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Fresno Man Admits Possessing Machine Gun Stolen From Fort Irwin

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FRESNO, Calif. — Mark Anthony Carballo, 37, of Fresno, pleaded guilty today to being a felon in possession of a firearm after a fully automatic AK-74 machine gun, which had been stolen from Fort Irwin, and a short-barreled shotgun were found in his vehicle, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

On July 15, 2011, 26 fully automatic AK-74 machine guns were stolen from the Fort Irwin military base; the investigation into the theft has recovered 14 machine guns so far.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Canadian Fugitive Sentenced in Oregon in an ECO-Terrorism Case Involving Bureau of Land Management in Lassen County

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Yesterday, eco–terrorist and longtime fugitive Rebecca Jeanette Rubin was sentenced to five years in prison for three indictments in three federal districts. On November 29, 2012, Rubin, a Canadian citizen, surrendered herself to the FBI at the international border in Blaine, Wash., to face her federal charges in Oregon, Colorado, and the Eastern District of California. United States District Judge Ann Aiken in Portland, Ore. sentenced Rubin in the District of Oregon and ordered her to pay $13.9 million in restitution.

Last Reviewed May 5, 2015

Fresno Man Sentenced for Possession of a Pipe Bomb

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Fresno, Calif. — United States District Judge Anthony W. Ishii sentenced Jon Smilanick, 36, of Fresno, today to 30 months in prison for possession of a pipe bomb in violation of the National Firearms Act, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, on January 9, 2013, police were called to Smilanick’s ex-neighbors’ home with the report of a bomb detonating. They found the remnants of a detonated pipe bomb. The ex-neighbors reported that they believed that Smilanick had detonated the device as they had had ongoing problems with him.

Last Reviewed April 24, 2015
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Southern California Tobacco Distributors Sentenced to Prison and $1.6 Million Restitution for Tax Evasion Scheme

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Thao “Nina” Nguyen, 36, and Luan Tran, 37, a married couple, both of San Bernardino, were sentenced today for their role in a scheme to defraud the state of California of approximately $1.6 million in state tobacco excise taxes, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner and Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Riehl announced.

Last Reviewed April 24, 2015

Las Vegas Tobacco Distributors Sentenced to Two Years in Prison and Over $1 Million Restitution for Tax Evasion Scheme

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Ideal Tobacco Wholesale Inc. president Raed Mouri, 47, and executive vice-president George Bittar, 53, both of Las Vegas, were each sentenced today to 24 months in prison by United States District Judge John A. Mendez for their role in a scheme to defraud the state of California of more than $24 million in state tobacco excise taxes, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner and Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Riehl announced.

Last Reviewed May 7, 2015

Sacramento Man Sentenced for Firearms Trafficking Offenses

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Dejon Andrade, 27, of Sacramento, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Garland E. Burrell, Jr. to 15 months in prison for unlawful dealing in firearms and a concurrent sentence of 15 months in prison for illegal transportation of firearms acquired outside of state of residency, announced U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner and Joseph M. Riehl, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), San Francisco Field Division.

Last Reviewed April 24, 2015

Modesto Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Methamphetamine and Firearms Trafficking

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Jose Jesus Reyes-Gallaga Vargas, 25, of Modesto, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller to 10 years in prison for possessing, with intent to distribute, methamphetamine and dealing firearms without a license, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

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