Seeking Information in Connection with the Kidnapping and Murder of 12-Year-Old Girl
The FBI is seeking information on Thomas Steven Sanders, who has been charged in Louisiana with the abduction of 12-year-old Lexis Roberts, whose skeletal remains were discovered on October 8, 2010 in a wooded area north of Harrisonburg, Louisiana.
On September 3, 2010, Sanders was captured on film purchasing ammunition at a Wal-Mart in Las Vegas. The forensic anthropologist in this case reported that Lexis suffered multiple gunshot wounds. The ammunition Sanders purchased was consistent with the caliber weapon used during the homicide.
Two Indicted in Missouri on Charges of Providing Material Support to al Shabaab
St. Louis, Missouri resident Mohamud Abdi Yusuf was indicted and arrested on four charges of providing material support to a designated terrorist organization (al Shabaab) and one charge of conspiracy to structure financial transactions. Minneapolis, Minnesota resident Abdi Mahdi Hussein was also indicted and arrested on a charge of conspiracy to structure financial transactions.
Three California Men Charged with Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to al Shabaab
San Diego residents Basaaly Saeed Moalin, Mohamed Mohamed Mohamud, and Issa Doreh were charged with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, conspiracy to kill in a foreign country, and related offenses.
FBI Briefs International Partners on Operational Priorities
On November 1, 2010, in an effort to enhance our international partnerships, the FBI’s International Operations Division hosted—at our Headquarters in Washington, D.C.—approximately 100 international attachés currently assigned to their countries' embassies located in our nation’s capital. These attachés—who represent law enforcement, security, and intelligence agencies from 53 countries—are the counterparts to our overseas legal attachés working in offices and sub-offices in 75 key cities around the world.
The foreign guests were briefed by FBI executives on some of the Bureau’s operational priorities—including terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, cyber crimes, and international corruption—that impact our partners as well. Referring to last week’s identification of two packages containing explosive materials in transit from Yemen to the U.S., Director Robert Mueller told participants that this [event] “puts an exclamation point” on the importance of developing international partnerships in response to an increasingly international crime problem. He also said that these partnerships can form despite impediments like different judicial systems, and are built by exchanging information, working cases jointly, and training.
Massachusetts Man Sentenced for Burning African-American Church
Benjamin Haskell, of Springfield, Massachusetts, was sentenced to nine years in prison and three years of supervised release for his role in the 2008 burning of the Macedonia Church of God in Christ, a predominately African-American Church, on the morning after President Barack Obama was elected as the first African-American president of the United States.
Louisiana Police Chief Charged with Making False Statements to Federal Agents
Ronald G. "Tapper" Hendricks, chief of police of Vidalia, Louisiana, was charged with making false statements to federal law enforcement agents in the course of an investigation into the use and disposition of certain firearms at the Vidalia Police Department.
All Nippon Airways Guilty of Price Fixing on Air Cargo and Air Passenger Services
Japan-based All Nippon Airways Co. Ltd. (ANA) has agreed to plead guilty and to pay a $73 million criminal fine for its role in two separate conspiracies—to fix one or more components of cargo rates charged for international air cargo shipments, and to fix unpublished passenger fares on tickets purchased in the United States.
Agape World President/Owner Pleads Guilty in $195 Million Ponzi Scheme
Nicholas Cosmo, the former president and owner of Agape World, Inc. and Agape Merchant Advance, LLC, pled guilty in New York to federal mail fraud and wire fraud charges for his role in running a Ponzi scheme that resulted in losses in excess of $195 million dollars.