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November 23, 2014 at 7:44 AM

Seattle U.S. attorney collects $6.9 million in cases

The Associated Press SEATTLE — Federal prosecutors in Seattle say they collected $6.9 million in criminal and civil cases in the 2014 fiscal year. Annette Hayes, the acting U.S. attorney for the Western District of Washington, says federal authorities took in an additional $12.2 million in forfeited assets related to criminal activity. She says the collections show…

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November 10, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Hong Kong man sentenced for smuggling attempt

The Associated Press SEATTLE — A Chinese citizen was sentenced to two years in prison for violating the Arms Control Export Act by attempting to smuggle satellite parts back to Hong Kong. See Kee Chin was caught at the Seattle airport in February trying to smuggle 10 devices called “accelerometers” in his suitcase. The devices are specialized…

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October 9, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Renton man sentenced to prison for collecting late father’s benefits for 17 years

The Associated Press A Renton man who collected his late father’s Social Security checks for nearly two decades has been sentenced to a year in prison. Patrick Derrick admitted that he collected the benefits, totaling more than $219,000, for 17 years after his father died. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle says the 67-year-old forged his father’s…

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October 9, 2014 at 2:43 PM

New charges filed against Russian in hacking case

The Associated Press SEATTLE — Federal prosecutors added 11 new charges against a Russian man they say hacked into U.S. businesses to steal credit-card information that was later sold on Internet “carding” sites. The new 40-count indictment filed Thursday paints Roman Seleznev as a leader in the marketplace for stolen credit cards. Prosecutors say he even created…

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October 2, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Prosecutor: Keep extra security for Russian inmate charged with hacking

The Associated Press SEATTLE — A federal prosecutor says extra security for a Russian man charged with hacking into U.S. businesses should stay in place because prison officials say one of his lawyers illegally brought a cellphone into the Seattle facility. Roman Seleznev’s lawyers have complained they can’t meet with him face to face, compromising their ability…

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October 1, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Hayes named acting U.S. attorney for Western Washington

Annette L. Hayes has been named as acting U.S. attorney for Western Washington, taking over for Jenny Durkan, who stepped down Tuesday. Hayes will take over the office while U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell seek a replacement candidate to submit to Obama for Senate confirmation. Hayes has served as the first assistant U.S. attorney since 2010. In…

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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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