Former Commander of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Sentenced to Prison

October 9, 2020 – A former Commander of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay (GTMO) was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison following his multiple convictions of obstructing justice and making false statements, in connection with the death of a civilian at the naval base. Following a five- day trial, on Jan. 17, 2020, a federal jury in the Middle District…

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Jacksonville Woman Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Illegally Exporting Maritime Raiding Craft and Engines to China

September 16, 2020 – Yang Yang (34, Jacksonville) has pleaded guilty to conspiring to submit false export information through the federal government’s Automated Export System and to fraudulently export to China maritime raiding craft and engines in violation of United States (U.S.) law, and also to attempting to fraudulently export that equipment in violation of U.S. law. Yang faces a…

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Largest U.S. Seizure of Iranian Fuel from Four Tankers

August 14, 2020 – The Justice Department today announced the successful disruption of a multimillion dollar fuel shipment by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a designated foreign terrorist organization, that was bound for Venezuela. These actions represent the government’s largest-ever seizure of fuel shipments from Iran. On July 2, 2020, the United States filed a complaint seeking to forfeit…

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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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