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William Baxter v. California State Teachers' Retirement System

Eleven retired teachers (Teachers) who had been employed in the Salinas Unified
High School District (District), disputed attempts by appellant California State Teachers’
Retirement System (CalSTRS) to recoup retirement benefit overpayments. The
overpayments were the result of a years-long miscalculation by the District of the
monthly retirement benefits to which the Teachers were ... More...
   $0 (01-21-2018 - CA)

United States of America v. Kermit J. Schofield Western District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - Springfield, Missouri

Springfield, MO - Theodosia Husband, Wife Plead Guilty to Illegally Trafficking in Ginseng

A Theodosia, Mo., couple pleaded guilty in federal court on December 29, 2017 to illegally trafficking in wild American ginseng.

Kermit J. Schofield, 76, and his wife, Sandy Schofield, 73, both of Theodosia, each waived their right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate J... More...
   $0 (01-08-2018 - MO)

United States of America v. Travis Leger and Jason Leckelt Eastern District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Beaumont, Texas


Travis Leger of Sulphur, Louisiana, and his half-brother Jason Leckelt of Wilburton, Oklahoma, were sentenced on December 15, 2017 in federal court in Beaumont, Texas, to 21 months and 16 months in prison, respectively, followed by three years of super... More...
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The Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office and Helena Police Department
connected Burton toaseries of crimes that startedin 2010 and culminatedin December of
2011. Prosecutors alleged the following crimes were committed by Burton: On
September7, 2010, a Ruger .380 caliber pistolwas stolen from Timothy Kosena’s vehicle
in the Helena Valley. On November 28, 2010, the Helena Val... More...
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United States of America v. Arongkron “Paul” Malasukum Eastern District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Plano, Texas

Beaumont, TX - New York Man Pleads Guilty to Trafficking in Endangered Lion and Tiger Parts

Arongkron “Paul” Malasukum, a resident of Woodside, New York, pleaded guilty on November 9, 2017 to illegally trafficking parts from endangered African lions and tigers.

Malasukum, 41, pleaded guilty in Plano, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kimberly Priest Johnson for the Eastern District o... More...
   $0 (11-10-2017 - TX)

Mario Watkins v. State of Indiana Indiana Supreme Court

A long-time confidential informant saw Mario Watkins in his Evansville home with a gun, cocaine, and marijuana. After receiving this tip, Evansville police got a search warrant, surveilled the house, and decided to send in the SWAT team. The team met to plan the warrant execution, taking into account the layout of the house, Watkins’s violent criminal history, and the danger posed by four adults w... More...   $0 (10-31-2017 - IN)

United States of America v. Guan Zong Chen, a/k/a Graham Chen United States Court of Appeals For The First Circuit - Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, MA - Head of Wildlife Smuggling Ring Pleads Guilty to Smuggling Carvings Made From Ivory, Rhino Horn and Coral

Guan Zong Chen (“Graham Chen”), an Australian citizen, pleaded guilty in federal court in Boston, Massachusetts, on charges that he led a conspiracy to illegally export (smuggle) $700,000 worth of endangered and protected wildlife items made from rhinoceros horn, elephan... More...
   $0 (10-25-2017 - MA)

Michelle Trotter v. 7R Holdings, LLC; Luis A. Rubi Gonzalez; M/Y Olga Third Circuit Court of Appeals - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

In this appeal, we must determine whether the District
Court properly exercised its power to dismiss a case pursuant
to the forum non conveniens doctrine when it dismissed
Appellant’s claims under the Jones Act, 46 U.S.C. § 30104
(2012), and general maritime laws for unseaworthiness,
negligence, and maintenance and cure. We shall affirm the
District Court in two steps... More...
   $0 (10-13-2017 - VI)

United States of America v. David L. Boone Western District of Washington Federal Courthouse - Seattle, Washington

Seattle, WA - Brinnon Resident Sentenced to Prison for Trafficking Protected Narwhal Tusks

Defendant Trafficked Marine Mammal Parts Worth as much as $400,000

A 64-year-old resident of Brinnon, Jefferson County, Washington was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to six months in prison, one year of supervised release and a $25,000 fine for trafficking ivory from protected s... More...
   $0 (09-25-2017 - WA)

United States of America v. Fengyi Zhou United States District Courthouse for the Eastern District of New York - Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn, NY - Long Island Man Sentenced to Two Years for Trafficking Rhinoceros Horns

Fengyi Zhou, a resident of Syosset, New York, and the owner of a business specializing in Asian works of art, was sentenced to two years of imprisonment for one count of information of wildlife trafficking in violation of the Lacey Act for illegally trafficking horns from endangered black rhinoceros.More...
   $0 (09-19-2017 - NY)

United States of America v. Essential Oils, L.C. Federal Courthouse - Salt Lake City, Utah

Salt Lake City, UT - Essential Oils Company Sentenced for Lacey Act and Endangered Species Act Violations to Pay $760,000 in Fines, Forfeiture, and Community Service, and to Implement a Comprehensive Compliance Plan

YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS, L.C., (the Company), headquartered in Lehi, Utah, pleaded guilty in federal court to federal misdemeanor charges regarding its illegal trafficking... More...
   $760000 (09-19-2017 - UT)

United States of America v. Edward N. Levine Federal Courthouse - Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, NV - California Man Convicted for Role in the Illegal Sale of Black Rhinoceros Horns

Edward N. Levine was convicted yesterday for conspiracy to violate the Lacey and Endangered Species Acts and to a violation of the Lacey Act by knowingly selling black rhinoceros horns to an undercover agent from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), announced the Justice Depart... More...
   $0 (09-15-2017 - NV)

State of Oklahoma v. Christopher Lee Douglas Tulsa County Courthouse - Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa, OK - Man Sentenced To 25 Years In Prison For Molesting 11-year-old

The State of Oklahoma charged Christopher Lee Douglas with:

Count # 1. Count as Filed: CHSA, SEXUAL ABUSE - CHILD UNDER 12, in violation of 21 O.S. 843.5 F
Date of Offense: 08/15/2013
Party Name Disposition Information
Date Code Description Count... More...
   $0 (09-07-2017 - OK)

United States of America v. Aristides Sanchez Federal Courthouse - San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan, PR - Owner of Arecibo Aquarium Business Pleads Guilty to Two Federal Lacey Act Felonies for Illicit Trafficking of Protected Corals

Aristides Sanchez, a resident of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, pleaded guilty on August 23, 2017 to two felony violations of the federal Lacey Act for collecting, purchasing, falsely labeling, and shipping protected marine invertebrate species as part of a... More...
   $0 (08-24-2017 - PR)

United States of America v. Travis Leger, Rickey Simon and Jason Leckelt Seal of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

Beaumont, TX - Three Men Plead Guilty to Conspiracy to Violate the Lacey Act by Illegally Trafficking Threatened Alligator Snapping Turtles

Travis Leger and Rickey Simon, both of Sulphur, Louisiana, and Jason Leckelt of Wilburton, Oklahoma, pleaded guilty on August 22, 2017 to conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act by illegally trafficking alligator snapping turtles.

Alligator snapp... More...
   $0 (08-22-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Josh S. Hedges Federal Courthouse - Wichita, Kansas

Wichita, KS - Owner of Hunting Guide Company Pleads Guilty to Lacey Act Violations

The owner of a hunting guide company in Elk County pleaded guilty and was sentenced August 2, 2017 for violating state and federal laws while taking clients on hunting trips.

Josh Hedges, 35, Grenola, Kan., owner of Eagle Head Outfitters, LLC, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate ... More...
   $0 (08-05-2017 - KS)

United States of America v. Gaston L. Saunders, Jr. Federal Courthouse - Raleigh, North Carolina

Raleigh, NC - Commercial Fisherman Pleads Guilty to Illegally Harvesting and Selling Atlantic Striped Bass and to Federal Tax Violations

GASTON L. SAUNDERS, JR., 53, of Wanchese, North Carolina, pled guilty on August 3, 2017 to federal charges regarding the illegal harvest and sale of Atlantic striped bass from federal waters off the coast of North Carolina. SAUNDERS also plead guilty to... More...
   $0 (08-03-2017 - NC)

State of Oklahoma v. Lacey Dawn Sponsler

Pawhuska, OK - Substitute Teacher Pleads Guilty To Assault

The State of Oklahoma charged Lacey Dawn Sponsler, age 34, with:

1. ASSAULT WITH INTENT TO COMMIT A FELONY, in violation of 21 OS 645,652,653,681

Date Code Description Count Party Amount


Document Available at Court Clerk's Office
$ 103.00More...
   $0 (07-25-2017 - OK)

United States of America v. ISF Trading Company of Portland Federal Courthouse - Portland, Maine

Portland, ME - Portland Company Sentenced for Lacey Act Violations

ISF Trading Company (“ISF”) of Portland, was sentenced to one year of probation for violating the Lacey Act. ISF was also fined $552,500 and ordered to forfeit $297,500. The Lacey Act is a federal law that prohibits trade in wildlife that has been illegally taken, possessed, transported or sold.

ISF is a Maine com... More...
   $0 (06-29-2017 - ME)

State of Oklahoma v. Christopher Lee Douglas Tulsa County Courthouse - Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa, OK - Jury Convict Man Of Sexually Abusing Child - Recommends 25-Year Sentence

The State of Oklahoma charged Christopher Lee Douglas, age 47, with:

Count # 1. Count as Filed: CHSA, SEXUAL ABUSE - CHILD UNDER 12, in violation of 21 O.S. 843.5 F
Date of Offense: 08/15/2013
Party Name Disposition Information
Date Code ... More...
   $0 (06-23-2017 - OK)


On August 17, 2013, Stratton was involved in a standoff with police at his home in
Belt, Montana. He was arrested and charged with eight offenses: one count misdemeanor
Obstructing a Peace Officer; one count misdemeanor Partner or Family Member Assault
(PFMA); three counts felony Criminal Endangerment; two counts misdemeanor Violation
of Order of Protection; and one count mis... More...
   $0 (05-15-2017 - MT)

STATE OF OHIO v. JOHN LEWIS Ninth District Court of Appeals

Mr. Lewis and his former girlfriend, the victim in this matter, began dating in
2007 and lived together at various points in time. Mr. Lewis described their relationship in
positive terms and indicated that the two were still communicating and working on their
problems when the incident giving rise to this appeal occurred. Meanwhile, the victim testified
that she had tried re... More...
   $0 (05-14-2017 - OH)

United States of America v. Tim Davis Federal Courthouse - Tacoma, Washington

Tacoma, WA - Washington State Man Pleads Guilty to Trafficking in Prohibited Ivory Products

Bought and Sold Ivory from Whales, Elephants and Walruses in Violation of Federal Law

A resident of Ridgefield, Clark County, Washington, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to violating the Lacey Act by trafficking in sperm whale ivory. TIM DAVIS, 55, admitted to participating... More...
   $0 (04-21-2017 - WA)


On August 12, 2012, in Sheridan County, Montana, Brekke took a pickup that did
not belong to him and went on a joy ride through a campground where he had been staying.
He damaged the truck and campground property. A Sheridan County Sheriff’s Deputy
investigated and issued Brekke a complaint and notice to appear in Justice Court for the
offenses of criminal mischief, a felony... More...
   $0 (04-16-2017 - MT)

United States of America v. Deric Lostutter

Lexington, KY - Winchester Man Sentenced To 24 Months For Illegally Hacking Into Website And Lying To Federal Agents

A Winchester, Ky., man, who previously admitted to hacking and taking control of a high school sports website, to gain publicity for his online identity and harass and intimidate the website owner and others, has been sentenced to 24 months in federal prison.

U.S. ... More...
   $0 (03-08-2017 - KY)

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