FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending November 5, 2011

The following are some the top 10 FBI stories of this past week ending November 5, 2011. Also be aware of common fraud schemes listed on the FBI website. They included telemarketing, letters from Nigeria, advance fee schemes, healthcare fraud, ponzi and pyramid schemes. See tips for avoiding them here. To report cases of fraud, use our online tips form or contact your nearest FBI office or overseas office.

St. Louis: Man Pleads Guilty to Providing Material Support to Terrorist OrganizationFBI_Badge_and_Gun

Mohamud Abdi Yusuf pled guilty to conspiring with others to provide money to the foreign terrorist organization al Shabaab. Yusuf transferred money to al Shabaab under fictitious names and telephone numbers utilizing money remitting businesses operating in the United States. Full Story

Atlanta: Four Men Arrested, Charged in Plots to Purchase Explosives, Silencer and to Manufacture a Biological Toxin

Four alleged members of a fringe militia group were arrested in connection with their plans to obtain an unregistered explosive device and silencer and to manufacture the biological toxin ricin for use in attacks against other U.S. citizens and government personnel and officials. Full Story

Chicago: Two Dozen Belizean Bloods Gang Members and Associates Charged

A federal investigation of alleged passport fraud and narcotics trafficking by members and associates of the Belizean Bloods street gang operating in Evanston and Chicago resulted in charges against two dozen defendants. Full Story

Baltimore: Charges Filed Against 22 Members of Violent “Dead Man Incorporated” Gang

Twenty-two alleged members of the violent street gang “Dead Man Incorporated” were indicted on racketeering, murder, and drug charges that may bring life in federal prison. Full Story

Los Angeles: More Than Two Dozen Identified in Massive Fraudulent Document Manufacturing Operation in Los Angeles

More than 300 law enforcement officers from federal and local agencies executed dozens of arrest and search warrants relative to multiple fraudulent document rings supporting a variety of criminal activity operating in California, Illinois, and Texas with connections to other states and Mexico. Full Story

New York: Twelve Charged in Health Care Fraud Schemes Totaling Over $95 Million

Twelve individuals, including three medical doctors, a doctor of osteopathy, and a chiropractor, were charged for their roles in separate health care fraud schemes that resulted in the submission of more than $95 million in false claims to the Medicare program. Full Story

Detroit: Alleged Leader of $30 Million Home Health Medicare Fraud Scheme Arrested

A Detroit-area resident was charged and arrested for his alleged leading role in a $30 million Medicare fraud scheme involving home health services. Full Story

Newark: FBI Rounds up 45 Guns from the Streets of Newark, East Orange, and Irvington in Firearm Trafficking Investigation

Eight individuals have been charged with federal firearms violations following a year-long investigation by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force that led to the confiscation of 45 guns. Full Story

Oklahoma City: Former Ponca Tribe Accountant Sentenced for Embezzling from Tribe

Thomasine Areketa was sentenced to serve 24 months of probation, with 180 days of home detention and electronic monitoring, for embezzling funds from the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma. Full Story

Albuquerque: Navajo Man Sentenced to 25 Years for Federal Assault and Firearms Conviction

William Belin, a member of the Navajo Nation from Tee Nos Pos, Arizona, was sentenced to 300 months in prison for his conviction on assault and firearms offenses in connection with his attempt to murder his girlfriend. Full Story