District Attorney’s Office, Coast Guard announce false distress guilty plea

District Attorney's Office, Coast Guard announce false distress guilty plea
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia announced a Gloucester woman pleaded guilty Monday to making a false distress call. Ashley Strum-Smith, 29, pleaded guilty to a criminal information filed May 27 in United States District Court. Strum-Smith faces a maximum penalty of six years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000 and $82,764 in restitution...

False distress call leads to 3 months in prison and $489,000 reimbursement order for Ohio man.

False distress call leads to 3 months in prison and $489,000 reimbursement order for Ohio man.
Cleveland – A Sandusky man was sentenced to three months in federal custody and ordered to pay $489,007 in restitution after for making a false distress call that caused a massive search on Lake Erie, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. Danik Shiv Kumar, 21, pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of making a false distress calls. On the...

Former Coast Guard Petty Officer prosecuted for fake distress call

Former Coast Guard Petty Officer prosecuted for fake distress call
BOSTON — The U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Attorney Office announced jointly Thursday that Shane Coxon, 24, was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington for knowingly making a false distress call to the Coast Guard in July 2010. Coxon was sentenced to time-served of approximately three and a half months imprisonment to be followed by two years of supervised release....

Former Virginia Beach man convicted of making false distress signal

NORFOLK, Va. — A Norfolk federal jury has convicted Larry L. Deffenbaugh, 59, formerly of Virginia Beach, Va., of conspiracy and communicating a false distress signal to the Coast Guard. Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia made the announcement Thursday. Deffenbaugh was previously indicted on the federal charges, April 8, 2011 and is scheduled to be...

Detroit resident sentenced to 18 months in prison for sending hoax to Coast Guard

CLEVELAND – A Detroit resident has been convicted and sentenced in federal court for making a false distress call to the U.S. Coast Guard, announced United States Attorney Barbara McQuade and Captain Stephen Torpey, Chief of Incident Management for the Ninth Coast Guard District. Andre D. Cheatom, 19 years old, was sentenced to 18 months incarceration, supervised release for three years, a special...

Coast Guard seeking assistance to ID prank caller

NEW BERN, N.C. – The Coast Guard is seeking the public’s help to identify individuals responsible for recent false distress calls in North Carolina.

Three plead guilty to making false distress calls

RALEIGH – United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday three men pled guilty to making false distress calls to the United States Coast Guard.

Toledo man pleads guilty, sentenced for making false distress call to U.S. Coast Guard

CLEVELAND – The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Ninth Coast Guard District announce that Cory A. Crockett, of Toledo, Ohio, was sentenced, Friday, to three years supervised release with standard and special conditions, and ordered to pay $112,735 in restitution to the U.S Coast Guard for making a false distress call to the U.S. Coast Guard on March 12, 2009.

Coast Guard requests public assistance to identify suspected hoax caller

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – The U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service is requesting assistance from the public to identify a suspected hoax caller who contacted U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste Marie on VHF-FM Channel 16 between Sept. 12-27, 2009.