Los Angeles, California - A resident of the Mount Washington neighborhood of Los Angeles pleaded guilty Thursday to defrauding more than 100 investors out of approximately $8.3 million through a scheme that sold “ancient slag,” a mining waste byproduct that supposedly contained precious metals.

Sacramento, California - Hunter Daniel Secrest, 27, formerly of San Francisco, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one count of conspiracy to distribute narcotics, Acting United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced. 

Sacramento, California - Christopher Kegan Williams, 26, of Sacramento, was sentenced on Tuesday by United States District Judge John A. Mendez to 2.5 years in prison for distribution of fentanyl, Acting United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

San Jose, California - Michael Kail, the former Vice President of IT Operations at Netflix, was sentenced Tuesday to 30 months in federal prison for his convictions for honest services wire, mail fraud, and money laundering, announced Acting United States Attorney Stephanie M. Hinds, Federal Bureau of Investigation Craig D. Fair, and IRS-Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Mark H. Pearson.  Kail was also ordered to forfeit $700,000, pay a $50,000 fine, and serve a three term of supervision upon release from prison.  The sentence was handed down by the United States District Judge Beth Labson Freeman. 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - FBI Pittsburgh is seeking to identify potential victims of Kaung Myat Kyaw, a Penn Hills man who allegedly preyed on teenagers on Snapchat. In a joint investigation with our FBI offices in Phoenix, Buffalo, and Virginia, as well as the Fairfax County Police and Campbell County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia, FBI Pittsburgh arrested Myat Kyaw last month for allegedly enticing underage females to produce and transmit sexually explicit videos and photos.

Los Angeles, California - A former Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) executive has agreed to plead guilty to a federal criminal charge for lying to the FBI about a lucrative job offer he secretly solicited and agreed to accept in exchange for providing “guarantees” of additional LADWP contract money to a lawyer who held a bribery-fueled contract with the department, the Justice Department announced Monday.