Sep 2019
Sep 2019

Ajay Dhingra, 43, of Texas, first to be indicted for illegal possession of a riffle bump stock since its ban in the US

An Indian American man has been indicted in Texas for possessing a bump stock attached to his rifle, the first known case since the device was banned by the Trump administration earlier this year.

Prosecutors said Ajay Dhingra, 43, of Houston, is charged with possessing a machine gun, two counts of making false statements to acquire a firearm and possessing a firearm after having been judged a mental defective or being committed to a mental institution.

The bump stocks are the attachments that enable semiautomatic rifles to fire in sustained, rapid bursts.

Authorities were tipped off about Dhingra last month when he called the George W. Bush Foundation and left a "concerning message."

The Associated Press, citing court records, reported that Dhingra also sent an email to the foundation asking the former president to "send one of your boys to come and murder me."

Dhingra was also found to have been previously committed to a mental institution and was barred from possessing a firearm or ammunition.

Dhingra is being held in a federal detention center in Houston.

The nationwide bump stock ban took effect in March of this year, under the same federal law that prohibits possessing machine guns. The devices became a focal point of the national gun control debate after the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting, in which a gunman opened fire on a music festival, killing 58 people and wounding hundreds more.

Investigators found that the gunman used a bump stock to fire 1,100 rounds of ammunition from the 32nd-floor suite of his hotel.

Aug 2019

President Trump names Shireen Matthews, former US Attorney, to serve as judge on the US District Court for the Southern District of California

President Donald Trump has named 12 new federal judicial nominations, including Indian American Shireen Matthews, a former US Attorney, to serve as a judge on the US District Court for the Southern District of California

Matthews, a partner at the San Diego office of the firm Jones Day, works on internal investigations of companies and defends clients before federal agencies.

Matthews, a magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University with a J.D. cum laude from Duke University School of Law, has in the past served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California from July 2008 to September 2013.

Before entering government service, she was an associate with Latham & Watkins LLP in San Diego.

After graduating from law school, Matthews served as a law clerk for Judge Irma E. Gonzalez of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.

In her practice at Jones Day, Matthews says she “helps companies conduct internal investigations and build, enhance, and maintain effective corporate compliance programs.” She regularly defends clients before a range of government agencies including the Department of Justice, Health and Human Services-OIG, Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Defense.

She worked on a wide variety of white-collar criminal cases involving allegations of bribery of public officials, defense contractor fraud, false claims, and health care fraud.

At the US Attorney’s Office, Matthews served as the Criminal Health Care Fraud Coordinator prosecuting violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute, criminal false claims, and aggravated identity theft.

Her success stories include uncovering a multimillion-dollar fraud involving stolen medical equipment from Camp Pendleton, a health care fraud investigation of a hospital CEO, prosecution of wide-ranging contract fraud by a San Diego-based biotech firm, and obtaining one of the largest individual restitution awards for the Social Security trust fund.

She also has broad criminal trial experience and has successfully briefed and argued several cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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