FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending July 29, 2011

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  1. San Antonio: Naser Jason Abdo Charged Federally in Bomb Plot

    Naser Jason Abdo, an absent without leave soldier from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, is charged with possession of an unregistered destructive device in connection with a bomb plot. Full Story 

  2. New York: Former Sky Capital CEO and Senior Broker Found Guilty of Committing Massive Investment Fraud and Stock Manipulation Scheme  fbi

    A former chief executive officer and a senior broker of Sky Capital, LLC were found guilty on four counts in connection with their involvement in a scheme to defraud investors through two successive securities broker dealers. Full Story

  3. Birmingham: Illegal Alien from Uzbekistan Indicted for Threatening to Kill the President and Possessing Machine Gun and Grenades

    A federal grand jury indicted Ulugbek Kodirov, an Uzbek national, for threatening the life of President Barack Obama and illegally possessing weapons. Full Story

  4. Houston: Indictment Charging Houston Police Department Officer Unsealed

    A Houston Police officer was arrested following the return of an indictment by a Houston grand jury charging him with drug trafficking and corruption. Full Story

  5. Sacramento: Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 25 Years in Ongoing Nuestra Familia Gang Prosecution

    Gabriel Caracheo was sentenced to 25 years in prison, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine. Full Story

  6. Newark: Former Mortgage Broker Admits Role in Multi-Million-Dollar Fraud Scheme 

    Ara Mesropian, a former New Jersey mortgage broker, admitted that he participated in a mortgage fraud scheme which defrauded lenders and generated millions of dollars in fraudulent mortgage loans. Full Story

  7. Minneapolis: Minnesota Mortgage Broker Charged in $20 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme

    Derrick Ivan Lance, an Edina mortgage broker, was charged in connection with his role in a $20 million mortgage fraud scheme that involved 57 properties. Full Story

  8. Portland: Federal Indictment Returned Charging Warm Springs Man with Murder in Second Degree

    Ted L. Barney appeared in court on a two-count indictment charging him with second-degree murder and use of a firearm during a crime of violence. Barney faces a maximum sentence of life in prison on the second-degree murder charge, and a consecutive sentence of 10 years in prison if convicted on the crime of use of a firearm during a crime of violence. Full Story

  9. Philadelphia: Alabama Man Pleads Guilty in Multi-Million-Dollar Financial Fraud

    John Wiley Spann pled guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and money laundering arising out of a sophisticated loan fraud scheme that caused losses of approximately $53 million at Equipment Finance, LLC. Full Story

  10. New Haven: Investment Adviser, Race Team Owner Admits Operating $10 Million Fraud Scheme

    Gregory Loles pled guilty to mail, wire, and securities fraud and money laundering offenses stemming from a scheme to defraud investors, including a Connecticut church, of millions of dollars. Full Story