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Oct 26, 2010 11:30 PM

Forged Andrew Wyeth Painting Seized

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Forged Andrew Wyeth Painting Seized

The FBI Wilmington Resident Agency and the FBI Art Crime Team seized a forgery of Andrew Wyeth’s “Snow Birds.” The fraudulent painting had been placed for sale at a major auction house in New York. Initial estimates placed its value at between $300,000 and $500,000. The actual “Snow Birds” painting was painted by Andrew Wyeth in 1970.

The seizure was announced yesterday by the U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware, who also discussed the seizure of Mesopotamian antiquities from a California antiquities dealer.

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Oct 26, 2010 12:40 PM

Director Addresses Chiefs of Police

Director Robert S. Mueller, III

Director Addresses Chiefs of Police

In comments at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Orlando, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller gave a brief overview of the current terrorist threat: "Nine years ago, al Qaeda was our primary concern. Today, we still confront the prospect of a large-scale attack by al Qaeda central. But we also face a growing threat from al Qaeda affiliates, from the attempted Christmas Day bombing by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, to the failed Times Square bombing by TTP, a militant group in Pakistan.

Al Qaeda and its affiliates may also attempt smaller attacks that require less planning and fewer operational steps—attacks that may be more difficult to detect and to prevent. Threats from homegrown terrorists are also of great concern. These individuals are harder to detect, easily able to connect with other extremists on the Internet, and—in some instances—highly capable operationally. For these reasons, terrorism is and must remain the FBI’s top priority. But it is by no means our only priority."

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Oct 26, 2010 12:30 PM

Latent Hit of the Year

Latent Hit of the Year

Each year we highlight a cold case that was solved through analysis of latent fingerprints. The 2010 Hit of the Year recognizes a 1972 case in San Diego. A man was stabbed more than 50 times in his home. His house had been ransacked, and his car was stolen. the San Diego Police Department reopened the case in 2008. Latent prints helped lead them to a suspect in Texas, who ultimately pleaded guilty to the crime.

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Oct 22, 2010 07:50 PM

Prison Sentence for Supporting Taliban

Prison Sentence for Supporting Taliban

A Pakistani national who entered the U.S. on a student visa has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for unlawfully possessing firearms and conspiring to provide material support to the Taliban. An FBI undercover investigation revealed that Adan Mirza, 33, and others intended to send funds to the Taliban and had engaged in weekend training and practice sessions in Houston in 2006 to prepare for “jihad.”

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Oct 22, 2010 06:10 PM

Top Ten News Stories of the Week

Top Ten News Stories of the Week

A Singapore man's plot to provide weapons to a terrorist organization in Sri Lanka and a fraud scheme in Miami that involved two corporations billing Medicare $200 million for mental health services they didn't provide are among the top FBI stories of the week.

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Oct 22, 2010 04:40 PM

Regional Computer Forensics Laboratories

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In the "FBI This Week" podcast, Bryan Tepper, Unit Chief for FBI’s Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory program, describes the role of FBI-certified examiners in 14 labs across the country.

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Regional Computer Forensics Laboratories

Oct 22, 2010 01:35 AM

Postal Worker Guilty for Gambling Ring

Postal Worker Guilty for Gambling Ring

James Washington was found guilty in federal court in New York of conspiring to operate an illegal gambling business throughout U.S. Postal Service facilities and other government workplaces. Records show Washington, along with several co-conspirators, operated a "Lotto"-type gambling business that tracked New York State Lotto drawings and paid out on a monthly basis prizes in the range of $100,000 and more.

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Oct 21, 2010 02:35 AM

Guilty Plea in Virginia Terror Case

Guilty Plea in Virginia Terror Case

Zachary Adam Chesser, 20, of Virginia, pleaded guilty charges that included communicating threats against the writers of the South Park television show, soliciting violent jihadists, and attempting to provide material support to Al-Shabaab, a designated foreign terrorist organization. Chesser admitted that in May he posted to a jihadist website the personal contact information of individuals who had joined the “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day” group on Facebook. He also admitted that he twice attempted to travel to Somalia to join Al-Shabaab and engage in violent jihad as a foreign fighter.

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Oct 20, 2010 12:00 PM

Prison Sentence for Dallas Bomb Attempt

Prison Sentence for Bomb Attempt in Dallas

Hosam Maher Husein Smadi was sentenced to 24 years in prison for his attempted bombing of a downtown Dallas skyscraper in 2009. According to court documents, Smadi took possession of a truck that contained a weapon of mass destruction, specifically a bomb, and parked it in a garage at Fountain Place, a 60-story public office building in Dallas. After parking the truck, Smadi activated a timer connected to the device, locked the truck and walked away.

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Oct 19, 2010 03:00 PM

Singapore Man Convicted of Terror Charges

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Singapore Man Convicted of Terror Charges

Balraj Naidu, 48, a citizen of the Republic of Singapore, was convicted in a federal court in Maryland of conspiracy to provide material support to the Tamil Tigers, a foreign terrorist organization. Naidu and co-conspirators attempted to purchase weaponry from China, Thailand, North Korea, the Philippines,, and Indonesia for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (Tamil Tigers) in Sri Lanka to be used to fight against Sri Lankan government forces.

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