Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Statement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Kate’s Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Ac

Attorney General Jeff Sessions today issued the following statement regarding Kate’s Law (H.R. 3004) and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (H.R. 3003):

“I urge the House of Representatives to pass Kate’s Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act right away.

“President Trump is committed to the rule of law and public safety, and it is the responsibility of the Department of Justice to enforce that law to keep people safe.

“Countless families and communities have suffered as a result of these ‘sanctuary’ policies, which undermine federal law by safeguarding criminal illegal aliens from federal law enforcement. One victim of these policies was Kate Steinle, who was killed by an illegal alien who had been deported five times and yet still walked the streets freely. Her death was preventable, and she would still be alive today if only the City of San Francisco had put the public’s safety first. How many more Americans must die before we put an end to this madness?

“Violent, transnational gangs like MS-13 take advantage of these policies in order to smuggle in drugs, recruit new members from our schools, and pillage and plunder our communities. Closing these loopholes in our laws must be a priority if we are to make America safe from these dangerous transnational organizations.

“Americans demand that these ‘sanctuary cities’ stop protecting criminals and start protecting law-abiding residents from danger. It should come as no surprise that a Harvard University report found that 80 percent of Americans believe that cities that arrest illegal aliens for crimes should be required to turn them over to federal immigration officials.

“Kate’s Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act would penalize criminal illegal aliens who break our laws and the jurisdictions that attempt to shield them from justice. These bills can restore sanity and common-sense to our system by ending abusive attempts to undermine federal law, and they can prevent future tragedies by empowering law enforcement.

“I urge the House of Representatives to put the American people first before another family loses their child.”

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Former Agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration Pleads Guilty to Stealing Fraud Proceeds

A former special agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) pleaded guilty today to stealing fraud proceeds that she had been assigned to recover on behalf of fraud victims, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Special Agent in Charge Michael P. Tompkins of the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

Artemis Papadakis, 57, of Richmond, California, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jill L. Burkhardt of the Southern District of California to an information charging her with theft by a government official. Sentencing has been scheduled for September 11 before U.S. District Judge John A. Houston.
According to the plea agreement, Papadakis admitted that she was stationed by the DEA in Nicosia, Cyprus, between 2008 and 2014. While in Cyprus, Papadakis was assigned to help the U.S. Government recover the proceeds of an American fraud scheme that had been frozen in the banking system in northern Cyprus. When Papadakis was transferred from Cyprus to San Francisco in June 2014, the funds had not yet been recovered. Papadakis admitted that she was told not to pursue the matter regarding the funds following her transfer. But when she was in Cyprus in October 2015 on personal business, Papadakis took possession of $310,000 of the funds without notifying anyone at the DEA or in the U.S. Government that she had done so.
According to the plea agreement, Papadakis mailed approximately $230,000 of those funds from Cyprus to her home address in California and later took possession of an additional $20,000 of those funds from a third party when he visited her in the U.S. Papadakis admitted that she hid the $250,000 in her flower pots at her home in California, and did not disclose to anyone at the DEA or in the U.S. Government that she had taken possession of the fraud proceeds. Papadakis further admitted that on or about Feb. 22, 2016, she surrendered the $250,000 to the U.S. government under the false cover story that she had just received it via an unexpected package from Cyprus.

The Justice Department’s OIG investigated the case. Trial Attorneys Jonathan Kravis and Molly Gaston of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section are prosecuting the case.

'Fugitive Of The Week' Arrested After Theft at Salem Walmart

Concord, NH - Last Thursday night, “Fugitive of the Week,” Ryan Faulconer, 24, was arrested by the Salem, NH Police Department. According to reports from the Salem Police, loss prevention from the Salem Walmart contacted the police after someone was observed departing the store with a television without paying and getting into a car. Officers from the Salem Police Department were able to locate and stop the suspect vehicle. After a short investigation, the theft suspect had provided a false name and was arrested for the theft of the television. Through further investigation, the suspect was later identified as “Fugitive of the Week,” Ryan Faulconer.

Faulconer had been wanted on an outstanding federal arrest warrant for violating his bail conditions on a federal charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Mr. Faulconer was held at the Rockingham County Jail on a high cash bail. Once Faulconer is bailed out or resolves this criminal matter, he will be turned over to federal authorities on his outstanding bail violation warrant.

As part of the U.S. Marshals fugitive investigation, Faulconer had been featured as the “Fugitive of the Week” on March 22nd. The “Fugitive of the Week” was aired on WTPL-FM, WMUR-TV, The Union Leader, The Nashua Telegraph, The Patch, Foster’s Daily Democrat, Manchester Information, the Manchester Ink Link and prominently featured on the internet. The “Fugitive of the Week” has been a very successful tool that has resulted in the location and arrest of numerous fugitives since its implementation in 2007. Additionally, the “Fugitive of the Week” is distributed statewide to all law enforcement officers.

U.S. Marshal, David L. Cargill, Jr. said, “Thank you to the officers of the Salem Police Department for doing a great job.” Cargill continued, “The officers involved should be commended for their professionalism and persistence in a simple theft investigation, which resulted in the arrest of a federal firearms fugitive.”

Since the inception of the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force in 2002, these partnerships have resulted in over 6,806 arrests (Updated as of 5/25/2017). These arrests have ranged in seriousness from murder, assault, unregistered sex offenders, probation and parole violations and numerous other serious offenses. Nationally the United States Marshals Service fugitive programs are carried out with local law enforcement in 94 district offices, 85 local fugitive task forces, 7 regional task forces, as well as a growing network of offices in foreign countries.