Friday, April 30, 2010

AMILKAR A. CARO wanted by the FBI

Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was joined today by Jeffrey Swoboda, Chief of the Elgin, Illinois Police Department (EPD) in announcing that the FBI was joining local authorities in the search for an Elgin, Illinois man, who is charged with the murder of a fellow Elgin resident.

FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending April 30, 2010

  1. New York: U.S. Citizen Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Provide Material Support to al Qaeda

    Syed Hashmi pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide material support to al Qaeda. Hashmi was arrested on June 6, 2006 at Heathrow Airport in London, shortly before he was to board a flight to Pakistan. He was later extradited to the United States. Hashmi is the first individual to be extradited from the United Kingdom to the United States on terrorism charges. Full Story

Serial Bank Robber wanted by the FBI

The individual depicted in the attached bank surveillance photo and wanted flyer is a suspect in the robbery of five banks in the northwest suburbs, dating to April 5th. The most recent robbery occurred yesterday (April 28th) when the Village Trust and Bank, 331 South Arlington Heights Road in Arlington Heights was robbed on an undisclosed amount of cash.

The robber is described as a white/male, 25 years of age, 5’10” – 6’ tall, medium build. He claims to be armed but no weapon has been displayed and no injuries reported during any of the robberies.

Additional information about this robber and other unsolved Chicago area bank robberies, including downloadable photos, is available on line at .

Thursday, April 22, 2010


      Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced today the arrest of three Chicago area men, who were charged with plotting the armed robbery of a suspected drug dealer.
                    MILJKAN DOSEN, age 23, a naturalized US citizen originally from Bosnia, whose last known address was 1104 West Taylor Street in Chicago; DOMENIKO ELIZI, age 22, an Albanian national who resides at 2 North 444 Pearl Street in Glen Ellyn; and SINISA MURATOVIC, age 24, a Bosnian national whose last known address was 2431 West Lunt in Chicago, were all arrested last week, without incident, by FBI Special Agents at their respective residences.  All three men were charged in a grand jury indictment returned last month with Conspiracy, Attempted Robbery in violation of the Hobbs Act and violating Federal Firearms laws, all of which are felony offenses.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Bank Employees, Real Estate Agents, Mortgage Broker, and Other Bay Area Individuals Indicted on Mortgage Fraud-Related Charges

Federal Agents Apprehend 18 Defendants from Throughout Bay Area
SAN FRANCISCO—Today 18 individuals were apprehended on mortgage fraud-related charges, United States Attorney Joseph P. Russoniello announced. Over the last few months, a federal grand jury in San Francisco indicted these individuals on charges relating to alleged mortgage fraud schemes perpetrated between 2005 and 2009. The indictments were unsealed this afternoon after the defendants were arrested and made their initial court appearances before United States Magistrate Judge Bernard Zimmerman.
Of the 18 individuals charged, seven are charged with bank fraud, 10 are charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud, and one is charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud. According to the indictments, each defendant charged with bank fraud is alleged to have participated in a scheme to defraud financial institutions and lenders to obtain money from those entities by making materially false and fraudulent misrepresentations. The defendants charged with conspiring to commit mail fraud are charged with participating in a scheme to defraud financial institutions and other lenders by knowingly and intentionally submitting false and fraudulent information to those lenders to obtain loans for various borrowers.

Top 10 FBI news in the weekend April 16, 2010

  1. Baltimore: Former NSA Senior Executive Indicted in Maryland

    A federal grand jury returned a 10-count indictment charging former National Security Agency senior executive Thomas A. Drake with the willful retention of classified information, obstruction of justice, and making false statements. Full Story
  2. Boston: Appeals Court Upholds Lawyer’s Conviction in Stolen Art Case

    The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed the conviction and seven-year prison sentence of former Massachusetts state prosecutor Robert M. Mardirosian on charges that he

Monday, April 12, 2010

Skokie Man Charged with Participating in Alleged Conspiracy to Claim False Federal Tax Refunds Totaling More Than $2 Million

A Skokie man is facing federal charges alleging that he participated in a conspiracy since March 2008 to claim more than $2.1 million in fraudulent federal income tax refunds and actually obtaining false refunds totaling more than $1.3 million. The defendant, Ovidiu Isac, and co-schemers allegedly shared the proceeds of Internal Revenue Service tax refunds by withdrawing the tax funds deposited into co-schemers’ bank accounts, knowing that they were not entitled to the fraudulently obtained refunds.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Minnesota Man Sentenced to 50 Years in Federal Prison for Orchestrating $3.7 Billion Ponzi Scheme

MINNEAPOLIS—Thomas Joseph Petters, age 52, of Wayzata, Minn., has been sentenced to 50 years in federal prison for orchestrating a $3.7 billion Ponzi scheme. The sentence, imposed by U.S. District Court Judge Richard H. Kyle earlier this morning in St. Paul, Minn., represents the longest term of imprisonment ever ordered in a financial fraud case in Minnesota history. In ordering the prison term, Judge Kyle said, “I’m not satisfied that if he were released early, he wouldn’t re-offend.”


Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was joined by Michael A. Holub, Chief of the LaGrange Police Department (LPD) and Patrick J. Fitzgerald,
U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, in announcing the arrest of three Chicago area men for the attempted armed robbery of the First National Bank (FNB) of LaGrange, which is located at 620 West Burlington Avenue in the western suburb.

Monday, April 5, 2010

TCF Bank Robbery in Schaumburg, IL

The individual depicted in the attached photos is wanted for the robbery, earlier today, of the TCF bank branch in Schaumburg.
At approximately 1:45pm today, a lone robber, described as a white/male, approx. 25 years old, 5'9" to 5'11", 180 lbs, short messy brown hair, wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, jeans, brown boots, robbed the TCF Bank located at 950 N. Meacham Road, Schaumburg, IL.  The robber approached a teller and presented a green note folded up in a McDonald's bag. The note said "Give me your money."  The robber then put his hood up and took the note and bag back.  The teller placed an unspecified amount of cash in a TCF envelope and handed it to the robber.  The robber then exited the bank on foot.  A weapon was implied, but not shown.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Real Estate Investor Pleads Guilty in $6.2 Million Loan Fraud Scheme

DETROIT—Paul Bashi, 27, of Royal Oak, and formerly of Washington Township, Michigan, pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief District Judge Arthur J. Tarnow this afternoon to a federal information that charges him with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today.
McQuade was joined in the announcement by Andrew G. Arena, Special Agent-In-Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Detroit and William Callahan, Special Agent-In-Charge of the United States Secret Service in Detroit.

Former Portland Loan Officer Sentenced for Aggravated Identity Theft

False Loan Applications Totaled More Than $1.5 Million
PORTLAND, OR—Kamau Herndon, 38, of Portland, Oregon, was sentenced on March 29, 2010, by U.S. District Judge Garr M. King to serve 24 months in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of aggravated identity theft. Herndon must also serve one year of supervised release following his prison term. The defendant was ordered to report to the custody of the Bureau of Prisons on June 1, 2010.

Herndon, a former loan officer at Lighthouse Financial Group in Vancouver, Washington, was indicted February 19, 2009, on aggravated identity theft charges after he submitted three materially false loan applications to purchase homes for his girlfriend. The applications totaled more than $1.5 million for homes located in Milwaukie and Portland, Oregon and Edmonds, Washington

Mortgage Fraud Leader Sentenced to Nearly 17 Years in Prison

Mortgage Fraud Scheme in Phoenix Resulted in $9.5 Million Loss
PHOENIX—Mario G. Bernadel, 51, a citizen of Haiti, was sentenced today to nearly 17 years in prison for his conviction on multiple counts for leading a mortgage fraud scheme in Phoenix that cost banks over $9 million.
Bernadel was found guilty by a jury in September 2009 on 19 counts related to mortgage fraud, including mail, wire, and bank fraud, and transactional money laundering. Bernadel led a two-year conspiracy involving the purchase of 37 properties using fraudulent loan documents and receiving cash back at closing. Seven co-conspirators were also charged and have pleaded guilty for their involvement in the conspiracy and many will be sentenced in the next few months.

Four Defendants Sentenced in Multi-Million-Dollar Cash-Back Mortgage Fraud Scheme

PHOENIX—Four defendants—Jeffrey Todd Crandell, 32, of Gilbert, Ariz., Jake David Abegg Whitman, 33, of Gilbert, Ariz., Frederic Charles Crum, 37, of Gilbert, Ariz., and Tyson Kent Young, 30, of San Tan Valley, Ariz.—were sentenced on March 26, 2010, by U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow for their respective roles in a multi-million dollar mortgage fraud scheme.
“These prosecutions assist in demanding accountability from an adrift mortgage industry, which caused great stress to our economy,” said Dennis K. Burke, U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona. “We are grateful to the FBI-led Mortgage Fraud Task Force that continues to investigate these matters.”

Five Who Targeted Homeowners in Default Sentenced to Federal Prison in $13 Million Mortgage Fraud Case

O.C. Man Gets 15 Years for Fraud, Refusal to Account for Off-Shore Money
LOS ANGELES—A Downey woman who orchestrated a real estate fraud scheme that caused nearly $13 million in losses after falsely promising to help homeowners in default on their mortgages has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. A second person involved in the scheme was sentenced yesterday to 15 years in prison after a federal judge determined that he had refused to account for proceeds of the scheme in an off-shore bank account that he had agreed in his plea agreement to repatriate.

Inland Empire Man Who Pleaded Guilty to Role in $4 Million Mortgage Scam Sentenced to Over Seven Years

LOS ANGELES—Concluding a mortgage fraud case involving more than $4 million in losses at several banks, the fourth defendant convicted in the scheme was sentenced today to 85 months in federal prison.

Terral Toole, 42, of Lake Elsinore, was sentenced by United States District Judge John F. Walter, who also ordered the defendant to pay $291,055 in restitution to three financial institutions.
Toole pleaded guilty last November to four counts of wire fraud and four counts of money laundering for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme that collected approximately $4 million in loan proceeds for properties that were not for sale.

Tyler, Texas Woman Sentenced in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Receives 18 Months in Prison and Ordered to Pay Over $337,000 in Restitution
TYLER, TX—U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 47-year-old Tyler, Texas woman has been sentenced to federal prison for a mortgage fraud scheme in the Eastern District of Texas.

TAHMEANE ELROD pleaded guilty on Nov. 4, 2009, to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison on Mar 24, 2010 by U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider. Elrod was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $337,709.58.

Former Georgia Closing Attorney Sentenced to Prison in Multi-Million-Dollar Mortgage Fraud Scheme

ATLANTA—Trent Edward Wright, 38, of Cumming, Ga., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Timothy C. Batten, Sr. to serve one year and nine months in federal prison on a mail fraud charge involving a mortgage fraud scheme which victimized lenders and title insurance companies.

Acting U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said of today’s sentencing, “Lenders and title companies relied on this defendant as their closing attorney and agent and he was in a position of trust. He was supposed to pay off all prior encumbrances on properties to secure loans, and pass clear title as warranted by the title insurance. He didn’t. Now he is going to federal prison.”

Davie Residents Sentenced for Their Roles in Drug Money Laundering and Mortgage Fraud Conspiracy

Jeffrey H. Sloman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; John V. Gillies, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Miami Field Office; Daniel W. Auer, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation; Miguel A. Exposito, Chief, City of Miami Police Department; and James K. Loftus, Director, Miami-Dade Police Department, announced the sentencing of defendants Garry Souffrant, 33, a licensed real estate broker in the State of Florida, and Yvonne Souffrant, 33, husband and wife, both of Davie, FL. Today, U.S. District Court Judge Paul C. Huck sentenced the defendants to 240 months and 54 months in prison, respectively.

Phoenix Diversified Commodities Trader Sentenced for Tax, Mortgage, and Fraud Charges in $37 Million “Ponzi” Scheme

Jeffrey H. Sloman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; John V. Gillies, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Miami Field Office; Daniel W. Auer, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division; and J. Thomas Cardwell, Commissioner, State of Florida’s Office of Financial Regulation, announced that defendant Michael A. Meisner, 52, of Boca Raton, FL, was sentenced today to 188 months in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release. A hearing is scheduled for May 28, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. to determine the amount of restitution Meisner owes to the victims of the fraud.

Orlando Man Sentenced to 22 Years for Arranging Fraudulent Mortgages

ORLANDO, FL—United States Attorney A. Brian Albritton announces that U.S. District Judge Anne C. Conway today sentenced Garry S. Martin (age 36, of Orlando) for conspiring to commit money laundering in connection with various mortgage fraud schemes and violating the terms of his supervised release. As part of his sentence, the court also ordered that Martin pay more than $1 million in restitution to his victims. Martin pleaded guilty to the charges on July 16, 2009.

Orlando Man Sentenced in Multi-Million-Dollar Mortgage Fraud Scheme

ORLANDO, FL—U.S. Attorney A. Brian Albritton announces that U.S. District Judge G. Kendall Sharp today sentenced Mark J. Moncher (age 53, of Orlando) to 57 months in federal prison for conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme. The court also ordered Moncher to pay more than $1.9 million in restitution. Moncher had pleaded guilty on December 29, 2009.

Owner of Jacksonville Home Building Company Convicted of Mortgage Fraud

JACKSONVILLE, FL—United States Attorney A. Brian Albritton and James Casey, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, announce today that, following a two-week trial, a federal jury has found Marshall Craig Scott (age 59, of Jacksonville) guilty of commit mail fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Scott faces a maximum penalty of 145 years in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for June 24, 2010. Scott was indicted on October 29, 2009.

Former Real Estate Appraiser Sentenced to Four Years in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

JACKSONVILLE, FL—United States Attorney A. Brian Albritton announces that U.S. District Judge Henry Lee Adams, Jr. yesterday sentenced Barry C. Westergom (age 60, of Jacksonville) to four years in federal prison for conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud. The court also ordered restitution in the amount of $866,141.62 and entered a money judgment for $100,000, the amount that Westergom had obtained from the fraud. Westergom had pleaded guilty on October 8, 2009.