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Federal Judge Rules Broadcaster Must Register as a Russian Foreign Agent

U.S. District Court Judge Robin L. Rosenberg has ruled that a Florida-based company, RM Broadcasting LLC (RM Broadcasting), was acting as an agent of a foreign principal and must register as such under the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938 (FARA). The Department of Justice contended in a civil counterclaim that RM Broadcasting has been acting as an agent of ...

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Former Intelligence Analyst Charged with Disclosing Classified Information

An indictment was unsealed today charging a former intelligence analyst with illegally obtaining classified national defense information and disclosing it to a reporter. Daniel Everette Hale, 31, of Nashville, Tennessee, was arrested this morning and will make his initial appearance today at the federal courthouse in Nashville. According to the indictment, Hale was enlisted in the U.S. Air Force from ...

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Former U.S. Army Range Operations Manager Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy

A former U.S. Army civilian employee pleaded guilty today to conspiring to accept bribes and disclose sensitive U.S. Army procurement information while serving as a range operations manager at Hawaii’s Schofield Barracks. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Kenji M. Price of the District of Hawaii, Special Agent in Charge Ray Park ...

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Ex-State Department Employee Pleads Guilty to Conspiring with Chinese Agents

Candace Marie Claiborne, a former employee of the U.S. Department of State, pleaded guilty today to a charge of conspiracy to defraud the United States, by lying to law enforcement and background investigators, and hiding her extensive contacts with, and gifts from, agents of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), in exchange for providing them with internal documents from the ...

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Former GE Engineer and Chinese Businessman Charged in GE Trade Secret Theft

An indictment unsealed today charges Xiaoqing Zheng, 56, of Niskayuna, New York, and Zhaoxi Zhang, 47, of Liaoning Province, China, with economic espionage and conspiring to steal General Electric’s (GE’s) trade secrets surrounding turbine technologies, knowing and intending that those stolen trade secrets would be used to benefit the People’s Republic of China.  Assistant Attorney General for National Security John ...

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Wisconsin Resident Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Provide Support to ISIS

A Wisconsin woman pleaded guilty today to attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization.  Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney Matthew D. Krueger of the Eastern District of Wisconsin and Acting Special Agent in Charge Michelle Sutphin of the FBI’s Milwaukee Field Office ...

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Canadian Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Committing Act of Terrorism Transcending National Boundaries and Other Offenses

Amor M. Ftouhi, 51, of Quebec, Canada, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Matthew F. Leitman to life in prison for committing an act of terrorism transcending national boundaries and two other offenses in conjunction with his attack on a Bishop Airport police officer on June 21, 2017.  Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney ...

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75 International Security Officials Collaborate With U.S. Counterparts To Combat Transnational Crime

International law enforcement, security, counternarcotics, and judicial officials arrived in the United States this week for the fifth annual Towards a More Safe and Secure World International Visitor Leadership Program. Participants from 56 countries will meet with their counterparts in 16 U.S. cities to increase efforts to combat transnational crime and counter terrorism. The 2019 initiative will begin in Washington, ...

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Pharmaceutical Companies Agree to Pay Over $122 Million to Resolve Allegations They Paid Kickbacks

The Department of Justice today announced that three pharmaceutical companies – Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (Jazz), Lundbeck LLC (Lundbeck), and Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Alexion) – have agreed to pay a total of $122.6 million to resolve allegations that they each violated the False Claims Act by illegally paying the Medicare or Civilian Health and Medical Program (ChampVA) copays for their own products, ...

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MS-13 Member Receives 26 Years in Prison for Racketeering, Murder and Attempted Murder

A Riverdale, Maryland man was sentenced to 312 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for his participation in the racketeering enterprise known as La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, including a murder and attempted murder. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski for the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur for the District of Maryland, ...

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New US Marshals Director Takes Oath of Office

Donald Washington was sworn in as the director of the U.S. Marshals Service today in a ceremony at the Tom Stagg U.S. District Court in Shreveport, Louisiana, with Chief Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. presiding and Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals administering the oath of office. Washington becomes the agency’s 11th director ...

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