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FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending December 23, 2010

Washington, D.C. December 23, 2010
  • FBI National Press Office (202) 324-3691
  1. Headquarters/Multiple Field Offices: FBI Releases Preliminary Semiannual Crime Statistics for 2010

    According to the FBI’s Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report, the nation experienced a 6.2 percent decrease in the number of violent crimes and a 2.8 percent decline in the number of property crimes from January to June 2010, when compared with data from the same time period in the prior year. The report is based on information from more than 12,000 law enforcement agencies that submitted three to six comparable months of data to the FBI during the first six months of both 2009 and 2010. Full Story

  2. New York: Former UBS Investment Banker Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Insider Trading Charges

    Igor Poteroba, a former investment banker in the Healthcare Group of UBS Securities LLC, pled guilty to conspiracy and securities fraud charges in connection with his participation in an insider trading scheme. He obtained inside information about six mergers and acquisitions that certain UBS clients were contemplating, and then passed that information on to a coconspirator. Full Story

  3. Miami: Former Senior Executives of Latin Node Inc. Charged with Bribing Honduran Officials and Money Laundering

    Jorge Granados and Manuel Caceres, the former chief executive officer and the vice president of business development, respectively, for Miami-based telecommunications company Latin Node Inc. were indicted for allegedly paying more than $500,000 in bribes to government officials in Honduras. Full Story

  4. Minneapolis: Operator of South St. Paul Trucking Companies Indicted for Defrauding Drivers into Paying Back Settlement Funds

    Marlon Louis Danner, the owner of Danner, Inc., and Bull Dog Leasing, Inc., was indicted for allegedly defrauding contracted truck drivers into returning to him settlement funds they received pursuant to an agreement between him and the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Full Story

  5. Detroit: Ann Arbor Man Pleads Guilty to Felony Tax Evasion

    Andrew Park, an owner and executive of Asian Village Detroit, Inc., Pangborn Technovations, Inc., and the Security Communication Alert Network, pled guilty to attempting to evade the payment of more than $300,000 in taxes to the IRS. Full Story

  6. Oklahoma City: Former Edmond Investment Manager Sentenced to Serve 10 Years for Laundering Investor Funds

    Mark S. Trimble was sentenced to serve 120 months in federal prison for money laundering arising from the operation of Phidippides Capital Management, LLC, where he diverted $1 million of investor funds to his own account. Trimble must also serve two years of supervised release and pay over $9 million in restitution. Full Story

  7. New Haven: Man Admits Operating Investment Fraud Scheme

    Pierre C. Armand waived his right to indictment and pled guilty to one count of wire fraud stemming from a scheme to defraud several investors of more than $350,000. Armand is a citizen of Haiti and a permanent resident alien of the United States. Full Story

  8. Tampa: Tampa Man Indicted for Participating in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

    Diogenes Aguasvivas was charged with two counts of wire fraud relating to a mortgage fraud scheme. If convicted, Aguasvivas faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on each count. Full Story

  9. Birmingham: Former Alabama State Lobbyist Pleads Guilty in Wide-Ranging Conspiracy to Influence and Corrupt Votes Related to Electronic Bingo Legislation

    Jarrod D. Massey, a former Alabama lobbyist, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit federal program bribery and five counts of federal program bribery. He conspired to bribe legislators in exchange for their favorable votes on pro-gambling legislation.

  10. Newark: Former Director of Construction for P.C. Richard & Son Sentenced to Prison for Accepting $80,000 in Bribes

    The former Director of Construction for P.C. Richard & Son Corporation was sentenced to prison for accepting $80,000 in bribes from a New Jersey-based construction company. Full Story