Archive for January, 2013

oGoing Launches Small Business Social Network App 

January 31, 2013

Irvine, CA (PRWEB) January 31, 2013 oGoing launches an industry-first social networking app for small business on the iPhone. “Owners and Entrepreneurs instantly promote their products, share their latest deals and services, and post their news and events on the amazing oGoing small business social network app,” said Sanjay Dalal, Founder & CEO of oGoing. “Further, members can express their business needs, and connect with thousands of potential customers already …click to read more…

Inmate Admits Threatening Federal Judge

January 31, 2013

AMARILLO, TX—Larry Boyd Wren, II, 40, appeared in federal court in Amarillo, Texas, yesterday, and pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson to one count of mailing a threatening communication. Wren faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. A sentencing date was not set. Today’s announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. According …click to read more…

Former Bank Executive Admits Embezzling from Bank of America

January 31, 2013

LUBBOCK, TX—Donnie Wright, 53, of Lubbock, Texas, appeared yesterday in federal court and pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to one count of embezzlement of funds by a bank employee. Wright, who remains on bond, faces a maximum statutory penalty of 30 years in federal prison, a $1 million fine, and restitution. Judge Cummings ordered a presentence investigation report with the sentencing date to be set after …click to read more…

Ligonier Man Sentenced for Role in Fraud Scheme

January 31, 2013

PITTSBURGH—A resident of Westmoreland County has been sentenced in federal court to six months’ imprisonment, $80,000 in restitution, and three years’ supervised release on his conviction of wire fraud, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today. United States District Judge Cathy Bissoon imposed the sentence on Samuel Hayden, 70, of Ligonier, Pennsylvania. According to the information presented to the court, in October 2010, Hayden and another person solicited funds …click to read more…

Texas Man Charged with Mailing Threatening Communications

January 31, 2013

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Texas man was indicted by a federal grand jury for mailing threatening communications. Carlos Kidd, age 33, was indicted in the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota on November 6, 2012, for mailing threatening letters to a federal judge in North Dakota. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen Klein in Bismarck, North Dakota, on January 24, …click to read more…

Frank Vennes Pleads Guilty to Lying to Investors in Petters’ Ponzi Scheme

January 31, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS—Late this afternoon in federal court in St. Paul, a business associate of Thomas J. Petters, the Minnesota businessman convicted in 2009 of orchestrating a $3.65 billion Ponzi scheme, pleaded guilty to fraudulently raising money from individuals and through hedge funds for investment in Petters Company Inc. (“PCI”). Frank Elroy Vennes, Jr., age 55, of Stuart, Florida, was charged on July 11, 2011, in a second superseding indictment. Appearing today …click to read more…

Registered Sex Offender Charged with Sexual Exploitation

January 31, 2013

BOSTON—A Williamstown man who is a registered sex offender was charged today with sexually exploiting a 16-year-old boy. Ronald Brown, 50, was charged in a complaint with sexual exploitation of children. According to the complaint, Brown is a level-two registered sex offender, based upon a 1995 Connecticut conviction for sexual assault of a 12-year-old boy. In December 2012, Brown met a 16-year-old male on a website called silverdaddies.com. Brown engaged …click to read more…

Inmate Sentenced for Assault on Guard Using Contraband Weapon

January 31, 2013

ALEXANDRIA, LA—United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that Isaac Hashi, 32, of San Diego, California, was sentenced on Wednesday to 18 years in prison for stabbing a federal prison guard with a makeshift knife. Hashi pleaded guilty on November 16, 2012, to one count of assaulting a prison guard and possessing contraband, which was a four-inch makeshift plexiglass knife. Hashi stabbed the guard multiple times on November 4, …click to read more…

Boca Raton Chiropractor Sentenced for Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud in Connection with Staged Accident Scheme

January 31, 2013

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; Michael B. Steinbach, Acting Special Agent in Charge; Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office; Jose A. Gonzalez, Special Agent in Charge-Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI); and Jeff Atwater, Florida Chief Financial Officer, announced that defendant Jennifer Adams, 39, of Boca Raton, a chiropractic doctor, was sentenced yesterday to 54 months in prison, to be followed …click to read more…

Realtor Sentenced to 30 Months for Mortgage Fraud

January 31, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY—Safiyyah Tahir Battles, formerly a real estate agent with T&T Realty in Oklahoma City, has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for mortgage fraud and money laundering, announced Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma. On June 21, 2012, a jury convicted Battles of using an interstate wire facility to defraud Saxon Mortgage and engaging in a monetary transaction with more than $10,000 …click to read more…