Monday, March 29, 2010


Six Michigan residents, along with two residents of Ohio and a resident of
Indiana, were indicted by a federal grand jury in Detroit on charges of seditious

conspiracy, attempted use of weapons of mass destruction, teaching the use of

explosive materials, and possessing a firearm during a crime of violence, United States

Attorney Barbara L. McQuade and FBI Special Agent in Charge Andrew Arena

Friday, March 26, 2010

LUBOS ALBRECHT arrested for distribution of child pornography.

Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced today the arrest of a Wheaton, Illinois man, employed as a child care provider, for distribution of child pornography.

LUBOS ALBRECHT, age 22, who was employed as a live-in nanny in the western suburb, was arrested Wednesday afternoon, without incident, by Special Agents assigned to the Chicago FBI’s Innocent Images Task Force (IITF) at the Wheaton address. ALBRECHT was charged in a criminal complaint filed yesterday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Chicago with one count of Distribution of Child Pornography, which is a felony offense.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Tony Hildebrand charged with two bank robbery

Tony Hildebrand, age 33, of Lake in the Hills, Illinois, was charged today in a criminal complaint filed in US District Court in Chicago with two counts of Bank Robbery. 
Hildebrand was implicated in the March 20th robbery of the TCF Bank branch, located in Hoffman Estates and the March 22nd robbery of the TCF Bank branch, located in Schaumburg.  Hildebrand appeared earlier today before Magistrate Judge Geraldine Soat Brown in Chicago at which time he was formally charged and ordered held without bond, pending his next scheduled court appearance.
If convicted of the charges filed against him, Hildebrand faces a possible sentence of up to forty (40) years in prison. 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, March 23, 2010

MIGUEL “Mike” ECHEVARRIA arrested for violating federal firearms laws

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

of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was joined today by Gary Hartwig, Special Agent-in-Charge of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of Investigations, in announcing the arrest of a Cook County Correctional Officer for violating federal firearms laws.

MIGUEL “Mike” ECHEVARRIA, age 44, of West Lyndale Street in Chicago, was arrested outside his residence earlier today, without incident, by FBI and ICE Special Agents. ECHEVARRIA was charged last week in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, which was unsealed today, with one count of making a false statement on a federal firearms purchase application, which is a felony offense.

According to the complaint, the investigation leading to the charges announced today began in March of 2008, when an individual identified only as a cooperating witness (CW) indicated that he had illegally purchased a handgun from ECHEVARRIA, who he knew to be a Cook County Correctional Officer. In January of 2009, the CW accompanied ECHEVARRIA to a suburban gun store, where ECHEVARRIA purchased an AR -15 rifle for the CW.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Crime statistics in USA,

Today the FBI released bank crime statistics for calendar year 2009. Between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2009, there were 5,943 robberies, 100 burglaries, 19 larcenies, and three extortions of financial institutions1 reported to law enforcement. The total 6,065 reported violations represents a decrease from 2008, during which 6,8572 violations of the Federal Bank Robbery and Incidental Crimes Statute were reported.

Highlights of the report include:

Of the 6,062 total reported bank robberies, burglaries, and larcenies, loot was taken in 5,514 incidents (91 percent). No loot was taken during the three reported bank extortions.

Friday, March 19, 2010


Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was joined today by Gary Hartwig, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and Brian King, Wilmette Chief of Police, in announcing the arrest of a Chicago man and a Nebraska man for the 2009 robbery of the Fifth Third Bank branch, located at 1255 Green Bay Road in Wilmette, Illinois.
SEFER HODZIC, age 32, whose last known address was 2308 West Grandville in Chicago, was arrested Thursday morning, March 18, by federal agents of the FBI and ICE, along with Officers of the Wilmette Police Department, without incident. HODZIC was charged in a criminal complaint filed on March 15, 2010 in U.S. District Court in Chicago with one count of Bank Robbery, which is a felony offense.
A second man, MARIO BESIC, age 37, of Lincoln, Nebraska, was arrested Wednesday, March 17, while in ICE administrative custody in Omaha. BESIC was being held by ICE pending deportation to Bosnia-Herzegovina, his native country.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

HAROLD BECK arrested for bank robbery

Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was joined today by Steven Neubauer, Chief of Police, Elmhurst, Illinois Police Department, in announcing the arrest of a Berwyn, Illinois, man for the armed robbery yesterday of the TCF Bank branch, located at 944 South York, Elmhurst, Illinois.

HAROLD BECK, 57 years of age, 6525 Stanley, Berwyn, was arrested yesterday afternoon. According to the complaint, BECK entered the TCF Bank branch at around 11:03 a.m. Tuesday, March 16, 2010, handed the teller a note announcing a robbery and threatened harm if his demands for cash were not met. BECK implied he had a weapon, although none was observed. After receiving approximately $3,269 in cash, the robber fled the bank on foot.

Romani anchetati de FBI la Chicago

În cadrul vizitei facute zilele trecute la FBI Chicago, pentru a realiza interviul cu directorul acestei institutii, am fost informat de faptul că în prezent un număr de cel putin 24 de români sunt anchetaţi de Biroul Federal de Investigatii Chicago, urmând ca dupa finalizarea investigatiilor cei vinovati să fie puşi oficial sub acuzare. Infracţiunile în cauză sunt în domeniul împrumuturilor bancare şi a proprietăţilor imobiliare. Din declaraţiile agentului special FBI, Royden, reiese faptul că în investigaţia în care sunt implicaţi românii noştrii, este vorba de un număr de 250 de proprietati imobiliare şi pierderi financiare care totalizează aproximativ 750 de milioane de dolari.
Metoda utilizată de aceştia, cunoscuta in engleza sub denumirea de "straw buyer", era de a se folosi de alţi români veniţi mai de curând în America, care necunoscând foarte bine limba engleză sau legile, erau convinşi să ia imprumuturi bancare şi să cumpere de la ei proprietăţi, pe care ulterior nu şi le puteau permite să le plătească înapoi la banci.

Cititi si:
Most Wanted Chicago - Romani cautati de FBI

Friday, March 12, 2010

2009 Annual Report on Internet Crime Released

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), today released the 2009 annual report about fraudulent activity on the Internet.
Online crime complaints increased substantially once again last year, according to the report. The IC3 received a total of 336,655 complaints, a 22.3 percent increase from 2008. The total loss linked to online fraud was $559.7 million; this is up from $265 million in 2008.

Year                   Complaints Received                 Dollar Loss

2009                         336,655                           $559.7 million

2008                         275,284                             $265 million

2007                          206,884                            $239.09 million

2006                         207,492                            $198.44 million

2005                         231,493                             $183.12 million

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Federal Mortgage Fraud Charges Filed Against Owner and Employees of Former Nevada Investment Companies

LAS VEGAS—A man who owned and operated numerous now-defunct Nevada investment companies, and two of his former employees, were indicted by the federal grand jury today on mortgage fraud charges, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.
Brett Depue, 36, a former resident of Las Vegas, but currently a resident of Gilbert, Arizona, Brian Barney, 36, of Fairfield, California, and Maria Ornelas, 32, of Las Vegas, are charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, mail fraud, and wire fraud, 11 counts of wire fraud, and criminal forfeiture.
Warrants have been issued for the arrests of Depue and Barney. Ornelas was summoned, and is scheduled for an initial appearance before a United States Magistrate Judge in Las Vegas on Friday, March 26, 2010, at 8:30 a.m.

Friday, March 5, 2010

FBI Joins Search for Chicago Murder Suspect

Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), announced today that the FBI is joining the search for a Chicago man and suspected gang member who is wanted in connection with a New Year’s Day, 2008 triple homicide.
ERIC SECUNDINO, age 27, is wanted by local authorities for the shooting death of two men and a woman, and the wounding of a fourth person, during an apparent drug deal that took place on the afternoon of January 1, 2008, in an apartment located in the 2400 block of North Monticello in Chicago. According to witnesses, SECUNDINO and a second man, both suspected members of the Spanish Cobras street gang, came to the apartment that afternoon looking to sell a multi-kilo amount of cocaine. After being told that there was no money in the apartment, SECUNDINO and his accomplice are alleged to have pulled handguns and opened fire, striking four occupants.

Second Canopy Financial Co-Founder Added to New Federal Charges Alleging $75 Million Investment Fraud and $19 Million Misappropriation from Clients’ Custodial Heath Care Accounts

CHICAGO—Two co-founders of Canopy Financial, Inc., a bankrupt health care transaction software company based here, were charged today with allegedly defrauding investors of approximately $75 million, while at the same time misappropriating approximately $19 million from client custodial accounts intended for health care savings and expenses. One defendant, Jeremy Blackburn, Canopy’s former president and chief operating officer, was initially charged last December in connection with the investment fraud aspect of the case, while charges were filed for the first time today against the second defendant, Anthony Banas, Canopy’s chief technology officer. Today’s charges contain the first allegations that either man was involved in an alleged scheme to misappropriate millions of dollars from Health Savings Accounts and Flexible Spending Accounts that Canopy held and administered for the benefit of individual clients. Blackburn and Banas were each charged with two counts of wire fraud in a criminal information filed today in U.S. District Court, announced Patrick J. Fitzgerald, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and James Vanderberg, Special Agent-in-Charge of the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Inspector General in Chicago.

Both defendants allegedly used false information about Canopy’s financial condition, including a bogus auditor’s report and falsified bank statements, to fraudulently obtain approximately $75 million from several private equity investors in 2009. Approximately $39 million of that money was used to redeem shares of other Canopy investors, including approximately $1.6 million that went to Blackburn and $975,000 that went to Banas, while another $29 million obtained from investors was deposited into Canopy operating accounts, according to the charges. Blackburn and Banas allegedly misappropriated Canopy operating funds for their own benefit, including: $2 million for Blackburn’s shared interest in a private jet; $1 million to a luxury automobile dealer for Blackburn; $1 million to a ticket broker for Blackburn; and $300,000 for Banas’s investment in a nightclub.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Former Flint Area Real Estate Broker and Appraiser Sentenced for Multi-Million Dollar Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Kurt Warren Heintz, age 39, of Grand Blanc, Michigan, formerly the owner of Great Lakes Broker Funding in Grand Blanc, Michigan, was sentenced on Wednesday, February 10, 2010, to 65 months in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons on one count of Financial Institution Fraud in violation of Section 1344 of Title 18 of the United States Code. Sentenced at the same time was James Fish, age 41, of Royal Oak, Michigan, formerly a licensed real estate broker in the State of Michigan, who was sentenced to serve 30 months in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons on one count of Financial Institution Fraud in violation of Section 1344 of Title 18 of the United States Code.

Jury Convicts Man of Mortgage Fraud Scheme

LAS VEGAS—A Los Angeles man who operated a company called United Technologists, has been convicted of conspiracy and fraud charges for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme involving straw buyers and fraudulent loan applications in Nevada and California, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.

Former President of Inland Empire Mortgage Company Sentenced to 13 Years in Federal Prison in Fraud Scheme That Led to Nearly $30 Million in Losses at HUD

RIVERSIDE,CA—The former president of Mortgage One Corporation in Hesperia was sentenced this afternoon to 13 years in federal prison for defrauding the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and private lenders by fraudulently obtaining hundreds of federally insured loans and selling those mortgages to private lenders in a scheme that caused tens of millions of dollars in losses to the federal housing agency.
John Richard Varner, 56, of Hesperia, was sentenced to 156 months in prison by United States District Judge Virginia A. Phillips. In addition to the prison sentence, Judge Phillips ordered Varner to pay $29,749,239 in restitution.

Owner of Catco Homes, Former Owner of Future Mortgage Company, and a Former Employee of Future Mortgage Company Indicted in Alleged Multi-Million-Dollar Mortgage Fraud Scheme

HOUSTON—A 19-count sealed indictment charging Ming Shan Zhu, the owner of Catco Homes; Alvin Mark Eiland, former owner of Future Mortgage Company Inc.; and Gary Leonard Robinson II, a former employee of Future Mortgage Company Inc., with offenses arising from a scheme to defraud residential mortgage lenders of more than $7 million in loans in connection with home purchases in the Houston area has been unsealed, United States Attorney Tim Johnson, FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard C. Powers and Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigations (IRS-CI) Special Agent in Charge Rodney E. Clarke announced today.