Law Enforcement

Vatican Confirms Pope's Butler's Arrest

The Vatican confirmed Saturday that Pope Benedict XVI's butler has been arrested on suspicion of leaking confidential documents and letters from the pontiff's private quarters.

Former Covington Bank CEO Charged with Bank Fraud and False Statements

Richard S. Blossman, Jr., age 52, a resident of Covington, Louisiana, was charged today in a one-count bill of information alleging one count of bank fraud and one count of false statements, announced U.S. Attorney Jim Letten.

Former Law Enforcement Officers Plead Guilty to Conspiracy

Kevin J. Guillot, age 43, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana; and Daniel G. Spears, a resident of Belle Chasse, Louisiana, age 40, pled guilty today before U.S. District Judge Sarah S. Vance to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Jim Letten. Anthony Venezia, age 34, a resident of Westwego, Louisiana, also pled guilty to one count of misprision of a felony.

Prosecutors ask court to impose death sentence on Ben Ali

TUNIS Former Tunisian President Zine El Abedine Ben Ali, who has been charged in absentia with ordering the killings of anti-government demonstrators and was forced to quit office, could be given the death sentence in a court in his country.

US threatens aid cut after Pakistan court sentences surgeon who helped track Osama

The United States has threatened to cut aid to Islamabad following the sentencing of a Pakistani surgeon who was awarded 33 years in jail for helping the CIA track Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Chinese National Charged with Illegal Export of Sensitive Technology to China

A Chinese national in Massachusetts on business was arrested for illegally supplying U.S. origin parts to end-users in China in violation of U.S. export laws.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney and FBI Assistant Director in Charge Announce Guilty Pleas of Yahoo Executive and California Hedge Fund Portfolio Manager for Inside Trading

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York; and Janice K. Fedarcyk, the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), announced that Robert Kwok and Reema Shah pled guilty today in Manhattan federal court to one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud in connection with an insider trading scheme in which Kwok, an executive with Yahoo!, provided material, non-public information to Shah, a portfolio manager at an asset management firm that managed billions of dollars in mutual funds and a hedge fund, concerning Yahoo!’s quarterly earnings and potential business transactions. Shah, who then executed trades in Yahoo!, also pled guilty to one count of securities fraud.

Campaign Official Pleads Guilty to Charges for Activities Involving 2010 District of Columbia Mayoral Election

Admits Obstructing Justice by Destroying Documents, Making False Statements to FBI

Thomas W. Gore, the former assistant treasurer for a District of Columbia mayoral campaign, pled guilty today to obstruction of justice and other charges stemming from his activities involving the 2010 election, announced U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen, Jr. and James W. McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.

Former City Clerk of Thayer Pleads Guilty to Embezzling $120,000 in City Funds

A former city clerk of the city of Thayer in Neosho County, Kansas has pleaded guilty to embezzling $120,000, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Corporate Lawyer Pleads Guilty in New York to Money Laundering and Conspiracy to Commit Securities Fraud

Martin Weisberg, a former corporate partner in the New York office of an international law firm, pleaded guilty today to one charge of money laundering and one charge of conspiracy to commit securities fraud.