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Stay up-to-date with the latest news from Secret Service.

Mar

31

2021

BOSTON – A Hull man was indicted by a federal grand jury yesterday in connection with submitting fraudulent documentation in order to receive CARES Act small business loans.  

Shane Spierdowis, 30, was indicted on one count of wire fraud…

Mar

30

2021

Washington, D.C. - Today, the U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) released Averting Targeted School Violence: A U.S. Secret Service Analysis of Plots Against Schools, the newest report out of the center. For the first…

Mar

29

2021

CONCORD - Kazi Pervez, 41, of Methuen, Massachusetts pleaded guilty in federal court to bank fraud, Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced today.

            According to court documents and statements made in court,…

Mar

29

2021

NEWARK, N.J. – A New York man was sentenced today to 33 months in prison for participating in a scheme to buy and sell over $2 million in stolen property, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

James Olla, 29, of Brooklyn, New…

Mar

29

2021

Earlier today, in federal court in Brooklyn, Adolfo LaCola was sentenced by United States Chief District Court Judge Margo K. Brodie to 48 months in prison for his participation in a narcotics distribution conspiracy and money laundering. LaCola…

Mar

26

2021

The Department of Justice announced an update today on criminal and civil enforcement efforts to combat COVID-19 related fraud, including schemes targeting the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program and…

Mar

26

2021

FRESNO, Calif. — Eight people were arrested in Kern County today following a months-long investigation into a Bakersfield-based drug trafficking organization that attempted to smuggle hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine and fentanyl, Acting U.S…

Mar

26

2021

Fort Myers, Florida – A federal jury today found Casey David Crowther (35, Fort Myers) guilty of bank fraud, making a false statement to a lending institution, and two counts of money laundering. Crowther faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in…

Mar

24

2021

TYLER, Texas -- A Shreveport, Louisiana woman has pleaded guilty for her role in an elder fraud scheme in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei.

Monica Ruiz, 45, pleaded guilty to wire fraud…

Mar

24

2021

STATESBORO, GA:  Two former employees of a Statesboro pediatrics practice have been sentenced to federal prison for stealing money from the business.

Kristen Hart, 37, of Statesboro, and Alisa Brown, 44, of Statesboro, each pled guilty to…

Mar

24

2021

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Secret Service hosted a virtual Cyber Incident Response Simulation with state and municipal government officials focused on ransomware attacks and mitigation strategies. Ransomware is a type of malicious software cyber…

Mar

24

2021

LOUISVILLE, KY. – Travis Puckett, 23, originally of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, previously pled guilty before United States District Judge Rebecca Grady Jennings for attempted online enticement of a minor, announced Acting United States Attorney…

Mar

18

2021

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A performer at a Branson, Missouri, theater pleaded guilty in federal court today to stealing more than $85,000 from hundreds of his own audience members who donated to his non-existent charity for foster children.

“For…

Mar

18

2021

BECKLEY, W.Va. – A Raleigh County pharmacist was sentenced today to 135 months in federal prison for her role in a fraud scheme which cost victims over $2 million in losses. She was also ordered to pay over $2.5 million in restitution to the…

Mar

18

2021

SAVANNAH, GA:  Two Florida residents have admitted they colluded in a scheme to steal pandemic unemployment funds.

Tamesha Lashelle Brown, 41, of Dade City, Fla., and Malik Abdul McCaully, 43, of Tampa, pled guilty in U.S. District Court…