FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending June 3, 2011

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  1. Louisville: Two Iraqi Nationals Indicted on Federal Terrorism Chargesfbi

    An Iraqi citizen who allegedly carried out numerous improvised explosive device attacks against U.S. troops in Iraq and another Iraqi national alleged to have participated in the insurgency in Iraq were arrested and indicted on federal terrorism charges in Kentucky. Full Story

  2. Denver: Kremmling Man Arrested for Sending Letter Containing White Powder to Colorado Department of Revenue

    Matthew O’Neill, of Kremmling, Colorado, was arrested after being charged by criminal complaint for false information and hoaxes related to a terrorism offense. Full Story

  3. New York: Connecticut Man Charged with Manufacturing Explosives, Distributing Them in New York

    Nicholas Lahines was indicted on charges of manufacturing, dealing, transporting, and distributing explosive materials without a license. Lahines was arrested immediately after selling eight cylinders containing explosives to a confidential source of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. Full Story

  4. Newark: New York Rabbi Sentenced in New Jersey for Illegally Moving Cash Related to Charity

    Saul Kassin, the chief rabbi of Congregation Sharee Zion in Brooklyn, New York, was sentenced to two years of probation for operating an illegal money remitting business, after admitting he accepted bank checks in exchange for checks in lesser amounts from an international charity he operated and controlled. Full Story

  5. Houston: Texas Prison Guard Arrested for Conspiring to Provide Heroin to Inmates

    Alejandro Smith, a guard with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division, was arrested on charges alleging he knowingly and intentionally conspired to possess with intent to distribute heroin. Full Story

  6. Philadelphia: Former Hospital General Counsel Charged in Pennsylvania with Embezzling $1.7 Million

    Roosevelt Hairston Jr. was charged with mail fraud, money laundering, and filing a false tax return for his alleged embezzlement of $1.7 million from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Hairston was employed in various senior positions at the hospital, including most recently as general counsel and executive vice president. Full Story

  7. New York: Fourteen Alleged Members of New York Cocaine Distribution Organization Arrested

    Fourteen members of an alleged Rockville Centre, New York-based crack cocaine distribution ring were charged with narcotics trafficking offenses. Four of the defendants are members of the United Blood Nation (Bloods), a violent street gang. Full Story

  8. Minnesota: Man Pleads Guilty to Conning Insurance Company Out of $7 Million

    Travis Magdalena Scott, of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, pled guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of money laundering in connection with defrauding an insurance company out of at least $7 million by submitting false claims. Full Story

  9. Tampa: Florida Gang Member Sentenced to 35 Years on Drug and Firearms Charges

    Basillio Alvardo, an admitted member of the Sur 13 gang, was sentenced to 35 years in federal prison for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possession of a firearm and ammunition after having been convicted of a felony offense. Full Story

  10. Dallas: Two Texas Residents Charged in Child Sex Trafficking Conspiracy

    Chanze Lamount Pringler and Megan Lee Norman, both of Lubbock, Texas, were indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a child and related felony offenses in connection with allegedly causing a girl under the age of 18 to engage in commercial sex acts from which Pringler and Norman profited. Full Story