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FBI "Women in Tech" Recruiting & Outreach Event (Photo) - 10/19/17

Women with backgrounds in computer science, engineering, and math are in high demand in today's economy, but they can also play a crucial role in helping keep our shared community safe for generations to come. The FBI, in partnership with ChickTech Portland, is offering women in Oregon and Southwest Washington a chance to learn more about exciting career opportunities that balance work and family while providing new career challenges.

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Date: Thursday, October 26th
Time: 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Location: Downtown Portland (location will be given to those who pre-register)

Pre-registration is required for those who wish to attend. Send an email to portlandapplicants@ic.fbi.gov no later than Wednesday, October 25th.

Anyone interested in applying for the FBI is encouraged to visit www.fbijobs.gov for more information on available positions, requirements and the process.


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Media wishing to cover the event should contact PIO Beth Anne Steele prior to the event.

FBI Announces Results of National Child Sex Trafficking Operation in Oregon - 10/18/17

The FBI's Child Exploitation Task Force, working with a number of local and state partner agencies in Oregon, recovered two child sex trafficking victims as part of a national and international operation in the past week. The FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) spearhead the "Operation Cross Country" initiative to recover minor sex trafficking victims and to target the criminal enterprises responsible for the commercial sex trafficking of children.

Across the United States, FBI task forces recovered more than 80 minors and arrested 120 traffickers. In all, 55 FBI field offices working with hundreds of local and state law enforcement partners took part in this, the 11th iteration of Operation Cross Country (OCC). International partners included Canada, the United Kingdom, Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines.

The Oregon operations resulted in:


PORTLAND
* Two minor sex trafficking victims recovered. (One of these two just recently turned 18 but disclosed victimization that began when she was a minor).
* Nine adult prostitutes arrested and/or cited. Law enforcement and social service providers offered assistance to all contacted.


EUGENE
* Five adult prostitutes contacted. Law enforcement and social service providers offered assistance to all contacted.


SALEM
* One arrest - Terrence Martell Williams, age 34, on a state charge of promoting prostitution. Arrested by Salem Police Department.
* Six adult prostitutes arrested and/or cited. Law enforcement and social service providers offered assistance to all contacted.


The FBI's victim specialists work with state protective service agencies and social service providers to offer those minors recovered medical assistance, mental health counseling or other support as needed. Adult prostitutes arrested by local law enforcement partners assisting in Operation Cross Country are also given the option to receive social services.

"It can be easy to think that selling sex with children is so corrupt, so depraved that it couldn't possibly happen in my town, my neighborhood, my school. But, as we find out every time we recover a child, these victims are here and their needs are very real," said Loren Cannon, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. "These kids are everyone's responsibility, and they are counting on us -- the FBI, local law enforcement, the community -- to come together to give them a chance at a life we would all wish for our children."

Nationally and internationally, investigators staged operations in a number of locations, including casinos, hotels and truck stops as well as on street corners and via the Internet. With regards to the Oregon operations, we will not release specifics as to the stings, including their locations, to protect the integrity of future operations.

"We were honored to join this massive effort to hold offenders accountable," said Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts. "We've made child exploitation a major enforcement focus at our agency, with initiatives and partnerships that include our Child Abuse Team, the Inter-agency Child Exploitation Prevention Team (INTERCEPT), A Safe Place Family Justice Center and our annual Child Abuse & Family Violence Summit. We salute the FBI, our deputies and partner agencies in their large-scale effort to bring these individuals to justice."


Oregon law enforcement partner agencies include:
* FBI's Child Exploitation Task Force
* Portland Police Bureau
* Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
* Beaverton Police Department
* Tigard Police Department
* Lake Oswego Police Department
* Hillsboro Police Department
* Washington County Sheriff's Office
* Eugene Police Department
* Salem Police Department
* Keizer Police Department
* Polk County Interagency Narcotics Team (POINT)
* Lane County Sheriff's Office
* Springfield Police Department
* United States Attorney's Office for the District of Oregon


Oregon social service agency partners include:
* Safety Compass
* Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC)
* Clackamas County District Attorney's Victim Assistance Program
* Clackamas County Juvenile Department
* Multnomah County Department of Human Services
* Washington County Juvenile Department
* Marion County District Attorney's Victim Assistance Program
* Lane County District Attorney's Victim Assistance Program
* Lane County Child Protective Services
* Lane County Department of Youth Services
* Kids' FIRST Center
* Looking Glass

Note: Additional information, b-roll, photos, and interviews associated with this year's operation can be downloaded at www.fbi.gov/occxi

FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Nigerian 419 Scams - 10/17/17

October Marks National Cyber Security Awareness Month. For more information about emerging cyber threats, go to https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/national-cyber-security-awareness-month-2017

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Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. This week, building a digital defense against Nigerian 419 scams.

In 2016, the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center received almost 400 reports of 419 scams. The total losses reported by victims exceeded $1 million.

So what are Nigerian 419 scams? The number 419 refers to a section in Nigerian law concerning con artistry and fraud that deals specifically with people requesting assistance with transferring money. This scam has been around for a long time, but now more often than not, the scammer is contacting victims electronically.

What does this look like? An individual may contact you, often through e-mail, explaining that he needs help transferring a large amount of money. He tells you that political turmoil or a recent natural disaster in his country has affected his ability to transfer the money on his own. If you help him, he will allow you to keep some of the funds for yourself.

The scammer asks you to give him your financial information -- including your bank account number -- so he can complete the transfer. This allows him to access and steal from your accounts.

In another version of this scam, the fraudster may require that you to pay a fee in order to facilitate the transfer. Once you pay the fraudster, and he sees that you're willing to give him money, he continues to invent extra costs that he needs you to cover. As long as you keep paying, he keeps coming up with more expenses.

Regardless of which method the fraudsters use, these victims never see the promised jackpot.

So, how can you protect yourself?
* Don't give anyone your bank account number or other financial information that could allow him to access your accounts.
* Don't send money to strangers, unsolicited contacts or people you don't know face-to-face.
* Don't transfer money on behalf of other people.
* Don't trust anything that seems like an easy way to make a lot of money. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

If you have been victimized by this scam or any other online scam, report your suspicious contacts to the FBI. You can file an online report at the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your FBI local office.

FBI Searches for Missing 16-year-old - UPDATE Girl Found - 10/12/17

The Hagerstown, Maryland, Police Department reports that missing juvenile Magdalen Pixler has been located in Baltimore, Maryland, and she is safe.

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The FBI is asking for the public's help locating 16-year-old Magdalen Pixler. Magdalen went missing from her Hagerstown, Maryland, home on August 8, 2017. Investigation has led agents to believe that there is a possibility that Magdalen may be in the Portland-metro area. Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at (503) 224-4181.

Race: White
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Blue
Height: 5'4"
Weight: 153 pounds

The FBI is investigating Magdalen's disappearance in conjunction with local authorities in Maryland. The Hagerstown Police Department is the lead agency.

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*The flyer from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is attached.

Explosion During Traffic Stop - No Known Further Threat to Public Safety - 10/11/17

Starting this morning, the FBI and other partner agencies served a sealed federal search warrant related to possible explosives at an apartment located at 18840 NW Rock Creek Circle in Washington County. That search is on-going.

At approximately 3:56 pm, FBI task force officers with Washington County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police attempted a traffic stop near NW 185th Avenue and NW Rock Creek Boulevard. The driver, believed to be the resident of the apartment being searched, did not stop. A brief pursuit began, but ended quickly. There appeared to be a small explosion inside the vehicle. The suspect exited the vehicle, and officers took him into custody for a probation violation. Investigators and prosecutors will determine any other possible charges in the future.

A Washington County Sheriff's Deputy who was approaching the vehicle as the explosion occurred has been transferred to a local hospital for evaluation. The suspect was also transferred to a local hospital for evaluation.

At this time, there is no known threat to public safety.

Partner agencies involved in today's search included Portland Police Bureau, Metropolitan Explosive Disposal Unit (MEDU), Oregon State Police, Washington County Sheriff's Office, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Environmental Protection Agency and Washington County Animal Control.


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FBI Seeking Individual Who May Have Information Regarding the Identity of a Child Sexual Assault Victim (Photo) - 10/11/17

The information below is part of a national awareness campaign launched today by FBI Headquarters as investigators attempt to identify Jane Doe 39. The FBI is launching this campaign as a national effort because this woman could be anywhere in the U.S.

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public's assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown female who may have critical information pertaining to the identity of a child victim in an ongoing sexual exploitation investigation. Photographs and an informational poster depicting the unknown individual, known only as Jane Doe 39, are being disseminated to the public and can be found online at the FBI website at http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/ecap

The video depicting the unidentified female, Jane Doe 39, shown with a child, was first noted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in April of 2016; therefore, the video is believed to have been produced prior to this date.

Jane Doe 39 is described as an Asian female, likely between the ages of 25 and 35, with long black hair. At the time the video was produced, Jane Doe 39 was wearing a white, yellow, blue, and red floral dress. In addition, Jane Doe 39 could be heard speaking Vietnamese. Anyone with information to provide should submit a tip online at https://tips.fbi.gov/ , or call the FBI's toll-free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324). The public is reminded no charges have been filed in this case and the pictured individual is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

This case is being investigated as part of the FBI's Operation Rescue Me and Endangered Child Alert Program (ECAP) initiatives, both of which represent strategic partnerships between the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Operation Rescue Me focuses on utilizing clues obtained through in-depth image analysis to identify the child victims depicted in child exploitation material, while ECAP seeks national and international media exposure of unknown adults (referred to as John/Jane Does) who visibly display their faces and/or other distinguishing characteristics in association with child pornography images.

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FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against "Business Email Compromise" Scams - 10/10/17

October marks National Cyber Security Awareness Month. This week, the FBI is focusing attention on the "Business Email Compromise" scam.

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The Business Email Compromise scam has been around for a few years, but as a new analysis from the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center shows -- it is a scam that has grown so large that it costs American companies hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Worldwide -- this scam racked up more than $5 billion in losses or attempted losses between October 2013 and December 2016.

There are a number of variations on how this scam works, but here are the basics:

The fraudster either spoofs an email account or is able to hack an account at a victim company. The fraudster then sends an invoice to a second company demanding payment. Both companies typically have a long-standing relationship, and that invoice doesn't look out-of-the ordinary. The fraudster arranges for the funds to be wired to an account he controls.

In a variation of this scam, the fraudster gets control of an email account belonging to an executive at the victim company -- a CEO, CFO or the like. Using that executive's persona, he sends a request to the finance department asking for a payment to be wired to another vendor immediately. The unsuspecting employee makes the transaction happen quickly to keep the boss happy. Regardless of how the scam plays out, the victim company suffers the loss.

Of particular concern in Oregon are the small and medium-sized businesses that are getting hit by this scam. Due to their size, they are often less likely to prepare for or recover from such a scam.

So what can businesses do? Here are a few options:

* Require digitally-encrypted signatures by businesses on both ends of a transaction.

* Require two-factor verification for money transfers, particularly big ones. For example -- you could require a telephone call to confirm significant wire transfers either within your company or between your company and a vendor. Be sure to set up this protocol early in the business relationship and outside the email environment. When the fraudster hacks your email account, you don't want him to be able to see how to evade your security protocols.

* When confirming requests, don't rely on phone numbers or email addresses embedded in the request. Look up the number from an external source when calling.

* For emails, make sure you "forward" your response as opposed to hitting "reply". That way, you are using a real -- not spoofed - email address by manually typing it in or accessing it from your existing contact list.

* Train your employees to watch for suspicious requests -- such as change in a vendor's payment location.

If you suspect that a fraudster has victimized your company, it is important to act quickly. Contact your bank right away, and call your closest FBI office. Also, make sure you report the incident to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.

You can also find more information and tips on how to protect yourself at www.ic3.gov or www.fbi.gov.

FBI Tech Tuesday - Building a Digital Defense Against Rental Scams - 10/03/17

Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. This week: building a digital defense against rental scams.

In a hot housing market like we enjoy in Oregon and Southwest Washington, the risk of rental scams grows.

One common type of housing fraud involves the scam artist duplicating postings from legitimate real estate or rental websites. He then re-posts the ad as his own. Often he uses the real name of the broker or apartment manager, but he inserts a fake email address. When the victim emails the fraudster inquiring about the home, she will receive a response from the fraudster claiming to be the "owner." This fake "owner" typically comes up with a compelling back-story as to why he is selling or renting the home so cheaply.

He may say that he and his wife are away on a mission or volunteer trip. He emphasizes that they want someone who will take care of the home and treat it as their own which is why the rent is so minimal. The fraudster asks the victim to fill out paperwork online, paperwork that requests a lot of personal information such as Social Security numbers, full names and more. He may ask the renter to send funds to a foreign country where he is allegedly working. In reality, the money will never be recovered. In the end, the victim loses their money and the home. They also may fall victim to further fraud schemes because they gave out their personal information online.

A second kind of housing fraud flips the scenario in that the homeowner is the victim, and the renter is the scam artist.

Once the parties agree on the rental price and move-in fees, the scammer sends a check. In some cases, the scammer sends too much money and asks for the overage to be sent back to him. In other cases, the scam artist writes a check for the proper amount, but then he backs out of the agreement and asks for a refund. In either case, the check, of course, is bogus. Often the victim doesn't realize this until he pulls his own money out of the bank to make the refund.

Here's what to watch for and how to protect yourself from rental frauds:

* Do not accept overpayment for properties. If you receive a check for more than the specified amount, return it. Do not deposit it.
* Do not wire funds to people you do not know.
* Check with your county recorder to learn who owns the property you are seeking to rent.
* Do not fill our applications online until you have met directly with the property manager.
* Be wary if a potential tenant wants to rent property sight unseen.
* Be wary if a potential renter says he is out of country and will send you a cashiers check.
* Be wary if a potential landlord says he is out of country and wants the rent sent to a foreign account.

If you have been victimized by this scam or any other online scam, report your suspicious contacts to the FBI. You can file an online report at

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FBI, DEA and CODE Join Forces to Take Down Major Drug Trafficking Network in Central Oregon (Photo) - 09/28/17

Correction: Eric Brian Wilkinson's age information should read "age 43, of Madras, Oregon"



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On Wednesday, September 27, 2017, a joint operation involving the FBI, DEA and Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) Team resulted in the federal arrest of nine people charged with participation in a drug distribution network operating in the Madras/Redmond area. CODE officers and deputies arrested three others on state charges. Two of those additional arrests involved outstanding warrants; the third was a probable cause arrest for drug and weapons charges. All arrests were without incident. The federal defendants will each make an initial appearance before Magistrate Judge Jolie A. Russo at the U.S. District Courthouse in Eugene at 1:30 pm on Thursday, September 28th.

As part of this operation, law enforcement also identified 11 drug-endangered minors. Jefferson County Child Welfare took immediate custody of five of these children, and the FBI filed mandatory child abuse reports for all identified minors. Law enforcement partnered with victim assistance programs within the FBI and Jefferson County District Attorney's Office as well as with Jefferson County Child Welfare.

Since this investigation began in 2016, law enforcement believes the organization has trafficked both heroin and methamphetamine throughout Central Oregon. In a series of searches conducted in conjunction with the arrests on Wednesday, investigators also recovered ten weapons.

All defendants and charges are as follows:

Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and heroin (federal)
- Lima, Mauricio - age 36 of Madras, Oregon
- Dominguez, Isaac - age 32 of Madras, Oregon
- Harper, Sherry - age 45 of Redmond, Oregon

Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine (federal)
- Boynton, Heather - age 26 of Madras, Oregon
- Plazola, Desmond - age 29 of Warm Springs, Oregon
- Barajas, Leonel - age 29 of Madras, Oregon
- Billingsley, Trever - age 26 of Madras, Oregon

Possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and heroin (federal)
- Mortensen, Preston - age 29 of Bend, Oregon

Possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine (federal)
- Biever, Marlena - age 38 of Redmond, Oregon

Parole violation charge (Jefferson County warrant)
- Eric Brian Wilkinson, age 23, hometown unknown

Failure to Appear for theft 3rd degree (Deschutes County warrant)
- Lindsy Renee Haney, age 22, of Redmond, Oregon

Unlawful possession of methamphetamine (state charge)
Unlawful delivery of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school (state charge)
Felon in possession of a firearm -- 3 counts (state charges)
- Juan Jose Vega, age 27, of Culver, Oregon

In addition to these arrests, CODE and the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office previously arrested Colt Sipp, age 51 of Umatilla, Oregon, on state charges. He now also faces a federal charge of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

"This unified law enforcement effort is a significant step in dismantling a drug trafficking organization profiting off the destruction of families and communities in Central Oregon suffering the ravages of drug addiction," said Billy J. Williams, United States Attorney for the District of Oregon.

According to investigators, Lima and Dominguez are alleged to have operated two cells in the Madras, Oregon area, and, as such, served as distributors of methamphetamine and heroin to a large customer base in Central Oregon. The cells worked in coordination with each other to supply drugs and transfer funds to further the conspiracy using code in their communications in an attempt to hide their illegal activity. The investigators believe that the other defendants served under Lima and Dominguez to move the drugs to lower-level sellers and users.

"The work done by these agents, officers, detectives and deputies will have real and lasting impacts for those who live in Central Oregon. This law enforcement team has, over a period of many months, taken direct aim at organized crime," said Loren Cannon, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. "Together they have made our shared community safer by taking dangerous drugs and guns off the streets."

"The successful operation this week was designed to counter the emerging threat in Central Oregon against organized crime fueled by methamphetamine and heroin trafficking," said DEA Special Agent in Charge Keith Weis.

The Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) team is a multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force supported by the Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program and the following Central Oregon law enforcement agencies: Bend Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Redmond Police Department, Prineville Police Department, Crook County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Madras Police Department, Oregon State Police, Sunriver Police Department, Black Butte Police Department, United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Warm Springs Tribal Police Department, Deschutes, Crook, and Jefferson County District Attorney's, and the Oregon National Guard.

The Oregon-Idaho HIDTA program is an Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) sponsored counterdrug grant program that coordinates and provides funding resources to multi-agency drug enforcement task forces to disrupt or dismantle local, multi-state and international drug trafficking organizations.

Assistant United States Attorney Joseph Huynh is prosecuting this case. A criminal complaint is only an accusation of a crime, and all defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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Attached Media Files: Press Release , FBI Seal image , DEA badge image
FBI's Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense for College Students - Part 2 (phishing & impersonation scams) - 09/26/17

Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. This week: building a digital defense for college students.

Last week, we talked about college students getting scammed by fraudsters who trick them into thinking they can get easy, well-paying jobs. In the end, the fraudster ends up stealing the student's identity and, maybe, even cash out of their bank account.

This week -- we are talking about two other scams that parents and students should be aware of before heading off to campus.

First -- phishing with a "PH". Phishing scams can happen to anyone, but college students tend to be more vulnerable because they have less experience with credit and debit cards.

This one happened in my own family. The student called in a panic one day because he received a text telling him that there was a problem with his bank account. Without thinking, he clicked on the provided phone number and proceeded to give the call-taker the number off his debit card. Only when she asked for his Social Security number did he start to think something was not quite right. He hung up, and after a few panicked moments, he looked up the number online and called the bank directly. The bank, of course, immediately canceled his debit card -- the only card in his wallet -- leaving him in the lurch until his new card could arrive.

Another big scam hitting college kids these days involves law enforcement impersonation. We have seen cases where students received calls or texts purporting to be from the FBI or other law enforcement agencies. The fraudster makes a threat of some kind -- the student didn't pay taxes or has an unresolved speeding ticket. The FBI or police are going to come arrest her if she doesn't pay the fine immediately. One simple wire transfer, though, and the problem goes away without anyone -- including the parents -- being any the wiser.

College students are adults -- but they are often new adults with less experience in spotting the scammers. Parents, give them a head start with a quick life lesson before sending them off to the dorm.

If you or your child have been victimized by an online scam, report your suspicious contacts to the FBI. You can file an online report at the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your FBI local office.

"Double Hat Bandit" Arrested - 09/22/17

Indianapolis, Indiana -- On Thursday, September 21, 2017, the Indianapolis FBI Violent Crimes Task Force, along with the Whiteland Police Department, arrested Shayne Carson, 54, who is believed to be the "Double Hat Bandit." Carson was arrested without incident in the parking lot of a motel in Whiteland, Indiana.

Carson has been charged in a criminal complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Salt Lake City with the December 19, 2016, armed robbery of the U.S. Bank in West Valley City, Utah. According to the complaint, he is also a suspect in 13 other bank robberies throughout Utah, Washington, Oregon, Colorado and Idaho from December 19, 2016 to July 22, 2017. In these cases, the robber wore two hats. Since then, Carson has also been identified as a suspect in additional bank robberies in Colorado, Iowa and Ohio. Those cases remain under investigation.

(The Oregon robberies included one each in Milwaukie, Portland and Eugene.)

On Friday, September 22, 2017 at 1:30pm EST, Carson had his initial appearance and arraignment on the criminal complaint before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. It is anticipated he will be transferred to Utah to face the bank robbery charge filed in Salt Lake City.

The FBI would like to thank our law enforcement partners in Utah, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Iowa and Ohio who worked this case.

The Indianapolis FBI Violent Crime Task Force includes members from the FBI, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Carmel Police Department and Fishers Police Department.

A complaint is only an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Attached Media Files: Carson criminal complaint