Press Release

For Immediate Release
January 8, 2010

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

FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending January 8, 2010

  1. Detroit: Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab Indicted for Attempted Bombing of Flight 253 on Christmas Day

    Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was charged in a six-count criminal indictment returned in the Eastern District of Michigan for his alleged role in the attempted Christmas day bombing of Northwest Airlines flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit. Abdulmutallab faces life in prison if convicted. Full Story
  2. Washington Field: Former Department of Defense Contractors Charged with Murder of Two Afghan Nationals
    Justin Cannon of Corpus Christi, Texas and Christopher Drotleff of Virginia Beach, Virginia were charged with crimes including second-degree murder, attempted murder, and firearms offenses while working as contractors for the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) in Afghanistan. Cannon and Drotleff were charged under the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act. The 13-count indictment alleges that on May 5, 2009, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Cannon and Drotleff shot and killed two Afghanistan nationals and wounded a third. The indictment alleges that at the time of the shootings, Cannon and Drotleff were DOD contractors employed by Paravant LLC, which is a subsidiary of Xe (formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide). Full Story  
  3. St. Louis: Missouri State Representative Sentenced on Federal Bribery Charges
    Talibdin El-Amin, a member of the Missouri House of Representatives for the 57th Missouri District, was sentenced to 18 months in prison on federal bribery charges. In addition to his prison sentence, he was also ordered to pay $2,100 in restitution. Full Story
  4. New York: Former Yonkers Councilwoman, Two Others Charged in Public Corruption Case

    Sandy Annabi, the former Democratic majority leader of the Yonkers City Council, was charged with conspiracy, bribery, extortion, false statements, and tax crimes. The indictment also charges Zehy Jereis, the former head of the Yonkers Republican Party, and Anthony Mangone, a Westchester County attorney, with conspiracy, bribery, and extortion in connection with two real estate development projects within the City of Yonkers that were pending before Annabi. Full Story
  5. Birmingham/Mobile: Nine Suspicious White Powder Letters Received at Offices of U.S. Senators and Representatives Throughout Alabama

    The FBI is investigating nine suspicious white powder letters received at the offices of four U.S. Senators and Representatives throughout the state of Alabama. The handwritten letters, which also contained a white powder, were sent to the offices of U.S. Senators Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions, and U.S. Representatives Jo Bonner and Mike Rogers, in Montgomery, Birmingham, Mobile, Foley, and Anniston, Alabama. The white powder substance has been field screened and the tests have met with negative results for hazardous materials. Full Story - Birmingham | Full Story - Mobile
  6. Seattle: Former Army Ranger Pleads Guilty to Assault and Trying to Hire a Hit Man

    Barely one year after he was sentenced to 24 years in prison on bank robbery charges, former U.S. Army Ranger Luke Elliott Sommer, a dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada, pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon and solicitation of a crime of violence. Full Story
  7. New York: FBI Participates in New Year’s Eve Security Operations

    The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, in cooperation with other law enforcement agencies, conducted security operations for the New Year’s Eve celebration in New York City. The FBI deployed more than 100 agents, analysts, professional staff, and task force members to assist with security efforts, and was in place to enact the FBI’s crisis response plan in the event of a terrorist incident. Full Story
  8. Miami: Miami-Dade County Resident Charged in $55 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

    Ihosvany Marquez was charged with conspiracy to commit Medicare fraud, Medicare fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, money laundering, and aggravated identity theft. Marquez, together with Michel De Jesus Huarte and other unnamed conspirators, allegedly operated and controlled seven purported medical clinics in Miami-Dade and Orange counties. These clinics submitted at least $55 million in false claims to Medicare and based on these fraudulent claims, Medicare paid Marquez and his conspirators approximately $21.6 million. Full Story
  9. Sacramento: Fremont Man Charged in Connection with Ongoing Tomato Industry Corruption Case

    Michael Chavez, a former purchasing manager for Safeway Inc., was charged with two counts of wire fraud in connection with an ongoing federal investigation into various illicit activities in the tomato processing industry. Chavez is the latest corporate purchasing manager to plead guilty to receiving bribes from SK Foods, formerly a California-based grower and processor of tomato and other food products for sale to food product manufacturers, food service distributors and marketers, and retail outlets nationwide. Full Story
  10. New Haven: Former Stamford Hedge Fund Manager Pleads Guilty

    Francesco Rusciano pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud. Rusciano operated the Ponta Negra Fund I, LLC and the Ponta Negra Offshore Fund, LTD. As a result of various misrepresentations, Rusciano’s investors placed approximately $24 million in principal with the funds during their time of operation and, in turn, investors redeemed approximately $9 million before his scheme was discovered. Full Story

 

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