Press Release

For Immediate Release
January 23, 2009

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

FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending January 23, 2009

  1. Washington Field Office: Three Air Cargo Carriers Plead Guilty

    LAN Cargo S.A., Aerolinhas Brasileiras S.A. and El Al Israel Airlines Ltd. pled guilty to price fixing and agreed to pay more than $124 million in criminal fines. Full Story
  2. San Juan: Senator Pleads Guilty

    Jorge De Castro Font pled guilty to 20 counts of honest services wire fraud and conspiracy to commit extortion. Full Story
  3. Tampa: Seven Cocaine Smugglers Extradited from Colombia

    Seven individuals were extradited from Colombia as a result of Operation Panama Express South which targets Colombian maritime smuggling organizations trafficking in cocaine. Full Story
  4. Buffalo: Boy Scout Leader Sentenced

    William Baker, a Boy Scout leader for 30 years, was sentenced to 121 months imprisonment for possession of child pornography. Full Story
  5. Pittsburgh: Sentencing for False Valor Claims

    Dale G. Farr was sentenced to 45 months imprisonment and ordered to pay restitution for falsely representing that he was a decorated U.S. Army Special Forces Captain wounded in action. Full Story
  6. Atlanta: Security Guard Sentenced

    Douglas Yutaka Rhoades was sentenced for impersonating an FBI agent and possessing child pornography. Full Story
  7. Houston: Indictment for Stealing FEMA Trailers

    Shelley Jerie Dewitt was charged with the impersonation of a FEMA employee in order to steal FEMA trailers. Full Story
  8. Chicago: Police Officer Pleads Guilty

    William Cozzi pled guilty to beating a victim who was handcuffed and shackled in a wheelchair. Full Story
  9. San Francisco: Bank Robber Sentenced

    Christopher Reynolds was sentenced to 140 months imprisonment for posing as a federal agent and committing two armed robberies. Full Story
  10. Philadelphia: Ponzi Scheme Promoter Charged

    Joseph Forte was charged with defrauding 80 investors - including a church, a charity and a private school – in a large scale pyramid scheme which raised over $50 million. Full Story


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