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FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending May 3, 2013

Washington, D.C. May 03, 2013
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  1. Boston: Three Additional Men Arrested in Connection with Marathon Bombing Investigation

    Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov were charged in a criminal complaint with conspiracy to obstruct justice by conspiring to destroy, conceal, and cover up tangible objects belonging to suspected marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, namely a laptop computer and backpack containing fireworks. A third man, Robel Phillipos, was charged with willfully making materially false statements to federal law enforcement officials during a terrorism investigation. Full Story

  2. Newark: Joanne Chesimard Named to FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists List

    On the 40th anniversary of the cold-blooded murder of a New Jersey state trooper, the fugitive convicted of the killing, Joanne Chesimard, has been named a Most Wanted Terrorist by the FBI—the first woman ever and only the second domestic terrorist to make the list. A reward of up to $2 million is being offered for information leading to her arrest. Full Story

  3. Jackson: Update on Ongoing Investigation into Letters Containing Ricin

    During the FBI’s ongoing investigation into letters containing ricin addressed to President Barack Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker, and a Mississippi judicial official, evidence collected by the FBI from a business in Tuplelo, Mississippi tested positive for trace levels of ricin. Because public safety is always the FBI’s first priority in any investigation, the business was immediately sealed off and appropriate public health authorities were notified. The FBI is now conducting further forensic examination to support the investigation. Full Story

  4. Atlanta: Algerian National Extradited from Thailand to Face Federal Cyber Crime Charges in Atlanta for SpyEye Virus

    Algerian national Hamza Bendelladj, aka Bx1, has been extradited from Thailand to the United States to face charges in Atlanta for allegedly playing a critical role in developing, marketing, distributing, and controlling SpyEye, a pernicious computer virus designed to steal unsuspecting victims’ financial and personally identifying information. Full Story

  5. New York: Three Members of International Cyber Fraud Ring Extradited from Romania to the United States

    Romanian nationals Cristea Mircea, Ion Pieptea, and Nicolae Simion had their first court appearances Thursday following their extradition to the United States from Romania. The defendants are charged with participating in a sophisticated multi-million-dollar cyber fraud scheme that targeted consumers on U.S.-based Internet marketplace websites such as eBay.com. Full Story

  6. Chicago: Three Fraud Defendants Who Met in Prison Sent Back to Serve New Sentences in $3.6 Million Ponzi Scheme

    Three serial fraud defendants, who met while incarcerated for unrelated crimes at the federal prison in Oxford, Wisconsin and joined together after being released to run a fraud scheme that caused approximately 100 victims to lose more than $3.6 million, have been sentenced for their latest crimes. Two of the defendants purported to run a business that bought and sold films and comic-book rights and together raised more than $7 million from approximately 150 investors, while the third defendant entered the scheme later and lulled victims with false assurances about their investments. Full Story

  7.  Salt Lake City: Four Convicted for Roles in Investment Fraud Scheme

    Steven William Carpenter, Suzette Gulyas Gal, Andras Zoltan Gal, and Kristian Zoltan George Gal were found guilty of their roles in a wire fraud scheme that solicited funds from the elderly and the infirm by persuading these individuals to invest in fraudulent and fictitious oil and gas investment opportunities on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. Full Story

  8. Columbia: Orangeburg Man Charged in Murder-for-Hire Scheme Targeting South Carolina Corrections Officer

    Sean Echols was charged indicted for allegedly conspiring with others to murder South Carolina Corrections Captain Robert Johnson in return for a payment of $6,000 in cash. Full Story

  9. Springfield: Illinois Man Sentenced for Solicitation to Commit Crime of Violence

    A Granite City man was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to the crime of solicitation of a crime of violence. Previous court proceedings revealed the man sought the help of his wife and another person in abducting a Granite City lawyer and obtaining money from him. Full Story

  10. Los Angeles: Central Coast Man Pleads Guilty in Fraud Scheme That Bilked In-Laws, In-Laws’ Friend, and Banks of Nearly $50 Million

    John Mark Moore pled guilty to a wide-ranging fraud scheme that caused more than $47 million in losses to several victims, including his in-laws, who were long-established and well-respected farmers in San Luis Obispo County. Full Story