The FBI and the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maine are appealing to the public for help in locating two stolen N.C. Wyeth paintings. The paintings are identified as “The Encounter on Freshwater Cliff” and “Go Dutton, and that Right Speedily,” shown below.







The FBI Boston Division opened a criminal investigation in June 2013 after the Portland Maine Police Department requested the FBI’s assistance in investigating the theft of six (all six pictured below) N.C. Wyeth paintings from a Portland, Maine businessman. It is believed to be one of the most significant thefts in the history of the state of Maine.




In November 2014, after a lengthy investigation, the FBI in Portland requested assistance from the FBI in Los Angeles after it obtained information indicating the stolen paintings had been transported to that area. In December, the FBI’s Los Angeles Division recovered four of the paintings at a pawnshop in Beverly Hills. To date, three individuals, Lawrence Estrella, Oscar Leroy Roberts, and Dean Coroniti have been charged in connection with this investigation.

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Twenty-Nine Defendants Indicted for Drug Related Offenses

SACRAMENTO, CA— Twenty-two individuals in western North Dakota and seven defendants in Bakersfield, CA have been indicted on drug trafficking charges.

The indictments are a result of an investigation by the North Dakota-based Bakken Organized Crime Strike Force, which was formed to address organized crime arising from the oil boom in the Bakken region in North Dakota.

According to court documents, from June 2014 until June 2015, defendants in Bakersfield and Minot, North Dakota conspired to bring methamphetamine and heroin from Bakersfield and distribute it in Minot. The seven defendants charged in the Eastern District of California were all arrested in the Bakersfield area by FBI agents and Bakersfield police officers Tuesday morning.

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ALBUQUERQUE—PC Specialists Inc., doing business as Technology Integration Group (TIG), has agreed to pay the United States $5.9 million to settle allegations that the company inflated the price of computers sold through another company to the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) for use at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. TIG, headquartered in San Diego, buys computers and other technology products for resale to other purchasers.

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Eight additional individuals were indicted for participating in a securities fraud scheme that targeted the elderly.

David Anthony Eratostene, 53, of Miramar, Florida, Christopher J. Borgo, 41, of Boca Raton, Alan D. Messina, 54, of Sunrise, Michael T. Angeletti, 33, of Sunrise, Michael J. Calash 34, of Boca Raton, Stephen R. Reynolds, 38, of Pompano Beach, Gary X. Schultz, 55, of Miramar, Chazon Stein, 36, North Miami Beach, were charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349, and wire fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343.

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Fugitives Identified as Kilogram-Quantity Drug Suppliers in Block Burner Gang Investigation

INDIANAPOLIS—Federal law enforcement is still seeking the whereabouts of two federal fugitives who escaped capture from this week’s massive operation to arrest members of the Block Burner gang which operated on the East side of Indianapolis. William Edward Dodd, 32, and Eskivel Reynosa De La Cruz, 28, were last seen in Indianapolis on July 21, 2015, and are considered armed federal fugitives.

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Brooklyn, NY - Earlier today, following four weeks of trial, a federal jury in Brooklyn, New York, returned guilty verdicts against New York State Senator John Sampson, for one count of obstruction of justice and two counts of making false statements to federal agents. Since 1997, Sampson has served in the New York State Senate representing the 19th Senate District in southeastern Brooklyn. From June 2009 to December 2012, Sampson was the leader of the Democratic Conference of the Senate, and from January 2011 to December 2012, he was also the Senate Minority Leader. Sampson has also served as the chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee. When sentenced by United States District Judge Dora L. Irizarry, Sampson faces a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

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