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Springfield_bureau_modelFBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending September 24, 2010

  1. New York: Aafia Siddiqui Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 86 Years for Attempting to Murder U.S. Nationals in Afghanistan and Six Additional Crimes 

    Aafia Siddiqui was sentenced to 86 years in prison for the attempted murder and assault of U.S. nationals, officers, and employees serving in Afghanistan. Full Story

  2. New Haven: Connecticut Man Charged with Sending Numerous Anthrax Hoax and Bomb Threat Letters Nationwide

    Roland Prejean was charged for allegedly sending more than 50 anthrax hoax and bomb threat letters to private individuals, post offices, state and federal buildings, judges, and other state and federal government officials around the country. Full Story

  3. Norfolk: Portsmouth Man Indicted for Hiring a Friend to Murder His Ex-Wife

    A federal grand jury indicted Larry Lingenfelter on multiple counts relating to his scheme to murder his ex-wife in order to avoid paying child support and to obtain custody of his triplet daughters. Full Story

  4. Columbia: Former Lee County Sheriff Melvin Indicted

    Former Lee County Sheriff Edgar Jerome Melvin was charged in a 47-count second superseding indictment with various violations including racketeering, extortion, drug trafficking, and other offenses.  Full Story

  5. Charlotte: Defendant in Murder of UNC Student Body President Sentenced

    Demario Atwater was sentenced to life plus 10 years in prison in connection with the March 5, 2008, murder of UNC-Chapel Hill Student Body President Eve Marie Carson. Full Story

  6. New Orleans: Former New Orleans Police Detective Sentenced in Connection with Shootings on the Danziger Bridge

    Former New Orleans Police Department Detective Jeffrey Lehrmann was sentenced to three years in prison in connection with the cover up of two police-involved shootings on the Danziger Bridge in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina that left two civilians dead and four others seriously injured. Full Story

  7. Newark: Hacker Convicted of Unleashing a Virus and Attacking Media Outlets

    Computer programmer Bruce Raisley was convicted of launching a virus infecting approximately 100,000 computers around the world. The virus directed computers to attack media outlets and republish stories that mentioned the perpetrator. Full Story

  8. Atlanta: Woman Indicted for Trafficking Young Women from Nigeria to Work for Her as Nannies

    Nigerian citizen Bidemi Bello was indicted on charges of forced labor, trafficking with respect to forced labor, document servitude, and alien harboring. Full Story

  9. Chicago: City Inspector Convicted of Bribery in Probe of Crooked Permits

    Jose Hernandez, a City of Chicago building inspector, was convicted on federal bribery charges for accepting and demanding cash bribes from a cooperating contractor and developers to approve inspections at residential and commercial construction sites. Full Story

  10. Washington Field: Martinair Airline Executive Indicted in Conspiracy to Fix Surcharge Rates on Air Cargo Shipments

    A jury returned an indictment against Maria Ullings, an executive of Martinair Holland N.V., for participating in a conspiracy to fix and coordinate certain surcharges on air cargo shipments to and from the United States. Full Story