District Court Permanently Enjoins 15 Individuals and Companies from Involvement in Elder-Fraud Mail Schemes

A federal judge in the Eastern District of New York has ordered 15 individuals and companies to permanently cease their involvement with fraudulent mailings. According to a complaint filed by the United States in November 2018, the defendants mailed, or assisted the mailing of, thousands of solicitations stylized as individualized notices, which falsely stated recipients … Read moreDistrict Court Permanently Enjoins 15 Individuals and Companies from Involvement in Elder-Fraud Mail Schemes

Deputy Assistant Attorney General Adam S. Hickey Testifies Before House Judiciary Committee at Hearing Titled “Securing America’s Elections Part II: Oversight of Government Agencies”

Good morning, Chairman Nadler, Ranking Member Collins, and distinguished Members of the Committee. Thank you for the opportunity to testify on behalf of the Department of Justice concerning our efforts to ensure the safety and security of our nation’s elections and to combat malign foreign influence. Protecting our Nation’s democratic processes, including our elections, is … Read moreDeputy Assistant Attorney General Adam S. Hickey Testifies Before House Judiciary Committee at Hearing Titled “Securing America’s Elections Part II: Oversight of Government Agencies”

Treasurer of Multiple Political Action Committees Pleads Guilty to Filing False Reports With The FEC

A Virginia political consultant who served as the treasurer of multiple Political Action Committees (PACs) pleaded guilty today to lying to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) about more than $32,000 in payments of PAC money that he directed to himself and a close friend. Please follow and like us:

Campaign Fundraiser Agrees To Plead Guilty To Falsifying Records to Conceal Work as Foreign Agent, Evading Taxes on Income Obtained by Lobbying on Behalf of Foreign Entities, and Illegal Campaign Contributions

Federal prosecutors today filed a criminal case charging Imaad Shah Zuberi, a Southern California campaign fundraiser, with falsifying records to conceal his work as a foreign agent while lobbying high-level U.S. government officials. The criminal charges allege that Zuberi engaged in lobbying efforts that earned him millions of dollars, most of which was pilfered from … Read moreCampaign Fundraiser Agrees To Plead Guilty To Falsifying Records to Conceal Work as Foreign Agent, Evading Taxes on Income Obtained by Lobbying on Behalf of Foreign Entities, and Illegal Campaign Contributions

Department of Justice Announces Forfeiture of North Korean Cargo Vessel

The Department of Justice today announced the entry of a judgment of forfeiture regarding the M/V Wise Honest (the “Wise Honest”), a 17,061-ton, single-hull bulk carrier ship registered in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (“DPRK” or “North Korea”). The Wise Honest, one of North Korea’s largest bulk carriers, was used to illicitly ship coal … Read moreDepartment of Justice Announces Forfeiture of North Korean Cargo Vessel

Department of Justice to Publish Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Comply Fully with DNA Fingerprint Act of 2005

The Department of Justice today issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would restore to the Attorney General the authority vested in him by the bipartisan DNA Fingerprint Act of 2005 to authorize and direct the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to collect DNA samples from the non-United States persons it detains. Once implemented, … Read moreDepartment of Justice to Publish Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Comply Fully with DNA Fingerprint Act of 2005

Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan of the Office of Justice Programs Provides Remarks at the Tampa Police Department to Announce Department of Justice Youth Violence Prevention Grants to Florida

Thank you. It’s wonderful to be here in Tampa. I want to thank Mayor Castor, Chief Dugan and Pam Iorio for allowing me to join them today in their beautiful city. I would also like to recognize Joel McKee, one of this city’s outstanding law enforcement officers and an incredible member of the Bigs in … Read morePrincipal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan of the Office of Justice Programs Provides Remarks at the Tampa Police Department to Announce Department of Justice Youth Violence Prevention Grants to Florida

California Resident Sentenced to Prison for Selling Fraudulent Financial Instruments and Tax Fraud

Kenneth Taylor, a California resident, was sentenced to 36 months in prison and ordered to pay $90,000 in victim restitution for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and $1,100,774 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service for tax fraud, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division, United States … Read moreCalifornia Resident Sentenced to Prison for Selling Fraudulent Financial Instruments and Tax Fraud

Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan of the Office of Justice Programs Delivers Remarks at Hillsborough High School to Announce Department of Justice School Safety Grants to Florida

Thank you. It’s wonderful to be here in Tampa. I want to thank Superintendent Eakins, Principal Brady and one of your amazing students, Anthony Allen, for allowing me to join them today at this beautiful school. I would also like to thank Chief Dugan for being with us this afternoon, and for the exceptional job … Read morePrincipal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan of the Office of Justice Programs Delivers Remarks at Hillsborough High School to Announce Department of Justice School Safety Grants to Florida

Atlanta Woman Sentenced to Prison for Conspiring to File False Tax Returns

An Atlanta, Georgia, woman was sentenced today to 56 months in prison for her role in a scheme to file false federal tax returns, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and United States Attorney Byung J. Pak for the Northern District of Georgia. Please follow and … Read moreAtlanta Woman Sentenced to Prison for Conspiring to File False Tax Returns

West Virginian Business Owners Plead Guilty to Failing to Pay Employment Taxes and Individual Income Taxes

Two West Virginian business owners pleaded guilty today to conspiring to defraud the United States regarding their employment taxes and individual income taxes, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Michael B. Stuart for the Southern District of West Virginia. Please follow and like … Read moreWest Virginian Business Owners Plead Guilty to Failing to Pay Employment Taxes and Individual Income Taxes

Chinese National Sentenced to 40 Months in Prison for Conspiring to Illegally Export Military- and Space-Grade Technology from the United States to China

On October 16, 2019, United States District Judge Diane J. Humetewa sentenced Tao Li, a 39-year-old Chinese national, to 40 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Li had previously pleaded guilty to conspiring to export military- and space-grade technology to the People’s Republic of China without a license in violation of … Read moreChinese National Sentenced to 40 Months in Prison for Conspiring to Illegally Export Military- and Space-Grade Technology from the United States to China

Former New York Business Owner Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud

A former Auburn, New York, business owner pleaded guilty today in federal court in Syracuse to filing a false tax return, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith for the Northern District of New York.  Please follow and like us:

Justice Department Awards over $273.4 Million to Improve Public Safety, Serve Crime Victims in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities

The Department of Justice announced today that it has awarded over $273.4 million in grants to improve public safety, serve victims of crime, combat violence against women and support youth programs in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Please follow and like us:

Former Osteo Relief Institutes and Their Owners to Pay Over $7.1 Million to Resolve Allegations of Unnecessary Knee Injections and Braces

Seven former Osteo Relief Institutes (ORIs) and their owners have agreed to pay the United States collectively more than $7.1 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations that they knowingly billed Medicare for medically unnecessary viscosupplementation injections and medically unnecessary knee braces, the Justice Department announced today. Please follow and like us:

Department of Justice Prosecuted a Record-Breaking Number of Immigration-Related Cases in Fiscal Year 2019

The Justice Department today announced that in fiscal year 2019 (FY19), its U.S. Attorneys’ Offices prosecuted the highest number of immigration-related offenses since record keeping began more than 25 years ago. These numbers successfully reverse the trend in previous years of declining prosecutions for felony Illegal Reentry defendants, misdemeanor Improper Entry defendants and felony Alien … Read moreDepartment of Justice Prosecuted a Record-Breaking Number of Immigration-Related Cases in Fiscal Year 2019

Justice Department Settles Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim Against Texas-Based National Restaurant Franchise Owner

The Department of Justice announced today that it has reached a settlement agreement with MUY Brands LLC, a San Antonio, Texas-based owner and operator of approximately 78 Taco Bell restaurant franchises in six states, and a related management company, MUY Consulting Inc. The settlement resolves the Department’s investigation into whether the companies violated the Immigration … Read moreJustice Department Settles Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim Against Texas-Based National Restaurant Franchise Owner

Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy Beth A. Williams Delivers Remarks on the Department of Justice’s Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking Demand at the 2019 JuST Conference

Thank you, Brittany, for that kind introduction. I’d like to thank Shared Hope International for inviting me to speak at this conference on a topic about which both the Attorney General and the Department of Justice care deeply: combating human trafficking. It’s an honor to address all of you who are here in attendance this … Read moreAssistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy Beth A. Williams Delivers Remarks on the Department of Justice’s Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking Demand at the 2019 JuST Conference

Louisiana Mother and Daughter Sentenced for Violating Civil Rights of Woman with Disabilities

Raylaine Knope, 43, was sentenced to 336 months imprisonment today in the Eastern District of Louisiana for obtaining forced, unpaid household labor and services from D.P., an adult woman with cognitive disabilities, as well as for conspiring to obtain D.P.’s forced labor and misprision of a felony. Knope’s daughter, Bridget Lambert, 22, was sentenced to … Read moreLouisiana Mother and Daughter Sentenced for Violating Civil Rights of Woman with Disabilities

South Korean National and Hundreds of Others Charged Worldwide in the Takedown of the Largest Darknet Child Pornography Website, Which was Funded by Bitcoin

Jong Woo Son, 23, a South Korean national, was indicted by a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia for his operation of Welcome To Video, the largest child sexual exploitation market by volume of content. The nine-count indictment was unsealed today along with a parallel civil forfeiture action. Son has also been charged … Read moreSouth Korean National and Hundreds of Others Charged Worldwide in the Takedown of the Largest Darknet Child Pornography Website, Which was Funded by Bitcoin

Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard Downing of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division Delivers Remarks at the Welcome to Video Press Conference

I stand before you today with a definitive message: The Department of Justice will not stand for exploitation of our nation’s children. Let today’s announcement send a message: if you are involved in crimes of this nature, we are coming for you. Please follow and like us:

Illinois Woman Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Commit Wire Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft

Lamesha Conley of Chicago, Illinois, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy and identity theft charges related to a scheme to obtain fraudulent tax refunds using stolen identity information, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division. Please follow and like us:

Justice Department Commemorates 10th Anniversary of Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act

In commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the enactment of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act, the Department of Justice today announced technical assistance resources to fight hate crimes across the country, including development of a new hate crimes training curriculum for law enforcement, and a hate crimes outreach and … Read moreJustice Department Commemorates 10th Anniversary of Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act

Department of Justice Awards More Than $29 Million in Public Safety Funding to Northern District of Ohio

The Department of Justice today announced awards of more than $29 million to support public safety efforts in the Northern District of Ohio. The funding from the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) will support violent crime reduction, opioid/substance abuse reduction … Read moreDepartment of Justice Awards More Than $29 Million in Public Safety Funding to Northern District of Ohio

Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband Delivers Remarks at Commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act

A peaceful Bible study at a historic Black church in Charleston, South Carolina; worshippers at Shabbat morning services in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; an Islamic community in Victoria, Texas. All interrupted by violence. And those are only a few of the countless modern headlines describing horrific shootings and arsons, death and destruction. It is easy to think … Read moreAssistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband Delivers Remarks at Commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act

Department of Justice Awards More than $122 Million in Public Safety Funding to Michigan

Today, the Department of Justice announced awards of more than $122 million to support public safety efforts in Michigan. The funds will help law enforcement agencies and community organizations in jurisdictions across the state fight gun, gang, drug and sexual violence, and bring criminals to justice. Please follow and like us:

Two International Shipping Companies Pay $1.8 Million for Failing to Notify the Coast Guard of a Hazardous Vessel Condition and Concealing Vessel Oil Pollution

Two shipping companies incorporated in Liberia pled guilty today in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware, to failing to notify the U.S. Coast Guard of a hazardous condition on one if its vessels and to violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) by presenting false documents to the Coast Guard that covered up vessel … Read moreTwo International Shipping Companies Pay $1.8 Million for Failing to Notify the Coast Guard of a Hazardous Vessel Condition and Concealing Vessel Oil Pollution

Turkish Bank Charged in Manhattan Federal Court for Its Participation in a Multibillion-Dollar Iranian Sanctions Evasion Scheme

The Department of Justice announced that TÜRKİYE HALK BANKASI A.S., aka “Halkbank,” was charged today in a six-count indictment with fraud, money laundering, and sanctions offenses related to the bank’s participation in a multibillion-dollar scheme to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran.  The case is assigned to United States District Judge Richard M. Berman.  Please follow … Read moreTurkish Bank Charged in Manhattan Federal Court for Its Participation in a Multibillion-Dollar Iranian Sanctions Evasion Scheme

Justice Department Settles Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim Against Oregon School District

The Department of Justice announced today that it reached a settlement agreement with Marion County School District 103, aka Woodburn School District, a public school district that serves suburban and rural communities in Marion County, Oregon. The settlement resolves a complaint that the Woodburn School District violated the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality … Read moreJustice Department Settles Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim Against Oregon School District

Department of Justice Awards More than $16.5 Million in Public Safety Funding

Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Acting Director Laura L. Rogers today announced awards of more than $16.5 million to support public safety efforts in the Northern District of Texas. Funds will help law enforcement agencies, local cities and counties, campus safety, and victim service providers and domestic violence shelters fight gun, gang, drug and … Read moreDepartment of Justice Awards More than $16.5 Million in Public Safety Funding

Michigan Attorney Indicted for Tax Fraud

A grand jury in Detroit, Michigan, returned an indictment yesterday charging Carl L. Collins III, a Michigan attorney, with tax evasion, filing two false tax returns and seven counts of willfully failing to file individual and corporate tax returns, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and … Read moreMichigan Attorney Indicted for Tax Fraud