Press Release

For Immediate Release
December 21, 2007

Washington D.C.
FBI National Press Office
(202) 324-3691

FBI's Top Ten News Stories
For The Week Ending December 21, 2007

1. 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. Full Story

2. 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. Full Story

3. 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. Full Story

4. 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. Full Story

5. 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. Full Story

6. 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. Full Story

7. 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. Full Story

8. 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. Full Story

9. Sacramento: "Grandma Bandit" Arrested

Valerie Harris, also known as the "Grandma Bandit," was arrested and charged with armed bank robbery. Full Story

10. 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. Full Story

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