Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States presents special security challenges. But federal agencies—working closely with state and local law enforcement—have a well-rehearsed template to follow ...
Preparing for the Pope
|A banner in Washington, D.C. welcomes Pope Francis. The FBI is part of the highly orchestrated security effort surrounding the pope’s six-day visit to D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia.
Pope Francis’ six-day visit to three major metropolitan areas during his first trip to the United States—which begins September 22—presents special security challenges. But the FBI and other federal agencies—working closely with state and local law enforcement—have a well-rehearsed template to follow.
Agencies have been coordinating and training together for months for the pope’s visit to Washington, D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia. But the agencies involved also rely heavily on the public to increase their capacity to ensure security at the papal-related events and other large gatherings. To submit tips or information about potential threats, visit tips.fbi.gov.
A Montana man recently received a federal prison term for orchestrating a nationwide cramming scheme involving approximately $70 million in unauthorized fees being charged to phone bills associated ...
“Cramming” Scheme Operator Sentenced
A Montana man—Steven Vincent Sann—was recently sentenced to a federal prison term for orchestrating a nationwide scheme involving approximately $70 million in unauthorized fees being charged to phone bills associated with more than one million landline phone numbers.
It’s called cramming, and it involves a third party placing unauthorized charges on your wired, wireless, or bundled services telephone bill. The Federal Communications Commission estimates that cramming has impacted tens of millions of American households.
At the National Citizens Academy Alumni Association’s annual leadership conference, FBI Director James Comey praised the group for its efforts to support the Bureau through volunteer community ...
Director Comey Praises Citizens Academy Alumni Association
|FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Association President Tammy Denbo describes the essential mission of the organization and the role of FBI Citizens Academies.
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The Citizens Academy—one of the FBI’s most successful community outreach programs—is designed to give civic, business, and religious leaders around the country a firsthand look at how the Bureau investigates crimes and deals with national security threats.
More than 18,000 people have graduated from the program, and many then join one of the 60 non-profit alumni associations nationwide whose mission is to support the FBI through volunteer community action. Last week in San Francisco, at the National Citizens Academy Alumni Association’s annual leadership conference, Director James Comey commended participants for their efforts.
The FBI is announcing a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to arrests and prosecutions in the murder of Aya Nakano, who was gunned down on June 12, 2013—an hour before his 23rd ...
Reward Announced in California Murder Case
The FBI is offering a substantial reward for information leading to arrests and prosecutions in the 2013 murder of Aya Nakano, who was gunned down an hour before his 23rd birthday after a traffic incident in Oakland, California.
During a press conference today, the FBI announced a reward of up to $25,000, which is in addition to a separate significant reward offered by Nakano’s family. The FBI and the Oakland Police Department are asking for the public’s help to identify the two individuals responsible for the murder that occurred around 11 p.m. on June 12, 2013.
Nakano was driving home to Emeryville, California, when his car was involved in a minor accident with a silver, four-door sedan with tinted windows. The accident occurred at the intersection of Stanford Avenue and Market Street. After the accident, Nakano pulled over near the intersection, as did the sedan. Two suspects emerged from the vehicle and fatally shot Nakano before driving away.
Anyone with information regarding the case should contact the Oakland Police Department at (510) 238-7950, their local FBI office, or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.
FBI Director James Comey joined Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and several other U.S. Intelligence Community executives in testifying before a congressional committee on worldwide ...
Intelligence Community Executives Brief Congress on Current Cyber Threats
|FBI Director James Comey answers questions from members of the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence during a hearing on worldwide cyber threats on September 10, 2015.
FBI Director James Comey joined Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and several other U.S. Intelligence Community executives in testifying before a congressional committee on worldwide cyber threats and their national and economic security implications.
According to Clapper, cyber threats to the U.S. are increasing in frequency, scale, sophistication, and severity of impact, and nearly all information communication technologies and information technology networks and systems are at risk. “These weaknesses,” he explained, “provide an array of possibilities for nefarious activity by cyber threat actors.” The cyber threat actors include nation-states like Russia and China and non-nation-state entities like profit-motivated criminals and ideologically motivated hackers and extremists. And their activities include remote hacking intrusions, insertion of compromised hardware or software in supply chain operations, malicious actions by insiders, and taking advantage of human mistakes by system users.
Clapper highlighted examples where “our federal law enforcement colleagues continue to have successes capturing key cyber criminals.” One of the investigations he mentioned involved an FBI-led coalition of international partners from 20 countries that dismantled an online criminal forum called Darkode this past July.
In addition to Clapper and Comey, the other officials who appeared before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence today were the directors of the Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, and Defense Intelligence Agency—John Brennan, Admiral Michael Rogers, and Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart, respectively.
Members and associates of the Lucchese organized crime family—one of the families traditionally associated with La Cosa Nostra—were recently sentenced to lengthy prison terms in New Jersey for a ...
La Cosa Nostra Members Sentenced
|Nicodemo “Nicky” Scarfo, Jr. and his La Cosa Nostra associate Salvatore Pelullo used some of the millions they illegally siphoned from FirstPlus Financial Group Inc. to buy this airplane.
In a world inhabited by international cyber criminals and violent terrorists, it would be easy to think of La Cosa Nostra—the Mafia—as a throwback to a bygone era. But a recent New Jersey case involving the Lucchese crime family is proof that traditional organized crime can still be a potent threat.
Members and associates of the Lucchese organized crime family—one of the families traditionally associated with La Cosa Nostra—were recently sentenced to lengthy prison terms in New Jersey for a financial fraud scheme that illegally netted millions of dollars.
A man who ran an illegal anabolic steroids distribution business from his home and marketed his merchandise online was recently sentenced to prison.
Steroids Dealer Sentenced
|Some of the ampules of anabolic steroids seized by law enforcement during a search of Carl Macchiarulo’s home in Midlothian, Virginia.
Anabolic steroids, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, are the common name for synthetic variants of the male sex hormone testosterone. While these drugs are legally prescribed to treat certain medical conditions, they are also abused by some athletes, body builders, and others in attempts to enhance performance.
Because of their potential for abuse and the possibility of them causing serious health problems if misused, anabolic steroids have also been classified as a Schedule III drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act, which regulates the manufacture, possession, distribution, and use of certain substances. Recently, after a joint FBI/U.S. Postal Inspection Service investigation, a 43-year-old Virginia man, who had no license to distribute anabolic steroids and no prescription for the drug, pled guilty in federal court to his role in a steroid distribution conspiracy. This past July, that individual—Carl Macchiarulo—was sentenced to serve four years in prison.
The FBI’s Safe Online Surfing (SOS) Internet Challenge—a free, fun, and innovative program that educates students in grades 3-8 on cyber safety and promotes cyber citizenship—is now open for business ...
Safe Online Surfing Internet Challenge Available for New School Year
The FBI’s Safe Online Surfing (SOS) Internet Challenge—a free, fun, and innovative program that educates students in grades 3-8 on cyber safety and promotes cyber citizenship—is now open for business for the 2015-2016 school year.
The program engages participants in age-appropriate games, videos, and other interactive materials that cover such topics as cell phone safety, protection of personal information, password strength, instant messaging, social networking, and online gaming safety. FBI-SOS is coming off a banner year with the 2014-2015 school year, when a total of 275,656 students completed the exams, more than triple the previous year. Hopefully, the number of participants will continue to increase during this school year.
Anyone can complete the activities on the FBI-SOS website. The testing and competition, though, is only open—through teachers and/or administrators—to students in grades 3-8 at public, private, or home schools in the U.S. And at the end of each month during the school year, test scores are aggregated, and top-scoring schools receive an award from the FBI.
Two men who committed several violent jewelry store robberies were recently sentenced to lengthy prison terms thanks to an FBI-led task force that helped bring them to justice. The case is a classic ...
Jewelry Store Robberies
|This stolen jewelry from several armed robberies—much of it with price tags still on—was found in the Texas residence of Mark D. Whitfield, who, along with Michael Demon Jackson, was later convicted of the crimes.
Two men who committed several violent jewelry store robberies were recently sentenced to lengthy prison terms thanks to an FBI-led task force that helped bring them to justice. The case is a classic example of local and federal law enforcement officers working together to make their communities safer.
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading directly to the arrest of Kevin Lamont Carter, a convicted felon wanted for his alleged involvement in the murder of his ...
Reward Raised to $50,000 in 1995 Alabama Murder Case
|Kevin Lamont Carter|
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading directly to the arrest of Kevin Lamont Carter.
A convicted felon, Carter is wanted for his alleged involvement in the murder of his girlfriend, Angela Marshall, in Selma, Alabama. On March 25, 1995, Carter allegedly drove to Marshall’s residence, called her to come to his car, and shot her several times when she approached him.
On September 22, 1995, Carter was indicted for capital murder by a Dallas County, Alabama grand jury. In addition, a federal arrest warrant was issued on March 25, 2002, by the United States District Court, Southern District of Alabama, after Carter was charged federally with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
If you have any information about Kevin Lamont Carter, you are asked to please call 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324).
This investigation is being worked in conjunction with the U.S. Marshals office.