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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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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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