Press Release

For Immediate Release
July 24, 2009

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

FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending July 24, 2009

  1. Newark: Political Corruption and International Money Laundering Ring Disrupted

    The mayors of Hoboken, Secaucus and Ridgefield, the Jersey City deputy mayor and council president, two state assemblymen, numerous other public officials and political figures and five rabbis from New York and New Jersey were among 44 individuals charged in a public corruption and a high-volume, international money laundering conspiracy. Full Story
  2. Los Angeles: FBI Top Ten Fugitive Apprehended in Mexico

    Emigdio Preciado, Jr., a member of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives, was arrested in Mexico by officers with the Policia Federal Ministerial. Preciado was wanted for the brutal attack on two Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputies during a routine traffic stop. Full Story
  3. Chicago: Suburban Businessman Charged in $77 Million Ponzi Scheme

    Frank A. Castaldi is charged with allegedly operating a more than 20-year Ponzi scheme that resulted in more than 300 investors sustaining losses totaling over $31.5 million. Castaldi induced more than 450 investors to invest over $77 million in purported six-month promissory notes, which Castaldi falsely represented would pay guaranteed returns of 10 to 15 percent. Full Story
  4. Denver: Second Top Ten Fugitive Apprehended in One Week Found in Wyoming

    FBI Top Ten Fugitive Edward Eugene Harper was arrested on July 23, 2009. Harper was wanted for his alleged involvement in the sexual assault of two Mississippi girls, ages 3 and 8.  Full Story
  5. St. Louis: Cathy M. Gieseker Indicted for Multi-Million Dollar Ponzi Scheme

    Cathy M. Gieseker, Owner of T.J. Gieseker Farms and Trucking, was indicted on multiple fraud charges including mail and wire fraud and interstate transportation of stolen property, involving a $27 million grain fraud scheme.  Full Story
  6. Houston: Father, Daughter, Wife Indicted in Mortgage Fraud Conspiracy

    An 11-count indictment was unsealed charging Claymon “Butch” Trammell, Michelle Trammell, and Jeannettea Williams with conspiracy and wire fraud for their involvement in a scheme to defraud residential mortgage lenders out of loans totaling more than $2.5 million. Full Story
  7. New York: Eleven Arrested in Israel on U.S. Charges for Lottery Scheme

    Eleven Israeli residents were arrested by the Israel National Police overseas pursuant to a U.S. extradition request. From approximately 2005 through 2009, the defendants participated in a phony “lottery prize” scheme that targeted mostly elderly victims in the United States. Full Story
  8. Denver: Former Wyoming Trooper Pleads Guilty to Civil Rights Violations

    Franklin Joseph Ryle Jr., a former Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper, pleaded guilty to depriving a man of his constitutional right to be free from unreasonable seizures by kidnapping him. Ryle also pleaded guilty to one count of using his firearm in relation to the crime. Full Story
  9. Phoenix: Arizona Couple Indicted for Voter Fraud

    A federal grand jury returned a five-count indictment against James A. Marshall and Karen S. Marshall for conspiracy to commit voter fraud. The indictment alleges that the Marshalls voted in more than one state during the November 2008 U.S. Presidential election. Full Story
  10. New Orleans: Ameal Parker Pleads Guilty to Murder of DEA Agent

    Ameal Parker pled guilty to unlawfully killing DEA Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Thomas J. Byrne during an assault and robbery. SSA Byrne was attending the U.S. Department of Justice-sponsored Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Southeast Regional Conference. Full Story

 

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