FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending April 5, 2013

  1. New York: Federal Corruption Charges Brought Against New York State Senator and New York City Council Member

    The charges against State Senator Malcolm Smith, City Council Member Daniel Halloran, and four others arise from an undercover investigation of three distinct but related bribery schemes. Full Story

  2. Milwaukee: Foreign Economic Espionage Investigation Leads to Arrest

    Hua Jun Zhao is alleged to have used his employment at the Medical College of Wisconsin to illegally acquire patented cancer research material and to have taken steps to provide it to Zhejiang University in China. Full Story

  3. San Diego: Camp Pendleton Contracting Official Arrested on Federal Bribery Charges

    Natividad Lara Cervantes allegedly used his position to extort bribes from businesses seeking to do business at the military base and referred to himself as the “Godfather at Camp Pendleton.” Full Story

  4. Newark: Member of White Supremacist Group Admits Role in Hate Crime Assault

    Michal Gunar, a purported member of the “Aryan Terror Brigade,” pled guilty for his role in the New Year’s Eve 2011 hate crime assault of two Middle Eastern men. Full Story

  5. San Diego: Former University of San Diego Assistant Basketball Coach Sentenced for Conspiring to Commit Sports Bribery

    Thaddeus Brown received 12 months in custody for his role in a conspiracy to influence the outcome of basketball games at the University of San Diego during the 2009-2010 season and attempting to recruit players to do the same during the 2010-2011 season. Full Story

  6. Baltimore: Attorney Pleads Guilty in $100 Million SBA-Backed Loan Conspiracy

    Seung E. Oh admitted her role in a scheme to fraudulently obtain business loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration. Full Story

  7. Philadelphia: Reading Woman Sentenced for Drug-Debt Kidnapping

    Grace Marie Perez-Jimenez received more than 28 years in prison for kidnapping a 14-year-old child for ransom over a $500 drug debt. Full Story

  8. Miami: Three Sentenced to Lengthy Prison Terms in Shooting Death of Brinks Guard

    Vladimir Louissant was sentenced to life in prison, and Victoria Barkley and Byron Kyler were sentenced to 10 years and five years in prison, respectively, for their roles in the August 2011 murder. Full Story

  9. Chicago: Eighteen Charged in Sweep Targeting Drug, Gun Dealing

    The alleged members and associates of the Black Disciples street gang are facing federal charges in connection with a continuing investigation in and around the Altgeld Gardens area. Full Story

  10. Denver: Former Pastor Sentenced for Possession of Child Pornography

    Richard Howard Craft, interim pastor of Family of Christ Presbyterian Church of Greeley, received 10 years in prison after pleading guilty. Full Story