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Andrea Noble

Andrea Noble

Andrea Noble is a crime and public safety reporter for The Washington Times. She can be reached at anoble@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Andrea Noble

Feds set up fake university to lure student-visa fraud cases, recruiters

Federal authorities revealed Tuesday -- as they announced the arrests of recruiters involved in the "pay to stay" scheme -- that agents working for the Department of Homeland Security set up the University of Northern New Jersey in 2013 as part of a sting operation meant to catch individuals involved in student visa fraud. The sting operation ensnared 21 people who officials say recruited foreign nationals to pay thousands of dollars in order to obtain fraudulent enrollment status at the school so they could extend their student visas and remain here. Published April 5, 2016

FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 1, 2016, before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on 'The Encryption Tightrope: Balancing Americans' Security and Privacy.' (Associated Press) **FILE**

No agreement to help Arkansas prosecutors hack iPhone, FBI says

Now that a third party was successful this week in helping the FBI unlock and gain access to the iPhone belonging to deceased San Bernardino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook, it appears the bureau may now turn its secret weapon loose on such criminal cases. Published March 31, 2016

Mara Salvatrucha, a violent gang known as MS-13, marks its territory with graffiti where it operates in the U.S. The FBI says its violent activities, including at least eight homicides in Maryland and Virginia over the past year, reflect the current state of the gang in El Salvador. (Associated Press)

MS-13 gang members' federal trial gets off to grisly start

One of the primary rules of the street gang MS-13 is not to talk to police. But a federal racketeering case brought against members of one of the most violent gangs in Northern Virginia is laying bare the extent of cooperation between its members and law enforcement. Published March 30, 2016

Attorney General Loretta Lynch and FBI Director James B. Comey announce the indictments of seven Iranians tied to a series of punishing cyberattacks on a small dam outside New York City and dozens of financial institutions. (Associated Press)

Iran indictments, sanctions a one-two punch to Obama nuclear deal critics

An Iranian hacker managed to gain control of the computer systems that worked the sluices on a New York dam -- but luckily the gates had been taken offline for maintenance at the time, foiling any possible mischief, federal prosecutors said Thursday, announcing charges against seven Iran-backed operatives for hacking American infrastructure. Published March 24, 2016

Mara Salvatrucha, a violent gang known as MS-13, marks its territory with graffiti where it operates in the U.S. The FBI says its violent activities, including at least eight homicides in Maryland and Virginia over the past year, reflect the current state of the gang in El Salvador. (Associated Press)

Eight D.C.-area homicides linked to MS-13 street gang

The notoriously violent MS-13 street gang, known for slashing victims to death with knives and machetes, is reviving its brutal brand of violence to reassert its dominance in the Washington metropolitan area -- with authorities linking at least eight homicides in Virginia and Maryland over the past year to the gang. Published March 21, 2016

Richard W. Roberts, the chief U.S. district judge for Washington D.C., suddenly resigned Wednesday as news surfaced of a sex-abuse lawsuit filed against him by a Utah woman. (Associated Press)

Judge to retire after accusations of rape by then-minor

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has submitted paperwork to retire within hours of a Utah woman filing a lawsuit accusing him of initiating a predatory sexual relationship with her more than three decades ago. Published March 17, 2016