Press Release

For Immediate Release
December 26, 2008

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

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

1. Philadelphia: Five Radical Extremists Convicted

Mohamad Ibrahim Shnewer, Serdar Tatar and brothers Dritan Duka, Shain Duka and Eljvir Duka were convicted on charges they plotted to kill members of the U.S. military at Fort Dix. Full Story

2. Baltimore: Iraqi Pleads Guilty

Saubhe Jassim Al-Dellemy pled guilty to conspiracy to illegally act as an agent for the former government of Iraq under Saddam Hussein. Full Story

3. New York: President of Alavi Foundation Arrested

Farshid Jahedi was charged with obstruction of justice for discarding subpoenaed documents related to the Assa Corporation which was named in a forfeiture complaint. Full Story

4. New York: Satellite TV Operator Pleads Guilty

Javed Iqbalpled guilty to providing material support to Hizballah, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization. Full Story

5. Washington Field Office: GSA Chief of Staff Convicted

David H. Safavian was convicted of obstructing a GSA internal investigation and making false statements related to his association with Jack Abramoff. Full Story

6. New Haven: Yale to Pay $7.6 Million Settlement

Yale University agreed to pay $7.6 million to the U.S. Government to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act and mismanaged federally-insured research grants. Full Story

7. San Diego: Senior Advisor for Veterans Affairs Pleads Guilty

Wade Rowland Sanders - retired U.S. Navy Captain, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy and decorated Vietnam Vet - pled guilty to child pornography. Full Story

8. Oklahoma City: Student Sentenced in False Terrorism Threat

Jason Ray Shandy, a student at the University of Central Oklahoma, was sentenced for falsely reporting a bomb at the university. Full Story

9. Miami: Bank Officer Sentenced in Money Laundering Scheme

Former Wachovia Bank assistant vice-president, Javier J. Ortiz, was sentenced for his role in a conspiracy to commit money laundering in connection with a Medicare fraud scheme. Full Story

10. New Haven: New York Pimp Sentenced

Corey Davis was sentenced to more than 24 years imprisonment for forcing minors and women to work as prostitutes under the threat of physical harm. Full Story

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