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May 20, 2015 12:45 PM

Five Major Banks Agree to Plead Guilty to Felony Charges

Agreements by Citicorp, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Barclays PLC, The Royal Bank of Scotland plc, and UBS AG to plead guilty to felony charges were announced today by the FBI, the Department of Justice, ...

Five Major Banks Agree to Plead Guilty to Felony Charges

Agreements by Citicorp, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Barclays PLC, The Royal Bank of Scotland plc, and UBS AG to plead guilty to felony charges were announced today by the FBI, the Department of Justice, and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission during a press conference in Washington, D.C.

Four of the banks—Citicorp, JPMorgan, Barclays, and RBS—have agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to manipulate the price of U.S. dollars and euros exchanged in the foreign currency exchange spot market and will pay criminal fines totaling $2.5 billion. According to Assistant Attorney General Bill Baer, “The dollar-euro spot market is as big as it gets. Every day, about $500 billion worth of dollars and euros are traded in this market. Trading on the dollar-euro spot market is five times larger than all U.S. stock exchanges combined.”

The fifth bank, UBS, agreed to plead guilty and pay a $203 million criminal penalty for breaching the non-prosecutive agreement it had previously entered regarding manipulation of the London Interbank Offer Rate (LIBOR), a benchmark interest rate used worldwide.

The investigation, conducted by the FBI’s Washington Field Office (WFO), uncovered illegal activity that began as early as December 2007. Currency traders from four of the banks—self-described members of “The Cartel”—used an exclusive electronic chat room and coded language to manipulate exchange rates. The result of their actions inflated the banks’ profits while harming countless consumers, investors, and institutions around the globe. Said WFO’s Assistant Director in Charge Andrew McCabe, “This investigation represents another step in the FBI’s ongoing efforts to find and stop those responsible for complex financial schemes for their own personal benefit.”

In addition to paying large criminal fines, all five banks have agreed to a three-year period of corporate probation which, if approved by the court, will require regular reporting to authorities. The banks will continue cooperating in the ongoing investigation, and the plea agreements don’t preclude the prosecution of individuals for related misconduct.

The case, said U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, serves as a reminder that the U.S. government intends to “vigorously prosecute all those who tilt the economic system in their favor, who subvert our marketplaces, and who enrich themselves at the expense of American consumers.”

May 19, 2015 03:30 PM

IC3 Releases Annual Snapshot of Internet Crimes

Today, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) released its annual report highlighting the numbers and common types of complaints it received during 2014 on suspected Internet frauds and other ...

IC3 Releases Annual Snapshot of Internet Crimes

IC3 2014 Internet Crime Report LogoToday, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) released its annual report highlighting the numbers and common types of complaints it received during 2014 on suspected Internet fraud and other Internet-based crimes.

The report mentions two new trends that took shape during 2014: criminals increasingly taking advantage of personal data found on social media to start relationships with victims and scam them out of their money; and the emerging popularity of virtual currency, which has attracted perpetrators who capitalize on the vulnerabilities of the developing digital currency system.

Other common scams reported to the IC3—which received an average of 22,000 complaints a month during 2014—included auto fraud, impersonation e-mails, intimidation/extortion scams, real estate fraud, confidence fraud/romance scams, and business e-mail compromise schemes.

According to the report, the IC3 adapted its approach to handling complaints during 2014: Analysts began reviewing more recent complaints first and then looked back at older submissions to better identify urgent threats, recognize new trends more quickly, and disseminate information to law enforcement and the general public based on the most recent data.

The IC3—which houses well over three million complaints from consumers in its database—continues to encourage anyone who thinks they’ve been the victim of an Internet crime, regardless of dollar loss, to file a complaint through the IC3 website. The more complaints it receives, the more effective it will be in helping law enforcement gain a more accurate picture of the extent and nature of Internet-facilitated crimes.

IC3 2014 Internet Crime Report | File a complaint

May 19, 2015 11:00 AM

Leader of Violent California Gang Sentenced

The high-powered leader of a large and deadly street gang was sentenced to multiple life terms in prison on a host of narcotics and weapons offenses.

Leader of Violent California Gang Sentenced

Luis Manuel Tapia was a high-powered leader of one of Ventura County’s largest and deadliest gangs—the Colonia Chiques. He was often heard encouraging younger gang members to assault rival gang members, kill suspected informants, enhance the gang’s drug and weapons trafficking operations, and maintain territorial dominance by any means possible.

But after an extensive investigation by the Ventura County Violent Crimes Task Force—made up of FBI agents and officers from the Oxnard and Ventura Police Departments—Tapia, 39, was convicted by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles and sentenced last month to six life terms without parole plus an additional 55-year consecutive term. Four other key Colonia Chiques members and associates who were charged with Tapia previously pled guilty. (A fifth person charged is a fugitive believed to be in Mexico.)

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May 15, 2015 02:15 PM

Financial Fraud

The long-time pastor of the Greater Cornerstone Baptist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma was recently sentenced to 37 months in prison for embezzling close to $1 million from a community center he helped ...

Financial Fraud

The long-time pastor of the Greater Cornerstone Baptist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma was recently sentenced to 37 months in prison for embezzling close to $1 million from a community center he helped establish to aid the church’s struggling neighborhood.

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May 14, 2015 02:45 PM

FBI Director Joins in Tribute to Fallen Police Officers

Director James Comey was among the thousands of people who participated in this week’s annual candlelight vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. During the vigil, ...

FBI Director Joins in Tribute to Fallen Police Officers


Director James Comey was among the thousands of people who participated in this week’s annual candlelight vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. During the vigil, held during National Police Week, the names of 273 officers—including those who died during 2014—were formally dedicated on the memorial wall.

Comey—along with U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) President Madeline Neumann, and National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Chairman Craig Floyd—joined family members, friends, and colleagues of fallen officers to honor the memory of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial now contains the names of 20,538 officers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and federal, corrections, railroad, and military police agencies who died in the line of duty in the U.S., dating back to the first known officer death in 1791.

May 12, 2015 06:00 AM

Alabama Jeweler Caught Pawning His Own ‘Stolen’ Diamonds

An Alabama case serves as a warning to criminals: No matter how long it takes or how careful you are, law enforcement will eventually come knocking.

Alabama Jeweler Caught Pawning His Own ‘Stolen’ Diamonds


An Alabama case serves as a warning to criminals: No matter how long it takes or how careful you are, law enforcement will eventually come knocking. In this case, The total value of the merchandise supposedly stolen was $2.8 million.

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May 11, 2015 08:45 AM

Director Thanks Law Enforcement Officers in Police Week Message

In a video message during National Police Week, FBI Director James Comey expressed his personal thanks to our law enforcement partners. Comey’s remarks coincide with the release today of preliminary ...

Director Thanks Law Enforcement Officers in Police Week Message


This week, National Police Week, thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world gather in Washington, D.C to honor and remember colleagues who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

FBI Director James Comey, through a video message, expressed his personal thanks to our law enforcement partners—those who have “made the ultimate sacrifice to try and make their communities safe...and those of you who continue to do this work in the name of those we have lost.” Of the law enforcement profession, he said, “There are lots of ways to make a living. There’s no better way to make a life.”

Comey's remarks coincide with the release today of preliminary 2014 statistics on the number of law enforcement officers killed doing their job. The preliminary figures, compiled annually by the FBI, show 51 officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty. Another 44 officers were accidentally killed on the job.

In his video message, the Director described the “especially challenging relationship between law enforcement and the communities we serve" and called for law enforcement to “do our absolute best to try to see clearly those people we serve and to look for opportunities to have them see us."

"I’m confident," he said, "that if we have that conversation, and we have good clear seeing in both directions, we will heal some of the divisions we’re facing now around this country."

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May 08, 2015 09:00 AM

Profits Over Safety: Egg Company’s Fraudulent Practices Put Public at Risk

The 81-year-old owner of an Iowa egg production company and his son, a top executive in the business, are going to prison for bribing a federal food inspector and distributing eggs that contained ...

Profits Over Safety: Egg Company’s Fraudulent Practices Put Public at Risk

Eggs on Factory Belt

The 81-year-old owner of an Iowa egg production company and his son, a top executive in the business, are going to prison for bribing a federal food inspector and distributing eggs that contained Salmonella bacteria, which caused hundreds of consumers to become sick.

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May 05, 2015 07:00 PM

Next Generation Crime Stats: NIBRS Can Offer Fuller Crime Picture

The FBI is undertaking a number of efforts to educate law enforcement and others on the benefits of the National Incident-Based Reporting System and to increase participation in the program.

Next Generation Crime Stats: NIBRS Can Offer Fuller Crime Picture

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The FBI is undertaking a number of efforts to educate law enforcement and others on the benefits of the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) and to increase participation in the program. When used to its full potential, NIBRS will be able to identify with precision when and where crime takes place, the form it takes, and the characteristics of its victims and perpetrators. Armed with this information, law enforcement agencies can better define the resources they need and apply them where they’re needed most. And legislators, municipal planners, academicians, sociologists, advocacy groups, and the public gain access to more extensive crime data as well.

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May 01, 2015 04:00 PM

Community Partners Recognized

Today at FBI Headquarters, 57 individuals and organizations from around the nation were recognized by Director James Comey for making extraordinary contributions to education and to the prevention of ...

Community Partners Recognized

Today at FBI Headquarters, 57 individuals and organizations from around the nation were recognized by Director James Comey for making extraordinary contributions to education and to the prevention of crime and violence in their communities.

The Bureau has been presenting its Director’s Community Leadership Awards for more than two decades to ordinary citizens and organizations striving to build stronger, safer, and more cohesive communities, and this latest group of honorees continues to set the bar exceedingly high.

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