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Archive for January 22nd, 2016

Fioretti Condemns GOP Plan to Bankrupt Chicago Schools

Posted by Admin On January - 22 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Fioretti condemns forced CPS bankruptcy

The plan by Gov. Bruce Rauner and other members of the Illinois GOP to bankrupt Chicago schools would be a disaster for our children, our teachers and our city, State Senate candidate Bob Fioretti said in the wake of the proposal.

“Governor Rauner’s proposal for a state takeover of Chicago Public Schools will destroy educational opportunity for our children,” said Fioretti, a long-time public education advocate. “And his plan to have CPS file for bankruptcy is nothing more than a back-door attempt to destroy the Chicago Teacher’s Union.

“We don’t need a state takeover. We need our fair share of state funding and we need an elected school board in the city of Chicago,” he said.

CPS and the families who depend on neighborhood schools should not be political bargaining chips with the education of an entire generation put at risk with the GOP plan to intentionally bankrupt the system.

“I’d like to see Gov. Rauner come to Chicago and sit down with the parents of a CPS student and justify putting their kids at risk so he can win a political battle,’’ Fioretti said. “I’d like to see him talk to each of these children and tell them a partisan battle with our city and his anti-union philosophy is more important than their shot at a good education, a good job, and a bright future.’’

Just last week General Electric Corp. announced it ruled Chicago out as a location for its headquarters because of the state of our public schools, Fioretti noted. Our schools are becoming a national tragedy and this is a perfect example as to why.

The proposal is another attack on the Chicago Teacher’s Union, an organization Fioretti has strongly supported. The CTU gave significant concessions four years ago when it agreed to longer hours, it lost thousands of members when 49 Chicago schools, almost all in minority neighborhoods, were closed, and Chicago teachers already contribute more to their own pensions that teachers anywhere else in the state.

Fioretti was a regular figure at school closure hearings where he spoke on behalf of teachers and families. As Second Ward Alderman in 2013 Fioretti introduced a proposed ordinance to declare a surplus from the city’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts and use much of it toward CPS debt of $1 billion at the time.

Fioretti is a candiate for State Senator from the IL 5th District in the March 15 primary.

“It’s a clear attack on our teachers, all of our public employees, and working class black and hispanic people in our city,’’ Fioretti said. “The people behind any effort to bankrupt our schools rather than to support to fixing them with a better investment simply are willing to hurt children and families to get their way.’’

For more information contact Tony@BobFiorettiForStateSenator.com or 312-953-1649

Madigan: Changes that Hurt the Middle Class Cannot be Allowed

Posted by Admin On January - 22 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan issued the following statement Thursday after Gov. Bruce Rauner and Republican legislative leaders proposed changes to Illinois’ pension system:

“I have shown my commitment to achieving pension reform on a number of occasions over the last several years. The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that the General Assembly cannot alter earned benefits. With the court’s guidance, we now have a clearer framework of what cannot be done in any future pension reform proposal. To avoid wasting taxpayer dollars on lawsuits, it’s important that we carefully consider the court’s direction when we take up pension reform proposals as we work to address the state’s unfunded pension debt while ensuring that retirees who have worked hard for decades will receive their retirement benefits.

“The Governor said today that in exchange for negotiating on pension reform, he will continue to demand changes that will drive down the wages and standard of living of middle-class families. Despite the Governor’s desire to drive a wedge between Democrats in the House and Senate, neither President Cullerton nor I will agree to make changes proposed by the Governor that will hurt the middle-class families of our state.”

Former Clerk at Cook County Recorder of Deeds Admits Accepting Cash Bribe in Exchange for Preparing Fraudulent Real Estate Deed

Posted by Admin On January - 22 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

CHICAGO, IL — A former clerk for the Cook County Recorder of Deeds pleaded guilty today to accepting a cash bribe in exchange for preparing a back-dated deed on an Oak Park home and agreeing to record it with her office.

REGINA TAYLOR accepted the $200 bribe from an individual who purportedly wanted to add a relative’s name to the deed of a residence in Oak Park, according to a written plea agreement.  Unbeknownst to Taylor, the individual was actually an undercover law enforcement agent, the plea agreement states.

Taylor, 59, of Chicago, pleaded guilty to one count of honest services mail fraud.  The conviction carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or gross loss resulting from the offense, whichever is greater.

U.S. District Judge Sara L. Ellis scheduled a sentencing hearing for April 13, 2016, at 10:30 a.m.

According to the plea agreement, the fraudulent quit claim deed was created to add the purported relative as a fourth owner of the Oak Park property.  Taylor directed the undercover agent not to tell anyone that the three other individuals on the deed were deceased, according to the plea agreement.  Taylor then prepared the fraudulent deed and back-dated it by 18 months, confirming the purported relative as a grantee.

After giving the fraudulent deed to the undercover agent to have it stamped at the Village of Oak Park, the undercover agent gave Taylor $200 in cash, according to the plea agreement.  Taylor further directed the undercover agent to bring back the stamped copy of the fraudulent deed so that Taylor could officially file it at the Office of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds.

The guilty plea was announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Michael J. Anderson, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The government is represented by Assistant United States Attorney Megan Cunniff Church.

Plea Agreement

Source: U.S. Department of Justice

FBI Releases Preliminary Semiannual Crime Statistics for 2015

Posted by Admin On January - 22 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS
Statistics released in the FBI’s Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report revealed overall declines in the number of property crimes reported and overall increases in the number of violent crimes reported for the first six months of 2015 when compared with figures for the first six months of 2014. The report is based on information from 12,879 law enforcement agencies that submitted three to six months of comparable data to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program for the first six months of 2014 and 2015.

Violent Crime

  • All of the offenses in the violent crime category—murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape (revised definition), rape (legacy definition), aggravated assault, and robbery—showed increases when data from the first six months of 2015 were compared with data from the first six months of 2014. The number of rapes (legacy definition) increased 9.6 percent, the number of murders increased 6.2 percent, aggravated assaults increased 2.3 percent, the number of rapes (revised definition) rose 1.1 percent, and robbery offenses were up 0.3 percent.
  • Violent crime increased in all but two city groupings. In cities with populations from 50,000 to 99,999 inhabitants, violent crime was down 0.3 percent, and in cities with 500,000 to 999,999 in population, violent crime decreased 0.1 percent. The largest increase in violent crime, 5.3 percent, was noted in cities with 250,000 to 499,999 in population.
  • Violent crime decreased 3.3 percent in non-metropolitan counties but rose slightly, 0.1 percent, in metropolitan counties.
  • Violent crime increased in all but one of the nation’s four regions. These crimes were down 3.2 percent in the Northeast but increased 5.6 percent in the West, followed by rises of 1.6 percent in the South and 1.4 percent in the Midwest.

Property Crime

  • In the property crime category, burglary offenses dropped 9.8 percent, and larceny-theft offenses decreased 3.2 percent in the first six months of 2015 compared with the same months from 2014. Only motor vehicle theft showed an increase (1.0 percent).
  • Each of the city population groups had decreases in the overall number of property crimes. Law enforcement agencies in cities with populations under 10,000 inhabitants reported the largest decrease, 7.1 percent.
  • Property crime decreased 12.3 percent in non-metropolitan counties and 6.0 percent in metropolitan counties.
  • The West was the only region to show an increase (2.4 percent) in property crime. Reports of these offenses declined 8.0 percent in the Northeast, 7.0 percent in the Midwest, and 6.4 percent in the South.

Arson

In the UCR Program, arson offenses are collected separately from other property crimes. The number of arson offenses decreased 5.4 percent in the first six months of 2015 when compared with figures for the first six months of 2014. Three of the nation’s four regions reported decreases in the number of arsons. Arsons were down 14.6 percent in the Northeast, 7.1 percent in the South, and 4.4 percent in the West. However, in the Midwest, arson offenses rose 0.5 percent.

Arson offenses were down 14.0 percent in cities with populations under 10,000, the largest decrease within the city groupings. The only city grouping to experience an increase was in those cities with populations from 500,000 to 999,999, where arson offenses rose 11.9 percent. Arsons decreased 16.4 percent in non-metropolitan counties and 4.7 percent in metropolitan counties.

Revised Definition of Rape

In 2013, the FBI’s UCR Program initiated the collection of rape data under a revised definition within the Summary Based Reporting System. The term “forcible” was removed from the offense name, and the definition was changed to “penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”

The number of rape incidents reported using the revised definition, as well as the number of rapes submitted using the legacy definition, are both included in this report in separate columns in each table. The rape figures for those agencies that changed from reporting rape under the legacy definition in 2014 to the revised definition in 2015 are not included in the trend calculations for Tables 1-3, but they are included in Table 4. Please note: Rape data reported for 2014 and 2015 cannot be aggregated by all agencies. Instead, two distinct groups of agencies (those reporting using the legacy definition and those reporting using the revised definition) are used for calculating trends. Therefore, the percent changes from one year to the next within each group are calculated with fewer agencies than in recent years. Offenses with fewer counts are often sensitive to minor differences when calculating trends. More information about this subject is presented in footnotes and data declarations for each table.

Caution against ranking: When the FBI publishes crime data via its UCR Program, some entities use the information to compile rankings of cities and counties. Such rankings, however, do not provide insight into the numerous variables that shape crime in a given town, city, county, state, tribal area, or region. These rankings lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that can create misleading perceptions that adversely affect communities and their residents. Only through careful study and analyses into the range of unique conditions affecting each local law enforcement jurisdiction can data users create valid assessments of crime. The data user is, therefore, cautioned against comparing statistical data of individual reporting units from cities, metropolitan areas, states, or colleges or universities solely on the basis of their population or student enrollment.

Washington, D.C. January 19, 2016
  • FBI National Press Office (202) 324-3691

Kirk’s Response to Reports of Administration’s Additional $1.7 Billion Payment to Iran

Posted by Admin On January - 22 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) responded to reports the Administration, in addition to giving the terror-sponsoring Iranian regime as much as $100 billion in sanctions relief, used U.S. taxpayer funds and other accounts to pay an additional $1.7 billion to Iran. Iranian Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi, commander of the Basij volunteer militia force, characterized the $1.7 billion as a ransom payment.

“While Americans are relieved by the overdue release of the five American hostages in Iran, Iranian leaders are making clear the high cost of the ransom. Secretary of State John Kerry conceded today that the released money will likely go to terrorists. Iran and other terrorist states now have new incentives to take more American hostages, as shown by the Iran-backed militias in Iraq who appear to have taken three more Americans hostages,” said Senator Kirk.  

The $1.7 billion payment came amid not only a January 17th “prisoner swap” where the Administration freed seven Iranians held by the United States for violating U.S. sanctions law and ended efforts to arrest 14 others in exchange for Iran’s release of five American hostages, including Christian pastor Saeed Abedini, Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati.

Professor Believes Black Lives Don’t Matter Because Some Civil Rights Leaders Got it Wrong

Posted by Admin On January - 22 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Professor Devin Robinson

Nationwide (BlackNews.com – Devin Robinson, a black business & economics professor, had strong words recently for the attendees of the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce Annual State of the Union. He said, Some of us have good intentions but not good insight. He was referring to the way some leaders go about leading blacks out of the state of despair.
Robinson, a former National Action Network Atlanta Chapter President, has been doing work with community movements for over a decade. However, he is also a notable businessman and professor who believes capitalism is the key to the elevation of blacks.
While speaking at the Womens Foodservice Forum Entrepreneurial Boot Camp, he stated, “We must buy our freedom with the Masters money.” He was explaining to the room full of minorities, the importance of making your employer the first investor of their businesses.
Too many protests and boycotts
His approach is that there are too many protests and boycotts from action waged against the blacks only because weve entrusted fairness in the hands of people outside of the black community. He went on to say, I think we put too much energy into the effects rather than the cause. The cause is that we dont control enough purse strings to ensure we are treated fairly. For example, if we invested more in movies, sat on the councils and boards, we wouldnt have a problem getting Oscar nominations and we wouldnt have this unjust pressure for Chris Rock to not host the 2016 award ceremony.
The Black Lives Matters movement was birthed from the long list of frequent police brutality and killings of unarmed black men, who often pose no threat. Robinson believes black lives not mattering is connected to the direction weve been told to march in. He said, Civil rights leaders fought for mass integration. I think that was a mistake. We only needed government-controlled facets of society integrated (because they are run by public dollars), not necessarily private businesses. Though the acts were brave and noble, lunch counter sit-ins allowed us to now dine at the finer better ran non-black restaurants. Over time, we simply abandoned the hard work we put in to establish our own private businesses. Integration was a shortcut to get out people the goods and services they needed, as opposed to building our own infrastructure.
A new black agenda
Robinson now runs a business institute with a black agenda. With a team of other entrepreneurs, he runs programs that teaches aspiring entrepreneurs how to start and run their own businesses. He said, There are too many blacks that try to cut corners in business. They chase the passive income of multi-level marketing, the low expense of home-based, car-based or online businesses and dont understand the leveraging potential of owning a physical business. Yes, it is a harder approach but thats what our program exposes black entrepreneurs to… How to start and run credible and sustainable businesses with much greater income potential than the other models I mentioned.
Professor Robinsons book, Rebuilding the Black American Infrastructure: Making America a Colorless Nation, explains his approach to how blacks can begin to matter in America. He continues to support the work of movements aimed at bringing relief to the black community as he simultaneously manages his businesses and runs his institute on a full-time basis.
He said, There are 5 things blacks must do: attend a black-centered college, own a business, work for a black business, patronize a black business and have an account with a black bank. We must do these if we expect police to stop killing blacks in America. From Oscar snubs to Oscar Grant, we continue to be a dismissed people.
Learn more about Professor Devin Robinson and his institute at www.UrbanBusinessInstitute.com

 

 

Photo Caption: Devin Robinson, a black business & economics professor .

State Senator Collins Responds to State Takeover Proposal for CPS

Posted by Admin On January - 22 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

“Why not try fully and fairly funding our schools before declaring bankruptcy?”

 

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago 16th) issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement that Gov. Rauner’s allies in the General Assembly will file legislation allowing a state takeover and bankruptcy filing for the Chicago Public Schools:

The shortfall in the Chicago Public Schools’ budget is roughly equal to the additional resources our schools would receive from the state if the funding formula and pension law treated CPS the same as every other Illinois school district.

Gov. Rauner and Republicans in the General Assembly have not acted to bring justice and equity to the way the state distributes resources to schools. The governor has vetoed the budget we passed, starving after-school programs, youth anti-violence initiatives and assistance to homeless families of the resources Chicago’s at-risk children need to stay in school and succeed. Now he and his legislative leaders propose a takeover of CPS by the State Board of Education, an agency already struggling to fulfill its current mission without a budget and ill-equipped to manage the nation’s third largest school district. They propose a bankruptcy declaration for CPS – a legal maneuver that has exacted a punishing human toll in Detroit and Flint. And their plan would throw existing contracts and collective bargaining agreements into turmoil at a time when Chicago’s educators need greater stability and support, not less.

Why not negotiate a balanced budget for state government before burdening it with drastic and unworkable new duties? Why not try fully and fairly funding our schools before declaring bankruptcy? And why not start with an elected school board instead of stripping all local control from CPS, with a promise to phase in school board elections at a later date?

Illinois State Board of Education Awards $20.4 Million in School Improvement Grants

Posted by Admin On January - 22 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Five schools will receive funds to improve student performance 

SPRINGFIELD, IL – More than $20 million in federal Title I Section 1003(g) School Improvement Grants (SIG) will be distributed to five schools across the state over the next five years to help them implement comprehensive programs to improve student performance and college readiness.

“SIG grants provide funding as well as invaluable support and resources to the state’s neediest schools with the goal of transforming their climate and culture,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “This is essential to fostering continued academic growth and greater opportunities for all students.”

The SIG program is designed to help the state’s lowest-performing schools that demonstrate the greatest need for the funds and the strongest commitment to using the dollars to provide adequate resources in order to substantially raise their students’ achievement levels.

Each of the five schools in this year’s group of recipients will receive grant money for five years, through fiscal year 2020, pending reapplication and state approval each year. The following schools were approved to receive funding:

District

School

Total Maximum Award
(5 years)

Springfield 186

Matheny Elementary

$3,045,889.20

Sandoval 501

Sandoval High School

$2,293,001.70

East St. Louis 189

Gordon Bush Elementary

$4,821,721.74

Chicago Public Schools 299

Gage Park High School

$4,682,601.21

Rockford 205

Kennedy Middle School

$5,631,894.15

Total

 

$20,475,108

“Through the SIG at Gordon Bush Elementary School, we will be able to further equip our children with the academic foundation necessary for success in college, work, and life,” said East St. Louis School Superintendent Arthur R. Culver.

For eligible schools to receive funds through this competitive grant process, each district must plan to implement one of six school intervention models approved by the U.S. Department of Education: Transformation, Turnaround, Restart, Closure, Early Learning Transformation, Evidence-Based Whole-School Reform, or Rural Flexibility. All of this year’s grantees have chosen to implement the Transformation model, which includes replacing the principal and using a rigorous evaluation system that incorporates student growth and rewards teachers who are effective in improving student achievement.

SIG grants are made available through the U.S. Department of Education for states to provide sub-grants for eligible “Priority Schools.” A Priority School is defined as a Title I or Title I-eligible school that is among the persistently lowest-performing 5 percent of Title 1 schools in the state based on a three-year average and demonstrates a lack of progress or has an average graduation rate of less than 60 percent over the last three years.

In Illinois, 18 applications were submitted on behalf of Priority Schools for the        FY 2016 SIG grants. The five highest-scoring applicants were selected to receive the grants. The State Board of Education approved the five selected schools for FY 2016 during its December board meeting.

 

This fiscal year marks the sixth round of SIG applications and awards. For a list of schools awarded funds during the past six fiscal years, visit the ISBE School Improvement Grant website at www.isbe.net/sos/htmls/sip_1003.htm.

 

Cook County Announces Multi-Site Construction With Major Energy Savings

Posted by Admin On January - 22 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS
 

Work aligns with Cook County’s ambitious sustainability plan on reducing carbon emissions

 

 

Construction is under way for $44.2 million in Cook County building improvements under guaranteed energy savings agreements awarded in June 2015. These energy efficiency projects will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and upgrade lighting infrastructure, aging mechanical systems and temperature controls. The expense savings will fund these improvements over time.

This work is part of the Cook County Sustainability Plan which aims to reduce carbon emissions from County facilities by 80 percent over the coming decades. Through the efforts of its Green Leadership Team, the County’s focus on integrating energy-efficient and green practices into day-to-day operations resulted in Cook County being recognized among the recipients of the Governor’s Sustainability Awards, presented by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center in November 2015.

“Sustainability and green practices are key priorities in my administration,” said Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle. “Through the efforts of the Green Leadership Team, we are currently ahead of our goal in reducing energy emissions by 80 percent by 2050.”

The work is separated into two primary projects:

• The first project for $32.8 million is guaranteed to reduce energy consumption by 53 percent and water consumption by 27 percent after implementation of energy conservation measures. These measures were selected from a 2014 comprehensive energy audit of suburban courthouses in Bridgeview, Skokie, Markham and Rolling Meadows and the County’s suburban highway maintenance facilities. Highlighted improvements include LED lighting upgrades, boiler plant upgrades, chiller plant upgrades, energy management controls system upgrades, window replacements and water conservation measures.
A new ground source heat pump system at the Skokie courthouse will utilize renewable energy to provide heating and cooling for the building. Solar photovoltaic “trees” installed in courthouse parking lots will provide electricity from a renewable resource and provide shading for parked cars. Solar walls at Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways garages in Des Plaines, Orland Park, Schaumburg and Riverdale will be installed. The solar walls will be constructed vertically and affixed to existing building walls with southern orientations to maximize their ability to harness solar power.

• The second project for $11.4 million is expected to reduce energy consumption by 30 percent and water consumption by 13 percent after implementation of energy conservation measures selected from a 2014 comprehensive energy audit of the County Building at 118 N. Clark and the George W. Dunne Administration Building at 69 W. Washington. Highlighted improvements include: lighting and energy management control system upgrades, water conservation measures and enhancements to systems for chilled water, hot water and steam distribution.

In addition to infrastructure upgrades, the project includes an employee engagement program. NORESCO’s Energy Conservation Through Behavior Change program engages Cook County employees in the energy efficiency efforts and raises awareness of the county’s energy and sustainability initiatives for employees and residents, demonstrating a holistic approach to energy conservation. NORESCO is an energy service company (ESCO) specializing in the development, design, construction, financing and operation of energy and environmental efficiency projects.

Cook County managed competition for the contracts in accordance with its procurement code, including request for proposal procedures and established evaluation criteria. The projects were developed with a focus on the use of local labor, Cook County-based firms, and small business enterprises.

The schedule for the two new agreements calls for two years of construction followed by 20 years of verification of the energy and water savings.

Woodbridge Men Charged with Terrorism Offenses Related to Attempting to Travel to Syria to Join ISIL

Posted by Admin On January - 22 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Joseph Hassan Farrokh, 28, and Mahmoud Amin Mohamed Elhassan, 25, both of Woodbridge, were charged for criminal activity relating to Farrokh’s attempt to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Farrokh was arrested at the Richmond International Airport as he attempted to board a flight to Chicago, where he intended to board a flight to Amman, Jordan, with an ultimate destination of Syria.  Elhassan was arrested yesterday evening in Woodbridge after returning from driving Farrokh to Richmond and being interviewed by FBI agents.

Farrokh, who is a U.S. citizen originally from Pennsylvania, has been charged with attempting to provide material support and resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization. Elhassan, who is a legal permanent U.S. resident originally from Sudan, has been charged with aiding and abetting Farrokh’s attempt to provide material support and resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization.

According to the criminal complaints, since at least Nov. 20, 2015, Farrokh has been engaged in efforts to leave the United States and join ISIL in Syria. Farrokh purchased an airline ticket on Dec. 21, 2015, for flights departing yesterday from Richmond with an ultimate arrival destination of Jordan, and would then travel to Syria.

According to the criminal complaints, Elhassan introduced Farrokh to a person who Elhassan believed maintained connections to individuals engaged in jihad overseas. Elhassan also knew of Farrokh’s plans to travel to Syria to join ISIL, and Elhassan acknowledged to others that Farrokh was falsely telling his family that he intended to travel to Saudi Arabia to study.

According to the criminal complaints, Elhassan picked up Farrokh yesterday morning and drove him to Richmond to a location approximately one mile from the airport. Farrokh then took a cab to the airport, checked in for his flight, cleared security and was arrested as he was approaching his departure gate. After driving Farrokh to Richmond, Elhassan returned to Woodbridge yesterday afternoon and voluntarily consented to an interview by FBI agents. Elhassan acknowledged to the interviewing agents several times that he knew it was illegal to knowingly lie to federal agents, then proceeded to make a number of false statements in response to the agents’ questions. For example, when asked when he had last seen Farrokh, Elhassan told the agents it had been earlier in the day in Woodbridge. Elhassan also stated that Farrokh was going to the Dulles International Airport to fly to California to attend a funeral and would be gone for two weeks.

Farrokh and Elhassan each face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, if convicted. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The initial appearance for both men is scheduled for Jan. 19, 2016, in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Theresa C. Buchanan at the federal courthouse in Alexandria.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; John Carlin, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; and Paul M. Abbate, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gordon D. Kromberg and Dennis Fitzpatrick, along with Trial Attorney D. Andrew Sigler of the Justice Department’s National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section. This case is being investigated by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:16-cr-24 (Farrokh) and 1:16-cr-25 (Elhassan).

The criminal complaint contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

Source: U.S. Department of Justice

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