Washington, DC - The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have observed an increase in highly impactful ransomware attacks occurring on holidays and weekends—when offices are normally closed—in the United States, as recently as the Fourth of July holiday in 2021. The FBI and CISA do not currently have any specific threat reporting indicating a cyberattack will occur over the upcoming Labor Day holiday.

San Diego, California - Joshua Bilal George, 38, of San Diego, pleaded guilty last week to conspiracy to defraud the United States and wire fraud, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

Sacramento, California - On Thursday, August 26, after a three–day trial, a federal jury found Eligio Nunez, 42, of Hayward, guilty of being a felon in possession of firearms, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

Washington, DC - Global Plywood and Lumber Trading LLC (Global Plywood) pleaded guilty Friday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to violating the Lacey Act. The corporation admitted that it failed to exercise due care when it imported illegally-sourced timber from the Peruvian Amazon into the United States. The court sentenced Global Plywood to pay $200,000 in restitution to the Ministry of Environment of Peru and a $5,000 fine.

Sacramento, California - Governor Gavin Newsom Friday announced his nomination of Judge Victor A. Rodriguez as Associate Justice of the First District Court of Appeal, Division Three. The Governor also announced his appointment of 22 Superior Court Judges, which include two in Contra Costa County; six in Los Angeles County; one in Madera County; one in Monterey County; two in Orange County; three in Riverside County; two in San Diego County; one in San Mateo County; three in Santa Clara County; and one in Solano County.

El Paso, Texas - A citizen of Mexico was sentenced Friday to three years in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release for his role in a conspiracy to smuggle protected reptiles from Mexico to the United States.