Press Release

For Immediate Release
July 18, 2008

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

FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending July 18, 2008

1. Attorney General Joins the Director to Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the FBI

On July 26th, the FBI will commemorate 100 years of public service. Full Story

2. New York: City Supervisor Pleads Guilty to Public Corruption Charges

James Castaldo, a former high-ranking supervisor with the City of Mount Vernon Department of Public Works, pled guilty to accepting bribes from waste haulers. Full Story (pdf)

3. Washington Field Office: Foreign Service Officer Sentenced for Hate Crimes

W. Patrick Syring, a retired foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State, was sentenced for threatening employees of the Arab American Institute. Full Story

4. Newark: Two Women Sentenced

Jamila Davis, aka Jamila Baker, and Brenda Rickard were sentenced to long federal prison terms for their roles in orchestrating a mortgage fraud scheme which resulted in $14 million in losses to several banks. Full Story (pdf)

5. Minneapolis: Four Indicted for Threatening Judge

Four individuals were indicted for conspiring to intimidate and threaten a federal judge from presiding over a criminal trial. Full Story

6. Los Angeles: Two Men Convicted in Coal Mine Scam

Robert Jennings, a pastor, and Henry Jones, a record company executive, were convicted of bilking 500 investors out of more than $32 million through a bogus coal mine scam. Full Story

7. Atlanta: Kidnapping Victim Rescued

An alleged drug dealer, who had been held captive in a drug-related dispute, was rescued and arrested by federal authorities. Full Story (pdf)

8. Atlanta: Two Men Sentenced for Making False Bomb Threat

Quantavious Greene and Elijah Chandler were sentenced for calling in a false bomb threat to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta. Full Story

9. Denver: Asian Pride Street Gang Dismantled

The coordination of federal, state, and local law enforcement led to a 109 count indictment charging 27 members of the Asian Pride Street Gang. Full Story

10. Sacramento: Federal Probe into Racketeering Snags Law Enforcement Officials

A federal grand jury indicted Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Captain Raul DeLeon and former Deputy Sheriff-Bailiff David A. Swanson for making false statements to federal investigators and lying to a federal grand jury. Full Story

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