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  • Lawrence Keefe Takes the Oath of Office as United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida
    TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – This afternoon, U.S. Attorney Lawrence Keefe took the oath of office in an official investiture ceremony, joined by staff from the U.S. Attorney’s Office; federal, state, and local law enforcement agency heads; Congress members; Judiciary members; Florida cabinet members; city and county government members; distinguished guests; and family. The Honorable Mark E. Walker, Chief United States District Judge, presided over the ceremony.  Three of U.S. Attorney Keefe’s longtime friends, mentors, and colleagues participated in the ceremony.  U.S. Attorney Keefe met Phillip S. Dingle, who gave the invocation, and J. Rex Farrior III, who led the Pledge of Allegiance, in law school at the University of Florida.  Benjamin H. Hill III, who hired U.S. Attorney Keefe after graduation at his Tampa-based law firm, gave the keynote address. U.S. Attorney Keefe gave a special message to each group present at the investiture about his core beliefs of hard work, integrity, and treating everyone with respect, no matter their station in life.  He quoted from Sir Winston Churchill: “To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents.  What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.”  The full text of U.S. Attorney Keefe’s remarks as drafted are attached, as well as a photo and copy of the program. As the 41st U.S. ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2019-04-11
    1 week ago
  • Mobile Man Federally Indicted for Cyber Intrusion and Theft of Trade Secrets from Pensacola Company
    PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Timothy J. Smith, 42, of Mobile, Alabama, was arraigned today in the U.S. District Court in Pensacola after a federal grand jury returned an indictment, unsealed today, charging him with computer fraud, theft of trade secrets, and interstate threatening communications.  Lawrence Keefe, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, announced the indictment. U.S. Attorney Keefe said: “The U.S. Attorney’s Office takes very seriously cyber intrusions of all kinds, ranging from protecting our national security to the secrets of private industries.  In our increasingly online society, cyber security is vital to all of us as we conduct Internet transactions and conversations so that we can be confident our identities and personal information are protected.” The indictment alleges that Smith was a software engineer in Mobile, Alabama.  StrikeLines, LLC, the alleged victim in the indictment, is a Pensacola based company that uses commercial side scan sonar equipment to locate fishing reefs in the Gulf of Mexico and sells coordinates using an interactive map on their website. Between April and November 2018, Smith allegedly obtained information valued at more than $5,000 from a protected computer without authorization, stole sonar coordinates of reefs in the Gulf of Mexico, and transmitted a threat to injure the property and reputation of StrikeLines.   The maximum penalties are 5 years in prison for computer fraud, 10 years in prison for theft of trade secrets, and 2 years in prison for interstate threatening communications.  The trial is scheduled for May 13, 2019, at 8:30 ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2019-04-08
    2 weeks ago
  • Lawrence Keefe Will Take the Oath of Office as United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida
    TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – U.S. Attorney Lawrence Keefe will take the oath of office, joined by federal, state, and local law enforcement agency heads; Congress members; Judiciary members; Florida cabinet members; city and county government members; distinguished guests; and family.  The Honorable Mark E. Walker, Chief United States District Judge, will preside over the ceremony.  For more information about U.S. Attorney Keefe’s appointment, click here. Event: Investiture Ceremony Date: Friday, April 12, 2019 Event Start Time: 3:00 p.m. EDT(Please arrive at the courthouse no later than 2:30 p.m. to allow time to go through security.) Location: United States Courthouse, Fifth Floor111 North Adams StreetTallahassee, Florida 32301 OPEN PRESS, NO CAMERAS.  As space is limited, guests and media may be seated in the overflow courtroom. NOTE: Media must RSVP and present government-issued photo I.D. and valid media credentials.  Please RSVP to Amy Alexander at [email protected] by Thursday, April 11 at noon if you plan to attend.  Please RSVP with the e-mail addresses of the person(s) attending the event, so that we may reach them directly if details change. U.S. Attorney Keefe will be briefly available for photographs and video following the ceremony in the U.S. Attorney’s suite on the 4th floor.  Please limit questions to those related to the investiture.  Please indicate in your RSVP if you will participate in this media availability. Four-hour metered parking is available on Call Street, Adams Street, and Park Avenue.  Press should allow time to go through an initial security screen on the ground level of ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2019-04-08
    2 weeks ago
  • Former Navy Federal Credit Union Employee Pleads Guilty to Producing and Possessing Child Pornography in Pensacola
    PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Michael Lee DePine, 62, of Pensacola, pleaded guilty today to the production and possession of child pornography.  Based upon his guilty plea, he will be required to register as a sex offender.  Lawrence Keefe, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, announced the guilty plea. In December 2018, law enforcement officers received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that DePine and a local minor female were engaged in illicit sexual communications and activity via Facebook Messenger.  After Homeland Security Investigations and the Pensacola Police Department geo-located DePine’s criminal activity to his Pensacola residence, law enforcement obtained a federal search warrant for the residence. In January 2019, law enforcement searched DePine’s residence.  While searching the residence, DePine was located at his place of employment, Navy Federal Credit Union.  A forensic review of DePine’s seized digital media confirmed that he was in possession of multiple child pornographic images and videos of the minor victim.  DePine produced these images and videos of the minor female in his bedroom at the residence.  The investigation revealed that DePine had been picking the minor female up at her residence in the middle of the night to bring her back to his residence and engage in sexual acts.  DePine also provided the minor female with intimate apparel and electronic funds for her expenses. U.S. Attorney Keefe said: “Tragically, the Internet and social media can allow child predators a gateway to victimize children, the most innocent and vulnerable members ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2019-04-04
    2 weeks ago
  • Law Enforcement Officers Join Students for a Day of Learning
    PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida, the Pensacola Police Department, and West Florida High School will present a BLAST Program event on Wednesday to approximately 50 students. Event: BLAST Program Location:Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center913 South I StreetPensacola, FL 32502 Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 Time: 9:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. CDT 9:15 – 9:45 a.m. Opening Remarks 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Rotating Group Breakouts (40 minutes each) 12:10 – 12:30 p.m. “Returning from Prison” Presentation 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch Press: Please RSVP to Amy Alexander at [email protected] if you plan to attend. The BLAST Program offers students an opportunity to meet representatives of the criminal justice community and ask them questions, share their perceptions of law enforcement, and interact with law enforcement officers in a familiar setting.  Law enforcement officers also provide students with their perspective on responding to dangerous or uncertain circumstances and the importance of remaining calm and following the officers’ directions in these situations. The schedule will include the following discussion sessions, during which students will have a chance to participate in role play with law enforcement officers.  (Students have media permissions.) Criminal Justice Overview: Students will learn about each phase of a federal criminal case, including investigation, prosecution, and sentencing.  This session is open to the media, and videography and photography is permitted. Domestic Violence: Students will participate in a scenario in which law enforcement officers respond to a domestic disturbance.  Discussion includes the challenges ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2019-03-31
    3 weeks ago
  • Tallahassee Music Teacher Sentenced to 240 Months in Prison for Enticing a Minor and Child Pornography Offenses
    TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Nicholas Hughes, 34, of Tallahassee, was sentenced to 240 months in prison today for enticement of a minor, production, and possession of child pornography, after being convicted on January 4 following a two-day trial.  Lawrence Keefe, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, announced the sentence. During the 2016-2017 school year, the mother of a 13-year-old student reported that her child had told her about various sexual encounters with Hughes, a music teacher at Coast Charter School in St. Marks, Florida.  Hughes and the victim communicated through in-person visits, telephone calls, text messages, and social media applications, including sending pornographic pictures.  A forensic review of Hughes’s laptop computer and external hard drive revealed dozens of images and videos of child pornography. U.S. Attorney Keefe said: “Children see their teachers as role models and mentors, and in this tragic case, the defendant took advantage of that trust.  Together with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners, we will pursue child predators and bring them to justice.” “This predator was in a position of trust and abused that trust in the worst way possible,” said HSI Tampa Special Agent in Charge James C. Spero.  “All child exploitation is reprehensible, but this case is even more egregious having been committed by someone trusted by children and parents.” FDLE Tallahassee Regional Operations Center Special Agent in Charge Mark Perez said: “Florida’s families should be able to feel confident that their children are safe at school.  The violation of ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2019-03-28
    3 weeks ago
  • Alachua County Man Sentenced to Prison for Harboring Undocumented Aliens and Evading Workers' Compensation and Payroll Taxes
    GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA – Mac Johnson, 51, of Newberry, Florida, was sentenced late yesterday to one year and a day in prison, after pleading guilty on February 27, 2018, to tax fraud, wire fraud, structuring financial transactions to evade reporting requirements, and harboring undocumented aliens.  As part of Johnson’s plea, he agreed to make restitution to the IRS.  Lawrence Keefe, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, announced the sentence. U.S. Attorney Keefe said: “I commend the vigilance of our federal and state investigative partners and prosecutors in this case for upholding the laws governing American taxes and employment.  Honest individuals and businesses are harmed by these lawbreakers.” “Today’s sentencing should send a tough message to all of those businesses who believe they can gain an unfair advantage by not paying employment taxes … you will pay in the end,” stated Mary Hammond, Special Agent in Charge of the IRS Criminal Investigation, Tampa Field Office.  “The more than $1.7 million in unpaid employment taxes hurt everyone in the community.  By not withholding and paying these taxes, the defendant was able to undercut the competition and make an unfair profit at the expense of the taxpayers.  Our agents will continue to crack down on businesses and individuals who openly disregard this responsibility.” “This case is an example of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) worksite enforcement investigations, which focus on protecting our nation’s critical infrastructures, reducing the demand for illegal employment and protecting employment opportunities for the country's lawful workforce,” said HSI ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2019-03-25
    4 weeks ago
  • Panama City Marriage Fraud Conspirators Plead Guilty and Sentenced
    PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA – Ravi Babu Kolla, 47, an Indian foreign national residing in Panama City, pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiracy to commit marriage and visa fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.  On Tuesday, his co-defendant Krystal Cloud, 40, of Altha, Florida, was sentenced to 24 months in prison for marriage and visa fraud conspiracy after pleading guilty on December 28, 2018.  Lawrence Keefe, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, announced the guilty plea and sentence. Between February 2017 and August 2018, Kolla operated an immigration marriage fraud business in Bay County that recruited U.S. citizens to marry Indian foreign nationals to gain immigration benefits.  The majority of the Indian foreign nationals overstayed their Visas or Student Exchange Visitor Program requirements and were unlawfully residing in the United States.  The investigation identified over 80 fraudulent marriages that were performed in Alabama as part of Kolla’s scheme. Cloud is a U.S. citizen who participated with Kolla in the marriage fraud business.  After entering a fraudulent marriage in October 2017, she began recruiting U.S. citizens to marry Indian foreign nationals.  Cloud directly recruited or participated in the recruitment of 10 or more U.S. citizens from the Panama City area and rural Calhoun and Jackson Counties.  She also helped gather personal information so Kolla could create fraudulent immigration forms in order for the Indian foreign nationals to remain in the United States. Kolla is being detained.  The sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 22, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2019-03-13
    1 month ago
  • Gadsden County Tax Preparer Charged with Wire Fraud, Identity Theft, and Aiding in Preparing False Tax Returns
    TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – John Jean-Gilles, 33, of Midway, was arraigned on Friday, March 8, 2019, in the U.S. District Court in Tallahassee after a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging him with 27 counts of aiding in preparing false tax returns, four counts of wire fraud, and aggravated identify theft.  The indictment was announced by Lawrence Keefe, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. The indictment alleges that Jean-Gilles was the sole managing member and owner of USA Tax and Multi-Services, LLC, a tax preparation business in Tallahassee.  Jean-Gilles caused the preparation of federal income tax returns, which falsely reported the taxpayer’s income, withholding, credits, and the refund due for the tax years 2012-2015.  The indictment also alleges that he used the social security number and preparer tax identification number of another individual without proper authority. The maximum penalty for aiding in preparing false tax returns is three years in prison.  The maximum penalty for wire fraud is 20 years in prison.  Jean-Gilles faces a 2-year mandatory minimum prison sentence for aggravated identity theft consecutive to any other sentence imposed.  The trial is scheduled for April 15, 2019, at 8:15 a.m. at the United States Courthouse in Tallahassee. This case resulted from an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation and the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant United States Attorney Gary Milligan is prosecuting the case. An indictment is merely an allegation by a grand jury that a defendant has committed a violation of federal ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2019-03-11
    1 month ago
  • North Florida Bingo Operators Ordered to Forfeit $5.8 Million Due to Illegal Gambling Operation
    ENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Striking a blow against illegal gambling operators who profit behind a facade of good causes, U.S. Attorney Lawrence Keefe for the Northern District of Florida today announced that the owners/operators of Racetrack Bingo in Fort Walton Beach have been ordered to forfeit $5,813,584 to the United States.  In February 2018, a federal jury convicted Larry L. Masino, 68, of Gulf Breeze, and Dixie L. Masino, 66, of Pensacola, of operating an illegal gambling business and money laundering charges. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alicia H. Forbes prosecuted the Masinos after a joint investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Internal Revenue Service—Criminal Investigation, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. U.S. Attorney Keefe issued this statement: “The investigation and prosecution of financial crimes joins the criminal and civil enforcement resources of federal agencies, regulatory authorities, inspectors general, and state and local law enforcement.  This multimillion-dollar forfeiture order delivers a powerful message to law breakers who would try to reap millions destined for legitimate charitable organizations.  Thanks to the outstanding work of AUSA Forbes and her investigative team, these criminals will pay for their misdeeds.” FDLE Pensacola Special Agent in Charge Jack Massey offered additional perspective. “I appreciate the work of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, our agents, and law enforcement partners ensuring our local charities have the resources they earned to address the needs of our community,” he said. Rather than returning all proceeds from bingo games to players in the form of prizes, as required ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2019-03-10
    1 month ago
  • Former Credit Union Lending Director Charged with Bank Fraud, Aggravated Identity Theft, and Filing False Tax Returns
    TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Kevin Robert Lee, 35, of Tallahassee, Florida, was arraigned on Friday in the U.S. District Court in Tallahassee after a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging him with twenty counts of bank fraud, aggravated identity theft, theft from a lending institution, and three counts of filing a false tax return.  The indictment was announced by Lawrence Keefe, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. The indictment alleges that Lee was the lending director of FSU Credit Union (FSUCU), a Tallahassee-based credit union, a position that allowed him to open new customer accounts and approve lines of credit.  The indictment also alleges that Lee served as treasurer of the Tallahassee Chapter of Credit Unions (TCCU), a non-profit organization that advocates pro-credit union legislation. The indictment further alleges that, between June 2014 and November 2017, Lee fraudulently opened customer accounts at FSUCU using the names, dates of birth, and social security numbers of three individuals without their consent or knowledge, and in doing so, that Lee forged their signatures and fraudulently opened lines of credit for those accounts.  Further, Lee is alleged to have made unauthorized withdrawals and transfers of funds from the accounts of approximately 20 FSUCU customers, which were deposited into the three fraudulently opened accounts.  The indictment also alleges that Lee used the embezzled funds and fraudulently obtained loan proceeds to pay his personal creditors (such as for his home mortgage and credit cards) and to conceal his embezzlement.  In total, Lee allegedly ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2019-03-10
    1 month ago
  • U.S. Attorney Keefe Celebrates African-American History Month
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2019-03-03
    2 months ago
  • U.S. Attorney Keefe Celebrates African-American History Month
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2019-03-03
    2 months ago
  • Honduran Man Pleads Guilty to Transporting Local Minor Out of State for Sex
    PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Elvin Castron-Murcia, 20, a Honduran native residing between Louisiana and Tennessee, pleaded guilty today to traveling for illicit sexual conduct and transporting a minor for criminal sexual activity.  The guilty plea was announced by Lawrence Keefe, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. In May 2018, a 12-year-old female, “ENN,” went missing from Navarre after her mother discovered her communicating on Facebook with a 19-year-old male using the name “Elvin C. Murcia.”  Several neighbors had observed a black Honda Civic with Tennessee license tags parked near ENN’s residence in Navarre, Florida.  A search of ENN’s cellular telephone and Instagram social media account revealed images of ENN in a vehicle with a male who appeared to be the same person using Murcia’s Facebook account. The next day, ENN’s mother was able to communicate with ENN via Facebook Messenger, and law enforcement officers determined the cellular telephone used for the conversation was located in Tennessee.  A state trooper soon observed the black Honda Civic with Tennessee tags and stopped the vehicle in Alabama.  ENN was identified as the vehicle passenger, and Murcia, who was using a license issued in a stolen identity, was later identified as the driver.  Images and videos on Murcia’s phone located after a forensic examination confirmed that Murcia and ENN were in an online relationship that began when ENN was just 11-years-old.  Law enforcement officers were able to obtain pharmacy video in Tennessee depicting Murcia purchasing birth control with ENN the day before ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2019-02-27
    2 months ago
  • Alleged MS-13 Gang Member Arrested in Pensacola
    PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – David Ernesto Nolasco Soriano, 31, of El Salvador, made a first appearance and had a detention hearing on Friday, February 22, 2019, in Pensacola in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida.  United States Attorney Lawrence Keefe of the Northern District of Florida made the announcement. Nolasco Soriano was a fugitive who was located in Pensacola and arrested on February 20 at 3:10 p.m. near the Cordova Mall by the FBI and the Pensacola Police Department.  Nolasco Soriano was working in Pensacola and Destin and has a Pensacola mailing address.  United States Magistrate Judge Charles J. Kahn Jr. detained Nolasco Soriano and ordered the U.S. Marshals to transport him back to Maryland to await trial.  Assistant United States Attorney and Border Security Coordinator James M. Ustynoski handled the detention hearing in the Northern District of Florida.  U.S. Attorney Keefe said: “This case is an example of law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces throughout the nation working together to dismantle dangerous gangs.  My office is committed to pursuing a safer North Florida, Maryland, and all communities in between.” Assistant United States Attorney Kenneth S. Clark in the District of Maryland is prosecuting the case.  The District of Maryland charged Nolasco Soriano with: Conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise; Conspiracy to murder, maim, assault with a dangerous weapon, and assault resulting in serious bodily injury in aid of racketeering; and Attempted murder, maiming, and assault with a dangerous weapon resulting ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2019-02-24
    2 months ago
  • U.S. Attorney Keefe Thanks Northwest Florida's Law Enforcement for Safeguarding Pensacon
    PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Lawrence Keefe, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, recognized the brave women and men in Northwest Florida’s law enforcement community today for working diligently through the weekend to keep the Pensacon event safe for all participants.  This statement is issued after a cyber threat was made to the event just prior to its opening day. Founded in 2013, Pensacon was held this year from February 22-24 primarily at the Pensacola Bay Center and hosted more than 30,000 participants. U.S. Attorney Keefe said: “Protecting our communities from cyber threats of fraud or violence requires constant vigilance, and much of the work takes place behind the scenes.  I am grateful for the Pensacola Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, as well as staff in my own office for safeguarding this event.” Pensacola Police Chief Lyter said, “I am thankful for the great working relationship we have with our federal and state law enforcement partners and the Bay Center staff.  These partnerships helped ensure that the citizens and guests attending the Pensacon event remained safe during the entire weekend.” “FDLE’s Pensacola Regional Office is committed to preventing and solving crime and creating a sense of community awareness in our beautiful region,” said Jack Massey, Special Agent in Charge.  “We appreciated the opportunity to work with our partners to make sure all visitors as well as the community were safe while they enjoyed Pensacon.” In the U.S. ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2019-02-24
    2 months ago
  • 12 Aliens Indicted for Illegally Reentering the United States
    PANAMA CITY & PENSACOLA – Lawrence Keefe, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, announced today that 12 previously deported aliens have been indicted separately by a federal grand jury for illegal reentry into the United States. U.S. Attorney Keefe said: “Enforcing immigration laws is a priority of the Department of Justice, along with protecting all members of our community.  Although our office regularly charges illegal reentry cases, the cases below represent an unprecedented number of illegal reentry cases charged in our district at a particular time during the past five years.  The Northern District of Florida, along with our law enforcement partners and U.S. Attorneys Offices throughout the country, are committed to upholding our federal immigration laws to ensure that only those entering our country through a lawful process are allowed access.” Yony Javier Barraona Lopez, 25, of Honduras, allegedly reentered the United States illegally in December 2018, after being deported in 2011, 2013, and 2015.  He was located in Crestview. Erick Geovanni Carrillo-Franco, 46, of Guatemala, allegedly reentered the United States illegally in January 2019, after being deported in 2014.  He was located in Pensacola. Freddy David Chavez-Lopez, 31, of Guatemala, allegedly reentered the United States illegally in January 2019, after being deported in 2006 and 2010.  He was located in DeFuniak Springs. Juan Alejandro Cortes-Sabillon, 47, of Honduras, allegedly reentered the United States illegally in January 2019, after being deported in 2004 and 2005.  He was located in Panama City. Javier Gonzalez-Valdivia, 56, of Mexico, ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2019-02-21
    2 months ago
  • Michigan Sex Offender Pleads Guilty to Traveling to Destin to Have Sex with a Minor
    PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Ronald Roscoe, 56, of Traverse City, Michigan, pleaded guilty yesterday to attempted enticement of a minor, travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, and transporting material involving sexual exploitation of minors.  The guilty plea was announced by Lawrence Keefe, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. In September 2018, an undercover investigator began chatting online to identify individuals interested in exploiting children.  An individual, later identified as Roscoe, sent a private message via the social media platform KIK to the investigator, who was posing as a 12-year-old girl.  Over the next month, Roscoe discussed sexual activity with the investigator posing as the girl and the possibility of meeting her in person. During the week of October 15, 2018, Roscoe informed the investigator posing as the girl that he had purchased a plane ticket to fly from Michigan to Florida to engage in sexual contact with her over the weekend.  Law enforcement located a hotel in Destin where Roscoe had reserved a room.  Roscoe was arrested at the airport, and his cellular telephone contained child pornography, including children under age 12. Roscoe faces the following potential penalties: Attempted enticement of a minor: a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life; Travel to engage in sex with a minor: due to a prior sex offense conviction, a maximum of 60 years in prison; and Transporting material involving sexual exploitation of minors: due to a prior sex offense conviction, a minimum of 15 years ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2019-02-19
    2 months ago
  • Pensacola Registered Sex Offender Sentenced to 12.5 Years in Prison for Possession of Child Pornography
    PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Christopher M. Arguelles, 34, of Pensacola, was sentenced to 12.5 years in prison today and a lifetime of supervised release as a federal sex offender.  On November 15, 2018, Arguelles pleaded guilty to possession and access with intent to view child pornography.  The sentence was announced by Lawrence Keefe, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. In February 2018, while a telecommunications provider was assisting Arguelles with his slow running cellular telephone, the provider observed a large amount of pornography on the phone, including a folder titled “underage.”  Several days later, Arguelles, a sex offender, was arrested for failure to register a change in his residence, and his cellular telephone was seized.  A forensic review of the device revealed images and videos of child pornography both on the phone and on the memory card.  Examples of subfolder titles were “Sammy 14 yo,” “15yo Jen,” and “14 year old Erin.”  Some of the child pornography involved females under age 12.  Arguelles also maintained a cloud storage account with similar illicit materials. U.S. Attorney Keefe said: “I am proud that prosecutors, law enforcement professionals, and North Floridians are all working together to bring child predators to justice and protect the most innocent members of our communities from exploitation.” “This case highlights the value of vigilance by members of the community, who come forward and work with law enforcement when they see something wrong,” said Charles P. Spencer, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Jacksonville Division.  “The ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2019-02-12
    2 months ago
  • Pensacola Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison for a Drug Conspiracy
    PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Antoine Devon Wilson, 35, of Pensacola, Florida, was sentenced today to serve 15 years in federal prison after pleading guilty on November 29, 2018, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute over 5 kilograms of cocaine.  The sentence was announced by Lawrence Keefe, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. In July 2018, agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration seized 23 kilograms of cocaine that were being delivered to Wilson in Pensacola.  Wilson was subsequently arrested.  Following Wilson’s arrest, search warrants were obtained authorizing the search of his cellular telephones seized from him.  Evidence on one or more of Wilson’s cellular telephones confirmed that Wilson had ordered the 23 kilograms of cocaine and was expecting them to be delivered to a location in Pensacola. The case resulted from the investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, the Pensacola Police Department, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office, the Gulf Breeze Police Department, and the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.  It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney J. Ryan Love. The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Florida is one of 94 offices that serve as the nation’s principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General.  To access public court documents online, please visit the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida website.  For more information about the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Florida, visit http://www.justice.gov/usao/fln/index.html. ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2019-02-12
    2 months ago
  • Former Government Contracting Officer Representative Sentenced to 60 Months in Prison for Conspiracy and Bribery
    PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Jerry T. Vertefeuille, 54, of Niceville, was sentenced today to 60 months in prison.  Co-defendant Christopher A. Carter, 37, of Fort Walton Beach, is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday, February 15, at 11:00 a.m. CST.  The sentence was announced by Lawrence Keefe, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. On July 11, 2018, Vertefeuille pleaded guilty to conspiracy (to commit theft of honest services and wire fraud), bribery of a public official, and obtaining and disclosing procurement information. Vertefeuille was a federal government contracting officer representative for the 96 Test Wing Maintenance Group (96 MXG) at Eglin Air Force Base.  His duties included overseeing maintenance work and initially approving purchases and invoices. In 2007, Vertefeuille helped Carter, as the owner of TCC Services, Unlimited, LLC, win a paint booth maintenance contract, as well as multiple contract renewals.  Vertefeuille received kickbacks in exchange for approving Carter’s fraudulent invoices and recommending the renewal of TCC’s contract.  U.S. Attorney Keefe said: “Public corruption is an attack on the rule of law, which is the mission of the Department of Justice and the cornerstone of American government.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office, along with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, is committed to upholding the public’s faith in honest services and enforcing high ethical standards.” “Corruption in the government procurement process damages the public trust and ultimately degrades the warfighting mission of the Department of Defense,” commented Special Agent in Charge John F. Khin, DCIS, Southeast Field Office.  ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2019-02-11
    2 months ago
  • U.S. Attorney Keefe Announces New Management Team for the Northern District of Florida
    TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Lawrence Keefe, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, announced today that he has installed a new management team to assist him in fulfilling his pledge to work with the women and men of our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners in the pursuit of justice for the people of North Florida and the nation. Jeffrey Tharp will serve as the First Assistant to the U.S. Attorney.  David Goldberg was appointed Senior Litigation Counsel.  Nancy Hess will serve as Criminal Chief, Kathryn Drey as Civil Chief, Karen Rhew-Miller as Appellate Chief, and Eric Mountin as Deputy Criminal Chief.  This group brings a wealth of experience, skill, and knowledge to the management team and looks forward to serving law enforcement and the citizens of North Florida under U.S. Attorney Keefe’s guidance. The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Florida is one of 94 offices that serve as the nation’s principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General.  To access public court documents online, please visit the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida website.  For more information about the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Florida, visit http://www.justice.gov/usao/fln/index.html. ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2019-02-03
    3 months ago
  • Lawrence Keefe Sworn in as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida
    TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Lawrence “Larry” Keefe, of Shalimar, Florida, took the oath of office this morning from Chief District Judge Mark E. Walker to become the 41st U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.  Mr. Keefe was nominated by President Donald Trump on August 16, 2018, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on January 2, 2019.  Mr. Keefe succeeds Christopher P. Canova, who has served as U.S. Attorney for the district since September 4, 2015, when U.S. Attorney Pamela Cothran Marsh resigned. U.S. Attorney Keefe said: “It is a privilege to serve as the United States Attorney, and I am deeply grateful to President Trump, Senator Rubio, Senator Nelson, and to all those who supported my nomination and confirmation.  I look forward to working with the dedicated public servants in the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the brave women and men of our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners in the pursuit of justice for the people of North Florida and the nation.  I took an oath today to uphold the Constitution of the United States, and I will do that with every bit of energy, intelligence, and commitment that I can muster.” As U.S. Attorney, Mr. Keefe is the top-ranking federal law enforcement official in the Northern District of Florida, which includes Florida’s 23 panhandle counties, from Escambia in the west to Alachua in the east.  The district has offices in Pensacola, Panama City, Tallahassee, and Gainesville.  The office is responsible for prosecuting federal crimes in the district, ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2019-01-08
    3 months ago
  • Year in Review: 2018 Project Safe Neighborhoods Prosecutions
    TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – As 2018 has drawn to a close, Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, reviews the district’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) cases. Project Safe Neighborhoods is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders, and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime. U.S. Attorney Canova said: “We are committed to pursuing public safety in the Northern District of Florida through prosecutions of violent criminals, and collaborations with the community and other law enforcement agencies.  We will also continue public outreach through programs such as BLAST, which encourages students to build positive relationships with law enforcement officers.  As evidenced by the long list of law enforcement partners who investigated PSN cases, it takes a team approach to fight violent crime and make our neighborhoods safe places to live, work, and go to school.” The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida has developed a Project Safe Neighborhoods public service announcement that we encourage you to watch and share: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9vgkiijXGw. The following are highlights of PSN cases: In February 2018, Savario Beshawn Champion, 30, a Pensacola convicted felon, was ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2019-01-02
    4 months ago
  • Local Military Member Pleads Guilty in International Cocaine Importation Conspiracy
    PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Daniel J. Gould, 36, of Crestview, pleaded guilty yesterday to two drug trafficking conspiracy counts involving 5 kilograms or more of cocaine.  The guilty plea was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. Between January and August 2018 in the Northern District of Florida and in the country of Colombia, Daniel Gould of the United States Army conspired to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, knowing it would be unlawfully imported into the United States.  He also conspired to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine. In August 2018, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) received information that Gould had attempted to import 40 kilograms of cocaine onto a military transport flight in Colombia with a final destination of the Northern District of Florida.  Suspicion was aroused at the United States Embassy when packages were x-rayed, revealing cocaine within gutted out punching bags.  On August 13, 2018, when the cocaine was seized at the embassy, Gould had already returned home and was awaiting its arrival. The conspiracy began in early 2018 when Gould and his co-defendants conspired to import 10 kilograms of cocaine into the United States.  Gould’s co-defendant traveled to Colombia with U.S. currency to use as payment.  Another co-defendant confirmed he could acquire cocaine for $1,800-$1,900 per kilogram.  Gould placed the cocaine in a gutted punching bag and had the package transported to Bogota to be placed on a United States military ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2018-12-20
    4 months ago
  • Former Arts Center Director Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Wire and Tax Fraud
    PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA – Vicki Dyer Middlemas, 49, of Panama City, was sentenced Thursday in the U.S. District Court in Tallahassee to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to wire and tax fraud on August 2.  She was ordered to pay $44,696.00 in restitution.  The sentence was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. Between May 2010 and May 2015, Middlemas used her position as Executive Director of the Visual Arts Center of Northwest Florida (“the VAC”) in Panama City to fraudulently obtain money by writing herself checks on the VAC bank account and by making unauthorized charges for personal expenses on the VAC debit card.  Middlemas falsified invoices and VAC records to conceal her thefts and underreported her income and tax owed. Middlemas’s personal, unauthorized expenditures from the VAC account included: a custom painting of her daughter; designer handbags, a dress, a trench coat, and other clothing; perfumes; air travel tickets to Las Vegas; a down payment on annual Walt Disney World park passes for Middlemas and her three daughters; Alys Beach vacation home rentals on two occasions; tattoos; rugs; and payment of 27 cellular phone bills for her family. The tax investigation revealed that the Forms 1040 and 1040X Middlemas filed for the years 2012 through 2015, grossly underreported the income Middlemas earned and embezzled from the VAC. This case resulted from an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service—Criminal Investigation, the Panama City Police Department, and the IRS Emerald Coast ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2018-12-20
    4 months ago
  • Man Sentenced to 120 Months in Prison for Attempted Enticement of a Minor
    PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Glenn Varrin, 56, of Syracuse, New York, was sentenced to 120 months in prison today for attempted enticement of a minor after pleading guilty on August 15.  The sentence was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. In March 2018, an undercover investigator began chatting online to identify individuals interested in exploiting children.  Varrin sent a message to the investigator, who was posing as a 14-year-old female.  Over the next two months via e-mail and later by text message, Varrin discussed engaging in sexual intercourse with the investigator posing as the 14-year-old female.  In May 2018, Varrin traveled to Fort Walton Beach for the purposes of engaging in sexual intercourse with an individual he believed was a 14-year-old child.  Varrin arranged to meet the investigator posing as the 14-year-old female at a gas station, and he was arrested when he arrived there. U.S. Attorney Canova said: “Protecting children from exploitation is a top priority of my office and the Department of Justice.  I commend the hard work of our prosecutors and law enforcement professionals who protect our communities and bring child predators to justice.” “The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and HSI special agents, working together, were able to identify and arrest this predator who traveled to our local area from out of state in order to have sex with a female minor,” said HSI Tampa Special Agent in Charge James C. Spero.  “This case is an example of the strong ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2018-12-16
    4 months ago
  • Tallahassee City Commissioner and Political Consultant Charged in Racketeering Conspiracy
    TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Tallahassee City Commissioner Scott Charles Maddox, 50, and Tallahassee political consultant Janice Paige Carter-Smith, 53, both of Tallahassee, have been indicted in a forty-four count indictment for conspiring to operate a racketeering enterprise that engaged in acts of bank fraud, extortion, honest services fraud, and bribery.  Maddox and Carter-Smith are also charged with substantive counts of bank fraud, false statements to financial institutions, extortion, honest services fraud, use of interstate facilities in furtherance of bribery, false statements to federal officers, conspiracy to interfere with the lawful function of the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”), and filing false tax returns. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Attorney for the United States Karen Rhew-Miller of the Northern District of Florida Acting Under Authority Conferred by 28 U.S.C. § 515, Special Agent in Charge Charles Spencer of the FBI’s Jacksonville Field Office, and Special Agent in Charge Mary Hammond of the IRS – Criminal Investigation Tampa Field Office made the announcement. The initial appearance is scheduled for today, Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. EST at the United States Courthouse in Tallahassee in the Magistrate Judge’s Courtroom on the main floor.  The trial date will be determined at this hearing. Maddox and Carter-Smith allegedly conspired to operate two companies, Governance, Inc., and Governance Services, LLC, as one entity they referred to as “Governance.”  Per the indictment, Governance was part of a racketeering enterprise that extorted money and accepted bribes from Governance clients under color ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2018-12-11
    4 months ago
  • Biodiesel Facility Officer Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Federal Grant Fraud Conspiracy
    TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Lee John Maher, 60, of Orlando, Florida, was sentenced to 30 months in prison today, after being convicted on December 18, 2017, of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and of retaining and concealing federal funds, knowing that they were wrongly taken.  The sentence was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. On December 19, 2017, co-defendant Larry Kenneth Long, 76, of Simpsonville, South Carolina, was sentenced to 12 months in prison for mail fraud conspiracy.  Long pleaded guilty on June 7, 2016. Maher and Long were officers of Clean Fuel Lakeland, which operated a biodiesel facility in Lakeland, Florida, in 2009 and 2010.  When federal money became available for energy initiatives under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the men applied for a $2,480,000 grant from the United States Department of Energy through the Florida Governor’s Energy Office.  The Act was designed to encourage new energy investment by reimbursing grantees for monies invested in energy businesses. Maher and Long fraudulently obtained funds under the grant by falsely claiming that Clean Fuel had spent $2,480,000 to buy and install a generator to run the biodiesel plant.  As proof that the generator had been purchased, Maher and Long submitted eight bogus bank checks to the Governor’s Energy Office, reflecting generator payments that had never actually been made.  Based upon their submissions, $2,232,000 in grant funds were disbursed to the Clean Fuel bank account in December 2010.  Immediately, the grant funds ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2018-11-29
    5 months ago
  • Tallahassee Man Sentenced to 180 Months for Production of Child Pornography
    TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Milton Sumrell, 43, of Tallahassee, was sentenced today in the U.S. District Court in Tallahassee to 180 months after pleading guilty on August 23, 2018, to production of child pornography.  The sentence was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. In late January 2018, A.F., a 16-year-old girl from Trumann, Arkansas, was reported missing from her home.  Law enforcement officers recovered a computer A.F. used at her school and identified multiple sexually explicit online chats between A.F. and individuals believed to be adult males.  One of the accounts with whom A.F. had been chatting through the Google messenger application, Google Hangouts, was subscribed to Sumrell.  During conversations between A.F. and Sumrell in late October 2017, the two discussed A.F. leaving her home to live with Sumrell.  Law enforcement officers visited Sumrell’s residence in an attempt to locate A.F, who was not present there but was later found.  Agents seized Sumrell’s laptop computer and cellular telephone, which had images of child pornography.  His Google account also contained videos of child pornography. U.S. Attorney Canova said, “Tragically, child predators use the Internet to reach their vulnerable victims.  Nothing is more important than protecting children from exploitation.” “This predator’s criminal acts will have life-long effects on a child, and now he is being held accountable,” said HSI Tampa Special Agent in Charge James C. Spero.  “This case also highlights the importance of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies working together to make ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2018-11-28
    5 months ago
  • Miami Gardens Couple Each Sentenced to 188 Months in Prison for Illegally Distributing Hydromorphone and Oxycodone in North Florida
    PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Abbisina Hepburn, 39, and Damian Hepburn, 41, both of Miami Gardens, were each sentenced to 188 months in prison today, after pleading guilty on August 10.  The sentences were announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. The Hepburns, along with co-conspirators Joseph Owusu, 63, of Tampa, and Angela Denise Clark, 48, of Sebring, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute hydromorphone (Dilaudid) and oxycodone.  Additionally, the Hepburns pleaded guilty to substantive counts of illegal distribution of hydromorphone. On November 14, Owusu was sentenced to 135 months in prison.  During the course of his guilty plea on August 17, Owusu acknowledged that he dispensed the drugs in violation of federal law.  He agreed to voluntarily surrender his Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) registration (license) to the DEA, and his pharmacist license and the Jares Pharmacy license to the State of Florida. Clark pleaded guilty on October 22 and is scheduled to be sentenced on January 3, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at the U.S. Courthouse in Pensacola. Beginning in or about October 2015, Abbisina Hepburn and Damian Hepburn began presenting fraudulent prescriptions for hydromorphone and oxycodone to Owusu at Jares Pharmacy in Sebring, Florida.  Later, in December 2016, Clark, a licensed pharmacy technician at Jares Pharmacy, became involved in the drug conspiracy. The prescriptions presented were allegedly issued by a Hialeah doctor of osteopathy, to individuals other than Abbisina and Damian Hepburn.  Owusu owned Jares Pharmacy, and was ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2018-11-27
    5 months ago
  • South Florida Pharmacy Owner Sentenced to 135 Months in Prison for Conspiracy to Illegally Distribute Hydromorphone and Oxycodone in North Florida
    PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Joseph Owusu, 63, of Tampa, was sentenced November 14 to 135 months in prison after pleading guilty on August 17.  The sentence was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. Co-conspirators Abbisina Hepburn, 39, and Damian Hepburn, 41, both of Miami Gardens, pleaded guilty on August 10.  Co-conspirator Angela Denise Clark, 48, of Sebring, Florida, was charged in the Hepburn superseding indictment and pleaded guilty on October 22, 2018.  All four defendants pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute hydromorphone (Dilaudid) and oxycodone.  Additionally, the Hepburns pleaded guilty to substantive counts of illegal distribution of hydromorphone.  As a part of his guilty plea, Owusu agreed to voluntarily surrender his Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) registration (license) to the DEA, and his pharmacist license and the Jares Pharmacy license to the State of Florida. The Hepburns are scheduled to be sentenced on November 28, 2018, beginning at 10:30 a.m., and Clark is scheduled to be sentenced on January 3, 2019, at 10:30 a.m.  All sentencing hearings will take place at the U.S. Courthouse in Pensacola. Beginning in or about October 2015, Abbisina Hepburn and Damian Hepburn began presenting fraudulent prescriptions for hydromorphone and oxycodone to Owusu at Jares Pharmacy, which was located in Sebring, Florida.  Later, in December 2016, Clark, a licensed pharmacy technician at Jares Pharmacy, became involved in the drug conspiracy. The prescriptions presented were allegedly issued by a Hialeah doctor of osteopathy, to individuals ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2018-11-15
    5 months ago
  • Pensacola Registered Sex Offender Guilty of New Child Pornography Charges
    PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Christopher M. Arguelles, 34, of Pensacola, pleaded guilty today in the U.S. District Court in Pensacola to possession and access with intent to view child pornography.  The guilty plea was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. In February 2018, while a telecommunications provider was assisting Arguelles with his slow running cellular telephone, they observed a large amount of pornography on the phone, including a folder titled “underage.”  Several days later, Arguelles, a sex offender, was arrested for failure to register a change in his residence, and his cellular telephone was seized.  A forensic review of the device revealed images and videos of child pornography both on the phone and on the memory card.  Examples of subfolder titles were “Sammy 14 yo,” “15yo Jen,” and “14 year old Erin.”  Some of the child pornography involved females under age 12.  Arguelles also maintained a cloud storage account with similar illicit materials. For possession and access with intent to view child pornography, Arguelles faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years and a maximum of 20 years in prison.  The sentencing hearing is scheduled for January 25, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. at the U.S. Courthouse in Pensacola. The case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, the State Attorney’s Office – First Judicial Circuit, and the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  The case is being prosecuted by ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2018-11-14
    5 months ago
  • Northern Floridians May Report 2018 Election Violations to U.S. Attorney's Office
    TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – United States Attorney Christopher P. Canova will lead the efforts of the United States Attorney's Office, Northern District of Florida, in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming November 6, 2018, general election.  As District Election Officer, United States Attorney Canova is responsible for overseeing the District’s handling of complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses, in consultation with Justice Department Headquarters in Washington. To respond to complaints of election fraud or voting rights abuses on November 6, 2018, and to ensure that such complaints are directed to the appropriate authorities, United States Attorney Canova will be on duty as District Election Officer in the Northern District of Florida while the polls are open.  He can be reached at 850-942-8430. In addition, the FBI will have special agents available in each field office and resident agency throughout the country to receive allegations of election fraud and other election abuses on election day.  The local FBI field office can be reached at 904-248-7000. Complaints about possible violations of the federal voting rights laws can be made directly to the Civil Rights Division’s Voting Section in Washington, DC by phone at 1-800-253-3931 or 202-307-2767, by fax at 202-307-3961, by e-mail at [email protected], or by complaint form at http://www.justice.gov/crt/complaint/votintake/index.php. United States Attorney Christopher P. Canova said, “The freedom to exercise the right to vote is the cornerstone of American democracy.  Ensuring free and fair elections depends in large part on the cooperation of the ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2018-11-01
    6 months ago
  • U.S. Attorney Canova Encourages North Floridians to Report Disaster Fraud
    TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – In the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida encourages Floridians to be mindful of the potential for fraud in disaster situations and report it to the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF). The Department of Justice established the NCDF in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, when billions of dollars in federal disaster relief poured into the Gulf Coast region, which opened opportunities for criminals to exploit people during vulnerable times.  The NCDF, a national coordinating agency within the Department’s Criminal Division, operates a call center at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and serves as a centralized clearinghouse for disaster fraud complaints and information relating to both natural and man-made disasters.  The NCDF seeks to improve and further the detection, prevention, investigation, and prosecution of fraud related to natural and man-made disasters, and to advocate for victims of such fraud.  More than 20 federal, state, and local agencies participate in the NCDF, which allows them to forward on complaints to the appropriate agency for investigation. Contact the National Disaster Fraud Hotline toll free by phone at (866) 720-5721, by fax at (225) 334-4707, or by e-mail at [email protected].  The telephone line is staffed by live operators 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Learn more about the NCDF at www.justice.gov/disaster-fraud. Christopher P. Canova, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, said: “Fraudsters will use every available opportunity, including the chaos and suffering caused by disasters, for their ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2018-10-22
    6 months ago
  • U.S. Attorney Canova Encourages North Floridians to Report Disaster Fraud
    TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – In the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida encourages Floridians to be mindful of the potential for fraud in disaster situations and report it to the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF). The Department of Justice established the NCDF in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, when billions of dollars in federal disaster relief poured into the Gulf Coast region, which opened opportunities for criminals to exploit people during vulnerable times.  The NCDF, a national coordinating agency within the Department’s Criminal Division, operates a call center at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and serves as a centralized clearinghouse for disaster fraud complaints and information relating to both natural and man-made disasters.  The NCDF seeks to improve and further the detection, prevention, investigation, and prosecution of fraud related to natural and man-made disasters, and to advocate for victims of such fraud.  More than 20 federal, state, and local agencies participate in the NCDF, which allows them to forward on complaints to the appropriate agency for investigation. Contact the National Disaster Fraud Hotline toll free by phone at (866) 720-5721, by fax at (225) 334-4707, or by e-mail at [email protected].  The telephone line is staffed by live operators 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Learn more about the NCDF at www.justice.gov/disaster-fraud. Christopher P. Canova, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, said: “Fraudsters will use every available opportunity, including the chaos and suffering caused by disasters, for their ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2018-10-22
    6 months ago
  • U.S. Attorney Canova Announces 2018 Highlights of Project Safe Neighborhoods to Promote Safe Communities in Northern Florida
    TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – One year ago, the Department of Justice announced the revitalization and enhancement of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), which Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made the centerpiece of the Department’s violent crime reduction strategy.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, federal, state and local law enforcement are collaborating to identify the most violent criminals and the most violent areas within our communities and are using all their collective resources to make our neighborhoods safer. As part of this strategy, PSN also partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime. Throughout the past year, we have partnered with all levels of law enforcement, local organizations, and members of the community to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. U.S. Attorney Canova said: “We are committed to pursuing public safety in the Northern District of Florida through prosecutions of violent criminals, collaborations with other law enforcement agencies and the community, and outreach, such as the BLAST Program, which encourages students to build positive relationships with local law enforcement officers and become law-abiding citizens.” “Project Safe Neighborhoods is a proven program with demonstrated results,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said.  “We know that the most effective strategy to reduce violent crime is based on sound policing policies that have proven effective over many years, which includes being targeted and responsive to community needs.  I have empowered our United States Attorneys to focus enforcement efforts against ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2018-10-04
    7 months ago
  • Boca Raton Man Charged with Wire and Mail Fraud
    TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Joseph Sides, 24, of Boca Raton, Florida, was arraigned yesterday in the U.S. District Court in Tallahassee after a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging him with mail fraud conspiracy, 8 counts of wire fraud, and 4 counts of mail fraud.  The indictment was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. The indictment alleges that, between March 2016 and June 2018, Sides created approximately 501 Amazon accounts using false names, multiple e-mail addresses, and altered shipping addresses to place approximately 1227 orders.  Sides allegedly obtained $229,391.42 in merchandise, replacements, and refunds by falsely claiming the merchandise had not been delivered or was damaged.  According to the indictment, Sides sold the Amazon merchandise using online retail services, such as eBay, Craigslist, and Gameflip. The maximum penalty for each of the mail fraud conspiracy, wire fraud, and mail fraud charges is 20 years in prison.  The trial is scheduled for November 13, 2018, at 8:15 a.m. at the United States Courthouse in Tallahassee.  Sides was released pending trial. This case resulted from an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the United States Postal Inspection Service with assistance from Amazon.com.  Assistant United States Attorney Gary Milligan is prosecuting the case. An indictment is merely an allegation by a grand jury that a defendant has committed a violation of federal criminal law and is not evidence of guilt.  All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2018-10-04
    7 months ago
  • Georgia Man Sentenced to 120 Months for Attempted Enticement and Traveling to Have Sex with a Minor
    TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Frantisek Pribyl, 49, of Snellville, Georgia, was sentenced to 120 months in prison today, after being convicted on May 23 of attempted enticement of a minor and travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct.  The sentence was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. In February 2017, undercover investigators conducted “Operation Cupid’s Arrow” to identify individuals seeking to engage in sexual activity with minors.  Pribyl responded to a Craigslist advertisement in which an undercover officer posed as the mother of a 14-year-old girl and then as the daughter.  Over two days, Pribyl continued his conversation with the “girl” via e-mail, discussed sexual activity with her over e-mail and during a controlled telephone call, and traveled more than 250 miles to Tallahassee to meet her to have sex.  Pribyl was arrested after arriving at the designated meeting location. United States Attorney Canova said: “Together with our law enforcement partners, we will continue to investigate and prosecute child predators through online undercover operations to protect innocent children and keep our communities safe.” “Like the other suspects in Operation Cupid’s Arrow, Frantisek Pribyl had a strong desire to have sexual relations with children,” said Tallahassee Special Agent in Charge Mark Perez.  “We will continue to investigate and arrest criminals who want to hurt our children.” “While this predator thought he was going to victimize a young girl, he found law enforcement officers instead,” said HSI Tampa Special Agent in Charge James ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2018-10-04
    7 months ago
  • Bradford County Man Sentenced to 144 Months for Benefitting for Child Sex Trafficking
    GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA – Rajheem Kwamaine Roddey, 24, of Starke, Florida, was sentenced today to 144 months in prison after pleading guilty on June 5, 2018, to benefitting financially from child sex trafficking.  The sentence was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. On November 8, 2017, co-defendant Bailegh Noelle Coleman, 21, of Starke, pled guilty to child sex trafficking and is scheduled to be sentenced on November 26.  On February 20, 2018, co-defendant Laney Ellis, 21, also of Starke, pled guilty to child sex trafficking and is scheduled to be sentenced on October 29. Between April and June 2017, Roddey, Coleman, and Ellis were involved in a scheme to make money using a 14-year-old female to perform sex acts.  Advertisements were created of the victim under the false name “Emily” and then posted on Backpage.com.  The advertisements were posted in a section for “escort services,” when they were actually to offer the victim for commercial sexual activity.  Roddey, Coleman, and Ellis profited from the commercial sexual activity. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, which includes the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and the Gainesville Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Frank Williams prosecuted the case. The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Florida is one of 94 offices that serve as the nation’s principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General.  To access ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2018-09-25
    7 months ago
  • Pensacola Tax Preparer Sentenced to 41 Months in Prison for Preparing False Tax Returns
    PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Benell English, 57, of Pensacola, was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison Wednesday and ordered to pay $182,877 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service after having been found guilty on May 23 of preparing false tax returns.  The sentence was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. English, the tax return preparer at Select Tax Service on E Street in Pensacola, prepared and filed false tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service between 2013 and 2017 by fraudulently increasing or decreasing taxpayers’ income to maximize refunds.  A jury convicted English of 18 counts of preparing false tax returns in May. This case resulted from an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation and the Social Security Administration-Office of Inspector General.  Assistant United States Attorney Alicia H. Forbes prosecuted the case. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida is one of 94 offices that serve as the nation’s principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General.  To access public court documents online, please visit the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida website.  For more information about the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Florida, visit http://www.justice.gov/usao/fln/index.html. ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2018-09-13
    7 months ago
  • Santa Rosa County Inmate Sentenced to 8 Years in Federal Prison for Anthrax Threat to Judge
    PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Craig T. Pope, 30, was sentenced to 8 years in federal prison today, consecutive to a state sentence currently being served, after pleading guilty June 7 to mailing threatening communications and threatened use of a weapon of mass destruction.  The sentence was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. In April and May 2017, Pope, while serving a state prison sentence for crimes out of Hillsborough County, sent two threatening letters from the Santa Rosa Correctional Institution to a Hillsborough County judge who presided over his plea and/or post conviction matters. The first letter stated: “You have exactly 48 hours to get me back in court or someone in your courtroom will die and not only that, there will be an outbreak of anthrax in your courthouse who knows where I will send it first . . . time is ticking.” The second letter stated: “here is a gift of Anthrax and when you receive this letter you will have exactly 4 hours before the courthouse explodes.  The bomb is already in place, your security is no match to my brotherhood.  Today you will understand that America will never be as powerful as my ISIS Family.”  The letter contained a white powder, which triggered the Tampa Fire Rescue Hazardous Materials Response Team to respond to the courthouse and secure the evidence and potential weapon of mass destruction.  Testing eventually provided a negative response for a biothreat, but all security protocols ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2018-09-10
    7 months ago
  • Pensacola Sex Offender Sentenced to 40 Years for Receipt of Child Pornography
    PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – John William Hall, 61, a registered sex offender residing in Pensacola, was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison yesterday, after pleading guilty on February 22, to receipt of child pornography.  The sentence was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. In 2017, Homeland Security Investigations interviewed a teenage girl whose image had appeared in child pornography recovered in Canada.  The girl identified herself in the pornographic pictures and told investigators they were taken when she was around 13 or 14 years old.  She said some of the photographs had been taken at Hall’s residence in Pensacola. In June 2017, law enforcement officers seized Hall’s computers and cellular telephones.  A review of Hall’s computer revealed numerous images of child pornography, including pornographic images of children under the age of 12.  The investigation showed that Hall had also searched for child pornography on a Russian website known for the distribution of child pornography. U.S. Attorney Canova said: “Thanks to the hard work of our law enforcement partners and prosecutors, this predator will never be able to hurt another child.  This 40-year sentence should serve as a warning to those who would victimize vulnerable children.” “Justice was served in this case, as this predator received what is essentially a life sentence in prison for his crimes against children,” said HSI Tampa Special Agent in Charge James C. Spero. The case was investigated by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2018-09-10
    7 months ago
  • Alachua County Man Sentenced to 327 Months in Prison for Sex Trafficking by Force, Fraud, and Cooercion
    GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA – Arthur Larange Lee Jr., 35, of Gainesville, Florida, was sentenced yesterday in the U.S. District Court in Gainesville to 327 months in prison for sex trafficking of an adult, and 60 months each for two counts of use of interstate commerce to commit prostitution.  Each count is to be served concurrently.  Lee was convicted following a jury trial on February 7, 2018.  The sentence was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. Lee abducted a young woman from the parking lot of a Gainesville church where she was attending a Narcotics Anonymous meeting.  After taking the victim’s phone, he ordered her to drive to a nearby hotel where he took photographs of her for use in a Backpage.com advertisement.  Lee told the victim he would “break her in,” after which he raped her, burned her, and committed other acts of violence against her.  Lee then fed the victim small amounts of cocaine and instructed her that she had to pay off her “debt.”  Over the span of two days, Lee forced and coerced the victim to engage in sexual acts with numerous “johns.” He kept all the money derived from the sex acts that took place at local hotels and private residences.  While at one hotel, the victim texted a “john” who agreed to help her escape by picking her up outside the hotel.  The victim then fled with Lee’s phone and called law enforcement officers.  Responding officers were able ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2018-08-27
    8 months ago
  • South Florida Pharmacy Owner and Miami Gardens Couple Pleaded Guilty to Conspiracy to Illegally Distribute Hydromorphone and Oxycodone in North Florida
    PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Joseph Owusu, 63, of Tampa, Abbisina Hepburn, 39, and Damian Hepburn, 41, both of Miami Gardens, pleaded guilty on August 17 and August 10, respectively, to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute hydromorphone (Dilaudid) and oxycodone.  Additionally, the Hepburns pleaded guilty to substantive counts of illegal distribution of hydromorphone.  The guilty pleas were announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. Beginning in or about October 2015, Abbisina Hepburn and Damian Hepburn began presenting fraudulent prescriptions for hydromorphone and oxycodone to Owusu and an employee at Jares Pharmacy, which was located in Sebring, Florida.  The prescriptions presented were allegedly issued by a Hialeah doctor of osteopathy, to individuals other than Abbisina and Damian Hepburn.  Owusu owned Jares Pharmacy, and was also the licensed pharmacist at Jares Pharmacy.  Owusu and a Jares pharmacy employee charged the Hepburns $9.00 per tablet.  After receiving the hydromorphone and oxycodone pills, the Hepburns traveled to the Northern District of Florida and elsewhere to sell the pills to third parties for a profit.  During the course of his guilty plea, Owusu acknowledged that he dispensed the drugs in violation of federal law. For the conspiracy charge, Owusu faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.  The Hepburns face a maximum of 30 years in prison for the conspiracy count and each of the substantive distribution counts due to their prior felony drug convictions.  As a part of his guilty plea, Owusu agreed to voluntarily ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2018-08-22
    8 months ago
  • Northern Florida U.S. Attorney Supports DOJ/DEA Proposal to Reduce Opioid Manufacturing in 2019
    TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida supports the proposal from the Department of Justice and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to reduce controlled substances that may be manufactured in the U.S. next year.  Consistent with President Trump’s “Safe Prescribing Plan” that seeks to “cut nationwide opioid prescription fills by one-third within three years,” the proposal decreases manufacturing quotas for the most six frequently misused opioids for 2019 by an average ten percent as compared to the 2018 amount. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) marks the third straight year of proposed reductions, which help reduce the amount of drugs potentially diverted for trafficking and used to facilitate addiction. Christopher P. Canova, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, said: “Northern Florida communities and our neighbors across the country have suffered from the abuse of these highly addictive drugs, which can quickly destroy lives, families, friends, and careers.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to supporting strategies that fight the epidemic.  Some of these strategies include: limiting the production and prescription of opioids, prosecuting drug trafficking organizations and medical professionals who illegally divert controlled substances, raising public awareness especially among young people, and strengthening law enforcement and public health agency partnerships to use every available resource to monitor and combat the opioid crisis.” On July 11, 2018, the Justice Department announced that DEA was issuing a final rule amending its regulations to improve the agency’s ability to consider the likelihood of whether a drug ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2018-08-20
    8 months ago
  • Tampa Rap Artist Sentenced to 3 Years for Tax Fraud
    TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Torry Williams, 24, of Tampa, who performs as a rap artist under the name “Toon Trill,” was sentenced today to 36 months in federal prison after pleading guilty on March 30, 2018, to theft of government money and aggravated identity theft.  The sentence was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. Between November 2012 and June 2013, Williams, who was a student at Tallahassee Community College, was involved in a scheme to file fraudulent tax returns in the names of others.  The IRS issued approximately $149,847 in refunds based upon these fraudulent returns.  As part of the scheme to illegally obtain tax refunds, Williams used the dates of birth, names, and social security numbers of over fourteen different people.  As part of his sentence, Williams was ordered to pay $149,847 in restitution to the government. This case resulted from an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Michael J. Harwin prosecuted the case. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida is one of 94 offices that serve as the nation’s principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General.  To access public court documents online, please visit the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida website.  For more information about the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Florida, visit http://www.justice.gov/usao/fln/index.html. ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2018-08-16
    8 months ago
  • Three Men Sentenced to Federal Prison for Marijuana Conspiracy and Firearm Offenses
    PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Kenneth R. McLemore, 29, of Destin, Justin G. Reimche, 39, of Lorain, Ohio, and Alex A. Mena, 30, of Stockton, California, were sentenced to federal prison after pleading guilty to drug and firearm offenses.  On June 7, McLemore was sentenced to 106 months in prison.  On July 30, Mena was sentenced to 131 months in prison.  Today, Reimche was sentenced to 120 months in prison.  The sentences were announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. On November 29, 2017, a search warrant was executed at a house in Destin, where McLemore, Reimche, and Mena were residing and out of which they were distributing marijuana.  Law enforcement officers seized firearms, marijuana, packaging material, scales, and over $32,000 in cash.  McLemore, Reimche, and Mena were charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana.  McLemore and Mena were each charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and Mena was charged with possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.  All three defendants pleaded guilty as charged, and all of them had prior felony drug convictions that subjected them to enhanced penalties. “Combatting violent crime is a top priority for my office, the Department of Justice, and our many federal, state, and local law enforcement partners who tirelessly work to keep our communities safe,” said U.S. Attorney Canova. “ATF’s primary focus is protecting the public by reducing violent crime,” said Special Agent in Charge Daryl McCrary.  “ATF continues to aggressively pursue violent ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2018-08-08
    9 months ago
  • Two Pensacola Brothers Each Sentenced to Twenty Years in Federal Prison for Large Drug and Money Laundering Conspiracy
    PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Aaron M. Booker, 27, Joseph F. Booker Jr., 29, and Kaishawndra Lyons, 25, all of Pensacola, and Uy Nguyen, 35, of Vallejo, California, have been sentenced for charges arising from a multi-state drug and money laundering conspiracy.  Joseph Booker was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison on July 31, and Aaron Booker was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison today.  Nguyen was sentenced to 84 months in prison on July 2.  Lyons was sentenced to 4 years in federal prison on July 31.  The sentences were announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. Nguyen and the Booker brothers pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.  All four defendants pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering.  In addition to the money laundering conspiracy, Lyons also pleaded guilty to making false statements to federal agents. Since 2015, federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies have been investigating a multi-state drug trafficking and money laundering organization operating in Pensacola, Northern California, and elsewhere.  The investigation disclosed that between February 2015, and December 2017, Nguyen shipped packages of cocaine and marijuana from California to the Booker brothers in Pensacola.  Nguyen sent his co-conspirators photographs of drug invoices and pictures of packages of cocaine and marijuana that he was shipping from California to Pensacola.  Postal records show that the Booker brothers and Lyons mailed more than two dozen currency-filled packages to Nguyen as payment for the drugs.  During the course of ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2018-08-01
    9 months ago
  • Alachua County Man Sentenced to 360 Months in Prison for Federal Child Pornography and Firearm Charges
    GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA – Joshua Hansen, 35, of Gainesville, Florida, was sentenced on Monday in the U.S. District Court in Gainesville to 360 months in prison for production of child pornography, 240 months for possession of child pornography, and 120 months for possession of an unregistered silencer.  Each count is to be served concurrently.  Hansen pleaded guilty on May 18, 2018.  The sentence was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. In October 2017, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant at Hansen’s residence.  The search warrant authorized the seizure of firearm sound suppression devices and electronic devices used to publish videos relating to Hansen’s manufacturing and test firing of sound suppression devices.  Agents seized an unregistered silencer attached to a .22 caliber rifle.  A forensic examination of Hansen’s electronic devices revealed thousands of images and videos of child pornography, including images of infants and toddlers.  Agents also recovered pornographic videos created by Hansen involving two minor children.  Hansen created the videos over approximately one year, when the victims were between five and eight years of age. U.S. Attorney Canova said, “The cooperative efforts of our law enforcement partners exposed an armed predator and helped protect other children from abuse.  The sentence imposed on Hansen sends a strong message that those who take advantage of our innocent children will pay a steep price.” “We will continue to adapt to and ... read more
    Source: DOJ – North FLPublished on 2018-07-31
    9 months ago