Thanks to effective law enforcement partnerships, seven street gang members were recently sent to federal prison for their roles in a series of violent carjackings over a three-week period.
Violent Carjackers Sentenced
|Shown is one of the vehicles stolen by members of the Atlanta-area “Bandits” street gang during a series of violent carjackings over a three-week period beginning in late December 2012.
From late December 2012 to mid-January 2013, a series of violent carjackings in and around the Atlanta metro area shook the region and caused a significant violent crime spike. But a partnership between the FBI and law enforcement authorities in Cobb, Fulton, Gwinnett, and DeKalb Counties resulted in the dismantlement of the dangerous gang of criminals responsible.
And seven of those criminals were recently sentenced to federal prison terms, including the leaders of the so-called Bandits street gang, Ladarious Gibbs and Derek C. Turner.
Myloh Jaqory Mason—wanted for a series of violent crimes, including attempted murder—has been named to the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. A reward of up to $100,000 is being offered for information ...
New Top Ten Fugitive
***01/15/16 Update: Myloh Mason has been taken into custody without incident. Details
Myloh Jaqory Mason—wanted for a series of violent crimes, including attempted murder—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 the 25-year-old fugitive, who is being sought on federal and state charges for his alleged involvement in recent violent bank robberies and two separate shootings in Lakewood, Colorado.
Today, the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program released details on more than 5.4 million criminal offenses reported by law enforcement through the National Incident-Based Reporting System ...
2014 NIBRS Statistics Released
Today, the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program released details on more than 5.4 million criminal offenses reported by law enforcement through the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) during 2014. According to NIBRS 2014, 6,520 law enforcement agencies—charged with protecting more than 93 million U.S. inhabitants—reported 4,759,438 incidents involving 5,489,485 offenses, 5,790,423 victims, and 4,414,016 known offenders.
Unlike data reported through UCR’s traditional Summary Reporting System (an aggregate monthly tally of crimes) and published annually in Crime in the United States, NIBRS data goes much deeper because of its ability to provide circumstances and context for crimes. It includes all offenses within a single incident as well as additional aspects about each event, like location, time of day, relationship between victim and offender, and whether the incident was cleared. NIBRS also includes data on 23 offense categories made up of 49 offenses, as opposed to the Summary Reporting System’s 10 Part I offenses. Ultimately, NIBRS will improve the detail and overall quality of crime data, which will help law enforcement and communities around the country use resources more strategically and effectively.
The FBI took part in a briefing announcing the U.S. State Department’s launch of a publication that outlines the emerging negative impacts of the illicit tobacco trade and the whole-of-government ...
FBI Takes Part in State Department Briefing on Just-Released Illicit Tobacco Trade Publication
Today in Washington, D.C., the FBI took part in a briefing announcing the U.S. State Department’s launch of a publication that outlines the emerging negative impacts of the illicit tobacco trade and the whole-of-government approach to combating it. According to The Global Illicit Trade in Tobacco: A Threat to National Security, this low-risk, high-reward, often transnational criminal activity is a lucrative crime for some terrorist groups and a potential revenue source to finance acts of terror. It also provides funding for other criminal activities—including money laundering and trafficking in humans, weapons, drugs, antiquities, diamonds, and counterfeit goods—and it can encourage organized criminal enterprises, terrorist organizations, and other threat networks to work together. Additionally, the illicit tobacco trade deprives governments of tax revenues, causing billions of dollars in losses annually.
The Bureau was represented at the briefing by Special Agent Eric B. Ives, head of the FBI’s Transnational Organized Crime - Threat Financing Program, which has as its primary objective the building of partnerships with global law enforcement agencies and the private sector through operational, intelligence, and training initiatives to combat illicit trade of all kinds. He discussed how illicit trade in tobacco, pharmaceuticals, diamonds, and cultural property is often a gateway to organized crime, corruption, terrorism, and other crimes that fall under the FBI’s jurisdiction, and it has serious economic and national security implications. The Bureau focuses its investigative resources primarily on illicit trade matters with suspected ties to terrorism and/or large national and international criminal enterprises. The new report contains several examples of FBI-led multi-agency investigations into counterfeit cigarettes and other illegal commodities which led to dozens of indictments in several different countries.
The illicit trade in tobacco publication was released last week during a meeting of the Interagency Working Group to Combat Illicit Tobacco, an entity created earlier this year to address the rise of illicit tobacco as a major international criminal threat. The group is made up of a number of federal agencies—including the State Department and the FBI—and representatives from Europol and half-a-dozen foreign countries.
Hosting the briefing was the multinational Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), which recently published a broader report on illicit trade called Illicit Trade: Converging Criminal Networks, which is available on OECD’s website.
Four American men were recently sentenced to prison for attempting to buy kidnapped women to serve as sex and domestic slaves.
Human Trafficking: Prison Time for Men Who Attempted to Buy Sex Slaves
|Evidence seized in the human trafficking case, such as these restraints, revealed that the subjects were fully prepared to buy kidnapped women and hold them against their will.
During the course of an international human trafficking investigation, FBI agents uncovered disturbing information: American men were making what appeared to be serious inquiries about buying kidnapped women from Asia to serve as sex and domestic slaves in response to an advertisement from Malaysia on a now-defunct bondage website.
The online solicitation turned out to be a money-making scam, but the response from potential customers in the U.S.—nearly 200 inquiries during a two-month period—was alarming. After the fraudulent advertisement was removed from the website and the FBI referred the matter to Malaysian authorities, the FBI devised an undercover operation targeting the same clientele.
More than 100 people responded, and most dropped out quickly. But four men were anxious to proceed—and willing to pay thousands of dollars for a sex slave—which landed them all in prison.
Today, FBI Director James Comey testified before a Senate committee on the FBI’s programs and priorities for the coming year, and Assistant Director Joseph Campbell briefed a House committee about ...
Executives Brief Congressional Committees on Current FBI Priorities
|Director James Comey discusses the FBI’s programs and priorities for the coming year at a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on December 9, 2015.
This morning, Director James Comey met with members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss the FBI’s programs and priorities for the coming year. He referenced the recent shootings in San Bernardino and the attacks in Paris to demonstrate the diverse threats posed to national security, the economy, and our communities and to underscore the complexity and breadth of the FBI’s mission. In his statement, Comey updated committee members on a variety of Bureau priorities, starting with terrorism—its top investigative priority—and “Going Dark,” the challenge faced by law enforcement when dealing with terrorists and criminals who use encrypted technology. He also discussed the latest counterintelligence threats, including the growing scope of the insider threat; the proliferation of cyber-based or cyber-facilitated activity across nearly every national security and criminal area that falls under FBI jurisdiction; and the most egregious criminal threats that the FBI investigates, including public corruption, civil rights abuses, health care fraud, violent crime, transnational organized crime, and crimes against children.
This afternoon, Criminal Investigative Division Assistant Director Joseph Campbell testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform about online gambling and the potential criminal activity that could accompany it. Campbell said that the FBI and the Department of Justice take the issue of illegal gambling—which includes online gambling—very seriously and have carefully used their limited resources to focus their investigations and prosecutions of Internet gambling on those groups engaged in the most egregious criminal conduct. Often times, this includes criminal conduct tied to organized crime groups like La Cosa Nostra, activity that is part of a larger criminal scheme, and/or activity that includes locating at least part of the gambling operation within the U.S. According to Campbell, online casinos—just like physical casinos—are potentially susceptible to criminal schemes and money laundering because of the possibility of criminals concealing their identity, location, and actual gambling activity.
A 1980 meeting between an FBI agent and NYPD official led to what became known as the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force, which has served as a model for all other JTTFs in 104 cities nationwide.
New York Joint Terrorism Task Force Celebrates 35 Years
|FBI New York Assistant Director in Charge Diego Rodriguez speaks during a ceremony marking the 35th anniversary of the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force at the FBI New York Field Office on December 1, 2015.
It was a spring afternoon in 1980 when a special agent from the FBI’s New York Field Office and a New York City Police Department official met for lunch to discuss how to combine their expertise to track down terrorist organizations responsible for a wave of violent attacks in the city.
That meeting led to the pooling of both agencies’ resources into a group that became known as the Joint Terrorism Task Force, or JTTF. And last week in New York, the FBI and NYPD celebrated the work the JTTF has been doing ever since.
In a December 1 ceremony at the FBI’s New York Field Office marking the JTTF’s 35th anniversary, FBI Director James Comey described the New York JTTF as the “granddaddy of them all” in a recorded video message shown at the event. “This was the one that started the model, that helped bring the NYPD and the FBI together in ways that people never thought possible,” said Comey.
Ten years ago this month, the FBI initiated Operation Backfire—the takedown of a prolific domestic terrorism group known as The Family, which was tied to more than 40 criminal acts ranging from ...
Operation Backfire: Ten Years Later, Two Fugitives Remain
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Ten years ago this month, the FBI initiated Operation Backfire—the takedown of the most prolific domestic terrorism cell of the time. The group, known as The Family, was tied to more than 40 criminal acts ranging from vandalism to arson between 1995 and 2001, causing more than $45 million in damages. The cell’s 1998 arson attack on a ski resort in Vail, Colorado was its most notorious crime: estimated damage for this one event was $26 million.
In all, 17 individuals were indicted for their involvement with The Family, but a decade later, two remain fugitives: Josephine Sunshine Overaker and Joseph Dibee. The FBI has just released an age-progressed photograph of Overaker. If you have information on the whereabouts of either of these fugitives, please contact your local FBI office, nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate, or submit at tip at tips.fbi.gov.
Speaking to reporters at FBI Headquarters today, Director James Comey announced that the FBI is assuming a leadership role in the investigation into the mass shooting that occurred earlier this week ...
FBI Will Investigate San Bernardino Shootings as Terrorist Act
|FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General Loretta Lynch speak to reporters about this week’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, California during a press availability held December 4, 2015 at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. |
The FBI announced today that it is assuming a leadership role in the investigation into the mass shooting that occurred earlier this week in San Bernardino, California, and that the attack that killed 14 people and injured 21 others has been deemed an act of terrorism.
“This is now a federal terrorism investigation, led by the FBI,” said Director James Comey, speaking to reporters at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He was joined by Attorney General Loretta Lynch. “The reason for that,” Comey said, “is that the investigation so far has developed indications of radicalization by the killers and of the potential inspiration by foreign terrorist organizations.” The Bureau’s work, however, continues in close cooperation with our federal, state, and local partners.
Comey cautioned that it is early in the investigation, “but so far, there is no indication that these killers are part of an organized larger group.” He added that hundreds of FBI personnel are following leads all over the world. “We are trying to understand the motives of these killers and trying to understand every detail of their lives.”
The FBI is in possession of a large volume of electronic evidence that belonged to the husband and wife shooters, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik. Comey said the couple tried to conceal and destroy electronic evidence before they were killed in a shootout with police Wednesday.
Comey assured the public that the FBI is working as fast as it can to find answers. “We aspire to do it quickly,” he said, “but we most of all aspire to do it well and do it carefully.”
Comey also urged the public to be vigilant but not to live in fear. “Do not let fear become disabling,” he said, adding that it’s important “if you see something that doesn’t make sense, you say something to somebody.” Doing this, Comey explained, will “let us do the work that you pay us to do, which is to investigate and fight terrorism while you live the lives that are so wonderful in this great country of ours.”
“Our hearts continue to ache for the people lost and wounded in San Bernardino and their families,” Comey remarked, echoing Lynch’s earlier sentiments to keep the victims and their families “in our prayers.”
The FBI’s office in Mexico City—the Bureau’s largest and oldest overseas post—marked its 75th anniversary yesterday, commemorating the longstanding alliance between the U.S. and Mexico in the fight ...
FBI Celebrates 75th Anniversary of Legal Attaché in Mexico City
The FBI’s office in Mexico City—the Bureau’s largest and oldest overseas post—marked its 75th anniversary yesterday, commemorating the longstanding alliance between the U.S. and Mexico in the fight against crime.
The FBI and Mexican authorities have been working together since the early 20th century, with the Bureau’s legal attaché office in Mexico City officially opening in 1940. The FBI maintains more than 60 legal attaché offices—or legats—around the world, where Bureau personnel work closely with host countries to share information and to coordinate investigations that help safeguard American citizens and protect U.S. interests.