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Dominican national pleads guilty to identity theft and government fraud

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A woman facing charges related to identity theft and government fraud was in federal court Monday. According to a news release by the Department of Justice, Andrea Perez, 48, pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Springfield in connection with using another individual’s identity to fraudulently obtain government benefits.
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Individual Extradited From The Dominican Republic To Puerto Rico To Face Drug Trafficking Charges

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – On October 13, 2016, a Federal Grand Jury in the district of Puerto Rico returned a seven-count indictment for conspiracy to import a controlled substance, importation of a controlled substance (aiding and abetting), attempted importation, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, possession with intent to distribute (aiding and abetting), attempted possession with intent to distribute, and one count for conspiracy to launder money against Juan José De La Cruz-Morales, aka “Wandy” and five additional defendants as part of a Caribbean Corridor Strike Force (CCSF) investigation.
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Julian Williams to return on October 9th Fury-Wilder 3 undercard against Vladimir Hernandez

Top Rank and PBC have officially unveiled the pre-PPV undercard for Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder 3 on October 9th. In addition to previously revealed tussles like Edgar Berlanga vs. Marcelo Coceres and Robeisy Ramirez vs. Orlando Gonzalez, the prelims will see former unified super welterweight champion Julian Williams end a 21-month layoff against Vladimir Hernandez.

Yankees make big pitching addition for stretch run

NEW YORK — Yankees pitcher Luis Severino was so happy on that mid-February day in 2019 when the start of his spring training included a four-year, $40-million contract extension. The Dominican right-hander earned it, as he was an American League All-Star and finished top 10 in the AL Cy Young...

These Afro-Latinx-Owned Beauty Brands Have Transformed My Routine

I didn't grow up seeing women who looked like me in the films or TV shows I consumed, in the telenovelas my mother watched, in any of the magazines I read, or even in any of the marketing for the beauty products I bought. But that didn't keep me or any of the women in my Dominican family from committing ourselves completely to our beauty regimens and rituals. If we couldn't find conditioners or products that worked for our naturally curly hair, we resorted to natural remedies. If we couldn't find serums or facial creams that helped even out hyperpigmentation, we looked to natural oils like rosa mosqueta. It's statistically proven that Latina women are some of the biggest consumers of beauty products in the United States. In fact, the average Latina beauty shopper outspends her peers by nearly 30 percent, and yet for decades, mainstream beauty brands didn't consider our unique beauty needs in any of their offerings. This was especially the case for Afro-Latinas like me, who are often erased from conversations pertaining to Latinidad, even though Afro-Latinxs exist across the States and in countries all over Latin America. And even though we are just as much a part of the African diaspora, we are also excluded from dialogues surrounding Blackness and beauty.

Dominican national pleads guilty to Social Security misuse and stealing government benefits

A Dominican national pleaded guilty today in federal court in Springfield in connection with using another individual’s identity to fraudulently obtain government benefits. Andrea Perez, 48, pleaded guilty to false representation of a Social Security number and theft of government money. U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni scheduled sentencing for Dec. 21, 2021. Perez was indicted in February 2021.

Power Book III's London Brown Defends Marvin's Driving, But Can't Defend His Treatment of Jukebox in Episode 9

London Brown knows that Power Book III: Raising Kanan fans feel passionately about the Starz drama and his performance as Marvin. He’s also hoping they’ll ease up on haranguing him on Twitter and on the street. Yes, Marvin has crashed not one but two Mercedes-Benzes while his enemies opened fire. But the Ballers vet argues his character’s vehicular collisions are all a part of his gangster process. “People want to talk about him wrecking cars,” Brown passionately tells TVLine. “But Marvin does what he has to do by any means necessary. Sometimes that means wrecking Benzes and driving head-first while people are...
The Ring Magazine

Vet Lenin Castillo to meet Callum Smith on Joshua-Usyk undercard

Former light heavyweight world title challenger Lenin Castillo will face come-backing Callum Smith in a 12-round scheduled contest on the undercard of the Anthony Joshua-Oleksandr Usyk promotion at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London on Saturday. For Smith (27-1, 19 KOs), it will be the former Ring and WBA super middleweight...

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage amidst everything in 2021

It is officially Hispanic Heritage Month, a celebration that begins on September 15 and runs through October 15. This celebration began in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson and was originally Hispanic Heritage Week. Twenty years later, President Ronald Reagan extended the celebration to a full month with the approval of Public Law 100-402 on August 17, 1988. 2021 marks the 33rd Hispanic Heritage Month in the U.S. This month is supposed to be a dedicated time for our country to celebrate the history and cultures of Hispanics of Mexican, Spanish, Central and South American and Caribbean descent in our nation.

Video, Photos: Fiesta on Wells returns

Thousands of people attended the Fiesta on Wells yesterday. It was the first time back for the event since the pandemic. Mario DelaRosa, director of Latino Arte and Culture, organizes the annual event. “More than a decade or so ago, some Latino business owners from Wells started this celebration to...
US News and World Report

Man Charged With Making Threats Against Dominican President

NEW YORK (AP) — A man who authorities say made internet threats to kidnap, injure and kill Dominican Republic President Luis Abinader prior to the arrival of officials for this week's United Nations' proceedings was ordered held without bail on Monday as a danger to the community. Enrique Figueroa, 47,...

Ethics and Religion Talk: Why Have I miscarried?

Jeff asks for a reaction to the following story: “A young woman has been living with her boyfriend for at least a year. The relationship is over three years in duration. She conceives. Though they weren't looking to have a child, they knew at some point they would and value the pregnancy. Sadly, she experiences a miscarriage. They woman describes herself as moderately religious. The boyfriend now spends a great deal of time in prayer, mostly to ask for forgiveness for and understanding of the sin(s) that led to the miscarriage. He keeps asking the woman to join him in this act of repentance. She is beside herself and now thinks about whether she should move forward in the relationship because his behavior is upsetting her and making it difficult for her to mourn her loss.”

Founders Week Keynote Presentation Focuses on St. Rose of Lima

Dominican College students learned about 17th century mystic and prophet St. Rose of Lima during the first event of Founders Week on Monday, September 20, 2021. In her keynote presentation, Sr. Kathleen McManus, O.P., described how St. Rose – known as the little saint of Lima – served the poor and sick and was concerned about the plight of indigenous miners and their families.

188 Cuchifritos Is Still a Stellar Bronx Temple to Pork

Fordham Heights’ 188 Bakery Cuchifritos, a small Caribbean lunch counter that doubles as a hub for scratch-off lottery tickets, smells deeply of pork. The fertile musk of caramelized swine sometimes pierces the nostrils like hard wood smoke at a barbecue spot. Here are the culprits: A stack of long chicharrones, curved like boomerangs and beckoning passersby with their gilded exteriors. Pernil, shoulder meat rubbed with garlic, sitting in a metal vat for harvesting. Orejas, ears in broth, bisected by white streaks of cartilage. Cuajito, meaty pig stomach, which counter workers snip apart with scissors. And blood sausage, ferric links that a party of four devours by the Quick Draw kiosk.

Man Threatened Life of Dominican President, Prosecutors Say

Federal authorities in New York have arrested a man who they said had posted threats on the internet to kill Luis Abinader, the president of the Dominican Republic, who arrived on Saturday for the 76th General Assembly of the United Nations. Enrique Figueroa, 47, began making the threats in August...