Press Release

For Immediate Release
December 12, 2008

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

FBI's Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending December 12, 2008

1. Chicago: Illinois Governor Arrested

Governor Rod R. Blagojevich and his Chief of Staff John Harris were arrested on federal corruption charges including conspiring to trade or sell the Illinois’ Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama. Full Story

2. New York: Former Chairman of NASDAQ Arrested

Bernard L. Madoff, investment advisor and former Chairman of the NASDAQ stock market, was charged with securities fraud in a multi-billion Ponzi scheme. Full Story

3. San Diego: CEO Sentenced in $3 Billion Stock Manipulation Scheme

Stephen Parker Gardner, former Chief Executive Officer of Peregrine Systems, Inc. was sentenced on charges of conspiracy, securities fraud, and obstruction of justice. Full Story

4. Washington Field Office: Blackwater Employees Indicted on Manslaughter Charges

Five Blackwater employees were charged with killing 14 unarmed civilians and wounding 20 others at Nisur Square in Baghdad. Full Story

5. Boston: Former State Senator Indicted

Former Massachusetts State Senator Dianne Wilkerson and Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner were charged with multiple federal felony charges including extortion. Full Story

6. Albany: Former State Supreme Court Justice Indicted

Thomas J. Spargo, former Supreme Court Justice of the Third Judicial Circuit of the New York State was charged with attempted extortion. Full Story

7. Cleveland: City Council Member Charged with Bribery

Cleveland City Council Member Robert J. White, III was charged with accepting a bribe in exchange for the performance of his official duties. Full Story

8. Boston: Chinese Nationals Arrested

Zhen Zhou Wu, Yufeng Wei and Bo Li were charged with conspiring to violate U.S. export laws by falsely identifying the ultimate destination of U.S. goods. Full Story

9. Louisville: Deputy Jailers Sentenced for Civil Rights Violations

Wesley Lanham and Shawn Freeman, former deputy jailers at Grant County Detention Center, were sentenced for arranging the rape of a teenage traffic offender by inmates. Full Story

10. Kansas City: 110 Arrests in Violent Gang Crime Sweep

More than 160 federal, state and local investigators conducted a large-scale, two-day sweep to combat the city’s rising homicide rate. Full Story

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