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Bridgestone Executive Jailed For Price Fixing

Bridgestone executive Yusuke Shimasaki this week pleaded guilty to charges related to an international car part price-fixing and bid-rigging conspiracy. Two other Bridgestone executives, Yasuo Tyuto and Isao Yoshida, were also indicted this week for their roles in the conspiracy. Shimasaki will serve one year and six months in prison and pay a $20,000 fine. As part of the plea …

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App Pirates Guilty of Copyright Infringement

Back in January the U.S. charged four people in connection with pirate app stores developed for Android devices. Now all four of these defendants has pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement. The cases represent the U.S. Justice Department’s first cases against alleged mobile app pirates, and now appear to have been a success. Thomas Pace …

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HP to Pay $108 Million Over Bribery and Money Laundering Charges

Hewlett-Packard this week agreed to pay $108 million to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice to settle money laundering and bribery charges. The charges were brought against HP for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. According to the charges, the company’s subsidiaries provided substantial bribes to officials in foreign countries to secure IT …

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Alabama Sheriff Guilty of Beating Door-to-Door Salesman

An Alabama county sheriff has pleaded guilty to beating an unarmed, handcuffed man. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Keith McCray, a criminal investigator at the Macon County, Alabama Sheriff’s Office, admitted to violating the civil rights of the prisoner on Independence Day last year. McCray has been found guilty of one felony count of deprivation of rights under …

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Albuquerque Protests Turn Violent

Earlier this month, James Boyd, age 38, was confronted by police officers for illegally camping in the Sandia Foothills in Albuquerque, New Mexico. After a somewhat brief standoff, Boyd and the officers had come to a peaceful agreement of sorts. “All right, don’t change up the agreement,” stated Boyd as he began to gather his belongings. “I’m going to try …

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Texas County Commissioner Charged For Bribery

The saying goes that all politics are local. Whether or not this is true, it is clear that all politicians, from the U.S. congress down to the mayors of small towns, are susceptible to corruption. With so much money riding on political decisions, the most common type of corruption is undoubtedly bribery. While taking a little extra on the side …

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Toyota Settlement Pays $1.2 Billion to the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Justice today announced that Toyota Motor Corporation has agreed to pay $1.2 billion to the U.S. to settle a criminal wire fraud charge. It is the largest financial penalty of this kind imposed by the U.S. on a vehicle manufacturer. The settlement surrounds the well-publicized recall of Toyota and Lexus vehicles over manufacturing errors that could …

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Another Soldier Sentenced For Afghanistan Fuel Theft

U.S. Army Sergeant Kevin Bilal Abdullah has been sentenced to one year, one day in prison for his role in fuel thefts at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Fenty in Afghanistan. Abdullah pleaded guilty to bribery and conspiracy to commit bribery in August 2013 for receiving bribes in exchange for helping to steal fuel during his time in Afghanistan. Abdullah is …

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Sex Pic Extortion Lands Man in Prison

A federal court today sentenced 23-year-old John Bryan Villegas of Kittery, Maine to two years, nine months in prison for what has become known colloquially as “sextortion.” Villegas pleaded guilty last year to cyber stalking for using sexually explicit material to extort a Dover, New Hampshire woman. The matter was escalated to a federal matter due to the fact that …

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Attorney General Calls For Lower Drug Sentences

Attorney General Eric Holder today testified before the U.S. Sentencing Commission and endorsed less strict sentencing for most drug offenders. A proposal by the commission outlined in January and would lower the base offense matched to drug trafficking quantities by two levels. The commission is expected to vote on the proposal sometime in April. The commission estimates that the proposal …

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Swiss Banker Found Guilty of IRS Fraud

The Swiss banking system, and Swiss bankers in particular, were portrayed in the 2013 Oscar-nominated Scorsese movie The Wolf of Wall Street as outright corrupt. Though the movie, its events, and its characters are based on real-life events, Jean Dujardin’s Swiss banker in the movie (based on real-life banker Jean-Jacques Handali) matches the long-held Hollywood stereotype of a Swiss banker. …

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Religious Discrimination Lawsuit Filed Over Teacher’s Beard

The U.S. Department of Justice this week announced that it has filed a lawsuit against the School District of Philadelphia over a religious discrimination claim. According to the Justice Department, the school district violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by requiring Siddiq Abu-Bakr to cut or shave his beard. Abu-Bakr has been a school police officer in the …

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