Washington, DC - Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State: "On behalf of the United States of America, I send best wishes and congratulations to the people of the Republic of Korea as you celebrate your National Day on August 15.

San Diego, California - Jason Harrington pleaded guilty Monday and admitted that he sold $1.1 million of forged art. Harrington sold artwork purportedly created by Richard Hambleton – a New York City artist who rose to fame in the 1980s and whose paintings routinely sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

San Diego, California - National Spine & Pain Center, LLC (“NSPC”), a physician management services organization headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, agreed this week to pay $5.1 million in restitution to Medicare as part of a criminal settlement for receiving payments in violation the Anti-Kickback Statute.

Fresno, California - A federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment against Marvin Joseph Chang, 33, of Monterey Park, charging him with assault with a dangerous weapon, brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, being a felon in possession of ammunition, and vandalism, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

San Francisco, California - David Jah was sentenced to 216 months in prison for conspiracy to commit arson, in connection with a scheme to firebomb the properties of several people on his enemies list, announced Acting United States Attorney Stephanie M. Hinds; United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge, San Francisco Division, Patrick T. Gorman; and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent in Charge Craig D. Fair. The sentence was handed down by the Honorable William H. Alsup, U.S. District Judge.

Sacramento, California - August 2nd, a federal jury found James Christopher Castle, 57, formerly of Petaluma, guilty of 35 counts in a bank fraud scheme that sought to fraudulently eliminate home mortgages and then profit on the subsequent home sales, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced. This was the first jury trial in the Eastern District of California since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.