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United States of America v. James Matthew Bradley, Jr. Western District of Texas Federal Courthouse - San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, TX - James Matthew Bradley, Jr., Sentenced to Life in Federal Prison for Transporting Illegal Aliens Resulting in Death

In San Antonio today, Senior United States District Judge David A. Ezra sentenced 61–year–old Louisville, KY, truck driver James Matthew Bradley, Jr., to life in federal prison without parole for his role in an illegal alien smuggling operation that resulted... More...
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United States of America v. Hardin County Emergency Medical Services Western District of Kentucky Federal Courthouse - Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville, KY - Hardin County EMS Enters Settlement With United States To Resolve An American With Disabilities Complaint

United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman announced the settlement agreement with Hardin County Emergency Medical Services (HCEMS), on March 28, 2018, to resolve a complaint, under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), regarding the provision of emergency medica... More...
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United States of America v. Kevin Heiting District of Maryland Federal Courthouse - Greenbelt, Maryland

Greenbelt, MD - Silver Spring Man Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison For Distribution Of Child Pornography

United States District Judge Paula Xinis sentenced Kevin Heiting, age 30, of Silver Spring, Maryland today to 20 years in prison, followed by a lifetime of supervised release, for distribution of child pornography and other admitted conduct detailed in his plea agreement.

The ... More...
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United States of America v. Jose Perez-Barrios Middle District of Louisiana Federal Courthouse - Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Baton Rouge, LA - Illegal Alien Deported on Seven Prior Occasions Pleads Guilty and Sentenced to 21 Months in Prison

JOSE PEREZ-BARRIOS, age 46, plead guilty and was sentenced on a single count indictment charging him with illegal reentry into the United States by a removed alien.

The indictment charges, and the defendant admitted, that he is a citizen of Mexico, was knowingly pr... More...
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United States of America v. Bright Ogodo Eastern District of Pennsylvania Federal Courthouse - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA - Brooklyn Man Sentenced To 80 Months’ Incareration For Bank Fraud And Aggravated Identity Theft

Bright Ogodo, 43, of Brooklyn, New York, was sentenced on March 28, 2018 to 80 months in prison following his conviction of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, announced United States Attorney Louis D. Lappen.

In sentencing Ogodo, the court found tha... More...
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Metlife Life and Annuity Company v. Connecticut v. Uzo Akpele, J.E.A., et al. Northern District of Georgia Federal Courthouse - Atlanta, Georgia

Plaintiff MetLife Life and Annuity Co. of Connecticut (“MetLife”) initiated this interpleader action under Rule 22 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and sought to pay into the registry of the district court the proceeds of an insurance policy on the life of Dr. Ignatius Akpele, deceased. The defendants named by MetLife were Uzo Akpele (the widow of Dr. Akpele), J.E.A. (a minor child of Dr. A... More...   $0 (03-29-2018 - GA)

United States of America v. Milan Trisic Western District of North Carolina Courthouse - Charlotte, North Carolina

Charlotte, NC - Man Who Concealed Service in Military Unit Involved in Srebrenica Massacre Sentenced for Immigration Fraud

A Bosnian Serb residing in North Carolina was sentenced to 18 months in prison for his criminal conviction of obtaining a Permanent Resident Card (I-551), commonly referred to as a “green card,” by making materially false claims and statements on his initial applicati... More...
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United States of America v. Noel Ramirez-Bonifacio

Cedar Rapids, IA - Mexican Man Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Returning to the United States Following Two Prior Deportations

A Mexican man who illegally returned to the United States after two prior deportations was sentenced to more than three months in federal prison.

Noel Ramirez-Bonifacio, age 31, a citizen of Mexico illegally present in the United States and residing in ... More...
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Omar Norvil Whylie Lewin v. Attorney General of the United States of America United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals

This immigration case raises a single question: whether the petitioner’s conviction under New Jersey’s Receiving Stolen Property Statute, N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2C:20-7(a), constitutes an “aggravated felony” under the Immigration and Nationality Act (“INA”), 66 Stat. 163, as amended. 8 U.S.C. § 1101(a)(43)(G). We conclude that it does and, accordingly, will deny the petition for review.

I. BAC... More...
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United States of America v. Chukwuma Jonas Osuagwn Northern District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Dallas, Texas

Dallas, TX - Dallas Man Convicted of Mortgage Fraud Offenses

A federal jury convicted Chukwuma Jonas Osuagwu, 45, of Dallas, on March 15, 2018, following a seven-day jury trial before U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade, of several counts related to a mortgage fraud scheme, announced U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox of the Northern District of Texas.

Specifically, Osuagwu was convicted o... More...
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United States of America v. Norma Juarez Taha Western District of Texas Federal Courthouse - El Paso, Texas

El Paso, TX - Federal Jury Convicts El Paso Woman in Kidnapping Case

A federal jury convicted 36–year-old Norma Juarez Taha on March 16, 2018 on federal charges in connection with the kidnapping of a 20-year-old female in El Paso in February 2017, announced United States Attorney John F. Bash and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Emmerson Buie, Jr.

The jury ... More...
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Abraham Aleiandro Gonzalez-Alarcon v. Adrian P. Macias District of New Mexico Federal Courthouse - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Abraham Gonzalez-Alarcon filed a habeas petition under 28 U.S.C. § 2241
alleging specific facts which, if proven, would demonstrate that he is a United States
citizen. He seeks release from custody from Immigration and Customs Enforcement
(“ICE”) following ICE’s reinstatement of a prior order of removal on that basis.
Dismissing Gonzalez-Alarcon’s petition, the district court concl... More...
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United States of America v. Alfredo Cardenas-Suastegui Eastern District of California Federal Courthouse - Fresno, California

Fresno, CA - Mexican National Sentenced for Destructive Marijuana Cultivation Operation in Sequoia National Forest in Kern County

Alfredo Cardenas-Suastegui (Cardenas), 57, of Michoacán, Mexico, was sentenced to five years in prison for conspiring to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana in the Sequoia National Forest, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott anno... More...
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United States of America v. Melchor Ramirez-Chavez District of Nebraska Federal Courthouse - Lincoln, Nebraska

Lincoln, NE - Man Sentenced for Making a False Statement on Loan or Credit Application

Melchor Ramirez-Chavez, a national of Mexico, was sentenced on March 9, 2018, in Lincoln, Nebraska, by United States District Judge John M. Gerrard, to 12 months and one day imprisonment for making a false statement on a load or credit application.

In March of 2014 the Defendant, Melchor Ramire... More...
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United States of America v. Nicholas E. Fogarty United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida Federal Courthouse - Pensacola, Florida

Pensacola, FL - Pensacola Jury Convicts Palm Beach County Man of Online Child Exploitation Offenses

Nicholas E. Fogarty, 36, of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, was convicted on March 14, 2017 in the U.S. District Court in Pensacola of advertisement of child pornography and distribution of child pornography. The verdict was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the N... More...
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United States of America v. Amalia Gamboa Eastern District of Wisconsin Federal Courthouse - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee, WI - Woman Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Multi-Million Dollar Tax Return Scheme

Amalia Gamboa (age 41), of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was sentenced in federal court to 5 years in prison for fraudulently obtaining over $4.6 million in tax refund checks. The sentence followed her guilty plea to mail fraud, in violation of Title 18 United States Code, Section 1341, theft of go... More...
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United States of America v. Chukwuma Jonas Osuagwu Northern District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Dallas, Texas

Dallas, TX - Dallas Man Convicted of Mortgage Fraud Offenses

A federal jury convicted Chukwuma Jonas Osuagwu, 45, of Dallas, following a seven-day jury trial before U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade, of several counts related to a mortgage fraud scheme.

Specifically, Osuagwu was convicted of five counts of bank fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud. He faces a maxi... More...
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United States of America v. Oniel Christopher Russell, a/k/a "O.G. Russell" Middle District of Florida Federal Courthouse - Orlando, Florida

Orland, FL - Illegal Alien Sentenced To Five Years For Possession Of Loaded Firearms And Felony Assault On A Federal Officer

U.S. District Court Judge Carlos E. Mendoza sentenced Oniel Christopher Russell, a/k/a “O G Russell” (40, Jamaican national), to five years in federal prison for possessing two loaded firearms while being in the United States illegally, and for committing a felony a... More...
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United States of America v. Ronnie Rolland Montgomery Middle District of Florida Federal Courthouse - Orlando, Florida

Orland, FL - Orlando Man Sentenced To Seven Years And Four More Indicted For Scheme Involving Impersonating Homeland Security Agents And Wire Fraud

U.S. District Court Judge Carlos E. Mendoza has sentenced Ronnie Rolland Montgomery (28, Orlando) to seven years in federal prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He pleaded guilty to the offense on September 6 2017. Five others were prev... More...
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United States of America v. Joe Paul Southern District of Indiana Federal Courthouse - Indianapolis, Indiana

Indianapolis, IN - Immigration Attorney Sentenced to More Than Six Years in Prison for Fraud Scheme and Identity Theft in Relation to Visa Applications

An Indianapolis, Indiana immigration attorney was sentenced to to 75 months in prison for defrauding the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and more than 250 of his clients by filing fraudulent visa applications and reaping ... More...
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Ming Dai v. Jefferson B. Sessiona III Northern District of California Federal Courthouse - San Francisco

Ming Dai is a citizen of China. He testified that he was
beaten, arrested, jailed, and denied food, water, sleep, and
medical care because he tried to stop the police from forcing
his wife to have an abortion. The Board of Immigration
Appeals (BIA) nevertheless found that Dai was not eligible
for asylum or withholding of removal.
There is one clear and simple issue in this ... More...
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United States of America v. James Mack Western District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City, MO - Colorado Man Sentenced for $3 Million Marijuana Conspiracy

A Colorado man was sentenced in federal court on March 6, 2018 for his role in a conspiracy to ship $3 million worth of marijuana through the mail for distribution in the Kansas City, Mo., area.

James Mack, 38, of Westminster, Colorado, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to five years i... More...
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United States of America v. Calvin Anthony Miller Western District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City, MO - St. Louis Man Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking

a St. Louis, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a sex trafficking conspiracy.

Calvin Anthony Miller, also known as “Cerius Blacc,” 35, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to the charges contained in a Nov. 2, 2016, federal indictment. In addition to the conspiracy, M... More...
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United States of America v. Dick Wollman District of Nebraska Federal Courthouse - Lincoln, Nebraska

Lincoln, NE - Man Sentenced to Prison for Viewing Child Pornography

A Nebraska man was sentenced on March 5, 2018 to six years in prison for accessing with an intent to view child pornography.

Dick Wollman, 60, of Omaha, Nebraska, pleaded guilty on Oct. 16, 2017 to accessing with the intent to view child pornography. U.S. District Court Judge Laurie Smith Camp of the District o... More...
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United States of America v. Hatem Ataya, M.D. Eastern District of Michigan Federal Courthouse - Detroit, Michigan

Hatem Ataya pleaded guilty to one count of
conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and wire fraud. His plea agreement included a waiver of
his appeal rights. During his plea colloquy, Ataya acknowledged that he understood that he was
waiving these rights. The district court, however, failed to comply with Federal Rule of Criminal
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No. 16-2611 United States v. Ataya Page 2
Pr... More...
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