Former Simi Valley CEO Convicted Of Selling Navy Knock-Off Batteries Used On Subs And Aircraft Carriers

LOS ANGELES–A federal jury has convicted the former CEO of the Simi Valley-based battery distributor Powerline Inc. of defrauding the government by selling more than $2.6 million in cheap, knock-off batteries to the U.S. Department of Defense. Didier De Nier, 63, who lived in Simi Valley until he fled the U.S. nearly two years ago, […]

Armenian Power Gang Leaders Convicted For Racketeering Conspiracy

LOS ANGELES–Two leaders of the Armenian Power gang were found guilty by a federal jury in Los Angeles for their participation in a racketeering conspiracy that included extortion, bank fraud targeting elderly bank customers and a sophisticated credit and debit card skimming scheme that stole account numbers and personal identification numbers (PINs) from thousands of […]

Utah Man Pleads Guilty To Religious-Motivated Attack On Synagogue

Salt Lake City, UT–A 21 year-old Utah man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court  Wednesday to a federal civil rights crime relating to a bias-motivated weapons discharge aimed at a local synagogue and to two unlawful gun possession charges. During the plea proceedings, Macon Openshaw admitted that late at night on a date in 2012, he fired […]

Identity Thief Sentenced To 39 Months In Prison

Boise, ID–An Idaho man was sentenced Tuesday to 39 months in prison for aggravated identity theft and possessing multiple false identification documents, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and Grangeville police. Jordan Schoo, 34, who resided in both Nampa and Grangeville, pleaded guilty to […]

FAA Proposes $547,500 Civil Penalty Against Hawaiian Airlines

Hawiaan Airlines

LOS ANGELES–The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $547,500 Civil Penalty against Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. for operating a Boeing 767-300 that was not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations. The FAA alleges Hawaiian operated the aircraft thousands of times when it was not in compliance with a July 2000 Airworthiness […]

Gov. Brown Appoints Deputy Secretary For Veterans Homes

Coby Petersen

SACRAMENTO–Governor Brown has appointed Coby Petersen, 50, of Wilton, as the deputy secretary of Veterans Homes at the California Department of Veterans Affairs. Petersen is a retired U.S. Army Colonel. He was the senior army advisor to the U.S. Army Adjutant General of California from 2010 to 2014, chief of future operations in the 3rd […]

Feds Seize Websites Selling Potentially Deadly Iillegal Narcotics

Buffalo, N.Y.–U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Buffalo seized Friday three China-based websites selling illegal narcotics. “Seizing these websites that openly sell illegal narcotics helps to stem the flow of drugs to communities in western New York,” said James Spero, special agent in charge of HSI Buffalo. “We will continue to […]

Ukrainian Nationals Charged With Racketeering, Hacking Computers

Lincoln, NEBRASKA–Nine  alleged members of a wide-ranging racketeering enterprise and conspiracy who infected thousands of business computers with malicious software known as “Zeus” have been charged in an indictment unsealed today in Lincoln, Neb. The indictment alleges that the “Zeus” malware captured passwords, account numbers, and other information necessary to log into online banking accounts.  […]

NRC Issues Order Imposing $7,000 Fine Against Puerto Rico Firm

WASHINGTON–The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued an Order to a Santurce, Puerto Rico, company imposing a $7,000 civil penalty for failure to dispose of licensed nuclear material in its possession. The material is contained in nuclear devices used for medical diagnostic purposes. The NRC considered additional daily fines against Centro de Medicina (CDM) Nuclear because […]

FAA Proposes $77,000 Civil Penalty Against Unilever BestFoods Inc.

Fort Worth TX–The U.S Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $77,000 civil penalty against Unilever BestFoods Inc., for allegedly violating Hazardous Materials Regulations. The FAA alleges that Unilever BestFoods offered a fiberboard box containing one pump bottle of flammable liquid styling spray and three aerosol cans of flammable gas hair spray […]