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OPERATION LEGEND: Illinois Man Charged with Discharging a Firearm While Carjacking a Vehicle from Two Victims

Each weekday, the Department of Justice will highlight a case that has resulted from Operation Legend. Today’s case is out of the Northern District of Illinois. Operation Legend launched in Chicago on July 22, 2020, in response to the city facing increased homicide and non-fatal shooting rates. United States vs. Michael C. Pearson “Carjacking is a senseless act of violence ...

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California Attorney Pleads Guilty in Multimillion Dollar Conduit Campaign Contribution Conspiracy Case

A Glendale, California attorney pleaded guilty today for conspiring to make and conceal conduit and excessive campaign contributions during the U.S. presidential election in 2016 and thereafter. Rudy Dekermenjian, 42, of Glendale, California, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to make conduit contributions, make excessive contributions, cause false statements, and cause false entries in records before the Honorable Randolph ...

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Two Self-Described “Boogaloo Bois” Charged with Attempting to Provide Material Support to Hamas

The Justice Department today announced a federal criminal complaint charging Michael Robert Solomon, 30, and Benjamin Ryan Teeter, 22, with conspiring and attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization (Hamas). Solomon and Teeter, who were taken into custody yesterday evening, made their initial appearances earlier today before Magistrate Judge Tony N. Leung in U.S. District Court ...

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Operation Legend: Case of the Day – Richard Woodard

Each weekday, the Department of Justice will highlight a case that has resulted from Operation Legend.  Today’s case is out of the Northern District of Ohio.  Operation Legend launched in Cleveland on July 29, 2020, in response to the city facing increased homicide and non-fatal shooting rates. United States vs. Richard Woodard “This defendant is alleged to have been associated ...

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Trump Administration Seizes Domains Used by Hizballah

The United States has seized “Aletejahtv.com” and “Aletejahtv.org,” two websites, which were unlawfully utilized by Kata’ib Hizballah, a Specially Designated National and a Foreign Terrorist Organization. “Once again we see designated foreign terrorist organizations turning to the internet to push their message and recruit followers for their violent causes,” said John Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security.  “We will ...

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Operation Legend: Case of the Day – John Green

Each weekday, the Department of Justice will highlight a case that has resulted from Operation Legend.  Today’s case is out of the Southern District of Indiana. Operation Legend launched in Indianapolis on Aug. 14, 2020 in response to the city facing record-breaking homicide and non-fatal shooting rates.  In just the first two weeks, the operation has already yielded impactful results; federal, ...

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Operation Legend: Case of the Day | Manuel Chavira

Each weekday, the Department of Justice will highlight a case that has resulted from Operation Legend. Today’s case is out of the District of New Mexico. Operation Legend was launched in Albuquerque on July 22, 2020, in response to the city facing a record-breaking homicide rate. United States vs. Manuel A. Chavira “Cases like this one are what Operation Legend ...

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Operation Legend: Case of the Day – Moore and Jones

Each weekday, the Department of Justice will highlight a case that has resulted from Operation Legend. Today’s case is out of the Western District of Missouri – the district where the Department of Justice launched Operation Legend, in honor of four-year-old LeGend Taliferro who was shot while he slept in his home in Kansas City, Missouri. Since its inception, Operation ...

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DOJ Requesting Data From States that Forced Nursing Homes to Take in COVID-19 Patients

The Justice Department requested COVID-19 data Wednesday from the governors of states that issued orders which may have resulted in the deaths of thousands of elderly nursing home residents. New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Michigan required nursing homes to admit COVID-19 patients to their vulnerable populations, often without adequate testing. For example, on March 25, 2020, New York ordered: “No ...

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District Court Permanently Shuts Down Telecom Carriers Involved in Robocalls

WASHINGTON – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York entered a consent decree imposing a permanent injunction barring two individuals and two companies that transmitted massive volumes of fraudulent robocalls from conveying any telephone calls into the U.S. telephone system, the Department of Justice announced today. As alleged in a civil complaint filed earlier this year ...

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Russian Arrested in Attempt to Steal Data From a Nevada Company

A Russian national made his initial appearance in federal court Monday for his role in a conspiracy to recruit an employee of a company to introduce malicious software into the company’s computer network, extract data from the network, and extort ransom money from the company. Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov, 27, a citizen of Russia, was charged in a complaint with one count of ...

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Puerto Rico Legislator and Two Capitol Employees Indicted for Theft and Bribery

On Wednesday, a federal grand jury in the District of Puerto Rico returned an eight-count indictment against legislator Nelson Del Valle Colon (Del Valle Colon), a member of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives, as well as two of his employees, Nickolle Santos-Estrada (Santos) and her mother Mildred Estrada-Rojas (Estrada), for their alleged participation in a multi-year theft, bribery, and ...

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Justice Dept Expands Operation Legend into Indianapolis

Today, the expansion of Operation Legend was announced in Indianapolis.  Operation Legend is a sustained, systematic and coordinated law enforcement initiative in which federal law enforcement agencies work in conjunction with state and local law enforcement officials to fight violent crime.  The Operation was first launched on July 8 in Kansas City, MO., and expanded on July 22, 2020, to ...

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Justice Department Finds Yale Illegally Discriminates Against Asians and Whites in Undergraduate Admissions

The Department of Justice today notified Yale University of its findings that Yale illegally discriminates against Asian-American and white applicants in its undergraduate admissions process in violation of Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The findings are the result of a two-year investigation in response to a complaint by Asian American groups concerning Yale’s conduct. “There is no ...

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