At around 2:30pm today [April 18] police responded to a robbery in Southampton, with two men — one with a “bladed article” — approaching a man sitting on a wall outside the Port Royal Gas Station. The suspects stole cash from him, and a 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident, and…
The front page of today’s Wall Street Journal reports on a federal sting operation that led to the arrest of 31 doctors, 7 pharmacists, 8 nurses, and other health care professionals including dentists for distributing more than 32 million prescription opioid pills to patients in five Appalachian region states. Federal prosecutors described doctors handing out pre-signed blank…
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair! Mar 2000: Palm Pilot IPOs at $53 billion Sep 2006: “Everyone’s always asking me when Apple will come out with a cellphone. My answer is, ‘Probably never.’” – David Pogue (NYT)… Jun 2007: iPhone released Nov 2007: “Nokia: One Billion Customers—Can Anyone Catch the Cell Phone King?”…
Stephen Moore and Herman Cain, the two recent nominees to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, have in the past suggested returning to a gold standard (although Moore now says he favors merely consulting a broad range of commodity prices as leading indicators). In response, a number of recent op-eds criticized the idea of reinstating…
“This is like declaring ‘ecstasy’ as a WMD,” an anonymous source from the Department of Defense counter-WMD community commented incredulously. This source was quoted by a Task and Purpose reporter investigating a Department of Homeland Security internal memo discussing designating the synthetic opioid fentanyl as a weapon of mass destruction. This is just the latest example of how misinformation…
Blaine Amendments—adopted by many states starting in the late 1800s as an anti-Catholic measure—prevent states from using public funding for religious education. Thirty-seven states currently have the amendments, and some courts have interpreted them excluding religious options from state school-choice programs—that is, preventing access to otherwise publicly available benefits purely on the basis of religion….
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been controversial since its creation. As an executive agency enjoying Federal Reserve funding independent of the Congressional appropriations process—and run by a single director removable only for cause—the Bureau is unusual and possibly unconstitutional. In its first years of existence, the CFPB gained a reputation for its exceptional activism…
The Libya tragedy that Barack Obama’s administration unleashed with a U.S.-led NATO military intervention in 2011 has entered yet another violent phase. Forces loyal to Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, a one-time CIA asset that Washington now opposes, are waging an offensive against the so-called Government of National Accord (GNA), based in Tripoli. Both the United…
The FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force and Denver Police Department Need Your Help Identifying a Bank Robber
The FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force and Denver Police Department need your help identifying a bank robber of TCF Bank in Denver on April 12, 2019.
Antonio Faustino Deleon, from the Tri-Cities Washington area, received 188 months in prison for possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
[Updating] Police are on scene at the Champs Variety store in Glebe Road this afternoon [April 15] following a robbery. Further details are limited at this time, however we will update as able. Update 1.33pm: Police said, “At around 12.45pm this afternoon, police received a report of a robbery at Champs Variety on the Glebe…
FUCT may be fuct. Two years ago in the Tam case, the Supreme Court struck down the Lanham Act’s “disparaging trademarks” provision, but the justices seem less likely to erase the “scandalous trademarks” prohibition now – at least as far as one can tell from this morning’s argument in Iancu v. Brunetti. That’s because racial…
Brock Wedman of Kansas pleaded guilty to trying to keep the Wichita police from investigating illegal poker games.
Matthew Gregory of Bridgeton, Missouri, pleaded guilty to one felony count of possession and accessing with the intent to view child pornography.
Kevin Scott Konen of Grand Ledge received 380 months in prison for attempted and sexual exploitation of children, and for possession of child pornography.
Johnell Carter of Wichita received 25 years in prison for sex trafficking.
Chris Minarcin of Manchester received 76 months in prison for distributing cocaine and possessing over 500 grams of cocaine with the intent to distribute.
Frank Sprenz, a former Ten Most Wanted Fugitive and prolific criminal who, among other offenses, stole small planes and flew to various cities to evade the law, was arrested 60 years ago this week.
Tax Day is here. In a column about this unhappy day, Christine Emba of the Washington Post provides her views regarding income tax filing and tax simplification. But then she says: Meanwhile, the wealthier among us (remember: corporations are people, too!) are able to hire tax lawyers, consultants and accountants to clue them in on…
Henderson Man Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison for Receipt and Possession of Over 47,000 Images and Videos of Child Pornography Including Infants and Toddlers
Robert William Surdel of Henderson received nine years in prison after pleading guilty to receiving more than 47,000 images and videos of child pornography.
Ernie Thomas Ortiz has been charged with harboring a fugitive for allegedly being the driver of a vehicle in which Jeyden Bailey Barnhill was found last weekend.
Chevez McCray and Hector Mendez-Sales Sentenced to Prison for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine
Chevez McCray of Morristown and Hector Mendez-Sales, a citizen of Guatemala, have been sentenced for their roles in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy.
Arvell D. Brandon, a resident of Johnstown, received 96 months in prison on his conviction of violating federal narcotics laws.
Bobby J. Woods and Alan Johnson were sentenced to a year and a day in prison and probation, respectively, for conspiracy to commit mail fraud.
Jeffrey Byron Plyler of Albemarle pleaded guilty to a felony charge of making a materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statement.
Jeyden Bailey Barnhill was apprehended by the FBI with the assistance of the Albuquerque Police Department on April 13, 2019, for absconding from pre-trial release.
A Supreme Court jury unanimously found Pernell Brangman guilty of sexual offenses against a young girl in the late 1990s. Brangman, who is in his early 50s, was found guilty on all three counts of sexual exploitation and having unlawful carnal knowledge of a 10-year-old girl between 1997 and 1998, ZBM has reported. Screenshot courtesy…
Autumn Brown and Brenda Lowry Horton of Pittsburgh have been sentenced for conspiracy to defraud the Pennsylvania Medicaid program.
Keith A. Kuzyk and Anthony J. Johnson of Clarksville, Tennessee, have been charged in a five count indictment tied to a February 18, 2019, carjacking.
Keasam Johnson of East Orange, New Jersey, pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to submit false and fraudulent insurance claims.
Luis Arias, a Dominican national, and Aneudy Rios of Lawrence have been charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute fentanyl.
Albert Taderera of Brighton received 34 months in prison in Boston for armed bank robbery.
The federal criminal investigation of alleged civil rights violations at Lincoln Hills School has concluded after finding insufficient evidence.
James E. Doyle, II, former Rhode Island state senator and businessman, received 24 months in prison for engaging in a check-kiting scheme.
Tracy Gordon of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center writes interesting columns on taxes, fiscal federalism, and other economic issues. Before Congress and the administration enact another costly infrastructure bill, they should consider what Gordon wrote in a 2015 article: … it is an opportune time to reexamine the so-called consensus on infrastructure funding—that we need…
Las Vegas, Nevada February 14, 2019
An unemployed university drop-out has been jailed for five years four months years after running a dark web business selling illegal drugs and for hoarding a catalogue of horrific child sex abuse images he wanted to sell for profit.
Tam Vuong of Worcester has been arrested and charged with fraud charges arising from his role overseeing UT Services, a Worcester employment agency.
Three men were sentenced to federal prison after being convicted of conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction against Somali immigrants in a Kansas apartment complex.
Americans are scrambling to file their 2018 federal income tax returns. The good news is that most folks should be left with more cash this year after Uncle Sam’s greedy grab than in past years. The 2017 Republican Tax Cuts and Jobs Act slashed taxes across the board, with about 90 percent of tax-paying households…
Nikco Van Nguyen of Falls Church and Michael Ngo of Fairfax were each sentenced to over two years in prison for a large-scale marijuana trafficking conspiracy.
The FBI Memphis Field Office recognized 8th grade students today at Richview Middle School for winning the National FBI Safe Online Surfing (FBI-SOS) award.
This episode contains adult content. Please use discretion. When Sarah Garone was 13 years old, she received something very strange in the mail. She didn’t know who it was from, or why they would have sent it. And then it happened again. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven’t already,…
New Paper Measures Social and Psychological Costs of Pedestrian Stops on Black and Latino Adolescents
Measuring police effectiveness is a daunting task at both the agency and at the individual officer levels. At the macro level, studies indicate that some proactive policing strategies can lower crime rates, but there are many other factors that also affect crime so there is no one-size-fits-all answer to what police can do to lower…
Lost in all of the media frenzy over the Mueller Report, redactions, and alleged improprieties within the Department of Justice and FBI, was Attorney General William Barr telling the Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday that he favors a more federalist approach to marijuana laws. In response to a question from Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Barr said that allowing…
Law enforcement arrested Brian David Lemoine of Livonia, Louisiana, on charges of possession of child pornography.
Moises Valdez, a former sex offender fugitive from Humble, received 60 years in prison on his convictions for sexual exploitation of a child.
Special Agent in Charge Douglas A. Leff, of the FBI San Juan Field Office, announced the arrest of Carlos A Garcia Valentin on child pornography charges.
Julian P. Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has been arrested in the United Kingdom pursuant to the U.S./UK Extradition Treaty.
Robert Stiver, a former resident of Pompano Beach, Florida, pleaded guilty to charges of violating federal armed bank robbery laws.
Corbin Kauffman of Lehighton has been charged by a criminal complaint with interstate transmission of threats to injure the person of another.
Paul Eugene Thomas of Portland pleaded guilty to conspiring to manufacture, possess with intent to distribute, and distribute drugs.
Jorge A. Landaverde of Columbus pleaded guilty to murder in aid of racketeering.
Jury Convicts Two Romanian Nationals of Crimes Related to Their Scheme to Infect Computers with Malware in Order to Steal Credit Card and Other Information to Sell on Dark Market Websites, Mine Cryptocurrency, and Engage in Online Fraud
Bogdan Nicolescu and Radu Miclaus, Romanian nationals, have been convicted in a scheme to infect victim computers with malware for purposes of theft.
Former Chief Operating Officer of MetroHealth Hospital System Sentenced to More Than 15 Years in Prison for His Role in a Conspiracy to Defraud the Hospital and Others Through a Series of Bribes and Kickbacks
Edward R. Hills, the former Chief Operating Officer of MetroHealth Hospital System, received more than 15 years in a conspiracy to defraud the hospital.
Eleven People from the Mahoning Valley Indicted for Their Roles Distributing Crack and Powder Cocaine in the Youngstown Area
Eleven people from the Mahoning Valley have been indicted for their roles in distributing crack and powder cocaine in the Youngstown area.
Eric Dewayne Leak of Raleigh, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to money laundering conspiracy in connection with a bribery scheme involving college athletes.
Owners of Fraudulent Debt Collection Company Convicted of Conspiring to Defraud Victims of Millions of Dollars
Laurence A. Sessum and Jacqueline Dianne Okomba, both of Charlotte, have been convicted of conspiring to commit wire fraud.
Lance Green of Schenectady received 60 months in prison for conspiring to distribute crack cocaine.
Jackson Man Sentenced to Nine Years in Federal Prison Under Project EJECT for Armed Robbery of Local Business
Stefan Brown of Jackson received 108 months in prison for robbing a local business and brandishing a firearm.
An illegal immigrant found with 9.5 kilos of cocaine with a street value of nearly £1m has been jailed for 12 years following an investigation by the joint National Crime Agency and Metropolitan Police Organised Crime Partnership (OCP).
In January 2017, President Trump banned nationals of seven majority Muslim countries from receiving visas or entering the United States. He followed up that ban with two subsequent bans, and as of April 10, 2019, the U.S. government is still blocking most legal admissions from five majority Muslim countries and North Korea (which received almost…
The $768 billion Medicare program is in deep trouble as America ages and elderly health care soars in cost. Medicare is a giant central planning scheme that imposes more than 100,000 pages of regulations and related rules on more than 600,000 health care providers. The inefficiency is vast, and the structure of the program makes…
For over a year, Cato has been leading the charge to challenge the doctrine of qualified immunity: an atextual, ahistorical doctrine invented by the Supreme Court in the 1960s, which shields government agents from liability for misconduct – even when they break the law. Today marks a huge milestone in that ongoing campaign, as Cato has…
A McAllen grand jury has returned a 74-count superseding indictment against four local men for conspiring with others to pay bribes.
Update: The FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force and Denver Police Department need your help identifying the ‘Glamour Shot Bandit.’
The FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force and Denver Police Department need your help identifying the Glamour Shot Bandit.
Okechuwku Desmond Amadi of Texas received 11 years and three months in prison for conspiracy to commit money laundering.
A British fugitive has been tracked down by National Crime Agency officers and arrested in South Africa after 21 years on the run.
Customs and Border Protection just announced that Border Patrol has apprehended 364,941 people from the beginning of fiscal year 2019 through to the end of March 2019. Border Patrol apprehensions this FY rose by 34 percent in the month of March. Although the number of apprehensions is rising, the proportion of all apprehensions who are criminal aliens is…
Since 2012, Border Patrol has apprehended a growing number of nationals from countries other than Mexico—almost all of them from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Last year, however, the agency saw threefold increases in apprehensions of Nicaraguans and Indians. These spikes may represent a widening awareness that America will accept people from around the world…
Federal tax returns for 2018 are due April 15 in most states. With your filing, you can see how your taxes changed after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of December 2017. You can compare your total taxes paid in 2018 to the amount paid in 2017. But your income may have changed, so instead…
James L. Hardy of Boston received four years in prison for distributing cocaine and fentanyl.
Darrion L. Powers of Akron has been indicted on charges that he robbed eight businesses in Akron or Cuyahoga Falls.
Bryan Michael Adams of Huntington received 41 months in prison for conspiring with others to sell heroin in 2017 and 2018.
Presidential candidate and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) wants to see more business people behind bars, and she’s not fussy about how to make that happen. In a Washington Post op-ed last week she unveiled a new Corporate Executive Accountability Act, which in her words would expand “criminal liability to any corporate executive who negligently oversees a giant…
Terrance Murphy, a former resident of McKees Rocks, pleaded guilty to possessing with the intent to distribute a quantity of fentanyl.
Colombian Pleads Guilty in Robbery of $500K in Gems and Jewelry from Traveling Salesman in Pittsburgh’s North Hills
Oscar Javier Rodriguez Roa, a resident of Bogota, Colombia, pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to violate federal robbery laws.
Sixteen parents involved in the college admissions scandal were charged in Boston in a second superseding indictment with conspiring to commit fraud.
Former Dallas City Councilman Larry Duncan was sentenced on charges stemming from the public corruption investigation into Dallas County Schools.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer recently reported that, while overdose deaths have come down slightly over the past year in the Cleveland metropolitan region, a new killer has emerged on the scene: cocaine mixed with fentanyl. The Cuyahoga County Coroner’s Office informs the public that cocaine was involved in 45 percent of overdose deaths last year, the highest…
Juan Fernando Mata, a former Donna Independent School District police officer, received 130 months in prison for marijuana distribution charges.
July 12, 2018 Fargo, North Dakota
In a previous post, I argued that Paul Volcker didn’t put a stop to inflation by having the Fed systematically increase interest rates when commodity prices rose, and lower them when commodity prices fell. While commodity-price targeting, aka a “price rule” for monetary policy, had some prominent proponents back in the 1980s, neither Volcker nor…
Neil A. Harkness of Fairborn, Ohio, received 24 months in prison for wire fraud.
Thanks to a multi-agency investigation, the FBI and Department of Justice announced charges against 24 defendants who were allegedly part of a $1.2 billion fraud scheme against Medicare—one of the largest in U.S. history.
Martin Arambula of Brownsville has been ordered to prison following his conviction of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base.
Phillip Leo Campanirio of Boston received 70 months in prison for bank robbery.
Jerry Wayne Hamilton of Sylacauga has been charged with attempted coercion and enticement of a minor.
A top level cyber criminal who targeted hundreds of millions of computers
In my upcoming Cato study, “Restoring Responsible Government by Cutting Federal Aid to the States,” I discuss 18 reasons why federal aid to state and local governments should be zeroed out. Reason #12 regards how aid induces states to delay important projects such as infrastructure. Governments stall needed projects for years as they wait for…
The FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force and Denver Police Department Need Your Help Identifying the ‘Glamour Shot Bandit.’
The FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force and Denver Police Department need your help identifying the Glamour Shot Bandit.
Jason E. Adkins of Jackson, Ohio, has agreed to plead guilty to orchestrating a $50 million dollar Ponzi scheme that defrauded at least 46 investors.
Adam Poeth of Shamokin received 48 months’ imprisonment for conspiring to sell 100 grams or more of heroin.
Rodrequis Council of North Carolina received 108 months in prison for aiding and abetting an armed bank robbery of the SPE Federal Credit Union.
Two United States Penitentiary Lewisburg inmates, Jermaine Ray and Tony C. Knott, were indicted separately, for possession of a weapon while in prison.
Samuel Serrano, a prisoner at the United States Penitentiary, Allenwood, was indicted on March 28, 2019, for possession of a controlled substance.
Thomas Patrick Petoff, a former resident of Erie, Pennsylvania, received 14 years in prison on his conviction of sex trafficking of a child.
John David Martin of Bradford County received 30 months in jail on his conviction of sexual exploitation of children.
Former Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway received four years and eight months in federal prison for public corruption.