(CALIFORNIA) Justice Dept Court Report: Californian Resident Sentenced to 121 Months in Prison for Facilitating Telemarketing Conspiracy that Defrauded Thousands of Vulnerable U.S. Consumers #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.22: “ The Department of Justice’s Consumer Protection Branch will vigorously pursue and prosecute fraudsters who prey on others through international telemarketing schemes,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian M. Boynton of the Justice Department’s Civil Division. “The Consumer Protection Branch, working alongside the Postal Inspection Service and our U.S. Attorney’s Office partners, will bring to justice those who threaten and defraud consumers, including immigrants who may be vulnerable to schemes that involve false threats to their liberty and ability to remain in the United States.”

CALIFORNIA: A Californian man has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for partnering with call centers in Peru that defrauded Spanish-speaking U.S. residents through lies and threats: According to court documents, Angel Armando Adrianzen, 46, partnered with a series of Peruvian call centers that contacted U.S. consumers, many of whom were vulnerable recent immigrants, using internet-based telephone calls’

Those callers claimed to be attorneys or government representatives, and falsely told victims that they had failed to pay for or receive delivery of products. The callers also falsely threatened victims with court proceedings, negative marks on their credit reports, imprisonment, or immigration consequences if they did not immediately pay for the purportedly delivered products and settlement fees. Many victims made payments based on these baseless threats. Adrianzen received the victims’ payments and shipped products to the victims for these call centers, knowing that the call centers used fraudulent and extortionate means to extract money from vulnerable victims. Adrianzen was also convicted of and sentenced for two counts of possession of child pornography, found on his laptop computer and cell phone when search warrants were executed upon those devices.

As part of his guilty plea, Adrianzen admitted that from April 2011 until at least September 2019, he was the owner and operator of AAD Learning Center (AAD). Adrianzen operated and oversaw AAD from California and worked in partnership with call centers in Peru to contact Spanish-speaking consumers in the United States, including in the Southern District of Florida. At AAD, Adrianzen participated in a fraudulent telemarketing scheme that offered various products to Spanish-speaking consumers in the United States to obtain payments from vulnerable victims. 

“Today’s sentence serves not only as just punishment for this defendant, but also as notice to others who may prey on vulnerable victims,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Juan Antonio Gonzalez for the Southern District of Florida.  “The Justice Department and its partners will aggressively investigate such criminal activity. We will find you and ensure you are held accountable for your crimes.”

“In this international telemarketing scheme, deceptive scare tactics were used to threaten thousands of vulnerable U.S. consumers into purchasing undelivered products by falsely purporting to use America’s legal system against them and coercing them out of millions of dollars,” stated Inspector in Charge Joseph Cronin of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Miami Division. “Today’s sentencing hopefully brings relief to U.S. residents and immigrants who were victimized by this transnational fraudulent scheme. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service, along with the Department of Justice’s Consumer Protection branch and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, are committed to holding individuals who use the U.S. Mail to defraud consumers accountable.”

In pleading guilty, Adrianzen admitted that he assisted his co-conspirators in Peru in setting up and staffing call centers that contacted victims in the United States and, at times, provided the call centers with lists of consumers to contact and call scripts to use when doing so. The scripts incorporated various false statements, including directing callers to falsely claim to be attorneys with the U.S. Department of Education. In other scripts, the callers were directed to falsely claim to be associated with Spanish language television channels, radio stations, or toothpaste companies. 

Adrianzen further admittd that his co-conspirators falsely claimed that they were lawyers, sometimes calling from a “legal department” of a company, or from a supposed “minor crimes court.” Adrianzen’s co-conspirators falsely threatened to have victims deported, arrested, and charged with crimes, and to have negative marks placed on their credit reports if they failed to pay the hundreds of dollars of demanded fees. Ultimately, Adrianzen processed over $3,500,000 in payments as part of the scheme.

Adrianzen was sentenced to serve 121 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Scola Jr., to be followed by fifteen years’ supervised release. He was also ordered to make restitution payments to victims of his offenses. Adrianzen was arrested on Sept. 16, 2019, and has remained incarcerated. On Nov. 21, 2019, he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s Miami Division and the Civil Division’s Consumer Protection Branch investigated the case.

Trial Attorneys Phil Toomajian and Joshua Rothman of the Consumer Protection Branch prosecuted the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Bertila Fernandez of the Southern District of Florida assisted with the prosecution of the child pornography charges. 

For more information about the Consumer Protection Branch, visit its website at www.justice.gov/civil/consumer-protection-branch

Click to view the Spanish language version of this press release. 

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: May.22: 2021:

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(WASHINGTON) Justice Dept Report: Four Individuals Plead Guilty to RICO Conspiracy Involving “Bulletproof Hosting” for Cybercriminals #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.08: According to court documents, Aleksandr Grichishkin, 34, and Andrei Skvortsov, 34, of Russia; Aleksandr Skorodumov, 33, of Lithuania; and Pavel Stassi, 30, of Estonia, were founders and/or members of a bulletproof hosting organisation:

‘Four Eastern European nationals have pleaded guilty to conspiring to engage in a Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO) arising from their providing “bulletproof hosting” services between 2008 and 2015, which were used by cybercriminals to distribute malware and attack financial institutions and victims throughout the United States’

The group rented Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, servers, and domains to cybercriminal clients, who used this technical infrastructure to disseminate malware used to gain access to victims’ computers, form botnets, and steal banking credentials for use in frauds. Malware hosted by the organization included Zeus, SpyEye, Citadel, and the Blackhole Exploit Kit, which rampantly attacked U.S. companies and financial institutions between 2009 and 2015 and caused or attempted to cause millions of dollars in losses to U.S. victims. A key service provided by the defendants was helping their clients to evade detection by law enforcement and continue their crimes uninterrupted; the defendants did so by monitoring sites used to blocklist technical infrastructure used for crime, moving “flagged” content to new infrastructure, and registering all such infrastructure under false or stolen identities.

“Every day, transnational organized cybercriminals deploy malware that ravages our economy and victimizes our citizens and businesses,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “The criminal organizations that purposefully aid these actors — the so-called bulletproof hosters, money launderers, purveyors of stolen identity information, and the like — are no less responsible for the harms these malware campaigns cause, and we are committed to holding them accountable. Prosecutions like this one increase the costs and risks to cybercriminals and ensure that they cannot evade responsibility for the enormous injuries they cause to victims.”

“Fraud over the internet has had a major economic impact on our community, and all over our nation and the world,” stated Acting U.S. Attorney Saima S. Mohsin of the Eastern District of Michigan. “An essential part of reducing the fraud involves vigorously investigating and prosecuting individuals such as these ‘bulletproof hosters’ who enable the fraudsters in victimizing people over the internet.”

“Over the course of many years, the defendants facilitated the transnational criminal activity of a vast network of cybercriminals throughout the world by providing them a safe-haven to anonymize their criminal activity,” said Special Agent in Charge Timothy Waters of the FBI’s Detroit Field Office. “This resulted in millions of dollars of losses to U.S. victims. Today’s guilty plea sends a message to cybercriminals across the globe that they are not beyond the reach of the FBI and its international partners, and that anyone who facilitates or profits from criminal cyber activity will be brought to justice.”

According to court filings and statements made in connection with their guilty pleas, Grichishkin and Skvortsov were founding members of the organization and its proprietors. Skvortsov was responsible for marketing the organization’s criminal business and served as a point of contact for important and/or disgruntled clients, and Grichishkin was the organization’s day-to-day leader and oversaw its personnel. Skorodumov was one of the organization’s lead systems administrators, and at some points, its only systems administrator. In this role, he configured and managed the clients’ domains and IP addresses, provided technical assistance to help clients optimize their malware and botnets, and monitored and responded to abuse notices. Stassi undertook various administrative tasks for the organization, including conducting and tracking online marketing to the organization’s criminal clientele and using stolen and/or false personal information to register webhosting and financial accounts used by the organization.

Stassi, Skorodumov, and Grichishkin pleaded guilty in February and March 2021 to one count of RICO conspiracy. Skvortsov pleaded guilty today to the same charge. All four guilty pleas took place before Chief U.S. District Judge Denise Page Hood in the Eastern District of Michigan. Sentencing of Stassi, Skorodumov, Grichishkin, and Skvortsov has been set for June 3, June 29, July 8, and Sept. 16, respectively. Each defendant faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine each sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The FBI investigated the case with critical assistance from law enforcement partners in Germany, Estonia, and the United Kingdom.

Senior Counsel Louisa K. Marion of the Criminal Division’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick E. Corbett of the Eastern District of Michigan prosecuted the case. The Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs provided substantial assistance.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: May.08: 2021:

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(MINNESOTA) Justice Dept Report: Second Member Of “Boogaloo Bois” Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to Hamas #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.06: A Minnesota man pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to provide material support and resources, namely property, services and weapons, to what he believed was Hamas, a designated foreign terrorist organization, for use against Israeli and U.S. military personnel overseas.

According to court documents, Michael Solomon, 31, of New Brighton, Minn., was a member of the “Boogaloo Bois,” a group of individuals who espouse violent anti-government sentiments. In late May 2020, the FBI initiated an investigation into Solomon and co-defendant Benjamin Ryan Teeter, both members of the “Boogaloo Bois,” and a sub-group called the “Boojahideen.”

According to court documents, on June 10, 2020, Solomon and Teeter met with a confidential human source (CHS), whom the defendants believed to be a member of Hamas. During this meeting, Solomon and Teeter proposed assisting Hamas as a means of furthering the goals of the Boogaloo Bois. Throughout the course of the conspiracy, Solomon used encrypted messaging applications to communicate with Teeter and the CHS about various aspects of the conspiracy.

On June 28, 2020, Solomon, Teeter and the CHS met an undercover employee of the FBI (UCE) that Solomon believed was a member of Hamas. During this meeting, Solomon and Teeter proposed manufacturing suppressors, untraceable firearms and fully automatic firearms for Hamas.

On July 6, 2020, Solomon and Teeter purchased a drill press for the purpose of manufacturing suppressors for Hamas. Solomon admitted that he and Teeter had planned to use the drill press to also manufacture suppressors for members of the Boogaloo Bois. Solomon and Teeter brought the drill press to Solomon’s home and later used the drill press to manufacture five suppressors.

On July 30, 2020, Solomon and Teeter delivered the suppressors to the CHS and UCE believing those devices would be used by the militant wing of Hamas. During that meeting, the defendants agreed to manufacture additional suppressors for Hamas believing that the next batch of suppressors would be used against Israeli and U.S. military personnel overseas.

Solomon admitted that he and Teeter again met the UCE on Aug. 29, 2020. During this meeting, the defendants gave the UCE a 3-D printed “auto sear” believing that the auto sear would be used by Hamas to convert semi-automatic rifles into fully automatic rifles. At this time, Solomon and Teeter agreed to obtain, and did obtain, another order of auto sears for the CHS and the UCE.

Solomon pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. Solomon faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Acting U.S. Attorney W. Anders Folk for the District of Minnesota; Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers for the Justice Department’s National Security Division; and Special Agent in Charge Michael Paul of the FBI’s Minneapolis Field Office made the announcement after Senior U.S. District Judge Michael J. Davis accepted the plea.

The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force is investigating the case, with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Trial Attorneys George Kraehe and Felice John Viti of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew R. Winter of the District of Minnesota are prosecuting the case.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: May.06: 2021:

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(SAVANNAH, Ga.) Justice Dept Report: Two former soldiers have been indicted in U.S alleging a murder conspiracy after another soldier was found dead in his barracks room in June 2020 #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.14: In a newly unsealed federal indictment, Byron Booker, 28, of Ludowici, Ga., and Jordan Brown, 21, of St. Marys, Ga., are charged in the death of Specialist Austin J. Hawke, 24, at Fort Stewart Military Reservation, said David H. Estes, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia:

Two men indicted in death of Fort Stewart soldier found stabbed to death in installation housing: Eight-count federal indictment returned in murder conspiracy

Southern District of Georgia:

Booker is charged with Premeditated Murder; and Murder of a Member of the U.S. Uniformed Services. In addition, both Booker and Brown are charged with Felony Murder; Conspiracy to Commit Assault Upon a Member of the U.S. Uniformed Services and to Commit Burglary; Assault Upon a Member of the U.S. Uniformed Services; Burglary; Conspiracy to Retaliate Against a Witness; and Retaliation Against a Witness. The statutory penalty for each of the murder charges upon conviction is death, or mandatory life in prison.

There is no parole in the federal system.

“It is a high priority for our office to pursue justice for members of the military who are victims of violent crime,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Estes. “We commend the FBI and the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command and other law enforcement partners for their tireless and detailed work on this case.”

The 21-page indictment alleges that Booker and Brown conspired to commit the offenses against Hawk in retaliation for Hawk reporting Booker to U.S. Army leadership for “poor leadership, poor military performance, and maltreatment of subordinates” prior to Booker’s discharge from the U.S. Army, and in retaliation for Hawk reporting Brown for drug use during his service.

The indictment further alleges that Booker and Brown discussed “silencing” Hawk, and discussed Brown providing Booker with a key to access Hawk’s room. The indictment alleges that Booker drove from his home on or about June 17, 2020, to Fort Stewart, and entered the installation on foot before walking approximately one mile to Hawk’s barracks. The indictment then alleges that Booker killed Hawk by “stabbing, cutting, and slashing” him with an edged weapon, and that afterward Booker disposed of the clothing and shoes he was wearing at the time.

Booker has been in custody since June 18, 2020; Brown was taken into custody after a U.S. District Court grand jury returned the indictment during its April 2021 term. Both defendants await further legal proceedings.  

Criminal indictments contain only charges; defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command and the FBI are investigating the case, which is being prosecuted for the United States by Southern District of Georgia Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jennifer G. Solari and Frank Pennington, and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Darron J. Hubbard.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Apr.14: 2021:

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(WARWICKSHIRE, U.K.) Warwickshire Police Report: Two people have been charged with murder in connection with the death of 34-year-old Carl Moorhouse in Leamington last year #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.15: Terry Nall, aged 30 of Regents Road, Birmingham, and Adam Padley aged 26 of Mellis Grove, Birmingham, were charged today (Thursday 11 March), with murder and conspiracy to commit GBH. They appeared at Coventry Magistrates’ Court (Friday 12 March) and we will update in due course:

‘Two charged with murder – Leamington & Five other people were also today charged with conspiracy to commit GBH in connection with the investigation’

They are:

•Jamani Cunningham, 25 of Copthall Road, Birmingham

•Tau Randall, aged 34 of St. Peters Road, Birmingham

•Darnelle Sappleton, aged 22 of Farm Street, Birmingham.

•Callum Huburn, aged 29 of Park Road, Birmingham

•Reuben Nall, aged 27 of Rookery Road, Birmingham.

Three of them will also appear at Coventry Magistrates’ Court tomorrow and two have been released on bail.

A 34-year-old woman from Coventry who was initially arrested on suspicion of murder has now been released with no further action.

The charges relate to an incident on Lower Leam Street on 28 May 2020.

Issued: HCB, Corporate Communications

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Mar.15: 2021:

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VENEZUELAN: ‘ MACHADO INDICTED FOR ALLEGED CONSPIRACY TO ASSASSINATE MADURO ‘

#AceWorldNews – VENEZUELAN – Dec.04 – A Venezuelan opposition leader is indicted for her involvement in the alleged conspiracy to assassinate the country’s president.

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Maria Corina Machado was charged with “having links to the assassination plan against the president,” said the Venezuelan attorney general’s office on Wednesday Press TV reported.  

Machado strongly dismissed the allegations, saying she has done nothing wrong.

“Today they have charged me with the crime of conspiracy. All the accusations and supposed evidence are false, and I reject them,” Machado stated on Wednesday.

Under the Venezuelan law, Machado will be handed down a 16-year prison sentence if she is found guilty.

In May, the Venezuelan government released emails which showed that Machado, US Ambassador to Colombia Kevin Whitaker, and several others were involved in a plan to assassinate President Nicolás Maduro.

#ANS2014

#assassination, #conspiracy, #prison

BRITAIN: ‘ UK POLICE ARREST SEVEN PEOPLE SUSPECTED OF TERRORISM ‘

#AceWorldNews – BRITAIN – Dec.04 – UK police have arrested seven people suspected of terrorism offences, AP reported.

Five were arrested in Wales on Thursday on suspicion of supporting banned organizations and two were detained in London as British police are reacting to an increasing number of Britons trying to join extremist Islamic State fighters in Syria.

A 33-year-old man was arrested in London on suspicion of involvement in terrorism and a 40-year-old man was detained on suspicion of conspiracy to pass fraudulent documents.

#ANS2014 

#conspiracy, #extremists, #police, #terrorists

” Mohammed Morsi` Appeared in Court today on charges of Conspiring with Foreign Agencies to carry-out Terrorist Attack in Egypt”

#AceWorldNews says today ousted Egyptian president `Mohamed Morsi’ appeared in court Sunday, facing charges of conspiring with foreign agencies to carry out terrorist attacks in Egypt.

Prosecutors are calling it “the biggest case of conspiracy in the history of Egypt” and have presented a “terrorist plan” going back to 2005 that implicates Palestinian group Hamas, the government of Iran and the Lebanese political group Hezbollah, Reuters reported.

The court action is seen as a further crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood, the group that lifted Morsi to power in the 2012 presidential election.

The Brotherhood has been forced underground since the army took power in July following massive public protests against his rule.

The Egyptian government has declared the Brotherhood a terrorist group and has killed about 1,000 of its members and jailed thousands of others.

A total of 35 people connected to Morsi also face trial.

The Brotherhood, meanwhile, accuses the Egyptian army of staging a coup and restoring a dictatorship, a charge the military brass denies.

Reuters, RT News,

#conspiracy, #egypt, #egyptian, #iran, #mohammed-morsi, #muslim-brotherhood, #palestinian, #reuters, #rt-news

Manhattan US Attorney’s Office Announced Thursday the Forfeiture of Nearly 30,000 Bitcoins that were Seized from the Silk Road”

#AceWorldNews says the Manhattan US Attorney’s office announced Thursday the forfeiture of nearly 30,000 bitcoins that were seized from the Silk Road, an on-line bazaar for illicit materials such as illegal drugs and weapons. The FBI shut down Silk Road in October. That amount of the crypto-currency is worth around US$28 million, as of Thursday’s rates, and according to officials represents the largest ever forfeiture of the currency.
“We have not yet determined exactly how the bitcoins will be converted and liquidated,” said Manhattan US Attorney Office spokesperson Jim Margolin. Charges against Silk Road owner and operator Ross William Ulbricht include one count of narcotics conspiracy, one of count of conspiracy to commit computer hacking, and one count of money laundering conspiracy.

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