Press Release

For Immediate Release
April 11, 2008

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

FBI'S TOP TEN NEWS STORIES
FOR THE WEEK ENDING APRIL 11, 2008

1. Charlotte: International Search for Fugitive Ends

Fugitive Cesar Armando Laurean, wanted for the murder of USMC Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach and her unborn baby, was captured in Mexico. Full Story

2. San Diego: US Customs Inspector Sentenced on Kidnapping Charges

Former U.S. Customs Inspector John Alan Carman was sentenced for his role in a conspiracy to kidnap a person in a foreign country. Full Story

3. Seattle: Physician Found Guilty of Bomb Threats

Kou Wei Chiu, a Tennessee physician, was found guilty of calling in bomb threats to delay the take-off of his plane. Full Story

4. Buffalo: Twelve Members of Operating Engineers Local 17 Indicted

Twelve high ranking officers and members of Operating Engineers Local 17 were indicted on multiple charges including extortion, workplace sabotage and other labor racketeering crimes. Full Story

5. Phoenix: HHS OIG Special Agent Sentenced

Former U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Special Agent Scott Allen Gompert was sentenced in connection with the theft of more than $1 million. Full Story

6. Oklahoma City: Three Inmates Sentenced to Additional 14-15 Years in Prison for Extortion Scheme

Russell Dean Landers, Clayton Heath Albers, and Barry Dean Bischoff, while inmates at a federal prison, conspired to seize property of prison officials to gain release from prison. Full Story

7. Portland: Director of Accounting at Department of Education Admits to Stealing Funds

Brent Edward Crosson, former Director of Accounting at the Oregon Department of Education, admitted to stealing grant funds. Full Story

8. Houston: Inmate and Wife Indicted for Kidnapping Conspiracy

Aracely Lopez-Gonzalez and her husband, federal inmate Joel Gonzalez Sr., were indicted for their roles in a kidnapping and attempted murder scheme. Full Story

9. Newark: Former City Official Charged with Murder-for-Hire Plot

While currently serving time in federal prison, Richard Kaplan, a former city construction inspector, attempted to hire a hit man to murder his wife. Full Story

10. Washington Field Office: $960,000 Settlement in Sale of Defective Bulletproof Vests

Protective Products International Inc. has agreed to pay the U.S. $960,000 for selling defective Zylon bulletproof vests. Full Story

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