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Feds Indict 7 Iranians in Hacks on US Banks, Dam

First time DOJ has taken action against Tehran

(Newser) - Seven hackers tied to the Iranian government were charged Thursday in a series of punishing cyberattacks on a small dam outside New York City and on dozens of banks—intrusions that reached into American infrastructure and disrupted the financial system, federal law enforcement officials said. The hackers were charged in... More »

How 'Bath Salts' Woes Trace Back to China

NPR follows drug trail from Syracuse to Shanghai

(Newser) - A few years ago, upstate New York found itself with a "bath salts" epidemic on its hands—except it didn't exactly know what it was dealing with. The synthetic stimulant tested negative for drugs like heroin and cocaine, which allowed it to be sold legally, and it was... More »

Father, Son Arrested for Harassing Palins: FBI

Made 'disturbing' phone calls despite restraining order

(Newser) - A father and son have been arrested on charges of harassing the Palin family by phone, an FBI agent tells Reuters . Craig Christy, 47, and Shawn Christy, 19, were hit with a federal indictment on Wednesday over calls made from Aug. 1 to Aug. 9—after Sarah Palin had already... More »

John Edwards Indicted

Federal grand jury indicts Edwards over money spent on mistress

(Newser) - A federal grand jury has indicted two-time presidential candidate John Edwards over massive sums of money spent to keep his mistress in hiding during the peak of his 2008 campaign for the White House. The case of USA v. Johnny Reid Edwards contains six counts, including conspiracy, four counts of... More »

Roger Ailes to Be Indicted?

Unsubstantiated report says it could come this week

(Newser) - Fox News boss Roger Ailes could be indicted "this week, maybe even Monday," an anonymous source told TV economist Barry Ritholtz yesterday, presumably on obstruction of justice charges stemming from allegations that Ailes told Judith Regan to lie to federal investigators in order to protect Rudy Giuliani. The... More »

Ore. Terror Suspect Indicted

Mohamed Osman Mohamud due in court today

(Newser) - A federal grand jury has indicted a Somali-American man in an alleged plot to blow up a car bomb at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Ore. The indictment filed today charges 19-year-old Mohamed Osman Mohamud with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. Mohamud was due in... More »

Clemens Will Be Indicted

He'll face perjury charges related to PED testimony

(Newser) - Roger Clemens will be indicted on federal perjury charges springing from the testimony he gave Congress about his performance-enhancing drug use, sources tell the New York Times . An official announcement should come soon. More »

Militia Planned to Kill Cops, Spark 'Uprising': Feds

Suspects accused of conspiring to 'levy war' on the US

(Newser) - Nine members of a Midwestern Christian militia group were charged with conspiring to kill police officers today, in what the indictment says was an attempt to “levy war” against the US government. According to prosecutors, they hoped to kill enough local law enforcement officials to draw other police from... More »

Father of Terror Suspect Zazi Indicted

Mohammed Zazi, 53, charged with lying to federal investigators

(Newser) - The father of indicted terror suspect Najibullah Zazi was himself indicted today in Denver, on charges he made false statements to authorities about terrorism. Among the specific allegations: Mohammed Zazi, 53, lied to the FBI when asked if he’d contacted someone about his 24-year-old son’s troubles. The charges... More »

Zazi Linked to 9/11 Redux Bomb Strike

Accused terrorist bomber ordered to face charges in New York

(Newser) - Najibullah Zazi may have been planning a bomb attack in New York on the anniversary of September 11th, a federal prosecutor said today. “There is a chilling, disturbing sequence of events showing the suspect was intent on being in New York on Sept. 11,” said Assistant US Attorney... More »

Feds: Zazi Loaded Up on Bomb Makings in Beauty Stores

Terror suspect had bomb-making instructions on his laptop, court papers say

(Newser) - Terror suspect Najibullah Zazi planned to make home-made bombs using ingredients he bought at stores selling beauty supplies, according to a federal indictment released yesterday. Zazi, charged with conspiracy to create weapons of mass destruction, allegedly stockpiled bottles of hydrogen peroxide and nail polish remover from Denver-area stores, reports the... More »

Zazi Charged With Plotting Bomb Attacks in US

Terror suspect will face charge in New York after Denver court date

(Newser) - Terror suspect Najibullah Zazi has been indicted on a charge of trying to detonate bombs in the United States. The new charge of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction was filed today in New York. Authorities plan to transfer him to federal court there to face the new charge... More »

Hackers Indicted in Theft of 130M Credit Cards

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors indicted three hackers in Washington today for allegedly snagging more than 130 million credit card numbers from retail and financial organizations, the Wall Street Journal reports. Calling it the greatest US debit- and credit-card data theft ever, feds hit Albert Gonzalez, 28, of Miami, and two accomplices with... More »

Stanford Indicted for $7B Ponzi Scheme

(Newser) - Alleged billionaire fraudster Robert Allen Stanford and six of his associates were indicted today on charges that they ran a $7 billion Ponzi scheme, the AP reports. Stanford turned himself in to authorities yesterday. “A fair jury will find him not guilty of any criminal wrongdoing,” Stanford’s... More »

Stanford Exec Faces First Criminal Charge

Probe of alleged Ponzi scheme nabs chief investment officer

(Newser) - A federal grand jury in Houston yesterday handed up the first criminal indictment in Stanford Financial Group's alleged Ponzi scheme, reports the Houston Chronicle. Chief investment officer Laura Pendergest-Holt, 35, faces two counts of obstruction. She and boss Allen Stanford already face accusations in a civil suit by the SEC.... More »

Tearful Stanford 'Madder Than Hell' at Ponzi Charges

Tycoon expects indictment in 2 weeks

(Newser) - Sir Robert Allen Stanford expects an indictment from the feds in a couple of weeks, but maintained his innocence in an interview with ABC News. The disgraced financier cried and told his interlocutor, “I will punch you in the mouth” if he mentioned reports that Stanford laundered drug money.... More »

Fitzgerald Asks for More Time in Blago Case

Citing complexities, attorney seeks to push back Jan. 7 deadline

(Newser) - US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has asked for more time to bring his indictment against Rod Blagojevich, citing the complexity of the case and holiday distractions as the reasons for the hold up. Unless he gets the extension, Fitzgerald will have to present his evidence to the grand jury on Jan.... More »

Indictments Be Damned, Stevens Wins Alaska Primary

Republican wins primary easily, despite federal charges against him

(Newser) - Alaska’s Ted Stevens, the longest-serving Republican in the Senate, may be facing federal charges, but he’ll also be running for re-election after drawing 63% of the vote in his primary race yesterday, reports the AP. And, says Stevens, 84, his upcoming fight with popular Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich... More »

Nat'l Review: Stevens, Get Out

Indicted Republican senator 'disgraced himself and his office'

(Newser) - Newly indicted Ted Stevens should resign as soon as possible, write the editors of the National Review. The Alaskan senator, who is accused of seven counts of making false statements, legally “deserves the benefit of the doubt—but not from an ethical standpoint,” they note. “The facts... More »

HP Exec Busted for Passing IBM Secrets

Exec shared rival's confidential info with new HP bosses

(Newser) - A former Hewlett-Packard vice president faces federal charges for sharing trade secrets from IBM, the Wall Street Journal reports. The exec requested confidential pricing information while he was working for IBM. Two months later, he got a job at HP and emailed the info to an HP executive, according to... More »

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