Press Release

For Immediate Release
April 9, 2010

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

FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending April 9, 2010

  1. Washington Field: Former Department of Labor Chief of Staff Pleads Guilty to Failing to Report Gifts from Former Lobbyist Jack Abramoff

    Horace M. Cooper, the former chief of staff for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Employment Standards Administration, pleaded guilty to falsely certifying his fiscal year 2003 Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure Report. Cooper admitted that in 2003 he solicited and accepted gifts from Jack A. Abramoff and Neil G. Volz, former Washington lobbyists who had a client with business before the DOL. Cooper admitted he concealed his receipt of these gifts from DOL ethics officials and his supervisors. Full Story
  2. Seattle: Man Arrested for Making Death Threats, Repeatedly Called U.S. Senator Threatening Her with Violence

    Charles Alan Wilson was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with threatening a federal official. Wilson was arrested by the FBI and local law enforcement at his home in Selah, near Yakima, Wash. Wilson became the subject of a federal investigation after a series of threatening phone calls to the office of Washington’s U.S. Senator Patty Murray. Full Story  
  3. New Orleans: Former Police Officer Pleads Guilty in Danziger Bridge Case

    Michael Hunter, who until last week was an officer with the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD), has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obstruct justice and misprision of a felony, for failing to report a crime, in connection with the federal investigation of a police-involved shooting on the Danziger Bridge. The incident on the Danziger Bridge, which occurred on Sept. 4, 2005, in the days after Hurricane Katrina, involved one shooting on the east side of the bridge that resulted in the death of one civilian and the wounding of four others, and a second shooting on the west side that resulted in the death of Ronald Madison, a 40-year-old man who had severe disabilities. Full Story
  4. San Francisco: Man Charged with Making Harassing Phone Calls to Official

    A federal complaint filed Thursday charged Gregory Lee Giusti with making harassing and threatening telephone calls to a government official, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Full Story
  5. Dallas: Texas Man Indicted in Connection with U.S. Mail Collection Box Bomb

    Larry Eugene North was indicted by a federal grand jury on Wednesday and charged with possession of an illegal firearm or destructive device after having been arrested without incident in Tyler. According to prosecutors, North had previously been identified as a person of interest in connection with destructive devices that were being placed in postal collection boxes in East Texas. On Wednesday morning, North was observed placing such a device in a Tyler collection box leading to his subsequent arrest. Full Story
  6. San Diego: Three Arellano-Felix Members Sentenced to Prison; Two Will Forfeit $1 Million Each

    Three defendants were sentenced to lengthy terms in United States prison because of their participation in the Arellano-Felix drug trafficking organization (AFO). Jesus Labra-Aviles and Armando Martinez-Duarte were sentenced to 480 months and 220 months of imprisonment, respectively. In addition, on March 29, Jorge Aureliano Felix was sentenced to 360 months in prison. Full Story
  7. Philadelphia: Former Turnpike Chairman Pleads Guilty to Obstruction of Justice

    Mitchell Rubin was sentenced to five years’ probation, with the first six months to be served in home confinement with electronic monitoring, 150 hours community service, and he was ordered to pay $150,000 to the senate of Pennsylvania after pleading guilty to obstruction of justice in connection with the grand jury investigation of former state Senator Vincent J. Fumo. Rubin is the former chairman of the Pennsylvania Turnpike commission, an owner of B&R Professional Services, Inc. (“B&R”), in Philadelphia, and the husband of Ruth Arnao, a co-defendant in the case against Fumo. Full Story
  8. Minneapolis: Man Sentenced to 50 Years in Federal Prison for Orchestrating $3.7 Billion Ponzi Scheme

    Thomas Joseph Petters was sentenced to 50 years in federal prison for orchestrating a $3.7 billion Ponzi scheme. Petters was convicted on Dec. 2, 2009, of 10 counts of wire fraud, three counts of mail fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, and five counts of money laundering. Full Story
  9. New York: Hacker Sentenced for Scheme to Steal, Launder Money from Accounts

    Alexsey Volynskiy was sentenced to 37 months in prison for hacking into victims' brokerage accounts at Charles Schwab, laundering more than $246,000 and sending a portion back to co-conspirators in Russia. Volynskiy also sold approximately 180 stolen credit card numbers to a cooperating witness and directed that they be fabricated into credit cards. Full Story
  10. Oklahoma City: German National Pleads Guilty to Unlawful Possession of Ammunition

    Maziar Golchehr of Cologne, Germany, pleaded guilty to being an alien in unlawful possession of ammunition. On February 17, 2010, a federal grand jury returned an indictment against Golchehr. The indictment alleged that Golchehr was in Oklahoma City after being admitted to the United States under a non-immigrant visa waiver. On December 29, 2009, Golchehr unlawfully possessed a Glock 17, 9 mm semi-automatic pistol, and on January 27, 2010, he unlawfully possessed fifty (50) rounds of Brass Blazer 9 mm Luger ammunition. The indictment further alleges that Golchehr falsely stated to an FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force Officer that he was a German police officer assigned to Grenzschutzgruppe 9 (GSG-9), an elite police force of the German government, when in fact he was not employed as a German police officer. Full Story

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