Press Release

For Immediate Release
July 16, 2010

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

FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending July 16, 2010

  1. Multiple Field Offices: Medicare Fraud Strike Force Charges 94 Doctors, Health Care Company Owners, Executives and Others for More than $251 Million in Alleged False Billing

    Ninety-four people have been charged for their alleged participation in schemes to collectively submit more than $251 million in false claims to the Medicare program in the continuing operation of the Medicare Fraud Strike Force in major cities across the country. The operation is the largest federal health care fraud takedown since Medicare Fraud Strike Force operations began in 2007. Full Story
  2. New Orleans: Six New Orleans Police Officers Indicted in Danziger Bridge Case

    Six officers with the New Orleans Police were charged in connection with the federal investigation of a police-involved shooting on the Danziger Bridge in the days after Hurricane Katrina. The incident resulted in the death of two civilians and the wounding of four others. Full Story
  3. Washington Field: Former State Department Official Sentenced to Life in Prison for Nearly 30-Year Espionage Conspiracy

    Walter Kendall Myers, a former State Department official, and his wife, Gwendolyn Steingraber Myers, were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole and 81 months in prison, respectively, for their roles in a nearly 30-year conspiracy to provide highly classified U.S. national defense information to the Republic of Cuba. Full Story

  4.  Seattle: Fugitive Captured in the Bahamas

    Colton A. Harris-Moore was apprehended by the Royal Bahamas Police Force after a short boat chase near Harbour Island. Harris-Moore was flown to Nassau, Bahamas, where he pled guilty and transferred to Miami. Full Story

  5.  Chicago: Alleged Leader of Little Village Identification Document Fraud Ring Extradited from Mexico to Face Racketeering and Murder Conspiracy Charges

    An alleged leader of a counterfeit identification document business that operated in Chicago’s Little Village Community was extradited from Mexico to face federal charges including racketeering conspiracy and murder-related offenses. Full Story

  6. Cleveland: Zubair and Khaleel Ahmed Sentenced for Providing Material Support to Terrorists

    Zubair Ahmed and Khaleel Ahmed were found guilty and sentenced to 10 and eight years, respectively, for conspiring to provide material support to terrorists. Chicago Division and Cleveland’s Toledo Joint Terrorism Task Force assisted with investigation. Full Story

  7.  Newark: CEO of Capitol Investments USA Inc. Indicted for $880 Million Ponzi Scheme Based on Phony Grocery Business

    Nevin Shapiro, former owner and chief executive officer of Capitol Investments USA Inc., was indicted for allegedly overseeing an $880 million Ponzi scheme linked to his purported wholesale grocery distribution business. Full Story

  8. Philadelphia: Two Sentenced for Transporting Stolen Goods to Support Hizballah

    Michael Katz and Alaa Allia Ahmed Mohamed were sentenced to prison for 18 and 12 months, respectively, for conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods and trafficking in counterfeit goods. The charges were filed in conjunction with a case against four people, including Hassan Hodroj and Dib Hani Harb, who were charged with attempting to provide material support to Hizballah in the form of approximately 1,200 machine guns. Full Story

  9. Houston: Corpus Resident Sentenced to Prison for Making Bomb Threats to the CCAD

    Henry L. Simmons was sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay more than $200,000 in restitution for willfully using a cellular telephone or other instrument of interstate or foreign commerce in making bomb threats to the Corpus Christi Army Depot. Full Story
  10. Portland: Former Bureau of Land Management Official Sentenced to Federal Prison

    Luis Ramirez was sentenced to 36 months in prison for orchestrating a scheme to defraud the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) through his official position with the agency. Ramirez was also ordered to pay $481,602.47 to BLM and to serve three years of supervised release. Full Story

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