Press Release

For Immediate Release
February 2, 2008

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

FBI'S TOP TEN NEWS STORIES
FOR THE WEEK ENDING February 2, 2008

1.   Boston: Indictment for Threatening to Use Weapons of Mass Destruction

Michael A. Crooker was indicted on charges of possession of toxins (ricin and abrin) and threatening to use weapons of mass destruction against federal officials. Full Story

2.   New York: 20 Year Sentence in $450 Million Securities Fraud

Daniel E. Marino, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for defrauding investors in the now-collapsed Bayou hedge funds of more than $450 million. Full Story

3.   Atlanta: Army Officer Convicted of Faking Wife’s Death

Ingerberth Baird, an enlisted officer in the U.S. Army, was convicted of faking the death of his wife and collecting life insurance benefits. Full Story

4.   Newark: Councilman Indicted on Extortion Charges

City of Passaic Councilman Jonathan Soto was indicted on charges of attempted extortion and bribery by accepting cash in exchange for his influence on local government contracts. Full Story

5.   Miami: Foreign National Pleads Guilty

Moises Maionica, a foreign national, pled guilty to being an illegal agent of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Full Story

6.   Sacramento: Craigslist Murder-for-Hire Arrest

Ann Marie Linscott was arrested for placing a murder-for-hire employment ad on the craigslist internet site. Full Story

7.   Miami: Two Charged in World Bank Bond Fraud Scheme

Jose Rafael Mirabel and Ernesto J. Casco were charged with conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering in their issuance of over $1.5 million of fraudulent World Bank bonds. Full Story

8.   Atlanta: Army Handwriting Expert Sentenced

Allen L. Southmayd, a forensic document examiner with the U.S. Army, Criminal Investigation Division, was sentenced on charges of interstate transportation of stolen monies. Full Story

9.   Miami: FARC Senior Member Sentenced to 60 Years

Juvenal Ovidio Ricardo Palmera Pineda, a.k.a. Simon Trinidad, was sentenced to 60 years imprisonment for his role in a conspiracy to take hostage three American citizens in the Republic of Colombia. Full Story

10.  Los Angeles: Two Police Officers Found Guilty

William Ferguson and his brother, Joseph Ferguson, police officers in the Los Angeles area, were found guilty of possession of narcotics with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate civil rights. Full Story


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