Boston Police Officers Arrest Kajeem Brown for Larceny in Jamaica Plain


Boston, MA (STL.News) At about 10:15 AM on Thursday, July 9, 2020, officers assigned to District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) responded to a radio call for a larceny in progress in the area of 1926 Columbus Avenue in Roxbury.  While on scene, a description of the suspect was broadcast via BPD Operations and an additional unit observed a male matching the description in the area of 3089 Washington Street in Jamaica Plain.  Officers proceeded to the scene and immediately identified the individual as the suspect from the prior larceny at 1926 Columbus Ave in which the suspect reached over the counter and took the tip jar.

Officers approached the male within the parking lot and were immediately met with hostility.  The male told officers that he was going to punch them in the face and spit on them.  The male repeated these statements multiple times, cursing at officers while they were attempting to ascertain what had occurred prior to their arrival.  As officers walked toward the extremely aggressive male, he suddenly lunged forward and punched one of the officers in the face, causing injury to his right eye.  A struggle ensued in which the officers’ body cameras were knocked off.  The male repeatedly stated he was on probation, actively resisting while he shouted.  The male was eventually taken into custody.  Upon arrest, officers observed an anti-theft device placed on the waist of his shorts.

Officers arrested Kajeem Brown, 28-years-old, of Dorchester.  Brown is expected to be arraigned in West Roxbury District Court on charges of Larceny from a Building, Threats, Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, and Receiving Stolen Property.

Two officers suffered injuries during this arrest, one of whom was transported to a local hospital for additional treatment.

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Baltimore, Richard Burlingame Willson Charged for Driving under Influence


Baltimore, MD (STL.News) A pedestrian struck on Eastern Boulevard late Monday night has died.

Officers were called to the scene on Eastern Boulevard near Kingston Road just after 11 p.m. on July 6 when the pedestrian attempted to cross Eastern Boulevard and stepped into the path of an oncoming Nissan Altima.  The pedestrian was not in a crosswalk at the time of the crash and the driver of the Nissan did remain at the scene.

The pedestrian, identified as Stephen Richard Garrett (44) of the 2200 block of Redthorn Road, 21220, was transported by medics with critical injuries and died yesterday at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The Baltimore County Police Crash Team is continuing to investigate the factors involved in this fatal crash.

The driver of the Nissan Altima has been identified as Richard Burlingame Willson, 71 years old, of the 800 block of Briar Hill Place, 21221. Willson has been charged with driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and bail has been denied.

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Baltimore Police Arrested James A. Lloyd for Extortion & Kidnapping


Baltimore, MD (STL.News) James A. Lloyd has been formally charged with extortion and kidnapping and is held on no bond status at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Detectives are continuing their investigation into this case.

Baltimore County Police detectives obtained and served an arrest warrant this evening for James Lloyd, 45-years-old, from the 2000 blk of Emmanuel Court, 21207.  He is currently a Sergeant with the Baltimore City Police Department.

Detectives received information about a dispute involving a home improvement job involving Lloyd, who hired the victim to complete a project at his home.  When Lloyd became unsatisfied with the work, he approached the victim and demanded a refund.  During the dispute, the suspect identified himself as a police officer.  At one point Lloyd made the victim get into his car with him and go to a bank to get a certified check for an agreed amount of refund.  The victim stated he was in fear of being arrested and complied with Lloyd’s demands.

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The US Secretary Of State Pompeo on Bahamas Independence Day


Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Secretary Of State, Michael R. Pompeo released the following statement: On behalf of the people of the United States, I congratulate the Commonwealth of The Bahamas as you celebrate your independence.

The longstanding friendship between the United States and The Bahamas is stronger than ever.  We will continue to work together with the Bahamian people and government to address the COVID-19 pandemic as you continue to recover from Hurricane Dorian.  Regional initiatives such as the U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership and the U.S.-Caribbean 2020 Strategy also bolster our cooperation on trade, investment, security, and resilience to natural disasters.  We look forward to a resumption of tourism so American citizens can again enjoy the beauty and hospitality of your nation.

On the occasion of your 47th year as an independent nation, the United States and its people wish The Bahamas a prosperous year to come.

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Merrillville Man Tyrone Perry Sentenced To 108 Months In Prison


(STL.News) – Tyrone Perry, 39, of Merrillville, Indiana, was sentenced before District Court Judge Philip P. Simon following his plea of guilty to distribution of heroin and cocaine base, announced U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II.

Perry received a sentence of 108 months in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release.

According to documents filed in this case, on April 24, 2019, Perry distributed heroin and cocaine base to a confidential informant. Perry, who had prior felony convictions for Armed Robbery, Robbery, and Reckless Homicide, also forfeited three firearms that were located during the search of his Merrillville residence on June 13, 2019.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Merrillville Police Department and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas M. McGrath.

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Pompeo’s Call with Irish Minister of Foreign Affairs & Defense Coveney


Washington, DC (STL.News) The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Irish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defense Simon Coveney today.  Secretary Pompeo congratulated Ireland on its successful campaign for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council and affirmed our commitment to working with Ireland’s new government.  Secretary Pompeo and Minister Coveney emphasized the importance of the longstanding U.S.-Irish relationship to advance shared goals of prosperity, security, and Transatlantic trade and cooperation.

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Firearms-related indictments continue Project Guardian’s collaborative law enforcement initiative


Firearms-related indictments continue Project Guardian’s collaborative law enforcement initiative

(STL.News) – Ten defendants were indicted this week on felony charges, including federal firearms violations, under the umbrella of the Department of Justice’s Project Guardian.

In addition to firearms charges, many of the 10 indictments charge a range of federal crimes including drug trafficking, said Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.  Most of the indictments target previously convicted felons, several of whom were on state parole or probation at the time of their indictment.

“As a key Department of Justice initiative, Project Guardian leverages the cooperative relationship between our office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and state and local law enforcement agencies and prosecutors to protect our communities by identifying and removing gun criminals,” said U.S. Attorney Christine.  “Together we will continue working to keep our communities safer by targeting repeat offenders who illegally possess and use firearms.”

Those named in the federal indictments include:

  • John Wesley Boone, a/k/a “Boone,” a/k/a “J,” 33, of Brunswick, Ga., charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Ecstasy and Crack Cocaine; Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon; and Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug
  • Trafficking Offense
  • Joseph Jay Gartrell III, 36, of Augusta, charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine; Possession of a
  • Firearm by a Convicted Felon; and Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime
  • Tron Smith, 33, of Savannah, charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine and Marijuana; Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon; and Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Offense
  • Dominique Johnson, 32, of Augusta, charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon; and Possession of Cocaine and Marijuana
  • Courtney Spann, 28, of Statesboro, Ga., charged with Possession of Ammunition and Firearms by a Convicted Felon
  • Chance Derrell Christian, 41, of Kingstree, S.C., charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
  • Samuel Powell III, 37, of Augusta, charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
  • Arkeem Collins, 24, of Savannah, charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
  • Clifford Stone, 28, of Wrens, Ga., charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
  • Delvon Brown, 34, of Savannah, charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

Criminal indictments contain only charges; defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

“ATF will continue to focus its resources on this results-driven initiative to curb firearms-related violent crime in the Southern District of Georgia,” said Beau Kolodka, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Atlanta Field Division of the ATF.

The cases are investigated under Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws, and the Prosecutor to Prosecutor Program (P3), which provides collaboration between federal and state prosecutors to determine the most appropriate venue for prosecuting crimes.

In addition to the ATF, agencies involved in investigation of the cases include the Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI, the Georgia Department of Community Supervision, the Georgia State Patrol, the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, the Brunswick Police Department, the Savannah Police Department, the Hinesville Police Department, the Glynn County Police Department, and the Statesboro Police Department.

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NDTX Round-Up June 29 – July 6 | NDTX Round-Up June 29


(STL.News) – GUILITY PLEA – FLOYD ALLEN HAWKINS

On June, 30, Floyd Allen Hawkins, 30, pled guilty to production of child pornography.  In March, 2019, Yahoo submitted cybertips to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children concerning several images of child pornography uploaded by Hawkins.  Dallas Police Department executed a search warrant on Hawkins’ home where he was questioned about the images.  Hawkins admitted to producing multiple images of child pornography of a two-year-old girl.  Hawkins faces up to 30 years in federal prison for his crimes. This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and Dallas Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Camille Sparks is prosecuting this case.

GUILTY PLEA – ERIC JACKSON

On June 30, Eric Jackson, 34, pled guilty to transportation of stolen goods or monies in interstate commerce.  Jackson and his co-conspirators travelled around the United States to commit burglaries of cash safes.  The group target grocery stores, check-cashing locations, and businesses with a significant amount of cash on hand.  The safe crew received alarm codes from an insider at a national alarm company to aid in avoiding detection.  Jackson and his co-conspirators caused losses between $250,000 and $1,500,000. Jackson faces up to 10 years in federal custody for his crimes.  This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan Raybould is prosecuting this case.

SENTENCING – RICKY CARDENAS

On June 30, Ricky Cardenas, 41, was sentenced to 165 months in federal prison for possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.   Investigators with Parker County Sheriff’s Office received information that Cardenas was distributing methamphetamine at a local hotel in Weatherford, Texas.  The same day, Cardenas left the hotel for a nearby gas station where he engaged in drug transaction with several individuals.  After leaving the gas station, Cardenas was stopped by law enforcement and found with methamphetamine in his car.  This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Parker County Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Nancy Larson is prosecuting this case.

GUILTY PLEA – KENNETH JERNARD NARGO

On June 30, Kenneth Jernard Nargo, 22, pled guilty two counts of interference with commerce by robbery and two counts of using, brandishing, and discharging a firearm in furtherance of crime of violence.  Nargo and his c0-consrpators robbed multiple pawn shops in north Texas.  Once inside the pawn shops, the group discharged a firearm to scare customers and employees so they would not interfere with the robberies.  During two robberies in Duncanville, Texas and Dallas, Texas, Nargo admitted to jumping over the counter and stealing a cash register drawer and jewelry.  This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Dallas Police Department, DeSoto Police Department, and Duncanville Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Walt Junker is prosecuting this case.

SETENCING – SHARROCCA BLOCKER

On July 6, Sharrocca Blocker, 41, was sentenced to 2 years in federal prison for aiding and assisting the preparation and presentation of a false and fraudulent return.  Blocker prepared a tax return on behalf of another taxpayer in which she fraudulently claimed a net profit from running a call center business the taxpayer did not owned or operate.  The false tax return made Blocker’s client eligible for the earned income tax credit.  This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigations.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Doug Allen is prosecuting this case.

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Department of Justice Antitrust Division to Host Workshop


Department of Justice Antitrust Division to Host Workshop on Competition in the Licensing of Public Performance Rights in the Music Industry

(STL.News) – The Department of Justice will hold a virtual public workshop on July 28th and 29th, 2020, to discuss competition in the licensing of public performance rights in the music industry.  The workshop will provide a further venue for industry stakeholders to weigh in on the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) consent decrees and their implications for antitrust law enforcement and policy as we enter the third decade of the 21st Century and as music distribution continues to evolve through technological innovation.

A series of panels will discuss competition issues relating to the various types of public performance licenses currently offered in the marketplace, competition between performing rights organizations (PROs), such as ASCAP, BMI and GMR, and the licensing of music to end-users.  Panelists will discuss whether or not certain terms of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees should be modified, and whether the decrees are inhibiting innovative business models that may hurt consumers or artists.  These panels will include executives PROs, songwriters, music publishers, music licenses, legal and economic experts, and other industry stakeholders.

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Florida Man Carlos Belone Charged with COVID Relief Fraud and Health Care Fraud


(STL.News) – A Florida man was arrested today on allegations that he fraudulently sought several Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, and that he participated in a scheme to defraud Medicare of at least $5.6 million.  It is further alleged that a portion of the PPP loan proceeds were potentially used in furtherance of the Medicare fraud scheme.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian C. Rabbitt of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan of the Southern District of Florida, Special Agent in Charge George L. Piro of the FBI’s Miami Field Office, Omar Perez Aybar of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG), and Special Agent in Charge Kevin Kupperbusch of the Small Business Administration’s Office of the Inspector General (SBA-OIG) made the announcement.

Carlos Belone, 37, of Coconut Creek, Florida, was charged by criminal complaint, unsealed today upon his arrest, in the Southern District of Florida with wire fraud; conspiracy to commit health care fraud; payment of health care kickbacks; and making false statements to a financial institution.  He made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lurana S. Snow.

The complaint alleges that Belone submitted several fraudulent PPP loan applications to federally insured financial institutions, other SBA-approved lenders, and the SBA in the name of R&S Pharmacy Inc.  (R&S Pharmacy), a durable medical equipment company that allegedly submitted false and fraudulent claims to Medicare for orthotic braces that were medically unnecessary, ineligible for Medicare reimbursement and/or not provided as represented.  Belone was an owner of R&S Pharmacy.  Patients interviewed as part of the investigation stated that they did not want or need orthotic braces; had not authorized their Medicare number to be used to submit claims for orthotic braces; and/or that they did not receive orthotic braces as represented by R&S Pharmacy in the claims that Belone and his co-conspirators submitted to Medicare.

The complaint alleges that, to support the fraudulent PPP loan applications, Belone submitted fake tax documents and doctored profit and loss statements for R&S Pharmacy.  The complaint additionally alleges that Belone succeeded in fraudulently obtaining over $22,000 in PPP loan proceeds, and shortly thereafter, made payments, or caused payments to be made, to a company suspected of furthering the Medicare fraud scheme, and directed approximately $12,000 of the PPP loan money to a personal account under his control.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is a federal law enacted March 29.  It is designed to provide emergency financial assistance to millions of Americans who are suffering the economic effects resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.  One source of relief provided by the CARES Act is the authorization of up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses for job retention and certain other expenses through the PPP.  In April 2020, Congress authorized over $300 billion in additional PPP funding.

The PPP allows qualifying small businesses and other organizations to receive loans with a maturity of two years and an interest rate of one percent.  Businesses must use PPP loan proceeds for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent and utilities.  The PPP allows the interest and principal to be forgiven if businesses spend the proceeds on these expenses within a set time period and use at least a certain percentage of the loan towards payroll expenses.

A criminal complaint is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

This case was investigated by SBA-OIG, the FBI’s Miami Field Office, and HHS-OIG.  The Department of Justice also thanks the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, the Florida Department of Revenue, IRS-Criminal Investigation, and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General for assistance they provided.  Trial Attorney Sara Clingan of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section is prosecuting the case.

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