The Justice Department today announced that Dustin Allen Hughes, 26, of Cutler Bay, Florida, pleaded guilty yesterday in the Southern District of Florida to one count of obstructing the free exercise of religious beliefs through the threatened use of a dangerous weapon and explosive, in connection with making a phone call in which he threatened to detonate a bomb at a mosque in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
A federal grand jury has returned a third superseding indictment charging 24 alleged members and associates of the gang MS-13. The indictment was returned on June 27, and unsealed yesterday.
An indictment was unsealed today in the U.S. District Court of Maryland charging Shingaizdo Nhekairo, 49, of Arnold, Maryland, with one count of alien harboring for financial gain and one count of unlawful conduct with respect to immigration documents. The indictment was announced by Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur.
Today, on the one year anniversary of the Justice Department’s 2017 Hate Crimes Summit, the Department announced an update on hate crimes prosecutions under the Civil Rights Division’s Criminal Section. The Department is committed to enforcing federal hate crimes statutes, which allow the Department to prosecute certain crimes that are committed because of the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of any person. In recent years, the Department has ramped up its prosecutions of hate crimes and increased training of federal, state, and local law enforcement officers to ensure that hate crimes are identified and prosecuted to the fullest extent possible.
Dr. Andres Mencia, 64, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida was convicted today by a federal jury in Fort Lauderdale, of participating in a conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.
Chairman Goodlatte, Ranking Member Nadler, and members of the Committee, I always welcome the opportunity to appear before this distinguished committee, but this is not a happy occasion. Federal Bureau of Investigation employees deviated from important principles in 2016 and 2017. Everyone knew about some of the departures when they occurred – such as discussing criminal investigations and encroaching on prosecutorial decisions. We learned about others through an internal investigation – such as leaking to the news media and exhibiting political bias.
Good morning, and thank you all for being here. Last July the Department of Justice announced a record-breaking enforcement action against health care fraud.  We coordinated the efforts of more than 1,000 state and federal law enforcement agents to charge more than 400 defendants—including 56 doctors—with more than $1.3 billion in fraud.

            

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