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Jun 24, 2011 01:00 AM

Two Men Charged in Plot to Attack Seattle Military Processing Center

The complaint alleges that Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, aka Joseph Anthony Davis, 33, of Seattle, and Walli Mujahidh, aka Frederick Domingue, Jr., 32, of Los Angeles, took possession of machine guns that ...

Two Men Charged in Plot to Attack Seattle Military Processing Center

Two men were arrested late last night and are charged by criminal complaint with terrorism and firearms related charges. The complaint alleges that Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, aka Joseph Anthony Davis, 33, of Seattle, and Walli Mujahidh, aka Frederick Domingue, Jr., 32, of Los Angeles, took possession of machine guns that they purchased and planned to use in an attack on the Military Entrance Processing Station.

Law enforcement has been monitoring Abdul-Latif and Mujahidh, including the weapons transaction, to prevent the attack and protect the public. Unbeknownst to the defendants, the weapons were rendered inoperable and posed no risk to the public. The defendants initially planned an attack on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, but later changed targets. The defendants intended to carry out their attack with both grenades and machine guns.

“The FBI remains committed to utilizing intelligence-based investigations to thwart would-be terrorists,” said Laura Laughlin, special agent in charge of the FBI Seattle Division. “This case epitomizes the value and capabilities of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force concept as a means of preventing acts of terrorism. But for the courage of the cooperating witness, and the efforts of multiple agencies working long and intense hours, the subjects might have been able to carry out their brutal plan.”

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Jun 23, 2011 05:00 PM

Man Charged with Shooting at Military Buildings in Northern Virginia

Yonathan Melaku, 22, of Alexandria, Va., has been charged with destruction of property and firearm violations involving five separate shootings at military installations in Northern Virginia between ...

Man Charged with Shooting at Military Buildings in Northern Virginia

Yonathan Melaku, 22, of Alexandria, Va., has been charged with destruction of property and firearm violations involving five separate shootings at military installations in Northern Virginia between October and November 2010.

According to an affidavit filed in court, Melaku is accused of engaging in a series of five shootings from Oct. 17, 2010, through Nov. 2, 2010, at the following locations: the National Museum of the Marine Corps (twice), the Pentagon, a Marine Corps recruiting sub-station in Chantilly, Va., and a U.S. Coast Guard recruiting office in Woodbridge, Va. Each shooting allegedly took place late at night or early in the morning and involved multiple 9mm rounds fired at each building.

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Jun 23, 2011 04:00 PM

New FBI Strategy Management Website Unveiled

We have just created a new website dedicated to the FBI’s Strategy Management System, a tool that provides us with a framework for achieving our vision and mission in a post-9/11 world.

MeetingNew FBI Strategy Management Website Unveiled

We have just created a new website dedicated to the FBI’s Strategy Management System (SMS), a tool that provides us with a framework for achieving our vision and mission in a post-9/11 world.

SMS enables Bureau leaders and managers to identify and set objectives, prioritize resources to achieve the objectives, and track progress along the way. It also allows us to focus on both short and long-term goals, while balancing the need to address national security and criminal threats each day.

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Jun 23, 2011 01:00 PM

Seven Indicted for Supplying Iran with U.S. Military Aircraft Components

Seven individuals and five corporate entities based in the United States, France, the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) and Iran have been indicted in the Middle District of Georgia for their alleged ...

Seven Indicted for Supplying Iran with U.S. Military Aircraft Components

Seven individuals and five corporate entities based in the United States, France, the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) and Iran have been indicted in the Middle District of Georgia for their alleged roles in a conspiracy to illegally export military components for fighter jets and attack helicopters from the United States to Iran.

According to the charges, the defendants conspired to export components for attack helicopters and fighter jets to Iran without obtaining the required U.S. export licenses. These components included military parts for the Bell AH-1 attack helicopter, the UH-1 Huey attack helicopter, as well as the F-5 and F-4 fighter jets.

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Jun 23, 2011 12:00 PM

Top Ten Fugitive James ‘Whitey’ Bulger Arrested

FBI Agents have arrested James J. “Whitey” Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig, in California. Recent publicity produced a tip which led agents to Santa Monica where they spotted both Bulger ...

Bulger wanted poster (captured)Top Ten Fugitive James ‘Whitey’ Bulger Arrested

FBI Agents have arrested Top Ten Fugitive, James J. "Whitey" Bulger, and his companion, Catherine Greig, in California.

Recent publicity produced a tip which led agents to Santa Monica, California, where they located both Bulger and Greig at a residence early Wednesday evening.

Bulger and Greig were arrested without incident. Both are currently scheduled for an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in the Central District of California (downtown Los Angeles) on Thursday.

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Jun 22, 2011 08:20 PM

Former Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Divulging Federal Wiretap During Highwaymen Motorcycle Club Investigation

Former Hamtramck police officer and DEA task force officer Randall Hutchinson pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of providing notice of a federal wiretap to the former Downriver Chapter President ...

Former Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Divulging Federal Wiretap

Former Hamtramck police officer and DEA task force officer Randall Hutchinson pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of providing notice of a federal wiretap to the former Downriver Chapter President of the Highwaymen Motorcycle Club during the FBI's investigation into that organization in 2005 and 2006. Hutchinson, 45, is one of 91 individuals indicted as part of the United States Attorney’s Office’s case against the Detroit Highwaymen.

During the fall of 2005, while working as a task force officer for the DEA, Hutchinson learned that the FBI was conducting a wiretap investigation that involved a large scale marijuana dealer who was a member of the Highwaymen Motorcycle Club. Shortly after learning about this wiretap, Hutchinson saw Phil McDonald, the Downriver Chapter President of the Highwaymen, in the gym where they both worked out. Hutchinson told McDonald about the FBI’s investigation into the marijuana dealer within the Highwaymen and told McDonald that he had to be careful.

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Jun 22, 2011 01:00 PM

Man Charged with Murdering Members of U.S. Air Force in Germany

Arid Uka, a/k/a "Abu Reyyan," was charged yesterday in New York with murdering and attempting to murder United States Air Force personnel in Frankfurt, Germany, on March 2, 2011.

Man Charged with Murdering Air Force Personnel in Germany

Arid Uka, a/k/a "Abu Reyyan," was charged yesterday in New York with murdering and attempting to murder United States Air Force personnel in Frankfurt, Germany, on March 2, 2011. 

According to the complaint filed in Manhattan federal court, Uka, 21, approached a bus used to transport Air Force personnel parked outside of Frankfurt International Airport. After confirming that the bus was used to transport military personnel, Uka approached Airman Nicholas Alden from behind and shot and killed him. After murdering Alden, he boarded the bus, in which approximately 15 other personnel were seated. He shot and killed the driver of the bus, Airman  Zachary Ryan Cuddeback, then repeatedly fired his gun inside the bus, shooting and badly injuring two other Airmen on the bus.

Uka is currently in custody in Germany.

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Jun 21, 2011 08:15 PM

Phoenix Real Estate Investor Pleads Guilty to $50 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Brett Matheson, 46, pleaded guilty on Monday in federal court to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in a $50 million mortgage fraud scheme based in Phoenix. Two others have also entered guilty pleas and ...

Real Estate Investor Pleads Guilty to $50 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Brett Matheson, 46, pleaded guilty on Monday in federal court to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in a $50 million mortgage fraud scheme based in Phoenix. Two others have also entered guilty pleas and are awaiting sentencing.

Matheson acknowledged in his guilty plea that as president and CEO of Maricopa Property Investment Solutions, Inc., he recruited straw buyers in real estate seminars. From about January 2005 through September 2006, he facilitated the submission of mortgage loan applications for these unqualified straw buyers containing false information regarding employment, income, assets and the intent to occupy homes as their primary residence.

In total, 52 properties were involved in the scheme with nearly $50 million in fraudulent loans. The losses to lenders approached $20 million.

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Jun 21, 2011 07:45 PM

Former Mortgage Lender CEO Sentenced to 40 Months in Prison for Fraud Scheme

The former chief executive officer of Taylor, Bean & Whitaker (TBW) was sentenced today to 40 months in prison for his role in a more than $2.9 billion fraud scheme that contributed to the failure of ...

Former Mortgage Lender CEO Sentenced to 40 Months in Prison for Fraud Scheme

The former chief executive officer of Taylor, Bean & Whitaker (TBW) was sentenced today to 40 months in prison for his role in a more than $2.9 billion fraud scheme that contributed to the failure of TBW. At one time, TBW was one of the largest privately held mortgage lending companies in the United States.

According to court documents and information presented at trial, Paul Allen, 55, of Oakton, Va., participated in the scheme from early 2005 through August 2009 by distributing materially false documents to investors in Ocala Funding that misrepresented the financial condition of the facility. The fraud scheme ultimately caused investors in Ocala Funding to lose more than $1.5 billion and Colonial Bank to lose $900 million.

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Jun 20, 2011 08:05 PM

Former Schools Trustee Convicted of Accepting Bribe for Renovation Project

Joe Marines, 55, of Weslaco, Texas, admitted that in August 2006, while serving as a trustee for Weslaco Independent School District and the district was involved in the bidding process for the ...

Former Schools Trustee Convicted of Accepting Bribe for Renovation Project

Joe Marines, 55, of Weslaco, Texas, admitted that in August 2006, while serving as a trustee for Weslaco Independent School District and the district was involved in the bidding process for the renovation of Roosevelt Elementary School, he met with an FBI informant who was soliciting a contract on the project.

Marines admitted he received $500 in exchange for Marines exerting his influence as a trustee to award a subcontracting job on the project. Later that same month, the FBI informant paid Marines an additional $1000 for the same purpose.

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