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.

Justice Department Enters Agreement to Ensure Public Transportation for Passengers with Disabilities in the County of Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii - The Justice Department entered into a settlement agreement with the County of Hawaii and the County’s Mass Transit Agency (MTA) to resolve an investigation conducted under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Owners/Managers of Labor-Staffing Companies Indicted for Immigration Fraud and Money Laundering

Miami, Florida - An indictment was unsealed Tuesday charging three men who operated labor-staffing companies in Florida with conspiracy to harbor non-resident aliens and induce them to remain in the country and with conspiracy to commit money laundering.

How cool is that?

Jeju Island, South Korea - Apparently its cooler sometimes to stash your cash under the fridge than to bank the dough or stuff it under your mattress, at least in South Korea. A fellow who lives on the South Korean island of Jeju purchased a secondhand refrigerator online recently and got a potentially happy surprise when it was delivered- the equivalent of $130,000 taped to the underside, reports the Association of Mature American Citizens.