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    OAKLAND — A Berkeley man was sentenced to six years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of three pistols allegedly found during a search of his grandmother’s home. Reginald Patillo, 38, was sentenced in late June by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White. The defense asked for a five-year prison term while federal prosecutors asked for White to sentence Patillo to 105 months, court records show. Patillo is serving his sentence in USP Victorville, according to Bureau of Prisons records. Patillo was arrested last year in Vallejo in connection with the search warrant of his grandmother’s Berkeley home. Authorities say he was the suspected driver in a nonfatal shooting in May 2021, near San Pablo Park in Berkeley. “(Patillo’s) conduct in repeatedly carrying illegal firearms and serving as the driver in an afternoon shooting significantly contributes to the dangerous conditions this violence presents for his fellow citizens,” assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Kane wrote in a sentencing memo. “Those potential victims include not only the intended targets of violence but also the children who play at the San Pablo...
    OAKLAND — An Antioch resident was sentenced to five years and 10 months in federal prison for receiving child pornography found during a parole search of his home, court records show. Amekka Emmanuel Akudinobi, 29, pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography and was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers at the same June court hearing. He has been in custody since the charges were filed in January 2021, records show. According to authorities, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation conducted a parole search of Akudinobi’s Antioch home and found evidence he was visiting a Russian website that included child pornography, and had screen-recorded hundreds of videos. These included “graphic videos depicting the sexual abuse…of very young children,” prosecutors said in court records. Akudinobi was a registered sex offender due to two child pornography convictions from 2017 in Baltimore, court records show. Related Articles Crime and Public Safety | Newark: Man dies from injuries during July 22 fight, homicide investigation underway Crime and Public Safety | Oakland woman charged with advertising fentanyl in case...
    SAN FRANCISCO — A man who prosecutors contend led a large drug trafficking ring across the Bay Area, providing housing in Oakland for street-level dealers who operated in San Francisco, was sentenced last week to six years in federal prison. The sentence for Andy Reanos-Moreno, 27, was exactly what the defense asked for, while prosecutors sought close to a decade behind bars for Reanos-Moreno, who was indicted last year as the lead defendant in a 14-person federal case. Reanos-Moreno pleaded guilty to drug trafficking earlier this year. Prosecutors contended that Reanos-Moreno became rich through the drug trade in his early 20s, using couriers to receive multi-pound shipments of drugs from other parts of California and using his connections to provide housing for his illegitimate employees. They say his name was on a lease in Oakland where several dime bag drug dealers lived, and he used it as a form of control, U.S. attorneys wrote in a sentencing memo. “Reanos-Moreno illustrated the power he exerted over these streetlevel dealers. Either they sold drugs for the organization, or they moved,” assistant U.S....
    A Minnesota man who spent months impersonating a federal agent on TikTok in a ploy to pick up women will be jailed for six years. Reyel Devon Simmons, 53, regularly posted videos to the platform, under the alias Rey Reeves, detailing his fictitious life as a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agent and retired Navy SEAL. He used the social media site to show off his fake DHS badge, uniforms and weapons to his nearly 10,000 followers, all while explicitly referring to himself as a federal agent, despite having never been employed by any governmental agency. His scheme came crashing down last August when his girlfriend of eight months reported him to the FBI.  A TikTok user claiming to be his former co-worker had alerted her to his scheme, revealing his true identity and how Simmons had been arrested twice in Colorado over a similar rouse.  Officers later raided his home and found a secret bunker used to store falsified documents, body armor featuring law enforcement emblems and several weapons, including assault rifles and snipers, court documents revealed.  Simmons was arrested...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Pennsylvania man was sentenced to six years in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute approximately 211 grams of methamphetamine in Cecil County. According to his plea, during the fall of 2019 officials learned Nakir Ali Kiett, who was known as “Omar,” was selling methamphetamine in Cecil County. In Aug. of 2019, an informant introduced an officer to Kiett. READ MORE: Jessup Man Arrested On Five Counts Of Child Pornography Officials said between Aug. 28 and Sept. 30, 2019, the undercover officer arranged and conducted five separate controlled purchases of methamphetamine from Kiett, totaling approximately 150 grams. On Oct. 9, 2019, investigators obtained a search warrant for Kiett’s vehicle. The following day, investigators arranged for a controlled purchase of methamphetamine from him. Once he arrived at the location, investigators detained him and searched him along with his vehicle. READ MORE: Two BCPS Students & Two Recent Graduates Appointed To Serve On Maryland Youth Advisory Council During the search, investigators recovered approximately 61 grams of methamphetamine located in a...
    CROWNSVILLE, Md. (WJZ) —  Officials announced that 36-year-old Jared Johnson was sentenced to six years in federal prison followed by 15 years of supervised release for possession of child pornography. Johnson was also ordered to pay $45,000 in restitution to the victims and that when he register as a sex offender following his release from prison. READ MORE: Some Homes Remain Uninhabitable After Annapolis Tornado; City Partners To Provide Assistance According to plea, from May 2020 to Aug. 2020, an internet cloud storage service provider sent the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children five cyber tipline reports detailing hundreds of child pornography images uploaded to an account within its internet platform. The account was linked with Johnson’s phone number and IP address in Crownsville. Over the course of five reports, the internet storage provider reported over 2,500 images of child pornography uploaded to Johnson’s account. READ MORE: WATCH: Governor Hogan To Provide COVID-19 Update Wednesday During a search of Johnson’s home on July 24, 2020, Anne Arundel County detectives found Johnson’s cell phone and computer submerged underwater within the basement’s sump pump system. A forensic analysis of the computer revealed that Johnson possessed over 12,000 images and videos of child pornography. MORE NEWS: Howard County...
    A federal court on Wednesday handed down the first sentence in the case surrounding the alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Ty Garbin, who pleaded guilty in January to a kidnapping conspiracy charge, has received a sentence of six years in federal prison. Garbin is one of six defendants in the alleged plot to kidnap Whitmer. Because Garbin cooperated and pleaded guilty, prosecutors asked the judge for nine years. "It's hard to overstate how significant Mr. Garbin's cooperation was here," a federal prosecutor told the court, according to CNN. "He didn't hold back. He would come right out and say, 'We planned to do this, and I was knowingly a part of it.'" Mark Satawa, Garbin's attorney, asked for no more than six years, citing cooperation at the risk of Garbin's own safety. Chief District Judge Robert Jonker said in his sentencing that he believed Garbin had a change of heart and mind and was on the path to rehabilitation and granted a six-year sentence. "He's changed his behavior, for sure. I think he's...
    According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia, an Evans man has been sentenced to federal prison after admitting to possession of child pornography. Oludare Oluwabusi, 44, of Evans, Ga., was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to one count of Possession of Child Pornography, said David H. Estes, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. U.S. District Court Chief Judge J. Randal Hall also ordered Oluwabusi to register as a sex offender and to serve 15 years of supervised release after completion of his prison term. There is no parole in the federal system. “Criminals who exploit children attempt to hide their deeds in the far corners of the internet, but our law enforcement partners relentlessly track them down and bring them to justice,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Estes. “Oludare Oluwabusi will now be held accountable for his crimes.” As described in court, Oluwabusi was taken into custody in April 2020 after FBI agents searched his residence based on...
    Georgia wary of dangerous Fiji in Nations Cup If Youre Forgetting to Do This One Thing, See Your Doctor Immediately Arizona official who ran fraud scheme for adoption sentenced to six years in prison A former Arizona county assessor who pleaded guilty to running an adoption fraud scheme has been sentenced to six years in federal prison, according to federal prosecutors. © From Maricopa County Paul Petersen pleaded guilty in Arizona to running a fraud scheme for adoptions. Paul Petersen was also ordered to serve three y ears of supervised release and must pay a fine and court costs totaling $105,100, the US Attorney's Office for the Western District of Arkansas said in a statement Tuesday. Load Error Petersen, 45, pleaded guilty in June to state and federal charges of running an adoption fraud scheme that involved bringing pregnant women from the Marshall Islands to the United States to give birth. Petersen was an adoption lawyer licensed in Utah and Arizona, and an elected assessor for Maricopa County. Peterson exploited a legal loophole and used it...
    SHREVEPORT, La. — A California man was sentenced Tuesday to six years in prison for using altered debit cards to steal money from ATMs in Louisiana, Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook said in a news release. Dennis Busch, 40, of of Costa Mesa, was sentenced in federal court in Shreveport, Van Hook’s release said. Busch was ordered to pay more than $63,000 in restitution. The release says Busch admitted in July that he altered and re-encoded Capital One debit cards and used them along with account holders’ personal identification numbers he had obtained. Prosecutors said the illegal withdrawals took place in 2018 and 2019. “The investigation revealed that some of the account holders had previously responded to text messages that were part of a phishing scam, which compromised their banking information. Capital One reimbursed the account holders and ultimately sustained the loss,” the release said. Related Articles Oakland man gets one year in federal gun case Louisiana State fraternity member charged with felony hazing; freshman on life support Man charged with receiving 11...
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