Tag: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Omi in a Hellcat, Prominent YouTuber, Is Charged in $30 million Fraud Scheme

Donte Mills, Mr. Carrasquillo’s lawyer, said his client denied the charges. “Mr. Carrasquillo tapped into a brand-new, unregulated industry and was very successful,” Mr. Mills said in a statement. “Most people are called pioneers when they do that; Omar is called a criminal. The government assumes my client was not smart enough to do this […]

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Murder Rose by Almost 30% in 2020. It’s Rising at a Slower Rate in 2021.

The United States in 2020 experienced the biggest rise in murder since the start of national record-keeping in 1960, according to data gathered by the F.B.I. for its annual report on crime. The Uniform Crime Report will stand as the official word on an unusually grim year, detailing a rise in murder of around 29 […]

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Gabby Petito’s Death Ruled a Homicide, F.B.I. Confirms

Human remains found in a national park in Wyoming were confirmed on Tuesday to be those of Gabrielle Petito, according to the F.B.I., which also said that the manner of death was determined to be homicide. In a statement, the F.B.I. said that the remains found on Sunday were taken to the Teton County Coroner’s […]

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Gabby Petito’s Disappearance: a Timeline

• Go here for the latest on Gabrielle Petito’s disappearance. The authorities are investigating the disappearance of Gabrielle Petito, who left Long Island, New York in July on a trip in a van with her fiancé, Brian Laundrie. In September, Mr. Laundrie returned to his home in Florida without Ms. Petito, 22, and the police […]

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Brian Laundrie’s Sister Says She Hasn’t Spoken to Him Since Gabby Petito Disappeared

The sister of a Florida man who has declined to speak to investigators after his fiancée was reported missing spoke warmly of her brother in an interview broadcast on Friday and said that she, too, was hoping to speak to him. The man, Brian Laundrie, 23, returned home alone on Sept. 1 from a cross-country […]

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Trump-Era Special Counsel Secures Indictment of Lawyer for Firm With Democratic Ties

WASHINGTON — A prominent cybersecurity lawyer was indicted on a charge of lying to the F.B.I. five years ago during a meeting about Donald J. Trump and Russia, the Justice Department announced on Thursday. The indictment of the lawyer, Michael E. Sussmann, had been expected. Mr. Sussmann — of the law firm Perkins Coie, which […]

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Fiancé Is a ‘Person of Interest’ in the Disappearance of Gabrielle Petito

A Florida man has been declared “a person of interest” in the disappearance of his fiancée, who left with him in July in a van outfitted for a cross-country adventure and was recently reported missing by her parents, the police said on Wednesday. The couple, Gabrielle Petito, 22, and Brian Laundrie, 23, left New York […]

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Durham Is Said to Seek Indictment of Lawyer at Firm With Democratic Ties

WASHINGTON — John H. Durham, the special counsel appointed by the Trump administration to scrutinize the Russia investigation, has told the Justice Department that he will ask a grand jury to indict a prominent cybersecurity lawyer on a charge of making a false statement to the F.B.I., people familiar with the matter said. Any indictment […]

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Biles, Raisman, Maroney and Nichols to Testify in Nassar Hearing

WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. director, Christopher Wray, and several elite gymnasts, including Simone Biles, will testify at a Senate hearing on Wednesday on the agency’s botched handling of the Lawrence G. Nassar sexual abuse case, the first public questioning of the failure to properly investigate one of the biggest sexual abuse cases in United States […]

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‘I’m Part of Something That’s Really Evil’

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At Least 10 of Deshaun Watson’s Accusers Have Filed Police Reports

The Houston Police Department has spoken to at least 10 women who have accused Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson of crimes from unwanted touching to sexual assault, according to records obtained by The New York Times. The records are heavily redacted, and do not reveal the names of the complainant or the suspect, but they […]

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Biden Moves to Declassify Some Documents Related to Sept. 11

WASHINGTON — Making good on a campaign promise, President Biden directed the Justice Department and other federal agencies on Friday to oversee the review and declassification of documents related to the F.B.I.’s investigation into the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. In an executive order, Mr. Biden instructed Attorney General Merrick B. Garland to publicly release the […]

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Joining Plastic, Glass and Metal on the Recycle List: Fake Art

Anyone who thinks works of art declared to be fake simply disappear in disgrace or are destroyed should talk to Jane Kallir, the author of the catalog raisonné for Egon Schiele, the Austrian painter. She was offered the same fake Schiele watercolor for authentication, she said, 10 times by 10 different collectors. Or perhaps chat […]

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‘I Helped Destroy People’

Albury arrived in November 2018 and was treated, to his surprise, like a celebrity. The antigovernment militia and sovereign-citizen types, who had a particular hatred for the feds, wanted to shake his hand and do him favors. That quite a few of the sovereigns were white supremacists didn’t seem to deter them. “They saw me […]

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Intelligence Review Yields No Firm Conclusion on Origins of Virus

WASHINGTON — American intelligence agencies have not been able to determine if the coronavirus pandemic was the result of an accidental leak from a lab or if it emerged more naturally, according to declassified portions of a report to the White House released on Friday. The nation’s spy agencies, the Office of the Director of […]

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Spies for Hire: China’s New Breed of Hackers Blends Espionage and Entrepreneurship

One posting from Hainan Xiandun stood out. The ad, on a Sichuan University computer science hiring board from 2018, boasted that Xiandun had “received a considerable number of government-secret-related business.” The company, based in Hainan’s capital, Haikou, paid monthly salaries of $1,200 to $3,000 — solid middle-class wages for Chinese tech workers fresh out of […]

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Defendant in Plot to Kidnap Michigan’s Governor Whitmer Sentenced

The only defendant to plead guilty to taking part in a plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan was sentenced on Wednesday to six years and three months in prison. Ty G. Garbin, 25, an airplane mechanic, was the first defendant to be sentenced for what prosecutors have described as an extremist plot driven […]

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A Lawyer’s Deathbed Confession About a Sensational 1975 Kidnapping

“Being called gay was much, much worse then,” Mr. Orlando said in a recent phone interview. It was 1976, and the topic of homosexuality was so taboo in, he decided, that directly challenging the claim of an affair would be pointless. Despite what his story lacked in logic or evidence, Mr. Lynch, the notably taciturn […]

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U.S. Signals It Will Release Some Still-Secret Files on Saudi Arabia and 9/11

On Friday, Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, said that White House officials had met in recent weeks with groups representing families of victims, and that the document requests would “continue to be a priority” for Mr. Biden. In the statement last week, the families group said that it could not “in good faith, […]

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Details on F.B.I. Inquiry Into Kavanaugh Draw Fire From Democrats

Nearly three years after Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh’s tumultuous confirmation to the Supreme Court, the F.B.I. has disclosed more details about its efforts to review the justice’s background, leading a group of Senate Democrats to question the thoroughness of the vetting and conclude that it was shaped largely by the Trump White House. In a […]

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Drug Enforcement Agent Becomes 1st Federal Officer Arrested for Participating in Capitol Riot

This is exactly the kind of place I’d want to promote my podcast.Photo: JOSEPH PREZIOSO (Getty Images) Don’t you hate when you’re just trying to promote your podcast and cigar brand and then get caught up in a failed insurrection? That’s supposedly what happened to an agent of the Drug Enforcement Agency who was arrested […]

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Inspector General Says F.B.I. Botched Nassar Abuse Investigation

The Justice Department’s inspector general released a long-awaited report on Wednesday that sharply criticized the F.B.I.’s handling of the sexual abuse case involving Lawrence G. Nassar, the former doctor for the U.S.A. Gymnastics national team and Michigan State sports, which led to Mr. Nassar’s continued abuse of girls and women. Mr. Nassar, who is serving […]

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Oath Keepers Leader Sits for F.B.I. Questioning Against Legal Advice

It was shortly after federal agents confronted him in May outside a boutique hotel in Lubbock, Texas, seizing his cellphone with a warrant, that Stewart Rhodes, the leader of the Oath Keepers militia, made a bold decision: Even though he had just gotten undeniable proof that he was under investigation, he agreed to be questioned […]

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U.S. Blocks Websites Linked to Iran at Key Point in Nuclear Talks

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration blocked access on Tuesday to several dozen websites linked to Iran, American and Iranian officials said, just as negotiations to bring the United States and Tehran back into an international nuclear accord appeared to be nearing a final decision. The United States blocked the sites days after Iran held a […]

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I’ve Cracked Zodiac Killer Code, a French Engineer Claims

ARGENTEUIL, France — Fayçal Ziraoui loves a good challenge. As a teenager, he designed 3-D animations. In 2018, he completed an Ironman race. More recently, he developed virtual reality software that allows people to experience life in a space capsule. “I’ve never set limits on what I can learn,” Mr. Ziraoui, a 38-year-old French-Moroccan business […]

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F.B.I. Is Pursuing ‘Hundreds’ in Capitol Riot Inquiry, Wray Tells Congress

WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. is pursuing potentially hundreds more suspects in the Capitol riot, the agency’s director told Congress on Tuesday, calling the effort to find those responsible for the deadly assault “one of the most far-reaching and extensive” investigations in the bureau’s history. “We’ve already arrested close to 500, and we have hundreds of […]

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Bitcoin and Encryption: A Race Between Criminals and the F.B.I.

Law enforcement also has an advantage when it gets ahold of digital devices. Despite claims from Apple, Google and even the Justice Department that smartphones are largely impenetrable, thousands of law enforcement agencies have tools that can infiltrate the latest phones to extract data. “Police today are facing a situation of an explosion of data,” […]

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Perceived Grievances Drove Virginia Beach Gunman to Kill 12, F.B.I. Finds

A city engineer was obsessed for years with perceived workplace grievances before killing 12 people in a 2019 shooting at a municipal complex in Virginia Beach, the F.B.I. said this week, releasing the findings of a behavioral analysis that provided new insight on a motive for the attack. The gunman, DeWayne Craddock, who was fatally […]

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Hunting Leaks, Trump Officials Focused on Democrats in Congress

With Mr. Benvenuto involved in the leak inquiries, the F.B.I. questioned Michael Bahar, a former House Intelligence Committee staff member who had gone into private practice in May 2017. The interview, conducted in late spring of 2020, did not yield evidence that led to charges. Prosecutors also redoubled efforts to find out who had leaked […]

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JBS Paid $11 Million Ransom to Hackers

The world’s largest meat processor said on Wednesday that it paid an $11 million ransom in Bitcoin to the hackers behind an attack that forced the shutdown last week of all the company’s U.S. beef plants and disrupted operations at poultry and pork plants. The company, JBS, said in a statement that the decision to […]

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Man Pleads Guilty to Plotting to Bomb Amazon Data Center

A Texas man who had boasted that he was at the United States Capitol when swarms of Trump supporters stormed the building on Jan. 6 pleaded guilty on Wednesday to plotting to blow up an Amazon data center in Virginia, prosecutors said. The man, Seth Aaron Pendley, 28, of Wichita Falls, Texas, had been arrested […]

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