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Chinese National Guilty of Laundering Millions for Mexican Drug Cartels

A Chinese national pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit money laundering in connection with laundering more than $4 million in drug proceeds generated by large-scale cocaine trafficking in the United States. According to court documents, Xueyong Wu, 40, cultivated relationships with Latin American drug trafficking organizations to transport and launder their United States-based drug proceeds.  Wu is scheduled to ...

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Chinese Citizen Convicted of Economic Espionage, Theft of Trade Secrets, and Conspiracy

Hao Zhang, 41, of China, was found guilty of economic espionage, theft of trade secrets, and conspiring to commit both offenses today, announced the Department of Justice. From 2010 to 2015, Zhang conspired to and did steal trade secrets from two companies: Avago and Skyworks. Avago is a designer, developer, and global supplier of a broad range of analog, digital, ...

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Assange Indicted on Broader Conspiracy Charges

A federal grand jury returned a second superseding indictment today charging Julian P. Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, with offenses that relate to Assange’s alleged role in one of the largest compromises of classified information in the history of the United States. The new indictment broadens the scope of the conspiracy surrounding alleged computer intrusions with which Assange was previously ...

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U.S. Army Soldier Charged with Terrorism Offenses for Planning Deadly Ambush on Service Members in His Unit

The Department of Justice announced today the unsealing of an indictment charging Ethan Melzer, 22, of Louisville, Kentucky, for allegedly planning an attack on his U.S. Army unit by sending sensitive details about the unit – including information about its location, movements, and security – to members of an extremist organization named Order of the Nine Angles (O9A), an occult-based neo-Nazi ...

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Team Telecom Recommends that the FCC Deny Pacific Light Cable Network System’s Hong Kong Undersea Cable Connection to the United States | OPA

Team Telecom today recommended to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), based on national security concerns, that the FCC partially deny the Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN) subsea cable system application, to the extent it seeks a direct connection between the United States and Hong Kong. Team Telecom, which is formally known as the Committee for the Assessment of Foreign Participation ...

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Former DEA Official Pleads Guilty to Elaborate $4 Million Fraud Scheme

A former Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) public affairs officer pleaded guilty today to defrauding at least a dozen companies of over $4.4 million by posing falsely as a covert officer of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). According to court documents, Garrison Kenneth Courtney, 44, of Tampa, Florida, falsely claimed to be a covert officer of the CIA involved in a ...

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The Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security Propose Rule on Procedures for Asylum and Withholding of Removal

The Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security (collectively, the Departments) submitted a proposed rule change to help immigration officials more effectively separate baseless claims for asylum from meritorious ones. The proposal suggests the following changes to the Departments’ regulations: Amend the regulations governing credible fear determinations so that individuals found to have such a fear will have ...

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Harvard University Professor Indicted in China Investigation

The former Chair of Harvard University’s Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department was indicted today on charges of making false statements to federal authorities regarding his participation in China’s Thousand Talents Program. Dr. Charles Lieber, 61, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on two counts of making false statements and will be arraigned in federal court in Boston at ...

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Rioter Faces Federal Arson Charges in Connection to Nashville Courthouse Fire During Protest

A criminal complaint issued today charged Wesley Somers, 25, of Hendersonville, Tennessee, with malicious destruction of property using fire or explosives. “The Department of Justice will vindicate the First Amendment rights of all Americans to speak, assemble and seek a redress of grievances from their government,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers.  “We cannot tolerate, however, ...

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Department of Justice Gets Involved in Fight Against Michigan Governor’s Irrational Restrictions

The Department of Justice today filed a statement of interest in a Michigan federal court in support of a lawsuit filed by seven businesses challenging the restrictions imposed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement of interest is part of Attorney General William P. Barr’s April 27, 2020 initiative directing Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband ...

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Here’s How The DOJ Fought For Religious Freedom During The Pandemic

Governors across the United States have issued orders during the coronavirus pandemic that restrict or prohibit religious services. The Department of Justice and Attorney General William Barr have fought back against such restrictions on multiple occasions. “Even in times of emergency,” Barr warned in April, federal law prohibits religious discrimination. Governors and mayors across the United States have issued orders ...

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Calexico City Officials Charged with Accepting Bribes to Expedite Marijuana Permits

A Calexico City, California councilman and mayor pro tem, along with a commissioner on the city’s Economic Development and Financial Advisory Commission, were charged in federal court today with accepting cash bribes in exchange for promises of official action by the city. According to a charging document, David Romero 36, and Bruno Suarez Soto, 28, both of Calexico, California, accepted ...

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Hollywood Film Producer Charged with $1.7 Million COVID-Relief Fraud

A California man has been charged with allegedly filing bank loan applications fraudulently seeking more than $1.7 million dollars in forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. William Sadleir, 66, of Beverly Hills, California, was charged in a federal criminal complaint filed in the ...

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Texas Man Charged with Fraud in $5 Million COVID-Relief Scam

A Texas man has been charged in the Eastern District of Texas with allegedly filing bank loan applications fraudulently seeking more than $5 million dollars in forgivable loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Samuel Yates, 32, of Maud, Texas, allegedly sought millions of dollars in forgivable loans guaranteed ...

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Government Agency Makes Changes to Protect Bankruptcy System During Covid-19 Emergency

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Justice’s U.S. Trustee Program (USTP) has taken a number of steps to protect the health of the public and those involved in bankruptcy proceedings while ensuring that the bankruptcy system remains functional during the current public health emergency. “Our first priority is the safety and health of the general public and ...

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