FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending August 12, 2011

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  1. St. Louis: Possible Evidence Found in Search for 3-Year-Old Breeann Rodriguez

    Special Agent in Charge Dennis L. Baker announced that two bicycle training wheels were found. The wheels could possibly be from the bicycle that disappeared along with Breeann Rodriguez. Breeann’s father has seen the training wheels and believes they belong to his daughter because of how he manipulated the training wheels and bike to lower it for her height. Full Story                                 

  2. Newark: Bloods Gang Leader Pleads Guilty in New Jersey to Racketeering Conspiracy

    Vincent Young, the leader of the Fruit Town and Brick City Brims set of the Bloods street gang admitted to conspiring to distribute narcotics as part of a racketeering conspiracy. Full Story                                                                                                                                                                FBI_Hostage_Rescue

  3. Washington Field/Pittsburgh: Pennsylvania Man Pleads Guilty to Terrorist Solicitation and Firearms Offense

    Emerson Winfield Begolly pled guilty in Pittsburgh to soliciting others to engage in acts of terrorism in the U.S. and to using a firearm during and in relation to an assault on FBI agents.Full Story

  4. New York: Sixty-Five Yonkers Gang Members, Associates, and Others Charged with Narcotics and Firearms Offenses

    Five separate indictments were announced charging 65 defendants with federal crimes, including murder, narcotics distribution, and firearms possession. Fifty-nine of the defendants are members or associates of either the Elm Street Wolves or the Cliff Street Gangsters. Full Story

  5. Philadelphia: Family Physician and Pharmacist Among Those Arrested in Drug Conspiracy and Health Care Fraud Case

    A 498-count indictment was unsealed charging 53 defendants, including a Montgomery County physician and a Northeast Philadelphia pharmacist, in a multi-million-dollar drug conspiracy involving phony prescriptions, phony patients, and an alleged drug trafficking organization. Full Story

  6. Houston: Businessmen, Loan Officer, and Title Company Attorney Indicted for Wire Fraud and Money Laundering in a Multi-Million-Dollar Mortgage Fraud Scheme

    Two Houston businessmen, a mortgage company loan officer, and a title company attorney and escrow officer were indicted for their alleged involvement in a scheme to defraud residential mortgage lenders of more than $22 million in loans. Full Story

  7. Los Angeles: Los Angeles Jury Convicts Two Church Pastors and Their Employee of $14.2 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

    Two pastors of a now defunct Los Angeles church and a woman they employed at their fraudulent durable medical equipment supply companies were convicted of conspiracy and health care fraud charges in connection with a $14.2 million Medicare fraud scheme. Full Story

  8. Miami: Miami Woman is 10th Person Arrested for Her Role in Leading $27 Million Health Care Fraud Conspiracy

    The arrest of Elizabet Lombera was announced relating to counts of health care fraud violations and aggravated identity theft. Full Story

  9. Tampa: Jamaican Man Sentenced for Role in $220 Million Investment Fraud Scheme

    David A. Smith, a Jamaican citizen who was living in the Turks and Caicos Islands was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for wire fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and money laundering offenses. Smith was also ordered to pay $55 million in restitution. Full Story

  10. San Diego: Baby-Selling Ring Busted

    Theresa Erickson entered a guilty plea in which she admitted to being part of a baby-selling ring that deceived the Superior Court of California and prospective parents for unborn babies.Full Story

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