Press Release

For Immediate Release
August 14, 2009

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

FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending August 14, 2009

  1. Miami: Former FBI Top Ten Fugitive Pleads Guilty

    Diego Montoya Sanchez, a leader of the Norte Valle Colombian drug cartel and a former FBI Top Ten Fugitive, pleaded guilty to drug trafficking, murder, and racketeering charges. Full Story
  2. Columbia: More Than 100 Indicted in South Carolina Drug Case

    Six federal indictments were unsealed charging 108 individuals with various federal drug, weapon, and immigration violations. The indictments stem from an investigation started in May 2008 by the FBI-led Columbia Violent Gang Task Force. Full Story
  3. Los Angeles: Two Convicted in $40 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme

    A federal jury convicted a prominent Beverly Hills real estate agent and a licensed real estate appraiser on federal charges for their roles in a massive mortgage fraud scheme that caused more than $40 million in losses to federally insured banks. Full Story
  4. Atlanta: Defendant Found Guilty of Supporting Terrorists

    A federal jury found Ehsanul Islam Sadequee guilty on all four counts of an indictment charging him with supporting terrorists and a foreign terrorist organization.   Full Story
  5. Miami: Florida Man Arrested in $4 Million Foreign Currency Investment Scheme

    Paul Robert Karr was arrested on mail and wire fraud charges arising from an investment fraud scheme in which more than 100 investors lost approximately $4,000,000. From January 2002 through November 2004, Karr defrauded investors for the purported purpose of trading foreign currencies in the international foreign exchange market.   Full Story
  6. Sacramento: Man Sentenced to Prison in Tomato Industry Corruption Case

    Robert Watson was sentenced by United States District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton to two years and three months in prison to be followed by two years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $1,858,000 in restitution to his former employer, Kraft Foods. Watson pled guilty to two counts of honest services mail fraud in connection with a scheme in which he accepted over $158,000 in bribes from a supplier of tomato products to the company. Full Story
  7. Washington Field: Former Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Convicted of Stealing Fuel From U.S. Army in Iraq

    Robert Jeffery was convicted for his role in a scheme to steal fuel worth approximately $39.6 million from the U.S. Army in Iraq. Full Story
  8. New York: Former Madoff Employee Pleads Guilty to Securities Fraud

    Frank DiPascali, Jr., formerly an employee of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, pleaded guilty to conspiracy, securities fraud, investment adviser fraud, falsifying records of a broker-dealer, falsifying records of an investment adviser, mail fraud, wire fraud, international money laundering, perjury and attempting to evade federal income taxes. Full Story
  9. Cleveland: 34 Charged in Drug Trafficking Case involving the Latin Kings Gang

    The USAO announced a 106-count, 34-defendant indictment on a drug case involving the Latin Kings gang in Cleveland, OH. Twenty-seven of the 34 subjects were arrested by FBI Cleveland, Buffalo, and Pittsburgh, along with other law enforcement agencies. Full Story
  10. Baltimore: Title Agent Indicted in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

    Jay Leonard was indicted on mail and wire fraud charges in connection with a scheme involving the fraudulent purchase of 25 properties in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia used in a scheme to solicit investors for a resort property that did not exist. According to the indictment, almost all of the properties Leonard was involved with went into foreclosure, causing actual losses of over $7 million. Full Story


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