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Archive for August 11th, 2010

Justice Dept: One of the International Kings of Credit Card Theft Data Captured in France

credit_cardsBy Allan Lengel
For AOL News

WASHINGTON – A resident of Moscow, “BadB” lived the glamorous life, hopping jets to Europe, freely spending money — even as U.S. authorities marked him as one of the world’s “most prolific sellers” of stolen credit card data.

French authorities arrested Vladislav Anatolievich Horohorin, 27, at the airport in Nice this weekend. Federal law enforcement authorities said he had apparently been living it up on the French Riviera. At the time of the arrest, they said, he was carrying some casino-issued cards that give high rollers additional privileges.

The arrest was trumpeted today as a big catch for authorities working to crack down on the ever-growing and menacing problem of credit-card data and identity theft, though officials provided no financial estimates on the losses involved.

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Of 1,997 Civil Rights Complaints Against Justice Dept., Only One Investigated

justice dept. logoBy Matt Castello
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON – A report released Tuesday showed that 1,997 civil rights complaints were filed against Justice Department employees during the first six months of 2010, but only one was investigated by the Inspector General’s Office.

The report issued by the Justice Department’s Inspector General said 1,815 of the complaints “did not fall within the OIG’s (Office of the Inspector General) jurisdiction or did not warrant further investigation.”

Of the 1,997 complaints, the Inspector General found that 182 required further review. At the same time, the Inspector General referred six of those complaints to the Federal Bureau of Prisons for further investigation.

The lone investigation that was pursued involved the alleged assault of a Muslim inmate. Abrasions were found on his head, left shoulder, knees and ankles during a medical assessment after U.S. Marshals Service turned him over to authorities.

In the two prior Inspector General reports, three investigations were initiated. All three involved the alleged mistreatment of Muslim inmates. The Inspector General deemed one as unsubstantiated.

The Department of Justice did not immediately respond to calls seeking comment.

Breaking News: Jury in Blago Case Says it’s Hung

Ex-Gov. Blago while in office/official photo

Ex-Gov. Blago while in office/official photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The federal jury in the public corruption case of Ex-Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich has told the judge its is deadlocked on all counts, according to the Chicago News Cooperative.

The Associated Press reported that they appeared to be hung on just some counts.

The jurors sent a note to the judge asking for guidance. The judge said he needed more clarification, the news cooperative reported. The judge summarized the content of the note in open court around 4:15, Chicago time.

“In a situation where jurors can’t agree on given counts, what should the next logical step be?” the jurors asked, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. “We’ve gone beyond reasonable attempts without rancor.”

The jury has been deliberating for 11 days. Blagojevich was indicted on 24 counts including allegations that he tried to sell the Senate seat vacated by President Obama.

Az. Sheriffs Call Visit by ICE’s John Morton “Political Stunt”

John Morton

John Morton

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

These have not been fun days for John Morton, who heads up U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The union representing ICE agents just issued a vote of “no confidence” for him.  And on Tuesday, two key sheriffs along the Arizona-Mexico border sharply criticized him.

The sheriffs, according to the Washington Times, called Morton’s planned visit to Arizona on Wednesday a “political stunt” and claimed it was the Obama administration’s attempt to “cover up its inaction in protecting our borders,” the Washington Times reported.

“The administration blew past their promised Aug. 1 deadline to send 524 National Guard troops to Arizona, and now they are trying to appear concerned by sending the ICE director, who recently received a vote of ‘no confidence’ by ICE’s union,” Arizona Sheriffs Paul Babeu of Pinal County and Larry Dever of Cochise County said in a statement, the Washington Times reported.

The paper said ICE did not respond for comment.

Chicago Jurors Still Going at it in Ex-Gov. Blagojevich Case

Ex-Gov on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice

Ex-Gov on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Can you say Day 11?

Well, Wednesday marks the 11th day jurors will deliberate in the federal public corruption case against the over-chatty ex-Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich in downtown Chicago.

The Associated Press reports that U.S. District Judge James Zagel told attorneys on Tuesday that he’s heard nothing from the jurors as of late.

The last note jurors sent to the judge was July 30. If we could only stick a camera in the jury room we’d have a pretty good reality TV show.

Georgia ATF Undercover Operation Nets 245 Guns and 89 Defendants

U.S. Atty. Edward Tarver/campaign photo

U.S. Atty. Edward Tarver

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Undercover ATF agents purchased 245 firearms from people in Glynn County, Ga., including a number of convicted felons, resulting in federal and state charges against 89 people, the agency announced Tuesday.

Dubbed “Operation Thunderbolt”, undercover agents over a nine month period purchased 245 firearms, including handguns, rifles, assault rifles and sawed-off shotguns along with about $200,000 worth of illegal drugs, including more than 3 pounds of cocaine, over 1,500 ecstasy pills, over 800 oxycodone pills and a quantity of methadone, ATF said.

ATF said a number of guns purchased by agents appeared to be stolen.

“Operation Thunderbolt was a bold effort to protect public safety by removing violent criminals who sell guns and drugs within our communities,” U.S. Attorney Edward Tarver said.