FBI Fugitive Shawna Leimomi Moore-Saia turned herself in at the Los Angeles Office of the FBI at about 3:00 p.m. on Monday. A federal judge had issued an arrest warrant for Moore-Saia on October 27…
Fugitive Turns Self In to FBI
FBI Fugitive Shawna Leimomi Moore-Saia turned herself in at the Los Angeles Office of the FBI at about 3 p.m. on Monday. A federal judge had issued an arrest warrant for Moore-Saia on October 27 based on charges of identity theft, aggravated identity theft, credit card fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud, and money laundering.
Thomas Repke, 57, of Salt Lake City, Utah, was arraigned today in Atlanta on multiple counts of mail fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy, relating to his operation of the Utah-based investment company…
Principals of Defunct Hedge Fund Indicted
Thomas Repke, 57, of Salt Lake City, Utah, was arraigned today in Atlanta on multiple counts of mail fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy, relating to his operation of the Utah-based investment company, “Coadum Capital.” He was indicted December 15 along with an alleged accomplice, James Jeffery, 58, of Belleville, Ontario, Canada. The indictment alleges a major international investment fraud scheme that defrauded over 100 victims around the country out of tens of millions of dollars, most of which has been transferred to overseas accounts.
A former Chicago man was charged with allegedly engaging in an investment fraud scheme, swindling nearly $8 million from more than 50 victims who were led to believe they were buying shares of stoc…
Former Chicago Man Allegedly Swindled Nearly $8 Million
A former Chicago man was charged with allegedly engaging in an investment fraud scheme, swindling nearly $8 million from more than 50 victims who were led to believe they were buying shares of stock in well-known companies.
The Salt Lake City FBI, the United States Marshals Service, and the Utah Department of Natural Resources on Dec. 22 announced a reward of up to $30,000 for information leading to the apprehension a…
Reward Offered in Utah Park Ranger’s Shooting
The Salt Lake City FBI, the United States Marshals Service, and the Utah Department of Natural Resources on Dec. 22 announced a reward of up to $30,000 for information leading to the apprehension and/or recovery of the person who shot Utah State Parks Ranger Brody Young. A suspect, Lance Leeroy Arellano, left, is described as 6 feet 1 inch tall, weighing 165 pounds, with long black hair and hazel eyes.The shooting occured on November 19 southwest of Moab, Utah.
Washington, D.C. - As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, the Department publishes a weekly financial and activity report. Download it and learn more about ARRA at www.dhs.gov/recovery.
The FBI worked thousands of investigations during 2010, involving everything from extremists bent on terror to cyber thieves, financial fraudsters, violent gang leaders, drug dealers, and child predators. As the year comes to a close, we take our annual look back at some of the Bureau’s most significant cases.
Part 1 focuses on our top investigative priority: protecting the nation from terrorist attack. Working with local, state, federal, and international partners—usually through our Joint Terrorism Task Forces—we thwarted a number of potential attacks on U.S. soil by lone offenders as well as organized groups.
Here are some of the top terror cases of 2010, in reverse chronological order:
Attempted bombing of Armed Forces recruiting center: A 21-year-old U.S. citizen earlier this month parked what he thought was an explosives-filled vehicle in front of a military recruiting center near Baltimore and tried to detonate it remotely. The bomb was fake, thanks to our undercover agents working the case. Details
Attempted bombing in Oregon: A naturalized U.S. citizen was arrested the day after Thanksgiving when he attempted to set off what he thought was a car bomb at a crowded Christmas tree lighting ceremony in downtown Portland. The 19-year-old had been the subject of a long-term undercover operation by the Bureau. Details
D.C. Metro bomb plot: In October, a 34-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen believed he was joining members of al Qaeda to plan multiple bombings of Metrorail stations in the Washington area. Instead, it was a sting. Farooque Ahmed researched peak rider periods so the attacks could cause mass casualties. Details
Al Shabaab indictments: In August—in Minnesota, Alabama, and California—two Americans were arrested and 12 others, including five U.S. citizens, were charged with terrorism offenses and providing material support to the Somali-based terrorist organization al Shabaab. Details
Northern Virginia man indicted: In July, 20-year-old Zachary Chesser—also known as Abu Talhah Al-Amrikee—told agents he twice attempted to travel to Somalia to join al Shabaab as a foreign fighter. On one of those occasions he tried to board a plane with his infant son as part of his “cover.” Details
Al Qaeda plotters indicted: In July, five senior members of al Qaeda were indicted for their roles in the 2009 plot against the New York subway system. Details
Missouri man guilty of supporting al Qaeda: In May, a 32-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen pled guilty to providing material support to al Qaeda and to bank fraud and money laundering. Details
Attempted bombing at Times Square: After a three-day nationwide manhunt, a naturalized U.S. citizen was arrested in May for an attempted bombing at New York City’s famous tourist area. Details
Michigan militia group indicted: In March, nine members of a militia group called the Hutaree were charged with attempted use of weapons of mass destruction and related offenses. Details
Jihad Jane indicted: Also in March, U.S. citizen Colleen LaRose—also known as Jihad Jane—was indicted in Philadelphia for her role in recruiting jihadist fighters to commit murder overseas. A month later, a Colorado woman and colleague of LaRose’s was indicted on similar charges. Details
Next: Fraud, espionage, corruption, and more
For more information about the FBI’s investigations and other activities, see our weekly Top Ten News Stories in our Press Room.
Passengers may observe additional security measures related to insulated beverage containers. TSA is carefully monitoring information related to terrorist tactics and working with our international partners to share information and security best practices.
GCIS INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING (SPECIAL REPORT): FORMER CIA DIRECTOR ADDRESSES 'HOMEGROWN TERROR'
A former director of the CIA described the greater likelihood that terror attacks on U.S. soil would come from an American resident as “a witch’s brew.”
Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Michael Hayden, who served under President George W. Bush and stepped down in February 2009, said that the “new flavor of threat” was different from “the traditional high-threshold mass casualty attack” that would originate in the al-Qaeda stronghold in the tribal regions of Pakistan.
"It’s much more difficult for us to defend against those kinds of attacks," Hayden said of terror plots originating from franchises in the U.S.
"They will be less lethal if they do succeed," he said. "But they will unfortunately almost certainly be more numerous."
Mike McConnell, the former Director of National Intelligence under Bush, commended the Obama administration for how it has been handling the evolving threats.
"My observation is the new administration has been as aggressive if not more aggressive in pursuing these issues, because they’re real," McConnell said.
"Regardless of which side of the political spectrum you come from or what your political views might be, these threats are very real and very serious and we have to deal with them in a very serious way," he said.
Hayden stressed that even though the homegrown terrorists would be more amateur in conducting “low-threshold” attacks, he said the threat was “almost like penalty kicks in soccer.”
"No matter how good your goalie is, sooner or later this ball is going to get into the back of the net," he said.
McConnell said that he would most worry about a chemical or biological attack from al-Qaeda.
"The most likely event is going to be an explosion. They want death and destruction and blood and mayhem," he said. "That’s what they strive for. But there are other things that they could consider.
"And of course, one of the things I’m identified with is worrying about someday they’ll figure out how to cause us harm through a cyber attack, against what I call the soft underbelly of the country," which could disrupt financial or transportation sectors, McConnell added.
"We have to take the fight to them, make them spend most of their day worrying about their survival rather than figuring out ways to threaten our survival," Hayden said.
Of the White House efforts including drone strikes that continue to rankle Pakistan, Hayden said, “I’ve seen over two administrations and I thank God every day for the continuity.”
Military leaders and troops alike need more time at home between deployments to help diagnose and receive treatment for the “invisible” wounds of war such as posttraumatic stress, a senior Army officer said. Story
The deadline for eligible servicemembers, veterans and their beneficiaries to apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay has been extended to March 4, Defense Department officials announced. Story | Special
ALERT: HOMELAND SECURITY NETWORK NEWS TO GCIS INTELCENTER: DECEMBER 24, 2010
DECEMBER 24, 2010 Counterterrorism officials are tracking potential threats to the U.S. and Europe from al-Qaeda and affiliated groups during the holiday season but as of this date, not have not seen evidence of specific plots. A warning in a government bulletin alerted state and local law enforcement to be vigilant but did not include information about specific plots or intelligence. Instead the memo urged to be wary of suspicious behavior and to regularly change security measures.
Feliciano Sanchez, a former officer with the Bell, California Police Department, was sentenced to nine years in federal prison and three years of supervised release for sexually assaulting a female motorist and violating her civil rights.
A HOLIDAY MESSAGE FROM THE GCIS FAMILY
Friday, December 24, 2010 at 3:13pm
Dearest of Friends:
On behalf of our Director, Alysyn Bourque, I want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for your participation, support and friendship in what has been a challenging year.
As we approach Christmas, all of us at GCIS are thankful for the degree of your support and for enabling us to serve you better each day.
This has been a year that has brought with it attacks from those who do not sympathize with the vision we all share and we have become stronger because of it.
We have grown together because of your support, prayers and friendship. To wake up each day and continue the work we have charted is not just a job for us. Serving you is an honor and blessing.
I also want to express the honor the GCIS team shares in serving under a director who has the integrity, sense of mission and purpose to lead. Alysyn Bourque is not just the head of our agency. She is the head of our family. To serve under her is an honor and we thank her for her sacrifice and service. She has the ability to put aside personal issues to focus on the issues we all care about. With two young children, she certainly has her hands full. She never misses a beat and we look forward to her leadership as we enter 2011.
From all of us at GCIS, as well as our partners..Happy Holidays & a very Merry Christmas!
C.A.T.S. UPDATE FROM SINT...Christmas Eve Massacre launched by private intelligence agency
By Tricia Kenner, Staff Writer, SECURITY INDUSTRY NEWS TODAY
WASHINGTON – The deputy director for cyber security at GCIS(Griffith Colson Intelligence Service) was given authorization to make the agency’s C.A.T.S.(Cyber Assault Tactical Service) program operational a little over 24 hours ago.
Kayla Cohen, head of the Cyber Security task Force at GCIS, ordered a massive sweep of “unfriendly and threatening” websites and profiles on social networks that posed a direct threat to GCIS cyber command operations.
Cohen said she asked for authorization from GCIS chief Alysyn Bourque late Wednesday night and ordered increased security measures on her agency’s cyber infrastructure.
“We are bombarded with threats against our operations everyday”, Cohen said in a statement, “And while I am not at liberty to discuss the full extent of our operations, I can say that they have been successful and will be ongoing over the Christmas holiday”.
Cohen said her first responsibility was to track online threats against GCIS, in addition to her work in tracking and monitoring online activity that may involve recruitment activity by extremist groups.
“Once those activities are identified, we report them directly to the intelligence or law enforcement agencies with jurisdiction”, Cohen added.
But Cohen made clear that the cyber operations of GCIS, which includes daily intelligence feeds, briefings, monitoring and broadcasting networks, is her jurisdiction.
“I have a responsibility to make sure the health of our operations are sound. I took the measures I did because there were clear and present threats against our infrastructure. I am pleased to report that they were successful”.
North Bergen, New Jersey resident Hal Turner, an Internet radio talk show host and blogger, was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison for threatening to assault three federal appeals court judges in Chicago in retaliation for their 2009 ruling upholding handgun bans in Chicago and a suburb.
Mark S. Trimble, of Edmond, Oklahoma, was sentenced to serve 120 months in federal prison for money laundering arising from the operation of Phidippides Capital Management, LLC, where he diverted $1,000,000 of investor funds to his own account.
ALERT: Arab Terrorists Wound US Woman; Second Person May Be Kidnapped
Two Arab terrorists seriously wounded an American tour guide near Beit Shemesh, west of Jerusalem, late Saturday afternoon, and police are frantically searching for a second woman, who may have been kidnapped.
Another terrorist tried to attack a woman at the entrance to the Hadassah Mount Scopus hospital.
The victim, a woman, is in serious condition, separated from her tour group after it was finished and then hiked in a nearby dry river bed, where the Arabs stabbed her in the stomach and back and bound her hands. She managed to reach the parking lot of a nearby moshav, where passersby alerted police and medical teams.
She was rushed to Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Jerusalem, where she is being treated for serious wounds, but.her life is not in danger. Police have not ruled out possible a possible criminal background to the attack.
INDIANAPOLIS — Joseph H. Hogsett, United States Attorney, announced the sentencing today of the last defendant in a federal crack cocaine and firearms trafficking conspiracy in United States District Court in Evansville. Charles Avery, the last of 20…