Saturday, June 27, 2009

Top 10 stiri FBI in saptamana care se incheie

1. Detroit: Fifty-Three Indicted in Health Care Fraud Investigation
As a result of the continuing operation of the Medicare Fraud Strike Force in Detroit, 53 individuals were indicted for schemes to submit more than $50 million in false Medicare claims. The Strike Force is the third phase of a targeted criminal, civil, and administrative effort against individuals and health care companies that fraudulently bill the Medicare program. Full Story
2. Miami: Eight Charged in Multi-Million Dollar Medicare Fraud Scheme
Eight Miami residents were charged in a 20-count indictment alleging two Medicare fraud conspiracies. The first conspiracy alleges that purported medical clinics in Miami-Dade County submitted at least $50.2 million in false claims to Medicare for various treatments. The second conspiracy alleges seven defendants in a five-state Medicare Advantage fraud scheme that submitted at least $19.8 million in false claims to carious private insurance companies. Full Story
3. Los Angeles: Racketeering Indictment Names Two Dozen MS-13 Members and Associates
In the first indictment in Los Angeles to allege racketeering charges against the MS-13 gang, members, leaders and associates were arrested after the return of a federal indictment charging 24 defendants, including the executive director of a non-profit gang intervention organization with violations ranging from murder and conspiracy to commit murder and extortion to narcotics trafficking. Full Story
4. Chicago/Newark: Hal Turner Arrested for Threatening Three Judges
Internet radio talk show host and blogger Hal Turner was arrested by FBI agents at his home in North Bergen, New Jersey, on a federal complaint filed in Chicago alleging that he made Internet postings threatening to assault and murder three federal appeals court judges in Chicago in retaliation for their recent ruling upholding handgun bans in Chicago and a suburb. Full Story
5. Chicago: Forty-One Defendants Charged in Five New Area Mortgage Fraud Cases
Forty-one defendants were charged in connection with various mortgage fraud schemes in five separate cases made public by federal law enforcement officials. Together the cases involve more than $48 million in fraudulently-obtained mortgages. Full Story
6. New York: New Jersey Man Sentenced for Providing Material Support to Hizballah
Saleh Elahwal was sentenced to 17 months in prison for providing material support to Hizballah. Through a satellite transmission company he helped operate, Elahwal provided satellite transmission services to al-Manar, a Lebanon-based television station operated by Hizballah and designed to cultivate support for Hizballah’s activities and mission. Full Story
7. Los Angeles: Safe Streets Task Force Makes Arrests in Narcotics Distribution Case
Thirty-four defendants were charged with narcotics and firearms violations arising from an alleged conspiracy to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine in and around San Bernardino and Redlands under the oversight of the Mexican Mafia. Full Story
8. New York: Investment Advisor Pleads Guilty in $30 Million Ponzi Scheme
Edward T. Stein, an investment advisor based in Roslyn, New York, pleaded guilty to a five-count felony information charging him for his role in defrauding his clients in a $30 million Ponzi scheme. Full Story
9. Oklahoma City: Federal and State Officials Unite to Prevent Stimulus Funding Fraud
Federal and state officials in Oklahoma announced cooperative efforts to prevent, detect, and deter fraud involving stimulus funding in Oklahoma. As part of this effort, a hotline has been created to report fraud, waste, and abuse of stimulus funds statewide. Full Story
10. Kansas City: Scam Targeting Families of Deployed U.S. Military Personnel
The Kansas City Division issued a warning about scammers using social networking sites to contact relatives, usually grandparents, of deployed U.S. military personnel. The perpetrators of the scam ask for funds to help pay for car repairs for a family member making a surprise return from military duty. Full Story

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Cleaning up the Mortgage Fraud in Chicago area

Forty-one defendants are facing federal charges relating to various mortgage fraud schemes in five separate cases made public today by federal law enforcement officials. In some of the schemes, the defendants were charged with falsely inflating the values of dilapidated homes in urban areas. Other schemes feature a twist where defendants were charged with deals involving million-dollar condominiums in a Chicago high-rise and sprawling homes in affluent suburbs. A total of 37 individuals and four businesses, including a title company that closed on allegedly fraudulent loans, are facing new federal charges relating to mortgage fraud in five separate cases in Chicago, federal law enforcement officials announced today. The defendants include a vice president of the title company, mortgage brokers, loan officers, real estate investors, appraisers and an attorney. Together the cases involve more than $48 million in fraudulently-obtained mortgages issued by various lenders and secured by scores of residential properties in the Chicago area, including two in the suburbs of Wheaton and Glenview. As a result, the various lending companies suffered millions of dollars in losses after the loans went into default and the properties were foreclosed upon.
Among the cases announced today are:
nineteen defendants, including LaSalle Title Company and three other businesses, who allegedly schemed to fraudulently obtain loans totaling more than $10 million on 70 residential properties in Chicago, including many blighted homes on the city’s south side, resulting in losses totaling approximately $5.8 million to various mortgage lenders;
10 defendants accused of scheming to fraudulently obtain loans totaling more than $17.2 million on various multi-million-dollar condominiums and penthouses at 33 West Ontario St., known as Millennium Centre;
six defendants accused of fraud and using stolen or fictitious identities to fraudulently obtain approximately $3 million in home loans from various lenders by submitting false applications for loans; and
the chief executive of a Burr Ridge mortgage lender who allegedly defrauded GMAC Bank out of approximately $15 million in funding more than 450 fictitious residential loans.
“Mortgage fraud is a serious issue that affects not just financial institutions but ordinary citizens who may have invested in such financial institutions or who hope to purchase, sell or refinance a home by honestly setting forth their finances. Today’s charges also show that the mortgage fraud issue affects suburbs as well as cities,” said Patrick J. Fitzgerald, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois
Mr. Fitzgerald announced the charges with Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Barry McLaughlin, Special Agent-in- Charge of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Inspector General in Chicago.
Just a year ago, 67 defendants were charged in a dozen mortgage fraud-related cases in Chicago, and another two dozen defendants were charged in multiple cases this past March stemming from an undercover investigation in which law enforcement agents posed as straw buyers of houses. In addition, scores of other defendants have been prosecuted in dozens of routine cases in the last couple of years, signifying the high priority that federal law enforcement officials give mortgage fraud in an effort to deter others from engaging in crimes relating to residential and commercial real estate.
All of the charges announced today are felonies and carry various maximum penalties, including 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine on each count of mail and wire fraud if a financial institution was affected, or 20 years in prison and $250,000 fine if there was no financial institution impact. As an alternative, the court may impose a maximum fine totaling twice the gain to any defendant or twice the loss to any victim, whichever is greater. If convicted, the four business entities charged each face a maximum penalty of five years probation and a $500,000 fine. If convicted, the Court would determine the appropriate sentence to be imposed under the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines.
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.
United States v. Lisnek, et al.
In one of the most comprehensive mortgage fraud schemes ever charged in Chicago, a Buffalo Grove couple, acting through two real estate investment companies they controlled, allegedly directed a scheme in which 15 individual defendants and four businesses purchased distressed properties, including from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and then resold them for fraudulently inflated prices approximately two to three times the purchase price. Between 2002 and 2007, the defendants allegedly fraudulently obtained mortgage loans in excess of $10 million on approximately 70 residential properties throughout Chicago, including many on the city’s south side in and around the Englewood neighborhood. As part of the alleged scheme certain defendants paid other defendants to make homes “camera ready,” by making them appear as though they had been rehabilitated.
Richard Lisnek, 56, a licensed mortgage broker and president of K&L Real Estate, Inc., and American Eagle Mortgage, Inc., and his wife, Judy Kien, 50, an attorney and president of D&J Properties II, Inc., both of Buffalo Grove and who had offices in Arlington Heights, together with 4 13 other individuals and two other businesses, were charged with various counts of mail fraud and wire fraud in a 22-count indictment that was returned today by a federal grand jury. Other defendants include another mortgage broker, three real estate appraisers, a title company and one of its vice presidents. Lisnek and Kien allegedly provided funds to buyers, which they falsely represented to lenders were the buyer’s own funds for down payments. Various other defendants allegedly made false representations concerning the buyer’s employment, financial condition, contribution towards the purchase price and intention to occupy the home, and the sales price, condition and value of the property. After fraudulently obtaining the loans, the victim lenders incurred losses totaling approximately $5.8 million because they were unpaid, causing the residences to be foreclosed upon and resold for amounts less than the outstanding mortgage loan balance. The indictment seeks forfeiture of the alleged loss amount.
According to the indictment, Lisnek solicited individuals with good credit to buy distressed properties from K&L Real Estate and D&J Properties by promising that they would not have to invest any of their own money and promising to repair the property and make the mortgage payments until the home was restored or provide funds to rehabilitate the property and assist in obtaining tenants under HUD’s Section 8 subsidized housing program.
Lisnek recruited Alfredo Hilado, 50, of Bloomington, Ill., and Mark Vargo, 53, of Elmhurst, to recruit other buyers, knowing the transactions would be financed by making false statement to mortgage lenders. Lisnek paid Vargo and others to make the distressed properties appear what Lisnek called “camera ready” or “picture ready” by making cosmetic repairs to front and rear exteriors so the homes would look fully restored or better than their actual condition.
Three licensed real estate appraisers, James Heiland, 63, of Barrington Hills; Brandon Bradford, 37, of Chicago; and Vlad Ostromogilsky, 38, of Glenview, allegedly prepared inflated appraisals, falsely representing that those properties were fully rehabilitated, knowing that they would be used to support fraudulent loan applications.
Lisnek and licensed mortgage broker Alex Bulmash, 32, of Lincolnwood, president of Investment Group, Inc., which operated as Investment Mortgage Group (IMG) in Lincolnwood and Skokie, allegdly caused employees of IMG including Bulmash’s brothers, Michael Bulmash, 29, of Norridge, and Allen Bulmash, 29, of Chicago, and Anthony Navickas, 28, of Chicago, to prepare and submit false loan applications and supporting documents, such as verifications of deposit and rent and property leases, on behalf of buyers of distressed properties from K&L and D&J.
Lynn Liskiewicz, 48, of Chicago, a vice president and regional manager of LaSalle Title Company, located at 100 North LaSalle St., Chicago, allegedly caused Lasalle Title to close sales by K&L, D&J and Lisnek by creating false closing documents concealing that the down payments represented as the buyer’s funds were actually provided by the sellers, that the purchase price was inflated, and that lenders were being deceived into financing all or a greater portion of the sale than portrayed for buyers with little or no equity in the property being purchased. The fraudulent closings included Kien signing settlement statements, known as HUD-1s, on behalf of sellers falsely representing the source of the buyer’s funds.
Hilado, Vargo, and additional defendants Joanne Ruiz, 47, of Elmhurst; Kenneth Turner, 32, of Woodridge; and Antoinette Laws, 47, of Chicago, purchased property from K&L and D&J knowing that they and others signed false loan applications to fraudulently obtain mortgages.
The indictment seeks forfeiture of $5.8 million from the defendants. All 19 defendants will be ordered to appear for arraignment in U.S. District Court. The Government is being represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Brian Netols and Steven Block.
United States v. Askar, et al., (08 CR 0036)
Ten defendants were charged with one or more counts of wire fraud in a 23-count indictment returned June 16 and unsealed later last week after several defendants were arrested in connection with an alleged mortgage fraud scheme involving seven condominiums and two penthouses at “Millennium Centre,” located at 33 West Ontario, Chicago. The developer of the 59-story building containing some 350 luxury residences offered units ranging in price from approximately $618,500 to $2.1 million.
Mhde Askar, 23, of Chicago, and Mahmoud Saleh, 35,of Hinsdale, operated M&M Millennium Management Company and participated in an incentive program offered by Millennium Centre’s developer, through which M&M received from the developer at the time of purchase a rebate equal to up to three years of mortgage payments, without being required to return any of the rebated money if M&M sold the unit within the three-year period.
Between July 2004 and December 2006, Askar, Saleh and their co-defendants allegedly fraudulently obtained more than $17.2 million in loans to purchase the nine Millennium Centre units. Askar and Saleh purchased the units in Askar’s name or the name of nominee buyers to obtain a rapid and high financial return through the rebated mortgage payments, and then resold the units at increased prices to nominee buyers through fraudulently obtained mortgages, retaining both the rebated mortgage payments and the resale profits.
Askar, Saleh, Advar Shaltapour, also known as “Eddie Shaltapour,” 39, of Chicago; Manuel Aguilar, 48, of Chicago; Catherine Kirk, 43, of Chicago; Warren McKeithen, 48; Nancy S. Praseuth, 32, of Huntley; Margarita Garcia, 34,of Elk Grove; and David Ibarra, 43, of Chicago, either recruited others or served as nominee buyers by promising or being promised that they would not have to provide any of their own money, they would received cash back at closing, others would make mortgage payments on their behalf, and the property would be in their name for only approximately a year before it was sold.
Askar, Saleh, Aguilar, Kirk and McKeithen submitted and caused others to submit false mortgage loan applications concerning nominee buyer’s employment, income, assets and intention to occupy the residence being purchased, including to Ahmad Karkukly, 33, of Palatine, who was a loan officer at Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. Karkukly allegedly used his position to obtain approval of fraudulent loan applications on behalf of Askar, Praseuth, and Garcia, among others.
Askar, Shaltapour and Karkukly were released on bond after being arrested on these charges. Saleh remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing. Arrest warrants are outstanding for Aguilar and Ibarra, while Kirk, McKeithen, Praseuth and Garcia will be ordered to appear for arraignment at a later date in U.S. District Court.
The indictment seeks forfeiture of $17,203,221 from the defendants.
The Government is being represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Diane MacArthur.
United States v. Okulaja, et al.
Six defendants were charged with one or more counts of wire fraud in a three-count indictment returned June 16 and unsealed later last week after several defendants were arrested in connection with an alleged mortgage fraud scheme involving the purchase of two multi-million-dollar single-family residences in suburban Wheaton and Glenview. Between February and September 2007, the defendants allegedly fraudulently obtained loan proceeds totaling $3,393,435 from Countrywide Home Loans and Washington Mutual Bank FA (WAMU).
Regarding the Wheaton residence, the indictment alleges that in February 2007, Lilya Domnenko, 43, of Wheaton, agreed to purchase 919 Arbor Lane, which her husband, Viktor Domnenko, 48, of Wheaton, had built through his construction company, Creative Builders. Lilya Domnenko submitted loan applications to WAMU for $990,000 and $241,000, falsely stating that she was an employee of Creative Builders and earned $37,500 a month. Viktor Domnenko allegedly received approximately $80,000 of the fraudulently obtained loan proceeds after the sale.
In June 2007, Olanrewaju J. Okulaja, 29, of Chicago, asked Festus Segbawu, 49, of Oak Park, to recruit a nominee buyer to purchase 919 Arbor Lane from Lilya Domnenko. Segbawu and Al Holman, 39, of Berwyn, recruited an individual to use a stolen identity and introduced this individual to Okulaja, who allegedly paid another individual to obtain false employment information to support the bogus nominee purchaser’s loan application.
Okulaja and Mhde Askar, 23, of Chicago, allegedly helped prepare and submitted to Countrywide a fraudulent loan application for $1.15 million, falsely stating that the nominee purchaser was employed, had substantial monthly income, savings and funds for the down payment, which, in fact, were provided by Askar, according to the indictment.
At the closing on June 25, 2007, Lilya Domnenko endorsed a check for her sale proceeds of $129,490 and gave the funs to Okulaja and Askar, knowing that they had no disclosed connection to sale of 919 Arbor Lane, the indictment alleges. Approximately two months later, Viktor Domnenko gave Okulaja and Holman checks for $10,000 and $30,000, respectively, as additional payment for recruiting the nominee buyer of the residence.
Regarding the Glenview residence, in 2007 Okulaja and others allegedly recruited a nominee buyer to purchase a residence at 1619 Sunset Ridge. Again, Okulaja and Askar allegedly helped prepare and submitted to WAMU a fraudulent loan application for $2.3 million, falsely stating that the nominee purchaser was employed, had substantial monthly income, savings and funds for the down payment, which, in fact, Okulaja and Askar knew were provided by another individual who expected to receive an eight percent profit on the short term use of the funds.
At the closing on Sept. 21, 2007, Okulaja and Askar caused the title company to issue two checks—one for $674,830 payable to a company that Okulaja had created to make his receipt of loan proceeds appear legitimate and which he shared with Askar and another individual, the indictment alleges, and a check for $730,000 payable to a company controlled by the individual who had provided the funds that were used by the nominee buyer.
Lilya and Viktor Domnenko, and Askar are free on bond following their arrests in this case. Okulaja remains detained in federal custody, while an arrest warrant is outstanding for Segbawu. Holman is scheduled to be arraigned along with Okulaja and Askar on June 26 in U.S. District Court.
The indictment seeks forfeiture of $3,393,435 from the defendants.
The Government is being represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Diane MacArthur.
United States v. Luckett
Lawrence A. Luckett, formerly chief executive officer and 25 percent owner of the former Home Mortgage, Inc., in Burr Ridge, was charged with bank fraud in a criminal information filed today. Luckett, 52, of Chicago, and formerly of Lemont, will be ordered to appear for arraignment at a later date in U.S. District Court.
According to the charges, Home Mortgage funded loans it made by borrowing money from other lenders. After issuing a mortgage, Home Mortgage sold the loan to a third party, typically a financial institution that invested in mortgages, and used the proceeds from the sale of the loan to repay its lender. Between August 2007 and March 2008, Luckett and an employee he directed allegedly submitted requests to GMAC Bank and an affiliated lender for more than 450 fictitious residential mortgage loans, causing GMAC a loss in excess of $15 million.
As part of the scheme, Luckett and his employee allegedly fabricated and submitted to GMAC documents relating to borrowers, biographical and property information for non-existent loans purportedly to be made by Home Mortgage. Instead of using the money advanced by GMAC to fund loans, Luckett allegedly used the money to continue operations of Home Mortgage and to pay various personal expenses.
The charges also seek forfeiture of $15 million. If convicted, bank fraud carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
The Government is being represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney David Glockner.
United States v. Beck, et al.
Six defendants were charged with one or more counts of wire fraud in a nine-count indictment returned today for allegedly engaging in a $3 million mortgage fraud scheme in the Chicago area. The indictment alleges that between February and December 2006, Alshawntus Beck, 35, of Plainfield, operated three companies—Compass Investments and Development Corp., 3834 West Maypole Inc., and West Horizon Construction, which purported to be in the business of buying, repairing and reselling real estate.
Assisted by Michelle Parker, 41,of Chicago, a loan officer at an area mortgage broker, Beck allegedly brought three nominee buyers to the brokerage to apply for loans to purchase from him three condominium units located at 3834 West Maypole in Chicago. Steven Corbett, 41, allegedly fraudulently applied for loans using the fictitious identity “Al Spann;” while Kevin Keller, 43, and Jimmie D. Johnson, 38, all of Chicago, allegedly fraudulently applied for loans using stolen identities. Beck also allegdly recruited Otis Robinson III, 29, of Chicago, to create false real estate appraisals inflating the value of properties that Beck bought for himself and through nominees.
According to the indictment, Parker obtained false verifications of rent for Corbett and Buyer A. Similarly, Beck obtained forged documents falsely stating that Corbett was an employee of West Horizon Construction, and that Buyer A was an employee of Compass Investment and Development Corp., and Parker submitted the false documents to a lender to fraudulently obtain the loans. Parker also submitted to a lender a forged document provided by Beck that falsely stated that Keller had approximately $8,000 in a bank account that did not exist.
As part of the scheme, Parker also processed false loan applications for Keller, using a stolen identity, to purchase properties 3817 West Maypole and 6828 South Indiana in Chicago. The loan application for the Maypole residence was supported by a forged document that Beck provided, which falsely stated that Keller was an employee of West Horizon Construction, the indictment alleges. The loan application for the Indiana Avenue residence was supported by a falsely inflated appraisal, allegedly created by Robinson using the name of a real estate appraiser whose identity Robinson had stolen.
The indictment also alleges that Beck purchased two properties in his own name: 3849-51 West Maypole and 2023 North Bingham in Chicago. The application for the loan to purchase the Maypole property was supported by a false verification of rent provided by Parker, and both loan applications were supported by falsely inflated appraisals provided by Robinson. Four months after buying 2023 North Bingham, Beck sold the property to Buyer B for a price that was 56 percent higher than Beck had paid by using another falsely inflated appraisal provided by Robinson, the charges allege.
The indictment seeks forfeiture of $3 million from the defendants. Arrest warrants were issued for all six, who will also be ordered to appear for arraignment at a later date

Friday, June 19, 2009

David Hernandez cautat de FBI

He was arested by FBI on June, 22, 2009.
Wanted by FBI Chicago.
David Hernandez, age 48, of Downers Grove, Illinois. Hernandez remains at-large and is the subject of a nationwide manhunt.
He was last known to be driving a 2005 Ford Explorer, Illinois license plate 965 6625
Chicago FBI
(312) 829-1199

Top 10 stiri FBI in saptamana care se incheie

FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending June 19, 2009
1. Houston: Stanford Financial Group Executives and Former Chairman of Antiguan Bank Regulator Indicted for Fraud and Obstruction
Robert Allen Stanford, chairman of the Houston-based Stanford Financial Group (SFG), three SFG executives, and the former chief executive officer of the Antiguan bank regulatory agency were indicted on fraud and obstruction charges related to a $7 billion scheme to defraud investors. Full Story
2. Los Angeles: RICO Indictment Expands Case Against Clique of 18th Street Gang
Federal and local law enforcement authorities arrested eight of 39 members and associates of one of the most entrenched “cliques” of the 18th Street Gang. Federal criminal charges allege that the gang operated a racketeering enterprise responsible for the October 2007 attempted murder of a street vendor that resulted in the fatal shooting of a 3-week-old infant, a murder of an innocent young man that occurred in 2001, and other crimes. Full Story
3. Knoxville: Twenty-Three People Indicted for Racketeering
Sixteen men and seven women were indicted on charges including conducting a racketeering enterprise, racketeering conspiracy, operation of a chop shop, interstate transportation of stolen motor vehicles and property, receipt of stolen motor vehicles, altering identification numbers on motor vehicles and parts, trafficking in motor vehicles with altered identification numbers, and conspiring to distribute cocaine and marijuana. Full Story
4. New York: Nine Members of Interstate Gang Operating in New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania Charged
On June 16, 2009, an indictment was unsealed charging Artem Cherne, Yevgeny Dynkin, Andrew Burban, Anthony Kalika, Anton Husyev, Leonid Vodvozov, Aleh Masalakov, Robert Wojicki, and Roman Likhadziyevski with offenses stemming from their membership in a criminal group involved in retail store burglaries, extortion, firearms offenses, marijuana trafficking, credit card fraud, identity theft, and other crimes. Full Story
5. Boston: Maine Men Plead Guilty in Scheme to Bribe Government Official
Paul M. Hurlburt and Robert J. Subilia both entered guilty pleas to charges of conspiracy relating to a scheme to bribe a government official formerly employed by the United States Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) in Huntsville, Alabama. In addition, Hurlburt pled guilty to a separate charge of scheming to defraud the government by use of wire transactions. Full Story
6. Chicago: Philip J. Baker of Lake Shore Asset Management Indicted on Federal Fraud and Obstruction Charges
Philip J. Baker, foreign managing director of a Chicago-based hedge fund, is facing federal fraud, obstruction of justice, and criminal contempt charges for allegedly fraudulently soliciting more than $300 million from at least 700 wealthy investors worldwide. Full Story
7. Detroit: Rebecca Sharp Pleads Guilty in Medicare Kickback Scheme
Rebecca Sharp, owner of a health care agency and one of eight defendants charged in a scheme to solicit and pay kickbacks in exchange for Medicare patients, pled guilty on June 15, 2009, United States Attorney Terrence Berg announced. According to the indictment, between 2002 and 2005, Rebecca Sharp received over $1.1 million in kickbacks for referring Medicare beneficiaries to home health care agencies. Full Story
8. Philadelphia: Corruption Charges Filed Against Philadelphia Police Detective
On June 16, 2009, an indictment was unsealed against Rickie Durham, a Philadelphia police detective, charging that Durham, through a third party, warned drug dealer Alton "Ace Capone" Coles of a forthcoming search by federal law enforcement agents. Coles, in turn, called his associates to share the information. Durham is charged with obstruction of justice, giving advanced notice of a search, and making false statements to federal law enforcement officers. Full Story
9. Kansas City: Dena Delores Riley Pleads Guilty to Kidnapping
Dena Delores Riley pled guilty to one count of kidnapping on June 15. 2009. She admitted that on May 25, 2005, she and co-defendant Richard Davis kidnapped a 5-year-old child who they took from Kansas to Missouri. On May 25, 2006, a 5-year-old child who was a member of the family was allowed to join Riley and Davis on a ride to McDonalds for lunch. Instead of going to the restaurant, Riley and Davis drove the child to Missouri for the purpose of engaging in sex with her. Full Story
10. Richmond: Allen Leon Sammons Admits Making Online Threats
Allen Leon Sammons, of Oakwood, Virginia, pled guilty last week to charges related to threats of violence the defendant posted online. Sammons threatened to travel to several universities and “take school shootings to a new level.” Full Story

Robert Allen Stanford pus sub acuzare pentru frauda de 7 miliarde de dolari


Today in Washington, D.C., the FBI, Department of Justice, announced at a press conference the unsealing of an indictment in the Southern District of Texas related to a multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme that victimized thousands of people in the U.S. and abroad.
The indictment charges Robert Allen Stanford, the sole shareholder of the Houston-based Stanford Financial Group and other affiliated companies, with defrauding investors who purchased approximately $7 billion in certificates of deposit administered by Stanford International Bank, an offshore bank located on the island of Antigua.
Charges against Stanford, along with four other individuals, include conspiracy to commit mail fraud, mail fraud and securities fraud, wire fraud, obstructing an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and conspiracy to commit money laundering.Said Lanny Breuer, Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, “As today’s charges make clear, the Department will vigorously root out and expose financial crimes that wreak havoc on innocent investors.”
Also charged were:
Laura Pendergest-Holt, chief investment officer of Stanford Financial Group and a member of Stanford International Bank’s investment committee, who had also been previously charged with obstruction of justice in a separate SEC proceeding;
Gilberto Lopez, Stanford Financial Group’s chief accounting officer;
Mark Kuhrt, global controller for Stanford Financial Group;
Leroy King, administrator and chief executive officer of the Financial Services Regulatory Commission, the regulator for Antigua and Barbuda’s financial services industry. King allegedly accepted bribes to ensure that Stanford International Bank was not subject to close scrutiny by Antiguan or U.S. regulators.
Additionally, a criminal information was unsealed today charging James M. Davis, Stanford Financial Group’s chief financial officer, for his role in the scheme, along with an indictment charging another former Stanford Financial Group employee with destroying company records.The scam. According to the indictment, Stanford International Bank offered—through its network of financial advisors—CDs with higher (and ultimately bogus) rates of return than those available through CDs offered by U.S. banks. Stanford and his co-conspirators also misrepresented to clients the actual financial condition of Stanford International Bank, its investment strategy, and the extent of its regulatory oversight by Antiguan authorities.

Definition: What is a Ponzi scheme?

While collecting billions from his investors, who placed their trust and in some cases their life savings with him, Stanford and his co-defendants were allegedly misusing and misappropriating most of these assets, including diverting at least $1.6 billion into undisclosed personal loans to Stanford himself.
According to FBI Assistant Director Kevin Perkins, the FBI has seen an increase in Ponzi schemes. In the past 18 months, we’ve opened 100 new cases into these scams, many involving losses of more than $20 million. “Ponzi schemes and other securities fraud investigations are one of the top priorities of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division,” said Perkins. “We recognize the enormous impact these crimes have on the economy as a whole and on the trust of investors.”
Echoed U.S. Attorney Tim Johnson, Southern District of Texas, “The investing public needs to be assured that it is protected from those who would corruptly deprive them of their financial security.”
The case was worked jointly by the Department of Justice, FBI, Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Jada Justice data disparuta


Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Reginald Harris, Chief of the Gary, Indiana Police Department jointly request the public’s assistance in locating JADA JUSTICE.
At approximately 9:40 p.m., June 16, 2009, JADA JUSTICE was taken from a parked vehicle at the Glen Park Gas Station, 1401 East Ridge Road, Gary, Indiana. JUSTICE was in the care of a relative at the time of her disappearance. The Gary Police Department immediately responded to the scene and conducted an extensive search of the surrounding area without success.
JADA JUSTICE is described as a black female who will be 3-years old this August, 2’2” tall, 35 pounds, black hair, brown eyes, and light brown complexion. At the time of her disappearance, she was wearing an orange skirt, a white tank top with orange and green stripes, white sandals and purple underwear. Photographs of JADA JUSTICE are available.
Anyone with information concerning her current whereabouts is requested to contact the FBI Indianapolis Office at 317/639-3301.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Cautat pentru jaf la banca


Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is asking for the public’s help in identifying the individual depicted in the attached wanted flyer, who is believed responsible for the robbery of at least three (3) suburban Chicago banks since mid-May.
The most recent theft occurred on June 4th when the MB Financial Bank branch, located at 2251 Plum Grove Road in Rolling Meadows, was robbed of an undisclosed amount of money. According to witnesses, the robber entered the bank and orally announced a robbery. He then displayed a handgun and ordered an employee to fill a blue colored fabric bag with cash. After the money was placed in the bag, the robber exited the bank on foot and was last seen fleeing the area on a bicycle.
Other suspected thefts occurred at the Mutual Bank branch, located at 801 East Nerge Road in Roselle, on May 8th and again on May 22nd. In all
three (3) robberies, no injuries were reported.

The “Beach Bum Bandit” is described as a white/male, 20 - 25 years of age, 6’0” tall, 170-190 lbs., thin build, with brown hair. He has worn a bandana or scarf around his face during two (2) of the robberies, along with shorts and various types and colors of hats. He has been given the moniker “Beach Bum Bandit” due to the casual dress and beach type attire that he has worn during all three (3) of his robberies. He is also armed with a handgun and should be considered Armed and Dangerous.
This case is being investigated jointly by the Chicago FBI and Investigators from the Roselle and Rolling Meadows Police Departments.
Anyone recognizing this individual or having any information about this robbery is asked to call the Chicago FBI at (312) 421-6700.
Additional information about this robber, including downloadable photographs, is available from the Chicago Bandit Tracker web site, http://www.bandittrackerchicago.com/.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Top 10 stiri FBI in saptamana care se incheie

1. Atlanta: Syed Haris Ahmed Found Guilty of Conspiracy to Support Terrorists
After a bench trial held last week in the Northern District of Georgia, Syed Haris Ahmed was found guilty of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. Full Story
2. New York: Four Plead Guilty to Providing Material Support to a Foreign Terrorist Organization
On June 9 at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, defendants Karunakaran Kandasamy, Pratheepan Thavaraja, Murugesu Vinayagamoorthy, and Vijayshanthar Patpanathan pled guilty to conspiring to provide material support to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a designated foreign terrorist organization. Full Story
3. Portland: Global Online Direct Executives Plead Guilty to Money Laundering Charge
Bryant Behrmann and Larry “Buck” E. Hunter pled guilty to money laundering in connection with a scheme to defraud thousands of investors through their company, Global Online Direct. Full Story
4. Washington Field: Defense Department Official Indicted on Espionage Charges
James Wilbur Fondren, Jr., former Deputy Director of the Defense Department’s Washington Liaison Office, U.S. Pacific Command, was indicted on one count of conspiracy to communicate classified information to an agent of a foreign government and act as an illegal foreign agent, four counts of unlawfully communicating classified information to an agent of a foreign government, and three counts of making false statements to the FBI. Full Story
5. Philadelphia: America’s Most Wanted Ringleader Charged in Six-Year Interstate Burglary Spree
A superseding indictment was filed against Scott Hornick charging him with interstate transportation of stolen property, pharmacy burglary, and conspiracy. The ten-count indictment alleges that after escaping from prison, Hornick assembled a gang of burglars with whom he burglarized more than 150 businesses in more than a dozen states. Full Story
6. Salt Lake City: Arrests in Undercover Operation Targeting Stolen Native American Artifacts
Arrests were made and search warrants executed following an undercover operation targeting a network of individuals involved in the sale, purchase, and exchange of artifacts illegally taken from public or Indian lands in the Four Corners region of the country. The investigation represents the nation’s largest investigation of archaeological and cultural artifact thefts. Full Story
7. Newark: Montclair Man Pleads Guilty to $139 Million Scheme That Bankrupted New Jersey Mortgage Company
Michael J. McGrath, Jr., the former president and director of U.S. Mortgage, pled guilty to mail and wire fraud and money laundering charges in connection with a $139 million fraud scheme that bankrupted Pine Brook-based U.S. Mortgage Corp. and its subsidiary, CU National Mortgage, LLC. Full Story
8. Kansas City: David Ray Freeman Charged with Bank Fraud Conspiracy in Housing Development Project
David Ray Freeman was charged with fraud in connection with a Junction City housing development project. He was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, evade federal currency reporting requirements and interfere with interstate commerce, by extortion of a public official. Full Story
9. Cleveland: Cuyahoga County Employee and Wife Indicted for Receiving Kickbacks
Faisal Alatrash, a Project Superintendent/Construction Manager for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, and his wife, Gada Alatrash, were indicted on charges of extortion, fraud, bribery, and false statements. Full Story
10. New York: AFW Wealth Adviser Charged with Multimillion-Dollar Fraud
Matthew Weitzman, former principal of AFW Asset Management, Inc., is charged with defrauding investors in a multimillion-dollar scheme to misappropriate investor funds from a brokerage account, lying to investors about how their money was being used, and converting investor money to his own use. Full Story

Jefuitor de banca in Skokie cautat de FBI


Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is asking for the public’s help in identifying the individual depicted in the attached wanted flyer, who is believed responsible for the robbery of at least three (3) Chicago banks, dating to March of this year.
The most recent theft occurred on April 17th, when the Eden’s Bank branch, located at 5256 West Dempster in Skokie was robbed of an undisclosed amount of money. According to witnesses, the robber entered the bank and approached the Assistant Manager and orally announced a robbery. He then displayed a handgun and forced the Assistant Manager to the teller’s counter and ordered an employee to fill a multi-colored fabric bag with cash. After the money was placed in the bag, the robber fled the bank on foot, and was last seen running north from the bank out of sight of witnesses.
Other suspected thefts include the North Community Bank branch, located at 3420 North Clark Street on April 10th and the North Community Bank branch, located at 2335 North Clark Street on March 27th. In all three robberies, no injuries were reported.

The “Bullet Proof Bandit” is described as a white/male, 30 - 35 years of age, 6’0 – 6’2” tall, medium build, with dark hair. He has been given the moniker “Bullet Proof Bandit” due to the fact that he is believed to wear a ballistic vest during each of his robberies. He is also armed with a handgun and should be considered Armed and Dangerous.
This case is being investigated by the Chicago FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force (VCTF), which is comprised of FBI Special Agents, Detectives from the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and Investigators from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.
Anyone recognizing this individual or having any information about this robbery is asked to call the Chicago FBI at (312) 421-6700.
Additional information about this robber, including downloadable photographs, is available from the Chicago Bandit Tracker web site, http://www.bandittrackerchicago.com/ .

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Top 10 stiri FBI in saptamana care se incheie

1. Headquarters: FBI Releases Preliminary Annual Crime Statistics for 2008
According to the FBI's Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report, the nation experienced a 2.5 percent decrease in the number of violent crimes and a 1.6 percent decline in the number of property crimes for 2008, compared with data from 2007. The report is based on information that the FBI gathered from 12,750 law enforcement agencies that submitted six to 12 comparable months of data to the FBI for both 2007 and 2008. Full Story
2. Little Rock: Arrest in Army Recruiting Office Shooting
Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammed, formerly known as Carlos Bledsoe, was arrested on state charges by the Little Rock, Arkansas, Police Department for the murder of Pvt. William Long and the attempted murder of Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula, two soldiers in the United States Army at an Army Recruiting Office in Little Rock. The FBI is also investigating this incident, which may result in federal charges. Full Story
3. FBI Headquarters: Cultural Artifacts Returned to Anguilla
The FBI returned more than 100 bronze medallions to the Government of Anguilla in a ceremony during the island’s 42nd national holiday, or Anguilla Day, celebrations. The medallions were presented to The Honorable Mr. Osbourne Fleming, Chief Minister, by Samuel Bryant, Jr., the FBI Legal Attaché in Bridgetown. Full Story
4. New York: Four Indicted in Plot to Bomb Jewish Buildings, Shoot Military Planes
An eight-count Indictment was filed against James Cromitie, David Williams, Onta Williams, and Laguerre Payen in connection with their plot to detonate explosives near a synagogue and Jewish community center in the Riverdale section of Bronx, New York, and to shoot military planes located at the New York Air National Guard Base at Stewart Airport in Newburgh, New York, with Stinger surface-to-air guided missiles. Full Story
5. Seattle: Army Sergeant Charged with Sex Trafficking Juveniles
Sterling Terrance Hospedales, an Army Sergeant based at Fort Lewis, Washington, was charged with sex trafficking of a child and attempted sex trafficking of a child. Hospedales allegedly set up an apartment and Craigslist postings advertizing juvenile prostitutes. Full Story
6. Boston: Former State Legislator and Associates Indicted on Corruption Charges
Salvatore F. DiMasi, former Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and three of his associates were charged with engaging in a wire and mail fraud scheme to deprive the citizens of Massachusetts of DiMasi’s honest services by allegedly using his power and influence to enable a software company to obtain multi-million dollar procurements from agencies of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Full Story
7. Charlotte: Four Indicted in Unlawful Coin Operation
Bernard von NotHaus, William Kevin Innes, Sarah Jane Bledsoe, and Rachelle L. Moseley were indicted on conspiracy and other charges in connection with an alleged unlawful operation to produce and sell coins that resembled genuine U.S. currency, including Liberty Dollar coins. Full Story
8. Philadelphia: Two Arrested in Connection with Firearm Onboard Aircraft
Damien Young and Roshid Milledge were arrested and charged in connection with Young’s boarding of a U.S. Airways flight from Philadelphia with a concealed handgun in his carry-on baggage. Milledge, a U.S. Airways employee, aided and abetted Young’s possession and concealment of the weapon onboard the aircraft. Full Story
9. Dallas: Man Sentenced for Sending Hoax White Powder Letters
Richard Goyette was sentenced to nearly four years in prison for mailing 65 threatening letters from Amarillo, Texas, to financial institutions last October. All but one of the letters contained a white powder along with a threat that the person breathing the powder would die within 10 days. All letters tested negative for hazardous materials. Full Story
10. Washington Field: Former Military Officer Sentenced for Role in Fraud Scheme
Debra Harrison, a former lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for her honest services wire fraud related to a scheme to defraud the U.S. government, the Republic of Iraq, and the Coalition Provisional Authority - South Central Region (CPA-SC) in Al-Hillah, Iraq. Full Story

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Hoffman Estate man arested for child pornography

DONALD R. PEPPERS, age 35, of 560 Mesa in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. PEPPERS was arrested in Cedar Rapids, Iowa yesterday afternoon, without incident, by FBI Special Agents assigned to the Omaha office.
PEPPERS was charged in a criminal complaint filed yesterday in U.S. District Court in Chicago with one count of Manufacture of Child Pornography and two counts of Distribution of Child Pornography, both of which are felony offenses. According to the complaint, PEPPERS was identified by the Virginia’s FBI’s “Innocent Images Task Force” (IITF) as a possible distributor of child pornography over the internet.
PEPPERS is alleged to have started corresponding last month with a Task Force Officer (TFO), who was acting in an undercover capacity, via an internet chat room using the name “illinoisdonboy31”. During their chats, PEPPERS stated that he collected child pornography and had engaged in illicit sexual relationships with minor children. During one of these chats, PEPPERS sent the TFO via the internet, a video file that depicted the sodomization of a minor child by an adult male. PEPPERS is also alleged to have sent additional video files to the TFO, which depicted similar acts, including one video in which PEPPERS himself is believed to be sexually abusing a minor child.
The investigation was then referred to the Chicago IITF, who confirmed PEPPERS as the user of the screen name “illinoisdonboy31” and traced the internet account to his Hoffman Estates residence.
A search of PEPPERS’ residence was conducted yesterday afternoon, pursuant to a Federal search warrant issued in Chicago. The search was conducted by members of Chicago FBI’s IITF, assisted by the Hoffman Estates, Illinois Police Department. During the search, an extensive collection of suspected child pornography was discovered, including photographs, video tapes and DVD’s.
At the time of his arrest, PEPPERS was in Cedar Rapids on business, as he travels frequently for his employer, a Chicago area based printing company.
PEPPERS is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids later today, at which time he will be formally charged. If convicted of the charges filed against him, PEPPERS faces a mandatory minimum sentence of fifteen (15) years incarceration to a maximum of thirty (30) years in prison.
The FBI’s “Innocent Images” initiative was established in 1996 and is part of a nationwide effort to combat the manufacture, distribution and possession of child pornography. At present, there are 43 separate IITF’s in various FBI offices around the country which are investigating similar cases. The public is reminded that a complaint is not evidence of guilt and that all defendants in a criminal case are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Hotul de banca care a fugit cu Hummerul


FBI is asking for the public’s help in identifying the individual depicted in the attached wanted flyer, who is believed responsible for the February 2, 2009 armed robbery of Standard Bank and Trust branch, located at 2398 Essington Road in Joliet.
According to witnesses, the robber entered the bank and approached a teller, initially asking for change. When asked for an account number, he then placed a note on the counter announcing a robbery and demanding cash. The note also threatened the teller with harm, if his demands were not met. He then produced a black nylon computer case, into which the teller placed an unspecified amount of cash. The robber fled the bank on foot, disappearing out of sight and last seen running into the parking lot of an adjacent business.
The “Hummer Bandit” is described as a white/male, 40 years of age, 5’10” tall, heavy build, with dark hair, full side burns and a mustache. He was wearing a baseball style cap and sunglasses and was given the moniker “Hummer Bandit” due to the distinctive purple colored Hummer SUV that he is believed to have used to make his escape.
This case is being investigated by the Chicago FBI and the Joliet Police Department.
Anyone recognizing this individual or having any information about this robbery is asked to call the Chicago FBI at (312) 421-6700.