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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. MARK STUART LANDERSMAN, a/k/a Mark Stuart UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. LEE HALL UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT

We recount the facts in the light most favorable to the Government, the prevailing
party at trial. See United States v. Garcia-Ochoa, 607 F.3d 371, 376 (4th Cir. 2010). In
late 2012 and early 2013, Hall facilitated the Navy’s purchase of 349 unattributable (i.e.,
unserialized and untraceable) firearm suppressors for approximately $1,657,750. At that
time, Hall worked directl... More...
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STATE OF OHIO v. MARLON D. FRYE

Jana E. Emerick On December 15, 2016, the Allen County Grand Jury indicted Frye on
three counts, including: Count One of having weapons while under disability in
violation of R.C. 2923.13(A)(3), (B), a third-degree felony, Count Two of tampering
with evidence in violation of R.C. 2921.12(A)(1), (B), a third-degree felony, and
Count Three of aggravated possession of drugs in v... More...
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STATE OF KANSAS v. CHELSEA A. ROGERS

Chelsea A. Rogers appeals her sentence following her no-contest plea to one count of abuse of a child. She claims the district court erred in releasing the State from its obligation under the plea agreement when she originally failed to appear at sentencing because, according to Rogers, the failure-to-appear clause in her plea agreement was unconscionable. She also claims the district court failed... More...   $0 (03-27-2018 - KS)

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA v. TODD ERIC BODERICK

Defendant and Krishay Mouzon (“the mother”) had a daughter (“the child”)
born on 25 April 2012. Defendant and the mother had custody of the child, and the
mother had two additional children of whom she did not have custody. Defendant and
the mother lived with the child in various hotels.
On 27 October 2012 at approximately 9:27 p.m., police and the fire department
respond... More...
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STATE OF OHIO v. GEORGE C. NORMAN, JR.

In April 2014, in Case No. 2014-CR-312, Norman was indicted for possession
of cocaine in an amount equal to or greater than 10 grams, but less than 20 grams, in
violation of R.C. 2925.11(A), a third-degree felony; the indictment included a forfeiture
specification. Norman pled guilty to the charge and agreed to the forfeiture. At the plea
hearing, the trial court informed N... More...
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United States of America v. Daryl F. Yurek and Wendy M. Yurek District of Colorado Federal Courthouse - Denver, Colorado

Denver, CO - Stapleton Couple Sentenced for Income Tax Evasion and Bankruptcy Fraud

Daryl F. Yurek, age 62, and Wendy M. Yurek, age 62, were sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge William J. Martinez on March 22 and 23, 2018. Mr. Yurek was sentenced to 50 months incarceration followed by three years of supervised release and an asset forfeiture money judgment was entered against him in t... More...
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United States of America v. Edward N. Levine District of Nevada Federal Courthouse - Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, NV - . The government is represented by Trial Attorney Ryan Connors, Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn Newman, and paralegals Christopher Kopf and Amanda Backer.

Edward N. Levine, 67, a resident of Novato, California, was sentenced on March 23, 2018 to 27 months in prison and followed by three years of supervised release for the sale of two black rhinoceros horns in Las Vegas. Le... More...
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United States of America v. Timothy Alan Veninga Arizona District Federal Courthouse - Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, AZ - Federal Firearms Dealer Sentenced to 78 Months for His Role in Trafficking Firearms to Mexico

Timothy Alan Veninga, 48, of Tucson, Ariz., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge James A. Soto to 78 months’ imprisonment and a judgment of forfeiture of over $61,000. Veninga had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States, aiding and abetting false statemen... More...
   $0 (03-19-2018 - AZ)

United States of America v. Denisa Bonculescu and Anamaria Margel District of Massachusetts Federal Courthouse - Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, MA - Two Romanian Nationals Sentenced for Racketeering Conspiracy and ATM Skimming

Two Romanian nationals were sentenced on March 16, 2018 in federal court in Boston in connection with an ATM skimming scheme operating throughout Massachusetts and other states including Connecticut, New York and South Carolina.

Denisa Bonculescu, 27, was sentenced by U.S. District Court J... More...
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United States of America v. Celia Nipper, aka Celia Arrand Northern District of California Federal Courthouse - San Francisco

San Francisco, CA - East Bay Resident Sentenced To Over Four Years In Prison For Wire Fraud, Bank Fraud, And Related Charges In Embezzlement Scheme

Celia Nipper, aka Celia Arrand, was sentenced on March 15, 2018 to 51 months in prison for committing wire fraud, bank fraud, and filing false tax returns in connection with a scheme to embezzle funds from a real estate technology company, an... More...
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United States of America v. Hatem Ataya, M.D. Eastern District of Michigan Federal Courthouse - Detroit, Michigan

Hatem Ataya pleaded guilty to one count of
conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and wire fraud. His plea agreement included a waiver of
his appeal rights. During his plea colloquy, Ataya acknowledged that he understood that he was
waiving these rights. The district court, however, failed to comply with Federal Rule of Criminal
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No. 16-2611 United States v. Ataya Page 2
Pr... More...
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United States of America v. Vance White Northern District of Illinois Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

Vance White participated in a
wire fraud scheme and pleaded guilty to one count of wire
fraud, 18 U.S.C. § 1343, and one count of aggravated identity
theft, 18 U.S.C. § 1028A(a)(1). The district court calculated
White’s Sentencing Guidelines range based on the amount of
loss caused by the entire scheme over four years. During most
of that time, though, White was in prison. ... More...
   $0 (03-02-2018 - IL)

United States of America v. Songkram Roy Sahachaisere Eastern District of New York Courthouse - Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn, NY - Stock Promoter Sentenced to 27 Months in Prison for His Role in International Pump and Dump Scheme
Roy Sahachaisere Was Convicted at Trial of Fraudulently Inflating the Value of Penny Stocks

On February 23, 2018, in federal court in Brooklyn, stock promoter Songkram Roy Sahachaisere was sentenced by United States District Judge Eric N. Vitaliano to 27 months’ imprisonme... More...
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United States of America v. David N. Barnes Southern District of Illinois Courthouse - East St. Louis, Illinois

David Barnes appeals his sen-tence. He argues that the district court incorrectly calculated his Guidelines range by counting a local ordinance violation for “Smoking Marihuana at a Public Park” in his criminal history score. Because Barnes has waived this argument, we affirm the district court.
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In 2010, Barnes pleaded guilty to several offenses related to the distribu... More...
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United States of America v. Dearieus Duheart Middle District of Louisiana Federal Courthouse - Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Baton Rouge, LA - Federal Jury Convicts Felon of Drug Trafficking

A federal jury unanimously convicted DEARIEUS DUHEART, age 34, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, of possessing with the intent to distribute marijuana, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841, following a trial before visiting U.S. District Judge Lance M. Africk. The jury acquitted the defendant on two gun-relat... More...
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United States of America v. D'Hati Coleman, a/k/a Q District of Maine Federal Courthouse - Bangor, Maine

The overriding question in this
appeal is whether the district court appropriately denied an
offense-level reduction for acceptance of responsibility under the
sentencing guidelines. The answer to this question depends, in
large part, on whether the court appropriately found certain
conduct to be "relevant conduct" within the meaning of USSG §1B1.3.
Here, however, a procedu... More...
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United States of America v. Miguel Rodriguez-Sierra Morelaw Internet Marketing for Legal Professionals MoreLaw Can Make Your Phone Ring 888-354-4529

Miami, FL - Former HSI Confidential Informant Sentenced for Obstruction of Justice

Former Homeland Security Investigations Confidential Informant Miguel Rodriguez-Sierra was sentenced today by United States District Judge Darrin P. Gayles for obstructing justice by attempting to sell cooperation to a federal inmate to allow that inmate to obtain an unwarranted sentencing reduction, in vio... More...
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United States of America v. Frank Dunkow United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida - Miami, Florida

Miami, FL - Former HSI Confidential Informant Sentenced for Obstruction of Justice

Former Homeland Security Investigations Confidential Informant Miguel Rodriguez-Sierra was sentenced today by United States District Judge Darrin P. Gayles for obstructing justice by attempting to sell cooperation to a federal inmate to allow that inmate to obtain an unwarranted sentencing reduction, in vio... More...
   $0 (02-26-2018 - fl)

United States of America v. Terrence Deon Reames, aka Santos Middle District of Tennessee - Estes Kefauver Federal Courthouse Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville, TN - Nashville Kingpin Pleads Guilty To Illegally Importing And Distributing More Than 100 Kilograms Of Molly From China

Defendant Largely Responsible For Introducing Molly To The Nashville Drug Market

Terrence Deon Reames, aka Santos, 40, of Nashville, Tenn., formerly of Riverdale, Georgia, pleaded guilty on February 22, 2018 in U.S. District Court, to charges of oper... More...
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United States of America v. Damian Phillips Middle District of North Carolina Federal Courthouse - Greensboro, North Carolina

In this civil forfeiture case, the United States claims that $200,000 in cash discovered in a storage unit leased by Byron Phillips is subject to forfeiture because the cash is connected to the “exchange [of] a controlled substance.” See 21 U.S.C. § 881(a)(6). Damian Phillips, Byron’s brother, seeks to intervene, contending that the money is his life savings and has nothing to do with drugs. The d... More...   $0 (02-24-2018 - NC)

Delane Hurley v. California Department of Parks and Recreation

Pursuant to California Rules of Court, rule 8.1110, this opinion is certified for
publication with the exception of parts I, III, and V through VII.

Plaintiff Delane Hurley appeals a judgment in her action against defendants
California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and Leda Seals (together
Defendants) that alleged, inter alia, causes of action for sexual orientation... More...
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United States of America v. Shaun Greenwald District of New Jersey Federal Courthouses

Newark, NJ - New York Accountant Pleads Guilty In Stock Manipulation Scheme That Netted Millions In Illicit Profits

A Cedarhurst, New York, man on February 20, 2018 admitted his role in a long-running market manipulation scheme that netted millions in illegal profits between 2014 and 2016.

Shaun Greenwald, 40, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge John Michael Vazquez to an i... More...
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Kenton L. Crowley; John A. Flores v. EpiCept Corporation Southern District of California Federal Courthouse - San Diego, California

This appeal follows the trial on Drs. Crowley and Flores’s
(the Doctors) claims against EpiCept Corporation (EpiCept)
for breach of contract, breach of the implied covenant of good
faith and fair dealing, and fraud. The Doctors’ claims arise
from their assignment to EpiCept of two patents for a non-
FDA approved drug (referred to as “NP-2”) and EpiCept’s
failure to develop ... More...
   $0 (02-19-2018 - CA)

United States of America v. Richard Pinedo Federal Courthouse - District of Columbia

Washington, DC - Defendant Pleads Guilty to Selling Bank Accounts To Russian Hackers

The United States of America charged Richard Pinedo, age 28, with identity fraud in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1028 when the sold bank accounts to Russians who used the accounts to launder money for use in Russia's efforts to defeat Hillary Clinton's campaign to become President of the United States.

... More...
   $0 (02-17-2018 - DC)

United States of America v. Christian Clews Southern District of California Federal Courthouse - San Diego, California

San Diego - Rancher Sentenced for Possession of Child Porn Involving Dogs

Christian Clews, the operator of a Carmel Valley horse ranch, was sentenced in federal court today to 210 months in prison for possessing and distributing photographs and videos that depicted children engaged in sexually explicit activity with adults and dogs.

Clews, who pleaded guilty in July but remained ... More...
   $0 (02-16-2018 - CA)

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