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  • Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid (ARPO) Strike Force Takedown Results in Charges Against 60 Individuals, Including 53 Medical Professionals
    Attorney General William P. Barr and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex M. Azar II, together with multiple law enforcement partners, today announced enforcement actions involving 60 charged defendants across 11 federal districts, including 31 doctors, seven pharmacists, eight nurse practitioners, and seven other licensed medical professionals, for their alleged participation in the illegal prescribing and distributing of opioids and other dangerous narcotics and for health care fraud schemes.  In addition, HHS announced today that since June 2018, it has excluded over 2,000 individuals from participation in Medicare, Medicaid and all other Federal health care programs, which includes more than 650 providers excluded for conduct related to opioid diversion and abuse.  Since July 2017, DEA has issued 31 immediate suspension orders, 129 orders to show cause, and received 1,386 surrenders for cause nationwide for violations of the Controlled Substances Act.  “The opioid epidemic is the deadliest drug crisis in American history, and Appalachia has suffered the consequences more than perhaps any other region,” Attorney General William P. Barr said.  “But the Department of Justice is doing its part to help end this crisis.  One of the Department's most promising new initiatives is the Criminal Division's Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force, which began its work in December.  Just four months later, this team of federal agents and 14 prosecutors has charged 60 defendants for alleged crimes related to millions of prescription opioids.  I am grateful to the Criminal Division, their U.S. Attorney partners, and to the members ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2019-04-17
    1 day ago
  • Federal Indictments and Law Enforcement Actions in One of the Largest Health Care Fraud Schemes Involving Telemedicine and Durable Medical Equipment Marketing Executives Result in Charges Against 24 Individuals Responsible for Over $1.2 Billion in Losses
    One of the largest health care fraud schemes investigated by the FBI and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG) and prosecuted by the Department of Justice resulted in charges against 24 defendants, including the CEOs, COOs and others associated with five telemedicine companies, the owners of dozens of durable medical equipment (DME) companies and three licensed medical professionals, for their alleged participation in health care fraud schemes involving more than $1.2 billion in loss, as well as the execution of over 80 search warrants in 17 federal districts.  In addition, the Center for Medicare Services, Center for Program Integrity (CMS/CPI) announced today that it took adverse administrative action against 130 DME companies that had submitted over $1.7 billion in claims and were paid over $900 million. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Sherri A. Lydon of the District of South Carolina, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito of the District of New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez of the Middle District of Florida, Assistant Director Robert Johnson of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, Deputy Inspector General for Investigations Gary Cantrell of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), Chief Don Fort of the IRS Criminal Investigation (CI) and Deputy Administrator and Director of CPI Alec Alexander of the CMS/CPI made the announcement. Today’s enforcement actions were led and coordinated by the Health Care Fraud Unit of the Criminal Division’s ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2019-04-09
    1 week ago
  • FBI Announces the Line-of-Duty Death of Electronics Technician William “Homer” Lewis
    It is with great sadness that the FBI announces the line-of-duty death of electronics technician William “Homer” Lewis of the Finance and Facilities Division. Lewis passed away on April 3, 2019, as a direct result of his work in response to the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Lewis served in the FBI for more than 28 years. He joined the Bureau in 1990 as an operating engineer in the Training Division and became an electronics technician in 1992. Following the 9/11 attacks, Lewis worked with teams on the night shift for weeks, setting up and maintaining radio communications. He was instrumental in the recovery efforts, keeping FBI team members safe inside the Pentagon and at surrounding evidence-review locations. His death is a great loss to the extended FBI family and community. ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2019-04-05
    2 weeks ago
  • J-CODE Announces 61 Arrests in its Second Coordinated Law Enforcement Operation Targeting Opioid Trafficking on the Darknet
    “This successful operation sends a strong message that DEA, together with our law enforcement partners, will disrupt, dismantle, and destroy drug trafficking organizations that bring poison into our communities,” said DEA Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon. “DEA’s greatest tool is our relationship with our federal, state, local, and international law enforcement partners who stand with us every day to fight this epidemic. Drug traffickers will be held accountable for the pain and death they cause, regardless of what technology they use.” “Homeland Security Investigations, together with its law enforcement partners, has proven, once again, the selling of illicit items on the Darknet will not be tolerated in the United States,” said Executive Associate Director Derek Benner, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “Operation SaboTor sends a clear message to criminals that no matter how or where crimes are committed, nothing is beyond the reach of the law. We will use every possible means to find them, take apart their organizations, and leave them with nothing.” “Postal inspectors and our law enforcement partners are using tried and true investigative techniques combined with the latest cutting-edge technology to identify those responsible for opioid trafficking and bring them to justice,” said Chief Postal Inspector Gary Barksdale. “Operation SaboTor is a major step forward in the journey to combat the opioid epidemic and protect our citizens from dangerous drugs. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service will continue to work tirelessly alongside our J-CODE partners to keep our communities safe. “The Darkweb is not as dark as you ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2019-03-25
    3 weeks ago
  • David W. Archey Named Special Agent in Charge of the Richmond Field Office
    FBI Director Christopher Wray has named David W. Archey as special agent in charge of the Richmond Field Office. Mr. Archey most recently served as a deputy assistant director in the Counterintelligence Division at FBI Headquarters and was assigned as the FBI senior lead at the Special Counsel’s Office. Mr. Archey began his career as a special agent in 2001 and was first assigned to the Portland Field Office, where he worked counterterrorism matters, which included deployments to the World Trade Center site, Egypt, Jordan, and Iraq. He also served as a member of the office’s Evidence Response Team. In 2005, Mr. Archey transferred to the Baltimore Field Office, where he worked counterintelligence and counterterrorism matters and was a member of the SWAT team. During this time, Mr. Archey served in Bahrain and Jordan; he also deployed to Algiers, Algeria, to coordinate the opening of the FBI’s legal attaché office there. In 2008, Mr. Archey became the assistant legal attaché and later the acting legal attaché in Rabat, Morocco, where he worked in collaboration with his foreign counterparts in Morocco, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, and Chad. Mr. Archey returned to the Baltimore Field Office in 2010 as the supervisory special agent for the counterintelligence squad. In 2012, he received the Office of the Director of National Intelligence Award for Excellence in Counterintelligence Operations. In April 2013, Mr. Archey led Baltimore Field Office’s counterintelligence and cyber divisions as assistant special agent in charge. He was promoted to section chief at FBI Headquarters ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2019-03-08
    1 month ago
  • Justice Department Coordinates Largest-Ever Nationwide Elder Fraud Sweep
    Attorney General William P. Barr and multiple law enforcement partners today announced the largest coordinated sweep of elder fraud cases in history, surpassing last year’s nationwide sweep. The cases during this sweep involved more than 260 defendants from around the globe who victimized more than two million Americans, most of them elderly. The Department took action in every federal district across the country, through the filing of criminal or civil cases or through consumer education efforts. In each case, offenders allegedly engaged in financial schemes that targeted or largely affected seniors. In total, the charged elder fraud schemes caused alleged losses of millions of more dollars than last year, putting the total alleged losses at this year’s sweep at over three fourths of one billion dollars. Attorney General Barr was joined in the announcement by FBI Deputy Director David L. Bowdich; Executive Associate Director Derek Benner for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Joseph Simons; Louisiana Attorney General and President of the National Association of Attorneys General Jeff Landry; Director Randolph Alles of the Secret Service; Chief Postal Inspector Gary Barksdale; Barbara Stewart CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service; and former FBI director and CIA director Judge Webster and Lynda Webster. The charges are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. “Crimes against the elderly target some of the most vulnerable people in our society,” Attorney General ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2019-03-06
    1 month ago
  • FBI Announces New International Corruption Squad in Miami Field Office
    The FBI announces the creation of a dedicated international corruption squad based in its Miami Field Office. The FBI made the decision to expand the program to the Miami Field Office after the success of the FBI’s international corruption squads operating in New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. The Miami International Corruption Squad will begin operating in March 2019.     The international corruption squads were created to combat international corruption by addressing foreign bribery, kleptocracy, and international antitrust matters. Investigations conducted by these squads generally focus on criminal acts occurring outside U.S. borders but having a nexus to the U.S. The squads routinely partner with foreign law enforcement and FBI legal attaché offices as a force multiplier to combat international corruption matters. The newly created Miami International Corruption Squad will be staffed with senior agents, forensic accountants, and personnel who have extensive experience conducting complex white-collar crime and corruption investigations.  The FBI will be working in conjunction with the Department of Justice’s Fraud Section and Money Laundering Asset Forfeiture Section, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate and prosecute international corruption matters. ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2019-03-04
    1 month ago
  • FBI Releases Preliminary Semiannual Crime Statistics for 2018
    Statistics released today in the FBI’s Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report revealed overall declines in the number of violent crimes and property crimes reported for the first six months of 2018 when compared with figures for the first six months of 2017. The report is based on information from 14,509 law enforcement agencies that submitted three to six months of comparable data to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program. Violent Crime Three of the offenses in the violent crime category—robbery, murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, and aggravated assault—showed decreases when data from the first six months of 2018 were compared with data from the first six months of 2017. The number of robbery offenses decreased 12.5 percent, murder and nonnegligent manslaughter offenses fell 6.7 percent, and aggravated assault offenses were down 2.0 percent. The fourth offense in the violent crime category, rape (revised definition), increased 0.6 percent. The overall number of violent crimes decreased in all city population groups. Law enforcement agencies in cities with populations of 25,000 to 49,999 reported the largest decrease, 8.2 percent. Law enforcement agencies in cities with populations of 1,000,000 and over and in cities with populations of 50,000 to 99,999 reported the smallest decreases, 2.8 percent. Violent crime decreased 4.5 percent in metropolitan counties and fell 3.5 percent in nonmetropolitan counties. Violent crime decreased in three of the four regions of the nation. These crimes were down 6.5 percent in the South, 5.5 percent in the Midwest, and 4.7 percent in the Northeast. Violent ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2019-02-24
    2 months ago
  • Brian P. Hale Named Assistant Director of the Office of Public Affairs
    FBI Director Christopher Wray has named Brian P. Hale as assistant director of the Office of Public Affairs at FBI Headquarters. Mr. Hale most recently served as deputy assistant director in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), where he worked with the national security partnership team to lead the U.S. Intelligence Community’s outreach efforts, information sharing, and partnerships with the private sector. Mr. Hale has broad experience in communications, having served in numerous roles in both the public and private sectors over the course of his career. From 2014 to 2018, Mr. Hale was the ODNI director of public affairs, responsible for managing all communication efforts and ensuring coordinated outreach on behalf of the 17 agencies and components that comprise the U.S. Intelligence Community. Before working at the ODNI, Mr. Hale served as the assistant director of the Office of Public Affairs, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Department of Homeland Security, where he directed ICE’s internal and external communications. Prior to his time at ICE, Mr. Hale worked in the FBI’s National Press Office on matters related to counterterrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and operational technology. Before entering a career in public service, Mr. Hale was the press relations manager for Squire Patton Boggs, LLP, an international law firm based in Washington, D.C. He also worked as a field producer for ABC News’ 20/20, where he covered several high-profile national and international stories, including the Iraq War, the D.C. sniper investigation, and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2019-02-18
    2 months ago
  • John Brown Named Assistant Director of the Counterintelligence Division
    FBI Director Christopher Wray has named John Brown as assistant director of the Counterintelligence Division at FBI Headquarters. Mr. Brown most recently served as the special agent in charge of the San Diego Field Office. Mr. Brown entered on duty as a special agent with the FBI in 1999 and was first assigned to the Chicago Field Office, where he investigated counterintelligence matters. Over the course of his career, Mr. Brown has held multiple notable leadership positions. In 2004, he deployed to Iraq as a member of an FBI team working counterterrorism operations with the Department of Defense. The next year, Mr. Brown was assigned to FBI Headquarters as a supervisory special agent in the Counterterrorism Division and was later promoted to unit chief, where he provided oversight for international terrorism investigations and led the creation of the FBI’s first unit dedicated to investigating terrorists’ use of the Internet. In 2008, Mr. Brown moved to the Chicago Field Office, where he supervised a counterterrorism squad. In 2010 and 2011, Mr. Brown served on active duty with the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division and deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan. Mr. Brown returned from active duty in 2011 and resumed his position supervising a counterterrorism squad in Chicago. Mr. Brown was promoted to section chief in the Cyber Division at FBI Headquarters in 2012, where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of all FBI cyber investigations. In 2014, he returned to the Chicago Field Office to lead an innovative social media cyber ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2019-02-18
    2 months ago
  • The FBI Celebrates 100 Years of African-American Special Agents
    James Wormley Jones, believed to be the FBI’s first African-American special agent, was appointed on December 2, 1919. Hundreds of African-American special agents have since followed in his footsteps, including the first African-American woman, Sylvia Mathis, who joined the special agent ranks in 1976. As we honor Jones and the countless others that followed him in their pursuit to serve the American people as FBI special agents, we acknowledge the truth of our history and the promise of our future as we hold firm to our core values: rigorous obedience to the Constitution of the United States; respect for the dignity of all those we protect; compassion; fairness; uncompromising personal integrity and institutional integrity; accountability by accepting responsibility and the consequences for our actions and decisions; leadership, both personal and professional; and diversity. ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2019-02-15
    2 months ago
  • Former U.S. Counterintelligence Agent Charged with Espionage on Behalf of Iran; Four Iranians Charged with a Cyber Campaign Targeting Her Former Colleagues
    Monica Elfriede Witt, 39, a former U.S. service member and counterintelligence agent, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia for conspiracy to deliver and delivering national defense information to representatives of the Iranian government.  Witt, who defected to Iran in 2013, is alleged to have assisted Iranian intelligence services in targeting her former fellow agents in the U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC).  Witt is also alleged to have disclosed the code name and classified mission of a U.S. Department of Defense Special Access Program. An arrest warrant has been issued for Witt, who remains at large. The same indictment charges four Iranian nationals, Mojtaba Masoumpour, Behzad Mesri, Hossein Parvar and Mohamad Paryar (the “Cyber Conspirators”), with conspiracy, attempts to commit computer intrusion and aggravated identity theft, for conduct in 2014 and 2015 targeting former co-workers and colleagues of Witt in the U.S. Intelligence Community.  The Cyber Conspirators, using fictional and imposter social media accounts and working on behalf of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), sought to deploy malware that would provide them covert access to the targets’ computers and networks.  Arrest warrants have been issued for the Cyber Conspirators, who also remain at large. The announcement was made by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers, U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu for the District of Columbia, Executive Assistant Director for National Security Jay Tabb of the FBI, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Special Agent Terry Phillips of the Air Force Office of Special ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2019-02-12
    2 months ago
  • Eric B. Smith Named Special Agent in Charge of the Cleveland Field Office
    FBI Director Christopher Wray has named Eric B. Smith as special agent in charge of the Cleveland Field Office. Mr. Smith most recently served as special assistant for FBI Director Wray. Mr. Smith entered on duty with the FBI in 1999 and was first assigned as a special agent in the Wichita Resident Agency, Kansas City Field Office, where he worked multiple programs including violent crime, counterterrorism, and counterintelligence. In 2005, he transferred to the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters. In 2008, Mr. Smith was selected to serve as the supervisor for the Cleveland Field Office’s counterterrorism squad and Joint Terrorism Task Force. Two years later, he was assigned to be the FBI’s senior representative to a counterterrorism task force headquartered in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and forward deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan. Mr. Smith returned to the Cleveland Field Office in 2013, where he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge over counterterrorism and cyber matters, as well as multiple resident agencies. He later assumed oversight of the intelligence program. In 2015, Mr. Smith assumed the role of chief of staff to the FBI deputy director, where he served before entering his assignment as special assistant to the Director in 2016. Prior to his FBI career, Mr. Smith served as an officer in the U.S. Army, primarily in airborne rapid deployment forces at Fort Bragg. He graduated from the U.S. Army Airborne School and the U.S. Army Ranger School. He served as a battalion intelligence officer, an airborne rifle ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2019-02-11
    2 months ago
  • ICE, DOJ Recognize International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — February 6 marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the FBI, and the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section (HRSP) of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, all members of the Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center (HRVWCC), join U.S. and foreign government partners, non-governmental organizations, and local communities to call for the eradication of the practice. Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is a federal crime, and any involvement in committing this crime is a serious human rights violation which may result in imprisonment and potential removal from the United States. Individuals suspected of FGM/C, including sending girls overseas to be cut, may be investigated by the HRVWCC and prosecuted accordingly. The elimination of FGM/C has broad implications for the health and human rights of women and girls, as well as societies at large. This day serves as an opportunity to reflect on victims who have suffered from female genital mutilation/cutting, including many women and girls who have died or suffered lifelong health complications from the practice. The day also renews a global commitment to the health and well-being of all women, girls and communities by eliminating the practice. In 2018, ICE expanded Operation Limelight USA, an outreach operation designed to educate travelers on the dangers and consequences of FGM/C, from one international airport to seven. U.S. officials with Operation Limelight USA spoke to 1300 travelers on 80 different flights from May 22-July 2 at seven airports across ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2019-02-06
    2 months ago
  • Paul Haertel Named Special Agent in Charge of the Salt Lake City Field Office
    FBI Director Christopher Wray has named Paul Haertel as special agent in charge of the Salt Lake City Field Office. Mr. Haertel has most recently served as deputy assistant director for the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division since July 2018. Mr. Haertel entered on duty in September 1995 and was first assigned as a special agent to the Louisville Field Office, Lexington Resident Agency, where he specialized in rural Appalachia investigations; he also worked drug and violent crime cases and served as a member of the office’s SWAT team. In 2003, Mr. Haertel was transferred to the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He became a unit chief in the division in 2005 with responsibility for terrorism investigations in the northeastern United States. From 2006 through 2010, Mr. Haertel headed the Columbia Field Office’s Greenville Resident Agency, where he targeted violent gangs while also serving as the leader of the office’s SWAT team. Mr. Haertel reported to Prague as the assistant legal attaché in June 2010 and was named legal attaché of that office in July 2013. In this role, he oversaw a variety of investigations, including international public corruption, violent crime, and money laundering cases. In 2015, Mr. Haertel became assistant special agent in charge for the Salt Lake City Field Office, where he was responsible for the criminal program in Idaho, Montana, and Utah. Mr. Haertel was promoted to chief of the Counterintelligence Division’s Counterespionage Section at FBI Headquarters in 2017. Prior to his FBI career, Mr. Haertel ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2019-02-05
    2 months ago
  • Joseph R. Bonavolonta Named Special Agent in Charge of the Boston Field Office
    FBI Director Christopher Wray has named Joseph R. Bonavolonta as special agent in charge of the Boston Field Office. Mr. Bonavolonta has served as deputy assistant director for the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division since March 2018. He previously helped lead the Boston Field Office as assistant special agent in charge from 2013 to 2017 and is honored to be returning to the office. Mr. Bonavolonta has held a variety of leadership, operational, and investigative positions throughout his FBI career. He entered on duty in May 1996 as an investigative specialist in the FBI’s New York Field Office. In August 2000, he received his first assignment as a special agent in the New York Field Office, where he spent many years investigating the Bonanno La Cosa Nostra (LCN) Family within the office’s organized crime branch. His work led to the convictions and/or guilty pleas of dozens of high-ranking members and associates of the Bonanno LCN Family. For his contributions to these investigations, Mr. Bonavolonta received the Attorney General’s Director’s Award for Superior Performance in 2005. From 2006-2007, Mr. Bonavolonta served as the program manager in the Organized Crime Section at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for the coordination of organized crime cases throughout the country. He also directed an international organized crime initiative in coordination with the Italian National Police aimed at combating joint criminal operations between the American-based LCN Families and the Sicilian Mafia. Mr. Bonavolonta was promoted to supervisory special agent of the corporate/securities fraud squad ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2019-02-04
    2 months ago
  • Chinese Telecommunications Device Manufacturer and its U.S. Affiliate Indicted for Theft of Trade Secrets, Wire Fraud, and Obstruction of Justice
    A 10-count indictment unsealed today in the Western District of Washington State charges Huawei Device Co., Ltd. and Huawei Device Co. USA with theft of trade secrets conspiracy, attempted theft of trade secrets, seven counts of wire fraud, and one count of obstruction of justice.  The indictment, returned by a grand jury on January 16, details Huawei’s efforts to steal trade secrets from Bellevue, Washington based T-Mobile USA and then obstruct justice when T-Mobile threatened to sue Huawei in U.S. District Court in Seattle.  The alleged conduct described in the indictment occurred from 2012 to 2014, and includes an internal Huawei announcement that the company was offering bonuses to employees who succeeded in stealing confidential information from other companies. “Today we are announcing that we are bringing criminal charges against telecommunications giant Huawei and its associates for nearly two dozen alleged crimes” Acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker said.  “As I told Chinese officials in August, China must hold its citizens and Chinese companies accountable for complying with the law.  I’d like to thank the many dedicated criminal investigators from several different federal agencies who contributed to this investigation and the Department of Justice attorneys who are moving the prosecution efforts forward. They are helping us uphold the rule of law with integrity.” “The charges unsealed today clearly allege that Huawei intentionally conspired to steal the intellectual property of an American company in an attempt to undermine the free and fair global marketplace,” said FBI Director Wray. “To the detriment ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2019-01-28
    3 months ago
  • FBI Director Christopher Wray’s Remarks Regarding Indictments of Huawei and Wanzhou Meng
    The prosperity that drives our economic security is inherently linked to our national security. And the immense influence that the Chinese government holds over Chinese corporations like Huawei represents a threat to both. As Americans, we should all be concerned by the potential for any company beholden to a foreign government—especially one that doesn’t share our values—to burrow into the American telecommunications market. That kind of access could give a foreign government the capacity to maliciously modify or steal information, conduct undetected espionage, or exert pressure or control. These cases make clear that, as a country, we must consider carefully the risk that companies like Huawei pose if we allow them into our telecommunications infrastructure. Today’s charges serve as a warning that the FBI does not—and will not—tolerate businesses that violate our laws, obstruct our justice, and jeopardize our national security. We will not stand idly by while any entity—be it a foreign power or corporation—seeks to criminally or unfairly undermine our country’s place in the world. This announcement would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of FBI personnel in our Counterintelligence and Criminal Investigative Divisions, and in our New York, Dallas, and Seattle Field Offices. I’m proud of their hard work rooting out pervasive criminal behavior by Huawei and its executives. I’d also like to thank our law enforcement partners in Canada for their continued and invaluable assistance to the United States on law enforcement matters such as this. And lastly, I want to extend ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2019-01-28
    3 months ago
  • Todd A. Wickerham Named Special Agent in Charge of the Cincinnati Field Office
    FBI Director Christopher Wray has named Todd A. Wickerham as special agent in charge of the Cincinnati Field Office. Mr. Wickerham has served as special assistant for the FBI’s associate deputy director since 2017, acting as a senior adviser on matters involving the management of all personnel, budget, administration, and infrastructure across the FBI enterprise. Mr. Wickerham has held a variety of investigative, operational, and management positions within the FBI. He entered on duty in September 1997 and was first assigned as a special agent in the Pittsburgh Field Office, where he investigated violent crime and criminal enterprises. He also served on the SWAT team and as a special agent bomb technician. On September 11, 2001, he responded to and worked the scene of the United Airlines Flight 93 crash site in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. In 2006, Mr. Wickerham was promoted to the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI Headquarters, where he served as a supervisory special agent in the Strategic Planning Unit. In 2008, Mr. Wickerham became the supervisory senior resident agent of the Akron Resident Agency, Cleveland Field Office, where he managed all FBI investigative programs in the Akron area. During this time, he also completed a four-month temporary assignment in Kabul, helping to establish the Major Crimes Task Force - Afghanistan. Mr. Wickerham was appointed as assistant special agent in charge of FBI Cleveland’s criminal branch in 2013, with responsibility for overseeing all criminal investigative programs, SWAT operations, training matters, and numerous FBI resident agencies across Northern Ohio. Prior ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2019-01-28
    3 months ago
  • FBI Director Christopher Wray’s Remarks Regarding Indictment of Chinese Hackers
    The list of victim companies reads like a “Who’s Who” of the global economy—from biotechnology to agriculture to health care, and from oil and gas exploration to NASA. Healthy competition is good for the global economy. Criminal conduct is not. Rampant theft is not. Cheating is not. There’s no light on this issue between the United States and our law-abiding international partners. We’re all standing shoulder-to-shoulder to condemn this conduct. The scope of this investigation was broad, as you might imagine, including our FBI field offices in New Orleans, New York, Sacramento, San Antonio, and Houston. And we’re incredibly grateful not only to our DOJ colleagues, but to our partners at the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, and the Department of Homeland Security for their work. We also appreciate our partners in the Department of Defense’s Computer Forensic Laboratory, who worked with us as we analyzed hundreds of malware samples. With this malware, FBI and NCIS investigators found key links between major victims and APT 10’s “command and control” infrastructure. After identifying additional victims here in the United States and around the world, the FBI’s Cyber Action Team—our elite rapid deployment unit—and our cyber counterparts at DHS deployed to multiple locations to provide technical support and investigative assistance. And we worked with our counterparts in the NCIS to investigate APT 10’s theft of personally identifiable information from more than 100,000 U.S. Naval service members. We’re deeply concerned about American innovation ending up in the wrong hands, ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-12-20
    4 months ago
  • Two Chinese Hackers Associated with the Ministry of State Security Charged with Global Computer Intrusion Campaigns Targeting Intellectual Property and Confidential Business Information
    The unsealing of an indictment charging Zhu Hua (朱华), aka Afwar, aka CVNX, aka Alayos, aka Godkiller; and Zhang Shilong (张士龙), aka Baobeilong, aka Zhang Jianguo, aka Atreexp, both nationals of the People’s Republic of China (China), with conspiracy to commit computer intrusions, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft was announced today. The announcement was made by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman for the Southern District of New York, Director Christopher A. Wray of the FBI, Director Dermot F. O’Reilly of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) of the U.S. Department of Defense, and Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers. Zhu and Zhang were members of a hacking group operating in China known within the cyber security community as Advanced Persistent Threat 10 (the APT10 Group).  The defendants worked for a company in China called Huaying Haitai Science and Technology Development Company (Huaying Haitai) and acted in association with the Chinese Ministry of State Security’s Tianjin State Security Bureau.  Through their involvement with the APT10 Group, from at least in or about 2006 up to and including in or about 2018, Zhu and Zhang conducted global campaigns of computer intrusions targeting, among other data, intellectual property and confidential business and technological information at managed service providers (MSPs), which are companies that remotely manage the information technology infrastructure of businesses and governments around the world, more than 45 technology companies in at least a dozen U.S. states, and U.S. ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-12-19
    4 months ago
  • PRC State-Owned Company, Taiwan Company, and Three Individuals Charged with Economic Espionage
    A federal grand jury indicted a state-owned enterprise of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), a Taiwan company, and three individuals, charging them with crimes related to a conspiracy to steal, convey, and possess stolen trade secrets of an American semiconductor company for the benefit of a company controlled by the PRC government. All of the defendants are charged with a conspiracy to commit economic espionage, among other crimes.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions, FBI Director Christopher Wray, Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers, Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division Brian A. Benczkowski, United States Attorney Alex G. Tse of the Northern District of California, and FBI Special Agent in Charge for the San Francisco Field Office John F. Bennett made the announcement. In addition, the United States filed a civil lawsuit seeking to enjoin the further transfer of the stolen trade secrets and to enjoin certain defendants from exporting to the United States any products manufactured by UMC or Jinhua that were created using the trade secrets at issue.  The indictment was filed on September 27, 2018, and unsealed today. The civil lawsuit was filed today. “I am announcing that a grand jury in San Francisco has returned a multi-defendant indictment alleging economic espionage on the part of a state-owned Chinese company, a Taiwanese company, and three Taiwan individuals for an alleged scheme to steal trade secrets from Micron, an Idaho-based semi-conductor company,” said Attorney General Sessions.  “Micron is worth an estimated $100 billion and has a 20 to ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-11-01
    6 months ago
  • FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich’s Remarks Regarding New DOJ Initiative to Combat Chinese Economic Espionage
    Remarks as prepared for delivery at Department of Justice press conference announcing new Chinese economic espionage initiative and related multi-defendant indictment. Thank you, AG Sessions. The threats we face in the national security realm have never been more complex. And today, we’re standing before you focused on one country that continues to pose one of the broadest, most complicated, and long-term threats: China. Actors working to benefit China are the most active perpetrators of economic espionage against us. Every type of business is at risk—big companies and small ones; those located in major cities, small towns, or even rural areas. And those looking to infiltrate companies or, in many cases, steal trade secrets are not what you expect when you think of traditional espionage actors. Often these individuals are insiders—employees working in the targeted company. They can be students or others in the larger academic community, conducting authorized research—but then sharing the results with others without approval. Networks of people are used to piece together, bit by bit, the various components of our sensitive processes, our proprietary data, and our state secrets. These unconventional actors are becoming the new face of the China threat. They seek to gain any advantage on the global stage, through whatever data they can pilfer. Nearly every one of our FBI field offices has investigations into economic espionage leading back to China. We’ve had cases where actors have targeted corn seeds in the fields of Iowa, software for wind turbines in Massachusetts, and, in this ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-11-01
    6 months ago
  • FBI Director Christopher Wray’s Remarks Regarding Arrest of Cesar Sayoc in Suspicious Package Investigation
    I want to acknowledge the many partners who helped in recovering and transporting these IEDs to our lab in Quantico. This is dangerous and highly specialized work that requires great care, and we’re incredibly grateful to everyone who helped us in getting those to our lab from around the country. We can confirm that 13 IEDs were sent to various individuals across the country. Each device consisted of roughly six inches of PVC pipe, a small clock, a battery, some wiring, and what is known as “energetic material,” which is essentially potential explosives and material that gives off heat and energy through a reaction to heat, shock, or friction. Though we’re still analyzing the devices in our Laboratory, these are not hoax devices. I want to focus for a moment on the amazing work of the folks at our FBI Lab. Based on their initial analysis, they uncovered a latent fingerprint from one of the envelopes containing an IED that had been sent to Congresswoman Maxine Waters. We have confirmed this fingerprint is that of Cesar Sayoc. There is also a possible DNA connection between samples collected from pieces of two different IEDs, mailed in separate envelopes, and a sample previously collected from Sayoc in connection with an earlier arrest in Florida. This is phenomenal work, with the greatest pressure, under an incredibly tight time frame. We see unbelievable work like this on TV shows and in Hollywood, but to see it up close, in reality, is something to behold, ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-10-26
    6 months ago
  • Statement on the FBI’s Investigation of Suspicious Packages
    The packages were mailed in manila envelopes with bubble wrap interior. The packages were affixed with computer-printed address labels and six Forever stamps. All packages had a return address of “DEBBIE WASSERMAN SHULTZ” [sic] in Florida. Packages identified to date were addressed to: George Soros Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Former President Barack Obama Former CIA Director John Brennan, care of CNN Former Attorney General Eric Holder The package addressed to former Attorney General Holder did not reach its intended destination, but was rerouted to the return address in Florida. The FBI will continue to work with our federal law enforcement partners at the United States Secret Service, United States Postal Inspection Service, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, as well as our state and local law enforcement partners, to identify and arrest the person or people responsible for sending these packages. It is possible that additional packages were mailed to other locations. The FBI advises the public to remain vigilant and not touch, move or handle any suspicious or unknown packages. If you have information about these packages, please contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or tips.fbi.gov. If you observe any suspicious activity that requires an immediate response, please call 911 or contact your local law enforcement. ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-10-24
    6 months ago
  • U.S. Charges Russian GRU Officers with International Hacking and Related Influence and Disinformation Operations
    A grand jury in the Western District of Pennsylvania has indicted seven defendants, all officers in the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), a military intelligence agency of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, for computer hacking, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and money laundering. According to the indictment, beginning in or around December 2014 and continuing until at least May 2018, the conspiracy conducted persistent and sophisticated computer intrusions affecting U.S. persons, corporate entities, international organizations, and their respective employees located around the world, based on their strategic interest to the Russian government.   Among the goals of the conspiracy was to publicize stolen information as part of an influence and disinformation campaign designed to undermine, retaliate against, and otherwise delegitimize the efforts of international anti-doping organizations and officials who had publicly exposed a Russian state-sponsored athlete doping program and to damage the reputations of athletes around the world by falsely claiming that such athletes were using banned or performance-enhancing drugs.The charges were announced at a press conference by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania Scott W. Brady, FBI Deputy Assistant Director for Cyber Division, Eric Welling, and Director General Mark Flynn for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police."State-sponsored hacking and disinformation campaigns pose serious threats to our security and to our open society, but the Department of Justice is defending against them," Attorney General Jeff Sessions said. "Today we are indicting seven GRU officers for ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-10-03
    7 months ago
  • Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras Agrees to Pay More Than $850 Million for FCPA Violations
    Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras (Petrobras), a Brazilian state-owned and state-controlled energy company, entered into agreements with U.S. and Brazilian authorities and agreed to pay a combined total of $853.2 million in penalties to resolve the U.S. government’s investigation into violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) in connection with Petrobras’s role in facilitating payments to politicians and political parties in Brazil, as well as a related Brazilian investigation.  Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger of the Eastern District of Virginia and Assistant Director Robert Johnson of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division made the announcement. “Executives at the highest levels of Petrobras—including members of its Executive Board and Board of Directors—facilitated the payment of hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes to Brazilian politicians and political parties and then cooked the books to conceal the bribe payments from investors and regulators,” said Assistant Attorney General Benczkowski.  “The Criminal Division’s Fraud Section—together with our partners in the Eastern District of Virginia, the SEC, and the FBI—are grateful for the assistance provided by our Brazilian law enforcement counterparts.  This case is just the most recent example of our ability to work with our foreign counterparts to investigate companies and other criminal actors whose conduct spans multiple international jurisdictions.” “Protecting the integrity of U.S. financial markets is one of the highest priorities of this Administration,” said U.S. Attorney Terwilliger. “Those who choose to access our capital markets while failing to disclose ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-09-27
    7 months ago
  • Hospital Chain Will Pay Over $260 Million to Resolve False Billing and Kickback Allegations; One Subsidiary Agrees to Plead Guilty
    Health Management Associates, LLC (HMA), formerly a U.S. hospital chain headquartered in Naples, Florida, will pay over $260 million to resolve criminal charges and civil claims relating to a scheme to defraud the United States.  The government alleged that HMA knowingly billed government health care programs for inpatient services that should have been billed as outpatient or observation services, paid remuneration to physicians in return for patient referrals, and submitted inflated claims for emergency department facility fees.  Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Assistant Attorney General Joseph H. Hunt of the Justice Department’s Civil Division, U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez for the Middle District of Florida, U.S. Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan for the Southern District of Florida, U.S. Attorney Charles E. Peeler for the Middle District of Georgia, U.S. Attorney John R. Lausch Jr. for the Northern District of Illinois, U.S. Attorney R. Andrew Murray for the Western District of North Carolina, U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, U.S. Attorney Sherri Lydon for the District of South Carolina, Assistant Director Robert Johnson of FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, and Acting Assistant Inspector General for Investigations Derrick L. Jackson for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) made the announcement. HMA was acquired by Community Health Systems Inc. (CHS), a major U.S. hospital chain, in January 2014, after the alleged conduct at HMA occurred.  Since July 2014, HMA has been operating under a Corporate Integrity ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-09-25
    7 months ago
  • Statement Regarding FBI Director Christopher A. Wray’s Visit to Finland
    FBI Director Christopher Wray traveled to Helsinki, Finland, this past week for meetings with key law enforcement and national security partners. While he was in Finland, Director Wray joined National Police Commissioner Seppo Kolehmainen, Ambassador Robert Frank Pence, FBI National Academy Associates President Johnnie Adams, and FBI National Academy Associates European Chapter President Erkki Sonck in providing remarks at the opening ceremony of the annual European Chapter National Academy Alumni Retrainer. Throughout his meetings with Finnish partners, Director Wray expressed the gratitude of the FBI and our U.S. partners in law enforcement and the intelligence community and reaffirmed the FBI’s commitment to continued support and collaboration in our joint efforts to combat global crime and international terrorism. ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-09-24
    7 months ago
  • FBI Releases 2017 Crime Statistics
    The UCR Program collects information on crimes reported by law enforcement agencies regarding the violent crimes of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault as well as the property crimes of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. (The FBI classifies arson as a property crime, but it does not estimate arson data because of variations in the level of participation by the reporting agencies. Consequently, arson data is not included in the property crime estimate.) The program also collects arrest data for the offenses listed above plus 20 offenses that include all other crimes except traffic violations. In 2013, the FBI’s UCR Program initiated the collection of rape data under a revised definition within the Summary Reporting System. The term “forcible” was removed from the offense name, and the definition was changed to “penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.” In 2016, the FBI Director approved the recommendation to discontinue the reporting of rape data using the UCR legacy definition beginning in 2017. Of the 18,547 city, county, university and college, state, tribal, and federal agencies eligible to participate in the UCR Program, 16,655 agencies submitted data in 2017. A high-level summary of the statistics submitted, as well as estimates for those agencies that did not report, follows: In 2017, there were an estimated 1,247,321 violent crimes. The estimated number of robbery ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-09-23
    7 months ago
  • Statement Regarding FBI Director Christopher A. Wray’s Visit to Egypt, Kuwait, Jordan, and Lebanon
    FBI Director Christopher Wray traveled this past week to Egypt, Kuwait, Jordan, and Lebanon to meet with key international partners. During the trip, Director Wray met with FBI legal attaché teams, U.S. Embassy personnel, and national security and law enforcement leaders in each of these countries. Director Wray was accompanied by Assistant Director of the International Operations Division George Piro. Director Wray’s meetings were focused on strengthening bilateral security and investigative cooperation and discussing the critical roles the FBI and our partners play in disrupting global threats. During his visits to Egypt and Jordan, Director Wray had the distinct honor of visiting significant cultural heritage sites, including the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, and the Petra Archaeological Park. Throughout his meetings with Egyptian, Kuwaiti, Jordanian, and Lebanese partners, Director Wray reaffirmed the FBI’s commitment to cooperation and expressed the gratitude of the FBI and U.S. law enforcement and intelligence communities for continued collaboration in the face of shared global challenges. ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-09-22
    7 months ago
  • Jay S. Tabb, Jr. Named Executive Assistant Director of the National Security Branch
    FBI Director Christopher A. Wray has named Jay S. Tabb, Jr. as the executive assistant director of the National Security Branch. In his new role, Mr. Tabb will oversee all national security investigative and intelligence operations, ranging from counterintelligence, counterterrorism, and weapons of mass destruction cases. Mr. Tabb was most recently the special agent in charge of the Seattle Division. He started his 21-year career in the Dallas Division and has served on the Hostage Rescue Team, the nation’s only full-time, domestic counterterrorism team. Mr. Tabb has held leadership positions at the Washington Field Office, in the Critical Incident Response Group, and in the Counterterrorism Division as deputy assistant director. Exemplifying the dedication of FBI employees who protect our nation every day, Mr. Tabb has received the FBI Medal of Valor, two FBI Stars, the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service, and the Exceptional Service Medal from the Director of National Intelligence. Before he joined the FBI, Mr. Tabb was an infantry officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. He will assume his new role at FBI Headquarters in early October. ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-09-14
    7 months ago
  • FBI Director Christopher Wray and September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Special Master Rupa Bhattacharyya Held Public Forum on Benefits for Federal Law Enforcement Officers Who Responded on 9/11 and Now Suffer 9/11-Related Illnesses
    Each year, as the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks approaches, the country is reminded of the unprecedented losses suffered.  As we approach the anniversary and honor the fallen, the Justice Department also honors the survivors, particularly those who are experiencing 9-11 health related illnesses.  The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) is increasing its efforts to identify those who may be eligible for compensation because they suffer physical health effects as a result of their exposure but are not aware of the VCF, and seeks to award compensation to those who continue to suffer. As part of this outreach effort, FBI Director Christopher Wray and VCF Special Master Rupa Bhattacharyya hosted a public forum for approximately 150 federal law enforcement officers today to provide vital information about federal programs that are available to those who responded to the attacks in New York City, at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on Sept. 11, 2001. “Like so many first responders, our agents were fearless in their response on September 11 and in the days and months that followed, exposing themselves to what we now know were toxic conditions,” said FBI Director Wray.  “We are here today to spread the word about the VCF and the World Trade Center Health Program – two long-standing programs that provide vital assistance to those who have become sick as a result of their 9/11 exposure.” “We are extremely grateful to have Director Wray, Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt of the Justice Department’s ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-09-07
    7 months ago
  • North Korean Regime-Backed Programmer Charged with Conspiracy to Conduct Multiple Cyber Attacks and Intrusions
    A criminal complaint was unsealed today charging Park Jin Hyok (박진혁; a/k/a Jin Hyok Park and Pak Jin Hek), a North Korean citizen, for his involvement in a conspiracy to conduct multiple destructive cyberattacks around the world resulting in damage to massive amounts of computer hardware, and the extensive loss of data, money and other resources (the “Conspiracy”).  The complaint alleges that Park was a member of a government-sponsored hacking team known to the private sector as the “Lazarus Group,” and worked for a North Korean government front company, Chosun Expo Joint Venture (a/k/a Korea Expo Joint Venture or “KEJV”), to support the DPRK government’s malicious cyber actions.  The Conspiracy’s malicious activities include the creation of the malware used in the 2017 WannaCry 2.0 global ransomware attack; the 2016 theft of $81 million from Bangladesh Bank; the 2014 attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE); and numerous other attacks or intrusions on the entertainment, financial services, defense, technology, and virtual currency industries, academia, and electric utilities.  The charges were announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, FBI Director Christopher A. Wray, Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, First Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California Tracy Wilkison and Assistant Director in Charge Paul D. Delacourt of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office. In addition to these criminal charges, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced today that the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Park and KEJV under Executive Order 13722 based on ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-09-06
    7 months ago
  • The FBI Launches a Combating Foreign Influence Webpage
    Today the FBI is launching a webpage on combating foreign influence. This information is provided to educate the public about the threats faced from disinformation campaigns, cyber attacks, and the overall impact of foreign influence on society. The FBI is the lead federal agency responsible for investigating foreign influence operations. In the fall of 2017, Director Christopher Wray established the Foreign Influence Task Force (FITF) to identify and counteract malign foreign influence operations targeting the United States. Foreign influence operations—which include covert actions by foreign governments to influence U.S. political sentiment or public discourse—are not a new problem. But the interconnectedness of the modern world, combined with the anonymity of the Internet, have changed the nature of the threat and how the FBI and its partners must address it. The goal of these foreign influence operations directed against the United States is to spread disinformation, sow discord, and, ultimately, undermine confidence in our democratic institutions and values. Foreign influence operations have taken many forms and used many tactics over the years. Most widely reported these days are attempts by adversaries—hoping to reach a wide swath of Americans covertly from outside the United States—to use false personas and fabricated stories on social media platforms to discredit U.S. individuals and institutions. Other influence operations by adversaries include: Targeting U.S. officials and other U.S. persons through traditional intelligence tradecraft Criminal efforts to suppress voting and provide illegal campaign financing Cyber attacks against voting infrastructure, along with computer intrusions targeting elected officials and others ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-08-30
    8 months ago
  • FBI Announces Executive Appointments
    FBI Director Christopher Wray has announced the following leadership appointments: Amy Hess Named Executive Assistant Director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch Ms. Hess most recently served as the special agent in charge of the Louisville Division. Prior to that, she led the Science and Technology Branch as executive assistant director. Ms. Hess entered on duty as a special agent with the FBI in 1991 and was first assigned to the Kansas City Field Office, where she investigated violent crimes, gangs, and drug trafficking organizations. Over the course of her career, Ms. Hess has held multiple prominent leadership positions in the FBI. In 1999, she moved to the Louisville Field Office, where she worked domestic terrorism matters before being promoted to supervisory special agent of the counterterrorism/ counterintelligence squad. She then served as a team leader in the FBI’s Inspection Division. In 2007, she was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Phoenix Field Office, Tucson Resident Agency. During her assignment in Tucson, Ms. Hess temporarily deployed as the on-scene commander of the FBI’s counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan. In 2008, Ms. Hess returned to FBI Headquarters as chief of staff in the National Security Branch. She then became a section chief in the International Operations Division before being appointed special agent in charge of the Memphis Field Office in 2010. In 2011, Ms. Hess was promoted to assistant director of the Operational Technology Division, and, in 2014, she became the executive assistant director over the Science ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-08-14
    8 months ago
  • FBI Director Christopher Wray’s Statement at Press Briefing on Election Security
    FBI Director Christopher Wray issued the following statement during a press briefing at the White House. (Remarks prepared for delivery.) Good afternoon. Last fall, shortly after I became Director, we established a new Foreign Influence Task Force to identify and counteract the full range of malign foreign influence operations targeting our democratic institutions and our values. The task force now brings together the FBI’s expertise across the waterfront—counterintelligence, cyber, criminal, and even counterterrorism—to root out and respond to foreign influence operations. For their part, our adversaries’ influence operations have encompassed a wide range of activities. A few examples include: Targeting U.S. officials and other U.S. persons through traditional intelligence tradecraft Criminal efforts to suppress voting and provide illegal campaign financing Cyber attacks against voting infrastructure, along with computer intrusions targeting elected officials and others And a whole slew of other kinds of influence, like both overtly and covertly manipulating news stories, spreading disinformation, leveraging economic resources, and escalating divisive issues. But this isn’t just an election-cycle threat. Our adversaries are trying to undermine our country on a persistent and regular basis, whether it’s election season or not. There’s a clear distinction between activities that threaten the security and integrity of our election systems, and the broader threat from influence operations designed to influence voters. With our partners, we’re working to counter both threats. We have three pillars to our operational strategy. The first pillar is our investigations and operations. I can’t describe the full extent of our efforts because of ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-08-02
    9 months ago
  • FBI Celebrates 110th Birthday
    “Today, we mark a milestone in our history. Every day of every year, the men and women of the FBI come to work to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution—and after 110 years, the FBI is still giving 110 percent,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray. “I want to thank all our employees, past and present, for their dedication to the FBI and our mission. We will continue to do the work the American people expect of us—protecting our country and our citizens from terrorism, espionage, cyber attacks, and major criminal threats—and we will continue to do it as they deserve, in accordance with our fundamental tenets of fidelity, bravery, and integrity.” The FBI was established on July 26, 1908, by Attorney General Charles J. Bonaparte with just 34 special agents and was officially named the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1935. Since then, the FBI has grown to nearly 37,000 employees, including more than 13,500 special agents and more than 22,800 professional staff employees in 56 field offices, more than 400 resident agencies, and 90 legal attaché offices and sub-offices worldwide. Follow the FBI on Facebook, Twitter (@FBI), and using the hashtag #FBI110 for more information. ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-07-25
    9 months ago
  • Former Business Partner of U.S. Military Contractor Pleads Guilty to Bribery Scheme Related to Contracts in Support of Iraq War
    A former business partner of a U.S. military contractor pleaded guilty today to one count of bribery for his role in a years-long scheme to bribe U.S. Army contracting officials stationed at a U.S. military base in Kuwait, announced Assistant Attorney GeneralBrian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. According to the plea filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Finbar Charles, 62, a citizen of Saint Lucia most recently residing in Baguio City, Philippines, was a business partner of a former U.S. military contractor, Terry Hall.  As Hall’s business partner, Charles facilitated Hall and others in providing millions of dollars in bribes in approximately 2005 to 2007 to various U.S. Army officials in exchange for preferential treatment for Hall’s companies in connection with Department of Defense (DOD) contracts to deliver bottled water and construct security fencing to support U.S. troops stationed in Kuwait and Iraq.  As part of his role in this criminal conspiracy, Charles managed bank accounts in Kuwait and the Philippines that he used to receive DOD payments and transfer illegal bribes to various U.S. Army contracting officials, including Majors Eddie Pressley, John Cockerham, James Momon, and Chris Murray.  All of those individuals, as well as at least 10 other coconspirators, have pleaded guilty or been convicted of crimes relating to this scheme.  Charles admitted that he personally received over $228,000 in illicit gains as a result of his participation.   The sentencing is set for Nov. 26. This case was ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-07-16
    9 months ago
  • FBI Announces the Line-of-Duty Death of Former Special Agent Brian L. Crews
    It is with great sadness that the FBI announces the line-of-duty death of Supervisory Special Agent (Retired) Brian L. Crews. Crews passed away on June 10, 2018, as a direct result of his work in response to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Crews served in the FBI for 27 years. He joined the Bureau in 1988 as a file clerk, then became a special agent in 1994. He was a special agent in the Sacramento Division, and it was his work with the Sacramento Evidence Response Team that led him to serve a tour at the World Trade Center Fresh Kills site in 2001, where he was exposed to many contaminants while processing evidence. Crews transferred to the Washington Field Office in 2003 and served there and at Headquarters’ Criminal Investigative Division as a supervisor and instructor until his retirement in 2015. His death is a great loss to the extended FBI family and community. ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-06-28
    10 months ago
  • National Health Care Fraud Takedown Results in Charges Against 601 Individuals Responsible for Over $2 Billion in Fraud Losses
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex M. Azar III, announced today the largest ever health care fraud enforcement action involving 601 charged defendants across 58 federal districts, including 165 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals, for their alleged participation in health care fraud schemes involving more than $2 billion in false billings.  Of those charged, 162 defendants, including 76 doctors, were charged for their roles in prescribing and distributing opioids and other dangerous narcotics.  Thirty state Medicaid Fraud Control Units also participated in today’s arrests.  In addition, HHS announced today that from July 2017 to the present, it has excluded 2,700 individuals from participation in Medicare, Medicaid, and all other Federal health care programs, which includes 587 providers excluded for conduct related to opioid diversion and abuse.  Attorney General Sessions and Secretary Azar were joined in the announcement by Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Deputy Director David L. Bowdich of the FBI, Assistant Administrator John Martin of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Deputy Inspector General Gary Cantrell of the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG), Deputy Chief Eric Hylton of IRS Criminal Investigation (CI), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Program Integrity Alec Alexander and Director Dermot F. O’Reilly of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS). Today’s enforcement actions were led and coordinated by the Criminal Division, Fraud Section’s Health Care Fraud Unit in ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-06-28
    10 months ago
  • Eight Arrested in Africa-Based Cyber Crime and Business E-Mail Compromise Conspiracy
    In accordance with the Justice Department’s recent efforts to disrupt business email compromise (BEC) schemes that are designed to intercept and hijack wire transfers from businesses and individuals, including many senior citizens, the Department announced Operation Keyboard Warrior, an effort coordinated by United States and international law enforcement to disrupt online frauds perpetrated from Africa.  Eight individuals have been arrested for their roles in a widespread, Africa-based cyber conspiracy that allegedly defrauded U.S. companies and citizens of approximately $15 million since at least 2012. Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant of the Western District of Tennessee and Executive Assistant Director David T. Resch of the FBI, made the announcement today. Five individuals were arrested in the United States for their roles in the conspiracy including Javier Luis Ramos Alonso, 28, a Mexican citizen residing in Seaside, California; James Dean, 65, of Plainfield, Indiana; Dana Brady, 61, of Auburn, Washington; Rashid Abdulai, 24, a Ghanaian citizen residing in the Bronx, New York, who has been charged in a separate indictment; and Olufolajimi Abegunde, 31, a Nigerian citizen residing in Atlanta, Georgia. Maxwell Atugba Abayeta aka Maxwell Peter, 26, and Babatunde Martins, 62, of Ghana and Benard Emurhowhoariogho Okorhi, 39, a Nigerian citizen who resides in Ghana, have been arrested overseas and are pending extradition proceedings to face charges filed in the Western District of Tennessee.  The indictment also charges Sumaila Hardi Wumpini, 29; Dennis Miah, 34; Ayodeji Olumide Ojo, ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-06-25
    10 months ago
  • Robert Allan Jones Named Special Agent in Charge of the Pittsburgh Field Office
    FBI Director Christopher Wray has named Robert Allan Jones as special agent in charge of the Pittsburgh Field Office. Mr. Jones most recently served as the assistant director for the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate. Mr. Jones entered on duty with the FBI in 1996 and was first assigned to the Detroit Field Office, Kalamazoo Resident Agency, where he investigated drug, violent crime, while-collar crime, and terrorism cases. While there, Mr. Jones was a member of the SWAT team and received a Director’s Award for the dismantlement of a domestic terrorist group planning to attack federal, state, and local authorities. In 2002, Mr. Jones was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Usama Bin Laden Unit of the Counterterrorism Division. He was promoted to chief of the unit in 2003. In 2004, Mr. Jones was selected to serve as supervisory senior resident agent in the Buffalo Field Office, Rochester Resident Agency. In 2007, he served a one-year tour in Iraq as the senior FBI liaison to the Joint Special Operations Command. In 2008, Mr. Jones was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Cleveland Field Office, where he supervised all intelligence and counterintelligence programs. In 2009, Mr. Jones was named as legal attaché in Kabul, Afghanistan. In 2011, he returned to FBI Headquarters as a section chief in the Counterintelligence Division. In 2012, Mr. Jones was promoted to special agent in charge of the Indianapolis Field Office. In 2014, he returned again to FBI Headquarters as deputy ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-06-19
    10 months ago
  • Donald Alway Named Assistant Director of the Training Division
    Director Christopher Wray has named Donald Alway as the assistant director for the FBI’s Training Division. Mr. Alway most recently served as deputy assistant director for the Training Division. Mr. Alway entered on duty with the FBI in 1996, and was first assigned to the Los Angeles Field Office, where he investigated drug violations. In 2003, he was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters. In 2006, he was selected to serve as a unit chief in the Counterterrorism Domestic Terrorism/Weapons of Mass Destruction Section. In 2005, Mr. Alway was assigned as a deputy-on-scene commander for the Regime Crimes Task Force, where he investigated the former Iraqi government under Saddam Hussein. Mr. Alway then served as acting legal attaché in Qatar and assisted in the joint investigation related to the bombing of the British Players Theatre in Doha, Qatar. In 2007, Mr. Alway transferred to the New York Field Office, where he supervised a Joint Terrorism Task Force squad responsible for bombing and terrorism investigations. In 2008, he participated in the development of the FBI Domestic Investigations Operations Guide and was subsequently awarded the 2009 Director’s Award for his work on its development. In 2011, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Cincinnati Field Office. In 2012, Mr. Alway was named as chief of the Investigations and Operation Section in the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate. In 2014, Mr. Alway was promoted to special agent in charge of the Jackson ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-06-18
    10 months ago
  • Terry Wade Named Assistant Director of the Inspection Division
    Director Christopher Wray has named Terry Wade as assistant director of the FBI’s Inspection Division. Mr. Wade most recently served as the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Albuquerque Field Office. Mr. Wade entered on duty with the FBI in 1996, and was first assigned to the Salt Lake City Field Office’s Helena, Montana, Resident Agency, where he worked violations within the FBI’s jurisdiction with an emphasis on domestic terrorism cases. Mr. Wade then transferred to the Oklahoma City Field Office, where he primarily worked violent crime, drug, and white-collar crime matters. In 2001, Mr. Wade was promoted to a supervisory position in the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI Headquarters. In 2003, he was promoted to supervisory special agent of the Phoenix Field Office, Flagstaff Resident Agency, and in this position, he supervised programs and investigations in northern Arizona. In 2007, Mr. Wade was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Albuquerque Field Office, where he was responsible for counterterrorism, counterintelligence, cyber, and intelligence programs, as well as the crisis management program and SWAT team. Between December 2008 and April 2009, Mr. Wade served as the deputy on-scene commander in Baghdad, Iraq. In 2014, Mr. Wade was promoted to special agent in charge of the Criminal Division of the Los Angeles Field Office. Prior to joining the FBI, Mr. Wade began his law enforcement career in Oklahoma and served as an agent with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, where he investigated a variety of state and ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-06-18
    10 months ago
  • Robert Johnson Named Assistant Director of the Criminal Investigative Division
    Director Christopher Wray has named Robert Johnson as assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division. Mr. Johnson most recently served as the special agent in charge of the Pittsburgh Field Office. Mr. Johnson entered on duty with the FBI in 1995, and was first assigned to the Houston Field Office. In 2000, he was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Special Events Management Unit at FBI Headquarters and played a key role in security for the 2002 Winter Olympics Games in Salt Lake City. In 2002, Mr. Johnson was selected to serve as supervisory senior resident agent of the Houston Field Office, Corpus Christi Resident Agency. In 2007, Mr. Johnson was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Pittsburgh Field Office, where he served on the Joint Terrorism Task Force, and in 2012, Mr. Johnson became the supervisory special agent of the Violent Incident Crimes – Violent Crimes Against Children squad in the Pittsburgh Field Office. Mr. Johnson has served overseas as deputy legal attaché in both Baghdad, Iraq, and Kabul, Afghanistan, and as legal attaché in Islamabad, Pakistan. He also served in extended overseas assignments in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Germany. Prior to joining the FBI, Mr. Johnson served eleven years in the U.S. Army, including six years as a Special Forces officer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from the University of Florida. ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-06-18
    10 months ago
  • FBI Response to OIG Report
    FBI Director Christopher Wray issued the following statement during a press conference at FBI Headquarters. (Remarks prepared for delivery.) Good afternoon, everybody; thanks for being here on short notice. As you know, the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General released its report today on DOJ and FBI activities in the run-up to the 2016 election. I want to say up front that I appreciate the IG’s work in conducting this important review. I’d like to take a few minutes to talk about the report, and then I’ll answer your questions. The FBI’s mission is to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution. To carry out that mission, we’re entrusted with a lot of authority, so our actions are subject to close oversight—from the courts, from our elected leaders, and from independent entities like the inspector general. That’s how it should be. That examination—that oversight—makes the FBI stronger as an organization. It makes the public more safe. With that in mind, let me briefly address the findings of the inspector general’s report. I take this report very seriously, and we accept its findings and recommendations. It’s also important to note what the inspector general did not find. The report did not find any evidence of political bias or improper consideration actually impacting the investigation under review. But the report does identify errors of judgment, violations of or disregard for policy, and decisions that, at the very least, in hindsight, were not the best choices. We’ve already started taking the ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-06-14
    10 months ago
  • 74 Arrested in Coordinated International Enforcement Operation Targeting Hundreds of Individuals in Business E-Mail Compromise Schemes
    Federal authorities announced today a significant coordinated effort to disrupt Business Email Compromise (BEC) schemes that are designed to intercept and hijack wire transfers from businesses and individuals, including many senior citizens.  Operation Wire Wire, a coordinated law enforcement effort by the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, was conducted over a six month period, culminating in over two weeks of intensified law enforcement activity resulting in 74 arrests in the United States and overseas, including 29 in Nigeria, and three in Canada, Mauritius and Poland.  The operation also resulted in the seizure of nearly $2.4 million, and the disruption and recovery of approximately $14 million in fraudulent wire transfers.BEC, also known as “cyber-enabled financial fraud,” is a sophisticated scam often targeting employees with access to company finances and businesses working with foreign suppliers and/or businesses that regularly perform wire transfer payments.  The same criminal organizations that perpetrate BEC also exploit individual victims, often real estate purchasers, the elderly, and others, by convincing them to make wire transfers to bank accounts controlled by the criminals. This is often accomplished by impersonating a key employee or business partner after obtaining access to that person’s email account or sometimes done through romance and lottery scams.  BEC scams may involve fraudulent requests for checks rather than wire transfers; they may target sensitive information such as personally identifiable information (PII) or employee tax records instead of, or in addition to, ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-06-11
    10 months ago
  • U.S. Marshals, FBI Urge Public to Report Phone Scams
    The U.S. Marshals and the FBI are alerting the public of several nationwide imposter scams involving individuals claiming to be U.S. marshals, court officers, or other law enforcement officials. ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-06-01
    11 months ago
  • FBI Director Christopher Wray Announces Five Senior Executives
    FBI Director Christopher Wray has named executives to five senior leadership positions. ... read more
    Source: FBI National Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-05-25
    11 months ago