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Right Side News bring you this past week’s top ten news stories written from the FBI National Press Office in Washington D.C.

Springfield_bureau_modelFBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending June 25, 2010

  1. New York: Faisal Shahzad Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to 10 Federal Crimes Arising from Attempted Car Bombing in Times Square

    Faisal Shahzad pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to all counts of the 10-count indictment against him, for allegedly driving a car bomb into Times Square on the evening of May 1, 2010. Shahzad was taken into custody at John F. Kennedy International Airport on May 3, 2010, after he was identified by the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection while attempting to leave the United States on a commercial flight to Dubai. Full Story

  2. San Juan: Puerto Rico Senator and Businessman Charged in Bribery Scheme

    Puerto Rico Senator Hector Martinez Maldonado and Juan Bravo Fernandez, the former president of one of the largest private security firms in Puerto Rico, were charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury. The six-count indictment returned in U.S. District Court in Puerto Rico charges Martinez Maldonado, and Bravo Fernandez, with bribery, traveling in interstate commerce in aid of racketeering, and conspiracy to commit these offenses. Martinez Maldonado is also charged with obstruction of justice. Full Story

  3. Detroit: Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Indicted on Fraud and Tax Charges

    Former Detroit Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick was indicted by a federal grand jury with 10 counts of mail fraud, three counts of wire fraud, five counts of filing a false tax return, and one count of tax evasion. Each fraud count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and each tax count carries a maximum sentence of three or five years with a minimum of a $250,000 fine. Full Story


  4. Headquarters: Department of Justice Joins in Launch of Administration’s Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement as Part of Ongoing IP Initiative

    As part of the Obama Administration’s launch of the first-ever Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement, Attorney General Eric Holder emphasized the Department of Justice’s ongoing commitment to protecting U.S. intellectual property as central to America’s economic prosperity and public safety. Full Story

  5. Los Angeles: President of Cambodian Freedom Fighters Organization Sentenced to Life in Federal Prison for Plotting to Violently Overthrow Cambodian Government

    The president of the Cambodian Freedom Fighters, a Long Beach, California-based organization that was formed to seize political control in the Southeast Asian country, was sentenced to life without parole in federal prison for his conviction on federal charges of conspiring to kill in a foreign country. Full Story

  6. Portland: Oregon Air Guard Senior Master Sergeant Appears on Federal Indictment Charging Theft of Government Property

    Adam Michael Monticelli, of Vancouver, Washington, appeared in court for arraignment on an indictment charging three counts of theft of government property. A federal grand jury returned the sealed indictment on June 16, 2010, which was unsealed this week. Full Story

  7. Newark: NYPD Officer and Three Others Indicted in Perfume Warehouse Robbery Scheme

    A federal grand jury indictment unsealed charges on New York Police Department Officer Kelvin L. Jones and three co-conspirators for their involvement in the robbery of a Carlstadt warehouse where more than $500,000 in perfume was stolen while 11 employees were held hostage. Two of the charged defendants, Danny Bannout and Luis Reyes, were arrested by FBI agents and appeared before a U.S. magistrate judge in Newark federal court. Full Story


  8. Minneapolis: Minnesota Man Indicted for Internet Hacking, Making Threats to the Vice President

    A 45-year-old Blaine, Minnesota man was been indicted in federal court in the District of Minnesota for hacking into his neighbor’s wireless Internet system and allegedly posing as the neighbor to make threats to kill the U.S. vice president and e-mail child pornography. The indictment charges Barry Vincent Ardolf with two counts of aggravated identity theft, one count of making threats to the president and successors to the presidency, one count of unauthorized access to a protected computer, one count of possession of child pornography, and one count of distribution of child pornography. Full Story

  9. Atlanta: Former “Most Wanted Fugitive” Pleads Guilty to Four-State Bank Robbery Spree

    Anthony Ray Artrip, of Ashland, Kentucky, pled guilty in federal district court to the armed robbery of banks in Georgia, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Michigan. Artrip’s “…guilty plea puts an end to the career of a man who unabashedly made his way across half of the United States robbing banks, victimizing citizens, and escaping justice,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. Full Story

  10. Birmingham: Former Army Employee Sentenced to Two Years

    A former government contracting official was sentenced to two years in prison for giving preferential treatment to defense sub-contractors who gave him money. Ennis was employed as the deputy director of the Joint Center for Technology Integration located at the United States Army Space and Missile Defense Command at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville from 1987 to 2008. The Space and Missile Defense Command is responsible for the Army’s research, development, and acquisition of systems that may be utilized for defense against ballistic missiles. Full Story