Friday, September 24, 2010

FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending September 24, 2010

  1. New York: Aafia Siddiqui Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 86 Years for Attempting to Murder U.S. Nationals in Afghanistan and Six Additional Crimes
    Aafia Siddiqui was sentenced to 86 years in prison for the attempted murder and assault of U.S. nationals, officers, and employees serving in Afghanistan. Full Story
  2. New Haven: Connecticut Man Charged with Sending Numerous Anthrax Hoax and Bomb Threat Letters Nationwide

Couple charged for trading secrets

With the “greening” of the American economy, it’s not surprising that the technology behind hybrid cars and vehicles of all kinds is an increasingly attractive target to would-be information thieves looking to make a fast buck.
This summer, in fact, a Michigan couple was charged in just such a case—for allegedly walking off with an estimated $40 million in General Motors (GM) hybrid-related trade secrets, hoping to sell them to one of GM’s Chinese competitors.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

FBI Releases Bank Crime Statistics for Second Quarter of 2010

During the second quarter of 2010, there were 1,146 reported violations of the Federal Bank Robbery and Incidental Crimes Statute, a decrease from the 1,304 reported violations in the same quarter of 2009.1 According to statistics released today by the FBI, there were 1,135 robberies, 11 burglaries, zero larcenies, and one extortion of financial institutions2 reported between April 1, 2010 and June 31, 2010.
Highlights of the report include:
  • Loot was taken in 91 percent of the incidents, totaling more than $8.4 million.
  • Of the loot taken, 21 percent of it was recovered. More than $1.3 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 5 percent of the incidents, resulting in 23 injuries, five deaths, and nine persons being taken hostage.3
  • Oral demands and demand notes 4 were the most common modus operandi used.
  • Most violations occurred in the Western region of the U.S., with 403 reported incidents.
These statistics were recorded as of August 10, 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.
View the entire report and learn more about the FBI at www.fbi.gov.
1 In the second quarter of 2009, there were 1,278 robberies, 19 burglaries, seven larcenies, and zero extortions reported.
2 Financial institutions include commercial banks, mutual savings banks, savings and loan associations, and credit unions.
3 One or more acts of violence may occur during an incident.
4 More than one modus operandi may have been used during an incident.

Monday, September 20, 2010

SAMI SAMIR HASSOUN arrested for bombing plot in Cgicago


A 22-year old Chicago man was arrested early Sunday morning, immediately after placing a backpack which he thought contained an explosive device into a curbside trash receptacle near a crowded north side street corner, 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.
                    SAMI SAMIR HASSOUN, who lives in the 4700 block of North Kedzie in Chicago, was arrested just after midnight Saturday, without incident, on Seminary Avenue near the 3500 block of North Clark Street, by members of the Chicago FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). The arrest followed an investigation that accelerated in June of this year.  HASSOUN was charged in a criminal complaint filed today in U.S. District Court in Chicago with one count each of Attempted use of a Weapon of Mass Destruction and Attempted use of an Explosive Device, both of which are felony offenses.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending September 17, 2010

  1. New York: Manhattan U.S. Attorney Charges Long Island Man with Engaging in Hawala Activity That Funded Attempted Times Square Bombing

    Mohammad Younis was charged with operating an unlicensed money transfer business between the United States and Pakistan. One of the money transfers allegedly facilitated the May 1, 2010, attempted car bombing in New York City’s Times Square. There are no allegations, however, that Younis was aware of the intended use of the funds. Full Story
  2. Newark: 53 Defendants Charged in Coordinated Identity Theft and Fraud Takedown

Friday, September 10, 2010

FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending September10, 2010

FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending September 10, 2010
  1. Washington Field: Somali Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Piracy in Takeover of Merchant Ship

    Jama Ibrahim pled guilty to conspiracy to commit piracy under the law of nations and conspiracy to use a firearm during, and in relation to a crime of violence. The charges stem from a violent act of piracy in the Gulf of Aden against a merchant vessel. Full Story
  2. Chicago: Aircraft Leasing Company, Its Owner, and Six Other Defendants Indicted in Alleged $50 Million Fraudulent Financing Scheme

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Wanted by the FBI

DATQUNN SAWYER and WAYMOND ORR arrested for child prostitution

Two Chicago men were arrested earlier today while a third man remains at-large, culminating a two-year joint federal/state investigation into a child prostitution ring that was centered on Chicago’s west side. 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), who were joined in making this announcement by Patrick J. Fitzgerald, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois and Anita Alvarez, Cook County State’s Attorney.

Friday, September 3, 2010

FAKE FUNERALS, EMPTY CASKETS

It’s a morbid tale involving phony death certificates, staged funerals with paid actors, and coffins buried with no bodies, but in the end, it’s just a financial fraud scheme like thousands of others we investigate every year.
Earlier this month in Los Angeles, the fourth and final member of an insurance fraud ring was convicted in federal court. Jean Crump—a former mortuary employee—was found guilty of joining three other women in a scheme to defraud insurance companies by filing $1.2 million in phony life insurance policy claims.
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Also victimized were several financial assignment companies, often used by funeral homes and mortuaries to advance cash for funeral expenses in exchange for a portion of the deceased’s life insurance policies.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

GUSTAVO PABLO and ULANA KOZAK arrested for bank robbery

An arrest was made earlier today of a suspect in the “Belmont - Central Bandit” serial bank robbery investigation announced Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Jody P. Weis, Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department (CPD); and Thomas Dart, Cook County Sheriff.
GUSTAVO PABLO, age 31, of Chicago, was arrested Thursday morning, without incident, by members of the Chicago FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force (VCTF) at his residence. Also taken into custody this morning was ULANA KOZAK, age 22, who is also from Chicago. Both PABLO and KOZAK were charged in a criminal complaint filed earlier this week in U.S. District Court in Chicago with one count each of Bank Robbery, which is a felony offense.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

$600 Million Settlement in Botox Case

The pharmaceutical company Allergan has agreed to pay $600 million in criminal and civil penalties for aggressively promoting its flagship drug Botox for uses not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), for paying kickbacks to doctors, and for other violations of the False Claims Act.
Today’s announcement represents the culmination of a complex, three-year investigation by the FBI and our federal partners in which millions of documents and dozens of hours of electronic evidence were collected.
“This case sends a clear message,” said Brian Lamkin, special agent in charge of our Atlanta Division, “that the FBI will not allow manufacturers to promote their prescriptions or products for uses beyond their intended purpose.”