Press Release

For Immediate Release
December 19, 2008

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

FBI's Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending December 19, 2008

1. Tampa: Egyptian Sentenced

Ahmed Abdellatif Sherif Mohamed, a student at the University of South Florida at the time of his arrest, was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for providing material support to terrorists. Full Story

2. Philadelphia: National Lampoon CEO Charged

Daniel Laikin, CEO of National Lampoon, Inc., and seven other individuals were charged with manipulating the prices of publicly traded companies. Full Story

3. Washington Field Office: Siemens Agrees to Pay $450 Million Fine

Siemens Aktiengesellschaft and three of its subsidiaries pleaded guilty to criminal violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Full Story

4. Birmingham: Charges in Bribery Scheme Involving U.S. Army Space and Missile Command

Maurice Henry Subilia, president of Lealagi, Inc and Sage Technologies, LLC, was charged with bribing officials in connection with funding government contracts. Full Story

5. New York: U.S. Files Forfeiture Action Against Iranian-owned Office Building

The United States has filed a forfeiture action against Assa Corporation's interest in a Manhattan office tower due to its violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and money laundering. Full Story

6. Detroit: Hizballah Supporter Sentenced

Fawzi Assi was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. Full Story

7. New York: PartyGaming Founder Pleads Guilty

Anurag Dikshit pled guilty to internet gambling and agreed to forfeit $300 million. Full Story

8. Oklahoma City: Apache Tribal Tax Commissioner Convicted

Emily Anne Saupitty was found guilty on 33 counts of embezzlement from the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma. Full Story

9. San Francisco: Insurance Agent Sentenced for Embezzlement

Mary Ann Locke, former partner in Wersching Agency, was sentenced to 39 months imprisonment and ordered to pay over $8 million in restitution. Full Story

10. Ongoing Global Effort Targets Child Pornographers

Operation Joint Hammer is part of an ongoing international enforcement operation targeting transnational rings of child pornographers. Full Story

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