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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

Close Up of Police Car Siren Bar

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

Nov 18, 2014 01:40 PM

Prison Plot Foiled: Murder Witness Threatened from Jail

It’s one of the more outrageous prison plots the FBI has investigated in recent memory: An Ohio inmate—and the clinical psychologist who was in love with him—were among five people indicted last ...

Prison Plot Foiled: Murder Witness Threatened from Jail


It’s one of the more outrageous prison plots the FBI has investigated in recent memory: An Ohio inmate—and the clinical psychologist who was in love with him—were among five people indicted last month and charged with threatening a murder witness.

“I’ve seen a lot of creative inmates trying to get released,” said Special Agent Eric Rardain, who investigated the case out of our Philadelphia Field Office, “but never in my 22 years of law enforcement have I seen anyone go to this extreme.”

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Nov 13, 2014 05:00 PM

Falcone Foundation Visits FBI Headquarters

Judge Giovanni Falcone was an Italian prosecutor dedicated to justice, the rule of law, and dismantling the Sicilian Mafia, which ultimately led to his assassination in 1992. He was also a great ...

Falcone Foundation Visits FBI Headquarters

Giovanni Falcone will always be remembered as a prosecutor who devoted his career to dismantling the Sicilian Mafia. It was a devotion that ultimately cost him his life—he was assassinated in a roadside bomb attack on May 23, 1992, near Palermo, Italy. But the Italian judge will also be forever remembered as a champion of the rule of law, one of the earliest advocates of international cooperation in the fight against organized crime, and a true friend of the FBI.

His sister, Maria Falcone, is committed to carrying on his work. She established the Falcone Foundation—an organization that promotes legal education and respect for the rule of law among young people—to encourage the youth of Italy to follow in her brother’s footsteps. And yesterday, Ms. Falcone and several Falcone Foundation participants met with FBI and Italian officials in the Judge Giovanni Falcone Gallery, which was dedicated last year at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The visit “honored the memory of a great man who helped forge a great partnership between the FBI and Italy while reminding us of the important work we continue together today,” said FBI Rome Legal Attaché Jason Fickett, who was there for the occasion.

As global law enforcement coordination becomes ever more imperative, the FBI remains dedicated to building upon the foundation of partnership and friendship exemplified by Judge Falcone. And we salute Ms. Falcone and her efforts to ensure that her brother’s legacy lives on.

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Nov 13, 2014 03:30 PM

Child Pornography Case Results in Lengthy Prison Sentences

It was a horrific instance of child sexual exploitation that went on for approximately three years. But in the end, Patricia and Matthew Ayers—who pled guilty to crimes against a child in their ...

Child Pornography Case Results in Lengthy Prison Sentences

Prison Cell
It was a horrific instance of child sexual exploitation that went on for approximately three years. But in the end, Patricia and Matthew Ayers—who pled guilty to crimes against a child in their custody—were recently sentenced to an astonishing 2,340 years collectively behind bars (1,590 for her, 750 for him).

The federal judge who handed down those sentences told the defendants, “I have been on the bench since 1998 and this is the worst case I have personally dealt with. ... You robbed this child of her childhood and her soul, and a maximum sentence is the only sentence appropriate.”

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Nov 10, 2014 08:45 AM

Crime Statistics for 2013 Released

The FBI released “Crime in the United States, 2013” today, which shows that the estimated number of violent crimes in 2013 decreased 4.4 percent when compared with 2012 figures, and the estimated ...

Crime Statistics for 2013 Released

The FBI released Crime in the United States, 2013 today, which shows that the estimated number of violent crimes in 2013 decreased 4.4 percent when compared with 2012 figures, and the estimated number of property crimes decreased 4.1 percent. There were an estimated 1,163,146 violent crimes reported to law enforcement last year, along with an estimated 8,632,512 property crimes.

The crime statistics report, issued by the Bureau’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, contains voluntarily submitted data from 18,415 city, county, state, tribal, campus, and federal law enforcement agencies on specific crimes brought to their attention. They include the violent crimes of murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault, and the property crimes of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson.

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Nov 06, 2014 05:00 PM

Egregious Case of Health Care Fraud

Inside the case of a doctor who gave false diagnoses of cancer and other conditions to to his patients for the purpose of prescribing medically unnecessary chemotherapy and other treatments so he ...

Egregious Case of Health Care Fraud

IV Bag

Imagine receiving a diagnosis of cancer and then having to go through chemotherapy or other intensive treatments. Then imagine finding out that you never had cancer in the first place and that your doctor—whom you trusted implicitly—merely used you in his scheme to fraudulently bill the federal Medicare program and private insurance companies for hundreds of millions of dollars.

That’s exactly what happened to patients of Dr. Farid Fata, a Detroit-area hematologist and oncologist. And it was not only cancer diagnoses. Some patients were told, wrongly, that they had other conditions which required expensive intravenous therapies, medications, and diagnostic tests...all of which jeopardized their health and well-being.

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Nov 04, 2014 10:30 AM

Virtual Kidnapping

An increasing number of U.S. citizens are being threatened by Mexican extortion schemes, and the criminals’ tactics are becoming more sophisticated. Since the threat is continuing to evolve, the FBI ...

Virtual Kidnapping

Virtual Kidnapping Graphic

Jose Ramirez, a retired New York police officer and ultra-fit triathlete, is an unlikely victim. But last December in Cancun, Mexico, after completing an Ironman competition, he was tricked into believing his life was in danger. Like an increasing number of U.S. citizens on both sides of the border, Ramirez was the target of an extortion scheme known as virtual kidnapping.

Unlike traditional abductions, virtual kidnappers do not intend to physically detain their victims. Instead, through various deceptions and threats of violence, they coerce individuals to isolate themselves from their families—or make families believe that their loved ones are being held—all to extract a quick ransom before the scheme falls apart.

Although these extortion schemes have been around for many years, their numbers are on the rise, and the criminals’ tactics are becoming more sophisticated. Since the threat is continuing to evolve, the FBI wants to raise public awareness to help people avoid being victimized.

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