Cincinnati, Ohio - The owner of a Cincinnati-area medical practice pleaded guilty Monday for illegally distributing opioids.   

Wilmington, Delaware - Two shipping companies incorporated in Liberia pled guilty in federal court in Wilmington, to failing to notify the U.S. Coast Guard of a hazardous condition on one if its vessels and to violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) by presenting false documents to the Coast Guard that covered up vessel oil pollution.

Manhattan, New York - The Department of Justice announced that TÜRKİYE HALK BANKASI A.S., aka “Halkbank,” was charged Monday in a six-count indictment with fraud, money laundering, and sanctions offenses related to the bank’s participation in a multibillion-dollar scheme to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran.  The case is assigned to United States District Judge Richard M. Berman.

Washington, DC - Presidential Memorandum on Determination with Respect to the Efforts of Foreign Governments Regarding Trafficking in Persons:

Washington, DC - Since our Nation’s founding, we have recognized that the good character of our people is vital to maintaining our freedom.  The strength of our Union and the defense of our precious liberty require both constant vigilance and moral clarity.  During National Character Counts Week, we reaffirm our commitment to developing and demonstrating admirable qualities to enrich our lives and the lives of others.  In doing so, we are confident that we can positively influence the next generation of our Nation’s leaders and inspire them to lead lives of virtue and integrity.

Washington, DC - What they are saying: Support for the Trump Administration’s Unprecedented Outreach to State and Local Leaders.