FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending June 17, 2011

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  1. Washington Field: Contractor Sentenced to 37 Months in Prison for Death of Afghan National infbi Kabul, Afghanistan

    Christopher Drotleff was sentenced to 37 months in prison for his role in shooting and killing an Afghan national while on an unauthorized convoy in Kabul, Afghanistan, on May 5, 2009. Full Story

  2.  Denver: Denver Kidnapping Fugitive Captured in New Jersey

    FBI agents and local police in North Brunswick, N.J. arrested Bret Lee Luckett Thompson, who was wanted on charges of kidnapping and sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl in Denver.
    Full Story

  3.  New York: President and COO of Money Service Company Sentenced for Fraud

    Robert Egan, the president of Mount Vernon Money Center, and Bernard McGarry, the chief operating officer, were sentenced to 11 and 5 years in prison, respectively, for their roles in defrauding clients out of over $60 million. Full Story

  4. Tampa: Former City Councilman and County Commissioner Indicted for Taking Bribes

    The unsealing of an indictment was announced charging Kevin L. White and George Hondrellis with bribery, mail fraud, wire fraud and honest services charges. Defendants face a minimum of five years, and 20 years for each count. Full Story

  5. New Haven: Death Sentence for Drug Dealer for Murdering Three in 2005

    A federal jury in New Haven voted unanimously to impose the federal death penalty against Azibo Aquart, 30, of Bridgeport, for murdering three Bridgeport residents on Aug. 24, 2005. Full Story

  6. Houston: Jacqueline Lebaron Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Obstruct Religious Beliefs  

    Jacqueline Lebaron, the last of several members of the LeBaron family and “Lamb of God” religious sect charged for their involvement in a series of murders in 1988 in Houston and elsewhere, pled guilty to conspiracy to obstruct religious beliefs. Full Story

  7.  Phoenix: HSI Nogales Special Agent Arrested During Federal Corruption Investigation

    Jovana Samaniego Deas was charged with computer fraud, theft of government records and making false statements/entries in a 12-count federal indictment issued on April 28 by the U.S. District Court in Tucson. She is accused of abusing her position as an HSI special agent to illegally obtain and disseminate government documents classified as Official Use Only. Three of the counts include felony violations, each punishable by up to five years in prison. Full Story

  8. Miami: Former Memorial Hospital West Facilities Director, Wife of Former Memorial Regional Hospital Team Leader, and Seven Hospital Vendors Charged in Bribery Scheme

    The indictment of nine individuals was announced for their participation in a bribery and kickback scheme in connection with the award of facilities maintenance contracts at hospitals part of the Memorial Healthcare System. Full Story

  9. Minneapolis: Texas Man Sentenced for Hacking into Computer Servers of Local Company and NASA

    Jeremy Parker was sentenced on one count of wire fraud for hacking into computer networks at a Minnesota business and at NASA. Full Story

  10. New Orleans: Baton Rouge Man Charged with Bank Fraud and Money Laundering

    Steve Harold Loga was charged with bank fraud and money laundering, and faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison. Loga allegedly devised a scheme to defraud Fidelity Bank of more than $1.2 million by using fraudulent invoices to obtain credit advances from the bank. Full Story

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