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Federal Tipoffs Involving Illinois Newsletter for Sunday October 20, 2019 ( 11 items )  

'Privileged to Serve': Commissary Employee From Rock Island Honored at DOD Disability Award Ceremony
FORT LEE, Virginia, Oct. 17 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Commissary Agency issued the following news release: Christopher Carpenter, a commissary employee at the Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, Commissary, received an Outstanding Employee with a Disability Award Oct. 3 in the Pentagon. Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper presented the award to Carpenter and other outstanding awardees with disabilities, including 23 military personnel, during the 2019 Department of Defense Outstan  more

Army Sustainment Command Preps to Help Ensure Smooth Transition to LOGCAP V
ROCK ISLAND, Illinois, Oct. 15 -- The U.S. Army Sustainment Command issued the following news: While the LOGCAP V contract award to several companies remains under protest in the Court of Federal Claims, plans are underway for a third transition planning summit with key stakeholders from the requiring activities, industry, U.S. Army Contracting Command, and the U.S. Army Sustainment Command to finalize the transition schedule and plan for commencement of operations under the new LOGCAP V contra  more

Chicago's 2019 Columbus Day Parade Honors U.S. Army Reserve General Officer
CHICAGO, Illinois, Oct. 16 -- The U.S. Army Reserve Command issued the following news: Brig. Gen. Kris A. Belanger, Commanding General, 85th U.S. Army Reserve Support Command, participated in the Chicago's 67th Annual Columbus Day Parade, as the Honorary Parade Grand Marshall, October 14, 2019. The parade, organized by the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans, commemorated the historic 1492 voyage of famed explorer Christopher Columbus and celebrated Italian-American heritage, culture an  more

Fed Governor Bowman Issues Remarks at Fed Listens Event
CHICAGO, Illinois, Oct. 17 -- The Federal Reserve issued the following remarks by Governor Michelle W. Bowman at a Fed Listens event, sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago entitled "Monetary Policy's Impact on Workers and Their Communities": "Today's event is the last in our series of Fed Listens events held across the country to learn about how Americans think about monetary policy and how they think about the Federal Reserve. "In keeping with the purpose of Fed Listens, I would li  more

Ill. U.S. Attorney: Another Tech Support Fraudster Sentenced to Prison
FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Illinois, Oct. 16 -- The office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois issued the following news release: An American citizen who spent over a year running the day-to-day operations of a fraudulent tech support call center in Costa Rica is heading to prison. Michael Cary Lawing, 34, of Lincolnton, North Carolina, has been sentenced to serve 18 months behind bars for his role as the CEO of ABC Repair Tech (ABC) from 2015 to 2016. Lawing pleaded guilty in Oct  more

Ill. U.S. Attorney: Operators of Suburban Chicago Manufacturing Company Charged With Illegally Hiring Undocumented Workers
CHICAGO, Illinois, Oct. 18 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, John R. Lausch Jr., issued the following news release: The operators of a suburban Chicago manufacturing company have been charged in federal court with knowingly hiring and harboring undocumented workers. DORA KUZELKA, 81, of Elgin, KENNETH KUZELKA, 62, of Chicago, KARI KUZELKA, 56, of Elgin, and KEITH KUZELKA, 58, of Elgin, are charged with one count of knowingly harboring an illegal alien and one count of  more

Justice Department: Illinois Woman Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Commit Wire Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 -- The U.S. Department of Justice issued the following news release: Lamesha Conley of Chicago, Illinois, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy and identity theft charges related to a scheme to obtain fraudulent tax refunds using stolen identity information, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department's Tax Division. According to documents filed with the court, starting around January 2014, Conley provided more than 6,00  more

Retiree Appreciation Day Set for October 19th at Scott Air Force Base
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Illinois, Oct. 17 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news: The 375th Air Mobility Wing will hold its 34th annual Retiree Appreciation Day at the Scott Air Force Base Event Center October 19th, 2019. The event is free to local military retirees and their dependents. Scheduled events include information booths from base agencies and local partners including the Airman and Family Readiness Center, the Red Cross and a Space-Available travel presentation. In the after  more

Super-Sized Trains Scheduled for Amtrak Midwest Thanksgiving Travel
CHICAGO, Illinois, Oct. 14 -- The National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) issued the following news release: * * * - Extra service in Downstate Illinois; Reservations required for Hiawathas * * * Amtrak is prepared to accommodate the surge of Thanksgiving travelers with additional capacity on Amtrak MidwestSM network (http://media.amtrak.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Amtrak-MidwestSM-Routes.jpg) routes for the holiday in Illinois, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin, plus extra trains  more

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Moline, Illinois, Restaurant Paying $78,970 in Back Wages to 33 Employees for Wage, Overtime Violations
MOLINE, Illinois, Oct. 15 -- 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) Osaka Steak House Sushi & Hibachi Inc. - doing business as Osaka Buffet in Moline, Illinois - will pay $78,970 in back wages to 33 current and former employees for violations of the minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA. WHD investigators   more

USDA Conservation Reserve Program Payments Headed to Producers
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, Oct. 17 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency - Illinois Field Office issued the following news release: The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA) has started issuing 2019 Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) payments to over 350,000 American farmers and ranchers to support voluntary conservation efforts on private lands. There were more than 250,000 acres of land enrolled in CRP this past year for certain water-quality practices,  more