Press Release

For Immediate Release
September 26, 2008

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

FBI's Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending September 26, 2008

1. Norfolk: Physicist Arrested for Illegally Exporting Space Launch Data to China

Dr. Shu Quan-Sheng, President of AMAC International, a high-tech company, was arrested for illegally exporting hydrogen liquefier technical data to the People’s Republic of China and bribing Chinese government officials. Full story

2. New York: Mujahideen Warlord Found Guilty of Heroin Trafficking

Bashir Noorzai, a former Mujahideen warlord and strong ally of the Taliban, was found guilty of conspiring to import and distribute heroin in the United States. Full story

3. Miami: French National Sentenced

Bernard Jean Ternus was sentenced after pleading guilty to visa fraud and to conspiring to transport stolen paintings in interstate and foreign commerce. Full story

4. Boston: Woman Sentenced in Cash Wage Scheme

Aimee King McElroy was sentenced for her role in running a $40 million cash wage scheme, the largest in Massachusetts’ history, to avoid paying employment taxes and workmen’s compensation insurance. Full story

5. Dallas: Convenience Store Charged With Gasoline Price Fixing

Kwik-Chek Food Stores Inc. and one of its agents were charged with conspiring to fix the price of retail gasoline and diesel fuel. Full story

6. New Orleans: Pastor Sentenced for Theft of Church Funds

Noah A. Thomas, former pastor of Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, was sentenced for theft of the congregation’s Hurricane Katrina disaster relief funds. Full story

7. Boston: Former Executive Charged With Lying About Cancer Diagnosis

Howard P. Richman, former Senior Vice-President of Biopure Corporation, was charged with lying to a federal judge about being terminally ill with colon cancer in order to obtain a favorable settlement. Full story (pdf)

8. Baltimore: Money Remitter Sentenced

Mohammad Ahsan, owner of Pak Exchange Services, was sentenced for conspiring to launder money using an informal money transfer system or “hawala.” Full story

9. New York: Economics Professor Pleads Guilty to Insider Trading

John Marshall, professor of finance and economics in several business schools and principal at Marshall Tucker and Associates, LLC, pled guilty to using insider information to commit securities fraud. Full story (pdf)

10. Little Rock: FBI Arrests Tony Alamo

Bernie Hoffman a.k.a. Tony Alamo, founder and leader of the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries, was arrested for transporting a minor across state lines with the intent to engage in sexual activity.
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