FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending September 23, 2011

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  1. Los Angeles: LulzSec Member Arrested for Hacking Computer Systems of Sony Pictures

    A member of the LulzSec hacking group was arrested for his role in an extensive computer attack against the computer systems of Sony Pictures Entertainment. Full Story

  2. San Francisco: Charges in Distributed Denial of Service Attack Against Santa Cruz County Website

    Christopher Doyon and Joshua John Covelli were indicted for conspiracy to cause intentional damage to a protected computer, and causing intentional damage to a protected computer and aiding and abetting. Full Story

  3. Boston: Rhode Island La Cosa Nostra Member Sentenced in Murder-for-Hire Case

    Anthony St. Laurent was sentenced to 84 months in federal prison for his role in an attempted murder-for-hire. Full Story

  4. San Juan: Forty-Seven Individuals Indicted for Drug Trafficking in the Municipality of Corozal, Puerto Rico

    Following a joint investigation, 47 individuals were indicted on charges including conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin, crack, cocaine, marijuana, Percocet, and Xanax, as well as using and carrying firearms during and in relation to drug trafficking crimes. Full Story

  5. El Paso: Member and Associate of Barrio Azteca Gang Plead Guilty to Racketeering Conspiracy

    A member and an associate of the Barrio Azteca gang each pled guilty to participating in a racketeering conspiracy involving, among other things, the March 13, 2010  murders in Juarez, Mexico, of a U.S. Consulate employee, her husband, and the husband of another U.S. Consulate employee. Full Story

  6. New York: Civil Complaint Amended to Allege that Full Tilt Poker and Its Board of Directors Operated Company as a Massive Ponzi Scheme Against Its Own Players

    A motion was filed alleging that Full Tilt Poker and its board of directors’ defrauded players by misrepresenting their funds of more than $440 million. Full Story

  7. Washington Field: Investment Club Manager Pleads Guilty to $40 Million Fraud

    Alan James Watson pled guilty to fraudulently soliciting and accepting $40 million from more than 750 members of his investment club. Full Story
  8. Salt Lake City: Idaho Falls Man Sentenced in $29 Million Ponzi Scheme

    Daren Palmer was sentenced to eight years in prison for his role in a Ponzi investment scheme in which investors lost over $29 million. Full Story

  9. New Haven: Former Director of Waterbury Boys and Girls Club Indicted on Embezzlement and Fraud Charges

    Robert Generali was charged with four counts of theft from the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Waterbury, a program that receives federal funds, and 16 counts of wire fraud. Full Story

  10. Miami: Ten Miami-Area Residents Plead Guilty in $25 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme

    Ten Miami-area residents pled guilty to their participation in a $25 million home health Medicare fraud scheme. Full Story

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