Press Release

For Immediate Release
May 14, 2010

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

FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending May 14, 2010

  1. FBI Headquarters: Annual Memorial Service Honors Fallen Special Agents

    The FBI held a memorial service to honor the 53 FBI special agents killed in the line of duty. FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III and Deputy Director John S. Pistole participated in the ceremony, held each year as part of National Police Week to honor the sacrifices of the fallen special agents and their families. Full Story
  2. FBI Headquarters: FBI Releases Preliminary Statistics for Law Enforcement Officers Killed in 2009

    According to preliminary statistics released by the FBI this week, 48 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty during 2009. Full Story
  3. Washington Field: Former ABN AMRO Bank N.V. Agrees to Forfeit $500 Million

    The former ABN AMRO Bank N.V., now named the Royal Bank of Scotland N.V., agreed to forfeit $500 million to the United States in connection with a conspiracy to defraud the United States, to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and to violate the Trading with the Enemy Act, as well as a violation of the Bank Secrecy Act. Full Story
  4. Miami: Four Broward and Palm Beach Residents Charged in Multi-Million-Dollar Mortgage Fraud Scheme

    Four Florida residents were charged for their participation in a multi-million-dollar mortgage fraud scheme. All the defendants are charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. According to the superseding indictment, the defendants engaged in a scheme to enrich themselves by fraudulently causing real property in Broward and Palm Beach Counties to be bought and sold through straw buyers who obtained high value mortgages based upon fraudulent mortgage loan applications. Full Story
  5. Newark: Phony Phone Calls Distract Consumers from Genuine Theft

    The FBI is warning consumers about a new scheme that uses telecommunications denial-of-service attacks, strange and unexplained phone calls on mobile or landline telephones, as a diversion from what is really happening: the looting of bank and online trading accounts. Full Story
  6. New York: Coordinated Multi-Agency Law Enforcement Strike Shuts Down Vast Drug Operations in Newburgh

    Two indictments were unsealed charging 78 members and associates of the Newburgh Bloods gang and 18 members and associates of the Newburgh Latin Kings gang with conspiracies to distribute, and possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine, powder cocaine, and heroin. Full Story
  7. Los Angeles: Movie Distributor Sentenced to Nearly Four Years in Prison in $7 Million Independent Film Financing Fraud

    A Calabasas man who orchestrated a fraud scheme related to the financing of independent films caused Comerica Bank to suffer more than $7 million in losses was sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison. Full Story
  8. Dallas: Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation Gang Members Sentenced to Life in Prison for Their Roles in Multiple Murder, Narcotics, and Firearms Crimes

    The leader of the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation in Texas and one of his enforcers were sentenced to life in prison. Jose Robledo Nava and James Johnathan Cole were found guilty for their involvement in a drive-by shooting in Big Spring, Texas, in which six people were shot with an AK-47 type rifle. Full Story
  9. New Orleans: Man Indicted for Civil Rights Conspiracy in Connection with Cross-Burning in Athens, Louisiana

    Joshua James Moro, 23, has been indicted by a federal grand jury for participating in a civil rights conspiracy in connection with an October 2008 cross-burning in Athens, La., near the home of an interracial couple. Moro was arrested this week following the return of an indictment on April 28, 2010. Full Story
  10. Seattle: Former Seattle Art Dealer Arrested in Connection with Art Theft Conspiracy

    A lengthy undercover investigation by the FBI culminated in the arrests of two men and one woman charged with conspiracy to transport stolen property in interstate commerce. According to the criminal complaint, gallery owner Kurt Lidtke conspired with Jerry H. Christy and Georgia Christy to steal valuable artwork from homes in the Seattle area, and sell it to a buyer in Oregon. Full Story

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