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FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending November 27, 2009

Washington, D.C. November 27, 2009
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  1. Minneapolis: Terror Charges Unsealed Against Eight Defendants

    Terrorism charges were unsealed in the District of Minnesota against eight defendants. According to the charging documents, the offenses include providing financial support to those who traveled to Somalia to fight on behalf of al-Shabaab, a designated foreign terrorist organization; attending terrorist training camps operated by al-Shabaab; and fighting on behalf of al-Shabaab. 

  2. Philadelphia: Five Charged in Connection with Scheme to Procure Anti-Aircraft Missiles, Other Weapons

    A criminal complaint was unsealed charging Dani Nemr Tarraf with conspiring to acquire anti-aircraft missiles (FIM-92 Stingers) and conspiring to possess machine guns (approximately 10,000 Colt M4 Carbines). In addition, Tarraf and other defendants—including Douri Nemr Tarraf, Hassan Mohamad Komeiha, and Hussein Ali Asfour—were charged with conspiring to transport stolen goods. Dani Nemr Tarraf and Ali Fadel Yahfoufi were charged with conspiring to commit passport fraud.

  3. Detroit: Spammer and Co-Conspirators Sentenced for Multi-Million Dollar E-Mail Stock Fraud Scheme

    Four individuals were sentenced to terms ranging from 32 to 51 months for their roles in a wide-ranging international stock fraud scheme involving the illegal use of bulk commercial e-mails, or “spamming.” They allegedly engaged in a related set of conspiracies designed to use spam e-mails to manipulate thinly traded stocks and profit by trading in those stocks once their share prices increased after recipients of the spam e-mails traded in the stocks being promoted.

  4. New York: Former Employee of Art Collector Charged with Scheme to Sell Stolen Andy Warhol Artwork

    James S. Biear was charged with mail and wire fraud in connection with a joint investigation conducted by the FBI and the Westchester County Police Department into Biear’s possession of numerous pieces of notable artwork believed to have been stolen from his former employer. The federal charges relate to Biear’s sale of one of those pieces of artwork, a Heinz 57 box created by the artist Andy Warhol, to an unwitting collector in New York City.

  5. Memphis: Tennessee Man Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison for Burning Islamic Center

    Michael Corey Golden was sentenced to 14 years and three months in prison and three years of supervised release for vandalizing and burning down the Islamic Center of Columbia, Tennessee. Golden pleaded guilty to destruction of religious property and to using fire to commit a felony.

  6. Philadelphia: Eight Charged in Conspiracy to Traffic Counterfeit and Stolen Goods

    A 33-count indictment was unsealed charging Sadek Mohamad Koumaiha, Mohamad Kassem Sibai, Hassan Mahmoud Koumaiha, Ali-Ibrahim El Sayed Abdallah, Mohamad Majed, Bilal Hussein Hamden, Shady Anis Ghadban, and Ali Kassem El-Sibai with multiple counts of conspiracy, trafficking in stolen goods, trafficking in counterfeit goods, false statements to government officials, and conducting an illegal money transmitting business.

  7. Atlanta: Alpharetta Man Pleads Guilty to Impersonation of National Security Agent

    Louis Joseph Aprile pleaded guilty to impersonating a federal agent, namely, an agent of the National Security Agency. According to court documents, Aprile perpetrated an elaborate scheme to convince local law enforcement officers he the deputy director of the National Security Agency with the intent of organizing a task force specifically targeting some individuals whom he claimed were Iraqi terrorists about to engage in terrorist acts.
  8. Boston: Citizen of Poland Sentenced to 35 Months After Pleading Guilty to Fraud Charges

    Adrian Fijolek was sentenced to 35 months in prison for using unauthorized credit cards, bank fraud, wire fraud, and mail fraud. After Fijolek’s prison sentence is completed, he will be deported to Poland.

  9. Houston: Former GM of Texas Company Arrested for Role in Alleged Shcmee to Bribe Officials at Mexican State-Owned Utility Company

    John Joseph O’Shea, the former general manager of a Sugar Land, Texas-based business, was arrested and charged for his alleged role in a conspiracy to bribe Mexican government officials to secure contracts with the Comisión Federal de Electridad (CFE), a Mexican state-owned utility company. In addition, a Mexican citizen pleaded guilty for his role in the bribery scheme.

  10. New Haven: Man Arrested for Running $20 Million Ponzi Scheme in Connecticut

    Michael S. Goldberg was arrested on a criminal complaint charging him with devising and executing a scheme to defraud investors of more than $20 million over an approximately 12-year period.