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FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending July 19, 2013

Washington, D.C. July 19, 2013
  • FBI National Press Office (202) 324-3691
  1. New York: Alleged al Qaeda Leader in North Africa Charged for His Role in Terror Attack in Algeria, Other Crimes

    Mokhtar Belmokhtar, who remains at large, was charged for, among other things, his alleged participation in the January 2013 terrorist attack on a Western-owned gas processing facility in which three Americans and scores of Algerian and foreign nationals were killed. Full Story

  2. Jacksonville: Florida Man Indicted for Conspiring and Attempting to Provide Material Support to Terrorists

    Shelton Thomas Bell is alleged to have devised a plan to travel to the Arabian Peninsula to join Ansar al Sharia, an alias for al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and participate in violent armed conflict that he termed “jihad.” Full Story

  3. Pittsburgh/Washington: Pennsylvania Man Sentenced for Terrorism Solicitation and Firearms Offense

    Emerson Winfield Begolly, an active administrator on the Ansar al Mujahideen English Forum, an Islamic extremist website, was sentenced to more than eight years in prison for soliciting others to engage in acts of terrorism within the United States and for using a firearm during and in relation to an assault on FBI agents. Full Story

  4. San Diego: Cal State San Marcos Student Sentenced to One Year for Rigging Campus Elections

    Matthew Weaver used small electronic devices known as keyloggers that record a computer user’s keystrokes to steal 745 student passwords and cast about 630 votes for himself and for friends who also were on the ballot. Full Story

  5. Cleveland: Ashland Trio Indicted for Labor Trafficking and Other Crimes

    Jordie L. Callahan, Jessica L. Hunt, and Dezerah L. Silsby were charged for allegedly holding a woman with cognitive disabilities and her child against their will and forcing the woman to perform manual labor for them. Full Story

  6. Philadelphia: Member of the Scripps Media Family Sentenced for Stealing Millions From Family

    Michael Scripps received nine years in prison for embezzling $3.6 million from his mother and uncle to fund his lavish lifestyle. Full Story

  7. San Antonio: Former CEO and Former CFO of ArthroCare Corp. Charged with Orchestrating $400 Million Securities Fraud Scheme

    Michael Baker and Michael Gluk are alleged to have had leading roles in a scheme to defraud the medical device company’s shareholders and members of the investing public by falsely inflating earnings. Full Story

  8. Detroit: Panasonic and Its Subsidiary Sanyo Agree to Plead Guilty in Separate Price Fixing Conspiracies

    Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic agreed to pay a $45.8 million criminal fine for its role in an automotive parts conspiracy, and Sanyo agreed to pay a $10.73 million criminal fine for its role in a battery cells conspiracy. Full Story

  9. Washington: Sixteen People Charged in Drug Conspiracy, Accused of Distributing Heroin and Other Drugs

    Seventeen people, including a Prince George’s County Police officer, have been indicted on federal charges in connection with an ongoing investigation by the FBI/Metropolitan Police Department Safe Streets Task Force into a network that distributed heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and prescription pills in the Washington, D.C. area. Full Story

  10. St. Louis: Child Abductor Sentenced to 120 Years on Child Exploitation Charges

    Jeffrey D. Shelton fled with an abducted 5-year-old child with whom he had produced numerous videos depicting sexually explicit conduct. Full Story