Press Release

For Immediate Release
April 23, 2010

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

FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending April 23, 2010

  1. New York: Zarein Ahmedzay Pleads Guilty to Terror Violations in Connection with al Qaeda Subway Plot

    The Justice Department announced that Zarein Ahmedzay, a U.S. citizen and resident of Queens, N.Y., pled guilty to terrorism violations stemming from, among other activities, his role in an al Qaeda plot to conduct coordinated suicide bombings on New York’s subway system in September 2009. Ahmedzay, 25, pled guilty to the following violations: conspiracy to use a weapon of mass of destruction (explosive bombs) against persons or property in the United States; conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country; and providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization, namely al Qaeda. Ahmedzay faces a sentence of up to life in prison. Full Story
  2. Los Angeles: Former CEO of KB Home Convicted of Federal Fraud Charges

    Bruce E. Karatz, a former CEO and chairman of the board of KB Home, was convicted of four felony counts related to a stock option backdating scheme in which he awarded himself and other KB executives millions of dollars in undisclosed stock-based compensation. The convictions stem from Karatz’s attempts in 2006 to cover up the fact that he had been backdating his own and other executive’s stock options for the preceding seven years. The cover-up included failures to disclose the stock-option backdating in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and to KB’s outside auditors.Full Story
  3. Cincinnati: Man Sentenced to 24 Months in Prison for Defrauding Railroad Through Kickback Scheme

    Ronald L. Zullig, 55, was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 24 months’ imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $185,000 in restitution to the Ohio Central Railroad for a kickback scheme in which he promised companies contracts with the railroad if they did personal work for him. Full Story
  4. Houston: Former Texas DPS Trooper Sentenced for Violating Civil Rights

    A former Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) trooper was sentenced to four years in prison for depriving multiple motorists of their civil rights. Michael Anthony Higgins, 43, formerly of the Corpus Christi area, was found guilty on Jan. 13, 2010, by a jury’s verdict on all four counts of the indictment of willfully stealing money from motorists he stopped on the highway while working as a trooper. Full Story
  5. Washington Field: Virginia Resident Sentenced to 87 Months in Prison for Bribing Foreign Government Officials

    Charles Paul Edward Jumet was sentenced to 87 months in prison for paying bribes to former Panamanian government officials to secure maritime contracts, in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and for making a false statement to federal agents. The act makes it a crime to pay or offer to pay anything of value to a foreign government official in order to obtain or retain business. Full Story
  6. New York: U.S. Attorney Charges 14 Gambino Crime Family Associates with Racketeering, Murder, Sex Trafficking and Other Crimes

    Fourteen members and associates of the Gambino organized crime family were arrested on charges that include racketeering, murder, sex trafficking, sex trafficking of a minor, jury tampering, extortion, assault, narcotics trafficking, wire fraud, loansharking and illegal gambling. Full Story
  7. Newark: Former Hoboken Mayor Admits Extorting Cash Contributions in Return for Official Influence

    Peter J. Cammarano, III, former mayor of Hoboken, N.J., pleaded guilty and admitted accepting $25,000 in illicit cash contributions in exchange for exercising his future official influence and authority. At his plea hearing, Cammarano admitted that, while he was an at-large councilman and candidate for mayor, he accepted three illicit cash campaign contributions totaling $15,000 from a cooperating witness (CW), who purported to be a real estate developer. Cammarano further admitted that on July 16, 2009, after he had been elected and sworn in as mayor, he accepted an additional $10,000 illicit cash campaign contribution from the CW. Full Story
  8. Columbia: Three South Carolina Men Sentenced for Committing Civil Rights Offenses and Carjacking

    Three men were sentenced for their role in terrorizing an African-American man and two Caucasian men and for carjacking. Defendants Thomas Howard Blue Sr., Thomas Howard Blue Jr., and Judson Hartley Talbert pleaded guilty to conspiring to deprive and actually depriving the African-American victim of his right to engage in a federally protected activity and conspiring to carjack and actually carjacking the victim’s car. Full Story
  9. New York: Man Sentenced to 121 Months in Prison for Attempting to Finance Terrorism and Perpetrating Massive Investment Fraud

    Abdul Tawala Ibn Ali Alishtari was sentenced in federal court to 121 months in prison after previously pleading guilty to charges of terrorism financing and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. In the latter half of 2006, Alishtari facilitated the transfer of $152,500, believing that the funds would be used in Afghanistan and Pakistan to help train terrorists. He understood that these funds would be used to purchase equipment needed at a terrorist training camp, such as night vision goggles. Unknown to Alishtari, the man with whom he was working to transfer the money was an undercover officer. Full Story
  10. New York: Manhattan U.S. Attorney Charges Belarusian Creator of International Identity Theft Website

    Dmitry M. Naskovets, creator and operator of CallService.biz, was indicted for his role in an online business that assisted more than 2,000 identity thieves in more than 5,000 instances of fraud. He faces conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to commit credit card fraud, and aggravated identity theft charges. Naskovets, a Belarusian, will be extradited to the U.S. Through the website, Naskovets and a co-conspirator, in exchange for a fee, provided the services of English- and German-speaking individuals to persons who had stolen account and biographical information to beat security screening processes. Full Story

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