Right Side News brings you this week’s top 10 news accounts from the FBI, December 16, 2011.
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Seattle: Man Pleads Guilty in Plot to Attack Military Processing Center
A former Los Angeles man pled guilty in connection with the June 2011 plot to attack a military installation in Seattle. Full Story
Chicago: Former Illinois Governor Rod R. Blagojevich Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison for Corruption in Office
Former Illinois Governor Rod R. Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison following his conviction at trials in 2010 and 2011 on 18 felony counts of corruption during his tenure as governor, including his effort in 2008 to illegally trade the appointment of a U.S. senator in exchange for $1.5 million in campaign contributions or other personal benefits. Full Story
Baltimore: Former Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson Sentenced to Over Seven Years in Federal Prison for Federal Extortion and Bribery
Former Prince George’s County Executive Jack B. Johnson was sentenced to 87 months in prison for his leadership role in an extortion conspiracy wherein, in exchange for bribes, he corruptly used his public office to engage in fraudulent actions, including steering millions of dollars in federal and local funds. Full Story
Charlotte: Thirteen Alleged Latin King Members Indicted on Federal Racketeering Charges
Twelve alleged members of the violent Latin Kings street gang were arrested on racketeering charges in connection with conspiring to commit murders, assaults, robberies, kidnappings, and arson; one man remains a fugitive. Full Story
Salt Lake City: Five “Brown Magic Clica” Gang Members Plead Guilty to Racketeering Charges
Five members of the “Brown Magic Clica” gang admitted to participating or aiding a racketeering enterprise that engaged in assault, arson, attempted murder, firearm possession, and witness intimidation. Full Story
Washington Field: Virginia Man Pleads Guilty in Scheme to Conceal Pakistan Government Funding for His U.S. Lobbying Efforts
Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai pled guilty to conspiracy and tax violations in connection with a decades-long scheme to conceal the transfer of at least $3.5 million from the government of Pakistan to fund his lobbying efforts in America related to Kashmir. Full Story
Los Angeles: Fund Manager Indicted for Bilking Investors, Banks Out of $20 Million
A former investment fund manager was charged with defrauding investors out of millions of dollars by falsely promising investors their money would be used to purchase corporate bonds backed by the Troubled Asset Relief Program and then collaborating with his corporate counsel to cover up the fraud. Full Story
Albuquerque: The RCFL Programs Opens New Laboratory in New Mexico
The New Mexico Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (NMRCFL) officially opened on the grounds of the University of New Mexico—the second RCFL physically located on a university campus, and the 16th such facility in the FBI’s national network of full-service digital forensics laboratories and training centers. Full Story
San Antonio: Leader of Zapata Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering Organization Convicted
The leader of a drug trafficking and money laundering organization operating out of the Zapata, Texas area from approximately June 2006 through June 2011 pled guilty. Full Story
Sacramento: FBI Seeking Seven Indicted Gang Members Wanted for Gun and Drug Offenses
FBI Sacramento is asking for the public’s help to locate seven men indicted in federal court for charges including narcotics trafficking and firearms offenses in Kern County. Full Story