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Federal Tipoffs Involving North Carolina Newsletter for Sunday June 23, 2019 ( 17 items )  

Active Shooter Analyst Educates Airmen, First Responders
SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, North Carolina, June 14 -- The U.S. Air Force Seymour Johnson Air Force Base (4th Fighter Wing) issued the following news: By Miranda A. Loera Readiness remains a top priority for military leaders. Training exercises are key components to preparing Airmen for contingency operations both at home station and abroad. Leaders are discussing the frequency in active shooters and how to deal with them. Training to prepare Airmen for this situation has become a necess  more

Army Security Assistance Command: Brigade-Level Subordinate Command Sees Leadership Change
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Alabama, June 17 -- The U.S. Army Security Assistance Command issued the following news: By Debra Valine The Security Assistance Training Management Organization will conduct an awards ceremony and a relinquishment of command ceremony Friday at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Col. Eric Flesch, the SATMO commander since July 2017, is leaving to become the brigade commander at the 165th Infantry Brigade in Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Prior to becoming the SATMO commander, Flesc  more

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Seeks Public Comments on Shoreline Protection Proposal for North Carolina Department of Transportation Facilities
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's Cape Hatteras National Seashore issued the following news release: Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) is seeking public input regarding a proposal from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Ferry Division. NCDOT is requesting structural shoreline protection measures to mitigate for severe erosion causing damage to the ferry basin bulkhead and stacking lanes along the north end terminus of Ocracoke Island with  more

Commerce Secretary Ross Issues Remarks at American Workforce Policy Advisory Board
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, June 18 -- The U.S. Department of Commerce issued the text of the following remarks by Secretary Wilbur L. Ross Jr. at the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board: "I was even more impressed than I had anticipated. We should publicize widely the return on investment you achieve on your investment in training and your extremely high retention rate. Too many people think of training as an expense and not as a profit center, and fear loss of their newly trained workers.  more

Department of Labor Finds Overtime Violations at North Carolina Dentistry Practice
RALEIGH, North Carolina, June 21 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division issued the following news release: After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Dr. Michael C. Kretchmer - a Raleigh, North Carolina-based surgical dentist - has paid $8,656 in back wages and liquidated damages to 13 employees for violating the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). WHD investigators determined Dr. Michael C. Kretchmer - ope  more

Department of Labor Investigation Recovers $82,398 in Back Wages
HUNTERSVILLE, North Carolina, June 20 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division issued the following news release: After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Brawi Inc. - operating as La Unica Mexican Restaurant in Huntersville, North Carolina - has paid $82,398 in back wages and liquidated damages to 10 employees for violating the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). WHD investigators found the restaurant paid  more

FBI: South Carolina Man Is Sentenced to More Than Three Years For $1 Million Investment Scheme and Tax Evasion
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, June 17 -- The U.S. Department of Justice's Federal Bureau of Investigation Charlotte Field Office issued the following news release: Nickolas M. Godfrey, 41, of Fort Mill, South Carolina, was sentenced today to 37 months in prison for securities fraud, wire fraud, and transactional money laundering in connection with a $1 million investment fraud scheme and a related tax evasion scheme, announced Andrew Murray, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina  more

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Record Number of Leatherback Turtles Tagged in North Carolina
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, June 18 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Thirteen leatherback turtles were sampled and tagged off Beaufort, North Carolina, in May by NOAA Fisheries Northeast and Southeast Science Center staffs and colleagues, continuing a project begun in 2017 to assess the turtles abundance, movements, behavior, and health status. * * * New Suction Cup Tags Tested Despite challenging weather conditions, NOAA Fisheries rese  more

North Carolina Retailer Pays $26,357 in Wages for Federal Overtime Violations Found by U.S. Department of Labor Investigation
GREENSBORO, North Carolina, June 20 -- The U.S. Department of Labor\'s Wage and Hour Division issued the following news release: After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Colmex Inc. - an Asheboro, North Carolina-based retailer of money orders and low-cost cell phones - has paid $26,357 in back wages to 18 employees for violating the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Investigators found the employer - operating as Expres  more

North Carolina U.S. Attorney: Deputy A.G. Recognizes Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin Blondel for Superior Performance
RALEIGH, North Carolina, June 21 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon Jr., issued the following news release: United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., is proud to announce that Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) Erin Blondel was one of 172 members of the Department of Justice recognized by Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, and Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA) Director James Crowell  more

North Carolina U.S. Attorney: South Carolina Man Is Sentenced to More Than Three Years For $1M Investment Scheme and Tax Evasion
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, June 17 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, R. Andrew Murray, issued the following news release: Nickolas M. Godfrey, 41, of Fort Mill, South Carolina, was sentenced today to 37 months in prison for securities fraud, wire fraud, and transactional money laundering in connection with a $1 million investment fraud scheme and a related tax evasion scheme, announced Andrew Murray, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. In add  more

North Carolina U.S. Attorney: Twenty-One Individuals Indicted on Charges of Conspiracy to Commit Interstate Transportation
RALEIGH, North Carolina, June 20 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon Jr., issued the following news release: Robert J. Higdon Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that a federal grand jury in Raleigh has returned a Superseding Indictment charging the following individuals with conspiracy to commit interstate transportation of stolen goods and money laundering: * SALVADOR IBARRA ESCALANTE, age 43, of Mexi  more

Op-Ed: Ivanka Trump and Wilbur Ross: President Redoubles Efforts to Ensure Good Jobs for All
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- The U.S. Department of Commerce issued the following op-ed: Today, we were in Charlotte discussing workforce development with local leaders and executives, as well as the new opportunities that this economy has brought to the State and region. Since the election, President Donald J. Trump's economy has added almost 6 million jobs across the country. North Carolina has added more than 180,000, dropping from a 5.1 percent unemployment rate to a low of 3.7 percent. Wages ar  more

U.S. Army: 82nd Airborne Snipers Jump, Testing New Compact Sniper Rifle System
FORT BRAGG, North Carolina, June 20 -- The U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command issued the following news: By Mike Shelton Operational testing of the Army's newest precision rifle, the Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System (CSASS) began recently, marking one of the final hurdles this system will face prior to fielding. Snipers assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division recently participated in airborne infiltration test trials of what could potentially be the Army's newest sniper system. "The co  more

USDA Files Action Against Southern Produce Distributors in North Carolina for Alleged PACA Violations
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service issued the following news release: As part of its efforts to enforce the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) and ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has filed an administrative complaint under the PACA against Southern Produce Distributors, Inc. The company, operating from North Carolina, allegedly failed to make payment prom  more

USDA Files Action Against Wayne Bailey and Wayne Bailey Produce Co. in North Carolina for Alleged PACA Violations
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service issued the following news release: As part of its efforts to enforce the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) and ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has filed a complaint under PACA against Wayne Bailey Inc. and Wayne Bailey Produce Co. LLC. The companies, operating from North Carolina, allegedly failed to make payment to 46   more

VA IG Issues Oversight Report Summary on Alleged Unapproved Acquisition of Robotic Surgical System
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- The Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of Inspector General issued the following oversight report (No. 18-03260-102) summary on "Alleged Unapproved Acquisition of a Robotic Surgical System for the W.G. (Bill) Hefner Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Salisbury, North Carolina": Summary: The VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted this review in response to a November 2017 anonymous complaint that the W.G. Hefner VA Medical Center located in Salisbury, North Carol  more