Posts Tagged ‘The FBI’

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation debuted the “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list over 60 years ago, on March 14, 1950. It was an effort to publicize particularly dangerous fugitives.

The idea came about after a wire service story listed the names and descriptions of the “toughest guys” the FBI wanted to capture. The article gave the FBI so much positive publicity that the former director J. Edgar Hoover decided to start the 10 Most Wanted Fugitives program the following year.

Since its inception, 495 fugitives have been on the “Top Ten” list, and 465 have been apprehended or located. Some interesting facts about the program are:

  • 153 fugitives have been captured/located as a result of citizen cooperation.
  • Two fugitives were apprehended as a result of visitors on an FBI tour.
  • The shortest amount of time spent on the “Top Ten” list was two hours, by Billy Austin Bryant in 1969.
  • The longest amount of time spent on the “Top Ten” list is over 27 years by Victor Manuel Gerena.
  • Nine fugitives were arrested prior to publication and release, but are still considered as officially on the list.
  • The oldest person to be placed on the list was 69-year-old James J. Bulger, who was added in August of 1999.

The FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division (CID) decides who will be added to the list. CID starts by asking all 56 field offices to submit candidates for inclusion on the list. The CID in association with the Office of Public Affairs then reviews all submissions and comes up with a list of “finalists” that is sent to CID’s Assistant Director for approval. The final sign-off, however, is done by the FBI’s Deputy Director.

There are two main factors in the selection for the Most Wanted list: First, the criminal must have a lengthy record of committing serious crimes and be considered a menace to society. Second, the FBI must believe that the nationwide publicity afforded by being on the list will help capture the criminal.

Once on the list there are only three ways to get off it. A criminal must be captured, have charges against them dropped or, in some rare cases, the criminal no longer meets the list criteria.

Only eight women have appeared on the Ten Most Wanted list. The first, Ruth Eisemann-Schier, was added in 1968 for kidnapping, extortion, and other crimes.

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REWARD: The FBI is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading directly to the arrest of Eric Justin Toth.

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Now the FBI’s replaced Osama bin Laden in the Number One slot with this man, Eric Justin Toth, AKA David Bussone.

Toth, a former private-school teacher, is wanted for allegedly possessing child pornography in Washington, DC. It is alleged that in June of 2008, pornographic images were found on a school camera that had been in Toth’s possession. Toth also allegedly produced child pornography in Maryland.

Toth has often been described as a computer “expert” and has demonstrated above-average knowledge regarding computers, the use of the Internet, and security awareness. Toth has the ability to integrate into various socio-economic classes, and is an expert at social engineering. He possesses an educational background conducive to gaining employment in fields having a connection to children. Toth may advertise online as a tutor or male nanny.

Toth attended Cornell University for a year and transferred to Purdue University, where he graduated with a degree in education. Since June of 2008, Toth is believed to have traveled to Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Toth is believed to have lived in Arizona in 2009.

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Description:

Date(s) of Birth Used: February 13, 1982

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Green

Height: 6’3″

Weight: 155 pounds

Sex: Male

Race: White

Occupations: Teacher, camp counselor.

Scars & Marks: Mole under left eye.

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If you’ve seen or know this man, or have any meaningful information to disclose regarding his present whereabouts, the number for the FBI’s Major Case Contact Center is: 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324).

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation debuted the “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list over 60 years ago, on March 14, 1950. It was an effort to publicize particularly dangerous fugitives.

The idea came about after a wire service story listed the names and descriptions of the “toughest guys” the FBI wanted to capture. The article gave the FBI so much positive publicity that the former director J. Edgar Hoover decided to start the 10 Most Wanted Fugitives program the following year.

As of October 7, 2009, there have been 491 fugitives on the list. Four hundred and sixty-three of those have been apprehended, 152 of these as a result of tips from the public.

The FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division (CID) decides who will be added to the list. CID starts by asking all 56 field offices to submit candidates for inclusion on the list. The CID in association with the Office of Public Affairs then reviews all submissions and comes up with a list of “finalists” that is sent to CID’s Assistant Director for approval. The final sign-off, however, is done by the FBI’s Deputy Director.

There are two main factors in the selection for the Most Wanted list: First, the criminal must have a lengthy record of committing serious crimes and be considered a menace to society. Second, the FBI must believe that the nationwide publicity afforded by being on the list will help capture the criminal.

Once on the list there are only three ways to get off it. A criminal must be captured, have charges against them dropped or, in some rare cases, the criminal no longer meets the list criteria.

Only eight women have appeared on the Ten Most Wanted list. The first, Ruth Eisemann-Schier, was added in 1968 for kidnapping, extortion, and other crimes.

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Solving the toughest faux-terror attack? No problem. Holding onto their guns and laptops? Well… 

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August, 2002 — The Department of Justice Inspector General reported that 212 of the FBI’s functional weapons, 142 inoperable training weapons, and 317 laptop computers were lost, missing, or stolen during a 28-month review period.

February, 2007 — The Department of Justice Inspector General reported in a follow-up audit that:  “the FBI reported 160 weapons and 160 laptop computers as lost or stolen over a 44-month period.”

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Control Over Weapons and Laptop Computers Follow-Up Audit

 U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General,  
Audit Division

 Audit Report 07-18

February 2007

In 2001, the Attorney General requested that the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) conduct audits of the controls over weapons and laptop computers throughout the Department of Justice (DOJ) to address concerns about the DOJ’s accountability for such property.

In response, the OIG conducted separate audits of the controls over weapons and laptop computers at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), and the United States Marshals Service (USMS). Audit reports on each component, including the FBI, were issued, as well as an overall report summarizing the results from each audit.

The OIG’s 2002 report on the FBI disclosed significant losses of weapons and laptop computers and examined the adequacy of the FBI’s response to these losses. The report concluded that the FBI’s procedures to prevent the loss of such equipment were not adequate. Specifically, we found that the FBI:

1)  Identified 212 functional weapons, 142 inoperable training weapons,
and 317 laptop computers as lost, missing, or stolen for our 28-
month review period.

2)  Did not always report the missing items to the DOJ or enter lost and
stolen weapons and laptop computers into the National Crime
Information Center (NCIC) database.

3)  Did not have policies in place that required reporting lost or stolen
laptop computers to its Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR),
nor was the FBI investigating the loss of this equipment in a timely
manner.

4)  Had not established deadlines for reporting losses, was not
conducting physical inventories as required, and was not reconciling
its property records to its financial records.

5)  Did not ensure that exit procedures were regularly followed for
separating employees to ensure that they returned all issued
property, including FBI-issued weapons.

6)  Could not provide documentation to establish whether excessed
laptop computers were properly disposed of as required.

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We conducted this follow-up audit to assess the progress of the FBI in addressing the deficiencies regarding control over weapons and laptops. The FBI had the greatest number of losses, as well as the most significant deficiencies in controls, of all the DOJ components we reviewed in our 2002 audits.

The objective of this follow-up audit was to determine whether the FBI has implemented adequate corrective action to the findings in the original audit report.

To conduct this follow-up audit, we interviewed FBI officials, reviewed documents, and tested controls at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., the FBI Training Academy at Quantico, Virginia, and FBI field offices in Chicago, Illinois; Los Angeles, California; Miami, Florida; New York, New York; and Washington, D.C. Fifty-two percent of the FBI’s 52,263 weapons and 54 percent of its 26,166 laptop computers were assigned to these offices.

Our review period for the 2002 audit covered 28 months, from October 1, 1999, to January 31, 2002. Our review period for our follow-up audit covered 44 months, from February 1, 2002, to September 30, 2005.

Our audit found that the FBI has not taken sufficient corrective action on several recommendations outlined in our 2002 audit report to address the issue of missing and stolen equipment. Perhaps most troubling, the FBI could not determine in many cases whether the lost or stolen laptop computers contained sensitive or classified information. Such information may include case information, personal identifying information, or classified information on FBI operations.

Prior to our follow-up audit the FBI did not maintain records indicating which of its laptop computers actually contained sensitive or classified information. Moreover, during this follow-up review, the FBI could not identify for us the contents of many of the lost and stolen laptops, including whether they contained sensitive or classified information.

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Read, download or print out the official 121-page Department of Justice audit right here at The Dirty Lowdown by simply clicking on the following link: 

DOJ Follow-up Audit of FBI Weapons and Laptop Control

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