EPA Requiring BMW to Correct Fuel Economy Labels for Four Mini Cooper Vehicles

WASHINGTON–The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is revising estimates for four 2014 BMW Mini Cooper vehicles to ensure consumers are given accurate fuel economy values. The EPA performed a fuel economy audit on the BMW Mini Cooper and obtained values that differed from those BMW submitted to EPA for certification. With EPA oversight, BMW conducted […]

Five Northern California Real Estate Investors Indicted For Bid Rigging, Fraud At Public Foreclosure Auctions

SAN FRANCISCO–A federal grand jury in San Francisco returned an eight-count indictment against five real estate investors for their role in bid rigging and fraud schemes at foreclosure auctions in Northern California, the Department of Justice says. The indictment, filed today in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco, California, […]

Bay Area Man Linked To Oregon Teen’s Kidnapping Charged Federally

Blake Johnston

OAKLAND–A Bay Area man suspected of transporting a teenage girl from Oregon to northern California to engage in sex made his initial appearance in federal court last Friday morning as law enforcement officials appealed for the public’s help to identify additional underage victims. Blake Robert Johnston, 41, of Martinez, is charged in a federal criminal […]

CPUC Issues Proposals Sanctioning PG&E For Ex Parte Communications

SAN FRANCISCO–The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today issued an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Ruling and an alternate Commissioner proposal regarding sanctions against Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) for ex parte violations concerning the assignment of a particular ALJ to the utility’s gas transmission and storage rate proceeding. The Ruling by ALJ Hallie Yacknin […]

Former Corrections Officer Convicted Of Possessing Child Pornography

Jacksonville, FL–A former Jacksonville corrections officer was found guilty last Wednesday of four counts of possession of child pornography. This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, in conjunction with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office’s. Leon Perry Brooks Sr., 40, of Jacksonville, faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal […]

Terrorist Indicted On Additional Charges For Attack In Benghazi, Libya

WASHINGTON–A federal grand jury in the District of Columbia returned a superseding indictment today charging Ahmed Abu Khatallah, aka Ahmed Mukatallah, with numerous additional offenses arising from his alleged participation in the Sept. 11 through 12, 2012, terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, which resulted in the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and U.S. government personnel […]

CalVet Launches Veteran Affordable Housing Program For Families‏

SACRAMENTO–Today, the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) launches a new affordable home ownership program,Residential Enriched Neighborhoods (REN), for our Veterans and their families through a partnership with Homes for Families. Thisimportant new program offers manageable loan payments and enrichment services, with permanent home ownership for California’sVeterans.  “CalVet and Homes for Families are making it […]

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Proposes $3,500 Fine For A Missouri Cardiology Company

WASHINGTON–The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has proposed a $3,500 civil penalty to Metro Cardiovascular Diagnostics, a cardiology practice in Florisstant, Mo., for violations of its radiation protection procedures and NRC requirements. The violations were identified during a routine NRC inspection and an investigation looking into the handling of radioactive material used for diagnostic medical tests. […]

Canadian Sentenced For Trafficking In Counterfeit Airbags


SEATTLE–A British Columbia man who sold counterfeit airbags sourced from China on eBay was sentenced Tuesday to six months in federal prison, three years’ supervised release and was ordered to pay $33,000 in restitution, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Abdul Masood Qayumi, 25, of Surrey, B.C., […]

Former FBI Special Agent, Co-Defendant Plead Guilty To Conspiracy, Bribery, And Obstruction Of Justice Scheme

WASHINGTON–A former FBI special agent and a conspirator pleaded guilty in the District of Utah yesterday and today to participating in a bribery scheme to obstruct a grand jury investigation in exchange for the promise of cash and multimillion dollar business contracts offered by a businessman under investigation. “No one is above the law, no […]