Posted tagged ‘Federal Bureau of Investigation’

Federal Agents, Police Arrest More Than 100 Suspected Mobsters

January 20, 2011

More than 100 suspected mobsters and others were arrested this morning in a sweep by federal agents and police in three states.

From The New York Times:

The sweep began before dawn, and the targets ranged from reputed small-time book makers and crime-family functionaries to six reputed senior mob figures from three crime families, including the entire current leadership of the Colombo crime family, according to several people briefed on the arrests.

Among those charged, some of the people said, were roughly 30 made members of New York’s five crime families and the families in New Jersey and New England, along with scores of mob associates and several union officials.

Terror Suspect Planned to Attack Mall

October 21, 2009

Investigators have charged a Boston man with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and other crimes as he planned to attack at least one U.S. shopping mall.

From Reuters:

U.S. federal prosecutors have charged a Massachusetts man with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, alleging he and co-conspirators traveled to the Middle East seeking training, discussed attacking a shopping center, and distributed videos promoting holy war.

Tarek Mehanna, 27, from Sudbury, Massachusetts, was arrested at his home on Wednesday morning, officials said.

“Mehanna and the co-conspirators had multiple conversations about obtaining automatic weapons and randomly shooting people in a shopping mall, and that the conversations went so far as to discuss the logistics of a mall attack, including coordination, weapons needed and the possibility of attacking emergency responders,” the U.S. Justice Department said.

Mehanna had been previously indicted in January 2009 for making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other officials in connection with a terrorism investigation, the Justice Department said in a news release.

Prosecutors allege that from 2001 to 2008 Mehanna conspired with a man named Ahmad Abousamra and others in an attempt to kill, kidnap or injure people in the United States.

From CNN:

Planned to attack at least one U.S. shopping mall, Loucks said, but that did not happen because they couldn’t obtain the assault weapons they wanted, he said. He didn’t name the mall.

Loucks said the men had planned to assault multiple entrances of the mall, and had determined the steps they would take when first responders arrived.

Mehanna also is charged with using material support and resources in a conspiracy to kill, kidnap, maim or injure people or to damage property in a foreign country, Loucks said.

“I think we’re satisfied that we know every member of this group,” the attorney said. “We do not believe that there are any terrorist cells in this area.”

FBI Probes Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and AIG

September 24, 2008

According to reports, the FBI is investigating Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Lehman Brothers and AIG (and their executives) as part of a broad look into possible mortgage fraud.

From Bloomberg:

Those companies are among 26 being reviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for possible accounting misstatements, said the official, who asked to remain unidentified. The investigations are preliminary, the official said late yesterday.

The FBI has come under pressure to hold companies responsible as the loan crisis rocked Wall Street and led to the biggest housing slump since the Depression. Financial companies worldwide have reported more than $500 billion in losses and writedowns stemming from the subprime collapse.

Housing lenders Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, as well as insurer AIG, were all taken over by the government earlier this month. Lehman filed for bankruptcy. The crisis has led the Bush administration to ask Congress to approve a $700 billion bailout for the financial industry.

From CNN:

FBI spokesman Special Agent Richard Kolko had no comment on that information, but said that 26 firms were currently under investigation as part of the bureau’s mortgage fraud inquiry.

Earlier this month, FBI director Robert Mueller told Congress that 1,400 individual real estate lenders, brokers and appraisers were now under investigation in addition to two dozen corporations.

“The FBI currently has 26 pending corporate fraud investigations involving subprime lenders,” Kolko said. “As we have seen, this number can fluctuate over time, however we do not discuss which companies may or may not be the subject of an investigation.”

Previously, CNN has reported that Countrywide is part of the investigation.

From AHN:

The two largest mortgage firms and AIG had already amended their book of accounts and corrected accounting mistakes in billions of dollars. Fannie Mae also paid a $400 million fine to the Securities and Exchange Commission for hiding $10.3 billion in losses from 2002 to 2004 and maximizing bonuses. Freddie Mac was penalized $125 million in 2003 and restated earnings from 2000 to 2002.

The spokesman of the Department of Justice, Brian Roehrkasse, declined to confirm which companies are being investigated by the FBI. “As part of our investigative responsibility, the FBI conducts corporate fraud investigations… The number of cases fluctuates over time. However, we do not discuss which companies may or may not be the subject of an investigation.”