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Feb 04, 2015 02:00 PM

Reward Offered for Fugitive Charged with Murdering Elderly Ohio Couple

The FBI is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Robert Roy Clark, who was charged with the murders of an elderly Ohio couple and is also wanted for his alleged ...

Reward Offered for Fugitive Charged with Murdering Elderly Ohio Couple

***2/5/15 Update: Robert Roy Clark, Tabatha Marie Hazel, and Jeffrey P. Caley, Jr. were all taken into custody this morning in Arizona without incident.

The FBI is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Robert Roy Clark, who was charged with murdering an elderly Ohio couple and is also wanted for his alleged involvement in a string of armed robberies. Clark is believed to be traveling in the company of two individuals—Jeffrey P. Caley, Jr. and Tabatha Marie Hazel—and all were last seen in a green Dodge Caravan with Ohio plates.

After an elderly couple was reported missing on January 22, 2015 in Strasburg, Ohio, police found their home had been ransacked, with lock boxes pried open and telephone lines cut; their car was also gone. Their burned-out vehicle was found later that same day in nearby Coshocton County, and skeletal remains—later identified as the bodies of the missing—were recovered from inside the car. On January 31, Clark was charged by Coshocton authorities with the murder of the couple, but he allegedly fled his residence with Caley and Hazel before he could be arrested. A federal arrest warrant was issued on February 3, 2015, after Clark was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

Since then, Clark, Caley, and Hazel have allegedly taken part in a number of armed robberies in West Virginia and South Carolina. All three—who have been identified in surveillance video at the robberies and have displayed a sawed-off shotgun and a pistol—should be considered dangerous.

If you have any information concerning any of these individuals, please call 1-800-CALL FBI (225-5324) or contact your local FBI field office or nearest American Embassy or Consulate.

Wanted poster | Press release

Feb 02, 2015 04:45 PM

Drug Kingpin Dethroned

For years, Alvaro Lopez Tardón, a Spanish national, was living the high life in Miami—fancy cars, seaside condos, designer jewelry, and expensive leather goods. But it all came crashing down in the ...

Drug Kingpin Dethroned

For years, Alvaro Lopez Tardón, a Spanish national, was living the high life in Miami—fancy cars, seaside condos, designer jewelry, and expensive leather goods. But it all came crashing down in the summer of 2011 when he was named in a U.S. federal money laundering indictment as the head of an international narcotics trafficking enterprise. His illicit enterprise was believed responsible for distributing more than 7,500 kilos of South American cocaine in Spain and laundering more than $14 million in illegal drug proceeds in the United States.

Last fall, after being tried and convicted on numerous money laundering charges, Tardón was sentenced to an astonishing 150 years—exchanging his spacious South Beach penthouse for a small federal prison cell where he will spend the rest of his life. And in addition to the sentence, a $14 million money judgment and a $2 million fine were entered against him, and his assets are in the process of being forfeited.

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Jan 29, 2015 02:30 PM

New Most Wanted Terrorist

Liban Haji Mohamed, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Somalia, has been named to the FBI’s list of Most Wanted Terrorists, and a reward of up to $50,000 is being offered for information leading to ...

New Most Wanted Terrorist

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Liban Haji Mohamed, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Somalia, has been named to the FBI’s list of Most Wanted Terrorists, and a reward of up to $50,000 is being offered for information leading to his arrest and conviction. Mohamed is charged with providing material support and resources to al Qaeda and al Shabaab, a Somali-based terrorist organization.

The FBI also announced today it is seeking information about another individual, Ghazi Nasr Al-Din, regarding fundraising efforts on behalf of the terrorist group Hizballah.

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Jan 27, 2015 04:00 PM

Human Trafficking Ring Dismantled

For years, five brothers who ran a human trafficking organization victimized dozens of unwitting Ukrainians, underscoring the reality that modern-day slavery exists in the United States and around ...

Human Trafficking Ring Dismantled

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For years, five brothers who ran a human trafficking organization victimized dozens of unwitting Ukrainians, underscoring the reality that modern-day slavery exists in the United States and around the world—and requires a strong response by governments and law enforcement.

In recognition of that fact, and to speak out for the victims, January has been declared National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month by the U.S. government. Human trafficking can take many forms, from forced servitude to sexual exploitation of children, and the FBI is fighting these crimes on every front.

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Jan 26, 2015 01:00 PM

Preliminary Crime Stats for January-June 2014 Show Decreases

Figures released today in the FBI’s Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report reveal overall declines in the number of violent crimes and property crimes reported to law enforcement during the ...

Preliminary Crime Stats for January-June 2014 Show Decreases

Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report, January-June 2014 Banner

Figures released today in the FBI’s Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report reveal overall declines in the number of violent crimes and property crimes reported to law enforcement during the first six months of 2014 when compared to figures from the first six months of 2013.

Violent crimes reported for January through June of 2014 were down 4.6 percent from the same time period in 2013. All of the offenses in the violent crime category—murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, aggravated assault, and robbery—showed decreases. And the number of property crimes during the same time period decreased 7.5 percent, with all three offenses—burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft—showing declines.

The report also contains four tables. Three of the tables detail the percent change in offenses reported to law enforcement by population group, by region of the country, and by consecutive years back to 2010. The fourth table contains the number of offenses reported to law enforcement, by state, in cities with populations of more than 100,000.

The full Crime in the United States, 2014 report will be released later this year.

Press release | Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report, January-June 2014

Jan 23, 2015 10:30 AM

The Case of the Stolen Stradivarius

When a 300-year-old Stradivarius violin valued at more than $5 million was stolen from Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond last year, investigators initially believed the theft ...

The Case of the Stolen Stradivarius

When a 300-year-old Stradivarius violin valued at more than $5 million was stolen from Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond last year, investigators initially believed the theft may have been the work of sophisticated art thieves. The truth turned out to be much less glamorous.

Still, the tale of the theft and recovery of this rare instrument goes down in the annals of the FBI’s Art Crime Team as a one-of-a-kind case.

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Jan 22, 2015 03:45 PM

Director Comey Discusses Latest Law Enforcement Issues with Nation’s Sheriffs

Today, in a speech at the National Sheriffs’ Association Winter Conference in Washington, D.C., Director Comey discussed the Bureau’s current priorities as well as collective issues facing the law ...

Director Comey Discusses Latest Law Enforcement Issues with Nation’s Sheriffs

National Sheriff’s Association LogoToday, in a speech at the National Sheriffs’ Association Winter Conference in Washington, D.C., Director Comey discussed the Bureau’s current priorities as well as collective issues facing the law enforcement community as a whole. He specifically highlighted our number one priority—counterterrorism—and talked about how the proliferation of al Qaeda offshoot groups and the use of the Internet to spread terrorist propaganda and recruit new members complicates our efforts. He focused 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 difficult for law enforcement to access the evidence needed to prosecute crime and prevent terrorism. Comey also discussed the recent increase in shootings and ambush-style attacks against law enforcement officers and said that law enforcement personnel and the communities they serve both need to better understand each other’s concerns and the challenges they face.

According to FBI Assistant Director Kerry Sleeper, who heads the Bureau’s Office of Partner Engagement, Director Comey’s meetings with law enforcement groups like the National Sheriffs’ Association “reinforce the Bureau’s stated commitment to collaborate and share information with our state and local law enforcement partners.”

After Comey’s remarks, he was presented with an award from the National Humane Society for approving—at the request of the National Sheriffs’ Association and the Animal Welfare Institute—the addition of animal cruelty offenses as a separate category in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report. The collection of this data will begin in 2016.

Jan 20, 2015 06:45 PM

Ransomware on the Rise

Ransomware has been around for several years, but there’s been a definite uptick lately in its use by cyber criminals. And the FBI, along with public and private sector partners, is targeting these ...

Ransomware on the Rise

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Your computer screen freezes with a pop-up message—supposedly from the FBI or another federal agency—saying that because you violated some sort of federal law your computer will remain locked until you pay a fine. Or you get a pop-up message telling you that your personal files have been encrypted and you have to pay to get the key needed decrypt them.

These scenarios are examples of ransomware scams, which involve a type of malware that infects computers and restricts users’ access to their files or threatens the permanent destruction of their information unless a ransom—anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars—is paid.

Ransomware has been around for several years, but there’s been a definite uptick lately in its use by cyber criminals. And the FBI, along with public and private sector partners, is targeting these offenders and their scams.

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Jan 16, 2015 06:00 PM

British Prime Minister Cameron and Director Comey Talk Cyber

Earlier today, British Prime Minister David Cameron met with Director James Comey at the FBI-administered National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force facility in Virginia, where they discussed ...

British Prime Minister Cameron and Director Comey Talk Cyber

Earlier today, British Prime Minister David Cameron met with Director James Comey at the FBI-administered National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force facility in Virginia, where they discussed critical cyber issues facing both the United Kingdom and the United States.

While at the facility, Prime Minister Cameron also received briefings on cyber threats and vulnerabilities, the Bureau’s investigation into the recent Sony cyber intrusion, and the work of the NCIJTF. The NCIJTF—made up of representatives from nearly two dozen federal intelligence, military, and law enforcement agencies who work with local law enforcement agencies and international and private industry partners—serves as the government’s central hub for coordinating, integrating, and sharing information related to cyber threat investigations.

The visit to the NCIJTF came on the heels of Prime Minister Cameron’s trip to Washington, D.C., where he met with President Barack Obama on cyber security and other pressing matters.

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Jan 15, 2015 06:30 PM

Extreme Case of Witness Intimidation

Inside the case of drug trafficker Kaboni Savage, who went to great lengths to retaliate against anyone who crossed him—including masterminding a firebombing that resulted in the deaths of six ...

Extreme Case of Witness Intimidation

As far as witness intimidation goes, Philadelphia drug trafficker Kaboni Savage and members of his criminal enterprise appeared to corner the market on how far they’d go to silence anyone willing to testify against the organization. The most horrifying example of this was the brutal firebombing that resulted in the deaths of six members of a federal witness’ family in retaliation for his cooperation with law enforcement.

But a long-term, multi-agency investigation eventually proved that Kaboni Savage was responsible for those six murders—and at least six others—and that he headed a drug trafficking enterprise that excelled in using violence and other criminal tactics against anyone who threatened its drug trade. Recently, the final defendant charged in the firebombing deaths was sentenced to 40 years in prison, and Savage himself, convicted in 2013 on murder and racketeering charges, eventually received the death sentence.

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