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FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending August 10, 2012

Washington, D.C. August 10, 2012
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  1. Phoenix: Jared Lee Loughner Pleads Guilty in Tucson Shooting

    Jared Lee Loughner pled guilty to charges stemming from the January 2011 shooting outside a supermarket that killed six people and wounded 13 others. Under the terms of the plea agreement, he will be sentenced to life in prison with no eligibility for parole. Full Story

  2. San Antonio: Naser Jason Abdo Sentenced in Connection with Killeen Bomb Plot

    Naser Jason Abdo, age 22, will spend the rest of his life in federal prison for plotting to kill American soldiers and others near Fort Hood, Texas. Full Story

  3.  Kansas City: FBI Investigating Fire at Islamic Center of Joplin

    The ongoing investigation involves reconstructing the scene, identifying the cause and origin of the fire, conducting interviews, and sifting through debris to obtain and collect evidence related to the incident. Full Story

  4. Charlotte: Academi/Blackwater Charged and Enters Deferred Prosecution Agreement

    The agreement acknowledges and references a $42 million settlement between the company and the Department of State as part of a settlement of violations of the Arms Export Control Act and the International Trafficking in Arms Regulations. Full Story

  5. Atlanta: Ex-TSA Officers Indicted for Conspiring and Attempting to Smuggle Drugs

    Richard C. Cook and Timothy G. Gregory were indicted for multiple counts of drug trafficking for attempting to smuggle cocaine through Hartfield-Jackson International Airport. Full Story

  6. Washington: Pfizer H.C.P. Corp. Agrees to Pay $15 Million Penalty to Resolve Foreign Bribery Investigation

    Pfizer H.C.P. Corporation agreed to pay a $15 million penalty to resolve an investigation of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. In a related matter, Pfizer Inc. and Wyeth LLC reached settlements today with the Securities and Exchange Commission under which Pfizer Inc. agreed to pay more than $26.3 million in disgorgement of profits. Full Story

  7. Philadelphia: Members of Alleged Sports Betting Ring Charged with Racketeering

    Sixteen defendants were charged in a 23-count indictment in a conspiracy case involving the Mastronardo Bookmaking Organization, a multi-million-dollar sports betting operation. Full Story

  8. Houston: Seventh Defendant Convicted in Multi-Million-Dollar Health Care Fraud Scheme

    Tony Nnonso Obi, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Nigeria, pled guilty for his role in a massive health care fraud conspiracy that billed the Medicare and Medicaid programs for more than $45 million. Full Story

  9. Los Angeles: Gang Members Among Eight Indicted on Sex Trafficking Charges

    A federal grand jury indicted eight people—four of whom allegedly are members of a South Los Angeles street gang—on charges related to the sex trafficking of teenage girls who were recruited and groomed to work as prostitutes. Full Story

  10. New York: Former NYPD Officer Sentenced to 40 Months in Prison

    Joseph Trischitta, a former New York City Police Department officer, was sentenced to 40 months in prison for engaging in a scheme involving the illegal interstate transport of firearms and stolen goods. Full Story