Press Release

For Immediate Release
February 29, 2008

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

FBI'S TOP TEN NEWS STORIES
FOR THE WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 29, 2008

1.   Operation Cisco Raider Targets Traffickers in Counterfeit Network Hardware

An international enforcement initiative between the United States and Canada is investigating the illegal importation and sale of counterfeit network hardware. Full Story

2.   San Juan: Commissioners Convicted in $1.4 Million Bribery and Kickback Scheme

Former U.S. Virgin Islands Commissioners, Dean C. Plaskett, Department of Planning and Natural Resources, and Marc A. Biggs, Department of Property and Procurement, were found guilty of demanding and accepting bribes in a $1.4 million bribery and kickback scheme. Full Story

3.   Newark: Two Cardiologists Plead Guilty to Embezzlement

Dr. Bakul Desai and Dr. Laxmipathi Garipalli pled guilty to embezzling $840,000 from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Full Story

4.   Newark: Guilty Plea in Terrorism Hoax

Jake J. Brahm plead guilty to a terrorism hoax in which he posted internet messages claiming that terrorists would detonate radioactive “dirty bombs” at football stadiums. Full Story

5.   Houston: Chinese Chemist Indicted for Theft of Trade Secrets

Qinggui Zeng, aka Jensen Zeng, a legal permanent resident from China, was indicted and charged with theft of trade secrets and computer fraud. Full Story

6.   Sacramento: Hedge Fund Manager Arrested for Operating Ponzi Scheme

Steve K. Wilson, aka Stefan Andre Wilson, was arrested for operating a Ponzi scheme through Christians in Crisis Investment Fund; Shake the Nations and Opus Capitol Holdings hedge funds. Full Story

7.   New Orleans: Export Enforcement Violations Guilty Plea

Nelson S. Galgoul, Director of Suporte, pled guilty to conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and the Iranian Transactions Regulations. Full Story

8.   New York: Eight Luchese Family Members Indicted

Eight Luchese organized crime family members and associates were indicted for racketeering conspiracy and other charges dating back to the 1980s. Full Story

9.   Dallas: College Board Treasurer Convicted

Former Dallas City Council Member and former member of the Board of Directors of Paul Quinn College Community Development Corporation, James L. Fantroy, Sr., was convicted of embezzlement. Full Story

10.  San Diego: Fugitive Apprehended in Nicaragua

Donald Manning, a fugitive wanted on fraud charges, was apprehended by Nicaraguan officials and turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Full Story

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