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Federal Criminal Lawyer Douglas McNabb of McNabb Associates - News On Current Federal Criminal Cases

Federal Criminal Lawyer Douglas McNabb of McNabb Associates - News On Current Federal Criminal Cases

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August 8, 2012 - The Federal Crimes Watch Daily

The Federal Crimes Watch Daily is a daily newspaper that discusses current federal criminal issues written by a federal criminal defense attorney.

Topics Include: Federal Prosecutors, FBI, Federal Criminal Trial, Federal Criminal Lawyer, Federal Criminal Attorney, Federal Court, Federal Law, Federal Criminal Law, Federal Criminal Defense, Douglas C. McNabb, McNabb Associates, Federal Law Firm, Federal Criminal Law Firm, Federal Court, wire fraud, fbi sting, fbi, racketeering enterprise, RICO, ex-nfl, nfl
August 8, 2012 - The Federal Crimes Watch Daily

The Federal Crimes Watch Daily is a daily newspaper that discusses current federal criminal issues written by a federal criminal defense attorney.

Topics Include: Federal Prosecutors, FBI, Federal Criminal Trial, Federal Criminal Lawyer, Federal Criminal Attorney, Federal Court, Federal Law, Federal Criminal Law, Federal Criminal Defense, Douglas C. McNabb, McNabb Associates, Federal Law Firm, Federal Criminal Law Firm, Federal Court, wire fraud, fbi sting, fbi, racketeering enterprise, RICO, ex-nfl, nfl

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Federal Criminal Defense Lawyerswww.McNabbAssociates.comWednesday, August 8, 2012
Submitted at 9:52 AM August 8, 2012
Sun Sentinel on August 7, 2012 releasedthe following:“By Paula McMahonA former NFL first-round draft pick whowas arrested in an FBI fraud sting earlierthis year has pleaded guilty to his role inthe crime, court records show.A second former NFL player arrested inthe same sting is scheduled for a changeof plea hearing next week in federal courtin Miami, according to court records.Former Oakland Raiders running back Michael Antwon Bennett pleaded guiltylast week in federal court in FortLauderdale to one count of wire fraud.He was caught in an operation by theFBI, which set up an undercover financialservices store in North Miami betweenFebruary and April. An undercover agentworked behind the counter and the storewas equipped with audio and videosurveillance equipment.Bennett, who turns 34 next week,admitted that he had sent an email to thestore fraudulently claiming that he had $9million in the bank so he could obtain a$200,000 loan, court records show.Bennett went to the store on April 18 andsigned a loan agreement to borrow$200,000 and repay $280,000 after threemonths. When agents checked the bank account, they found that Bennett hadopened an account there about a monthearlier but it had a zero balance and therehad never been any money in the account.When Bennett returned to the store andpicked up a $150,000 cashier’s check onApril 30, he was arrested. FBI agents saidhe admitted that he altered the bank statement to give the false impression thathe had millions of dollars in his account.The maximum penalty for the offense is20 years in prison and a fine of up to$250,000 but prosecutors have agreed torecommend a punishment on the lowerend of the sentencing guidelines, whichare still being calculated, when he issentenced in October.Meanwhile another NFL player, WilliamJoseph, is scheduled for a change of pleahearing on Aug. 14 in Miami. The termsof the proposed plea agreement will not bemade public until the court hearing.Joseph, 32, of Miramar, was indicted inMay on five federal charges includingaggravated identity theft, possession of false identification documents, theft of government money and forgery of U.S.Treasury checks.Federal authorities said Joseph cashed a$10,088 income tax refund check that wasnot his and that he did not havepermission to cash.Joseph played for the New York Giantsbetween 2003 and 2007, then spent threeyears with the Raiders.Former Syracuse player Louis Gachelin,31, of Miramar, pleaded guilty earlier thisyear to theft of government money andaggravated identity theft in the sameinvestigation.”————————————————————–Douglas McNabb – McNabb Associates,P.C.’sFederal Criminal Defense AttorneysVideos: Federal Crimes – Be Careful Federal Crimes – Be Proactive Federal Crimes – Federal Indictment Federal Mail Fraud Crimes————————————————————–To find additional federal criminal news,please readFederal Criminal DefenseDaily.Douglas McNabb and other members of the U.S. law firm practice and write and/ or report extensively on matters involvingFederal Criminal Defense, INTERPOLRed Notice Removal, InternationalExtradition Defense, OFAC SDNSanctions Removal, InternationalCriminal Court Defense, and US Seizureof Non-Resident, Foreign-Owned Assets.Because we have experience dealing withINTERPOL, our firm understands theinter-relationship that INTERPOL’s “RedNotice” brings to this equation.The author of this blog is Douglas C.McNabb. Please feel free to contact himdirectly atmcnabb@mcnabbassociates.comor at oneof the offices listed above.
Submitted at 12:25 PM August 8, 2012
A company that marketed public recordsabout consumers to employers makinghiring decisions agreed to settle chargesthat it violated the Fair Credit ReportingAct and pay $2.6 million in civil penalties,the Justice Department announced.
Submitted at 10:16 AM August 8, 2012
Martin Angelina, 50, of Philadelphia,pleaded guilty today to participating in aracketeering conspiracy involving loansharking and illegal gambling.
Submitted at 10:25 AM August 8, 2012
Document filed on July 19, 2012Indictment
Submitted at 3:35 PM August 8, 2012
The Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI) on August 8, 2012 released thefollowing:“PHILADELPHIA—A 23-countindictment was unsealed today charging16 defendants in a conspiracy caseinvolving the Mastronardo BookmakingOrganization, a multi-million-dollar sportsbetting operation with bettors throughoutthe U.S. At its peak, the allegedMEMBERS page 2
 
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organization had more than 1,000 bettorsand was generating millions of dollars ayear. All but one defendant (JoannaMastronardo) are charged with conspiracyto participate in a racketeering enterprise(RICO) and conducting an illegalgambling business. The indictment allegesthat between January 1, 2005 and January1, 2011, the organization utilized Internetwebsites and telephone numbers thatallowed bettors to place sports bets onfootball, baseball, basketball, golf, horseracing, and other sporting events.Residents of Costa Rica staffed theInternet and telephone sites. Thedefendants allegedly hid more than $1million in and around their homes,including in specially-built compartmentsand in PVC pipes that were buried in ayard.Charged are Joseph Vito Mastronardo, Jr.and John Mastronardo, the two allegedleaders; Joseph F. Mastronardo, EricWoehlcke, Harry Murray, Joseph Vitelli,Anna Rose Vitelli, Patrick Tronoski,Edward Feighan, Kenneth Cohen,Schuyler Twaddle, Michael Loftus,Michael Squillante, David Rounick,Ronald Gendrachi; and JoannaMastronardo, the wife of JosephMastronardo, Jr. All, with the exception of Twaddle, were arrested this morning.The indictment was announced by U.S.Attorney Zane David Memeger, FBISpecial Agent in Charge George C.Venizelos of the Philadelphia FieldOffice, Special Agent in Charge EricHylton of the Internal Revenue ServiceCriminal Investigation, and MontgomeryCounty District Attorney Risa Ferman.The indictment alleges that thedefendants ran the organization usingtelephone, Skype, e-mail, text messaging,and in-person communication. Theyallegedly met bettors in-person, often inpublic buildings and parking lots, tocollect or deliver payments that rangedfrom $1,000 to more than $100,000. Theorganization also allegedly used a gasstation on Norristown Road in Blue Bell,Pennsylvania, as a mailing address anddrop-off site to collect gamblingpayments.According to the indictment, members of the Mastronardo BookmakingOrganization laundered the gamblingproceeds using check cashing agencies,private bank accounts, and internationalbank accounts and provided instructionsso that a losing bettor could pay agambling debt through a charitabledonation.According to the indictment, leaderJoseph V. Mastronardo, Jr. supervised theagents, sub-agents, websites(www.betroma.com andwww.betrose.com), office employees;laundered some of the betting proceeds;collected debts; and instructed others tocollect debts. Mastronardo’s brother,John, also a leader in the organization,supervised agents and sub-agents,laundered proceeds, and collected debts.John’s son, Joseph F. Mastronardo,worked as an office employee, collecteddebts, and performed other financialduties. Eric Woehlcke was initially abookmaker and office employee, thenworked as an office manager, andeventually became a leader supervisingagents and sub-agents and launderingproceeds. Harry Murray was a bookmakerwho resided in Florida and launderedproceeds in and outside the U.S. Josephand Anna Rose Vitelli owned J&A Check Cashing where, in 2006, they allowed theorganization to occupy an office for theillegal gambling business and which wasalso used to aid in the laundering of proceeds. Tronoski, Feighan, Cohen,Twaddle, Loftus, Squillante, Rounick, andGendrachi were all bookmakers.The indictment alleges that in March2010, Joseph V. Mastronardo, Jr., in aconversation with bookmaker HarryMurray, commented, “Well, times likethis I’m happy I’m a bookmaker,” towhich Murray responded, “Me too.”“Technology allowed the defendants toallegedly expand their gambling andmoney laundering operation far beyondthe borders of Pennsylvania,” saidMemeger. “Unfortunately for thedefendants, however, we have thenecessary statutory tools to investigateand prosecute those who openly flout ourillegal gambling and financial reportinglaws.”“Illegal gambling and money launderingare the financial engines that help drivecriminal enterprises like the one allegedtoday,” said Special Agent in ChargeVenizelos. “The type of gambling activitycharged here is illegal. These types of extensive and long-term joint investigativeefforts, worked with our partners like theIRS and Montgomery County Detectives,are intended to dismantle criminalorganizations that profit from illegalactivities.”“This alleged racketeering operation wasanchored in Montgomery County but hadtentacles spreading across the U.S. andbeyond,” said D.A. Ferman. “Despite ourattempt to shut it down in 2006-2007 witha Montgomery County prosecution, myoffice discovered that the defendants, as isalleged in the indictment, were back inbusiness. We partnered with our federalcounterparts to examine the full scope of the alleged illegal gambling operation.Today’s indictment reflects the work of many law enforcement agents acrossmultiple agencies. These defendants triedto ‘game’ the system. Today, they crappedout.”“The indictments announced today are theresult of a significant and complexinvestigation,” said Special Agent inCharge Eric Hylton. “With both lawenforcement and financial expertise, ouragents are uniquely qualified to assist withthese types of cases by following the trailof money. Our office will continue towork aggressively to identify and targetillegal financial gains.”Joanna Mastronardo is charged with onecount of structuring in which it is allegedthat she participated in makingapproximately 72 deposits in amounts lessthan $10,000, totaling more than $500,000in a 12-month period.Joseph V. Mastronardo, Jr. is charged inall 23 counts of the indictment. Theremaining 14 defendants are each chargedwith the RICO conspiracy and withprohibition of illegal gambling. Theindictment also seeks forfeiture of morethan $6.3 million as alleged proceeds of the illegal enterprise.The case was investigated by the FederalBureau of Investigation, the InternalRevenue Service-Criminal Investigation,the Montgomery County DetectiveBureau, and the Montgomery CountyDistrict Attorney’s Office. It is beingprosecuted by Assistant United StatesAttorney Jason P. Bologna.An indictment or information is anaccusation. A defendant is presumedinnocent unless and until proven guilty.”————————————————————–Douglas McNabb – McNabb Associates,P.C.’sFederal Criminal Defense AttorneysVideos: Federal Crimes – Be Careful Federal Crimes – Be Proactive Federal Crimes – Federal Indictment 
 
Federal Crimes – Detention Hearing Federal Mail Fraud Crimes————————————————————–To find additional federal criminal news,please readFederal Criminal DefenseDaily.Douglas McNabb and other members of the U.S. law firm practice and write and/ or report extensively on matters involvingFederal Criminal Defense, INTERPOLRed Notice Removal, InternationalExtradition Defense, OFAC SDNSanctions Removal, InternationalCriminal Court Defense, and US Seizureof Non-Resident, Foreign-Owned Assets.MEMBERS page 3

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