On Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, the FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the week of Thanksgiving were released.
The FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the week had already been compiled and posted online when they got their biggest coup of the Thanksgiving week: the arrest of one of the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitives, reputed Los Angeles gang member Joe Luis Saenz.
Saenz might not be on the federal law enforcement agency’s list for this week, but there are many that did make it, including a former hedge fund portfolio member from Florida, who was credited with conducting a $276 million insider trading scheme.
And then the FBI also boasts a conviction for a New Jersey man operating a traveling prostitution ring in 13 states, and the almost 16-year sentence they managed to get handed down to a Colombo Family street boss for racketeering and firearms charges.
In addition, an Iranian man and his company were charged in a plot to move 55 military antennas from the U.S. to Singapore and Hong Kong thanks to the FBI.
And the Milwaukee Division of the FBI announced it had completed its investigation into the Oak Creek Sikh Temple shooting in Wisconsin, determining that Wade Michael Page acted alone in killing six and wounding four others.
Page’s murderous rampage lasted one day; Joe Luis Saenz’ alleged murder crimes have spanned 14 years and resulted in the deaths of four according to the FBI.
A Hungarian woman made the Top Ten listing this week when she admitted her role in an online fraud scheme, pleading guilty to listing vehicles online for sale (and collecting the money for the vehicles), but never making delivery.
Another of the FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the week of Thanksgiving involved the conviction of a New York man who leads a hacking group that stole e-mail addresses and other personal information from approximately 120,000 Apple iPad users. He then went on to disclose that information to Gawker Magazine.
The FBI is now warning of Cyber Monday scams that are currently a danger to online shoppers.
The Ohio Bridge bomb plotters Douglas L. Wright, Brandon L. Baxter, and Connor C. Stevens made the Nov. 23 Top Ten list too, and they were sentenced to 11, 9 and 8 years in prison, respectively.
And four southern Calif. men who desired to aid Al-Qaeda help attack America were officially charged this week for conspiracy to assist the terrorist organization. One of them had to be apprehended in Afghanistan, where he had traveled to begin making connections with the organization.
The FBI’s Top Ten News Stories concluded with a look at the high cost law enforcement officers pay to maintain the safety of its citizens, with as many as 54,774 officers assaulted while on duty last year, and 72 officers dying in the line of duty in 2011.
Additionally, the federal law enforcement agency headquarters reported 53 officer deaths were the direct result of their on-duty status, but ruled them workplace accidents.
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