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Three Yonkers Men Sentenced for 2008 Murder, Armed Robberies, and Narcotics Offenses

PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that three defendants were sentenced to decades in prison today by United States District Judge CATHY SEIBEL for committing the 2008 murder of a Yonkers resident on Helena Avenue in Yonkers, New York, several armed robberies, narcotics trafficking, and firearms offenses. GREGORY FULLER, a/k/a “Murder,” was sentenced to 100 years’ imprisonment; defendant DAVON YOUNG, a/k/a “Burners,” was sentenced to 65 years’ imprisonment; THOMAS CHAMBLISS was sentenced to 45 years’ imprisonment.

NinjaVideo Founder Pleads Guilty in Virginia to Criminal Copyright Conspiracy

WASHINGTON – Hana A. Beshara, 29, of Las Vegas, pleaded guilty today for her role in founding NinjaVideo.net, a website that provided millions of users with the ability to illegally download infringing copies of copyright-protected movies and television programs in high-quality formats.

Twenty South Florida Residents Charged in $40 Million Bank and Mortgage Fraud Scheme

MIAMI—Twenty individuals, including numerous licensed real estate industry professionals, have been charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud and bank fraud in connection with their alleged participation in a $40 million mortgage fraud scheme. According to the indictment, from March 2006 through June 2008, the defendants conspired to submit false loan applications and related documents to multiple banks for the purpose of obtaining approximately $40 million in mortgage loans and home equity lines of credit (HELOC). This resulted in approximately $20 million in losses to the banks.

EEOC Sues AT&T for Race, Sex and Retaliation Discrimination

JONESBORO, Ark. – AT&T d/b/a Southwestern Bell Telephone Company (AT&T) violated federal law by discharging Antonnett Johnson because of her sex (female), race (black), and in retaliation for her complaints of discriminatory treatment by co-workers and customers, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it filed today.

Former Employee of Countrywide Home Loans Ordered to Pay $1.2 Million in Restitution for Data Breach Involving Information for Millions of Individuals

A former employee of Countrywide Home Loan was sentenced to prison and ordered to pay restitution Wednesday in connection with a large-scale data breach, announced André Birotte Jr., the United States Attorney for the Central District of California, and Steven Martinez, the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office.

Aqua Tri to Pay Nearly $500,000 to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment, Retaliation Suit

LOS ANGELES — An Irvine, Calif.-based pool supply company will pay $462,500 to resolve a sexual harassment, retaliation and constructive discharge lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today. The EEOC had charged Aqua Tri, a supplier of pool sanitizing chemicals and other pool products, with subjecting a class of Hispanic employees to sexual harassment, retaliation for opposing it and forcing some of them out of their jobs.

Former Executives from Panasonic Corp., Whirlpool Corp. Subsidiary and Tecumseh Products Co. Subsidiary Indicted in Compressor Price-Fixing Conspiracy

WASHINGTON — A Detroit federal grand jury returned an indictment today against three former executives from Panasonic Corporation, a Whirlpool Corporation subsidiary and a Tecumseh Products Company subsidiary for their role in an international conspiracy to fix the prices of refrigerant compressors, which are used in refrigerators and freezers in homes and businesses, the Department of Justice announced.

International Fugitive Captured After More Than 40 Years

NEWARK, NJ—The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), United States Marshals Service, New Jersey Department of Corrections, and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office jointly announce that George Wright, a fugitive for over 41 years, was arrested yesterday by Portuguese authorities, pursuant to a provisional arrest request from the United States. The United States is seeking his extradition from Portugal to serve the remainder of a 15- to 30-year sentence for a New Jersey state murder conviction.

EEOC and Cracker Barrel Sign National Mediation Agreement

WASHINGTON – Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today announced the signing of a National Universal Agreement to Mediate (NUAM) to streamline the handling of employment discrimination claims.

EEOC Sues Staffing Agency for Sex Harassment, Retaliation, and Assigning Workers Based on Sex

CHICAGO – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) filed a class lawsuit yesterday alleging that Source One Staffing, Inc. (“Source One”) assigned female employees to a known hostile work environment and retaliated against two female employees who reported that their supervisor was making sexual advances toward them. The EEOC also claims that Source One categorized jobs as “men’s work” or “women’s work” and assigned employees accordingly.

MINORITY LABOR COALITION INDICTED FOR ENTERPRISE CORRUPTION IN CONSTRUCTION EXTORTION SCHEME

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the indictment of UNITED HISPANIC CONSTRUCTION WORKERS, INC. (“UHCW”), its President, DAVID RODRIGUEZ, 54, and his chief lieutenant, DARRYL JENNINGS, a/k/a “DJ,” 50, for running a criminal enterprise that lasted for at least 17 years.

Investment Club Manager Pleads Guilty to $40 Million Fraud

WASHINGTON—Alan James Watson, 46, of Clinton Township, Mich., pleaded guilty today to fraudulently soliciting and accepting $40 million from more than 750 members of his investment club and losing nearly all of it through non-disclosed, high-risk investments. Victims were located in Virginia and nationwide.

EEOC Brings Class Lawsuit Against New Prime Trucking For Sex Discrimination

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- New Prime, Inc., one the nation’s largest trucking companies, violated federal law by discriminating against female truck driver applicants when it required that they be trained by female trainers only, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it filed today.

Expert-Networking Firm Consultant Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to Four Years in Prison for Insider Trading Crimes

PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that WINIFRED JIAU, a/k/a “Wini,” a consultant at an expert-networking firm, was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to four years in prison for her participation in an insider trading scheme in which she sold material, nonpublic information (“Inside Information”) about publicly traded companies to multiple hedge funds for the purpose of executing profitable securities transactions. JIAU was convicted on June 20, 2011, after a twoweek jury trial. U.S. District Judge JED S. RAKOFF presided over the trial and imposed today’s sentence.

Zvi Goffer Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 10 Years in Prison for Insider Trading

NEW YORK—Zvi Goffer was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to 10 years in prison for his participation in an insider trading scheme in which he obtained and traded on material, nonpublic information, including information misappropriated from a law firm, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara announced. Following a four week jury trial, Goffer was convicted in June 2011 on all counts against him, including 12 counts of securities fraud and two counts of conspiracy to commit securities fraud. Goffer was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Sullivan.

Michael Pena Indicted for Rape on Northern Manhattan Street

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the indictment and arraignment of MICHAEL PENA, 27, on two counts of Rape in the First Degree, three counts of Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree, and five counts of Predatory Sexual Assault. The defendant is a New York City police officer and was off-duty at the time of the attack.

Bass Pro Failed To Hire Blacks And Hispaics At Its Stores Nationwide, EEOC Says In Lawsuit

HOUSTON -- Bass Pro Outdoor World, LLC (Bass Pro), a nationwide retailer of sporting goods, apparel, and other miscellaneous products, engaged in a pattern or practice of failing to hire African-American and Hispanic applicants for positions in its retail stores nationwide, and retaliated against employees who opposed the discriminatory practices, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleged in a lawsuit filed today.

Deportation Order Upheld Against Detroit-Area Man Who Shot Jews as Nazi Policeman During World War II

WASHINGTON – The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) has dismissed the appeal of John (Ivan) Kalymon of Troy, Mich., who was ordered removed from the United States earlier this year because of his participation in lethal acts of Nazi-sponsored persecution of Jews during World War II, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton.

Civil Complaint Amended to Allege that Full Tilt Poker and Its Board of Directors Operated Company as a Massive Ponzi Scheme Against Its Own Players

NEW YORK—A motion was filed today amending the forfeiture and civil money laundering complaint in the matter of United States v. PokerStars et. al, announced Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. The proposed amended complaint alleges that Full Tilt Poker and its board of directors, including Raymond Bitar, Howard Lederer, Christopher Ferguson, and Rafael Furst,

Lowe’s Home Centers To Pay $120,000 To Settle EEOC Religious Bias And Retaliation Lawsuit

NASHVILLE – Lowe’s Home Centers, Inc. will pay $120,000 and provide other relief in a settlement of a religious discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today.

Owner of Miami-Area Mental Health Company Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison for Orchestrating $205 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

WASHINGTON—Miami resident Marianella Valera, the owner of a mental health care company, American Therapeutic Corporation (ATC), was sentenced today to 35 years in prison for orchestrating a $205 million Medicare fraud scheme, announced the Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the FBI.

EEOC Sues Philips Lighting For Sexual Harassment

DALLAS -- Philips Lighting Entertainment, a division of Philips Electronics North America Corp., subjected a female employee to a barrage of sexual remarks, touches, and lewd sexual exposure by the manager of her department and co-workers during her employment, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today.

TEN CHINATOWN SHOP OWNERS CHARGED WITH SELLING HIGHLY TOXIC ILLEGAL PESTICIDES

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., and United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara today announced the culmination of a 5-month-long joint state-federal undercover investigation into the possession and sale of illegal pesticides and related crimes committed in retail shops located in Manhattan’s Chinatown. As a result of this investigation, 10 retail sellers have been charged by the Manhattan DA’s Office with selling dangerous and illegal pesticides

BP Amoco to Pay U.S. $20.5 Million to Resolve Allegations of Royalty Underpayments from Indian and Federal Lands

WASHINGTON – BP Amoco Corp. (formerly Amoco Corp.), Amoco Production Company, BP Exploration & Oil Inc., BP America Inc., Atlantic Richfield Company and Vastar (the BP defendants) have agreed to pay the United States $20.5 million to resolve claims that the companies violated the False Claims Act by knowingly underpaying royalties owed on natural gas produced from federal and Indian leases, the Justice Department announced today.

Two Former New Orleans Police Officers Sentenced in Connection with the Death of Raymond Robair

WASHINGTON – Two former New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) officers were sentenced today in relation to the beating death of Raymond Robair and subsequent cover-up, the Justice Department announced today.

EEOC Sues Insource Performance Solutions And Legrand North America For Disability Bias

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Insource Performance Solutions, LLC and LeGrand North America, Inc. violated the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) when they failed to accommodate and subsequently discharged a disabled employee, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in lawsuit it filed yesterday. Insource is a North Carolina-based corporation that provides labor services for its clients, including LeGrand. LeGrand, a Delaware corporation, is a leading provider of products and systems for electrical installations and information networks.

25 arrested in Chicago area during ICE operation targeting gang members

CHICAGO - Special agents with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), in close partnership with local law enforcement, arrested 25 individuals during a week-long operation that ended late Tuesday. This is the latest local effort in an ongoing national ICE initiative to target foreign-born gang members.

Scott Allen Has Been Charged In An Insider Trading Scheme That Reaped More Than $2.6 Million in Illegal Profits

PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and JANICE K. FEDARCYK, the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), announced today the unsealing of charges against SCOTT ALLEN, a former consultant at a global human resources consulting firm (the “Consulting Firm”), and JOHN BENNETT, an independent film producer and former investment professional, for engaging in an insider trading scheme that reaped more than $2.6 million in illegal profits.

Former Chief of Staff to Ex-New York State Senator Pleads Guilty in White Plains Federal Court to Obstruction of Justice

PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York; JANICE K. FEDARCYK, the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”); and CHARLES R. PINE, the Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division (“IRS-CID”), announced that RAYMOND MAGUIRE pled guilty today in White Plains federal court to a one-count information charging him with obstructing a federal grand jury investigating whether a New York State Senator (“the Senator”) for whom MAGUIRE worked had received a sweetheart deal from a contractor.

DMITRIY YAKOVLEV SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS IN PRISON FOR IDENTITY THEFT INVOLVING THREE MISSING OR MURDERED PERSONS

Dmitriy Yakovlev, a Russian immigrant and trained surgeon, was sentenced today to 30 years’ imprisonment following his March 2011 conviction for identity theft, bank and credit card fraud involving three Brooklyn residents who disappeared or were found murdered shortly after encounters with the defendant between 2003 and 2007. The sentencing proceeding was held before United States District Judge I. Leo Glasser at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn.

Supercuts Settles EEOC Religious Discrimination and Retaliation Lawsuit

OAKLAND, Calif. - Salon chain Supercuts has agreed to pay $43,500 and to implement preventive measures to settle a religious accommodation and retaliation lawsuit, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today.

Allsup’s Fired Managerial Employee After Learning of His Cooperation with the EEOC on Co-Worker’s Claim of Discrimination, Federal Agency Charged

DALLAS – New Mexico-based Allsup’s Convenience Stores, Inc., which operates over 300 stores in Texas and New Mexico, will pay a former employee $37,000 and furnish other relief to settle a retaliation lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today.

Final Defendant Pleads Guilty to His Role in International Conspiracy Involving the Forced Labor of Eastern European Women in Detroit-Area Exotic Dance Clubs

DETROIT—The Justice Department announced today that Veniamin Gonikman, 56, a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Ukraine, pleaded guilty in federal court in Detroit, Michigan, for crimes related to an international conspiracy to compel Eastern European women to work in exotic dance clubs in the Detroit metropolitan area. Gonikman, who became a fugitive in 2005, was apprehended in Ukraine in January 2011. He is the ninth and final member of the charged conspiracy to be convicted.

ICE delivers back to school message: Beware of online child predators

BOSTON - As a new school year begins and children research classroom assignments online, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) alerts parents to more closely monitor their children's Internet activities to avoid child predators.

A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES RECOVERY OF $250,000 FROM ROCHESTER PHARMACY TO PAY BACK STATE IN MEDICAID FRAUD CASE

ROCHESTER– Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that Tops Market Pharmacy, with corporate headquarters in Williamsville, Erie County, has paid the state nearly $250,000 in restitution to resolve a Medicaid fraud case involving the misdeeds of a former pharmacist in one of their Rochester stores. Elizabeth Johnson, 49, of Rochester, was suspended from practice and excluded from the Medicaid program, but continued to dispense prescription medications while working at Tops Market Pharmacy.

Former Genovese Family Acting Boss and Two Associates Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to Life in Prison for Multiple Murders, Racketeering, and Extortion

PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that ARTHUR NIGRO, the former acting boss of the Genovese organized crime family of La Cosa Nostra (the “Genovese Family”), and Genovese Family associates FOTIOS GEAS and TY GEAS were each sentenced to life in prison today in Manhattan federal court. All three defendants were convicted at trial in April 2011 of various crimes, including multiple murders, attempted murder, multiple murder conspiracies, racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, multiple extortions, and loansharking. The defendants were sentenced by U.S. District Judge P. KEVIN CASTEL.

Former Hospital CEO Found Guilty on Multiple Counts in Manhattan Federal Court for Participating in Bribery Scheme Involving Three Members of the New York State Legislature

PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that DAVID ROSEN, the former CEO of MediSys Health Network, was found guilty in Manhattan federal court for participating in a scheme to bribe New York State Senator CARL KRUGER, New York State Assemblyman WILLIAM BOYLAND, JR., and former New York State Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio with hundreds of thousands of dollars in exchange for their official acts. ROSEN was convicted after a three-week bench trial before U.S. District Judge JED S. RAKOFF.

JASON ITZLER INDICTED FOR PROMOTING PROSTITUTION THROUGH “ROCKSTAR MODELS & PARTYGIRLS” ESCORT AGENCY

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the indictment of JASON ITZLER, 44, for promoting prostitution and selling illegal drugs through an escort agency he operated called “Rockstar Models & Partygirls.” ITZLER is charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, Promoting Prostitution in the Third Degree, and Money Laundering in the Third and Fourth Degrees.[1]

Virginia woman sentenced to 5 years in prison for importing and selling counterfeit Cisco computer equipment

WASHINGTON — A Virginia woman was sentenced today to 60 months in prison for leading a sophisticated conspiracy to import and to sell counterfeit Cisco-branded computer networking equipment, laundering criminal proceeds and obtaining her citizenship through fraud. This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Online Identity Thief Sentenced in Virginia to 14 Years in Prison for Selling Counterfeit Credit Cards Leading to More Than $3 Million in Losses

WASHINGTON – A Hammond, Ind., man was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., to 14 years in prison for operating an online business that sold counterfeit credit cards encoded with stolen account information, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride for the Eastern District of Virginia.

U.S. Bureau of Prisons Employee Indicted in Florida for Sexual Abuse of a Ward and False Statements

WASHINGTON – U.S. Bureau of Prisons (BOP) employee Jack Chris Jackson, 45, was indicted today on charges of sexual abuse of an inmate and false statements, the Justice Department announced.

New York City Resident Indicted for Providing Material Support to Terrorists

An indictment was unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn this morning charging Agron Hasbajrami, a legal U.S. resident and Albanian citizen residing in New York City, with providing material support to terrorists.1 Hasbajrami is scheduled to be arraigned later today before United States Magistrate Judge Lois Bloom, at the U.S. Courthouse, 225 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn, New York. The case has been assigned to United States District Judge John Gleeson.

Grays Harbor Community Hospital To Pay $125,000 To Settle Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

SEATTLE – Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen, Wash., will pay $125,000 and provide training and other relief to settle a federal lawsuit alleging sexual harassment, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today.

ABC Cake Shop Sued by EEOC for Sex Harassment

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Early Bird Management Group, LLC, doing business as ABC Cake Shop & Bakery in Albuquerque, violated federal law by subjecting a group of women to sexual harassment and forcing some women who could not tolerate the harassment to resign, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it filed on September 7, 2011.

Laguerre Payen Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 25 Years in Prison for Plotting to Bomb Bronx Synagogues and Shoot Down U.S. Military Planes

PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that LAGUERRE PAYEN was sentenced today to 25 years in prison for plotting to bomb synagogues in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, New York, and to use Stinger surface-to-air guided missiles to shoot down military planes located at the New York Air National Guard Base at Stewart Airport in Newburgh, New York. PAYEN was convicted along with his three co-defendants JAMES CROMITIE, DAVID WILLIAMS, and ONTA WILLIAMS in October 2010 after a two-month jury trial. United States District Judge COLLEEN McMAHON, presided over the trial and imposed today’s sentence.

Outback Steakhouse Sued by EEOC for Disability Discrimination

PHOENIX — A Phoenix, Ariz., Outback Steakhouse restaurant violated federal law by firing an employee on the basis of his disability and/or because he needed a reasonable accommodation, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it filed today.

Auto Parts Distributorship to Pay $175,000 to Settle EEOC Sex Harassment Lawsuit

PHOENIX – Arizona Logistics, Inc. doing business as DSI Arizona, and its management company, Norlyn Enterprises, Inc., agreed to pay $175,000 to five former employees and to implement preventive measures as part of a settlement of a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today.

Cadillac Jack Sued by EEOC for Retaliation

ATLANTA – In an employment discrimination lawsuit it recently filed, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged that Cadillac Jack, Inc., a supplier of innovative games and systems to the global gaming industry in Duluth, Ga., violated federal law when it fired a manager in retaliation for complaining about race and gender discrimination.

Gary Foster, A Former Citigroup Vice President Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud for Embezzling More Than $22 Million

Gary Foster, a former vice president in Citigroup, Inc.’s treasury finance department, pleaded guilty today to bank fraud arising from his embezzlement of more than $22 million from Citigroup. Foster entered his plea before the Hon. Eric N. Vitaliano, United States District Judge, at the United States Courthouse in Brooklyn.

UB Law School conference explores legacy of the Attica uprising

University at Buffalo Law School, The Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy
Monday, September 12 & Tuesday 13, 2011


Forty years ago, the deadliest prisoner rebellion in U.S. history occurred. Next month, a major conference will bring together prisoner advocates, legislators, policymakers, corrections professionals, activists, and people who were on the front lines of the conflict, on both sides.

Florida Man Sentenced to Over 21 Years in Prison for Operating Cramming Scheme While Incarcerated

WASHINGTON – Willoughby Farr, 46, of West Palm Beach, Fla., has been sentenced to 262 months in prison and three years of supervised release for perpetrating a “cramming scheme,” which was designed to place charges on consumers’ telephone bills for collect calls that were not made, the Justice Department and the U.S. Postal Inspector’s Miami Field Office announced today.

Applebee’s General Manager Mike Cordova Allegedly Coerced An Employee Into Giving Him Oral Sex In Exchange For A Raise Applebee’s Owners Pay $1 Million in EEOC Suit

What does this say about the leadership of a company when an alleged pervert like Mike Cordova is permitted to behave like a decadent Roman emperor at a place where people come to earn an honest living?