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Dec 18, 2014 02:30 PM

The Fraudster Who Faked His Own Death: Inside the Aubrey Lee Price Case

Aubrey Lee Price went from a devout minister and trusted financial adviser to a schemer who wiped out his clients’ life savings and then faked his own death to avoid taking responsibility for what he ...

The Fraudster Who Faked His Own Death: Inside the Aubrey Lee Price Case

When a federal judge recently sentenced Aubrey Lee Price to 30 years in prison for bank fraud, embezzlement, and other crimes, it closed a chapter on the once successful businessman’s sensational criminal saga.

Price went from a devout Christian minister and trusted financial adviser to a schemer who wiped out many of his clients’ life savings and then faked his own death to avoid taking responsibility for what he had done. When a routine traffic stop in Georgia resulted in his arrest on New Year’s Eve in 2013—nearly 18 months after his disappearance—Price acknowledged that he had become a drug dealer.

His well-publicized rise and fall makes for a fascinating tale, but our agents who investigated the case and who specialize in white-collar crime are quick to point out that the real focus of this story should not be on Price but rather on his victims.

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Dec 11, 2014 07:00 PM

A Commitment to Indian Country: Director Pledges Support for Victims

At the 14th National Indian Nations Conference on the reservation of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians in California, FBI Director James Comey pledged the Bureau’s “unshakeable” commitment ...

A Commitment to Indian Country: Director Pledges Support for Victims

At the 14th National Indian Nations Conference on the reservation of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians in California, FBI Director James Comey pledged the Bureau’s “unshakeable” commitment to tribal nations.

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Dec 10, 2014 03:00 PM

Human Rights Day 2014

Today is Human Rights Day—an observance first proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1950 to recognize the fundamental rights of every individual—so we thought this would be an ...

Human Rights Day 2014

Today is Human Rights Day—an observance first proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1950 to recognize the fundamental rights of every individual—so we thought this would be an appropriate time to highlight our work as the lead agency for enforcing federal civil rights laws in the U.S.

The FBI opens hundreds of civil rights cases each year, and it’s a responsibility that we take very seriously. During fiscal year 2014, the Bureau initiated more than 1,350 civil rights cases that fell into one of four categories—hate crimes, color of law violations, human trafficking, and Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act violations.

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Dec 08, 2014 09:00 AM

Latest Hate Crime Statistics Report Released

The FBI’s annual Hate Crime Statistics report reveals that 5,928 hate crime incidents involving 6,933 offenses were reported by our law enforcement partners to the Bureau’s Uniform Crime Reporting ...

Latest Hate Crime Statistics Report Released

2013 Hate Crime Statistics GraphicToday, the FBI released its annual Hate Crime Statistics report, which revealed that 5,928 hate crime incidents involving 6,933 offenses were reported by our law enforcement partners to the Bureau’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program in 2013. These hate crime incidents impacted a total of 7,242 victims—which are defined as individuals, businesses, institutions, or society as a whole. The number of reported hate crimes last year is down slightly when compared to 2012 UCR figures—5,928 in 2013 versus the 2012 figure of 6,573.

Hate Crime Statistics, 2013—the first UCR publication to contain data collected under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crime Prevention Act of 2009—has a few changes from previous reports. First, biases against gender (male or female) and gender identity (transgender and gender nonconformity) have been added to the list of bias categories. And in response to the Shepard/Byrd Act, we modified our data collection so that reporting agencies can indicate whether crimes were committed by, or directed against, juveniles.

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Dec 04, 2014 02:00 PM

New Top Ten Fugitive: Help Us Find a Murderer

A reward of up to $100,000 is being offered for information leading directly to the arrest of Yaser Abdel Said, who is wanted for allegedly murdering his two teenage daughters in Texas.

New Top Ten Fugitive: Help Us Find a Murderer

Yaser Abdel Said Top Ten Poster Grab

Yaser Abdel Said, wanted for the murder of his two teenage daughters in Texas, has been named to the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.

A reward of up to $100,000 is being offered for information leading directly to the arrest of Said, who was born in Egypt and may be hiding there or in U.S. communities with Egyptian ties.

On January 1, 2008, Said persuaded his estranged daughters—Amina, 18, and Sarah, 17—to visit him. He said he was going to take them to get something to eat. Instead, he allegedly drove them in his taxi cab to a remote location and used a handgun to murder them. One of the girls was able to make a 911 call and was heard screaming for help, saying she and her sister were being shot by their father. Their bodies were discovered several hours later in the cab, which was abandoned outside a hotel in Irving, Texas.

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Dec 01, 2014 03:30 PM

FBI Worst-Case Exercise Tests Response to Chemical Attack

The FBI’s Chemical Countermeasures Unit (part of our Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate) recently hosted a worst-case scenario exercise in Houston—home to the largest concentration of chemical ...

FBI Worst-Case Exercise Tests Response to Chemical Attack

When the facility manager for a hazardous waste disposal company near Houston took his seat at the table with law enforcement officials and emergency first responders, he knew it was going to be a very bad day. In the coming hours, his facility would experience a break-in, a fire, and the theft of a chemical agent that would be intentionally released at a popular waterfront amusement park, sending a poisonous plume across the region.

The fictional worst-case scenario was designed by the FBI’s Chemical Countermeasures Unit—part of our Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Directorate—to shake out any weaknesses in the region’s elaborate network of emergency responders. The daylong exercise, attended by more than two dozen local, state, and federal agencies, raised all the tangly issues that come up in real catastrophic events: Who has jurisdiction? Who is the lead investigative agency? Who is qualified to appropriately respond?

The exercise also showed how private industry has an important seat at the table in dynamic events like this, since they know their materials and vulnerabilities better than anyone else, and they are most likely to be the first to recognize suspicious activity related to their own operations.

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Nov 26, 2014 01:30 PM

Annual ‘Officers Killed’ Report More Than a Tally of Losses

While the annual LEOKA report, released earlier this weeks, offers a stark reminder of the dangers police face every day, the main reason for gathering the comprehensive data about line-of-duty ...

Annual ‘Officers Killed’ Report More Than a Tally of Losses

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The FBI’s annual Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) report that was released earlier this week details in chilling narratives and statistics how 76 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in 2013.

While the LEOKA report offers a stark reminder of the dangers police face every day, the main reason for gathering the comprehensive data about line-of-duty fatalities, assaults, and accidents is to prevent them from occurring in the future. In addition to collecting details about the critical aspects of fatal confrontations and assaults, the FBI’s LEOKA program conducts extensive research on the data that eventually gets incorporated into the officer safety awareness training the FBI provides for partner agencies.

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Nov 24, 2014 09:00 AM

In the Line of Duty: 2013 LEOKA Report Released

According to statistics collected by the FBI, 76 law enforcement officers were killed in line-of-duty incidents in 2013. Of these, 27 law enforcement officers died as a result of felonious acts, and ...

In the Line of Duty: 2013 LEOKA Report Released

LEOKA 2013 Bar Chart

A Florida sheriff’s officer, responding to a report of a domestic disturbance at a residence, was shot and killed by someone inside the home. An Iowa police officer was shot and killed while attempting to serve an arrest warrant. A Michigan state trooper was fatally shot during a routine traffic stop. And a West Virginia sheriff was ambushed and fatally shot in the head while he was eating his lunch in a marked car.

According to the just-released Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) report, these four officers were among the 76 men and women killed in the line of duty during 2013—27 died as a result of felonious acts, and 49 died in accidents. Another 49,851 law enforcement officers were victims of line-of-duty assaults. Proof positive of the dangers that all officers willingly face, day in and day out, to protect the rest of us.

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Nov 21, 2014 05:00 PM

Honoring the Fallen

Two decades ago, on November 22, 1994, a lone gunman entered the headquarters building of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C. and opened fire in a squad room, killing a police ...

Honoring the Fallen

Two decades ago, on November 22, 1994, a lone gunman entered the headquarters building of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C. and opened fire in a squad room, killing a police sergeant and two FBI agents. For those close to the fallen, who gathered today for a memorial service marking 20 years since the tragic event, it’s as if it happened yesterday.

“Twenty years have passed, but our hearts are still heavy,” said former FBI Director Louis J. Freeh, who headed the Bureau in 1994. “Our hearts and memories still feel the pain of that day. It was a day that we will never forget and will always honor.”

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Nov 18, 2014 02:00 PM

Rewards for Two Fugitives in Multi-Million-Dollar International Cyber Fraud Scheme

Rewards are being offered for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Romanian fugitive Nicolae Popescu, the leader of an international organized crime syndicate that ran a ...

Rewards for Fugitives in International Cyber Fraud Scheme

Rewards are being offered for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Romanian fugitive Nicolae Popescu, the leader of an international organized crime syndicate that ran a multi-million-dollar cyber fraud scheme, and Dumitru Daniel Bosogioiu, another Romanian fugitive charged with participating in the scheme.

The defendants are charged with participating in a long-term conspiracy to saturate Internet marketplace websites, including eBay, Cars.com, AutoTrader.com, and CycleTrader.com, with detailed advertisements for cars, motorcycles, boats, and other high-value items – generally priced in the $10,000 to $45,000 range – that did not actually exist.

Up to $1 million is being offered for information on Popescu and up to $750,000 for information on Bosogioiu. Interpol has previously issued Red Notices to foreign law enforcement partners seeking assistance in the apprehension of these fugitives, and the FBI has also released wanted posters to facilitate their arrests. Today, the FBI also announced the addition of Nicolae Popescu to the FBI’s Most Wanted Cyber Fugitive List.

Press release | Popescu wanted poster | Bosogioiu wanted poster