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  • Mobile County Husband and Wife Sentenced for Their Roles in a $255,134.54 Bank Fraud Scheme
    United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Shyria Powell, a 43 year old resident of Mobile, Alabama and her husband, William Powell, Jr., a 46 year old resident of Mobile, Alabama were sentenced to a mandatory two years in prison and one day in prison, respectively, and ordered to pay full restitution totaling $255,134.54. On January 23, 2019, pursuant to separate plea agreements both Shyria Powell and William Powell entered guilty pleas.  Shyria Powell pled guilty to aggravated identity theft and William Powell pled guilty to conspiring to commit bank fraud. They both admitted in open court that from on or about October 2, 2012 to on or about December 23, 2012, Shyria Powell was employed as a bookkeeper by American Sew and Vac.  As the bookkeeper of the company, she had access to the business bank accounts and credit cards with Wells Fargo Bank.  Shyria Powell drafted approximately 281 checks made payable to herself and others from the bank accounts and then forged the signature of the person authorized to issue such checks.  Seven of those checks were made payable to her husband, William Powell, and totaled $4,350.00. William Powell received and cashed those seven checks and used the money for his personal use and enjoyment.  At the time, William Powell received and cashed those checks, he knew he was not entitled to the money and that it was fraudulently obtained.  This was William Powell’s only involvement in Shyria Powell’s fraudulent scheme.  ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2019-04-16
    3 days ago
  • Selma Man Sentenced to Statutory Maximum on Firearms Charge
    United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announces that Jeffrey Bernard Harris, age 40, of Selma, Alabama, was sentenced to the statutory maximum sentence of 120 months this week after earlier pleading guilty to one count charging a violation of 18 USC Section 922(g)(1), Prohibited Person (felon) in Possession of a Firearm.    According to court records, on August 9, 2017, at approximately 4:55p.m., officers of the Selma Police Department responded to Wrenwood Trailer Park near lot #20 in reference to a fight call with one subject armed.  The caller reported that Harris was beating a man with his fist and with a firearm. The assault victim was later a passenger in a vehicle that Harris fired into several times while the vehicle was leaving the trailer park.   When officers arrived at the trailer park, Harris was still there, near the entrance.  Law enforcement interviewed several witnesses who recounted the beating Harris had inflicted, as well as the multiple rounds he fired.  One round struck the victim in the jaw, exiting through his nose. Other rounds fired by Harris struck the front windshield and rear fender of the vehicle the victim was in.  A tenant of the trailer park informed officers that she found a bullet lodged in the wall behind her refrigerator.   The firearm Harris used was a Taurus PT 24/7 Pro .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun.    Prior to August 9, 2017, Harris had been convicted of two counts of Robbery, First Degree and, one count ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2019-04-04
    2 weeks ago
  • Mobile County Woman Sentenced to One Year Probation and Ordered to Pay Restitution After Felony Conviction for Trafficking in Contraband Cigarettes
    United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Shameka Mallory, a 40 year old resident of Mobile, Alabama was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $874.42. On December 19, 2018, Shameka Mallory entered a guilty plea pursuant to a plea agreement and admitted in open court that a cooperating citizen (CI) identified Mallory and her co-defendant, Shahid Abassi, as individuals he illegally sold cigarettes to in the past which allowed them to knowingly evade the taxes due on the cigarettes that was required by the Alabama Department of Revenue.  At that time, Abassi was the owner and operator of “Quick Stop Grocery.” The ATF set up an undercover operation designed to confirm this conduct and to show that it continued.  The ATF agents used the CI to act in an undercover capacity along with an undercover law enforcement officer to sell quantities of contraband cigarettes on numerous occasions to Mallory and Abassi that did not have a visible paid cigarette tax stamp affixed.  Mallory and Abassi bought the contraband cigarettes cheap and then sold them for retail prices to patrons of their store for a profit of much more than they would have received had the cigarettes been purchased lawfully and taxed by the State of Alabama prior to retail sale. From April 13, 2018, through June 6, 2018, the CI sold approximately 520 packs of untaxed Newport cigarettes to Mallory and Abassi for various ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2019-04-02
    2 weeks ago
  • Mobile County Business Man Sentenced to One Year Probation and Ordered to Pay Restitution After Felony Conviction for Trafficking in Contraband Cigarettes
    United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Shahid Abassi, a 42 year old resident of Mobile, Alabama was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $622.17. On December 19, 2018, Shahid Abassi entered a guilty plea pursuant to a plea agreement and admitted in open court that a cooperating citizen (CI) identified co-defendant Shameka Mallory and Abassi as individuals he illegally sold cigarettes to in the past which allowed them to knowingly evade the taxes due on the cigarettes that was required by the Alabama Department of Revenue. At that time, Abassi was the owner and operator of “Quick Stop Grocery.” The ATF set up an undercover operation designed to confirm this conduct and to show that it continues.  The ATF agents used the CI to act in an undercover capacity along with an undercover law enforcement officer to sell quantities of contraband cigarettes on numerous occasions to Mallory and Abassi that did not have a visible paid cigarette tax stamp affixed.  Mallory and Abassi bought the contraband cigarettes cheap and then sold them for retail prices to patrons of the store for a profit of much more than they would have received had the cigarettes been purchased lawfully and taxed by the State of Alabama prior to retail sale. From April 13, 2018, through June 6, 2018, the CI sold 370 packs of untaxed Newport cigarettes to Mallory and Abassi for various amounts of ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2019-04-02
    2 weeks ago
  • Selma Man Sentenced on Federal Firearms Charges
    United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Teanthony Terrell Lewis, 29, of Selma, Alabama, was sentenced today in federal court by United States District Court Judge William H. Steele to a term of 33 months imprisonment for his involvement in the illegal possession of a firearm by his brother, Christopher Reshawn Lewis.  Christopher Lewis remains a fugitive on the underlying federal gun charges.  Teanthony Terrell Lewis pled guilty to concealing and failing to report Christopher Lewis’ illegal possession of a firearm to appropriate authorities in December of 2018.  In federal court in Mobile this morning, Judge Steele ordered that Lewis undergo drug treatment while he is in prison, that that he serve a period of one year on supervised release when he completes his sentence.  During that supervision, he will also be subject to drug testing and treatment.  Judge Steele ordered that Lewis pay a special mandatory assessment of $100 but did not impose a fine.   The case was investigated by the Selma Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  It was prosecuted in the United States Attorney’s Office by Assistant United States Attorney Gloria A. Bedwell. ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2019-04-02
    2 weeks ago
  • Mobile Resident Receives Two Years Imprisonment for Bank Robbery
    United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announces today that United States District Judge William H. Steele sentenced defendant Stephen Allen Mathes, 37, a resident of Mobile, Alabama, to twenty-four months imprisonment for bank robbery. As part of the sentence, the judge ordered that Mathes undergo three years of supervised release after finishing his term of imprisonment, pay a $100 mandatory special assessment, receive drug, alcohol, and mental health treatment as directed by the U.S. Probation Office, and pay restitution totaling $2,400 to the victim financial institution.  According to documents filed with the court as part of his guilty plea, around 10:00am on August 31, 2018, a white male entered BBVA Compass, 6470 US Hwy 90, Spanish Fort, Alabama 36527, a federally insured bank. He was unmasked and gave a bank teller a robbery note that said, “This is a Robbery[.] Place all 50 & 100 Bills in a [sic] envelope [.] No funny money or marked bills & nobody gets hurt!” The teller asked if the male was serious about wanting to rob the bank. He said yes. The teller gave the male $2,400, and the robber left the bank. The suspect robbed the bank by means of intimidation but did not use a weapon. The robbery note was left on the teller’s side of the counter. A Spanish Fort Police Department detective responded to the scene around 10:30am. The bank’s surveillance system captured the robbery, but no outside video of the offense was ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2019-04-01
    3 weeks ago
  • Mobile County Businessman Sentenced to Two Months in Prison and Ordered to Pay Restitution After Felony Conviction for Trafficking Contraband Cigarettes
    United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Thy Touch, a 45 year old resident of Mobile, Alabama was sentenced to two months incarceration followed by two years of supervised release and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $2,285.28 On December 28, 2018, Thy Touch entered a guilty plea pursuant to a plea agreement and admitted in open court that a cooperating citizen (CI) identified Touch as an individual he illegally sold cigarettes to in the past, which allowed Touch to knowingly evade the taxes due on the cigarettes that was required by The State of Alabama Dept. of Revenue. The ATF set up an undercover operation designed to confirm this conduct and to show that it continues. The ATF agents used the CI to act in an undercover capacity along with an undercover law enforcement officer to sell quantities of contraband cigarettes on numerous occasions to Touch that did not have a visible paid cigarette tax stamp affixed. From December 2, 2017 through March 20, 2018, the CI sold 1,359 packs of untaxed Newport and Kool cigarettes to Touch for various amounts of money on six different occasions while Touch simultaneously operated his convenience store called “Pride,” located 1910 St. Stephens Road, Mobile, Alabama.  The amount of cigarettes sold to Touch exceeded 10,000. The tax loss to the State of Alabama is $917.33.  The tax loss to the Internal Revenue Service is $1,367.95.  Officers of the Mobile, Alabama Police Department and ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2019-03-26
    3 weeks ago
  • Baldwin County Woman and Florida Man Sentenced to 30 Years on Child Pornography Charges
    United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announces that Michael Daniel Kirk, age 56, of Lake Mary, Florida, and Jennifer Weekley, age 38, of Bay Minette, Alabama, were sentenced on March 22 after earlier pleading guilty to two counts charging violations of 18 USC Section 2251(a), Production of Child Pornography.    A concerned citizen reported to the Bay Minette Police Department that he had found images on a woman’s phone of her engaging in sexually explicit conduct with a six year old and a three year old.  The investigation revealed that Weekley met Kirk on a dating website for adults, PlentyofFish.com.  They began a sexual relationship until Kirk moved to Sandford, Florida.  Kirk then instructed Weekley to perform sexual acts on the young children and photograph them.  Weekley then transmitted the images of sexual abuse to Kirk.       At sentencing, the United States argued that the defendants had caused serious harm to these young children and recommended a sentence of thirty years.  Judge Kristi DuBose found that because of the nature and seriousness of the crimes, a high sentence was appropriate and  ordered that they each be imprisoned for 30 years. Following their release from prison, Kirk and Weekley will each be supervised by the United States Probation Office for 25 years, and each will be required to register as a sex offender.    This case was investigated by the Bay Minette Police Department, the Baldwin County District Attorney’s Office and the  Federal Bureau of Investigation. ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2019-03-24
    4 weeks ago
  • Mobile County Man Sentenced to 37 Months for Possession of a Firearm After Felony Conviction
    United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Jabrandon S. Lovett, a 28 year old resident of Mobile, Alabama was sentenced to 37 months of incarceration for possession of a Smith & Wesson .38 caliber revolver after a 2013 Burglary 3rd  conviction and a 2010 Robbery  2nd conviction. On November 19, 2018, Lovett entered a guilty plea and admitted in open court that on July 8, 2018, at approximately 9:45pm, Mobile County, AL deputies observed Lovett driving a vehicle that did not display a tag light, so they conducted a traffic stop.  As the deputies approached the vehicle, they smelled marijuana and counted four people in the vehicle. Deputies asked for and received Lovett’s driver’s license. Next, all four vehicle occupants were asked to exit the vehicle and they did. A probable cause search of the vehicle for illegal drugs was conducted and no illegal drugs were found. The passengers then told the deputies that they had smoked marijuana in the vehicle earlier but they no longer possessed any marijuana. During the search, deputies found and opened a canvas strap bag that was around Lovett’s neck when the vehicle was stopped, but that Lovett removed and left inside the vehicle when he exited.  Inside the bag was a loaded Smith & Wesson, .38 caliber revolver, serial number 134942 that was not manufactured in Alabama. On July 23, 2018, Lovett confessed to possessing the firearm. He stated that he bought the revolver approximately two years ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2019-03-24
    4 weeks ago
  • Mobile County Man Sentenced to 24 Months for Conspiring to Steal and to Knowingly Possess Stolen Firearms
    United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Tyler McIlwain, a 20 year old resident of  Eight Mile, Alabama was sentenced to 24 months of incarceration for conspiring to steal and knowingly possess stolen firearms. On November 29, 2018, McIlwain entered a guilty plea pursuant to a plea agreement and admitted in open court that on July 5, 2018, McIlwain and a cohort burglarized a home in Creola, Alabama.  During the burglary they stole four (4) firearms, namely, an Anderson, .30 caliber rifle, model 300 Blackout; an Anderson, .223 caliber rifle; an Anderson, .30 caliber rifle; and a Marlin, .22 caliber rifle. Shortly after the burglary, a Creola police officer attempted to stop a red Nissan truck, registered to McIlwain, for speeding.  First the driver of the Nissan truck tried to flee by speeding up and attempting to elude the police following behind.  Next, the Nissan truck stopped and the three occupants inside jumped out and ran.  Two of the occupants were caught and one got away.  McIlwain and one other were caught.  All of the stolen firearms were recovered from the Nissan truck.  After waiving his Miranda Rights, McIlwain stated that he and a cohort burglarized the residence and stole the firearms.  He also stated that the other person in his vehicle was not involved. Officers of the Creola, Alabama Police Department, deputies of the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office and special agents of the FBI investigated the case and brought it to the ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2019-03-24
    4 weeks ago
  • Mobile County Businessman Sentenced to One Year Probation and Ordered to Pay Restitution After Felony Conviction for Trafficking in Contraband Cigarettes
    United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Khalil N. Al-Mashni, a 50 year old resident of Mobile, Alabama was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,008.96. On December 12, 2018, Al-Mashni entered a guilty plea pursuant to a plea agreement and admitted in open court that in 2018, a cooperating citizen (CI) identified Al-Mashni as an individual he illegally sold cigarettes to in the past, which allowed Al-Mashni to knowingly evade the taxes due on the cigarettes that was required by The State of Alabama Dept. of Revenue.  The ATF set up an undercover operation designed to confirm this conduct and to show that it continues. The ATF agents used the CI to act in an undercover capacity along with an undercover law enforcement officer to sell quantities of contraband cigarettes on numerous occasions to Al-Mashni that did not have a visible paid cigarette tax stamp affixed. From December 4, 2017 through May 11, 2018, the CI sold approximately 600 packs of untaxed Newport and Lucky Strike cigarettes to Al-Mashni for various amounts of money on two different occasions while Al-Mashni was at Springhill Quick Stop, his place of business located at 2800 Springhill Ave., Mobile, Alabama. The amount of cigarettes sold to Al-Mashni exceeded 10,000.  The tax loss to the State of Alabama is $405.00.  The tax loss to the Internal Revenue Service is $603.96. Officers of the Mobile, Alabama Police Department and ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2019-03-18
    1 month ago
  • Meth Distributor Sentenced in Federal Court
    United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Willie John Wells, 54, of Theodore, Alabama, was sentenced to 120 months imprisonment for his participation in an interstate methamphetamine distribution conspiracy.  Well entered a guilty plea to the charges in 2017.  United States District Court Judge William H. Steele imposed the sentence, and ordered that Wells under treatment for drug abuse while in custody.  He also ordered that Wells will serve a five-year term of supervised release when he completes his custody sentence, during which he will also undergo testing and treatment for drug abuse.  Wells was not ordered to pay a fine, but he was ordered to pay the $100 special mandatory assessment.    The case was investigated by the Mobile Police Department, the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, MCSENT, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  It was prosecuted in the United States Attorney’s Office by Assistant United States Attorney Gloria A. Bedwell.  ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2019-03-18
    1 month ago
  • Baldwin County Man Sentenced to Time Served for Possession of a Firearm after Conviction for Misdemeanor Domestic Violence
    United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Eli Edwin Moran, a 21 year old resident of Daphne, Alabama was sentenced to “time served” for possession of a Taurus pistol after being convicted Domestic Violence 3rd Degree. On May 20, 2018, Moran entered a guilty plea pursuant to a plea agreement and admitted in open court that on February 27, 2018, he was the only passenger in a vehicle stopped by Daphne, Alabama police officers for no visible tag.  During the traffic stop, Moran was asked to identify himself and he did. When officers learned that the driver would be arrested for outstanding warrants and he could not show ownership of the vehicle, Moran was asked to exit the vehicle.  Officers conducted a safety pat of Moran’s person.  A loaded firearm was seized from Moran’s waistband.  Moran acknowledged possession of the firearm and told officers that he did not have a conceal carry permit for the firearm.  The firearm is described as a Taurus, model PT 24/7 G2C pistol, At that time, Moran had been convicted of misdemeanor Domestic Violence 3rd , on March 21, 2017, in the Municipal Court, City of Daphne, State of Alabama, case number, MC15-0000422.   Officers of the Daphne, Alabama Police Department along with special agents of the FBI investigated the case and brought it to the U. S. Attorney=s Office for prosecution.  The prosecutor assigned to the case is Assistant United States Attorney, Gina S. Vann. ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2019-03-07
    1 month ago
  • Baldwin County Man Receives 12 Months and a Day for Possession of a Firearm After Felony Conviction
    United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Travis L. McCryndle, a 33 year old resident of Bay Minette, Alabama was sentenced to 12 months and a day for possession of a Ruger .22, semi-automatic rifle after being convicted of Burglary 2nd Degree. On November 21, 2018, McCryndle entered a guilty plea pursuant to a plea agreement and admitted in open court that on August 9, 2018, a Daphne, AL police officer observed McCrydle driving a vehicle that was reported to be displaying a stolen license plate that was taken at gunpoint in Prichard, AL.  The officer initiated a traffic stop of the vehicle. When the vehicle stopped, the officer immediately began to issue commands to McCryndle.  First, he ordered McCryndle to put both of his hands outside of the vehicle and he complied.  The officer then asked McCryndle if there were weapons in the vehicle and McCryndle replied, “just my knife.”  McCryndle was then ordered to exit the vehicle and he did.  A safety pat of McCryndle’s  person discovered the knife and it was seized.  McCryndle was then read his Miranda Rights and he said he understood them and agreed to talk to the officer.  After a brief discussion about the ownership of the vehicle, McCryndle told the officer that there was a Ruger rifle behind the seat in the vehicle.   At that time, McCryndle had been convicted of a felony, Burglary 2nd Degree, on August 12, 2015, in the Circuit Court of ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2019-03-07
    1 month ago
  • Baldwin County Man Receives Five Years Probation for Possession of a Firearm After Felony Conviction
    United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Allen Rocky Joiner, a 58 year old resident of Bay Minette, Alabama was sentenced to five years of probation for possession of a Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun after being convicted of Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance. On September 19, 2018, Joiner entered a guilty plea pursuant to a plea agreement and admitted in open court on February 28, 2018, Baldwin County deputies were investigating a stolen vehicle complaint by victim, J. H,. and made contact with Joiner at his residence as part of the investigation. While at Joiner’s residence the stolen vehicle was discovered parked on the property. Deputies asked Joiner how he obtained the vehicle.  Joiner said he bought it from J. H.’s wife.  While Joiner was retrieving the Bill of Sale from the vehicle, officers saw a Mossberg. 500A. 12 gauge shotgun on the front passenger seat. Deputies asked Joiner who owned the firearm.  Joiner said he bought the firearm from a “guy in Perdido so he could shoot possums in his yard.”   At that time Joiner, was previously convicted of a Controlled Substance on August 24, 2006,  in the Circuit Court of Baldwin County, Alabama, case number CC-05-2369.                                Deputies of the Baldwin County, Alabama Sheriff’s Office along with special agents of the FBI investigated the case and brought it to the U. S. Attorney=s Office for prosecution.  The prosecutor assigned to the case is Assistant United States Attorney, Gina S. Vann. ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2019-03-07
    1 month ago
  • Mobile County Man Receives 60 Months After Conviction for Conspiring to Steal Firearms
    United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announces that Simeon C. Taylor, a 27 year old resident of Citronelle, Alabama was sentenced to 60 months incarceration for conspiring to receive, possess and steal firearms. On November 29, 2018, Taylor entered a guilty plea pursuant to a plea agreement and admitted in open court that on July 5, 2018, Taylor and a co-conspirator burglarized the home of M. J. in Creola, Alabama.  During the burglary they stole four (4) firearms, namely, two Anderson, .30 caliber rifles, model 300 Blackout, an Anderson, .223 caliber rifle; and a Marlin, .22 caliber rifle. Shortly after the burglary, a Creola police officer attempted to stop a red Nissan truck, registered to the co-conspirator, for speeding.  First the driver of the Nissan truck tried to flee by speeding up and attempting to elude the police following behind.  Next, the Nissan truck stopped and the three occupants inside jumped out and ran.  Two of the occupants were caught and one got away.  The three occupants were Taylor, his co-conspirator and unidentified man.  The co-conspirator was caught.   Taylor got away after Taylor pointed a gun at the officer chasing him.  All of the stolen firearms were recovered from the Nissan truck.  Additionally, two receipts with Taylor’s name were seized from the Nissan truck. After waiving his Miranda Rights, the conspirator stated that he and Taylor burglarized the residence and stole the firearms.  He also stated that the other man was not involved.  He ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2019-03-07
    1 month ago
  • Clayton County, Georgia Man Receives 96 Month Sentence for Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person (Felon)
    United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced today that Matthew Joshua Green of Clayton County, Georgia was sentenced to 96 months imprisonment for Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person before Judge William H. Steele. Green had prior felony convictions which include aggravated battery, vehicular homicide, receiving stolen property, felony willful obstruction of law enforcement officers by use of threats or violence and possession of cocaine prior to possess of a firearm. According to court documents, on April 18, 2018, a Baldwin County Sheriff’s Deputy conducted a traffic stop along Interstate 10 on Green for failing to maintain his lane of travel.  Green was on his cell phone and not following the deputy’s request to hang up and step out of the car. The deputy smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the car and witnessed loose marijuana in the car.  Because of Green’s behavior, the deputy attempted to conduct a pat down on Green for safety reasons.  While attempting to place handcuffs on Green, he began resisting arrest and tried to push the deputy into oncoming traffic. Due to Green’s behavior and what was witnessed by the deputy, a probable cause search was conducted of the vehicle wherein digital scales and marijuana were found in the car along with a loaded firearm.  Due to Green’s attempts to resist arrest and push the deputy into interstate traffic, the Court applied a sentencing enhancement for reckless endangerment during flight. Special Agents of the Federal ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2019-02-26
    2 months ago
  • Felon in Possession of a Firearm Sentenced in Federal Court
    You are here FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, February 19, 2019 United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Allen Malcolm Stienke, 35, of Robertsdale, Alabama, was sentenced on the charge of felon in possession of a firearm.  Court documents reflect that Steinke was in a vehicle stopped by the Elberta police for displaying a switched tag.  The officers recovered four guns in the vehicle, along with several items described a burglary tools.  Steinke has a prior felony conviction for Unlawful Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance in Baldwin County Circuit Court, and the guns were described as three pistols and a revolver.  Stienke pled guilty to the charge in September of 2018. United States District Court Judge Callie V. S. Granade imposed a sentence of 51 months imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release.  During his supervision, Steinke will undergo treatment for drug and alcohol abuse.  The judge did not impose a fine, but ordered that Steinke pay $100 in special mandatory assessments.  The case was investigated by the Elberta Police Department, the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  It was prosecuted in the United States Attorney’s Office by Assistant United States Attorney Gloria Bedwell. Component(s):  Updated February 19, 2019 ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2019-02-18
    2 months ago
  • Felon Sentenced to Fourteen Years for Possession of Firearms
    United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Phay Lam Souphanthog, 39, of Irvington, Alabama, was sentenced this morning to 168 months imprisonment for his illegal possession of firearms. Souphanthog had been previously convicted of Manslaughter in 1999 in the Circuit Court of Mobile County, and he was arrested three times in possession of firearms from 2015 through 2017. Souphanthog was indicted on three counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and convicted in November of 2018 after a jury trial on two of those counts. United States District Court Judge Kristi K. Dubose imposed the 168-month sentence, consisting of 84 months on each count, and ordered that the sentences run consecutively. The judge ordered that Souphanthog, who is illegally in the United States, be surrendered to a duly authorized immigration official at the conclusion of his imprisonment for deportation. If for some reason he is not deported, the judge ordered that he serve a three-year term of supervised release, which would include drug testing and treatment. No fine was imposed, but he was ordered to pay $200 in special mandatory assessments. The case was investigated by the Mobile Police Department, the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, the Prichard Police Department, the MCSENT Task Force, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted in the United States Attorney’s Office by Assistant United States Attorney Gloria Bedwell. ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2019-02-07
    2 months ago
  • Dallas County Man Receives 37 Month Sentence for Possession of a Firearm After Felony Conviction
    United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Jermaine Butler, a 27 year old resident of Selma, Alabama was sentenced to 37 months incarceration followed by three years of supervised release for possession of a Zastava rifle after being convicted of Assault First Degree. On September 25, 2018, Butler entered a guilty plea pursuant to a plea agreement and admitted in open court that on May 25, 2018, Dallas County, AL deputies set up a random driver’s license checkpoint in Selma, Alabama.  A Chevrolet Impala driven by Butler stopped several yards short of the checkpoint.  Deputies motioned for Butler to continue to the checkpoint.  Butler then drove past the checkpoint then stopped.  As deputies approached the driver’s side of the vehicle, they smelled marijuana and saw one passenger in the vehicle with Butler.  Both were asked to exit the vehicle.  When Butler opened the front driver’s side door, deputies saw a small amount of marijuana.  Butler was immediately detained.  Deputies then saw, in plain view, a rifle on the floorboard of the backseat of the vehicle.  The rifle was loaded.  The rifle is described as a Zastava, model N-PAP DF, 7.62X39 caliber rifle.  A probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted.  The search discovered another quantity of marijuana stuffed between the front seats.  Butler then stated that the rifle and the marijuana were his and the passenger also stated that the rifle and marijuana belonged to Butler.  Butler was previously convicted of Assault ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2019-02-03
    3 months ago
  • Dallas County Man Receives 30 Month Sentence for Possession of a Firearm After Felony Conviction
    United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Chadwick J. Blake, a 31 year old resident of Selma, Alabama was sentenced to 30 months incarceration followed by three years of supervised release for possession of a Taurus 9mm pistol after being convicted of Assault Second Degree. On September 28, 2018, Blake entered a guilty plea pursuant to a plea agreement and admitted in open court that on October 24, 2017, an Alabama Parole Officer conducted a home visit of Blake at his residence in Selma, Alabama. The parole officer found one round of 9mm ammunition in Blake’s pocket. The parole officer then searched Blake’s residence. He found a Taurus, model Millennium, G2, 9mm pistol. The parole officer then arrested Blake for violating his probation.At that time, Blake had been convicted of Assault 2nd, on August 12, 2015, in the Circuit Court of Dallas County, Alabama, case number CC-2015-000123. Officers of the Selma, Alabama Police Department along with special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives and investigators from the State Attorneys General’s Office investigated the case and brought it to the U. S. Attorney's Office for prosecution. The prosecutor assigned to the case is Assistant United States Attorney, Gina S.Vann. ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2019-02-03
    3 months ago
  • U.S. Attorney Recognizes the Service and Sacrifice of Law Enforcement
    Richard W. Moore, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, takes time to stop, remember, and recognize all federal, state and local law enforcement officers and pay tribute to their service and sacrifice.  Law enforcement has the difficult and dangerous task of making our communities safer, while placing their own lives and well-being at risk. Sadly, each year many officers make the ultimate sacrifice and give their lives in performance of their duties.  In the State of Alabama, three officers have been shot and killed over the past year, with two of those deaths taking place in the last month.  Mobile Police Officer Sean Paul Tuder, was shot and killed on January 20, 2019 while attempting to serve an arrest warrant.  Just a week before, on January 13, 2019, Sergeant Wytasha Carter of the Birmingham Police, was also shot and killed attempting to make an arrest.  Last year, Mobile Police Department Officer Justin Billa was killed while assisting in the apprehension of a murderer.  We know that law enforcement is the foundation of a safe community.  They work diligently each day to maintain order while risking everything for the greater good.  Far too many are killed each year for simply doing their jobs.  We must also never forget that it is not only the officers that deserve our respect and support, but their families as well.  Officers always have our backs and we should always have theirs, including their loved ones.  “An assault on a police officer is ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2019-02-03
    3 months ago
  • Dallas County Man Found Guilty of Possession of a Firearm After Felony Conviction
    United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Anthony Jerome Ellis, a 33 year old resident of Selma, Alabama was found guilty of possession of a firearm after conviction of a felony. The trial was held on January 22 and 23, 2019.   The evidence produced at trial showed that on December 16, 2017 at about 12:30am, Selma, Alabama police officers were in an unmarked vehicle patrolling the area around the “Small Street Inn.”   The “Small Street Inn” is a nightclub known to have crimes of violence committed in and around it while in operation over the nighttime hours.  Once officers arrived on the scene, Ellis and his nephew were walking briskly toward the officers as the officers drove up to the club.  As the officers stopped their vehicle to go and talk to them, Ellis and his nephew pivoted left and walked between two vehicles. Almost immediately after they got between the vehicles, Ellis and his nephew squatted down for a second or two.  The officers then drew their service weapons and yelled, “Selma Police Officers put your hands up.”   Ellis and his nephew then stood up.  Officers immediately detained them and went the the areas where Ellis and his nephew squatted down.  Found in the exact area for each was a firearm.  In the area where Ellis squatted was a loaded .38 caliber RG revolver and in the area where his nephew squatted was a loaded .40 caliber Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistol.  ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2019-02-03
    3 months ago
  • Drug Courier Sentenced to Serve a Prison Term of 37 Months for His Role in a Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine
    United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that United States Senior District Court Judge Callie V.S. Granade sentenced Jose Francisco Esparza-Arevalo on December 12, 2018 to serve a term of imprisonment of 37 months, in addition to time already served, followed by 3 years of supervised release for Conspiracy to Possess with the Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine in violation of 21 USC § 846.   The defendant’s guilty plea was accepted by the Court on August 22, 2018. On March 15, 2018, the defendant was stopped in a traffic stop on Interstate 65 in Saraland, Alabama.  The traffic stop lead to the recovery of multiple kilograms of methamphetamine in the gas tank of the vehicle.  The gas tank had been retrofitted with a baffle in order that a separate compartment, separate from the gasoline fueling the vehicle, contained the methamphetamine.  The defendant had driven the vehicle from San Antonio, Texas and was operating as a courier for another individual.  The defendant was planning to deliver the methamphetamine to the Atlanta, Georgia area for the other individual.   A query of the United States Border Protection Land Entry database revealed that the vehicle that the defendant was driving had crossed the U.S./Mexican border 805 times since March of 2013.  The most recent inbound crossing before the stop occurred on March 12, 2018. Esparza-Arevalo was in the United States illegally and is expected to be returned to Mexico after he serves his prison term. The case was investigated ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2018-12-18
    4 months ago
  • Bay Minette Man Sentenced in Connection With Prichard Shooting
    You are here FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, December 19, 2018 United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Laderrick Deanrey Hopson, 24, of Bay Minette, was sentenced in federal court today on the charge of felon in possession of ammunition.  Hopson pled guilty to the charge in July of 2018.  The evidence presented at the sentencing hearing showed Hopson depicted on surveillance video at a convenience store on St. Stephens Road in February of 2018 as he entered the store, then followed another customer out of the store and shot him.  The video showed Hopson rack the gun once prior to firing it, and the ammunition ejected from the gun was recovered in the investigation that followed the shooting.  The customer, identified during the hearing as R.M., later passed away at the hospital.  Hopson has pending state charges relating to the homicide.   The federal indictment reflected that his prior conviction is for Robbery Second Degree in 2016.  Judge Kristi K. Dubose imposed a sentence of 71 months imprisonment for the federal charge involving the ammunition, to be followed by a term of supervised release of three years.  No fine was imposed, but Hopson was ordered to pay $100 in special mandatory assessments.    The case was investigated by the Prichard Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  It was prosecuted in the United States Attorney’s Office by Assistant United States Attorney ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2018-12-18
    4 months ago
  • Dallas County Man Receives 46 Month Sentence for Possession of a Firearm After Felony Conviction
    United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that George Armstead, a 28 year old resident of Selma, Alabama was sentenced to 46 months incarceration for possession of a pistol after being convicted of Robbery First Degree. On September 14, 2018, Armstead entered a guilty pled and admitted in open court that on May 22, 2018, a Selma, AL police officer initiated a traffic stop on a green Honda being driven by Armstead for speeding.  During a routine records check, using Armstead’s driver’s license information, the officer learned that Armstead had an outstanding warrant.  The officer told Armstead he was going to be arrested based on the warrant and asked Armstead if he has weapons or contraband in the vehicle because it would be towed.  Armstead told the officer that “his brother’s firearm” was inside the vehicle underneath the passenger seat.  The firearm was seized.  It is described as a   Smith & Wesson, .40 caliber pistol.  The firearm had been reported stolen sometime prior to May 22, 2018.  Later that day, Armstead was Mirandized and agreed to talk to police.  The interview was recorded.  Armstead said that the firearm was his and that he placed it underneath the passenger seat.  Armstead said that he bought the firearm “off the street” for $100 because he thought it was being sold for a good price.  Armstead also said that he bought the pistol for protection.  He further said that he was a felon and was on state ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2018-12-18
    4 months ago
  • Dallas County Man Receives 27 Month Sentence for Possession of a Firearm After Felony Conviction
     United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Clarence Brenson, a 25 year old resident of Selma, Alabama was sentenced to 27 months incarceration for possession of a rifle after being convicted of Rape Second Degree. On September 19, 2018, Brenson entered a guilty pled and admitted in open court that on June 2, 2018, Selma, AL police officers initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle being driven by a female friend of Brenson’s for failing to yield for an emergency vehicle.  Brenson was in the front passenger seat and two small children were in the back seat.  The officers smelled the strong odor of marijuana and asked the female driver to exit the vehicle.  When she did, she told the officers she had been smoking marijuana.  Officers asked her if they would find marijuana if they searched the vehicle and she said, “No” because she smoked it all.  She gave permission to search the vehicle.  As Brenson exited the front passenger seat officers, observed a Romarm/Cugir, model WSAR-10, 7.62X39 caliber rifle.  The firearm was loaded.  While Brenson was seated, the firearm was between his feet.  Brenson told the officers he did not have identification and gave the officers his social security number.  Brenson also told the officers he was a registered sex offender.  A search of the vehicle yielded a small amount of marijuana and spent shell casings from guns other than the rifle Brenson possessed.  At that time, Brenson had been convicted ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2018-12-18
    4 months ago
  • Frisco City Man Sentenced for Firearm Offense
    You are here FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, December 18, 2018 United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Jeremiah Rashaun Tolbert, 29, of Frisco City, Alabama, was sentenced in federal court to 61 months in prison for his illegal possession of a firearm after being convicted of a felony.  Judge Kristi K. Dubose imposed the sentence, consisting of 37 months on the gun charge, to run consecutive to a separate term of 24 months.  The second sentence was imposed because Tolbert was under federal supervision from a prior conviction for the identical offense, committed in 2015.  The total prison sentence for this second conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm was 61 months.  The judge ordered another term of supervision to follow his latest conviction of three years, and did not impose a fine.  She ordered that Tolbert pay $100 in special assessments.  The case was investigated by the Excel Police Department, the Frisco City Police Department, the Clarke County Sheriff’s Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  It was prosecuted in the United States Attorney’s Office by Assistant United States Attorney Gloria Bedwell. Component(s):  Updated December 19, 2018 ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2018-12-17
    4 months ago
  • Convicted Felon Waving a Firearm in Pinehill Apartment Complex Sentenced in Federal Court
    United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that United States District Court Chief Judge Kristi K. DuBose sentenced Octavius Tyrone Peace on December 14, 2018 to serve a term of imprisonment of 24 months followed by 3 years of supervised release for the for the illegal possession of a firearm in violation of 18 USC § 922(g)(1).    The defendant was under federal supervision for a prior conviction for bank fraud when he committed the instant offense.   Accordingly, the Court sentenced the defendant to serve a concurrent 8 month term of imprisonment for violating the conditions of his supervised release.   The defendant’s guilty plea was accepted by the Court on September 17, 2018. The facts presented in court set forth that on May 20, 2018, the Pine Hill Police Department responded to the Peachtree Apartments in Pine Hill, Alabama after several witnesses reported that a man was threatening people with a firearm.   The witnesses informed the police that the male had exited his vehicle and was waving a gun around saying, “You want some of this.”   Subsequently, the male attempted to leave the scene in his vehicle, but was apprehended by the police.  The male was identified as Octavius Tyrone Peace.   The police located a Taurus model 85, .38 caliber revolver, serial number, TC20242, with the hammer pulled back and ready to fire in the inside well of the door of the vehicle.  During the investigation, the police would later discover that the firearm recovered ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2018-12-17
    4 months ago
  • Silverhill Man Sentenced to More Than Seven Years for Firearms Crimes
    You are here FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, December 18, 2018 United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Frank Lee McCall, III, 29, of Silverhill, Alabama, was sentenced today for stealing a firearm and for being a felon in possession of firearms.   McCall pled guilty to the two charges in August of 2018.  United States District Court Judge William H. Steele imposed a sentence of 87 months imprisonment on each count, with the sentences to run concurrently.  He ordered that McCall serve a three-year term of supervised release when he is released from custody, during which he will undergo mental health counseling and treatment as well as drug abuse counseling and treatment.  No fine was imposed but McCall was ordered to pay $200 in special mandatory assessments. The case was investigated by the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, the Loxley Police Department and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force.  It was prosecuted in the United States Attorney’s Office by Assistant United States Attorney Gloria A. Bedwell. Component(s):  Updated December 19, 2018 ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2018-12-17
    4 months ago
  • Armed Drug Dealer Sentenced to Ten Years in Federal Court
    You are here FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, December 18, 2018 United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that William Nicholas Hearn, 44, of Toxey, Alabama, was sentenced today for his possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and felon in possession of a firearm.  Hearn pled guilty to the two charges in August of 2018.  United States District Court Judge William H. Steele imposed a sentence of 120 months imprisonment on each count, with the sentences to run concurrently.  He ordered that Hearn serve an eight-year term of supervised release when he is released from custody, during which he will undergo drug abuse counseling and treatment.  No fine was imposed but Hearn was ordered to pay $200 in special mandatory assessments. The case was investigated by the MCSENT Task Force and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  It was prosecuted in the United States Attorney’s Office by Assistant United States Attorney Gloria A. Bedwell. Component(s):  Updated December 19, 2018 ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2018-12-17
    4 months ago
  • Four Postal Employees Indicted for Various Crimes in Connection with the Distribution of Marijuana
    United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that four employees of the United States Postal Service were indicted for various crimes in connection with the distribution of marijuana. On November 27, 2018, Unterria J. Rogers, a 33 year old resident of Mobile was indicted in two cases for conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute quantities of marijuana, use of a communication facility to distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana, distribution and possession with intent marijuana, use of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and embezzlement of packages from the U. S. mail entrusted to him for delivery. On November 28, 2018, Devon Donald, a 26 year old resident of Mobile was indicted for conspiring to embezzle packages from the U. S. mail entrusted to him for delivery and embezzlement of six packages from the U.S. mail entrusted to him for delivery. On November 28, 2018, Shambria Hill, a 25 year old resident of Mobile was indicted for conspiring to embezzle packages from the U. S. mail entrusted to her for delivery and embezzlement of three packages from the U.S. mail entrusted to her for delivery. On November 28, 2018, Sade Martin, a 26 year old resident of Mobile was indicted for conspiring to embezzle packages from the U. S. mail entrusted to her for delivery and embezzlement of five packages from the U.S. mail entrusted to her for delivery. “Most postal workers are honest and conscientious about ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2018-12-11
    4 months ago
  • Selma Resident Receives 7 Years in Prison for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm
    United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announces today that United States District Judge William H. Steele sentenced Daryl Dewayne Struggs, 35, a resident of Selma, Alabama, to imprisonment for eighty-four months for being a felon in possession of a firearm. As part of the sentence, the judge ordered that Struggs undergo three years of supervised release after finishing his term of imprisonment, pay a $100 mandatory special assessment, and undergo substance abuse and mental health treatment as directed by the U.S. Probation Office. According to documents filed with the court as part of his guilty plea and the court’s pronouncements at sentencing, Struggs is a convicted felon who is barred by federal law from knowingly possessing firearms or ammunition. He was previously convicted in the Circuit Court of Dallas County, Alabama of Unlawful Possession of Marijuana in the First Degree, Burglary in the Third Degree, and Robbery in the First Degree. Around 8:18pm on March 28, 2017, Selma Police Department officers responded to an address on Twenty Foot Avenue in Selma concerning gun shots fired and two shooting victims. According to witnesses, the suspects were driving a blue Lincoln Town car. Around 10:55pm, Selma Police Department Detective Willie Calhoun was driving to the crime scene when he saw a blue Lincoln Town car speeding on Highway 80 toward the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. He stopped the vehicle. Struggs was the passenger and co-defendant Danny Jamal Tate was the driver. Officers searched the vehicle. ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2018-12-10
    4 months ago
  • United States Secret Service Case Results in Former Bay Minette Accountant Sentenced to 8 Months for Theft of Over $60,000.
    United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced today that United States District Court Senior Judge Callie V. S. Granade sentenced Karen Dawn Gurvitz on December 6, 2018 to 8 months imprisonment and ordered her to pay restitution in the amount of $63,205. Karen Gurvitz pled guilty on August 22, 2018, in accordance with a plea agreement with the United States to the crimes of Bank Fraud and Wire Fraud.  She worked as the bookkeeper/accountant for the Bay Minette-based company, S & K Machineworks for nearly three years.  During her employment, specifically between January 2015 through October 2017, Gurvitz made close to $62,000 in personal purchases using an S&K company credit card. In order to keep her criminal activity concealed from her employers at S &K, Gurvitz would change the business mailing address of S&K on all invoices dealing with her fraudulent purchases to that of her home address.  Some of the purchases made included gift cards, along with other goods, intended for her sole personal use.  In total, Gurvitz was ordered to pay $63,205 to S & K Machineworks in restitution. Brian O’Neil, Resident Agent in Charge for the United States Secret Service Mobile Field Office stated, “The U.S. Secret Service plays a pivotal role in securing the nation’s critical infrastructure, specifically in the areas of cyber, banking and finance. Today’s sentencing is one of many examples of the working relationship among law enforcement in bringing justice to victims along the Gulf Coast.” The ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2018-12-09
    4 months ago
  • Mobile County Man Receives 188 Month Sentence for Carjacking
    You are here FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, December 10, 2018 United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced today that Gary Michael Gilmore of Mobile, Alabama was sentenced to 188 months imprisonment for Carjacking before Judge Callie V.S. Granade. On April 22, 2018, Gilmore took a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox from a person by force and violence and by intimidation with intent to cause death and serious bodily injury, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2119. The victim was asleep in his vehicle in the parking lot of the Sahara Club on Schillinger Road, Mobile, Alabama when he was awaken with a knife to his throat.  Gilmore was apprehended in Citronelle, Alabama with the stolen vehicle after he ran from police by jumping in a lake.     Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigations along with deputies of the Mobile, County, Alabama Sheriff’s office investigated the case and brought it to the U.S. Attorney's Office for prosecution.  The prosecutor assigned to the case is Assistant United States Attorney, Michael D. Anderson. Component(s):  Updated December 10, 2018 ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2018-12-09
    4 months ago
  • Former Attorney Receives Thirty-Three Months for Embezzling Money from his Client
    United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announces today that Chief United States District Judge Kristi K. DuBose sentenced David Hudgens, 66, a resident of Daphne, Alabama, to imprisonment for thirty three months for committing wire fraud. As part of the sentence, the judge ordered that Hudgens undergo three years of supervised release after finishing his term of imprisonment, pay a $100 mandatory special assessment, undergo credit restrictions, receive a mental health evaluation, and pay restitution totaling $624,686.70 to the victim in the case. According to documents filed with the court as part of his guilty plea and testimony from Friday’s sentencing hearing, Hudgens was a lawyer in Baldwin County, Alabama who previously represented an individual identified in court documents as B.W. From around 2012 to around November 2016, Hudgens willfully and knowingly executed a scheme to defraud B.W. and achieve personal financial gain by means of materially false and fraudulent pretenses, representations, and promises, knowing at the time that the pretenses, representations, and promises were false. In 2012, B.W. retained Hudgens to represent her in legal matters and act as a custodian of B.W.’s business funds. Hudgens maintained these funds in two Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTA) on B.W.’s behalf. IOLTA accounts are bank accounts managed by lawyers who hold money received from a client to help fund the legal representation. As part of his scheme to defraud, Hudgens misappropriated B.W.’s funds held in the IOLTA accounts for his own personal use. He ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2018-12-06
    4 months ago
  • Baldwin County Man Receives 12 Month and a Day for Possession of a Firearm After Felony
    United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that James C. Hill, a 25 year old resident of Bay Minette, Alabama was sentenced to 12 months and one day after being convicted of possession of a firearm after conviction of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance. According to a factual statement Hill signed in connection with his guilty plea, on May 21, 2018, Baldwin County deputies were investigating a complaint involving a domestic dispute.  When deputies arrived on the scene, they saw Hill standing near a white vehicle and watched him bend down and drop a pistol on the ground.  A citizen on the scene, told the deputies that Hill had the firearm in his pocket and as they approached he dropped it on the ground.               At that time, Hill had been convicted of a felony, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, on January 27, 2014, in the Circuit Court of Baldwin County, Alabama, case number CC-13-1196. Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation along with officers of the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case and brought it to the U. S. Attorney's Office for prosecution.  The prosecutor assigned to the case is Assistant United States Attorney, Gina S. Vann. ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2018-12-06
    4 months ago
  • Dallas County Woman Receives Five Years Probation for Obtaining Opiods by Fraud
     United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Misty Danielle Combs Bailey, a 35 year old resident of Selma, Alabama was sentenced to five years of probation after being convicted of Obtaining Controlled Substances by Fraud. On August 21, 2018, according to a factual statement Bailey signed in connection with her guilty plea, over a seven day period in February 2018, Bailey forged, or caused to be forged, 10 prescriptions made out to her as patient of a Selma area dentist and obtained quantities of hydrocodone and oxycodone.  Bailey had access to the prescriptions as a patient of the dentist.   On February 8, 2018, the dentist reported that one of his prescription pads had been stolen from his office.  He stated that he believed that Bailey stole the prescription pad from his secretary’s desk.  All prescriptions were presented to pharmacies located in the Selma, Alabama area.  Bailey obtained approximately 125 hydrocodone tablets and approximately 80 oxycodone tablet during her week long fraudulent scheme. Officers of the Selma, Alabama Police Department investigated the case and brought it to the U. S. Attorney's Office for prosecution.  The prosecutor assigned to the case is Assistant United States Attorney, Gina S. Vann. ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2018-12-06
    4 months ago
  • Court Sentences Mobile County Man to 48 Months in Federal Prison for Weapons and Drug Offense
    United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that United States District Court Chief Judge Kristi K. DuBose sentenced John Robert Payne on November 30, 2018 to serve a term of imprisonment of 48 months followed by 3 years of supervised release for violating Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1), Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance, Methamphetamine, and  violating Title 18, United States Code, Section 924 (c), Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime. The defendant’s guilty plea was accepted by the Court on July 30, 2018. Facts established through Court records revealed that on July 17, 2017, a reliable confidential informant (CI) working for the Mobile County Street Enforcement Narcotics Team (MCSENT) reported that Payne was offering to sell him methamphetamine.  Officers set up a “buy/bust” undercover operation and detained the defendant when he showed up at the location designated as the buy location at a Burger King parking lot in Mobile County. After being detained at the location the defendant admitted he was a methamphetamine seller and that he had methamphetamine in his pocket to sell to the CI.  The defendant was planning to sell the CI approximately 3 grams of methamphetamine (actual).  The defendant also had a firearm in the center console of the vehicle that the defendant bought off the streets to protect his drug trade. Four days later in a completely separate investigation, a Federal Bureau of Investigation CI made an undercover buy ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2018-12-03
    5 months ago
  • Court Sentences Selma Man to 70 Months in Federal Prison for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm
    United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that United States District Court Chief Judge Kristi K. DuBose sentenced Anthony Rashad Brown on November 30, 2018 to serve a term of imprisonment of 70 months followed by 3 years of supervised release for the for the illegal possession of a firearm in violation of 18 USC § 922(g)(1).  The defendant’s guilty plea was accepted by the Court on July 30, 2018. Evidence elicited through testimony in Court revealed that on October 3, 2017, detectives with the Selma Police Department stopped the defendant for a traffic infraction. After smelling marijuana in the vehicle officers searched the vehicle and found a loaded .40-caliber, Ruger, P94 firearm from under the driver side seat. The firearm was determined to be stolen. Officers also found approximately 70 pills, that appeared to be Ecstasy but tested at the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences as methamphetamine, and approximately 15 grams of marijuana, in the center console of the vehicle. The defendant was on federal probation for the felony offense of Possession with the Intent to Distribute Marijuana in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama. The prior federal conviction occurred on May 20, 2014. The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), and the Selma Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDEFT) Lead Attorney, Assistant United States Attorney George F. May and Assistant United States Attorney ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2018-12-03
    5 months ago
  • Gun Thief Sentenced in Federal Court
    You are here FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, November 16, 2018 United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Jesse Lane, 25, of Ellisville, Alabama, was sentenced today for his participation in stealing firearms and possessing stolen firearms.  He pled guilty to the two charges in federal court during July of 2018.  United States District Court Judge William H. Steele imposed a sentence of 33 months’ imprisonment, to be followed by a three-year term of supervised release.  During his supervision, the judge ordered that Lane undergo testing and treatment for illegal drug use.  Lane was ordered to pay $200 in special mandatory assessments, but no fine was imposed.   The case was investigated by the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  It was prosecuted in the United States Attorney’s Office by Assistant United States Attorney Gloria A. Bedwell. Component(s):  Updated November 16, 2018 ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2018-11-15
    5 months ago
  • Bay Minette Drug Dealer Sentenced in Federal Court
    United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Chaney Darnell Thomas, 30, of Bay Minette, Alabama, was sentenced to 262 months’ imprisonment for his participation in the distribution of drugs and the use of a firearm in connection with that crime.  Thomas pled guilty to three charges in June of 2018-- possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine; using, carrying, or possessing a firearm in furtherance of or in relation to a drug trafficking felony; and felon in possession of a firearm.   United States District Court Judge William H. Steele imposed the 262-month sentence this morning, consisting of 202 months and 120 months on the drug count and the felon in possession count, respectively, and ordered that they run concurrently.  On the charge of using the gun in relation to a drug felony, the judge ordered that the statutory consecutive minimum mandatory sentence of 60 months run consecutively to the sentences in the other counts, totaling a sentence of 262 months.  Thomas will serve a total of 6 years on supervised release following the completion of his imprisonment, and the judge ordered that he would undergo testing and treatment for drug abuse while under supervision.  The judge did not impose a fine but ordered the imposition of $300 in special mandatory assessments.  The case was investigated by the Bay Minette Police Department, the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, the Daphne Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigations.  It was prosecuted in the United States ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2018-11-12
    5 months ago
  • Mobile Man Sentenced to 95 Months for Possession with the Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine
    United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that United States District Court Senior Judge Callie V. S. Granade sentenced Anthony Lee Mitchell on October 22, 2018 to serve a term of imprisonment of 95 months followed by 5 years of supervised release for possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine in violation of Title 21 USC § 841(a)(1).  The defendant previously pled guilty to the offense on July 23, 2018. According to admissions the defendant made as part of his guilty plea, on May 9, 2017, Mobile Police Department officers received a complaint of a man breaking into a house. Officers responded to the location and they stopped Mitchell in a vehicle leaving the house. Mitchell gave a false name to officers by providing his brother’s name, who had active arrest warrants. Officers arrested Mitchell and received consent to search his vehicle. Officers found approximately 48 grams of methamphetamine in the vehicle.  Mitchell was read his rights and he admitted that another man “fronted” him the methamphetamine and that he still owed over $1,200 to the man that fronted him the methamphetamine. Fronting drugs means the supplier provides the drugs to the buyer essentially on credit. The buyer then sells the drugs to generate the money to pay the supplier and also to make some profit. The case was investigated by Mobile Police Department and referred for federal prosecution through the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations.  The case was prosecuted by Organized ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2018-10-31
    6 months ago
  • Drug Dealer Sentenced in Federal Court
    United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Daniel Dewayne Conner was sentenced this morning on five counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.  Court documents showed that Conner was on federal supervised release from his prior federal drug conviction when he made the sales to a confidential informant working for the Saraland Police Department.  Conner, 44, of Axis, Alabama, pled guilty to the charges in February.  United States District Court Judge Kristi K. Dubose imposed a sentence of 57 months imprisonment to run concurrently on the five counts, and ordered that Conner serve a term of 7 years of supervised release when he is discharged from prison.  No fine was imposed but Conner was ordered to pay $500 in special mandatory assessments.  The case was investigated by the Saraland Police Department, the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Homeland Security Investigations.  It was prosecuted in the United States Attorney’s Office by Assistant United States Attorney Gloria A. Bedwell. ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2018-10-30
    6 months ago
  • Felon With a Gun Sentenced in Federal Court
    United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Edward Leonard Howard, Jr., was sentenced this morning on the charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Howard, 22, of Mobile, Alabama, pled guilty to the charge in July.  United States District Court Judge Callie V. S. Granade imposed a sentence of 44 months imprisonment, and ordered that Howard serve three years of supervised release when he is discharged from prison.  No fine was imposed but Howard was ordered to pay $100 in special mandatory assessments.  The case was investigated by the Mobile Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  It was prosecuted in the United States Attorney’s Office by Assistant United States Attorney Gloria A. Bedwell.  ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2018-10-30
    6 months ago
  • Mobile County Man Receives a Sentence of Five Years Probation for Filing False Tax Returns and Ordered to Pay $43,608 Restitution to the IRS
    United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Demetrius Kidd, a 37 year old resident of Mobile, Alabama was sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to pay $43,608.00 restitution to the IRS for conspiring to file false tax returns for others and filing a false tax return for himself. On July 23, 2018, according to a factual statement Kidd signed in connection with his guilty plea to the tax crimes, during 2011 through 2015, Kidd and Juanikee Gulley operated G & K Tax Service.  They conspired together to file false tax returns for their taxpayer customers.  Specifically, Gulley and Kidd prepared, assisted in the preparation of or directed the preparation of tax returns for six taxpayer/customers.  The tax returns they prepared had fraudulent information about Schedule C expenses, education credits and earned income credits.  This false information caused the IRS to issue tax refunds to the taxpayer/customers that were higher than they would have received thereby defrauding the IRS of approximately $43,608.00.   Additionally, on May 9, 2017, Kidd, a Mobile, Alabama resident, prepared his own tax return for tax year 2013 and swore under penalty of perjury that the information in the returns was true and accurate, knowing at that time he did not believe the information to be true and knew the information was false. Specifically, he stated that his income was $36,690 when in truth and in fact, it was higher than he stated.      Special Agents of the IRS/Criminal ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2018-10-25
    6 months ago
  • Mobile County Woman Receives a Sentence of Five Years Probation for Filing False Tax Returns and Ordered to Pay $43,608 Restitution to the IRS
    United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Juanike Gulley, a 36 year old resident of Mobile, Alabama was sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to pay $43,608.00 restitution to the IRS for conspiring to file false tax returns for others and filing a false tax return for herself. On July 23, 2018, according to a factual statement Gulley signed in connection with her guilty plea to the tax crimes, during 2011 through 2015, Gulley and Demetrius Kidd operated G & K Tax Service. They conspired together to file false tax returns for their taxpayer customers.  Specifically, Gulley and Kidd prepared, assisted in the preparation of or directed the preparation of tax returns for six taxpayer/customers.. The tax returns they prepared had fraudulent information about Schedule C expenses, education credits and earned income credits. This false information caused the IRS to issue tax refunds to the taxpayer/customers that were higher than they would have received thereby defrauding the IRS of approximately $43,608.00.   Additionally, on April 7, 2016, Gulley, a Mobile, Alabama resident, prepared her own tax return for tax year 2013 and swore under penalty of perjury that the information in the returns was true and accurate, knowing at that time she did not believe the information to be true and knew the information was false. Specifically, she stated that her income was $36,690.00 when in truth and in fact, it was higher than she stated. Special Agents of the IRS/Criminal Investigation ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2018-10-25
    6 months ago
  • Maine Resident Sentenced to a Year in Prison for Threatening an Attack at Hangout Music Festival
    United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announces today that Senior United States District Judge Callie V.S. Granade sentenced Christopher Scott Carey, 30, a resident of Portland, Maine, to imprisonment for twelve months and one day for making interstate threatening communications. As part of the sentence, the judge ordered that Carey undergo three years of supervised release after finishing his term of imprisonment, pay a $100 mandatory special assessment, receive substance abuse testing, and receive treatment for substance abuse and mental health. According to documents filed with the court as part of his guilty plea, on March 12, 2018 Carey posted threatening communications on a Facebook group page read by other persons regarding the Hangout Music Festival, a popular annual festival held in May in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Carey posted about the festival, “I’m bringing an AR 15 so it should be good inside.” A Facebook user remarked, “Should be good as long as your friend brings the ammo in a separate bag.” Carey replied, “Extended mags bro [smiley face emoji] hope everyone’s ready [explosions emoji].” A Facebook user posted, “Delete this garbage” to which Carey replied, “But what if it’s for real. Got to get that warning out there.” Representatives of the music festival notified law enforcement officials, who took various security precautions as a result of Carey’s threats.  On May 4, 2018, the court signed a criminal complaint and issued a warrant for Carey’s arrest. On May 14, 2018, government agents arrested Carey ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2018-10-21
    6 months ago
  • Mobile County Man Receives 188 Month Sentence for Possession of a Firearm After Felony Conviction
    United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Devon Deshaun Lawson a resident of Mobile, Alabama was sentenced to 188 months incarceration for possession of a firearm after being convicted of a felony of Distribution of a Controlled Substance in January 2008. On June 7, 2018, Lawson pled guilty to the offense of felon in possession of a firearm. According to a factual statement Lawson signed in connection with his guilty plea, on about August 31, 2017, Mobile County Sheriff’s Department deputies executed a traffic stop when they came upon a vehicle stopped in the middle of the Louis Tillman and Grand Webb Roads in Mobile County, Alabama. When the deputies turned on their blue lights, the vehicle in the middle of the road drove off and pulled into a residence. After the vehicle came to a stop, the deputies smelled marijuana and conducted a search of the vehicle. The deputies retrieved drugs and recovered two guns.  The guns were a .44 special revolver and a .380 handgun, both of which had been reported stolen, along with cash totaling $1,000. Lawson admitted to being a convicted felon and knew he was not supposed to own or possess firearms. Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigations along with deputies of the Mobile, County, Alabama Sheriff’s office investigated the case and brought it to the U. S. Attorney=s Office for prosecution.  The prosecutor assigned to the case is Assistant United States Attorney, Michael D. Anderson. ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2018-10-18
    6 months ago
  • Armed Drug Dealer Sentenced in Federal Court
    United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Dylan Robert Davison, 27, of Loxley, Alabama, was sentenced today for using, carrying or possessing a firearm during or in relation to a drug trafficking felony.  Court documents reflect that Davison was stopped by Elberta police officers on Wortel Road near Highway 98 in Baldwin County, Alabama, for making an illegal U-turn.  In the search of his vehicle, officers found a gun and several different types of drugs.  Davison admitted after being advised of his rights that the items were his.  He pled guilty to the gun charge in federal court on June 14, 2018. United States District Court Judge Kristi K. Dubose sentenced Davison to 5 years imprisonment, to be followed by a five year term of supervised release.  She ordered that Davison will undergo testing and treatment for substance abuse in prison and while under supervision.  She ordered that he pay the $100 special mandatory assessment, but did not impose a fine.  The case was investigated by the Elberta Police Department and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force.  It was prosecuted in the United States Attorney’s Office by Assistant United States Attorney Gloria A. Bedwell. ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South ALPublished on 2018-10-18
    6 months ago