Loanshark Who Targeted, Threatened Several in the Latino Community Arrested

San Diego, California - A loan shark who primarily preyed on the Latino community, was arrested on suspicion of extortion and making criminal threats in connection with cash loans he made to multiple victims in San Diego County. Hamze Mohamad Karnib, a.k.a. Alex Karnib, 35, demanded repayment well in excess of the amounts borrowed by his victims, then intimidated and threatened borrowers who found themselves unable to meet Karnib’s payment demands.

Dr. Jennings Ryan Staley, Selling COVID-19 “Cure” Charged With Lying to U.S. Customs, Stealing Employee’s Identity

San Diego, California - Dr. Jennings Ryan Staley, previously charged with one count of mail fraud, was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday for additional crimes arising from his business venture selling COVID-19 “treatment kits,” which he advertised to one potential customer as a “miracle cure.”  Staley is a licensed physician and the former operator of Skinny Beach Med Spas in and around San Diego.

San Diego Man Admits to Robbing Bank Teller at Knifepoint

San Diego, California - Rafeek Omar Karamat of San Diego pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to bank robbery before U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen S. Crawford.

Members of Stock Fraud Ring Indicted for Securities Fraud, Two Defendants Arrested

San Diego, California - An indictment unsealed Monday charges four individuals, including a securities attorney, with securities fraud for running an illegal pump-and-dump scheme surrounding two publicly-traded stocks.  The investigation that led to these charges involved a co-conspirator-turned-confidential-informant who was cooperating with the FBI.

Federal Jury Convicts Man for Pointing Laser at San Diego Police Helicopter

San Diego, California - Rudy Alvarez of Lemon Grove was convicted by a federal jury late Wednesday for knowingly aiming the beam of a laser pointer at a San Diego Police helicopter as the aircraft flew over a protest in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.

FBI San Diego Presents 2019 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award to Jewish Family Service

San Diego, California - FBI San Diego is pleased to announce Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) as the 2019 recipient of the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award. Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Suzanne Turner presented the award to Carole Yellen on behalf of JFS.