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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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Nov 03, 2014 12:50 PM

At Conference on Global Terrorism, FBI Director Discusses Evolving Terror Threat and Efforts to Address It

On November 3, 2014, Director James Comey spoke at the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School in New York City, briefing participants on the current terror threat and on FBI ...

At Conference on Global Terrorism, FBI Director Discusses Evolving Terror Threat and Efforts to Address It

On November 3, 2014, Director James Comey spoke at the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School in New York City, briefing participants on the current terror threat and on FBI efforts—working in conjunction with our federal, state, local, and international partners—to confront it. According to Comey, the terror threat—which continues to be the Bureau’s number one priority—has changed in two ways: 1) While the core al Qaeda group in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region has been reduced, offshoots of that group, like ISIL and Khorasan, have sprung up in ungoverned or poorly governed spaces in other places and offer training to people around the world, including in the U.S.; and 2) the explosion of terrorist propaganda on the Internet for the purpose of recruiting and motivating has made addressing the challenge of homegrown violent extremists more difficult.

Comey focused on the importance of intelligence—using it, collecting it, and especially sharing it to connect the dots—as one of the ways to stay ahead of terrorism. He noted that the Bureau has made a lot of progress since 9/11 in terms of its intelligence efforts, but that we continue to work to make information-sharing and collaboration stronger and more fluid. He also touched on the need for a national conversation on the Going Dark issue, in which a combination of outdated laws and rapid changes in technology is making it increasingly hard for law enforcement to access the evidence needed to prosecute crime and prevent terrorism, even with lawful authority.

Noting the irreplaceable role that state and local law enforcement agencies play in the FBI’s counterterrorism efforts—for example, their contributions to our Joint Terrorism Task Forces—Comey also said that the Bureau relies on its community partners and private citizens to stay ahead of the threat, particularly in the area of recognizing signs of radicalization.

Oct 30, 2014 09:30 PM

Top Ten Fugitive Eric Frein in Custody

Eric Frein, the alleged shooter of two Pennsylvania State Police troopers, has been taken into custody. Frein was added last month to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. The shootings occurred ...

Top Ten Fugitive Eric Frein in Custody


The alleged shooter of two Pennsylvania State Police troopers has been taken into custody, Pennsylvania State Police confirmed today. Eric Matthew Frein, 31, who was added last month to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, faces state charges of homicide, homicide of a law enforcement officer, and attempted murder, as well as a federal unlawful flight to avoid prosecution charge.

Frein was apprehended at 6:07 p.m. on October 30 at a defunct airfield near Tannersville, Pennsylvania, by members of the U.S. Marshals Service. His arrest concludes a massive manhunt in the Pocono Mountains, led by the Pennsylvania State Police. Frein will now be tried by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The shootings occurred on September 12, 2014, when a gunman ambushed the two officers at the Pennsylvania State Police Blooming Grove Barracks in Pike County, Pennsylvania. Corporal Byron Dickson, 38, was fatally shot, and Trooper Alex Douglass, 31, was critically wounded. The subsequent investigation linked Frein to the shootings.

Frein was the 503rd person to appear on the Top Ten list since it was created in 1950. Since then, with Frein’s capture, 473 fugitives have been apprehended or located.

Press release | Wanted poster | Background

Oct 30, 2014 01:20 PM

Violent Crimes Against Children International Task Force Celebrates 10 Years

With nearly 40 countries represented, the FBI’s Violent Crimes Against Children International Task Force aims to identify and bring to justice anyone involved in violent child sexual exploitation ...

Violent Crimes Against Children International Task Force Celebrates 10 Years

Children Around Globe
Ten years ago this month, the FBI stood up the Innocent Images International Task Force. Its mission: to investigate commercial websites—at that time mostly based in Eastern Europe—involved in the worldwide distribution of child pornography. A big task for a small but dedicated group of expert investigators from the U.S. and five other participating nations.

Fast forward to October 2014, and this group of investigators has grown from about a half dozen individuals to around 60 officers from nearly 40 countries. And the group’s changed name—the Violent Crimes Against Children International Task Force—represents its expanded mission today: to identify and bring to justice anyone involved in violent child sexual exploitation activities, whether online or in person, and to identify and rescue the victims of these crimes no matter where in the world they may be.

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