March 26th, 2007 09:39 EST
Snapshot of Recent FBI Investigations
Heavy seasonal rains in an Arizona community last summer opened a 35-foot-deep hole in the spongy ground around a septic system. Peering into the yawning fissure, a passerby noticed an unlikely cache that would prompt him to call local police, who would then call the FBI. Here in the form of a quiz is a look at the Arizona case and others from the FBI’s 56 field offices.
1. In the case mentioned above, what did the hole reveal?
A. An ancient tribal burial ground
B. Videotapes containing child pornography
C. A drug mule’s tunnel to Mexico
D. Al Capone’s vault
2. A former U.S. Navy sailor was indicted March 21 on terrorism and espionage charges. What did he allegedly do?
A. Attended training camp in Afghanistan
B. Created an Internet video that promoted violent jihad
C. Passed classified materials containing U.S. battleship movements
D. Both B and C
3. What did a federal prisoner send to a Virginia courthouse in 2005 that resulted in a life sentence?
A. An improvised explosive device
B. A written confession
D. A chain letter
4. How did a 40-year-old intern at the National Archives in Philadelphia distinguish himself last summer?
A. He recited the Bill of Rights from memory
B. He robbed a bank dressed as Ben Franklin
C. He spot welded the crack in the Liberty Bell
D. He allegedly stole priceless documents and hawked them on eBay
5. Where was a 27-year-old Mexican fugitive captured while on the run for allegedly killing a police officer in his hometown with a spray of gunfire from an UZI machine gun.
B. Los Angeles
6. A 48-year-old Connecticut man pleaded guilty in February to stealing trade secrets from his employer and trying to sell the product information to competitors. What was the product?
B. Ice cream
7. What did a Kentucky judge buy last year to improve his chances of becoming Bath County Judge Executive?
A. An extreme makeover
B. A phony résumé
C. Internet video attack ads
A cache of videotapes containing old footage of a man having sexual relations with underage girls overseas was discovered in a hole in Sierra Vista. An 81-year-old man who managed the property was arrested in February for producing the videos, some that date back to 1965. Read more.
2: B and C
Hassan Abujihaad, formerly known as Paul R. Hall, was charged in Connecticut for his role managing websites that promoted violent jihad and for sharing material containing a U.S. Navy battle group’s planed movements to the Persian Gulf region in the spring of 2001, and its perceived vulnerabilities. Read more.
A 41year-old inmate at a federal prison in Leavenworth, Kansas, sent an improvised explosive device in a manila envelope to the Clerk of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond. He pleaded guilty March 15 to the explosives charge, a crime he’d previously been convicted of in 1992. Read more.
Denning McTague of Philadelphia was charged March 15 with stealing 165 documents from the National Archives, including an order from the War Department announcing the death of President Abraham Lincoln, and a letter from J.E.B. Stuart, one of the most famous cavalry men of the Civil War. Read more.
Odilon Carlos, 27, of Zacatecas, Mexico, was taken into custody March 19 by the FBI’s Fugitive Task Force near his girlfriend’s home in Huntington Park, a suburb of Los Angeles. Carlos, a member of the 18th Street gang in L.A., was turned over to Mexican law enforcement officials. Read more.
Edward R. Grande of Seymour pleaded guilty to one county of stealing trade secrets from the Duracell Corporation, where he worked as a cell development technologist. He sent research regarding the company’s AA batteries to two competitors, which returned the information. Read more.
Bath County Judge Executive Walter Bascom Shrout was found guilty on March 16 of conspiracy to buy votes, making false statements to a federal agent, and obstruction of justice. Shrout, 54, is among 12 individuals indicted in relation to the county’s May 2006 primary election.