Sixty-Nine Children Rescued During Operation Cross Country V
Over the past 72 hours, the FBI, its local and state law enforcement partners, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children concluded Operation Cross Country V, a three-day national enforcement action as part of the Innocence Lost National Initiative. The operation included enforcement actions in 40 cities across 34 FBI divisions around the country and led to the recovery of 69 children who were being victimized through prostitution. Additionally, nearly 885 others, including 99 pimps, were arrested on state and local charges.
Former Employee of Bristol-Myers Squibb Pleads Guilty to Theft of Trade Secrets
Shalin Jhaveri pled guilty in Syracuse, New York to stealing trade secrets from Bristol-Myers Squibb, where he was employed as a technical operations associate in the management training program. At the time of his arrest, Jhaveri was meeting in a hotel room with an individual he believed was an investor willing to finance a business venture Jhaveri planned to start in his native India. Jhaveri transferred Bristol-Myers trade secrets to this investor, an individual he knew was not employed by or associated with Bristol-Myers in any capacity.
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.