Press Release

For Immediate Release
August 13, 2010

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

FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending August 13, 2010

  1. Richmond: “Grandad Bandit” Accused of Robbing 25 Banks in 13 States Arrested

    Michael Francis Mara, 52, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, dubbed the “Grandad Bandit” by investigators, was arrested by the FBI in Baton Rouge for robbing at least 25 banks in 13 states in less than two years. Full Story
  2. Honolulu: Hawaii Man Convicted of Providing Defense Information and Services to People’s Republic of China

    A federal jury found Noshir S. Gowadia guilty of five criminal offenses relating to his design for the People’s Republic of China (PRC) of a low signature cruise missile exhaust system capable of rendering a PRC cruise missile resistant to detection by infrared missiles. Full Story
  3. Headquarters: New Congressional Funding to Enhance Department of Justice Southwest Border Strategy

    Congress passed the Border Security Appropriations Bill that provides $196 million for the Department of Justice to surge federal law enforcement efforts in high crime areas in the Southwest Border region. Full Story
  4. Atlanta: Alleged International Credit Card Trafficker Arrested in France on U.S. Charges Related to Sale of Stolen Card Data

    An international credit card trafficker thought to be one of the most prolific sellers of stolen data was arrested in Nice, France, on August 7, on charges of access device fraud and aggravated identity theft. Full Story
  5. Newark: Leader of $200 Million Real Estate Investment Scam Arrested for Fraud

    Eliyahu Weinstein was arrested at his home by federal agents on charges that he ran an investment fraud scheme causing losses of at least $200 million. Full Story
  6. Portland: Final Defendant in Major Heroin Trafficking Organization Sentenced to 70 Months in Prison

    Sergio Gutierrez-Torres was sentenced to 70 months in prison, followed by a five-year term of supervised release, on drug trafficking-related convictions. He is the fourth and final defendant sentenced in this case. Full Story
  7. Birmingham: Parrish Car Bomber Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison

    Keith Dewayne Lawson, one of two men involved in a July 29, 2009 car bombing at a home in Parrish, Alabama, was sentenced to 18 years in prison. Full Story
  8. Boston: Not Guilty Pleas Entered in Dorothy St. Laurent, Anthony St. Laurent, Jr. Extortion Cases

    Not guilty pleas to federal extortion charges were entered on behalf of Dorothy St. Laurent, 73, and her son, Anthony St. Laurent, Jr., 44. The defendants are expected to plead guilty to interstate extortion at change of plea hearings later this month. Full Story
  9. San Francisco: Former Sales Executive Charged with Destruction of Records, Obstruction of Justice

    The United States District Court unsealed an indictment charging Alvin K. Ono, of Singapore, with destruction of records and obstruction of justice between April and May 2008. Full Story
  10. Albany: Former New York State Parole Board Member and State Assemblyman Sentenced for Online Enticement of Minors

    George C. Ortloff was charged with online enticement of minors. He was sentenced to 150 months and ordered to serve a lifetime term of supervised release. He was ordered to have no unsupervised contact with minors, participate in a sex offender program, register with the New York State Sex Offender Registry Program, and pay a $50,000.00 fine. Full Story

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