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Deans of the Wrongful Convictions Movement To Hold Court About Nation’s Most Prominent Cases

Posted by Admin On August - 31 - 2018 Comments Off on Deans of the Wrongful Convictions Movement To Hold Court About Nation’s Most Prominent Cases

CHICAGO, IL – Some of the nation’s most prominent activist attorneys in the movement to expose wrongful convictions will discuss how police and prosecutors tipped the scales of justice in the case of North Carolina novelist Michael Peterson, whose trial was the subject of the recent Netflix hit series The Staircase, and in the cases of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey, whose convictions were the subject of the 10-episode “Making a Murderer” Netflix documentary series.


Attorneys David Rudolf from “The Staircase and Jerry Buting from “Making a Murderer” will speak at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave in Chicago at 8 PM on Sunday, September 9.  The discussion will be moderated by Professor Steven Drizin of Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law, one of the leading experts in the country on the causes of wrongful convictions.

Rudolf and Buting will provide “behind the scenes” insights into how police and prosecutors tipped the scales of justice in their efforts to convict Michael Peterson, Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey. They will also take questions from the audience and discuss the important criminal justice issues raised in these true-crime documentaries.

For more information, call or email David Rudolf or Jerry Buting at the contacts listed above.

Federal Jury Slams Prison Employees for Brutal Behavior

Posted by Admin On August - 20 - 2018 Comments Off on Federal Jury Slams Prison Employees for Brutal Behavior

EAST ST. LOUIS, IL — In a verdict virtually without precedent in Illinois, late yesterday a federal jury found three prison guards and a Department of Corrections nurse personally liable for over $250,000 in punitive damages for an incident in which a handcuffed prisoner at Menard Correctional Center was beaten up and denied access to medical care.

While penalties against the State are not uncommon in which state employees violate people’s rights, civil penalties tabulated personally against the prison guards and nurses themselves are rare, and attorneys say this is one of the largest such verdicts in the state’s history.

“What makes this verdict particularly sting for the prison employees is that under Illinois statutes, the State is forbidden to compensate them for verdict awards that come out of their pockets,” said Sarah Grady, an attorney at Loevy & Loevy Attorneys at Law.

According to the suit, Osbaldo Nicolas was attacked and beaten by Defendant William Qualls, the sergeant of the cellhouse where Nicolas was housed. While he was handcuffed, Qualls punched Nicolas in the head, smashed his head into a concrete wall, and kicked him in the torso and legs until he fell unconscious. Defendants Nathan Berry and Justin Snell watched Qualls beat Nicolas and did nothing to stop the attack. Afterward, Nicolas saw Defendant Aimee Lang, who failed to examine or treat his injuries. At trial, Qualls concocted an absurd tale that Nicolas had gotten injured when he slipped and fell on some ice.

Ultimately the jury found that Qualls had used excessive force on Nicolas, and awarded Nicolas $200,000 in punitive damages. The jury also found that Berry and Snell had failed to intervene, and awarded compensatory and punitive damages against them as well. Finally, the jury found that Lang failed to provide Nicolas adequate medical care and awarded $50,000 in punitive damages for her misconduct.

In addition to Ms. Grady, Mr. Nicolas is represented by Julie Goodwin and Adair Crosley, also of Loevy & Loevy Attorneys at Law, one of the nation’s largest civil rights law firms. Over the past decade, Loevy & Loevy has won more multi-million-dollar jury verdicts than any other civil rights law firm in the country. A copy of the suit, Osbaldo Jose-Nicolas v. Nathan Berry, et al, No. 15 C 0964, is available here.

Bail Bonding Company Owner and Former Employee Admit to Tax Fraud

Posted by Admin On June - 16 - 2018 Comments Off on Bail Bonding Company Owner and Former Employee Admit to Tax Fraud

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – William W. Seelbach, of Fort Meyers, Florida, and Jolynn Gilchrist, of Wheeling, West Virginia, have admitted to tax fraud, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Seelbach, age 68, owner of W&S Bail Bonding, doing business as A Bail Bonding by ABC of Wheeling, West Virginia, pled guilty to  one count of “Conspiracy to Defraud the United States—Impede the Internal Revenue Service,” and one count of “Failure to File Individual Income Tax Return for Tax Year 2012.” Seelbach admitted to impeding the IRS in its collection of taxes, and failing to file a federal income tax return for 2012 to report $144,030 in income to the IRS.

Gilchrist, age 49, former employee of ABC, pled guilty to one count of “False Tax Return.” Gilchrist admitted to filing an inaccurate federal tax return for the 2015 tax year.

Seelbach and Gilchrist each face up to five years incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for each count. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jarod J. Douglas and Shawn M. Adkins are prosecuting the cases on behalf of the government. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, the West Virginia Commission on Special Investigations, and the West Virginia State Police investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge James E. Seibert presided.

Source: FBI

Investment Adviser Arrested For Stealing Millions From Clients

Posted by Admin On May - 25 - 2018 Comments Off on Investment Adviser Arrested For Stealing Millions From Clients

NEWARK, N.J. – A former broker and investment adviser was arrested today for allegedly stealing more than $2.1 million from two clients in order to pay for personal expenses, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Gary Basralian, 70, of Springfield, New Jersey, is charged by complaint with two counts of wire fraud and one count of investment adviser fraud. Basralian was arrested earlier today at his home and is scheduled to appear this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven C. Mannion in Newark federal court.

According to the complaint:

From 1989 through December 2017, Basralian was registered with an investment adviser and broker dealer referred to in the complaint as “Securities Firm A.”

From August 2007 through November 2017, Basralian, while serving in his capacity as an investment adviser, misappropriated at least $738,000 from a client identified in the complaint as “Victim 1” and at least $1.4 million from a client identified in the complaint as “Victim 2.”

Basralian said he would invest these funds in brokerage accounts at Securities Firm A or in real estate and high-interest loans, and manage them on behalf of the victims. However, Basralian used the victims’ money to fund his own personal expenditures, including BMW payments and tens of thousands of dollars in credit card bills.

Victim 1 routinely provided funds to investment accounts managed by Basralian at Securities Firm A. At Basralian’s direction, Victim 1 eventually began addressing checks to “Masters Financial” based on Basralian‘s representations that the checks would ultimately be deposited into her investment accounts at Securities Firm A. Instead, the funds were deposited into an account controlled by Basralian, which he used for personal expenses.

In 2009, Basralian began wiring funds from Victim 2’s investment account at Securities Firm A into various accounts that he controlled and used the proceeds for his own benefit. When Victim 2 asked why her account at Securities Firm A had diminished in value, Basralian sent her a phony spreadsheet showing that her money was being invested as loans to various companies that would be paid back with interest.

Each of the wire fraud counts carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and $250,000 fine, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense. The investment adviser fraud count carries a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense.

On May 22, 2018, the New Jersey Bureau of Securities, within the Office of the New Jersey Attorney General, issued a Summary Revocation Order against Basralian that revoked his agent and investment adviser representative registrations.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited postal inspectors of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Acting Inspector in Charge Ruth M. Mendonca, and Special Agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie, with the investigation leading to today’s charges. He also thanked the New Jersey Bureau of Securities, under the direction of Bureau Chief Christopher Gerold, for its assistance.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Courtney Howard of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Economic Crimes Unit.

The charges and allegations in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Source: FBI

Florida Man Who Assaulted Airline Flight Crew and Passengers Sentenced to Two Years in Prison

Posted by Admin On May - 21 - 2018 Comments Off on Florida Man Who Assaulted Airline Flight Crew and Passengers Sentenced to Two Years in Prison
Defendant Banned from Flying during Three Year Term of Supervised Release after Prison

A Tampa, Florida, man who assaulted crew and passengers on a Delta Airlines flight bound for China was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to two years in prison for four federal felonies in connection with the July 16, 2017 incident, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes.  JOSEPH DANIEL HUDEK IV, 24, pleaded guilty in February 2018. HUDEK claimed he suffered a psychotic episode with hallucinations after consuming marijuana edibles.  In imposing the prison sentence U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour said he could not ignore the violence to the flight attendants and passengers and the fear HUDEK caused to all of the people on the flight.

“Assaulting flight attendants and passengers, and threatening the safety of everyone on a commercial airliner will not be tolerated,” said U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes.  “We take very seriously our responsibility to hold accountable those who victimize the flying public and airline employees.  I commend the FBI for their work to ensure the victims in this case were heard and the evidence of this crime was made available for all concerned.”

According to records in the case, HUDEK was seated in first class on the Delta flight. The aircraft had 210 passengers on board and 11 crew members.  The plane had just passed over Vancouver Island and was over the Pacific Ocean when HUDEK came out of the first class bathroom and in an agitated state attempted to raise the lever of the exit door of the aircraft.  Two flight attendants attempted to stop HUDEK, he threw one to the floor and punched the other.  When a passenger attempted to assist the flight attendants, HUDEK hit him over the head with a wine bottle.  Ultimately, multiple passengers were required to restrain HUDEK, and one lowered the exit handle of the door as the aircraft returned to Seattle.

Speaking to the court, passenger Lon Arnold described how he suffered permanent injury to his vision when HUDEK punched him in the eye.  HUDEK also hit Arnold over the head with a wine bottle causing a concussion.  Arnold said “the violence was incredible… I was afraid he was going to kill the flight attendant.”

In addition to the two year prison sentence, Judge Coughenour ordered HUDEK to pay $67,841 in restitution to the victims and imposed three years of supervised release to follow prison.  During supervised release HUDEK is not allowed to fly on a commercial aircraft.HUDEK remains out of custody on bond.  The Bureau of Prisons will determine his prison placement and will order him to report to a federal prison in the next four to six weeks.

The case was investigated by the FBI.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen Hobbs.

Source: FBI

Ohio Black Man Innocent, Police Cover Up

Posted by Admin On May - 18 - 2018 Comments Off on Ohio Black Man Innocent, Police Cover Up

Possible police cover up sent an innocent Black man, Kevin Keith, to prison for 24 years – case now in front of the U.S. Supreme Court to reopen the case

Kevin Keith

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — A powerful multi-part limited documentary series, Proving Innocence: Kevin Keith vs. The State of Ohio, examines alarming new evidence in a 24-year-old capital murder case where a possible police cover up framed an innocent black man. (Watch the trailer at www.justiceforkevinkeith.org). The explosive, new docu-series produced by Tent City Productions is currently in production and is gaining support by several black celebrities and political figures around the nation. The story will be covered on the controversial radio show The Breakfast Club with Charlemagne da God on Monday May, 21st, 2018.

Proving Innocence spotlights the 1994 trial and conviction of Kevin Keith, a black man found guilty of murder in Bucyrus, Ohio. The verdict, and death penalty recommendation by the jury, came despite what his defense team claims to be a complete lack of physical evidence and having at least four witnesses who attest to Keith’s whereabouts as being more than 30 minutes away from the crime scene at the time.

Since that day in court, Keith’s brother, Charles, has dedicated his entire life to proving Keith’s innocence. He’s spent years educating himself on the judicial system and uncovering the truths behind what really happened. In 2010, only thirteen days before his impending execution, new evidence found by Charles Keith and Public Defender Rachel Troutman, presented to then-Governor Ted Strickland convinced him to grant clemency, taking Keith off death row and reducing his sentence to life in prison. Since then, Charles has learned that there is even more shocking evidence that he believes will get his brother’s murder conviction overturned.

“The victims are not helped or honored, if the wrong person is punished for the crime,” said Ted Strickland, former Governor of Ohio.

The U.S. Supreme Court Justices are currently reviewing Keith’s initial trial, as well as the new evidence put forth by his defense team. They are expected to make a decision as to whether or not Keith will be granted a re-trial on May 29th, 2018.

Proving Innocence is executive produced by Tent City principal Lori Rothschild Ansaldi. The trailer of the documentary can be viewed at www.justiceforkevinkeith.org

About Tent City Productions
Founded by Emmy award winning Producers, Lori Rothschild Ansaldi and Lisa Bourgoujian, Tent City Productions specializes in unscripted true crime and historical documentaries for all of the major broadcast, cable and digital networks throughout the world. While both have a roster of credits in all fields including lifestyle, reality, competition-elimination, and documentary, their recent breakout hits THE CORONER: I SPEAK FOR THE DEAD, MURDER BOOK, DEADLY WIVES, KILLER CONFESSIONS and DIABOLICAL WOMEN have put them at the top of the true crime game. Tent City is owned by FremantleMedia North America, bringing true crime to the media giant’s already massive content portfolio.

Photo Caption: In 1994, Kevin Keith was found guilty of murder in Bucyrus, Ohio, but new evidence points to a police cover up


Former CIA Contractor Guilty of Illegally Retaining Classified Materials

Posted by Admin On May - 15 - 2018 Comments Off on Former CIA Contractor Guilty of Illegally Retaining Classified Materials

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) contractor pleaded guilty today to unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials, and making material false statements to federal law enforcement officers.

According to court documents, Reynaldo B. Regis, 53, of Fort Washington, Maryland, is a former employee of a government contractor who was assigned to the CIA between August 2006 and November 2016. During his time at the CIA, Regis conducted unauthorized searches in classified databases and copied classified information into personal notebooks, which he removed from his workspace at the CIA and stored in his home without authorization. When initially interviewed by law enforcement, Regis lied about having done so. During a search of his home, FBI agents recovered approximately 60 notebooks containing classified information. The classified information contained in the notebooks included information relating to highly sensitive intelligence reports, disclosure of which could cause serious damage to the national security.

Regis pleaded guilty to unauthorized removal and retention of classified material, and making material false statements. He faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison when sentenced on September 21. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Tracy Doherty-McCormick, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, John C. Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, and Nancy McNamara, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement after U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady accepted the plea. Assistant U.S. Attorney Danya E. Atiyeh of the Eastern District of Virginia and Trial Attorney Scott A. Claffee of the National Security Division’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section are prosecuting the case.

Source: FBI

REPORT: Number of Women in Prison is Nearly 8X Higher Than in 1980

Posted by Admin On May - 10 - 2018 Comments Off on REPORT: Number of Women in Prison is Nearly 8X Higher Than in 1980
From: Marc Mauer
The Sentencing Project


New Report Examines Trends in Female Incarceration

The number of women in prison is nearly eight times higher than in 1980. In addition to the 213,722 women incarcerated in jails and prisons, one million women are under community supervision, according to a data analysis released today by The Sentencing Project.

Incarcerated Women and Girls, 1980-2016 examines trends in female incarceration and finds areas of both concern and hope. While the imprisonment rate for African American women was twice that of white women in 2016, this disparity represents a sharp decline from 2000 when black women were six times as likely to be imprisoned. Since then black women’s imprisonment rate has decreased by 53% while white women’s rate has increased by 44%.

Among youth confined in the juvenile justice system, 15%, or 7,293, are girls. As with boys, the number of incarcerated girls has declined considerably, dropping by half since 2001. Similar to adults, girls of color are much more likely to be incarcerated than white girls. Native girls are more than four times as likely, and African American girls are three-and-a-half times as likely as white girls to be incarcerated.

Though many more men and boys are incarcerated in the United States than women and girls, research on female incarceration is critical to understanding the full consequences of mass incarceration and to unraveling the policies and practices that lead to their criminalization.

As we approach Mother’s Day, The Sentencing Project is proud to celebrate the contributions of five leading advocates who are prioritizing the issues confronting women and girls in the criminal justice system. You can help share their success stories by following @SentencingProj on Twitter and retweeting their images and words.


Federal Indictments Unsealed; 14 Former South Carolina Department of Corrections Employees and Correction Officers Arrested by the FBI

Posted by Admin On May - 3 - 2018 Comments Off on Federal Indictments Unsealed; 14 Former South Carolina Department of Corrections Employees and Correction Officers Arrested by the FBI

Columbia, South Carolina——-United States Attorney Beth Drake announced the indictment and arrest of fourteen former employees of the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) on federal charges related to accepting bribes and bringing contraband into South Carolina prisons.

The federal violations include: Use of Interstate Facilities to Facilitate Bribery, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1952; Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud Depriving South Carolina of the Right to Honest Services, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1349; and Possession with Intent to Distribute Narcotics, in violation 21 U.S.C. § 841.

The individuals charged include: Rachel Burgess (age 39); Joshua Cave (age 29); Jamal Early (age 23), James Harvey (age 54), Douglas Hawkins (age 29), Robert Hill (age 53), Sharon Johnson-Breeland (age 29), Darnell Kleckley (age 33), Holly Mitchem (age 37), Frank Pridgeon (age 64), Catherine Prosser (age 60), Camille Williams (age 65), Miguel Williams (age 41), and Shatara Wilson (age 29).  All defendants were arraigned on their respective indictments today.

Since 2016, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has partnered with state law enforcement to investigate the smuggling of contraband into prisons by staff at SCDC. The investigation uncovered a number of SCDC employees who accepted bribes to smuggle into prison various contraband, such as cell phones, narcotics, or tobacco.  Additionally, joint investigations over the last year, targeting the use of contraband cell phones in our state prisons, have led to the federal convictions of multiple defendants in two other prosecutions in the upstate and most recently, just last week, in Columbia. See links below.

Inmate and Conspirator Convicted of Using Contraband Cellphone to Deal Drugs and Obtain a Mail Bomb from the Dark Web


Twitter: https://twitter.com/USAO_SC/status/989170992755986432 (link is external)

Jury Convicts Spartanburg Brothers in Federal Court of Drug and Money Laundering Charges (sentencing hearing is scheduled for Friday, April 27th, 2018, at 9:30 am at the G. Ross Anderson, Jr. Federal Building United States Courthouse, 315 South McDuffie Street, Anderson, SC 29624)


Twitter: https://twitter.com/USAO_SC/status/953365064345702400 (link is external)

Fifteen Charged in Drug Trafficking Ring that Operated from Inside South Carolina Prisons


This operation was a combined law enforcement effort by the FBI, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), SCDC, and U.S. Attorney’s Office.  U.S. Attorney Beth Drake commended the partnership:  “This operation signals our joint commitment to prosecute those who abuse their position for personal gain at the cost of the safety of our communities and prisons. If you have information about public employees and officials abusing their position, please contact the Columbia (South Carolina) FBI office at (803) 551-4200 or www.fbi.gov/tips.”

This case is assigned for prosecution to Assistant United States Attorney Jay Richardson and Assistant United States Attorney Will Lewis.

The United States Attorney stated that all charges in these indictments are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Source: FBI


Miami-Dade Juvenile Detention Officer Chargedwith Civil Rights Offenses for Role in Inmate’s Beating and Death

Posted by Admin On May - 2 - 2018 Comments Off on Miami-Dade Juvenile Detention Officer Chargedwith Civil Rights Offenses for Role in Inmate’s Beating and Death

U.S. Attorney Benjamin G. Greenberg for the Southern District of Florida, Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore, and Robert F. Lasky, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, today announced federal charges against juvenile detention officer Antwan Lenard Johnson arising from his role in the August 2015 beating and death of a 17-year-old juvenile inmate (E.R.) at the Miami-Dade Regional Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) in Miami, Florida.

“The United States Constitution protects every person in this country, including those who are detained in juvenile detention facilities,” said U.S. Attorney Benjamin G. Greenberg.  “It is an honor and privilege to work with the many outstanding agents and officers who are part of our law enforcement community. These brave individuals put their lives on the line every day to protect us all and make our communities safer. But we are committed to bringing to justice the small minority of law enforcement officials when they abuse their authority and violate the civil rights of another.”

“The Justice Department will continue to aggressively prosecute corrections officers who exploit their position of power and violate the civil rights of individuals in their custody,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore of the Civil Rights Division.

“Violations of civil rights by government officials cannot be tolerated as it undermines the public’s trust,” said Robert F. Lasky, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Miami.  “The FBI is committed to working with our partners to safeguard the civil rights of all.”

Johnson, 35, of Miami-Dade County, was charged with conspiracy to violate E.R.’s civil rights under color of law, which resulted in E.R.’s death, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 241; and deprivation of E.R.’s civil rights, under color of law, which resulted in bodily injury and E.R.’s death, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 242. If convicted, Johnson faces a maximum statutory sentence of life in prison for each charge.

E.R. was a 17-year-old juvenile who had been arrested and was subsequently taken to the JDC on Aug. 28, 2015.  He was being detained pending further order of the State Court and had not been convicted of the crime for which he had been arrested.

The indictment alleges that Johnson operated a commonly utilized bounty system in order to help ensure obedience and officer respect at the JDC.  Johnson encouraged and induced juvenile detainees, in exchange for rewards and privileges, to forcibly assault E.R.  In exchange for attacking E.R., Johnson rewarded the juveniles with extra recreational time and snacks. As a result of being held at the JDC, witnessing events at the facility, and in some cases being actual victims of the bounties, the juveniles were aware of the bounty culture.  They knew that they would not be punished or disciplined by Johnson, but in fact rewarded, if they followed his directives.

The indictment alleges that, on Aug. 30, 2015, Johnson worked in Module 9 at the JDC, during the 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. shift.  Based on E.R.’s statements and behavior during dinner at the JDC cafeteria, Johnson communicated to juveniles that he wanted them to forcibly assault E.R.  Various juveniles agreed, which caused E.R. to fear for his immediate safety and stand away from the other juveniles prior to, and while returning, from the JDC cafeteria to Module 9.

According to the indictment, Johnson directed juveniles to delay the attack on E.R. until they all returned to Module 9.  Upon returning to Module 9 with the juveniles, Johnson promptly walked out of view of E.R. and the other juveniles.  At the same time, a juvenile punched E.R. in the face as he attempted to sit down in a chair. Numerous other juveniles immediately joined the attack and punched and kicked E.R., continuing their assault, even when E.R. fell to the ground.

The indictment further alleges that after E.R. was escorted out of Module 9 to the JDC medical department, Johnson promptly released the juveniles in Module 9 from their cells and allowed them to watch television as a reward and privilege.  Johnson also bumped fists with the juvenile who initiated the attack on E.R.  Johnson later caused certain Module 9 juveniles to receive snacks as a reward and privilege for participating in the attack on E.R.

According to the indictment, E.R. was later transported from the JDC to Holtz Children’s Hospital in Miami, Florida.  On Aug. 31, 2015, E.R. was pronounced dead due to bodily injuries suffered during the attack.

An indictment merely contains allegations and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

This case was investigated by the FBI Miami Area Corruption Task Force. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean T. McLaughlin and Trial Attorney Samantha Trepel of the Civil Rights Division.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

Source: FBI

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