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FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending January 11, 2013

Washington, D.C. January 11, 2013
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  1. New York: Brooklyn Resident from Albania Sentenced to 15 Years for Attempting to Support Terrorism

    Agron Hasbajrami exchanged e-mails and sent money to an individual in Pakistan and was arrested while attempting to fly there to fight violent jihad. Full Story

  2. New Haven: Romanian Citizen Involved in Phishing Scheme Sentenced to Four Years

    Dragos Razvan Davidescu was part of a conspiracy that used victims’ personal and financial information to access bank accounts and lines of credit to withdraw funds without authorization, often from ATMs in Romania. Full Story

  3. Richmond: Former Virginia Police Chief Admits to Drug Conspiracy and Burglary Charges

    William Bryan Young pled guilty to felony charges related to his involvement in the distribution of prescription painkillers and the burglary of a pharmacy. Full Story

  4. San Antonio: Former ‘Panama Unit’ Officers Indicted on Drug Charges

    Jonathan Trevino and Alexis Rigoberto Espinoza, former officers with the Mission Police Department, along with Fabian Rodriguez and Gerardo Mendoza-Duran, former deputies with the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office, attempted to use their positions as law enforcement personnel to assist drug traffickers with the distribution of cocaine. Full Story

  5. Miami: Fort Lauderdale Man Sentenced to Life for Sex Trafficking of Minors

    Van Lawson Williams recruited runaways to work as prostitutes at his residence. Full Story

  6. Anchorage: Fairbanks Residents Sentenced for Conspiracy to Murder Public Officials and Weapons Violations

    Francis Schaffer Cox, the self-described leader of the Alaska Peacemakers Militia, and Lonnie Vernon, a member of the militia, were each sentenced to more than 25 years in prison. Full Story

  7. Los Angeles: Gang Member Sentenced to Life in Federal Prison for Racketeering Offenses

    Javier Perez of the 18th Street criminal street gang was sentenced in connection to the shooting of a street vendor that resulted in the murder of a 23-day-old infant. Full Story

  8. New York: Seventeen Individuals Charged in Connection with a Violent Manhattan Drug Trafficking Crew

    Seventeen members of a criminal organization based in Harlem were charged with conspiring to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana. Full Story

  9. Los Angeles: Five Arrested in ‘Builder Bailout’ Mortgage Fraud Scheme

    The real estate scheme involved the fraudulent purchase of more than 100 condominium units around the country with mortgages that mostly went into default, resulting in foreclosures and millions of dollars in losses. Full Story

  10. Detroit: Owner of Adult Day Care Centers Pleads Guilty in Connection with Medicare Psychotherapy Fraud Scheme  

    Marcus Jenkins, owner of several businesses that housed severely mentally disabled Medicare recipients, admitted his role in the $13.2 million fraud scheme. Full Story