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Toppenish Man Convicted of Murdering a Native American Woman Within the External Boundaries of the Yakama Nation - 06/11/21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United States Attorney’s Office

Eastern District of Washington

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact: George Jacobs

Friday, June 11, 2021

 

Public Affairs Officer

EDWA.gov | @USAO_EDWA

 

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Toppenish Man Convicted of Murdering A Native American Woman Within the External Boundaries of the Yakama Nation

Yakima – Today, Joseph H. Harrington, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that on June 10, 2021, a federal jury in Yakima, Washington, convicted Jordan Everett Stevens, an Indian, of First Degree Murder in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1111, 1153 and Discharging a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(1)(A)(iii).

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, on or about April 30, 2019, Stevens assaulted a woman in Toppenish, Washington.  A potential witness, ACM, a Native American female, was near the location of the assault and had a conversation with responding police officers.  Stevens erroneously believed that ACM provided information to the police.  On May 3, 2019, Stevens and two females drove ACM to a rural section of the Yakama reservation.  Stevens pulled ACM out of the vehicle and shot her in the head as payback for speaking with the police.  Stevens threatened to kill the female witnesses if they told anyone about the murder. 

The FBI was alerted by a family member that ACM was missing and immediately began an investigation.  In late May 2019, the FBI tracked down one of the female witnesses who identified Stevens as ACM’s killer.  On May 29, 2019, the FBI found ACM’s body in a remote area of the Yakama Indian Reservation.  Shortly after the FBI found the second female witness who confirmed what had happened to ACM.  On July 17, 2019, an Indictment was filed charging Stevens with Discharge of a Firearm During a Crime of Violence, and First Degree Murder. 

On June 7, 2021, a jury trial began at the federal courthouse in Yakima.  Multiple witnesses were reluctant to testify out of fear of retribution and refused to appear for court.  They were subsequently apprehended with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service and testified at the trial.  On June 10, 2021, a federal jury found the Defendant guilty of First Degree Murder and Discharge of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Crime of Violence.  A conviction for First Degree Murder carries a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment.  On June 10, 2021, the Honorable Stanley Bastian ordered a sentencing hearing to take place on September 1, 2021.    

Acting United States Attorney Harrington said, “The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington commends the officers with the Yakama Nation Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office who investigated this case.  Their seamless partnership resulted in the successful outcome of this senseless murder.  Investigating and prosecuting cases involving Missing and Murdered Indigenous Person (MMIP) is a top priority of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington.   This Office is committed to prosecuting aggressively cases involving violent acts committed against Native American women who reside on Reservation lands within this District.”

“Too often, violence on the reservation results in the tragic and senseless loss of life,” said Donald M. Voiret, FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Seattle Field Office. “The FBI is committed to combatting crime on our state’s reservations. Stevens will have the rest of his life in prison to contemplate his choices.”

This case was investigated by the Yakama Nation Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office.  This case was prosecuted by Benjamin D. Seal and Richard C. Burson, Assistant United States Attorneys for the Eastern District of Washington

19-CR-02038-SAB

CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Company Agrees to Pay More than $3 Million to Settle Hanford Subcontract Small Business Fraud Allegations - 06/03/21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United States Attorney’s Office

Eastern District of Washington

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact: George Jacobs

 

June 3, 2021

 

Public Affairs Officer

 

EDWA.gov | @USAO_EDWA

 

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CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Company Agrees to Pay More than $3 Million to Settle Hanford Subcontract Small Business Fraud Allegations

Spokane – Today, Joseph H. Harrington, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Company (CHPRC), a prime contractor at the Department of Energy’s Hanford Site, has agreed to pay $3,038,270 million to resolve allegations that CHPRC violated the False Claims Act by submitting false and fraudulent small business subcontract reports. 

In 2008, CHPRC, a Washington subsidiary of CH2M Hill Companies Ltd., which is headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, was a DOE prime contractor responsible for environmental remediation and cleanup of the Central Plateau area of the Hanford Site, which includes the Plutonium Finishing Plant and other legacy plutonium production facilities.  Pursuant to its contract, DOE fully reimbursed CHPRC for its costs, including hundreds of millions of dollars in subcontractor costs.  Accordingly, CHPRC’s contract required that CHPRC make efforts to award a certain percentage of those subcontracts to small businesses, including businesses located in Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZones).  CHPRC’s contract also required CHPRC to regularly report to DOE regarding its efforts to subcontract to HUBZone businesses.  CHPRC’s contract provided for fee-based incentives regarding CHPRC’s success in subcontracting to HUBZone businesses, and for the imposition of monetary penalties if CHPRC missed its goals and failed to exercise good faith efforts to award HUBZone subcontracts. 

This settlement resolves allegations that CHPRC falsely reported to DOE regarding its HUBZone subcontracting efforts.  Specifically, the settlement resolves allegations that CHPRC falsely represented that subcontract awards to two companies, Indian Eyes, LLC, and Phoenix-ABC A Joint Venture (“PABC”), were to HUBZone businesses, when in fact CHPRC knew that both entities did not have HUBZone status during the time period of the subcontracts.  

Joseph H. Harrington, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, said, “Small business fraud not only harms the taxpayers and the vital cleanup mission at Hanford, but legitimate small disadvantaged businesses that do not have the opportunity to fairly compete for and perform subcontracts.  This resolution demonstrates that we will continue to work with courageous whistleblowers and our law enforcement partners to ensure accountability for small business fraud at Hanford and elsewhere.” 

“The whistleblower complaint alleged that CHPRC knowingly misrepresented PABC and Indian Eyes as legitimate HUBZone entities and falsely claimed HUBZone credit and status as part of CHPRC’s small business subcontracting plan,” said Teri Donaldson, Inspector General of the Department of Energy.  “This settlement affirms the OIG’s commitment to protecting the integrity of the Department of Energy’s procurement process to provide opportunities for small and disadvantaged businesses through programs like the Small Business Administration’s HUBZone and Disadvantaged Woman-Owned programs.  The OIG will aggressively investigate any allegations of false claims, overbilling, kickbacks and any other fraud scheme threatening the Department of Energy and ultimately the American taxpayers.  The OIG has enjoyed a very collaborative relationship with the United States Attorney’s Office and will continue to join forces with DOJ to investigate and hold accountable those perpetrating fraud against Department of Energy resources and programs.” 

The case is captioned as United States of America ex rel. Salina Savage, et al. v. CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Company, et al., 14-cv-5002-SMJ.  The case originally arose out of a whistleblower complaint filed by Savage Logistics LLC, a Hanford-area small business, and Salina Savage, its owner.  The whistleblowers will receive $865,907 as a result of the settlement.  The investigation was conducted by the Department of Energy Office of Inspector General.  The United States was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Dan Fruchter and Tyler Tornabene. 

 

The Justice Department to Host Media Backgrounder on Violent Crime Announcement - 05/26/21

 

The United States Department of Justice

May 26, 2021


 

THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO HOST MEDIA BACKGROUNDER ON VIOLENT CRIME ANNOUNCEMENT

****** MEDIA ADVISORY ******

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department will host an informational background discussion for news media with Justice Department officials via moderated conference call with opening remarks and a Q&A session.

WHEN: Today, Wednesday, May 26, at 2:00 p.m. EST

WHO: Justice Department Officials

WHERE: The dial-in number for the moderated phone call will be provided shortly before the start of the event to members of the news media who RSVP to www.justice.gov/mediarsvp.

OPEN PRESS: All remarks, including Q and A, will be on background only, attributable to a DOJ official. All information on the call is embargoed until the end of the call. Recording for notetaking is allowed, but not for broadcast.

NOTE: All media must RSVP by 1:30 P.M. and will be provided the dial-in information shortly before the start of the call.

Please RSVP to shannon.shevlin@usdoj.gov with the email address of the person(s) attending the event, so that we may reach them directly if details change. 

Any inquiries regarding logistics should be directed to Shannon Shevlin.

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