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Feb 18, 2014 09:00 AM

Preliminary Six-Month Crime Stats for 2013 Released

The FBI released preliminary crime statistics that indicate a decrease of 5.4 percent in the number of violent crimes and property crimes reported to law enforcement during the first six months of ...

Preliminary Six-Month Crime Stats for 2013 Released

Today, the FBI released preliminary crime statistics that indicate a decrease of 5.4 percent in the number of violent crimes and property crimes reported to law enforcement during the first six months of 2013 when compared to crimes reported during the same time frame in 2012.

In the violent crime category, forcible rape was down 10.6 percent, murder was down 6.9 percent, aggravated assault decreased 6.6 percent, and robbery was down 1.8 percent. In the property crime category, burglary decreased 8.1 percent, larceny-theft was down 4.7 percent, and motor vehicle theft decreased 3.2 percent. Reported arson offenses—collected separately from other property crimes in the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program—saw a decrease of 15.6 percent.

This preliminary report contains four tables of information; the first three cover percent changes in specific violent crime and property crime offenses that are grouped by 1) population, 2) region of the country, and 3) consecutive years. Table 4—which contains the number of reported offenses—groups the data by state and city with populations of 100,000 or more.

While the UCR Program initiated collection of data under a broader definition for rape in January 2013, only data collected under the original definition of forcible rape is published in Tables 1-3. However, all rape data—whether submitted under the original definition or the new definition—are presented in Table 4 (agencies that reported under the new definition are referenced with a footnote).

The full Crime in the United States, 2013 report will be released towards the end of this year.

Press Release | Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report, January-June 2013 | Revised Rape Definition

Feb 14, 2014 02:00 PM

The Gangs of Los Angeles, Part 1

Three initiatives are making a difference in the fight against gangs in Los Angeles. In the coming weeks, FBI.gov will chronicle those programs, which are helping to empower communities, reduce the ...

The Gangs of Los Angeles, Part 1


Three initiatives—the Operation Save Our Streets Task Force, the Community Impact Initiative, and the Homicide Library projectare making a difference in the fight against gangs in Los Angeles. In the coming weeks, FBI.gov will chronicle those programs, which are helping to empower communities, reduce the crime rate, clear unsolved murder cases, and aid in intelligence-gathering efforts that allow the Bureau to monitor gangs with an international reach such as MS-13.

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Feb 11, 2014 09:00 AM

Protecting Aircraft from Lasers

Today the FBI announced a program aimed at deterring people from pointing lasers at aircraft—a felony punishable by five years in jail—and rewarding those who come forward with information about ...

Protecting Aircraft from Lasers


Today the FBI announced a program aimed at deterring people from pointing lasers at aircraft—a felony punishable by five years in jail—and rewarding those who come forward with information about individuals who engage in this dangerous activity.

“Aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft is a serious matter and a violation of federal law,” said Ron Hosko, assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division. “It is important that people understand that this is a criminal act with potentially deadly repercussions.”

The new initiative—which includes a campaign to educate the public about the dangers of “lasing”—will run for 60 days in 12 FBI field offices where laser strikes against aircraft are prevalent. A key part of the program is reward money: The Bureau will offer up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of any individual who intentionally aims a laser at an aircraft.

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Feb 07, 2014 04:00 PM

Serial Killers, Part 5: Wayne Williams and the Atlanta Child Murders

On July 21, 1979, a 14-year-old boy disappeared. Four days later, another teen went missing. Both, it was soon learned, had been killed. It was the beginning of a shocking series of murders—some 29 ...

Serial Killers, Part 5: Wayne Williams and the Atlanta Child Murders


On July 21, 1979, a 14-year-old boy disappeared. Four days later, another teen went missing. Both, it was soon learned, had been killed.

It was the beginning of a shocking series of murders—some 29 in all—that would take place over the next 22 months in Atlanta. The victims were all young African-Americans, and as the death toll mounted, so did fear and tension across the city.

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Feb 04, 2014 04:00 PM

Four MS-13 Leaders Sentenced in Atlanta

For nearly four years, four leaders of various MS-13 factions operating in the Atlanta metro area terrorized the community through their flagrant disregard for life—conspiring to commit senseless ...

Four MS-13 Leaders Sentenced in Atlanta

Map showing Atlanta, GeorgiaFor nearly four years, four leaders of various Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, factions operating in the Atlanta metro area terrorized the community through their flagrant disregard for life—conspiring to commit senseless acts of murder, attempted murder, and armed robbery.

But a multi-year, multi-agency law enforcement effort recently took down this criminal enterprise, eradicating a deadly threat from the streets of Atlanta. Ernesto Escobar, Miguel Alvarado-Linares, and Dimas Alfaro-Granados will be spending the rest of their lives in prison, while Jairo Reyna-Ozuna will be behind bars for more than a decade.

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Jan 31, 2014 07:00 PM

A Byte Out of History: $10 Million Hack, 1994-Style

Two decades ago, a group of enterprising criminals on multiple continents—led by a young computer programmer in St. Petersburg, Russia—hacked into the electronic systems of a major U.S. bank and ...

A Byte Out of History: $10 Million Hack, 1994-Style

Computer vault

Two decades ago, a group of enterprising criminals on multiple continents—led by a young computer programmer in St. Petersburg, Russia—hacked into the electronic systems of a major U.S. bank and secretly started stealing money. No mask, no note, no gun—this was bank robbery for the technological age.

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Jan 29, 2014 11:30 AM

Congress Briefed by Intelligence Community Execs on Threats to U.S. National Security

FBI Director James Comey and other executives of the U.S. intelligence community joined Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to deliver to Congress their annual worldwide assessment of ...

Congress Briefed by Intelligence Community Execs on Threats to U.S. National Security


FBI Director James Comey and other executives of the U.S. intelligence community joined Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper to deliver to Congress their annual worldwide assessment of current threats to U.S. national security.

A number of threat topics were discussed during the course of the hearing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. DNI Clapper testified that, in the cyber arena, computer network exploitation and disruption activities such as denial of service attacks will continue, and that critical infrastructure systems will continue to be enticing targets of malicious actors. Terrorist threats are coming from a diverse group of entities—from formal groups to homegrown violent extremists and ad hoc, foreign-based actors. Threats posed by foreign intelligence entities—as well as trusted insiders—will evolve in terms of scope and complexity as they seek new, more diverse, and more technically sophisticated methods of obtaining U.S. national security information.

Nation-state efforts to develop or acquire weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems continue to pose a major threat to the U.S., deployed troops, and allies. And transnational organized crime and criminals—including drug traffickers, human traffickers, and money launderers—continue to threaten both U.S. economic security and national security.

In addition to DNI Clapper and Director Comey, other executives appearing at the hearing included CIA Director John Brennan, Defense Intelligence Agency Director (Lt. Gen.) Michael Flynn, and National Counterterrorism Center Director Matthew Olsen.

Read full text of DNI Clapper’s statement (pdf)

Jan 28, 2014 04:00 PM

SpyEye Malware Mastermind Pleads Guilty

Today, Russian national Aleksandr Andreevich Panin pled guilty in an Atlanta federal courtroom to a conspiracy charge associated with his role as the primary developer and distributor of ...

SpyEye Malware Mastermind Pleads Guilty

Computer linked to other computersToday, Russian national Aleksandr Andreevich Panin pled guilty in an Atlanta federal courtroom to a conspiracy charge associated with his role as the primary developer and distributor of malware—called SpyEye—created specifically to facilitate online theft from financial institutions, many of them in the U.S.

SpyEye infected more than 1.4 million computers—many located in the U.S.—obtaining victims’ financial and personally identifiable information stored on those computers and using it to transfer money out of victims’ bank accounts and into accounts controlled by criminals.

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Jan 22, 2014 05:00 PM

Fugitive Identity Thief Led Global Criminal Enterprise

He made a living stealing other people’s identities…and then their money. When law enforcement was about to swoop in and arrest the thief, he managed to flee the country and continue his extravagant ...

Fugitive Identity Thief Led Global Criminal Enterprise

Cyber thief graphicHe made a living stealing other people’s identities…and then their money. And what a living it was—more than enough to bankroll luxury homes, fancy cars, expensive clothes and jewelry, and nights spent in clubs and casinos. When law enforcement was about to swoop in and arrest the thief, he managed to flee the country and continue his extravagant lifestyle abroad for about four years.

Eventually, thanks to investigators who wouldn’t give up and international partners who provided vital support, this man was found and returned to the U.S. to face justice. Last month, Tobechi Onwuhara, of Dallas, Texas—the ringleader of a multi-million-dollar fraud scheme and a former FBI wanted cyber fugitive—was sentenced to federal prison. Seven additional co-conspirators have either pled guilty or been convicted.

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Jan 17, 2014 05:00 PM

Prepaid Funeral Scam

Recently, a Missouri man and five others were sentenced to federal prison for their role in a Ponzi-like prepaid funeral scheme that victimized some 97,000 customers in more than 16 states. The ...

Prepaid Funeral Scam

Casket and flowersScamming nuns. Taking advantage of the mentally disabled. Stealing from the elderly. Just when you think con men couldn’t sink any lower, they do: This time, a group of fraudsters took money from individuals who prepaid their own funerals to ease the financial and emotional burdens on their families.

Recently, a Missouri man and five others were sentenced to federal prison for their role in a Ponzi-like prepaid funeral scheme that victimized some 97,000 customers in more than 16 states. The scheme caused more than $450 million in losses, smaller or non-existent death benefits for families at their most vulnerable, and huge profits that lined the pockets of the defendants.

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