Press Release

For Immediate Release
April 3, 2009

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

FBI's Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending April 3, 2009

  1. Chicago: Former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich, His Brother, Two Former Top Aides, and Two Businessmen Indicted on Federal Corruption Charges Alleging Pervasive Fraud

    Former Illinois Governor Rod R. Blagojevich has been charged in a 19-count indictment by a federal grand jury. Blagojevich, 52, of Chicago, was charged with 16 felony counts, including racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud, extortion conspiracy, attempted extortion and making false statements to federal agents. Full Story
  2. Philadelphia: Federal Indictment in Coatesville Arson Case

    Mark Gilliam, of Chester County, Pennsylvania, has been indicted with a one-count arson indictment for a fire at the Happy Days Family Bistro in Thorndale, Pennsylvania on January 25, 2009. Full Story
  3. Detroit: Motorcycle Gang National President Indicted, 17 Other Members Charged in Criminal Complaints

    A grand jury has charged Jeff Garvin Smith, aka “Fat Dog,” 54, of Mt. Clemens, Michigan, with being a violent felon in possession of body armor. Full Story
  4. San Antonio: CBP Officer Indicted for Bribery, Drug Trafficking and Alien Smuggling

    A Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer has been arrested following the filing of a criminal complaint accusing him of bribery, alien smuggling and drug charges. Full Story
  5. Cincinnati: Grand Jury Indicts Three for Drive-By Shooting Involving FBI Agent

    A federal grand jury has indicted three Cincinnati men, charging them with assaulting a federal officer in connection with a March 25, 2009 shooting where assailants fired multiple rounds into the car of an FBI agent. Full Story
  6. Washington: Department Of Justice Efforts To Combat Mexican Drug Cartels

    The FBI is taking proactive measures to assess and confront this heightened threat to public safety on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, by creating a Southwest Intelligence Group (SWIG), which will serve as a clearinghouse of all FBI activities involving Mexico. The FBI will also increase its focus on public corruption, kidnappings and extortion relating to Southwest border issues. Full Story
  7. Salt Lake City: Two Individuals Face Federal Charge of Conspiracy to Commit Sex Trafficking of Children

    Two residents of South Salt Lake City are charged with one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of children in a federal indictment unsealed late last week in the first case charged as a part of efforts by the Utah Human Trafficking Task Force. Full Story
  8. Dallas: Fugitive Arrested by FBI in Amarillo, Texas

    Don Dwayne McAdams was arrested in Amarillo by FBI agents and Deputy US Marshals. McAdams was charged federally on March 27, 2009 in the Eastern District of Texas for the kidnapping of a minor and for interstate transportation of a minor for sex. Full Story
  9. Sacramento: Roseville Man Indicted for Shining Laser at Two Aircraft

    A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment charging Balltazar O. Valladares, 29, of Roseville, California, with interference with the safe operation of an aircraft by shining a powerful handheld laser into the cockpit. Full Story
  10. Portland: Man Sentenced to 15 Months in Federal Prison for Sending Letters Containing Simulated Anthrax

    David A. Groves, 39, was sentenced to 15 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Anna J. Brown after he pled guilty to sending more than 25 bizarre and threatening letters to federal, state, and local governmental agencies which contained a white, powdery substance. Full Story


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