Press Release

For Immediate Release
November 7, 2008

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

FBI's Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending November 7, 2008

1. New Orleans: Attorney Pleads Guilty and Forfeits $30 Million

James G. Perdigao pled guilty to 30 federal felony charges including a fraudulent billing scheme and agreed to forfeit $30 million. Full story

2. Miami: Venezuelan Convicted

Franklin Duran, a Venezuelan national, was convicted on charges of illegally operating as an agent of the Venezuelan government. Full story

3. Washington Field Office: GSA Contractor Employee Sentenced

Charles Anthony Wehausen and four subcontractors were sentenced for their roles in a kickback scheme which overcharged the U.S. government. Full story

4. Baltimore: Pakistani Receives Nine Year Sentence

Saifullah Anjum Ranjha was sentenced for concealing terrorist financing through an informal money transfer system known as a “hawala.” Full story

5. Springfield: Senior Master Sergeant Sentenced

Former Senior Master Sergeant Bruce E. Walker was sentenced for possession of child pornography. Full story

6. New York: Genovese Family Captain Indicted

Fugitive Michael Coppolo, a captain in the Genovese organized crime family, was charged with racketeering, extortion and murder. Full story

7. Memphis: Guilty Plea in Mosque Burning

Michael Corey Golden and Jonathan Edward Stone pled guilty for their roles in burning and vandalizing the Islamic Center of Columbia. Full story

8. Little Rock: Chief of Police Indicted

Former Sheridan Police Chief David Hooks was charged with embezzling city funds. Full story

9. Seattle: Army Captain Sentenced to Prison

Army Captain Cedar Lanmon was sentenced for accepting illegal gratuities from contractors while deployed in Iraq. Full story

10. Boston: Former Inmate Charged with Hacking Prison Computer

Former inmate of the Plymouth County Correctional Facility, Francis G. Janosko, was indicted for damage to the prisonís computer network and identity theft. Full story

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