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Florida Resident Charged with Attempting to Use Weapon of Mass Destruction

Defendant, Allegedly Inspired by ISIL, Attempted to Obtain Weapons and Explosives to Conduct Attacks

Harlem Suarez, also known as Almlak Benitez, 23, of Key West, Florida, was charged by a criminal complaint with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction against a person or property within the United States.

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Member of Lucchese Organized Crime Family Sentenced to 360 Months in Prison for Racketeering and Other Crimes

A member of the Lucchese organized crime family of La Cosa Nostra (LCN) was sentenced today to serve 360 months in prison for participating in a racketeering conspiracy and related offenses.  Three other members of the conspiracy are scheduled to be sentenced later this week.

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Georgia Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIL

Leon Nathan Davis, 37, of Augusta, Georgia, was sentenced today to 15 years in federal prison by U.S. District Judge J. Randal Hall of the Southern District of Georgia for attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, namely, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).  Davis pleaded guilty to an information charging him with attempting to provide material support to ISIL on May 27, 2015.  His prison term will be followed by a lifetime of supervised release.

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New York Man Arrested and Charged with Attempting to Provide Support to ISIL

Arafat M. Nagi, 42, of Lackawanna, New York, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with attempting to provide material support and resources, namely personnel, to a foreign terrorist organization, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).  The charge carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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United States Seeks Criminal Penalties for Man Selling Dietary Supplements Online in Violation of Court Orders

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The Department of Justice announced today that it is pursuing criminal contempt sanctions against a Livingston, Montana, man for selling dietary supplements and drugs in violation of two court orders. Toby McAdam, 57, is alleged to have violated a 2010 court order and an order of civil contempt issued in 2013, both of which prohibit him from selling dietary supplements and drugs.  The government alleges that McAdam has continued to sell both supplements and drugs, and failed to close down his business and online sites.

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Alaskan Physician Convicted of Distributing and Receiving Child Pornography

A federal jury convicted an Alaskan physician of distributing and receiving child pornography, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Karen. L. Loeffler of the District of Alaska.

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Congressman Chaka Fattah and Associates Charged with Participating in Racketeering Conspiracy

A member of Congress and four of his associates were indicted today for their roles in a racketeering conspiracy involving several schemes that were intended to further the political and financial interests of the defendants and others by, among other tactics, misappropriating hundreds of thousands of dollars of federal, charitable and campaign funds.  

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Thirteen U.S. Soldiers Sentenced for Roles in Fraudulent Military Recruiting Bonus Scheme

Thirteen members of the Texas Guard have received their sentences for their roles in wide-ranging bribery and fraud schemes that caused more than $170,000 in losses to the United States.  Seven of those members were sentenced this past week in Houston.  

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Second Chances Vital to Criminal Justice Reform

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Each year, more than 600,000 individuals are released from state and federal prisons, and over 11 million cycle through local jails.  In addition, a broader population – approximately one in three U.S. adults – has an arrest record, mostly for relatively minor, non-violent offenses, and sometimes as a result of crimes committed decades in the past. 

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Minnesota Man Sentenced to 60 Months for Sexual Assault on U.S. Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan

A Minnesota man who worked at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, was sentenced today to 60 months for sexual assault.  Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger of the District of Minnesota, Acting Executive Assistant Director Charles Warmuth of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service’s (NCIS) Pacific Operations and Special Agent in Charge Richard T. Thronton of the FBI’s Minneapolis Field Office made the announcement.

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