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Apr 17, 2014 05:00 PM

The Gangs of Los Angeles, Part 6

FBI Los Angeles Assistant Special Agent in Charge Robert Clark draws from his own experience as he works to dismantle violent gangs, help young people avoid the gang life, and empower residents to ...

The Gangs of Los Angeles, Part 6

When Special Agent Robert Clark speaks to an inner city school group or residents who live in Los Angeles neighborhoods overrun by gangs, he doesn’t think of himself as an outsider.

“I don’t see myself as separate from a lot of the people that I meet in the community,” said Clark, an assistant special agent in charge in our Los Angeles Division who supervises the Bureau’s gang operations there. “I see myself as one of them, because I used to be one of them. I grew up in the inner city. I grew up in foster care. I grew up in places where violence was commonplace, and gangs, graffiti, and drugs were everywhere.”

For that reason, Clark is committed to dismantling violent gangs through rigorous law enforcement efforts. He is equally committed to helping young people avoid the gang life and empowering residents to take back their neighborhoods.

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Apr 14, 2014 11:00 AM

Students Abroad Warned of Foreign Intelligence Threat

The FBI has ramped up efforts to educate American university students preparing to study abroad about the dangers of knowingly or unknowingly getting caught up in espionage activities.

Students Abroad Warned of Foreign Intelligence Threat


Three years ago, Glenn Duffie Shriver, a Michigan resident and former college student who had studied in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), was sentenced to federal prison in the U.S. for attempting to provide national defense information to PRC intelligence officers.

The FBI—as the lead counterintelligence agency in the U.S.—has ramped up efforts to educate American university students preparing to study abroad about the dangers of knowingly or unknowingly getting caught up in espionage activities. As part of these efforts, we’re making available on this website our Game of Pawns: The Glenn Duffie Shriver Story video, which dramatizes the incremental steps taken by intelligence officers to recruit Shriver and convince him to apply for jobs with the U.S. State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency. We’d like American students traveling overseas to view this video before leaving the U.S. so they’re able to recognize when they’re being targeted and/or recruited.

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Apr 10, 2014 11:00 AM

William Bradford Bishop, Jr. Added to Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List

William Bradford Bishop, Jr., wanted for the brutal murders of his wife, mother, and three sons in Maryland nearly four decades ago, has been named to the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. A reward ...

William Bradford Bishop, Jr. Added to Ten Most Wanted List


William Bradford Bishop, Jr., wanted for the brutal murders of his wife, mother, and three sons in Maryland nearly four decades ago, 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 Bishop, a highly intelligent former U.S. Department of State employee who investigators believe may be hiding in plain sight.

On March 1, 1976, Bishop used a hammer to bludgeon his family, including his three boys, ages 5, 10, and 14. Investigators believe he then drove to North Carolina with the bodies in the family station wagon, buried them in a shallow grave and set them on fire. The last confirmed sighting of Bishop was one day after the murders at a sporting goods store in Jacksonville, North Carolina, where he bought a pair of sneakers.

“Nothing has changed since March 2, 1976 when Bishop was last seen except the passage of time,” said Steve Vogt, special agent in charge of our Baltimore Division. Vogt has teamed with local Maryland law enforcement officials to apprehend Bishop, a man described by investigators as a “family annihilator.”

Full story | Press release | Wanted poster

Apr 04, 2014 05:45 PM

FBI Honors Community Leaders

In a ceremony at FBI Headquarters, Director James Comey presented the Director’s Community Leadership Award to 58 individuals and organizations from communities around the country for their ...

FBI Honors Community Leaders

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The FBI and law enforcement agencies around the country diligently work for the good of the communities we serve and for the nation as a whole. But we can’t do it alone—we also need the support of the people who live in those communities.

Today, at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., we publicly recognized 58 individuals and organizations from communities around the country for giving us that support. The recipients of our annual Director’s Community Leadership Award have made tremendous contributions toward crime and violence prevention, education and awareness programs, and efforts to enhance cooperation between law enforcement and all citizens.

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Apr 02, 2014 11:00 AM

Child Predator: Help Us Identify John Doe 28

The FBI is asking for public assistance in identifying a man known only as John Doe 28 after video of the man engaging in sexually explicit activities with a young boy was discovered online.

Child Predator: Help Us Identify John Doe 28


The FBI is asking for public assistance in identifying a man known only as John Doe 28 after video of the man engaging in sexually explicit activities with a young boy was discovered online.

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Mar 26, 2014 11:00 AM

Updated: Top Ten Fugitive Surrenders

Juan Elias Garcia surrendered to authorities at the U.S. Embassy in Managua, Nicaragua on March 27, 2014.

Updated: Top Ten Fugitive Surrenders


03/28/14 Update: Juan Elias Garcia surrendered to authorities at the U.S. Embassy in Managua, Nicaragua on March 27, 2014. Details

Juan Elias Garcia, wanted for the execution-style murder of a 19-year-old New York woman and her two-year-old son, 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 Garcia, who is alleged to be a member of the violent Mara Salvatrucha gang—MS-13—and may be hiding in El Salvador.

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Mar 26, 2014 10:00 AM

FBI Director, Acting Assistant Director Brief Separate House Subcommittees

At a hearing before a House Appropriations Subcommittee this morning, FBI Director James B. Comey laid out the Bureau’s budget request for fiscal year 2015 and summarized the various efforts this ...

FBI Director, Acting Assistant Director Brief Separate House Subcommittees

At a hearing before a House Appropriations Subcommittee this morning, FBI Director James B. Comey laid out the Bureau’s budget request for fiscal year 2015 and summarized the various efforts this funding supports. Also this morning, FBI Criminal Investigative Division Acting Assistant Director Michael T. Harpster briefed a House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Bureau’s efforts to combat child sex trafficking.

Comey touched on national security matters of concern to the FBI—including counterterrorism, counterintelligence, weapons of mass destruction, intelligence, and cyber—as well as priority criminal issues such as public corruption, financial crimes, gangs and violent crime, transnational organized crime, crimes against children, and Indian country crime. He also highlighted our responsibilities in the areas of science and technology, critical incident response, victim assistance, information technology, international offices, training, and leadership development.

“These diverse threats facing our nation and our neighborhoods underscore the complexity and breadth of the FBI’s mission,” said Comey. “Our continued ability to carry out this demanding mission reflects the support and oversight provided by this committee.” (Comey is scheduled to brief a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee about the same matter tomorrow.)

Harpster, during his appearance at a House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing, told members that the FBI’s strategy to address child sex trafficking “involves using multi-disciplinary and multi-agency teams to investigate and prosecute crimes that cross geographical and jurisdictional boundaries; promoting and enhancing interagency sharing of intelligence, specialized skills, and services; and widely offering our victim/witness services...All for the express purpose of protecting our nation’s greatest asset—our children.”

Comey’s full testimony | Harpster’s full testimony

Mar 24, 2014 11:00 AM

The Exxon Valdez, 25 Years After

On March 24, 1989—25 years ago today—the massive oil tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground on Bligh Reef in Alaska’s Prince William Sound, spilling an estimated 11 million gallons of oil. The FBI worked ...

The Exxon Valdez, 25 Years After


On March 24, 1989—25 years ago today—the massive oil tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground on Bligh Reef in Alaska’s Prince William Sound, spilling an estimated 11 million gallons of oil. The FBI worked closely with state and other federal agencies to determine what happened, how it happened, and if criminally negligent behavior was involved.

Today, while our role in environmental crime cases is largely a supporting one, we continue to bring valuable tools to the table to assist our partners at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Coast Guard, and state and local agencies in bringing the most egregious offenders to justice.

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Mar 21, 2014 10:00 AM

Help Us Find a Killer

American contractor James Kitterman was last seen alive on the evening of May 21, 2009, in Baghdad, Iraq. His body was found the next day inside his vehicle, and his killer or killers are still at ...

Help Us Find a Killer


American contractor James Kitterman was last seen alive on the evening of May 21, 2009, in Baghdad, Iraq. His body was found the next day inside his vehicle, and his killer or killers are still at large.

Although nearly five years have passed since Kitterman’s death, the FBI investigation continues. Today we are announcing a reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder.

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Mar 18, 2014 05:00 PM

Investigating Tax Refund Fraud

The IRS has reported a significant increase in identity theft-related tax refund fraud over the past several years...and anyone with a Social Security number could become a victim. But the ...

Investigating Tax Refund Fraud

Tax Form 1040 and Refund Check

The IRS has reported a significant increase in identity theft-related tax refund fraud over the past several years...and anyone with a Social Security number could become a victim. But the FBI—working with our partners at the IRS and U.S. Secret Service and through liaison efforts with banks—is doing its part combat these crimes, which not only victimize law-abiding individuals but all honest U.S. taxpayers who ultimately foot the bill for this stolen revenue.

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