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Oak Island Gets 35-Year Federal Sentence For Child Pron Crimes PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 08 June 2018 09:20
United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced Michael Carl Butler, 31, of Oak Island, North Carolina, to 420 months of imprisonment followed by 15 years of supervised release for receipt of child pornography.
 
Butler was named in a three-count Indictment on September 26, 2017. On December 13, 2017, BUTLER pled guilty pursuant to a plea agreement to receipt of child pornography.
 
In January 2017, Homeland Security Investigations utilized undercover software to identify an IP address downloading child pornography and offering such files for download by others. A search warrant was issued for the home address associated with the IP address. During that search, law enforcement confiscated multiple electronic devices belonging to Butler.  A forensic examination of those devices revealed more than 90 images of child
pornography. Further investigation also indicated that Butler utilized social media accounts, such as Facebook, to contact and solicit underage girls to commit sexual acts.
 
Butler had previously been convicted of sex crimes against minors and was a registered sex offender under North Carolina law.
 
This case was part of the Project Safe Childhood initiative, a national program aimed at ensuring that criminals exploiting children are effectively prosecuted by making full use of all available law enforcement resources at every level. For more information about this important national project, Project Safe Childhood, go to www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
 
United States Homeland Security Investigations conducted the criminal investigation of this case. Assistant United States Attorney Melissa Belle Kessler handled the prosecution of this case for the United States.
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Last Updated on Friday, 08 June 2018 09:23
 
Former Coastal Bank And Trust Executive Sentenced For Fraud Conspiracy And Obstruction PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 08 June 2018 09:09
 United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced Robert Levie Norris Jr. 50, of New Bern, North Carolina to 48 months in prison for conspiracy to commit bank fraud and obstruction of a federal bank examination. The Court ordered the term of imprisonment to be followed by 3 years of supervised release. NORRIS was also ordered to pay $2,397,475 in restitution.
 
Norris pled guilty to the charges on May 17, 2017.
 
Norris was the first President and Chief Executive Officer of Coastal Bank and Trust (CB&T), which opened its doors to customers in 2009 and served in this capacity until June 2013. In June 2013, it was discovered that Norris had engaged in a scheme to defraud CB&T by engineering fraudulent loan transactions with straw borrowers where the true beneficiaries of the loans were co-conspirators of Norris.
 
The fradulent loans included unsecured lines of credit, small business loans, and mortgages for commercial and residential properties. Norris used his position of trust and authority at CB&T to circumvent the bank’s internal controls and normal loan underwriting procedures. To conceal his scheme, he withheld relevant information about the fraudulent loans from CB&T’s board of directors and examiners from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. CB&T suffered losses of approximately $2.4 million as a result of Norris'  conduct.
 
“When a bank official uses their position for their own personal profit they do more than commit a federal crime, they abuse their power and violate the public’s trust. Mr. Norris’ sentence today is proof of the commitment of the FBI to work with other law enforcement agencies to find these offenders and hold them accountable,” said John Strong, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in North Carolina.
 
United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. said, “Mr. Norris used his position of trust to unlawfully line his pockets with money to which he was not entitled. The USAO-EDNC will always work with federal, state, and local law enforcement to vigorously investigate and prosecute this type of criminal conduct. Mr. Norris’ sentence sends a strong message that this type of conduct will not be tolerated and will be punished accordingly.”
“Mr. Norris’ fraud scheme and deception of bank examiners is
 
the type of criminal conduct that impedes federal regulators from effectively supervising banking institutions,” said Mark Bialek, Inspector General of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. “Today’s sentencing is one more step in a joint effort with our federal partners to hold accountable those who undermine the integrity of those institutions.”
 
“This sentencing holds the defendant accountable for misusing his position as the bank President and CEO to fabricate fraudulent loans with straw borrowers, evade internal controls, and withhold information from the bank’s Board. The underlying conspiracy cost the bank millions of dollars. This case demonstrates the importance of cooperation among law enforcement partners to combat such criminal conduct and maintain the integrity of financial institutions,” said FDIC Inspector General Jay N. Lerner.
 
Investigation of this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System - Office of Inspector General, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation - Office of Inspector General. Assistant United States Attorney Adam Hulbig prosecuted the case
 
Greenville Man Gets 12.5 Years In Federal Prison For Drug Dealing PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 08 June 2018 08:55
Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced Chicobe Antrell Williams, 33, of Greenville, North Carolina to 12.5 years imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release.
 
On January 8, 2018, Williams pled guilty to one count of distribution of a quantity of cocaine base (crack).
 
According to the investigation, in October 2015, investigators with the Greenville Police Department and agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation began investigating the narcotics distribution activity of Williams. A confidential informant was utilized to make four controlled purchases of cocaine base (crack) from WILLIAMS. WILLIAMS utilized others to assist in 2 his narcotics distribution. In addition to the controlled purchases, Williams was arrested with crack in his possession.
 
Investigation of this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Greenville Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Dena King represented the government.
 
Last Updated on Friday, 08 June 2018 08:58
 
Raleigh Man Heads To Federal Prison For Manufacturing Xanax PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 June 2018 09:47
Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever, III has sentenced Matthew Lee Yensa, 25, of Raleigh, to 6,5 years of imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised release after he pled guilty to a a variety of drug felony drug charges.
 
In July 2017, DEA agents in Raleigh received information that Yensan was mass producing Xanax by utilizing pill presses, and selling them on the Dark Net.
 
The Dark Net is a section of the internet that is accessed through a special browser required to locate hidden websites. The browser obfuscates the user’s identity, making it a haven for illegal activity, to include drug distribution. Through continued investigation, agents identified Yensan's Raleigh residence, as well as a nearby storage unit.
 
Based upon their investigation, agents served a search warrant on September 12, 2017 of his residence and recovered the following items:
Four loaded firearms
$269,068
multiple Bitcoin wallets
480 grams of marijuana and other items associated with illegal drug distribution.
 
On that same date, agents seized the following items from Yensan's storage unit, where he set up a clandestine pill manufacturing plant: approximately 80,000 dosage unit of Xanax; the ingredients needed to manufacture approximately 300,000 dosage units of Xanax to include two to three pounds of Alprazolam; a computer, the browser of which was open to the Dark Net; and multiple items associated with illegal manufacturing and distribution. Later agents used computer forensic tools to discover that Yensan possessed approximately $1,489,235.000 in virtual currency.
 
The investigation uncovered that Yensan also engaged in money laundering using U.S. currency derived from his drug trafficking activities. YENSAN sent $1,200 in U.S. currency to the Postal Savings Bank of China in Yongkang, China, to purchase pill presses and Xanax molds in an act of international money laundering.
 
The defendant possessed multiple firearms in connection with his drug trafficking activities and maintained a premises for the purpose of manufacturing or distributing a controlled substance. He obstructed justice by attempting to procure another person to conceal evidence material to the investigation. Lastly, the defendant distributed a controlled substance through mass-marketing by means of an interactive computer service, by utilizing a vendor page on the Dark Net to advertise and sell quantities of Xanax.
 
The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Wake County Sheriff’s Office and the Postal Inspection Service.
 
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 June 2018 09:53
 
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