Imperial Valley News
Sacramento, California - The Sacramento Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) seeks assistance from the public to help locate Otis Lee Cooper, 57. Cooper, formerly of Sacramento, is wanted for a federal violation of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. Although Cooper has ties to Michigan and Mississippi, he has yet to be successfully located and apprehended.
Ex-Employee at Federal Prison in San Pedro Pleads Guilty to Accepting Bribe to Smuggle Mobile Phone into Facility
Los Angeles, California - A Lake Elsinore man who was employed as a correctional officer at the Federal Correctional Institution, Terminal Island has pled guilty to a federal bribery charge for taking $1,000 in cash to smuggle a cell phone into the prison facility.
Los Angeles, California - Four Philippine nationals were indicted Thursday on conspiracy, hostage-taking, and weapons charges stemming from the kidnapping in the Philippines of a mother and her then 14-year-old son in July of 2011. The indictment alleges that the group held the mother for approximately 82 days and the son for approximately 151 days, and forced the family to pay ransom for their return. The victims, both U.S. nationals, were in the Philippines on a family trip.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Italian Customs Joint Operation Nets 115,000 Counterfeit Luxury Items
Washington, DC - In partnership with Agenzia Delle Dogane E Dei Monopoli (Italian Customs), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently completed Operation Dolce Vita, a bilateral Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) enforcement operation that targeted high value luxury items from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The operation included an information exchange and targeting of suspect cargo at all ports of entry in both the U.S. and Italy.
San Francisco, California - Ian Furminger, 47, of Pleasant Hill and Edmond Robles, 46, of Danville, both San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) officers, were convicted today by a federal jury of conspiracy to violate civil rights, conspiracy to steal from a federally funded program, and devising a scheme to defraud and obtain money and property through wire fraud. Robles was also convicted of theft from a federally funded program.
San Jose, California - Paul S. Devine was sentenced on December 1, 2014, to 12 months and one day in prison, and ordered to pay $4,464,664 in restitution for wire fraud, conspiracy, money laundering, and engaging in transactions in criminally-derived property, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag, FBI Special Agent in Charge David J. Johnson, and Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, Acting Special Agent in Charge Thomas McMahon.