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Leland Yee Pleads Not Guilty to New Money Laundering Federal Charges

Former California State Senator Leland Yee Pleads Not Guilty to 2 New Money Laundering Federal Charges After his arrest last spring, former Democratic California state Senator Leland Yee has pleaded not guilty to barrage of federal charges, including bribery and gun running, with the assistance of notorious San Francisco mobster “Shrimp Boy” Chow. On February 4th, Yee’s indictment saw two new money laundering federal charges, for which the former Senator has also pleaded not guilty. The revised indictment features a total of 230 federal … [Read more...]

“Real Housewives” Star Heads to Prison for Mail Fraud Conviction

Mail Fraud, Tax Fraud Land “Real Housewives of New Jersey” Star in Prison After being convicted on mail fraud, tax fraud, and other fraud charges in a New Jersey state court, a former star of “Real Housewives of New Jersey” has reported to federal prison. Teresa Giudice, a cast member of Bravo’s hugely popular reality television show, reported to a federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut around 3 AM on Monday, January 5th. She and her husband, Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice pleaded guilty to several fraud charges, including mail fraud and tax fraud, … [Read more...]

Hollywood Drama Leads to Wire Fraud Charges

Famous Director’s Former Accuser Now Faces Wire Fraud Charges The man who accused X-Men director Bryan Singer of sexual abuse when he was a teenager, and who later dropped the personal injury lawsuit, has now been charged with securities and wire fraud after investigators found that he was running a fraudulent investment scheme. On Tuesday, December 31st, a grand jury in Charlotte, NC indicted Michael Francis Egan III, 32 years old, for wire fraud and securities fraud in the business operation which ran from 2007 to 2012. Egan allegedly … [Read more...]

Judge Fast-Tracks Leland Yee Corruption Trial to Early 2015

Leland Yee’s Federal Corruption Trial Fast-Tracked for Early Next Year A federal judge has “fast-tracked” Leland Yee’s federal corruption trial, involving numerous racketeering charges, to begin early next year. Yee, a former California state senator, has been charged with fraud, corruption, racketeering, and bribery, among other charges, with at least 28 other defendants. The  federal racketeering charge stems from a federal investigation that lasted 3 years. When Yee, campaign consultant Keith Jackson, and an undercover agent met again … [Read more...]

ZeekRewards Founder Indicted on Federal Charges for Ponzi Scheme

ZeekRewards Founder Faces Federal Charges in North Carolina for Ponzi Scheme The president and founder of ZeekRewards, a penny exchange website, has been indicted by a grand jury in North Carolina for several federal charges, including wire fraud, mail fraud, and tax fraud, for creating the internet Ponzi scheme. Paul Burks, 67, is a resident of Lexington, NC. On Friday, October 24th, a federal grand jury indicted Burks on charges of wire and mail fraud conspiracy, wire and mail fraud, and tax fraud conspiracy. According to the federal … [Read more...]

Former Charlotte Mayor Guilty Plea to One Charge of Wire Fraud, Sentenced to Federal Prison

Former Charlotte, NC Mayor Sentenced to Federal Prison for Pleading Guilty to One Charge of Wire Fraud In June, former Charlotte, NC mayor Patrick Cannon pleaded guilty to one charge of wire fraud, which stemmed from numerous bribery, extortion, and other federal charges that cropped up during his tenure as mayor. On Tuesday, October 14th, Cannon was sentenced to 44 months in federal prison. Cannon was also sentenced to 2 years of supervised release, and a $10,000 fine. Federal prosecutors wanted Cannon in jail for 37 months, or just over 3 … [Read more...]

Massive Money Laundering Operation in LA Busted

Federal Officers Bust Huge Drug Cartel and Money Laundering Operation in Los Angeles On Wednesday, September 10th, federal authorities arrested 9 people in Los Angeles and seized over $65 million in cash in a massive raid on the LA Fashion District that targeted a money laundering operation owned by Mexican drug cartels. Approximately 1,000 agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Internal Revenue Service carried out the money laundering operation bust … [Read more...]

BitCoin Entrepreneurs Plead Guilty to Federal Charges for Illegal Money Transfer Business

Two BitCoin Operators Plead Guilty to Federal Charges for Illegal Money Transfer Business Two major players in the BitCoin craze – a NYC-based BitCoin company, and a Florida-based BitCoin exchanger – have pleaded guilty to federal charges for operating unlicensed money transfer businesses, which allowed the internet currency to be funneled back into the black market website, the Silk Road. Charlie Shrem, 24, pleaded guilty to federal charges for aiding and abetting the operations of an unlicensed money transfer business, and Robert Faiella, … [Read more...]

Leland Yee Faces New Racketeering Charge

Former California State Senator Faces Racketeering Charge with Other Federal Charges After his arrest in March for numerous federal charges, former California state senator Leland Yee pleaded not guilty to charges of wire fraud, bribery, public corruption, and arms trafficking on April 8th. Now, federal investigators have added racketeering charges to the list of federal crimes. The new racketeering charge was handed up to a federal grand jury on Friday, July 25th, and involves an incident in 2013 in which Yee, a Democratic representative … [Read more...]

Lexington County Sheriff Indicted on Bribery, Wire Fraud Charges

Sheriff Metts Indicted on Federal Charges of Bribery, Wire Fraud South Carolina’s longest-serving sheriff has been indicted on federal charges, including wire fraud and bribery, making him the 8th sheriff in the last 4 years to face federal charges or an investigation in the state. According to US Attorney Bill Nettles, 68-year-old Lexington County Sheriff James Metts faces 10 charges of accepting bribes, as well as federal charges of wire fraud and conspiracy. The 28-page indictment states that Metts allowed friends to buy favors, … [Read more...]