Press Release

For Immediate Release
January 11, 2008

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

FBI'S Top Ten News Stories
For The Week Ending January 11, 2008

1. Houston: Customs and Border Protection Officer Arrested

Sergio Garza, a Customs and Border Protection Officer with the Department of Homeland Security, was arrested for aiding and abetting an undocumented alien entering the United States. Full Story

2. New York: Twelve Charged in Internet Gambling Operation

Twelve individuals were charged with gambling and money laundering offenses relating to the operation of a Costa Rica-based gambling website. Full Story

3. New York: Former Goldman Sachs Executive Sentenced

Eugene Plotkin, a former associate in the Fixed Income Research Division at Goldman Sachs & Co., was sentenced for his role in an international insider trading network. Full Story

4. Baltimore: Guilty Plea in Bribery Scheme at Walter Reed Army Medical Center

Louis Pisani, sole shareholder of Platinum Contractors, Inc., pled guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery and obstruction of an agency investigation in connection with a scheme to influence contracting at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Full Story

5. Baltimore: GSA Employee Pleads Guilty to Bribery and Tax Evasion

Dessie Ruth Nelson, age 65, a longtime employee of the General Services Administration (GSA), pled guilty to accepting over $100,000 in bribes in return for her assistance in awarding federal contracts. Full Story

6. Newark: Safe Streets Task Force Arrest Gang Members

The FBI Safe Streets Task Force arrested members of the "793 Bloods" on charges of distribution and possession of heroin and cocaine. Full Story

7. New York: NYPD Officer/Martial Arts Instructor Charged

Trent Young, a New York City police officer, was arrested for transporting two minors, Young's martial arts students, from New York to New Jersey for purposes of illegal sexual activity. Full Story

8. San Diego: Arrest in Hoax Bomb Investigation

Richard Sills, Jr. was arrested by members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in connection with the University of California San Diego hoax bomb incident. Full Story

9. New York: Greenwich Couple Charged With Defrauding Investors

Philippe and Milana Murcia were charged with conspiring to defraud investors in Regenat USA Holding Corporation, a company controlled by the Murcias. Full Story

10. San Francisco: Guilty Plea in Illegal Money Transmitting Business

Hesham Badawi pled guilty to operating an illegal money transmitting business, sending approximately $5 million to Syria. Full Story

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