The following are some the top 10 FBI stories of this past week ending November 18, 2011. Also be aware of common fraud schemes listed on the FBI website. They included telemarketing, letters from Nigeria, advance fee schemes, healthcare fraud, ponzi and pyramid schemes. See tips for avoiding them here. To report cases of fraud, use our online tips form or contact your nearest FBI office or overseas office.

  1. Headquarters: FBI Releases 2010 Hate Crime StatisticsFBI_Badge_and_Gun

    The FBI released Hate Crime Statistics, 2010 based on information submitted by law enforcement agencies throughout the nation. These data indicate that 6,628 criminal incidents involving 7,699 offenses were reported in 2010 as a result of bias toward a particular race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity/national origin, or physical or mental disability. Full Story
  2. Boston/San Francisco: Public Assistance Requested in Search for Wanted Fugitive Daniel Andreas San Diego

    At the request of the FBI’s San Francisco Division, the Boston Division is asking the public’s assistance in locating Daniel Andreas San Diego, a fugitive on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist list who may be hiding in western Massachusetts. The FBI is offering a reward for up to $250,000 for information leading directly to the arrest of San Diego. Full Story

  3. Chicago: Five Tied to Zetas Drug Cartel Among 20 Indicted on Narcotics Charges

    Twenty defendants are facing federal narcotics charges, including five alleged members of a Chicago-based cell of the Zetas Mexican drug cartel who were responsible for transporting millions of dollars in drug proceeds between Chicago and Mexico. Full Story

  4. Phoenix: Man Who Operated $30 Million Concert Promotion Ponzi Schemes Sentenced

    Miko Dion Wady was sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment and ordered to pay over $30 million in restitution and perform 250 hours of community service. Wady previously pled guilty to five counts of wire fraud and five counts of transactional money laundering. Full Story

  5. Baltimore: Violent Drug Dealer Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murdering a Federal Witness

    Antonio Hall was sentenced to four life terms: one each for the murder of federal witness Kareem Kelly Guest on September 20, 2009; conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine; using a gun during the murder of Mr. Guest; and being a felon in possession of ammunition. Full Story

  6. Minneapolis: Two Men Sentenced for 2007 Home Invasion and Murders

    Tyvarus Lindsey and Rashad Raleigh were each sentenced to life in prison on three counts of murder resulting from possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, and 10 years in prison on one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking offense. Full Story
  7. Miami: Eight Gang Members Convicted of Narcotics, Firearms, and Identity Theft Charges

    Eight members of the Miami Gardens street gang known as the “Murda Grove Boys” were convicted by a jury on federal narcotics, weapons, and false identification charges. Full Story

  8. Albuquerque: Federal Jury Finds Las Cruces Man Guilty of Killing Federal Witness

    Paul Othello Smalls, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, was convicted of killing a man who was aiding a federal investigation and four other related charges after a seven-day trial. Smalls faces a sentence of up to life imprisonment. Full Story

  9. Omaha: West Des Moines Businessman Sentenced for Multi-Million-Dollar Wire Fraud Scheme

    Clarence Allen Rice, the owner of C&J Leasing Corp., was sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 70 months for running a multi-million-dollar wire fraud scheme. Full Story
  10. Birmingham: Former Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Sergeant Pleads Guilty to Tasing Restrained Inmates

    Former Tuscaloosa, Alabama Sheriff’s Sergeant Althea Mallisham pled guilty to three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon while acting under color of law during three separate incidents over a four-month period in 2008. Full Story