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Ex-Ft. Bragg Soldier Sentenced For Marriage Fraud And Conspiracy PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 27 May 2021 10:47

An ex-soldier from Fayetteville was sentenced today to 44 months in prison and 3 years of supervised release.  On August 18, 2020, Ebenezer Yeboah Asane, a/k/a “Ben” pled guilty to marriage fraud and conspiracy.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, Asane, 37, operating from Fort Bragg and his home in Fayetteville, planned and organized the sham marriages of several foreign nationals from Ghana to U.S. Army soldiers based at Fort Bragg.  The purpose of the conspiracy was for the foreign-born nationals to evade U.S. immigration laws and obtain lawful permanent residence status and for the soldiers to receive Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) to live off post, as opposed to the barracks. 

Asane recruited additional soldiers into the fraudulent scheme to orchestrate photographs to give the appearance the marriages were legitimate and to submit false statements to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service in support of the sham marriages.  Once charged, Asane also attempted to obstruct justice by asking a witness he knew had been called to testify to lie under oath.    

G. Norman Acker, III, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina  made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan. The investigation of these cases is ongoing and being conducted by Homeland Security Investigations, the Criminal Investigation Division at Fort Bragg and the EDNC Document and Benefit Fraud Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Gabriel Diaz  prosecuted the case.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 May 2021 10:49
 
Senator Tillis Introduces Post Office Reform Bill PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 May 2021 09:27
U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and his colleagues introduced bipartisan legislation to set the United States Postal Service on a more sustainable financial footing and support the goal of providing long-term reliable service across the country. The bill strengthens transparency and accountability for Postal Service performance, eliminates unnecessary financial burdens, and helps ensure the Postal Service can better serve the American people. 
 
“Americans rely on the U.S. Postal Service every day to promptly and successfully deliver their mail,” said Senator Tillis. “Additionally, North Carolinians count on the USPS to deliver prescriptions and utilize their services to facilitate commerce and pay their bills. It’s crucial that we provide them with the proper financial support and strengthen transparency and accountability so Americans can rely on their service all year long.”
 
The Postal Service Reform Act would eliminate the aggressive prefunding requirement that has hurt the Postal Service financially, and integrate postal worker retirees’ health care with Medicare. Together, these two reforms would create $45.9 billion in savings for the Postal Service over the next ten years. In addition, the bill would require the Postal Service to maintain its standard of delivering at least six days a week. The legislation would improve transparency of Postal Service operations to both customers and Congress by requiring the publication of easily accessible weekly service data on the Postal Service website, as well as issuing a detailed report to Congress every six months on Postal Service finances and operations. The bill also includes bipartisan provisions for Postal Service accountability and growth.
 
Wilmington Man Gets 9-Year Federal Sentence For Firearms Conviction PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 May 2021 09:08

A Wilmington man was sentenced today to 108 months in prison and three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  On February 18, 2021, Harold Davon Leonard pled guilty to the charges.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, Leonard, 34, was the passenger in a vehicle that was stopped on December 25, 2019.  While a Wilmington Police Department officer was with the driver, a second officer saw Leonard jump into the driver seat and attempt to put the vehicle in gear.  When Leonard was ordered to exit the vehicle, he tried to push the officer and flee on foot.  A struggle ensued and Leonard was ultimately detained.  During the struggle, a vial containing more than 13 grams of Phencyclidine (PCP) fell from Leonard’s pocket.  Following his arrest, a loaded 9mm handgun that had previously been reported as stolen was found under the passenger seat.  At the time of the offense, Leonard had more than 20 prior criminal convictions, including 11 prior felony convictions, and was on active parole after having been released only 10 months earlier.

G. Norman Acker, III, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by Chief U.S. District Judge Richard E. Myers II.  The Wilmington office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Wilmington Police Department  investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan Stephany  prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina implements the PSN Program through its Take Back North Carolina Initiative.  This initiative emphasizes the regional assignment of federal prosecutors to work with law enforcement and District Attorney’s Offices on a sustained basis in those communities to reduce the violent crime rate, drug trafficking, and crimes against law enforcement.

 
Sen. Tillis Says No To House 's January 6 Commission PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 20 May 2021 16:42
U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement on Speaker Pelosi’s partisan commission to investigate the events around January 6th:
 
“January 6th was a dark day in American history that should never be repeated, and every single person who broke the law should be held responsible. The Department of Justice has already charged more than 400 individuals, and I fully support this ongoing investigation.
 
“The committees of jurisdiction in the Senate are currently conducting their own investigations and preparing reports on the January 6th attack, and to date these efforts have been bipartisan. On the other hand, the current commission proposed by Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats appears to be a platform to score partisan political points instead of facilitating a good faith, bipartisan review of the facts.  The antics we have seen from House Democrats over the last few days, including their attempt yesterday to politicize the Capitol Police and mislead the media and public, made their motivations very clear.
 
“While I have full confidence in the current DOJ investigation and Senate efforts that appear to be on a bipartisan track, I have no confidence in Speaker Pelosi’s proposal, which is why I will vote against it.” 
 
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