Criminal Justice News

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Crips East Terrance Gangstas Ringleader and Two Others Face Additional Federal Charges

In San Antonio, 40-year-old Crips East Terrance Gangstas ringleader Alvin Clark (aka “Ray Ray”) and two other gang members face additional federal charges stemming from their arrests last November on a federal “crack” cocaine distribution conspiracy charge, announced United States Attorney John F. Bash, Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs and San Antonio Police Chief William McManus.

Today, the federal grand jury returned separate indictments against Clark, 35-year-old James Bilal Ali and 21-year-old Dai’Vonte E’Shaun Titus Ross.  Clark and Ali are charged with one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.  Ross is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute “crack” cocaine and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

On November 17, 2017, federal and state authorities arrested the trio based on a separate federal indictment alleging their involvement in a “crack” cocaine distribution conspiracy.  According to the indictments returned today, Clark was in possession of a 12 gauge shotgun and a 9mm pistol while Ali was in possession of a 9mm pistol at the time of their arrests.  At the same time, authorities discovered that Ross was in possession of 28 grams of “crack” cocaine as well as a 9mm pistol, a .45 pistol, a .22 rifle and a 12 gauge shotgun.

Clark and Ali face up to ten years in federal prison upon conviction of the firearm charge.  Ross faces between five and 40 years in federal prison on the drug charge and no less than five years in federal prison on the firearms charge.

Each defendant remains in custody and is awaiting trial on the federal drug conspiracy charge (SA17cr874) scheduled for July 30, 2018.  Upon conviction of that charge, the defendants face between ten years and life in federal prison.

This investigation, conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the San Antonio Police Department, focuses on drug trafficking and violent crime occurring on the city’s Eastside.

Assistant United States Attorney Sarah Wannarka is prosecuting this case on behalf of the Government.

It is important to note that an indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt.  The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

FCI Danbury Inmate Admits to Possessing Weapon

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JOHN FAUCHER, 41, pleaded guilty today in Bridgeport federal court to one count of possession of contraband in a federal prison.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on March 12, 2018, FAUCHER, an inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury (FCI Danbury), possessed an object designed or intended to be used as a weapon.

FAUCHER is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill on October 3, 2018, at which time he faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years.

FAUCHER is currently serving a 46-month sentence for robbing a bank in Manchester, New Hampshire, in October 2016, and attempting to rob a convenience store in Manchester in September 2016.  

This matter is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anastasia E. King.

Electrical Engineer Found Guilty for Intending to Convert Trade Secrets from Defense Contractor

WASHINGTON – A federal jury in Hartford, Connecticut yesterday returned guilty verdicts against a man for his conduct related to a scheme to convert trade secrets belonging to a defense contractor based in Groton, Connecticut, related to, among others, an innovative naval prototype being developed for the U.S. Navy, Office of Naval Research, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney John H. Durham of the District of Connecticut.

According to evidence admitted at trial, Jared Dylan Sparks, 35, of Ardmore, Oklahoma, an electrical engineer, worked at LBI Inc., a defense contractor that has designed and built unmanned underwater vehicles for the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research and deployable ice buoys used to gather weather data for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  During the course of his employment with LBI, Sparks collaborated with Charles River Analytics (CRA), a Massachusetts-based software company that developed software to be integrated into LBI’s unmanned underwater vehicles.  In late 2011, CRA sought to expand into the hardware business and eventually agreed with the Office of Naval Research that it would complete the testing for a number of the unmanned vehicles designed and developed by LBI.  Sometime after April 2011, Sparks began exploring employment with CRA, and was eventually hired by that company in January 2012.  Before he left LBI, however, Sparks surreptitiously uploaded thousands of LBI files to his personal account with Dropbox, a cloud-based file-storage application.  Those files included LBI’s accounting and engineering files as well as photographs related to designs and renderings used to fabricate and manufacture LBI’s unmanned underwater vehicles and buoys.

On Nov. 3, 2016, a grand jury returned a 29-count indictment charging Sparks and Jay Williams of Griswold, Connecticut, with various offenses stemming from this alleged scheme.

The jury found Sparks guilty of six counts of theft of trade secrets, six counts of upload of trade secrets, and one count of transmission of trade secrets.  Each of these offenses carry a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years. The jury found Sparks not guilty of multiple counts of the indictment, and Williams not guilty of all the counts in which he was charged. Sparks’ sentencing has not yet been scheduled.

“Jared Sparks stole thousands of documents—including proprietary designs and renderings—from his former employer when he left to work for a competitor,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan.  “Yesterday’s verdict sends a clear message that the Department of Justice is committed to protecting American intellectual property and will aggressively prosecute those who steal it.”

“In order to protect both our country’s national security and the intellectual property of Connecticut’s defense contractors, our office is committed to prosecuting those who steal trade secrets and hope to profit from the theft,” said U.S. Attorney Durham.

“Theft of trade secrets from a Defense contractor harms the U.S. taxpayer and threatens the integrity of the Defense Department's procurement system,” said Special Agent-in-Charge Leigh-Alistair Barzey, Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) Northeast Field Office.  “DCIS is committed to working with the DOJ, FBI and other law enforcement partners, to investigate and prosecute those individuals who seek to profit at the expense of our national security.”

"Intellectual property theft cost U.S. businesses billions in revenue annually and robs the nation of jobs and taxes," said FBI Acting Special Agent in Charge Robert Fuller. "Preventing intellectual property theft is a priority of the FBI's criminal investigative program. The key to this successful prosecution was due to linking considerable resources and collaboration of the private sector, federal law enforcement partners, the U.S. Attorney's office and the Criminal Division's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section."

This matter was investigated by DCIS and the FBI with assistance from the Department of Defense’s Computer Forensic Laboratory.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jacabed Rodriguez-Coss of the District of Connecticut and Trial Attorneys Kebharu Smith and Joss Nichols of the Criminal Division’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS), with assistance from the CCIPS Cybercrime Lab.