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    A listing of stories and press releases pertaining to investigations and events under the FBI's Montgomery Resident Agency.

    A man has been fatally shot by FBI Agents and local police during an attempted arrest in Palomino Creek in the early hours of Wednesday.  Lawrence Grano, 19, opened fire on agents and police officers as they arrived to arrest him at his Palomino residence and was killed when authorities returned fire.
    Mr. Grano, who was the subject of an undercover FBI investigation, was implicated in a criminal conspiracy to commit identity fraud, as well as manufacture false badges and identity cards.  He was targeted by investigators from the FBI's Montgomery office after an undercover agent was successful in infiltrating his criminal scheme.
    Several devices including a printer and laptop computer were retrieved and removed from the residence by agents.

    Special Agents with the FBI last night detained Ashley Shaw, the network executive of SA News in Palomino Creek, as part of an investigation into violation of FAA regulations.  Harrison was taken into custody at the Palomino office complex without incident, interviewed at the FBI's satellite office in Montgomery and was released pending further investigation.  
    Miss Shaw is being investigated pursuant to a number of complaints about unlawful operation of a helicopter at unsafe and dangerous altitudes, in violation of 14 CFR § 91.159.
    The Federal Aviation Administration is assisting in the investigation, which remains ongoing.

    The FBI is seeking information regarding a missing child who was found in a Montgomery dumpster at approximately 7 PM on June 28th.  We are keen to hear from anyone who noticed any unusual activity in the Montgomery area, or anyone who witnessed any persons entering or leaving the alleyway adjacent to the Montgomery trailer park in the hours beforehand.
    The FBI were alerted to the scene by local police, and are assisting in the investigation.  The identity of the victim is currently being withheld.

    In response to the growing criminal threat in Red County, the FBI continues to further bolster its presence in the area.  Today, the FBI announces that Special Agent Kimberly Lake and Special Agent Alexis Snow, have both been reassigned to the FBI's satellite office in Montgomery.
    Miss Lake joined the FBI as a special agent in 2017, assigned to the Chicago Field Office, where she investigated both street-level organized crime in addition to complex financial criminal schemes, two areas of expertise that will be vital to her new role.
    Miss Snow joined the FBI as a special agent in 2016 in the FBI's main Los Santos Field Office.  Her experience includes several years spent on the Joint Terrorism Task Force, a multi agency initiative led by the FBI and joined by the LSPD and Homeland Security.
    Supervisory Special Agent in charge of the Montgomery Resident Agency, Evelyn Mercer said:  "In Special Agents Kimbery Lake and Alexis Snow, the perpetrators of federal criminal acts in Red County have gained new, formidable adversaries."

    The FBI is to resume operations out of its local office in Montgomery, Red County, after a brief hiatus.  Previously, the Montgomery Resident Agency was temporarily closed, with its operations folded into the Los Santos Field Office due to unforeseen local circumstances.
    With the new appointment of a new Sheriff to the Red County Sheriff's Office, as part of a new local effort to improve public services in Red County, the FBI has similarly decided to renew its focus on the area, appointing a new Supervisory Resident Agent in charge.
    Director Christopher Wray has named Evelyn Mercer as the special agent in charge of the Montgomery Resident Agency of the Los Santos Field Office. Ms. Mercer most recently served in local law enforcement in the Red County area.

    The pastor of the Westminster-based Church of the Healthy Self has agreed to plead guilty to federal criminal charges that he orchestrated a church-based investment scam that took in more than $33 million, United States Attorney Nick Hanna announced today.
    Kent R.E. Whitney, 38, of Newport Beach, has agreed to plead guilty to a two-count information charging him with mail fraud and filing a false federal income tax return. The criminal information and a related plea agreement were filed Wednesday in United States District Court.
    When Whitney enters his guilty plea, he will face a statutory maximum sentence of 23 years in federal prison.
    The FBI and IRS Criminal Investigation investigated this matter. The Securities and Exchange Commission provided substantial assistance with the investigation.

    Scammers are leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic to steal your money, your personal information, or both. Don’t let them. Protect yourself and do your research before clicking on links purporting to provide information on the virus; donating to a charity online or through social media; contributing to a crowdfunding campaign; purchasing products online; or giving up your personal information in order to receive money or other benefits.
    The FBI is reminding you to always use good cyber hygiene and security measures.  If you believe you are the victim of an Internet scam or cyber crime, or if you want to report suspicious activity, please visit the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.

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