Press Release

For Immediate Release
May 23, 2008

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

FBI’s Top Ten News Stories
For The Week Ending May 23, 2008

1. San Diego: JTTF Makes Arrest in Bombing Investigation

Rachelle Lynette Carlock was arrested and charged with using false identification to obtain explosive materials. Full Story

2. New York: Guilty Plea in Fraud Scheme Involving Adoption of Disabled Children

Judith Leekin pled guilty to fraudulently obtaining $1.68 million of adoption subsidies to care for adopted children and using the funds for her lavish lifestyle while keeping the children restrained in their beds.  Full Story (pdf)

3. New York: U.S. Army Translator Sentenced

A U.S. Army contract translator was sentenced for illegally possessing national defense documents and using a false identity to procure U.S. citizenship.  Full Story

4. Knoxville: University Professor Indicted for Arms Export Control Act Violations

University of Tennessee Professor J. Reece Roth and Atmospheric Glow Technologies Inc. were charged with conspiring to defraud the U.S. Air Force and disclose restricted “drone” information to foreign nationals. Full Story

5. San Diego: Home Foreclosure Ring Scam Broken Up

A huge real estate fraud scheme involving hundreds of non-English speaking victims was broken up and the defendants are facing more than 100 felony charges. Full Story

6. Los Angeles: 33 Individuals Charged in Computer Fraud Involving International Organized Crime

The cooperation of international law enforcement led to the disruption of an organized crime ring operating in the U.S. and Romania which used the internet to defraud their victims. Full Story

7. Boston: Biovail Pharmaceuticals Pleads Guilty

Biovail Pharmaceuticals, Inc. pled guilty to conspiracy and kickback charges and agreed to pay a criminal fine of $22.2 million. Full Story (pdf)

8. Portland: Takedown of Major Drug Trafficking Organization

Dozens of law enforcement agencies joined forces and served numerous arrest warrants and search warrants and seized weapons, drugs, cars and cash. Full Story (pdf)

9. San Diego: Financier Sentenced for Laundering Bribes for Former Congressman

Thomas Kontogiannis was sentenced to 97 months imprisonment and fined over $1 million for his involvement in laundering bribe money for former Congressman Randall “Duke” Cunningham. Full Story

10. Los Angeles: Attorney Arrested in $20 Million Investment Scheme

Attorney Jeanne Rowzee was arrested for defrauding approximately 150 investors out of more than $20 million through fraudulent offerings. Full Story

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