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Aug 26, 2014 11:30 AM

Investment Fraudster Who Targeted Medical Professionals Pleads Guilty

A California man admitted duping more than 75 doctors and dentists from around the country into shelling out more than two million dollars for him to “invest” in companies involved in researching and ...

Investment Fraudster Who Targeted Medical Professionals Pleads Guilty


It’s an age-old scam: A smooth-talking individual offers an amazing investment opportunity—with promises of large returns—that turns out to be completely bogus. But because there are always people willing to accept these kinds of claims at face value and hand over their hard-earned money, it’s a scam that continues to be effective.

Consider a recent case in Orange County, California, where just-convicted David Rose duped more than 75 doctors and dentists from around the country into shelling out more than two million dollars for him to invest in companies involved in researching and developing emerging medical technologies. But the investment money, despite what he promised, never made it any further than Rose’s own bank accounts.

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Aug 22, 2014 12:30 PM

Millions of FBI Files Digitized in Modernization Push

The era of sliding drawers full of aging FBI files is drawing to a close. Millions of fingerprint cards, criminal history folders, and civil identity files that once filled rows upon rows of ...

Millions of FBI Files Digitized in Modernization Push


The era of sliding drawers full of aging FBI files is drawing to a close. Millions of fingerprint cards, criminal history folders, and civil identity files that once filled rows upon rows of cabinets—and expansive warehouses—have been methodically converted into ones and zeroes.

The digital conversion of more than 30 million records—and as many as 83 million fingerprint cards—comes as the FBI fully activates its Next Generation Identification (NGI) system, a state-of-the-art digital platform of biometric and other types of identity information. The system, which is incrementally replacing the Bureau’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, or IAFIS, will better serve our most prolific customers—law enforcement agencies checking criminal histories and fingerprints, veterans, government employees, and the FBI’s own Laboratory.

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Aug 19, 2014 02:00 PM

Counterfeit Goods Smuggling Ring Dismantled

When Ning Guo was sentenced to prison earlier this year, it marked one of the final chapters in a massive international counterfeit goods smuggling case—one of the largest ever charged by the ...

Counterfeit Goods Smuggling Ring Dismantled


When Ning Guo was sentenced to prison earlier this year, it marked one of the final chapters in a massive international counterfeit goods smuggling case—one of the largest ever charged by the Department of Justice—in which criminals attempted to flood the U.S. market with bogus cigarettes, handbags, and sneakers from China that would have been worth $300 million on the retail market.

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Aug 15, 2014 01:30 PM

Health Care Fraud Enterprise Dismantled

It was a combination health care fraud and drug distribution scheme on a massive scale. It involved 26 Michigan pharmacies, nine doctors, and two health care agencies. There were bribes and kickbacks ...

Health Care Fraud Enterprise Dismantled


It was a combination health care fraud and drug distribution scheme on a massive scale. It involved 26 Michigan pharmacies, nine doctors, and two health care agencies. There were bribes and kickbacks aplenty and thousands of illegal doses of sought-after drugs like oxycodone and hydrocodone. And fraudulent billings to Medicare and Medicaid totaled more than $60 million, not to mention additional amounts to private insurers. But, when all was said and done, a prolific criminal enterprise was completely dismantled.

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Aug 12, 2014 04:00 PM

Long-Time Fugitive Neil Stammer Captured

Neil Stammer, a talented juggler with an international reputation, was recently arrested in Nepal and returned to New Mexico to face child sex abuse charges. The events that led to his capture are a ...

Long-Time Fugitive Neil Stammer Captured


How do you catch a fugitive who has been on the run for 14 years, has traveled extensively overseas, speaks a dozen languages, and could be anywhere in the world?

The answer to that question, as Special Agent Russ Wilson learned, is a lot of hard work—and a little bit of luck.

Neil Stammer, a talented juggler with an international reputation, was recently arrested in Nepal and returned to New Mexico to face child sex abuse charges. The events that led to his capture are a testament to good investigative work and strong partnerships, and also to the strength of the FBI’s fugitive publicity program.

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Aug 11, 2014 04:00 PM

Director Comey Highlights FBI Efforts to Combat Crimes Against Children

Today, Director James Comey—in a keynote address at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s Crimes Against Children Conference—gave an overview of FBI operations and initiatives specifically designed ...

Director Comey Highlights FBI Efforts to Combat Crimes Against Children


Today, Director James Comey—in a keynote address at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s Crimes Against Children Conference—gave an overview of FBI operations and initiatives specifically designed to identify and arrest the perpetrators of crimes against children. He focused on the efforts of the Bureau’s Violent Crimes Against Children (VCAC) program, which works with our regional field offices to investigate sex trafficking, child exploitation on the Internet, child abductions, and child sex tourism. VCAC also oversees our Innocence Lost National Initiative, the Violent Crimes Against Children International Task Force, and our Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team.

But in addition to working with our law enforcement partners, Comey talked about the importance of community outreach and private sector partnerships. “Just as it takes a village to raise a child,” he said, “I believe it takes a village to protect a child.” And the FBI helps to do that by sending agents and victim specialists out to educate parents and children on the tactics used by predators and the risks of social networking sites. Comey also thanked Internet service providers, search engine operators, and social networking sites for their assistance to help identify and prosecute child predators and to help keep children safe online. And he highlighted the work of the FBI’s Office for Victim Assistance, which gives these young crime victims what they need most—food, clothing, shelter, medical attention, legal help, and counseling. “Taking these predators off the streets and offline is important,” he said, “but true justice must include those who have been victimized by crime.”

The annual Crimes Against Children Conference, co-hosted by the Dallas Police Department, is attended by thousands of professionals from around the nation who are involved in the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of crimes against children.

Aug 08, 2014 05:00 PM

Serial Killers, Part 7: The FBI and Jeffrey Dahmer

Our ongoing series examines the FBI’s role in the case of the notorious Jeffrey Dahmer.

Serial Killers, Part 7: The FBI and Jeffrey Dahmer


At about 11:30 on the night of July 22, 1991, Milwaukee Police Department patrol units saw a partially clothed man stumbling down the road near an apartment building on North 25th Street. A handcuff could be seen dangling from his wrist. The young man reported to police that he had been threatened with a knife inside that apartment building, prompting the officers to investigate. And the first report on the incident to FBI Headquarters indicated that the police arrested a man named Jeffrey Dahmer at his apartment, where they had discovered what could have been the set of a horror movie—numerous body parts belonging to multiple victims.

In serial murder cases, the FBI’s role is often that of providing forensic and other investigative support in an ongoing investigation. That was certainly the case with Dahmer.

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Aug 06, 2014 04:00 PM

FBI Returns Ancient Sculptures to Turkey

In a ceremony at the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C. on August 5, 2014, the FBI returned to Turkish authorities 10 funerary sculptures stolen many years ago from the Republic of Turkey. The ...

FBI Returns Ancient Sculptures to Turkey


In a ceremony at the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C. on August 5, 2014, the FBI returned to Turkish authorities 10 funerary sculptures stolen many years ago from the Republic of Turkey. Assistant Director John Boles, representing the FBI, handed the artifacts over to Serdar Kilic, Turkish Ambassador to the United States. The items, dating from the 1st to 3rd centuries A.D. from ancient Lydia in western Turkey, eventually made their way to a gallery in the U.S. but were formally returned after an investigation by the FBI’s New York Field Office.

Aug 05, 2014 04:00 PM

Violation of Public Trust: Corrupt Officials Jailed for Abusing Justice System

In the run-up to the 2012 primary elections in Mingo County, West Virginia, a group of officials adopted a campaign slogan to promote their political slate: Team Mingo. But the judge, sheriff, and ...

Violation of Public Trust: Corrupt Officials Jailed for Abusing Justice System

Gavel and Money on Scales of Justice

In the run-up to the 2012 primary elections in Mingo County, West Virginia, a group of officials adopted a campaign slogan to promote their political slate: Team Mingo. But the judge, sheriff, and county prosecuting attorney who were part of the alliance—among the most powerful men in the local judicial system—used their authority to serve their own interests rather than those of the citizens who elected them.

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Aug 04, 2014 07:00 AM

Latent Hit of the Year Award: Massachusetts Examiner Honored

Every year, our Criminal Justice Information Services Division gives its Latent Hit of the Year Award to latent print examiners and/or law enforcement officers who solve a major violent crime using ...

Latent Hit of the Year Award: Massachusetts Examiner Honored


Every year, our Criminal Justice Information Services Division gives its Latent Hit of the Year Award to latent print examiners and/or law enforcement officers who solve a major violent crime using the Bureau’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, or IAFIS.

This year, we honor Massachusetts State Police (MSP) Trooper Christopher Dolan, a latent print examiner in the MSP’s Crime Scene Services Section, for the role he played in identifying the killer in a 1983 cold case.

The FBI Latent Hit of the Year award was created in response to a request from the local and state law enforcement community for more details on major violent crime cases solved with the assistance of IAFIS. The award, which goes to an outstanding latent examiner or officer who worked the case, is presented annually at the International Association for Identification conference.

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