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Today — 25 July 2024Government Issued

Brooklyn Man Convicted of Money Laundering Scheme in Connection With Theft of Millions of Dollars from Foreign Banks

24 July 2024 at 12:00
A federal jury in Brooklyn today convicted Alex Levin on both counts of an indictment charging him with conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiracy to violate the Travel Act in connection with his role in a scheme that resulted in the theft of millions of dollars and property from safe deposit boxes at multiple banks outside of the United States, including in Ukraine, Russia, North Macedonia, Moldova, Latvia, Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan. 
Yesterday — 24 July 2024Government Issued

Riverhead Man Sentenced to 25 Years' Imprisonment for Conspiring to Distribute Large Quantities of Narcotics, Including Fentanyl, on the East End of Long Island

23 July 2024 at 12:00
“Douglas’s singular contribution to the opioid epidemic on Long Island is horrific as the drugs he distributed contributed to the deaths of four human beings,” stated United States Attorney Peace.   “Today’s lengthy sentence should serve as a deterrent to those endangering our communities by distributing potentially lethal drugs. It is my hope that holding the defendant accountable for the terrible consequences of his actions will bring a measure of closure to the victims’ families.”
Before yesterdayGovernment Issued

Indonesian National Pleads Guilty to International Ponzi Scheme that Defrauded Indonesian and Indo-American Community

23 July 2024 at 12:00
“As he admitted today, Marganda led a $23 million Ponzi scheme directly targeting his fellow countrymen, Indonesian and Indo-American victims, stealing their hard-earned funds and spending them on luxury goods and real estate,” stated United States Attorney Peace. “This Office will continue to use all tools available to protect those living in the Eastern District, from prevention efforts, including educating the public about red flags of financial fraud, to holding swindlers accountable for their crimes and seeking to recover and return victims’ money.”

Four Men Plead Guilty to Defrauding Global Financial Services Company of Over Two Million Dollars

18 July 2024 at 12:00
“Each defendant was convicted of their roles in a sprawling and complex nationwide scheme organized from Long Island to steal millions of dollars that were intended for legitimate investors and launder the proceeds of their crime,” stated United States Attorney Breon Peace.  “Today’s guilty plea demonstrates how this Office will swiftly bring to justice those who fraudulently manipulate the financial system, no matter how complex the scheme.”

Carlos Watson, Founder and Former CEO of Ozy Media Inc., Convicted of Multi-Million Dollar Fraud Scheme

16 July 2024 at 12:00
“The jury found that Watson was a con man who told lie upon lie upon lie to deceive investors into buying stock in his company.  Watson invented phony financial figures and caused others to forge fake contracts and impersonate a media executive,” stated United States Attorney Peace.  “Ozy Media ultimately collapsed under the weight of Watson’s dishonest schemes and with today’s verdict, Watson himself has been held accountable for his brazen crimes.  My Office is committed to ensuring integrity in the financial markets and protecting investors, small and large, from fast-talking fraudsters looking to betray their trust and separate them from their money.”

Georgian National Charged with Soliciting Hate Crimes and a Mass Casualty Attack in New York City

16 July 2024 at 12:00
“As alleged, the defendant sought to recruit others to commit violent attacks and killings in furtherance of his Neo-Nazi ideologies,” stated United States Attorney Peace.  “His goal was to spread hatred, fear and destruction by encouraging bombings, arson and even poisoning children, for the purpose of harming racial minorities, the Jewish community and homeless individuals.  We will not hesitate to find and prosecute those who threaten the safety and freedoms of all members of our community, including members of minority communities, no matter where in the world these criminals might be hiding.”  

Former Banker Charged with Bribing Ghanaian Officials Extradited to the United States from the United Kingdom

16 July 2024 at 12:00
“As alleged, the defendant bribed Ghanaian government officials to secure a lucrative development contract relying on the U.S. banking system to execute his scheme,” stated United States Attorney Peace.  “My Office is committed to rooting out bribery and other criminal practices that create inequities in the playing field for business both here and abroad and exploit the U.S. banking system.”

Defendants Plead Guilty to Stealing Identities of the Homeless to Fraudulently Apply for Unemployment Benefits

15 July 2024 at 12:00
“The defendants shamefully stole vulnerable homeless victims’ personal identifying information for their own personal gain,” stated United States Attorney Breon Peace.  “Instead of investigating fraud, as the City of New York trusted Otufale to do, the defendants abused Otufale’s position and access to sensitive data to commit fraud.  That the defendants face a mandatory prison sentence of two years should serve as a deterrent message to others who think about corruptly stealing identities and taxpayer funds.”

MS-13 Gang Member Sentenced to 292 Months in Prison for Retaliation Murder on Long Island

12 July 2024 at 12:00
“As Amaya-Sanchez admitted, the murder he committed was premeditated and brutal.  Now he will have a long time to think about his cruel actions as he serves his sentence behind bars,” stated United States Attorney Peace. “This Office and our law enforcement partners will continue working tirelessly to eliminate MS-13 and the threat this transnational criminal enterprise presents to our community.”

Two Former Postal Workers Charged with Stealing U.S. Treasury Checks Valued at more than $4 Million from Kennedy Airport Mail Facility

10 July 2024 at 12:00
“The former postal workers abused their positions of trust to allegedly pull one of the biggest thefts at John F. Kennedy International Airport,” stated United States Attorney Peace.  “The charges allege these five defendants stole, sold and fraudulently deposited millions of dollars in U.S. Treasury checks, which included pandemic relief payments, for their own financial benefit.  Criminals who cash in on checks stolen from the mail can expect to fill out change of address forms for the federal prison they will be calling home.”

High-Ranking MS-13 Gang Leader Pleads Guilty to Eight Murders, Multiple Attempted Murders, Arson and Firearms Offenses

10 July 2024 at 12:00
Earlier today, in federal court in Central Islip, Alexi Saenz, also known as “Blasty” and “Plaky,” the leader of the Brentwood/Central Islip chapter of the Sailors Locos Salvatruchas Westside clique of La Mara Salvatrucha, also known as the MS-13, a transnational criminal organization, pleaded guilty to racketeering charges in connection with his participation in eight murders.

Man Charged with Gunpoint Robbery of Queens Jewelry Store

9 July 2024 at 12:00
“As alleged, Chirinos-Torres and his co-conspirators stole from, threatened and viciously shot a hardworking merchant during a violent gunpoint robbery of a neighborhood jewelry store,” stated United States Attorney Peace.  “We will continue to vigorously prosecute in federal court armed robbers like the defendant who jeopardize the safety and security of members of our community.”

Brooklyn Resident and Canadian National Plead Guilty to Multi Million Dollar Export Control Scheme

9 July 2024 at 12:00
Earlier today in federal court in Brooklyn, Canadian national Nikolay Goltsev and Brooklyn resident Salimdzhon Nasriddinov pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit export control violations for their roles in a global procurement scheme on behalf of sanctioned Russian companies, including companies with Russian military contracts. 

Bloods Gang Leader Sentenced to Life in Prison for Racketeering Charges

9 July 2024 at 12:00
Earlier today, in federal court in Central Islip, New York, Howard Davis, also known as “Mousey” and “Mr. Fedup,” a leader of the violent Bloods street gang, was sentenced by United States District Judge Joan M. Azrack to life in prison plus 132 years for attempted murder, assault, robbery, distribution of controlled substances, obstruction of justice and brandishing and discharging firearms during the commission of these offenses. 

Queens Woman Charged With Using a Hitman-For-Hire Website on the Dark Web to Order Murder of Her Lover’s Wife

8 July 2024 at 12:00
This afternoon, at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn , Yue Zhou is scheduled to be arraigned on an indictment charging her with murder-for-hire.  Zhou was arrested on June 5, 2024 in the Eastern District of Virginia and removed to the Eastern District of New York on Wednesday, July 3, 2024. 

U.S. Attorney Breon Peace Announces New Leadership for Criminal Division and Long Island Division

28 June 2024 at 12:00
“I make these announcements with tremendous pride and excitement. Alix, John and Rich are brilliant legal minds with vast expertise in serving the Office, through both impressive casework and leadership positions.  I have the utmost confidence they will continue to do what they do best – inspire and lead their teams in the pursuit of equal justice,” stated U.S. Attorney Peace.

U.S. Attorney Breon Peace Announces 11 Arrests in National Health Care Fraud Enforcement Action

27 June 2024 at 12:00
“These defendants have been charged with treating the Medicare and Medicaid programs like cash registers they could use to ring up withdrawals from the public treasury straight into their pockets,” stated United States Attorney Peace.  “The enforcement actions announced today demonstrate my Office’s resolve to prosecute those who exploit our health care benefits programs for personal gain.”

Five Employees of Juvenile Detention Center Charged With Smuggling Contraband in Exchange for Bribes

26 June 2024 at 12:00
Five criminal complaints were unsealed today in federal court in Brooklyn charging current New York City Administration for Children’s Services employees Da’Vante Bolton, Roger Francis, Christopher Craig and Nigel King, and former ACS employee Octavia Napier, with conspiracy to commit Travel Act bribery.  All five defendants were Youth Development Specialists at the Crossroads Juvenile Center in Brownsville, Brooklyn.