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Cottage Grove Woman Indicted On Child Pornography Charges

Nude photos of a sleeping child led to a federal indictment for a Cottage Grove, Minnesota, woman. Roxanne Merrell, 35, has been charged with two counts of production of child pornography. She was offered $100,000 to take photos of a minor “below the waste” and nude, according to the indictment.

11/13/2014

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Red Lake Women Sentenced For Fatally Stabbing Man With Fork, Knives

A 26-year-old woman was sentenced Wednesday to more than six years in prison for stabbing a man to death with a grill fork and kitchen knives last Fourth of July, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Alison Ann Brown, a member of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison for one count of voluntary manslaughter in the death of Byron Lussier Sr.

10/08/2014

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12 People Indicted In Minnesota Drug Case

Federal authorities have indicted 12 people who they say were involved in a drug trafficking operation run out of a Spring Lake Park auto repair shop. U.S. Attorney Andy Luger says the suspects were indicted on a charge of conspiring to distribute methamphetamine and marijuana in Minnesota after authorities on Wednesday raided residences in Minnesota, California and Illinois.

09/25/2014

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Prior Lake Man Charged In Wire Fraud Case

A 59-year-old Prior Lake man is accused of stealing more than $2.5 million in investment funds and loans from several investors after lying about the intent of those funds, according to charges filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Bryan Reichel, the founder and principal shareholder of PureChoice, Inc., was charged with seven counts of wire fraud in connection with the case.

09/18/2014

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MN Inmates Charged With Filing $400K In False Tax Returns

Two inmates at a Minnesota prison are accused of filing $400,000 in false tax claims to the Internal Revenue Service, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Tony Terrell Robinson, 30, and Tanka James Tetzlaff, 39, were each charged Tuesday with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and 10 counts each of making false claims.

08/19/2014

An eighth grader is recovering at home Thursday night with second degree burns after his cell phone battery exploded in his pocket while at first period at Kellogg Middle School in Rochester, Minn. Read more.

20 Indicted In Alleged Smartphone Theft Ring

Federal prosecutors in Minnesota have indicted 20 people in what they say is a takedown of a large smartphone theft ring. The U.S. Attorney’s office says the operation bought stolen cellphones and resold them throughout the U.S. and internationally.

08/12/2014

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St. Paul Man Sentenced To 30 Years For Production Of Child Pornography

A St. Paul, Minn. man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for producing child pornography, according to the United States Attorney’s Office. Douglas Luke Robinette, 27, was sentenced for 360 months in federal prison on July 28, after he pleaded guilty to one count of Production of Child Pornography in November 2013.

08/07/2014

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Man Pleads Guilty In Straw Gun-Buying Scheme

A Robbinsdale man has pleaded guilty in what federal authorities call a scheme to have straw purchasers buy guns for people who are barred from having them. The U.S. Attorney’s office says 21-year-old Keniko Bland pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of illegally receiving a firearm by a person under indictment. Bland was indicted along with four co-defendants in May.

07/18/2014

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Man Pleads Guilty To Embezzling Army Funds To Buy Car, Tropical Home

A man pleaded guilty in a St. Paul federal court Thursday to theft and laundering of more than $400,000 from the United States Military, which he used to buy a car and a home in the Philippines. According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, Michael Craig Miller admitted to embezzling the money in 2006 from the United State Military Medical Material Agency while an employee of EXP Pharmaceutical in Fremont, Cali., a company which returns unused medicine back to vendors and manufacturers.

05/01/2014

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Luger Confirmed As Minnesota’s Next US Attorney

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed former federal prosecutor Andy Luger as the next U.S. attorney for Minnesota. Luger, an experienced litigator who is now in private practice, said he expects to join the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the next couple of days.

02/12/2014

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Man Pleads Guilty To Kidnapping Estranged Wife

A northern Minnesota man has pleaded guilty in federal court to kidnapping his estranged wife. Forty-two-year-old Timothy Glen Caskey of Virginia admitted that on July 14, 2011, he kidnapped his wife from Virginia, Minn., and took her across state lines against her will. Court documents say Caskey jumped out of a pickup truck, grabbed his wife, shoved her into the vehicle and struck two people who tried to help the woman. Caskey kidnapped his wife just hours after being released from jail for violating a protective order she had against him.

02/06/2014

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Shakopee Man Charged With Defrauding Food Stamp Program Of $29K

A Shakopee man was charged Thursday with one count of food stamps fraud, costing the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP) over $29,000.

04/19/2013

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Coon Rapids Man Charged With U Of M Prosthetics Theft

A Coon Rapids man was charged Friday with stealing prosthetics and other supplies from the University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview and selling them online.

03/08/2013

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Man Sentenced For Robbing Mpls. Credit Union

A 41-year-old man was sentenced Tuesday in federal court for robbing the City County Federal Credit Union in Minneapolis, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

06/05/2012

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Mpls Man Sentenced For Distributing Child Pornography

A 55-year-old Minneapolis man was sentenced for distributing child pornography Tuesday in a federal court, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

05/08/2012

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