Human Rights

Treasury Sanctions Prominent Syrian Businessman

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced today the designation of Muhammad Hamsho, a member of the Syrian Parliament and prominent businessman, pursuant to Executive Orders (E.O.) 13573 and 13572 for providing services in support of, and for acting for or on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al-Asad and for acting for or on behalf of President Asad’s brother Mahir al-Asad. Hamsho International Group, a Syrian holding company that has approximately 20 subsidiary or affiliated companies, was also designated today pursuant to E.O.s 13573 and 13572 for being controlled by Muhammad Hamsho.

LIBYA-CHAD: Stranded migrants airlifted home

More than 78,000 Chadians have returned home over the past few months

US Labor Department's OSHA cites Clifton, NJ, company

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Safas Corp. for 20 workplace safety and health violations at its Clifton facility. OSHA initiated a Jan. 31 investigation based on a referral from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, which alleged strong solvent odors. Proposed penalties total $135,000.

Two Loan Officers and One Title Agent Charged in $2.5 Million Reverse Mortgage and Loan Modification Scheme Plead Guilty in Miami

Louis Gendason of Delray Beach, Fla.; Kimberly Mackey of Pittsburgh; and John Incandela, of Palm Beach, Fla., pleaded guilty today to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud for their participation in a $2.5 million home equity conversion mortgage, or reverse mortgage, fraud scheme.

Law enforcement officials announce charges against individuals on 5 continents involved in child exploitation network

Investigation serves as largest in US history, led by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations

Law enforcement officials announced today the unsealing of three indictments and one complaint charging a total of 72 individuals for their participation in an international criminal network dedicated to the sexual abuse of children and the creation and dissemination of graphic images and videos of child sexual afbuse throughout the world. The charges are the result of an extensive investigation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Eugene Man Sentenced to 65 Months for Insurance Fraud

Timothy Devon Huntley, Jr., 45, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael R. Hogan to serve a 65-month term in federal prison for committing aggravated identity theft and wire fraud as part of an insurance fraud scheme. He was sentenced to serve a 24-month term of prison for aggravated identity theft consecutive to a 41-month term of prison for wire fraud. He was also ordered to pay $196,854.20 in restitution to the insurance companies he defrauded. He pled guilty to the offenses on March 15, 2011.

Former CFO of New Jersey-Based Printing Supply Company Sentenced to 56 Months in Prison for Embezzlement Scheme

The former chief financial officer of the New Jersey-based Harold M. Pitman Company was sentenced today to 56 months in prison for embezzling more than $2 million from his former employer, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Miami-Area Resident Pleads Guilty to Participating in $200 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

A Miami-area resident pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Miami for his role in two separate fraud schemes that resulted in the submission of more than $200 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare, announced the Department of Justice, the FBI and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Somalia: UN official warns famine could spread without adequate relief funding

Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator

Top UN envoy urges restraint after two Palestinians killed in Israeli operation

A senior United Nations envoy today called on Israeli authorities to exercise maximum restraint after two Palestinians were killed during a military operation in a West Bank refugee camp.