The following are some the top 10 FBI stories of this past week.  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/Houston/New York: Two Charged in Alleged Plot to Assassinate Saudi Ambassador to U.S.

    Two individuals were charged for their alleged participation in a plot directed by elements of the Iranian government to murder the Saudi Ambassador to the United States with explosives while the Ambassador was in the United States. Full Story

  2. Washington: Virginia Man Accused of Acting as Unregistered Agent of Syrian Government and Spying on Syrian Protestors in America

    Mohamad Anas Haitham Soueid was charged for his alleged role in a conspiracy to collect video and audio recordings and other information about individuals in the United States and Syria who were protesting the government of Syria and to provide these materials to Syrian intelligence agencies in order to silence, intimidate, and potentially harm the protestors. Full Story

  3. Little Rock: Seventy Defendants Indicted in Operation Delta Blues

    A federal grand jury returned seven indictments charging 70 individuals in the Phillips and Lee County areas, including five law enforcement officers. The charges include public corruption, drug trafficking, money laundering, and firearms offenses. Full Story

  4. Detroit: “Underwear Bomber” Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab Pleads Guilty

    Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the so-called “underwear bomber,” pled guilty to all eight counts against him in connection with his attempt to blow up Northwest Flight 253 on Christmas Day 2009. Full Story

  5. San Antonio: Six Texas Mexican Mafia Members Arrested

    Federal, state, and local authorities arrested Six San Antonio-based members and associates of the Texas Mexican Mafia on drug charges. Full Story

  6. New York: Hedge Fund Founder Raj Rajaratnam Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison for Insider Trading Crimes

    Raj Rajartnam was sentenced to 11 years in prison stemming from his involvement in the largest hedge fund insider trading scheme in history. His sentence is the longest-ever prison term given for insider trading. Full Story

  7. San Juan: Eighty-Two Individuals Indicted for Drug Trafficking

    A federal grand jury indicted 82 individuals as a result of an investigation into a drug trafficking organization that distributed cocaine, crack, heroin, marijuana, and Percocet within the Luis Lloréns Torres Public Housing Project. Full Story
  8. Baltimore: Title Company Escrow Accountant Pleads Guilty in $1.7 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme

    Brenda Lukenich pleaded guilty to mail fraud arising from a scheme to defraud lenders and a title insurance company of $1.7 million. Full Story

  9. Philadelphia: Brothers Convicted in Human Trafficking Scheme

    Omelyan Botsvynyuk and Stepan Botsvynyuk were convicted on racketeering charges in connection with their operation of a human trafficking organization in which young Ukrainian immigrants were smuggled into the United States and then forced to work for the brothers with little or no pay. Full Story

  10. New Haven: Long Island Woman Admits Role in Decade-Long Mortgage Fraud Scheme

    Marleen Shillingford pled guilty in connection with her participation in a multi-million-dollar mortgage fraud scheme that lasted 10 years and involved more than 40 properties located in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Full Story