FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending May 6, 2011

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  1. Headquarters: E-Mails Claiming to Show Images of bin Ladens Death Could Contain Malware FBI_Hostage_Rescue

    The FBI warns computer users to exercise caution when they receive e-mails that purport to show photos or videos of Usama bin Laden’s recent death. This content could be a virus that could damage your computer. Full Story

  2. Washington Field: Investigates Suspicious Letters Received by District of Columbia Schools

    The FBI continues to investigate who is responsible for mailing at least 29 letters containing a white powder substance to Washington, D.C. schools, causing some school evacuations and tying up hundreds of hours of police and law enforcement resources. Full Story

  3. New York: Acting Capo of Genovese Family Sentenced in New York for Murder Conspiracy

    Anthony Palumbo, a soldier and acting capo in the Genovese organized crime family who operated crews in both New York and New Jersey, was sentenced in Manhattan federal court to 10 years in prison in connection with his participation in a conspiracy to murder an individual associated with Russian organized crime. Full Story

  4. Philadelphia: Pennsylvania Attorney Indicted on Bankruptcy Fraud Charges

    Kenneth G. Reidenbach, an attorney in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was charged by superseding indictment with bankruptcy fraud, concealing assets during a bankruptcy proceeding, and embezzling from a bankruptcy estate. Full Story

  5. Baltimore: Three Maryland Gang Leaders Plead Guilty in Racketeering Conspiracy

    Eric Brown, Ray Olivis, and Rainbow Williams pled guilty to their roles in a conspiracy to conduct and participate in the activities of the Black Guerilla Family, a racketeering enterprise. Full Story

  6. Indianapolis: Sixteen Charged in Indiana in Connection with Multi-State Prostitution Ring

    Sixteen defendants were charged in connection with their participation in a criminal organization headed by three brothers who procured prostitutes, some of whom were smuggled into the U.S. from Mexico and Central America. Full Story

  7. New Haven: Venezuelan Accountant Pleads Guilty in Connecticut to Obstructing SEC Investigation

    Accountant Juan Carlos Guillen Zerpa pled guilty to conspiring to obstruct a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation of a Connecticut hedge fund adviser. Full Story

  8. Miami: Two Florida Corporations Plead Guilty to More Than $200 Million Medicare Fraud

    Two Miami-area corporations, American Therapeutic Corporation and Medlink Professional Management Group Inc., pled guilty to their involvement in a fraud scheme that resulted in the submission of more than $200 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare. Full Story

  9. St. Louis: Three Men Indicted for $52 Million Ponzi Scheme

    Two attorneys and a real estate speculator were indicted for their roles in a fraud conspiracy that stole more than $52 million from victims. Full Story
  10. Boston: Executive Sentenced in Massachusetts for Role in Multi-Million-Dollar Fraud Scheme

    Gary C. Gitto was sentenced to 59 months in prison on conspiracy and wire fraud charges in connection with his role in a multi-million-dollar scheme run from a former plastics company, where he served as an owner and officer. Full Story