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03/22/2017
Boston, MA
Financial Crimes

James Merrill, 55, of Ashland, Massachusetts, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman to six years in prison and three years of supervised release. In October 2016, Merrill pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud conspiracy and eight counts of wire fraud. He also agreed to forfeit approximately $140 million and other assets.

03/21/2017
Philadelphia, PA
Financial Crimes
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Rufus Seth Williams, 50, is charged with 10 counts of travel and use of interstate facilities to promote and facilitate bribery contrary to Pennsylvania law, two counts of Hobbs Act extortion under color of official right, five counts of honest services wire fraud and six counts of wire fraud.

03/07/2017
Washington, DC
Financial Crimes

According to court documents, ZTE illegally shipped U.S.-origin items to Iran, obstructed justice and made a material false statement. ZTE simultaneously reached settlement agreements with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), and the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

02/03/2017
El Paso, TX
Financial Crimes

Clarence Counterman, 59, owner of an income tax return preparation business known as Taxrite, was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release. Counterman’s co-defendant, Robert Loya, 52, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release.

01/30/2017
Trenton, NJ
Financial Crimes

Miguel Antonio Azcona, aka “Miguel A. Azcona-Peralta,” 38, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Mary L. Cooper in Trenton federal court to information charging him with one count of theft of government funds.

01/23/2017
San Juan, PR
Financial Crimes
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The San Juan TECC is the first federal partnership of its kind in Puerto Rico and tenth in the nation to combat fraudulent foreign trade. The center will identify, inspect and investigate foreign trade suspected of being fraudulently introduced into Puerto Rico.

01/10/2017
Houston, TX
Financial Crimes

Juan Jose Hernandez Comerma (Hernandez), 51, of Weston, Florida, pleaded guilty in federal court in Houston to one count of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and one count of violating the FCPA. Charles Quintard Beech III, 46, of Katy, Texas, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the FCPA.

01/05/2017
Boston, MA
Financial Crimes
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Cleber Rene Rizerio Rocha, 28, a Brazilian national living in Westborough, Massachusetts, was charged via criminal complaint with one count of conspiring to commit money laundering.  Rocha was ordered detained following an appearance Thursday before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Judith G. Dein.

12/28/2016
Houston, TX
Financial Crimes

In total, Ray, Valdez Pinon, Ramnarine, Perez and their co-conspirators paid more than $2 million in bribes to Mexican officials, including Hernandez Montemayor and Nevarez, in order to secure aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul contracts.

12/19/2016
Boston, MA
Narcotics

David Nguyen, 40, of Toronto, Canada, was sentenced and ordered to pay a fine of $10,000.  Nguyen had previously pleaded guilty in October 2016 to one count of conspiracy to distribute MDMA (aka ecstasy, or “mollie”) and marijuana and one count of money laundering conspiracy. 

12/19/2016
Chicago, IL
Financial Crimes

Brian Brundage, 45, of Dyer, Indiana, the former owner of Intercon Solutions Inc., and the current owner of EnviroGreen Processing LLC, caused thousands of tons of e-waste and other potentially hazardous materials to be landfilled, re-sold to customers who then shipped the materials overseas, or stockpiled, according to an indictment returned in U.S. District Court in Chicago.

12/15/2016
Philadelphia, PA
Financial Crimes

John I. Waltman, 59, of Trevose, Pennsylvania, Robert P. Hoopes, 69, of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and Bernard T. Rafferty, 62, of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, were named in the indictment.

12/14/2016
Fort Worth, TX
Financial Crimes

James VanBlaricum, 77, has been in custody since his arrest in mid-August 2016 by U.S. Postal Inspectors on a related federal criminal complaint.

12/08/2016
New York, NY
Financial Crimes

Alonzo Knowles, 23, of Freeport, Bahamas, was arrested after a meeting with an HSI undercover special agent in New York. During the meeting, Knowles attempted to sell to the special agent, in exchange for $80,000, approximately 15 movies and television scripts, sexually explicit videos of celebrities and other professionals in the entertainment and media industry that he had unlawfully obtained.

12/06/2016
Newark, NJ
Human Smuggling/Trafficking

Wilmer Chavez Romero aka “Charmin,” 27, is charged by indictment with one count each of racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, and conspiracy to harbor aliens resulting in death; two counts of using a firearm for a violent crime; and two counts of murder in aid of racketeering.

12/05/2016
New Orleans, LA
Financial Crimes

According to court records, Maurice George, 45, of Napoleonville, is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and eight counts of wire fraud for the alleged crimes while he was employed by Beier Radio, L.L.C.

11/30/2016
Philadelphia, PA
Financial Crimes

William Joseph Boyle, age 47, of Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 78 months and ordered to pay $429,000 in restitution, three years supervised release, $1,000 special assessment, and forfeiture of $415,000. 

11/16/2016
Newark, NJ
Financial Crimes

The charges were announced following the arrest of 11 of the individuals, which spanned several states.

11/15/2016
Newark, NJ
Financial Crimes

Criminal complaints filed in Southern District of New York named the following individuals:  Carlos Djemal, Isidoro Haiat, Braulio Lopez, Max Fraenkel, Daniel Blitzer and Robert Moreno.

11/07/2016
El Paso, TX
Financial Crimes

A federal grand jury convicted the following two men of conspiracy to commit wire fraud: Clarence Counterman, 59, owner of an income tax return preparation business known as Taxrite, and Robert Loya, 52.

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