FBI increases reward for 4 suspected of eco-terrorism

FBI increases reward for 4 suspected of eco-terrorism

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The FBI has increased the reward for the remaining members of a group indicted on charges related to 25 acts of what the agency calls "domestic terrorism" that caused more than $48 million in property damage.

The FBI's Operation Backfire investigation resulted in charges against 17 people, four of whom remain at-large.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest of Josephine Sunshine Overaker, Joseph Mahmoud Dibee, Justin Franchi Solondz and Rebecca Rubin.

Overaker, Dibee and Rubin were indicted by a federal grand jury in Eugene, Ore., in January 2006. Solondz was indicted by grand juries in Seattle and Sacramento later that same year.

From 1996 to 2001, investigators believe these individuals were part of a group that conducted a range of criminal actions throughout the United States in the name of the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and Earth Liberation Front (ELF). The FBI suspects the group in at least 25 domestic terrorism criminal actions totaling over $48 million in damages, including the largest eco-related arson in history, a $26 million dollar arson at the Vail Ski Resort in Vail, Colo. (at left).

“The crimes perpetrated by ALF and ELF have proven violent and potentially deadly, as the criminals use sophisticated incendiary devices, pipe bombs and tactics,” said ATF Deputy Assistant Director William McMahon. “As these fugitives are still on the run, law enforcement must remain aggressive in our pursuit. The ATF will continue to work with the FBI to battle the twin menaces of violent crime and terrorism.”

Click on the images below for the full FBI wanted poster for each suspect.






Click on the images above for the full FBI wanted poster for each suspect.