge Ivan Negroni, and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge David J.

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Gold Club Owner Among Those Indicted for Using Business to Operate Elaborate Money Laundering Scheme

SAN FRANCISCOwere arrested after being charged with racketeering, money-laundering, and drug trafficking related crimes, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge David J.

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Former Chief Financial Officer of San Francisco Company Sentenced to 70 Months in Prison

SAN FRANCISCOHenry Lo was sentenced today to 70 months in prison for committing wire fraud and mail fraud, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag, Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge David J.

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Former Campbell Resident Sentenced to a Three-Year Prison Term for Participation in Fraudulent Investment Scheme

SAN JOSE, CAA founder of the S3 Partners was sentenced March 17, 2015 to 36 months on investment fraud charges, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and FBI Special Agent in Charge David J.

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Gang Member Sentenced to Life for South San Francisco Murders, Attempted Murder of Federal Agents, and Racketeering Conspiracy

SAN FRANCISCOVictor Flores, a member of the 500 Block/C Street Gang of South San Francisco, was sentenced to life in prison announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag, Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge Tatum King, and FBI Special Agent in Charge, David J.

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Former Silk Road Task Force Agent Pleads Guilty to Extortion, Money Laundering, and Obstruction

A former DEA agent pleaded guilty today to extortion, money laundering and obstruction of justice, which he committed while working as an undercover agent investigating Silk Road, an online marketplace used to facilitate the purchase and sale of illegal drugs and other contraband.

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Sanford Wallace Pleads Guilty to Spamming Facebook Users and Disobeying a Court Order

Sanford Wallace pleaded guilty to fraud and criminal contempt in connection with misusing electronic mail and related activity.

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Former Marin Attorney Charged in Securities Fraud, Money Laundering Scheme

SAN JOSE, CAJames Seltzer, a former attorney and resident of Marin County, appeared today in San Jose on charges he defrauded several clients by convincing them to make contributions for sham investments, announced Acting United States Attorney Brian Stretch, FBI Special Agent in Charge David J.

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Daly City Woman Charged with Embezzling from Her Employer

SAN FRANCISCOShea was arraigned today on charges of embezzling approximately $240,000 from her employer to pay her personal credit card bills, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge David J.

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Martinez Resident Sentenced to 66 Months for Possession of Child Pornography

OAKLAND, CALouis Cortez pleaded guilty and was sentenced late yesterday to five and a half years in prison for possession of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge David J.

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SFPD Officer Sentenced to 12 Months for Role in Conspiracy to Provide Drugs to Informants

SAN FRANCISCOFormer San Francisco Police Officer Reynaldo Vargas was sentenced today to 12 months in prison for his participation in a conspiracy to steal money and property and provide illegal drugs to informants, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and FBI Special Agent in Charge David J.

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Former CEO of Technology Start-Up Sentenced to 24 Months in Wire Fraud Scheme

SAN FRANCISCO imprisonment yesterday, and ordered to pay $572,039 in restitution for his involvement in a wire fraud scheme, announced U.

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Silicon Valley Employee Arrested for Theft of Trade Secrets

WASHINGTONJing Zeng 42, of San Ramon, California, appeared in U.

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Former Marin County Mortgage Broker Sentenced to 36 Months in Prison

SAN FRANCISCOPaul Sloane Davis was sentenced to 36 months in prison today for a Ponzi scheme he perpetrated along with co-defendant Diane Cobb, announced acting United States Attorney Brian J.

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Former Federal Agents Charged with Bitcoin Money Laundering and Wire Fraud

Two former federal agents have been charged with wire fraud, money laundering and related offenses for stealing digital currency during their investigation of the Silk Road, an underground black market that allowed users to conduct illegal transactions over the Internet.

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Michigan Man Pleads Guilty to Making Telephone Bomb Threats to San Benito High School

SAN JOSEJason Keith Smith pleaded guilty yesterday to charges related to multiple telephone bomb threats he made to San Benito High School, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Change David J.

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Two Northern California Real Estate Investors Agree to Plead Guilty to Bid Rigging and Fraud Conspiracies at Public Foreclosure Auctions

WASHINGTONTwo Northern California real estate investors have agreed to plead guilty for their role in bid rigging and fraud conspiracies at public real estate foreclosure auctions in Northern California, the Department of Justice announced.

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Jury Convicts Gang Member of Trafficking Crystal Methamphetamine in San Jose

SAN JOSE, CAEduardo Arriaga was convicted today of trafficking crystal methamphetamine and using a firearm as part of his narcotics trafficking, announced Acting United States Attorney Brian J.

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Chinese Professors Among Six Defendants Charged with Economic Espionage and Theft of Trade Secrets for Benefit of People’s Republic of China

On May 16, 2015, Tianjin University Professor Hao Zhang was arrested upon entry into the United States from the Peoples Republic of China in connection with a recent superseding indictment in the Northern District of California.

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Danville Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of Child Pornography

OAKLANDMitchell Phillip Wolf pleaded guilty in federal court in Oakland today to possession of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge David J.

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Six More Defendants Plead Guilty in Case Charging Leland Yee and Others with Racketeering

SAN FRANCISCOGeorge Nieh, Leslie Yun, Kevin Sui, Alan Chiu, Yat Wa Pau, and Andy Li all pleaded guilty today to a broad range of charges alleged against them in a superseding indictment filed January 29, 2015, announced Acting United States Attorney Brian J.

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Two San Jose Men Plead Guilty to Posting Minor’s Information on Internet for Prostitution

SAN JOSEJustin Everett Crutchfield and Demontae Terrell Toliver pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to posting information about a minor on the Internet to solicit prostitution customers, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and FBI Special Agent in Charge David Johnson.

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Union Organizer Indicted for Corruption, Attempted Extortion, and Money Laundering

OAKLANDA federal grand jury in Oakland indicted Daniel Rush today with taking illegal payments as a union employee, honest services fraud, attempted extortion, and money laundering announced Acting United States Attorney Brian J.

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Co Co Boys Gang Member from Antioch Sentenced to More Than 16 Years in Federal Prison for Drug Trafficking

OAKLAND was sentenced today to 200 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge David J.

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Former E-Commerce Executive Charged with Price Fixing in the Antitrust Division’s First Online Marketplace Prosecution

WASHINGTONA former executive of an e-commerce seller of posters, prints and framed art has agreed to plead guilty for conspiring to fix the prices of posters sold online, the Department of Justice announced.

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Former Tesla Engineer Charged with Computer Intrusion

Nima Kalbasi, a 28-year-old Canadian citizen, appeared in U.S. District Court after being arrested on an indictment for two counts of felony computer intrusion and one count of misdemeanor computer intrusion.

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Former Symantec Marketing Director Sentenced to Three-Year Prison Term on Embezzlement Charges

SAN JOSE, CA Jacobs Coombs was sentenced yesterday to 36 months in prison on wire fraud charges related to her embezzlement of money from her former employer, Symantec, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and FBI Special Agent in Charge David J.

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Thirty-Three Defendants Charged in Massive Criminal Conspiracies Including Allegations of Fraud, Prescription Drug Diversion, and Money Laundering

Thirty-two people were arrested yesterday after being charged variously with racketeering conspiracy, conspiracy to commit identity theft, conspiracy to commit access device fraud, conspiracy to commit mail, wire and bank fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, conspiracy to use a facility of interstate commerce to commit murder-for-hire and conspiracy to engage in the unlicensed wholesale distribution of drugs, announced U.

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Two Northern California Real Estate Investors Plead Guilty to Bid Rigging and Fraud at Public Foreclosure Auctions

WASHINGTONTwo Northern California real estate investors pleaded guilty for their role in bid-rigging conspiracies and mail fraud at public real estate foreclosure auctions in Northern California, the Department of Justice announced today.

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Former Executive Sentenced to 22 Months’ Imprisonment for Conspiracy to Bribe Panamanian Officials

SAN FRANCISCOA former regional director of the technology company SAP International Inc.

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E-Commerce Exec and Online Retailer Charged with Price Fixing Wall Posters

WASHINGTONcount indictment was unsealed yesterday in the U.

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San Francisco Resident Indicted for Straw Hat Bandit Bank Robberies

SAN FRANCISCOA federal grand jury indicted Richard Laurence Stewart today for committing a string of bank robberies throughout San Francisco, announced Acting United States Attorney Brian J.

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Saratoga Attorney and Co-Conspirator Indicted in Alleged Scheme to Defraud Investors

SAN FRANCISCOA federal grand jury in San Francisco indicted John Jason Gentry Mullins and Bradley Howell in an alleged conspiracy to defraud investors of more than a million dollars, announced Acting United States Attorney Brian J.

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Hayward Man Sentenced to More Than 10 Years Imprisonment for Receipt of Child Pornography and Travel with the Intent to Engage in Illicit Sexual Conduct

SAN FRANCISCO imprisonment for receipt of child pornography and travel with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, announced Acting United States Attorney Brian J.

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Bay Area Woman Sentenced to Prison for Real Estate Loan Fraud Scheme

SAN FRANCISCOJoyce Esther De Armero was sentenced yesterday to 12 months and one day in prison, and ordered to pay restitution for mail fraud, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge David J.

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Watsonville Nursing Home Owners, Operators, and Manager Agree to Pay $3.8 Million to Settle Allegations of False Claims

SAN FRANCISCOThe owners, operators, and manager of two nursing homes in Watsonville, Calif.

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Two Oakland Men Sentenced to 57 and 55 Years in Prison for String of Armed Robberies

OAKLANDMelvin Landry, Jr. and Dominique Marquis Martin were sentenced on October 13, 2015, for their participation in a case involving a spree of armed robberies of commercial businesses in and around the Bay Area, announced Acting United States Attorney Brian J.

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California Operator of MyRedbook.com Sentenced to 13 Months in Prison for Facilitating Prostitution

SAN FRANCISCOA California man was sentenced to 13 months today for his operation of the myRedBook.

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Escapee from San Francisco Federal Building Results in Additional Charges Against Alleged Art Fraudster

SAN FRANCISCOYesterday a grand jury returned a superseding indictment against Luke D.

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Former State Senator Leland Yee and Three Others Plead Guilty to Racketeering

SAN FRANCISCOFormer State Senator Leland Yee, Brandon Jackson, Keith Jackson, and Marlon Sullivan all pleaded guilty in federal court in San Francisco today to charges that they engaged in racketeering activity announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge David J.

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FBI and Local Law Enforcement Seek Public’s Assistance Concerning Severed Fiber Optic Cables in the East Bay and South Bay

The FBI, in a close-working relationship with local law enforcement agencies in the Bay Area, is requesting assistance to identify the individuals responsible for vandalizing fiber optic cables in Fremont, Walnut Creek, Alamo, Berkeley, and San Jose, California.

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FBI Offers Reward for Information in Oakland Cold Case Murder

OAKLANDToday, the FBI is announcing a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and prosecution of those responsible for killing Aya Nakano.

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Fremont Man Indicted for Attempting to Travel to Join Terrorist Group

SAN FRANCISCOA federal grand jury in San Francisco returned an indictment that was unsealed today, charging Adam Shafi with one count of attempting to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization, announced Acting United States Attorney Brian J.

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Northern California Real Estate Investor Agrees to Plead Guilty to Bid Rigging at Public Foreclosure Auctions

A Northern California real estate investor has agreed to plead guilty for his role in conspiracies to rig bids at public real estate foreclosure auctions in Northern California, the Department of Justice announced.

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Partners in Scotts Valley Investment Company Sentenced to Prison for Fraud Scheme

SAN JOSEKeith Rode was sentenced yesterday to 70 months in prison and ordered to pay $32,880,811.

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Convicted Former Chief Financial Officer Indicted on Additional Fraud-Related Charges

SAN FRANCISCOA federal grand jury issued a new indictment yesterday against Henry Lo, the former Chief Financial Officer of San Francisco-based Absolutely New, Inc.

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Former Silk Road Task Force Agent Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering and Obstruction

WASHINGTONA former U. S. Secret Service special agent pleaded guilty today to money laundering and obstruction of justice in connection with his theft of digital currency during the federal investigation of Silk Road, an online marketplace used to facilitate the purchase and sale of illegal drugs and other contraband.

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Violent Gang Member Sentenced to 38 Years in Prison for Racketeering Murder in San Jose

SAN JOSE was sentenced today to 38 years in prison for Racketeering Conspiracy, including conspiracy to commit murder, Possession/Use of a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence, Use of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Crime of Violence Resulting in Murder, and Distribution of Methamphetamine, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge David J.

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Former Walnut Creek Investor Sentenced to Over Four Years’ Imprisonment in Real Estate Fraud Scheme

OAKLAND, CABenny Chetcuti, Jr. was sentenced yesterday to 51 months in prison, and ordered to pay $21,823,526. 10 in restitution, as well as forfeit $3,968,995 in proceeds obtained from a multi-year real estate investment fraud scheme, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and FBI Special Agent in Charge David J.

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Private Investigators Indicted in E-Mail Hacking Scheme

SAN JOSE in civil lawsuits, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge David J.

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Florida Man Sentenced to 21 Months in Federal Prison in $433,000 Fraud Scheme

SAN FRANCISCO and David Johnson, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) San Francisco Field Office.

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Oakland Man Found Guilty of Murder in Christmas Marijuana Robbery Near Oakland Airport

OAKLANDEarlier today, a federal jury convicted Damion Sleugh of six felonies, including first degree murder, robbery, and drug conspiracy, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge David J.

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Former Senior Project Manager and Subcontractor Convicted for Conspiring to Defraud Matrix Service Company

OAKLANDYesterday, Kevin Laney, a former Senior Project Manager at Matrix Service Company, and Brian Federico, a former subcontractor of Matrix, were convicted of mail fraud conspiracy and mail fraud, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge David J.

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Former Sales Executive Pleads Guilty to Participation in Color Display Tube Conspiracy

A former executive of a large Taiwan-based color display tube (CDT) manufacturing company pleaded guilty late yesterday for his participation in a global conspiracy to fix prices of CDTs, a type of cathode ray tube (CRT) used in computer monitors and other specialized applications.

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Former United Commercial Bank Chief Credit Officer Sentenced to More Than Eight Years on Felony Fraud Conviction

OAKLAND, CAEbrahim Shabudin was sentenced today to 97 months in prison for his role in a securities fraud scheme and other corporate fraud offenses stemming from the failure of United Commercial Bank, announced U.

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Humboldt County Resident Sentenced to 15 Years’ Imprisonment for Murder

SAN FRANCISCORyan Carroll was sentenced to 15 years in prison for aiding and abetting the use of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and thus causing murder, announced Acting United States Attorney Brian J.

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FBI Reports Decrease in Bank Robberies Throughout the Northern California District for 2015

The FBI is announcing that for the second year in a row, there is an overall decrease in the number of bank robberies throughout the Northern California District in 2015.

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Former American Samoa Government Official Sentenced to 22 Months in Prison

Evelyn Langford 49, of Copperas Cove, Texas, was sentenced today to 22 months in prison and ordered to pay $260,000 in restitution for her convictions for wire fraud and bribery, announced U.

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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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Former Albany Resident Charged with Possessing Child Pornography

SAN FRANCISCOA federal grand jury in San Francisco indicted Konrad P.

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East Bay Real Estate Agent Charged in Multi-Million-Dollar Property Scheme Related to Fraudulent Lawsuits

SAN FRANCISCOAn indictment returned by a federal grand jury in San Francisco was unsealed today, charging Robert Jacobsen with wire fraud and with engaging in financial transactions involving criminally derived proceeds, announced Acting United States Attorney Brian J.

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Santa Rosa Attorneys Charged with Stealing from Client

SAN FRANCISCORobert Anderson was arraigned today and Scott Steever was arraigned yesterday on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit money laundering and money laundering, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag, Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge David J.

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The FBI Announces the Capture and Arrest of an 18-Year Fugitive Wanted for a San Jose Murder

The FBI is announcing the capture and arrest of fugitive Ruben Lopez Ramirez wanted for the 1997 murder of the owner of Lowrider Hydraulics in San Jose.

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Partner in Scotts Valley Investment Company Sentenced to More Than 10 Years in Prison for His Role in Fraud Scheme

SAN JOSEChristopher Luck was sentenced yesterday to 130 months in prison, and ordered to pay $33,222,148.

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Washington Couple Admits Role in Scheme to Extort Money from Mother While Holding Her Children

SAN JOSE, CAPatricia Delatorre and Jesus Salinas pleaded guilty in federal court in San Jose yesterday to conspiracy to commit extortion for their role in a scheme involving the transportation of two minor children across the U.

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FBI Offers Reward for Identity, Arrest, and Conviction of Bank Robbery Suspect

The FBI, San Francisco Police Department (SFPD), and Antioch Police Department (APD) are seeking the publics assistance in identifying an individual believed to be responsible for six recent bank robberies in San Francisco and a bank robbery in Antioch.

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San Francisco Man and Company Indicted for Smuggling Sophisticated Electrical Components to Russian Federation

SAN FRANCISCO Pavel Semenovich Flider was arrested yesterday on charges that he and corporate co-defendant Trident International Corporation, LLC, illegally smuggled sophisticated electrical components out of the United States, and used laundered funds to promote the scheme announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag, U.

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Northern California Real Estate Investor Indicted for Bid-Rigging and Fraud Conspiracies at Public Foreclosure Auctions

A federal grand jury in San Francisco returned an indictment against a Northern California real estate investor for his role in bid-rigging and fraud conspiracies at public foreclosure auctions in Northern California, the Department of Justice announced today.

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Napa Resident Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Bank Robbery Spree

OAKLANDJoshua James Metoxen was sentenced to five years in prison (to be served consecutive to a two-year state sentence), and ordered to pay $17,251 in restitution for robbing eight banks, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge David J.

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FBI Warning of Increase in Telephone Scams Targeting Elderly in the Bay Area

The FBI has seen a recent increase in the number of reports by victims of telephone scams where the caller impersonates a family member of the victim and concocts a phony scenario suggesting the relative is in distress.

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Former Danville Middle School Teacher Sentenced to 65 Months’ Imprisonment for Possession of Child Pornography

OAKLANDMitchell Phillip Wolf was sentenced today to 65 months in prison for possession of child pornography announced Acting United States Attorney Brian J.

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Former San Francisco Real Estate Tycoon Sentenced to Seven Years’ Imprisonment for Mail Fraud, Wire Fraud, Making False Declarations, Escape, and Contempt

SAN FRANCISCOLuke D. Brugnara was sentenced yesterday to seven years in prison after his conviction for mail fraud, wire fraud, false declarations to a court, escape, and contempt of court, announced Acting United States Attorney Brian J.

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Eleven Defendants Charged in Nationwide Conspiracy to Manufacture and Distribute Counterfeit 5-Hour ENERGY Drink

WASHINGTONU. S. Attorney Melinda Haag of the Northern District of California, Special Agent in Charge David J. Johnson of the FBIs San Francisco Field Office and Special Agent in Charge Lisa L.

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FBI Announces Reward for the Droopy Face Bandit

The FBI is announcing a reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of a serial bank robber dubbed the Droopy Face Bandit.

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Man Sentenced to Five Years’ Probation and Community Confinement for Aiming Laser at California Highway Patrol Helicopter

OAKLAND, CAChristian Palomino was sentenced today to five years of probation, including six months of community confinement at a halfway house, for aiming a laser at a California Highway Patrol (CHP) Helicopter, announced Acting United States Attorney Brian J.

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Former Secret Service Agent Sentenced to 71 Months in Scheme Related to Silk Road Investigation

A former Secret Service special agent who had been a member of the Baltimore Silk Road Task Force was sentenced on charges of money laundering and obstruction of justice.

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Former East Bay Mortgage Brokerage Owner Sentenced to Prison

SAN FRANCISCOGabriela Tigges was sentenced today to 12 months and one day in prison, and ordered to pay a $20,000 fine and $208,186.

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Southbay Resident Charged with Transportation of Stolen Goods

SAN JOSE - Alfred Georgis and Davis Kiryakoz were charged with conspiracy to transport stolen goods and transportation of stolen goods, announced United States Attorney Brian J.

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Former South Carolina State Trooper Convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance

SAN FRANCISCO- A federal jury convicted John David McGaha today of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, announced United States Attorney Brian J.

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Craigslist Robber Who Impersonated Law Enforcement Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison

OAKLAND, Calif. Tuan Ngoc Luong was sentenced today to 12 years in prison following his conviction for Hobbs Act robbery and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, announced United States Attorney Brian J.

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Bay Area Fraudster Convicted of Duping Investers Out of More Than $3 Million

SAN FRANCISCO- A federal jury convicted Marc Christopher Harmon today of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and five counts of wire fraud, announced United States Attorney Brian J.

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FBI Announces Executive Appointments

FBI Director James B. Comey announced today the following leadership appointments:. Carl Ghattas, Assistant Director for the Counterterrorism Division. Carl Ghattas has been named the assistant director for the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters (FBIHQ).

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New York Attorney Charged in Scheme to Defraud in Connection with Northern District Litigation

SAN FRANCISCO Joel Zweig, an attorney who resides in New York, was charged with wire fraud, obstruction of justice, perjury, aggravated identity theft, and false statements to a government agency announced United States Attorney Brian J.

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Two Saratoga Doctors Indicted for Health Care Fraud and Money Laundering

Dr. Vilasini M. Ganesh and Dr. Gregory Belcher were charged with health care fraud and money laundering.

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San Jose Man Sentenced to 27 Months’ Imprisonment for Money Laundering

SAN JOSE Maxito Pean was sentenced to 27 months in prison and ordered to pay $233,200 in restitution for money laundering announced United States Attorney Brian J.

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Northern California Man Sentenced to 108 Months’ Imprisonment for Receipt of Child Pornography

OAKLAND Konrad Wolff was sentenced to 108 months in prison for receipt of child pornography announced United States Attorney Brian J.

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FBI Seeks Public’s Help to Identify Bank Robber

The FBI is seeking the publics assistance in identifying a man who is suspected of robbing a bank in Daly City, California on May 18, 2016.

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JSG Capital Investments’ Officers Charged with Wire Fraud

SAN FRANCISCO - On May 24, 2016, a federal grand jury in San Francisco indicted both Jaswant Singh Gill, also known as Jason Gill, the Chief Executive Officer of JSG Capital Investments LLC in San Diego (), and Javier Carlos Rios, the Strategic Relationship Manager at JSG Capital, with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of wire fraud, announced United States Attorney Brian Stretch and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge John F.

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Former CalPERS CEO Sentenced to 54 Months’ Imprisonment for Role in Corruption Conspiracy

SAN FRANCISCO Fred Buenrostro, the former Chief Executive Officer of the California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS) was sentenced today to 54 months in prison for corruption and fraud charges stemming from a conspiracy to trade official acts for cash and benefits, announced U.

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FBI Agent’s Stolen Weapon Recovered

A weapon that was stolen from an FBI agents vehicle on Pierce Street in San Francisco over the weekend has been recovered.

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San Jose Resident Sentenced to a Year in Custody for Damaging Computers of Silicon Valley Company

Robert Saunders was sentenced to twelve months in prison and ordered to pay $124,003.79 in restitution for attacking a corporate computer network.

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Former Employee of Silicon Valley Company Pleads Guilty to Damaging Ex-Employer’s Computers

Kenneth Kezeor pleaded guilty to intentionally damaging a protected computer, attacking a corporate computer application of his former employer.

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Federal Investigation Yields Multiple Convictions in Connection with Bribery of Veterans Affairs Contracting Officer

SAN JOSE Today, Justin Tolentino became the last of seven defendants involved in a Veterans Affairs (VA) contracting officer bribery scandal to be sentenced, announced United States Attorney Brian J.

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Sanford ‘Spam King’ Wallace Sentenced to Two-and-a-Half Years in Custody for Spamming Facebook Users

Sanford Wallace was sentenced and ordered to pay $310,628.55 in restitution for sending millions of spam messages to Facebook users and disobeying a court order not to access Facebook.

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South Bay Man and Utah Man Charged with Defrauding Japanese Investors in $7 Million Ponzi Scheme

SAN FRANCISCO A federal grand jury indicted John Holdaway and Kevin Kyes yesterday with conspiracy, wire fraud, and money laundering, announced United States Attorney Brian J.

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Alameda County Resident Charged with Wire Fraud, Mail Fraud, and Interstate Transportation of Stolen Property

Ferdinand Pasion Arafiles was arraigned on charges that he defrauded a Bay Area manufacturer and seller of networking equipment and services.

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Redwood City Resident Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Produce Vendors of Millions of Dollars Worth of Fruits and Vegetables

Remon Issa Daniel pleaded guilty in federal court to three counts of wire fraud for his scheme to defraud produce vendors. He defrauded at least 38 different businesses of more than $1.5 million.

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Former Lawrence Hall of Science Employee Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Embezzlement

DeSondra Michell Ward sentenced to 18 months in prison for embezzling from and defrauding tthe University of California-Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science.

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Self-Styled Diamond and Gold Exporter Charged with Wire Fraud and Commodities Fraud

Fritz Kramer has been charged with fraudulently soliciting millions of dollars in scheme to export diamonds and gold from Africa.

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FBI Seeks the Dreaded Bandit

The FBI is seeking the public's assistance in identifying a man, known as the Dreaded Bandit, who is suspected of at least four bank robberies in the Bay Area in the last four months.

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Former Southwest Airlines Baggage Handler Pleads Guilty to Violating Airport Security Requirements for the Purpose of Drug Trafficking

Former baggage handler Michael Herb Videau admitted entering an Oakland International Airport area in violation of security requirements and distributing marijuana.

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Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder and Various Racketeering Crimes

Kwok, aka Shrimp Boy, Cheung Chow was sentenced to life in prison following his convictions for racketeering, murder, money laundering, and conspiracy charges.

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PG&E Found Guilty of Obstruction of an Agency Proceeding and Multiple Violations of the Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act

PG&E was found guilty of multiple willful violations of the Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act that were uncovered in the investigation of the fatal 2010 San Bruno natural gas pipeline explosion.

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Norteño Street Gang Members Arrested in Contra Costa County

The FBI Safe Streets Task Force arrested 24 alleged members and affiliates of the Norteño street gang in Contra Costa County.

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Four Nuestra Familia Gang Members Convicted for Their Roles in Racketeering Conspiracy and Related Offenses

Four Nuestra Familia gang members were convicted for their roles in a racketeering conspiracy that involved several murders, drug trafficking, and firearms offenses, among other related offenses.

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Online Retailer Pleads Guilty for Fixing Prices of Wall Posters

An e-commerce retailer pleaded guilty today for conspiring to fix the prices of posters sold online.

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Owner of Bankrupt Berkeley Wine Shop Pleads Guilty to Running a Wine Ponzi Scheme

John E. Fox, the owner of Premier Cru, a now-bankrupt wine shop based in Berkeley, has pleaded guilty to running a $20 million Ponzi scheme.

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FBI San Francisco Seeks Audi Bandit

The FBI is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a man, dubbed the “Audi Bandit,” who is suspected of at least three bank robberies in the Bay Area in the last three months.

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Oakland Resident Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Armed Bank Robbery

Shawn Hermann McGee, AKA Shawn Burris, was sentenced to 12 years in prison and ordered to pay $7,200 in restitution for an armed bank robbery.

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Three Companies Agree to Plead Guilty for Fixing Prices of Electrolytic Capacitors

Rubycon Corporation, Elna Co. Ltd., and Holy Stone Holdings Co., Ltd. will admit roles in a conspiracy to fix prices for electrolytic capacitors sold to customers in the U.S. and elsewhere.

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San Francisco Resident Sentenced to More Than Eight Years in Prison for Brandishing a Firearm and Assaulting Persons Assisting a Federal Officer

Donnie Bell was sentenced to 97 months and one day in prison after pleading guilty to assaulting a person assisting a federal officer.

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U.S. Citizen Sentenced to 10 Years’ Imprisonment for Traveling to Foreign Country to Have Sex with a Minor

Shaun Vincent Kelley was sentenced to 10 years in prison for traveling Thailand to have sex with a minor.

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San Francisco Man Sentenced to 366 Months for a String of Bank Robberies

Darius Gilbert was sentenced to over 30 years in prison and ordered to pay over $148,000 in restitution for a series of nine bank robberies.

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International Fugitive Extradited to United States to Face Charges Regarding Alleged Cedar Funding Investment Fraud Scheme

A former Monterey-area man was extradited to the United States from Argentina on August 23, 2016, to face fraud charges brought against him in September 2009.

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San Jose Resident Sentenced to 33 Months in Prison for Conspiracy and Wire Fraud

Skylar Ariel Phoenix was sentenced to 33 months’ imprisonment and ordered to pay over $1.69 million in restitution for wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

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Former Securities Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Securites Fraud

James Seltzer, a former attorney and resident of Marin County, pleaded guilty to securities fraud.

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