Tuesday, November 23, 2010

FBI In the News Updated

Head of D.C. Special Education Institution Accused of Stealing More Than $2.4 Million
Tue, 23 Nov 2010 18:17:47 -0600

Charles Ike Emor, aka Charles Ike Emenogha, the founder and former executive director of SunRise Academy, a non-profit special education institution in Washington, D.C., was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges that he stole more than $2.4 million in government money meant to serve needs of students. Among other things, Emor allegedly used the money for properties, cars, electronics, jewelry, and other personal expenses.

Man Convicted in D.C. of Killing Chandra Levy
Mon, 22 Nov 2010 18:05:40 -0600

Ingmar Guandique was convicted by a jury in Washington, D.C. in the May 2001 slaying of Chandra Levy.

California Man Convicted in Texas on Prostitution-Related Charges
Mon, 22 Nov 2010 17:58:33 -0600

Dwayne Love, of Suisun City, California, was sentenced in Waco, Texas to 30 months in federal prison for illegally transporting an individual across state lines to engage in prostitution.

Georgia Securities Attorney Convicted in North Carolina
Mon, 22 Nov 2010 17:49:47 -0600

Gregory Bartko, an Atlanta, Georgia securities attorney, was convicted in Raleigh, North Carolina of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, the sale of unregistered securities and money laundering, mail fraud, and the sale of unregistered securities. The defendant faces a maximum of 90 years' imprisonment on these charges.

California Woman Indicted in $2 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme
Tue, 23 Nov 2010 17:46:27 -0600

Monica Elizabeth Frommer, of Sherman Oaks, California, was indicted for her role in a $2 million mortgage fraud scheme in which she allegedly filed fraudulent loan applications that in some cases falsely claimed she and her husband earned nearly $50,000 per month.

Operator of $12 Million Ponzi Scheme Pleads Guilty in California to Fraud, Tax Charges
Tue, 23 Nov 2010 17:42:23 -0600

Peter Jerald Frommer, of Santa Barbara, California, who promoted a bogus investment scheme involving distressed business assets, pled guilty wire fraud, money laundering, and failing to file federal income tax returns related to a Ponzi scheme in which he raised at least $12 million from victims across the United States.

California Patient Recruiter Convicted in Wheelchair Scam to Defraud Medicare
Tue, 23 Nov 2010 17:40:55 -0600

Donna K. Wells, of Oakland, California, was convicted of health care fraud in connection with a scheme to bill Medicare for power wheelchairs that were medically unnecessary.

Two New York Gang Members Plead Guilty to Racketeering Conspiracy Charges
Tue, 23 Nov 2010 17:34:28 -0600

Terrence Anthony and Marcel Perry, both of Albany, New York, pled guilty to engaging in acts of violence and being members of a conspiracy that distributed crack cocaine in furtherance of the Original Gangster Killers' gang-related activities.

Florida Woman Indicted in $100 Million Ponzi Scheme
Tue, 23 Nov 2010 17:28:50 -0600

Lydia I. Cladek, of St. Augustine, Florida, was indicted on charges of wire and mail fraud and conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud in connection with her perpetration of a massive Ponzi scheme.

Wisconsin Bank Employee Sentenced for Conspiracy to Obstruct Mortgage Fraud Investigation
Tue, 23 Nov 2010 17:21:57 -0600

Amy Strait, who was employed as a mortgage loan officer at Park Bank, was sentenced in Madison, Wisconsin to three months in federal prison in a prosecution stemming from a federal investigation of bank fraud and tax fraud.

Hawaii Man Sentenced in Florida for Sex Trafficking of a Minor Over Super Bowl Weekend
Mon, 22 Nov 2010 17:15:31 -0600

Hawaii resident Fred Quinton Collins was sentenced in Miami to 260 months in prison for various minor and adult sex trafficking crimes that occurred in South Florida over Super Bowl weekend.

South Dakota Man Pleads Guilty to Sexually Abusing Child
Tue, 23 Nov 2010 17:13:13 -0600

Monty Craig Green Leaf, of McLaughlin, South Dakota, pled guilty to sexual contact with a female child under the age of 12 by the use of force.

Minnesota Teacher Sentenced to 25 Years on Child Pornography Charges
Tue, 23 Nov 2010 17:09:57 -0600

Gregg Alan Larsen, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, a former foster care provider and special education teacher in the St. Paul Public School District, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for producing and possessing child pornography.

North Dakota Man Sentenced for Burglary
Mon, 22 Nov 2010 17:08:27 -0600

Jeremy D. Will, of Fort Rice, North Dakota, was sentenced to three years and one month in federal prison for breaking into a bar and stealing liquor, a television, money, and other items from inside the building.

Missouri Firefighter Sentenced on Child Pornography Charges
Tue, 23 Nov 2010 16:59:59 -0600

Michael Keith Benson, of Nixa, Missouri, was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to federal charges of receiving child pornography over the Internet. Benson also pled guilty to state charges of child molestation, statutory sodomy, and sexual exploitation of a minor child. Benson possessed more than 600 images of child pornography, including images of children under the age of 12, images of sadistic and masochistic conduct, and images of a minor with whom he had contact.

Kansas Man Pleads Guilty to Producing Child Pornography Using Stepdaughter
Tue, 23 Nov 2010 16:55:22 -0600

Patrick Porter, of Overland Park, Kansas, who was arrested after fleeing to California with his stepdaughter, pled guilty to producing child pornography that involved the girl.

Six Illinois Men Charged in Drug Sweep
Tue, 23 Nov 2010 16:52:12 -0600

Six men were charged with operating a drug distribution network which purchased and re-sold wholesale and retail quantities of cocaine and crack cocaine in and around the village of Robbins, Illinois. Five of the men were arrested in a pre-dawn sweep. A sixth defendant remains at large and is now the subject of a nationwide manhunt.

Massachusetts Man Charged with Possession of Child Pornography
Tue, 23 Nov 2010 16:27:23 -0600

Peter Jepson, of Newton, Massachusetts, was charged with knowingly possessing visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

Massachusetts Man Sentenced to 25 Years for Sex Trafficking of Minors
Tue, 23 Nov 2010 16:25:47 -0600

Eddie Jones, of Dorchester, Massachusetts, was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for his role in a sex trafficking operation that involved minors.

Serial Bank Robber Sentenced in Rhode Island
Mon, 22 Nov 2010 16:24:26 -0600

Tarik Metts, of Warwick, Rhode Island, was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for robbing three Providence banks in six days in December 2009. Metts was arrested shortly after the third robbery after his mother identified him from bank surveillance photographs.

Massachusetts Man Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud
Mon, 22 Nov 2010 16:15:52 -0600

William F. Deakin, of Acushnet, Massachusetts, pled guilty to his role in an elaborate scheme to defraud the lenders of the former Gitto/Global Corporation while he served there as controller.

Member of Witness Bribery Conspiracy Involving Prominent New Jersey Attorney Pleads Guilty
Mon, 22 Nov 2010 16:02:29 -0600

Jamal Muhammad, of Newark, New Jersey, who claimed responsibility for a crime he did not commit as part of a conspiracy to hinder the prosecution of a convicted felon, pled guilty to offenses arising from his role in the scheme.

New Jersey Man Sentenced for Sex Trafficking, Firearms Distribution Conspiracy
Mon, 22 Nov 2010 16:00:03 -0600

Kasiem Brown, of Newark, New Jersey, who ran a prostitution business that operated in Newark, Irvington, Elizabeth, and Atlantic City, New Jersey, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for sex trafficking and conspiring to deal firearms without a license.

Former Athletic Director Admits Fraud Against New Jersey High School
Mon, 22 Nov 2010 15:58:33 -0600

Former Long Branch High School athletic director Charles Ferrara Jr., of Belmar, New Jersey, admitted that he conspired to defraud the school through fraudulent business practices, including for his personal benefit.

California Man Sentenced for Extortion
Mon, 22 Nov 2010 13:39:51 -0600

Michael Tsan, of San Francisco, California, was sentenced to 52 months in prison for extorting a Chinatown business owner through the use of force and fear and attempting to induce the victim to part with property.

Former CEO of Comverse Technology, Inc. Settles Civil Case, Forfeits Over $46 Million
Tue, 23 Nov 2010 13:20:04 -0600

Jacob "Kobi" Alexander, the former CEO of Comverse Technology, Inc., and his wife have agreed to forfeit over $46 million to the government to settle a civil forfeiture action. Alexander fled the United States to Namibia in order to avoid criminal prosecution arising from a scheme he and other Comverse executives allegedly orchestrated to fraudulently backdate employee option grants. He remains a fugitive from justice and continues to fight his extradition to the United States.

Caretaker of Elderly Millionaire Convicted of Stealing $3.2 Million, Valuable Artwork
Mon, 22 Nov 2010 13:14:58 -0600

James S. Biear was found guilty by a jury in Manhattan federal court on charges of interstate transportation of stolen property; wire, mail, bank, and credit card fraud; and money laundering, all in connection with his scheme to steal $3.2 million and artwork, including works by Andy Warhol, Marcel Duchamp, Francis Picabia, Alex Katz, Joe Brainard, and others, from his employer, an elderly millionaire.

Maryland Man Sentenced on Child Pornography Charge
Mon, 22 Nov 2010 13:11:55 -0600

William Wagner, Jr., of Nottingham, Maryland, was sentenced to five years in prison for distributing child pornography on the Internet.

Connecticut Resident Arrested on Federal Child Pornography Charges
Mon, 22 Nov 2010 12:46:30 -0600

Juan Carlos Melendez, a citizen of Peru residing in Stamford, Connecticut, was arrested on charges of possession of child pornography and receipt and distribution of child pornography.

Utah Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges
Mon, 22 Nov 2010 12:18:15 -0600

Brocktin James Russo, of Tooele, Utah, pled guilty in Great Falls, Montana to possession with the intent to distribute cocaine.

Idaho Woman Charged with Involuntary Manslaughter
Mon, 22 Nov 2010 12:15:34 -0600

Andrea M. George, of Desmet, Idaho, was indicted on a charge of involuntary manslaughter in connection with allegedly hitting and killing a pedestrian with her vehicle while she was under the influence of alcohol and marijuana and was exceeding the posted speed limit.

Illinois Man Sentenced for Maintaining a Drug House
Mon, 22 Nov 2010 12:08:53 -0600

Anton D. Hughes, of Belleville, Illinois, was sentenced to 57 months in prison after pleading guilty to maintaining a drug house, from which he regularly sold crack cocaine.

Man Charged in Illinois with Kidnapping, Armed Robbery
Mon, 22 Nov 2010 12:05:46 -0600

Carey L. Breshers, Jr., having addresses in both Missouri and Oklahoma, was indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in East St. Louis, Illinois on charges of two counts of kidnapping; use and carrying of a firearm during a crime of violence; and interference with commerce by robbery.

Former Students Indicted for Computer Hacking at University of Central Missouri
Mon, 22 Nov 2010 11:51:11 -0600

Joseph A. Camp and Daniel J. Fowler, 21, of Kansas City, Mo., were indicted for their roles in a computer hacking scheme while they were both students at the University of Central Missouri during the fall 2009 semester.

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