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Category: Federal cases

July
15th

Former Kent attorney pleads guilty to child pornography charges

A former Kent family law attorney who ran a business involving youth baseball faces at least 15 years in prison after pleading guilty today to production of child pornography, receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

David Engle, 49, of Maple Valley, is set to be sentenced Oct. 21. He has been in jail since his arrest in November.

Authorities began investigating Engle after learning he bought 184 items from an international movie production company that is currently being prosecuted for child exploitation. He made the purchases 2005-2011.

After serving a search

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July
11th

Tacoma man gets 23 years in sex trafficking case

A Tacoma man convicted of coercing women and girls to work for him as prostitutes was sentenced Thursday to 23 years in federal prison.

A jury last year convicted Alexander Walls, 27, of conspiracy to transport a juvenile for prostitution, interstate transportation of a child for prostitution, witness tampering, conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion and three counts of sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion.

Prosecutors said Walls and another man, Reginald Irvin, recruited woman and girls to sell sex in Pierce and King counties, often advertising their services on Backpage.com and Craigslist.

Irvin

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June
27th

Man pleads guilty in hate-based attack on Sikh taxi driver in Federal Way

A 49-year-old man pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal hate crime for attacking a Sikh taxi driver in Federal Way last year.

Jamie Larson faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison when sentenced Nov. 5, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle reported.

Federal prosecutors said Larson caught a cab to Federal Way in October and attacked the driver when they arrived at his destination, pulling the driver’s beard, hitting and stomping him, all while yelling racial slurs.

The victim suffered back, shoulder and kidney injuries and was hospitalized for a week, prosecutors said.

“Acts of hate, such as

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June
25th

Auburn woman pleads not guilty to scamming elderly neighbor out of $400,000 by lying about cancer diagnosis

An Auburn woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday after she was indicted with wire fraud and Social Security fraud for allegedly bilking an elderly neighbor out of $400,000 by lying about being diagnosed with cancer.

Julie Ann Dahlquist, 51, is accused of feigning suffering from cancer to get the 78-year-old woman to pay for nonexistent treatments. She then allegedly used that money for gambling and other expenses, and hid the funds and $100,000 in gambling proceeds. That money would have disqualified her from receiving $8,000 she got from the Social Security Administration.

Dahlquist was released on the condition that she

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June
25th

Spanaway biker suspected of plotting to blow up bar indicted on five federal counts

A Spanaway man suspected of plotting to blow up a local biker bar has been indicted by a federal grand jury on five counts, including possessing explosives, court records show.

Karl Twilleager, 66, is to be arraigned Friday in U.S. District Court in Tacoma.

The grand jury last week indicted Twilleager, thought to be the vice president of the local chapter of the Ghost Riders motorcycle club, with two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count each of being a felon in possession of ammunition, possession of an unregistered firearm and being

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June
24th

Auburn woman arrested, suspected of lying to elderly neighbor about having cancer to get $400,000

An Auburn woman was arrested Monday and accused of lying about having cancer to get $400,000 from an elderly neighbor and using the money to pay gambling and other personal expenses.

Julie Ann Dahlquist, 51, was indicted on charges of wire and Social Security fraud, and is scheduled to be in court Tuesday.

She’s accused of falsely telling the 78-year-old woman that she had been diagnosed with the disease and did not have insurance or funds for treatment, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Court records show Dahlquist was both a neighbor and tenant of the woman.

The senior wrote

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June
19th

Renton man pleads guilty to selling fake Chihuly art

A 35-year-old man will be sentenced in October after pleading guilty Wednesday to selling art he fraudulently claimed was created by Tacoma native Dale Chihuly.

Michael Little was convicted of one count of wire fraud during a hearing in U.S. District Court in Seattle, the U.S. Attorney’s Office reported.

Little faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Federal investigators said Little bought various pieces of generic glasswork and artwork which he later advertised on the Internet as being the creation of Chihuly, who is world renown for his work in glass. Little also forged

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June
12th

Gig Harbor man sentenced for sending obscene photos of himself to undercover officer posing as 14-year-old

A Gig Harbor man was sentenced in federal court to 24 months in prison Wednesday, after he pleaded guilty to trying to send obscene materials to a minor when the 14-year-old girl he thought he was messaging online turned out to be an undercover officer.

Michael Honan, 59, pleaded not guilty Nov. 27, and was sentenced Wednesday by Judge Richard T. Haik in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana.

Honan will also need to complete three years of supervised release and pay a $4,000 fine.

He unknowingly communicated with the officer from August to September 2011, during

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