Friday, February 26, 2010

Top 10 FBI stories this week

New York: Najibullah Zazi Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Use Explosives Against Persons or Property in U.S.

Najibullah Zazi pleaded guilty Monday to a three-count superseding information charging him with conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction (explosive bombs) against persons or property in the United States, conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country, and providing material support to al Qaeda. Among other things, Zazi admitted that he brought triacetone triperoxide explosives to New York on Sept. 10, 2009, as part of plan to attack the New York subway system. Full story

New York: Two Charged with Terror Violations in Connection with New York Subway Plot

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force Hosts Mortgage Fraud Summit in Miami

WASHINGTON—Representatives of the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force met in Miami today for the first of a series of Mortgage Fraud Summits. The task force, established by President Barack Obama in November 2009 to wage an aggressive, coordinated, and proactive effort to investigate and prosecute financial crimes, is composed of representatives from a broad range of federal agencies, regulatory authorities, inspectors general, and state and local law enforcement.

The first summit was held in Miami because of the high rate of mortgage fraud in the region. The Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach metropolitan area is ranked first in the nation for the number of local subjects named in Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) filed by depository institutions concerning suspected mortgage fraud, according to a recent Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) study. And according to FinCEN data, Florida has consistently ranked second in the nation for mortgage fraud SARs, only behind California.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Top 10 FBI stories this week

Sacramento: Former Owner and CEO of SK Foods Indicted; Vice President for Operations Agrees to Plead Guilty to Related Charges

A federal grand jury returned a seven-count indictment charging Frederick Scott Salyer, the former owner and CEO of SK Foods, with violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act in connection with his direction of various schemes to defraud SK Foods’ corporate customers through bribery and food misbranding and adulteration, and with wire fraud and obstruction of justice. Additionally, the former vice president for operations, Steven James King, was charged with one count of food adulteration and misbranding. He has agreed to plead guilty and to cooperate in the ongoing investigation and prosecution. These cases are the product of a joint and extensive investigation by the FBI, the IRS-Criminal Investigation, the Food and Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigations, and the United States Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division. Full Story

Friday, February 5, 2010

RASHE WATKINS and his brother JULIUS WATKINS arrested for robbery

Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office

of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was joined today by Robert Jones,

Chief of the Gurnee, Illinois Police Department (GPD) and Mark C. Curran, Jr., Lake County, Illinois Sheriff, in announcing the arrest of two Waukegan men for the January 29th attempted take-over robbery of the Community Trust Credit Union in Gurnee and the October 10, 2009 armed take-over robbery of the National City Bank branch, located in Long Grove, Illinois.

RASHE WATKINS, age 33 and his brother, JULIUS WATKINS, age 29, both of Waukegan, Illinois, were arrested earlier today, without incident, by FBI Special Agents and Officers from several north suburban police departments, outside a community center in Waukegan. Both men have been charged in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago with one count each of Bank Robbery and Attempted Bank Robbery, both of which are felony offenses.

Charter One Bank branch robbed

In the most recent theft, which occurred on January 22nd of this year, a lone robber entered the Charter One Bank branch, located at 8811 West 159th Street in Orland Hills, approached a teller and handed her a note, announcing a robbery. He then handed the teller a small, black colored, nylon bag, instructing her to fill it with cash. In the note, the robber also claimed to be armed with a gun, although no weapon was displayed. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the robber fled the bank on foot, disappearing into the passing crowd.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Reward offered for take-over robbery in Gurnee

Chief of the Gurnee, Illinois Police Department (GPD) in announcing that a reward of up to $20,000 was being offered for information leading to the identification and arrest of the individual responsible for the January 29th attempted take-over robbery of the Community Trust Credit Union, located at 1313 Route 41 in the north suburb.

According to witnesses, a lone robber, described only as a black/male, 6’ 0” – 6’ 2” tall, and who was left-handed, forced his way into the credit union at 7:00 PM as the facility was closing for the day. He was armed with a handgun that was equipped with a laser sight, which he openly brandished and used to threaten employees. The robber was dressed in all black clothing and had a ski-type mask pulled down over his face, concealing his identity.

Conspiracy to kill an officer of the United States

CONTACT: Mary L. Hatton
February 3, 2010 PHONE: (219) 937-5500 Fax: (219) 852-2770

Hammond, Indiana—The United States Attorney's Office announced that a Grand Jury sitting in the Northern District of Illinois, returned the following indictment on February 3, 2010:

Frank Caira, 39, of Downers Grove, Illinois, and Jack Mann, 41, of Naperville, Illinois, were charged by indictment with conspiracy to kill or attempt to kill an officer of the United States. In this case, the indictment alleges that the intended victims were an Assistant United States Attorney and a Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent. This indictment is related to criminal complaints filed against Caira and Mann on January 14, 2010 in the Northern District of Illinois.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Hedge Fund Manager Who Bilked Relatives Out of $25 Million Sentenced to Over 10 Years in Federal Prison

After admitting that he ran a Ponzi scheme that targeted family members and close friends and caused them to lose more than $25 million, the founder and manager of two Beverly Hills hedge funds was sentenced today to 121 months in federal prison.
Bradley L. Ruderman, 46, of Beverly Hills, was sentenced this afternoon after pleading guilty in August to two counts of wire fraud and two counts of investment adviser fraud related to a Ponzi scheme he ran from 2003 through 2009.

Unlicensed Orange County Mortgage Broker Sentenced to Nearly Six Years in Prison in $40 Million Fraud Scheme

SANTA ANA, CA—A San Clemente man who acted as a mortgage broker under several umbrellas, including the Orange-based Lucrativo Real Estate Solutions, Inc., was sentenced this morning to 70 months in federal prison for his conviction on tax evasion, mail fraud and credit card fraud charges related to a mortgage fraud scheme that caused at least $7 million in losses.

Jared Tornow, 34, was sentenced by United States District Judge David O. Carter, who called Tornow’s scheme one of the most sophisticated and arrogant frauds he had ever seen.

Real Estate Appraiser Sentenced to Three Years in Prison in Mortgage Fraud Scheme That Led to $46 Million in Losses

LOS ANGELES—A former state-licensed real estate appraiser was sentenced today to three years in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $46 million in restitution for her role in a massive mortgage fraud scheme that caused tens of millions of dollars in losses to federally insured banks.
Lila Rizk, 43, of Rancho Santa Margarita, received the three-year prison term after her conviction last summer on conspiracy, bank fraud and numerous loan fraud charges.