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Sep 09, 2014 04:30 PM

Justice in Labor Trafficking Case

A woman’s arrest for shoplifting led authorities to the Ohio home where she—and her young daughter—had been held captive for more than two years.

Justice in Labor Trafficking Case


In October 2012, a young woman was arrested by police in Ashland, Ohio for shoplifting a candy bar. But when she explained why she stole the candy, her story concerned the officers, and, eventually—after additional information was obtained—the Cleveland FBI opened a federal investigation into the matter.

It turned out that the young woman, who was cognitively disabled, was being held against her will and forced to perform manual labor for a couple who lived in a multi-dwelling house not far from the store where she was arrested. And it wasn’t just the woman herself being held—it was her young daughter as well. Mother and daughter had been living in the apartment—in squalid conditions and enduring constant threats—since August 2010. The withholding of food was just one of the methods their captors used to control them.

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Sep 05, 2014 04:00 PM

Vintage Fraud: Wine Dealer Sentenced in Counterfeiting Scheme

Rudy Kurniawan was recently sentenced to 10 years in prison for running an elaborate scheme in which he sold approximately $30 million worth of rare, expensive—and counterfeit—wine.

Vintage Fraud: Wine Dealer Sentenced in Counterfeiting Scheme


“The same old wine in a brand new bottle” is a phrase that aptly describes how fraudsters deceive the public in ever-changing ways. It applies perfectly to Rudy Kurniawan’s profitable and long-running counterfeiting scam—except that Kurniawan was putting new wine in old bottles.

Earlier this month, a New York federal judge sentenced Kurniawan to a 10-year prison term for his elaborate counterfeiting scheme in which he mixed newer, cheaper wines together and poured them into old bottles with forged labels, then sold the product—approximately $30 million worth of it—to unsuspecting connoisseurs.

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Sep 02, 2014 05:00 PM

Gear Up for the 2014-2015 FBI Safe Online Surfing Internet Challenge

Summer vacation is ending for students across the country, and as they head back to school, we want to help make sure that cyber safety is included in their lesson plans. Today we are launching the ...

Gear Up for the 2014-2015 FBI Safe Online Surfing Internet Challenge

SOS logoSummer vacation is ending for students across the country, and as they head back to school, we want to help make sure that cyber safety is included in their lesson plans.

Today we are launching the FBI Safe Online Surfing (FBI-SOS) Internet Challenge for the 2014-2015 school year. Open to all public, private, and home schools nationwide, the initiative is a free, age-appropriate, competitive, and fun online program that promotes cyber citizenship and teaches students in third through eighth grades how to recognize and respond to online dangers—like Internet predators and cyberbullying—and covers topics such as social networking and gaming safety.

Last year, more than 75,000 students—from more than 1,300 schools in 45 states—participated in the challenge, and we hope to see even more on board this year. We encourage everyone to check out the site, but only teachers and administrators can register their classes to compete. For additional information on the FBI-SOS Internet Challenge, check out the links below.

More information | FBI-SOS brochure (pdf) | FBI-SOS website

Sep 02, 2014 04:00 PM

A Case of Corporate Greed

Two former top executives of ArthroCare Corporation, a publicly traded medical device company, were sentenced to lengthy prison terms last week for their roles in a massive fraud scheme that cost ...

A Case of Corporate Greed

Handcuffed Man in Suit

Two former top executives of ArthroCare Corporation, a publicly traded medical device company, were sentenced to lengthy prison terms last week for their roles in a massive fraud scheme that cost shareholders $750 million.

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Aug 29, 2014 02:30 PM

Small Town, Big Corruption

Inside the case of a public corruption ring in a small Texas town, where several members of the same family—all local government officials—were recently sentenced for using their positions to exact ...

Small Town, Big Corruption

Man’s Hands Holding Envelope with Money

Inside the case of a public corruption ring in a small Texas town, where several members of the same familyall local government officials—were recently sentenced for using their positions to exact bribes and kickbacks from city and school district service providers. Through their illegal activities, they distorted the contract playing field, cheated the very citizens they purported to serve, stole education money from the children whose educations they were supposed to ensure, and lined their own pockets in the process.

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Aug 26, 2014 11:30 AM

Investment Fraudster Who Targeted Medical Professionals Pleads Guilty

A California man admitted duping more than 75 doctors and dentists from around the country into shelling out more than two million dollars for him to “invest” in companies involved in researching and ...

Investment Fraudster Who Targeted Medical Professionals Pleads Guilty


It’s an age-old scam: A smooth-talking individual offers an amazing investment opportunity—with promises of large returns—that turns out to be completely bogus. But because there are always people willing to accept these kinds of claims at face value and hand over their hard-earned money, it’s a scam that continues to be effective.

Consider a recent case in Orange County, California, where just-convicted David Rose duped more than 75 doctors and dentists from around the country into shelling out more than two million dollars for him to invest in companies involved in researching and developing emerging medical technologies. But the investment money, despite what he promised, never made it any further than Rose’s own bank accounts.

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Aug 22, 2014 12:30 PM

Millions of FBI Files Digitized in Modernization Push

The era of sliding drawers full of aging FBI files is drawing to a close. Millions of fingerprint cards, criminal history folders, and civil identity files that once filled rows upon rows of ...

Millions of FBI Files Digitized in Modernization Push


The era of sliding drawers full of aging FBI files is drawing to a close. Millions of fingerprint cards, criminal history folders, and civil identity files that once filled rows upon rows of cabinets—and expansive warehouses—have been methodically converted into ones and zeroes.

The digital conversion of more than 30 million records—and as many as 83 million fingerprint cards—comes as the FBI fully activates its Next Generation Identification (NGI) system, a state-of-the-art digital platform of biometric and other types of identity information. The system, which is incrementally replacing the Bureau’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, or IAFIS, will better serve our most prolific customers—law enforcement agencies checking criminal histories and fingerprints, veterans, government employees, and the FBI’s own Laboratory.

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Aug 19, 2014 02:00 PM

Counterfeit Goods Smuggling Ring Dismantled

When Ning Guo was sentenced to prison earlier this year, it marked one of the final chapters in a massive international counterfeit goods smuggling case—one of the largest ever charged by the ...

Counterfeit Goods Smuggling Ring Dismantled


When Ning Guo was sentenced to prison earlier this year, it marked one of the final chapters in a massive international counterfeit goods smuggling case—one of the largest ever charged by the Department of Justice—in which criminals attempted to flood the U.S. market with bogus cigarettes, handbags, and sneakers from China that would have been worth $300 million on the retail market.

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Aug 15, 2014 01:30 PM

Health Care Fraud Enterprise Dismantled

It was a combination health care fraud and drug distribution scheme on a massive scale. It involved 26 Michigan pharmacies, nine doctors, and two health care agencies. There were bribes and kickbacks ...

Health Care Fraud Enterprise Dismantled


It was a combination health care fraud and drug distribution scheme on a massive scale. It involved 26 Michigan pharmacies, nine doctors, and two health care agencies. There were bribes and kickbacks aplenty and thousands of illegal doses of sought-after drugs like oxycodone and hydrocodone. And fraudulent billings to Medicare and Medicaid totaled more than $60 million, not to mention additional amounts to private insurers. But, when all was said and done, a prolific criminal enterprise was completely dismantled.

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Aug 12, 2014 04:00 PM

Long-Time Fugitive Neil Stammer Captured

Neil Stammer, a talented juggler with an international reputation, was recently arrested in Nepal and returned to New Mexico to face child sex abuse charges. The events that led to his capture are a ...

Long-Time Fugitive Neil Stammer Captured


How do you catch a fugitive who has been on the run for 14 years, has traveled extensively overseas, speaks a dozen languages, and could be anywhere in the world?

The answer to that question, as Special Agent Russ Wilson learned, is a lot of hard work—and a little bit of luck.

Neil Stammer, a talented juggler with an international reputation, was recently arrested in Nepal and returned to New Mexico to face child sex abuse charges. The events that led to his capture are a testament to good investigative work and strong partnerships, and also to the strength of the FBI’s fugitive publicity program.

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