August 29, 2001 |
A federal judge has ordered Lewis Allen Rivlin, a former Justice Department attorney, to pay about $6.5 million for defrauding investors, including an Ecuadorean charity for underprivileged girls. Ruling in a civil case brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission in 1999, U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth said Thursday that Rivlin violated federal securities laws in 1997-98 by selling $6.2 million worth of phony securities to four groups of investors.
August 23, 2001 |
The U.S. military on Wednesday rejected a South Korean court order for one of its American civilian employees to stand trial on charges of dumping toxic chemicals into a river. A bailiff from the Seoul District Court visited the military headquarters in the capital to deliver the court summons for Albert McFarland, a 58-year-old civilian mortuary employee of the U.S. command. The U.S.
July 18, 2001 |
A key House panel overturned President Bush's proposal to eliminate contraceptive coverage for federal employees, virtually ensuring that the benefit provided to 1.2 million women in the government work force since 1998 will remain.
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June 27, 2001 |
A former Immigration and Naturalization Service official was sentenced to a year in prison and fined $2,400 for accepting bribes from two men who were previously found innocent of the charges. Angel Orduno, 51, pleaded guilty and cooperated in the prosecution of two former Fresno men on charges that they bribed him in exchange for expediting a series of U.S. citizenship applications. However, last month a federal jury acquitted Jamal Bibi, 43, and Jassim Mohammad Addal, 35.
May 19, 2001 |
The best thing that ever happened to Ian Thomas was losing his government job. Thomas was a contract employee for the U.S. Geological Survey when earlier this spring he posted a map of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's caribou calving areas on a federal Web site. His bosses, for reasons still in dispute, fired him. But thanks to the Internet and a feature role in the "Doonesbury" comic strip this week, Thomas has become a cult hero.
March 24, 2001 |
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell urged newspaper publishers Friday to tell the story of U.S. diplomats and the work they do so Americans will support a foreign policy that "has us engaged" in the world. Powell said that one of his major missions will be to fight for better salaries, more secure embassies and more recognition for the men and women who work for the State Department.