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From @CrimeADay : 16 U.S.C. §3372, 3373(d), 1857(1)(A) & 50 C.F.R. §622.9 make it a federal crime to fish with dynamite in the Gulf of Mexico.

Israeli Spy Pollard Released From Prison (LA Times) - Jonathan Pollard, whose spying for Israel led to a serious rift between the Israeli and U.S. governments and between U.S. and Israeli Jews, was released from prison Friday after serving 30 years of a life sentence.  But even freedom for the former civilian naval intelligence analyst did not put the continuing controversy over Pollard to rest, as his Israeli wife criticized the U.S. government for refusing to allow him to move to Israel -- where Pollard is seen as a hero -- for at least five years during his parole.

Jurors Still Deliberating On Former Massey CEO's Case In West Virginia (WV Public Broadcasting) -  Jurors in the trial of former Massey CEO Don Blankenship have yet to reach a verdict. Upon being released just before 5 p.m., Judge Irene Berger ordered jurors to return to the federal courthouse in Charleston at 9 a.m. Friday. Thursday marked second full day of deliberations, as jurors were discharged by Judge Berger for the deliberation process Tuesday around 4 p.m.

Immigration Attorney Sentenced To 2 Years Prison For Visa Fraud (Crime Blog) -  A Dallas immigration lawyer who forged visa applications for unauthorized immigrants was sentenced Thursday to two years in federal prison.  Sherin Thawer, 45, of Coppell, pleaded guilty in August to a charge of aggravated identity theft — one of the seven counts against her.  In doing so, she avoided the prospect of serving up to 53 years in prison if convicted on all counts.

Skelos Trial Starts With Witness Talking Of Threats By Son (NY Law Journal) -  The first witness in the political corruption trial of former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos testified Wednesday that the politician's son, Adam Skelos, had made threats when confronted about his chronic absences from a job that he allegedly received through the intercession of his father.  Charles Curcio, a supervisor at Physicians Reciprocal Insurers, said he clashed with Adam Skelos over the phone in 2013 over Skelos' refusal to show up at the office of the medical malpractice insurance administrator.  Adam Skelos, Curcio said, told him, "Let's stop pretending."  "He said, 'Guys like you aren't fit to shine my shoes, and if you talk to me like that again, I'll smash your fucking head in.'"

California Man Pleads to iPhone Scheme (LA Times) - he 37-year-old owner of Glendale-based ride-sharing company Toro Ride pleaded guilty Wednesday to a fraud scheme that included selling more than 30,000 iPhones he bought from Verizon for 99 cents each after claiming they’d be used by his drivers, allowing him to rake in more than $13 million, federal officials said.  Karen “Kevin” Galstian, of Chatsworth, admitted to using his company to swindle Verizon into selling him thousands of phones — which typically sell for more than $500 each — for 99 cents each in connection with a two-year contract, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Oklahoma Gold Thief Heading To Prison (News OK) -  An admitted thief who swiped a package containing hundreds of gold bars and coins from an Oklahoma City FedEx facility where he worked and roped friends into helping him sell the gold was sentenced Tuesday to eight months in federal prison.  Pleading for leniency, Justin Digby had asked for five years of probation, intermittent imprisonment, community confinement or home detention plus restitution. The gold was worth nearly $390,000, though much of it was recovered and returned to its owner.

Former Charlotte Mayor Could Return To Face Voter Fraud Charges (WSOC TV) - to a federal prison in West Virginia. Soon he could be back in Charlotte – temporarily – to face state voter fraud charges.  Sources told Channel 9 that local prosecutors are trying to make arrangement with federal prison authorities to have Cannon brought to Charlotte within the next few months.   Cannon is accused of voting in the November 2014 election after his conviction on federal bribery charges had taken his voting rights away.

Former Alabama Postal Worker Pleads To Delivering Marijuana (AL.com) -  A Tuscaloosa postal carrier pleaded guilty Monday to accepting bribes to deliver packages of marijuana, federal authorities announced today.   Jocelin Latrice Betts, 28, of Tuscaloosa, entered her guilty plea Monday before U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler to one count each of conspiracy to distribute marijuana and being a public official who accepted a bribe to deliver the mail, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance, FBI Special Agent in Charge Roger C. Stanton and U.S. Postal Inspection Service Inspector in Charge Adrian Gonzalez.

U.S. Joins Lawsuit Alleging ISS Overbilling Of U.S. Navy (Marine Link) - As a ship husbanding services provider, Inchcape arranged for the provision of goods and services to Navy ships at ports in several regions throughout the world, including southwest Asia, Africa, Panama, North America, South America and Mexico.  Inchcape’s (ISS) services typically included the provision of food and other subsistence items, arrangement of local transportation, waste removal, telephone services, ship-to-shore transportation and force protection services.  The lawsuit, which was unsealed today, alleges that Inchcape knowingly overbilled the Navy by submitting invoices that overstated the quantity of goods and services provided, billed at rates in excess of applicable contract rates and double-billed for certain goods and services.

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