Results tagged “Federal Prosecutors” from The Court Reporter

Former Assistant USD Coach Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Commit Bribery

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SAN DIEGO - Thaddeus Brown, the former assistant coach at the University of San Diego, was sentenced Thursday to a year behind bars for conspiring to commit sports bribery, according to federal prosecutors.

The indictment charged that Brown and others influenced the outcome of basketball games at the University of San Diego during the 2009-2010 season and then attempted to recruit players to do the same during the 2010-2011 season, according to authorities.

Brown was indicted in November and eight of the 10 defendants named in the indictment have also pleaded guilty.

According to court documents, Brown, during the 2006-2007 season, bribed co-defendant Brandon Johnson to influence the outcome of basketball games during the 2009-2010 season while Johnson was a member of USD's basketball team.

Brown and his co-conspirators then profited by placing bets at Las Vegas casinos on games Johnson influenced.


Armed Robbers Who Stole Rolex Watches Are Sent To Prison

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BALTIMORE--A 21-year-old man who stole 35 men's Rolex watches  valued at $275,475 with two other defendants  was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison today, according to federal prosecutors.

Reginald D. Dargan Jr. and two co-defendants Deontaye Harvey and Aaron Pratt drove  to a mall to commit the March 30, 2011.

Federal officials stated that Dargan was armed with a knife and Harvey and Pratt were each armed with a gun. They entered a jewelry store in the mall and brandishing their weapons demanded that store employees open the display cases, state authorities.

According to officials, one employee tried to run out into the mall to get help, but Dargan and Harvey went after him and brought him back into the store at gunpoint, while Pratt stayed in the store with the other employees. Dargan then had a store employee empty the men's watch display into a bag that Dargan was carrying and the three robbers left the mall, officials stated.

Pratt and Harvey, both age 22, of Baltimore, previously pleaded guilty to their roles in the scheme and were sentenced to more than 7 years and to more than 13 years in prison, respectively.

Attorney Arrested for Tax Evasion and Setting Up Illegal Wire Taps

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SAN FRANCISCO - A San Ramon attorney was indicted Tuesday for tax evasion and illegally eavesdropping n  conversations via listening devices of her clients' spouses or significant others' cars.

The federal indictment states that Mary Nolan, 50, the owner of the Law Offices of Mary Nolan in San Ramon, filed false tax returns from 2005 through 2008, according to federal prosecutors.

The unreported taxable income totaled $1.8 million resulting in additional tax due of about $593,916, say federal authorities.

The federal indictment alleges that Nolan referred clients to private investigator Christopher Butler for Butler to install concealed listening devices.

Nolan was arrested on Tuesday. She is charged with tax evasion, conspiracy to unlawfully intercept communications and  unlawful interception of communications.

Each crime carries a sentence of up to five years in prison.


Omaha Man Gets More than 17 Years in Prison For Producing Child Porn

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NEBRASKA  -- A 50-year-old man was sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for producing child pornography, federal prosecutors announced today.

Douglas Suing, of Omaha, was arrested in Navajo County, Arizona on Jan. 12, 2011 as he was driving back to Nebraska, say federal authorities. A search of the hard drive found in Suing's vehicle revealed over 9,000 videos of child pornography, federal authorities stated.

Authorities identified a child engaged in sexually explicit in a series of short videos and images produced by Suing's camera as a 12-year-old living in Omaha.

In addition to the images of the 12-year-old produced by Suing, there were more than 200 videos of child pornography to include infants and prepubescent children engaged in acts of sexual penetration and bondage, federal prosecutors stated.

This matter was investigated by the Omaha FBI's Cyber Crime Task Force.

Project Safe Childhood is a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation, say federal  authorities.

For more information about Project Safe Childhood go to:

N.C. Man Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison for Ponzi Scheme

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A 47-year-old man was sentenced today to 50 years in prison in connection with a $40 million Ponzi scheme he operated, according to federal prosecutors.
From April 2007 to September 2009, Keith Franklin Simmons, of West Jefferson, North Carolina and his co-conspirators induced more than 400 victims nationwide to invest more than $40 million in Black Diamond, a supposed business trading in the foreign currency exchange market.
Simmons used the victims' money to pay for a lavish lifestyle, according to federal authorities.
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