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United States of America v. Edwin Escribano District of Connecticut Federal Courthouse - New Haven, Connecticut

New Haven, CT - Hartford Man Sentenced to Prison for Distributing Heroin and Fentanyl to Rocky Hill Overdose Victim

EDWIN ESCRIBANO, also known as “Bebo,” 26, of Hartford, was sentenced on February 9, 2018 by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 37 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing heroin and fentanyl to an overdose vi... More...
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United States of America v. Matthew Hinton United States District Court for the District of Vermont

Burlington, VT - Orwell Man Sentenced to 84 months of Imprisonment for Armed Robbery of Fair Haven Maplefields Store in September 2015

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Matthew Hinton, 28, most recently of Orwell, Vermont, has been sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss to 84 months of imprisonment for an armed robbery of the ... More...
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Solas Industrial Innovation, LLc v. The Superior Court of Orange County, The People, Real Party in Interest

The Orange County District Attorney brought an action for civil penalties
under this state’s unfair competition law (UCL; Bus. & Prof. Code, § 17200) and
fair advertising law (FAL; id., § 17500) against an employer. The action alleged
the employer violated workplace safety standards established by the state
occupational safety and health law (Cal/OSHA; Lab. Code, § 6300 et seq.) an... More...
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United States of America v. Jean Germain and Richekad Jean Southern District of Florida Courthouse - Miami, Florida

Miami, FL - Two Palm Beach County Residents Sentenced to Prison for Identity Theft Scheme

Jean Germain, 24, of West Palm Beach, was sentenced to 134 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,129,809. Richekad Jean, 26, of Belle Glade, was sentenced to 57 months in prison, to be followed by three years of s... More...
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United States of America v. Masoniek Stinfort, Eric L. Clemons, Jr. James Craig and Robert Nero Southern District of Florida Courthouse - Miami, Florida

Miami, FL - Four Defendants Sentenced for Participating in Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Scheme

Four defendants were sentenced for their participation in a stolen identity refund fraud scheme.

Benjamin G. Greenberg, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Kelly R. Jackson, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), ... More...
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Dennis Godelia v. Zoll Services, LLC Southern District of Florida Courthouse - Miami, Florida

Dennis Godelia and Sterling Youmas appeal the District Court’s dismissal of their case against ZOLL Services, LLC (“ZOLL”), which brought seven claims under Florida law. Mr. Godelia is suing individually and as the personal representative of the estate of Debra Godelia, who was his wife. Mr. Youmas was Ms. Godelia’s son. Ms. Godelia went into cardiac arrest while wearing an external defibrillator ... More...   $0 (02-11-2018 - FL)

United States of America v. Greg Takesian District of Massachusetts Federal Courthouse - Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, MA - Florida CPA Sentenced for Tax Fraud

A Florida man was sentenced February 8, 2018 in federal court in Boston for multiple counts of tax fraud and obstructing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Greg Takesian, 54, of Miami, Fla., was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young to two years in prison and one year of supervised release, and he was ordered to... More...
   $0 (02-10-2018 - MA)

United States v. Jesus Sotelo-Valdovinos District of Minnesota Federal Courthouse - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Eduardo Penaloza-Romero was a leader of a drug trafficking organization that
transported methamphetamine from California and distributed it in Minneapolis and
St. Paul, Minnesota. Jesus Sotelo-Valdovinos assisted by arranging a delivery of
methamphetamine from California to Minnesota and encouraging more trafficking
after the driver was arrested. Penaloza-Romero and Sotelo-Valdovin... More...
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United States of America v. Dwight Hamilton Northern District of Georgia Federal Courthouse - Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, GA - Former Jail Sergeant Sentenced to Federal Prison For Abusing Inmate at DeKalb County Jail

Dwight Hamilton, 54, of Atlanta, Georgia, was sentenced on February 9, 2018 to one year in prison, three years’ supervised release, and a $100 special assessment for abusing a female inmate by tasing her without any legitimate justification. Leonard Dreyer, Hamilton’s former supervisor... More...
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Sonny Low v. Trump University, LLC, ak/a Trump Entrepreneur Initiative and Donald Trump Southern District of California Federal Courthouse - San Diego, California

Trump University, now defunct, was a for-profit entity that purported to teach Donald J. Trump’s “secrets of success” in the real estate industry. During the 2016 presidential election, Trump University and Trump were defendants in three lawsuits alleging fraud and violations of various state and federal laws: two class actions in the Southern District of California, and a suit by the New York Att... More...   $0 (02-09-2018 - CA)

Seanlim Yith and Seak Leang Yith v. Kristen Nielsen, et al. Eastern District of California Federal Courthouse - Fresno, California

Seanlim and Seak Leang Yith appeal from the district
court’s dismissal of their complaint requesting adjudication
of their naturalization applications pursuant to 8 U.S.C.
§ 1447(b). Relying on 8 U.S.C. § 1429, the district court
concluded that the Yiths were precluded from obtaining any
relief because they were concurrently in removal proceedings.
See 8 U.S.C. § 1429 (prov... More...
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Juan D. Vega, Jr. v. United States of America, et al. Western District of Washington Federal Courthouse - Seattle, Washington

Juan Vega, Jr. was transferred from federal prison to a Seattle non-profit residential reentry center to complete the remainder of his prison sentence. There, he alleged that federal and private employees conspired to remove him from the halfway house known as Pioneer House, ostensibly based on his race and for asserting his First Amendment rights, by filing a false incident report. After his retu... More...   $0 (02-09-2018 - WA)

United States of America v. Matthew J. Higgins-Vogt Central District of Illinois Federal Courthouse - Springfield, Illinois

Springfield, IL - Jury Convicts Kane County Man for Bank Fraud, Aggravated Identity Theft

A jury deliberated for approximately two hours on January 8, 2018 before returning guilty verdicts on all charges against a Carpentersville, Ill., man, Keith JD Offord, 24, for bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. U.S. District Judge Sue E. Myerscough presided over the trial which began Feb. 6. ... More...
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State of Missouri v. Gregory Allen Heidbrink Warren County Courthouse - Warrenton, Missouri

Gregory Alan Heidbrink (Appellant) appeals from the trial court’s judgment
entered after a jury trial convicting him of receiving stolen property. We affirm in part,
reverse in part, and remand for resentencing.
Factual and Procedural Background
The State charged Appellant, as a prior and persistent offender, with one count of
receiving stolen property, a class C Felony, in vio... More...
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State of Missouri v. Jeffrey L. Bruner Jasper County Courthouse - Carthage, Missouri

Defendant Jeffrey L. Bruner appeals his convictions on charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action, alleging the circuit court erred by refusing to submit a self-defense instruction. This Court recently reaffirmed in State v. Smith, 456 S.W.3d 849, 852 (Mo. banc 2015), that if substantial evidence is presented of the elements of self-defense, then the issue is injected and self-defens... More...   $0 (02-08-2018 - MO)

United States of America v. Nathan William Juhala Federal Courthouse - Rapid City, South Dakota

Rapid City, SD - Black Hawk Man Sentenced for Attempted Enticement of a Minor Using the Internet

A Black Hawk, South Dakota, man convicted of Attempted Enticement of a Minor Using the Internet was sentenced on February 5, 2018, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Nathan William Juhala, age 66, was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment and 5 years of supervised r... More...
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Donald Morgan v. Michael Robinson District of Nebraska Federal Courthouse - Lincoln, Nebraska

After Donald Morgan ran against his boss Michael Robinson, the incumbent
sheriff, in a primary election, Robinson terminated Morgan’s employment as a deputy
with the Washington County, Nebraska Sheriff’s Office for statements Morgan made
during the campaign. Morgan then brought this First Amendment retaliation action
under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, and Robinson moved for summary judgment o... More...
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United States of America v. Mark Arlin Hammerschmidt District of Minnesota Federal Courthouse - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Mark Arlin Hammerschmidt (Mark) pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy
to defraud the United States in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 286 and was sentenced to 135
months’ imprisonment. Ornella Angelina Hammerschmidt (Ornella) pleaded guilty
to one count of making false claims for refunds in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 287 and
was sentenced to 48 months’ imprisonment. The Hammerschmidts ... More...
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United States v. James Joseph Thompson Morelaw Internet Marketing for Legal Professionals 918-582-6422

Following an August 2016 jury trial, James Thompson was convicted of
possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance in violation of 21 U.S.C.
1The Honorable Richard W. Goldberg, Judge for the United States Court of
International Trade, sitting by designation.
§ 841(a)(1). Thompson appeals his conviction. For the reasons set forth below, we
affirm.
I. Background... More...
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United States of America v. Randy Metcalf Northern District of Iowa Federal Courthouse - Dubuque, Iowa

A jury convicted Randy Joe Metcalf of committing a hate crime in violation of
the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009, 18
U.S.C. § 249(a)(1) (the Act). The district cou 1 rt2 sentenced Metcalf to the statutory
maximum sentence of 120 months’ imprisonment. Metcalf appeals, arguing that the
Act is unconstitutional because Congress lacked the author... More...
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United States of America v. Joshua Van Haften Western District of Wisconsin Federal Courthouse - Madison, Wisconsin

Joshua Van Haften is a Wisconsin native
who was caught travelling to Turkey in an attempt to join
ISIS, a designated terrorist organization. In some ways,
Van Haften fits the typical profile of a terrorist: he believes
that ISIS is fighting a holy war against America—a war that
will culminate in the establishment of a global caliphate. But
this view is just one strand in a ... More...
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United States of America v. Deangelo Anderson Eastern District of Wisconsin Federal Courthouse - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

On September 23, 2014, a grand jury
returned a five-count indictment against Deangelo Anderson,
charging him in counts one and two with armed robbery of a
bank and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of
violence (i.e. the bank robbery), and in counts three, four and
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five with unlawful possession of a firearm as a felon, possession
of crack coca... More...
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Margery Newman v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Northern District of Illinois Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

At age 56, Margery Newman purchased
a long-term care insurance plan from the Metropolitan
Life Insurance Company (“MetLife”). She opted for one of
MetLife’s non-standard options for paying her insurance premiums;
MetLife called the method she selected “Reduced-Pay
at 65.” When Newman was 67 years old, she was startled to
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discover that MetLife that year mor... More...
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United States of America v. Cynthia Fletcher, et al. v. State of Mississippi and Simpson County School District Southern District of Mississippi - Federal Courthouse - Jackson, Mississippi

Since 1970, the Simpson County School District (“the District”) has been under a consent decree to monitor the District’s efforts to desegregate its school system. Students attending District schools (“the Intervenors”) intervened in the litigation in 1982, contending that the District had not properly complied with the consent decree. In 2015, the District moved for a finding of unitary status in... More...   $0 (02-06-2018 - MS)

United States of America v. Jordan Clarence Rogers Western District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - Kansas City, Missouri

Jordan Rogers repeatedly pointed a laser at a police helicopter, temporarily
blinding the pilot, and pleaded guilty to one count of aiming a laser at an aircraft in
violation of 18 U.S.C. § 39A. On appeal, Rogers challenges the district court’s2
application of a nine-level sentencing enhancement for recklessly endangering the
safety of an aircraft, pursuant to United States Sentenc... More...
   $0 (02-06-2018 - )

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