Two brothers from Camden, New Jersey, acquired firearms from pawn shops, gun stores and other sources in South Carolina and brought them north to New Jersey, at times using Amtrak trains to transport the guns.
Marcus Rutling, a/k/a “Fresh,” 33, and his brother, Joseph Rutling, 24, both pleaded guilty to weapons charges. The conspiracy charge they pleaded guilty to carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. An additional charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon has a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Sentencing for both defendants is scheduled for June 2015.
Marcus Rutling personally sold or participated in the sale of at least seven firearms, including handguns and shotguns, to a witness cooperating with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Joseph Rutling personally sold or participated in the sale of at least 15 firearms, including handguns, shotguns and an assault rifle, also to an ATF cooperating witness. On at least five occasions, Joseph Rutling sold ammunition with the firearms.
New York City P.I. Hacked E-Mail Accounts
The defendant is a licensed private investigator who owned a company that provided private investigation services to members of the public for a fee.
Beginning in 2009, he hired individuals to hack into the e-mail accounts of numerous victims. He used the hackers to access, unlawfully and secretly, the e-mail accounts of individuals he investigated on behalf of his clients, as well as individuals in whom he was interested for personal reasons.
The private investigator paid the hackers to provide him with login credentials, including usernames and passwords, for victims’ e-mail accounts. He then unlawfully accessed and reviewed victims’ e-mail communications.
In total, the P.I. used hackers to provide unauthorized access to at least 60 different e-mail accounts.
Eric Saldarriage, 41, of Queens, New York, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit computer hacking, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced in June 2015.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: “Eric Saldarriaga crossed the line as a private investigator by hiring hackers to unlawfully and secretly access over 60 e-mail accounts, including accounts belonging to people he was investigating. Mr. Saldarriaga will face the repercussions of his illegal actions.”