Right Side News brings you this week’s top 10 news accounts from the FBI, January 6, 2012.

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  1. DOJ: Attorney General Eric Holder Announces Revisions to the Uniform Crime Report’s Definition of RapeFBI_Badge_and_Gun

    Attorney General Eric Holder announced revisions to the Uniform Crime Report’s definition of rape, which will lead to a more comprehensive statistical reporting of rape nationwide. Full Story

  2. New York: Four Israeli Defendants Charged in Multi-Million-Dollar Phony “Lottery Prize” Schemes Extradited

    Four defendants were extradited from Israel on charges relating to their participation in multiple lottery telemarketing fraud schemes. The schemes targeted elderly victims in the United States and netted the defendants millions of dollars in profits. Full Story

  3. Miami: Fort Lauderdale Police Officer Charged with Wire Fraud  

    David Michael McElligott, who is currently stationed at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, was charged in connection with allegedly submitting falsified military leave and earnings statements and military orders to the Fort Lauderdale Police Department and the city of Fort Lauderdale. Full Story

  4. Norfolk: Bounty Hunter Bloods Gang Members Sentenced for Racketeering Acts

    Amaad Jamaal Brantley was sentenced to 12 years in prison for participating in a pattern of racketeering activity which included attempted murder, home invasion, robbery and conspiring to distribute controlled substances, and to the charge of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. Two other co-defendants were also sentenced. Full Story

  5. Los Angeles: Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Federal Prison for Running Investment Fraud Scheme Involving Wind Energy Technology

    A Carson man was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for running a $1 million scheme that bilked dozens of victims—including a U.S. Army staff sergeant who was serving on active duty in Afghanistan—who thought they were investing in a legitimate wind energy technology business. Full Story

  6. Albany: OGK Gang Member Sentencing

    Derrick Ruffin was sentenced to an additional 106 months in prison on a racketeering conspiracy charge relating to his involvement in the criminal activities of the Original Gangster Killers. Full Story

  7. Las Vegas: Man Pleads Guilty to Role in $3.4 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme

    The secretary of Las Vegas-based CPT Real Estate Investments pled guilty to his role in a $3.4 million mortgage fraud scheme involving victims in the Las Vegas area. Full Story

  8. Kansas City: Man Serving Time for Kidnapping Sentenced to 20 Years for Bank Robbery

    A Kansas man who is already in prison for abducting a store clerk in Viola was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison on a bank robbery charge. Full Story

  9. Houston: Last of Those Convicted in Insurance Company Scam Sentenced to Federal Prison

    Shane Ladell Rhodes was sentenced to 15 months in prison for his participation in a wire fraud conspiracy involving more than $1 million in potential loss to Columbia Lloyd’s, a small local insurance company. Full Story

  10. Springfield: Business Owner Sentenced to 16 Months in Federal Prison for Fraud Scheme 

    A former Mattoon, Illinois woman was ordered to serve 16 months in federal prison and pay restitution of more than $400,000 for defrauding a local bank and the Illinois Department of Revenue. Full Story