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In 2014, the Federal Government indicted former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen McDonnell, on bribery charges. The charges related to the acceptance by the McDonnells of $175,000 in loans, gifts, and other benefits from Virginia businessman Jonnie Williams, while Governor McDonnell was in office. Williams was the chief executive officer of Star Scientific, a Virginia-bas... More...   $0 (10-23-2016 - DC)


“Congress adopted the Mine Act ‘to protect the health and safety of the Nation’s . . . miners,’” Thunder Basin Coal Co. v. Reich, 510 U.S. 200, 202 (1994) (quoting 30 U.S.C. § 801(g)), by “strengthen[ing] and streamlin[ing] health and safety enforcement requirements” at the Nation’s mines, id. at 211. To accomplish its goals, the Mine Act “charges two separate agencies with complementary policyma... More...   $0 (10-23-2016 - DC)

United States of America v. Angelakos (Hellas) S.A.and Gallia Graeca Shippling, Ltd.

Seattle, WA - Ship’s Owner and Operator Ordered to Pay $1.3 Million Fine and $200,000 Community Service Payment for Violating Pollution Laws, Falsifying Records and Scheming to Defraud

Ship Discharged Oily Waste on Voyage from China to Seattle; False Log Books given to Coast Guard Inspectors

The companies that own and operate a Greek shipping vessel were sentenced today in U.S. D... More...
   $1300000 (10-23-2016 - WA)

United States of America v. Yevgeniy Aleksandrovich Nikulin

Oakland, CA - A federal grand jury in Oakland indicted Yevgeniy Aleksandrovich Nikulin for obtaining information from computers, causing damage to computers, trafficking in access devices, aggravated identity theft, and conspiracy.

The indictment alleged that Nikulin, 29, of Moscow, Russia, accessed computers belonging to LinkedIn, Dropbox, and Formspring, each of which has its headquarte... More...
   $0 (10-23-2016 - CA)

United States of America v. James H. Lewis

Las Cruces, NM - Roswell Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Conspiracy and Drug Trafficking Charges

James H. Lewis, 51, of Roswell, N.M., pled guilty to methamphetamine trafficking charges.

Lewis is one of 41 individuals charged in Sept. 2015, with drug trafficking offenses as a result of an eight-month multi-agency investigation by the FBI, the DEA, Chaves County Metro Narcotics Tas... More...
   $0 (10-22-2016 - NM)

State of Georgia v. Richard Luedee

Lawrenceville, GA - Defendant For Threatening To Mutilate His Wife

The State of Georgia charged Richard Luedee with kidnapping, terroristic threats, aggravated assault, family violence/battery and influencing a witness. The State charged by the Defendant struck his wife multiple times, took her to a hotel against her will, and threatened to mutilate her face or engage in murder suicide.<... More...
   $0 (10-22-2016 - GA)

State of Oklahoma v. Paul Castaneda, Cesar Delgadillo Cruz and Moises De Los Santos

Tulsa, OK - Three Mexican Nationals Sentenced to 26 Years In Prison Before Deportation

The State of Oklahoma charged Paul Castaneda, 24, Cesar Delgadillo Cruz, 32, and Moises De Los Santos, 33 with

Count # 1. Count as Filed: DU8TH2, TRAFFICKING IN ILLEGAL DRGUS, in violation of 63 O.S. 2-415, which provides:

A. The provisions of the Trafficking in Illegal Dru... More...
   $0 (10-21-2016 - )

United States of America v. Augustine Jackson

Coeur d'Alene, ID - Third Defendant in North Idaho Drug Trafficking Organization Pleads Guilty

Augustine Jackson, 32, of Williston, North Dakota, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin, oxycodone and methamphetamine. Jackson was indicted by a federal grand Jury in Coeur d'Alene on April 19, 2016.

During the court hearing, Jackson admitted that she was part of a drug t... More...
   $0 (10-19-2016 - ID)

United States of America v. Ray Eugene Collins

Tallahassee, FL - Tallahassee Man Convicted of Federal Child Pornography Crimes

Ray Eugene Collins, 62, of Tallahassee, was convicted for distribution, and possession of child pornography. The verdict was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

At trial, the government presented evidence that, in January 2014, law enforcem... More...
   $0 (10-18-2016 - FL)


We begin with the basic facts related by Wiseman and his girlfriend, Alexandra Escarcega; for facts that might be disputed, we will indicate when the information comes from someone else. Around 5 p.m. on December 6, 2014, Wiseman rode with Escarcega to a Dillon's grocery store in Garden City. Wiseman and Escarcega lived in Wichita but had held a birthday party for their daughter at the YMCA in Ga... More...   $0 (10-18-2016 - KS)


James F. Ford, with assistance from his wife Darlene and his sons Paul and Jim,1 directed a marijuana-growing operation out of a home in Monroe, Maine. Acting on a tip from Jim's girlfriend, police executed a search warrant and interviewed James, who openly described the sophisticated operation and discussed his previous marijuana growing case in Massachusetts. After a trial, a jury convicted hi... More...   $0 (10-17-2016 - ME)

SolarWorld Americas, Inc. v. United States

This action comes before the court on a USCIT Rule 56.2 motion for
judgment on the agency record challenging the U.S. Department of Commerce’s
(“Department” or “Commerce”) determination in the first administrative review of the
countervailing duty order covering crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, whether or not
assembled into modules, from the People’s Republic of China (“... More...
   $0 (10-17-2016 - NY)

United States of America v. Isaac Cole

Seattle, WA - Owner and Operator of Asbestos Removal Training Course Pleads Guilty to Providing False Certifications -
Defendant Admits He Provided Certifications for those who Never Took Course

The owner of a company that provided federally-mandated training for construction firms working with asbestos pleaded guilty to falsifying documents as part of a scheme to violate the Asbesto... More...
   $0 (10-16-2016 - WA)

United States of America v. John Blayne Vangastel

Medford, OR - Klamath Falls Man Sentenced for Threatening Vietnamese Neighbors and Interfering with their Right to Live in Home

John Blayne Vangastel, 37, of Klamath Falls, was sentenced to five years of probation following his guilty plea to one count of using force or threat of force to intimidate and interfere with the housing rights of his neighbors because of their Vietnamese descent... More...
   $0 (10-16-2016 - OR)

United States of America v. U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Gentry Debord

San Diego, CA - Another Navy Officer Pleads Guilty in Expanding Bribery and Fraud Investigation

U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Gentry Debord pleaded guilty to a bribery charge, admitting that he accepted cash, luxury hotels and prostitutes from foreign defense contractor Leonard Glenn Francis in exchange for proprietary Navy information that benefitted Francis’ company, Glenn Defense Mari... More...
   $0 (10-15-2016 - CA)

United States of America v. John Bertrand Beliveau II

San Diego, CA - Former NCIS Supervisory Special Agent Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Taking Bribes from Foreign Defense Contractor in Massive Fraud and Corruption Scandal

Former Naval Criminal Investigative Service supervisory special agent John Beliveau II was sentenced to 12 years in prison for disclosing sensitive law enforcement reports to a foreign defense contractor who was th... More...
   $20000000 (10-15-2016 - CA)

United States of America v. Kirk Castor

Albuquerque, NM - San Juan County Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Methamphetamine Trafficking Charge - Defendant Charged as a Result of OCDETF Operation, Led by HSI and HIDTA Region II Narcotics Task Force, Targeted Methamphetamine Traffickers in Northwestern New Mexico

Kirk Castor, 36, of Kirtland, N.M., pleaded guilty to a methamphetamine trafficking charge.

Castor was one of eig... More...
   $0 (10-15-2016 - NM)

United States of America v. Joseph L. Capano

Wilmington, DE - Delaware Real Estate Developer Sentenced To 21 Months For Bank Fraud and Environmental Violation

Joseph L. Capano, age 75, of Middletown, Delaware, was sentenced to 21 months of incarceration followed by 12 months of home confinement, after pleading guilty in March 2016 to one count of bank fraud and one count of knowingly violating the Clean Water Act. Capano was also or... More...
   $0 (10-12-2016 - DE)

United States of America v. William J. O'Brien, III

Philadelphia, PA - Former Philadelphia Doctor Sentenced To 30 Years For Running Pill Mill And Distributing Oxycodone Resulting In Patient Death

William J. O’Brien III, a former doctor of osteopathic medicine, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for illegal distribution of controlled substances resulting in death and additional charges arising from O’Brien’s operation of a pill mill. Unit... More...
   $0 (10-12-2016 - PA)


The State appeals the district court's grant of immunity given to Sony Uk and the dismissal of attempted voluntary manslaughter or, alternatively, aggravated battery charges against him. Upon our review, we reverse the grant of immunity and dismissal of the charges and remand for the refiling of the complaint and for further proceedings.

On April 7, 2015, Uk was charged in Lyon County D... More...
   $0 (10-11-2016 - KS)

BREANN DREW and ZANE DREW, by and through their Father, Natural Guardian, and Next Friend RUSS DREW v. STATE OF KANSAS

On an otherwise quiet Sunday afternoon in May 2007, Kansas Highway Patrol Master Trooper Michael Gruber observed a speeding car and began what ordinarily would be a routine traffic stop. But the driver, Charles Barker, sped away, which resulted in a high-speed chase on I-635 and K-32 (Kansas Avenue) in Wyandotte County. The chase ended when Barker drove into traffic coming from the other direction... More...   $1100000 (10-11-2016 - KS)


In this Contract Disputes Act matter, the California Department of Water Resources, seeks to recover $10,473,957 in damages from the United States Bureau of Reclamation (“USBR”) and the Western Area Power Administration (“WAPA”), as reimbursement for scheduling coordinator charges that the CDWR incurred in connection with its operation of certain water storage and distribution facilities (“Schedul... More...   $0 (10-09-2016 - DC)


The core of the parties’ dispute in this case is a purely legal issue. Because the Court will decide that issue when it resolves the parties’ pending motions, only a brief summary is necessary here. Sunoco, like many companies that produce fuel, blended ethanol into its fuel and thereby qualified for the alcohol fuel mixture credit under 26 U.S.C. § 6426(b). Compl. ¶¶ 10–11, Dkt. No. 1. The cr... More...   $0 (10-09-2016 - DC)

United States of America v. Randall J. Frisque

Milwaukee, WI - Green Bay Man Sentenced for Social Security Disability Fraud

Randall J. Frisque (age: 58) of Green Bay, Wisconsin, was sentenced to federal prison by Chief United States District Judge William C. Griesbach. Frisque had previously entered a guilty plea to a charge of theft of government property in violation of Title 18, United States Code Section 641.

According to... More...
   $0 (10-09-2016 - WI)

United States of America v. Champion ES Holdings, Inc.

New Orleans, LA - Company Pays $1 Million for Concealing Violation of the Clean Water Act

CHAMPION ES HOLDINGS, INC., (CHAMPION), a Texas corporation, pled guilty to a one-count Bill of Information for misprision of a felony, and was sentenced to a one-year term of probation and ordered to pay a $1 million fine and a $250,000 community service payment to the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary F... More...
   $1000000 (10-09-2016 - LA)

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