Press Release

For Immediate Release
May 9, 2008

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

FBI's Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending May 9, 2008

1.   Boston: La Cosa Nostra Underboss and Associates Indicted

Carmen S. Dinunzio, underboss of the New England Family of La Cosa Nostra, and two associates were indicted on charges of conspiracy to bribe a state official. Full Story

2.   San Francisco: Radio Host Pleads Guilty

Radio station talk show host, Bernard V. Ward, pled guilty to distributing child pornography via the internet. Full Story

3.   Portland: Arrest in Mailing Communications Containing Simulated Biological Agent

David Albert Groves was arrested for mailing numerous threatening letters containing a powder substance. Full Story

4.   Boston: Guilty Plea in Theft of Military Items

Joseph Downing pled guilty to theft and attempted sale of stolen military items. Full Story

5.   San Antonio: CBP Officer Arrested for Accepting Bribes

Customs Border and Protection Officer Ramiro Villarreal, Jr. was arrested for accepting bribes for fraudulently making and delivering official travel documents. Full Story

6.   Anchorage: Former State Representative Sentenced on Public Corruption Charges

Victor H. Kohring, former member of the Alaska House of Representatives, was convicted on bribery charges, attempted extortion and conspiracy for soliciting bribes. Full Story

7.   Sacramento: Fake Vietnam Vet Pleads Guilty

Michael Allan Fraser pled guilty to violating the Stolen Valor Act. Full Story

8.   Phoenix: Contract Mechanic Indicted

James Williams, a contract mechanic employed at Customs, was indicted for stealing night vision goggles. Full Story

9.   Washington Field Office: Airline Executive Pleads Guilty to Price Fixing

The former highest-ranking Qantas Airways Limited cargo executive pled guilty to participating in a conspiracy to fix rates on international air cargo shipments. Full Story

10.  Los Angeles: Police Officer Sentenced for Civil Rights Violations

Former Long Beach police officer, Joseph Ferguson, was sentenced for his role in a series of home invasion robberies. Full Story


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