Former Swiss Banker Pleads Guilty To Conspiring With U.S. Taxpayers, Swiss Bankers To Defraud The U.S.

WASHINGTON–A former Credit Suisse AG banker, who has been a fugitive since 2011, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia to charges related to aiding and assisting U.S. taxpayers in evading their income taxes. Michele Bergantino, 48, a citizen of Italy and a resident of Switzerland, pleaded guilty before […]

Jennie-O Turkey Store To Pay $492K In Back Wages To 339 Female Applicants

Willmar, MN– Jennie-O Turkey Store Inc. has agreed to hire 53 women and pay $491,861 in back wages to 339 female job applicants denied entry-level jobs at its Willmar turkey-processing facility. The company’s action resolves a U.S. Department of Labor lawsuit alleging the global turkey products producer discriminated in its hiring practices. Jennie-O Turkey Store […]

Defense Secretary Ash Carter Releases Hack The Pentagon Results

WASHINGTON–Secretary of Defense Ash Carter Friday released the final results from the Hack the Pentagon cybersecurity initiative, the first bug bounty in the history of the federal government. At an event in the Pentagon, the Secretary also personally thanked two hackers who participated in the competition, Craig Arendt and David Dworken. Arendt, a computer security researcher, […]

Man Charged With Theft Of Trade Secrets, Economic Espionage

WASHINGTON–A 30 Chinese national Tuesday was charged in a six-count superseding indictment with economic espionage and theft of trade secrets, in connection with theft of proprietary source code from his former employer, with the intent to benefit the National Health and Family Planning Commission of the People’s Republic of China. Xu Jiaqiang was initially arrested by the […]

Double Pay On The Holiday Bill Passes Senate Labor Committee

SACRAMENTO–The Double Pay on the Holiday Act authored by California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), which would require large retail employers to pay at least two times the regular rate of pay to any employee who sacrifices time with their families and friends in order to work on Thanksgiving, was approved by the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee on a 3-1 vote. […]

CPUC Approves Dead Tree Biomass Contract For PG&E

SAN FRANCISCO, June 9, 2016 – The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), in response to Governor Brown’s October 2015 Tree Mortality Emergency Proclamation, today amended Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) renewable energy power purchase contract with Sierra Pacific Industries to allow for the use of dead tree biomass resulting from the drought and bark […]

Fourth Ocean Shipping Executive Indicted For Price Fixing And Bid Rigging

WASHINGTON–An ocean freight executive has been indicted for his participation in a long-running conspiracy to restrain trade in international ocean shipments of roll-on, roll-off cargo to and from the Port of Baltimore and elsewhere in the United States, the Department of Justice said Tuesday. A grand jury in the District of Maryland returned the indictment. Mauricio Javier […]

Feds Remove Chilean Man Sought For Role In International Armed Theft Ring

CLEVELAND–A Chilean man, who is wanted for questioning in his home country for his suspected role in an international theft ring, was turned over to authorities in Santiago Wednesday by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). Carlos Fernando Orellana-Pizarro, 45, who has a robbery conviction in Germany, was […]

California Man Sentenced To 12 Years In Prison For Attempting To Join ISIL

WASHINGTON–A 22 year-old California man was sentenced by a U.S. district judge to 12 years in prison for attempting to provide material support to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization, Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Carlin and Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip Talbert of the Eastern District […]

Gonzalez Bill To End Gender Bias In Workers’ Comp Approved By CA Assembly

SACRAMENTO–A bill by California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to eliminate discriminatory practices in California’s workers’ compensation system that penalize women was approved on a bipartisan 56-16 vote by the California Assembly Wednesday. Assembly Bill 1643 makes the impairment rating for injuries resulting from work-related breast cancer equivalent to the rating for prostate cancer. The bill also prevents […]