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Jan 08, 2015 05:30 PM

Armenian Criminal Enterprise Dealt Serious Blow

A complex, multi-agency investigation into the activities of the California-based Armenian Power criminal enterprise resulted in a serious blow to the group’s operations.

Armenian Criminal Enterprise Dealt Serious Blow

In May 2008, a massive shootout between Armenian Power and another California gang on the streets of North Hollywood ended with the deaths of two rival gang members. And while local law enforcement and the FBI already had Armenian Power on their radar, this deadly firefight on the streets of a major American city raised the group’s profile—and resulted in efforts by the FBI and its partners to go after Armenian Power and its leadership through federal racketeering statutes.

The investigation revealed that this street gang was actually an international organized criminal enterprise whose illegal activities ranged from bank fraud and identity theft to violent extortion and kidnappings. It also revealed that this enterprise victimized its own Armenian community in California.

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Jan 07, 2015 05:00 PM

Addressing the Cyber Security Threat

During remarks today at the International Conference on Cyber Security at Fordham University in New York City, Director James Comey reiterated that North Korea was responsible for the cyber attack on ...


Addressing the Cyber Security Threat


During remarks today at the International Conference on Cyber Security at Fordham University in New York City, Director James Comey reiterated that North Korea was responsible for the cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Comey cited the recent intrusion against Sony as proof of the seriousness of the cyber threat facing the U.S. and said the FBI and the intelligence community have a “very high confidence” that North Korea was responsible for the hack. He added that the Bureau and its partners were using a range of sensitive tools and techniques to arrive at that conclusion.

At the annual cyber conference, sponsored by the FBI and Fordham University—which brings together professionals from around the world to discuss emerging cyber threats and how to deal with them—Comey explained that the FBI’s strategy for dealing with the cyber threat hinges on several key areas, chief among them strengthening partnerships with state and local law enforcement, international law enforcement agencies, and the FBI’s private-sector partners.

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Jan 05, 2015 11:00 AM

Director Comey Honors Slain NYPD Officer

Director Comey spoke at the memorial service Sunday of slain New York City Police Officer Wenjian Liu. “What I believe with all my heart is that our obligation is to try to make something good come ...


Director Comey Honors Slain NYPD Officer


Director Comey spoke at the memorial service Sunday of slain New York City Police Officer Wenjian Liu. “What I believe with all my heart is that our obligation is to try to make something good come of tragedy,” he said, “so that evil is not allowed to hold the field, so that evil is not allowed to win the day.”

Officer Liu and Officer Rafael Ramos were killed December 20 inside their patrol car in Brooklyn. The shooter killed himself after the murders.

“These are our most difficult days,” Comey said at the funeral in Brooklyn. “They are days where we struggle to find meaning from tragedy, when we struggle to find words to define our loss. ...But I believe our obligation is to try and do good to honor this good man and do everything we can to protect those who protect us.”

Director Comey’s remarks

Jan 05, 2015 09:00 AM

Adopt-A-School Program, Part 1: Bringing a Message of Hope to Students

Twenty years ago, the FBI began a program to help kids steer clear of drugs and gangs while learning core values that would make them good citizens. Since the Adopt-A-School Program was established ...


Adopt-A-School Program, Part 1: Bringing a Message of Hope

Twenty years ago, the FBI began a program to help kids steer clear of drugs and gangs while learning core values that would make them good citizens. Since the Adopt-A-School Program was established in 1994, special agents and other FBI employees have volunteered thousands of hours to make a positive impact on young people around the nation.

The Adopt-A-School Program identifies schools in disadvantaged communities—where kids may face greater exposure to gangs, drugs, and criminal activity—and sends Bureau employees there to mentor and tutor students.

“This is a great program that can have a profound influence on young people,” said Special Agent Paul Geiger, chief of the Community Relations Unit at FBI Headquarters in Washington. “We teach students that despite any hardships they may be facing now, if they work hard and make the right decisions, they can accomplish anything they want with their lives.”

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Jan 02, 2015 12:00 PM

Family Day Provides Inside Look at Los Angeles FBI

The FBI’s Los Angeles Division’s Family Day featured events ranging from SWAT activities to evidence response and the field office’s Mobile Command Post. A video of the event provides an up-close ...


Family Day Provides Inside Look at Los Angeles FBI


The FBI's Los Angeles Division held its annual Family Day September 13, 2014 and featured events ranging from SWAT activities to evidence response and the field office's Mobile Command Post. A video of the event (above) provides an up-close look at the field office, its people, and its capabilities.

"This is a chance for us to give them a glimpse into what we do and a chance to participate and feel a part of the bigger picture here," an FBI employee said in the video, which was produced by the field office's Citizens Academy. The Bureau's Citizens Academies provide business, religious, civic, and community leaders with an inside look at the FBI, building mutually beneficial relationships along the way.

Dec 29, 2014 06:00 PM

FBI Launches Jobs Site on Twitter

The FBI recently launched a Twitter page containing current jobs available at the FBI. The site, @FBIJobs, lists employment opportunities at FBI locations across the country.


FBI Launches Jobs Site on Twitter


The FBI recently launched a Twitter page containing current jobs available at the FBI. The site, @FBIJobs, lists employment opportunities at FBI locations across the country. Some of the current jobs include evidence technician, forensic accountant, IT specialists, civic liaison, mathematician, secretary, and attorney. The site also includes information about the recent campaign to hire technology experts for cyber jobs, including special agents.

Follow @FBIJobs for current updates. Also, visit FBIJobs.gov for employment and internships opportunities, as well as qualifications to work for the Bureau.

Dec 29, 2014 09:00 AM

FBI Seeking Tech Experts to Become Cyber Special Agents

Investigating cyber crimes—such as website hacks, intrusions, data theft, botnets, and denial of service attacks—is a top priority for the FBI. To keep pace with the evolving threat, the Bureau is ...


FBI Seeking Tech Experts to Become Cyber Special Agents


Investigating cyber crimes—such as website hacks, intrusions, data theft, botnets, and denial of service attacks—is a top priority for the FBI. To keep pace with the evolving threat, the Bureau is appealing to experienced and certified cyber experts to consider joining the FBI to apply their well-honed tradecraft as cyber special agents.

“The FBI seeks highly talented, technically trained individuals who are motivated by the FBI’s mission to protect our nation and the American people from the rapidly evolving cyber threat,” said Robert Anderson, Jr., executive assistant director for the Bureau’s Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch. “What we want are people who are going to come and be part of a team that is working different very complex types of investigations and to utilize their skillsets in that team environment.”

The Bureau recently launched a campaign to bring aboard more technical talent, including computer scientists, IT specialists, and engineers. In a job posting—open until January 20—the FBI says no other organization will apply the expertise of successful candidates like the FBI.

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Job posting (expires January 20, 2015)
Desired degrees and certifications (PDF)

Dec 24, 2014 12:00 PM

Digital Billboard Initiative

The FBI’s National Digital Billboard Initiative, launched in 2007, can quickly reach the public with information about fugitives, missing persons, and public safety issues. With access to more than ...

Digital Billboard Initiative

The FBI’s National Digital Billboard Initiative, launched in 2007, can quickly reach the public with information about fugitives, missing persons, and public safety issues. With access to more than 5,200 billboards nationwide made available by a number of companies, the FBI has captured 53 individuals as a direct result of this program.

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Dec 22, 2014 12:30 PM

French Firm to Pay Record $772 Million Penalty for Foreign Bribery Scheme

In what is being called the largest-ever foreign bribery resolution with the Department of Justice, a French power and transportation company today pleaded guilty to violating the Foreign Corrupt ...

French Firm to Pay Record $772 Million Penalty for Foreign Bribery Scheme

In what is being called the largest-ever foreign bribery resolution with the Department of Justice, a French power and transportation company today pleaded guilty to violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and agreed to pay a record $772 million fine.

The company, Alstom S.A., engaged in a worldwide bribery scheme for more than a decade that involved tens of millions of dollars in payouts. A significant part of the scheme was carried out from the company’s offices in Windsor, Connecticut. Alstom pled guilty to a two-count criminal information, acknowledging that its executives had falsified books and records and failed to implement adequate internal controls.

“This investigation spanned years and crossed continents, as agents from the FBI Washington and New Haven Field Offices conducted interviews and collected evidence in every corner of the globe,” said FBI Executive Assistant Director Robert Anderson, Jr.

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Dec 22, 2014 09:00 AM

FBI Releases 2013 National Incident-Based Reporting System Statistics

Today, the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program released its third annual compilation of statistics from the National Incident-Based Reporting System, providing expanded data on more than 4.9 ...

FBI Releases 2013 National Incident-Based Reporting System Statistics

NIBRS 2013 GraphicToday, the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program released its third annual compilation of statistics from the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), providing expanded data on more than 4.9 million criminal incidents reported to law enforcement in 2013.

The NIBRS, implemented to improve the overall quality of crime data collected by law enforcement, captures details on each single crime incident—as well as on separate offenses within the same incident—including information on victims, known offenders, relationships between victims and offenders, arrestees, and property involved in the crimes. In this latest report, 6,328 NIBRS agencies—about a third of the more than 18,000 law enforcement agencies that participate in the UCR Program—reported 4,927,535 crime incidents involving 5,665,902 offenses, 5,980,569 victims, 4,517,902 known offenders, and 1,533,671 arrestees.

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