FBI's Top Ten News Stories
For The Week Ending December 21, 2007
|Washington, D.C. December 21, 2007|
St. Louis: Microsoft, Google, Yahoo! Pay Millions for Promoting Online Illegal Gambling
Microsoft Corporation, Google and Yahoo! agreed to pay a total of $31.5 million to resolve claims that between 1997 and 2007 they received payments from online gambling businesses for advertising online gambling.
Baltimore: Senior IRS Employee Charged in D.C. Property Tax Refund Scheme
Robert O. Steven, IRS division director, Modernization Information Technology Systems, and Patricia A. Steven were charged with receiving stolen property in connection with the D.C. property tax refund scheme.
Newark: Councilman Pleads Guilty to Accepting Bribes
Passaic City Council member Marcellus Jackson pled guilty to accepting bribes in return for his official assistance in steering public contracts to an undercover insurance company.
Richmond: Deputy Pleads Guilty to Mann Act Violation
Former Greene County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Leftery N. “Terry” Tsouroutis pled guilty to violating the Mann Act and lying to FBI special agents.
Birmingham: Department of the Army Official Convicted on Public Corruption Charges
Jeffrey H. Stayton, former chief of the Aviation Division for the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command, was found guilty of honest services wire fraud and obstruction of justice.
Tampa: 3 Sentenced in Viatical Fraud Scheme
C. Keith LaMonda, his brother, Jesse W. LaMonda, and John L. Maynard were sentenced in a multi-million dollar fraud scheme and ordered to pay a total of $140 million to their victims.
Los Angeles: Film Executive Arrested for Paying Bribes to Thai Tourism Official
Gerald Green and his wife, Patricia Green, were arrested for making corrupt payments to a Thai government official in order to obtain lucrative contracts to run an international film festival in Bangkok.
Baltimore: Indonesian Sentenced for Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to a Foreign Terrorist Organization
Haji Subandi, an Indonesian citizen, was sentenced for conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, money laundering, and attempted exportation of arms and ammunition.
Sacramento: “Grandma Bandit” Arrested
Valerie Harris, also known as the “Grandma Bandit,” was arrested and charged with armed bank robbery.
Los Angeles: Brooklyn Rabbi and Associates Charged in Tax Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme
The Grand Rabbi of Spinka, Naftali Tzi Weisz, and several associates were charged in an indictment that alleges a wide-ranging conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government through tax fraud and money laundering.