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Federal Tipoffs Involving Pennsylvania Newsletter for Sunday August 25, 2019 ( 21 items )  

Adaptation of Key National Energy Technology Laboratory Carbon Capture Technology Holds Promise for Cleaning Waters, Recovering Rare Earth Elements
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Aug. 19 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory issued the following news: NETL research has resulted in a technology that offers a practical, affordable and green approach to removing the threat of lead and other heavy metals from streams that ultimately contaminate the drinking water of American homes - a threat that jeopardizes the health of millions of children - and can also help recover valuable rare earth elements (REEs) from wat  more

DLA: Troop Support Improves Analysis, Decision Making Through Project Management
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 22 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Logistics Agency issued the following news: By John Dwyer III In today's digital office environment, it's easy to get lost in the daily grind of emails, meetings and never ending task lists. It's no wonder productivity is one of the iTunes app store's categories of apps for mobile devices. At the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support in Philadelphia, one way the Continuous Process Improvement office is tackling p  more

EPA Recognizes Two Federal Facilities in Pennsylvania With Green Challenge Awards
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 22 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release: * * * - Local winners save resources and taxpayers' money * * * Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is recognizing federal facilities across the country for conserving resources and saving taxpayers' money as part of the Federal Green Challenge (FGC). In EPA's Mid-Atlantic Region, the James E. Van Zandt Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Altoona, Pa., and the Coatesville V  more

Extrememat Technical Advisory Board Discusses Development of Extreme Environment Materials for Fossil Fuel Plants at National Energy Technology Laboratory
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Aug. 23 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory issued the following news: Technical advisory board members of eXtremeMAT, a national effort focused on developing next-generation extreme-environment materials for use in advanced fossil energy power systems that operate in extreme environments, met at NETL's Pittsburgh site Aug. 13, 2019, to assess progress and map plans for future research. Fossil energy transformational power technolo  more

Fossil Energy Secretary Visits Test Site For Innovative National Energy Technology Laboratory Freshwater Technology
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Aug. 21 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory issued the following news: During a visit to western North Dakota this week, Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg got a firsthand look at technology originally developed for the U.S. Army but now to be assessed by NETL in producing fresh water from brine used in energy operations. The equipment is being tested at the University of North Dakota (UND) Energy & Environmental R  more

Group Flood Insurance Policies Issued for June 2016 Flood Expire August 24, 2019 Purchase Standard Flood Insurance Now
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 21 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: Over 500 West Virginia citizens were provided three-year Group Flood Insurance Policy (GFIP) certificates as part of their federal aid package following the June 2016 flooding disaster. These certificates will expire on August 24, 2019. It is important that these policy holders talk to their insurance agents to purchase a new policy that is ri  more

NRC Receives Event Notification Involving Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre
WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the following event notification (No. 54213) involving Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pennsylvania: AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - EQUIPMENT FAILURE DURING MEDICAL TREATMENT The following report was received from the Pennsylvania Bureau of Radiation Protection (PA DEP) via facsimile: "As a result of a Departmental [PA DEP] inspection the licensee reported an equipment failure event that occurred on February 21, 2019. The equipment was   more

Pa. U.S. Attorney: Bedford Man Charged For Failure to Pay Payroll Taxes
WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania, Aug. 20 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, David J. Freed, issued the following news release: The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Michael Boggs, age 39, of Bedford, Pennsylvania, was charged on August 16, 2019, in a criminal information for failure to pay employment taxes to the Internal Revenue Service. According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Boggs was the owner of Meadowv  more

Pa. U.S. Attorney: Bronx, NY Man Pleads Guilty in Bank Fraud Scheme
JOHNSTOWN, Pennsylvania, Aug. 20 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott W. Brady, issued the following news release: A resident of Bronx, NY, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of conspiracy, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. Nathaniel C. Graham, 27, pleaded guilty to one count of the indictment before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson. According to information presented to the court, from March 21 to March 28, 2017, Graham,  more

Pa. U.S. Attorney: Canadensis Man Sentenced to 12 Years' Imprisonment For Trafficking Highly Pure Methamphetamine
SCRANTON, Pennsylvania, Aug. 21 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, David J. Freed, issued the following news release: The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that James Counterman, age 56, of Canadensis, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 144 months' imprisonment followed by ten years' supervised release, by U.S. District Court Judge James M. Munley, for distribution and possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of  more

Pa. U.S. Attorney: Federal Authorities Seek Additional Information in Child Exploitation Investigation
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 21 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, William M. McSwain, issued the following news release: * * * - U.S. Attorney, FBI Urge Victims to Come Forward, Seek Assistance * * * United States Attorney William M. McSwain and Special Agent in Charge Michael T. Harpster of the FBI's Philadelphia Division announced that their offices and law enforcement partners are asking for the public's assistance to identify potential victims of Robert D  more

Pa. U.S. Attorney: Former Treasurer of Brownsville Ambulance Service Indicted on Fraud and Theft Charges
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Aug. 19 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott W. Brady, issued the following news release: A resident of Newel, PA, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of mail fraud and theft from a program receiving federal funds, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. The 21-count Indictment, returned on Aug 13 and unsealed Friday, named Edward T. Stevenson, 62, as the sole defendant. According to the In  more

Pa. U.S. Attorney: Former Vanguard Employee Sentenced to Four Years for Fraud Scheme
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 22 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, William M. McSwain, issued the following news release: United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Scott Capps, 48, of Coatesville, Pennsylvania was sentenced to 48 months' incarceration, three years' supervised release, restitution of $2,137,580 and forfeiture of $648,600 by United States District Judge Michael M. Baylson for a fraud scheme perpetrated while he was an employee of Van  more

Pa. U.S. Attorney: Founder of Mantria Corp. Sentenced to 22 Years For Operating $54 Million Ponzi Scheme
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 20 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, William M. McSwain, issued the following news release: United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Troy Wragg, 37, of Philadelphia, PA was sentenced today to 22 years in prison and $54 million restitution by United States District Judge Joel H. Slomsky for perpetrating two fraud schemes. The defendant was the founder of Mantria Corporation, based in Bala Cynwyd, PA. From 2005 until 2  more

Pa. U.S. Attorney: New Castle Doctor Pleads Guilty to Illegally Prescribing and Distributing Oxycodone, Fentanyl, Opana ER
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Aug. 21 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott W. Brady, issued the following news release: A resident of New Castle, Pennsylvania pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of unlawfully prescribing and distributing controlled substances, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. Dr. Thomas A. Ranieri, 66, pleaded guilty to 14 counts before United States District Judge David S. Cercone. In connection with the guilty plea, t  more

Pa. U.S. Attorney: Pittsburgh Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Bring Marijuana From West Coast to Western PA College Campuses
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Aug. 22 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott W. Brady, issued the following news release: A resident of Pittsburgh, PA has been sentenced in federal court to five years' (60 months') imprisonment, a fine of $1,500 and four years supervised release on his convictions of conspiracy to distribute marijuana and money laundering, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. Senior United States District Judge David S. Cercone impos  more

Principal Deputy Assistant A.G. Sullivan Issues Remarks at National Sexual Assault Conference
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 22 -- The U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs issued the following speech by Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan at the National Sexual Assault Conference: "Before I begin, I'd like to take just a moment to send our thoughts, on behalf of the Department of Justice, to the brave members of the Philadelphia police who suffered injuries in last week's brazen attack by a gunman. It seems that almost every day, we hea  more

Rural Development - Pennsylvania Office: USDA Announces Investments in Community Facilities That Will Benefit Almost 200,000 Rural Americans
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Aug. 22 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development - Pennsylvania office issued the following news release: USDA Rural Housing Service Administrator Bruce Lammers today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $52 million in 45 community facilities projects that will benefit nearly 200,000 rural residents in 16 states. Rural Development State Director Curt Coccodrilli announced that Pennsylvania will invest over $580,000 in l  more

Rural Development - Pennsylvania Office: USDA Invests in Energy Efficiency Improvements to Help Farmers
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Aug. 20 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development - Pennsylvania office issued the following news release: Rural Business-Cooperative Service Administrator Bette Brand today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding grants for projects in all states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to reduce energy costs for farmers, ag producers and rural-based businesses and institutions. "Lowering energy costs helps rural businesses imp  more

Subsistence, DLA Distribution Support Pacer Goose Mission
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 20 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Logistics Agency issued the following news: By Alexandria Brimage-Gray The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support Subsistence supply chain, in partnership with DLA Distribution Norfolk, Virginia, provides support to the Air Force's annual re-supply mission, Pacer Goose Sustainment 2019, at Thule Air Base, Greenland. During the months of July and August each year, the Pacer Goose mission occurs to ensure much neede  more

TSA Encourages Travelers Out of Pittsburgh to Know What is in Their Carry-on Bag So They Don't Get Caught With a Prohibited Item at the Checkpoint
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Aug. 23 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration issued the following news release: This is expected to be one of the busiest years on record for the Transportation Security Administration and officials want to ensure the most efficient security checkpoint experience for travelers flying out of Pittsburgh International Airport. So officials are sharing a handful of tips and tools to make sure that passengers aren't bringing p  more