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FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending August 19, 2011

The FBI focuses on threats that challenge the foundations of American society or involve dangers too large or complex for any local or state authority to handle alone. In executing the following priorities, we will produce and use intelligence to protect the nation from threats and to bring to justice those who violate the law.  

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  1. Chicago: Man Sentenced for Directing $35 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme Involving More Than 120 Residences in the Chicago Area

    A former South Holland, Illinois man was sentenced to 17½ years in federal prison for directing a $35 million mortgage fraud scheme involving more than 120 residences on the city’s south side. The scheme caused various lenders and financial institutions to lose approximately $16 million. Full Story   

  2. Phoenix: Eight Individuals Arrested in Connection with Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering Investigation

    Eight people were arrested on an eight-count indictment charging them with participating in a criminal enterprise, four conspiracies, and charges alleging possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, money laundering, and Arizona Motor Vehicle Division fraud. Full Story

  3. Boston: New Hampshire-Based Red River Computer Co. Agrees to Pay $2.3 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations     FBI_Hostage_Rescue

    Red River Computer Co., Inc. agreed to pay $2.3 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act when doing business with various federal agencies. Full Story

  4. Washington Field: Eleven Arrested for Roles in Drug Networks Trafficking Cocaine, Marijuana

    Eleven people were arrested following their indictments in connection with an ongoing investigation by the FBI and Metropolitan Police Department Safe Streets Task Force into drug distribution networks operating in the District of Columbia area. Full Story

  5. New York: Long Island Man Pleads Guilty to Engaging in Hawala Activity That Funded Attempted Times Square Bombing

    Mohammad Younis pled guilty to operating an unlicensed money transfer business between the U.S. and Pakistan. One of the money transfers was used to fund the May 1, 2010, attempted car bombing in New York City’s Times Square by Faisal Shahzad. Full Story

  6. San Antonio: Federal Jury Convicts Former Triton President and CEO in Ponzi Scheme

    Kurt Barton, founder, president and CEO of Triton Financial, L.L.C., faces up to life in federal prison after a federal jury convicted him for carrying out a Ponzi scheme which victimized more than 300 individuals and resulted in a total estimated loss to investors of over $50 million. Full Story

  7. Norfolk: Somali Negotiator in Quest Attack Indicted for Piracy of Another Vessel

    The man accused of being the negotiator for the ransom of four U.S. citizens held hostage on the high seas aboard the S/V Quest, who were killed before their release could be secured, was indicted for his alleged role in successfully extracting a ransom for a separate vessel , the M/V Marida Marguerite, and 22 hostages held by Somali pirates. Full Story

  8. Cincinnati: Four Charged with Running $13 Million Loan Fraud Scheme

    A jury indicted four people who ran a Cincinnati real estate business known as American Equity Group with fraudulently obtaining more than $13 million in loans through a loan fraud scheme. Full Story

  9. New Orleans: Four Convicted in $4.7 Million Louisiana Medicare Fraud Scheme

    The owner of a durable medical equipment company, a medical doctor, and two patient recruiters were each convicted for their roles in a $4.7 million Medicare fraud scheme. Full Story

  10. Albuquerque: Navajo Teen Girl Receives FBI Director’s Certificate in New Mexico

    Ashley Nez, a 16-year-old Navajo girl, received an FBI Director’s Certificate for her heroic actions in defending her mother from an attacker last year. Full Story

 

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