Showing posts from April, 2012

Georgia Woman Sentenced for Murder-for-Hire Plot

NORFOLK, VA—Enid Albertha Collins, 48, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, was sentenced today to 72 months in prison for her role in a murder-for-hire plot targeting her ex-husband.


Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the indictment of PHILIP LEOPOLD, 76, for stealing more than $1.6 million from an 85-year old woman by withdrawing money from her bank and trust accounts without her authorization. LEOPOLD is charged with Grand Larceny in the First Degree, Forgery in the Second Degree, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree, Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, Attempted Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, and Attempted Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree.

Golf International to Pay $25,000 to Settle EEOC Retaliation Lawsuit

PHOENIX – A Fountain Hills, Ariz.- based golf course and restaurant has agreed to settle an employment discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that charged the company with retaliation in violation of federal law, the agency announced today.

Somali Hostage Negotiator in S/V Quest Piracy and Pirating of M/V Marida Marguerite Found Guilty on All Counts

NORFOLK, VA—Mohammad Saaili Shibin, a/k/a “Khalif Ahmed Shibin,” a/k/a “Shibin,” 50, of Somalia, was convicted today by a federal jury in Norfolk for his involvement in the pirating of an American yacht, the S/V Quest, and taking hostage four U.S. citizens who were ultimately killed before their release could be secured and of the pirating of the M/V Marida Marguerite.

Long Island, N.Y., Tax Return Preparer Sentenced to 37 Months for Tax Fraud

Howard Levine, owner of a Dix Hill, N.Y., tax preparation business was sentenced to 37 months in prison for tax crimes, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced today. On Jan. 5, 2012, Levine pleaded guilty to obstructing the internal revenue laws and aiding in the preparation of false income tax returns for clients.

ICE returns stolen and looted art and antiquities to Italy

WASHINGTON — Seven stolen and looted objects of Italian cultural heritage will soon be on their way back to Italy, following a ceremony Thursday in which U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano officially returned the antiquities to Italian Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero at the Embassy of Italy in Washington.

Former Naval Engineer and His Father Charged in Rhode Island in $10 Million Bribery and Kickback Conspiracy

PROVIDENCE, RI—A federal grand jury in Providence returned a 37-count indictment today charging Ralph Mariano, 54, of Arlington, Virginia, a civilian engineer with the U.S. Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) in Newport, Rhode Island and Washington D.C.; and his father, Ralph Mariano, Jr., 80, of North Providence, Rhode Island, in connection with an alleged 15-year bribery and fraud conspiracy involving approximately $10 million of U.S. naval funds.

Five Gambino Crime Family Members and Associates Plead Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that VINCENZO FROGIERO, TODD LABARCA, JOHN BRANCACCIO, CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS, and SEAN DUNN—all of whom are either members or associates of the Gambino organized crime family of La Cosa Nostra—pled guilty to crimes including racketeering, narcotics trafficking, assault, and extortion. LABARCA also pled guilty to conspiring to commit the January 2002 murder of Martin Bosshart, which was part of a turf war over control of a Gambino family marijuana trafficking operation. These five defendants were charged along with 17 others in the Southern District of New York in January 2011 in U.S. v. Joseph Corozzo, et al. as part of a nationwide takedown of members and associates of organized crime. FROGIERO, LABARCA, BRANCACCIO, and REYNOLDS pled guilty today before U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman. DUNN pled guilty on Monday before Judge Berman.

PRM Announces its Paralegal Boot Camp Scholarship Atlanta-based PRM to provide one tuition to each of its Litigation Paralegal Boot Camps in 2012 to support its mission of promoting and advancing the paralegal profession.

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) April 24, 2012 Pearson Resource Management (PRM) announces its Paralegal Boot Camp Scholarship program to support its mission of advancing and promoting the paralegal profession. PRM will be awarding one scholarship for each of its 1-day live workshops being held in select cities in 2012. The application process includes a short essay on why the applicant chose the paralegal profession and, if the applicant is awarded the funds to attend the Litigation Paralegal Boot Camp, what the applicant would do to “pay it forward” to the paralegal profession.


The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, the New York City Police Department, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) today announced charges in a domestic sex trafficking operation run by a father and son. The indictments are the result of a long-term joint investigation between the DA’s Human Trafficking Program, the DA’s Major Economic Crimes Bureau, and the agencies above.

EEOC Asks for Teen Advice to Solve the Wage Gap

DENVER -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is asking teenagers to weigh in on the heavy issues of equal pay and wage disparity. On April 26, 2012, the EEOC will recognize the 20th anniversary of Take Your Child to Work Day by inviting teenagers to its Denver Field Office to participate in a dialogue for solutions on how to bridge the gender wage gap in America.

Real Estate Attorney, Mortgage Loan Officer, and Loan Processor Plead Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Orchestrating $9 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that real estate attorney Eric Finger, mortgage loan officer Reginald Johnson, and mortgage loan processor Denise Parks each pled guilty this week for their roles in a $9 million mortgage fraud scheme. The defendants pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald.

Bankers Asset Management Will Pay $600,000 for Excluding Blacks for Jobs and Punishing Employees for Complaining About Bias

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Bankers Asset Management, Inc., a real estate company in Little Rock, will pay $600,000 to former employees and a class of applicants to settle a race discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity (EEOC), the agency announced today.

New York Law Firm Settles EEOC Age Discrimination Suit

Kelley Drye & Warren Agrees To End Mandatory Retirement Policy, Pay $574,000 To Partner Forced to Give Up Ownership Interest in Order to Continue Working NEW YORK- Kelley Drye & Warren, a law firm with over 300 attorneys, has agreed to end its policy of requiring partners to give up their equity in the firm once they reach 70 years of age and to pay $574,000 to an attorney who continued to practice at the firm after he turned 70, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today.

Town Of Montgomery Bride Faked Terminal Illness To Scam Mid-Hudson Community Members Out Of Thousands Of Dollars

ORANGE COUNTY - Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the arrest and indictment against Jessica Vega, 25, formerly of Montgomery, NY, on multiple charges of fraud and grand larceny for posing as a terminally ill bride to receive thousands of dollars from citizens and others from the Mid-Hudson region. Vega is charged with six felonies and one misdemeanor: one count of Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, five counts of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, and one count of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Third Degree. The maximum sentence for any of the felony charges in the indictment is 1⅓- 4 years in prison.

Importers Charged with Securities Fraud

Three principals of a company that imported paving stones from Australia were charged with conspiracy, securities fraud, and money laundering in an indictment unsealed today in federal court in Central Islip, New York. The charges against Eric Aronson, Vincent Buonauro, and Fredric Aaron arose from their solicitation of investor money for, and their operation of, Permapave Industries and Permapave USA (“Permapave”). Permapave marketed porous paving stones in the United States that were manufactured in Australia.

Judge Approves Guam Aircraft Company’s Settlement of EEOC Religious Discrimination Suit

HAGATNA, Guam – A federal judge has approved the settlement by Aviation Concepts, Inc., an aircraft retailer and service provider in Guam, of a religious discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today. Aviation Concepts will pay $51,000 and furnish extensive relief to settle the EEOC’s suit.