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Former Mortgage Pool Servicer Indicted on Federal Wire Fraud and Money Laundering Charges PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Val Quast   
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 09:15
DAVENPORT, IA - On November 19, 2012, Thomas Richard Jager, age 64, of Bettendorf, Iowa, made an initial appearance in federal court on an indictment charging thirty-two counts of wire fraud and one count of money laundering, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. United States Magistrate Judge Thomas J. Shields set trial for January 7, 2013, and the case was assigned for trial to Chief United States District Judge James E. Gritzner.

The indictment alleges that starting on approximately January 1, 2008, and continuing to on or about July 31, 2010, Jager and his mortgage servicing company, Whitehall Funding, Inc., then located in Davenport, Iowa, devised and participated in a scheme to defraud in connection with his certain mortgage pools serviced by Jager and Whitehall. The indictment further alleges that Jager drafted and faxed false remittance reports to investors in the mortgage pools and submitted false end of the year reports to mortgagors. The indictment also alleges that Jager improperly transferred funds received from mortgagors to Jager’s personal accounts, and in one instance used mortgagor and investor funds to make a payment of $137,660.97 to pay off Jager’s own home equity loan. The indictment also seeks forfeiture of certain real and personal property.

The indictment is merely a charging instrument. Jager is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

If convicted, Jager faces a penalty on each wire fraud count of up to thirty years imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, or both fine and imprisonment, a period of supervised release of up to five years, a special assessment of $100, restitution to victims, and forfeiture of assets. If convicted on the money laundering count, Jager faces a penalty of up to ten years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both fine and imprisonment, a period of supervised release of not more than three years, a special assessment of $100, restitution, and forfeiture.

This case is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa, and is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Muscatine Man Sentenced to 188 Months in Prison for Marijuana Offense PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Val Quast   
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 09:10
DAVENPORT, IA – On November 19, 2012, Jorge Luis Melendez, age 58, of Muscatine, Iowa, was sentenced to 188 months imprisonment for conspiring to distribute marijuana, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. United States District Judge John A. Jarvey also sentenced Melendez to six years supervised release.

Melendez agreed with others to distribute marijuana from January 2011 through May 2011. Melendez directed co-conspirators to transport multiple loads of marijuana from Rockford, Illinois, to Davenport, Iowa. Melendez was responsible for conspiring to distribute over 100 kilograms of marijuana over the course of the conspiracy.

The case was investigated by the Davenport, Iowa, Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration, and was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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Around the Nation, Communities Come Together to Support Troops, Veterans, this Thanksgiving PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Move America Forward   
Monday, 19 November 2012 16:14
All over the country you can read about how local communities are doing wonderful things, coming together, to support the troops around the Thanksgiving holiday. 

At the Bob Hope USO room at LAX International Airport "about 300 military troops deploying across the U.S. and around the world will celebrate an early Thanksgiving dinner. The USO Thanksgiving dinner for members of all branches of the military is sponsored by USO supporter, The Gary Sinise Foundation, which is dedicated to honoring veterans, first responders, their families and those in need."

In Virginia,the USO is supporting the families of troops. "Through donations to the Turkeys for Troops program, the United Service Organizations' USO-Metropolitan Washington will prepare Thanksgiving gift baskets for military families in need."

In Dana Point, California, an annual event called "Turkey Trot for the Troops" helps raise money with a race.

"Event organizer, the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce, has earmarked proceeds to go toward supporting the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group's efforts to show our active duty 5th Marines the community's appreciation and lend support to them and their families whether in-country or deployed."

These are all great things that supporters are doing across the country to support their local troops and military families.

But remember that while it's wonderful to do something for troops returning from war, or their families, there is nothing the average citizen can do to help the 67,000 troops who are thousands of miles away, unable to be home for Thanksgiving, because they're DEPLOYED in Afghanistan.

Not to worry, there is good news! You CAN help those troops overseas, by send care packages, offered by Move America Forward.

It's the only way to send support to the troops who are in harm's way, ON TURKEY DAY!

 
Muscatine men sentenced to prison for methamphetamine offenses PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Val Quast   
Monday, 19 November 2012 14:14

DAVENPORT, IA – On November 16, 2012, Mark Eugene Ball, age 28, of Muscatine, Iowa, was sentenced to 105 months imprisonment for conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. United States District Judge Stephanie M. Rose also sentenced Ball to 5 years supervised release.

Ball agreed with others to manufacture methamphetamine from February 2009 through February 2012. Ball distributed significant quantities of methamphetamine to multiple customers in both Illinois and Iowa over the course of the conspiracy.

The case was investigated by the Muscatine County Narcotics Task Force and was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

 

DAVENPORT, IA – On November 16, 2012, Jorge Carrango-Valencia, age 28, of Muscatine, Iowa, was sentenced to 168 months imprisonment for conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. United States District Judge Stephanie M. Rose also sentenced Carrango-Valencia to 5 years supervised release.

Carrango-Valencia agreed with others to manufacture methamphetamine from February 2009 through February 2012. Carrango-Valencia directed co-conspirators to pick up loads of methamphetamine and deliver them to the Muscatine, Iowa area. Carrango-Valencia personally distributed over 30 kilograms of methamphetamine over the course of the conspiracy.

The case was investigated by the Muscatine County Narcotics Task Force and was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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NAACP to Host Press Conference Following Meeting with Gov. Terry Branstad on Felony Disenfranchisement PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jessica Neal   
Monday, 19 November 2012 13:46
Who:
Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP; Kameron Middlebrooks, NAACP Midwestern Regional Director; Dedric Doolin, National Board Member; Arnold Woods, Iowa and Nebraska State Conference President; Members and Leadership from Iowa NAACP Branches
What:
President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous, leadership from the Iowa State Conference and Iowa NAACP branches, will meet with Governor Terry Branstad on Monday to discuss Iowa’s felony disenfranchisement structure, as well as other key issues affecting Iowa’s African American population—including, Iowa prison disparities and employment practices within the state government.
All attendees will be available to speak with members of the press after the meeting and during the press conference.
The NAACP Restore the Votes Campaign aims to restore the rights for millions of citizens formerly convicted of felonies.  Currently, more than 4.4 million citizens who are no longer incarcerated are disenfranchised
In 2011, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad reinstated felony disenfranchisement restrictions that former Governor Tom Vilsack eliminated in 2005. Since 2011, an estimated 8,000 former offenders have been released and only 12 of those citizens have been able to restore their rights.
The NAACP felony disenfranchisement campaign was launched in October following the NAACP’s delegation at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.  As part of the visit, the delegation held a panel discussion on felony disenfranchisement and the attack on voting rights in states across the nation.
When:
November 19, 2012
12:00 pm
Where:
Iowa State Capitol Building
Supreme Court Consultation Room
1007 East Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA
All meeting attendees will be available to speak with members of the  press during the press conference.
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.
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