Managers of Fish Dealer Plead Guilty to Fishing Fraud Conspiracy

New York - Bryan Gosman and Asa Gosman, both of Montauk, New York, pleaded guilty today in federal court in Central Islip, New York, to one felony count of criminal conspiracy for their role in a scheme to purchase illegal summer flounder and black sea bass from a local fisherman. In addition, the company which they partially own, Bob Gosman Co. Inc., a federally-licensed fish dealer also located in Montauk, pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor Lacey Act Fish Trafficking.

Department of Justice Redoubles Efforts to Find and Prosecute Those Responsible for the 2001 Murder of Federal Prosecutor Tom Wales

Seattle, Washington - Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco Monday announced that the Department of Justice has doubled the $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the October 2001 murder of Seattle Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Wales.

California Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Receiving Child Pornography

San Francisco, California - Adrian Kyle Benjamin was sentenced Friday in federal court to 135 months in prison for his conviction for the receipt of child pornography, announced Acting United States Attorney Stephanie M. Hinds and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Craig D. Fair.  The sentence was handed down by United States District Judge Susan Illston.

Chief Engineer and Greek Ship Owner and Operator Charged with Concealing Deliberate Pollution and Failing to Report a Hazardous Condition

New Orleans, Louisiana - Empire Bulkers Ltd., Joanna Maritime Limited and Chief Engineer Warlito Tan were indicted Thursday in New Orleans for violations of environmental and safety laws related to the Motor Vessel Joanna, a Marshall Islands registered Bulk Carrier.

Justice Department Awards Nearly $187 Million to Support Community Safety

Washington, DC - The Department of Justice Friday announced that the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), a component of the department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP), has awarded almost $187 million to support state, local and tribal public safety and community justice activities. The awards, from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, are going to all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Shipping Company Fined $2 Million in a Multi-District Case for Concealing Illegal Discharges of Oily Water into the Ocean

Norfolk, Virginia - Diana Wilhelmsen Management Limited (DWM), a Cyprus-based company that operates several commercial vessels, was sentenced Thursday in federal court before U.S. District Court Judge Rebecca Beach Smith in Norfolk, Virginia, after pleading guilty to violations of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships that had occurred on the Motor Vessel (M/V) Protefs.