Press Release

For Immediate Release
August 27, 2010

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

FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending August 27, 2010

  1. Los Angeles: Forty-One Members and Associates of Pueblo Bishops Charged in Federal Racketeering Indictment

    More than 1,000 FBI agents and LAPD officers executed arrest warrants and search warrants Wednesday after a two-year investigation into the Pueblo Bishops Bloods, a street gang that controls the Pueblo del Rio housing project in South Los Angeles. Authorities arrested 19 defendants who are named in a sweeping racketeering indictment that was returned last week by a federal grand jury. Additionally, 10 people were taken into custody on various state offenses. Several defendants named in the indictment were already in custody on unrelated charges. The investigation into the Pueblo Bishops was called Operation “Family Ties” because many of the targets, in addition to residing at Pueblo del Rio, are united by family ties. Full Story
  2. Phoenix: Canadian Man Sentenced to 33 Months in Prison for Selling Counterfeit Cancer Drugs Using the Internet

    Canadian Hazim Gaber was sentenced Wednesday in Phoenix to 33 months in prison for selling counterfeit cancer drugs using the Internet. Gaber was indicted by a federal grand jury in Phoenix on June 30, 2009, on five counts of wire fraud for selling counterfeit cancer drugs through the website DCAdvice.com. Gaber was arrested on July 25, 2009, in Frankfurt, Germany, and was extradited to the United States on Dec. 18, 2009. At his plea hearing in May 2010, Gaber admitted selling what he falsely claimed was the experimental cancer drug sodium dichloroacetate, also known as DCA, to at least 65 victims in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Belgium, and the Netherlands between October and November 2007. Full Story
  3. Philadelphia: Former Camden Police Sergeant Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Deprive Others of Civil Rights

    Dan E. Morris, a former Camden, New Jersey police sergeant, pled guilty Thursday to conspiring with other Camden police officers to deprive others of their civil rights, United States Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Morris admitted that he engaged in a conspiracy with at least four other Camden police officers to deprive individuals of their due process rights while on duty as a uniformed police officer with the Camden Police Department. Morris admitted that between May 2007 and September 2008, he conducted illegal searches without a search warrant or consent; obtained coerced consents to search residences based on threats and undue pressure; stole money during illegal searches and arrests; and allowed officers he supervised to include facts in police reports that were false. Full Story
  4. New York: Twelve Members of the Bloods Street Gang Indicted on Racketeering, Murder, Drug Distribution and Firearms Charges

    An indictment was unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn Wednesday charging members of the “Nine-Trey Gangsters,” also known as the “Bugout Boyz,” a set of the Bloods street gang, with racketeering, murder, drug distribution, and firearms offenses. Two defendants, including Laron Spicer, were charged with the July 18, 2008, murder of a drug rival; eight defendants were charged with racketeering; nine defendants were charged with illegally possessing guns in connection with drug trafficking; three defendants were charged with armed robbery; and all defendants were charged with conspiring to distribute heroin and cocaine. Full Story
  5. Washington Field: Former Airline Executives Indicted in Conspiracy to Fix Fares on Flights Between the United States and the Republic of Korea

    A Brooklyn, New York grand jury returned an indictment Thursday against two former executives of Asiana Airlines Inc., for participating in a conspiracy to fix economy class airfares paid by passengers for travel from the United States to the Republic of Korea, the Department of Justice announced. The one-count indictment charges Joo Ahn Kang and Chung Sik Kwak, each a former vice president of the Americas of Asiana, with conspiring with others to suppress and eliminate competition by fixing passenger fares for passenger transportation services from certain airports in the United States to Korea from in or about and between January 2000 and February 2006. Kang served as President of Asiana from December 2005 to November 2008. Full Story
  6. Cincinnati: Fairfield Man Sentenced to Prison for Role in $9 Million Investment Scam

    Kevin Miller was sentenced Thursday to 15 months’ imprisonment for his role in a real estate investment fraud scheme between 2005 and 2008 that defrauded more than 90 victims out of more than $9 million. In addition to the prison time, Miller’s sentence includes two years of supervised release and an order to pay restitution of $184,354 to the three victims directly affected by his actions. Miller is also prohibited from engaging in any further investment solicitation activity. Full Story
  7. Anchorage: Alaska Man Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison for Making False Statements in Domestic Terrorism Investigation

    Paul Gene Rockwood Jr. was sentenced to eight years in prison for making false statements to the FBI in a domestic terrorism investigation. Rockwood’s spouse, Nadia Piroska Maria Rockwood, was also sentenced for making false statements to the FBI in connection with the investigation of her husband. Chief United States District Court Judge Ralph R. Beistline imposed the eight-year sentence, pursuant to a plea agreement, entered into by the parties on July 21, 2010. Nadia Piroska Maria Rockwood was sentenced for her felony conviction for willfully making false statements to the FBI. She agreed to a sentence of five years of probation which was imposed by the court at sentencing. Full Story
  8. Charlotte: Former Chief Accounting Officer for Beazer Homes USA, Inc. Indicted on 11 Criminal Counts

    Michael T. Rand, the former chief accounting officer for Beazer Homes USA, Inc. was charged in an 11-count federal bill of indictment with conspiracy, securities fraud, obstruction, witness tampering, false statements to a financial institution, misleading conduct and destruction of records. Rand appeared before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in U.S. District Court in Asheville Tuesday and was ordered detained pending a detention hearing. The charges arise from an ongoing government investigation involving Beazer and its employees. In July 2009, a federal bill of information was filed in U.S. District Court charging Beazer with, among other things, participation in the conspiracy and securities fraud with Rand. Beazer accepted responsibility for those charges and, in a deferred prosecution agreement, agreed to pay restitution over time up to $50 million. Full Story
  9. Miami: Roberto Settineri Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering Charge

    Roberto Settineri pled guilty Wednesday to a one-count superseding information charging him with conspiracy to commit money laundering. According to the information and statements made during the plea hearing, Settineri admitted to conspiring with others to launder $10 million in funds and concealing assets represented to be the proceeds of a large scale fraudulent scheme. The initial investigation was part of a joint U.S. and Italian law enforcement action. Full Story
  10. Pittsburgh: Three Pennsylvania Men Indicted for Cross Burning

    Michael Bealonis and Kenneth Stiffey, Jr., of Robinson, Pennsylvania, and Michael Bracken, of Bolivar, Pennsylvania, were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges stemming from a cross burning in the yard of an African-American juvenile in November 2009. In the three-count indictment, Bealonis, Stiffey, and Bracken were charged with one count of conspiracy to interfere with the housing rights of another, one count of interfering with the housing rights of another, and one count of using fire in the commission of a felony. If convicted, Bealonis, Stiffey and Bracken face a maximum punishment of 30 years in prison and a $750,000 fine. Full Story

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