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Dec 24, 2014 12:00 PM

Digital Billboard Initiative

The FBI’s National Digital Billboard Initiative, launched in 2007, can quickly reach the public with information about fugitives, missing persons, and public safety issues. With access to more than ...

Digital Billboard Initiative

The FBI’s National Digital Billboard Initiative, launched in 2007, can quickly reach the public with information about fugitives, missing persons, and public safety issues. With access to more than 5,200 billboards nationwide made available by a number of companies, the FBI has captured 53 individuals as a direct result of this program.

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Dec 22, 2014 12:30 PM

French Firm to Pay Record $772 Million Penalty for Foreign Bribery Scheme

In what is being called the largest-ever foreign bribery resolution with the Department of Justice, a French power and transportation company today pleaded guilty to violating the Foreign Corrupt ...

French Firm to Pay Record $772 Million Penalty for Foreign Bribery Scheme

In what is being called the largest-ever foreign bribery resolution with the Department of Justice, a French power and transportation company today pleaded guilty to violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and agreed to pay a record $772 million fine.

The company, Alstom S.A., engaged in a worldwide bribery scheme for more than a decade that involved tens of millions of dollars in payouts. A significant part of the scheme was carried out from the company’s offices in Windsor, Connecticut. Alstom pled guilty to a two-count criminal information, acknowledging that its executives had falsified books and records and failed to implement adequate internal controls.

“This investigation spanned years and crossed continents, as agents from the FBI Washington and New Haven Field Offices conducted interviews and collected evidence in every corner of the globe,” said FBI Executive Assistant Director Robert Anderson, Jr.

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Dec 22, 2014 09:00 AM

FBI Releases 2013 National Incident-Based Reporting System Statistics

Today, the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program released its third annual compilation of statistics from the National Incident-Based Reporting System, providing expanded data on more than 4.9 ...

FBI Releases 2013 National Incident-Based Reporting System Statistics

NIBRS 2013 GraphicToday, the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program released its third annual compilation of statistics from the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), providing expanded data on more than 4.9 million criminal incidents reported to law enforcement in 2013.

The NIBRS, implemented to improve the overall quality of crime data collected by law enforcement, captures details on each single crime incident—as well as on separate offenses within the same incident—including information on victims, known offenders, relationships between victims and offenders, arrestees, and property involved in the crimes. In this latest report, 6,328 NIBRS agencies—about a third of the more than 18,000 law enforcement agencies that participate in the UCR Program—reported 4,927,535 crime incidents involving 5,665,902 offenses, 5,980,569 victims, 4,517,902 known offenders, and 1,533,671 arrestees.

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Dec 18, 2014 02:30 PM

The Fraudster Who Faked His Own Death: Inside the Aubrey Lee Price Case

Aubrey Lee Price went from a devout minister and trusted financial adviser to a schemer who wiped out his clients’ life savings and then faked his own death to avoid taking responsibility for what he ...

The Fraudster Who Faked His Own Death: Inside the Aubrey Lee Price Case

When a federal judge recently sentenced Aubrey Lee Price to 30 years in prison for bank fraud, embezzlement, and other crimes, it closed a chapter on the once successful businessman’s sensational criminal saga.

Price went from a devout Christian minister and trusted financial adviser to a schemer who wiped out many of his clients’ life savings and then faked his own death to avoid taking responsibility for what he had done. When a routine traffic stop in Georgia resulted in his arrest on New Year’s Eve in 2013—nearly 18 months after his disappearance—Price acknowledged that he had become a drug dealer.

His well-publicized rise and fall makes for a fascinating tale, but our agents who investigated the case and who specialize in white-collar crime are quick to point out that the real focus of this story should not be on Price but rather on his victims.

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Dec 11, 2014 07:00 PM

A Commitment to Indian Country: Director Pledges Support for Victims

At the 14th National Indian Nations Conference on the reservation of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians in California, FBI Director James Comey pledged the Bureau’s “unshakeable” commitment ...

A Commitment to Indian Country: Director Pledges Support for Victims

At the 14th National Indian Nations Conference on the reservation of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians in California, FBI Director James Comey pledged the Bureau’s “unshakeable” commitment to tribal nations.

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Dec 10, 2014 03:00 PM

Human Rights Day 2014

Today is Human Rights Day—an observance first proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1950 to recognize the fundamental rights of every individual—so we thought this would be an ...

Human Rights Day 2014

Today is Human Rights Day—an observance first proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1950 to recognize the fundamental rights of every individual—so we thought this would be an appropriate time to highlight our work as the lead agency for enforcing federal civil rights laws in the U.S.

The FBI opens hundreds of civil rights cases each year, and it’s a responsibility that we take very seriously. During fiscal year 2014, the Bureau initiated more than 1,350 civil rights cases that fell into one of four categories—hate crimes, color of law violations, human trafficking, and Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act violations.

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Dec 08, 2014 09:00 AM

Latest Hate Crime Statistics Report Released

The FBI’s annual Hate Crime Statistics report reveals that 5,928 hate crime incidents involving 6,933 offenses were reported by our law enforcement partners to the Bureau’s Uniform Crime Reporting ...

Latest Hate Crime Statistics Report Released

2013 Hate Crime Statistics GraphicToday, the FBI released its annual Hate Crime Statistics report, which revealed that 5,928 hate crime incidents involving 6,933 offenses were reported by our law enforcement partners to the Bureau’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program in 2013. These hate crime incidents impacted a total of 7,242 victims—which are defined as individuals, businesses, institutions, or society as a whole. The number of reported hate crimes last year is down slightly when compared to 2012 UCR figures—5,928 in 2013 versus the 2012 figure of 6,573.

Hate Crime Statistics, 2013—the first UCR publication to contain data collected under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crime Prevention Act of 2009—has a few changes from previous reports. First, biases against gender (male or female) and gender identity (transgender and gender nonconformity) have been added to the list of bias categories. And in response to the Shepard/Byrd Act, we modified our data collection so that reporting agencies can indicate whether crimes were committed by, or directed against, juveniles.

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Dec 04, 2014 02:00 PM

New Top Ten Fugitive: Help Us Find a Murderer

A reward of up to $100,000 is being offered for information leading directly to the arrest of Yaser Abdel Said, who is wanted for allegedly murdering his two teenage daughters in Texas.

New Top Ten Fugitive: Help Us Find a Murderer

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Yaser Abdel Said, wanted for the murder of his two teenage daughters in Texas, has been named to the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.

A reward of up to $100,000 is being offered for information leading directly to the arrest of Said, who was born in Egypt and may be hiding there or in U.S. communities with Egyptian ties.

On January 1, 2008, Said persuaded his estranged daughters—Amina, 18, and Sarah, 17—to visit him. He said he was going to take them to get something to eat. Instead, he allegedly drove them in his taxi cab to a remote location and used a handgun to murder them. One of the girls was able to make a 911 call and was heard screaming for help, saying she and her sister were being shot by their father. Their bodies were discovered several hours later in the cab, which was abandoned outside a hotel in Irving, Texas.

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Dec 01, 2014 03:30 PM

FBI Worst-Case Exercise Tests Response to Chemical Attack

The FBI’s Chemical Countermeasures Unit (part of our Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate) recently hosted a worst-case scenario exercise in Houston—home to the largest concentration of chemical ...

FBI Worst-Case Exercise Tests Response to Chemical Attack

When the facility manager for a hazardous waste disposal company near Houston took his seat at the table with law enforcement officials and emergency first responders, he knew it was going to be a very bad day. In the coming hours, his facility would experience a break-in, a fire, and the theft of a chemical agent that would be intentionally released at a popular waterfront amusement park, sending a poisonous plume across the region.

The fictional worst-case scenario was designed by the FBI’s Chemical Countermeasures Unit—part of our Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Directorate—to shake out any weaknesses in the region’s elaborate network of emergency responders. The daylong exercise, attended by more than two dozen local, state, and federal agencies, raised all the tangly issues that come up in real catastrophic events: Who has jurisdiction? Who is the lead investigative agency? Who is qualified to appropriately respond?

The exercise also showed how private industry has an important seat at the table in dynamic events like this, since they know their materials and vulnerabilities better than anyone else, and they are most likely to be the first to recognize suspicious activity related to their own operations.

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Nov 26, 2014 01:30 PM

Annual ‘Officers Killed’ Report More Than a Tally of Losses

While the annual LEOKA report, released earlier this weeks, offers a stark reminder of the dangers police face every day, the main reason for gathering the comprehensive data about line-of-duty ...

Annual ‘Officers Killed’ Report More Than a Tally of Losses

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The FBI’s annual Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) report that was released earlier this week details in chilling narratives and statistics how 76 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in 2013.

While the LEOKA report offers a stark reminder of the dangers police face every day, the main reason for gathering the comprehensive data about line-of-duty fatalities, assaults, and accidents is to prevent them from occurring in the future. In addition to collecting details about the critical aspects of fatal confrontations and assaults, the FBI’s LEOKA program conducts extensive research on the data that eventually gets incorporated into the officer safety awareness training the FBI provides for partner agencies.

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