From the daily archives: Monday, April 7, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO—A federal grand jury returned an indictment yesterday charging 29 defendants with firearms trafficking, money laundering, murder-for-hire, drug distribution, trafficking in contraband cigarettes, and honest services fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, FBI Special Agent in Charge David J. Johnson, and Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge José M. Martinez. The indictment follows the March 26, 2014 arrests authorized by criminal complaint.

The defendants are charged in the indictment as follows:

Defendant

Charges

Kwok Cheung CHOW, a/k/a Raymond CHOW, a/k/a Shrimp Boy Money Laundering (18 USC § 1956), Conspiracy to Traffic Contraband Cigarettes (18 USC §§ 371, 2342, 2344), Conspiracy to Transport and Receive Stolen Property in Interstate Commerce (18 USC §§ 371, 2314, and 2315)
Leland YEE Honest Services Conspiracy (18 USC §1349), Wire Fraud (18 USC §§ 1343, 1346), Conspiracy to Deal in Firearms and Import Firearms (18 USC §§ 371, 922(a), 922(l))
George NIEH, a/k/a Heng Nieh, a/k/a Ah Fei Money Laundering (18 USC 1956), Unlicensed Firearms Dealing (18 USC § 922(a)), Felon in Possession of Firearm (18 USC § 922(g)), Conspiracy to Traffic Contraband Cigarettes (18 USC §§ 371, 2342, 2344), Conspiracy to Transport and Receive Stolen Property in Interstate Commerce (18 USC §§ 371, 2314, and 2315), Narcotics Conspiracy (21 USC § 846)
Keith JACKSON Wire Fraud (18 USC §§ 1343, 1346), Engaging in Business of Dealing in Firearms (18 USC § 922(a)), Narcotics Conspiracy (21 USC § 846), Murder for Hire (18 USC § 1958), Conspiracy to Deal in Firearms and Import Firearms (18 USC §§ 371, 922(a), 922(l))
Brandon JACKSON Narcotics Conspiracy (21 USC § 846), Unlicensed Firearms Dealing (18 USC § 922(a)), Murder for Hire (18 USC §1958)
Marlon SULLIVAN Narcotics Conspiracy (21 USC § 846), Unlicensed Firearms Dealing (18 USC § 922(a)), Murder for Hire (18 USC § 1958)
Rinn ROEUN Unlicensed Firearms Dealing (18 USC § 922(a)), Murder for Hire (18 USC § 1958)
Alan CHIU, a/k/a Alan Shiu Money Laundering (18 USC § 1956)
Kevin SIU Money Laundering (18 USC § 1956)
Kongphet CHANTHAVONG, a/k/a “Joe,” a/k/a “Fat Joe” Narcotics Conspiracy (21 USC § 846), Money Laundering (18 USC § 1956), Felon in Possession of a Firearm (18 USC § 922(g)), Possession of Narcotics with Intent to Distribute (21 USC § 841), Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime (18 USC § 924(c))
Michael MEI Possession of Narcotics with Intent to Distribute (21 USC § 846)
Andy LI Money Laundering (18 USC § 1956), Narcotics Conspiracy (21 USC 846), Unlicensed Firearms Dealing (18 USC § 922(a)), Felon in Possession of Firearm (18 USC § 922(g))
Leslie YUN Money Laundering (18 USC § 1956), Conspiracy to Traffic in Stolen and Contraband Cigarettes (18 USC §§ 371, 2315, 2342, 2344)
James PAU Money Laundering (18 USC § 1956), Conspiracy to Traffic in Stolen and Contraband Cigarettes (18 USC §§ 371, 2315, 2342, 2344)
Jane LIANG Conspiracy to Transport and Receive Stolen Property (18 USC §§ 371, 2315)
Tina LIANG Conspiracy to Transport and Receive Stolen Property (18 USC §§ 371, 2315), Narcotics Conspiracy (21 USC § 846)
Brian TILTON Conspiracy to Transport and Receive Stolen Property (18 USC §§ 371, 2315), Narcotics Conspiracy (21 USC § 846)
Ming MA Conspiracy to Receive Stolen Property (18 USC §§ 371, 2315)
Hon SO Conspiracy to Receive Stolen Property (18 USC §§ 371, 2315)
Norge MASTRANGELO Money Laundering (18 USC §1956)
Albert NHINGSAVATH Money Laundering (18 USC § 1956)
Serge GEE Money Laundering (18 USC § 1956)
Xi Ling LIANG, a/k/a Elaine LIANG Money Laundering (18 USC § 1956)
Gary CHEN Money Laundering (18 USC § 1956)
Anthony LAI Money Laundering (18 USC § 1956)
Tong ZHANG Conspiracy to Traffic Contraband Cigarettes (18 USC §§ 371, 2342, 2344)
Zhanghao WU Conspiracy to Traffic Contraband Cigarettes (18 USC §§ 371, 2342, 2344)
Barry Blackwell HOUSE Dealing Firearms without a License (18 USC § 922(a)), Possession of Firearm by a Felon (18 USC § 922(g)(1))
WILSON SY LIM, a/k/a “Dr. Lim” Conspiracy to Traffic in Firearms Without a License, and to Illegally Import Firearms, in violation of (18 USC §§ 371, 922(a)(1))

The maximum penalties for the violations are as follows:

18 U.S.C. § 1956(a)(1)
  • 20 years in prison
  • Three years’ supervised release
  • $500,000 fine
  • $100 special assessment
18 U.S.C. § 1956(a)(3)
  • 20 years in prison
  • Three years’ supervised release
  • $500,000 fine
  • $100 special assessment
18 U.S.C. § § 371, 2314, 2315
  • Five years in prison
  • Three years’ supervised release
  • $250,000 fine
  • $100 special assessment
18 U.S.C. § § 371, 2315, 2342(a), 2344
  • Five years in prison
  • Three years’ supervised release
  • $250,000 fine
  • $100 special assessment
18 U.S.C. § 922(a)(1)
  • Five years in prison
  • Three years’ supervised release
  • $250,000 fine
  • $100 special assessment
18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1)
  • 10 years in prison
  • Three years’ supervised release
  • $250,000 fine
  • $100 special assessment
18 U.S.C. §§ 371, 922(a)(1), 922(l)
  • Five years in prison
  • Three years’ supervised release
  • $250,000 fine
  • $100 special assessment
18 U.S.C. § 924(c)
  • From five years to life
  • Five years’ supervised release
  • $250,000 fine
  • $100 special assessment
18 U.S.C. § 1958
  • 10 years in prison
  • Three years’ supervised release
  • $250,000 fine
  • $100 special assessment
18 U.S.C. § § 1343, 1346, 1349
  • 20 years in prison
  • Three years’ supervised release
  • $250,000 fine
  • $100 special assessment
21 U.S.C. § 841
  • From five years to forty years in prison
  • Four years’ supervised release
  • $5 million fine
  • $100 special assessment
21 U.S.C. § 841, 846
  • Five years in prison, with five or ten year mandatory minimum in some instances
  • Three to five years’ supervised release
  • $250,000 to $10 million fine
  • $100 special assessment

An indictment merely alleges that crimes have been committed, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If convicted, the defendants are subject to the maximum penalties stated above. However, any sentence following conviction would be imposed by the court only after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence, 18 U.S.C. § 3553.

William Frentzen, Susan Badger, and Waqar Hasib are the Assistant U.S. Attorneys who are prosecuting the case. The prosecution is the result of a five-year investigation by the FBI, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations Division, San Francisco Police Department, Oakland Police Department, and Antioch Police Department.

 

(Holtville, CA) The City of Holtville, in conjunction with the Hildalgo Society, will host the 2014 Holtville Car and Bike Show  on Saturday, April 26, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The event, which will be combined with the Farmers Market and Street Fair, will be held in Holt Park. Holt Park is located at Fifth Street and Pine Avenue in Holtville, California.

The Holtville Car and Bike Show is free and open to the public. The event will include classics, custom cruisers, lowriders, law enforcement and other types of vehicles. A $25 entry fee will be required for all participating vehicles and a $10 entry fee for all participating bicycles. Awards will be given in a number of categories including Popular Choice and Mayors Choice. Car Show Participants may pre-register or register on site beginning at 8 a.m.

Live entertainment is planned starting at 11:00 am.

The Imperial County Sheriff Department will conduct a Bicycle Charro. A bicycle charro is an obstacle course to test cyclists agility and handling skills. In addition, ICSO Deputies will conduct free bicycle safety inspections and distribute free bicycle helmets.

The Holtville Fire Department will be providing training in “Hands-Only CPR”.

Sponsorship opportunities are available.  Sponsor Levels include: Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

Vendor opportunities are available. Vendors include: Farm Fresh Produce, Delicious Bites,  & Handmade goods.

Free parking will be available.

Directions: Drivers from outside Holtville should take Hwy 111 to the Evan Hewes Highway. Turn east on the Evan Hewes Highway, which becomes SR 115 upon entry into Holtville. Continue east-bound on SR 115 which becomes Fifth Street. Continue east through Downtown Holtville and past Holt Park. Turn right on Holt Avenue, ample free parking will be available north of Sixth Street in Public Parking Lots.

To register, or for more information, please call the Denise Garcia at 760-356-3013.

 

The FBI and law enforcement agencies around the country diligently work for the good of the communities we serve and for the nation as a whole. But we can’t do it alone—we also need the support of the people who live in those communities.

Today, at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., we publicly recognized 58 individuals and organizations from communities around the country for giving us that support. The recipients of our annual Director’s Community Leadership Award have made tremendous contributions toward crime and violence prevention, education and awareness programs, and efforts to enhance cooperation between law enforcement and all citizens.

Addressing the award winners during the ceremony, Director James Comey said, “You are the truly extraordinary among us….You see injustice in your communities and you take action—showing a true willingness to lead when others may choose to walk away.”

 

We present these awards publicly—first at the local FBI field office and then at this yearly national ceremony—with the hopes that others will hear the stories of the recipients and be inspired to create change in their own communities and help make their neighborhoods safer.

Here are just a few of those inspiring stories:

  • An Albuquerque civil rights advocate—whose goal is to convince people to be “change agents” in their communities—continues his four decades of work toward building coalitions to improve the lives of all Americans, regardless of race.
  • A former law enforcement officer-turned-community activist in Atlanta uses the game of chess to reach disadvantaged youth by teaching them the practical skills and techniques needed to overcome life’s obstacles.

  • A Delaware social services agencyfocuses on meeting the needs of the state’s growing Latino population through programs dedicated to the healthy development and education of children, youth, and their families.
  • After the unsolved murder of her 14-year-old daughter, a Cleveland mother now assists other parents who have lost children to violence and creates educational opportunities for underprivileged youth.
  • A non-profit organization in Las Vegas helps southern Nevada’s homeless and at-risk veterans and their families with rapid re-housing, employment assistance, training, and other services.
  • A Louisville cardiologist and civic leader—a voice for the local Muslim community—coordinates meetings and public service projects between Muslim, Christian, and Jewish leaders with the aim of reducing stereotypes within the community.
  • A survivor of human trafficking and advocate for human trafficking victims dedicates her efforts in Milwaukee to ensuring adequate resources for victims and educating young people and adults on the issues of sexual violence, sexual exploitation, and sex trafficking.
  • A Seattle man facilitates stronger ties between members of the Seattle-area Somali community and local and federal law enforcement by hosting numerous gatherings and fostering an environment of understanding and dialogue.

Congratulations to each of our award recipients for going above and beyond the call to service…for reaching out to those in need…and for supporting law enforcement’s efforts to better our communities—and our nation.

 
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