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    Two women accused of illegally entering the U.S. Capitol building during the Jan. 6 insurrection are facing federal charges after recently being arrested in Orange County. Michelle Estey and Melanie Belger are facing federal charges of entering a restricted building, disorderly and disruptive conduct, and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building, according to a complaint unsealed Friday at a federal courthouse in Washington D.C. Both women were arrested in Orange County, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Estey is a Newport Beach resident, according to court filings, while Belger is a Tustin resident. The FBI was tipped that both women were suspected of being involved in the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, when thousands of pro-Trump supporters took part in an at-times violent but ultimately failed attempt to stop Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s electoral victory. According to a statement by an FBI agent filed with the federal complaint, both women are believed to have been filmed inside a room at the Capitol in a YouTube video that was later posted online under...
    While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is only one example of an administrative federal agency run by unelected bureaucrats, it is one charged with ensuring Americans receive truthful health and safety information, a daunting role for an organization now engulfed with concerns about its credibility. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky wrote in a letter made public this week her agency did not conduct a type of analysis on reports made to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) regarding COVID shots during 2021. Her agency, however, indicated otherwise in its documents and through some of its other representatives. The Epoch Times reported that, in a letter sent by Walensky earlier this month to Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), she noted CDC performed PRR (proportional reporting ratio) analysis on reports to VAERS for COVID vaccines “between March 25, 2022 through July 31, 2022. Walensky said the PRRs were performed “to corroborate the results of EB (Empirical Bayesian) data mining,” which she referred to as “a more robust technique used to analyze disproportionate reporting.” “Notably, results from PRR analysis were...
    A detailed property inventory of documents and other items seized from former U.S. President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate is seen after the document was released to the public by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida in West Palm Beach, Florida, September 2, 2022.Jim Bourg | Reuters A Texas woman has been charged with threatening to kill the federal judge presiding over a dispute between former President Donald Trump and the Department of Justice about records seized in an FBI raid of Trump's home last month. An FBI special agent said Tiffani Shea Gish of Houston left three threatening voicemails for the chamber telephone of Judge Aileen Cannon of U.S. District Court in southern Florida, according to a criminal complaint filed Sept. 6. Identifying herself as the fictional Russian agent Evelyn Salt, Gish claimed to be "in charge of nuclear" for the government, a federal agent and "Trump's hitman" who had a "license to kill," according to transcribed excerpts of the calls included in the complaint. Gish's pseudonym is the same name as the protagonist played by...
    by Minnesota Crime Watch & Information   A Minneapolis man has been charged in federal court with possession of machine guns after a search warrant executed at his residence in north Minneapolis discovered several “privately made firearms,” often referred to as ghost guns. Charges say Aaron Malik Cato, 25, possessed auto sears and used 3D printers to manufacture auto sears out of his Minneapolis residence, announced U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger on Wednesday. Auto sears, referred to as “switches,” are small devices manufactured and used to convert semi-automatic firearms to fire automatically with a single trigger pull, rendering them into machine guns. Glock auto sear conversion part (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) From the criminal complaint: “On August 31, 2022, law enforcement conducted a controlled delivery of a package containing 30 firearm parts to Aaron Malik Cato, 25, at his Minneapolis residence. The package, which had been shipped from Taiwan and intercepted by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents, contained enough parts to create 10 auto sears, a device that turns a semi-automatic firearm into a fully automatic...
    By Michael R. Sisak | Associated Press NEW YORK — Former President Donald Trump’s longtime ally Steve Bannon surrendered Thursday to face charges in New York alleging he duped donors who gave money to build a wall on the U.S. southern border — a state-level reboot of a federal case that ended with a presidential pardon last year. Bannon, 68, is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday afternoon on charges including money laundering, conspiracy and fraud related to the “We Build the Wall” campaign. He is the second person pardoned by Trump and later charged by the Manhattan district attorney’s office for the same alleged conduct. Manhattan prosecutors say that while Bannon promised all donations would go to building the wall, he was involved in transferring hundreds of thousands of dollars to third-party entities and used them to funneled payments to two other people involved in the scheme. The indictment didn’t identify those people by name, but the details match those of Brian Kolfage and Andrew Badolato, who pleaded guilty to federal charges in April. “It is a crime to turn...
    Stephanie Keith/Getty Images Steve Bannon is learning the hard way the limitations of a presidential pardon, being indicted Thursday in New York for state charges that largely mirror the federal ones for which former President Donald Trump granted him a “Get Out of Jail Free” card related to an alleged scheme involving a project to raise private funds to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. “WeBuildTheWall, Inc.” took in roughly $25 million, and Bannon and several of his associates were accused of using the non-profit organization’s funds to personally enrich themselves, with Bannon himself accused of pocketing $1 million. He was arrested in Aug. 2020, picked up by federal authorities on a luxury yacht owned by Chinese expatriate Guo Wengui. Trump pardoned Bannon on his last day in office, Jan. 20, 2021, but presidential pardons only apply to federal charges, not state ones, and Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and New York Attorney General Letitia James continued their investigations of Bannon and the WeBuildTheWall. Two of Bannon’s associates, Brian Kolfage and Andrew Badolato, did not receive pardons and pled...
    A 31-year-old Boston man who police arrested earlier this year as he escaped a bank heist was behind three more robberies in the Boston metro area, federal authorities said.  Jacob Pimentel of Dorchester faces decades in prison after an FBI task force linked him to the multiple hold-ups in April and May, the US Attorney's Office said. He stole more than $6,000 during the spree, the federal prosecutor continued.  Pimentel walked into the TD Bank branch at 1270 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge around 4:30 p.m. on May 23 and handed the teller a note demanding cash, a report said. After getting money from the teller, Pimentel dashed outside into a taxi to make his escape, but police were quick to the scene and arrested him with the money still in his hand, the report said.  It was the third time robbers hit the Harvard Square bank branch in less than a month, the Harvard Crimson said.  During his interrogation, Pimentel admitted to Cambridge investigators that he robbed other banks after they explained the FBI Bank Robbery Task Force was investigating him...
    A 26-year-old Arizona man was arrested Saturday in Rancho Cucamonga after allegedly firing at federal law enforcement agents in a shootout that marked the end of a three-week, two-state crime spree, the U.S. attorney’s office said. Samuel Sven Smith, of Phoenix, allegedly robbed 10 stores, nine of them PetSmart locations, in Southern California and Arizona before he was arrested following a high-speed chase. He was charged Monday in federal court with assault on a federal officer, brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and interference with commerce by robbery. The spree reportedly began July 31 and involved a Big Lots store in Riverside and PetSmart locations in Phoenix, Signal Hill, Orange, San Bernardino, Fontana, Pico Rivera, Redlands, Huntington Beach and Rancho Cucamonga. California Mistrial declared for Long Beach man accused of deadly Orange County spa bombing A federal jury in Los Angeles was not able to reach a verdict in the trial against Stephen Beal, a Long Beach man who’s accused of bombing an Orange County spa to kill his ex-girlfriend in 2018. Smith allegedly pointed...
    Three inmates have been indicted in connection with the prison murder of infamous Boston Irish mob boss James 'Whitey' Bulger. The US Department of Justice has charged Fotios Geas, 55, Paul J. DeCologero, 48, and Sean McKinnon, 36, for conspiracy to commit first degree murder of Bulgar, 89, in a West Virginia prison in 2018.  Geas, known as 'Freddy,' and DeCologero, known as 'Pauly,' are accused of striking Bulger in the head multiple times, eventually leading to his death in October 2018 while incarcerated at the US Penitentiary Hazelton in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia. The two men have also been charged with aiding and abetting first degree murder and assault resulting in serious bodily injury, with Geas facing an additional charge for murder by a federal inmate serving a life sentence.  McKinnon has also been accused of making false statements to a federal agent.  Fotios Geas (right) and Paul DeCologero (left) are accused of striking James Bulger in the head multiple times, eventually leading to his death in October 2018 while incarcerated at the US Penitentiary Hazelton in Bruceton Mills,...
    Three men have been indicted in connection with the beating death of notorious Boston crime boos James "White" Bulger, the US Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of West Virginia reports. Fotios "Freddy" Geas, Paul "Pauly" DeCologero and Sean McKinnon were charged on Wednesday, Aug. 17 with conspiracy to commit first degree murder, the office reports.  Geas and DeCologero are accused repeatedly hitting Bulger in the head, causing his death while they were imprisoned in West Virginia in October 2018, the office reports. Bulger was 89 years old.  Geas and DeCologero have been charged with aiding and abetting first degree murder, along with assault resulting in serious bodily injury, the office continues.  Geas faces another charge for murder by a federal inmate serving a life sentence. McKinnon also faces a separate charge of making false statements to a federal agent, the office reports. 
    A former police officer in Fresno County faces federal charges after authorities say he sexually assaulted four women while on active duty as a law enforcement officer. A federal grand jury returned a 10-count indictment against J. DeShawn Torrence of Corcoran alleging deprivation of constitutional rights under the color of law, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday. Torrence, 38, “engaged in various forms of nonconsensual sexual conduct, ranging from directing a victim to remove her clothing without a legitimate law enforcement purpose to forcing his victims to engage in sex acts, all while serving as a police officer,” federal officials said. The incidents occurred multiple times from August 2017 to June 2021 while he served as an officer with the Sanger Police Department, officials said. California Siskiyou sheriff accuses news crew of abusing press privileges at McKinney fire The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office is considering pressing charges against ABC News for its coverage of the McKinney fire. Torrence is no longer employed by the department. According to authorities, four of the...
    Four from Maryland are facing mail theft charges after being busted in possession of USPS service keys, federal officials announced.  A federal grand jury in Maryland returned an indictment charging four suspects with theft of mail matter and the unlawful possession of postal service keys, according to the Department of Justice. Those charged: Eyalan Owona, 32, of Upper Marlboro; Ibrahim Kourouma, 22, of Glenarden; Ali Dickerson, 20, of Hyattsville; Benjamin Washington, 22, of Owings Mills. According to the two-count indictment, on Wednesday, May 25, the four allegedly were in possession of United States Postal Service keys with the intent to use, sell, and dispose of the keys. That same day, prosecutors said that the group allegedly stole mail matter from a United States Postal Service depository for mail located on Stanford Street in Bethesda, including the mail of a victim from Silver Spring. The four arrests were part of a larger law enforcement investigation into a series of violent armed robberies of USPS letter carriers. During those robberies, mailmen were targeted for proprietary keys...
    A 55-year-old Boston food truck owner faces up to 20 years in prison after he has was charged him with lying to get $1.5 million in COVID-19 relief funds, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday, July 20. Loc Vo, who owns Smart Gourmet, is accused of fraudulently filing loan applications from April 2020 until July 2021 for programs under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, the U.S. Attorney in Boston said. The programs were to help businesses stay afloat during the uncertainty of the COVID pandemic.  But federal authorities said Vo used the money to invest in an electric car company, an internet marketplace company, and a biotechnology company, among other businesses, the DOJ said.  Officials arrested Vo at Newark International Airport in New Jersey on Tuesday and charged him with wire fraud, federal authorities said.  Along with prison time, Vo, if convicted, could be forced to pay a $250,000 fine or "twice the gross gain or loss from the scheme, whichever is greater," the U.S. Attorney said. 
    SAN FRANCISCO — Federal prosecutors say they uncovered a scheme between two cruise ship employees to trade sexually explicit videos for child porn, and that during the investigation it was discovered one of the defendants had allegedly sexually abused a teen girl in 2020. On July 11, Angelo Victor Fernandes, 34, was arrested at the San Francisco International Airport in connection with a federal prosecution in Florida, where he is charged with possessing child pornography. On July 14, a federal magistrate in the Bay Area ordered Fernandes to be extradited to the Southern District of Florida to face the charge. He remains in custody for now. The charging records allege that Fernandes had a sexual interest in a colleague on a cruise ship named Daniel Crow, who “exploited” that interest by agreeing to send Fernandes videos of himself masturbating in exchange for child pornography. It is alleged that starting in January, Fernandes sent Crow a series of videos depicting prepubescent children being sexually abused and that Crow responded with approval, describing one video as “perfect” and asking Fernandes where he...
    YOSEMITE — A National Parks Service maintenance worker has been charged with attempting to film a law enforcement officer as she showered at Yosemite National Park, court records show. The alleged victim, who this newspaper is not naming, is identified as an NPS employee and “commissioned federal law enforcement officer.” She told authorities that she was using a community shower on the evening of July 4, when she looked up and spotted the top of an iPhone camera peaking over the side of the shower, pointed at her. She said she shouted, grabbed a towel, got dressed, then with the help of her dog began to search the grounds of the park for the culprit. She said she found him, hiding under an NPS vehicle, and confronted him about the filming. “The suspect told Hyde ‘he just couldn’t help himself,'” an NPS officer wrote in a police report. On Tuesday, federal prosecutors prosecutors charged Michael Patrick Raridan with one count of filming with intent to violate a person’s privacy and one count of committing an obscene act to breach the...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Two Chinese American businesspeople were charged Monday with funneling foreigners’ money into political donations that bought entry to an exclusive dinner with then-President Donald Trump so the duo could impress and swindle Chinese investors. Sherry Xue Li and Lianbo “Mike” Wang were being held without bail after their first appearance in a Brooklyn federal court. They are facing various federal conspiracy charges in what prosecutors portrayed as a complex financial scheme with political tentacles. They weren’t asked to enter a plea, but Wang volunteered, through an interpreter, “I did not do this thing.” Messages seeking comment were sent to attorneys for the two. The naturalized U.S. citizens are business partners who share a Long Island home with some of Li’s relatives, including her 15-year-old son. Li, 50, has been promoting plans for a development near New York’s Catskill Mountains for nearly a decade. Initially envisioned as “China City of America” cultural theme park, it morphed into a proposal for a for-profit college campus after local officials told Li that zoning wouldn’t allow the “Chinese Disneyland”...
    A Maryland man who posed as a police officer is facing multiple charges for allegedly assaulting multiple men in bias-motivated attacks due to their sexual orientation, federal officials announced. Michael Thomas Pruden, 48, was arrested and charged for several assaults at a popular Washington, DC park, several of which were due to his victims’ perceived sexual orientation, according to the US Attorney’s Office. Specifically, Pruden was charged by a federal grand jury of: Five counts of assault on federal land; Impersonating a federal officer; Hate crimes sentencing enhancement alleging that Pruden assaulted four of the victims because of their perceived sexual orientation. The indictment handed down by the grand jury alleges that on five separate dates from 2018 to 2021, Pruden went after dark to Meridian Hill Park - also known as Malcolm X Park - which is "informally known in the Washington, DC community as a meeting place for men seeking consensual sex with other men," according to prosecutors. During that time, it is alleged that Pruden assaulted five men with a chemical irritant....
    Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina speaks at a news conference on Thursday about the death of 15-year-old Brett Rosenau. As it turns out, the suspect Albuquerque police used to justify bombing a home with powder irritants and leaving 15-year-old Brett Rosenau to die of smoke inhalation was not wanted on federal warrants at all, the news nonprofit Source New Mexico reported on Wednesday. In fact, Qiaunt Kelley hasn’t been charged with anything but violating his parole regarding a 2018 carjacking, the nonprofit reported. Albuquerque police initially said in a news release Sunday that Kelley was “wanted for questioning related to the June 26, 2022, shooting death of Leonard Fresquez; an officer-involved shooting on May 5, 2022, at 7604 Central Ave., S.E. in which someone fired an automatic weapon toward officers; and a recent armed robbery being investigated by APD and federal law enforcement.” Albuquerque Police Department spokesperson Gilbert Gallego, however, confirmed with the Source that the reference to a federal warrant was a mistake. “There is an ongoing investigation by APD and a federal law enforcement agency that could result in federal charges,” Gallegos...
    OAKLAND — Federal prosecutors in the Bay Area have charged an Oakland man with selling methamphetamine by the pound to a confidential federal informant, court records show. Hector Arteaga was charged last week with distributing at least 50 grams of methamphetamine, a federal offense that carries a five-year minimum prison term, court records show. Arteaga was advised of the charges at his first court appearance on July 11. The criminal complaint says Arteaga’s arrest was part of an investigation into a Bay Area drug trafficking ring that started last February, and that Arteaga was identified “as a supplier of large amounts of crystal methamphetamine.” A large paragraph that describes how agent’s honed in on Arteaga’s phone has been redacted from the complaint. Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Curtis Kingman wrote in the complaint that authorities used a person identified only as Confidential Source 2 to set up drug deals with Arteaga. Confidential Source 2 is described as a person who was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and is working with the DEA in the hopes of gaining...
    Federal authorities have charged a Connecticut man for the fourth time with mailing threatening letters to journalists, judges, and other public figures. New Haven County resident Garrett Santillo, age 43, of Hamden, was arrested on Wednesday, July 6, on a federal criminal complaint charging him with mailing numerous threatening letters to individuals in Connecticut and elsewhere. As alleged in court documents and statements made in court, between approximately March and June, Santillo mailed more than 100 letters containing threatening and hateful statements, including threats of violence, to journalists, judges, and other public officials and individuals in Connecticut and elsewhere, said the US Attorney's Office. Several letters mailed by Santillo contained this language: “If you don’t obey what this letter says, along with others including people in Washington DC and everywhere and you. You all will be killed!!” Santillo, who recently completed his latest prison term, was released on a $100,000 bond. As noted in court documents, Santillo has been federally prosecuted, convicted, and sentenced for mailing threatening letters three prior times, and he completed his most recent term of federal...
    A former top official in the Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's administration is facing new charges for allegedly falsifying records in an attempt to defraud the government, federal authorities announced. Naples, Florida resident Roy C. McGrath, 52, who was initially appointed by the governor to serve as Executive Director of Maryland Environmental Service (MES) is facing fresh charges for alleged falsification of records tied to previous federal charges of wire fraud and theft. MES is a corporation owned by the State of Maryland to provide environmental services such as water and wastewater management, solid waste management, composting, recycling, dredged material management, and other services to local, state, and federal government entities, according to officials. McGrath later resigned from MES as of May 31, 2020, to become the Governor’s Chief of Staff effective as of June 1, 2020. The new charges allege that after press accounts of his “severance” payment from MES of a year’s salary ($233,647.23) in August 2020, McGrath falsified a document to provide the illusion that the governor had approved a memo permitting the severance payment on the...
    By Amir Vera, Joe Sutton, Amy Simonson, Amanda Musa, Travis Caldwell and Priscilla Alvarez | CNN Two men have been charged in connection with the deaths of 51 migrants who were found in sweltering conditions in a semitruck in San Antonio, according to criminal complaints filed in US District Court for the Western District of Texas. Juan Claudio D’Luna-Mendez and Juan Francisco D’Luna-Bilbao have been charged with “possession of a weapon by an alien illegally in the United States,” according to the criminal complaints that were filed Monday, the same day the migrants were found. Authorities were able to locate the men after responding to the semi-truck incident, according to the affidavit. “Officers researched the Texas registration plate on the semi-truck and found a residence in San Antonio, Texas as the truck’s registered address with Texas motor vehicle records,” the affidavit said. The San Antonio Police Department set up surveillance at the residence “and observed a Ford F-250 leave the residence with a single Hispanic male driving.” The man was identified as D’Luna-Bilbao, who had a firearm in the console,...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A superseding indictment returned Monday against Gov. Larry Hogan’s former chief of staff, Roy McGrath, adds an additional charge of falsification of records on top of previous federal charges of federal fraud and embezzlement charges. McGrath was indicted last October in the U.S. District Court after he received a severance payment of more than $200,000 to leave his job as CEO of Maryland Environmental Service for the governor’s office, and allegedly represented that Hogan had approved it. READ MORE: Chesapeake Bay Dead Zone Smaller Than Previous Years Due To Mild May TemperaturesMcGrath is charged with four counts of wire fraud, two counts of embezzlement and falsification of records. Prosecutors allege that after press accounts of his “severance” payment in August 2020, McGrath knowingly falsified a memorandum of understanding to look like the governor signed off on it. He allegedly used a blue check mark characteristically used by the governor’s office in an “approved” box and backdated the memorandum to May 18, 2020. In the October indictment, prosecutors allege McGrath falsely told the board of directors at Maryland Environmental...
    BOSTON (AP) — A California man has been accused by federal prosecutors of climbing onto the roof of a Massachusetts family’s garage so he could secretly record an 11-year-old girl as she changed in her bedroom. Jacob Guerrero, 23, of Woodland, California, was indicted on a charge of sexually exploiting a child, the U.S. attorney’s office said in a statement Thursday. READ MORE: Supreme Court Strikes Down Roe v. Wade In Seismic Shift For Abortion RightsHe was previously arrested on April 14 and remains in custody. An email seeking comment was left Friday with his federal public defender. Before making the video recording, Guerrero conducted surveillance of the family’s home and made notes regarding the time of day that the girl and her siblings arrived home, showered, and changed at night, prosecutors said. READ MORE: Modesto Store Damaged In 2-Alarm FireThen on about March 17, 2021, prosecutors say he climbed on to the garage attached to the girl’s home and stood outside a second-floor bedroom window as she changed to make the video. Guerrero also made notes about children’s habits...
    A motocross stunt rider who frequented New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania raped children and made videos of it while barnstorming the country in a traveling circus, federal authorities charged. Ryan Meyung, 30, “engaged six different minor victims in sexually explicit conduct to produce images of child sexual abuse” between 2019 and 2021, the Justice Department said. Meyung had already been charged locally in Georgia with child rape, aggravated kidnapping, tampering with evidence and criminal conspiracy. A federal indictment returned this week accuses him of producing, transporting and possessing child porn, authorities announced. Meyung owned and operated “Live Your Dreams MX,” a company that traveled the U.S. and other countries building motocross tracks while teaching and mentoring children. He also was connected with several youth-oriented organizations and ministries, said Neal Pinkston, the district attorney in Hamilton County, GA, where the case originated. Meyung didn’t have a permanent home. Instead, he crashed with different families while going from state to state in a bus, Pinkston said. A father from one of those families brought the first allegations, claiming that Meyung –...
    ATWATER — A Texas man serving a prison term for identity fraud, and his girlfriend who was a co-defendant in the case, now face new charges: conspiring to smuggle drugs into United States Penitentiary Atwater. According to a criminal complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Sacramento, Anthony Minor and Tilisha Morrison face charges of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and possessing or providing a controlled substance in a prison. The charging records allege that the two used one of the oldest schemes in the books: sending drugs hidden in documents that are marked as legal mail, which authorities are generally prohibited from examining. In this case, staff at the prison contacted the attorneys whose names were on the mail and determined that the packages were faked, authorities say. In October 2021, authorities intercepted THC coming into the prison, and in an incident last December, more than 200 strips of suboxone, an opiate drug, were discovered. The packages were addressed to another inmate who, like Minor, was convicted of a federal offense in Texas. In 2015, Minor was...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California pair not only smuggled drugs to five other states but repeatedly impersonated federal law enforcement officers as part of the nationwide scheme, a U.S. grand jury alleged this week. A federal grand jury in Sacramento on Thursday indicted Quinten Giovanni Moody, also known as Christano Rossi, 37, and Myra Boleche Minks, 46, on charges of drug trafficking, impersonating federal law enforcement officials, mail fraud, aggravated identity theft, and obstruction of justice. They used couriers, airline employees and a shipping company to send California-grown marijuana to Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada and Texas from 2017 into this year, prosecutors said. Pot purchased for $1,500 per pound in California in 2017 would be sold for $2,600 per pound in Georgia, according to an FBI affidavit. And from last year until this spring, they said Minks repeatedly posed as various federal agents in attempts to learn about or disrupt the investigation. She also posed as an airline employee in an attempt to persuade other employees to let a courier complete a drug delivery, the affidavit says. Officials...
    BUFFALO, New York -- The gunman who authorities say killed 10 Black people in a racist attack at a Buffalo supermarket has been charged with federal hate crimes, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday.Payton Gendron had already faced a mandatory life sentence without parole if convicted on previously filed state charges in the May 14 rampage which also left three survivors - one Black, two white - with gunshot wounds.U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland was in Buffalo on Wednesday to visit with the families of 10 Black people killed in a white gunman's racist attack on a supermarket.Gendron is already facing up to life in prison if convicted on state charges in the May 14 rampage, which also left three survivors - one Black, two white - with gunshot wounds.Gendron's radical, racist worldview and extensive preparation for the Tops Friendly Market attack are laid out in documents he apparently authored and posted online shortly before the attack.The documents embrace a baseless conspiracy theory about a plot to diminish white Americans' power and "replace" them with people of color, through...
    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The white gunman who killed 10 Black people in a racist attack at a Buffalo supermarket has been charged with federal hate crimes, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday. Payton Gendron had already faced a mandatory life sentence without parole if convicted on previously filed state charges in the May 14 rampage which also left three survivors — one Black, two white — with gunshot wounds. U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland was in Buffalo on Wednesday to visit with the families of 10 Black people killed in a white gunman’s racist attack on a supermarket. Gendron is already facing up to life in prison if convicted on state charges in the May 14 rampage, which also left three survivors — one Black, two white — with gunshot wounds. Gendron’s radical, racist worldview and extensive preparation for the Tops Friendly Market attack are laid out in documents he apparently authored and posted online shortly before the attack. The documents embrace a baseless conspiracy theory about a plot to diminish white Americans’ power and “replace” them with...
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    SACRAMENTO — A federal agent in the Bay Area has been charged with lying to conceal her relationship with a victim in a large immigrant exploitation case where she served as the lead investigator, prosecutors announced Thursday. Melissa Saurwein, 43, of Martinez, was charged with three counts making false statements to federal investigators, a crime that carries up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. Saurwein is not in federal custody, according to jail records. Saurwein is an agent with Homeland Security Investigations, a branch of ICE. A federal grand jury in San Francisco returned the indictment against her. Saurwein was the lead investigator in the prosecutor of a man named Job Torres Hernandez, who in 2019 was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in federal prison for a conviction of “harboring illegal aliens for commercial advantage of private financial gain,” court records show. The following year, prosecutors in the Bay Area dismissed the charges, citing a confidential investigation by the Inspector General, court records show. Saurwein testified in Torres Hernandez’s March 2019 trial, and said she conducted interviews...
    Proud Boys leader, Enrique Tarrio, and four of his lieutenants have been charged with seditious conspiracy for a coordinated attack on the U.S. Capitol to stop Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s 2020 electoral victory, authorities said Monday.  Tarrio, the Proud Boys chairman, and the four others were previously charged with different conspiracy counts. These are the most serious charges leveled against Tarrio and the right-win group to date.  Tarrio did not take part in the January 6, 2021 riot on the Capitol, but allegedly orchestrated the activities from a 'command and control' structure within the fringe group.  Police arrested Tarrio in Washington two days before the riot and charged him with vandalizing a Black Lives Matter banner at a historic Black church during a protest in December 2020.  Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio pretended to hold a lighter to the US Capitol before reporting to a Washington DC jail in December 2020 to begin a five month sentence  Tarrio was also snapped giving a v-sign close to the Capitol on Monday night ahead of his sentence  Tarrio posed with...
    “Tiger King” star Bhagavan “Doc” Antle has been charged with laundering more than half a million dollars, money federal prosecutors said Monday that he believed to be the proceeds of an operation to smuggle illegal immigrants across the Mexican border into the United States. Charges against Antle and Andrew Jon Sawyer, one of Antle’s employees at Myrtle Beach Safari, were revealed during a federal court hearing in Florence, South Carolina. According to federal prosecutors, Antle and Sawyer laundered $505,000 over a four-month period by doling out checks from businesses they controlled, receiving a 15% fee of the money that passed through their hands. The checks, prosecutors allege, falsely purported to be payment for construction work at Myrtle Beach Safari but were in reality intended to serve as evidence that the recipients had legitimate income. According to the complaint unsealed in court Monday, Antle discussed his plan to conceal the cash he received by inflating tourist numbers at his 50-acre (20-hectare) wildlife tropical preserve. Prosecutors also said he had previously used bulk cash receipts to purchase animals for which he could...
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Florida gallery owner has been arrested on federal charges for peddling fake art pieces, claiming the cheap reproductions were in fact originals by Andy Warhol, Banksy, Roy Lichtenstein, Jean-Michel Basquiat and others, federal prosecutors said. A complaint filed in South Florida federal court Thursday accuses Palm Beach art dealer Daniel Elie Bouaziz of mail fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering in his alleged scheme to sell forged copies of high-end art. Bouaziz, a French citizen of Algerian descent, was ordered released on $500,000 bail after an initial hearing Friday. He has not yet entered a plea to the charges, according to court records. He could face many years in prison if convicted. Bouaziz sold some of the forged art pieces for hundreds of thousands of dollars apiece, prosecutors said in a news release. An FBI criminal affidavit said undercover agents put $22 million down for several of the fake pieces. Claiming to be an art expert and an official appraiser, Bouaziz appraised the inauthentic artwork he sold to the victims at an increased rate,...
    PLANO, Texas (AP) — The actor who played Red Power Ranger in the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” films and television series has been charged with wire fraud conspiracy relating to the federal Paycheck Protection Program, officials said. Jason Lawrence Geiger, 47, of McKinney, Texas, is one of 19 defendants named in a federal indictment, the FBI said. Acting under the name Austin St. John, Geiger played Jason Lee Scott, the Red Power Ranger. Geiger was arrested Tuesday and remained jailed pending a Monday detention hearing before a federal magistrate in the Dallas suburb of Plano, according to court documents. He pleaded not guilty to the single count against him and “intends to vigorously defend himself against this allegation,” said his attorney, David Klaudt of Dallas. The Payroll Protection Program was part of the CARES Act designed to provide emergency financial assistance to millions of Americans who were suffering the economic effects caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement issued Thursday, federal prosecutors said the 19 defendants made fraudulent applications for payroll protection benefits during the pandemic lockdown and used...
    Austin St John of the 1990s hit TV series Might Morphin Power Rangers was reportedly arrested at his luxury home in Texas this week. According to TMZ, the 47-year-old actor - who played Jason Lee Scott on the show - was handcuffed and arrested after federal agents showed up at his home in an upscale neighborhood in McKinney holding AR-15 guns. It was added that the agent 'raided' his residence. St John was allegedly charged with wire fraud in a very large federal criminal case about COVID loans, it was claimed, with the actor being accused of scamming the government out of $3.5 million. If convicted he could go to prison for a maximum of 20 years.  No peace now: Austin St John of the 1990s hit TV series Power Rangers was arrested at his home in Texas this week. Seen in 2015 at Comic Con in Pennsylvania RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Robin Thicke, 45, goes shirt-free during a game of tennis in... Teresa Giudice of Real Housewives Of New Jersey poses in a... ...
    A registered sex offender in Connecticut has been indicted on new charges after being busted with thousands of pictures and videos depicting the sexual abuse of children, federal authorities announced. New Haven County resident Joseph Amadeo, age 37, of North Branford, has been charged by a federal grand jury with receipt of child pornography following an investigation into an online community that shared porn on the dark web. US Attorney Vanessa Roberts Avery said that Amadeo was originally arrested on the federal criminal complaint on June 3, 2021. He has pleaded not guilty to the charge. It is alleged that in 2020, Homeland Security Investigations began to look into Amadeo for his involvement in an online community of individuals who sent and received child pornography images and videos on the dark web.  On March 24, 2021, Avery said that investigators conducted a court-authorized search of Amadeo’s residence and seized his computer and other electronic devices.  The indictment says that analysis of the devices revealed thousands of images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of children, many as young...
    The U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona filed charges against two Mexican nationals for their roles in an alleged human smuggling scheme that included extorting family members for the release of migrants being held for ransom. The suspects allegedly demanded a payment of $8,000 for each migrant being held against their will in Arizona. Following the April 8 arrest of two Mexican nationals illegally present in the United States by federal and local police, a federal grand jury handed down indictments against Olegario Lares-De La Rosa, 29, and Ivan Heriberto Borboa-Ruiz, 28, for Conspiracy to Commit Hostage Taking, Hostage Taking, Conspiracy to Commit Transportation of Illegal Aliens for Profit, Transportation of Illegal Aliens for Profit, and Prohibited Possessors of Firearms and Ammunition, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona. Court records obtained by Breitbart Texas revealed that on April 6, a family member of a migrant smuggled illegally into the United States received a phone call from the cell phone of his cousin who he knew was being smuggled into Arizona from Mexico....
    A British citizen has been charged with trying to pay for sex with New Jersey girls while giving them drugs, federal authorities said. Stephen Hudson, 51, of Ealing, England, is charged with one count of attempted online enticement of a minor and one count of travel with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, they said. He was charged on Monday, May 9, according to U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger He appeared by videoconference before U.S. Magistrate Judge José R. Almonte in Newark federal court and was detained. According to authorities, from April 14, to Friday, May 6, Hudson used an encrypted email account to communicate with federal law enforcement, acting in an undercover capacity, to facilitate his access to and sexual abuse of two minor female children.  Hudson agreed to travel from Massachusetts to New Jersey and pay about $1,200 for sexual acts with 11- and 12-year-old girls while giving them drugs and alcohol, Sellinger said. After traveling to New Jersey and paying $1,200 to an undercover agent,, Hudson was arrested, according to Sellinger. U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited...
    SAN JOSE – A 35-year-old Gilroy man has been charged with a federal firearm violation in connection with the shooting death of another person during a drug deal more than two years ago in San Jose, authorities said. A complaint filed April 11 alleges Marcus Pardo shot and killed 26-year-old Richard Huy Nguyen with a .50 caliber firearm on Jan. 15, 2020, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release. Nguyen was apparently involved in coordinating the deal between Pardo and another person, identified by prosecutors as the “intended buyer.” San Jose police arrested Pardo on Feb. 13, 2020, following a standoff at an East San Jose home. Nguyen’s recovered text messages and other evidence showed he and the buyer met with Pardo, who had agreed to sell prescription oxycodone pills to the buyer, according to the complaint. In addition, the messages allegedly indicate Pardo and the buyer were bringing guns to the deal and the buyer considered robbing Pardo during the deal. The complaint also outlines text messages by Nguyen acknowledging the danger inherent in the situation, prosecutors...
    SACRAMENTO — Federal prosecutors have filed charges against an incarcerated man alleging that he mailed threats to a federal judge who’d previously ruled on his failed petition to overturn his convictions, court records show. Dylan Corral, 30, faces charges of threatening a federal judge in Sacramento who is identified in court records by the initials KJN. The only federal judge in Sacramento with those initials is U.S. Magistrate Judge Kendall J. Newman, a 2010 appointee. In 2017, Newman denied a petition filed by Corral, seeking to overturn his convictions for making criminal threats, assault with a deadly weapon, and vandalism. Newman ruled that prosecution witnesses had been properly admitted and rejected Corral’s assertion that his appeal attorney was incompetent, court records show. Corral — who is being held in the California Medical Facility in Stockton — has taken several legal actions from prison while acting as his own attorney, including civil rights suits and the habeas petition. He has been denied early release for the past two years, prison records show. Related Articles Crime and Public Safety |...
    (CNN)A Wisconsin man charged with a federal hate crime was released on his own recognizance last week, according to court documents obtained by CNN.Milwaukee County resident William McDonald allegedly targeted at least one Puerto Rican neighbor and eight Black residents in his apartment complex, "willfully injuring, intimidating, or interfering with another's housing rights because of their race, color, or national origin by force or threat of force," according to the criminal complaint. The alleged incidents spanned from March 2021 through April 2022, according to the affidavit.McDonald left threatening and vulgar notes on the windshields of vehicles of neighbors that McDonald perceived to be speeding throughout the neighborhood in West Allis, the affidavit said.Court records indicate McDonald has been appointed two attorneys. CNN has reached out to them for comment. Read MoreMcDonald denied writing the notes, the affidavit states. In one instance, a Black neighbor of McDonald's received at least two threatening notes under her apartment door demanding she move out of the apartment complex, the affidavit reads. McDonald's notes threatened further damage if the individuals did not move out of...
    A California man was arrested and charged with allegedly threatening to bomb the headquarters of famous dictionary publishers Merriam Webster over their definitions of various gendered words.  Jeremy David Hanson, 34, of Rossmoor, California, faces a federal charge of interstate communication of threats to commit violence. He could face up to five years in prison and a fine of $250,000.  In October 2021, Hanson is alleged to have sent threatening messages to the Massachusetts-based Merriam Webster headquarters over specific gender identity definitions through the site's 'Contact Us' page, as well as in the comment sections for various words. Hanson was particularly corresponding with the entries for the words 'girl' and 'woman'. Authorities identified Hanson as the user sending the threats.  On October 2, 2021, Hanson used the handle '@anonYmous' to write on the page for the word 'female': 'It is absolutely sickening that Merriam-Webster now tells blatant lies and promotes anti-science propaganda. There is no such thing as 'gender identity.' The imbecile who wrote this entry should be hunted down and shot.'  Jeremy David Hanson, 34, of Rossmoor, California, faces a...
    (CNN)Federal prosecutors on Wednesday announced charges against 21 people for allegedly seeking to defraud government health care programs of $149 million in a variety of pandemic-related scams, including selling fake Covid-19 vaccination cards and submitting claims for unnecessary medical tests.The charges brought in nine separate federal court cases are part of a broader effort by a Justice Department task force aimed at what Kenneth Polite, assistant attorney general for the criminal division, said is "rooting out schemes that have exploited the pandemic."Investigators used data analytics programs and tips to identify patterns that could point to fraud, law enforcement officials said at a Wednesday briefing with reporters. Who is Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, the federal judge who blocked Bidens travel mask mandate?In some cases, alleged fraudsters concocted new sophisticated schemes to take advantage of the pandemic, the officials said. Investigators from the FBI, the Health and Human Services Inspector General's Office, and other agencies found instances of alleged fraudsters setting Covid testing sites to gather medical information and samples from real patients, to then defraud the federal healthcare programs. Others pounced...
    LAKEWOOD, N.J. (CBS) — A New Jersey man has been charged with federal hate crimes after a series of violent assaults on members of the Orthodox Jewish community in, and around, Lakewood. The federal charges filed against 27-year-old Dion Marsh, of Manchester, include violating the federal Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, willingly causing bodily injury to four victims and attempting to cause them injury with a dangerous weapon because they were Jewish. Marsh is also charged with attempting to kill one of those victims after he stabbed the victim in the chest. READ MORE: Suspicious Apartment Fire In Pemberton Leaves Man Seriously Injured: New Jersey State PoliceAuthorities say the crime spree began on April 8 at 1:18 p.m. when Marsh forced a visibly identifiable Orthodox Jewish man out of his car in Lakewood by assaulting and injuring him in the process. He then took control of the man’s vehicle and drove away. Surveillance video in the area captured Marsh prior to the assault and carjacking. The next incident happened at 6:06 p.m. when Marsh...
    LAKEWOOD, New Jersey (WABC) -- A man is now charged with federal hate crimes following a spree of violent assaults on members of the Orthodox Jewish community in and around the Lakewood, New Jersey area, officials announced Wednesday.Dion Marsh, 27, of Manchester, New Jersey, is charged with four counts of violating the federal Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act and one count of carjacking.Marsh is currently in custody on related state charges.Officials said the crime spree began at about 1:20 p.m. on April 8 when Marsh forced an Orthodox Jewish man out of his car in Lakewood, assaulting and injuring him in the process.ALSO READ | California teen missing for nearly 3 years found by deputies shivering outside a Utah gas station
    OAKLAND — A Bay Area man has been arrested and charged with brandishing a gun at a popular Concord amusement park for children, court records show. Mashavu Tivon Turner was charged with being a felon in possession of a loaded pistol with a green laser sight. He was arrested last January, nearly a year after the incident, and in late March waived his right to be charged by indictment. His next court date is set for late May. Prosecutors allege Turner walked up to a woman who was in her car at the parking lot of Pixieland in Concord, on Olivera Road, tapped on her window, and told her, “You’re messing with the wrong dude.” The woman told police he pointed a gun at her. Concord police arrived about 15 minutes later, stopped a pickup truck that matched the woman’s description, found a loaded pistol inside, and arrested Turner, according to the criminal complaint. Turner wasn’t allowed to possess guns due to a 2008 conviction for selling crack cocaine, for which he received 10 years in prison, the complaint says....