Press Release

For Immediate Release
August 15, 2008

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

FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending August 15, 2008

1. Chicago: Lawson Product Agrees to Pay $30 Million

Lawson Products, Inc. has agreed to pay $30 million in forfeiture and restitution for the corrupt conduct of its sales agents. Full story

2. Miami: Former Fugitive Fund Manager Sentenced

Salman Shariff, a fugitive from justice living under an assumed identity in New York, was sentenced for securities fraud. Full story

3. Philadelphia: Former State Department Employee Charged with Security Breach

Samuel Peter Karmilowicz, a former employee with the U.S. Department of State, was charged with unauthorized possession of documents relating to the defense of the U.S. Full story

4. Kansas City: Five Men Indicted for Conspiracy to Use Fake Diplomatic Identification

Five men with connections to various sovereign citizen movements have been indicted for participating in a conspiracy to use fraudulent diplomatic credentials. Full story

5. Washington Field Office: U.S. Army Major Pleads Guilty

James Momon, Jr., a contracting officer, pled guilty to accepting cash bribes in return for awarding contracts to five Department of Defense contracting firms. Full story

6. San Juan: Two Commissioners Sentenced

Dean C. Plaskett and Marc A. Biggs, former Virgin Islands commissioners, were sentenced for their roles in a $1.4 million bribery and kickback scheme. Full story

7. Sacramento: Federal Inmates Indicted for Murder of Correctional Officer

Federal inmates Jose Cabrera Sablan and James Ninete Leon Guerrero were indicted for the murder of Federal Correctional Officer Jose Rivera. Full story

8. Dallas: Chairman of Texas Syndicate Gang Sentenced

Roy Arredondo, sillon (chairman) of the violent Dallas Texas Syndicate Gang, was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Full story

9. Newark: Woman Arrested in Ponzi Scheme

Marcia Sladich solicited hundreds of investors, including members of her church, in a $10 million fraudulent real estate scheme. Full story (pdf)

10. Sacramento: Fake DEA Agent Pleads Guilty

Brett Michael Petersen pled guilty to transmitting threatening text messages while impersonating a Drug Enforcement Administration agent. Full story


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