Press Release

For Immediate Release
July 25, 2008

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

FBI's Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending July 25, 2008

1. Columbia: Mayor Indicted for Public Corruption

Union Mayor E. Bruce Morgan and Union Building and Zoning Director Jeffery Lawson were indicted for conspiring to extort bribes from contractors seeking business with the city. Full Story

2. Philadelphia: Television Anchor Charged

Lawrence Mendte, former employee of KYW-TV, was charged with illegally accessing a protected computer of a former colleague. Full Story

3. Boston: Eleven Gang Members and Associates Indicted

An extensive, coordinated investigation involving federal, state and local law enforcement resulted in the arrest of eleven violent gang members. Full Story

4. Miami: Operation Birdcage Leads to Indictment of Five Correctional Guards

As a result of Operation Birdcage, five State of Florida Correctional Officers were indicted for conspiring to smuggle drugs into the prison. Full Story

5. Seattle: Female Member of "The Family" Sentenced

Jennifer L. Kolar, a member of a domestic terrorist group, was sentenced for her connection with the arson at the University of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture. Full Story

6. Portland: Russian National Charged with Fraud

Amiran Aliyevich Abukov was charged with wire fraud, health care fraud and identity theft in a scheme to defraud Medicare. Full Story

7. Springfield: Guilty Plea in Civil Rights Case

William Bowen pled guilty to conspiring to violate the civil rights of an African-American couple and their white friend by spray-painting their home with racial epithets. Full Story

8. New Haven: Jordanian Husband and Wife Sentenced

Fares Khraisat and his wife, Jumana Qutishat, were sentenced for immigration fraud and other charges. Full Story

9. Washington Field Office: Digital Currency Business Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering

E-Gold Ltd, an internet-based digital currency business, and its principle directors and owners pled guilty to criminal charges relating to an illegal money transmitting business. Full Story

10. Indianapolis: Swim Coach Pleads Guilty to Child Porn

Brian D. Hindson, former head coach of Kokomo High School swim team, pled guilty to secretly videotaping female teenage swimmers undressing in their locker rooms. Full Story

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