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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

FBI’s Top Ten News for the Weeks Ending November 19 & 26, 2010

FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending November 26, 2010 

  1. Headquarters: FBI Releases 2009 Hate Crime Statistics

    The FBI released Hate Crime Statistics, 2009, which indicated that 6,604 criminal incidents involving 7,789 offenses were reported as a result of bias toward a particular race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity/national origin, or physical or mental disability. Full Story
  2. Norfolk: Five Somalis Convicted of Piracy Against USS Nicholas

    A federal jury convicted five men from Somalia of engaging in piracy and related offenses in their attack on the USS Nicholas, marking what is believed to be the first piracy trial conviction in the United States since 1820. Full Story
  3. New York: Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Extradition of Senior Aide to Albanian Foreign Minister Charged with Murder, Kidnapping, and Other Racketeering Offenses

    The extradition of Almir Rrapo from Albania was announced for his involvement in a racketeering enterprise that engaged in murder, kidnapping, narcotics trafficking, extortion, robbery, arson, obstruction of justice, and interstate transportation of stolen goods. Full Story

  4. Washington Field: Former Executive Director of SunRise Academy Accused of Stealing More Than $2.4 Million Meant for Special EducationCharles Ike Emor, the founder and former executive director of SunRise Academy, was indicted on charges that he stole more than $2.4 million in government money intended for students. Full Story
  5. Jacksonville: $100 Million Ponzi Scheme Indictment Returned

    The unsealing of a 14-count indictment was announced charging Lydia I. Cladek with wire and mail fraud and conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. Cladek faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison for each count and a $3.5 million fine. Full Story
  6. Sacramento: Former Financial Advisor Charged with Defrauding Investors of at Least $2 Million

    Jesse Alvin Cripps Sr. surrendered to the FBI and was charged with 27 counts of mail fraud and three counts of money laundering. Cripps appeared before the magistrate judge in Dallas and is scheduled to appear in Fresno before U.S. Magistrate Judge Gary S. Austin on Dec. 8, 2010. Full Story
  7. Charlotte: Atlanta Securities Attorney Convicted of Fraud Scheme and Sale of Unregistered SecuritiesGregory Bartko, an Atlanta, Georgia securities attorney, was convicted on one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud; the sale of unregistered securities and money laundering, four counts of mail fraud, and one count of the sale of unregistered securities. The defendant faces a maximum of 90 years' imprisonment. Full Story

  8. Atlanta: Health Care Insurance Fraud

    Eleven defendants pleaded guilty to one count of health care insurance fraud against American Family Life Assurance Company, AFLAC. Full Story

  9. St. Louis: National Prearranged Services, Inc. Controlling Officials Indicted

    Six controlling officials of National Prearranged Services, Inc. were named in a 50-count indictment charging wire, bank, mail, and insurance fraud; money laundering; and multiple conspiracy charges involving the sale of pre-paid funeral services. Full Story
  10. Phoenix: Flagstaff Man Sentenced to Over 10 Years for Selling Methamphetamine

    Larry Keams Kahn was sentenced to 121 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Full Story

FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending November 19, 2010

  1. New York: Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani Found Guilty of Conspiring in the 1998 Destruction of United States Embassies in East Africa Resulting in Death

    Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani faces a minimum of 20 years in prison for his role in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that took the lives of 224 people, including 12 Americans. Full Story
  2. New Haven: Joint Law Enforcement Operation Takes Down Alleged Drug Ring

    Twenty-one individuals were arrested on various federal narcotics distribution charges related to a large-scale cocaine and crack cocaine trafficking organization based in the Newhallville sections of New Haven and Hamden, operating throughout the New Haven area. A federal grand jury returned a 20-count indictment charging a total of 37 individuals. Full Story
  3.  Detroit: Chinese National Pleads Guilty to Stealing Ford Trade Secrets

    Former Ford employee Xiang Dong Yu, who was a product engineer for the Ford Motor Company from 1997 to 2007 and had access to Ford trade secrets, pled guilty to two counts of theft of trade secrets. Full Story

  4. Albuquerque: Former Bank Official and Wife Arraigned on Federal Bank Fraud ChargesAnthony and Eunice Moya were arraigned on an 11-count indictment charging them with eight counts of bank fraud and aiding and abetting bank fraud. The indictment also charges Anthony Moya, the former manager of a branch office of CitiFinancial Inc. in Santa Fe with three counts of misapplication by a bank employee. Full Story
  5.  Washington Field: Reward Offered for Information Leading to the Identification, Arrest, and Conviction of Person(s) Responsible for the Northern Virginia Shootings

    A reward was announced of up to $20,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the person(s) responsible for shootings at five military-related installations in Northern Virginia. Full Story
  6.  San Diego: San Diego Woman Charged with Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to al Shabaab 

    Nima Ali Yusuf was charged with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, conspiracy to provide material support to al Shabaab and making false statements to a government agency in a matter involving international terrorism. Full Story
  7. San Francisco: California Woman Sentenced to More Than Three Years in Prison on Human Trafficking ChargeFang Ping Ding was sentenced to 37 months in prison for confiscating the passport, visa, and other documents of a woman from the People’s Republic of China in order to maintain control over the victim and force her to work as an unpaid, live-in domestic servant. Full Story

  8. Baltimore: Three Prince George’s County Police Officers and Six Other Defendants Charged in Two Federal Indictments

    One hundred and fifty law enforcement officers executed arrests, and nine defendants were indicted including three Prince George’s County Police officers. The officers were charged with conspiring to commit extortion involving the transport and distribution of untaxed cigarettes and alcohol, and drug and gun conspiracy.  Full Story

  9. Chicago: Three Owners of Bankrupt Sunrise Equities Accused of Cheating Hundreds of Investors in $43 Million Ponzi and Bank Fraud Scheme

    Three owners of a bankrupt Chicago real estate development firm, Sunrise Equities, Inc., were indicted for an alleged Ponzi-scheme that defrauded hundreds of victims and three banks of more than $43 million. Full Story
  10. Headquarters: Internet Crime Complaint Center Reaches 2 Million Entries 

    The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has logged its 2 millionth consumer complaint alleging online criminal activity. The milestone entry was submitted on November 9, 2010. Full Story

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