Christopher L. Bailey and three other East Central Illinois Men Charged

Christopher L. Bailey and three other East Central Illinois Men Charged with Trafficking Child Pornography

(STL.News) – A federal grand jury this week returned indictments that charge four men, in separate, unrelated cases with trafficking child pornography.  The defendants include two registered sex offenders from Decatur and two men from Rantoul, Ill.:

Christopher L. Bailey, 39, of the 500 block of Center St., Decatur, Ill., a registered sex offender, is charged with distribution (two counts) and possession (one count) of child pornography.
Tyler D. Jeffrey, 27, of the 2100 block of Roosevelt Ave., Decatur, Ill., a registered sex offender, is charged with one count of transportation of child pornography.
William K. Armstrong, 25, of the 1100 block of Falcon Dr., Rantoul, Ill. Armstrong, charged with one count each of transportation and possession of child pornography, was previously arrested and charged on June 12, 2020, by criminal complaint.  The complaint alleges that Armstrong possessed approximately 30 video files of minors, including toddler-aged children and prepubescent minors, engaged in sexual activity with others.
Dwayne White, 55, of the 1300 block of Briarcliffe Dr., Rantoul, Ill. White, indicted on two counts of distribution and one count of possession of child pornography, was arrested and charged in a criminal complaint on June 19, 2020.  The complaint alleged that White possessed images of prepubescent minors, aged seven to 10-years old.

The defendants remain in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service at this time.  Bailey and Jeffrey were both initially charged by the Macon County State’s Attorney, and made their respective initial appearances on July 9, before U.S. Magistrate Eric I. Long. Judge Long scheduled detention hearings for Bailey and Jeffrey on July 13. Initial trial dates were scheduled for Bailey and Jeffrey on Sept. 8, 2020, before Senior U.S. District Judge Michael M. Mihm.  Armstrong and White are scheduled for arraignment on July 22, 2020, before Magistrate Judge Long.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Elly M. Peirson is representing the government in the case prosecutions.   The charges result from investigations by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations, the Decatur Police Department; Urbana Police Department; Champaign County Sheriff’s Office; and, the Illinois Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Members of the public are reminded that an indictment is merely an accusation; the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.


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Former MS-13 Gang Leader Marcelo Esquivel in Queens Indicted for Murder

Former MS-13 Gang Leader Marcelo Esquivel in Queens Indicted for Murder in-Aid-of Racketeering

(STL.News) – An indictment was unsealed today in federal court in Brooklyn charging Marcelo Esquivel with murder in-aid-of racketeering and causing death through the use of a firearm in connection with the fatal shooting of Daniel Licona-Gonzalez on July 2, 2012.  At the time of the murder, Esquivel was the leader of the Centrales Locos Salvatruchas clique of La Mara Salvatrucha, also known as the MS-13, a transnational criminal organization, in Jamaica, Queens.  Esquivel was arrested yesterday and will be arraigned this afternoon via teleconference before United States Magistrate Judge Roanne L. Mann.

Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), Peter C. Fitzhugh, Special Agent-in-Charge, Homeland Security Investigations, New York Field Office (HSI), and Dermot F. Shea, Commissioner, New York City Police Department (NYPD), announced the charges.

“As alleged, Esquivel ordered the murder of another human being in furtherance of the vicious code of the MS-13 gang, and the life of an 18-year-old man was ended by co-conspirators carrying out the defendant’s death wish,” stated United States Attorney Donoghue. “The Eastern District will continue to do everything possible to crush the MS-13 and Esquivel’s arrest sends a powerful message that the passage of time will not deter this Office and our law enforcement partners from investigating, prosecuting and holding accountable anyone who commits violent crimes on behalf of the gang.”

“A man standing in the street was shot in the head, and later died because two members of MS-13 sought out a twisted type of gravitas in their violent gang,” stated FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Sweeney. “The men rode a bicycle to carry out their orders allegedly given by Mr. Esquivel, an oddly childlike behavior with deadly consequences.  Our FBI New York Metro Safe Streets Task Force is determined to pursue the leaders of this despicable gang, regardless of how much time has passed since their crimes took place.”

“As an MS-13 gang leader, Esquivel allegedly used his authority to order a hit on a rival gang member.  Using the gun allegedly provided by Esquivel, two MS-13 gang members took the life of another human being,” stated HSI Special Agent-in-Charge Fitzhugh. “A human life is a human life, regardless of gang affiliation, and gang on gang violence will not be tolerated.  HSI will continue to collaborate with the FBI and NYPD to take murderers off the street and try to bring some solace to the victims’ families.”

“Our NYPD investigators, with our state and federal partners, as shown in this case will relentlessly seek justice against gangs no matter when or where their brutal violence is carried out,” stated NYPD Commissioner Shea.

As set forth in court filings, on July 2, 2012, Esquivel directed two MS-13 members to murder a member of the rival Latin Kings gang and provided them with a gun.  Coconspirator-1 was a new member of the gang and hoped to earn respect within the gang by carrying out an act of violence.  Coconspirator-1 and Coconspirator-2 then set out on a bicycle to find a Latin King to murder.  Coconspirator-2 rode the bicycle and Coconspirator-1 stood on the bicycle’s back pegs.  They went to a location that they understood was Latin Kings’ territory to find their target.  In the vicinity of Lowe Court and 149th Street in Jamaica, they saw a group of men that they believed were Latin Kings.  One of the Coconspirators yelled, “La Mara,” a reference to his gang, and shot Licona-Gonzalez in the head.  The victim died the following day.

Today’s charges are the latest in a series of federal prosecutions by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York targeting members of the MS-13.  The MS-13’s leadership is based in El Salvador and Honduras, but the gang has thousands of members across the United States, comprised primarily of immigrants from Central America.  Since 2003, hundreds of MS-13 members, including dozens of clique leaders, have been convicted on federal felony charges in the Eastern District of New York.  A majority of those MS-13 members have been convicted on federal racketeering charges for participating in murders, attempted murders and assaults.  Since 2010, this Office has obtained indictments charging MS-13 members with carrying out more than 45 murders in the district and has convicted dozens of MS-13 leaders and members in connection with those murders.  These prosecutions are the product of investigations led by our law enforcement partners.


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Former Navy Depot Supervisor Jared Bishop Heisey Indicted For Abusive Sexual Contact

Former Navy Depot Supervisor Jared Bishop Heisey Indicted For Abusive Sexual Contact And Physical Assault

(STL.News) – The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Jared Bishop Heisey, age 30, of Etters, Pennsylvania, was indicted on July 1, 2020, for abusive sexual contact without consent and simple assault.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, the indictment alleges that Heisey, former supervisor at the Distribution Defense Logistics Agency on Naval Services Activity in Mechanicsburg, engaged in unwanted sexual contact in July, August, and November 2019, of an employee of the United States Government while she was engaged in the performance of her official duties.

The case was investigated by Naval Criminal Investigative Services and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jaime Keating.

Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations.  All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

The maximum penalty under federal law for each Sexual Abuse charge is two years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine.  The maximum penalty under federal law the Simple Assault charge is one year of imprisonment and a fine.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant’s educational, vocational and medical needs.  For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant


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Former NFL Player Brian Carpenter Pleads Guilty to Fraud Involving WMATA

(STL.News) – A former National Football League (NFL) player pleaded guilty today to orchestrating a conspiracy to defraud the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) of over $300,000.

Brian Carpenter, 59, of Centreville, played for the Washington Redskins, New York Giants, and Buffalo Bills in the early 1980s. According to court documents, Carpenter was the owner and operator of a Leesburg company called the Flintstone Group which facilitated the sale and distribution of janitorial products, including products that were specifically labeled and created from his time in the NFL, including an enzyme solvent named “Blitz” and degreaser citrus solvent called “DG-28.”

Carpenter established a relationship with at least two employees of WMATA who were assigned WMATA-issued credit cards as part of their roles as assistant superintendents for WMATA’s maintenance and custodial services division.  Carpenter devised a scheme whereby the WMATA employees permitted him to charge their credit cards for supplies that were never in fact delivered.  In these instances, Carpenter would retain a substantial portion of the amount charged from the sales for his own personal benefit and the employees received cash payments in exchange for permitting Carpenter to charge their cards.  To make it appear that Carpenter ran a wholly legitimate business and to circumvent WMATA’s internal credit card controls, he used at least 10 different companies to process transactions from the credit cards, most of whom were not in the janitorial supply business and had never met the WMATA employees whose cards they charged.  Carpenter then provided the WMATA employees with fake and fraudulent invoices representing that WMATA paid for and received all of the products it ordered.

When WMATA-Office of Inspector General began investigating the case, Carpenter provided investigators with altered invoices to make it appear that he had ordered or substituted all of the products that were charged to WMATA.  In total, WMATA spent at least $310,000 on products that were never delivered.

Carpenter pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison when sentenced on December 15.  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.

G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; James A. Dawson, Special Agent in Charge, Criminal Division, FBI Washington Field Office; and Geoffrey Cherrington, Inspector General for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, made the announcement after Senior U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady accepted the plea.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jamar K. Walker and Heidi B. Gesch are prosecuting the case.


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Moss Point Mayor Mario King and Wife Indicted on Federal Fraud Charges

(STL.News) – Moss Point Mayor Mario King, 33, and his wife, Natasha R. King, 32, of Moss Point, Mississippi, appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert H. Walker on fraud charges relating to the Mayor’s Gala held in 2019, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst, Mississippi State Auditor Shad White, and Special Agent in Charge Michelle A. Sutphin of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Mississippi.

The indictment alleges that defendants Mario King and Natasha R. King began soliciting funds in late 2018 for a Gala to be held on March 23, 2019, in Moss Point.  The written solicitation stated that the “gala honors and supports organizations that are making a difference for the mental health community.  Proceeds support the efforts of mental health in the City of Moss Point with a focus on the Moss Point School District, converting spaces into a therapeutic and innovative learning environment.”

According to the indictment, on March 4, 2019, defendants Mario King and Natasha R. King appeared together on WLOX television and described the event, stating that funds from the Gala were to be used to create safe spaces for mental health counselling in the Moss Point School District.

Pursuant to allegations in the indictment, it was the understanding of those contributing to the Gala, either in the form of tickets purchased or contributions, that the proceeds from the Gala would go to the Moss Point School District.  Some of the funds were used to pay for the cost of the Gala, but the remaining proceeds did not go to the Moss Point School District.  Instead, it is alleged that defendants Mario King and Natasha R. King used the proceeds for personal purchases, including the down payment on the purchase of a vehicle, cash withdrawals and the payment of credit card debts involving charges to complete the purchase of a personal pet.

The defendants appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Walker at 10:00 a.m. this morning for their initial appearance and arraignment.  The case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden.  If convicted, the defendants face up to five years on the conspiracy charge and up to twenty years on each of the thirteen wire fraud charges.  Each of the fourteen counts carries a maximum fine of $250,000.

The case was investigated by the Mississippi State Auditor’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John Meynardie.

The public is reminded that an indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt.  Every defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


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Postal Employee Brittany Freeman Charged With Stealing Mail

(STL.News) – A federal grand jury for the Southern District of Illinois has returned on indictment charging
Brittany Freeman, 27, of Johnston City, Illinois (Williamson County), with four counts of theft of
mail by a postal service employee.

Freeman worked as a mail carrier for the Goreville post office.  The indictment charges that she
stole over $500 worth of rebate checks sent by Menards to customers along her mail routes in
February and March, 2020.

The arraignment for Freeman will be held on July 27, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. at the federal courthouse in
Benton, Illinois.  Each of the four felony counts is punishable by up to five years in prison and a
$250,000 fine.

An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant.  Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be
innocent of a charge until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to the satisfaction of a jury.

The charges resulted from a referral and investigation by the United States Postal Service, Office
of the Inspector General.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney
Peter T. Reed.


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Compounding Pharmacy Mogul Wade Ashley Walters Pleads Guilty

Compounding Pharmacy Mogul Wade Ashley Walters Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud and Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering

(STL.News) – A Mississippi businessman pleaded guilty Thursday for his role in a multi-million dollar scheme to defraud TRICARE, the health care benefit program serving U.S. military, veterans, and their respective family members, as well as private health care benefit programs, by paying kickbacks to practitioners and distributors for the prescribing and referring of fraudulent prescriptions for not medically necessary compounded medications that were ultimately dispensed by his pharmacies, as well as for his role in a scheme to launder the proceeds of the fraud scheme.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian C. Rabbitt of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst of the Southern District of Mississippi, Special Agent in Charge Michelle Sutphin of the FBI’s Jackson Field Office, Acting Special Agent in Charge Andrew M. Thornton of IRS Criminal Investigation’s (IRS-CI) New Orleans Field Office, Special Agent in Charge Cynthia Bruce of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service’s (DCIS) Southeast Field Office, and Interim Director Steven Maxwell of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics (MBN), made the announcement.

Wade Ashley Walters, 53, of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, a co-owner of numerous compounding pharmacies and pharmaceutical distributors, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering before U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett of the Southern District of Mississippi.  Defendant was remanded into custody following the plea hearing.  Sentencing has been scheduled for Oct. 28, 2020, before Judge Starrett.

As part of his guilty plea, Walters admitted that, between 2012 and 2016, he orchestrated a scheme to defraud TRICARE and other health care benefit programs by distributing compounded medications that were not medically necessary.  As part of the scheme, Walters among other things, adjusted prescription formulas to ensure the highest reimbursement without regard to efficacy; solicited recruiters to procure prescriptions for high-margin compounded medications and paid those recruiters commissions based on the percentage of the reimbursements paid by pharmacy benefit managers and health care benefit programs, including commissions on claims reimbursed by TRICARE; solicited (and at times paying kickbacks to) practitioners to authorize prescriptions for high-margin compounded medications; routinely and systematically waived and/or reduced copayments to be paid by beneficiaries and members, including utilizing a purported copayment assistance program to falsely make it appears as if the pharmacies were collecting copayments.  Walters and his numerous co-conspirators effectuated a scheme to defraud health care benefit programs, including the TRICARE program, in the amount of $287,659,569, with losses to a government health care program exceeding $20,000,000. Walters obtained over $40,000,000 in proceeds derived directly or indirectly from the fraud.

Walters also admitted that he and others laundered the proceeds by engaging in monetary transactions in amounts of over $10,000 in proceeds from the fraud scheme, including transactions relating to his participation in a sham intellectual property scheme.


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Boeing Completes Helicopter Deliveries to the Indian Air Force

Last of 22 Apache attack helicopters delivered in June

Chinook helicopter deliveries completed in March

Boeing focused on training and sustainment in support of India’s new rotorcraft fleet

NEW DELHI, India (STL.News) Boeing [NYSE: BA] has completed delivery of all new AH-64E Apache and CH-47F(I) Chinook military helicopters to the Indian Air Force (IAF).  The final five of the 22 Apache attack helicopters were handed over to the IAF at Air Force Station, Hindan. Earlier in March, Boeing handed over the last five of 15 CH-47F(I) Chinook heavy-lift helicopters to the IAF.

“Customer centricity, commitment to the modernization and mission-readiness of India’s defence forces are key values to our partnership with India,” said Surendra Ahuja, managing director, Boeing Defence India.  “With this delivery of military helicopters, we continue to nurture this partnership and are fully committed to working closely with India’s defence forces to deliver the right value and capabilities to meet their operational needs,” Ahuja added.

India is one of 17 nations to select the Apache and has the most advanced variant, the AH-64E Apache that is also flown by the U.S. and many other countries.  The AH-64E Apache is designed and equipped with an open systems architecture including the latest communications, navigation, sensor and weapon systems.  It has an improved Modernized Target Acquisition Designation System that provides day, night and all-weather target information, as well as night vision navigation capability. In addition to classifying air and ground targets, the Fire Control Radar has been updated to operate in the maritime environment.  It is uniquely suited to meet a commander’s needs, including reconnaissance, security, peacekeeping operations, and lethal attack, across myriad environments – without reconfiguration.

Twenty defence forces around the world either have Chinooks in service, or are on contract to receive them.  The iconic tandem-rotor helicopter has been the world’s most reliable and efficient heavy-lift helicopter for more than 50 years, allowing customers to operate in climatic (hot), altitude (high), and crosswind conditions that typically keep other helicopters from flying.  The CH-47F(I) Chinook contains a modern machined airframe, a common avionics architecture system (CAAS) cockpit, and a digital automatic flight control system (DAFCS).  Those innovations and technologies will help the Indian Air Force meet evolving mission demands, maximize interoperability, and reduce lifecycle costs.

The Indian Ministry of Defence finalized its order with Boeing for the production, training and support of 22 AH-64E Apache and 15 CH-47F(I) Chinook helicopters in September 2015.  Earlier this year, India and the U.S. signed a contract for the acquisition of six Apaches for the Indian Army during U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to New Delhi.

Boeing’s joint venture in Hyderabad, Tata Boeing Aerospace Limited (TBAL) has been producing aero-structures for the AH-64 Apache helicopter for both US Army and international customers.  TBAL marks a major step towards the co-development of integrated systems in aerospace and defense in India. Boeing’s suppliers in India are manufacturing critical systems and components for the Chinooks, including the crown and tailcone assembly by Tata Advanced Systems and the ramp and aft pylon by Dynamatic Technologies.  Boeing today works with over 200 suppliers and partners in the country in support of “Make in India” and “Skill India.”

Boeing Defence India provides holistic lifecycle solutions for government and defence customers in the country. Boeing delivers services that ensure high availability and mission-readiness of platforms to its defence customers at competitive costs through its investments in services infrastructure and building local capabilities and partnerships.  With the induction of the Apaches and Chinooks, Boeing anticipates additional opportunities in rotorcraft training and sustainment.

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1300 Block of 2nd Street, Northeast

Washington, DC (STL.News) Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Fifth District seek the public’s assistance in identifying suspects in reference to an Armed Carjacking (Knife) offense that occurred on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in the 1300 block of 2nd Street, Northeast.

At approximately 5:19 am, the suspects approached the victim at the listed location.  One of the suspects brandished a knife and demanded the victim’s vehicle.  The victim exited the vehicle.  The suspects fled the scene in the victim’s vehicle.

Anyone who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE at 50411.  The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $10,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a violent crime committed in the District of Columbia.


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Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Searching for Missing Teen Relisha Rudd

Washington, DC (STL.News) The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 14 year-old Relisha Rudd, who was last seen in the 1900 block of Massachusetts Avenue, Southeast, on Saturday, March 1, 2014.  The incident was reported on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

Relisha Rudd is described as a Black female, with a medium brown complexion, 4’0” in height, 70-80 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair.  She was 8 years old at the time of her disappearance.  She can be seen in the photos below which show her at 8 years old as well as an age progression photo which shows what she may look like today.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Relisha Rudd is asked to call the Metropolitan Police Department at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the TEXT TIP LINE at 50411.  You may also contact the Youth and Family Services Division at 202-576-6768 or 911.


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