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Sep 23, 2014 04:00 PM

FBI Announces Biometrics Suite’s Full Operational Capability

Agencies searching the FBI’s criminal history record database for matches to their subjects are getting faster and more accurate responses—the result of the Bureau’s 10-year effort to improve its ...

FBI Announces Biometrics Suite’s Full Operational Capability


Agencies searching the FBI’s criminal history record database for matches to their subjects are getting faster and more accurate responses—the result of the Bureau’s 10-year effort to improve its ability to provide law enforcement partners with timely, high-quality identification.

Earlier this month, the FBI announced the Next Generation Identification system, or NGI, is now at full operational capability. The system replaced the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS), the Bureau’s longstanding repository for fingerprints. NGI’s incremental roll-out, which began in 2010, has already seen significant improvements in accuracy rates on queries, the result of new high-tech tools and algorithms that more effectively search more than 100 million records. Fingerprint matches are now better than 99 percent accurate, and hits on latent prints (prints lifted from crime scenes, for example) have tripled from 27 percent accuracy in the old IAFIS system to more than 81 percent today.

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Sep 18, 2014 04:15 PM

Alleged Pennsylvania Gunman Added to Top Ten List

Eric Matthew Frein—the alleged shooter of two Pennsylvania State Police troopers—has been added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.

Alleged Pennsylvania Gunman Added to Top Ten List


Update: Frein taken into custody (10/30/14)

The alleged shooter of two Pennsylvania State Police troopers has been added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. Eric Matthew Frein, a 31-year-old white male with ties to the mid-Atlantic region—including the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York—faces state charges of homicide, homicide of a law enforcement officer, and attempted murder, as well as a federal unlawful flight to avoid prosecution charge. He is considered armed and extremely dangerous.

The shootings occurred on September 12, 2014, when a gunman ambushed the two officers at the Pennsylvania State Police Blooming Grove Barracks in Pike County, Pennsylvania. Corporal Byron Dickson, 38, was fatally shot, and Trooper Alex Douglass, 31, was critically wounded. The subsequent investigation linked Frein to the shootings.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading directly to the arrest of Frein. If you have any information, call the Pennsylvania State Police at (866) 326-7256, or contact your nearest FBI office.

Frein is the 503rd person to appear on the Top Ten list since it was created in 1950. Since then, 472 fugitives have been apprehended or located, 156 of them as a result of citizen cooperation.

Wanted poster | Press release

Sep 18, 2014 12:30 PM

Senior Citizens Targeted in Sweepstakes Fraud

A North Carolina couple recently pled guilty to running a sweepstakes fraud scheme that targeted elderly Americans, in some cases causing victims to lose their entire life savings.

Senior Citizens Targeted in Sweepstakes Fraud

Senior Citizen on Cell Phone

North Carolina couple Jessica and Jason Brown recently pled guilty to running a sweepstakes fraud scheme that targeted elderly Americans, in some cases causing victims to lose their entire life savings. The Browns acknowledged in federal court that they operated call centers in Costa Rica that falsely informed U.S. residents—predominantly senior citizens—that they had won a substantial cash prize in a global sweepstakes, but the prize was only redeemable if the “winners” sent money to cover insurance and other fees. From 2004 until 2013, the Browns and their crew fleeced hundreds of elderly Americans out of nearly $900,000.

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Sep 17, 2014 04:00 PM

Director Briefs Congress on Homeland Threats and FBI Response

Today, Director Comey testified before a congressional committee on the FBI’s efforts to combat threats against our nation, specifically focusing on our counterterrorism and cyber programs and our ...

Director Briefs Congress on Homeland Threats and FBI Response


Today, Director Comey testified before a congressional committee on the FBI’s efforts to combat threats against our nation, specifically focusing on our counterterrorism and cyber programs and our continued integration of intelligence and operations.

In his prepared statement for the committee, Comey—noting that the instability caused by geopolitical conflict zones in the world may be used by terrorist groups to recruit and incite acts of violence—talked about the continuing threat in the U.S. of homegrown violent extremists (HVEs) who are inspired by terrorist ideology. To confront this threat, Comey stressed the importance of our 103 Joint Terrorism Task Forces—composed of investigators, analysts, linguists, and experts from U.S. law enforcement and intelligence partners—as well as the Bureau’s Countering Violent Extremism Office, which works with federal counterparts to empower our local partners to help prevent the terrorist actions of HVEs. Comey also discussed the cyber threats facing the U.S., not only from terrorists but from state-sponsored hackers, hackers for hire, and global cyber syndicates. He highlighted our work with federal, state, and local partners on cyber task forces in each of our field offices as well as the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force, and our exchange of information on cyber threats with the private sector—including a recently deployed malware repository and analysis system for intelligence, law enforcement, and—later this year—corporate and academic partners.

Comey emphasized that the FBI carries out every aspect of our mission while upholding the privacy, confidentiality, civil rights, and civil liberties of the citizens we serve.

Appearing alongside Comey at the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee hearing were Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and National Counterterrorism Center Director Matthew Olsen.

Full testimony

Sep 16, 2014 03:45 PM

Murder-for-Hire Plot Uncovered

It’s a novel way to have your debt forgiven—hire a hit man to kill your creditor. However, it’s also illegal. Just ask Illinois businessman Daniel Dvorkin, who recently received a federal prison term ...

Murder-for-Hire Plot Uncovered

Hit ManIt’s a novel way to have your debt forgiven—hire a hit man to kill your creditor. However, it’s also illegal. Just ask Illinois businessman Daniel Dvorkin, who recently received a federal prison term for attempting to arrange such a murder to get out of an $8.2 million debt.

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Sep 12, 2014 06:00 PM

Money Laundering Takedown

In a major takedown in Los Angeles on Wednesday, September 10, nearly 1,000 federal, state, and local law enforcement officers seized approximately $100 million in cash, arrested nine subjects, and ...

Money Laundering Takedown


In a major takedown in Los Angeles on Wednesday, September 10, nearly 1,000 federal, state, and local law enforcement officers seized approximately $100 million in cash, arrested nine subjects, and searched dozen of businesses in the city’s downtown fashion district alleged to have laundered money for Mexican drug cartels.

The ongoing investigation—three indictments were unsealed Wednesday—is specifically aimed at the Sinaloa Cartel and its activities, including narcotics trafficking, hostage taking, and money laundering in Los Angeles and elsewhere in the U.S. and Mexico.

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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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