Friday, August 27, 2010

PLAINFIELD SCHOOL CUSTODIAN 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
ANTHONY SKOIEN, age 47, of 2419 Garden Street, Joliet, Illinois. SKOIEN was arrested earlier today at his residence, without incident, by Special Agents assigned to the Chicago FBI’s Innocent Images Task Force (IITF).

Monday, August 23, 2010

Uzbek Man Pleads Guilty to Racketeering

KANSAS CITY, MO—Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that an Uzbekistan national pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a criminal enterprise involving illegal aliens working in 14 states, including employees at hotels in the Kansas City, Mo., area and in Branson, Mo.
Nodirbek N. Abdoollayev, 28, a citizen of Uzbekistan residing in Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith to the charge contained in a Jan. 7, 2010, superseding indictment.
Abdoollayev admitted that, from February to October 2007, he participated in a racketeering enterprise with other individuals who were part of a visa fraud scheme.

Former Bosnian Serb Soldiers Sentenced for Refugee Fraud in Phoenix Sixteen Former Soldiers Lied About Military Service During Bosnian War

PHOENIX—Nearly a dozen persons who served in the Republic of Srpska Army (VRS) during the civil war in Bosnia and Herzegovina have been sentenced in Phoenix for lying about their military service. When they applied for refugee status in the United States following the end of the war, they failed to disclose they had been soldiers in the VRS.
A federal investigation into refugee fraud resulted in the arrest of 16 former soldiers living in the Phoenix area. All were charged with failing to report their service in the VRS.

Friday, August 20, 2010

FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending August 20, 2010


  1. Washington Field: Former MLB Player Roger Clemens Indicted, Charged with Obstruction of Congress, Making False Statements, and Committing Perjury Before Congressional Committee

    Roger Clemens was indicted and charged with one count of obstruction of Congress, three counts of making false statements, and two counts of perjury in connection with his February 2008 testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which was investigating steroid use in major league baseball. Full Story
  2. Chicago: Far North Suburban Man Charged with Cheating Two Dozen Investors of $3.7 Million in Alleged Ponzi Scheme

Friday, August 13, 2010

FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending August 13, 2010

  1. Richmond: “Grandad Bandit” Accused of Robbing 25 Banks in 13 States Arrested

    Michael Francis Mara, 52, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, dubbed the “Grandad Bandit” by investigators, was arrested by the FBI in Baton Rouge for robbing at least 25 banks in 13 states in less than two years. Full Story
  2. Honolulu: Hawaii Man Convicted of Providing Defense Information and Services to People’s Republic of China

    A federal jury found Noshir S. Gowadia guilty of five criminal offenses relating to his design for the People’s Republic of China (PRC) of a low signature cruise missile exhaust system capable of rendering a PRC cruise missile resistant to detection by infrared missiles. Full Story

Friday, August 6, 2010

FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending August 6, 2010


  1. Minneapolis/Mobile/San Diego: Fourteen Charged with Providing Material Support to Somalia-Based Terrorist Organization al Shabaab
    Four separate indictments were unsealed charging 14 individuals with terrorism violations for providing money, personnel, and services to the foreign terrorist organization al Shabaab. Full Story
  2. Chicago: Chicago Man Arrested for Attempting to Provide Material Support to a Terrorist Organization

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Fourteen Charged with Providing Material Support to Somalia-Based Terrorist Organization al Shabaab


WASHINGTON—The Justice Department announced that four separate indictments were unsealed today in the District of Minnesota, the Southern District of Alabama, and the Southern District of California charging 14 individuals with terrorism violations for providing money, personnel, and services to the foreign terrorist organization al Shabaab.
In the Southern District of Alabama, prosecutors unsealed a superseding indictment charging Omar Shafik Hammami, a U.S. citizen and former resident of Alabama, with providing material support to al Shabaab. Separately, prosecutors in the Southern District of California unsealed an indictment charging Jehad Serwan Mostafa, a U.S. citizen and former resident of California, with providing material support to al Shabaab. In the District of Minnesota, prosecutors unsealed two indictments. One indictment charges Amina Farah Ali and Hawo Mohamed Hassan with providing funds to al Shabaab. These two defendants, who are naturalized U.S. citizens and residents of Minnesota, were arrested today. Separately, prosecutors unsealed a third superseding indictment charging 10 men with terrorism offenses for leaving the United States to join al Shabaab. Seven of these defendants had been previously charged by either indictment or criminal complaint. The remaining three defendants had not been charged before.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

FBI Releases Bank Crime Statistics for First Quarter of 2010

During the first quarter of 2010, there were 1,183 reported violations of the Federal Bank Robbery and Incidental Crimes Statue, a decrease from the 1,521 reported violations in the same quarter of 2009.1 According to statistics released today by the FBI, there were 1,160 robberies, 21 burglaries, two larcenies, and three extortions of financial institutions2 reported between January 1, 2010 and March 31, 2010.
Highlights of the report include:
  • Loot was taken in 92 percent of the incidents, totaling more than $9.3 million.
  • Of the loot taken, 21 percent, or more than $1.9 million, was recovered and returned to financial institutions.
  • Bank crimes most frequently occurred on Friday. Regardless of the day, the time frame when bank crimes occurred most frequently was between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
  • Acts of violence were committed in 3 percent of the incidents, resulting in 18 injuries, two deaths, and 35 persons being taken hostage.3
  • Oral demands were the most common modus operandi used, closely followed by demand notes.4
  • Most violations occurred in the Southern region of the U.S., with 420 reported incidents.
These statistics were recorded as of April 19, 2010. Note that not all bank crimes are reported to the FBI, and therefore the report is not a complete statistical compilation of all bank crimes that occurred in the U.S.

SHAKER MASRI arrested by the FBI for FOR ATTEMPTING TO PROVIDE MATERIAL SUPPORT TO A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION

A 26-year old Chicago man, who authorities believed was planning to travel to Somalia and engage in jihadist fighting with a terrorist group, was arrested last night just hours before he was scheduled to leave Chicago announced Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Patrick J. Fitzgerald, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.
SHAKER MASRI, who lived in the Streeterville area of Chicago, was arrested late yesterday in Countryside, Illinois, without incident, by members of the Chicago FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) following an 18-month investigation. MASRI was charged in a criminal complaint filed yesterday in U.S. District Court in Chicago with one count each of attempting to Provide Material Support to a Designated Terrorist Organization and attempting to provide material support through the use of a Weapon of Mass Destruction, both of which are felony offenses.