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FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending December 10, 2010

Washington, D.C. December 10, 2010
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  1. Baltimore: Maryland Man Charged in Plot to Attack Armed Forces Recruiting Center

    Antonio Martinez, aka Muhammad Hussain, was charged with attempting to murder federal officers and employees and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction against federal property. Full Story

  2. DOJ/Multiple Field Offices: Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force Announces Results of Largest-Ever Nationwide Operation Targeting Investment Fraud

    The results of Operation Broken Trust were announced in multiple press conferences across the country. It was a nationwide operation organized by the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force to target investment fraud. To date, the operation has involved enforcement actions against 343 criminal defendants and 189 civil defendants for fraud schemes that harmed more than 120,000 victims nationwide. The operation's criminal cases involved more than $8.3 billion in estimated losses and the civil cases involved estimated losses of more than $2.1 billion. Operation Broken Trust is the first national operation of its kind to target a broad array of investment fraud schemes that directly prey upon the investing public. Full Story

  3. Knoxville: Two Engineers Found Guilty of Stealing Goodyear Trade Secrets

    A jury convicted Clark Alan Roberts and Sean Edward Howley, both former engineers with Wyko Tire Technology Incorporated, of stealing trade secrets from the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. Full Story

  4. Chicago: Former Paint Manufacturing Chemist Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison for Stealing Trade Secrets Valued up to $20 Million

    David Yen Lee, a former chemist for paint manufacturing company Valspar Corp was sentenced to 15 months in prison for stealing trade secrets valued up to $20 million. Full Story

  5. Seattle: Washington Man Charged in Connection with Attempts to Ship Sensitive Military Technology to China

    Lian Yang was charged in connection with an attempt to ship sensitive military technology to the People's Republic of China. Yang attempted to purchase and export 300 radiation-hardened, programmable semiconductor devices that are used in satellites. He was arrested in an FBI sting operation after attempting to smuggle the parts out of the U.S. Full Story

  6. New York: Carl J. Shapiro and Others Agree to $625 Million Civil Forfeiture for Victims of Bernard L. Madoff's Ponzi Scheme

    Carl J. Shapiro and various related and entities agreed to forfeit $625 million to the United States, all of which will be made available to the victims of the fraudulent investment advisory business which was owned and operated by Bernard L. Madoff. Full Story

  7. Houston: U.K. Citizen Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Bribe Nigerian Government Officials to Obtain Lucrative Contracts as Part of KBR Joint Venture Scheme

    Wojciech J. Chodan, a former commercial vice president and consultant to a United Kingdom subsidiary of Kellogg, Brown & Root Inc., pled guilty to conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act for his participation in a decade-long scheme to bribe Nigerian government officials to obtain engineering, procurement, and construction contracts o build liquefied natural gas facilities on Bonny Island, Nigeria that were valued at more than $6 billion. Full Story

  8. Portland: Former Armored Car Driver, Together with His Wife and Son, Indicted in Connection with $3 Million Armored Car Theft

    Archie Cabello, his wife, Marian, and their son, Vincent, were charged in a 51-count indictment with conspiracy to steal and possess bank money, making false statements in credit card applications, filing a false tax return, and money laundering. Full Story

  9. Detroit: Four Detroit-Area Residents Arrested in Connection with $14.5 Million Home Health Care Fraud Scheme

    Four Detroit-area residents were arrested by federal agents as part of a joint an ongoing investigation into a $14.5 million home health care fraud scheme. Full Story

  10. Miami: Florida Physician Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy in Fraudulent Lobbying and Fund Raising Scheme

    Alan D. Mendelsohn, a Florida physician, pled guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud, to make false statements, and to file false tax returns in connection with his role in a fraud scheme involving lobbying and fund raising for political candidates and organizations. Full Story