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Washington, DC - Today, President Obama nominated Judge Beth M. Andrus, J. Michael Diaz, and Kathleen M. O'Sullivan to serve on the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington.

U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger for the District of Minnesota today announced a federal indictment charging Diane L. Kroupa, 60, and her husband, Robert E. Fackler, 62, with conspiring with each other to evade assessment of taxes.  Each defendant is charged with conspiracy, tax evasion, making and subscribing false tax returns and obstruction of an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) audit.  The defendants are expected to appear later this week in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

A former state circuit judge in Arkansas was sentenced today to 120 months for accepting a bribe in exchange for reducing a negligence verdict against a company in Conway, Arkansas, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and First Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick C. Harris of the Eastern District of Arkansas.

Naples, Italy - A group of lawyers, paralegals and one Navy dependent attended a course called SafeTALK. They're now qualified as SafeTALK caregivers.

The United States resolved for $4 million a False Claims Act action against the estate and trusts of the late Layton P. Stuart, former owner and president of One Financial Corporation, and its subsidiary, One Bank & Trust N.A., both based in Little Rock, Arkansas.  One Bank, another victim of Stuart’s frauds that is now under new management, will receive an additional $6.9 million.