FBI Seeking Victims in Indonesia Showbiz Scam Investigation

San Diego, California - The FBI is seeking victims who may have traveled to Indonesia under the promise of a potential job offer from individuals purporting falsely to be well-known entertainment industry professionals. This ongoing transnational fraud scheme targeting U.S. citizens began in approximately 2013.

Adoption Couple Indicted in Scheme Involving Conspiracy and False Statements to Illegally Obtain a U.S. Passport

Charleston, South Carolina - A South Carolina couple was indicted Thursday on charges stemming from their conspiracy to obtain a U.S. passport by falsely claiming they were the parents of a baby from the Philippines and by using false records to apply for a U.S. passport for the baby, announced Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Sherri A. Lydon of the District of South Carolina.

Japanese Fishing Company Convicted of Obstruction of Justice and Falsifying Records to Cover Up Illegal Oil and Garbage Pollution

Guam - A Japanese fishing company, Fukuichi Gyogyo Kabushiki Kaisha (Fukuichi), was convicted and sentenced in the District of Guam for two violations of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships and one count of obstruction of an agency proceeding.

Defendants Admit Coordinated Fraud on San Diego Bankruptcy Court

San Diego, California - Two residents of Laguna Beach admitted Tuesday to perpetrating a complicated scheme to defraud the bankruptcy court using sham transactions, fake people, and lies under oath.

Utah Man Sentenced for Computer Hacking Crime

San Diego, California - Austin Thompson of Utah was sentenced in federal court Tuesday to 27 months in prison for  carrying out a series of so-called denial-of-service computer hacking attacks against multiple victims between 2013 and 2014. The defendant was also ordered to pay $95,000 in restitution to one of the victims -  Daybreak Games, formerly Sony Online Entertainment.

Oakland Building Project Consultant Sentenced To Federal Prison For Conspiracy And Receiving Bribes

San Francisco, California - Taj Armon Reid was sentenced to 12 months in prison for conspiracy and receiving bribes, announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson; Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett; and Department of Energy Office of the Inspector General, Inspector General Teri L. Donaldson.  The sentence was handed down by the Honorable Charles R. Breyer, U.S. District Court Judge.