RM of Alexander — Powerview RCMP locate missing ATV rider

Source: Royal Canadian Mounted Police

On August 6, 2022, at approximately 10:35 pm, Powerview RCMP received a report of an overdue male who had gone out for an ATV ride in the RM of Alexander, near the gravel pits on Highway 11. The 23-year-old male from the RM of East St. Paul was able to send his GPS coordinates to his family before his phone died.

Temperatures were dropping and it was dark outside. The male was not dressed for being out overnight, and he did not have food or water.

Officers from the Powerview RCMP Detachment went by ATV to the male’s last known GPS coordinates and found the ATV stuck on a very muddy trail. However, the male was not there. Officers continued to search on ATV in rough terrain.

Police searched throughout the night and located the male early in the morning. He had been walking all night. He had minor injuries.

Former Investment Adviser Sentenced to Five Years for Defrauding his Clients of More than $7 Million

Source: United States Attorneys General 10

PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero announced that Lee D. Weiss, 51, of Roslyn, NY, and Newton, MA, was sentenced today to five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay $7.5 million in restitution and a $250,000 fine for his conviction of investment adviser fraud. The charges arose from Weiss’ multi-year investment scam that targeted his own clients and caused investor losses of more than $7 million.

In March 2022, the defendant pleaded guilty to investment adviser fraud in connection with this scheme to defraud his clients. Weiss was the principal of Family Endowment Partners, LP, an investment adviser registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which had an office in West Chester, PA, before it was closed by order of the SEC. The defendant used his position to fleece his own clients of millions of dollars through purported investments in a now-defunct Florida tobacco company and a series of private securities offerings. Weiss told his clients that their money would be used for investment purposes when, in fact, he diverted it to make Ponzi payments and to fund his lifestyle, and further told his clients that they were making money when their funds had already been misappropriated. Weiss continued to lie to them about the value of their investments to prevent them from learning of his thefts and to convince them to continue paying him fees for “managing” their money.

“Honesty, integrity, and trust all play a critical role in the relationship between a financial advisor and a client; when the advisor corrupts that relationship, the damage done to the financial security of the client can be catastrophic,” said U.S. Attorney Romero. “The end result is as devastating and traumatic as if the victim had been robbed at gunpoint, and therefore we take it just as seriously. We will continue to hold accountable those who, like Mr. Weiss, commit life-shattering financial crimes.”

“Lee Weiss’s clients expected him to invest their money responsibly and he had a fiduciary duty to do so. Instead, he misappropriated millions for his and his company’s purposes,” said Jacqueline Maguire, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division. “He used their funds for everything from car payments, to country club fees, to payouts to previous investors. Justice demands that financial fraudsters like Weiss be held accountable for their crimes and today’s sentencing ensures that.”

“The Postal Inspection Service has a long history of investigating investment frauds,” said Damon Wood, Inspector in Charge of the Philadelphia Division of the Postal Inspection Service. “Today, Lee Weiss was sentenced for stealing millions of dollars from his clients, clients who had trusted him to invest their money in safe, blue-chip investments. Through a web of corporate entities, Mr. Weiss hid the reality of his investment strategy and his failing business and stole his clients’ money to cover his own losses and continue living well. Thanks to the hard work of the Postal Inspectors, special agents from the FBI and the Assistant United States Attorneys, Mr. Weiss has been held accountable for his deceitful practices.”

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Paul Shapiro and Nancy E. Potts. The U.S. Attorney’s Office appreciates the substantial assistance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in this matter.

Husband & wife sentenced to 60 years & 20 years in prison for sexual exploitation, child pornography crimes

Source: United States Attorneys General 10

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A Bexley, Ohio, couple were sentenced in federal court last evening for their crimes related to the sexual abuse of minor children.

Stephen Wilson, 39, was sentenced to 720 months in prison for the sexual exploitation of minors, and Jessica Wilson, 38, was sentenced to 240 months in prison for distributing and receiving child pornography.

Their crimes included creating child pornography videos and pictures of sexual abuse while exchanging text messages discussing the abuse.

According to court documents, from 2016 until 2021, Stephen Wilson sexually abused at least three minors between the ages of 7 and 16. Stephen had video cameras inside his home, including his bedroom, and used those cameras to document and create videos and still images of the abuse. He also filmed and photographed the sexual assault of the minor children with his cell phone.

In one incident, Stephen drugged a minor victim with alcohol and ecstasy and raped the victim while she was semi-conscious-to-unconscious. He created a 22-minute video depicting that sexual assault. In another incident, Stephen used a handheld camera to film his penis near the face of a seven-year-old child while he showed the minor adult pornography of himself and Jessica Wilson. 

Stephen created hundreds of still images from the videos of him sexually assaulting minors. He also possessed hundreds of child pornography images depicting the abuse of children as young as toddler age. Additionally, Stephen possessed at least 25 images in which he had photoshopped his genitalia onto images of minor children, including prepubescent and toddler aged females, to give the effect of those children engaging in sexual activity with him.

Jessica was present for or aware of the sexual assaults that were perpetrated by Stephen. She and Stephen continued to engage in conversations about the sexual assaults of the minor children, exchanging still images of the videos that Stephen had created and fantasizing about them together.

On several occasions, Jessica exchanged numerous files of child pornography with Stephen, discussing those files at length in text conversations and even seeking advice from Stephen on where she could access child pornography online. Thousands of text messages were recovered between the two of them, during which, the Wilsons exchanged pornographic images of victims as young as one to eight months old.

Stephen and Jessica Wilson were both arrested locally in January 2021. A federal grand jury indicted the defendants in April 2021. 

Kenneth L. Parker, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio; J. William Rivers, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cincinnati Division; and Bexley Police Chief Gary D. Lewis, Jr. announced the sentences imposed by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Algenon L. Marbley. Assistant United States Attorney Emily Czerniejewski and Senior Litigation Counsel Heather A. Hill are representing the United States in this case.

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Eskasoni — RCMP continue to investigate murder of Andrew Morris

Source: Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Today marks 1 year since the death of Andrew Morris of Eskasoni.

On August 9, 2021, 30-year-old Andrew Carter Morris was found deceased on Beach Rd. in Eskasoni. It was determined he was the victim of a homicide.

The Nova Scotia Department of Justice is offering rewards of up to $150,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the murder of Andrew Morris. The Provincial Rewards line is 1-888-710-9090.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Northeast Nova RCMP Major Crime Unit at 902-896-5060. If you would like to remain anonymous you can contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). A secure web tip can be submitted at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or use the P3 Tips App.

File #: 2021-1172563

Eskasoni — RCMP continue to investigate murder of Andrew Morris

Source: Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Today marks 1 year since the death of Andrew Morris of Eskasoni.

On August 9, 2021, 30-year-old Andrew Carter Morris was found deceased on Beach Rd. in Eskasoni. It was determined he was the victim of a homicide.

The Nova Scotia Department of Justice is offering rewards of up to $150,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the murder of Andrew Morris. The Provincial Rewards line is 1-888-710-9090.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Northeast Nova RCMP Major Crime Unit at 902-896-5060. If you would like to remain anonymous you can contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). A secure web tip can be submitted at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or use the P3 Tips App.

File #: 2021-1172563

CMSAF visits MacDill, empowers Airmen to accelerate change

Source: United States Air Force

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne Bass arrived on the MacDill Air Force Base’s flight line where she was welcomed by Col. Adam Bingham, 6th Air Refueling Wing commander, Aug. 3-4.

Bass held an all-call for members of MacDill AFB and the base’s tenant units and toured the base to witness the 6th ARW Airmen executing the mission.

Bass spoke about readiness and retaining enlisted members during her address to the wing.

“I’m focused on people, I’m focused on our readiness, and I’m focused on culture, because that matters,” Bass said. “There is nothing that is important to you and important to your families that, I promise you, we are not looking at. We have to be thoughtful on how we are going to retain the best, and how we are going to be the Air Force our nation needs when called upon.”

Bass last visited MacDill for the CORONA South summit in June 2021 where she spoke about future policy changes for enlisted and commissioned officer talent management, Total Force structure, and the importance of innovation from junior enlisted members and young company grade officers to accelerate change. Bass reinforced her message from CORONA South during her recent visit. 

“Our adversaries pay attention to the things we say and do,” Bass said. “We have got to focus on what our Air Force needs to look like in 2030, 2040 and beyond. I think you are going to see more changes in the next four to six years than I’ve seen in my entire almost 30-year career, and it’s about time.” 

After the all-call, Bass stopped by U.S. Special Operations Command, Airman Leadership School and the 6th Maintenance Group to engage with Airmen. 

“Chief Bass brought a lot of energy with her to MacDill,” Bingham said. “We are committed to prioritizing the needs of our Airmen and contributing towards accelerating the change she spoke about.” 

IAEA Ministerial Conference to Highlight Nuclear Power’s Role in Achieving Net Zero and Energy Security

Source: International Atomic Energy Agency – IAEA

Amid soaring energy prices and a deepening climate crisis, many countries are considering how nuclear power can help reduce their reliance on fossil fuels, ensure energy security and contribute to the clean energy transition. These topics will be central to discussions at the IAEA International Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Power in the 21st Century, to be held in Washington, in the United States, from 26 to 28 October 2022.

Nuclear power, the second largest low carbon source of electricity after hydro power, provides 10 percent of the world’s electricity. Its use has avoided the release of about 70 gigatonnes (Gt) of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere over the past 50 years and continues to avoid more than 1Gt of CO2 emissions every year. But to achieve net zero by 2050, nuclear power generating capacity will need to more than double, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

“World leaders are worried about shortages of oil and natural gas, and high energy prices, undermining their economies and political stability,” said IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi. “Nuclear energy can point the way out of this crisis by providing low carbon and secure supplies not only of electricity, but also of industrial heat and hydrogen to help decarbonize key sectors of the global economy. That’s why the discussions at the IAEA Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Power are so timely.”

In the opening panel Fulfilling the Promise: Achieving Net Zero with Low Carbon Nuclear, Mr Grossi will lead discussions with IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol; William Magwood, Director General of OECD Nuclear Energy Agency; and Sama Bilbao y Leon, Director General of the World Nuclear Association. Among other topics, they will discuss how international organizations can cooperate to promote an expanded role for nuclear power in the clean energy transition. The conference will also feature four other panel discussions plus four InFocus side events, including one in which Mr Grossi and US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm will discuss gender balance in the nuclear field and another on youth reimagining nuclear power’s future that will feature a selected finalist of the Generation Atomic Art Contest.

According to the high case scenario in the IAEA’s projections for the potential growth of nuclear power in the coming decades, global nuclear generating capacity will double to 792 gigawatts (net electrical) by 2050. But for that to happen, significant actions are needed including an accelerated implementation of innovative nuclear technologies. The low case IAEA projections indicate that nuclear capacity by 2050 will remain essentially the same as now, at around 392 GW(e).

As the energy and climate crises rage on, the debate around nuclear power is shifting.

“Many countries that had taken nuclear out of their energy options are giving it a second thought” Birol told the IAEA in an interview last May. They understand that nuclear power “can provide support for electricity security and energy security” in addition to being “one of the options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which can help countries reach the targets they have announced,” he said.

“If, on the other hand, the very justified energy security worries of many countries are met by increased burning of coal, then climate change goals will be out of reach,” Birol added.

In advanced economies, a nuclear power comeback will require policies that kick-start investment while industry has to reduce costs and construction times, Birol said on 30 June after the release of the IEA’s report on Nuclear Power and Secure Energy Transition, which found that building the sustainable and clean energy systems of the future will be harder, riskier and more expensive without the inclusion of nuclear power.

While electricity generation is responsible for close to 40% of CO2 emissions from the energy sector globally, the much larger share—60% or so—is emitted by fossils fuels used in industry, transportation and to heat buildings. Nuclear power has a proven potential to decarbonize some of these non-electric sectors as well. It can decarbonize low temperature heat production—several examples of district heating schemes have been in operation for decades — and innovative reactors under development will be able to provide the high temperatures needed for industrial processes such as steel and cement manufacturing, as well as hydrogen production.

As governments seek to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, several are working to reassure communities dependent on the fossil fuel industry, and coal in particular, that they still have a place in the transitions to a low carbon economy, according to speakers at a recent IAEA webinar. One way may be to repurpose coal power plants by installing small modular reactors (SMRs) on or near retiring power stations. This may help not only to capitalize on existing systems and infrastructure, but also provide job continuity or even improve employment prospects for communities.

The net zero conversation in Washington will be the first of five panel discussions featured at the IAEA Ministerial Conference, which is hosted by the US Department of Energy and organized in partnership with the IEA and in cooperation with OECD/NEA. The other panels will focus on the enabling conditions for the wider deployment of nuclear energy, extending and expanding the clean energy contribution of existing reactors, early deployment of advanced reactor and waste management technologies, and regulatory oversight for the future of nuclear energy.

Previous editions of the IAEA Ministerial Conference were held in in Abu Dhabi (2017), St. Petersburg (2013), Beijing (2009) and Paris (2005).

California Man Pleads Guilty to $3.5 Million Scam-PAC Fraud

Source: United States Attorneys General 13

A California man pleaded guilty yesterday in the Western District of Texas to conspiracy to solicit millions of dollars in contributions to two political action committees based on false and misleading representations that the funds would be used to support presidential candidates during and after the 2016 election cycle.

According to court documents, from 2016 through at least April 2017, Robert Reyes, Jr., 40, of Hollister, along with others, operated two political action committees—Liberty Action Group PAC and Progressive Priorities PAC—which solicited contributions from the public via robocalls and television, radio, and internet advertisements. The two PACs represented that the contributions would be used to support dueling presidential nominees of the two major political parties, respectively. Instead, Reyes and his co-conspirators used the funds to enrich themselves and to fund additional fraudulent solicitations. Specifically, Reyes admitted that the two PACs raised approximately $3.5 million in contributions during the 2016 election cycle and subsequent months, of which Reyes received approximately $714,000. Of the approximately $3.5 million raised, the two PACs contributed approximately $19 to legitimate political causes.

Additionally, to conceal the origin and nature of the proceeds of the fraudulent scheme, Reyes and others instructed a third-party vendor to withdraw approximately $353,000 from the two PACs in excess of the payments for services rendered, then deposit the excess payments into accounts held by shell companies that they controlled. Reyes admitted to operating additional fraudulent PACs beyond the 2016 election cycle, Support American Leaders and Campaign to Support the President, from which he received approximately $95,000 generated from false and misleading solicitations to donors.

As part of his plea, Reyes agreed to forfeit $809,920.40 that he received for his participation in the scam-PACs during the scheme.

Reyes pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and to cause false statements to the Federal Election Commission and one count of money laundering. Sentencing will be scheduled at a later date. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Special Agent in Charge Oliver E. Rich of the FBI’s San Antonio Field Office made the announcement.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI’s San Antonio Division, Austin White Collar Crime Task Force.

Trial Attorneys Michael N. Lang and Celia Choy of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section are prosecuting the case. Former PIN Trial Attorney Rebecca Schuman also contributed significantly to the investigation.

Buyer, Seller of ‘Sex Slave’ Sentenced to Combined 25 Years

Source: United States Attorneys General 11

Two human traffickers have been sentenced to a combined 25 years in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Chad E. Meacham.

Alfonso Orozco Juarez, 37, and Robert Hubert, 68, were first charged in October 2020. Mr. Hubert pleaded guilty in February 2022 to kidnapping and was sentenced in May 2022 to 121 months in federal prison; Mr. Juarez pleaded guilty in March 2022 to sex trafficking and was sentenced last week to 180 months in federal prison.

“Treated like chattel, the victim in this case endured horrors beyond imagining,” said U.S. Attorney Chad E. Meacham. “The North Texas Trafficking Task Force was launched to investigate and prosecute cases just like this one. We hope the sentences announced today will bring some peace to the victim as she recovers from her ordeal.”

“The physical and mental abuse suffered by the victim in this devasting sex-trafficking crime is heart-breaking. These perpetrators treated their victim as if she were personal property and not human,” said Special Agent in Charge Lester Hayes Jr., Homeland Investigations Dallas. “The HSI Dallas-led North Texas Trafficking Task Force will work relentlessly to eliminate these commercial sex-trafficking schemes. Fortunately, the defendants’ 25-year combined prison sentences will not allow them to target anyone else.”

According to plea papers, Mr. Juarez admitted that on Sept. 11, 2019, he authored a social media post advertising a sex “slave” who he claimed he had won in a card game. Mr. Hubert admitted that he responded to the post, offering to buy the “slave” for $5,000. In messages, Mr. Juarez referred to the victim as “property” and bragged that he “pistol whip[ped] her.”

On Sept. 18, 2019, the pair met at a gas station in Dallas, where Mr. Juarez handed over the victim in exchange for $5,000. On the drive back to his home, Mr. Hubert admitted, he clamped a metal collar around her neck.

Terrified, the victim texted Mr. Juarez, pleading for help: 

“I’m afraid if I don’t do something, he’s going to hurt me,” she said.

“Endure what you have to,” he responded. “He’ll punish you whip you . . . but not kill you.”

Once they reached his home, Mr. Hubert admitted, he handcuffed her and forced her to sleep naked at the foot of his bed. The victim eventually persuaded him to allow her to call her parents, who agreed to his demand of $5,000 for safe return. Eventually, the victim was able to escape the home.

Homeland Security Investigations and the North Texas Trafficking Task Force conducted the investigation with substantial support from the Crime Strategies Unit with the 2nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Albuquerque, NM. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Andrew Briggs and Rebekah Ricketts (fmr.) of the Northern District of Texas are prosecuting the case, with significant assistance from Assistant U.S. Attorney Letitia Simms of the District of New Mexico.

Serious Violent Felon on GPS Monitoring Sentenced to 51 Months in Federal Prison for Illegally Possessing a Firearm

Source: United States Attorneys General 6

INDIANAPOLIS – Davion Andrews, 28, of Indianapolis, was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to court documents, on January 22, 2021, Andrews crashed a borrowed car into a guardrail on I-70. An Indiana State Trooper arrived at the scene and began investigating the crash. During the investigation, the trooper saw a firearm magazine in Andrews’ jacket pocket and later discovered a firearm in the car. Further investigation revealed that, in 2020, Andrews was convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon in Marion County. Andrews was ordered to serve his sentence through Marion County Community Corrections. At the time of the crash, Andrews had covered his GPS monitoring band with foil, which is often done by individuals trying to hide their location from Community Corrections personnel.

Zachary A. Myers, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, and Daryl S. McCormick, Special Agent in Charge of ATF’s Columbus Field Division made the announcement. 

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives investigated the case. The Indiana State Police provided valuable assistance. The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Chief Judge Tanya Walton Pratt. As part of the sentence, Judge Pratt ordered that Andrews be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for three years following his release from federal prison.

U.S. Attorney Myers thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle P. Brady who 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 Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement, and the local community to develop effective, locally based strategies to reduce violent crime.