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Two Sentenced, One Pleads Guilty in Unrelated Firearms Cases

21 Nov

Gazette Staff

The office of United States Attorney David Capp has announced that two individuals have been sentenced in unrelated firearms charges this week.

George Black, 53, of Gary, Indiana, was sentenced by Senior District Judge Rudy Lozano to 120 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of possession of a stolen firearm. According to documents filed in this case, Black has 3 prior felony convictions for burglaries in Wisconsin and was on probation for the most recent conviction at the time of his arrest. This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives HIDTA Task Force and the Indiana State Police. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas Padilla.

Brittini Anderson, 27, of Gary, Indiana, was sentenced by Chief Judge Philip Simon to 24 months of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of making false statements in the acquisition of a firearm. According to documents filed in this case, Anderson straw purchased a firearm that has not been recovered by law enforcement. Based on her interview with ATF agents, Anderson admitted that she purchased a 9mm pistol for a person she knew could not buy a gun. This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas Padilla.

Additionally, Shamekka Thomas, 29, of Gary, Indiana, pled guilty before Senior District Judge Rudy Lozano to the felony offense of making false statements in the acquisition of a firearm. Sentencing has been set for 1/30/14. This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

$14M in LG G2 Phones Stolen In Gary, Could Delay Launch

7 Nov

by Ken Davidson

Gary, Indiana is once again making national news. A truck containing 22,500 yet to be released LG G2 for Sprint. The phones were worth an estimated $14M at retail price. As reported by CNET, the truck was stolen at 6:30 p.m. on October 24. The Indiana and Illinois State Police as well as the FBI were notified. The thief was eventually caught in Louisville, Kentucky after he crashed the truck. Kentucky State Police report that they arrested 40 year old Juan Perez-Gonzalez after being contacted by the FBI about the heist. The FBI is now investigating and believes the theft may be a part of a theft ring.

The theft could delay the launch of the popular smartphone on the Sprint network. Other carriers have already launched the phone, but this shipment was destined to be a part of Sprint’s nationwide launch this month.

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Man who stole $14M worth of LG G2 phones crashed in Kentucky

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Jesse Jackson Jr. Reports to Prison

28 Oct

by Ken Davidson

 

Jesse Jackson, Jr. is officially inmate number 32451-016.  Jackson reported to prison without media attention today and is reportedly at the Butner Federal Prison.  Butner is a considered a “club fed” prison which is low security.  Jackson will be released from prison in about 20 months and then will be required to live for a period in a halfway house.  Sandy Jackson is scheduled to report to prison after Jesse Jackson, Jr. is released to assure that there is a parent available to care for the children.

11. JESSE L JACKSON JR 32451-016 48-Black-M UNKNOWN

Bankruptcy Filings Down in 2013 Says US Office of Courts

28 Oct

Gazette Staff

Bankruptcy cases filed in federal courts for fiscal year 2013—the 12-month period ending September 30, 2013—totaled 1,107,699, down 12 percent from the 1,261,140 bankruptcy cases filed in FY 2012, according to statistics released today by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

Additional statistics released today include:

Business and Non-Business Filings
Years Ended September 30, 2009-2013
Year Business Non-Business TOTAL
2013 34,892 1,072,807 1,107,699
2012 42,008 1,219,132 1,261,140
2011 49,895 1,417,326 1,467,221
2010 58,322 1,538,033 1,596,355
2009 58,721 1,344,095 1,402,816
Bankruptcy Filings by Chapter of the Bankruptcy Code 12-Month Periods Ending September 30, 2009-2013
Year Chapter
7 11 12 13
2013 753,995 9,564 405 343,651
2012 874,337 10,597 541 375,521
2011 1,036,950 11,979 676 417,503
2010 1,146,511 14,191 707 434,839
2009 989,227 14,745 487 398,210

FBI Week in Review 10/25/2013

28 Oct

Gazette Staff

 

HAMMOND, IN—The United States Attorney’s Office announced the following activity in federal court:

Dispositions:

Joshua Robinson, 23, of Lafayette, Indiana, was sentenced by Senior District Judge James Moody to 33 months’ imprisonment and two years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number. According to documents filed in this case, Robinson, who has an extensive criminal history consisting of juvenile adjudications and adult criminal convictions, burglarized a residence where a .20 gauge shotgun and a .223 caliber rifle were taken. After the firearms were stolen, Robinson and a co-defendant proceeded to take the serial number off one of the firearms in preparation of selling the firearms in Chicago, Illinois. This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Tippecanoe County Police Department, and the Lafayette Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas Padilla.

Che Williams, Jr., 21, of Gary, Indiana, was sentenced by Senior District Judge James Moody to 30 months’ imprisonment and two years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number. This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dean Lanter.

Ramon Salinas, Jr., 37, of East Chicago, Indiana, was sentenced by Senior District Judge Rudy Lozano to 210 months’ imprisonment and 25 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of distribution of child pornography. According to documents filed in this case, law enforcement conducted an online Internet investigation to identify those possessing and sharing child pornography. The investigation identified an IP address belonging to the Salinas residence sharing files containing material depicting minors under the age of 16 engaged in sexual acts or poses. A search warrant was executed at this residence where law enforcement found that Salinas possessed at least 60 videos depicting minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Salinas also has a prior conviction for possession of child pornography in Marion County in 2005. This case resulted from an investigation by members of the Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, including the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Indiana State Police, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, and the Highland Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jill Koster.

James Urschel, 47, of Lafayette, Indiana, was sentenced by Senior District Judge James Moody to three years of probation after pleading guilty to the felony offense of false impersonation of a federal officer. According to documents filed in this case, Urschel impersonated a Deputy United States Marshal while buying numerous firearms at Gander Mountain in Lafayette, Indiana. He would then pawn the guns at a local pawn shop for cash. This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas Padilla.

Charles E. Johnson, Jr., 33, of Gary, Indiana, was sentenced by Senior District Judge James Moody to 37 months’ imprisonment and three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of distribution of crack cocaine. According to documents filed in this case, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Johnson’s residence and found 17.9 grams of crack cocaine in a safe. Johnson had a felony conviction for dealing in cocaine in 2008 and was on probation for that offense when he was charged in this case. This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation GRIT Task Force. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chang-Adiga.

Daryl V. Johnson, 40, of East Chicago, Indiana, was sentenced by Senior District Judge James Moody to 180 months of imprisonment and three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. According to documents filed in this case, Johnson has 15 prior felony convictions and nine misdemeanor convictions over a period of 18 years. Johnson was in a motor vehicle that was pursued by Hammond Police Department due to the occupants violating the seat belt law. After the vehicle fled from police, Johnson exited the vehicle and fled on foot. The police recovered a handgun from the route on which Johnson fled. This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives HIDTA Task Force and the Hammond Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas Padilla.

Regina Cabell, 39, of Lafayette, Indiana, was sentenced by Senior District Judge Rudy Lozano to 18 months’ imprisonment and $79,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to the felony offense of health care fraud—submitting a claim to Indiana Medicaid for providing a service to an Indiana Medicaid recipient to whom she did not actually provide the claimed service—and failing to file a federal income tax return for her gross income of $297,567 in the 2011 tax year. According to documents filed in this case, Cabell, d/b/a L&G Transportation, submitted approximately $96,600 in false claims to Indiana Medicaid for providing transportation services that did not actually occur. This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, and the Internal Revenue Service. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Diane Berkowitz.

AFL-CIO Exec Council Says it Will Fight to End “Stand Your Ground” Laws

26 Jul

In a press release yesterday, the AFL-CIO Executive Council issues a statement callin for “Social and Economic Justice for People of Color.”   The AFL-CIO is the latest in a long line of organizations calling for an end to “Stand Your Ground” laws in the wake of the George Zimmerman trial.  Florida’s stand your ground law was not used in the Zimmerman trial yet it has become a hot button issue for those who feel that Zimmerman should have been convicted.

The labor movement gains its strength from our common belief that all people have intrinsic value and deserve dignity as their birthright, and that people of every race, religion, color and sexual orientation deserve access to the “American Dream.”

. . .

The Trayvon Martin case is a painful wake-up call that much work remains to be done in the march toward opportunity and justice for all. President Obama recently noted that we all need to do some soul-searching and start a conversation about race in America in families and churches and workplaces. As we re-dedicate ourselves to continue this march, along with our allies, we will heed the President’s call to begin conversations about race with our leadership, members and staff to ensure that this tragedy leads to real action and tangible change.

The AFL-CIO will be deliberate in our commitment to advancing a full dialogue regarding racial disparities and violence in all our communities.

We shall encourage our national affiliates and our state and local bodies to participate fully in a dialogue with our partners and allies and work diligently to support policies at the federal, state and local level that eliminate discrimination, profiling and violence and to denounce Stand Your Ground laws that are advanced by the anti-worker, pro-voter suppression American Legislative Exchange Council.

 

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NWI Prosecutors Seek NO Wiretap Warrants in 2012

20 Jul

The Federal Government may be monitoring your telephone conversations but in Northwest Indiana criminals can feel confident that their communications are secure.   Indiana issued just 3 wiretap warrants in 2012. All of the warrants were issued  in Marion County. No wiretaps were requested in Lake, Porter, or LaPorte Counties. No data was reported for the Northern District of Indiana which would lead the reader to assume either an error in the report or that no warrants were requested.  State, Local and Federal officials are required by Federal Law to report all requests for wiretap warrants to the Administrative Office of the Federal Courts each year.

Indiana has a stricter law than most states for portable electronic monitoring requiring the chief law enforcement officer of the jurisdiction (sheriff, chief of police, or Superintendent of State Police) together with the Prosecuting Attorney of a county to verify the facts of the warrant under oath.  Only the Indiana State Police can install the monitoring equipment required for a wiretap warrant.  (IC 35-33.5-2).

In total 3,395 local, state and federal wiretap warrants were issued in 2012, the US Office of The Admistrative Courts Reports. The vast majority of those were issued for mobile devices in drug investigations. The numbers vary greatly b state with the feds, California and New York requesting the vast majority-over 2500.

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Source:  Administrative Office of the Federal Courts,  http://www.uscourts.gov/uscourts/Statistics/WiretapReports/2012/Table1.pdf