Governor Signs Gonzalez Bill Providing Post-Conviction Relief

SACRAMENTO–A bill by California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to provide a means for people to challenge their invalid convictions was signed into law Wednesday by the Governor. The bill received unanimous support throughout the legislative process. AB 813 will provide California criminal courts with a vehicle to review challenges to a conviction’s legal validity […]

Gov. Brown Signs Bill To Protect Workers With Disabilities From Discrimination

SACRAMENTO–A bill by California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to protect disabled workers from on the job discrimination was signed into law today by the Governor. AB 488 will eliminate an exemption for employees of sheltered workshops and rehabilitation centers with special minimum wage licenses under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), […]

Jury Convicts El Paso Attorney In Connection With Multi-Million Dollar Fraud

El Paso, TX–A federal jury on Wednesday convicted an El Paso attorney in connection with a multi-million dollar wire fraud and money laundering scheme. Marco Antonio Delgado (aka Marco Delgado Licon), 50, was found guilty on three counts of wire fraud, seven counts of money laundering, and nine counts of engaging in monetary transactions of criminally […]

ISIL-Linked Kosovo Hacker Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison

WASHINGTON–Ardit Ferizi, aka Th3Dir3ctorY, 20, a citizen of Kosovo, was sentenced today to 20 years in prison for providing material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization, and accessing a protected computer without authorization and obtaining information in order to provide material support to ISIL. “This […]

Former Long Island Educator, Coach Sentenced To Prison For Receiving Child Pornography

NEW YORK–A former Long Island educator  was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison after pleading guilty to downloading video files showing the sexual abuse of children as young as eight years old. The initial arrest stemmed from an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) in New York and […]

Goodman Company Agrees To Pay $5.55 Million For Misrepresentation In Reporting Fire Hazard

WASHINGTON–Goodman Company L.P. has agreed to pay a $5.55 million civil penalty to settle allegations that it failed to timely inform the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) of a fire risk posed by certain air conditioning and heating units, many of which were installed in hotels, schools and hospitals, the Department of Justice and the […]

CA Man Pleads Guilty To Staging Vehicle Accidents To Defraud Insurance Companies

FRESNO–A Stockton man pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and admitted he staged dozens of car accidents as part of a large-scale scheme to defraud insurance companies. Cristopher Santiago Sanchez-Becerra, 32, appeared in federal court Tuesday morning to answer to the charges stemming from a probe by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s […]

Justice Dept. Sues South Dakota Business For Violating Employment Rights Of Air National Guard Member

WASHINGTON–The Justice Department filed a complaint Tuesday alleging that BioFusion Health Products Incorporated, a business with headquarters in Rapid City, South Dakota, violated the employment rights of former South Dakota Air National Guard Senior Airman Amber M. Ishmael under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).  Ishmael has served her country as part of […]

CalVet Disapproves GI Bill Approval for ITT Technical Institute

SACRAMENTO–To protect the hard-earned GI Bill Education benefits for California Veterans, the California State Approving Agency for Veteran Education (CSAAVE), a division of the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet), sent a “Notice of Disapproval” to all 15 California campuses owned and operated by ITT Educational Services, Incorporated (ITT). CalVet says the GI Bill benefits […]

U.S. Dept. Of Labor Sues Maryland Contractor For Discriminating Against Hispanic, Black Employees

Jessup, MD–The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit alleging a Maryland demolition contractor discriminated against more than 150 Hispanic and African-American workers and allowed harassment of employees based on race and national origin. The suit follows an investigation by the department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs that found Potomac Abatement, Inc., forced […]