Court Finds Individual and Company Liable for Violating the Clean Water Act when Filling Sensitive Tidal Channels and Marsh

San Francisco, California - In an order issued Tuesday, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California agreed with the Justice Department that John Sweeney and his company, Point Buckler Club LLC, committed “very serious” violations of the Clean Water Act associated with the construction of a nearly mile-long levee in sensitive tidal channels and marsh without a permit.

United States Reaches Settlement to Recover more than $60 Million Involving Malaysian Sovereign Wealth Fund

Washington, DC - The Department of Justice has reached a settlement of its civil forfeiture cases against assets acquired by Riza Aziz utilizing funds allegedly embezzled from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), Malaysia’s investment development fund, and laundered through financial institutions in several jurisdictions, including the United States, Switzerland, Singapore and Luxembourg.

Man Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison for Moderating Disputes on Darknet Marketplace AlphaBay

Sacramento, California - A Colorado man was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Court Judge Dale A. Drozd to 11 years in prison.

Owner of Japanese Fishing Vessel Charged with Unlawful Trafficking of Shark Fins

Honolulu, Hawaii - Hamada Suisan Co. Ltd., the owner of a Japanese-flagged fishing vessel, was charged in federal court with aiding and abetting the attempted export of shark fins out of Hawaii in violation of the Lacey Act, the Department of Justice announced Monday.

Hawaii Businesswoman Pleads Guilty to Facilitating Back-Channel Lobbying Campaign to Drop 1MDB Investigation and Remove a Foreign National to China

Washington, DC - An American businesswoman with international ties pleaded guilty Monday for her role in facilitating an unregistered lobbying campaign of the Administration of the President of the United States and the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of foreign principals in exchange for millions of dollars.

Company Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering Violation as Part of Scheme to Circumvent North Korean Sanctions

Washington, DC - Yang Ban Corporation, a company established in the British Virgin Islands in 2014 that operated in South East Asia pleaded guilty today to conspiring to launder monetary instruments in connection with evading sanctions on North Korea and deceiving correspondent banks into processing U.S. dollar transactions.  The company will pay a financial penalty totaling $673,714.04.