James Louis Whittlesey Arrested in Montreal Who is Wanted By the FBI For Alleged Aggravated Bank Robbery

December 12, 2011

Digital Journal on December 11, 2011 released the following:

“Dangerous fugitive wanted by FBI arrested in Montreal

By Arthur Weinreb

Montreal – An American fugitive, described as armed and dangerous by the FBI, was arrested without incident while standing on a street corner in downtown Montreal.

James Louis Whittlesey, 51, was arrested in Montreal around 8 a.m. this morning. According to Montreal police, the fugitive was taken into custody by a tactical unit, without incident, at a street corner. The arrest was made after information from the FBI and RCMP indicated Whittlesey might be in Montreal.

Jacqueline Roby, a spokeswoman for the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) said authorities had been looking for Whittlesey in Montreal since Wednesday, Roby told CTV that the fugitive was handed over to the CBSA around noon today. Once it is determined he is not wanted for a crime in Canada, he will be free to voluntarily return to the United States or to be extradited to the United States if the U.S. applies to have him brought back.

Whittlesey was sought after a local bank in Winchester, Virginia, was robbed on Oct. 14. According to the FBI, Whittlesey allegedly displayed a weapon during the course of the robbery. He is also accused of firing at officers from the Winchester Police Department as they responded to the robbery in progress.

The officers returned fire. On Dec. 7, the Winchester Police Department completed a review [PDF] of the incident. Not only did they find their officers acted properly but that “the officers acted with bravery and professionalism and their actions led to the swift identification of the suspect.”

Whittlesey faces three counts of robbery, one count of attempted homicide on a law enforcement officer and one court of use of a firearm during the commission of a felony. In addition to these state charges, a warrant was issued for his arrest by the United States District Court, Western District of Virginia, on Oct. 20. He is wanted on a federal charge of aggravated bank robbery.

Whittlesey is believed to have committed three other robberies in central Pennsylvania and one in Delaware.”

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Charlottesville Federal Grand Jury Indicted Individuals for an Alleged Contraband Cigarette Conspiracy They Organized

July 15, 2011

The U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District of Virginia on July 14, 2011 released the following:

“GROUP INDICTED FOR CONTRABAND CIGARETTE TRAFFICKING

Four Men Are Accused Of Trafficking Cigarettes from Virginia to Northern States

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA — The owner of a Citgo gas station in Fredericksburg, Va, two of his employees and a man from the Bronx, N.Y., were indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Charlottesville this week on charges related to an alleged contraband cigarette conspiracy they organized.

In an indictment returned under seal on July 13, the grand jury has charged Vijay Nanubhai Patel, 50, Pullin P. Amin, 30, and Diveshkumar Desai, 23, all of Fredericksburg, Virginia and the Bronx individual, whose identity remains under seal. The grand jury also charged Mars and Roshni, Inc., the company that owns the Citgo gas station.

The three defendants who appeared in court today have been charged with one count of conspiracy to traffic in contraband cigarettes and six counts of trafficking in contraband cigarettes. Patel, Amin, Desai and Mars and Roshni Inc., have each been charged with one additional count of conspiracy in regards to the failure to maintain cigarette sales records.

According to the indictment, Patel is the President of and directs the day-to-day operations of Mars and Roshni, which owns and operates C&J Citgo on Jefferson Davis Highway in Fredericksburg. Amin and Desai were employees of M&R and Citgo and worked under Patel’s management and direction.

From at least 2009, Patel, Amin and Desai purchased cigarettes from several legitimate sources in the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia. The three sellers also purchased taxed and untaxed cigarettes from an undercover law enforcement officers in the spring of 2011.

As part of the alleged conspiracy, the sellers would hold large amounts of cigarettes for cigarette traffickers who would drive to the Citgo station to purchase contraband cigarettes in amounts exceeding fifty cartons (10,000 cigarettes) and transport them to points outside of Virginia, including New York and Pennsylvania, for resale.

According to the indictment, between June 11, 2010 and April 21, 2011, alone, the sellers sold approximately 38,097 cartons of cigarettes to New York traffickers, costing the City and State of New York $4,867,024.50 in cigarette taxes and $431,948.42 in sales taxes.

During the peak of their alleged criminal activity, Patel, Amin and Desai were selling approximately $1 million in cigarettes a month to cigarette traffickers.

Each defendant faces a maximum possible penalty of five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $250,000 for each count they are charged. Mars and Roshni faces a possible monetary fine if convicted. In addition, restitution may be ordered in this case.

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia, the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office and the Spotsylvania County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Ronald Huber and Special Assistant United States Attorneys Ramin Fatehi and Thomas Shaia are prosecuting the case for the United States.

A Grand Jury indictment is only a charge and not evidence of guilt. The defendant is entitled to a fair trial with the burden on the government to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.”

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