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Six Charged in Scheme to Use Identities of Deceased People to Get Tax Refunds

A 10-count indictment was unsealed today charging six people with various offenses related to a scheme to defraud the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of at least $1.7 million in fraudulently…

Four East Haven, Connecticut, Police Officers Charged with Civil Rights Offenses

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced today that a federal grand jury sitting in Bridgeport, Conn., returned an indictment charging four East Haven Police officers with conspiring to violate, and…

Philadelphia Man Convicted for Role in Violent Home Invasion Robberies of Business Owners in Four States

Six Co-Defendants Have Pleaded Guilty WASHINGTON – A Philadelphia man has been convicted for his participation in a conspiracy to commit violent home invasion robberies of successful Asian business owners…

Michigan Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Participating in International Child Pornography Ring and Producing Child Pornography

WASHINGTON – A Michigan man was sentenced today in Los Angeles to 25 years in prison and lifetime supervised release for participating in a child exploitation enterprise and producing child…

Austin, MN man charged for allegedly attacking father-in-law

Amanda Lillie, Austin Daily Herald, Minn. – A 30-year-old Austin man was charged with three felonies after he allegedly choked his father-in-law and threatened him with a knife. Afi Ali Abdi…

Iowa man sentenced in meth conspiracy

DES MOINES, IA – On January 19, 2012, Andru Alan Fisher, age 42, of rural Glenwood, Iowa, was sentenced in United States District Court for his participation in a conspiracy…

Bail for 2 of 3 charged in Iowa child sex abuse case

Mark Newman, Ottumwa Courier, Iowa – ELDON — Eldon police say two of the three people taken into custody on charges of child endangerment and sexual abuse are out on bail.…

California town known as a speed trap disbands police force

By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Faced with crushing bills, a tiny Kern County town that became infamous for aggressive law enforcement has eliminated its police department.…

Suspect in N.J. synagogue firebombings is called a loner

By Stephanie Akin, Deon J. Hampton and Marlene Naanes, The Record (Hackensack N.J.) – HACKENSACK, N.J. — The 19-year-old New Jersey man charged with firebombing a synagogue and setting fire to…

Teen burglar admits to crime

John Mangalonzo, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa –   When Logan Jacob Wall’s case was brought before Des Moines County juvenile court, the 17-year-old was charged with 10 counts of third-degree…

Suspect in L.A. fires pleads not guilty to 100 charges

By Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — A 24-year-old German national entered a not guilty plea Tuesday in connection with 100 arson-related charges stemming from…

2 more held in terror case

By Anne Blythe, McClatchy Newspapers – RALEIGH, N.C. — Federal investigators say one of three North Carolina men convicted recently of conspiring to commit terror abroad tried to arrange the murder…

Jury Finds Fairfield Man Guilty of Car Bombing Former Tenant

SACRAMENTO, CA—United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that Daniel Richard Garcia, 30, of Fairfield was convicted today of malicious use of explosives, possession of a destructive device in relation…

$10 Million Returned to Victims of Public Corruption Scheme, Including Kodak and the Town of Greece

ROCHESTER, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that more than $10,000,000 in forfeited property has been returned to the victims of one of the largest public corruption cases…

Payment Processor for Online Poker Companies Pleads Guilty to Laundering Internet Poker Funds

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that IRA RUBIN, a payment processor for the Internet gambling industry, pled guilty today to money…

Man Sentenced in Connection with Arson at Planned Parenthood and Vandalism of Mosque in Madera, California

Donny Eugene Mower, 38, of Madera, Calif., was sentenced in federal court today following his October 2011 guilty pleas to one count of arson, one count of damaging religious property…

Former CIA Officer John Kiriakou Charged with Disclosing Covert Officer’s Identity and Other Classified Information to Journalists

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A former CIA officer, John Kiriakou, was charged today with repeatedly disclosing classified information to journalists, including the name of a covert CIA officer and information revealing…

US Army Sergeant Major and Former Sergeant Sentenced to Prison for Bribery Conspiracy at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan

WASHINGTON – A former sergeant and a sergeant major in the U.S. Army, who were deployed to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, were sentenced to 51 months and 31 months in prison,…

North Platte Man Sentenced for Distributing Methamphetamine

United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that James Fletcher McCuiston, 57, of North Platte, Nebraska, was sentenced on January 19, 2012, to 70 months in prison by United States…

Four Men Indicted in Houston on Federal Hate Crime Charges Related to the Assault of African-American Man

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced today that a federal grand jury in Houston has indicted Charles Cannon, 26; Michael McLaughlin, 40; Brian Kerstetter, 32; and Joseph Staggs, 49, on…

Minnesota man arrested for allegedly punching child in eye

Austin Daily Herald, Minn. – A Grand Meadow man is awaiting his next hearing on charges he allegedly punched his girlfriend’s son in the eye on Dec. 11, 2011. Travis…

Marine charged in deaths of 24 Iraqis makes plea deal

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times – CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Prosecutors and defense attorneys in the court-martial of Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, accused in the killing of 24 unarmed Iraqis…

Philip Vannatter, LAPD detective in O.J. Simpson case, dies at 70

By Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Philip Vannatter, the Los Angeles police detective who led the investigation of the 1994 slayings of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald…

Accused rapist who fled is sued

Nicole Norfleet and Pam Louwagie, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – As prosecutors try to extradite from England a man charged with sexually abusing three girls in Minnesota nearly two decades ago, the…

Radio station worker slain; authorities search for gunman

Terry Richards, The Valdosta Daily Times, Ga. – VALDOSTA — Authorities are searching for the gunman in a fatal shooting at a Valdosta radio station Friday night. The Lowndes County Sheriff’s…

EDITORIAL: Some answers die with Herzog

The Record, Stockton, Calif. – In the end, convicted killer Loren Herzog died alone and by his own hand. He hung himself at his trailer on the grounds of the…

Body found in freezer; 5 arrested

The News Herald, Panama City, Fla. – Five people have been arrested in connection with the slaying of an elderly Panama City man, whose body was found in the freezer…

4 Ill. residents accused of 20 break-ins

CARTHAGE, Ill. – At least 20 burglary cases that have plagued Hancock County, Ill., the past few months were cleared with the arrest of four Warsaw, Ill., residents, authorities said…

Clinton man to serve probation for sexual exploitation

Samantha Pidde, Clinton Herald, Iowa – CLINTON — A Clinton man pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, aggravated misdemeanors, on Wednesday. Raymond J. Reves, 49, was…

BRIEF: Cedar Rapids man receives deferred judgment for sexual abuse of minor

A Cedar Rapids man received a deferred judgment Thursday in Linn County District Court for sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl in 2007 and 2008. Justin Randall, 27, pleaded guilty to…

Iowa teen claims he is being set up

Gabriel Vasquez Garza, a Burlington teen waiting to be tried for his alleged involvement in the rape of a woman, has been implicated in a new case – residential burglary.…

Burlington man faces drug and weapons charges

An investigation following a call about shots being fired from a white pickup has resulted in serious charges being filed against a Burlington man. DiAngelo Leon Willis, 31, of Burlington…

Death penalty sought against accused Craigslist suspect

By Phil Trexler, Akron Beacon Journal – AKRON, Ohio — Summit County prosecutors on Friday unveiled a 28-count capital murder indictment against Richard Beasley, the prime suspect in the Craigslist’s help-wanted…

Iowa man sentenced for failure to register as sex offender

DAVENPORT, IA – On January 13, 2012, Stanley Jerry Blanco, age 45, of Iowa City, Iowa, was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for failing to register as a sex offender…

Former Des Moines police officer pleads guilty to obstruction of justice

DES MOINES, IA – On January 19, 2012, John Mailander, age 47, a former police officer with the Des Moines Police Department (DMPD) pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in…

Ukrainian man arrested on federal child sexual exploitation charges

PHILADELPHIA — Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arrested Ivan Pravilov, 48, a hockey coach from the Ukraine, on charges of traveling in interstate commerce…

ICE deports man wanted for sexual assault on a child in the UK

NEWARK, N.J. — A man from the United Kingdom, wanted for sexual assault on a five-year-old in his home country, was deported and turned over to British officials Jan. 19…

South Dakota Man Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Justin Birdhorse, age 34, of Wakpala, South Dakota, appeared before United States District Judge Charles B. Kornmann on January 10, 2012, and…

Third Springfield, Massachusetts, Man Sentenced to Prison for Arson of African-American Church

Thomas Gleason, 24, was sentenced today in federal court for his role in the arson of the predominately African-American Macedonia Church of God in Christ just hours after the election…

Former Oklahoma Detention Officer Indicted for Assaulting an Inmate

A federal grand jury in Muskogee, Okla., has indicted Jerrod Porter Lane, 26, former detention officer at the Muskogee County Jail (MCJ) in Oklahoma, on six charges related to two…