Press Release

For Immediate Release
May 29, 2009

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

FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending May 29, 2009

  1. Dallas: Federal Judge Hands Downs Sentences in Holy Land Foundation Case

    Federal court in Dallas sentences the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) and five of its leaders following their convictions in November 2008 on charges of providing material support to Hamas, a designated foreign terrorist organization. Full Story
  2. New York: Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik Indicted in False Statements Case in District of Columbia

    Bernard Kerik, a former New York City Police Commissioner, was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of making false statements to White House officials during his vetting for the position of Secretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security. Full Story
  3. Chicago: Fugitive Financier Surrenders in Chicago

    Abe Karn, who was wanted in connection with a massive mortgage fraud investigation, surrendered to the FBI. Full Story
  4. Kansas City: Eight Uzbekistan Nationals Among 12 Charged with Racketeering, Human Trafficking, Immigration Violations

    Eight Uzbekistan nationals were among 12 defendants indicted by a federal grand jury on RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) charges related to labor racketeering, forced labor trafficking, and immigration violations in a $6 million scheme to employ illegal aliens at hotels and other sites in 14 states. Full Story
  5. Washington Field: Virginia Man Pleads Guilty to Illegal Campaign Fundraising Scheme

    Jerry Pierce-Santos, of Vienna, Virginia, pled guilty to illegally making conduit contributions to a candidate seeking federal office. Full Story
  6. Chicago: Plainfield School Bus Driver Arrested for Distribution of Child Pornography

    Mario Meschino was arrested by the Chicago FBI’s Innocent Images Task Force. Full Story
  7. Salt Lake City: Man Indicted on Mail, Wire Fraud, and Tax Evasion Charges in Connection with Real Estate Investment Scheme

    Claud R. Koerber, aka Rick Koerber, was charged with mail fraud, wire fraud, and tax evasion in connection with an alleged fraudulent investment scheme he devised to get money from investors. His scheme took in about $100 million in investor funds; more than $50 willion was used to make Ponzi payments; and other investor money was diverted to other uses. Full Story
  8. Charlotte: Mooresville Pharmacist and Website Employee Each Sentenced for Roles in Drug Distribution Conspiracy

    A North Carolina pharmacist and a former employee at were sentenced to 40 months and 23 months in prison, respectively, for their roles in a massive conspiracy to distribute millions of hydrocodone pills to thousands of customers throughout the country. Full Story
  9. New York: Two Stock Brokers Plead Guilty to Stock Manipulation Scheme

    Two stock brokers pled guilty in Manhattan federal court to securities fraud charges arising from a scheme to manipulate the stock of Smart Online. Full Story
  10. Washington Field: Defense Contactor Pleads Guilty in Connection with Procurement of Bullet-Proof Vest Contract in Iraq

    Defense contractor Diana Bakir Demilta, a U.S. citizen, pled guilty to wire fraud and admitted to engaging in other bribery-related conduct in connection with contracts in Iraq. Full Story


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