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Joseph C. Waters, Jr., 61, of Philadelphia, pleaded guilty today to using his judicial position to influence the outcome of two cases in the Philadelphia Municipal Court, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. Waters, a former Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge, pleaded guilty to an information charging mail fraud and honest services wire fraud.

In coordinated criminal and civil actions, federal prosecutors obtained an indictment and the Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil complaint against a Los Angeles-based immigration attorney who allegedly ran an investment scheme that defrauded foreign investors seeking permanent residency status in the United States through the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.

Two men were indicted by a federal grand jury today for allegedly using a real estate investment scheme to defraud 15 victims of more than $3 million, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged a former bank executive in Massachusetts and his friend with insider trading in advance of the bank’s acquisition of another financial institution.

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced charges against an accounting firm partner in Atlanta for insider trading in the stock of a restaurant company based on confidential information he learned from a client on the board of directors who came to him for tax advice in advance of a tender offer announcement.