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FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending August 30, 2013

Washington, D.C. August 30, 2013
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  1. Boston: Cambridge Man Indicted for Making False Statements in the Boston Marathon Bombing Terrorism Investigation

    Robel Phillipos was indicted after having been previously charged via complaint in May 2013 with making a series of materially false statements to federal law enforcement officials during a terrorism investigation. Full Story

  2. New York: Member of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula Indicted

    Nigerian citizen Lawal Olaniyi Babafemi, aka “Abdullah” and “Ayatollah Mustapha,” allegedly traveled twice from Nigeria to Yemen to meet and train with leaders of the foreign terrorist organization al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the Yemen-based branch of al Qaeda. Full Story

  3. Chicago: Man Indicted for Allegedly Obstructing Justice and Soliciting the Murder of an Undercover FBI Agent

    Adel Daoud allegedly solicited the murder of an undercover FBI agent after the defendant was arrested last September and charged with attempting to detonate a purported bomb outside a bar in downtown Chicago. Full Story

  4. Boston: Pennsylvania Man Pleads Guilty to Hacking into Multiple Computer Networks

    Andrew James Miller admitted to his participation in a scheme to hack into a variety of computers located in Massachusetts and elsewhere to sell access to the networks. Full Story

  5. San Antonio: Progreso Mayor and Other Public Officials Charged in Conjunction with Bribery Scheme

    Jose Guadalupe Vela, Jr. and his sons, Omar Leonel Vela and Michael Vela, were arrested for their alleged participation in a scheme to create a “pay-to-play” public contracting system in Progreso. Full Story

  6. Kansas City: Independence Man and Woman Plead Guilty to Violating Civil Rights of Family by Torching Their Home

    Logan J. Smith and Victoria A. Cheek-Herrera admitted that they conspired to injure, oppress, threaten, and intimidate an African-American couple and their minor children in the free exercise of their constitutional rights to occupy and rent their home. Full Story

  7. Chicago: Former Chicago White Sox Scouting Executive Sentenced for Taking Kickbacks from Latin American Players’ Signing Bonuses

    David S. Wilder received two years in prison for accepting approximately $440,000 in kickbacks from the signing bonuses and contract buyouts that two of the team’s Latin American scouts paid to secure 23 prospective players between December 2004 and February 2008. Full Story

  8. San Juan: Indictment Charges 126 Individuals in Puerto Rico for Drug Trafficking

    The defendants were charged in an alleged conspiracy to distribute crack, heroin, cocaine, marijuana, Percocet, and Xanax at six different drug points located within Barriada Morales. Full Story

  9. Los Angeles: Dozens of Members of Violent Street Gang Charged with Narcotics and Weapons Violations

    More than 800 hundred law enforcement officers and agents served dozens of arrest and search warrants in Operation Thumbs Down, an 18-month investigation that targeted members and associates of the Rollin’ 30s Harlem Crips. Full Story

  10. San Juan: Puerto Rico Man Sentenced to Life in Prison in 2009 Mass Shooting

    Alexis Candelario-Santana received the sentence for murdering eight people and an unborn child and attempting to murder 19 others during a mass shooting at a Puerto Rico nightclub. Full Story