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New York Man Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 20 Years in Prison for Attempting to Provide and Conspiring to Provide Material Support to ISIS | OPA

Adam Raishani, aka “Saddam Mohamed Raishani,” 32, of the Bronx, New York, was sentenced to 20 years in prison to be followed by 20 years of supervised release for attempting to provide and conspiring 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. ...

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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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United States Files Lawsuit Against California for Failure to Comply With California Environmental Quality Act

The Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) today filed civil actions, in both federal and state court, against the California State Water Resources Control Board for failing to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). On Dec. 12, 2018, the California State Water Resources Control Board (the Board) approved and adopted amendments to the ...

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Duke University Agrees to Pay U.S. $112.5 Million Settlement Related to Scientific Research Misconduct

Duke University has agreed to pay the government $112.5 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by submitting applications and progress reports that contained falsified research on federal grants to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Justice Department announced today. “The resources utilized by NIH and EPA to ...

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FBI Texts: DOJ Official Had ‘Continued Concerns’ About Source Used To Obtain Carter Page FISA

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Text messages show that a Justice Department official had “continued concerns” about the FBI’s applications to obtain FISA warrants on Carter Page In Oct. 2016, Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer at the time, suggested that Stuart Evans, the DOJ official who handles FISA applications, was concerned about the “possible bias” of an informant used to obtain the warrants Lisa Page’s ...

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Cesar Sayoc Pleads Guilty to 65 Felonies in Connection with October 2018 Pipe Bomb Scare

Cesar Altieri Sayoc, aka “Cesar Randazzo,” “Cesar Altieri,” and “Cesar Altieri Randazzo,” pled guilty today to a 65-count Superseding Information in Manhattan federal court before U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff.  In connection with the guilty plea, Sayoc admitted to mailing 16 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to 13 victims throughout the country, including 11 current or former U.S. government officials, ...

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Two Men Found Guilty in Cyber-Fraud Scheme Involving Online Dating and Business Email

A citizen of Nigeria residing in Atlanta, and a citizen of Mexico residing in California, were convicted Wednesday after a seven-day trial in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee on charges related to the part each played in an international cyber fraud scheme. Olufolajimi Abegunde, 31, of Atlanta, Georgia, and Javier Luis Ramos-Alonso, 29, of Seaside, ...

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North Carolina Man Pleads Guilty for His Role in International “Tech Support Scam”

A Charlotte, North Carolina man pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to access a protected computer, for his role in an international “Tech Support Scam” that defrauded hundreds of victims, including seniors, of more than $3 million. Bishap Mittal, 24, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David S. Cayer after which he was released on bond.  A sentencing date has not ...

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Former Defense Intelligence Officer Pleads Guilty to Attempted Espionage

Ron Rockwell Hansen, 58, a resident of Syracuse, Utah, and a former Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) officer, pleaded guilty today in the District of Utah in connection with his attempted transmission of national defense information to the People’s Republic of China. Hansen retired from the U.S. Army as a Warrant Officer with a background in signals intelligence and human intelligence.  ...

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Trump Administration Files in Support of Native American Religious Land Use Case

The Department of Justice today filed a Statement of Interest in U.S. District Court in New Jersey supporting a lawsuit by the Ramapough Mountain Indians (Ramapough) that the Township of Mahwah (Township) violated the tribe’s rights under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Person’s Act of 2000 (RLUIPA) by interfering with religious assembly on property the tribe owns in the ...

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Georgia Woman Arrested for Conspiring to Provide Material Support to ISIS

Kim Anh Vo, a.k.a. “[email protected],” a.k.a. “SyxxZMC,” a.k.a. “Zozo,” a.k.a. “Miss.Bones,” a.k.a. “Sage Pi,” a.k.a. “Kitty Lee,” was arrested this morning in Hephzibah, Georgia.  Vo was charged by a criminal Complaint with conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization.  Vo is expected to be presented later today before ...

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Justice Department Coordinates Largest-Ever Elder Fraud Sweep

Attorney General William P. Barr and multiple law enforcement partners today announced the largest coordinated sweep of elder fraud cases in history, surpassing last year’s nationwide sweep. The cases during this sweep involved more than 260 defendants from around the globe who victimized more than two million Americans, most of them elderly. The Department took action in every federal district across ...

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California Subprime Auto Lender fined $80,000 for Illegally Repossessing Servicemembers’ Cars

The Justice Department today announced that California Auto Finance, a subprime auto lending company based in Orange County, California, has agreed to enter into a court-enforceable consent order to resolve allegations that it illegally repossessed two servicemembers’ cars without court orders while they were on active duty. The Justice Department filed a lawsuit against California Auto Finance and a related ...

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New Jersey ISIS Supporter Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison for Attempting to Bomb New York City

Gregory Lepsky, 22, of Point Pleasant, New Jersey, was sentenced today to 16 years in prison for planning to construct and use a pressure cooker bomb in New York on behalf of a designated foreign terrorist organization, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). Lepsky pleaded guilty March 13, 2018, before a U.S. District Court Judge, to an information ...

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