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  • U.S. Attorney’s Office Honors Law Enforcement Officials And Community Leaders In Inaugural Award Ceremony For Excellence In The Pursuit Of Justice
    United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald will be presenting awards today to law enforcement officials and community leaders at the inaugural United States Attorney’s Office Excellence in the Pursuit of Justice Awards Ceremony. Thirty-six individuals will be honored for their outstanding work and selfless contributions to the mission of the United States Attorney’s Office – the pursuit of truth and justice. “This group of dedicated professionals work tirelessly for the betterment of our community in pursuit of a common goal – the desire to make our community a safer and more just place to live, work, love and play,” said U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald. “Today, we honor them by publicly celebrating their achievements and recognizing the sacrifices that they and their families make in the name of justice.” Among the honorees include Robert Small, Executive Director of the Minnesota County Attorneys Association, who has dedicated his life to public service. Mr. Small held various positions with the United States Attorney’s Office, including Acting U.S. Attorney, and served honorably as a Hennepin County Judge until retirement, at which time he continued his service by taking on the responsibility of Executive Director of the Minnesota County Attorneys Association. U.S. Attorney MacDonald described Mr. Small as, “the quintessential public servant, a true leader who sets a shining example for all to follow.” The honorees at today’s ceremony are members of the following agencies and organizations: Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office Federal Bureau of Investigation Minneapolis Police Department Bureau of ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2019-04-22
    1 day ago
  • Defendants Enter Guilty Pleas In Red Lake Heroin Conspiracy That Resulted In The Shooting Deaths Of Two Individuals
    United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the guilty plea of BRYAN BOARDMAN, a/k/a “Boon,” 25, for his role in a heroin distribution conspiracy that resulted in the shooting deaths of two individuals. FRANKLIN JACKSON, a/k/a “Frankie,” 23, also pleaded guilty on April 18, 2019, to one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin. Both defendants entered their guilty pleas before Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota. According to the defendants’ guilty pleas and documents filed in court, between October 1, 2018, and October 21, 2018, BOARDMAN, JACKSON, and a third co-defendant KRISTOPHER SULLIVAN, 24, conspired with each other to distribute heroin on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. In the early morning hours of October 21, 2018, BOARDMAN, JACKSON, and SULLIVAN met in a trailer on the Red Lake Indian Reservation belonging to JACKSON’s girlfriend. The three defendants made preparations to sell heroin later that day, including contacting potential customers to let them know that heroin was available for sale at the trailer. The defendants’ drug trafficking activities were interrupted at approximately 6:30 a.m. that morning when three armed, masked men broke into the trailer in an apparent armed robbery. BOARDMAN drew a 9 millimeter pistol and fired eight shots, killing two of the intruders. The third intruder was wounded in the leg by the gunfire and fled from the scene. This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force and the Red Lake Tribal Police ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2019-04-22
    1 day ago
  • Civil Complaint Filed Against Orono Business Man To Recover $2.7 Million In Assets That Were Part Of A Tax Fraud Scheme
    United States Attorney Erica MacDonald today announced the filing of a civil complaint against SCOTT PHILLIP FLYNN, SHAWN M. GRIMM, WATERTOWN PROPERTY, LLC, and DESERT INN HOLDINGS, LLLP, seeking to liquidate millions in assets purchased with income that was part of FLYNN’s tax fraud scheme. In January 2019, FLYNN was convicted of a multi-million dollar tax fraud scheme and, as part of his sentence, the Court ordered FLYNN to pay more than $5 million in restitution. FLYNN also owes over $652,000 in restitution in connection with his previous conviction for wire fraud and securities fraud in 1999. From July 2007 to January 2019, FLYNN resided in a $2.7 million mansion located in Orono, Minnesota, which FLYNN admittedly purchased with income that was part of his tax fraud scheme.   As stated in the complaint, the United States alleges that FLYNN has used multiple entities under his control, including WATERTOWN PROPERTY, LLC and DESERT INN HOLDINGS, LLLP, to protect the equity in the Orono mansion from his creditors. GRIMM, FLYNN’s sister, is listed as a manager and/or general partner of WATERTOWN PROPERTY, LLC and DESERT INN HOLDINGS, LLLP, the purported owners of the Orono mansion. The United States alleges that WATERTOWN PROPERTY, LLC and DESERT INN HOLDINGS, LLLP do not function as operational, solvent businesses but, instead, serve as alter egos of FLYNN intended to enable him to protect the equity in the Orono mansion and avoid his creditors, including the United States. The United States is seeking a declaratory judgment that ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2019-04-18
    5 days ago
  • Convicted Felon Sentenced To 30 Months In Prison For Stalking
    United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencing of DESMOND GEORGE DANIAL, 51, to 30 months in prison for interstate stalking. DANIAL, who pleaded guilty on November 8, 2018, was sentenced today before Senior Judge Ann D. Montgomery in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota. According to his guilty plea and documents filed in court, between August 5, 2014, and March 20, 2018, DANIAL repeatedly harassed and threatened his victim, her husband and her family. In 2012, DANIAL was charged and convicted of stalking in Stearns County, Minnesota, and a restraining order was filed against DANIAL preluding him from having contact with the victim. In August 2014, even after the victim left Minnesota and moved to Wyoming, DANIAL continued his harassment by repeatedly sending threatening text messages and emails, including threats of violence, to both the victim and her husband. DANIAL also harassed and threatened the victim’s parents who lived in Bemidji, Minnesota. This case was the result of an investigation conducted by the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the FBI Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Deidre Y. Aanstad. Defendant Information: DESMOND GEORGE DANIAL, 51 City of residence unknown Convicted: Interstate stalking, 1 count Sentenced: 30 months in prison Three years of supervised release     ### Additional news available on our website. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. United States Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota: (612) 664-5600 ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2019-04-11
    2 weeks ago
  • Hopkins Man Indicted For Distributing Fentanyl Causing The Deaths Of Eleven People
    United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced a federal indictment against AARON RHY BROUSSARD, 28, charging him with twenty-one counts related to the distribution of controlled substances, including fentanyl, which resulted in the deaths of eleven people and caused serious bodily injury to four people.BROUSSARD will be arraigned on these charges before a Magistrate Judge in U.S. District Court at a later date. On December 6, 2016, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania indicted BROUSSARD on one count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and he is scheduled to stand trial on those charges on May 14, 2019. BROUSSARD was arrested on December 7, 2016, and is in custody in Scranton, Pennsylvania. According to the allegations in the indictment, from 2014 through December 6, 2016, BROUSSARD obtained controlled substances, including fentanyl, from China-based drug suppliers. Upon receipt, BROUSSARD repackaged the controlled substances, marketed them for sale, and sold them to customers in the United States. BROUSSARD used various websites to market the controlled substances including PlantFoodUSA.Net, and distributed the controlled substances to customers using the United States mail and a United States Postal Service “Click-N-Ship” account. According to the allegations in the indictment, on March 12, 2016, BROUSSARD placed a drug order for 100 grams of 4-FA, a controlled substance, which was shipped from China and contained approximately 100 grams of fentanyl. Between April 1 and April 27, 2016, BROUSSARD sent packages containing fentanyl to multiple customers throughout the United ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2019-04-10
    2 weeks ago
  • Red Lake Man Sentenced To 108 Months In Prison For Attempting To Murder Minor Victim
    United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencing of DOMINIC EDWARD DESJARLAIT, 19, to 108 months in prison for assault with intent to commit murder. DESJARLAIT, who pleaded guilty on December 19, 2018, was sentenced today before Judge Joan N. Erickson in United States District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota. According to documents filed with the court, including a law enforcement affidavit, during the evening hours of August 29, 2018, DESJARLAIT began an argument with the victim and a group of six other minor males at a grocery store on the Red Lake Reservation. The victim and the group of minor males left the grocery store and relocated to a residence on the reservation. DESJARLAIT also left the grocery store and followed the group, riding in a black SUV. Upon reaching the residence, DESJARLAIT exited the vehicle with a firearm, shouted the victim’s name and began firing multiple shots at the victim and the group of six other minor males. Multiple bullets hit two nearby residences that were occupied at the time. DESJARLAIT also admitted to a previous assault with intent to commit murder against the same victim. On July 28, 2017, DESJARLAIT emerged from a wooded area on the Red Lake Reservation, near a residence where the victim and other males were located. DESJARLAIT fired a shotgun at the victim, causing wounds to his face and upper body. This case was the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force and Red Lake ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2019-04-09
    2 weeks ago
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office Observes National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
    Each year in April, the Department of Justice and United States Attorneys’ offices observe National Crime Victims’ Rights Week nationwide by taking time to honor victims of crime and those who advocate on their behalf. This year’s observance takes place April 7-13, with the theme: Honoring Our Past. Creating Hope for the Future.   “Victims of crime deserve justice. This Department works every day to help them recover and to find, prosecute, and convict those who have done them harm,” said Attorney General William P. Barr. “During this National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, we pause to remember the millions of Americans who have been victims of crime and we thank public servants who have served them in especially heroic ways. This week the men and women of the Department recommit ourselves once again to ensuring that crime victims continue to have a voice in our legal system, to securing justice for them, and to preventing other Americans from suffering what they have endured.” “Justice is not only prosecuting the offender, it is upholding the rights of victims,” said U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald. “During Crime Victims’ Rights Week, and throughout the year, we honor the resilience of victims and survivors and we commemorate those who champion victims’ rights and advocate for victim-centered approaches within the criminal justice system.” The Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime, within the Office of Justice Programs, leads communities across the country in observing National Crime Victims’ Rights Week each year. President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2019-04-08
    2 weeks ago
  • Florida Executive Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison For Orchestrating $150 Million International Ponzi Scheme
    United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencing of ANTONIO CARLOS DE GODOY BUZANELI, 57, to 240 months in prison for his role in a $150 million investment fraud scheme involving Brazilian factoring. BUZANELI, who entered his guilty plea on April 19, 2018, was sentenced today before Senior Judge Michael J. Davis in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota. BUZANELI’S co-conspirators, JOSE MANUEL ORDOÑEZ, JR., 48, was sentenced on January 23, 2019, to 120 months in prison and JULIO ENRIQUE RIVERA, 62, will be sentenced on April 16, 2019. U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald said, “Antonio Buzaneli was the primary architect of a $150 million Ponzi scheme that targeted hundreds of victims worldwide, many of whom were elderly and vulnerable. Some victims lost their retirement savings, others lost the ability to provide a college education to their children or grandchildren. For these egregious crimes, Mr. Buzaneli will spend the next 20 years behind bars. I applaud our law enforcement partners for their steadfast efforts in seeking justice for the victims.” “No matter how complex the scheme, the FBI is committed to stopping fraudsters like these from preying on people, especially elderly investors who may have lost their life savings in this case,” said Jill Sanborn, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Minneapolis Division. “We are grateful for our partners at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Minnesota Commerce Fraud Bureau for thoroughly investigating this global scheme and bringing these criminals to justice; ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2019-04-08
    2 weeks ago
  • Recent Tax Prosecutions Serve As A Reminder To Accurately File And Pay Taxes As The April 15 Deadline Approaches
    The U.S. Attorney’s Office reminds all Minnesotans that the deadline for filing federal income tax returns is Monday, April 15. Although the filing season is nearing the end, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Division work year round to protect the integrity of our nation’s tax system by investigating and prosecuting individuals who violate the tax laws. “We owe it to every American taxpayer to use all lawful means to identify and prosecute those who seek to violate our nation’s tax laws. It is a matter of maintaining public confidence in our system of taxation,” stated U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald. “Taxpayers thinking about participating in fraudulent tax schemes, such as failing to report all forms of income or falsifying deductions should take a good look at the serious and detrimental consequences of taking the next step,” stated Special Agent in Charge Gabe Grchan of the IRS Criminal Investigation Division. “Those who might consider preparing false and fraudulent tax returns should be aware of the extremely negative consequences that could result in prison time, large tax bills, including substantial fines, interest and penalties.” As the tax filing season winds down next week, the following court actions serve as a reminder to taxpayers, to think before filing a false or fraudulent tax return and to be wary of any schemes that falsify your income or deductions. MICHAEL DEAN CARNICLE, of Henderson, Nevada, was sentenced to nine months in federal prison and ordered to pay $303,881 in restitution ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2019-04-02
    3 weeks ago
  • Former Shakopee School Superintendent Sentenced To Prison For Soliciting Bribes
    United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencing of RODNEY KEITH THOMPSON, 53, to 24 months in prison for corruptly soliciting a bribe.THOMPSON, who pleaded guilty on November 15, 2018, was sentenced before Judge Susan R. Nelson in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota. According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, from 2011 through June 2017, THOMPSON served as the Superintendent of the Shakopee School District. In his official capacity, THOMPSON had the authority to select contractors to perform construction and related services for the School District. THOMPSON used his position and authority to obtain personal benefits from a company interested in being awarded contracts with the School District. THOMPSON solicited things of value from the company, such as home improvement projects, personal travel, and attendance at sporting events, in exchange for contracts with the School District. For example, between July 2010 and November 2015, at THOMPSON’s demand, the company spent more than $44,000 remodeling and improving the basement of THOMPSON’s Shakopee house. “Mr. Thompson abused his position of trust throughout his entire tenure with the Shakopee School District. And now, his greedy and corrupt dealings have earned him a prison sentence,” said U.S. Attorney Erica H. MacDonald. “Today’s sentence of Mr. Thompson demonstrates our collective commitment to hold public officials accountable”, said Jill Sanborn, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Minneapolis Division. “The success of this investigation was due in large part to the collaboration between the FBI, Department of Justice, ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2019-03-28
    4 weeks ago
  • Volunteer And Former Employee Of Minneapolis Charter School Charged With Sexually Exploiting Minors
    United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald announced a federal criminal complaint against JOSIAH RAUL MOSQUEDA, 27, charging him with coercion and enticement of two separate minors, transfer of obscene material to a minor, and receipt, distribution, and production of child pornography. MOSQUEDA made his initial appearance today before Magistrate Judge Tony N. Leung in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota. MOSQUEDA was ordered to remain in custody pending a formal detention hearing, which is scheduled for Monday, April 1, 2019. According to the allegations in the complaint, MOSQUEDA was a volunteer and former employee of a Minneapolis charter school and a volunteer at a different Minneapolis middle school. From July 6, 2017, through December 23, 2018, MOSQUEDA engaged in sexually explicit communications, including transferring graphic, sexually explicit images and videos, to minors via Facebook Messenger. MOSQUEDA sent hundreds of messages to at least one minor, repeatedly requesting images and videos of sexually explicit acts or suggesting sexual encounters. In one instance, a minor reached out to MOSQUEDA for financial help getting his cell phone fixed. MOSQUEDA paid for the repair with the condition that the minor repay him by “hook[ing] up.” According to the allegations in the complaint, MOSQUEDA was aware that his conduct was illegal, sending a message to one minor that read, “I mean if I show you you literally cant show anyone. I would go to jail and never be able to teach or work in a school lol.” MOSQUEDA’s Facebook also contained posts regarding law enforcement ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2019-03-26
    4 weeks ago
  • Otsego Home Health Care Company To Pay More Than $700,000 To Resolve False Claims Act Liability
    United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced that Accurate Home Care, LLC (“Accurate Home Care”), a home health care company headquartered in Otsego, Minnesota, has agreed to pay $726,957.59 to resolve federal False Claims Act  violations arising from the unlawful submission of claims for payment to Minnesota Medicaid, a jointly funded federal and state health care program. According to the settlement agreement, Accurate Home Care voluntarily disclosed to the United States that it had submitted claims for payment for home care services to both Minnesota Medicaid and private insurers for the same service, and fraudulently retained full payment from Minnesota Medicaid, even where it was not the primary insurer. Pursuant to the settlement agreement, Accurate Home Care must pay the United States and the State of Minnesota a total of $726,957.59 to resolve the misconduct. Accurate worked cooperatively with the Department of Justice in voluntarily disclosing the false claims. Department of Justice policy encourages self-reporting of fraud and values company cooperation. The government’s resolution of this matter illustrates the government’s emphasis on combating health care fraud. One of the most powerful tools in this effort is the False Claims Act. Tips and complaints from all sources about potential fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement, can be reported to the Department of Health and Human Services at 800-HHS-TIPS (800-447-8477). This matter was handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota, with assistance from the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office and the Office of ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2019-03-25
    4 weeks ago
  • Two Individuals Charged In 64 Pound Methamphetamine Bust
    United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced a criminal complaint charging GONZALO JIMINEZ-PAZ, JR., 22, and REY DAVID LUNA-SANTILLANES, 22, with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. JIMINEZ-PAZ and LUNA-SANTILLANES were arrested earlier today and made their initial appearances before Magistrate Judge Tony Leung in U.S. District Court in Saint Paul, Minnesota. According to a criminal complaint, on March 23, 2019, law enforcement officers with the Ramsey County Violent Crime Enforcement Team (VCET) executed a search warrant at a residence in the downtown area of Minneapolis. During execution of the search warrant, officers recovered approximately 64 pounds of suspected methamphetamine, a large sum of U.S. currency, 3 pounds of suspected heroin, a bag containing unidentified blue pills and two loaded hand guns. The methamphetamine was found inside two suitcases, the heroin was hidden inside of a shoebox, and a large amount of cash was located in a kitchen cupboard. This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the St. Paul Police Department, the Ramsey County VCET, the DEA, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (“BCA”), and the Minnesota State Patrol. Assistant U.S. Attorney LeeAnn K. Bell is prosecuting the case. Defendant Information: GONZALO JIMINEZ-PAZ, JR., 22 Minneapolis, Minn. Charges: Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, 1 count REY DAVID LUNA-SANTILLANES, 22 Minneapolis, Minn. Charges: Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, 1 count       ###   Additional news available on our website. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. United States Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota: (612) 664-5600   The charges ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2019-03-24
    1 month ago
  • Defendants Sentenced For Fraud Scheme Involving Local Environmental Company’s Improper Disposal Of Toxic Chemicals
    United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencing of LUMINAIRE ENVIRONMENTAL AND TECHNOLOGIES, INC., and co-defendants JOHN D. MILLER JR., 61, and JOSEPH V. MILLER, 59, for a $1 million fraud scheme involving the improper disposal of toxic waste. Defendants LUMINAIRE and JOHN MILLER were sentenced today before Judge Patrick J. Schiltz in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Defendant JOSEPH MILLER was sentenced on March 5, 2019. According to the defendants’ guilty pleas and documents filed in court, LUMINAIRE ENVIRONMENTAL AND TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (“LUMINAIRE”) provided recycling and waste disposal services to customers. Among other services, LUMINAIRE offered to pick up customers’ fluorescent light ballasts containing polychlorinated biphenyls (“PCBs”), transport the PCB-containing ballasts to the LUMINAIRE facility located in Plymouth, Minnesota, and remove and dispose of all the PCBs in accordance with the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). In exchange, LUMINAIRE charged customers a fee of approximately $0.35 per pound of PCB lighting ballasts plus transportation costs. Because the PCBs contained in the ballasts are considered a toxic chemical, regulations promulgated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), pursuant to TSCA, mandate special procedures and documentation for the transportation and disposal of PCB waste. According to the defendants’ guilty pleas and documents filed in court, between 2010 until 2015, JOHN MILLER, owner of LUMINAIRE, and other LUMINAIRE employees falsely represented to customers that LUMINAIRE would properly transport and dispose of customers’ toxic chemicals. Instead, after picking up loads of PCB-ballasts from customers, JOHN MILLER instructed LUMINAIRE employees ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2019-03-21
    1 month ago
  • Minneapolis Man Charged With Wire Fraud, Child Pornography
    United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald announced two separate federal indictments against OTIS RAY MAYS, JR., 26, charging him with production and receipt of child pornography and wire fraud. Following his arraignment and detention hearing yesterday before Magistrate Judge Katherine M. Menendez, MAYS was ordered to remain in custody pending further proceedings. According to the allegations in the first indictment, from May 2017 through September 20, 2017, MAYS devised a scheme to defraud two victims, a husband and wife couple. As part of the scheme, MAYS falsely told the couple that he was a lawyer and offered to help them with the eviction of tenants from their rental properties. MAYS also told them that their son, a college student, had visited terrorist websites and, as a result, was facing federal, criminal, terrorism charges. MAYS told the victims that in exchange for a payment of $30,000, their son could avoid being detained on those federal terrorism charges, and in exchange for further payment of $6,222, those charges would be dropped. Additionally, MAYS told the victims that their son’s computer contained videos that had been “pirated” and in exchange for a $305,000 payment, MAYS could resolve any legal difficulties arising from the allegedly pirated videos. In total, MAYS stole more than $340,000 from the victims. According to the allegations in the second indictment, on November 20, 2017, and on November 29, 2017, MAYS engaged in sexually explicit conduct with a minor victim for the purpose of producing video recordings of the conduct. ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2019-03-18
    1 month ago
  • Statement By U.S. Attorney MacDonald In Response To The Attacks In Christchurch, New Zealand
    United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald issued the following statement in response to the mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand: “United, we must condemn all acts of violence fueled by hatred, bigotry, and intolerance. My commitment to freedom and safety for all of our faith communities and houses of worship is unwavering. This is a sad day and we are grieving with the people of Christchurch, New Zealand,” said U.S. Attorney MacDonald. ### Additional news available on our website. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. United States Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota: (612) 664-5600 ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2019-03-14
    1 month ago
  • Saint Paul Man Pleads Guilty To Armed Robbery Of Two Eagan Banks
    United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the guilty plea of DAMIEN JAMES McDONALD, 40, to two counts of armed bank robbery. McDONALD, who was indicted on July 18, 2018, pleaded guilty today before Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota. According to the defendant’s guilty plea, on April 14, 2018, McDONALD entered the US Bank branch in the Lunds & Byerly’s grocery store in Eagan, Minnesota, pointed a firearm at two tellers and demanded money. The tellers complied with his demands and McDONALD fled the store with $2,739 in cash. On June 6, 2018, McDONALD entered the Associated Healthcare Credit Union in Eagan, Minnesota. McDONALD pointed a firearm at a teller, threw a bag on the counter and demanded that the teller fill it with cash. After the teller complied, McDONALD ordered the teller to pass the bag to an adjacent teller, who was also instructed to fill the bag with cash. McDONALD ordered the two tellers to a back room and then fled the credit union with $8,236 in cash, which included ten pre-recorded $20 bait bills. Upon review of the surveillance video of the credit union robbery, law enforcement recognized McDONALD and executed a search warrant at his residence and for his vehicles later that day. Law enforcement recovered clothing that matched the clothing worn by the robber during the two robberies and thousands of dollars in cash hidden in the residence. Additionally, investigators found over one-thousand dollars cash in McDONALD’S ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2019-03-07
    2 months ago
  • Meadowlands Man Sentenced To 15 Months In Prison For Stealing Social Security Benefits
    United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald announced the sentencing of STEVEN PHILLIP SVOBODA, 37, to 15 months in prison for stealing more than $100,000 in Social Security benefits. SVOBODA, who pleaded guilty to one count of theft of government funds on November 6, 2018, was sentenced by Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright in U.S. District Court in Saint Paul, Minnesota. According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, from July 2010 through August 2017, SVOBODA applied for and received survivor benefits as the representative payee on behalf of his two minor children. In his application and in subsequent annual paperwork submitted to the Social Security Administration (“SSA”), SVOBODA repeatedly lied by saying the two minor children lived with him, that he was the sole provider of financial support and care, and that the survivor benefit funds were being used to pay for the children’s care. In reality, the minor children resided with their grandparents and SVOBODA spent the survivor benefit funds on himself. In total, SVOBODA stole approximately $113,804.00 from the SSA.   This case was the result of an investigation by the Social Security Administration-Office of the Inspector General. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Lindsey E. Middlecamp prosecuted the case. Defendant Information: STEVEN PHILLIP SVOBODA, 37 Meadowlands, Minn.  Convicted: Theft of government funds, 1 count Sentenced: 15 months in prison Three years of supervised release $113,804.00 in restitution ### Additional news available on our website. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. United States Attorney’s Office, District of ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2019-03-06
    2 months ago
  • Twin Cities Bank Robber Sentenced To Eight Years In Prison
    United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencing of JAYVON DOMINIQUE GANT, 28, to eight years in prison for bank robbery. GANT, who pleaded guilty on August 20, 2018, was sentenced today before Judge Joan N. Ericksen in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota. According to his guilty plea and documents filed in court, on June 7, 2018, GANT entered Premier Bank in Bloomington, Minnesota, and passed a note to the teller that contained a demand for money, followed by a verbal demand of the teller to, “give me all the money and no trackers.” In response to his demand, the teller handed GANT $3,710 and, after receiving the money, GANT fled the bank on foot. Following the robbery, law enforcement officers located GANT at his home in Bloomington. Upon law enforcement’s entry to the residence, GANT jumped from his third floor balcony to the second floor below, broke the sliding glass door and entered the second floor apartment in an attempt to escape. When confronted by law enforcement on the second floor, GANT jumped from the second floor balcony to the ground level where he was apprehended. According to his guilty plea and documents filed in court, GANT committed five additional robberies of other banks located throughout the Twin Cities area. In all instances, GANT used similar tactics by passing a note to the teller that contained a demand for money. For example, one such note stated, “Give me all the money out the top and bottom ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2019-03-04
    2 months ago
  • North Dakota Man Sentenced To Prison For Threatening To Murder A Federal Judge
    United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencing of ROBERT PHILIP IVERS, 65, to 18 months in prison for threatening to murder a federal judge and interstate transmission of a threat to injure. IVERS, who was convicted by a federal jury on September 14, 2018, was sentenced today before Judge Robert W. Pratt, in United States District Court in Saint Paul, Minnesota. As proven at trial, in January 2017, a United States District Court Judge (the “Victim Judge”) held a bench trial on a lawsuit brought by IVERS. The Victim Judge ruled against IVERS. He responded by sending a series of threatening letters and calling a court employee to say he was crazy angry at the Victim Judge and described himself as a “walking bomb.” IVERS was told repeatedly by Deputy U.S. Marshals to stop his threatening language. On November 9, 2017, IVERS filed another civil lawsuit alleging the same facts as those in the case he lost before the Victim Judge. As part of the new civil case, IVERS was referred to two volunteer lawyers for a telephone consultation. After the lawyers discussed his case and told IVERS they did not believe he had a valid legal claim, IVERS began talking about his previous case with the Victim Judge. One of the lawyers described IVERS as becoming “intensely angry” and making threatening statements including: •           “This [expletive] judge stole my life from me.” •           “I had overwhelming evidence.” •           The Judge “stacked the deck” to make sure ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2019-02-28
    2 months ago
  • Former U.S. Probation Officer Pleads Guilty To Lying To The FBI
    United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the guilty plea of DENNIS EDWARD BRESNAHAN, 55, a former United States Probation Officer, to two counts of making false statements to the FBI. BRESNAHAN, who was indicted on August 15, 2018, entered his guilty plea earlier today before Judge Robert W. Pratt in U.S. District Court in Saint Paul, Minnesota. “People who work in the criminal justice system hold positions of trust over others and are to use that authority appropriately,” said Jill Sanborn, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Minneapolis Division. “The FBI takes seriously its responsibility to maintain the integrity of the criminal justice system by investigating allegations where that trust was violated. All citizens, including the vulnerable victims in this case, expect and deserve equal protection under the law.” According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, for more than twenty-five years, and until August 22, 2016, BRESNAHAN was employed as a United States Probation Officer for the District of Minnesota. In his role, BRESNAHAN was responsible for supervising defendants on federal pretrial and supervised release, and had access to records and maintained communications with individuals under his supervision. Between January 2016 and April 1, 2016, BRESNAHAN engaged in sexually inappropriate conduct with an individual (identified as “Witness A”) under his supervision, including repeated phone and email discussions of a sexual nature. According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, on August 22, 2016, FBI agents interviewed BRESNAHAN regarding both his ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2019-02-28
    2 months ago
  • Inver Grove Heights Cell Phone Store Robber Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison
    United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencing of JAMAAL MARQUIE MAYS, 34, to 180 months in prison for the armed robbery of an Inver Grove Heights business. MAYS and his co-defendant, JAQUON KESHAWN MOMAN, 26, were charged in a superseding indictment on February 7, 2018. MAYS, who pleaded guilty on September 21, 2018, was sentenced yesterday before Chief Judge John R. Tunheim in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota. MOMAN pleaded guilty on August 1, 2018, and was sentenced on January 2, 2019, to 72 months in prison. United States Attorney MacDonald said, “These defendants showed complete disregard for human life when they made the decision to commit armed robbery of a business establishment located in a busy suburban retail area. Such brazen acts of violence will not be tolerated in our communities and we, along with our law enforcement partners, are committing all necessary resources to bringing violent criminals to justice.” According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, on August 17, 2017, MAYS and MOMAN entered a Verizon Wireless store in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, armed with a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol. After waiting for customers to leave the store, MAYS and MOMAN held the store employee at gunpoint while demanding money and cell phones. The employee pretended to comply, but then shot MAYS in self-defense with a firearm the employee was licensed to carry. MAYS’ firearm was also discharged. During the exchange of gunfire, a stray bullet grazed a worker in ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2019-02-27
    2 months ago
  • Red Lake Man Charged With First Degree Murder
    United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced an indictment charging JEREMIAH KINGBIRD, 38, with first and second degree murder.[1] KINGBIRD made his initial appearance yesterday before Magistrate Judge Jon T. Huseby in U.S. District Court in Bemidji, Minnesota. According to the indictment and documents filed in court, on January 6, 2019, law enforcement responded to a call from a woman who said that an unknown male had stopped at her house and said that he had found his wife on Old Ponemah Road and that she had been there all night. Responding officers found the victim, KINGBIRD’S wife, lying face down in the snow; she had severe physical injuries, and was having difficulty breathing. The victim was transported to the Red Lake IHS Hospital where hospital staff were unsuccessful in reviving her. According to the indictment and documents filed in court, during a search of KINGBIRD’S vehicle, law enforcement observed blood on the front passenger window of the vehicle. KINGBIRD admitted to physically assaulting his wife and leaving her outside in the elements following a night of drinking in Bemidji. This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Red Lake Tribal Police Department and the FBI Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force. This case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Gina L. Allery and Assistant U.S. Attorney Deidre Y. Aanstad. Defendant Information:                                                                                                                      JEREMIAH KINGBIRD, 38 Ponemah, Minn. Charges: Murder in the first degree, 1 count Murder in the second degree, 1 count     ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2019-02-25
    2 months ago
  • Registered Sex Offender Charged In “Sextortion” Case
    United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the indictment of DYLAN MATTHEW DELING, a/k/a “Jason Keens,” a/k/a “Dylan Nash,” 19, on child pornography and extortion charges. DELING made his initial appearance yesterday before Magistrate Judge Katherine Menendez, in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota. “As the cyber threat landscape continues to evolve, sextortion crimes are becoming more prevalent through the use of social media platforms and messaging apps,” said U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald. “These types of cases cause very real harm and can have a devastating impact, especially on young victims. Teachers, parents, and students alike need to be aware of this issue, know how to defend against online predators, and be vigilant in reporting these crimes.” According to the allegations in the indictment, on May 14, 2018, DELING, a registered sex offender, persuaded, induced, and coerced a minor victim (Minor A) to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct. On July 8, 2018, DELING contacted a second minor victim (Minor B) and threatened to kidnap and injure the victim and her parents if she did not provide DELING with sexually explicit images. This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI, in coordination with multiple state and local law enforcement agencies inside and outside of Minnesota. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Miranda E Dugi. Defendant Information: DYLAN MATTHEW DELING, a/k/a “Jason Keens,” a/k/a “Dylan Nash,” 19 Fairmont, Minn. Charges: Production and attempted ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2019-02-21
    2 months ago
  • Burnsville Coin Dealer Pleads Guilty To Counterfeit Coin Fraud Scheme
    United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the guilty plea of BARRY RON SKOG, 68, for perpetrating a counterfeit coin fraud scheme. SKOG, who was indicted on April 10, 2018, entered his guilty plea earlier today before Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota. According to the defendant’s guilty plea, SKOG owned and operated a business called Burnsville Coin Company, which engaged in advertising and selling numismatic coins. Through his business, SKOG posted advertisements for coins in a publication called Numismatic News. When potential buyers responded to the ads, SKOG would mail them lists of available coins for purchase, many of which were counterfeit. In his communications with the victims, SKOG would often represent himself as an employee of the Burnsville Coin Company named “Ron Peterson,” when, in fact, there were no other owners or employees of the company other than SKOG. In total, SKOG stole more than $57,000 from his victims. SKOG also intended to create additional loss by advertising for sale 275 additional counterfeit coins at an advertised sale value of approximately $235,000. This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Minnesota Commerce Fraud Bureau and the Burnsville Police Department. Based on the evidence obtained in this case, authorities believe there may be additional victims who have not yet been identified. Anyone with information about this matter is encouraged to call the Minnesota Commerce Fraud Bureau at 651-539-1617. Callers may remain anonymous. Assistant U.S. Attorney Manda M. Sertich is ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2019-02-20
    2 months ago
  • Three Men Charged In Red Lake Heroin Trafficking Conspiracy Resulting In The Shooting Deaths Of Two Individuals
    United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced an indictment charging FRANKLIN JACKSON, a/k/a “Frankie,” 23, KRISTOPHER SULLIVAN, a/k/a “Blood Money,” 24, and BRYAN BOARDMAN, a/k/a “Boon,” 24, with conspiracy to distribute heroin. SULLIVAN and BOARDMAN were also charged with using and carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking crime. According to the indictment, between October 1, 2018, and October 21, 2018, JACKSON, SULLIVAN, and BOARDMAN conspired with each other to distribute heroin on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. On October 21, 2018, the defendants’ drug trafficking activities resulted in the shooting deaths of two individuals, identified in the indictment as J.R. and R.B. This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force and the Red Lake Tribal Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jeffrey S. Paulsen and Julie E. Allyn are prosecuting the case. Defendant Information:                                                                                                                      FRANKLIN JACKSON, a/k/a “Frankie,” 23 Unknown Charges: Conspiracy to distribute heroin, 1 count KRISTOPHER SULLIVAN, a/k/a “Blood Money,” 24 Minneapolis, Minn. Charges: Conspiracy to distribute heroin, 1 count Using and carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, 1 count BRYAN BOARDMAN, a/k/a “Boon,” 24 Minneapolis, Minn. Charges: Conspiracy to distribute heroin, 1 count Using and carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, 1 count       ### Additional news available on our website. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. United States Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota: (612) 664-5600   The charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2019-02-20
    2 months ago
  • Cass County Man Charged With Stalking, Child Pornography
    United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced a four-count federal indictment against JARED ROSS BOSWELL, 32, for distributing child pornography, sending obscene material to a minor, and stalking a minor via the internet. BOSWELL, who was charged in a criminal complaint on January 22, 2019, will remain in detention pending further proceedings. According to the allegations in the indictment, from April 2018 through September 2018, BOSWELL used the internet to stalk a minor victim. Also during that time, BOSWELL used the internet to send obscene materials and distribute sexually explicit images, including visual depictions of minors, to a second minor victim. This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Red Lake Department of Public Safety, the Mille Lacs Tribal Police Department, the Bemidji Police Department, the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and the FBI. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Angela Munoz-Kaphing. Defendant Information: JARED ROSS BOSWELL, 32 Cass County, Minn. Charges: Stalking, 1 count Distribution of child pornography, 2 counts Transfer of obscene material to minors, 1 count       ### Additional news available on our website. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. United States Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota: (612) 664-5600   The charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2019-02-20
    2 months ago
  • Federal Jury Convicts North Minneapolis Gang Member For His Role In Violent Drug Trafficking Conspiracy
    United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the conviction of HAKEEM MALIK DONTAE FLAX, a/k/a “Keem,” 32, for crimes related to violent gang activity, including conspiracy, distribution of heroin, and firearms violations. FLAX was found guilty following a four-day trial before Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright in U.S. District Court in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Prior to trial, FLAX pleaded guilty to one count of felon in possession of ammunition. Co-defendants DOMONICK DESHAY WRIGHT, BRIAN FUNTANOUS MACK, and JAMES LAVELL BROWN each pleaded guilty to count of conspiracy to possess a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. “This conviction signifies the aggressive stance my office is taking against gun and gang violence under the Project Safe Neighborhood crime reduction strategy,” said U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald. “We are committed to the work of ensuring safe neighborhoods and communities for all Minnesotans.” “These individuals were engaged in gang warfare that resulted in shootings deaths of gang members on both sides of the conflict,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Calhoun-Lopez. “Their actions posed a clear and present danger to Minneapolis communities through dangerous drug trafficking and public shootings. This conviction is a victory for North Minneapolis.” “Hakeem Flax and his associates caused a significant amount of violence in furtherance of their drug distribution activities,” said ATF Assistant Special Agent in Charge Kirk Howard. “Getting this group off the streets is a huge win for North Minneapolis, which has been plagued by violence. There is more work to be done there, but this ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2019-02-14
    2 months ago
  • Brooklyn Park Tax Preparer Known As “Papa Eric” Charged With Tax Fraud
    United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced a federal indictment charging ERIC WILLOR, 69, with 15 counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of a false tax return. WILLOR will make his initial appearance in United States District Court at a later date. According to the indictment, WILLOR, also known as “Papa Eric,” ran a tax preparation business called Willor’s Tax Preparation and Planning out of his home in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. WILLOR regularly prepared and filed tax returns using false and fraudulent itemized deductions in order to fraudulently obtain large tax refunds to which his clients were not entitled. Specifically, WILLOR regularly prepared and filed returns falsely claiming that his clients had significant tax-deductible charitable contributions, medical expenses, and educational expenses. In reality, WILLOR knew that these claimed deductions were fraudulent. Between 2012 and 2017, WILLOR prepared and filed approximately 100 fraudulent tax returns that fraudulently claimed a total of approximately $316,000 in tax refunds to which his clients were not entitled. This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joseph H. Thompson. Defendant Information:                                                                                                                      ERIC WILLOR, 69 Brooklyn Park, Minn. Charges: Aiding and assisting in the preparation of a false tax return, 15 counts    ### Additional news available on our website.Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.United States Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota: (612) 664-5600   The charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2019-02-13
    2 months ago
  • Burnsville Man Pleads Guilty To Violent Kidnapping
    United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the guilty plea of DONTAY LAVARICE REESE, 37, for kidnapping. REESE entered his guilty plea yesterday afternoon before Judge Patrick J. Schiltz in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota.   According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, in the early morning hours of August 6, 2017, REESE met the victim, T.M., in downtown Minneapolis. REESE offered T.M. a ride home; however, instead of driving her home, he drove in the wrong direction into Wisconsin. The defendant told the victim that he was going to take her “several states away” and use her to make money as a prostitute. The victim attempted to escape multiple times - each time she was captured and violently restrained by REESE. A family witnessed one of the escape attempts and called 911. After the 911 call, Wisconsin State Patrol found the victim running out of a wooded area, with her wrists bound together, and screaming for help. REESE came out of the same wooded area shortly after, fully naked and attempted to cross the interstate on foot. He was taken into custody. “The victim endured a terrifying experience, and has shown incredible courage throughout this process. Because of her courage a violent offender is no longer in our community,” said United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald.    "Thoughts today are with the victim in this case who courageously helped put her assailant in prison for many years,” said Jill Sanborn, Special Agent in Charge of ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2019-02-13
    2 months ago
  • Former Grain Elevator Manager Pleads Guilty To Mail Fraud And Tax Evasion
    United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the guilty plea of JEROME ROBERT HENNESSEY, 56, to one count of mail fraud and one count of tax evasion. HENNESSEY, who was charged via felony information on December 18, 2018, entered his guilty plea earlier today before Chief Judge John R. Tunheim in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota. According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, from 2003 through September 2018, HENNESSEY, the former manager of Ashby Farmers’ Co-Operative Elevator Company (“the Co-op”), was responsible for overseeing the day-to-day activities of the Co-op, controlling the bank accounts and obtaining loans for the business. Using his position and his control over the Co-op’s bank accounts, HENNESSEY wrote checks to himself and to third parties for, among other things, renovations and improvements to his residence and a cabin, the purchase of real estate, the purchase of all-terrain vehicles, outstanding credit card balances, property taxes, expensive hunting trips, and taxidermy services. According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, HENNESSEY attempted to disguise the payments by writing descriptions on the carbon copies of the checks falsely indicating that the checks were for the purchase of corn and soybeans or other operating expenses and supplies. HENNESSEY then provided the carbon copies to the Co-op’s bookkeeper, thus ensuring that the Co-op’s accounting records would give the false impression that the funds HENNESSEY had taken had been used for legitimate purposes. In order to make sure that the Co-op had ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2019-02-13
    2 months ago
  • Activities Of The U.S. Attorney’s Office During The Lapse In Appropriations
    Throughout the recent 35-day lapse in appropriations, press releases for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota were very limited as required by Department of Justice rules. However, during any lapse in Congressional appropriations, the Department of Justice’s essential public safety and national security missions continue unabated. As a result, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and federal investigative agencies continued to work full-time alongside their state, local, and tribal partners on all criminal cases and prosecutions. Highlighted below are convictions and sentencings that occurred between December 22, 2018 and January 25, 2019. On January 2, 2019, MICHAEL SCOTT HANUMAN, 27, pleaded guilty before Judge Ann D. Montgomery in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of the drug-trafficking crime. HANUMAN is scheduled to be sentenced on May 14, 2019. This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office, and the Dakota County Drug Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Bejar is prosecuting the case. On January 8, 2019, PRESLEY AARON PELTIER, 22, pleaded guilty to stealing four firearms from a federally licensed firearms dealer. PELTIER entered his guilty plea before Senior Judge Michael J. Davis in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Lakeville Police Department. Assistant U.S. ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2019-02-10
    2 months ago
  • Owner Of Illegal Massage Parlor Found Guilty Of Sex Trafficking
    United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the conviction of OMAR KASHAKA TAYLOR a/k/a “Shaka,” 44, for sex trafficking two victims, including one minor victim. Following a seven-day trial before Senior Judge Donovan W. Frank in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota, the jury found TAYLOR guilty on all counts. “Sex trafficking is an abhorrent crime that will not be tolerated in our communities,” said United States Attorney Erica MacDonald. “Omar Taylor targeted young, Native American women and girls and coerced them into performing commercial sex acts during massages for his own financial benefit.  I commend the work of the investigators and the prosecutors in obtaining justice for the victims.” Assistant U.S. Attorney Manda Sertich said the convictions “should serve as a warning to those who seek to traffic and exploit vulnerable Native American girls and women.” As proven at trial, from August 2017 through March 2018, TAYLOR, a registered sex offender, operated an illegal massage business out of his Minneapolis residence. TAYLOR recruited several young women and girls to work in his illicit massage business and then, through force, fraud, and coercion, made them perform commercial sex acts in exchange for money for his own financial benefit. TAYLOR used Backpage.com to solicit prospective clients by posting advertisements with photos of the victims, offering massage services that would include sex acts. This case is the result of an investigation conducted by Homeland Security Investigations, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Minnesota Human Trafficking Investigators Task Force, and ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2019-02-05
    3 months ago
  • Columbia Heights Restaurant Owner Sentenced To 42 Months In Prison For Visa Fraud And Harboring An Illegal Worker
    United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencing of PISANU SUKHTIPYAROGE, a/k/a “Pat,” 72, owner of the Royal Orchid Restaurant, to 42 months in prison for visa fraud and alien harboring. The sentence was handed down by U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright in St. Paul, Minnesota. “This defendant not only violated our immigration laws, he exploited a young, vulnerable victim for his own financial and sexual benefit,” said Assistant United States Attorney Laura M. Provinzino. “While nothing can make the victim truly whole, the prison sentence - which was above the guideline range for his crimes - and restitution ordered by the Court represent a just outcome. Our hope is that this brave, resilient victim can finally move forward.” “This individual used his knowledge of our laws to fraudulently bring the victim to our country on smoke and mirror promises of the American Dream,” said Special Agent in Charge Tracy J. Cormier, of HSI St. Paul. “Instead he used the victim for sex and forced them to work at his business without pay. HSI is proud of the work accomplished in bringing Sukhtipyaroge to justice.” According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, in July 2015, SUKHTIPYAROGE assisted in the procurement of an F-1 student visa for an individual identified as A.M., a citizen of the Dominican Republic whom the defendant met and befriended. At the time, SUKHTIPYAROGE was very familiar with the F-1 student visa process and knew that an F-1 student visa ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2019-02-05
    3 months ago
  • Convicted Sex Offender Pleads Guilty To Using Snapchat To Produce Child Pornography
    United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the guilty plea of BARTON GEORGE SCOTT, 35, a registered sex offender, for producing child pornography. SCOTT, who was indicted on September 12, 2018, entered his guilty plea earlier today before Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright in U.S. District Court in Saint Paul, Minnesota. According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, between April 30 and August 8, 2017, SCOTT gained unauthorized access to the Snapchat accounts of dozens of victims, including minors between 14-16 years of age. In several cases, SCOTT used threats and extortionate tactics in an attempt to obtain sexually explicit images and videos from the victims. Based on the evidence obtained in this case, authorities believe there may be additional victims of this alleged conduct. Anyone with information about this matter is encouraged to call the FBI at (763) 569-8000. Callers may remain anonymous. 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. Attorney’s 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. This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI, the New Richmond Police Department, the Anne Arundel County Police ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2019-02-05
    3 months ago
  • Orono Man Sentenced to 87 Months Of Prison For Tax Fraud Scheme
    United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencing of SCOTT PHILLIP FLYNN, 57, to 87 months of federal prison. He was also ordered to pay over $5 million in restitution. FLYNN was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Ann D. Montgomery on January 24, 2019, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. On June 4, 2018, FLYNN pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the IRS and one count of tax evasion.   According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, between 2005 and 2015, FLYNN evaded the assessment of millions of dollars in income taxes by fraudulently hiding millions of shares of stock that he obtained for himself.  In 2006 and 2008, FLYNN assisted two privately-held Wisconsin-based companies, Tower Tech Systems, Inc. and Advanced Fiberglass Technologies, in becoming publicly traded through stock-for-stock “reverse merger” transactions. As compensation for FLYNN’S work, millions of shares of publicly-traded stock in the resulting public companies were transferred to “Integritas, Inc.” and “Diversified Equities Partners,” both of which were  controlled by FLYNN. FLYNN, who exercised control over the stock, which had considerable value, was required to, but did not, report the receipt of the shares of stock as income on his individual income tax returns. According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, in order to conceal his control and ownership of the stock, and to evade paying income taxes, FLYNN caused a portion of the stock to be put in the names of Australian nominees recruited by ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2019-02-03
    3 months ago
  • Four Men Convicted In String Of Robberies Of Auto Parts Stores Throughout Twin Cities Metro
    United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the conviction of TONY LENDELL REED, 32, of Memphis, Tennessee, for robbery. Following a five-day trial before U.S. District Judge Joan N. Ericksen, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a federal jury found REED guilty on February 1, 2019, of six counts of interference with commerce by robbery, known as the Hobbs Act. The Hobbs Act prohibits actual or attempted robbery affecting interstate or foreign commerce “in any way or degree.” Co-defendant ORLANDO LORENZO HARRIS, 36, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, pleaded guilty on March 22, 2018, to two counts of Hobbs Act robbery. Co-defendant DERF REGLAN RAHINE REED, 46, of Chicago, Illinois, pleaded guilty on November 13, 2018, to one count of Hobbs Act robbery. Co-defendant TYRELL DANDRE CAMPBELL, 24, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, pleaded guilty on November 27, 2018, to one count of Hobbs Act robbery. As proven at trial and in documents filed in court, on six separate occasions, REED and his co-defendants robbed auto parts stores throughout the Twin Cities metro region. During each of the robberies, the defendants displayed what appeared to the victims to be a gun, threatened the victims, and demanded money. REED and his co-defendants also restrained the employees of the stores they robbed, using zip ties to bind the victims’ wrists and ankles.   United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald thanked the Minneapolis Division, Chicago Division, and Memphis Division of the FBI, the Minneapolis Police Department, the Crystal Police Department, the Columbia Heights Police Department, the White Bear Lake Police ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2019-02-03
    3 months ago
  • Two Illinois Men Plead Guilty To Bombing Of Islamic Center
    Michael McWhorter, 29, and Joe Morris, 23, both of Clarence, Illinois, pleaded guilty today to multiple charges including federal civil rights charges in United States District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota. United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota Erica H. MacDonald; United States Attorney for the Central District of Illinois John C. Milhiser; Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Eric S. Dreiband; and Jill Sanborn, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Minneapolis Division, announced today’s guilty pleas. “The defendants engaged in a violent multi-state crime spree that terrorized communities, including members of the Dar al-Farooq Islamic Center in Minnesota. The defendants’ criminal acts are reprehensible and antithetical to our values as a nation. Every individual has the fundamental right to live life free from the threat of violence and discrimination, no matter who they are, what they believe, or where they worship,” said United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald. “The dedication and collaboration of our law enforcement partners across several jurisdictions to bring these defendants to justice is a powerful example of our unwavering devotion to seek justice for all victims, and to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law any individual or group that seeks to threaten another’s civil rights through the commission of such vile hate crimes.” "We will continue to work with our federal and state partners to identify and prosecute dangerous and radical groups that choose to terrorize our communities,” said United States Attorney John C. Milhiser. "All people are entitled to live ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2019-01-23
    3 months ago
  • Wayzata Man Sentenced For Role In Stock Manipulation Scheme
    United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencing of DOUGLAS VAUGHN HOSKINS, 50, to 24 months of federal prison. HOSKINS was sentenced earlier today by Judge Patrick J. Schiltz in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A federal jury convicted HOSKINS and RYAN RANDALL GILBERTSON, 42, of multiple counts of wire fraud, securities fraud, and conspiracy to commit securities fraud, on June 26, 2018, following an 11-day jury trial before Judge Schiltz. GILBERTSON who was the founder of Dakota Plains Holdings, Inc., (“Dakota Plains”) was sentenced on December 11, 2018, to 144 months of federal prison. Dakota Plains was a privately held company based in Wayzata, Minnesota that owned and operated a transloading facility in New Town, North Dakota. As proven in court, as part of the fraud scheme, GILBERTSON caused Dakota Plains to go public via a reverse merger with a company called Malibu Club Tan, which was a publicly traded shell company. GILBERTSON made it a secret condition of the reverse merger that HOSKINS, his friend and polo coach, be able to purchase the majority of the “float” of freely trading shares, which were the only shares that could trade publicly following the reverse merger. GILBERTSON then gave $30,000 to HOSKINS, who was deeply in debt and owed money to the IRS and other creditors, in order to purchase 50,000 shares of Dakota Plains stock at a price of $0.50 per share on March 23, 2012, the morning of the reverse merger. On the first day ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2018-12-20
    4 months ago
  • Wabasha County Brothers Charged With Robbery
    Erica H. MacDonald today announced the unsealing of a federal indictment charging LENNIE DWAYNE BROOKS, 33, RANDY LORENZO BROOKS, 23, and AUTUMN MARIE NICHOLS, 20, each with one count of robbery. [1]   As alleged in the indictment, LENNIE BROOKS, RANDY BROOKS, and NICHOLS stole approximately $50,000 in cash belonging to the Shaung Hur Asian Markets and as a result, caused the death of a robbery victim. ATF and local law enforcement executed federal search warrants the morning of December 20, 2018. All three defendants are in custody and are scheduled to make their initial appearances today at 2:00 p.m. before Magistrate Judge Becky R. Thorson in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota. The defendants are charged with violating the Hobbs Act. The Hobbs Act prohibits actual or attempted robbery affecting interstate or foreign commerce “in any way or degree.” This case is the result of a multi-jurisdictional investigation conducted by ATF, Eden Prairie Police Department, Steele County Sheriff’s Office, Woodbury Police Department, Cottage Grove Police Department, St. Paul Police Department, Minneapolis Police Department, Winona Police Department, Wabasha Police Department, Prior Lake Police Department, Southeast Minnesota Violent Crime Enforcement Team, St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office, Wabasha County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Olmstead County Sheriff’s Office, and the Winona County Sheriff’s Office. This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, an initiative that brings together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer for everyone. Assistant United States ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2018-12-20
    4 months ago
  • Former Controller Of Saint Paul Town And Country Club Sentenced To 42 Months Of Prison For Embezzlement Scheme
    JULIE ANN LEE, 53, former controller of the Town & Country Club, was sentenced today to 42 months of federal prison for operating a million dollar embezzlement scheme. LEE, who pleaded guilty on April 4, 2018, was sentenced by Senior Judge Donovan W. Frank in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota. “For more than eight years, Ms. Lee used her position to embezzle more than a million dollars from Town and Country. She took elaborate steps to hide her deception from her employer, her colleagues and the club’s members who entrusted her with the club’s finances, said United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald. “Today’s sentence highlights the seriousness of financial crimes.” According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, from 2008 through December 2016, LEE was the controller of the Town & Country Club (“TCC”) in St. Paul, Minnesota. In her role, LEE was responsible for managing TCC’s finances and had authority to sign and issue checks on behalf of TCC as well as signing authority on TCC’s bank accounts, including a line of credit TCC had with Alliance Bank. LEE used her position as controller to devise a scheme to embezzle more than $1 million from TCC over the course of eight years. As part of her embezzlement scheme, LEE fraudulently issued herself more than 50 checks totaling approximately $163,357 directly from TCC’s bank accounts. LEE also stole approximately $250,000 in cash from TCC, which she deposited into her personal bank account. LEE also made ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2018-12-19
    4 months ago
  • Four Defendants Sentenced For Roles In Fraud Scheme Against Starkey Laboratories
    United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencings of W. Jeffery Taylor, 57, Scott A. Nelson, 60, and Jeffery Longtain, 59, for their roles in the fraud scheme perpetrated against Starkey Laboratories, Inc. (Starkey) and its principal owner William F. Austin. Taylor was sentenced to 18 months of prison, Nelson was sentenced to 24 months of prison, and Longtain was sentenced to one year of probation. The defendants were sentenced today in United States District Court by Chief Judge John R. Tunheim. Jerome Ruzicka, 62, was sentenced on December 19, 2018 to 84 months of federal prison, by Chief Judge Tunheim.    “The sentencings today are a testament to the remarkable skill, dedication, and professionalism of our law enforcement partners,” said United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald. “I am thankful for their unrelenting pursuit of justice during this investigation and trial.” Taylor was convicted on March 3, 2018, following a nearly 8-week trial presided over by Chief Judge John R. Tunheim. Longtain pleaded guilty on April 20, 2017, to a criminal information charging him with one count of making and subscribing a false return. Nelson pleaded guilty on December 19, 2017, to a criminal information charging him with one count of conspiracy. This case was the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI, Criminal Investigation Division of the IRS, and the United States Postal Inspection Service. Assistant United States Attorneys Benjamin Langner and Surya Saxena, and former Assistant United States Attorney Lola Velazquez-Aguilu prosecuted the case. Defendant ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2018-12-19
    4 months ago
  • Former Starkey President Sentenced In Massive Fraud Scheme Perpetrated Against Starkey Laboratories
    Jerome Ruzicka, 62, was sentenced today in United States District Court in Minneapolis by Chief Judge John R. Tunheim to 84 months of federal prison. Ruzicka and co-defendant W. Jeffery Taylor, 57, were convicted on March 3, 2018, of charges related to stealing more than $15 million from the Eden Prairie-based Starkey Laboratories, Inc. (Starkey) and its principal owner William F. Austin, as well as one of Starkey’s suppliers, Sonion. Chief Judge John R. Tunheim presided over the trial, which lasted nearly eight weeks, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Taylor and defendants, Jeffery Longtain, 59, and Scott A. Nelson, 60, will be sentenced on December 20, 2018, by Chief Judge John Tunheim for their roles in the fraud scheme. Longtain pleaded guilty on April 20, 2017, to a criminal information charging him with one count of making and subscribing a false return. Nelson pleaded guilty on December 19, 2017, to a criminal information charging him with one count of conspiracy. United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald, announcing the sentencing, said, “The defendant served as the President of Starkey Laboratories and had the confidence and trust of the company’s owner and its employees. Mr. Ruzicka abused that trust when he stole millions of dollars through a brash and complex fraud scheme. The sentence imposed today marks the end to a long and meticulous investigation and trial.”   "It is unfortunate that Ruzicka misused his position of trust over a period of years to steal millions from a company that does so much to give ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2018-12-18
    4 months ago
  • Otter Tail Country Violent Felon Charged With Illegal Possession Of A Firearm
    United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced a federal indictment charging ANTHONY DALE RANDKLEV, 39, with illegally possessing a firearm. RANDKLEV has been previously convicted of multiple violent offenses, including assault, drug, and kidnapping convictions, which prohibit him, under federal law, from owning or possessing a firearm. According to the indictment, on or about July 22, 2018, the defendant possessed a Remington model 870 12-gauge shotgun. If convicted of the federal charge, RANDKLEV faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison. RANDKLEV is also indicted in Otter Tail County District Court on three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, as well as one count each of kidnapping, first-degree burglary, false imprisonment, felon in possession of a firearm, and fleeing a police officer. He is currently in custody in the Otter Tail County Jail. This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the ATF, the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and the Otter Tail County Attorney’s Office. This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), an initiative that brings together federal, state, and local law enforcement to combat violent crime. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph H. Thompson is prosecuting the case. Defendant Information: Anthony Dale Randklev, 39 Pelican Rapids, Minn. Charges: Felon in Possession of a Firearm, 1 count ### Additional news available on our website. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. United States Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota: (612) 664-5600   The charges contained ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2018-12-18
    4 months ago
  • Telemarketing Scammer Charged With Multiple Counts Of Mail and Wire Fraud
    United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced a federal indictment charging WAYNE ROBERT DAHL, JR., 50, with four counts of mail fraud and four counts of wire fraud. DAHL will make his initial appearance in U.S. District Court at a later date. According to the indictment, DAHL owned “Your Magazine Service, Inc.” a fraudulent telemarketing company that operated a call center in Chaska, Minnesota. DAHL devised a scheme to trick mostly elderly customers into signing up for costly magazine subscriptions using false representations and fraudulent sales tactics. From 2009 through 2016, DAHL fraudulently obtained more than $10 million from 13,000 victims across the United States. According to the indictment, DAHL purchased lists of consumers who had active magazine subscriptions through other companies. DAHL directed his employees to call these consumers and falsely claim they were calling to offer the consumers a $150 reduction on their existing account balance. In reality, as DAHL knew, the consumers did not have an existing magazine subscription with his company. During the calls, DAHL directed his employees to obtain consumers’ credit card information by falsely claiming that the company was conducting a survey on credit card and banking usage. DAHL then directed his employees to use this information to trick consumers into signing up for expensive magazine subscription packages that they did not want nor realize they were purchasing. These new subscription packages resulted in DAHL’s company billing his victim-consumers 20 monthly payments of $49.90, for a total cost of $998.   This case is ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2018-12-18
    4 months ago
  • Registered Sex Offender Sentenced To 17 Years In Prison For Child Pornography
    United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencing of BRIAN ALAN KAELBLE, 33, to 212 months in federal prison for receipt of child pornography. KAEBLE, who has two prior convictions in the States of Missouri and Kansas for crimes related to child pornography, pleaded guilty on August 14, 2018, to a criminal information. He was sentenced December 12, 2018, by Chief Judge John R. Tunheim in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota. According to KAELBLE’s guilty plea, on November 3, 2017, law enforcement officers executed a federal search warrant at KAELBLE’s residence in Brooklyn Center. KAELBLE admitted to the officers that he was downloading child pornography, both at home and while at work. KAELBLE worked delivering pizzas. Officers seized electronics from the residence. More than 85,000 files containing child pornography were found during a forensic review of the electronics seized from KAELBLE’s bedroom, many of the files contained pornography depicting  very young children. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Carol M. Kayser. Ms. Kayser observed that Mr. Kaelble was a “purposeful” and “prolific” collector of child pornography. “The Court’s sentence of 212 months ensures that Mr. Kealble will not be able to hurt children for a very long time,” said Assistant United States Attorney Carol M. Kayser. United States Attorney Erica MacDonald thanks the FBI and the Minneapolis Police Department for their work in the investigation. Defendant Information: BRIAN ALAN KAELBLE, 33 Brooklyn Center, MN Convicted: Receipt of Child Pornography, 1 count Sentenced: 212 months ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2018-12-16
    4 months ago
  • Red Lake Man Pleads Guilty To Murder
    United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the guilty plea of MICHAEL WAYNE WHITEFEATHER, 18, to murder in the second degree. WHITEFEATHER entered his guilty plea today before Judge Susan Richard Nelson in United States District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota. According to the defendant’s guilty plea, during the early morning hours of April 28, 2018, the defendant was traveling in a car on the Red Lake Indian Reservation and saw Anthony Allen Wells and another male walking in a parking lot near the Red Lake Skate Park. WHITEFEATHER admitted to getting out of the car with a shotgun and chasing after the victim and the other male. WHITEFEATHER eventually caught up to the victim and shot him in the face, which resulted in the victim’s death.   This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Red Lake Department of Public Safety, the FBI Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force, the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force, the Bemidji Police Department, the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office, and United States Customs and Border Protection. This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, an initiative that brings together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer for everyone. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Deidre Y. Aanstad. Defendant Information:                                                                                                                      MICHAEL WAYNE WHITEFEATHER, 18 Red Lake, Minn. Convicted: Murder in the second degree, 1 count ### Additional news available on our website. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2018-12-16
    4 months ago
  • Oklee Man Sentenced To Five Years In Federal Prison For Possessing Unregistered Pipe Bombs
    United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencing of ERIC JAMES REINBOLD, 41, to five years in federal prison for illegally possessing unregistered pipe bombs. REINBOLD was convicted on July 20, 2018, following a three-day trial before Chief Judge John R. Tunheim in U.S. District Court in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. “The defendant possessed multiple pipe bombs and other items that presented a potentially dangerous situation for the Red Lake County community,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Allyn. “It is because of a courageous decision made by relatives of the defendant to report the pipe bombs, that the community is safe.”   "Those engaged in building illegal improvised explosive devices are a threat to the community, therefore, this sentence is well deserved," said ATF Special Agent in Charge Kurt Thielhorn of the St. Paul Field Division. "We are grateful that a member of the community came forward and provided information regarding a public safety risk. We are thankful for, and appreciative of, the partnerships we have with local authorities who were an important part of this case." As proven at trial, on October 22, 2017, law enforcement responded to a report of possible pipe bombs and bomb making materials on hunting land in Oklee, Minnesota. Specifically, they found a plastic tote containing pipe bombs, jugs of gunpowder, fuses, and other bomb making material as well as a receipt for the fuses containing REINBOLD’S name and address. As proven at trial, on November 2, 2017, law enforcement executed a search warrant ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2018-12-13
    4 months ago
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office And FBI To Host Community Meeting To Discuss Hate Crimes In The Wake Of The Tragic Events In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald and Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Minneapolis Division Jill Sanborn will convene a community meeting in response to the tragic shooting that took place this past week at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Leaders of the interfaith community, representatives of houses of worship, and other community stakeholders are encouraged to attend to discuss federal hate crimes laws, identifying and reporting hate crimes, and best practices for creating safe and secure houses of worship. The meeting will take place on Monday, November 5, 2018, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Dakota County Western Service Center in Apple Valley, Minnesota. For more information, please email [email protected] “Here in Minnesota and across the nation, we stand united against the violent and hateful events that have recently taken place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Jeffersontown, Kentucky. These attacks are reprehensible and antithetical to our values as a nation,” said U.S. Attorney MacDonald. “The safety and security of all Minnesotans is my highest priority and these events serve as a solemn reminder that law enforcement and community leaders must remain vigilant in our shared work of building public safety awareness around the issue of hate crimes. As U.S. Attorney, I will not tolerate hateful acts from any individual or group that seeks to threaten another’s civil rights.” “The attacks in Pittsburgh show that evil does exist, but we can find hope in the response and solidarity of an entire nation, which mourns the senseless and tragic ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2018-10-30
    6 months ago
  • Twin Cities Construction Company Owner Sentenced To 49 Months In Prison For Defrauding Investors Out Of $880,000
    United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald announced the sentencing of JESSE WELLS HAUG, 33, to 49 months in prison for defrauding real estate investors out of $880,000. HAUG, who pleaded guilty on June 4, 2018, to one count of wire fraud, was sentenced yesterday before Chief Judge John R. Tunheim in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota. According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, HAUG is the owner of a Twin Cities-based construction company called 7-10 Services, LLC. Beginning in 2015 and continuing through the end of 2016, HAUG executed a scheme to defraud investors by falsely representing to them that he would use their money to purchase and renovate residential real estate, and, in exchange, he would share the profits when the properties were re-sold, or “flipped.” According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, during the course of the scheme, HAUG obtained $880,000 from two victim-investors to purchase and renovate residential properties located throughout the Twin Cities. During the course of HAUG’S interactions with the victims, HAUG provided them with false documentation showing how the investment money was purportedly being used, false information about upcoming real estate closings and re-sales of properties HAUG claimed to have flipped, as well as fictional documents showing “returns” from the so-called investment properties. In reality, HAUG spent the investment money on personal expenses, including credit card bills, and never purchased or sold any of the properties. This case was the result of an investigation conducted ... read more
    Source: DOJ – MinnesotaPublished on 2018-10-24
    6 months ago