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August 1, 2014 at 7:01 AM

Auburn man accused of pimping in Bellevue, Portland

The Associated Press SEATTLE — A man accused of forcing two women to work as prostitutes in the Seattle area and Portland has been indicted on sex-trafficking charges. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 33-year-old John Henry “Lucky” Cyprian, of Auburn, was indicted Thursday by a grand jury in Seattle. He was arrested in June following an investigation…

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July 24, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Northwest musician sentenced to prison for charity album scam

A Vancouver, Wash., musician and record producer has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for a scheme to lure investors into bogus music projects, including a charity album he allegedly said would feature songs by Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and R.E.M. Kasey Anderson, the frontman and guitarist for the alt-country group Kasey Anderson and the…

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July 23, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Kent woman charged with helping al-Qaida-linked group

Update at 2:17 p.m: Hinda Osman Dhirane of Kent appeared this afternoon at a hearing in U.S. District Court in Seattle. Magistrate Judge James P. Donohue ordered her held pending a detention  hearing next Tuesday. Dhirane is facing 23 counts, one of conspiracy and 22 of providing material support to a foreign terrorist network. Original post: The Associated Press and Seattle…

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July 18, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Seattle man sentenced to 15 years for distributing child porn

A 30-year-old Seattle man with prior convictions for child molestation was sentenced Friday to 15 years in federal prison for distributing child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office Joseph Edgar Brown was also sentenced to a lifetime of probation, prosecutors said. According to court documents, Brown was on probation after serving time for molesting two young…

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July 11, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Relatives of Russian man facing hacking charges in Seattle say he’s innocent

Update at 11:24 a.m.: Asked by Times reporter Erin Heffernan to respond to allegations by the Russian foreign ministry that Seleznev was kidnapped, the U.S. Department of Justice issued this statement: The Maldivian authorities detained Russian national Roman Valerevich Seleznev following the issuance of an Interpol Red Notice for Mr. Seleznev in relation to indictments that allege serious…

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July 7, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Russian arrested in hacking case filed in Seattle

The Associated Press SEATTLE — The U.S. Secret Service has arrested a Russian man who is accused of hacking store computers to steal thousands of credit card numbers. The agency isn’t saying where the 30-year-old Moscow man, Roman Valerevich Seleznev, was arrested Saturday, but he was transported to Guam for an initial court appearance and detained for…

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May 29, 2014 at 1:47 PM

U.S. attorney: SPD officers’ lawsuit ‘without merit’

U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said a lawsuit filed Wednesday by more than 100 Seattle police officers over a new use-of-force policies is “without merit.” She said there will always be those in an organization who will resist change because it is different. But she said police reforms will proceed. Durkan called a rare, impromptu news conference the…

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May 29, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Seattle man pleads guilty to scheme to intimidate Florida voters

A Seattle man who sent scores of bogus letters questioning the citizenship status of Florida voters pleaded guilty today to one count of voter intimidation and one count of identification fraud in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. James Webb Baker Jr., 58, of Seattle, admitted that he intended the letters to…

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May 13, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Edmonds businessman admits running illegal money exchange

An Edmonds businessman and Ukrainian citizen has pleaded guilty to operating an unlicensed money exchange that acted as a go-between for the illegal movement of at least $150 million between 2007 and 2012. Pavel Rombakh appeared Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Seattle, where he pleaded guilty to a single count of conducting an unlicensed money transmittal business, a…

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May 7, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Magnolia man, alleged heroin supplier face drug, gun charges

A 34-year-old man who was allegedly selling weapons and heroin from a Magnolia home and his alleged heroin supplier face drug and weapons charges after they sold drugs and a gun to an informant last week, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Last week, Jorge Carlos Camps, 34, was charged in U.S. District Court with distributing…

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