WASHINGTON, DC (5/13/12)—At the conclusion of nearly every week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) releases a list of what they consider to be their “Top Ten” news stories.
The FBI’s Top Ten list for the week ending on Friday, May 11th, 2012, as well as information about the historic photo attached above, is as follows:
1. Houston: Man Sentenced for Attempting to Provide Material Support to al Qaeda
Barry Walter Bujol, Jr. was sentenced to serve 20 years in federal prison for attempting to deliver public access restricted military manuals, GPS receivers, and other items to al Qaeda. Click here for the full story.
2. San Antonio: AWOL Soldier Guilty in Connection with Bomb Plot
Naser Jason Abdo was convicted of attempting to create and detonate a bomb to kill members of the U.S. military and to shoot survivors of the detonation. Click here for the full story.
3. Boston: Chinese National Charged with Illegal Export of Sensitive Technology
Qiang Hu, aka Johnson Hu, allegedly caused millions of dollars worth of MKS pressure transducers, which are used to produce weapons-grade uranium, to be exported from the United States and delivered to unauthorized end-users in China. Click here for the full story.
4. Newark: West New York Mayor, Son Arrested for Hacking and Disabling Website
Mayor Felix Roque and his son were charged in relation to a scheme to take down a website associated with a movement to recall the mayor. Click here for the full story.
5. San Diego: Lead Defendant in Operation Luz Verde Extradited from Mexico
Armando Villareal Heredia, aka Gordo Villareal, was brought back to the United States to face federal racketeering and drug charges as part of a 43-defendant prosecution against the Fernando Sanchez-Arellano Organization. Click here for the full story.
6. New York: Yahoo Executive and Hedge Fund Portfolio Manager Plead Guilty to Insider Trading
Robert Kwok provided non-public information concerning Yahoo!’s quarterly earnings and potential business transactions to Reema Shah Kwok, who then executed trades based on the inside information. Click here for the full story.
7. Charlotte: Ponzi Scheme Mastermind Sentenced
Keith Franklin Simmons was sentenced to 50 years in prison in connection with a $40 million Ponzi scheme that victimized 400 people nationwide. Click here for the full story.
8. Buffalo: Former Teacher Sentenced for Production and Possession of Child Pornography
Timothy Bek was sentenced to 30 years in prison for posing as a female teenager on a social networking website to make contact with underage victims, some of whom were students in the schools where he taught, and persuading them to take explicit photos and videos of themselves. Click here for the full story.
9. Philadelphia: Long Prison Terms for Convicted Drug Traffickers
Tony Granado and Richard Moquete were sentenced to 30 and 27 years in prison, respectively, for their roles in an operation that brought at least 1,500 kilograms of cocaine to the streets of Philadelphia. Click here for the full story.
10. Cleveland: Eighteen People Indicted for Schemes Involving Seven IHOP Restaurants
The defendants were charged in a series of criminal schemes, including money laundering, identity theft, alien harboring, and arson that resulted in losses of more than $3 million. Click here for the full story.
MAIN PHOTO: The Russian Cossack Turned Special Agent
On May 1, 1922—just over 90 years ago today—Russian-born Emilio Kosterlitzky became a special agent at the age of 68, earning a salary of six dollars a day. He was certainly not a typical agent, having served for decades in the Russian and Mexican militaries before joining the FBI as a “special employee” in 1917. His military experience, combined with his strong international connections, his diplomatic skill, and his ability to speak, read, and write more than eight languages, helped him excel in his duties. For more on the colorful Kosterlitzky and other FBI history, see http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/history/a-centennial-history/the_nation_calls_1908-1923.
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