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FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending October 7, 2011

United to Protect: The FBI and the National Counterterrorism Center 

Before the attacks of September 11, 2001, the U.S. Intelligence Community had no central location from which to pool, share, and analyze information specifically related to terrorist threats. 

Now, in an unprecedented government integration effort, experts from 16 federal agencies are sitting side by side at the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) with one major mission: avoiding another major terrorist attack on U.S. soil. read more...             

  1. Washington Field: Two U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Employees and Two Others Indicted in $20 Million Bribery and Kickback Scheme Involving Government Contracts

    Four Virginia men, including two longtime employees of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, were arrested on charges of taking part in a conspiracy involving more than $20 million in bribes and kickback payments and the planned steering of a $780 million government contract to a favored contractor. Full Story

  2. Richmond: FBI Recovers Valuable Civil War Battle Flag                                                                                                          FBI_Hostage_Rescue

    FBI agents recovered a 14th Louisiana Infantry Regiment Confederate Battle Flag which was stolen in the 1980s by a former volunteer at the Memorial Hall Museum (Confederate Memorial Hall) of New Orleans. Full Story

  3. Detroit: Man Sentenced for Orchestrating $350 Million Ponzi Scheme

    Edward P. May, 75, was sentenced to 16 years in federal prison for orchestrating the largest Ponzi scheme in the history of the Eastern District of Michigan. Full Story

  4. Albuquerque: Man Gets Life Sentence for Kidnap, Torture, and Murder of 16-Year-Old Boy

    Larry Lujan will serve life in prison for kidnapping, torturing, and murdering a teenage boy who failed to pay a $600 “drug tax.” Full Story

  5. Salt Lake City: Suspect Arrested in Connection with Montana Shootings

    Sheldon Bernard Chase, a suspect in the murders of three people on the Crow Reservation in Montana—including his grandmother and cousin—was arrested in Spokane, Washington. Full Story

  6. Phoenix: Mexican National Sentenced for His Role in Naco, Arizona Drug Tunnel Case

    Victor A. Flores was sentenced to 135 months in prison for conspiring with other persons to possess with intent to distribute in excess of eight tons of cocaine. The cocaine was smuggled into the United States through a tunnel that extended from Mexico into Naco, Arizona. Full Story

  7. New York: Assistant Commissioner of NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development Indicted for Racketeering, Bribery, and Extortion

    Federal and New York City law enforcement agents and officers arrested an assistant commissioner for the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development and six others on charges of racketeering conspiracy, bribery, extortion, wire fraud, and money laundering in connection with corruption schemes. Full Story
  8. San Francisco: Leader of East Palo Alto-Based Gang Sentenced to More Than 19 Years in Prison

    Desean Nathaniel Gardner was sentenced to 235 months in prison for his role as the leader of a conspiracy to manufacture and distribute crack cocaine throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and surrounding communities. Full Story

  9. Chicago: Attorney and Former Hospital Owner Indicted for Impeding Efforts to Collect Judgments Totaling More Than $188 Million 

    An Indiana attorney was arrested in Florida on federal charges alleging that he and his one-time client, the former owner and chief executive of the bankrupt Edgewater Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago, committed perjury and obstruction of justice to thwart efforts by the government and a bank creditor to collect civil judgments totaling approximately $188 million involving fraud that resulted in Edgewater’s collapse. Full Story

  10. Philadelphia: Former Philadelphia Police Inspector Sentenced for Extortion 

    Carlo Daniel Castro, a former inspector with the Philadelphia Police Department, was sentenced to 60 months in prison for his involvement in a scheme to use threats of violence and actual violence to collect a $26,000 debt owed to Philadelphia businessman Alan Kats. Full Story

 

 

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