California Man Pleads Guilty to Scheme to Defraud Afghan Government on U.S. Funded Contract

Los Angeles, California - A California man pleaded guilty Tuesday for his role in a scheme to defraud the government of Afghanistan of over $100 million. These funds were provided to Afghanistan by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for the purpose of constructing an electric grid in Afghanistan, in connection with the long-standing U.S. effort to strengthen that country’s basic infrastructure.

Apple Valley Resident Sentenced to 60 days in Custody and Ordered to pay $1,200 for Smuggling Pesticides

San Diego, California - Saul Flores Banuelos of Apple Valley, California, was sentenced yesterday to 60 days in custody and ordered to pay $1,200 restitution for smuggling illegal pesticides across the border on April 21, 2020. The order of restitution was to cover the cost of disposal of the pesticides.

Infant Immunizations Dropped During COVID-19 Pandemic

San Diego, California - The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has yielded another troubling result: a drop in routine childhood vaccinations.

Attorney General Becerra Continues Defense of California’s Large-Capacity Magazine Ban

Sacramento, California - California Attorney General Xavier Becerra Wednesday applauded a decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to grant a rehearing en banc in Duncan v. Becerra, a case challenging California’s ban on the acquisition and possession of large-capacity magazines (LCMs). Last August, the Attorney General filed a petition seeking review of a divided three-judge panel’s decision to uphold a federal district court’s ruling that the LCM ban is unconstitutional. In today's order, the court also vacated the three-judge panel's decision.

CBP Seizes Russian Odometer Manipulating Devices

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - They might have been sent from Russia, but certainly not with love.

Man Admits Conspiring with White Supremacists to Vandalize Synagogues Across the Country

Camden, New Jersey - A New Jersey man pleaded guilty Friday to his role in conspiring with members of a white supremacist hate group to threaten and intimidate African Americans and Jewish Americans by vandalizing minority-owned properties throughout the country in September 2019.