Dems knock Charlie Baker for not taking position on gun control provision

Dems knock Charlie Baker for not taking position on gun control provisionBoston GlobeThe state Democratic Party today criticized Republican Charlie Baker for dismissing the significance of a gun control provision designed to give police chiefs authorit…

  July 30, 2014  

Big Game Hunting Guide Pleads Guilty to Felony Conspiracy Charge in Connection with Colorado Outfitter’s Illegal Mountain Lion and Bobcat Hunting Activities

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Big Game Hunting Guide Pleads Guilty to Felony Conspiracy Charge in Connection with Colorado Outfitter’s Illegal Mountain Lion and Bobcat Hunting Activities

Nicholaus J. Rodgers, 31, of Shady Cove, Oregon, pleaded guilty in federal court in Denver to a felony conspiracy charge stemming from the assistance he provided to an outfitter who sold illegal mountain lion and bobcat hunts in Colorado and Utah, the Justice Department announced.

Rodgers pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act.

 
The Lacey Act is a federal law that makes it illegal to knowingly transport or sell in interstate commerce any wildlife that has been taken or possessed in violation of state laws or regulations.

According to an indictment returned by the grand jury for the District of Colorado on Jan. 7, 2014, and the plea agreement, Rodgers conspired with others to provide numerous illegal hunts of mountain lions and bobcats in Colorado and Utah from 2007 to 2009.

 
In particular, Rodgers and his confederates trapped, shot and caged mountain lions and bobcats prior to hunts in order to provide easier chases of the cats for clients.

 
Rodgers also admits that he and his partners guided several hunters that did not possess a Utah mountain lion or bobcat license on mountain lion or bobcat hunts in Utah.

 
The outfitter for whom Rodgers guided, Christopher W. Loncarich, was also indicted on Jan. 7, 2014.

 
Loncarich is based in Mack, Colorado, which is approximately five miles from the Utah-Colorado border.

 
Loncarich sold mountain lion hunts for between $3,500 and $7,500 and bobcat hunts for between $700 and $1,500 and shared a portion of the proceeds from successful hunts with Rodgers.

Three of Loncarich’s assistant guides have previously pleaded guilty to Lacey Act violations in connection with their guiding activities with Loncarich.

The maximum penalty for conspiring to violate the Lacey Act is up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

 
Under the terms of the plea agreement, the prosecution agreed to a sentencing calculation pursuant to the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines but did not agree on a term of imprisonment, an amount of fines or an amount of restitution.

 
A sentencing hearing for Rodgers is set for Nov. 7, 2014.

The case was investigated by the United States Fish & Wildlife Service, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

 
The case is being prosecuted by the Environmental Crimes Section of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division.

 

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  July 30, 2014  

Bundles of marijuana, ecstasy seized during drug bust

Bundles of marijuana, ecstasy seized during drug bustKGBT-TVThe Brownsville Police Department seized the 1,060.82 pounds of marijuana from a home on the 200 block of San Eugenio. The bust happened on Tuesday, July 29th at the Brownsville home after aut…

  July 30, 2014  

Prosecution rests in Wisconsin kidnapping case

Prosecution rests in Wisconsin kidnapping case
Sacramento Bee
MADISON, Wis. — The prosecution has rested in the federal trial of a Colorado woman accused of kidnapping her half-sister’s newborn in Wisconsin and abandoning the baby in Iowa. One of the prosecution’s last witnesses in Kristen Smith’s trial
Defendant Kristen Smith takes stand in baby kidnapping trial WKOW

  July 30, 2014  

Justice Department Seeks to Shut Down Detroit Area Tax Return Preparers

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Justice Department Seeks to Shut Down Detroit Area Tax Return Preparers

Quick Money Tax & Loan Center Allegedly Claimed Fraudulent Credits and Deductions on Tax Returns

The Justice Department announced today that it has asked a federal court in Detroit to permanently bar Brandon Lee and Tamika Lee, a husband and wife who do business as Quick Money Tax & Loan Center, from preparing federal tax returns.  The civil injunction suit alleges that the Lees falsify income on customers’ tax returns in order to claim false and inflated earned income tax credits (EITC). 

 

The EITC is a refundable credit available to people who work and earn less than $51,567 per year.  The maximum credit in 2010 was $5,666.  Due to the method used to calculate the EITC, some people are entitled to a larger credit with a higher annual income.  Some tax preparers refer to the range of earned income generating a maximum EITC as the “sweet spot.”  According to the complaint, the Lees reported fabricated “Household Help” income and reported fake business income and expenses on their customers’ tax returns to report income in the EITC sweet spot on some returns they prepared.  The complaint alleges that 99 percent of the returns identified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as having been prepared by the Lees and their business in 2010 and 2011 claimed a refund, which is an extremely high rate.

 

The complaint also alleges that the Lees prepare returns for customers that falsely claim education credits, even though the customers did not attend school or have qualifying education-related expenses, and were thus ineligible for the credit.                      

           

Return preparer fraud is one of
the


IRS’s Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2014

The IRS has some tips


on their website

for choosing a tax preparer.  In the past decade, the Tax Division has obtained injunctions against hundreds of unscrupulous tax preparers.  Information about these cases is available on the Justice Department


website

.  An alphabetical listing of persons enjoined from preparing returns and promoting tax schemes can be found on


this page

.  If you believe that one of the enjoined persons or businesses may be violating an injunction, please contact the


Tax Division with details

.

  July 30, 2014  

Charges against accused Redmond stabber upped to murder

Charges against accused Redmond stabber upped to murderseattlepi.comThe man accused of stabbing a girl in Redmond now faces a murder charge. Initially filing assault charges, King County proseuctors upped the charges against him for the July 18 stabbin…

  July 30, 2014  

Woman injured in Elk Grove home invasion

Woman injured in Elk Grove home invasionKCRA SacramentoElk Grove Police Department officials said that it all began when a woman rang the doorbell at a home in the 8800 block of Springhurst Drive. When the victim opened the door, a man entered and stru…

  July 30, 2014  

V. Stiviano’s accused attacker still being investigated for possible hate …

V. Stiviano’s accused attacker still being investigated for possible hate
New York Daily News
Prosecutors are still weighing hate crime charges against a Long Island man accused of slugging Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s former paramour outside a Meatpacking District club. Dominick Diorio, 40, allegedly took a swing at visor

  July 30, 2014  

New Hampshire man held on $1M in Abigail Hernandez’s kidnapping; she’d …

New Hampshire man held on $1M in Abigail Hernandez’s kidnapping; she’d
Florida Times-Union
Nathaniel Kibby, 34, of Gorham, N.H. stands during his arraignment at Conway District Court in Conway, N.H., Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Kibby was charged with kidnapping Abigail Hernandez nine months ago was ordered held on $1 million bail after a brief …
NH man held on $1M in teen’s kidnapping The Sun
Mystery Behind Alleged New Hampshire Kidnapping ABC News
Suspect Arraigned in Kidnapping of Conway, NH, Girl Valley News

  July 30, 2014  

Three-month public inquiry into Mr Rodney’s death was published last year

Three-month public inquiry into Mr Rodney’s death was published last year
Daily Mail
‘We have carefully considered the new file of evidence submitted to us and have decided that a former Metropolitan Police officer, currently identified only as E7, will be prosecuted for murder. The individual currently has anonymity. ‘The decision to
Police officer who shot dead suspected gangster Azelle Rodney charged with Telegraph.co.uk
Azelle Rodney shooting: former Met police officer to be charged with murder The Guardian
Police marksman on a murder charge Belfast Telegraph
Mirror.co.uk

  July 30, 2014