Latest Federal Crime News

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 »

Federal Agents Seize $8.4 Million in PPP ‘Ministry’ Fraud Case

According to federal court records, federal agents recently seized at least $8.4 million in COVID-19 relief funds from a family-operated ‘ministry’ in Florida that appeared to be fraudulent. The US Secret Service found the funds in bank accounts connected to the ASLAN International Ministry, which is a nonprofit organization based in Orlando that scored a… 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 »

Physicians Indicted for Overprescribing Opioids, Trading Drugs for Sex

Sixty doctors, nurses and pharmacists in seven states were arrested by federal agents on April 17 in a massive sting operation targeting medical professionals who overprescribed opioids to patients. In some cases, the highly addictive prescription drugs were handed out in ‘shockingly unethical circumstances.’ (Rollingstone.com). Federal and state officials have called it the biggest prescription… Read More »

Hollywood Celebs Charged in Massive College Cheating Scam

Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were two of more than 48 people charged this week in an extraordinary, nationwide college admissions cheating scandal. The schemes involved wealthy backers paying up to $6.5 million place their children in some of the nation’s top universities, according to federal court records. (FoxNews.com) The alleged admissions cheating scam… Read More »

Floyd Mayweather and Rapper Charged By SEC For Pumping Cryptocurrencies

The SEC is making a public example out of boxer Floyd Mayweather and rapper DJ Khaled. The SEC announced last week that it had settled federal charges against the celebrities for illegally touting initial coin offerings or ICOs. The primary issue is that Mayweather and Khaled did not make public disclosures of payments they received… Read More »

Bayer AG May Face Criminal Charges After Essure Sales Halted in the US

It has been a bad year for Bayer AG. First, the corporation bought pesticide company Monsanto, maker of controversial weed killer roundup that is connected to cancer and subject to over 9000 roundup cancer lawsuits. That connection resulted in a $289 million verdict against Bayer AG in a California courtroom in 2018, where a former groundskeeper… Read More »

Pervy Ohio Priest Allegedly Impregnates Altar Girl

An Ohio priest has been placed under arrest after he admitted to his diocese that he had a three-year relationship with an altar girl who is now 17 and pregnant. Father Henry Christopher Foxhoven, 45, a priest in Steubenville, OH, has been charged at the federal level with eight counts of sexual battery, after he… Read More »

Pittsburgh Synagogue Killer Facing Death Penalty

Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty for the man that was accused of firing an AR-15 inside the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh over the weekend. Eleven people were killed during the anti-Semitic massacre. Mark Raimondi, spokesman for the Department of Justice, said the US Attorney for western PA has begun the approval… Read More »

New Jersey Mom Stops Kentucky School Shooting

A mother in New Jersey is being hailed as a hero today as she has been credited with helping to stop a potential school shooting 600 miles away. Koeberle Bull, from Lumberton, NJ, was surprised to receive a Facebook messenger message from a man who was a stranger to her. The account belonged to Dylan… Read More »

Greedy Microsoft Employee Charged in $1.5 Million Embezzlement Plot

Federal prosecutors last week charged a high-level Microsoft director with five counts of wire fraud. They accused him of trying to embezzle $1.5 million from Microsoft, and then use his connections in the NFL to sell Super Bowl tickets for his own financial gain. Jeff Tran, 45, was employed at Microsoft as the director of… Read More »