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Saturday, October 31, 2015

U.S. Marshal Service Fugitive Task Force Arrests Two Fugitives on Tips From the Public



Martinsburg, WV - The Mountain State Fugitive Task Force, with assistance of the public, located fugitives Earl Nicholson III of Gerrardstown, WV, and William Nicholson of Gerrardstown, WV.

Marshals received tips from callers that led them to the 400 block of N. Loudon Street, Winchester, Virginia. U.S. Marshals and the members of the Winchester Police Department set up surveillance on the street. One of the fugitives was observed entering a building on the block. Officers checked the apartment. Inside the apartment officers located Earl Nicholson III, William Nicholson and others with no current warrants. Drugs were recovered at the time of arrest. Earl Nicholson III was wanted on charges of probation violation and kidnapping. William Nicholson also had probation violation charges related to burglary and fraud. Both subjects are housed in the Frederick County Adult Detention Center to answer to their charges.

Saul Williams remains at large. Saul Williams is wanted for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and other fraud and assault related charges.

If you have any information on Saul Williams please contact Deputy Ulrich of the U. S. Marshals Service (Mountain State Fugitive Task Force) at (304) 267-7179.

Name: Saul Williams

AKA: Tommy Williams, Ray Wetzel, Huey Williams,
Ray Williams

DOB: 09/05/1980
Height: 6’ 8”
Weight: 360
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown
Scars/Marks/Tattoos: Tattoo Back and Upper Left Arm

CHARGE: Fail to register as sex offender, Fraud

The Mountain State Fugitive Task Force (MSFTF) is comprised of three offices and covers the Northern portion of West Virginia. The Martinsburg Office of MSFTF is a team of the following Federal, State and Local agencies: West Virginia State Police, Martinsburg City Police, Shepherdstown Police Department, Berkeley County Sheriff Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Mineral County Sheriff’s Office, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals Service.

The primary mission of the U.S. Marshals led task forces is to locate and capture fugitives charged with violent crimes, drug crimes, sex offenders and other violent felony offenses.

Marshals Task Force Arrest Top Ten Most Wanted Hiding in Tunnel



San Juan, PR - Today the U.S. Marshals Puerto Rico Violent Offenders Task Force arrested a federal fugitive by the name of Rafael Delgado Cirilo in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Delgado Cirilo was featured as one of the PRVOTF top ten most wanted in Puerto Rico pending Federal and State charges pending murder, weapon possessions and drug charges.

Confidential information was developed by members of the PRVOTF which lead them to an address where he is been hiding as a fugitive. After making entry into the property members of the team encountered a pit bull dog, which had to be removed from the house. After clearing the property there was no sign of Delgado Cirilo. Members of the entry team noticed what appeared to be tile on the floor not matching the rest of the floor. The tile was removed off the floor by force which revealed a tunnel that lead to an underground room. Members of the PRVOTF called out Delgado Cirilo’s name which he answered and complied with officer verbal commands. Upon following instructions the subject complied and placed under arrest without incident.

At the time of the arrest a significant amount of marihuana and cash was sized by the Puerto Rico Police Department.

Several agencies assisted the PRVOTF which included the Puerto Rico Police Department, The PRPD San Juan Strike Force, PRPD Special Arrest Unit and the PRPD K-9 unit.

The Puerto Rico U.S. Marshals Violent Offenders Task Force is comprised of investigators from the U.S. Marshals Service, the Puerto Rico Police Department, the San Juan Municipal Police, the Puerto Rico Department of Corrections, the Puerto Rico Internal Revenue Service and the Puerto Rico State Marshals.

Former Senate Staffer Sentenced to 38 Months for Defrauding Three Women



A former staff member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation was sentenced today to 38 months in prison for a wire fraud scheme, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente of the Eastern District of Virginia and Assistant Director in Charge Paul M. Abbate of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.

Robert Lee Foster, 65, formerly of Falls Church, Virginia, was also ordered to forfeit $499,622.54 and pay $503,003.37 in restitution as part of his sentence, which was imposed by Senior U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III of the Eastern District of Virginia.  Foster pleaded guilty on July 31, 2015.

According to admissions made in connection with his guilty plea, between 2008 and May 2015, Foster devised a scheme to fraudulently obtain approximately $500,000 from three women in their 60s and 70s.  Foster admitted that, to perpetuate the scheme, he gained the victims’ trust and confidence, after which he made various false statements to the victims to convince them to send him money.  Among other things, Foster admitted that he told his victims he needed to borrow money to pay for litigation costs and business expenses that did not exist and for foreign travel that did not occur.  Foster also admitted that he promised to repay the victims from large sums of money he claimed he was about to receive, which was another lie. 

This case was investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office.  Trial Attorneys Peter Halpern and Kevin Driscoll of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jamar Walker and Ryan Faulconer of the Eastern District of Virginia prosecuted the case.