Washington, DC - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the launch of a new private investment fund with the potential to inject $100 million into small food and agriculture businesses across rural America. The fund, known as the Open Prairie Rural Opportunities Fund, will be the fourth Rural Business Investment Company (RBIC) that USDA has helped to create since 2014, and is part of USDA's ongoing efforts to help attract private sector capital to investment opportunities in rural America to help drive more economic growth in rural communities.

Las Vegas, Nevada - A man who convinced persons to invest money with him by falsely representing himself to be a successful securities trader and investor, was indicted by the federal grand jury Wednesday for stealing almost $2 million from his victims, announced U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden for the District of Nevada.

Washington, DC - Two members of an international child exploitation conspiracy were sentenced today for their participation in two websites that were operated for the purpose of coercing and enticing minors as young as eight years old to engage in sexually explicit conduct on web camera.

Las Vegas, Nevada - Governor Brian Sandoval issued the following statement after hearing of the passing of former First Lady of the United States of America, Nancy Reagan. Nancy Reagan was the wife of Ronald Reagan, the 39th President of the United States.

Keyport, Washington - The Blue Crew of the Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Nevada (SSBN 733) conducted a change of command ceremony at the Naval Undersea Museum, March 11.

Washington, DC - The principal of a series of dietary ingredient companies in New Jersey pleaded guilty in connection with the sale of methamphetamine precursor chemicals, a separate scheme to defraud purchasers of dietary supplements and money laundering, the Department of Justice announced.

Washington, DC - One of the defendants in the IWorks scheme that allegedly took more than $280 million from consumers via deceptive “trial” memberships for bogus government-grant and money-making schemes has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges.

Washington, DC - The United States’ largest distributor of endoscopes and related equipment will pay $623.2 million to resolve criminal charges and civil claims relating to a scheme to pay kickbacks to doctors and hospitals, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman of the District of New Jersey and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin C. Mizer of the Justice Department’s Civil Division announced today.  U.S. Attorney Fishman and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General David Bitkower of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division also announced that a subsidiary of the distributor will pay $22.8 million to resolve criminal charges relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) in Latin America.

Washington, DC - The Justice Department announced Thursday that a federal grand jury in Nevada has charged 14 additional defendants in connection with the armed assault against federal law enforcement officers that occurred in the Bunkerville, Nevada, area on April 12, 2014.

Fort Worth, Texas - A North Texas man was sentenced Friday to the statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison following his guilty plea in November 2015 to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine.