Press Release

For Immediate Release
September 5, 2008

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

FBI's Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending September 5, 2008

1. Las Vegas: Bank of China Managers and Their Wives Convicted of Stealing More Than $485 Million

Xu Chaofan, Xu Guojun and their wives were convicted of racketeering and money laundering in their elaborate scheme to defraud the Bank of China through Las Vegas casinos. Full story

2. Minneapolis: FBI JTTF Arrests Michigan Man for Possessing Molotov Cocktails

Matthew Bradley DePalma was arrested and charged with illegally possessing of Molotov cocktails which he allegedly planned to use at the Republican National Convention. Full story

3. Baltimore: State Delegate Charged With Possession of Child Porn

Robert Alan McKee, a member of the Maryland House of Delegates since 1994, was charged with possessing material containing the sexual abuse of children. Full story

4. New Haven: Owner of Trash Empire Sentenced

James Galante, majority owner of 25 trash companies, was sentenced for his leadership of an extensive racketeering enterprise. Full story

5. New York: Pakistani Indicted for Attempting to Kill U.S. Nationals in Afghanistan

Aafia Saddiqui, a graduate of M.I.T. as well as Brandeis University, was charged with armed assault and attempting to kill U.S. officers and employees. Full story

6. Tampa: Brothers Plead Guilty to Enslaving Farm Workers

Cesar Navarrete, Geovanni Navarrete, Villhina Navarrete, Ismael Michael Navarrete and Antonio Zúñiga Navarrete pled guilty to enslaving undocumented Mexican and Guatemalan nationals and compelling them to work as agricultural laborers. Full story

7. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Professor Convicted

Dr. J. Reece Roth was convicted of conspiracy to violate the Arms Export Control Act by illegally exporting military defense-related materials to the People’s Republic of China.
Full story

8. Pittsburgh: Guilty Plea in Collar-Bomb Bank Robbery

Kenneth Barnes pled guilty to charges related to his involvement in a bank robbery scheme in which a pizza deliveryman, acting as an unwilling participant, robbed a bank while wearing a bomb around his neck. Full story

9. Buffalo: Guilty Plea in Bomb Hoax

Gino Demitro pled guilty to calling Southwest Airlines and USAir to falsely advise that a woman would be carrying a bomb onto a plane. Full story

10. Washington Field Office: Former Lobbyist Sentenced

Former lobbyist Jack A. Abramoff was sentenced to 48 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $23 million in restitution to his victims and, to date, thirteen various lobbyists and public officials have pled guilty in the ongoing investigation. Full story

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