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Mar 30, 2015 03:30 PM

FBI Establishes International Corruption Squads

The FBI—in conjunction with the Department of Justice’s Fraud Section—recently announced the establishment of three dedicated international corruption squads to aid in the battle against foreign ...

FBI Establishes International Corruption Squads

Foreign Bribery Graphic


The FBI—in conjunction with the Department of Justice’s Fraud Section—recently announced the establishment of three dedicated international corruption squads to aid in the battle against foreign bribery and kleptocracy-related criminal activity.

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Mar 25, 2015 02:00 PM

Panel Conducts Review of FBI Since 9/11 Commission Report

A congressionally mandated panel charged with reviewing the FBI’s implementation of recommendations contained in the 9/11 Commission Report in 2004 today issued its findings.

Panel Conducts Review of FBI Since 9/11 Commission Report

A congressionally mandated panel charged with reviewing the FBI’s implementation of recommendations contained in the 9/11 Commission Report in 2004 today issued its findings.

The release of the 9/11 Review Commission’s report, The FBI: Protecting the Homeland in the 21st Century, followed 14 months of research, interviews, briefings, and field visits by commissioners and their 13-member staff. The commission—which included former Attorney General Edwin Meese, former Congressman Tim Roemer, and Georgetown University professor Bruce Hoffman—began its review in 2013 at the FBI’s request after Congress called for an appraisal of the Bureau’s progress since the 9/11 Commission issued its recommendations in 2004. A classified draft of the Review Commission’s report was sent to Congress and to other agencies mentioned in the report; the FBI released the unclassified version for the public.

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Mar 20, 2015 12:00 PM

Law Enforcement in Ohio Solicits Public’s Help to Identify and Locate Buckeye Bandit

The FBI—along with its partners at the Columbus Police Department, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives—are appealing again to the public for ...

Law Enforcement in Ohio Solicits Public’s Help to Identify and Locate Buckeye Bandit

The FBI—along with its partners at the Columbus Police Department, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives—are appealing again to the public for assistance in finding a serial bank robbery suspect believed to be responsible for at least 20 Columbus-area robberies between 2013 and 2015.

Referred to as the Buckeye Bandit because he is often seen wearing Ohio State University apparel, the suspect has displayed a handgun during many of the robberies and should be considered armed and dangerous. He is also suspected of robbing a Columbus pharmacy three times.

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered by the FBI for information that leads to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the robbery suspect. Crime Stoppers of Central Ohio is also offering an additional $2,000 reward. Anyone with information can call the FBI’s Buckeye Bandit tip line at (614) 849-1896.

Press release | Wanted poster

Mar 20, 2015 11:00 AM

Leader of Violent Street Gang Going to Prison

Following a multi-agency investigation, the leader of a dangerous criminal organization responsible for not only a great deal of the gang violence occurring on the streets of New Haven, Connecticut, ...

Leader of Violent Street Gang Going to Prison

Following a multi-agency investigation, the leader of a dangerous criminal organization responsible for not only a great deal of the gang violence occurring on the streets of New Haven, Connecticut, but also for the large-scale distribution of cocaine in and around the city was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison.

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Mar 17, 2015 02:00 PM

Still Seeking Clues in Biggest Art Theft in U.S. History

It was 25 years ago, on March 18, 1990, that two men dressed as police officers gained access to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and stole 13 objects valued at approximately $500 ...

Still Seeking Clues in Biggest Art Theft in U.S. History


It was 25 years ago, on March 18, 1990, that two men dressed as police officers gained access to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and stole 13 objects valued at approximately $500 million. In addition to artwork by Degas and Rembrandt, they took a Vermeer painting that was one of only 36 in existence.

In 2013, the museum offered a $5 million reward “for information that leads directly to the recovery of all of our items in good condition.”

The FBI’s Boston Field Office has diligently investigated the case—in partnership with the museum and the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s Office—following leads around the world. The case represents the largest property crime in U.S. history.

Two years ago, FBI.gov profiled the theft and interviewed officials about the investigation and released high-resolution images of the stolen pieces. The FBI is still seeking tips and information that will lead to the recovery of the stolen artwork.

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Mar 17, 2015 12:30 PM

Financial Fraud Scheme in Hollywood

The owners of Gigapix Studios told investors they were going to make an animated version of the “Wizard of Oz” called “OZ3D,” and those who got in on the ground floor could make a killing. But the ...

Financial Fraud Scheme in Hollywood

The owners of Gigapix Studios told investors they had a sure thing: They were going to make an animated version of the Wizard of Oz called OZ3D, and those who got in on the ground floor—and the company’s imminent public offering—could make a killing.

Unfortunately, the film was a bigger fairy tale than investors bargained for, and approximately 730 people lost millions of dollars. For some, the investment represented their life savings.

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Mar 13, 2015 05:45 PM

Law Enforcement and Race: Continuing the Conversation

The sometimes uneasy relationship between members of law enforcement and the diverse communities they serve can be a difficult topic to discuss, but in a speech to members of the National ...

Law Enforcement and Race: Continuing the Conversation

The sometimes uneasy relationship between members of law enforcement and the diverse communities they serve can be a difficult topic to discuss, but FBI Director James B. Comey today encouraged the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) to continue that conversation—and he again called for better reporting of incidents where force is used by police and against them.

During a speech to the NOBLE group in Atlanta, Georgia, Comey noted that the organization’s members were “uniquely qualified as law enforcement leaders who are leaders of color” to drive this conversation forward, and he pledged that the FBI would strive to be a more diverse organization to reflect the nation it serves.

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Mar 12, 2015 04:45 PM

Possible Lead in Case of Missing Ohio Girl

The FBI is asking for help from the public in the case of Ashley Summers, who went missing in July 2007 from Cleveland, Ohio when she was 14 years old. Recent surveillance photos obtained in Rhode ...

Possible Lead in Case of Missing Ohio Girl

The FBI is asking for help from the public in the case of Ashley Summers, who went missing in July 2007 from Cleveland, Ohio when she was 14 years old.

Recent surveillance photos depicting an unidentified male and female—obtained on October 22, 2014, by the Warwick (Rhode Island) Police Department—have led authorities to believe that they may have traveled together through areas of Warwick, East Providence, and Pawtucket, Rhode Island, as well as Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. Surveillance photos of the female (one of which is shown above on the right) are of particular interest to the FBI because the pictures bear a strong resemblance to Ashley Summers (left photo). And while the Bureau realizes that the unidentified female may have no connection to Ashley Summers, we consider this a potential lead that must be followed because of the physical similarities.

Anyone with any information on this unidentified female should contact your local FBI office or nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Missing Person poster - Ashley Summers

Mar 12, 2015 11:00 AM

FBI Director Testifies at FY 2016 Appropriations Hearing

Appearing today before a U.S. Senate appropriations subcommittee, Director James Comey briefed members on the FBI’s fiscal year 2016 budget request and on the wide range of threats, crime problems, ...

FBI Director Testifies at FY 2016 Appropriations Hearing

Appearing today before a U.S. Senate appropriations subcommittee, Director James Comey briefed members on the FBI’s fiscal year 2016 budget request and on the wide range of threats, crime problems, and operational challenges facing the Bureau and the nation.

According to Comey, preventing terrorist attacks continues to be the FBI’s top priority. “The terrorist threat against the United States remains persistent and acute,” he explained, especially threats posed by homegrown violent extremists and by foreign fighters—including those recruited from the U.S.—traveling to join ISIL. He cited the use of the Internet and social media by terror groups to recruit and to encourage attacks. But Comey also highlighted collaboration with our domestic and foreign partners and the capabilities of our Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC) as examples of how we work to combat the terror threat to the U.S.

The Bureau also remains focused on countering the threat from hostile foreign intelligence agencies looking for state and military secrets, commercial trade secrets, research and development information, and intellectual property, as well as on the growing scope of the insider threat—trusted employees and contractors who use their legitimate access to steal secrets. Said Comey, “These illicit activities pose a significant threat to national security.”

Another top priority, according to Comey, is the sophisticated cyber threat from state-sponsored hackers, hackers for hire, organized crime syndicates, and terrorists. In addition to using technical capabilities and traditional investigative techniques while working with partners in the U.S. and abroad, the FBI is engaged in other cyber efforts to identify threats, share information inside and outside of government, and develop and retain new cyber talent within the Bureau. “An element of virtually every national security threat and crime problem the FBI faces is cyber-based or facilitated,” testified Comey.

The FBI also continues to focus on a number of significant criminal threats—predominately worked in conjunction with local, state, federal, and, increasingly, international partners—such as public corruption (the top criminal priority for the FBI), violent crimes and gang activities, transnational organized crime, and crimes against children.

Comey discussed how the Bureau is using technology to “improve the way we collect, analyze, and share information,” specifically mentioning the new Next Generation Identification System and the upcoming Biometrics Technology Center. But he also talked about how the “rapid pace of advances in mobile and other communication technologies continue to present a challenge to conducting court-ordered electronic surveillance of criminals and terrorists.”

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Mar 11, 2015 11:30 AM

Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List is Turning 65 Years Old

The FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives program made its debut on March 14, 1950, and in the 65 years since then, 504 fugitives have been added to our list and 473 have been apprehended or located. Of ...

Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List is Turning 65 Years Old

Top Ten 65th Anniversary Logo

The FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives program made its debut on March 14, 1950, and in the 65 years since then, 504 fugitives have been added to our list and 473 have been apprehended or located. Of those 473, 156 were found as a direct result of citizen cooperation.

Also known as the Top Ten program, the original purpose of the initiative was to help publicize particularly dangerous fugitives who might not have merited nationwide attention. Early on, it was bank robbers and murder suspects fleeing state jurisdictions. But the list has evolved over time as a tool to search for major organized crime figures, cyber criminals, child predators, serial killers, and white-collar criminals who could be anywhere in the U.S. or even abroad. And while the original wanted posters were often pinned to post office walls or reprinted in newspapers and magazines, today—thanks to technology—we use the Internet, television, social media, and digital billboards to expand our reach even further when asking for the public’s assistance in locating these fugitives.

Some of the more infamous individuals named to the Top Ten list were Usama Bin Laden, James Earl Ray, Ted Bundy, Ramzi Yousef, Eric Robert Rudolph, and Katherine Ann Power. Most recently added to the list was Yaser Abdel Said, wanted for the murder of his two teenage daughters in Texas.

The public has always played—and continues to play—a vital role in our efforts to apprehend fugitives. If anyone has information concerning an individual on the Top Ten list, please contact your local FBI office or nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate, call the FBI’s toll-free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324), or submit a tip online.

Press release | Current Top Ten list | More on the Most Wanted Fugitives program