Press Release

For Immediate Release
November 21, 2008

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

FBI's Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending November 21, 2008

1. Pittsburgh: Agent Killed in the Line of Duty

Special Agent Samuel Hicks was fatally shot while executing a federal search warrant associated with a drug distribution ring. Full story

2. Reward Increased for Operation Backfire

The FBI and the ATF announced an increased reward for information regarding four domestic terrorism fugitives. Full story

3. Boston: State Senator Indicted

Massachusetts State Senator Dianne Wilkerson was charged with eight counts of attempted extortion. Full story (pdf)

4. Washington Field Office: Tax Auditor Pleads Guilty

El-Hadj Drame, a tax officer with the District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue, pled guilty to accepting a bribe. Full story

5. Kansas City: Operation Suspicious Minds Nabs 23

Twenty-three defendants were charged with drug trafficking conspiracies as well as immigration and firearms violations as a result of an extensive investigation involving federal and local law enforcement. Full story

6. New York: Police Sergeant Charged

New York Police Department Sergeant Haytham Khalil was charged with accessing the FBI Terrorist Watch List without authorization. Full story (pdf)

7. New York: Pastor Convicted

William H. Spencer, the pastor of the House of Truth in California, was convicted for bankruptcy fraud. Full story (pdf)

8. Omaha: Prosecutor Pleads Guilty

Former Assistant Pottawattamie County Attorney Jeffrey Richard Tekippe pled guilty to the possession of stolen firearms. Full story

9. Philadelphia: Two Charged with Illegal Trading with Iran

Mohammad Reza Vaghari and Mir Hossein Ghaemi were charged with conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. Full story

10. Washington Field Office: Attorney Indicted

Michael Miltry Hadeed, Jr. was indicted in connection with an on-going investigation of a large-scale immigration fraud scheme. Full story

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