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From @CrimeADay : 18 U.S.C. §521(c)(2) makes it a crime for a gang member with a violent felony record to commit a violent felony.
Man Pleads Guilty To Transporting Deer For Hunting (JC Floridan) - A man has pleaded guilty to charges that accuse him of illegally shipping white-tailed deer from Ohio to his hunting preserve in Florida. Federal prosecutors in Columbus say 49-year-old Donald Wainwright Sr. of Live Oak, Florida, pleaded guilty Friday to charges that include illegal wildlife trafficking and conspiracy.
TD Bank Pays $67 Million For Rothstein Fraud (Ponzi Tracker) - With just hours to spare before the expiration of a deadline imposed by a Florida federal judge, TD Bank has paid the $67 million judgment it owed after a federal jury found it liable for its role in Scott Rothstein's $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme. Over three years after the jury's verdict, and roughly 5.5 years after Rothstein boarded a plane to Morocco with his scheme on the verge of collapse, a group of Texas investors known as Coquina Investments ("Coquina") finally collected on what was one of the only successful attempts to hold a financial institution liable for its role in a Ponzi scheme. The payment comes after years of legal wrangling by TD Bank, and featured attempts to both overturn the verdict and to later decrease the underlying owing sum. Indeed, despite payment of the judgment, the bank is currently contesting several recent court rulings in Coquina's favor.
CA Man Sentenced To Prison For Illegal Dumping From Mine Operation (Chico ER) - A Biggs man was sentenced Thursday to serve six months in federal prison for the illegal discharge of pollutants at a Shasta County gold mine. Kiedock Kim, 60, was sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California on counts of depredation of federal property and of negligent discharge of a pollutant to a waterway, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner. The charges stem from wastewater and other discharges made in 2006 at the French Gulch Mine, about 22 miles west of Redding. Water and chemical agents were used to extract gold from crushed ore. The remaining waste, including tailings, slurry and wastewater, contained arsenic and lead.
Fmr Arizona Congressman Enters Federal Prison (Yahoo) - Former Arizona Congressman Rick Renzi reported to a federal prison in West Virginia on Friday to begin serving a three-year sentence for corruption, money laundering and other convictions. Renzi previously succeeded in postponing the start of his sentence. But the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that he must report to the minimum security Federal Correctional Institution by Friday.
Drive-by Shooting Targets Man Who Had Pleaded Guilty To Fraud Charges (Houston Chronicle) - A man who was shot and killed outside his southeast Houston church following an event there Friday night recently pleaded guilty to federal charges of wire fraud and identity theft and was awaiting what could have been a substantial prison sentence. Michael C. Irving Sr., 33, was a friendly and well-liked audio technician at Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church. His fellow church members were unaware of his criminal history or the prison term awaiting him in May, said Dr. D.Z. Cofield, Good Hope's pastor.
Enforcing Seafood Fraud Laws Is Difficult (Baltimore Sun) - hree recently retired senior federal agents expressed concern last week about the lack of resources to investigate the black market fishing industry. Their message came weeks before the Obama administration is expected to issue recommendations to better combat seafood fraud and what is known as "IUU," or illegal, unreported and unregulated fish. "There are more people in this room thinking about IUU than doing IUU," Scott Doyle, former assistant special agent in charge of the Northeast region for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said to a group of people gathered at the World Wildlife Fund in Washington, D.C.
Western MI Man Indicted On Real Estate Fraud Charges (M Live) - The FBI arrested a West Michigan real estate developer for his alleged role in an $8 million mortgage scheme. Charles Patrick Gahan, 51, is indicted on a charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud affecting financial institutions. Last year, he reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors but the plea never happened.
Nursing Agency Owner Sentenced In Medicare Fraud Case In Boston (Boston Herald) - The owner of a Waltham home-nursing agency was sentenced Thursday to 92 months in prison for fraudulently billing more than $27 million of services to Medicare and then laundering the proceeds. Michael Galatis, 63, of Natick also was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock to three years of supervised release following his prison term and was ordered to pay a $50,000 fine and $7 million in restitution to Medicare and forfeit the proceeds of his scheme, including his $850,000 home. Galatis was convicted last December of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, 10 counts of health care fraud and seven counts of money laundering following a 16-day trial.
U.S. Clemency Program Relies On Army Of Pro-Bono Lawyers (Washington Post) - A massive influx of applications from prisoners and a complicated review process have slowed the Obama administration’s highly touted initiative to grant clemency to nonviolent offenders, shifting the burden to an army of pro bono lawyers and specialists willing to help. Just over a year after the administration unveiled its initiative, President Obama has commuted the sentences of eight prisoners, all of whose applications had already been submitted at the time of the announcement. In the meantime, more than 35,000 inmates — about 16 percent of the federal prison population — have applied to have their sentences shortened under the Justice Department-led initiative.