Former Union Boss Begins Racketeering and Conspiracy Trial

Trial Begins for Former Ironworkers Union Leader for Racketeering and Conspiracy On Monday, January 5th, a former Union boss for the Ironworkers Local 401 in Philadelphia went to trial for federal charges including intimidation, racketeering and conspiracy. Other defendants in the case opted to a plea deal, so “the Don” will stand trial alone. According to federal prosecutors, 73-year-old Joseph Dougherty created “goon squads” within the ironworkers’ union, which he used to threaten builders, smash beams, and burn down jobsites if potential … [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...]

Investors Receive Money from 3 Hebrew Boys Scam

Scam Victims Receiving Restitution in 3 Hebrew Boys Aftermath On Wednesday, October 8th, US Attorney Bill Nettles reported that former investors in the 3 Hebrew Boys scam will begin to receive their part of $19 million, which hopefully is the third of many rounds of restitutions for the scam victims. The first round went out in May 2012, and the second went out in June 2013. Around 3,800 checks were mailed to the former investors, Nettles said in a news release, which gives the victims about 46 cents to every dollar they lost. The three … [Read more...]

Cancer Doc Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges for False Chemo

Cancer Doctor Who Gave Chemotherapy to Healthy Patients Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges A cancer doctor from Detroit has pleaded guilty to federal charges, such as giving healthy patients unnecessary cancer treatment, including dangerous chemotherapy, on Tuesday, September 16th. Reportedly, Dr. Farid Fata pleaded guilty to federal charges without prosecution offering a plea deal. "We weren't interested in bargaining anything away," U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said. She added that she would seek life in prison for Fata, calling the … [Read more...]

Doctor Sentenced on Federal Charges, Exchanged Drugs for Sex

Doctor Exchanged Drugs for Sex and Cash Through Craigslist, Sentenced on Federal Charges A Chicago-area physician who worked with three hospitals in the city was sentenced to 6 years in prison on federal charges for illegally distributing prescription drugs for sex and sexual favors and money. Joshua D. Baron, 40, was originally charged with state-level crimes in January 2011, after an undercover investigation by the Wilmette Police Department. However, he faced federal charges after the US Drug Enforcement Agency and the Chicago Police … [Read more...]

Erica Parsons’s Parents Face Federal Charges for Defrauding Government

Adoptive Parents of Missing Erica Parsons Face Federal Charges for Defrauding Government Exactly one year after Erica Parsons was reported missing by her adoptive brother, James Parsons, her adoptive parents have been arrested. However, her adoptive parents – Casey and Sandy – were not arrested on criminal charges related to her disappearance, but instead were arrested on federal charges for using Erica’s adoption for defrauding government. When Erica Parsons disappeared, she was 13 years old. However, according to her brother, she had not … [Read more...]

Leland Yee Pleads Not Guilty to Racketeering Charges

Former California Senator Pleads Not Guilty to Racketeering Charges Former California state senator Leland Yee, arrested on charges of bribery and gun running, faced new federal charges for racketeering and other RICO violations on Friday, July 25th. On Thursday, July 31st, he pleaded not guilty to racketeering charges. Yee previously pleaded not guilty to the other federal charges, including bribery, corruption, and arms trafficking, in which federal investigators worked undercover, posing as businessmen and gun runners. He allegedly … [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...]

SC Man Faces Federal Gun Charges in DC

South Carolina Man Took A Gun Into a Federal Building, Now Faces Federal Gun Charges Police in Washington, DC arrested a South Carolina resident on federal gun charges after he attempted to take a gun into an office building on Capitol grounds. Ronald William Prestage, 59, has been charged with carrying a pistol without a license, and carrying a weapon outside a home or office, which is a federal crime. Washington, DC does not recognize concealed carry permits from other states, and does not issue its own concealed carry permits. Any weapon … [Read more...]

Friend of Boston Marathon Bomber Convicted on Federal Charges

Boston Marathon Bomber’s Friend Convicted on Federal Charges for Impeding Investigation A former student at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and friend of one of the two brothers accused of the Boston Marathon Bombings, was convicted on federal charges for impeding the FBI’s investigation on Monday, July 21st. The federal jury found Azamat Tazhayakov, 20, guilty on federal charges of obstructing justice and conspiracy. The jury voted him unanimously guilty after prosecutors painted him as one of the conspirators in the terrorism … [Read more...]