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Aug 28, 2015 03:15 PM

Business E-Mail Compromise

Business e-mail compromise (BEC) is a growing financial fraud that is more sophisticated than any similar scam the FBI has seen before and one—in its various forms—that has resulted in actual and ...

Business E-Mail Compromise

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Business e-mail compromise (BEC) is a growing financial fraud that is more sophisticated than any similar scam the FBI has seen before and one—in its various forms—that has resulted in actual and attempted losses of more than a billion dollars to businesses worldwide.

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Aug 26, 2015 04:00 PM

ISIL and Antiquities Trafficking

The FBI is alerting art collectors and dealers to be particularly careful trading Near Eastern antiquities, warning that artifacts plundered by terrorist organizations such as ISIL are entering the ...

ISIL and Antiquities Trafficking

The FBI is alerting art collectors and dealers to be particularly careful trading Near Eastern antiquities, warning that artifacts plundered by terrorist organizations such as ISIL are entering the marketplace.

“We now have credible reports that U.S. persons have been offered cultural property that appears to have been removed from Syria and Iraq recently,” said Bonnie Magness-Gardiner, manager of the FBI’s Art Theft Program.

The Bureau is asking U.S. art and antiquities market leaders to spread the word that preventing illegally obtained artifacts from reaching the market helps stem the transfer of funds to terrorists.

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Aug 20, 2015 01:30 PM

Medicare Fraud

A hospice executive received a federal prison term for submitting millions of dollars’ worth of fraudulent claims to Medicare and using the ill-gotten gains to fund her lavish lifestyle.

Medicare Fraud

The overwhelming majority of people who go into the health care industry do it because they want to help people. Unfortunately, there are also some unscrupulous individuals who do it because they think they can take advantage of the health care system for their own financial gain.

That’s just what happened in the case of an Oklahoma hospice executive. Paula Kluding, owner of Prairie View Hospice, Inc., located in Chandler, Oklahoma, submitted millions of dollars’ worth of fraudulent claims to the federal Medicare program. But after a thorough investigation by the FBI and our partners at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General, Kluding was convicted of Medicare fraud and other related charges at trial and was recently sentenced to a federal prison term. She was also ordered to pay $2.5 million in restitution to Medicare.

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Aug 17, 2015 12:50 PM

Theft of Trade Secrets: Former DuPont Employee Sentenced

A second former DuPont employee was recently sentenced for his role in a conspiracy led by a South Korean company to steal proprietary information related to Kevlar, a trademarked product developed ...

Theft of Trade Secrets: Former DuPont Employee Sentenced

A second former DuPont employee was recently sentenced for his role in a conspiracy led by a South Korean company to steal proprietary information related to Kevlar, a trademarked product developed and sold by DuPont.

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Aug 13, 2015 12:40 PM

Loan Sharks Sentenced

The two top leaders of an Albanian criminal organization operating in the Philadelphia area were sentenced to lengthy federal prison terms for running a violent loan sharking and illegal gambling ...

Loan Sharks Sentenced

The two top leaders of an Albanian criminal organization operating in the Philadelphia area were sentenced to lengthy federal prison terms for running a violent loan sharking and illegal gambling ring.

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Aug 12, 2015 08:40 AM

New FBI-DOD Biometric Center Will Help Combat Threat of Terrorism

This week, the FBI dedicated its new 360,000-square-foot Biometric Technology Center (BTC), located on the campus of our Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division in Clarksburg, West ...

New FBI-DOD Biometric Center Will Help Combat Threat of Terrorism


This week, the FBI dedicated its new 360,000-square-foot Biometric Technology Center (BTC), located on the campus of our Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division in Clarksburg, West Virginia. The BTC, an enhancement of the ongoing collaboration between the FBI’s Biometric Center of Excellence and the Department of Defense’s Forensics and Biometrics Agency, will—once fully operational—encourage even more joint biometric investigations, along with additional research and development.

FBI Executive Assistant Director Amy Hess, Science and Technology Branch—with CJIS Assistant Director Stephen Morris—welcomed Bureau and Department of Defense (DOD) officials and employees, state and local dignitaries, business and community leaders, and others to the ceremony. “The BTC,” according to Hess, “will be a home for a joint biometric research and development efforts between the FBI, the Pentagon, and other agencies.”

Over the past few years, the FBI has been working with the DOD to use biometrics to identity terrorists and criminals who threaten our homeland and our citizens. The BTC facility will enable the Bureau’s CJIS Division, which has the largest centralized collection of biometric information in the world, and the DOD, with its military biometrics database systems, to make advances in a variety of identification technologies like DNA, iris recognition, voice patterns, facial patterns, and palm prints. It will also allow us to move these technologies and resulting biometric tools more quickly from the laboratory into the hands of those who work to combat terrorism and protect the public from dangerous criminal activity.

FBI and DOD biometrics experts working side-by-side in the facility will also focus on biometrics product certification, training, standards development, privacy rights, and research and development into emerging technologies.

Aug 10, 2015 11:30 AM

Power Grid Attacks

An Arkansas man who conducted multiple acts of sabotage—including attacks on power lines, an electrical tower, and a switching station—was sentenced to 15 years in prison and ordered to pay more than ...

Power Grid Attacks

An Arkansas man who conducted multiple acts of sabotage—including attacks on power lines, an electrical tower, and a switching station—was sentenced to 15 years in prison and ordered to pay more than $4 million in restitution.

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Aug 07, 2015 12:00 PM

Recovered Stradivarius Returned After 35 Years

The FBI returned a rare Stradivarius violin to the heirs of deceased violinist Roman Totenberg at a ceremony at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan yesterday. The violin, made in 1734, was stolen ...

Recovered Stradivarius Returned After 35 Years

The FBI returned a rare Stradivarius violin to the heirs of deceased violinist Roman Totenberg at a ceremony at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan yesterday. The violin, made in 1734, was stolen in 1980. It was recently recovered by the FBI’s Art Crime Team, thanks to a tip passed on by a New York City Police Department detective. After having been missing for more than 35 years, the rare instrument surfaced at a Manhattan hotel in June, where it was being presented for appraisal by an individual who had received the violin from a former spouse. The appraiser contacted the FBI, and the individual voluntarily relinquished it. After contacting the heirs of Roman Totenberg, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI arranged for the return of the Stradivarius to the Totenberg family.

Two antique bows that were stolen along with the violin remain missing. Anyone with information related to this case is asked to contact the FBI’s Art Crime Team in New York at (212) 384-1000 or submit at tip at tips.fbi.gov.

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Aug 06, 2015 02:00 PM

Byte Out of History

Impartial and fair elections are the cornerstone of any democracy, and the FBI has a long history of investigating illegal activities that harm the elective process. One of our earliest ...

Byte Out of History

Impartial and fair elections are the cornerstone of any democracy, and the FBI has a long history of investigating illegal activities that harm the elective process. One of our earliest investigations involved Kansas City political fixer Tom Pendergast, who was threatened by the basic workings of democratic elections—and in particular, by any election that didn’t go his way.

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Aug 05, 2015 02:00 PM

Public Tip Leads to Safe Recovery of 3-Year-Old Florida Kidnap Victim

A tip called in during the CNN program “The Hunt with John Walsh” on August 2, 2015 led to the safe recovery of 3-year-old Lilly Abigail Baumann and the arrest of her mother, Megan Elizabeth Everett, ...

Public Tip Leads to Safe Recovery of 3-Year-Old Florida Kidnap Victim

On August 3, 2015, Putnam County (Florida) Sheriff’s deputies and agents from the FBI’s Daytona Beach Resident Agency, Jacksonville Field Office, rescued 3-year-old Lilly Abigail Baumann and took her mother, Megan Elizabeth Everett, into custody. Everett, wanted on a local arrest warrant issued for allegedly kidnapping her daughter from Sunrise, Florida in May 2014, was also wanted on a federal warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

In May 2014, officers from the Sunrise Police Department responded to a report of a parental kidnapping. Everett failed to return her daughter to the girl’s father as directed in their custody agreement. After a thorough investigation and efforts to locate the child, Sunrise Police Department officials believed she had left their jurisdiction with her daughter and requested assistance from the FBI Miami Office’s Violent Crimes Task Force.

The FBI—with its partners at the Sunrise Police Department—continued to work the case to track down Everett and her daughter, following up on tips and sending out leads. On August 2, 2015, Everett’s case was featured on the CNN program The Hunt with John Walsh. During the program, Bureau representatives helped staff a call center accepting incoming tips from the public. During one such phone call, real-time FBI analysis was able to determine the validity of the information offered by the tipster, and the following morning, investigators were able to locate Everett and her daughter at a residence in Palatka, Florida. Everett was taken into custody without incident, and Lilly was placed into protective custody. The 3-year-old was reunited with her father a short time later.

Miami press release