Warrant and Complaint Seek Seizure of All Iranian Gasoil Aboard Four Tankers Headed to Venezuela Based on Connection to IRGC

July 2, 2020 – A forfeiture complaint and warrant were filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia alleging that all petroleum-product cargo aboard the Bella with international maritime organization (IMO) number 9208124, the Bering with IMO number 9149225, the Pandi with IMO number 9105073, and the Luna with IMO number 9208100 are subject to forfeiture based…

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Former Senior U.S. Navy Employee Charged for Role in Bribery Conspiracy and Lying to Investigators

May 20, 2020 – The former Director of Operations of the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command Office in Busan, Republic of Korea (ROK) was charged in a complaint filed today in connection with his alleged participation in a bribery conspiracy and alleged lying to federal investigators. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Special Agent…

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South Korean Firm DK Marine CEO Pleads Guilty to Bribery Conspiracy to US Navy

May 1, 2020 – The owner and Chief Executive Officer of a Republic of Korea–based company, DK Marine, that provided ship husbanding services to the U.S. Navy pleaded guilty today for his role in a bribery conspiracy. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Special Agent in Charge David Bell of the Naval Criminal Investigative…

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Defense Dept Linguist Charged with Espionage

March 4, 2020 – Mariam Taha Thompson, 61, formerly of Rochester, Minnesota, was charged today in the District of Columbia with transmitting highly sensitive classified national defense information to a foreign national with apparent connections to Hizballah, a foreign terrorist organization that has been so designated by the Secretary of State. According to the affidavit filed in support of a…

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Former DIA Employee Pleads Guilty to Leaking Classified National Defense Information to Journalists

Photo from primalinformation.com February 20, 2020 – An employee of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) pleaded guilty today to charges related to his disclosure of classified national defense information (NDI) to two journalists in 2018 and 2019. “Frese violated the trust placed in him by the American people when he disclosed sensitive national security information for personal gain,” said Assistant…

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