Press Release

For Immediate Release
July 17, 2009

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

FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending July 17, 2009

  1. Los Angeles: Engineer Convicted of Economic Espionage Charges

    Dongfan “Greg” Chung, a former Rockwell and Boeing engineer, was remanded into custody after being convicted of economic espionage charges and for acting as an agent of the People’s Republic of China. Chung is alleged to have stolen restricted technology and Boeing trade secrets, including information related to the Space Shuttle program and Delta IV rocket. Full Story
  2. Boston: Executives Indicted for SBA Loan Fraud Involving 9-11 Recovery Program

    Former Ptech Officers Buford George Peterson and Oussama Abdul Ziade were arrested for making false statements to the U.S. Small Business Administration in connection with a loan application submitted under a program offered to assist small businesses economically harmed by the attacks of September 11, 2001. The indictment charges Peterson and Ziade with falsely representing the identities of Ptech’s major shareholders in this loan application to conceal the ownership interest in Ptech held by a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, Yassin Kadi. Full Story
  3. Washington Field Office: Virginia Man Indicted for Making Threats to Federal Judges

    Stephen H. Rosenberg was arrested and charged with transmitting threats to kill white judges in South Carolina as well as threats designed to influence or intimidate a federal judge hearing a civil case in which Rosenberg is the plaintiff. Full Story
  4. San Diego: Casino-Cheating Criminal Enterprise Sentenced for Targeting Casinos

    George Michael Lee, Duc Cong Nguyen, Hop Nguyen and Tien Duc Vu were sentenced in San Diego for their roles in a scheme by the “Tran Organization” to cheat casinos across the United States and Canada. Duc Cong Nguyen and Vu admitted that they unlawfully obtained up to $2.5 million during card cheats.   Full Story
  5. Buffalo: Two People Charged in United Nations Fraud Case

    A 14-count Indictment was unsealed charging Deborah Bowers and Steve Jabar with wire fraud, money laundering and making false statements in connection with a scheme to defraud the United Nations Development Fund for Women of tens of thousands of dollars.  Full Story
  6. Chicago: Gang Leader Arrested for Extorting Recording Artist

    Elgin Nathan James, the self-proclaimed founder of a street gang that purports to exert control through use of violence over hardcore punk rock music in clubs and concert venues, was arrested on an extortion charge filed in Chicago. James allegedly extorted $5,000 from an unnamed victim while the victim's band was on tour in late 2005 and early 2006. Full Story
  7. San Antonio: Federal Probation Officer Charged with Drug Trafficking and Bribery

    Armando Mora, a United States Probation Officer, was arrested and charged with drug trafficking and bribery. According to the criminal complaint, Mora received bribe payments from members of a drug trafficking organization to provide sensitive and confidential information from government records. Full Story
  8. Detroit: Charges Arise from Deals with Former Detroit City Council Member Conyers

    Samuel L. Riddle, Jr., was indicted for conspiracy, extortion, bribery, and making false statements to the FBI after conspiring with former Detroit City Council President Pro Tempore Monica Conyers. Riddle is charged with aiding and abetting Conyers in receiving bribes relating to the Synagro sludge hauling contract with the City of Detroit. Full Story
  9. Kansas City: Naval Recruiter Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking of a Child

    Shane Allan Childers, an active duty naval recruiter, pleaded guilty to the attempted commercial sex trafficking of a child. This conviction is the result of Operation Guardian Angel, a unique undercover law enforcement investigation targeting the demand for child prostitutes in the Kansas City metro area. Full Story
  10. Headquarters: Houston Regional Computer Forensic Lab Receives New Accreditation

    The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB) accredited the Greater Houston Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (GHRCFL) in digital and multi-media evidence. Full Story

 

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