Judge Giovanni Falcone was an Italian prosecutor dedicated to justice, the rule of law, and dismantling the Sicilian Mafia, which ultimately led to his assassination in 1992. He was also a great ...
Falcone Foundation Visits FBI Headquarters
|(From left) FBI Assistant Director Mike Kortan, Minister of Justice to the Republic of Italy Andrea Orlando, Maria Falcone, and Ambassador of Italy to the United States Claudio Bisogniero stand in the stairwell of the Judge Giovanni Falcone Gallery at FBI Headquarters during a visit by the Falcone Foundation on November 12, 2014.
Giovanni Falcone will always be remembered as a prosecutor who devoted his career to dismantling the Sicilian Mafia. It was a devotion that ultimately cost him his life—he was assassinated in a roadside bomb attack on May 23, 1992, near Palermo, Italy. But the Italian judge will also be forever remembered as a champion of the rule of law, one of the earliest advocates of international cooperation in the fight against organized crime, and a true friend of the FBI.
His sister, Maria Falcone, is committed to carrying on his work. She established the Falcone Foundation—an organization that promotes legal education and respect for the rule of law among young people—to encourage the youth of Italy to follow in her brother’s footsteps. And yesterday, Ms. Falcone and several Falcone Foundation participants met with FBI and Italian officials in the Judge Giovanni Falcone Gallery, which was dedicated last year at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The visit “honored the memory of a great man who helped forge a great partnership between the FBI and Italy while reminding us of the important work we continue together today,” said FBI Rome Legal Attaché Jason Fickett, who was there for the occasion.
As global law enforcement coordination becomes ever more imperative, the FBI remains dedicated to building upon the foundation of partnership and friendship exemplified by Judge Falcone. And we salute Ms. Falcone and her efforts to ensure that her brother’s legacy lives on.
It was a horrific instance of child sexual exploitation that went on for approximately three years. But in the end, Patricia and Matthew Ayers—who pled guilty to crimes against a child in their ...
Child Pornography Case Results in Lengthy Prison Sentences
It was a horrific instance of child sexual exploitation that went on for approximately three years. But in the end, Patricia and Matthew Ayers—who pled guilty to crimes against a child in their custody—were recently sentenced to an astonishing 2,340 years collectively behind bars (1,590 for her, 750 for him).
The federal judge who handed down those sentences told the defendants, “I have been on the bench since 1998 and this is the worst case I have personally dealt with. ... You robbed this child of her childhood and her soul, and a maximum sentence is the only sentence appropriate.”
The FBI released “Crime in the United States, 2013” today, which shows that the estimated number of violent crimes in 2013 decreased 4.4 percent when compared with 2012 figures, and the estimated ...
Crime Statistics for 2013 Released
|A chart from the just-released Crime in the United States, 2013 publication shows the downward progression in the number of reported violent crimes over the past five years.
The FBI released Crime in the United States, 2013 today, which shows that the estimated number of violent crimes in 2013 decreased 4.4 percent when compared with 2012 figures, and the estimated number of property crimes decreased 4.1 percent. There were an estimated 1,163,146 violent crimes reported to law enforcement last year, along with an estimated 8,632,512 property crimes.
The crime statistics report, issued by the Bureau’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, contains voluntarily submitted data from 18,415 city, county, state, tribal, campus, and federal law enforcement agencies on specific crimes brought to their attention. They include the violent crimes of murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault, and the property crimes of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson.
Inside the case of a doctor who gave false diagnoses of cancer and other conditions to to his patients for the purpose of prescribing medically unnecessary chemotherapy and other treatments so he ...
Egregious Case of Health Care Fraud
Imagine receiving a diagnosis of cancer and then having to go through chemotherapy or other intensive treatments. Then imagine finding out that you never had cancer in the first place and that your doctor—whom you trusted implicitly—merely used you in his scheme to fraudulently bill the federal Medicare program and private insurance companies for hundreds of millions of dollars.
That’s exactly what happened to patients of Dr. Farid Fata, a Detroit-area hematologist and oncologist. And it was not only cancer diagnoses. Some patients were told, wrongly, that they had other conditions which required expensive intravenous therapies, medications, and diagnostic tests...all of which jeopardized their health and well-being.
An increasing number of U.S. citizens are being threatened by Mexican extortion schemes, and the criminals’ tactics are becoming more sophisticated. Since the threat is continuing to evolve, the FBI ...
Jose Ramirez, a retired New York police officer and ultra-fit triathlete, is an unlikely victim. But last December in Cancun, Mexico, after completing an Ironman competition, he was tricked into believing his life was in danger. Like an increasing number of U.S. citizens on both sides of the border, Ramirez was the target of an extortion scheme known as virtual kidnapping.
Unlike traditional abductions, virtual kidnappers do not intend to physically detain their victims. Instead, through various deceptions and threats of violence, they coerce individuals to isolate themselves from their families—or make families believe that their loved ones are being held—all to extract a quick ransom before the scheme falls apart.
Although these extortion schemes have been around for many years, their numbers are on the rise, and the criminals’ tactics are becoming more sophisticated. Since the threat is continuing to evolve, the FBI wants to raise public awareness to help people avoid being victimized.
At Conference on Global Terrorism, FBI Director Discusses Evolving Terror Threat and Efforts to Address It
On November 3, 2014, Director James Comey spoke at the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School in New York City, briefing participants on the current terror threat and on FBI ...
At Conference on Global Terrorism, FBI Director Discusses Evolving Terror Threat and Efforts to Address It
FBI Director James Comey speaks at Fordham Law School in New York City on November 3, 2014.
On November 3, 2014, Director James Comey spoke at the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School in New York City, briefing participants on the current terror threat and on FBI efforts—working in conjunction with our federal, state, local, and international partners—to confront it. According to Comey, the terror threat—which continues to be the Bureau’s number one priority—has changed in two ways: 1) While the core al Qaeda group in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region has been reduced, offshoots of that group, like ISIL and Khorasan, have sprung up in ungoverned or poorly governed spaces in other places and offer training to people around the world, including in the U.S.; and 2) the explosion of terrorist propaganda on the Internet for the purpose of recruiting and motivating has made addressing the challenge of homegrown violent extremists more difficult.
Comey focused on the importance of intelligence—using it, collecting it, and especially sharing it to connect the dots—as one of the ways to stay ahead of terrorism. He noted that the Bureau has made a lot of progress since 9/11 in terms of its intelligence efforts, but that we continue to work to make information-sharing and collaboration stronger and more fluid. He also touched on the need for a national conversation on the Going Dark issue, in which a combination of outdated laws and rapid changes in technology is making it increasingly hard for law enforcement to access the evidence needed to prosecute crime and prevent terrorism, even with lawful authority.
Noting the irreplaceable role that state and local law enforcement agencies play in the FBI’s counterterrorism efforts—for example, their contributions to our Joint Terrorism Task Forces—Comey also said that the Bureau relies on its community partners and private citizens to stay ahead of the threat, particularly in the area of recognizing signs of radicalization.
Eric Frein, the alleged shooter of two Pennsylvania State Police troopers, has been taken into custody. Frein was added last month to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. The shootings occurred ...
Top Ten Fugitive Eric Frein in Custody
|News that Eric Frein was taken onto custody was shared on the FBI’s Twitter page, twitter.com/fbi.|
The alleged shooter of two Pennsylvania State Police troopers has been taken into custody, Pennsylvania State Police confirmed today. Eric Matthew Frein, 31, who was added last month to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, 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.
Frein was apprehended at 6:07 p.m. on October 30 at a defunct airfield near Tannersville, Pennsylvania, by members of the U.S. Marshals Service. His arrest concludes a massive manhunt in the Pocono Mountains, led by the Pennsylvania State Police. Frein will now be tried by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
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.
Frein was the 503rd person to appear on the Top Ten list since it was created in 1950. Since then, with Frein’s capture, 473 fugitives have been apprehended or located.
With nearly 40 countries represented, the FBI’s Violent Crimes Against Children International Task Force aims to identify and bring to justice anyone involved in violent child sexual exploitation ...
Violent Crimes Against Children International Task Force Celebrates 10 Years
Ten years ago this month, the FBI stood up the Innocent Images International Task Force. Its mission: to investigate commercial websites—at that time mostly based in Eastern Europe—involved in the worldwide distribution of child pornography. A big task for a small but dedicated group of expert investigators from the U.S. and five other participating nations.
Fast forward to October 2014, and this group of investigators has grown from about a half dozen individuals to around 60 officers from nearly 40 countries. And the group’s changed name—the Violent Crimes Against Children International Task Force—represents its expanded mission today: to identify and bring to justice anyone involved in violent child sexual exploitation activities, whether online or in person, and to identify and rescue the victims of these crimes no matter where in the world they may be.
On October 27, 2014, FBI Director James Comey spoke at The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) annual conference, briefing participants on some of the FBI’s current priorities and ...
Director Addresses Law Enforcement Partners at IACP Conference
On October 27, 2014, FBI Director James Comey spoke at The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) annual conference, briefing participants on some of the FBI’s current priorities and discussing several major issues facing the law enforcement community as a whole.
The Bureau’s top investigative priority, according to Comey, continues to be the evolving terrorism threat—in particular, offshoot groups of al Qaeda, like ISIL, along with the influence of the Internet and the rise of homegrown violent extremists. He noted the “irreplaceable role” that local law enforcement plays in the FBI’s counterterrorism efforts, particularly on our Joint Terrorism Task Forces and in intelligence fusion centers. Comey also discussed ongoing efforts to better integrate FBI intelligence and operations and an even more effective exchange of information with our partners.
In terms of major issues facing law enforcement, Comey mentioned the technical Going Dark challenge—which makes it difficult to access electronic devices to pull evidence needed to prosecute crime and prevent terrorism—and said he’d like to start a “national conversation” about it. He also highlighted the growing number of shootings and ambush-style attacks against law enforcement officers, and noted that the FBI and the Department of Justice are doing everything they can to offer tools and training to help keep officers safe and bring to justice the offenders.
What began as a scheme to defraud office supply stores has evolved into more ambitious crimes that have cost retailers around the country millions of dollars—and the Nigerian cyber criminals behind ...
Cyber Crime: Purchase Order Scam Leaves a Trail of Victims
What began as a scheme to defraud office supply stores has evolved into more ambitious crimes that have cost retailers around the country millions of dollars—and the Nigerian cyber criminals behind the fraud have also turned at-home Internet users into unsuspecting accomplices.
FBI investigators are calling it purchase order fraud, and the perpetrators are extremely skillful. Through online and telephone social engineering techniques, the fraudsters trick retailers into believing they are from legitimate businesses and academic institutions and want to order merchandise. The retailers believe they are filling requests for established customers, but the goods end up being shipped elsewhere—often to the unsuspecting at-home Internet users, who are then duped into re-shipping the merchandise to Nigeria.