NEW: Judge Finds Cases Against 5 In Whitmer Plot Can Move Forward

Oct 16, 2020

NEW (Oct. 16):

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that prosecutors have provided enough evidence to move toward trial for five Michigan men accused of plotting to kidnap the state's governor. A two-day preliminary hearing this week featured testimony by one of the FBI agents who ran the investigation, relying on confidential informants and undercover agents to thwart the purported scheme. U.S. Magistrate Judge Sally Berens said Friday that the five men's cases can go to a grand jury, which will determine whether to issue indictments. That is required for them to face trial. Berens is also set to consider Friday whether two of the men should be denied bond.


UNDATED (AP) — The FBI is investigating the killing of an inmate who was beaten to death at a federal lockup in Indiana. An autopsy report obtained by The Associated Press shows the May death of 59-year-old Jose Nieves-Galarza was a homicide caused by “blunt-force injuries” that caused him to bleed to death in his cell. The U.S. Bureau of Prisons did not respond to questions about whether any inmates or staff have been disciplined in the attack, which nearly ruptured the man's aorta. The killing is at least the third in recent months inside a federal prison.

FBI Warns Of Direct Payment COVID-19 Scams

Mar 30, 2020

The FBI is warning people to watch for scams targeting federal stimulus payments tied to the coronavirus outbreak. Last week, the federal government passed legislation that would provide checks to most Americans for as much as $1,200.

Special Agent Douglas Kasper says to watch for phone calls, emails and texts asking for personal information needed to receive the money. He says these are not real.

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Businesses in Indiana and around the country need to be more proactive in evaluating their security systems to prevent cyber threats.

The biggest vulnerability many businesses face when it comes to cybersecurity often comes from employees. 

FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Robert Middleton says that includes clicking on phishing emails and other spoof messages.

He says cybersecurity threats are growing not just in Indiana, but around the world.

Indiana FBI Focuses On Election Security

Jan 10, 2020
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Indiana Federal Bureau of Investigation officials spoke with media about 2020 election security Thursday and say it is a top priority.

FBI Arrests Muncie Mayor Amid City Investigation

Nov 18, 2019

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — The Muncie mayor has been arrested by FBI agents amid an ongoing federal investigation that's resulted in the city's former building commissioner pleading guilty to money laundering and wire fraud.

An FBI spokeswoman says Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler was arrested at his home Monday morning and was in custody. FBI spokeswoman Chris Bavender referred questions to the U.S. attorney’s office in Indianapolis, which said it would release information about charges against Tyler later Monday.

Federal agents say a truck driver warned that he would commit a mass shooting at a church in Memphis, Tennessee, on Thursday.

Court records filed Monday say Thomas Matthew McVicker was apprehended in Indianapolis before the plan could be carried out.

An FBI special agent says in an affidavit that McVicker made "credible threats to conduct a mass shooting and suicide."

McVicker's friend in southern Alabama this month told a Florida FBI agent that McVicker was considering "shooting a church up" or killing people on the street.

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The South Bend Mayor's office issued the following statement:

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