Saturday, March 28, 2009

Top 10 stiri FBI in saptamana care se incheie

1. FBI Director Presents Honorary FBI Medals
Director Robert S. Mueller, III presented 42 honorary FBI medals to 38 recipients to recognize exceptional acts by FBI personnel as well as other law enforcement officers working with the Bureau. Full Story
2. New York: Executive Director at Morgan Stanley Convicted
Darin Demizio was convicted of conspiring to commit securities fraud and wire fraud and of making false statements to agents of the FBI. Demizio was disguising kickbacks as “finder fees” and funneling them to his father and brother. Full Story
3. Tampa: 13 Arrests in Operation Dual Identity
Operation Dual Identity, an automobile theft and car-cloning investigation, involved the assistance of approximately 50 different law enforcement and private sector agencies throughout the U.S. This case involved losses in excess of $27 million. Full Story
4. Detroit: Woman Sentenced for Violating U.S. Embargo on Iraq
Dawn Hanna was sentenced for her role in exporting sensitive high technology equipment to Iraq during Saddam Hussein’s regime and money laundering. Full Story
5. Los Angeles: FBI Agent Pleads Guilty to Corruption Charges
Joe L. Gordwin pled guilty to “honest services” wire fraud and compromised at least two criminal investigations. Full Story
6. Baltimore: President of Metropolitan Money Store Pleads Guilty
Joy Jackson pled guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme and was personally responsible for over $16.8 million in losses to mortgage lenders. Full Story
7. Los Angeles: Couple Pleads Guilty in Alien Smuggling Scheme
Evelyn Pelayo and her husband, Darwin Padolina, pled guilty to smuggling illegal aliens into the U.S. and forcing them to work at her elder care homes and at their residence. Full Story
8. Chicago: Mortgage Loan Industry Professionals Indicted
Operation Madhouse, an undercover investigation, resulted in the indictments of mortgage brokers, loan officers, loan processors, attorneys, accountants, an appraiser and a banker charging them with federal offenses relating to mortgage fraud. Full Story
9. Washington Field Office: Baseball Player Miguel Tejada Sentenced
Miguel O. Tejada was sentenced for withholding pertinent information about his knowledge of his teammate’s use of steroids and human growth hormones and by refusing and failing to state the nature and extent of discussions with other MLB players. Full Story
10. Houston: Conviction in Kidnapping Conspiracy and Murder-for-Hire Plot
Joel Lopez, Sr. was convicted on charges of plotting to murder a federal judge who had given him a life sentence for drugs. He was also convicted on charges of conspiring to kidnap a woman whom he believed owed him money. Full Story

Thursday, March 26, 2009

FBI a arestat 21 de persoane pentru fraude cu imprumuturi bancare

O operatiune a celor de la FBI a dus la arestarea a 24 de indivizi din zona Chicago pentru facilitare de imprumuturi in vederea cumpararii de imobiliare, cu scop vadit de a frauda bancile. In realitiate cumparatorii erau de fapt agenti FBi sub acoperire.
CHICAGO—Federal law enforcement officials announced today that 24 defendants, most of whom are professionals in the mortgage loan industry – including mortgage brokers, loan officers, loan processors, attorneys, accountants, an appraiser, and a banker – were named in 10 indictments charging them with federal offenses relating to mortgage fraud in the Chicago area.
Nine of the indictments were the product of Operation Madhouse, an undercover investigation conducted by the FBI and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General (HUD-OIG), in which undercover law enforcement agents posed as straw buyers of houses seeking assistance in financing and closing fraudulent mortgage transactions. In each of the nine cases, multiple real estate professionals worked to carry out the frauds. Each case involved a different fraudulent mortgage loan arranged by a different group of defendants based in the Chicago area.
Those defendants' roles in the fraudulent transactions, as described in the individual indictments, included, among other things: preparing loan applications and other documents that they knew to contain false information about the undercover agents' identity, employment, and income; creating (or explaining how the undercover agents could create) fraudulent banking information; fabricating income tax returns; creating fictitious verifications of employment and rental income; creating false appraisals; and submitting the bogus applications and supporting documents to the lenders.
In each of the undercover transactions, a cooperating individual represented that he was selling a house to a nominee buyer who intended to walk away from the property and default on the mortgage after the transaction closed. In reality, the nominee buyers were undercover agents, as were paralegals who assisted in closing the real estate transactions. The houses bought with the fraudulently obtained mortgage loans were actually owned by the federal government. Instead of defaulting on the fraudulently obtained loans after the closings (as the undercover agents had told the defendants they intended to do), the government fully repaid the lenders after each transaction closed.
The nine loans involved in the undercover project totaled approximately $1.4 million. In the tenth case, which did not result from the undercover investigation, the defendants are alleged to have fraudulently obtained approximately $4.2 million in loans, causing losses in excess of approximately $1.1 million.
“Mortgage fraud often happens with the active participation of professionals in the industry,” said Patrick J. Fitzgerald, U.S.Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. “It is particularly disturbing that the fraud has continued notwithstanding widespread publicity about the real and serious consequences of mortgage fraud. We will continue to use undercover operations like Operation Madhouse so that corrupt professionals will have to wonder whether the person sitting across the closing table from them is actually an undercover agent,” he added.
Mr. Fitzgerald announced the charges together with Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the FBI; and Barry McLaughlin, Special Agent-in-Charge of HUD-OIG in Chicago. Officers from the Burbank and Hickory Hills, Ill., Police Departments also assisted with the investigation.
Mr. Grant said, “We will not stand by while real estate professionals and others exploit the financial system for their personal gain. Mortgage fraud – and the foreclosures and boarded up houses that often follow from it – has a real and significant effect on neighborhoods and property values. The FBI is working tirelessly in every part of the country to protect communities and financial institutions from the effects of mortgage fraud."
All of the charges announced today are felonies and carry maximum penalties of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count of mail and wire fraud, and 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine on each count of mail or wire fraud affecting a financial institution. If convicted, the court would determine the appropriate sentence to be imposed under the advisory U. S. Sentencing Guidelines. Each indictment also includes a forfeiture allegation to recover from the defendants the proceeds of their schemes.
The public is reminded that indictments contain only charges and are not evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
In the Chicago area, 21 defendants were arrested and then arraigned in district court earlier today.
The cases announced today are:
United States v. Mohammed Ali Moallem and Bahidad Javid (09 CR 228).
Mohammed Ali Moallem, 68, and Bahidad Javid, 66, both of Chicago, are charged with wire fraud affecting a financial institution. According to the indictment, Moallem, a mortgage broker and the owner of Quantum Financial Mortgage Company in Chicago, assisted by Javid, prepared a fraudulent loan application on behalf of an undercover agent posing as the nominee buyer of 4434 W. 117th Street, Alsip, Illinois (“the 117th Street residence”). Moallem then allegedly recruited Co-Schemer A, a certified public accountant, who provided an accountant’s letter which falsely represented that tax returns were prepared for the fictitious identity being used by the nominee buyer for the past three years.
The indictment further alleges that Javid advised that a fictitious corporation should be used to falsely represent the nominee buyer’s place of employment. Javid also allegedly instructed Co-Schemer A to prepare a 2005 tax return falsely reporting income of $72,000 and a 2006 tax return falsely reporting income of $75,000, and to prepare a verification of deposit falsely representing that the nominee buyer had an account with a balance of $91,890.30 at Plaza Bank, all to induce a lending institution to approve the loan application. Moallem allegedly purchased a cellular telephone to provide a telephone number that could be called to verify the rental residence of the nominee buyer’s fictitious identity, and advised that the voicemail message for the cell phone should falsely represent that the phone number belonged to a landlord of a rental property.
Moallem and Javid allegedly prepared and submitted to First Franklin Financial Corporation a loan application and supporting documents on behalf of an undercover agent posing as a nominee buyer of the 117th Street residence which contained false statements and documents, including false verifications of deposit and employment, and the false accountant letter prepared by Co-Schemer A. According to the indictment, in May 2007, Moallem and Javid fraudulently caused First Franklin to lend approximately $202,300 to an undercover agent posing as the nominee buyer of the 117th Street residence.
United States v. Abe Karn, Donna Books, Hichem Julani and Daniel Lietz (09 CR 229)
Abe Karn, 50, of Oak Lawn, Donna Brooks, 41, of Chicago, Hichem Julani, 40, of Palos Park, and Daniel Lietz, 39, of Channahon, are all charged with wire fraud affecting a financial institution. Karn, a mortgage broker and the owner of Interforest Mortgage Company in Palos Heights, and Brooks, a loan officer at Interforest, allegedly agreed to fraudulently obtain a loan for an undercover agent posing as the nominee buyer of 305 Reedwood, Joilet, Illinois (“the Reedwood residence”). Lietz, a vice president at Charter One Bank, allegedly opened an account in the name of an undercover agent at Charter One Bank, and then prepared a verification of deposit which falsely represented the amount in the account. Julani, a licensed appraiser, allegedly prepared an appraisal which mis-described the condition of the property and inflated its value. Brooks allegedly prepared a verification of employment falsely representing that the undercover agent worked at a fictitious entity and a verification of rent falsely representing that the undercover agent resided at a Chicago address.
Karn and Brooks then allegedly prepared and submitted to IndyMac Bank a loan application and supporting documentation on behalf of an undercover agent posing as the nominee buyer of the Reedwood residence which contain false statements and documents, including the false verification of deposit prepared by Lietz, the false verifications of employment and rent prepared by Brooks, and the false appraisal prepared by Julani. According to the indictment, in July 2007, Karn, Brooks, Julani, and Lietz fraudulently caused IndyMac Bank to lend approximately $180,500 to an undercover agent posing as the nominee buyer of the Reedwood residence.
United States v. Marwan Atieh and Ruwaida Dabbouseh (09 CR 230)
Marwan Atieh, 35, of Tinley Park, and Ruwaida Dabbouseh, 58, of Glen Ellyn, were both charged with wire fraud affecting a financial institution. It is alleged that Atieh, a mortgage broker at Citiwide Financial in Hanover Park, and Dabbouseh, a loan officer at Silo Mortgage Group in Palos Heights, prepared and submitted to Washington Mutual Bank a loan application on behalf of an undercover agent posing as the nominee buyer of a residential property located at 11319 S. Normandy Avenue, Worth, Illinois (“the Normandy residence”), which contained false statements regarding the undercover agent’s identity and employment. In preparing the fraudulent loan application, Atieh allegedly explained to Dabbouseh and the cooperating individual that because he believed Washington Mutual was closing down, he was not concerned about submitting a fraudulent loan package. According to the indictment, in May 2008, Atieh and Dabbouseh fraudulently caused Washington Mutual to lend approximately $144,000 to an undercover agent posing as the nominee buyer of the Normandy residence.
United States v. Ruwaida Dabbouseh and Khalil Qandil (09 CR 231)
Ruwaida Dabbouseh and Khalil Qandil, 45, of Oak Lawn, are charged with wire fraud. It is alleged that Dabbouseh prepared and submitted to Fieldstone Mortgage Company a loan application on behalf of an undercover agent posing as the nominee buyer of 1058 Four Seasons Boulevard, Aurora, Illinois (“the Four Seasons residence”), which contained false statements concerning the undercover agent’s identity and employment. Qandil, the owner and operator of a construction and remodeling business, allegedly submitted to Fieldstone a verification of employment falsely representing that his company employed the undercover agent. According to the charges, in April 2007, Dabbouseh and Qandil fraudulently caused Fieldstone to lend approximately $153,000 to an undercover agent posing as the nominee buyer of the Four Seasons residence.
United States v. Khaja Moinuddin, Mohammed Nasir and Ruwaida Dabbouseh (09 CR 232)
Khaja Moinuddin, 64, of Bloomingdale, Mohammed Nasir, 52, of Glendale Heights, and Ruwaida Dabbouseh were charged with wire fraud. The indictment alleges that Moinuddin, a mortgage broker at First Choice Mortgage in Bloomingdale, Nasir, a loan officer at First Choice, and Dabbouseh prepared and submitted to Comcor Mortgage a loan application on behalf of an undercover agent posing as the nominee buyer of a residential property located at 439 S. Elmwood Drive, Aurora, Illinois (“the Elmwood residence”), which contained false statements regarding the undercover agent’s identity and employment. According to the indictment, in March 2008, Moinuddin, Nasir and Dabbouseh fraudulently caused Comcor to lend $153,000 to an undercover agent posing as the nominee buyer of the Elmwood residence.
United States v. Louis L. Javell, Aysha M. Arroyo and Juan Gil (09 CR 233)
Louis L. Javell, 36, Aysha M. Arroyo, 32, and Juan Gil, 45, all of Chicago, are charged with wire fraud affecting a financial institution. According to the indictment, Javell, a mortgage broker and owner of Bell Capital Real Estate in Chicago, and Arroyo, an employee at Bell Capital, met a cooperating individual and an undercover agent at Bell Capital to discuss obtaining documents which would falsely represent the undercover agent’s financial condition and banking history. Arroyo allegedly suggested having a banker open a new account in the name of the undercover agent and back-date the records to make it appear that the account had been open longer. Javell and Arroyo also allegedly suggested adding the undercover agent’s name to a pre-existing bank account to make it appear as if the undercover agent had an established financial history. According to the charges, Gil provided a verification of rent falsely representing that the undercover agent had resided at a Chicago address since March 2004.
Javell and Arroyo allegedly prepared and submitted to Countrywide Home Loans a loan application on behalf of the undercover agent posing as the nominee buyer of 2853 W. Everett Street, Blue Island, Illinois (“the Everett residence”), which contained false statements and documents, including the false verification of rent prepared by Gil and a verification of deposit containing the false information provided by Arroyo. In August 2007, Javell, Arroyo and Gil allegedly fraudulently caused Countrywide to lend approximately $150,000 to an undercover agent posing as the nominee buyer of the Everett residence.
According to the indictment, after the closing, Javell and Arroyo cautioned the cooperating individual to make a couple of mortgage payments to Countrywide on the Everett residence loan before defaulting, because they believed that the FBI investigated all first payment mortgage defaults.
United States v. Michael Salem, Hakim A. Jaradat and Robert Goldberg (09 CR 234)
Michael Salem, 63, of Park Ridge, and Hakim A. Jaradat, 65, and Robert Goldberg, 88, both of Chicago, are charged with mail and wire fraud affecting a financial institution. According to the indictment, Jaradat, a professional tax preparer, provided a cooperating individual with false tax returns for 2005 and 2006 to support a fraudulent loan application on behalf of an undercover agent posing as a nominee buyer of a residence located at 1225 Hickory Road, Homewood, Illinois (“the Hickory residence”). Jaradat also allegedly recruited Goldberg, owner of a construction company, to provide a false verification of employment for the undercover agent. Subsequently, Goldberg allegedly agreed to provide a verification of employment to a mortgage lender which would falsely state that the undercover agent was a supervisor at Goldberg’s company.
Salem, a realtor, allegedly prepared and submitted to Countrywide Bank, FSB, a loan application and supporting documentation on behalf of the undercover agent posing as the nominee buyer of the Hickory residence, which contained false statements and documents, including the false tax returns prepared by Jaradat, and the false representation that the nominee buyer worked for Goldberg’s company. In March 2008, Salem, Jaradat and Goldberg allegedly fraudulently caused Countrywide to lend approximately $171,000 to an undercover agent posing as the nominee buyer of the Hickory residence.
United States v. Hakim A. Jaradat, Oscar Paredes, Maryam Khan and Ruwaida Dabbouseh (09 CR 235)
Hakim A. Jaradat, Oscar Paredes, 28, of Park Ridge, Maryam Khan, 29, of Hickory Hills, and Ruwaida Dabbouseh are charged with mail and wire fraud affecting a financial institution. According to the indictment, Jaradat offered to assist in fraudulently obtaining a second mortgage loan for a transaction involving the Everett residence, and, specifically, to recruit someone to prepare the fraudulent mortgage loan application. Subsequently, Paredes allegedly agreed to assist in fraudulently obtaining a mortgage loan, and suggested, first, that they produce fraudulent copies of tax returns in the name of the nominee buyer which would report income of approximately $75,000 per year, and second, that they create false documentation representing that the nominee buyer had assets in a pre-existing bank account. Jaradat allegedly provided the cooperating individual with false tax returns for 2006 and 2007 in the name of the nominee buyer.
According to the indictment, Paredes and Jaradat prepared and submitted to AmTrust Bank a loan application and supporting documentation on behalf of an undercover agent posing as the nominee buyer of the Everett residence, which contained false statements and documents, including the false tax returns prepared by Jaradat, and a false representation that the undercover agent had approximately $38,000 in a LaSalle Bank checking account.
After the title company expressed concerns about the difference between the appraised value of the Everett residence and the loan amount, Dabbouseh allegedly referred the cooperating individual to Khan, an attorney in Palos Heights. Dabbouseh and the cooperating individual allegedly met at Khan’s law office and informed Khan that the buyer and seller of the Everett residence were only nominees. According to the indictment, Khan responded by warning Dabbouseh and the cooperating individual about the potential liabilities, both criminal and civil, they all faced by fraudulently obtaining a mortgage loan, and then Kahn proceeded to falsely represent to both the title company and the lender that the appraisal was incorrect because of improvements that had been made to the Everett residence subsequent to the appraisal report.
According to the indictment, in May 2008, Jaradat, Paredes, Khan and Dabbouseh fraudulently caused AmTrust Bank to lend approximately $147,250 to an undercover agent posing as the nominee buyer of the Everett residence.
United States v. Babajan Khoshabe, Sunil Kaushal and James Kotz (09 CR 236)
Babajan Khoshabe, 68, and Sunil Kaushal, 48, both of Chicago, and James Kotz, 48, of Munster, are charged with mail and wire fraud. Khoshabe, a mortgage broker and the owner of Nationwide Mortgage Company met with Co-Schemer A, a certified public accountant, a cooperating individual and an undercover agent posing as a nominee buyer of 4153 W. 89th Street, Hometown, Illinois (“the 89th Street residence”), and agreed that he would process a fraudulent mortgage loan provided that at least six mortgage payments were made before defaulting so that Khoshabe would not be held accountable for the mortgage loan. Khoshabe also allegedly expressed concern that lending institutions would be suspicious because there was no sales contract for the sale of the property, and requested that a contract be obtained. Kaushal, a loan officer at Nationwide, allegedly prepared a false verification of employment and verification of rent falsely stating that the undercover agent resided at 6256 S. Spaulding Road, Chicago, Illinois. According to the charges, Kotz, an attorney, prepared a power of attorney for the nominee seller, knowing that sale of the 89th Street residence was between persons using false identities for the purpose of defrauding the lender.
Khoshabe and Kaushal allegedly prepared and submitted to Equity Mortgage Corporation a loan application and supporting documentation on behalf of an undercover agent posing as the nominee buyer of the 89th Street residence, which contained false statements and documents, including the false verification of rent form prepared by Kaushal and the false real estate contract that Khoshabe requested. According to the indictment, in April 2008, Khoshabe, Kaushal, and Kotz caused Equity Mortgage Corporation to lend approximately $144,000 to an undercover agent posing as the nominee buyer of the 89th Street residence.
United States v. Siamak Safavi Fard, Sunil Kaushal and Noel Parmar (09 CR 247)
Siamak Safavi Fard, 50, of East Dundee , Sunil Kaushal, and Noel Parmar, 39, of Skokie, are all charged with wire fraud. The indictment alleges that between April 2001 and January 2005, Fard, who owned various financial companies, Kaushal, and Parmar, a loan processor, fraudulently obtained more than $4.2 million in mortgage loans from numerous financial institutions and lenders, including loans secured by 2713 Norma Court, Glenview; 2962 North Oakley, Chicago; 728 North Ada Street, Chicago; 3057 W. 55th Street, Chicago; and 1947 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago.
According to the indictment, Fard, Kaushal and Parmar purchased the residences individually or through nominees who were promised that their credit ratings would increase by serving as the nominal owners; that Fard would be responsible for all down payments and ongoing mortgage payments; that the nominees would have no out-of-pocket expenses; that the residences would be rehabbed and resold at a profit; that the nominees would be removed from the titles of the residences after they were resold for profit; and that nominees would receive money for serving as the nominal owner.
Fard, Kaushal and Parmar allegedly prepared loan applications on behalf of the nominees which contained false statements regarding the nominees’ employment, income, assets, citizenship status, intention to occupy the premises as a primary residence, and the source of down payments. Fard and Kaushal also allegedly created documentation to support the fraudulent loan applications, including false verifications of employment, false pay stubs, false tax returns, false IRS W-2 forms, false leases in support of false rental income, false Tax Certification letters from alleged tax preparers regarding the alleged preparation of nominee tax returns, false bank account statements, false verifications of deposits, false verification of existing mortgages, false appraisals, and forged powers of attorney. Fard, Kaushal and Parmar then allegedly submitted fraudulent loan applications and false supporting documentation to lenders.
According to the indictment, Fard, Kaushal and Parmar fraudulently caused lenders to incur losses in the amount of at least approximately $1.1 million.
source: Departemnt of Justice and FBI

Friday, March 20, 2009

Top 10 stiri FBI in saptamana care se incheie

1. New York: Bernard Madoff’s Accountant Charged with Fraud Stemming from Accounting Violations
David G. Friehling, CPA, the accountant for Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities, LLC, was charged with securities fraud, aiding and abetting investment advisor fraud, and four counts of filing false audit reports with the SEC. Full Story
2. Boston: Ex-Pfizer Manager Found Guilty of Obstruction
Thomas Farina was convicted of obstruction of justice when he caused a sales representative under his direction to alter documents and backdate the alterations to delete evidence of the promotion of a drug for uses and dosages not approved by the FDA. Full Story
3. New York: Gambino Family Soldier Convicted of Racketeering Conspiracy
Charles Carneglia was convicted of racketeering conspiracy, including murder, murder conspiracy and extortion. Carneglia was a soldier in the Gambino Organized Crime Family of La Cosa Nostra and was a member of the inner circle of hit men. Full Story
4. Los Angeles: Ex-FBI Agent and Accomplice Convicted
Vo Duong “Ben” Tran and Yu Sung Park were convicted on charges related to a scheme to commit a home invasion robbery at a residence believe to be a drug “stash house.” Tran’s FBI employment was terminated in 2003. Full Story
5. Atlanta: Currency Trader Charged with Operating $25 Million Ponzi Scheme
James G. Ossie, founder and principal of “CRE Capital, Inc.,” was indicted on wire fraud charges. Ossie allegedly defrauded over 120 investors in nine months in his investment fund for private clients focused on options contracts in foreign currencies. Full Story
6. Albany: On-Line Organ Transplant Broker Charged
Jerome Howard Feldman was indicted for carrying out a scheme to defraud desperately-ill victims who paid large sums of money and traveled to the Philippines to receive organ transplants. Feldman advertised on the web site www.liver4you.org. Full Story
7. Newark: Federal Agents Shut Down an International Smorgasbord of Crime
Operation Black Eagle resulted in charging 26 individuals with a laundry list of crimes including narcotics and firearms trafficking, money laundering, interstate transportation of stolen property and criminal conspiracy. Full Story
8. Richmond: Business Owner Convicted in $126 Million Fraud
The former owner of The 1031 Tax Group LLP, Edward H. Okun, was convicted on charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, money laundering, bulk cash smuggling, and perjury. Full Story
9. San Francisco: Hedge Fund Manager Arrested in Hong Kong on Embezzlement Charges
Albert Ke-Jeng Hu, a Silicon Valley Hedge Fund manager, was arrested in Hong Kong on wire fraud charges. Full Story
10. FBI Director Recognizes Distinguished Community Leaders
Director Robert S. Mueller, III recognized the recipients of the 2008 Director’s Community Leadership Award. These leaders, selected by their area FBI office, have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their local communities. Full Story

Monday, March 16, 2009

Cautat pentru jaf la banca





The individual depicted in the attached surveillance photos is responsible for the armed robbery on Friday, March 13th, of the Chase Bank branch, located at 850 South Wabash Street in Chicago . The robbery took place around 5:00 PM when, according to witnesses, the robber entered the bank and forced the branch manager to accompany him to the teller counter, where he announced a robbery and demanded cash. The robber threatened both employees with physical harm, if his demands were not met. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, he fled on foot, last seen walking North on Wabash. He was armed with a handgun, which he displayed to bank employees. No injuries were reported.

This same individual is believed responsible for the armed robbery of five other Chicago area banks, dating to December 5th of this year. He is described as a black/male, 6’ 0’ tall, 200 pounds, 30 – 35 years of age. He should be considered Armed and Dangerous.

SA Ross Rice
Chicago FBI
(312) 829-1199

Friday, March 13, 2009

Cautat de FBI pentru distributie de droguri


Top 10 stiri FBI in saptamana care se incheie

1. New York: Madoff Pleads Guilty
Bernard L. Madoff pled guilty to eleven felony counts related to securities fraud, investment advisor fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, perjury and other federal charges. Madoff faces a statutory maximum sentence of 150 years in prison. Full Story
2. Washington Field Office: D.C. Government Employees Charged in Bribery Scheme
Yusaf Acar, acting Chief Security Officer of the D.C. Office of the Chief Technology Officer, and Sushil Bansal, former D.C. employee and current President and CEO of Advanced Integrated Technologies Corp., have been charged for their roles in a bribery scheme and money laundering. Full Story
3. Detroit: Assistant Director of U.S. Immigration Sentenced for Bribery and Conspiracy to Defraud the U.S.
Former INS District Director Roy M. Bailey was sentenced for accepting cash and other items of value from numerous individuals who were seeking immigration benefits for themselves, relatives, clients and others. Also, he failed to report an employee who stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from immigration detainees. Full Story
4. Washington Field Office: Congressional Staffer Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Honest Services Fraud
Ann Copland admitted to being lobbied by Jack Abramoff and others on matters involving Native Americans and took a variety of official actions beneficial to them. She also admitted accepting items of value in exchange for her actions. Full Story
5. Los Angeles: Lamborghini Car Dealer Agrees to Plea Guilty to Bilking Financing Company
Viken Keuylian, owner of two Lamborghini dealerships, agreed to plea guilty to a scheme to bilk the finance company out of millions of dollars. In connection with the investigation, the FBI has taken into custody 13 Lamborghinis. Full Story
6. Kansas City: Naval Recruiter and Others Indicted for Sex Trafficking of Child
Operation Guardian Angel, an undercover investigation, led to the indictment of four men charged with the first-ever federal prosecution of the alleged customers of child prostitutes under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. Full Story
7. Los Angeles: Former Hockey Team Owner Charged With Bankruptcy Fraud
Peter Hugh Pocklington, former owner of the Edmonton Oilers, was arrested on charges of bankruptcy fraud for allegedly concealing assets during bankruptcy proceedings. Full Story
8. Philadelphia: Attorney Charged With Defrauding Charity and Church
John P. Karoly, Jr. was charged with mail fraud, failure to report taxable income on his federal income tax returns, money laundering and other federal charges. Karoly not only defrauded his own family but his church as well. Full Story
9. San Diego: Agents Return Fugitive from Taiwan
Mark Lee Kaczmarczyk, a federal fugitive, was returned to San Diego from Taiwan to face charges of child abuse and committing a lewd act upon a child. Kaczmarczyk and his wife operated a day care facility where the offenses took place. Full Story
10. TSC Recognized for Information Sharing Initiatives
The Terrorist Screening Center was presented an award by the National Fusion Center Coordination Group at its annual conference for information sharing and outreach initiatives. Full Story

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Wanted for bank roberry-cautat pentru jaf la banca



Those are surveillance photos from yesterday’s two bank robberies in Chicago, one at the Chase Bank branch, located at 340 N. State Street and the second at the MB Financial Bank branch, located at 6443 N. Sheridan Road . The same individual is believed responsible for both robberies.
This individual is also believed responsible for the robbery of the Bank of America branch, 7900 S. Halsted on 1/23/09; the North Community Bank branch, 5342 N. Broadway on 1/23/09; and the Chase Bank branch, 340 N. State Street on 12/5/08.

The robber is described as a black/male, 6’0” tall, 200 pounds, 30 – 35 years of age. He has displayed a handgun in the robberies and should be considered Armed and Dangerous.

Chicago FBI

(312) 829-1199

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Wanted by FBI- cautat pentru jaf la banca


The individual depicted in the attached surveillance photograph is wanted for the March 6th armed robbery of the First Bank branch, located at 5310 West Cermak Road in Chicago . He is described as a White or Hispanic/male, 40-50 years of age, 230 pounds.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Top 10 stiri FBI in saptamana care se incheie

1. Portland: West Point Graduate Indicted for Money Laundering and Theft of Government Property
Capt. Michael Dung Nguyen was charged with theft of government property, money laundering and structuring financial transactions. While deployed to Iraq, Nguyen stole more than $690,000 from the Commander’s Emergency Response Program. Full Story
2. Baltimore: Illegal Alien Sentenced for Racketeering Conspiracy
Mohammad Akhtar was sentenced for his role in a racketeering conspiracy related to a scheme to bribe officials to illegally obtain green cards. Akhtar is a Pakistani national residing illegally in New Jersey. Full Story
3. Oklahoma City: Indictment in Alien Smuggling Case
Jorge Angel Kusanovic was indicted and charged with 15 felony counts involving alien smuggling, encouraging illegal entry, harboring aliens and possessing false immigration documents. Kusanovic maintained control over the aliens by illegally intercepting and recording their telephone calls without their consent. Full Story
4. San Antonio: CBP Inspector Sentenced for Alien Smuggling and Bribery
Former Customs and Border Protection inspector Guadalupe Garza was sentenced for alien smuggling and bribery. Garza corruptly demanded, received and accepted things of value to allow illegal aliens to enter the U.S. Full Story
5. Buffalo: Husband and Wife Plead Guilty to Harboring and Concealing Aliens
Ying Dong and Bing Lu pled guilty to harboring and concealing illegal aliens whom they employed at their massage parlor, Eastern Spa. Full Story
6. Houston: Two UK Citizens Indicted for Bribing Nigerian Government Officials
Jeffrey Tesler and Wojciech Chodan were indicted for their alleged participation in a decade-long scheme to bribe high-level Nigerian officials in order to obtain lucrative contracts as part of a Kellogg, Brown & Root Inc. venture scheme. Full Story
7. Los Angeles: CPA Sentenced in Massive Fraud Against HSBC
Richard Po-Chun Wong was sentenced for defrauding HSBC Business Credit out of approximately $46 million through several elaborate schemes. Through his accounting practice, he prepared false financial documents for his clients, “redid” their books and helped them secure credit lines. Full Story
8. Philadelphia: Three Individuals Charged with Operating Internet Prostitution Ring
Roger Sedlak, his wife, Marianna, and Kelli Kaylor were indicted on charges of operating a multi-state, internet-based prostitution ring. Each defendant faces a maximum of 35 years in prison. Full Story
9. San Diego: Guilty Plea in International Debit Card Fraud and Money Laundering Conspiracy
Mikhail M. Tuknov, Jr. pled guilty to debit card fraud and conspiracy to launder money through Automated Teller Machines. Tuknov admitted to using 1044 fraudulent debit cards and related PINs. Full Story
10. Phoenix: Four Indicted for Investment Fraud
A 90-count indictment was returned against operators of Mac Investments, Inc. alleging that at least 300 individuals were victims of the $8 million fraud. The defendants used aliases when promoting the scheme, a cashless ATM business program. Full Story