Press Release

For Immediate Release
September 14, 2007

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

FBI'S Top Ten News Stories
For the Week Ending September 14, 2007

1. Boston: Possible Sighting of Ten Most Wanted Fugitive "Whitey" Bulger in Italy

A couple believed to be FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitive James J. "Whitey" Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig, were sighted April 10 in Taormina, Italy, on the island of Sicily. A reward of up to $1 million is being offered for information leading directly to his arrest. Full Story

2. Miami: Ten Most Wanted Fugitive Arrested in Colombia

Diego Leon Montoya Sanchez was arrested by Colombian authorities near Zarzal in Valle del Cauca. Montoya is the principal leader of the North Valley Cartel, which is believed to be the most powerful and violent drug trafficking organization in Colombia. Full Story

3. Birmingham: Operation Clean Sweep Yields Over 350 Arrests of Violent Offenders

"Operation Clean Sweep" was a coordinated multi-agency action targeting violent offenders, gang members, and drug felons which resulted in the arrest of over 350 individuals. Over 300 law enforcement personnel representing over 40 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies participated in the operation. Full Story

4. Boston: Fugitive Placed on FBI's Ten Most Wanted List

New Hampshire fugitive Jon Savarino Schillaci was added to the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List. Schillaci is wanted for the alleged sexual assault of a young boy. Full Story

5. Sacramento: Terrorism Charges Result in 24-Year Sentence for Man Trained to Wage Violent Jihad on U.S.

Hamid Hayat was sentenced to 24 years imprisonment for terrorism charges relating to attending a jihadi training camp and returning to the U.S. ready and willing to wage violent jihad upon receipt of orders. Full Story

6. Honolulu: American Samoa Officials Indicted for Public Corruption

Lieutenant Governor Aitofele T.F. Sunia and Territorial Senator Tini Lam Yuen of the U.S. Territory of American Samoa were arrested on fraud, bribery, and obstruction charges. The defendants allegedly engaged in a scheme to avoid the competitive bidding process. The broader investigation into grant-related corruption in American Samoa is being conducted by a multi-agency investigative team. Full Story

7. Jackson: Two Former Mississippi Judges and Prominent Trial Attorney Sentenced in Bribery Scheme

Former Mississippi State Chancery Court Judge Walter W. Teel, former Mississippi State Court Circuit Judge John H. Whitfield, and prominent trial attorney Paul S. Minor were sentenced on 14 counts of bribery, racketeering, and fraud. Full Story

8. Washington Field: 18 Members of Crystal Methamphetamine Organization Arrested

The Washington and Baltimore field offices of the FBI, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Fairfax County, Virginia, Police Department; the Montgomery County, Maryland, Police Department; and Loudoun County, Virginia, Police Department arrested 18 individuals and conducted 12 searches as part of a methamphetamine trafficking investigation. Full Story

9. Miami: U.S. Customs & Border Protection Officer Charged with Bribery in Connection with an Alien Smuggling Operation

Ronald Howard Merker, Clodoaldo Ribero, Sidney Herberth Sathler, and Alair Campos were charged with conspiracy in connection with an alien smuggling operation. Merker is a U.S. Customs & Border Protection Officer assigned to Miami International Airport. Full Story

10. Kansas City: Frosty Treats Agrees to Pay $47,555 to Foreign Student Workers; Manager Pleads Guilty to Federal Charge

Frosty Treats agreed to pay more than $47,000 to six foreign student workers who were recruited to work in a summer work program. Kansas City Frosty Treats division manager David L. Carslake pleaded guilty to obstruction of mail for witholding mail from summer employees from Russia and Eastern Europe who applied for Social Security cards in order to work at places other than Frosty Treats. Full Story

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