Latest Federal Crime News

Tennessee State Senator Charged With Embezzling $600,000 in Federal Funds

A Tennessee state senator was charged last week with embezzling $600,000 in federal grant money and using it to pay for her wedding, honeymoon, divorce and other personal expenses. Katrina Robinson, 39, faces federal charges of theft and embezzlement of government program funds and wire fraud, according to a federal criminal complaint filed in US… Read More »

18 Portland Protestors Charged With Arson and Assault on Federal Officers

The Department of Justice announced last week it had arrested 18 people on federal charges for their actions during protests and riots that have engulfed Portland for weeks at a federal courthouse. The US attorney for Oregon stated that the federal charges related to alleged criminal misconduct near the Hatfield Courthouse. The federal property has… Read More »

Jeffrey Epstein Pal Ghislaine Maxwell Charged With Sex Trafficking

The FBI arrested Jeffrey Epstein’s girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell in New Hampshire yesterday after a federal grand jury charged her with four felony counts of sex trafficking. It is alleged that publishing heiress Maxwell groomed teenage girls to give sexual massages to Epstein. Maxwell, 58, also was charged with two counts of perjury for lying under… Read More »

Man Charged in $8.5 Million PPP Scam Blew Cash in Casino and Stock Market

A man from Los Angeles allegedly scammed a US government program intended to help small businesses weather the COVID-19 pandemic for millions of dollars. He allegedly blew more than $8 million at a Las Vegas casino and in risky investments. Andrew Marnell, 40, allegedly obtained about $8.5 million in loans illegally from the Paycheck Protection… Read More »

Federal Incitement to Riot Charges Filed Against 20 Year Old Pittsburgh Boy

A Pittsburgh man faces federal charges for allegedly inciting violence and riots last weekend. US Attorney Scott Brady told the press that 20-year old Brian Bartels also was charged with obstruction of law enforcement during a civil disorder. (Pittsburgh.CBSlocal.com). He also has been charged with the destruction of a police car. The federal charging documents… Read More »

Ex-Texas Bank President Charged With Bank Fraud, Embezzlement, and Arson

A former Texas bank president is being charged with bank fraud, embezzlement, and arson after setting a fire in the bank to prevent state officials from seeing records that would implicate her in stealing $11 million in bank funds. (Foxnews.com) Anita Moody, 57, from Cooper, Texas, pleaded guilty last week to conspiracy to commit bank… Read More »

Murder Charges Upgraded in Floyd Case, 3 More Cops Charged

Minnesota state prosecutors have upgraded the charges against a Minneapolis police officer to 2nd-degree murder accused of pressing his knee into George Floyd’s neck. Accessory to 2nd-degree murder charges have also been filed against the other three officers at the scene. (Local10.com) A bystander video showing Floyd’s death on May 25 has sparked many violent… Read More »

Why Was Former Minnesota Cop Charged Only With 3rd Degree Murder?

Last Friday, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was placed under arrest and charged with 3rd-degree murder of George Floyd, an African-American, who died when Chavin pinned his neck to the ground with his knee for almost nine minutes. Chauvin also was charged with 2nd-degree manslaughter. (Vox.com) It is possible the ex-police officer could face… Read More »

Terrorist Doctor at Mayo Clinic Indicted on Federal Charges

A doctor in Pakistan and ex-Mayo Clinic researcher was indicted on federal charges last week for giving support to a terrorist group after the told informants that he intended to carry out terrorist attacks against the United States. (NYPost.com) Muhammad Masood, 28, was charged last week for alleged terrorist ties to the Islamic State. He… Read More »

Alleged New York City Mobsters Arrested on Federal Charges

Eleven alleged members of the Gambino crime family were tossed in jail this week on federal charges, including threatening people who owed them money. Federal agents alleged one was told to pay $100,000 or lose his teeth. (ABCnewsgo.com) Court documents cited other recordings that provide a vivid, behind-the-scenes look at the fallout from the murder… Read More »

Pittsburgh Pirate Pitcher Charged With Child Pornography and Sexual Assault

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Felipe Vazquez, who was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in September, was hit with 21 more charges this week. Investigators allegedly found evidence of child pornography on his cell phone and laptop associated with the same case. District Judge Charles Moore in Mount Pleasant PA denied Vazquez’s request to… Read More »

Florida College Professor Facing Federal Money Laundering Charges

A professor at the University of Miami was arrested on federal charges last week after he allegedly laundered corruption proceeds from a book he co-wrote about organized crime. The money allegedly was laundered in Venezuela. (NBCMiami.com). Professor Bruce Bagley has been accused by the US Department of Justice in a federal investigation of opening bank… Read More »

3 Arrested in $7 Million Mortgage Fraud in California

Three people who worked for Grand View Financial LLC were indicted last month for operating a mortgage fraud scheme throughout California. (Sandiegouniontribune.com). The mortgage scam targeted the elderly and financially distressed homeowners by promising them foreclosure relief. The combined losses from the victims was more than $7 million, said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Becerra… Read More »

Ex-UAW Offical Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges

A former official of the United Auto Workers pleaded guilty last week to the federal charge of financial misconduct, while nearly 50,000 UAW members voted on whether they should end a five-week strike at General Motors. (Reuters.com). Jeffrey Pietrzyk, previously a co-director of the UAW-GM Center for Human Resources, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit… Read More »

Creator of ‘My Big Coin,’ Randall Crater, Indicted in New York

Earlier this year, the US District Court of Massachusetts indicted Randall Crater, the man alleged to have led a ‘My Big Coin’ cryptocurrency fraud that stole more than $6 million from mostly New York investors. (Crowdfundinsider.com) Crater was charged with four counts of wire fraud and three counts of unlawful money transactions related to receiving… Read More »

Pharma Execs Face Drug Trafficking Charges Over Opioid Crisis

Federal law enforcement has long tried to crush the opioid crisis in the US with tough criminal charges for street dealers and drug cartel leaders who traffic in dangerous drugs such as fentanyl and oxycodone. (Nyt.com) For the first time this month, federal agents are bringing similar federal drug trafficking charges against a pharmaceutical distributor,… Read More »