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…

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…

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…

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…

$458 Million of Former Nigerian Dictator’s Funds Frozen

The U.S. Department of Justice today announced that it has frozen over $458 million in funds linked to the corrupt Sani Abacha leadership of Nigeria. The department is referring to the seizure as the “largest kleptocracy forfeiture action” in the…

Three Men Sentenced For Smuggling Grenade Launchers

Three men were sentenced this week in a California District Court for illegally importing high-powered military hardware into the U.S. The smuggled items included grenade launchers, machine guns, and ballistic vests. The three men, Sergio Syjuco, Cesar Ubaldo, and Arjyl…

Another Soldier Found Guilty of Afghanistan Fuel Theft

U.S. Army Sergeant Alber Kelly III today pleaded guilty to charges related to the theft of fuel from the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. Kelly was stationed at Forward Operating Base Salerno in Afghanistan from 2011 until 2012, assigned to oversee…

Vector Settles Inflated Navy Contract Claims For $6.5 Million

The U.S. Department of Justice today announced yet another settlement for a military contractor caught inflating or falsifying U.S. military contract claims. Vector Planning and Services Inc. (VPSI), an IT and consulting firm based in Virginia today agreed to pay…

Man Convicted of Narwhal Tusk Smuggling

A federal jury has found Andrew Zarauskas of Union, New Jersey guilty on a variety of charges associated with smuggling narwhal tusks. Zarauskas was found guilty of conspiracy, money laundering, and smuggling for illegally importing narwhal tusks into the U.S.…

Bridgestone fined $425 Million For Price Fixing

The U.S. Department of Justice today announced that Bridgestone Corp has agreed to plead guilty to charges related to automotive industry price fixing. The company will pay a $425 million fine for colluding to artificially raise prices on certain rubber…