Tuesday, December 18, 2012

JOSE BANKS and KENNETH CONLEY wanted for escaping the Metropolitan Correctional Center Chicago

 Update Jan. 4th, 2013
KENNETH CONLEY, one of two men charged with escaping from the Metropolitan Correctional Center on December 18th , was arrested this afternoon by officers from the Palos Hills Police Department.  Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

Update

JOSEPH “JOSE” BANKS, the 37-year-old Chicago man who was the subject of a manhunt following his December 18, 2012, escape from the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Chicago, was taken into custody without incident late last night.  Agents and officers from the Chicago FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force, along with officers from the Chicago Police Department, arrested Banks at approximately 11:30 p.m. in the 2300 block of North Bosworth in Chicago.
The search for KENNETH CONLEY, Banks’ fellow escapee, continues.


The Federal Bureau of Investigation, along with its federal, state and local partners, is seeking the public’s assistance in locating and apprehending two individuals who escaped from the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Chicago early this morning.  They are currently the subject of a widespread manhunt under the coordination of the FBI.


The attached photos are of the two escapees:  JOSE BANKS, male/black, age 37, 5’8”, 160 pounds, and KENNETH CONLEY, male/white, age 38, 6’0”, 185 pounds, age 38.  The two, believed to be traveling together, were reportedly last seen earlier this morning in the Tinley Park area.
Banks and Conley, both convicted bank robbers, should be considered armed and dangerous.  If you see them, contact local law enforcement or the Chicago office of the FBI at 312-421-6700.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Cory B. Nelson Named Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Chicago Division



Director Robert S. Mueller III has named Cory B. Nelson the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Chicago Division. In this role, he will be responsible for FBI personnel and operations in northern Illinois. Mr. Nelson most recently served as the deputy assistant director of the Inspection Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and was responsible for its day-to-day operations, to include oversight of internal investigations and responses to external audits.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Paula Broadwell under FBI investigation over access to Patreus email account

Paula Broadwell is the author of Petraeus' biography, "All In." She had extensive access to Petraeus in Afghanistan and has given numerous television interviews about patreus. Now she is under FBI investigation for improperly trying to access his email and possibly gaining access to classified information.

 
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Friday, November 2, 2012

“The Bounty Bandit” wanted by the FBI




Robert A. Jones, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Indianapolis Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the subject responsible for seven bank robberies and one attempted bank robbery in Illinois and Indiana.   The following robberies are attributed to the subject who has been given the nickname “The Bounty Bandit” since he passes a demand note to the victim tellers using a paper towel in order to avoid leaving physical evidence. 
Date                            Bank                                        Location
                       10/03/2009                  Chase Bank                           Merrillville IN
                       12/16/2009                   TCF Bank                                          Alsip IL
                       02/10/2010                   TCF Bank                                       Oaklawn IL
                       03/20/2010               Fifth Third Bank                              Munster IN
                      10/02/2012                     TCF Bank                                     Munster IN
                      10/11/2012                   Chase Bank                                 Merrillville IN
                      10/30/2012              TCF Bank(attempt)                        South Holland IL
                       10/31/2012                   TCF Bank                                        Lansing IL

In these robberies, the subject indicated he has a weapon and witnesses describe him as follows:  Black male, 5’10” – 6’, 180-190 lbs., dark complexion, 30-40 years of age.  The subject may also be driving a white or light tan Buick Rendezvous, unknown plate.    

Questions regarding this press release can be directed to Supervisory Senior Resident Agent Robert J. Ramsey at 219/769-3719.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

FBI Agent Ross Rice announces his retirement


FBI Agent Ross Rice, responsible for the media relation for the Chicago office announced this week his  retirement. We would like to wish him a happy retirement! We will miss working with you.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

SUBURBAN MAN ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTed SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A minor



           William C. Monroe, Acting Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), announced today the arrest of a Lansing, Illinois man for attempting to travel with the intent of engaging in sex with a minor.
                    MARTIN N. PAZDZUIRA, age ­­­­45, of 18525 Stony Island in Lansing, was arrested in Forest Park without incident late Friday afternoon by special agents and officers assigned to the Chicago FBI’s Innocent Images Task Force (IITF).  PAZDZUIRA was charged in a criminal complaint filed on Friday in U.S. District Court in Chicago with one count of Attempted Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, which is a felony offense.
                   According to the complaint, on August 1, 2012, information was provided to the IITF that PAZDZUIRA had photographs on his cellular phone of nude girls who appeared to be minors.  PAZDZUIRA had also allegedly claimed to have traveled by train into Chicago from his home on three occasions to have sex with underage girls he met on an internet chat site.  PAZDZUIRA’s screen name on the internet site was “redone2150.”

Monday, August 20, 2012

FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending August 17, 2012


  1. New York/Norfolk: Somali Hostage Negotiator in Piracies Sentenced to Life

    Mohammad Saaili Shibin, aka “Khalif Ahmed Shibin,” the man convicted as the person in Somalia responsible for negotiating the ransom of an American yacht and a German-owned vessel, was sentenced to 10 concurrent life sentences for piracy as well as additional life sentences for other charges. Full Story
  2. Newark: Former Teacher Sentenced for Distributing Images of Child Sexual Abuse

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

COOK COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE EMPLOYEE ARRESTED ON ATTEMPTED EXTORTION CHAGRGES



             CHICAGO – A Chicago man employed by the Cook County Department of Revenue to conduct inspections and ensure merchants selling tobacco products have paid required taxes was arrested by special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for allegedly taking bribes to alert nonpaying merchants of upcoming inspections.   The arrest was announced today by Robert D. Grant, Special Agent- in-Charge of the Chicago field office of the FBI, and Gary S. Shapiro, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.
             ROBERT MITCHELL, 39, whose last known address was 2411 West Flournoy, Chicago, was arrested Tuesday evening on Chicago’s near west side following the filing of a criminal complaint in U. S. District Court on August 6, 2012, and unsealed after the arrest.  The investigation that led to yesterday’s arrest began in late 2011 when a Cooperating Witness (CW) told the FBI of an alleged offer from Mitchell.  The CW is the manager of a convenience store that sells cigarettes and other tobacco products and knows the owners of several other convenience stores in the Chicago area that also sell tobacco products.  The complaint alleges that Mitchell identified himself to the CW as a Cook County tobacco inspector willing to provide advance notice of upcoming tobacco inspections in exchange for money. 

Monday, August 6, 2012

Federal Bureau of Investigation is asking for the public’s assistance regarding the alleged investment fraud investigation involving Michael Steven Banuelos.




SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is asking for the public’s assistance regarding the alleged investment fraud investigation involving Michael Steven Banuelos.

If you have information related to this case, please contact FBI San Francisco’s tip line at 415-553-7400 or e-mail us at San.Francisco@ic.fbi.gov.

In an announcement made by the United States Attorney Office for the Northern District of California on July 26, federal authorities arrested Michael Steven Banuelos after a federal grand jury in San Francisco indicted him for wire fraud and money laundering resulting from his operation of an alleged investment scheme through which he defrauded investors out of more than $2 million.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the FBI announced today his retirement


Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced today his retirement from government service, effective September 3rd of this year, culminating a 29-year career with the FBI.
                      Mr. Grant has served as the head of the Chicago office, the FBI’s oldest and most legendary field office, since January of 2005.  He is the longest serving agent-in-charge in the history of the Chicago office, which was first established in 1908.  In this role, Mr. Grant has overseen many significant investigations, including the arrest of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on corruption charges, the racketeering indictment and conviction of numerous high ranking members of the Chicago Mafia as part of the “Family Secrets” case, and the arrest of two Chicago men on charges related to the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, India.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

NINETEEN CHARGED IN HUMBOLDT PARK DRUG SWEEP



                Nineteen Chicago area men, many suspected members or associates of the of the Imperial Gangsters street gang, were arrested yesterday by FBI special agents and Chicago Police officers assigned to the FBI’s Joint Task Force on Gangs, culminating a nearly three-year long investigation which targeted illicit drug and firearms sales in and around the Humboldt park area on Chicago’s near northwest side.
Yesterday’s arrests were announced by Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) who was joined by Garry F. McCarthy, Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department (CPD); Patrick J. Fitzgerald, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Anita Alvarez, Cook County State’s Attorney, Lisa Madigan, Illinois Attorney General, and Michael Witz, Chief of the Franklin Park Police Department.
                             Some of the charges were contained in 12 separate criminal complaints filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, which were unsealed yesterday and which charged 13 current or former Chicago area residents with distribution of a controlled substance or violating federal firearms laws.  Six others were charged with violating state drug or firearms laws in charges filed in Cook County and Whiteside County Circuit Court.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Cook County Sheriff’s Deputy Samuel J. Spino was arrested by the FBI


 foto credit:Chicago Tribune
Cook County Sheriff’s Deputy Samuel J. Spino was arrested yesterday on federal charges after allegedly stealing $1,100 from a residence at which he and others were executing a judicial eviction order.  Unbeknownst to Spino, video cameras had been installed by FBI agents within the residence, along with cash left in a drinking glass in the kitchen of the residence.  Video captured Spino allegedly taking and reaching into the glass containing the cash, and after Spino and the others left the residence, agents determined that the $1,100 was no longer in the residence.
Spino, 35, of Melrose Park, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court with one count of theft of government property.  The charge and arrest were announced by Robert D. Grant, Special Agent -in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Thomas Dart, Cook County Sheriff, and Patrick J. Fitzgerald, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.  Spino will appear today at 3:00 p.m. before Magistrate Judge Michael T. Mason .
According to the complaint, Spino, a Cook County Deputy Sheriff since 2002, was assigned to the Evictions, Levies and Warrants Unit and worked as part of a four-person team responsible for making entry into properties subject to eviction orders in order to clear the properties of any individuals.  Once the properties are cleared, the eviction deputies leave the properties in the possession of the owners or owners’ representatives.  According to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office of Professional Review (OPR), eviction deputies are not to confiscate or move personal property unless drugs or contraband are found in plain view.  In that instance, the drugs or contraband are to be secured, photographed and inventoried in accordance with Sheriff’s Department standard procedures.
The investigation was initiated in April of this year after the Cook County Sheriff’s Office of Professional Review brought several complaints against and allegations about Spino to the attention of the FBI.  On May 3, 2012, Spino was sent with a team to execute a judicial eviction order at a residence on South Ingleside Avenue in Chicago.  The owner of the property had previously allowed FBI agents access to the residence to install video cameras and to place $1,100 in a drinking glass in the kitchen of the residence.  The video cameras recorded the actions of the eviction deputies within the residence as they cleared the property.  In the video, Spino is seen in the kitchen after the other members of the team have left the room.  Spino is then allegedly seen holding and reaching into the glass as he walks out of view of the cameras.  Shortly thereafter, he is seen on camera placing an object into his pants pocket.  The money placed by the agents was not found in the residence, and the Evictions, Levies and Warrants Unit reported that no cash from the residence was inventoried with the Cook County Sheriff’s Evidence and Recovered Property Section.
   This case was worked jointly with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office of Professional Review.
The charged count carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal statutes and the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines.
   The public is reminded that a criminal 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.

ADAM CHRISTOPHER MAYES was named to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitive

ADAM CHRISTOPHER MAYES was named to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitive list today.  MAYES is wanted for Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution following state charges of Especially Aggravated Kidnapping.  MAYES is sought in connection with the alleged kidnapping of four female victims from Tennessee on April 27, 2012.  Two of the victims were later found dead in Mississippi.
FBI is offering up to $100,000 for information leading to his arrest.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Erick Justin Toth on FBI Most Wanted List

WASHINGTON—The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced today the addition of Eric Justin Toth, aka David Bussone, to its “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list. Toth, a former private school teacher and camp counselor, is being sought for his alleged production and possession of child pornography.  The investigation into Toth began in June 2008, after pornographic images were found on a school camera that had been in his possession. 

            Toth is 6’3” and weighs approximately 155 pounds with brown hair, green eyes and a medium complexion.  He also has a mole under his left eye.  Toth was born on February 13, 1982.

Toth has often been described as a computer “expert” and has demonstrated an above-average knowledge regarding computers, the use of the Internet, and security awareness.  He has the ability to integrate into various socio-economic classes, and is an expert at social engineering.  Toth possesses an educational background conducive to gaining employment in fields having a connection to children.  He attended Cornell University for a year and then transferred to Purdue University where he graduated with a degree in education.  He may advertise online as a tutor or male nanny.   

            Despite being featured on multiple local news reports as well as the America’s Most Wanted television program and the FBI website, Toth has eluded capture.  Since June 2008, Toth is believed to have travelled to Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Minnesota.  It is also believed that he lived in Arizona as recently as 2009.

Eric Toth is the 495th person to be placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, which was established in March of 1950.  Since then, 465 fugitives have been apprehended or located, 153 of them as a result of citizen cooperation.

As a member of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, the FBI is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading directly to the arrest of Toth. 

            Additional information regarding Eric Toth, including his wanted poster, is available on the FBI’s internet home page at http://www.fbi.gov.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Former Countrywide Loan Officer Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

PHOENIX—On March 7, 2012, Paige Kinney, aka JamieLee Lawler, 43, of Phoenix, was sentenced to 15 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Neil V. Wake. Kinney had previously pleaded guilty to various charges related to a mortgage fraud scheme and to charges of bankruptcy fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, and bank fraud in two separate indictments.
Ann Birmingham Scheel, Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona, highlighted the significance of this sentence by stating, “Mortgage fraud has deflated property values, harmed lending institutions, and ruined entire neighborhoods in our community. This defendant was undaunted by the mortgage fraud indictment and continued to commit fraud crimes while awaiting trial on those charges. I commend the IRS and the FBI on a tenacious and thorough investigation that led to this significant sentence.”

Joseph N. Gagliano indicted for bank fraud

PHOENIX—Joseph N. Gagliano, 43, of Scottsdale, Arizona, was arraigned on March 7, 2012 on a seven-count indictment charging three counts of bank fraud in violation of Title 18 U.S.C. § 1344, one count of wire fraud in violation of Title 18 U.S.C. § 1343, and three counts of false loan and credit applications in violation of Title 18 U.S.C. § 1014. Gagliano entered pleas of not guilty to all charges.
Ann Birmingham Scheel, Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona, spoke of the significance of this indictment when she said, “SBA loans are intended to provide qualified small business owners access to capital to finance and grow their businesses. When SBA loans are procured through fraud, deserving small business owners are effectively denied business opportunities. The United States Attorney’s Office will continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute those who fraudulently attempt to obtain financial assistance through SBA’s guaranteed loan programs. I would like to thank the SBA OIG and the FBI for their thoroughness and dedicated professionalism throughout this investigation.”

Five Defendants Charged in Mortgage Fraud 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; Jeff Atwater, Chief Financial Officer, State of Florida’s Department of Financial Services; and Tom Grady, Commissioner, State of Florida’s Office of Financial Regulation, announced the filing of an criminal information charging defendants Jacinto Puentes, 53, West Palm Beach; Elinor Puentes, 52, West Palm Beach; Theodore Tarone, 43, West Palm Beach; Raul Salabarria, 55, Royal Palm Beach; and Rogelio Ramirez, 42, Port Saint Lucie, with one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud in connection with a multi-million-dollar mortgage fraud scheme. If convicted, the defendants face a statutory maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.

Three South Florida Men Sentenced in $9 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and John V. Gillies, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, announced the sentencings of defendants Oscar Bravo, 58 of Port St. Lucie; Jorge Bravo, 57 of Miami; and Sean Dickens, 44, of West Melbourne, Florida. At a sentencing hearing on February 27, 2012, U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore sentenced each defendant to 37 months in prison on charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.
According to the charges, a co-conspirator, charged in a separate indictment, located residential properties for sale. Defendants Oscar Bravo, Jorge Bravo, and Sean Dickens agreed to purchase the properties, with the goal of refurbishing and reselling them at a profit. The properties were 100 percent lender financed. The price of the properties was falsely inflated in their mortgage applications with the difference between the actual price and the inflated mortgage loan used to make payments on the mortgage loan and to pay for repairs to the properties.
In total, this mortgage scheme involved approximately $9 million in fraudulent mortgage loans.
Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the FBI. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kerry S. Baron.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

Miami-Area Resident Pleads Guilty to Participating in $200 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

WASHINGTON—A Miami-area resident pleaded guilty yesterday for his role in a fraud scheme that resulted in the submission of more than $200 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare, announced the Department of Justice, the FBI, and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Frank Criado, 33, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry L. Garber in Miami to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and to pay and receive illegal health care kickbacks. Criado was charged in an indictment unsealed on February 15, 2011 in the Southern District of Florida.

DMITRY M. NASKOVETS was sentenced to 33 months in prison

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that DMITRY M. NASKOVETS, the creator and operator of CallService.biz, an online business that helped over 2,000 identity thieves commit over 5,000 acts of fraud, was sentenced today to 33 months in prison for conspiring to commit wire fraud and credit card fraud. Through Callservice.biz, NASKOVETS helped other online fraudsters use stolen information by providing English language calling services to deceive banks in the United States. NASKOVETS was arrested in the Czech Republic in April 2010 as part of a multinational law enforcement operation and was subsequently extradited to the Southern District of New York, where he pled guilty in February 2011. NASKOVETS was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan in Manhattan federal court.

Six Hackers in the United States and Abroad Charged for Crimes Affecting Over One Million Victims

Five computer hackers in the United States and abroad were charged today, and a sixth pled guilty, for computer hacking and other crimes. The six hackers identified themselves as aligned with the group Anonymous, which is a loose confederation of computer hackers and others, and/or offshoot groups related to Anonymous, including “Internet Feds,” “LulzSec,” and “AntiSec.”
RYAN ACKROYD, a/k/a “kayla,” a/k/a “lol,” a/k/a “lolspoon”; JAKE DAVIS, a/k/a “topiary,” a/k/a “atopiary”; DARREN MARTYN, a/k/a “pwnsauce,” a/k/a “raepsauce,” a/k/a “networkkitten”; and DONNCHA O’CEARRBHAIL, a/k/a “palladium,” who identified themselves as members of Anonymous, Internet Feds, and/or LulzSec, were charged in an indictment unsealed today in Manhattan federal court with computer hacking conspiracy involving the hacks of Fox Broadcasting Company, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and the Public Broadcasting Service (“PBS”). O’CEARRBHAIL is also charged in a separate criminal complaint with intentionally disclosing an unlawfully intercepted wire communication.

Dallas Doctor Arrested for Role in Nearly $375 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme

WASHINGTON—A physician and the office manager of his medical practice, along with five owners of home health agencies, were arrested today on charges related to their alleged participation in a nearly $375 million health care fraud scheme involving fraudulent claims for home health services.
The arrests and charges were announced today by Deputy Attorney General James Cole and Health and Human Services (HHS) Deputy Secretary Bill Corr, along with Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas; HHS Inspector General Daniel R. Levinson; Special Agent in Charge Robert E. Casey Jr. of the FBI’s Dallas Field Office; Dr. Peter Budetti, Deputy Administrator for Program Integrity for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS); and the Texas Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU).

Man Convicted of Distributing Child Pornography

CHICAGO—A federal jury today convicted a Crest Hill man of distributing and possessing child pornography, announced Patrick J. Fitzgerald, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Robert D. Grant, Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The defendant, Mark McGill, 27, was found guilty of one count of distribution and one count of possession of child pornography for using his home computer to transfer and store child pornography in 2009. The jury deliberated a little more than a hour today following a four-day trial last week in U.S. District Court.
McGill, who is in federal custody, faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum of 20 years on the distribution count, and a maximum of 10 years in prison on the possession count, as well as a maximum fine of $250,000 on each count. U.S. District Judge Joan Gottschall scheduled sentencing for 2 p.m. on July 25.
McGill was one of four men who were arrested in the Chicago area in September 2009 as part of an undercover investigation by the FBI’s Innocent Images Task Force of an informal group of self-described “Boy Lovers.” According to a cooperating defendant who testified at trial, McGill attended at least one party with members of the group and they showed each other child pornography. In August 2009, McGill gave the cooperating defendant a thumb drive containing approximately 3,500 images and nearly 60 videos, mostly depicting nude minor boys, many engaged in sexual acts. The same images and videos were recovered from McGill’s computer, which agents seized while executing a search warrant at his home when he was arrested, according to the evidence at trial.
A total of six defendants in Chicago have now been convicted as a result of this investigation, as well as additional defendants in other federal jurisdictions.
The government is being ­represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tiffany Tracy and John Kness.
source: FBI.gov

Derrick Smith was arrested on a federal bribery charge

CHICAGO—Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith (10th District) was arrested today on a federal bribery charge after an undercover investigation for allegedly accepting a $7,000 cash bribe to write an official letter of support for a daycare center that he believed was seeking a state grant. Since December 2011, Smith and an individual identified as CS-1, who works on Smith’s political campaigns and who, unbeknownst to Smith, was cooperating with the FBI, had numerous conversations about helping a fictional daycare owner obtain a purported state grant in exchange for a political contribution, according to a criminal complaint unsealed after Smith’s arrest. On March 2, Smith provided CS-1 with an official letter of support for the daycare owner to obtain a $50,000 Early Childhood Construction Grant from the state’s Capital Development Board. In return, during a recorded meeting this past Saturday, CS-1 gave Smith $7,000 cash, purportedly from the fictional daycare owner, the complaint alleges.
Smith, 48, of Chicago, was charged with one count of accepting a bribe, announced Patrick J. Fitzgerald, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and Robert D. Grant, special agent in charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Brian Hollnagel, Convicted in $50 Million Fraudulent Financing Scheme

CHICAGO—A federal jury today convicted the owner of an aircraft leasing company and his corporation on fraud and obstruction charges for engaging in a fraudulent financing scheme that raised more than $50 million from investors and lenders, federal law enforcement officials announced.
Brian Hollnagel, 38, of Chicago, the owner, president, and chief executive officer of BCI Aircraft Leasing Inc., and the corporation itself were each convicted of six counts of wire fraud and one count of obstruction of justice for obstructing a Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit against them. The jury deadlocked on a second obstruction count against Hollnagel and BCI, as well as on all three wire fraud counts against co-defendant Craig Papayanis, 51, of Moorpark, California, who held various positions at BCI, including managing director and chief financial officer. BCI bought, sold, and leased commercial airplanes and operated first in Naperville and later Chicago.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

DOUGLAS KELLEY and LUCAS G. MARIN arrested by the FBI for bank robbery


Criminal charges were filed today against two Kane County men in connection with the January 18th armed robbery of the Elgin State Bank, located at 1590 North McLean Boulevard in the northwest suburb. The charges were announced today by Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Jeffrey Swoboda, Chief of the Elgin, Illinois Police Department (EPD) and Gary J. Schira, Chief of the Batavia, Illinois Police Department (BPD).
DOUGLAS KELLEY, age 27, and LUCAS G. MARIN, age 29, both of Batavia, were 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. KELLEY was arrested by EPD officers, without incident, following the stop of a suspected get-away vehicle shortly after the robbery.  MARIN was arrested early Thursday morning by officers from the BPD, without incident, following a routine traffic stop.
                   According to the complaint, KELLEY and MARIN entered the Elgin State Bank Wednesday afternoon just before 5:00 PM.  Both men were armed with handguns, which were later determined to be pellet guns, and had their faces concealed. They verbally announced a robbery, demanding money from several teller drawers. After receiving approximately $2,800.00 in cash, the two men fled the bank on foot.  Included in the money given to the robbers was a security dye pack, which activated when the robbers exited the bank.
                   An alert citizen, who was seated in a vehicle outside, saw the two robbers running from the bank and followed them as they entered a waiting vehicle. The citizen then contacted the Elgin Police Department, providing them with a description of the robbers and their get-away car.  This description ultimately led to the identification and arrest of the robbers.
                   Subsequent investigation by the FBI and the Elgin and Batavia Police Departments developed additional evidence linking both men to the robbery and the filing of the charges announced today. 
                    In announcing this arrest, Mr. Grant commended the officers of both the Elgin and Batavia Police Departments for their efforts in helping to solve this robbery.   Mr. Grant also recognized the invaluable assistance provided by the witness to the robbery, whose selfless efforts directly led to the apprehension of two potentially dangerous robbers.  Said Mr. Grant “The public’s cooperation has been a cornerstone of law enforcement in the United States for over 200 years. It is gratifying to see that spirit is alive and well”.
                    KELLEY and MARIN appeared before Magistrate Judge Morton Denlow in Chicago, earlier this afternoon, at which time they were formally charged.  Both men were ordered held without bond pending their next scheduled court appearance.  If convicted of the charge filed against them, KELLEY and MARIN face a possible sentence of up to twenty (20) years incarceration.
                             
                    Additional information about this and other recent Chicago area bank robberies, including downloadable photographs, is available at the Bandit Tracker web site, www.bandittrackerchicago.com .
  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.    

Friday, January 6, 2012

Female wanted by the FBI in Chicago bank robbery

The Chicago FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force is asking for the public’s help in identifying the individual depicted in the attached wanted flyer. She is believed responsible for the robbery of one Chicago bank and the attempted robbery of a second on Thursday, January 5th.
 
The banks targeted and a physical description of the robber is contained on the flyer.
 
The Chicago FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force is comprised of FBI special agents, detectives from the Chicago Police Department and investigators from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.

Additional information about this and other unsolved Chicago area bank robberies is available online at the Bandit Tracker Chicago web site, www.bandittrackerchicago.com.
 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

“Tire Iron Bandit” wanted by the FBI


Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is asking for the public’s help in identifying the individual depicted on the attached wanted flyer, dubbed the “Tire Iron Bandit”, who is wanted in connection with the armed robbery of a Willow Springs bank on two separate occasions.   
                      The most recent theft took place on January 3rd of 2011, when the First Merit Bank branch, located at 8480 S. Archer Avenue in the southwest suburb, was robbed of undisclosed amount of money.  This individual is also believed to have robbed the same bank on July 16, 2010. 
                       During the most recent theft, the robber entered the bank late in the afternoon just as two employees were preparing to close for the day.  The robber quickly approached the teller counter, holding a tire iron in his left hand, and demanding money from the tellers on duty.  The robber then placed a small duffel bag on the counter and held it open for the tellers, who placed cash from their drawer inside.  The robber then fled the bank, but his method and direction of escape was not seen. 
                     
                      During the previous robbery in 2010, the robber entered the bank and approached the teller counter. While holding a tire iron in his hand, he orally announced a robbery, ordering a bank employee to place money from her drawer into a black gym bag that the robber brought with him. He repeatedly threatened bank employees with harm, if his demands were not met. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the robber fled the bank on foot and was last seen running through an adjacent alley.
                      No injuries were reported during either robbery, both of which are being investigated jointly by the FBI and the Willow Springs Police Department.
                          Anyone recognizing this individual or having any information about either of these robberies is asked to call the Chicago FBI at (312) 421-6700.
                      Additional information about this and other unsolved Chicago area bank robberies, including downloadable photographs, is available on-line at the Bandit Tracker Chicago web site, www.bandittrackerchicago.com.