Wednesday, June 30, 2010

GARY CHEETHAM ARRESTED FOR MANUFACTURE AND DISTRIBUTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

A Roselle, Illinois man was arrested last night at O’Hare International Airport after being charged with child pornography violations announced Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
GARY CHEETHAM, age 54,of 104 East Pratt Boulevard in the western suburb, was arrested last night, without incident, by Special Agents assigned to the Chicago FBI’s Innocent Images Task Force (IITF) after returning to Chicago on a commercial airline flight. CHEETHAM was charged in a criminal complaint filed last week in U.S. District Court in Chicago with one count each of Manufacture and Distribution of Child Pornography, both of which are felony offenses.

Busted Chicago Police Officer and his "weird" daughter


 The feds arrested today JAMES WODNICKI, age 48, who is a 20-year veteran of the CPD.  He has been charged in connection with a federal investigation into bribes and extortion involving the towing industry in Chicago. The officer allegedly solicited a $150 payment from a tow truck operator who, at the time, was secretly working for the FBI.
This was part of a five-year multi-jurisdictional investigation, “Operation Tow Scam,” into allegations that Chicago Police officers solicited bribes and extorted cash and other payments from tow truck operators around Chicago area. Criminal charges were filled against eight other people.
Officer Wodnicki has a Facebook account and among other pictures he poses next to a police car which incidentally is near by a tow truck.

 His daughter Angela has an interesting profile calling herself  "a weird person" who is surprised that didn't killed anyone yet, but believes "she still got time".

She writes: "okay, im a pretty weird person. alright to look at but definitely strange, at least on occasion. i'm half polish and half asian, and for some reason that combination equaled large boobs and very tall. also, news flash: i am a woman, and therefore CANNOT DRIVE. i am surprised myself that i have not yet killed someone. but hey, i still got time, right? my parents are creepy, but creepy in a good way. my daddy shoots people (not really) but he could if he wanted to.."
 and she continues "i wish to be stronger and hope to be more attractive (who doesnt?) one day, i will become fascist dictator of the world."

JAMES WODNICKI and GIOVANNI RODRIGUEZ arrested by the FBI in tow scam

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A Chicago Police Officer and a private tow truck operator were arrested yesterday as part of an ongoing investigation into bribes and extortion involving the automotive towing industry in Chicago. The arrests were announced today by Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Jody P. Weis, Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department (CPD).

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

10 Most Wanted FBI List


Photograph of and link to Jason Derek Brown
Jason Derek Brown
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Victor Manuel Gerena
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Glen Stewart Godwin
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FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending June 25, 201

  1. New York: Faisal Shahzad Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to 10 Federal Crimes Arising from Attempted Car Bombing in Times Square

    Faisal Shahzad pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to all counts of the 10-count indictment against him, for allegedly driving a car bomb into Times Square on the evening of May 1, 2010. Shahzad was taken into custody at John F. Kennedy International Airport on May 3, 2010, after he was identified by the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection while attempting to leave the United States on a commercial flight to Dubai. Full Story
  2. San Juan: Puerto Rico Senator and Businessman Charged in Bribery Scheme

Monday, June 28, 2010

FBI needs your help:MURDER VICTIMS JENNINGS, LOUISIANA AREA





A Multi-Agency Investigative Team led by the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff's Office located in Jennings, Louisiana, is seeking information regarding the murders of eight women; Loretta Lynn Chaisson Lewis, Ernestine Daniels Patterson, Kristen E. Gary Lopez, Whitnei Charlene Dubois, Laconia Shontell Brown, Crystal Shay Benoit Zeno, Brittney Gary and Necole Jean Guillory. The victims, who range in age from 17 to 30 years old, were found deceased in and around the Jennings, Louisiana area from May 2005 through August 2009.
For additional information relating to these crimes/cases, please see Crimes in Jefferson Davis Parish at http://www.jeffdaviscrimes.net.

These women were found deceased in and around the Jennings, Louisiana, area since May of 2005. A Multi-Agency Investigative Team is seeking information regarding their murders. The women ranged from 17 to 30 years of age.
REWARD: The FBI, the Jefferson Davis Parish District Attorney’s Office, and the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office are offering a reward of up to $85,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the subject(s) responsible for these murders.
CONTACT: If you have information that you think may be helpful to the investigation, please contact the Multi-Agency Investigative Team Hotline at 337/824-6662, your local FBI office, or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

JAVIER JUAREZ wanted by the FBI Chicago

FBI está pidiendo la ayuda del público para localizar a un ex residente de Chicago que es buscado por la muerte a puñaladas de agosto 2005 a su novia.
Javier Juarez buscado por el FBI Chicago!
JUAREZ presunta participación en la muerte a puñaladas a su novia.
Cualquier persona reconoce JUAREZ o tener ninguna información sobre su paradero actual se le pide que llame a Oficina Federal de Investigaciones  1(312) 421-6700 o cualquier otra agencia de aplicación de la ley.

JAVIER JUAREZ, age 31, whose last known address was 2531 North Marmora Street in Chicago, has been the subject of an international manhunt coordinated by the Chicago FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force (VCTF) for the past five years since he was charged in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago with one count of Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution, which is a felony offense.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Orit Tuil wanted by the FBI in Connection with “Operation Stolen Dreams”

On Thursday, June 17, 2010 the FBI’s Mortgage Fraud Task Force, comprised of the FBI, HUD, NY State Banking Department, U.S. Secret Service, FDIC, Federal Reserve Bank, USPIS, SDNY, and the IRS conducted numerous arrests and search warrants in an ongoing federal mortgage fraud investigation. Investigators from SIGTARP and HIFCA also participated. This is part of the national initiative “Operation Stolen Dreams.” Orit Tuil is a fugitive and the FBI seeks to identify her location and arrest her.
As a real estate broker, Tuil allegedly found straw buyers to purchase houses. She is alleged to have tricked individuals, who were in foreclosure, into transferring the deeds of their houses to her. Once she had the deeds, she would then obtain mortgages and sell the properties to other straw buyers.
Orit Tuil
Orit Tuil is 39 years old, (DOB 06/23/1971), 5’5” tall, 125 lbs, with hazel eyes and blonde/brown hair. Tuil previously lived in both Forest Hills and Flushing, New York, but is believed to be currently living in Israel. She has two young children and is married to Edmond Ezra.
“Today is Orit Tuil’s 39th birthday, but she does not have much to celebrate. She is a wanted fugitive and the FBI is seeking the public’s assistance in locating her. If you know where Tuil is hiding, report her to law enforcement,” said Special Agent Richard Kolko.
Please refer to the wanted poster at the following web address for more details about Orit Tuil:
http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/fugitives/wcc/tuil_o.htm
Anyone with information is requested to call the FBI at (212) 384-1000 or their local police.

Friday, June 18, 2010

FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending June 18, 201

  1. Headquarters/Multiple Field Offices: Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force Announces Results of Broadest Mortgage Fraud Sweep in History

    The results of a nationwide takedown, "Operation Stolen Dreams," were announced. It was an interagency effort targeting mortgage fraudsters throughout the country and is the largest collective enforcement effort ever brought to bear in confronting mortgage fraud. Full Story
  2. New York: Faisal Shahzad Indicted for Attempted Car Bombing in Times Square

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Seventeen Defendants Charged in Seven Separate Mortgage Fraud Cases

CHICAGO—Following an announcement today by Attorney General Eric Holder in Washington, D.C., Patrick J. Fitzgerald, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, announced the local results of the nationwide initiative, Operation Stolen Dreams, which targeted alleged perpetrators of mortgage fraud in the Chicago area and throughout the country and is the largest collective effort ever brought to bear in confronting mortgage fraud.
The operation was organized by the interagency Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, which was established to lead an aggressive, coordinated and proactive effort to investigate and prosecute financial crimes. Starting on March 1, Operation Stolen Dreams has resulted in 1,125 criminal defendants nationwide, including 485 arrests, who are allegedly responsible for more than $2.3 billion in losses. Additionally, to date the operation has resulted in 191 civil enforcement actions which have resulted in the recovery of more than $147 million.

Operation Stolen Dreams

WASHINGTON—Attorney General Eric Holder, FBI Director Robert Mueller, Housing and Urban Development Inspector General (HUD-OIG) Kenneth M. Donohue, and other members of the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force today announced the results of a nationwide takedown, "Operation Stolen Dreams," which targeted mortgage fraudsters throughout the country and is the largest collective enforcement effort ever brought to bear in confronting mortgage fraud.

FBI Issues 2009 Mortgage Fraud Report

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s 2009 Mortgage Fraud Report, released today, mortgage fraud suspicious activity reports referred to law enforcement increased 5 percent to 67,190 during fiscal year (FY) 2009. The total dollar loss attributed to mortgage fraud is unknown. It’s estimated that $14 billion in fraudulent loans originated in 2009.
“Mortgage fraud is an insidious crime that has devastating economic effects on families, communities and the nation,” said FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III. “The FBI remains committed to working with our law enforcement, regulatory, and industry partners to unravel these complicated fraud schemes driven by greed and bring their perpetrators to justice.”
Other key findings presented in the report include:
  • There are more than 2.8 million properties with foreclosure filings, a 120 percent increase from 2007 to 2009. The Las Vegas area reported the most significant rate of foreclosures, with more than 12 percent of housing units there receiving a foreclosure notice.
  • The top 10 states ranked by the number of foreclosure filings per housing unit were California, Florida, Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, Georgia, Ohio, Texas, and New Jersey. In April 2010, one in every 386 housing units received a foreclosure filing.
  • Prevalent mortgage fraud schemes in fiscal year 2009 include loan origination, foreclosure rescue, builder bailout, equity skimming, short sale, illegal property flipping, reverse mortgage fraud and loan modifications. Emerging trends include fraud involving economic stimulus plans/programs, property theft/fraudulent leasing of foreclosed properties and tax-related fraud.

LOUIS SOKOLOVIC arrested by FBI

A Serbian national living in Chicago’s north suburbs was arrested yesterday on charges he attempted to purchase a device commonly used for ATM skimming, announced Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
LOUIS SOKOLOVIC, also known as Ljubisa Sokolovic, age 59, whose last known address was 8047 West Foster Lane in Niles, Illinois, was arrested yesterday morning, without incident, by FBI Special Agents at his residence.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

SILK P. LUMPKINS indicted for bank robbery

ROCKFORD – 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; RONALD K. LUKASIK, Chief of the Fox River Grove Police Department; and
EDWARD FETZER, Chief of the Cary Police Department, today made the following announcement:
A federal grand jury in Rockford today indicted SILK P. LUMPKINS, 35, of Crystal Lake,
Illinois, on a federal bank robbery charge for the May 26, 2010, bank robbery of Chase Bank, 300
Northwest Highway, Cary, Illinois. According to the complaint filed on June 3, 2010, at about 2:20 p.m.
on May 26, 2010, Lumpkins entered Chase Bank, wrote a note at the self-service desk, approached a
teller at the counter, and handed the note to the teller. The note demanded the teller to give Lumpkins
all the teller’s money. The complaint further alleges that the teller then removed $5,876 from her drawer
and handed the money to Lumpkins. Lumpkins then put the money into a blue “Chase” deposit bag that
she brought with her and walked out of the bank with the bag.
Lumpkins is currently in custody pending trial. If convicted, Lumpkins faces a maximum
potential penalty of 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, up to 3 years of supervised release
following imprisonment, and full restitution. The actual sentence would be determined by the United
States District Court, guided by the United States Sentencing Guidelines.
The case was investigated by the Rockford Office of the FBI, the Fox River Grove Police
Department and the Cary Police Department. The case is being prosecuted in federal court by Assistant
United States Attorney SCOTT A. VERSEMAN.
Members of the public are reminded that an indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of
guilt. The defendant is entitled to a fair trial at which time the government has the burden of proving
guilt of the defendant beyond a reasonable doubt.

Monday, June 14, 2010

ROBERT M. McINTYRE charged with robbery

A criminal complaint,  was filed late last week in US District Court in Chicago charging a Crystal Lake man with the attempted robbery of the Wauconda Community bank, located at 495 West Liberty Street, on February 9th.  The robber, identified as ROBERT M. McINTYRE, age 57, of 759 Oak Court, was charged with one count of attempted bank robbery, which is a felony offense.
 
The complaint alleges that McINTYRE entered the bank with what he claimed was an explosive device, which he threatened to detonate if his demands for money were not met. The explosive device turned out to be fake and McINTYRE left the bank empty handed.
 
McINTYRE is currently hospitalized for an undisclosed condition and he will be arrested by the FBI when discharged. The case was investigated jointly by the FBI and Wauconda Police Department.  The wanted flyers is showing an individual believed to be McINTYRE entering the bank and a subsequent flyer showing an individual believed to be McINTYRE purchasing items used to make the fake explosive device at a nearby grocery store.

DAVID MIKEC, age 34, of Chicago, was arrested for bank robbery


DAVID MIKEC, age 34, of Chicago, was arrested late Friday afternoon by CPD officers, after robbing the Harris Bank branch, located at 1000 North Lake Shore Drive of approximately $1300. MIKEC was followed by bank employees into the lobby of a nearby hotel, where he was detained until police officers arrived. MIKEC was charged in a criminal complaint filed earlier today in U.S. District Court in Chicago with one count of Bank Robbery, which is a felony offense.

Friday, June 11, 2010

FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending June11, 2010

  1. Birmingham: Joint Statement by United States Attorney Joyce White Vance and FBI Special Agent in Charge Patrick Maley Regarding the Joran van der Sloot Investigation

    In April of this year, the FBI and U.S. Attorney's office in Birmingham, Alabama initiated an investigation into allegations of criminal conduct by Joran van der Sloot related to the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba five years earlier. Prior to law enforcement's involvement, Van der Sloot offered to provide information to an individual regarding the location of Natalee Holloway's remains and the circumstances of her death in exchange for $250,000.00. The FBI-led investigation was conducted in conjunction with Aruban authorities. The U.S. Attorney filed a criminal complaint charging van der Sloot with extortion and wire fraud on June 3, 2010. Full Story
  2. El Paso: Assault on Federal Officer Investigated

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Federal Jury Convicts Five Involved in Mortgage Fraud Ring

BOSTON—Following a seven-week trial, a federal jury found five defendants guilty of mortgage fraud stemming from a scheme that involved 21 properties in the Greater Boston area, 10 mortgage lenders, and more than $10.6 million in loan proceeds.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Warren T. Bamford, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; Robert Bethel, Postal Inspector in Charge of the United States Postal Inspection Service, Boston Division; Susan Dukes, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, Boston Field Division; Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino; and Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis, announced that ERIC L. LEVINE, 57, of Brookline; J. DANIEL LINDLEY, 62, of Jamaica Plain; ERNST APPOLON, 31, of Braintree; DANIEL APPOLON, 23, of Dorchester; and LATOYA HALTIWANGER, 28, of Los Angeles, were convicted of wire fraud and conspiring to commit wire fraud. LEVINE and LINDLEY were also convicted of money laundering.

Former Mortgage Broker Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison in Multiple Mortgage Fraud Schemes Worth $23 Million Real Estate Appraiser, Closing Attorney Also Sentenced to Prison

ATLANTA—EDWARD WILLIAM FARLEY, 47, of Hoschton, Georgia, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Timothy C. Batten, Sr. to serve 25 years in federal prison on charges of bank fraud and conspiracy involving mortgage fraud, a real estate investment “Ponzi” scheme with over 100 victims, a check-kiting scheme, and bankruptcy fraud. WALTER JULIUS HERMANN, 41, of Dunwoody, Georgia, was also sentenced by Judge Batten to serve over two years in federal prison on charge of bank fraud involving real estate appraisals he submitted in the FARLEY mortgage fraud scheme.

Fort Lauderdale Attorney Sentenced to 50 Years in Billion-Dollar Ponzi Scheme

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; John V. Gillies, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office; and Daniel W. Auer, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Criminal Investigation Division, announced today’s sentencing of attorney Scott Rothstein, 47, of Fort Lauderdale, in connection with the operation of a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme through the defunct Ft. Lauderdale law firm Rothstein Rosenfeldt and Adler, P.A (RRA). Today’s sentence follows Rothstein’s January 27, 2010 guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to violate the racketeering influenced corrupt organization (RICO) statute (Count 1); one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering (Count 2); one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud (Count 3); and two counts of wire fraud (Counts 4 and 5).

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Counter Terrorism Sanctions

Executive Order 13224 blocking Terrorist Property and a summary of the
Terrorism Sanctions Regulations (Title 31 Part 595 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations),
Terrorism List Governments Sanctions Regulations (Title 31 Part 596 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations), and
Foreign Terrorist Organizations Sanctions Regulations (Title 31 Part 597 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations)
EXECUTIVE ORDER 13224 - BLOCKING PROPERTY AND PROHIBITING TRANSACTIONS WITH PERSONS WHO COMMIT, THREATEN TO
COMMIT, OR SUPPORT TERRORISM

Friday, June 4, 2010

MASS MARKETING FRAUD



A few decades ago, mass marketing fraud—the kind that exploits mass communication techniques like bulk mail or telemarketing—was relatively low-tech and mostly a regional crime problem targeting victims nearby.
These days, it’s a different story. Thanks to the Internet, criminals and crime groups can also target victims halfway around the world, blasting out spam e-mails by the millions and setting up phony but realistic websites to lure people in.