#AceNewsReport – Oct.25: Carren Monga opened fire at Abdul Xasan from the back seats of a stolen VW Golf in March 2020 and when sentenced in January was told he’d spend a minimum of 27 years behind bars…..
#AceDailyNews WM Police UPDATE Report: Drive-by shooting killer identified for first time as name ban lifted: We can now name a man jailed for life almost a year ago for shooting dead a teenager in a Coventry street after a judge lifted reporting restrictions.
22nd October 2021
Officers are able to name 15-year-old accomplice Riaz Ahmed, who was driving the Golf, but as Monga had outstanding court matters against him the judge imposed an identify ban on the gunman: However, the 19-year-old was sentenced last Friday (15 Oct) on two counts of conspiracy to burgle and the judge has now accepted our appeal to lift the order.
CASE NOTES: Getaway driver Ahmed sped away from the murder scene in the Golf Type R – stolen in Rugby the previous day – and arranged for others to set it on fire in an attempt to destroy forensic evidence: But the pair weren’t on the run for long: We quickly identified them as potential suspects and both were arrested in the early hours of the next morning after we raided their home addresses in Coventry: Both were electronically tagged at the time due to their suspected involvement in other offences – and we seized tagging information that showed they were in the street at the time of the murder: Shotgun cartridges found in the burned out car were also matched by ballistics experts to spent cartridges recovered from the murder scene: Despite strong evidence against them the pair denied murder – but following a four week trial at Birmingham Crown Court they were found guilty of conspiracy to murder: Monga received jail terms of 24 and 36 months for the Coventry burglary conspiracy – he struck at addresses in Beake Avenue, Greens Road and Boswell Drive in Coventry – which will run concurrently to his life sentence: Both he and Monga were linked to the C2 gang in Coventry while the victim – who’d been arrested just days before the murder for possessing an imitation gun – was connected to a rival group known as RB7: A post mortem revealed he suffered two gunshot wounds to his back which caused catastrophic internal injuries. He died in the street: Ahmed – now aged 16 – is serving a minimum of 18 years in youth detention followed by prison.
Monga shot Mr Xasan – himself just 19-years-old – as he walked in Harnall Lane, Hillfields just after 2.30pm on 13 March 2020.
Detective Superintendent Scott Griffiths led the investigation: He said: “I’m grateful to the judge for allowing us to now identify Carren Monga as the murderer. It’s important we show justice being served to Mr Xasan’s family, friends and the wider public: These sentences must act as a stark warning about the dangers of gang affiliation: you run the risk of serious injury or death, or the possibility of spending much of your life locked up. There has to be a better option for young people: We can help people who want to turn their backs on gang culture. Along with our partners including charities and support groups, we can help young people make better choices: But for those who insist on affiliating themselves to violent gangs there is a very strong possibility they are going to be seriously injured, killed or spend much of their life locked up in jail.”
#AceNewsReport – Oct.25: On Wednesday, 13 October, Susan Turner, 56 (02.11.64), of Pevensey Gardens, Hockley, appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court where she was handed a two-year suspended sentence after previously being convicted of four counts of sexual assault: She was also ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work, was placed on the Sex Offenders Register and barred from working with vulnerable people indefinitely….
#AceDailyNews Court Report: A woman has been sentenced for four counts of sexual assault and sentenced to 2yr-suspended-sentence and 150-hours of unpaid work and placed on the ‘Sex Offenders Register’ together with banned from working with vulnerable people ….
Detective Constable Chris Maxim, who led the investigation, said: “Turner completely abused the trust that had been placed in her and her actions have had a huge impact on both the victim and her family: The victim in this case came forward because she didn’t want anyone else to suffer in a similar way. She encourages anyone else who may have been subject to similar abuse to report it: We know that many victims of abuse are too afraid to speak to us and fear they will not be believed. Others are physically unable to speak out about this abuse themselves: We hope that this conviction shows we are here to listen, we will take any reports seriously and we will provide the necessary specialist support to those that need it.”……..Turner’s offences, which took place in Hornchurch in September 2019, came to light when the victim, aged in her 40s, disclosed them to her parents via an iPad she uses to communicate: An investigation was launched by the Met’s East Area Public Protection Unit and Turner was later charged: Specialist officers supported the victim and worked with the court to ensure that the victim was cross examined on video away from the court room – the first time this had been done at Snaresbrook Crown Court.
DC Maxim, added: “The victim in this case was extremely brave to come forward and tell us what happened. We recognise that can be an extremely difficult thing to do but she wanted to share her story so that others in a similar position know they too will be taken seriously.
“Anyone who wants to speak to us should call 101 or can report online via our website.”
#AceNewsReports – Oct.24: Detective Chief Inspector Ray Phelan said: “My thoughts today are with Alice’s family and friends: Alice, who was a mother of three and a grandmother of three, was subjected to a horrific assault at the hands of her boyfriend, Stephen Hutchinson, which ultimately led to her death: Hutchinson has taken away the love and comfort of a devoted mother and grandmother. He has denied Alice’s three grandchildren the joy of precious memories with their grandmother. He has denied Alice the right to see her grandchildren grow into adulthood: Today’s sentencing won’t bring Alice back to her family, but I hope it will bring comfort to them knowing that Stephen Hutchinson is now in prison.”
#AceDailyNews Court Report: On Friday 22 October at Belfast Crown Court 45 year old Stephen Hutchinson was sentenced to 21 years imprisonment for the murder of 53 year old Alice Morrow” If you are concerned that you or another person may be at risk from domestic abuse – You have the ‘Right to Ask’.
Detective Chief Inspector Phelan continued: “Domestic abuse is a disturbing, and often hidden crime that can affect anyone. I would encourage anyone who has suffered domestic abuse to come forward to police – please do not suffer in silence, speak out. We have specially trained officers who will treat you with sensitivity and respect and they will support you throughout the court process:
” The Domestic Violence and Abuse Disclosure Scheme (DVADS) gives members of the public a ‘Right to Ask’, this is a formal mechanism to make enquiries about an individual who you are in a relationship with, or who is in a relationship with someone you know, where there is a concern that the individual may be violent or abusive towards their partner. The aim of this scheme is to increase public safety and afford victims of domestic abuse with better protection by enabling potential victims to make an informed choice on whether to continue the relationship – it also provides them with help and support.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland is appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information that will assist the investigation to contact us on the non-emergency number 101. Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
#AceDailyNews reports that Richard Michael Hand 43 (31.01.78), of Falmouth Way, Waltham Forest, has been found guilty of E17 murder of Yassar Moussa after a two-week trial at the Old Bailey.
He was also convicted of the attempted murder of another man, who he attacked with an axe, in January last year, and was also convicted of being in possession of an offensive weapon in relation to that offence. He will be sentenced on Tuesday, 19 October.
CASE NOTES: The court heard Hand was arrested on 29 August 2020 after 37-year-old Yassar’s body was discovered in undergrowth near a brook in St James Park, E17 five days earlier: A post-mortem examination held on 25 August found the official cause of death to be a stab wound to the neck: An investigation was launched by homicide detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command and it was established that Yassar last communicated with his friends on 22 August: CCTV enquiries revealed he had travelled to Falmouth Way, the location of Hand’s home address that day. Yassar’s phone records also showed he spoke to Hand that day: After he was arrested, a search of Hand’s home address revealed Yassar’s bloodstained clothing in some communal bins outside, as well as a bent knife and a substantial amount of cleaning material, including a number of bottles of bleach: Inside the address, there was also a strong smell of bleach and DNA swabs from a leather sofa were matched to Yassar: Hand was charged with murder on 30 August 2020: The murder took place when Hand was on bail for the attempted murder of a 56-year-old man who he hit on the head with an axe at an address in Fortrose Gardens, SW2, on 29 January 2020; The court heard Hand, who was friends with the victim, had hit him over the back of the head in a completely unprovoked attack: The victim suffered a fractured skull, two deep cuts on the back of his head and a deep cut to his hand: Hand was arrested and charged with this offence on 30 January 2020 and he appeared in custody at Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court the next day: He was remanded in custody until he was released on bail after a hearing at the Old Bailey on 22 July 2020.
Detective Chief Inspector Laurence Smith, the lead investigator, said: “Richard Hand is a dangerous man who has launched two unprovoked attacks on men who thought they were his friends: I am glad he has now been brought to justice and is likely to be sentenced to serve a significant portion of the rest of his life in jail.”
#AceNewsReport – Oct.15: These sentences are a major achievement in our fight against gang violence,” said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. for the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “The Gangster Disciples have ravaged communities across the nation, but now dozens of their leaders and enforcers are off the streets thanks to the extraordinary devotion of our federal, state and local law enforcement partners.”
#AceDailyNews reports that Lewis Mobley, 45, of Atlanta, Georgia, was sentenced Tuesday to 40 years in prison for his role as an enforcer for the Gangster Disciples gang, including shooting a minor in the chest twice for interrupting the filming of a gang rap video….
“For decades, the Gangster Disciples have destroyed communities all across the United States,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Kurt R. Erskine for the Northern District of Georgia. “The gang’s criminal activity in Atlanta included the killing of innocent people, brazen shootings, and prolific drug-trafficking. These horrific acts and the victims lost and injured will not soon be forgotten. Our community remains united and our law enforcement partners are committed to making sure this type of crippling criminal activity is met with our best investigative and prosecutorial effort. We understand that the sentences issued in this case will not mend the hearts of those who lost loved ones to the crimes of the Gangster Disciples, but we do believe they will make our community safer.”
“The Gangster Disciples have wreaked havoc in our neighborhoods for far too long with the drug trafficking, thefts, violent assaults and murders they have committed,” said Special Agent in Charge Chris Hacker of FBI’s Atlanta Field Office. “Mobley is the last of many members of the ruthless gang to be sentenced as a part of this investigation by the FBI’s Safe Streets Gang Task Force and its state and local partners. We are all committed to dismantling these organized and violent criminal enterprises in order to make Atlanta and all of our communities safer for our citizens.”
“These gang members committed a number of heinous crimes including murder, and this sentence ensures the final defendant was held accountable for his actions,” said Assistant Director Calvin Shivers of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division. “This verdict shows the FBI is firmly committed to putting violent offenders behind bars and dismantling criminal enterprises across the country in order to make our communities safe from violent street gangs.”
In total, 38 defendants have been sentenced in the case, which a federal grand jury indicted on April 27, 2016, and then superseded to add defendants on Oct. 24, 2018. Convicted defendants include the highest ranks of Gangster Disciples leaders from Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and California.
The Gangster Disciples are a national gang with roots in Chicago, Illinois, dating back to the 1970s, and are now active in at least 25 states. The Gangster Disciples brought money into the gang through, among other things, drug trafficking, robbery, carjacking, extortion, wire fraud, credit card fraud, insurance fraud and bank fraud. The gang protected its power and operation through threats, intimidation and violence, including murder, attempted murder, assault and obstruction of justice. It also promoted the Gangster Disciples enterprise through member-only activities, including conference calls, celebrations of the birthday of the Gangster Disciples founder, the annual Gangster Ball, award ceremonies and other events.
The gang was highly structured, with a hierarchy of leadership posts known as “Positions of Authority” or “POAs.” Members were organized into different positions, including board members and governor-of-governors who each controlled geographic regions; governors, assistant governors, chief enforcers and chief of security for each state where Gangster Disciples were active; and coordinators and leaders within each local group.
The gang strictly enforces rules for its members, the most important of which was “silence and secrecy” – a prohibition on cooperating with law enforcement. To enforce discipline among Gangster Disciples and adherence to the strict rules and structure, members and associates were routinely fined, beaten and even murdered, for failing to follow rules.
At trial, the government presented evidence that the Gangster Disciples were responsible for 25 shootings from 2011 through 2015, including eight murders, multiple robberies, the extortion of rap artists to force the artists to become affiliated with the Gangster Disciples, fraud losses of over $450,000, and the trafficking of large amounts of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, illegal prescription drugs and marijuana. Additionally, through trial and pleas, a total of 33 different firearms were forfeited.
Those sentenced by the court include:
Donald Glass, 31, of Decatur, Georgia, the leader of HATE Committee, a Gangster Disciples “enforcement team,” was sentenced to life plus 10 years in prison after a trial jury found him guilty of RICO conspiracy and using a firearm to cause death.
Lewis Mobley, 45, of Atlanta, Georgia, a Gangster Disciple enforcer, was sentenced to 40 years in prison after a trail jury found him guilty of RICO conspiracy, attempted murder in aid of racketeering, and using a firearm during that attempted murder.
Shauntay Craig, 43, of Birmingham, Alabama, who held the rank of Gangster Disciples Board Member, was sentenced to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to RICO conspiracy.
Kevin Clayton, 48, of Decatur, Georgia, the chief enforcer of the Gangster Disciples in Georgia, was sentenced to 33 years in prison after a trial jury convicted him of RICO conspiracy.
Alonzo Walton, 52, of Atlanta, Georgia, who held different positions including overseeing the gang in Georgia, Florida, Texas, Indiana and South Carolina, was sentenced to 32 years in prison after a trial jury found him guilty of RICO conspiracy, carjacking and using a firearm in connection of that carjacking.
Vertuies Wall, 45, of Marietta, Georgia, the leader of the Macon branch of the Gangster Disciples, was sentenced to 30 years in prison after a trial jury found him guilty of RICO conspiracy.
Antarious Caldwell, 28, of Atlanta, Georgia, a Gangster Disciples HATE Committee member, was sentenced to 30 years in prison after a trial jury found him guilty of RICO conspiracy, robbery, and using a firearm in connection with that robbery.
Mario Jackson, 39, of Jacksonville, Florida, the gang “governor” of Florida, was sentenced to 22 years in prison after pleading guilty to RICO conspiracy.
Lawrence Grice, 32, of Bay City, Texas, the gang “overseer” for Texas, was sentenced to 21 years and 10 months in custody, after a trial jury found him guilty of RICO conspiracy and illegal drug distribution.
Mangwiro Sadiki-Yisrael, 48, of Marietta, Georgia, who held different positions including gang “governor” of Georgia, was sentenced to 20 years in prison and ordered to pay $396,942.46 in restitution to victims based on his fraud conduct, after pleading guilty to RICO conspiracy.
Damien Madison, 34, of Denver, Colorado, the gang “governor” of Colorado, was sentenced to 19 years and seven months, after pleading guilty to RICO conspiracy.
Vancito Gumbs, 29, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, a member of the Gangster Disciples while at the same time serving as a police officer with the DeKalb County, Georgia Police Department, who provided sensitive information to the Gangster Disciples and claimed to be a hitman for them, was sentenced to 15 years in prison after a trial jury found him guilty of RICO conspiracy.
Frederick Johnson, 44, of Marietta, Georgia, a Gangster Disciples member who sold drugs with other gang members, was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to RICO conspiracy.
Antonio Ahmad, 39, of Atlanta, Georgia, the chief of security for senior gang leaders in Georgia, was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to RICO conspiracy.
Roy Farrell, deceased, of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, a former Gangster Disciples board member, was sentenced to 12 years and six months in prison after pleading guilty RICO conspiracy.
Jeremiah Covington, 38, of Valdosta, Georgia, a local leader for the Valdosta region Gangster Disciples, was sentenced to 11 years and three months in prison after pleading guilty to RICO conspiracy.
Dereck Taylor, 35, who provided security to Macon, Georgia gang leadership, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to RICO conspiracy.
James Travis Riley, 40, of Coffeyville, Kansas, the gang “governor” of Kansas, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to distribute illegal drugs.
Nicholas Evans, 32, of Newport Beach, California, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to distribute illegal drugs.
Ronald McMorris, 39, of Atlanta, Georgia, a local leader of the Atlanta Gangster Disciples, was sentenced to nine years in prison and ordered to pay $10,345 in restitution to victims after pleading guilty to RICO conspiracy.
Markell White, 48, of Atlanta, Georgia, a regional leader in Macon, Georgia, was sentenced to eight years and nine months in prison after pleading guilty to RICO conspiracy.
Eric Manney, 38, of Atlanta, Georgia, a Gangster Disciples’ member who stored narcotics and multiple guns at his house, was sentenced to eight years and one month in prison after pleading guilty to RICO conspiracy.
Terrance Summers, 48, of Birmingham, Alabama, the gang governor for Alabama, was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to RICO conspiracy.
Alvis O’Neal, 43, of Denver, Colorado, a drug trafficker for the Gangster Disciples, was sentenced to seven years and six months in custody after pleading guilty to RICO conspiracy.
Condelay Abbitt, 37, of Hoover, Alabama, a Gangster Disciples member who transported illegal drugs for the gang, was sentenced to seven years and three months in prison after pleading guilty to RICO conspiracy.
Adrian Jackson, 42, of San Jose, California, the national treasurer for the Gangster Disciples, was sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to RICO conspiracy.
Charles Wingate, 31, of Conyers, Georgia, a local leader for the Gangster Disciples in Covington, Georgia who sold drugs with the gang, was sentenced to six years and nine months in prison after pleading guilty to RICO conspiracy.
Quiana Franklin, 38, of Birmingham, Alabama, a Gangster Disciples’ member who stored drugs for gang leader Shauntay Craig, was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison after pleading guilty to RICO conspiracy.
Anthony Blaine, 39, of Dallas, Georgia, a Gangster Disciples member who engaged in fraud for the gang, was sentenced to three years and five months in prison and ordered to pay $64,234.29 in restitution to victims, after pleading guilty to RICO conspiracy.
Myrick Stevens, 32, of Madison, Wisconsin, a Gangster Disciples member who engaged in fraud for the gang, was sentenced to three years and five months in prison and ordered to pay $8,700 in restitution to victims after pleading guilty to RICO conspiracy.
Thomas Pasby, 47, of Cochran, Georgia, a Gangster Disciples member who engaged in fraud for the gang, was sentenced to two years and six months in prison and ordered to pay $83,918.56 in restitution to victims after pleading guilty to RICO conspiracy.
Laderris Dickerson, 51, of Hartselle, Alabama, who orchestrated a carjacking with senior Gangster Disciples members, was sentenced to two years and six months in prison after pleading guilty to federal carjacking.
Carlton King Jr., 31, of Cochran, Georgia, a Gangster Disciples member who engaged in fraud for the gang, was sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay $5,897.88 in restitution to victims, after pleading guilty to RICO conspiracy.
Michael Drummond, 54, of Marietta, Georgia, a Gangster Disciples member who engaged in fraud for the gang, was sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay $3,677 in restitution to victims, after pleading guilty to RICO conspiracy.
Curtis Thomas, 44, of Cochran, Georgia, a Gangster Disciples member who engaged in fraud for the gang, was sentenced to one year and nine months in prison and ordered to pay $59,521.90 in restitution to victims, after pleading guilty to RICO conspiracy.
Kelvin Sneed, 33, of Cochran, Georgia, a Gangster Disciples member who engaged in fraud for the gang, was sentenced to one year and six months in prison and ordered to pay $24,417.89 in restitution to victims, after pleading guilty to RICO conspiracy.
Arrie Freeney, 37, of Detroit, Michigan, a Gangster Disciples member who engaged in fraud for the gang, was sentenced to one year and a day in prison and ordered to pay $25,641.36 in restitution to victims, after pleading guilty to RICO conspiracy.
Denise Carter, 47, of Detroit, Michigan, a Gangster Disciples member who engaged in fraud for the gang, was sentenced to eight months of home confinement and three years of probation and ordered to pay $7,938.45 in restitution to victims, after pleading guilty to RICO conspiracy.
The FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), U.S. Postal Inspection Services, IRS-Criminal Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Atlanta Police Department, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, Clayton County Police Department, DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office, DeKalb Police Department, Georgia Dept. of Community Supervision, Georgia Department of Corrections, Gwinnett County Police Department, and Marietta Police Department investigated the case.
Principal Deputy Chief Kim S. Dammers and Trial Attorneys Conor Mulroe and Hans Miller of the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ryan Buchanan, Erin Spritzer, and Stephanie Gabay-Smith of the Northern District of Georgia prosecuted the case.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.24: Two boys, both aged 14, were convicted of murder on 26 July at Reading Crown Court following a five week trial. During the trial both boys pleaded guilty to a count each of perverting the course of justice and one boy was convicted of a further charge of the same offence.
#AceDailyNews reports that three teenagers sentenced in connection with death of Olly Stephens – Reading: Today they were sentenced at the same court to be detained for life with a minimum term of 12 years, 105 days, and 11 years, 105 days respectively……And a 14-year-old girl was also detained today for three years and two months’ for her role in Olly’s death. She had pleaded guilty before the trial began to one count of manslaughter and one count of perverting the course of justice.
Due to the ages of the defendants, it is against the law for any material relating to this trial to be published which names them or may identify them.
CASE NOTES: Olly was killed on 3 January this year in Bugs Bottom Fields, Caversham, approximately 200 yards from his home address: The court heard how the three defendants conspired between them to lure Olly to the field, following an argument he was involved in with one of the group on social media: When Olly arrived at the field, the two boys, one of whom was 13 years old at the time, started a fight with Olly: As the fight progressed, the younger boy drew a knife that he had brought with him and stabbed Olly twice before all the defendants fled the scene, leaving Olly critically injured: Significant attempts were made by members of the public and medical professionals to save Olly’s life, but tragically, his wounds were too serious and he was declared dead at the scene: A police investigation was launched, and the defendants were identified and arrested within a few hours. They were charged on 6 January.
Senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Andy Howard, of the Thames Valley Police Major Crime Unit, said: “Today’s sentences mark the conclusion of an extremely harrowing period for all of Olly’s family and friends, and I would like to start by paying tribute to their immense bravery and dignity throughout this entire process: While I am pleased that justice has been done, and those responsible have been held accountable for their actions, there is no sense of victory for anyone involved in this incident, or investigation: A 13-year-old boy who had his entire life ahead of him, with so much unfulfilled promise and potential, has been killed in violent and needless circumstances: Three other young lives have also been changed forever. All of this could so easily have been avoided if those involved had not carried a knife that day: The circumstances of Olly’s death are truly shocking but it is vital that his death is not in vain. I know that Olly’s family are determined that his death is the foundation of something far more positive; in particular education and intervention for young people to try and prevent others from finding themselves in this type of destructive scenario: All of us as an adult community have a responsibility for children; we have a duty to set the right standards and values for our younger generations, to educate them around the risk of carrying knives, to intervene and provide them with suitable deterrents, to provide constructive ways to fill their time and support them in developing friendships and relationships that are not solely based on virtual contact. Most importantly we have to teach them and make them realise that life is precious: Nothing can bring Olly back to his family now, but I hope that lessons can be learned from this distressing case to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in future.”
#AceNewsReport – Sept.20: The judge called Lesli Jett a “horrible pseudo-parent” during the sentencing that took place after a 5-hour hearing, WMBD-TV in Peoria reported.
#AceDailyNewssays that an Illinois woman gets 75 years for murder of boyfriend’s son aged 4yr-of-age and judge calls her a ‘horrible pseudo-parent’ as the child had 260 bruises, contusions and abrasions at the time of his death, a report said
Jett was convicted on two counts of first-degree murder of a child under 12 last July in the beating death of Tate Thurman.
“Justice was served, happy for that,” the boy’s father Jeremy Thurman said after the sentencing, according to WMBD. “Doesn’t bring Tate back though, but he’s looking down. He’s with me every day, I can feel that.”
Jeremy Thurman said he didn’t know Jett was abusing his son while he was at work.
“All the while, she was hiding malicious behavior,” he said, according to WMBD. “I have struggled to come to terms knowing I will never hear Tate say, ‘Daddy, I love you.'”
The prosecution also highlighted Jett’s drug use, including her abuse of Adderall and that she tested positive for high levels of methamphetamine the day after Tate was taken to a hospital.
That morning an hour after Tate’s 7-year-old brother left for school, Jett called 911. Tate was unresponsive when he arrived at the hospital and two days later, he was pronounced brain dead and was taken off life support, according to the Peoria Journal Star.
Tate died on Feb. 18, 2020. He had 260 bruises, contusions and abrasions at the time of his death, according to his autopsy, the Journal Star reported.
Prosecutors said she beat him to death. Jett claims he slipped and fell. She maintains her innocence.
Assistant state’s attorney Mara Mishler called Jett’s treatment of Tate “manipulative, dishonest, untrustworthy, parasitic, cold, self-centered and cruel.”
She said Jett bullied the little boy, mocking his excitement when his father came home from work, and would threaten to withhold food if she was frustrated with him, WMBD reported.
“Tate was such a good little boy and loved by all — I thought,” Tate’s grandfather Doug Kent said in court, according to the JournalStar.
Jett moved into the Peoria home with her boyfriend, his two boys and her own 2-year-old son, who the boy’s grandmother said later showed signs of fear and neglect, in 2019.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.16: In coordination with his co-conspirators, Ansari obtained and attempted to obtain parts that had dual-use military and civilian capability and could be used in such systems as nuclear weapons, missile guidance and development, secure tactical radio communications, offensive electronic warfare, military electronic countermeasures (radio jamming) and radar warning and surveillance systems. The equipment Ansari helped try to obtain could be used to test these other weapon systems.
#AceDailyNews reports that Iranian national was sentenced today to 63 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) ……..Mehrdad Ansari, 40, a resident of the United Arab Emirates and Germany, was convicted by a federal jury in May 2021 for his role in a scheme to obtain military sensitive parts for Iran in violation of the Iranian Trade Embargo.
“Ansari and his co-conspirators attempted to profit from a far-reaching, extensive scheme to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran. They repeatedly lied to numerous U.S. suppliers and illegally obtained very sensitive dual-use items,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Mark J. Lesko of the Justice Department’s National Security Division. “As demonstrated by this prosecution, DOJ pursues those who threaten U.S. national security, even years after their original crimes.”
“The Iranian Trade Embargo serves an important purpose in the protection of the United States and our allies,” said U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff for the Western District of Texas. “As prosecutors tasked with enforcing federal law, we will continue to identify, investigate and pursue violations of the IEEPA.”
“Those who are contemplating violating U.S. laws designed to keep sensitive technology out of the hands of our adversaries should take note; the FBI has a long memory and will engage with all its partners, including those overseas, to bring subjects to justice,” said Assistant Director Alan E. Kohler Jr. of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division. “We urge anyone with information about violations of sanctions on Iran to contact the FBI.”
“This case is an example of the hard work and diligence over the course of many years on behalf of the FBI and our federal partners to ensure those who would threaten our national security will be brought to justice,” said Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs of the FBI’s San Antonio Field Office. “Without the support and actions of the Republic of Georgia, it is possible Mr. Ansari would not have had to face the consequences of his actions, so we are grateful and thankful for their help.”
“This case reaffirms Homeland Security Investigations’ (HSI) resolve and commitment in securing the homeland by targeting foreign actors attempting to procure sensitive technology by exploiting the U.S. export laws,” said Acting Special Agent in Charge Craig Larrabee for the HSI San Antonio Field Office. “This effort reflects the commitment of U.S. law enforcement to identify, investigate, and apprehend criminals regardless of where they are in the world and bring these individuals to justice. HSI will continue to work with its law enforcement and government partners to address critical vulnerabilities which threaten the country’s national security.”
“This sentencing is the result of a highly successful joint investigative effort with our law enforcement partners and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas,” said Special Agent in Charge Trey McClish of the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security, Office of Export Enforcement (OEE) Houston Office. “OEE is fully committed to protecting national security by disrupting efforts by our adversaries to violate U.S. export controls and procure sensitive military technology.”
On May 7, a San Antonio federal jury convicted Ansari of one count of conspiracy to violate the Iranian Transaction Regulations (ITR), one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. Department of the Treasury and two counts of aiding and abetting the making of false statements. Evidence presented during trial revealed that Ansari attempted to transship testing equipment obtained from the U.S. by co-defendants Taiwanese citizen Susan Yip, aka Susan Yeh, and Iranian citizen Mehrdad Foomanie, aka Frank Foomanie, using Ansari’s companies, Gulf Gate Sea Cargo LLC and Global Merchant LLC, located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
From Oct. 9, 2007 to June 15, 2011, Yip and Foomanie obtained or attempted to obtain from companies worldwide over 105,000 parts valued at approximately $2,630,800 involving more than 1,250 transactions. The defendants conducted 599 transactions with 63 different U.S. companies in which they obtained or attempted to obtain parts from U.S. companies without notifying the U.S. companies these parts were being shipped to Iran or getting the required U.S. government license to ship these parts to Iran. The defendant’s main role was to get one particular set of parts from a Central Texas company that was key for the Iranian government’s testing of all other parts.
At no time did Yip, Foomanie or Ansari, individually or through any of their companies, ever apply for or receive either a required U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) license or Department of Commerce export license to ship any item listed in this indictment to the Republic of Iran.
Iranian Transaction Regulations prohibit, among other things, the exportation, re-exportation, sale or supply, directly or indirectly, to Iran or the Government of Iran, of any goods, technology or services from the U.S. or by a U.S. person. The embargo also prohibits any transaction by any U.S. person or within the U.S. that evades or avoids, or has the purpose of evading or avoiding, any prohibition set forth in the Executive Orders.
Acting Assistant Attorney General Mark J. Lesko for the Justice Department’s National Security Division; U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff for the Western District of Texas; Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs of the FBI’s San Antonio Field Office; Acting Special Agent in Charge Craig Larrabee of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); Special Agent in Charge Michael Mentalvos of Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) Southwest Field Office; and Acting Special Agent in Charge Trey McClish of the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security’s Office of Export Enforcement, Dallas Field Office made today’s announcement.
In October 2012, Yip was sentenced to two years in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to violate the ITR by acting as a broker and conduit for Foomanie to buy items in the U.S. and have them unlawfully shipped to Iran. Mehrdad Foomanie remains a fugitive.
FBI, HSI, the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service investigated this case.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mark Roomberg, William R. Harris and Kelly Stevenson prosecuted this case.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.16: Officials banned the 4 June vigil for the victims of China’s deadly crackdown on protesters, citing Covid measures: Critics believe the decision was part of a push to silence the opposition.
#AceDailyNews says that H.K Activists have been jailed for between 6-10-months for joining the banned ‘Tiananmen Vigil’ there were among 12 people who pleaded guilty to participating in the event and three were given suspended sentences……
Despite the ban, thousands of people turned up to light candles and sing songs in 2020. Smaller crowds did the same this year, when authorities banned the event, again citing pandemic restrictions on public gatherings.
Albert Ho, a veteran vigil organiser and former vice chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, the organiser of the vigils, was handed a 10-month sentence for incitement and attending the event.
Former lawmaker Eddie Chu and Figo Chan, a former leader of the Civil Human Rights Front, known for organising large-scale pro-democracy rallies, were also given jail terms.
“The defendants ignored and belittled a genuine public health crisis,” District Court Judge Amanda Woodcock said.
“They wrongly and arrogantly believed their common purpose was more important than protecting the community or the public’s right to protection from a serious health risk.”
The sentencing came a week after several leaders of the Hong Kong Alliance were arrested under the national security law imposed by Beijing last year. They were accused of working as a “foreign agent”, which they deny.
The legislation criminalises secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces. Critics say it is aimed at crushing dissent but China says it is meant to maintain stability.
Reacting to the sentencing, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific Director Yamini Mishra said this was “another outrageous attack on the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly”.
“Depressingly, this unjust verdict was entirely expected amid the accelerating collapse of human rights in Hong Kong,” she added.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.14: In handing down the sentence, United States District Judge Donovan W. Frank described the attack orchestrated by Hari as a highly sophisticated and premeditated act of domestic terrorism.
#AceDailyNews reports that Emily Claire Hari, 50, f/k/a Michael Hari, was sentenced to life in prison for the Aug. 5, 2017, bombing of the Dar al-Farooq (DAF) Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota….
On Dec. 9, 2020, following a five-week trial, Hari was convicted by a federal jury on all five counts of the indictment, including intentionally defacing, damaging and destroying religious property because of the religious character of that property; intentionally obstructing and attempting to obstruct, by force and the threat of force, the free exercise of religious beliefs; conspiracy to commit federal felonies by means of fire and explosives; carrying and using a destructive device during and in relation to crimes of violence; and possession of an unregistered destructive device.
“Hari sought to terrorize an entire faith community. Today’s sentence makes clear that such acts of hate-fueled terror will not be tolerated,” said Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco. “The Dar al-Farooq community has shown powerful strength and resolve during this case. As demonstrated by this verdict and sentence against Hari, the Justice Department will prosecute hate crimes to the full extent of the law, including those that target places of worship and other religious sites.”
“Today, the person responsible for the 2017 bombing of the Dar al-Farooq mosque has been sentenced to 53 years in prison,” said Acting U.S. Attorney W. Anders Folk for the District of Minnesota. “Through our system of justice, the Minnesota community has collectively condemned this hate-fueled attack and decisively upheld every individual’s constitutional right to live and worship free from violence and intimidation. As we mark the closing of a painful chapter, it is my hope that the members of Dar al-Farooq and the broader faith community impacted by this attack will continue to heal and regain a sense of safety and security.”
“Acts of violence, motivated by hatred toward individuals simply based on their faith, will not be tolerated by the FBI or our Minnesota law enforcement partners,” said Special Agent in Charge Michael Paul of the FBI’s Minneapolis Field Office. “Violent criminals such as those responsible for this cowardly act, will be held accountable for their hate crimes and disgraceful attempts at intimidation. This sentence demonstrates our continued commitment to the FBI’s core mission – to defend all communities and to protect the rights of all Americans.”
As proven at trial, during the summer of 2017, Hari established a terrorist militia group called “The White Rabbits” in Clarence, Illinois. Hari recruited co-defendants Michael McWhorter and Joe Morris to join the militia, which Hari outfitted with paramilitary equipment and assault rifles. On Aug. 4 and 5, 2017, Hari, McWhorter and Morris drove in a rented pickup truck from Illinois to Bloomington, Minnesota, to bomb the DAF Islamic Center. Hari targeted DAF specifically to terrorize Muslims into believing they are not welcome in the United States and should leave the country.
As proven at trial, Hari, McWhorter, and Morris arrived at DAF on Aug. 5, 2017, at approximately 5:00 a.m. At Hari’s direction, Morris used a sledgehammer to break the window of the Imam’s office at DAF and threw a plastic container with a mixture of diesel fuel and gasoline into the office. Then, also at Hari’s direction, McWhorter lit the fuse on a 20-pound black powder pipe bomb and threw it through the broken window. McWhorter and Morris ran back to the truck where Hari was waiting in the driver’s seat. The three men sped away from the building and drove back to Illinois. When the pipe bomb exploded, the blast caused extensive damage to the Imam’s office. It also ignited the gasoline and diesel mixture, causing extensive fire and smoke damage. At the time of the bombing, several worshipers were gathered in the mosque for morning prayers.
On Jan. 24, 2019, McWhorter and Morris pleaded guilty to their roles in the bombing. Their sentencing hearings are yet to be scheduled.
This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI’s Minneapolis and Springfield Divisions with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Bloomington Police Department and the Bloomington Fire Department.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Allison Ethen and Trial Attorney Timothy Visser of the Civil Rights Division.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.12: The court heard that Wells carried out the sexual abuse when he was employed as a teacher at a school in Enfield in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s: Wells admitted two counts of gross indecency with a boy under the age of 14, and five counts of Indecent assault on a boy under the age of 14: He was given a further sentence of an additional 12 months imprisonment, with subsequent sentencing to run concurrent to his original sentence: The offences were committed against two boys and took place between 1977 and 1986: These were reported to police in 2018 and 2019, after Wells had been jailed for similar offences for which he was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment in December 2018.
#AceDailyNews reports that Peter Graham Wells, 75 (08.07.46) of no fixed address, appeared at Wood Green Crown Court on Friday, 10 September 2021 and was given a further 12-months to run concurrent with his original sentence ….
Detective Constable Keith Kimberley said: “I am in no doubt that this man is a dangerous sexual predator and he poses an ongoing threat to children: He caused unforgivable trauma to the children he abused and the only appropriate way for him to spend the next years of his life is in prison, and away from the general public: As far as we can be sure of, Wells offended over a period of several decades and my respect goes out to the victims and their families who were put through so much: The Public Protection teams across the Met work relentlessly to identify sexual offenders and prevent any harm coming to potential victims. In cases where predators gain access to victims and carry out abuse, we are also here to ensure they face justice.”
Anyone who wishes to come forward and report a sexual offence, can do so in confidence. The Met has specially trained officers to investigate these types of cases and support victims through the criminal justice process.
#AceNewReport – Sept.11: Cases involving the coercion and sexual exploitation of children are among the most heart-wrenching and disturbing cases that federal prosecutors confront. This case is particularly troubling because, as the prosecutor in this case stated in a court filing, ‘[Zenga] abused the most sacred trust a human being can be given, responsibility for the health and well-being of another living soul,’”noted acting United States Attorney Richard B. Myrus. “
#AceDailyNews reports that a former navy commander has been sentences to life in federal prison for coercing a minor and child pornography charges after an ICE investigation …
Thanks to the work of our dedicated law enforcement partners both here and abroad, this defendant has been held to account for his vile crimes. We hope that today’s result will provide some relief to the victim in knowing that the man who preyed upon her will be safely locked away.”
Lieutenant Commander Ronald W. Zenga, 45, of Middletown, Rhode Island, pleaded guilty on November 19, 2020, to coercion of a minor, distribution of child pornography, receipt of child pornography, and possession of child pornography. He was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Chief Judge John J. McConnell, Jr., to life in federal prison and lifetime federal supervised release and pay restitution to the victim in the amount of $500,000.
“Ronald Zenga committed heinous crimes and had the audacity to brag about his exploits online — hubris which ultimately led to his arrest. The abuse and exploitation of children is deeply cruel, violating the trust and safety of victims and generating trauma that may never fully heal. We hope that today’s sentence provides a measure of justice to those he harmed,” said Matthew Millhollin, Special Agent in Charge for the Homeland Security Investigations’ Boston Field Office. “Homeland Security Investigations is grateful to our international partners for their vigilance and assistance in this case.”
“Today’s sentencing closes the case for the exceptional team of investigators and prosecutors that worked tirelessly to pursue Mr. Zenga for his crimes, but today our thoughts are with his victims who continue to suffer from his actions,” said Colonel James M. Manni, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety. “The Rhode Island State Police is grateful for the definitive outcome of this investigation and proud to work with this outstanding group of law enforcement agencies to bring justice to Mr. Zenga’s victims.”
According to court documents and information provided to the court, in September 2018, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents in Providence received information from the Bedfordshire Police Department (BPD) in the United Kingdom that an individual, later identified as Zenga, was communicating with a BPD agent through a Russian file sharing website. The communications graphically described ongoing sexual encounters with a young minor child. Zenga described several years of sexual encounters with a child, dating back to the child’s prepubescent years.
On October 17, 2018, HSI agents and members of the Rhode Island State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested Zenga and executed a court-authorized search of his Middletown residence. Forensic previews of Zenga’s electronic devices resulted in the discovery of emails and files of child pornography shared, received, and possessed by Zenga.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John P. McAdams.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.09: According to court documents, Schulein first came to the attention to law enforcement in 2018 during an FBI investigation of child pornography on the dark web. Agents were able to track his internet protocol address and executed a federal search warrant at his home. Schulein served as a moderator of a dark web site dedicated to child exploitation and had been an active participant on other sites.
#AceDailyNewsreports Dark Web Child Porn Leads to 12 Year Sentence for Randolph County Man:
Kory R. Schulein, 37, of Sparta, Illinois, was sentenced this afternoon to 151 months in prison for knowingly receiving child sexual abuse material over the internet. Schulein pled guilty to the charge in April.
Southern District of Illinois
Prosecutors told the court that on one of the sites, Schulein had posted 13,733 messages, many of which included links to child exploitation images and videos. Schulein also collected and stored over 9,000 images and videos of child sexual abuse material on an encrypted hard drive.
In handing down the sentence, which fell at the low end of the advisory sentencing guidelines, United States District Judge Stephen P. McGlynn observed that the guidelines called for a lengthy sentence “because of the colossal and immensely harmful impact” child pornography has on children. Schulein was unemployed and had for years actively participated in online forums where he interacted with people who were producing child pornography. Judge McGlynn noted that some of the images and videos collected by Schulein depicted children in bondage and adults raping children, including 5- year-old girls and toddlers. “You must have felt no mercy or empathy for these children you were watching being humiliated and tortured,” McGlynn told the defendant.
During the sentencing hearing, prosecutors also submitted evidence that Schulein had engaged in an online “romantic relationship” with an 11-year-old girl in the United Kingdom. Judge McGlynn called Schulein’s involvement with the girl “classic grooming behavior.”
Some victims of the child pornography that Schulein received and shared with others submitted statements to the court. In their statements, they describe how impossible it is for them to live any semblance of a normal life while images of their sexual abuse are traded online. “Every time someone views this trash,” one survivor wrote, “he is once again making me re-live the most horrific part of my childhood. I can never truly heal….” The mother of another victim wrote: “Thousands upon thousands of people, all over the world have access to images of our little girl during her darkest days…. A person can download her image, create their own child pornography movie, share it with other monsters, or keep it for themselves to continually exploit our daughter in their own private bedroom.” Knowing that her abuse is memorialized on the internet for people like the defendant to view and share forever “will shatter her soul,” the victim’s mother wrote.
As part of his sentence, Schulein was ordered to serve 10 years on supervised release and pay a $5,000 special assessment. He previously paid $12,000 in restitution to several of the victims.
The case was investigated by FBI-Springfield, with valuable assistance provided by the U.S. Marshals Service.
Trial Attorneys Jessica Urban and Alicia A. Bove of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) and Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathan D. Stump of the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of Illinois prosecuted the case.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.
#AceNewsReport – Clayton had been convicted at the same court on Friday, 21 May following a trial: The offences, which related to seven male victims, spanned decades. They took place between 1976 and 2017. One of the victims was abused by Clayton for more than 30 years…
#AceDailyNews reports that a 30 year sentence for man who subjected boys and young men to decades of abuse: Nigel Clayton, 73 (18.6.48) of Sutton Common Road, Sutton appeared at Croydon Crown Court on Monday, 6 September where he was sentenced to 30 years’ imprisonment for 31 counts of sexual assault, rape and possessing indecent images.
Jailed: Nigel Clayton
The abuse took place at various locations in south London, including one incident at a funeral. Clayton also used the office of a car garage he purported to jointly own to carry out his assaults, even setting up a bed inside.
He used a variety of tactics to gain access to his victims, including persuading a number of them to do odd jobs for him in return for a small amount of money. On other occasions he offered gifts, held debts over them, made threats, and, later on, used physical force.
The victims were all boys or young adults when they were abused. In the majority of cases they had no relationship with their biological father, which Clayton used to his advantage.
He also used lies as a way to try and justify his actions; claiming to be a doctor, saying that he knew about child development, or that he had knowledge of modelling.
In 2016, one of the victims bravely contacted police to report the abuse they had been subjected to. An investigation was launched by detectives from the South Area Safeguarding Unit. As a result of enquiries, the remaining seven victims were identified.
Clayton was arrested in February 2020 and was subsequently charged with various offences.
Detective Constable Candice Burley said: “Clayton is a predatory and manipulative individual who specifically targeted victims he knew to be vulnerable; engineering situations which afforded him close contact with them in order to carry out his abuse: One victim was under his control for more than 30 years, suffering regular sexual assaults. The long term effect of such prolonged abuse is difficult to comprehend: I extend my utmost respect and thanks to all of the victims for their courage in speaking up and ensuring Clayton was brought to justice for his heinous crimes: It is of course possible there are further victims out there and I would urge anyone with information to come forward. You will be supported by specially trained officers who, as this conviction shows, are committed to the investigation of sexual offences and ensuring those responsible are held accountable.”
#AceNewsReport – Sept.05: Fernan Huerta Haro, 34, Jerson Isai Renteria, 38, and Evelyng Milla Campuzano, 36, all from Lima, Peru, were sentenced to 90 months, 100 months, and 90 months in prison, respectively. Each pleaded guilty for their roles in conspiring to commit mail fraud and wire fraud through a series of Peruvian call centers that used false statements and threats to obtain money from Spanish-speaking individuals across the United States. The defendants and their employees falsely told victims that they were required to accept and pay for English-language courses and other educational products and that failure to do so placed them in legal jeopardy. The defendants and their co-conspirators falsely threatened to have their victims arrested and deported in order to collect millions of dollars from victims in South Florida and across the United States. Many of the defendants’ victims were elderly.
#AceDailyNews reports on the court case of three Peruvian nationals have been sentenced to serve several years in prison for operating a series of call centers in Peru that defrauded Spanish-speaking U.S. residents by falsely threatening them with arrest, deportation and other legal consequences….
“The Department of Justice’s Consumer Protection Branch will pursue and prosecute transnational criminals who defraud vulnerable U.S. consumers,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian M. Boynton of the Justice Department’s Civil Division. “The defendants in this case defrauded immigrants by falsely promising free products to improve their English. In reality, the defendants were luring their victims into a trap of intimidation and fear, leaving them far worse off – with substantial financial losses and, often, emotional scars from these crimes. Today’s sentences demonstrate that defendants who prey upon U.S. consumers from abroad will not do so with impunity.”
“This case demonstrates that the long arm of justice has no limits when it comes to reaching fraudsters who prey on our nation’s most vulnerable populations,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Juan Antonio Gonzalez for the Southern District of Florida. “We will continue to bring American justice to transnational criminals who use fear tactics and intimidation to steal money from immigrants, seniors and others who live in this country.”
“The U.S. Postal Inspection Service constantly strives to protect our communities from predatory criminals seeking to abuse and exploit the most vulnerable members of our society,” said Inspector in Charge Joseph W. Cronin of the USPIS Miami Division. “This particular case is an example of how Postal Inspectors will vigorously pursue these types of crime and ensure that the perpetrators will be brought to justice to pay for the crimes they have committed.”
In pleading guilty, each of these defendants admitted that they and their employees falsely claimed to be lawyers, court officials, federal agents and representatives of a so-called “minor crimes court,” which does not exist. The callers falsely threatened victims with court proceedings, negative marks on their credit reports, imprisonment and immigration consequences if they did not immediately pay for the purportedly delivered products and settlement fees.
Huerta was the co-owner of the Camino al Progreso and Neshuer Corporation call centers in Lima, Peru. From April 2011 until his arrest in July 2019, he and his co-conspirators called victims as well as victims’ family members and friends and fraudulently threatened them with legal consequences if they did not make payments for the purportedly delivered products and settlement fees for English language classes.
Renteria was the co-owner of the Accion Latino and Bienester Hispano call centers in Lima, Peru. In pleading guilty, he admitted that from June 2013 until July 2019, he and his employees falsely impersonated U.S. government officials and falsely threatened victims with court proceedings, imprisonment and immigration consequences.
Milla was Renteria’s co-owner at the Accion Latino call center. From 2013 until her arrest in 2019, she also threatened and intimidated Spanish-speakers in the United States by overseeing call centers that impersonated U.S. law enforcement and demanded payments from vulnerable victims across the United States.
Huerta, Renteria and Milla were arrested in July 2019 by Peruvian authorities based on a U.S. extradition request, and each has remained incarcerated since that time. The defendants were extradited to the Southern District of Florida in October 2020. A co-defendant Omar Cuzcano was previously sentenced to serve 90 months in prison. Another co-defendant Henrry Milla Campuzano will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Scola Jr. on Sept. 21.
Two additional defendants in the case – Carlos Alberto Espinoza Huerta and Josmell Arturo Espinoza Huerta – evaded arrest at the time of their five co-defendants’ arrests in Peru. They were subsequently located and extradited to the United States on June 25, and are being detained at the Federal Detention Center in Miami. Their trial is scheduled to begin on Feb. 14, 2022, before Judge Scola.
U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Civil Division’s Consumer Protection Branch investigated the case, along with the department’s Transnational Elder Fraud Strike Force. Senior Trial Attorney Phil Toomajian and Trial Attorney Max Goldman of the Consumer Protection Branch are prosecuting the case. The Federal Trade Commission, the Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service, and the Peruvian National Police provided critical assistance.
The Consumer Protection Branch coordinates the department’s Transnational Elder Fraud Strike Force, working with U.S. Attorney’s Offices and law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute scams run by transnational criminal organizations, including mass mailing, telemarketing, and tech support scams. For more information about the Consumer Protection Branch, visit its website at http://www.justice.gov/civil/consumer-protection-branch
An indictment is merely an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.02: John Robinson (01/01/2000) of no fixed abode was previously sentenced to two years imprisonment on 11 December 2020 after pleading guilty to affray and two counts of possession of an offensive weapon.
#AceDailyNews says four men have been sentenced to a total of 28 years in prison after an altercation which led to weapons being brandished in the street
1./ Sabir Abdulkhadir (01/02/2000) Rawcliffe Street, Manchester was sentenced to 14 years and three months in prison after pleading guilty to affray and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
2./ Ismail Abdullahi (01/01/1999) Chetwood Drive, Bolton was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison after pleading guilty to affray and possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
3./ Abdul Malik Said (01/01/2000) of no fixed abode was sentenced to six years and three months in prison after pleading guilty to affray and possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. He was previously sentenced to three years imprisonment on 8 June 2021 after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and heroin.
On Saturday 7 November 2020, Abdullahi, Abdulkadir and Said, drove to Bolton in a BMW to go meet with Robinson at Fernhurst Grove.
Abdulkadir was wielding a shot gun and Abdullahi was in possession of a knife as they approached Robinson who was wielding both a knife and hammer.
Following an altercation between the three men and Robinson, a shot was fired by Abdulkadir which missed Robinson. Robinson then proceeded to smash the windows of the BMW before walking away.
As Robinson walked away, Abdulkadir fired the shot gun into his back before the three men – Abdullahi, Abdulkadir and Said – made off on foot.
Officers who attended the scene recovered the BMW as well as two shot gun cartridges and a knife for forensic examination. Inside the car the police discovered a quantity of class A drugs.
Arrest warrants were carried out, and at the time of Said’s arrest, he was found to be in possession of a large quantity of class A drugs.
Detective Constable Ella Winters, of GMP’s Operation Challenger, said: “These men are ruthless and selfish individuals who are willing to hurt others without thinking of the consequences. Brandishing weapons in the street is completely unacceptable and could have resulted in innocent by passers being seriously hurt as a result:
Detective Sergeant Paul Quinn, of Operation Challenger, said “I would like to recognise the work of the Challenger Team in today’s results. The officers involved have shown incredible professionalism, drive and attention to detail, leaving no stone unturned as they worked with commitment and determination to identify and imprison this Organised Crime Group.
“As part of this investigation the team executed numerous warrants and recovered a quantity of class A drugs worth around £40,000 and substantial amounts of cash as well as recovering the firearm involved in this incident and ensuring it is taken off of the streets.
“I hope this time in prison gives them the time they need to reflect on their depraved actions.”
#AceNewsReport – Aug.30: Isleworth Crown Court heard the facts of the incident that took place on 22 March 2020 where the hostage was held against his will at an address in Burlington Gardens……
#AceDailyNews reports that four people have been sentenced following blackmail plot: The attackers believed that the victim had allegedly incurred a £600 debt and began to make threats to his life and demands for repayment. The victim was assaulted and received bruising to his body and face……
At approximately 14:00hrs the same day the victim’s family started to receive phone calls demanding up to £1,000 for his release. The defendants also sent videos of the victim being violently assaulted to encourage them to pay the ransom. The family then called the police: The ransom was eventually paid by a third party and the victim was released and treated in hospital for his injuries.
Simon Batson, 39 (04.04.82) of Burlington Gardens, Ealing was sentenced to six years and nine months after pleading guilty to two counts of blackmail.
Michael King, 60 (01.07.61) of Birbeck Grove, Ealing was sentenced to six years and three months after pleading guilty to two counts of blackmail.
King and Batson both pleaded guilty to two counts of blackmail on Friday, 9 July.
Donna Harman, 41 (07.09.79) of Burlington Gardens, Ealing was sentenced to four years after being found guilty of false imprisonment and two counts of blackmail.
Otis Noel, 45 (07.07.76) of Western Avenue, Ealing was sentenced to seven years and six months after being found guilty of false imprisonment and two counts of blackmail.
Harman and Noel both were found guilty to two counts of blackmail and false imprisonment on Tuesday, 4 May.
Detectives from the Met’s Flying Squad led the investigation and were able to identify Noel, King, Batson and Harman from fast time intelligence led enquiries. They were arrested and the victim’s mobile phone, and the phone that was used to make the demands, was found during a property search. Officers were then able to progress the investigation through call data analysis, witness statements, CCTV and forensics.
Detective Constable Glenn Peach, of the Met’s Flying Squad, said: “The fear and panic the victim and his family went through at the hands of these attackers should not be underestimated. The false imprisonment, assault and severe threats will stay with those affected for a long time: At the very least, we hope the victim and his family will take some comfort in the fact that these offenders have been brought to justice. We are glad that the sentences handed out reflect the severity and inexcusable nature of the crimes that took place: King and Batson were also both charged with false imprisonment. These counts will lie on file.
#AceNewsReport – Aug.27: Officers made the discovery when attending Upton’s house on Crammond Close, Newton Heath, on the morning Friday 5 March after intelligence had been received by detectives investigating modern slavery and drugs trafficking in Tameside….
#AceDailyNews reports that Jamie Upton, (24/02/1998), was jailed for three years and nine months after he pleaded guilty in June of this year to possession of ammunition and possession of class A and class B drugs.
Upton was arrested shortly before 6am and specialist officers searched the property over the course of the next four hours where numerous amounts of evidence were forensically recovered including cocaine, heroin, 17 phones, a rifle and over 16 bullets.
During an interview at Central Park police station, Upton denied the white powder was cocaine before being told that it had tested positive as cocaine. He proceeded to answer ‘no comment’ thereafter.
He was charged a short time later and on Wednesday 23 June he pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of ammunition and possession of class A and class B drugs, worth approximately £10,000, furthermore he later pleaded guilty to possession of the rifle after it was forensically proven that it could be fired.
Detective Constable Laura Hughes, of GMP Tameside’s Child Criminal Exploitation Team, said: “This is a strong first result as part of Operation Marconi, which is our investigation into the supply of drugs in the Tameside area and the criminal exploitation of vulnerable young people for unscrupulous means: While it is satisfying that Jamie Upton will now be behind bars after this case, we are committed to ensure that him and any other suspects as part of this operation will continue to be investigated and where possible prosecuted and convicted: The damage that could have been caused by the ammunition, rifle and drugs we seized cannot be understated and quite frankly does not bear thinking about, it is therefore important that Upton has been brought to justice for his crimes and is off the streets, unable to be in possession of such illicit products.”
#AceNewsReport – Aug.07: Kudi initially denied her absence, stating she had been present at the flat as both she and Asiah felt unwell, only admitting to leaving on the 10th to visit London, but claimed her daughter was with her.
#AceDailyNews reports that a mother was sentenced for the manslaughter of her 20-month-old baby the court heard Verphy Kudi left Asiah, aged just 20 months, alone in her Brighton flat between 5 and 11 December 2019, resulting in the child starving to death.
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However, CCTV footage, phone data and further evidence including witness statements, demonstrated that she had left her daughter alone: Kudi, now 19, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in March this year and was sentenced to nine years, today at Lewes Crown Court.
Libby Clark, of CPS South East,said: This has been a deeply harrowing case involving the death of a 20-month-old baby: “ Asiah’s mother Verphy Kudi had a duty to keep her safe from harm, but instead selfishly chose to put her own need to party and be with her friends above all else. The consequences of her decision meant that Asiah must have suffered dreadfully during the days and nights that she was alone in the flat: “ This follows a history of multiple earlier occasions of abandonment and neglect. I extend my deepest sympathies to Asiah’s grandparents and other family for their loss.” Returning to her flat after six days, Kudi placed a 999 call to South East Coast Ambulance saying her baby wasn’t waking up: Paramedics attending the scene found Asiah not breathing, and rushed her to the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, where tragically she was pronounced dead soon after arrival: The post-mortem examination concluded the cause of death was starvation and influenza, with reported signs of dehydration and severe nappy rash.
#AceNewsReport – Aug.05: Miodrag Ivankovic, 45, was stopped by Border Force officers on 6 September at the freight controls in Dover after arriving from Calais.
#AceDailyNews reports that a trucker has been sentenced to 11 years behind bars for smuggling cocaine with a street value of £7-million after an NCA Investigation ……
Officers searched his truck and cut into a suspicious pallet of boxes and white powder spilled out.
Inside the truck was a total of 94kg of cocaine with a street value of £7.5m.
Ivankovic’s DNA was on the boxes containing the drugs and he admitted trying to smuggle the Class A.
Ivankovic, from Banja Luka, in north Bosnia, was jailed at Canterbury Crown Court yesterday (29 July).
NCA Branch Commander Martin Grace said: “We and our Border Force partners have taken a significant consignment of cocaine out of the supply chain: “ The organised crime group behind the plot have lost profits they would have ploughed back into more offending and they have lost a trusted smuggler: Drugs bring misery to UK communities and the NCA will continue to do everything it can to combat the threat.”