The FBI.gov website was launched on June 30, 1995—20 years ago today. And over the past two decades, the FBI’s web presences have become effective crime-fighting and customer service tools, ...
The FBI Website at 20
|The FBI.gov homepage as it appeared in June 1997.
The FBI.gov website was launched on June 30, 1995—20 years ago today. And over the past two decades, the FBI’s web presences have become effective crime-fighting and customer service tools, increasingly vital to protecting the public and carrying out the Bureau’s daily work.
Members of the FBI’s Operational Medicine Program are trained to provide care under the most stressful situations, such as SWAT operations and high-risk arrests.
Behind the Scenes with Operational Medics
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The wounded man needed to be airlifted to a hospital immediately, and in the shadow of deafening helicopter blades whose wash was strong enough to knock a person over, special agents worked quickly to secure the patient to a stretcher and prepare to care for him in the close quarters of the aircraft.
Although this was only an exercise, the highly trained members of the FBI’s Operational Medicine (OpMed) Program were focused on their mission—to provide care under the most stressful situations. Whether for a fellow agent engaged in a SWAT operation or a violent criminal injured during a high-risk arrest, the “medics,” as they are known, don’t distinguish between who needs treatment.
To better collaborate with and assist American families whose loved ones have been kidnapped and held overseas, the White House today announced the creation of the Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell, which ...
Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell Established
To better collaborate with and assist American families whose loved ones have been kidnapped and held overseas, the White House today announced the creation of the Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell, which will be the single government entity responsible for coordinating the recovery of U.S. hostages abroad.
Staffed by hostage recovery professionals from the Department of Defense, Department of State, Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the FBI, and the intelligence community, the fusion cell aims to improve how the government develops hostage recovery plans, tracks developments in specific cases, shares information with families, and provides information to Congress and the media. The interagency group will be located at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. and will be led by Michael McGarrity, an 18-year veteran of the FBI. Two deputy directors will be from the Department of State and the Department of Defense.
In December 2014—in the wake of increased hostage-takings by terrorist organizations and criminal groups—President Obama directed a comprehensive review of U.S. policy toward overseas hostage-takings. The findings of that review resulted in the new presidential executive order announced today.
“The fusion cell approach enables law enforcement and intelligence community partners to work in a collaborative environment to secure the safe return of U.S. hostages,” said FBI Deputy Director Mark Giuliano. “We will also be better equipped to serve the needs of families as we all work to bring their loved ones home.”
Kathryn Turman, who leads the FBI’s Office for Victim Assistance, noted, “We continue to look for better ways to be supportive and transparent in our relationships with victims and their families, as well as to better partner and share information with them during and after these times of crisis.”
The White House also announced the following new measures today:
- Hostage Response Group - This dedicated interagency policy body convened by the National Security Council will review and provide guidance on hostage recovery strategies and ensure high-level support for all hostage recovery and family support efforts.
- Intelligence Community Issue Manager for Hostage Affairs - This designee will provide the fusion cell with improved management of hostage-related intelligence and enable the timely declassification of intelligence to share with the families of hostages.
- Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs - This designee will coordinate the government’s diplomatic engagements on all U.S. hostage-related matters and will personally engage at the highest levels of foreign governments to secure the safe recovery of hostages.
- Family Engagement Team - This group will include personnel from the FBI’s Office for Victim Assistance and the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs. The team will collaborate on a continual basis with families of hostages.
More information about today’s announcement can be found on WhiteHouse.gov.
After serving a lengthy state prison term in the early ‘90s for running an extensive truck theft and chop shop operation, the head of a multi-state criminal enterprise picked up where he left ...
Multi-State Chop Shop Operation Disrupted
|A surveillance image shows members of Michael Wymer’s Ohio chop shop operation emptying scrap aluminum cargo out of a stolen trailer so the trailer could be chopped up and sold as scrap metal.
In the early 1990s, Michael Wymer was sentenced to a lengthy term in state prison for heading up an extensive truck theft and chop shop operation.
Wymer, however, apparently never learned his lesson. Upon his release from prison several years ago, he picked up where he left off, setting up another criminal enterprise to steal trucks, disassemble them in his chop shop, and sell them as scrap metal. But this time, Wymer’s activities—which crossed state lines—garnered the attention of the FBI, and last month, the 56-year-old was sentenced in federal court to 27 years in prison. And Wymer’s 13 co-conspirators—including his son, two brothers, and two nephews—have all either pled guilty or been convicted at trial for their roles in the illegal enterprise.
More than 240 individuals—including doctors, nurses, and other licensed professionals—were arrested this week for their alleged participation in Medicare fraud schemes involving approximately $712 ...
Health Care Fraud Takedown
|Attorney General Loretta Lynch—joined by HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell (left) and FBI Director James B. Comey—speaks at a press conference announcing charges in this week’s health care fraud takedown.
More than 240 individuals—including doctors, nurses, and other licensed professionals—were arrested this week for their alleged participation in Medicare fraud schemes involving approximately $712 million in false billings.
The arrests, which began Tuesday, were part of a coordinated operation in 17 cities by Medicare Fraud Strike Force teams, which include personnel from the FBI, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Justice (DOJ), and local law enforcement. The Strike Force’s mission is to combat health care fraud, waste, and abuse.
At a press conference today at DOJ Headquarters in Washington, D.C., officials said the arrests constituted the largest-ever health care fraud takedown in terms of both loss amount and arrests.
Law enforcement authorities are seeking Dylann Storm Roof, who was allegedly involved in several murders in Charleston, South Carolina.
Seeking Suspect in Church Shootings in Charleston, South Carolina
***UPDATE: Dylann Storm Roof is now in custody.***
Law enforcement authorities are seeking Dylann Storm Roof, who was allegedly involved in several murders in Charleston, South Carolina. On Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at approximately 8:00 p.m., Roof allegedly entered the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church located at 110 Calhoun Street and began shooting church members. Roof was last seen leaving the church area in a black, four-door sedan.
If you have any information regarding this case, please contact the FBI toll-free number at 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324); your local FBI office; or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.
Executive Assistant Director Amy Hess took part in a Congressional hearing today that focused on the proposed federal Rapid DNA Act (H.R. 320). During the hearing, Hess updated members on the ...
FBI Executive Discusses Rapid DNA Technology Before Congress
|Amy Hess testifies before the House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations on June 18, 2015.
Executive Assistant Director Amy Hess took part in a Congressional hearing today that focused on the proposed federal Rapid DNA Act (H.R. 320). During the hearing, Hess updated members on the Bureau’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) and National DNA Index System (NDIS) and, in particular, ongoing FBI efforts to develop and integrate Rapid DNA technology for use by law enforcement.
Rapid DNA technology, according to Hess, describes the fully automated (hands-free) process of taking a CODIS-compatible DNA sample from a suspect at a police booking station and quickly running the sample through CODIS while the suspect is still in custody. Since the current Federal DNA Act requires that DNA records in the national database be generated by an accredited laboratory—a process which often takes weeks or months—statutory authorization for the use of FBI-approved Rapid DNA instruments by criminal justice agencies would be needed before the DNA records generated at police booking stations could be searched.
Hess discussed the benefits of Rapid DNA technology, among them the eventual real-time (within two hours) notification of an arrestee’s DNA hit to an unsolved case, which is expected to conserve valuable investigative resources and focus them on specific arrestees. “Equally as important,” she added, “will be the protection of the public when perpetrators are identified at the point of collection before being released back into their communities at the completion of the normal booking process.”
Ten individuals were sentenced to federal prison terms for their roles in multiple racially motivated crimes—one of which resulted in the murder of an African-American man in Jackson, Mississippi.
Ten Sentenced in Hate Crime Case
In Jackson, Mississippi, in the early morning hours of June 26, 2011, a 47-year-old African-American man—James Craig Anderson—was severely beaten and then intentionally run over with a pickup truck in an unprovoked attack by a group of white teenagers from nearby suburbs. Some of the teens yelled racial epithets during this horrific incident, a random act of hate crime violence that resulted in Anderson’s death.
The FBI’s Jackson Field Office opened an investigation, and it wasn’t long before we were able to piece together a conspiracy among at least 10 individuals who—on a half-dozen or so different occasions—made and carried out plans to target, harass, and hurt African-Americans in Jackson, specifically those they believed were homeless or under the influence of alcohol because they thought that such individuals would be less likely to report the assault.
All 10 were eventually charged with federal hate crimes. And all 10 have pled guilty and were sentenced to federal prison terms ranging from four years to 50 years.
The FBI is announcing a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the murder of Theresa Dashewich, a 47-year-old woman who disappeared from a Montana truck stop a year ago and whose ...
Reward Announced in 2014 Murder Case
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The FBI is announcing a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the murder of Theresa Dashewich, a 47-year-old woman who disappeared from a Montana truck stop a year ago and whose body was found several days later and 375 miles away in a culvert off a South Dakota interstate highway.
The Bureau’s reward is in addition to the $5,000 reward being offered by the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, the lead investigating agency. South Dakota officials requested the FBI’s operational assistance in identifying the person or persons responsible for Dashewich’s death because of the interstate nature of the case. The case was also added to our Highway Serial Killings Initiative, through which we assist on investigations involving violent crime victims with some nexus to our nation’s highways.
Dashewich, an Ohio native who led a transient lifestyle and often frequented truck stops, was last seen in the early morning hours of June 14, 2014, talking to truck drivers outside a Flying J truck stop in Billings, Montana. She was wearing a gray t-shirt, navy sweatpants, and white tennis shoes, and she carried a duffel bag. At approximately 8 a.m. on June 14, 2014, a person resembling Dashewich was observed walking away from the Flying J toward the eastbound on-ramp of Interstate 90. Her body was discovered on June 17 along I-90 by a passing motorist—she had been beaten to death, and investigators believe she had been held against her will, possibly in a large vehicle.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324), or contact the nearest FBI field office or American Embassy or Consulate. Help bring closure to the victim’s family and the responsible perpetrator(s) to justice.
The FBI’s Safe Online Surfing Internet Challenge—a free, fun, and informative program that promotes cyber citizenship by educating students in third to eighth grades on the essentials of online ...
FBI Safe Online Surfing Internet Challenge
|The FBI-SOS website features grade-specific islands with age appropriate games, videos, and other interactive materials in various portals.
The FBI’s Safe Online Surfing Internet Challenge—a free, fun, and informative program that promotes cyber citizenship by educating students in third to eighth grades on the essentials of online security—just finished its third school year, with record results. A total of 275,656 students completed the exams—more than triple the previous year. The competition included 5,053 schools in 49 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the Northern Mariana Islands.