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Jan 14, 2014 11:30 AM

Serial Killers, Part 4: White Supremacist Joseph Franklin

It was a deadly mix: a mentally troubled man from an abusive, broken home turned radical racist and then serial killer. His name was Joseph Paul Franklin, and he went on a horrific killing spree ...

Serial Killers, Part 4: White Supremacist Joseph Franklin

Joseph Paul FranklinIt was a deadly mix: a mentally troubled man from an abusive, broken home turned radical racist and then serial killer.

His name was Joseph Paul Franklin, and he went on a horrific killing spree beginning in 1977 at the age of 27. Before his reign of murder ended in 1980, he took the lives of at least 15 men, women, and children in some 11 states. He also admitted shooting civil rights leader Vernon Jordan and paralyzing pornography publisher Larry Flynt.

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Jan 10, 2014 04:30 PM

Human Trafficking Prevention Month Raises Awareness of Enforcement and Victim Assistance Efforts

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and the FBI’s efforts to combat trafficking—part of the overall U.S. government effort to end this scourge in all of its forms—will ...

Human Trafficking Prevention Month Raises Awareness of Enforcement and Victim Assistance Efforts

Woman at windowJanuary is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and the FBI’s efforts to combat trafficking—part of the overall U.S. government effort to end this scourge in all of its forms—will continue full steam ahead into 2014.

The Bureau’s human trafficking investigations focus on two kinds of victims: our Civil Rights Unit coordinates trafficking investigations involving both adult and juvenile foreign nationals who are forced or coerced into slave labor or sex trafficking, as well as adult victims of domestic sex trafficking; and our Violent Crimes against Children Section coordinates investigations involving domestic children under the age of 18 being sexually exploited for commercial gain and those involving child sex tourism.

More recently, we have formed partnerships with federal prosecutors and other federal, local, and state partners in investigating and prosecuting trafficking offenders and assisting trafficking victims in the Bakken oil field of North Dakota and Montana. One particular investigation in the Indian Country Bakken region involved more than 20 juvenile victims and witnesses and resulted in a 45-year sentence on human trafficking charges for one of the defendants.

One of our more recent successes against the sexual exploitation of minors was Operation Cross Country VII, a three-day nationwide enforcement effort which resulted in the rescue of more than 100 minors and the arrest of 150 pimps and other child exploiters. That operation, part of our broader Innocence Lost National Initiative, was carried out in partnership with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

To combat the exploitation of foreign nationals, the FBI works with our law enforcement partners at the Departments of Homeland Security, Labor, and State to go after traffickers who prey on the vulnerabilities of people seeking a better life. These victims are forced to work in poor, unsafe conditions where they are exploited for prostitution, domestic servitude, migrant farm labor, or restaurant and service industry jobs.

The FBI, however, goes beyond investigating those who exploit victims of trafficking. The Bureau’s Office for Victim Assistance (OVA) and victim specialists located throughout our field offices—along with victim/witness service providers from U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and/or non-governmental agencies—work with human trafficking victims to advise them of their rights and ensure they get the help they need to address their short-term and long-terms needs, including medical, mental health, and legal services; immigration relief; housing; employment; education; job training; and child care. And OVA’s child/adolescent forensic interviewers work with—and provide training to—agents and officers on crimes against children task forces involved in human trafficking and child exploitation cases.

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Jan 10, 2014 11:00 AM

On the Ground in Kenya, Part 2

In part 2 of FBI.gov’s conversation with Dennis Brady—the Bureau’s legal attaché in Nairobi, Kenya—he discusses the September 21, 2013 al Shabaab attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi and ...

On the Ground in Kenya, Part 2

World mapIn part 2 of FBI.gov's conversation with Dennis Brady—the Bureau’s legal attaché in Nairobi, Kenya—he discusses the September 21, 2013 al Shabaab attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi and the FBI's response.

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Jan 07, 2014 05:00 PM

On the Ground in Kenya, Part 1

FBI.gov recently sat down with Dennis Brady, the Bureau’s legal attaché in Nairobi, Kenya, to talk about our partnerships with the Kenyans and our work in that region of the world.

On the Ground in Kenya, Part 1

Map of Nairobi, KenyaThe FBI’s legal attaché, or legat, program places Bureau personnel in more than 60 countries around the world. Working primarily through U.S. Embassies, our employees serve at the pleasure of host country governments, and their core mission is to establish and maintain liaison with local law enforcement and security services. Such partnerships are critical in the fight against international terrorism, cyber crime, and a range of other criminal and intelligence matters.

FBI.gov recently sat down with Dennis Brady, the Bureau’s legal attaché in Nairobi, Kenya, to talk about our partnerships with the Kenyans and our work in that region of the world...

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Jan 03, 2014 11:00 AM

Former Bank Director Who Faked Own Death is Captured

Aubrey Lee Price, who duped investors out of millions of dollars and then disappeared in 2012 after telling acquaintances that he had lost a large amount of money and planned to kill himself, was ...


Former Bank Director Who Faked Own Death is Captured

Aubrey Lee Price, who duped investors out of millions of dollars and then disappeared in 2012 after telling acquaintances that he had lost a large amount of money and planned to kill himself, was arrested earlier his week in Georgia and charged yesterday with securities and wire fraud.

According to the charges against him, Price unsuccessfully invested  funds he managed and then lied to investors by posting fake account statements that reflected fictitious assets and fabricated investment returns. Price managed about $40 million from 115 investors from across the nation in 2009.

Then in 2011, as director of Montgomery Bank & Trust in Georgia, Price lost much of the bank’s money by investing in risky equity securities and options. The indictment against him alleges Price covered up his embezzlement and losses by giving the bank’s management fabricated documents falsely indicating that approximately $17 million was on deposit in the bank’s name at a large financial services firm in New York.

In 2012, Price disappeared after leaving a suicide note indicating that he planned to kill himself by throwing himself off a high speed ferry boat in Florida. He was last seen boarding a ferry boat in Key West, Florida, bound for Fort Myers on June 16, 2012.  Price was arrested December 31 in Georgia by deputies from the Glynn County Sheriff’s Department following a traffic violation. When deputies learned of Price's true identity, he was taken into custody.

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Jan 02, 2014 03:00 PM

Counterfeit Cosmetics, Fragrances Hazardous to Your Health

You see what appears to be your favorite brand name eye shadow, eye liner, or fragrance for sale at a flea market or on an unfamiliar website. You notice the price is lower than what you normally pay ...


Counterfeit Cosmetics, Fragrances Hazardous to Your Health

Bottles of perfume and lipstickYou see what appears to be your favorite brand name eye shadow, eye liner, or fragrance for sale at a flea market or on an unfamiliar website. You notice the price is lower than what you normally pay at your favorite retail store or through an authorized online dealer.

Before you hand over your hard-earned money, though, keep this in mind: It could be counterfeit, and—in addition to buying something that’s not the real deal—you are also risking your health by buying and using products that may contain substandard or even dangerous substances.

The National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Center—of which the FBI is a partner—wants you to know that the volume of all sorts of counterfeit cosmetics and fragrances coming into the U.S. is definitely on the rise…that’s according to our industry partners as well as law enforcement.

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Dec 30, 2013 09:35 AM

The Year in Review, Part 2

With our partners in the law enforcement and intelligence communities, the FBI worked thousands of investigations during 2013, from cyber crimes to espionage and multi-million-dollar fraud schemes. ...

The Year in Review, Part 2

Case Files 2013With our partners in the law enforcement and intelligence communities, the FBI worked thousands of investigations during 2013, from cyber crimes to espionage and multi-million-dollar fraud schemes. As the year draws to a close, we take a look back at some of 2013’s most significant cases.

Part 1 focused on terrorism. Part 2 highlights top cases from the FBI’s other investigative priorities...

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Dec 29, 2013 05:00 PM

Suspect in Murder of Mississippi Police Officer Shot and Killed

An individual who robbed a bank yesterday morning in Phoenix and who later was shot and killed in an exchange of gunfire with a Phoenix police detective has been identified as the same individual ...


Suspect in Murder of Mississippi Police Officer Shot and Killed

An individual who robbed a bank yesterday morning in Phoenix and who later was shot and killed in an exchange of gunfire with a Phoenix police detective has been identified as the same individual responsible for the attempted bank robbery in Atlanta, the robbery of the BancorpSouth in Tupelo, the shooting of Tupelo Police Officer Joseph Edward Maher, and the murder of Tupelo Police Officer Kevin “Gale” Stauffer.

"While we are thankful that this dangerous individual is no longer a threat to the public, our thoughts and prayers remain with those officers and their families in Tupelo," said Ricky Maxwell, acting special agent in charge of the FBI field office in Atlanta. "The law enforcement community worked hard to ensure that this individual wouldn't harm others again, and we can now focus our attention and thoughts on those whom he did harm."

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Dec 27, 2013 10:00 PM

Seeking Suspect in Murder of Mississippi Police Officer

Law enforcement authorities are seeking public assistance with locating an unidentified male suspect who is wanted in connection with the shootings of two Tupelo (Mississippi) Police Department ...


Seeking Suspect in Murder of Mississippi Police Officer


Update on December 29, 2013: The suspect has been shot and killed in Phoenix.

Law enforcement authorities are seeking public assistance with locating an unidentified male suspect who is wanted in connection with the shootings of two Tupelo (Mississippi) Police Department officers on December 23, 2013. The shootings resulted in the death of one officer and the critical wounding of the other officer.

The suspect is also wanted for the December 23 attempted robbery of a bank in Atlanta, Georgia, and the robbery of a Tupelo bank. 

The suspect is described as approximately 5'8" to 6'0" tall with a slender build. The suspect was wearing a facemask, a shirt or jacket with an "Aztec" pattern, khaki pants, and tennis shoes similar to the Converse brand.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to the identification and arrest of the individual responsible for these violent crimes.

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Dec 26, 2013 08:50 AM

The Year in Review, Part 1

As the year comes to a close, we take our annual look back at some of the Bureau’s most significant cases. Part 1 of our year in review focuses on our top investigative priority—protecting the nation ...

The Year in Review, Part 1

Case Files 2013The FBI worked thousands of investigations during 2013, involving everything from extremists bent on terror to cyber thieves, financial fraudsters, and murder and hostage situations. As the year comes to a close, we take our annual look back at some of the Bureau’s most significant cases.

Part 1 focuses on our top investigative priority—protecting the nation from terrorist attack. We work toward that goal with our local, state, and federal law enforcement and intelligence community partners, primarily through our Joint Terrorism Task Forces around the country. Here are some of the top terror cases of 2013...

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