The FBI focuses on threats that challenge the foundations of American society or involve dangers too large or complex for any local or state authority to handle alone. In executing the following priorities, we will produce and use intelligence to protect the nation from threats and to bring to justice those who violate the law.

The FBI was established in 1908. See our History website and How the FBI Got its Namefor more details on our evolution and achievements over the years. The FBI motto: “Fidelity, Bravery, and Integrity.” Learn about the origins of this motto.


  1. Washington Field: Virginia Man Sentenced for Plotting Metro Attacks with Purported al Qaeda Members fbi

    Farooque Ahmed was sentenced to 23 years in prison, followed by 50 years of supervised release, after pleading guilty to charges stemming from his attempts to assist others whom he believed to be members of al Qaeda in planning bombings at Metrorail stations in the Washington, D.C., area. Details

  2. New Haven: International Botnet Involving More Than Two Million Computers Disabled

    The Department of Justice and FBI announced the filing of a civil complaint, the execution of criminal seizure warrants, and the issuance of a temporary restraining order as part of the most complete and comprehensive enforcement action ever taken by U.S authorities to disable an international botnet. Details 

  3. Los Angeles: Man Arrested in Cleveland Positively Identified as Ron Hirsch, Subject Wanted in Connection with Synagoge Explosion; Charged in Federal Warrant 

    Ron Hirsch was arrested in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, by officers of the Cleveland Heights Police Department. He was charged federally for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution for damaging or destroying any building or other real or personal property. Details 
  4. San Diego: Ten Charged in California in Bribery, Illegal Bookmaking, and Drug Distribution Conspiracy

    Ten defendants were charged in connection with a scheme to enrich themselves by operating an illegal sports bookmaking business and distributing marijuana and, with their criminal proceeds, conspiring to bribe NCAA Division I college basketball players to alter the outcome of games so that the defendants could profit by betting on the games at Las Vegas casinos. Details

  5. Norfolk: Somali Hostage Negotiator Indicted on Piracy, Kidnapping Charges

    Mohammad Saaili Shibin, the man allegedly responsible for negotiating the ransom of four U.S. citizens held hostage on the high seas, was indicted and apprehended in Somalia and transferred to the United States to face charges. Details

  6. Boston: California Man Charged in Massachusetts in $5 Million FOREX Fraud Scheme

    Lyndon Lydell Parrilla, who owned a foreign currency exchange trading company, was arrested on wire fraud charges in connection with allegedly defrauding investors out of more than $5 million. Details

  7. Salt Lake City: Former Morgan County Council Administrator Charged with Fraud, Money Laundering, Theft

    A six-count felony information charges Garth B. Day, former Morgan County Council Administrator, with money laundering, theft from a program receiving federal funds, wire, mail, and bank fraud. Details

  8. New Orleans: Two New Orleans Police Officers Convicted in Connection with Beating Death of Civilian

    Two officers with the New Orleans Police Department were convicted of civil rights and obstruction of justice crimes in connection with the beating death of civilian in July 2005.Details

  9. Philadelphia: Board President and CEO of Charter School Charged with Fraud

    Hugh C. Clark and Ina M. Walker were charged with conspiracy, wire fraud, and theft from a federally funded program based on their roles in defrauding the Philadelphia based New Media Technology Charter School. Details

  10. Baltimore: Pawn Shop Owner Sentenced in $20 Million Money Laundering Scheme

    Pawn shop owner Louis Leitch was sentenced to 33 months in prison for conspiring with others to launder $20 million in proceeds from the sale of mass quantities of various goods. Details