Saturday, December 26, 2009

Nigerian national arrested for terrorism

According to an affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, a Nigerian national, boarded Northwest Flight 253 in Amsterdam, Netherlands on December 24, 2009 and had a device attached to his body. As the flight was approaching Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Abdulmutallab set off the device, which resulted in a fire and what appears to have been an explosion. Abdulmutallab was then subdued and restrained by the passengers and flight crew. The airplane landed shortly thereafter, and he was taken into custody by Customs and Border Patrol officers.


A preliminary FBI analysis found that the device contained PETN, also known as pentaerythritol, a high explosive. Further analysis is ongoing. In addition, FBI agents recovered what appear to be the remnants of the syringe from the vicinity of Abdulmutallab’s seat, believed to have been part of the device.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Michael Jackson's FBI file released

Michael Joseph Jackson, a celebrity pop star, was born on August 29, 1958. He died unexpectedly on June 25, 2009 at the age of 50.



Between 1993 and 1994 and separately between 2004 and 2005, Mr. Jackson was investigated by California law enforcement agencies for possible child molestation. He was acquitted of all such charges. The FBI provided technical and investigative assistance to these agencies during the cases. The Bureau also investigated threats made against Mr. Jackson and others by an individual who was later imprisoned for these crimes.

This release consists of seven separate files, as described below:
9A-LA-142276: 1992 to 1993, 196 pages


This file details a Los Angeles field office investigation into extortion threats against Michael Jackson and others in 1992. The subject of this investigation pled guilty and was sentenced to prison in 1993.
A total of 111 pages were withheld to prevent duplication of material already released or to protect personal privacy, the identity of sources that provided information to the FBI in confidence, and internal rules and practices. Some information was referred to the U.S. Secret Service.
62D-LA-162715: September 16, 1993 to August 8, 1994, 56 pages

This file involves a Los Angeles field office investigation opened to assist local authorities with a child molestation case in 1993. The case never went to trial.
Ninety-five pages were withheld to prevent duplication of material already released or to protect personal privacy, the identity of sources that provided information to the FBI in confidence, and internal rules and practices.


62D-L0-11779: September 2, 1993 to October 22, 1993, 9 pages

This file was opened by the FBI’s legal attaché office in London when it assisted local authorities with a child molestation investigation in 1993.
Thirteen pages were withheld to protect personal privacy and the identity of sources that provided information to the FBI in confidence.

95A-HQ-1148159: October 30, 1995 to January 24, 1997, 8 pages

This file details a request made to the FBI to analyze a VHS videotape provided by the U.S. Customs Service as part of a child pornography investigation.
Some information was redacted to protect personal privacy. Four pages were referred to U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement for a release determination.
62D-LA-236081: January 15, 2004 to April 27, 2004, 41 pages
Our Los Angeles field office opened this file when it was asked by local authorities to provide forensic computer analysis assistance in a child molestation investigation in 2004. The examination of evidence in this case was conducted by the FBI’s Computer Analysis and Response Team (CART). Mr. Jackson was ultimately acquitted of these charges in a California court.
One hundred and twenty-three pages were withheld to protect personal privacy, the identity of sources that provided information to the FBI in confidence, and internal rules and practices or to prevent the disclosure of techniques and procedures for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions.

305B-LA-239205: September 14, 2004 to December 9, 2004, 5 pages

This Los Angeles field office file was opened in 2004 to investigate child molestation allegations. Due to lack of witness cooperation, the case was closed.

252B-IR-6808: March 1, 2004 to June 29, 2005, 18 pages

This file involves a request made of the FBI's Critical Incident Response Group to provide advice and assistance to local authorities concerning a child molestation investigation in 2004.

Some information was redacted to protect personal privacy and internal rules and practices.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

FOUR SUBURBAN CHICAGO MEN CHARGED IN MORTGAGE FRAUD SCHEME

Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Patrick J. Fitzgerald, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, announced today the filing of criminal charges against four west suburban men in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme.

The charges were contained in an indictment returned last week by a Federal Grand Jury in Chicago and were unsealed late Tuesday afternoon. The indictment charges three brothers, AHSAN M. MOINUDDIN, age 39; MOSHIN M. MOINUDDIN, age 36; and MUBEEN M. MOINUDDIN, age 33, all of 115 Hesterman Drive in Glendale Heights, Illinois; along with a fourth man, identified as MOISES AGUILERA, age 40, of 3517 South 56th Street in Cicero, Illinois, with multiple counts of Wire Fraud and Identity Theft, both of which are felony offenses.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Top arestari FBI in aceasta saptamana; 4-11 decembrie

Philadelphia: Five Indicted in Foreclosure Rescue and Mortgage Fraud Scheme Involving More Than $14.6 Million in Loans


A 15-count indictment was filed against five defendants charged in a $14.6 million mortgage fraud scheme that resulted in at least 35 fraudulent mortgage loans. Those charged include Edward G. McCusker and John Alford Bariana, owners of Axxium Mortgage, Inc., McCusker’s wife, Jacqueline, and Jeffrey A. Bennett and Stephen G. Doherty, owners of the Doylestown law firm Bennett & Doherty, P.C. Full Story

Miami: Six Remaining Defendants Plead Guilty in $18 Million Fraudulent Investment Scheme


Defendants Jimmy L. Barker, Jr., Theodore Ginocchio, Ronald Bowsky, Jack Maddock, Robert Pozsony, and Rodger Brownson each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in connection with a scheme that defrauded more than 600 investors throughout the United States. Codefendants Robert Ladrach and Marc Rifkin previously pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and are awaiting sentencing. Full Story

Memphis: Drug Kingpin Sentenced to 24 Life Sentences


After an eight-month trial in federal court, Jamal Shakir was sentenced to multiple life sentences after being convicted in 2008 of multiple murders, being the kingpin of a violent interstate gang-based drug trafficking operation, money laundering, and obstruction of justice. The United States requested the jury sentence Shakir to death, but the jury did not unanimously agree on a sentence as required to impose the death penalty. The presiding judge sentenced Shakir to 16 life sentences, to be followed by an additional nine consecutive life sentences for the murders and the other criminal conduct. Judge Nixon also imposed a forfeiture verdict of $3 million on each of three counts, totaling $9 million. Full Story

Pedepse relativ usoare pentru fraudele imobiliare din Arizona

Brandon Azadegan a luat un an si 6 luni de inchisoare pentru contributia sa  in fraudele imobiliare in care au fost implicati si o serie de romani. Gheorghe Babeti a primit in luna august si el o pedeapsa de un an si doua luni de inchisoare. restul  isi asteapta sentinta.

PHOENIX—Brandon Azadegan, 29, of Phoenix, was sentenced yesterday to 18 months in prison for an April 2009 conviction for his role as an investor selling four homes to a straw buyer. Azadegan pleaded guilty to one count of Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud and one count of Transactional Money Laundering. Six other co-conspirators have pleaded guilty for their involvement in the conspiracy. Gheorge Babeti was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison in August 2009. The remaining defendants will be sentenced in the next few months.