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Jun 20, 2011 08:00 PM

Oklahoma Man Pleads Guilty to Kidnapping Women

Carey L. Breshers, Jr., 51, of Oklahoma, is scheduled for sentencing in October after pleading guilty to kidnapping and firearms charges.

Oklahoma Man Pleads Guilty to Kidnapping Women

Carey L. Breshers, Jr., 51, of Oklahoma, is scheduled for sentencing in October after pleading guilty to kidnapping and firearms charges. According to court documents, on October 26, 2010, at around 10:00 a.m., Breshers walked into World Finance in O’Fallon, Illinois, and held two female employees at gunpoint while questioning them about their personal checking accounts, finances, and vehicles, as well as the location of the bank for the business.

He eventually directed one of the employees to write a company check for $3000. Breshers directed the women to leave their cell phones, lock the business, and come with him. He directed one of the employees to drive her car and directed the other to get in the backseat with him.

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Jun 20, 2011 02:00 PM

Head of Baltimore FBI Speaks at Hearing in Wilmington

Richard A. McFeely, special agent in charge of the FBI's Baltimore Field Office, addressed the Senate Judiciary Committee in Wilmington, Delaware.

Richard A. McFeelyHead of Baltimore FBI Speaks at Hearing in Wilmington

Richard A. McFeely, special agent in charge of the FBI's Baltimore Field Office, addressed the Senate Judiciary Committee in Wilmington, Delaware to discuss the FBI’s coordination with federal, state, and local law enforcement.

"Today’s FBI is focused on predicting and preventing the threats we face while at the same time engaging with the communities we serve," he said in his statement. "This shift has led to a greater reliance on technology, collaboration, and information sharing."

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Jun 18, 2011 12:30 AM

'Barefoot Bandit' Pleads Guilty to Crime Spree

Colton Harris-Moore, 20, of Camano Island, Washington, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to seven charges in connection with his lengthy crime spree in the Pacific Northwest and ...

'Barefoot Bandit' Pleads Guilty to Crime Spree

Colton Harris-Moore, 20, of Camano Island, Washington, the so-colled "Barefoot Bandit," pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to seven charges in connection with his lengthy crime spree in the Pacific Northwest and across the United States to Indiana, ending in the Bahamas.

Harris-Moore pleaded guilty to bank burglary, two counts of interstate transportation of a stolen aircraft, interstate and foreign transportation of a stolen firearm, being a fugitive in possession of a firearm, piloting an aircraft without a valid airman’s certificate, and interstate transportation of a stolen vessel. Under the terms of the plea agreement, he forfeits any financial gain from telling his story and the proceeds are to be used to compensate the victims of his crimes.

“The FBI is pleased to see Harris-Moore accept responsibility for the significant financial losses he caused in a number of states during a crime spree that consumed substantial investigative resources from state, local and federal law enforcement agencies,” said Laura Laughlin, special agent in charge of FBI Seattle. “The FBI appreciates the skillful work by our partners, as well as the invaluable assistance of the Royal Bahamas Police Force. If it weren’t for this coordinated effort, and the tips and assistance of private citizens, Harris-Moore might still be at large. I hope this case demonstrates to the public the important contribution they can have in bringing criminals to justice.”

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Jun 17, 2011 06:50 PM

Individual Detained in Incident Near Pentagon

Yonathan Melaku, 22, of Alexandria, VA., was detained this morning for trespass after he was seen in Arlington National Cemetery at a time when the cemetery was closed. Initial contact with Melaku ...

Individual Detained in Incident Near Pentagon

Yonathan Melaku, 22, of Alexandria, VA., was detained this morning for trespass after he was seen in Arlington National Cemetery at a time when the cemetery was closed. Initial contact with Melaku found he was carrying items which caused initial concerns about the public’s safety, prompting the FBI and other agencies to respond to the scene and roads around the Pentagon to be shut down.

Melaku was in possession of a backpack that contained unknown materials which initially caused public safety concerns. Bomb experts at the scene, however, were able to determine that the items were non-explosive and inert. The materials in the backpack will undergo further testing at the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, VA.

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Jun 17, 2011 06:00 PM

Member of CD and DVD Counterfeiting Ring Sentenced to Prison

Ibrahim Diallo, 27, of Atlanta, was sentenced for his involvement in a counterfeit DVD and CD ring. He was was sentenced to three years, 2 months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of ...

Member of CD and DVD Counterfeiting Ring Sentenced to Prison

Ibrahim Diallo, 27, of Atlanta, was sentenced for his involvement in a counterfeit DVD and CD ring. He was was sentenced to three years, 2 months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $3,867. At his plea hearing, Diallo admitted that he sold pirated CDs and DVDs along with counterfeit labels and packaging. He admitted to selling, and conspiring to sell, thousands of pirated CDs and DVDs per week.

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Jun 16, 2011 10:00 PM

President and Chief Operating Officer of Money Service Company Sentenced for Fraud

Robert Egan, the president of Mount Vernon Money Center, and Bernard McGarry, the chief operating officer, were sentenced yesterday in Manhattan to 11 and 5 years in prison for their roles in ...

President and COO of Money Service Company Sentenced for Fraud

Robert Egan, the president of Mount Vernon Money Center, and Bernard McGarry, the chief operating officer, were sentenced yesterday in Manhattan to 11 and 5 years in prison, respectively, for their roles in defrauding clients, including banks that had received TARP funds, universities, and hospitals, out of over $60 million.

"Egan and McGarry engaged in a long-term scheme to misuse customers’ money and engaged in repeated deception to conceal their theft," said New York FBI Assistant Director in Charge Janice Fedarcyk. "Essentially, they stole customers’ money and lied to cover it up. These were clear violations of their professional responsibilities, and the sentences handed down reflect this.”

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Jun 16, 2011 07:00 PM

'Lamb of God' Woman Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Obstruct Religious Beliefs

Jacqueline Lebaron, 46, the last of several members of the LeBaron family and “Lamb of God” religious sect charged for their involvement in a series of murders in 1988 in Houston and elsewhere, has ...

Jacqueline Lebaron Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Obstruct Religious Beliefs

Jacqueline Lebaron, 46, the last of several members of the LeBaron family and “Lamb of God” religious sect charged for their involvement in a series of murders in 1988 in Houston and elsewhere, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obstruct religious beliefs.

Originally indicted in 1992, Lebaron had been a fugitive for more than 15 years until she was located in Honduras through the dogged efforts of the FBI. She was arrested in May 2010 after being deported from Honduras to the United States. The defendant’s conviction is based on crimes that occurred in June 1988.

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Jacqueline Lebaron Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Obstruct Religious Beliefs

Jacqueline Lebaron Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Obstruct Religious Beliefs

Jun 16, 2011 05:00 PM

Latent Hit of the Year 2010

January 1972. A man was murdered—stabbed more than 50 times in his San Diego, California home. His house had been ransacked, and his car was stolen. Police recovered latent fingerprints from the ...

San Diego Officials Honored With 2010 Latent Hit of the Year

Last October, the FBI awarded its Latent Hit of the Year award to three members of the San Diego Police Department. A new video tells their story.

In summary, it was January 1972. A man was murdered—stabbed more than 50 times in his San Diego, California home. His house had been ransacked, and his car was stolen. Police recovered latent fingerprints from the crime scene, but at that time there was no national automated system available to match the prints. All possible leads were followed, but the case eventually went cold.

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Jun 15, 2011 10:00 PM

Death Sentence for Drug Dealer for Murdering Three People in 2005

A federal jury in New Haven today voted unanimously to impose the federal death penalty against Azibo Aquart, 30, of Bridgeport, for murdering three Bridgeport residents on August 24, 2005.

Death Sentence for Drug Dealer for Murdering Three in 2005

A federal jury in New Haven today voted unanimously to impose the federal death penalty against Azibo Aquart, 30, of Bridgeport, for murdering three Bridgeport residents on August 24, 2005. On the morning of August 24, 2005, Aquart and others entered Tina Johnson’s apartment, bound Johnson, her boyfriend James Reid and friend Basil Williams with duct tape, and brutally beat the victims to death with baseball bats. Aquart and others then drilled the front door of the apartment shut from the inside.

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Jun 15, 2011 07:00 PM

MS-13 Soldier Pleads Guilty to Murdering Mother and Child

La Mara Salvatrucha (“MS-13”) member Rene Mendez Mejia, also known as “Zorro,” pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death through use of a firearm in connection with the February 5, 2010, ...

MS-13 Soldier Pleads Guilty to Murdering Mother and Child

La Mara Salvatrucha (“MS-13”) member Rene Mendez Mejia, also known as “Zorro,” pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death through use of a firearm in connection with the February 5, 2010, execution-style murders of Vanessa Argueta, 19, and her 2-year-old son, Diego Torres, in Central Islip, New York.

Nine of Mejia’s MS-13 co-defendants have pleaded guilty to racketeering offenses over the last several days.

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