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Feb 18, 2015 03:40 PM

Art Crime Team Celebrates 10th Anniversary, Part 2

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the FBI’s Art Crime Team, FBI.gov recently discussed the team’s history, mission, and accomplishments with Bonnie Magness-Gardiner, who manages the Bureau’s art ...

Art Crime Team Celebrates 10th Anniversary, Part 2

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To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the FBI’s Art Crime Team, FBI.gov recently discussed the team’s history, mission, and accomplishments with Bonnie Magness-Gardiner, who manages the Bureau’s art theft program.

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Feb 13, 2015 08:00 PM

FBI Executive Takes Part in National Cybersecurity Summit

Today, FBI Cyber Division Assistant Director Joseph Demarest took part in the Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection, which was sponsored by the White House and held at Stanford University ...

FBI Executive Takes Part in National Cybersecurity Summit

Today, FBI Cyber Division Assistant Director Joseph Demarest took part in the Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection, which was sponsored by the White House and held at Stanford University in California. Demarest was on a panel focused on the importance of international law enforcement cooperation in combating cyber crime.

Additional topics covered during the day-long event included public-private collaboration efforts, cybersecurity information sharing, the enhancement of secure payment technology, and the improvement of authentication measures. The cybersecurity summit—which featured a keynote speech by President Barack Obama—brought together representatives from industry, tech companies, law enforcement and other government officials, consumer and privacy advocates, law professors specializing in the field, and students.

Demarest was joined on his panel by Ed Lowery, his counterpart at the U.S. Secret Service, as well as Kevin Mandia (former chief executive officer of Mandiant and senior vice president and chief operating officer of FireEye), Jamie Saunders (director of the United Kingdom National Crime Agency’s National Cyber Crime Unit) and Bilal Sen (United Nations Office on Drug and Crime). During the discussion, Demarest talked about the Bureau’s challenge of investigating cyber criminals who victimize Americans from overseas, the FBI’s approach to battling botnets, the success of an initiative that posts agents with cyber expertise in strategic locations abroad to work with foreign partners, and the mutually beneficial relationships the Bureau fosters with companies victimized by cyber criminals.

Simultaneously with the national summit, the FBI and the Secret Service co-hosted open houses today in 19 cities around the country for private sector partners. In addition to being able to watch the cybersecurity summit via live-stream, the event provided an opportunity for attendees to meet and talk to their federal interagency cyber teams and learn more about how the U.S. government works to identify, pursue, and defeat cyber threats.

More on the event | More on regional open houses | Cyber Task Forces | Electronic Crimes Task Forces

Feb 12, 2015 05:00 PM

Hard Truths: Law Enforcement and Race

In a speech at Georgetown University, Director James B. Comey called on the nation’s law enforcement personnel and the citizens they serve to participate in a frank and open conversation about the ...

Hard Truths: Law Enforcement and Race

FBI Director James B. Comey called on the nation’s law enforcement personnel and the citizens they serve to participate in a frank and open conversation about the disconnect that exists in places like New York City and Ferguson, Missouri—and many communities across the country—between police agencies and many citizens, particularly in communities of color.

In a speech today at Georgetown University, Comey said the lethal police encounters involving Michael Brown and Eric Garner—both African-Americans—the ensuing protests across the country, and the assassinations of New York Police Department Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos have put the fundamental relationship between police and their constituents at a crossroads.

“As a society, we can choose to live our everyday lives, raising our families and going to work, hoping someone, somewhere, will do something to ease the tension,” Comey said to the Georgetown students and faculty. “We can turn up the music on the car radio and drive around these problems. Or we can choose to have an open and honest discussion about what our relationship is today—what it should be, what it could be, and what it needs to be—if we took more time to better understand one another.”

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Feb 10, 2015 04:30 PM

Scammers May Use Paris Terrorist Attack to Solicit Fraudulent Donations

In light of the terrorist attack against Charlie Hebdo in Paris last month, the FBI would like to warn the public about the potential for fraudulent solicitations of donations for victims through ...

Scammers May Use Paris Terrorist Attack to Solicit Fraudulent Donations

Money Collection in Donation JarIn light of the terrorist attack against Charlie Hebdo in Paris last month, the FBI would like to warn the public about the potential for fraudulent solicitations of donations for victims. These solicitations can come in many forms, such as crowdfunding platforms, e-mail campaigns, or cold calls, and perpetrators may divert some or all of the funds for their own use.

A number of charities and crowdfunding campaigns have already begun asking for donations in the wake of the attack. (Crowdfunding—soliciting money from a large number of people primarily through the Internet—offers scammers a new venue to easily seek funds with minimal oversight.) At the time of this advisory, the FBI has not recorded any reports of fraudulent donation schemes relating to the Paris attack, but based on previous trends, the Bureau can reasonably assume that such schemes may target individuals in the U.S.

In general, individuals and businesses should be wary of suspicious e-mails, telephone calls, or websites soliciting donations in response to any event. Red flags to look out for include the charity:

  • Refusing to provide detailed information about their organization or how the donation will be used;
  • Using a name closely resembling that of a reputable organization;
  • Pressuring individuals to donate immediately;
  • Asking for donations to be sent through wire transfers, cash, or virtual currency; and
  • Guaranteeing a monetary return for a donation.

The presence of one or more of these behaviors doesn’t conclusively mean a charity is fraudulent, but individuals and businesses should always verify a charity’s legitimacy before making any donations. Suspicious solicitations should be reported to your regional FBI field office or to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.

Feb 09, 2015 12:00 PM

Art Crime Team Celebrates 10th Anniversary

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the FBI’s Art Crime Team, FBI.gov recently discussed the team’s history, mission, and accomplishments with Bonnie Magness-Gardiner, who manages the Bureau’s art ...

Art Crime Team Celebrates 10th Anniversary

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the FBI’s Art Crime Team, FBI.gov recently discussed the team’s history, mission, and accomplishments with Bonnie Magness-Gardiner, who manages the Bureau’s art theft program.

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Feb 05, 2015 03:00 PM

Former Los Alamos Lab Workers Sentenced

The reasons why he did it varied—he carried a grudge against his employer, he was frustrated with the U.S. government, he needed money, and he desired power and respect. But motivations aside, Pedro ...

Former Los Alamos Lab Workers Sentenced

The reasons why he did it varied—he carried a grudge against his employer, he was frustrated with the U.S. government, he needed money, and he desired power and respect. But motivations aside, Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni, a scientist formerly employed at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, broke the law when he sold some of our nation’s nuclear secrets to an individual he thought was a foreign government official. He also involved his wife—a Los Alamos employee at the time—in his illegal activities.

Both were charged and eventually pled guilty in connection with the plot. Last month, Pedro Mascheroni was sentenced to a federal prison term, while his wife—Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni—was sentenced last summer.

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Feb 04, 2015 02:00 PM

Reward Offered for Fugitive Charged with Murdering Elderly Ohio Couple

The FBI is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Robert Roy Clark, who was charged with the murders of an elderly Ohio couple and is also wanted for his alleged ...

Reward Offered for Fugitive Charged with Murdering Elderly Ohio Couple

***2/5/15 Update: Robert Roy Clark, Tabatha Marie Hazel, and Jeffrey P. Caley, Jr. were all taken into custody this morning in Arizona without incident.

The FBI is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Robert Roy Clark, who was charged with murdering an elderly Ohio couple and is also wanted for his alleged involvement in a string of armed robberies. Clark is believed to be traveling in the company of two individuals—Jeffrey P. Caley, Jr. and Tabatha Marie Hazel—and all were last seen in a green Dodge Caravan with Ohio plates.

After an elderly couple was reported missing on January 22, 2015 in Strasburg, Ohio, police found their home had been ransacked, with lock boxes pried open and telephone lines cut; their car was also gone. Their burned-out vehicle was found later that same day in nearby Coshocton County, and skeletal remains—later identified as the bodies of the missing—were recovered from inside the car. On January 31, Clark was charged by Coshocton authorities with the murder of the couple, but he allegedly fled his residence with Caley and Hazel before he could be arrested. A federal arrest warrant was issued on February 3, 2015, after Clark was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

Since then, Clark, Caley, and Hazel have allegedly taken part in a number of armed robberies in West Virginia and South Carolina. All three—who have been identified in surveillance video at the robberies and have displayed a sawed-off shotgun and a pistol—should be considered dangerous.

If you have any information concerning any of these individuals, please call 1-800-CALL FBI (225-5324) or contact your local FBI field office or nearest American Embassy or Consulate.

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Feb 02, 2015 04:45 PM

Drug Kingpin Dethroned

For years, Alvaro Lopez Tardón, a Spanish national, was living the high life in Miami—fancy cars, seaside condos, designer jewelry, and expensive leather goods. But it all came crashing down in the ...

Drug Kingpin Dethroned

For years, Alvaro Lopez Tardón, a Spanish national, was living the high life in Miami—fancy cars, seaside condos, designer jewelry, and expensive leather goods. But it all came crashing down in the summer of 2011 when he was named in a U.S. federal money laundering indictment as the head of an international narcotics trafficking enterprise. His illicit enterprise was believed responsible for distributing more than 7,500 kilos of South American cocaine in Spain and laundering more than $14 million in illegal drug proceeds in the United States.

Last fall, after being tried and convicted on numerous money laundering charges, Tardón was sentenced to an astonishing 150 years—exchanging his spacious South Beach penthouse for a small federal prison cell where he will spend the rest of his life. And in addition to the sentence, a $14 million money judgment and a $2 million fine were entered against him, and his assets are in the process of being forfeited.

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Jan 29, 2015 02:30 PM

New Most Wanted Terrorist

Liban Haji Mohamed, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Somalia, has been named to the FBI’s list of Most Wanted Terrorists, and a reward of up to $50,000 is being offered for information leading to ...

New Most Wanted Terrorist

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Liban Haji Mohamed, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Somalia, has been named to the FBI’s list of Most Wanted Terrorists, and a reward of up to $50,000 is being offered for information leading to his arrest and conviction. Mohamed is charged with providing material support and resources to al Qaeda and al Shabaab, a Somali-based terrorist organization.

The FBI also announced today it is seeking information about another individual, Ghazi Nasr Al-Din, regarding fundraising efforts on behalf of the terrorist group Hizballah.

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Jan 27, 2015 04:00 PM

Human Trafficking Ring Dismantled

For years, five brothers who ran a human trafficking organization victimized dozens of unwitting Ukrainians, underscoring the reality that modern-day slavery exists in the United States and around ...

Human Trafficking Ring Dismantled

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For years, five brothers who ran a human trafficking organization victimized dozens of unwitting Ukrainians, underscoring the reality that modern-day slavery exists in the United States and around the world—and requires a strong response by governments and law enforcement.

In recognition of that fact, and to speak out for the victims, January has been declared National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month by the U.S. government. Human trafficking can take many forms, from forced servitude to sexual exploitation of children, and the FBI is fighting these crimes on every front.

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