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Mar 14, 2014 04:00 PM

Serial Killers, Part 6: Andrew Cunanan Murders a Fashion Icon

Around 8:45 on the morning of July 15, 1997, international fashion designer Gianni Versace returned home to his Miami Beach mansion on Ocean Drive following a walk to a local café. Suddenly, a man ...

Serial Killers, Part 6: Andrew Cunanan Murders a Fashion Icon


Around 8:45 on the morning of July 15, 1997, international fashion designer Gianni Versace returned home to his Miami Beach mansion on Ocean Drive following a walk to a local café. Suddenly, a man approached Versace, pulled out a pistol, and killed him with two shots to the back of his head.

The killer was eventually identified as Andrew Phillip Cunanan, who—for reasons that remain unclear—had begun a murderous spree in late April 1997.

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Mar 11, 2014 04:30 PM

The Gangs of Los Angeles, Part 5

In Los Angeles and the sprawling metropolitan area that surrounds the city, there are approximately 800 different gangs, each of them engaged in various levels of violence and criminal activity. To ...

The Gangs of Los Angeles, Part 5


In Los Angeles and the sprawling metropolitan area that surrounds the city, there are approximately 800 different gangs, each of them engaged in various levels of violence and criminal activity.

“There was a time when we talked about gangs in terms of individuals standing on street corners selling rocks of crack cocaine,” said Robert Clark, an assistant special agent in charge in our Los Angeles Division who supervises the Bureau’s gang program there. “But the threat has evolved,” he said. “We now have gangs that are involved in regional, national, and international criminal enterprises.”

To counter the threat, the FBI partners with local and state law enforcement organizations and numerous federal agencies. Through a variety of task forces and intelligence platforms, the goal is to leverage all of law enforcement’s resources to dismantle the worst gangs from the top down.

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Mar 07, 2014 04:00 PM

Naval Espionage: Stopping a Dangerous Insider Threat

As a sailor with a top secret clearance, a sensitive job on a submarine, and 20 years of service in the Navy, Robert Hoffman possessed a tremendous amount of knowledge about the U.S. nuclear fleet ...

Naval Espionage: Stopping a Dangerous Insider Threat


As a sailor with a top secret clearance, a sensitive job on a submarine, and 20 years of service in the Navy, Robert Hoffman possessed a tremendous amount of knowledge about the U.S. nuclear fleet and its operations—knowledge he was willing to sell to the Russians.

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Mar 04, 2014 05:00 PM

National Consumer Protection Week 2014

March 2-8 marks the 16th annual National Consumer Protection Week, a Federal Trade Commission-led education initiative. The FBI is on board this week—and all year long—offering tips and guidelines to ...

National Consumer Protection Week 2014

National Consumer Protection Week 2014 LogoMarch 2-8 marks the 16th annual National Consumer Protection Week, a Federal Trade Commission-led education initiative. The FBI is on board this week—and all year long—offering tips and guidelines to help you, as we say on FBI.gov, “Be Crime Smart.”

Getting informed and taking a few basic steps may well keep you from becoming a victim of crime and fraud. This website has a wealth of material to help you do just that...everything from information on protecting your kids, computer, and workplace to a list of types of fraud schemes and e-scams and even how to report this type of criminal activity.

Please take the time to learn more about these topics so you can remain a crime-smart, educated consumer.

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Mar 04, 2014 03:00 PM

The Gangs of Los Angeles, Part 4

In a room at a Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) facility, thick binders—most filled with more than a thousand pages of paper—are stacked in boxes on and under tables and piled from floor to ...

The Gangs of Los Angeles, Part 4


In a room at a Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) facility, thick binders—most filled with more than a thousand pages of paper—are stacked in boxes on and under tables and piled from floor to ceiling. Each binder represents a murder victim.

Dubbed “murder books” by the LAPD, they hold the contents of individual homicide investigations, from witness statements and crime scene photos to autopsy reports. The FBI is helping to turn these paper-only books into a digital homicide library that will benefit investigators as well as the families of victims.

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Feb 28, 2014 04:00 PM

Stock Manager Busted in Historic Insider Trading Scheme

In 2008, an up-and-coming portfolio manager for the hedge fund company SAC Capital helped earn $275 million in profits and avoided losses related to trades involving pharmaceutical companies and an ...

Stock Manager Busted in Historic Insider Trading Scheme

Insider Trading GraphicFor Mathew Martoma, 2008 seemed like a banner year. As an up-and-coming portfolio manager for the hedge fund company SAC Capital, he helped earn $275 million in profits and avoided losses related to trades involving pharmaceutical companies and an experimental Alzheimer’s drug. He even took home a $9 million bonus in the process.

If that sounds too good to be true—especially during a rocky year for the stock market—that’s because it was. Martoma’s success was based not on his investment savvy but on illegally obtained inside information. Earlier this month, he was convicted of securities fraud in a Manhattan federal court in what U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara called “the most lucrative insider trader scheme ever charged.”

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Feb 26, 2014 06:00 PM

Director Comey on the Cyber Threat

FBI Director James Comey spoke to a group of cyber security industry professionals at the RSA Conference in San Francisco today, continuing and furthering the dialogue established by his predecessor, ...

Director Comey on the Cyber Threat


FBI Director James Comey spoke to a group of cyber security industry professionals at the RSA Conference in San Francisco today, continuing and furthering the dialogue established by his predecessor, Robert S. Mueller, on behalf of the Bureau.

While Comey stressed the increasingly dire nature and expanding scope of the cyber threat, he also reaffirmed the FBI’s commitment to combating it with the help of our federal, state, local, and international partners. But he acknowledged that tackling this issue requires more than these collaborations. “We can’t do what we need to do without our private sector partners,” he told the audience. “You are the primary victims of the evolving cyber threat. But you are also the key to defeating it.”

Comey addressed issues of concern for many, including the perceived conflict between protecting national security and preserving privacy and civil liberties, as well as the need for companies to protect their proprietary information, data, and competitive advantage. He also described existing and forthcoming initiatives and partnerships that facilitate information sharing between the government and private sector, emphasizing the importance of the joint responsibility to stop threats before they become problems.

“When it comes to cyber security, you have the technical expertise, the infrastructure, and the innovation,” Comey told the group. “We have the intelligence and law enforcement capabilities and the global presence. We are each playing to our strengths. But even that isn’t enough. We’ve got to play as a team.”

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Feb 25, 2014 11:30 AM

A (Driver’s) License to Steal

You could call this scam a license to steal, and it certainly was—until it all came crashing down on the corrupt state employees and their accomplices who were selling California driver’s licenses ...

A (Driver’s) License to Steal


You could call this scam a license to steal, and it certainly was—until it all came crashing down on the corrupt state employees and their accomplices who were selling California driver’s licenses for cash.

For at least three years, though, between 2009 and 2012, the scammers had a nearly seamless operation that netted a tidy profit. Those willing to pay anywhere from $500 to $2,500 to corrupt DMV employees could get a license with no questions asked.

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Feb 21, 2014 05:30 PM

The Gangs of Los Angeles, Part 3

The third part in our ongoing series looks at how the Community Impact Initiative is helping to heal neighborhoods affected by gangs.

The Gangs of Los Angeles, Part 3


Driving along the streets and alleyways of Baldwin Village—known as “The Jungle” and historically one of the most violent gang neighborhoods in South Central Los Angeles—homicide detective Cedric Washington can recall in detail the many gang-related shootings and murders he has investigated there. In his 17 years with the Los Angeles Police Department, he has learned a hard truth: “It’s too easy to become a victim here.”

But Washington also sees something else in Baldwin Village. Beyond the violence and the victims, he sees a restored neighborhood taking shape. Part of the credit for that goes to an FBI program he helped establish. It’s called the Community Impact Initiative, and it’s designed to work after law enforcement puts gang members behind bars.

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Feb 18, 2014 06:00 PM

The Gangs of Los Angeles, Part 2

The second story in our continuing series looks at a gang homicide task force called Save Our Streets (SOS).

The Gangs of Los Angeles, Part 2


The murders may be random and senseless—a drive-by shooting that kills an innocent bystander—or they may be targeted hits by individuals “putting in work” against rival gang members. Either way, officials estimate that more than half of all the homicides that occur in Los Angeles are gang related.

To address the problem, the FBI joined with the Los Angeles Police Department in establishing a gang homicide task force in 2010 called Save Our Streets (SOS). It was an idea born of necessity, and it has been extremely successful.

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