Archive for November, 2015

​Iraq Says Iranian Pilgrims Overwhelmed Border Guards

November 30, 2015

Iraq has blamed Iran following a breach of the border by thousands of Iranian pilgrims who reportedly broke down fences and injured guards.    The Iraqi Interior Ministry said the pilgrims who were traveling on foot to the city of Karbala to take part in Arbaeen religious rituals, overwhelmed security guards on November 29. Arbaeen marks the end of a 40-day mourning period for the anniversary of the death of …click to read more…

U.S. ‘Troubled’ By Russia’s Banning Of Soros Foundation

November 30, 2015

A spokesperson for the U.S. State Department says Washington is “troubled” by Russia’s banning of a pro-democracy charity fund founded by U.S. billionaire and philanthropist George Soros. Spokesperson Mark Toner said the November 30 designation of the Open Society Foundations and the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation as so-called “undesirable” organizations “will only further restrict the work of civil society in Russia for the benefit of the Russian people.” A …click to read more…

San Joaquin County Man Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIL

November 30, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA—Nicholas Michael Teausant, 22, of Acampo, pleaded guilty today to attempting to provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization, announced Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin and United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner. According to court documents, on March 17, 2014, Teausant was arrested near the Canadian border en route to Canada with the intent of continuing to travel to Syria to join …click to read more…

Navajo Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Conviction on Involuntary Manslaughter and Assault Charges

November 30, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE—Joshua Rakestraw, 25, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Farmington, N.M., was sentenced this morning in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to 48 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his conviction on involuntary manslaughter and assault charges. Rakestraw was arrested on Nov. 3, 2014, on a criminal complaint charging him with killing a Navajo woman and assaulting a Navajo man, causing …click to read more…

Two Sex Offenders Convicted on Online Solicitation Charges

November 30, 2015

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX—Two men, already convicted sex offenders who resided in Corpus Christi, have both been convicted for online solicitation of a minor in separate but similar cases, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. James Robert Kirkland, 48, pleaded guilty today before Senior U.S. District Hayden Head, while Taylor Alan Mills, 29, entered his guilty plea before Senior U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack yesterday. At the hearings, each judge heard …click to read more…

Two New York Men Sentenced to Prison for Roles in International $200 Million Credit Card Fraud Conspiracy

November 30, 2015

TRENTON, NJ—Two Staten Island, New York, men were sentenced today for their roles in one of the largest credit card fraud schemes ever charged by the Justice Department, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Khawaja Ikram, 43, and Mohammad Khan, 51, were sentenced to 25 and 12 months in prison, respectively. Ikram previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson to an information charging him with one count …click to read more…

Missouri Man Sentenced to More Than 12 Years for Overland Park Bank Robbery

November 30, 2015

KANSAS CITY, KS—A Missouri man was sentenced Tuesday to 155 months in federal prison for robbing a bank in Overland Park, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said. Allen J. Williams, 25, Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery and one count of using a firearm during a robbery. In his plea, he admitted that on Feb. 27, 2014, he and two co-defendants robbed Inter-State Federal Savings at …click to read more…

Former Tax Preparer Sentenced in $20 Million Tax Fraud Scheme

November 30, 2015

RICHMOND, VA—Sean M. Weaver, 34 years old, of Alexandria, was sentenced today to 71 months in prison for mail fraud and money laundering. Weaver was also ordered to pay $20,427,688.03 in restitution to victims of the offense. Weaver pleaded guilty on Aug. 19, 2015. According to court documents, Weaver was a member of the transaction tax practice group in the Arlington office of Ryan LLC, a tax services firm headquartered …click to read more…

Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty to Theft of Medical Products and Firearms Charges Arising Out of Armed Robbery of Retail Pharmacy in June 2013

November 30, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE—Eddie Gallegos, 39, of Albuquerque, N.M., pleaded guilty this morning in federal court to theft of medical products and firearms charges arising out of the robbery of an Albuquerque-area retail pharmacy in June 2013. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Gallegos will be sentenced to 84 months in prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court. Gallegos was arrested in June 2015, on …click to read more…

Federal Prostitution Charges Brought Against Three Men in Montgomery

November 30, 2015

MONTGOMERY, AL—Three Montgomery residents were indicted by a federal grand jury for their involvement in an interstate prostitution ring being operated out of an apartment in Montgomery, announced U.S. Attorney George Beck from the Middle District of Alabama. The three individuals indicted were: Bernabe Carbajal, 37; Andres Hernandez Gomez, 53; and Saul Garrido Eligio, 34. According to court documents, Gomez and Eligio were a part of a ring that conspired …click to read more…