Friday, February 27, 2009

Top 10 stiri FBI in saptamana care se incheie

1. Houston: Stanford Financial Group Executive Arrested
Chief Investment Officer Laura Pendergast-Holt was charged with obstruction of the SEC investigation of allegations that the Stanford Financial Group defrauded investors. Full Story
2. Springfield: Saudi National Indicted
Ali Al-Marri, who entered the U.S. on September 10, 2001 on a student visa, was charged with providing material support to al Qaeda and conspiring with others to provide material support to al Qaeda. Full Story
3. Washington Field Office: Dutch Citizen Pleads Guilty
Wesam al-Delaema, an Iraqi-born Dutch citizen, pled guilty to conspiring with the “Mujahideen from Fallujah” to murder Americans in Iraq using IEDs. Full Story
4. Cincinnati: U.S. Citizen Sentenced in Terrorism Conspiracy
Christopher Paul, aka Abdul Malek, was sentenced for conspiring to use explosive devices against targets in Europe and the U.S. and providing material support to terrorists. Full Story
5. New York: Investment Managers Arrested on Fraud Charges
Paul Greenwood and Stephen Walsh were arrested for securities fraud totaling more than $550 million. Full Story
6. Washington Field Office: Import-Export Bank Employee Indicted
Maureen Njideka Edu, a business development specialist, was charged with conspiring to accept and solicit bribes to facilitate obtaining loan guarantees and other financial support from the Ex-Im Bank. Full Story
7. Los Angeles: Chinese National Found Guilty
Zhi Yong Guo was found guilty of illegally exporting sensitive thermal-imaging technology to China. Full Story
8. Dallas: Lawyer Indicted on Weapons Charges
David Neal Duncan was indicted for twice attempting to board an aircraft with a concealed loaded Glock semi-automatic pistol. Full Story
9. Dallas: Indictment in Powder-Laced Hoax Letters
Richard Goyette, aka Michael Jurek, was charged with mailing 64 letters laced with white powder to 52 Chase Bank branches as well as to offices of the FDIC and to offices of the Office of Thrift Supervision. Full Story
10. Forty-Eight Children Recovered in Operation Cross Country III
A three-day national enforcement action, part of the Innocence Lost National Initiative, led to the recovery of 48 children being prostituted domestically and to the arrest of 571 criminals. Full Story

Friday, February 20, 2009

Top 10 stiri FBI ale saptamanii care se incheie

1. Miami: Physicians and Medical Workers Charged in $10 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme
Dr. Carmen Lourdes del Cueto, Dr. Roberto Rodríguez, Dr. Carlos Garrido and three medical assistants were charged with conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and money laundering. Full Story
2. San Diego: Operation Keys to the City Nabs 36
36 San Diego street gang members with ties to the Mexican Mafia were charged with racketeering conspiracy, firearms offenses and drug-trafficking. Full Story
3. Mobile: Insurance Executive Convicted
John W. Goff was convicted on 25 felony charges including embezzling over $4 million from XL America Corporation, an international insurance company. Full Story
4. Chicago: Six Individuals Indicted in $10 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme
Six individuals, which include loan officers, processors, a contractor and an unlicensed appraiser, were charged with fraudulently obtaining loan proceeds by submitting false loan applications. Full Story
5. New Orleans: Operation Screaming Eagle Leads to Guilty Plea
Winfred “Randy” Johnston, Jr., an employee of the Bossier Parish School Board, pled guilty to defrauding the school board in connection with the purchase and maintenance of air conditioning systems. Full Story
6. Houston: Indictment in Diaper Fraud
Ene Etim Hogan, owner of Shanet Medical Source, was charged with fraudulently billing Medicaid in excess of $1 million in an adult diaper fraud case. Full Story
7. Sacramento: Gang Member Pleads Guilty
Charles Barksdale aka Sho, a member of the “G-Mob” gang, pled guilty to his role in a nationwide, million-dollar bank fraud scheme. Full Story
8. Sacramento: Two Guilty Pleas in Tomato-Industry Probe
Jennifer Lou Dahlman and James Richard Wahl, Jr. pled guilty in connection with an ongoing federal investigation into various illicit activities in the tomato processing industry. Full Story
9. Springfield: Operation Malicious Mortgage Nabs Another
Keith L. Pitman pled guilty to making a false statement to a financial institution in conjunction with a mortgage fraud scheme. Full Story
10. Buffalo: Kodak Employee and Others Sentenced
John Nicolo, his wife Constance Roeder, and David Finnman were sentenced for defrauding Eastman Kodak Company, IBM, Global Crossing and ITT Industries, Inc. in connection with several real property tax appraisal and assessment schemes. Full Story

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At approximately 4:00 PM today, the Fifth Third Bank branch, located at 2440 Main Street in Evanston, was robbed of an undetermined amount of money. According to witnesses, three men, all armed with handguns, burst into the bank and committed a "take-over" robbery, forcing customers and employees to the floor. One of the robbers stood guard in the lobby while the other two jumped the teller counter and stuffed cash from several teller drawers into a backpack that they had brought with them. They then fled the area, direction and means of escape not observed.

At the same time, FBI Special Agents and Officers assigned to the FBI's Violent Crimes Task Force (VCTF) had established a surveillance of a residence near 73rd Street and May on the city's south side. They were attempting to locate suspects in the two armed take-over robberies that took place in Oak Lawn and Skokie on Monday of this week.

At approximately 6:00 PM, a vehicle containing the suspects arrived at the May Street address. When agents and officers approached, the vehicle attempted to drive off. It was stopped a short distance away, after crashing into several parked cars. The three men inside the vehicle were arrested without further incident. Evidence possibly linking these men to the Evanston robbery was discovered at the scene.

All three are in FBI custody. Additional investigation is being conducted in both Evanston and Chicago. No charges have as yet been filed in connection with any of the robberies. No further details are available at this time.

$10,000 REWARD OFFERED
IN SEARCH FOR PRESIDENTS’ DAY ROBBERS

Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is asking for the public’s help in identifying the individuals depicted in the attached wanted flyer, who are responsible for the armed take-over robbery of two suburban Chicago banks on Monday, February 16, 2009. In publicizing these robberies, Mr. Grant also announced that a reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information leading to the identification and arrest of these individuals.
The first robbery occurred at approximately 1:30 PM, when four men burst into the Suburban Bank and Trust, located at 10350 South Cicero Avenue in Oak Lawn. All four men were armed with handguns, which they openly brandished and used to threaten bank employees. After ordering the employees to the floor, two of the robbers stood guard in the lobby area while the other two robbers vaulted the teller line and filled backpacks with cash from teller drawers. One of the robbers timed the robbery, as he began yelling “time, time, time” in an apparent effort to flee the bank before police could respond.
Witnesses reported seeing the robbers leave the area in a waiting vehicle, described as an older model, 2-door sedan, turquoise in color. A second vehicle, described as a white 4-door sedan, possibly a Ford Taurus, was seen following the first car. This second vehicle possibly served as a lookout car.
Less than three hours later, the Chase Bank branch, located at 4200 West Dempster in Skokie, was taken over by the same individuals, joined by a fifth robber. As they had in Oak Lawn, the robbers entered the bank brandishing handguns and ordered both employees and customers to the floor. Three of the robbers stood guard in the lobby while two others jumped over the teller counter and began filling backpacks with cash. They escaped with an undisclosed amount of money, with no get-away vehicles observed.
Of particular note to investigators are the two-tone, ankle high work boots worn by one of the robbers and the white plaid, flannel work shirt worn by a second. All of the robbers wore dark colored ski masks, which were pulled down over their face, and dark colored gloves. Through witness accounts and surveillance photos, the robbers are described as black/males, 20 - 25 years of age, 5’8” - 6’ tall, medium build.
No shots were fired in either robbery and no injuries were reported.
This case is being investigated jointly by the Chicago FBI and Detectives from the Oak Lawn and Skokie Police Departments.
Anyone recognizing any of these individuals or having any information about the robberies is asked to call the Chicago FBI at (312) 421-6700.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Top 10 stiri FBI ale saptamanii care se incheie

1. Houston: Kellogg Brown & Root LLC Pleads Guilty
Kellogg Brown & Root LLC pled guilty to bribing Nigerian officials in order to obtain construction contracts and agreed to pay $402 million criminal fine. Full Story
2. Washington Field Office: Major League Baseball Player Pleads Guilty
Miguel O. Tejada pled guilty to misrepresentations he made to a Congressional Committee investigating the wrongful use of performance enhancing drugs. Full Story
3. San Francisco: Taiwanese Executive Indicted in Price-Fixing Conspiracies
Cheng Yuan Lin, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chunghwa Picture Tubes Ltd, was indicted for his participation in global conspiracies to fix the price of cathode ray tubes. Full Story
4. Cincinnati: Police Officer Pleads Guilty
Adrian D. Mitchell pled guilty to fraudulently filing a life insurance claim form and defrauding a widow out of approximately $188,000 in life insurance proceeds. Full Story
5. Phoenix: Operation Lively Green Nabs Air Force Sergeant
Rommel I. Schroer pled guilty to his role in a widespread bribery and extortion conspiracy. Full Story
6. New York: Acting Boss of the Gambino Crime Family Indicted
John D'Amico was charged with murder to prevent government cooperation and racketeering conspiracy. Full Story
7. Salt Lake City: 4 Indicted for Racial Assault
Michael J. Bullard, Jennifer J. Hartpence, Richard C. Armstrong and James D. Whitewater were arrested on hate crime charges. Full Story
8. Boston: Former Tribal Chairman Pleads Guilty
Glenn A. Marshall, former chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, pled guilty to violating campaign finance laws, embezzlement from the tribe and other criminal charges. Full Story
9. Philadelphia: Canadian Indicted in International Stock Fraud Ring
George Georgiou was charged with conspiracy, stock fraud and wire fraud for his role in a multi-million dollar international stock fraud. Full Story
10. Louisville: University Professor Pleads Guilty
Katrina Phelps pled guilty to intentionally misapplying federal funds from Western Kentucky University. Full Story

Friday, February 6, 2009

Topul stirilor FBI in saptamana care se incheie

1. New York: Former Hedge Fund Manager, Investment Banker and Two Others Charged with Insider Training
Joseph Contorinis, Michael Koulouroudis, and George Paparrizos were arrested on charges of conspiracy and securities fraud. Nicos Achillea Stephanou was previously arrested on related securities fraud charges. Full Story
2. Dallas: Man Arrested in New Mexico for Sending White-Powder Letters to Banks across the U.S.
Richard Leon Goyette, a/k/a Michael Jurek, was arrested at the Albuquerque airport after being charged with mailing 65 threatening letters to financial institutions in October 2008. Sixty-four of the 65 letters contained an unidentified white power, along with a threat that the person breathing the powder would die within 10 days. The powder tested negative for any hazardous materials. All 65 threat letters were mailed through the U.S. Postal Service and were postmarked from Amarillo, TX, on October 18, 2008. Full Story
3. New York: U.S. Charges Former Acting Boss and 12 Other Members, Associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family
A 38-count indictment (the Leo indictment) was returned against 12 defendants, including Daniel Leo, the alleged former acting boss, and various members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family of La Cosa Nostra. The Leo indictment charges the defendants with racketeering and other offenses, including violent extortions of individuals and businesses, loansharking, narcotics trafficking and operation of illegal gambling businesses. Full Story
4. Baltimore: Two Maryland Residents Charged in Human Trafficking Conspiracy
Lloyd Mack Royal, III and Angela Samantha Bentolila were arrested for conspiracy to commit sex trafficking in a scheme to prostitute three minor females. Full Story
5. New Haven: FBI Safe Streets Task Force Arrest 34 in Drug Trafficking Ring
Several Bridgeport, CT, residents were indicted and arrested for participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine and a conspiracy to distribute heroin and crack cocaine. Full Story
6. Baltimore: Pakistani National Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Operate an Unlicensed Money Remitting Business
According to his guilty plea, Imdad Ullah Ranjha worked at Hamza, Inc., a money remitter business in the District of Columbia operated by co-defendant Saifullah Ranjha. A cooperating witness, acting at the direction of law enforcement, gave Ranjha and his associates a total of $2,208,000 in government funds in order to transfer the monies abroad through an informal money transfer system called a “hawala.” Full Story
7. Washington Field: Former Finance Director of California Valve Company Pleads Guilty to Bribing Foreign Government Officials
Former finance director of an Orange County, California-based valve company pleaded guilty to conspiracy to pay approximately $628,000 in bribes to numerous foreign government officials, including China, Korea, Romania and Saudi Arabia, in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Full Story
8. Oklahoma City: Two Corrections Officers Indicted for Federal Civil Rights Violation
Oklahoma City corrections officers Gavin Douglas Littlejohn and Justin Mark Isch were indicted for federal civil rights violation for the fatal assault of Christopher Beckman at the Oklahoma County Detention Center in May of 2007. Full Story
9. St. Louis: President of Clayton Investment Firm Pleads Guilty to $4.5 Million Ponzi Scheme
Scott Luster, President of Rate Search, Inc., pleaded guilty to fraud and tax charges involving his scheme to divert customer funds. Rate Search, Inc. was in the business of marketing, brokering and purchasing certificates of deposit at financial institutions throughout the U.S. with investment moneys of its customers, and operated out of several offices in the St. Louis area. Full Story
10. New York: Final Defendant Pleads Guilty to Anti-Obama Assaults
Ralph Nicoletti pleaded guilty to committing three assaults targeting African-American residents in Staten Island, NY, on the night of President Barack Obama’s election victory. Nicoletti was the last of four defendants to plead guilty in the federal prosecution stemming from the attacks. The other three defendants – Bryan Garaventa, Michael Contreras and Brian Carranza – previously pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit the hate crime assaults and each face sentences of up to 10 years in prison. As part of his plea, Nicoletti has agreed to a sentence of 12 years, subject to the court’s approval. Full Story