Working through the Central American Regional Security Initiative, the FBI’s National Gang Task Force specifically supports six programs targeting the transnational threats posed by the MS-13 and ...
Helping Stem Transnational Crime
Four leaders of the MS-13 gang were convicted in Atlanta recently in connection with a terrorizing violent crime spree. During the course of the investigation, we determined that many of their violent acts were directed by gang leadership in El Salvador and Honduras—a common occurrence uncovered in other investigations as well. This international criminal nexus of violent gangs is the focus of several FBI programs funded by the U.S. State Department through the Central American Regional Security Initiative (CARSI).
CARSI’s overall goal is to confront the dangers of organized crime, violent gangs, and drug trafficking in Central America and the U.S., and several domestic federal agencies participate in various facets of the initiative. The FBI, through its National Gang Task Force, specifically supports six programs targeting the transnational threats posed by the MS-13 and 18th Street gangs.
James B. Comey was sworn in today as Director of the FBI during a ceremony at the Department of Justice. Comey becomes the seventh FBI Director in the Bureau’s modern era.
James B. Comey Sworn in as FBI Director
|James B. Comey is sworn in as FBI Director by Attorney General Eric Holder on September 4, 2013; Chuck Rosenberg, senior counselor to Director Comey, holds the Bible. | Download high resolution image|
James B. Comey was sworn in today as Director of the FBI during a ceremony at the Department of Justice. Comey becomes the seventh FBI Director in the Bureau’s modern era. Attorney General Eric Holder administered the oath of office at 4:32 p.m.
“I know Jim brings an impeccable sense of judgment, a commitment to innovative methods and tools, and a lifetime of experience to this new role—which is critical to the protection of our nation and its citizens,” said Attorney General Holder. “As a seasoned prosecutor, a proven leader, and a faithful advocate for the American people—and for the rule of law—I am confident that Jim Comey will continue to uphold the standards of excellence and integrity that the FBI’s outgoing Director, Bob Mueller, helped to establish.”
President Barack Obama nominated Comey in June for the FBI’s top job, and the Senate confirmed his nomination in July. Comey succeeds Robert S. Mueller, III, who served as FBI Director for 12 years.
Oath of Office Taken by James B. Comey
|“I, James B. Comey, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”|
It’s called “swatting”—making a hoax call to 9-1-1 to draw a response from law enforcement, usually a SWAT team. The individuals who engage in this activity use technology to make it appear that the ...
Swatting: Fake 9-1-1 Calls Have Real Consequences
|"Swatting" is a prank designed to draw a law enforcement response to a hoax victim.|
The distraught-sounding man told the 9-1-1 operator he shot a family member and might kill others in the house. A SWAT team was urgently dispatched to the address corresponding to the caller’s phone number. But when the tactical team arrived, ready for a possible violent encounter, they found only a surprised family panicked by the officers at their door.
It’s called “swatting”—making a hoax call to 9-1-1 to draw a response from law enforcement, usually a SWAT team. The individuals who engage in this activity use technology to make it appear that the emergency call is coming from the victim’s phone. Sometimes swatting is done for revenge, sometimes as a prank. Either way, it is a serious crime, and one that has potentially dangerous consequences.
It’s that time of year again. Students across the country are heading back to class...but along with books and pens in their backpacks, they could very well be carrying tablets or laptops, too. Kids ...
2013-2014 FBI Safe Online Surfing Internet Challenge Begins
It’s that time of year again. Students across the country are heading back to class...but along with books and pens in their backpacks, they could very well be carrying tablets or laptops, too. Kids today are more computer savvy than ever—and the 2013-2014 FBI Safe Online Surfing (FBI-SOS) Internet Challenge aims to keep their cyber safety skills just as cutting edge as they are.
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.
The FBI-SOS Internet Challenge was developed with the assistance of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and with the input of teachers and schools. We encourage everyone to check out the site, but only teachers and administrators can register their classes to compete. Make sure your school takes part in the challenge this year!
Robert S. Mueller arrived at the FBI on September 4, 2001, one week before the terror attacks that shook the nation and the world. Twelve years later, the longest-serving Director since J. Edgar ...
End of an Era: Robert S. Mueller Set to Step Down as FBI Director
|FBI Director Robert Mueller's 12-year term ends September 4, 2013. See related story for more information, including photos, video, and a podcast.|
Robert S. Mueller arrived at the FBI on September 4, 2001, one week before the terror attacks that shook the nation and the world. Twelve years later, the longest-serving Director since J. Edgar Hoover is widely credited with transforming the organization while maintaining the bedrock ideals that have been the FBI’s hallmark for more than a century: fidelity, bravery, and integrity.
“When I first came on board, I thought I had a fair idea of what to expect,” Mueller said recently during a farewell ceremony at FBI Headquarters to honor his tenure as Director. “But the September 11 attacks altered every expectation.”
Mueller, who will step down as Director next week, reshaped the Bureau from a traditional law enforcement agency to a threat-focused, intelligence-based national security organization, said FBI Deputy Director Sean Joyce. “He guided the FBI through a period of tremendous change.”
Earlier this month, a New Jersey man was sentenced to 18 years in prison for defrauding members of the Puerto Rico-based Dominican Sisters of the Rosary of Fatima and others of more than $1 million. ...
Con Artist Who Scammed Nuns Gets His Due
There’s no limit to how low con artists will go to swindle victims out of their money—often targeting the elderly, the terminally ill, homeowners on the brink of losing their homes, even the lonely looking for companionship online.
Here’s another category of victims to add to that list: members of religious communities who spend their lives tending to the sick and the poor.
Earlier this month, a New Jersey man was sentenced to 18 years in prison for defrauding members of the Puerto Rico-based Dominican Sisters of the Rosary of Fatima and others of more than $1 million. He was also ordered to pay restitution to his victims.
Over the past four years, a man authorities have dubbed the Loan Ranger Bandit has brazenly committed at least a dozen armed robberies of banks and other financial institutions in four different ...
Help Us Catch the Loan Ranger Bandit
|The Loan Ranger Bandit has allegedly robbed at least 12 banks in four states. See related story for more information, including additional photos and a video podcast.|
Over the past four years, a man authorities have dubbed the Loan Ranger Bandit has committed at least a dozen armed robberies of banks and other financial institutions in four different states—and he is so brazen he doesn’t bother covering his face.
“We have a lot of good surveillance photos where he is looking directly at the camera,” said Special Agent Russell Di Lisi, who is coordinating the investigation from our Dallas Division. “Somebody out there has to know him or recognize him, and that’s why we need the public’s help.” A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of this robber.
In August 1961—52 years ago—Special Agent Robert B. Hawley reported to the new U.S. Embassy office building on Manila Bay to open a small legal attaché (or legat) office that would cover criminal and ...
Legal Attaché Manila: Then and Now
In August 1961—52 years ago—Special Agent Robert B. Hawley reported to the new U.S. Embassy office building on Manila Bay to open a small legal attaché (or legat) office that would cover criminal and intelligence matters in the Philippines.
Today, Legat Gib Wilson runs a complex operation from the second floor of the Chancery on Roxas Boulevard, in the very office that Bob Hawley built out. Beyond working with Philippine authorities on fugitive and terrorism cases, the office focuses on human trafficking issues, child sex tourism, and cyber crimes. Last year, with the superb support of its Filipino colleagues, Legat Manila returned 37 fugitives to the U.S. through deportation, renditions, and extraditions.
A longtime employee for the city of Buffalo, New York was sentenced to 30 months in jail today for stealing more than $200,000—all in quarters—from the city’s parking meters over a period of eight ...
Coin Crime: The Case of the Parking Meter Thief
A longtime employee for the city of Buffalo, New York was sentenced to 30 months in jail today for stealing more than $200,000—all in quarters—from the city’s parking meters over a period of eight years.
James Bagarozzo, who had been employed by the city for more than three decades, became a parking meter mechanic in 2003—but instead of repairing the meters, he and an accomplice rigged more than 75 of them so he could steal quarters. Over time, his small-change crime added up.
Israel Keyes is believed to have committed multiple kidnappings and murders across the country between 2001 and March 2012. The FBI is releasing photos, videotaped interviews, an interactive ...
New Information Released in Serial Killer Case
|Serial killer Israel Keyes (deceased)|
After Israel Keyes was arrested for the murder of 18-year-old Samantha Koenig in Alaska in 2012, authorities realized that the man they had in custody was a prolific serial killer. Keyes freely admitted as much.
During conversations with investigators, the 34-year-old sometime construction worker revealed the names of two additional victims—along with tantalizing clues about other murders he had committed around the country over a period of years. But last December, Keyes killed himself in his Anchorage jail cell, leaving a trail of unanswered questions and unidentified victims.
Those victims have not been forgotten, however. Today we are releasing new information in the hopes that the public can help us identify others who died by Keyes’ hands. The information includes extensive videotaped conversations with Keyes in jail and an interactive map that contains a detailed timeline of his known movements beginning in 1997.