Press Release

For Immediate Release
June 27, 2008

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

FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending June 27, 2008

1. FBI Sting Targets Child Prostitution Ring

Operation Cross Country led to the recovery of 21 children in a five-day roundup which included federal, state and local law enforcement in 16 cities across the country. Full Story

2. Washington Field Office: Major International Airlines Agree to Pay $504 Million for Price Fixing

Air France-KLM, Cathay Pacific, Martinair, and SAS have agreed to pay criminal fines for participating in a multi-year price-fixing conspiracy on international air cargo shipments. Full Story

3. Baltimore: IRS Division Director Pleads Guilty

Robert O. Steven pled guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering in connection with a property tax refund scheme in which millions of dollars were stolen from the District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue. Full Story

4. Denver: Woman Arrested For Making Airplane Bomb Threat

Terrice Gay Hutchinson was arrested for falsely stating that her husband, an airline passenger, was carrying a bomb and was planning to blow up the airplane. Full Story

5. Charlotte: Twenty-Six Members of MS-13 Indicted

The FBI along with federal, state, local and international law enforcement indicted twenty-six members of MS-13 on racketeering, narcotics, firearms and extortion charges. Full Story

6. San Diego: UNUM Group Agrees to $5.5 Million Settlement

The UNUM Group, an insurance provider, agreed to pay $5.5 million in fines and penalties for failure to disclose fees and compensation agreements which had an impact on premiums. Full Story (pdf)

7. Houston: Computer Hacking Indictment

Danielle Duann was indicted on for intentionally causing damage to computer records at Life Gift Organ Donation Center, her former employer. Full Story

8. Newark: Samsung America Director Pleads Guilty

John Y. Lee, former director of Samsung America, Inc., pled guilty to embezzling more than $1 million from Samsung through a fraudulent billing scheme. Full Story (pdf)

9. Miami: Sheriff's Deputies Charged in Undercover Corruption Probe

As a result of an FBI undercover operation, Broward Sheriff’s Deputies Richard V. Tauber and Kevin D. Frankel were charged with public corruption and other charges. Full Story

10. Los Angeles: Domestic Terrorist Sentenced

Levar Washington, a member of Jam’iyyat Ul-Islam Is-Saheeh, was sentenced to 22 years imprisonment for conspiring to wage war against the United States.  Full Story

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