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Archive for November 30th, 2011

Washington Man Convicted of Filing $20 Billion in False Liens Against Fed Prosecutors and Others

“The jerk store called, they’re running out of you.”  George Costanza, Seinfeld
 
By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The above quote may be applicable to a Washington state man who was convicted  Tuesday of filing over $20 billion in false liens against federal officials including fed prosecutors.

The 2-day trial ended when Ronald James Davenport, of Chewelah, Wash., was convicted on  all four counts he was charged with in the Eastern District of Washington state, according to the Justice Department.

In December of 2009, Davenport filed false liens against the Clerk of the Court for the Eastern District of the state, the then-US Attorney, an Assistant US Attorney and an IRS officer, according evidence presented at trial. Each lein claimed Davenport was owed $5.184 billion and attached all the victims personal property as security on the debt.

Davenport chose the individuals because of their service as government officials and their involvement in a civil suit in which Davenport allegedly owed about $270,000 in unpaid tax liabilities, according to the Justice Department.

A sentencing date has not yet been set, but Davenport faces a potential maximum sentence of 40 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

Ex-FBI Agent Gregg Schwarz — Second Generation Agent — Upset Over Movie Portraying Hoover as Gay

Gregg Schwarz/facebook

By Carol Morello
Washington Post

WASHINGTON -- Gregg Schwarz frowned as he positioned himself, just so, in front of the wrought iron fence surrounding John Edgar Hoover’s grave, a place he has visited countless times but never before in anger.

A retired FBI agent who joined the agency in 1972, the year Hoover died, Schwarz had hired a videographer to film him for YouTube expressing his displeasure with a movie that depicted Hoover as a repressed homosexual. In a dig at Clint Eastwood, the director of “J. Edgar,” Schwarz titled his video response, “Dirty Harry to Filthy Harry.”

“Mr. Hoover was portrayed as an individual who had homosexual tendencies and was a tyrannical monster,” Schwarz said into the camera, as the sun glinted off his FBI cuff links and FBI lapel pin. “That is simply not true.”

Many former FBI agents share Schwartz’s pique with the film’s dropped hints of an abiding love between Hoover and aide Clyde Tolson, who is buried a few grave sites away. Historians agree that there is no evidence that either man was gay, and a request for comment from either Eastwood or screenwriter Dustin Lance Black was declined.

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Read Column Schwarz wrote for ticklethewire.com on the movie.

Former Mayor’s Aide Takes Plea Deal, Talks to Feds

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

 A corrupt former aide to two Buffalo mayors may help the feds find more corruption.

Timothy E. Wanamaker, also a former economic development chief, pleaded guilty  Tuesday to a felony charge of stealing government funds, reports Buffalo News, and agreed to cooperate with federal investigators. Wanamaker admitted to charging about $30,000 in personal expenses to his City Hall credit card over four years.

“It was a serious lapse in judgment on my part,” Wanamaker told U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara, according to the Buffalo paper.

Wanamaker agreed to cooperate with an ongoing investigation between the FBI and HUD as part of his plea deal.

“I very much anticipate that federal investigators will be aggressive in questioning Mr. Wanamaker,” U.S. Attorney William  J. Hochul Jr. said Tuesday according to the Buffalo News. “And those investigators will now be helped by someone who was on the inside.”

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Recently Acquitted, NY Assemblyman Arrested on New Charges

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A New York State Assemblyman was arrested by the FBI on bribery and extortion, reports NBC.

Acquitted on federal corruption charges just weeks ago, Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. was again arrested on new charges. It is alleged that he solicited money illegally to pay for the legal expenses of previous charges. He is accused of having soliciting more than $250,000 in payoffs from an FBI informant posing as an amusement park business man.

The new charges allege that Boyland was out soliciting bribes while on trial in federal court in Manhattan.

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Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Fed Up

 

Eric Holder Jr./ticklethewire.com file photo

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Attorney General Eric Holder has had enough.

Holder told a reporter from the Daily Caller , a conservative news website, to stop egging congressional Republicans on to call for his resignation, reports Talking Points Memo.

“You guys need to… you guys need to stop this,” TPM reports hearing Holder tell the reporter, who approached Holder after a White House event of an unrelated nature involving counterfeit goods. “There’s not an organic thing happening, you guys are behind this.”

The conservative news site has been calling Capitol Hill offices, asking Republicans if Holder should resign over ATF’s botched Fast and Furious operation, TPM reported. While there appears to be  no evidence to date that shows Holder knew about the plan, a steady rank of Republicans have grown from four to 50 calling for Holder’s resignation.

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Former Ill. FBI Agent Lied About Missing Money, Gets 5 Months Behind Bars

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A former FBI agent was taken into custody Tuesday after being sentenced to five months in prison followed by five months home confinement for lying to investigators about losing money seized in a major drug bust.  Authorities suspect he actually stole the money.

Jerry Nau, from Peoria, Ill., pleaded guilty in August to lying to investigators and forging the signatures of fellow agents on evidence sheets to hide the missing money, reports the Chicago Tribune. A total of $43,643 went missing after the bust of drug dealer Adrain Robinson. Nau told investigators he panicked when he was unable to find the money before the trial and hoped it would “turn up” on its own, the Tribune reported.

A special prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney James Warden, was assigned to the case from the Indianapolis U.S. attorney’s office.

“Would you walk away and say, ‘I hope it comes back some day?’” Warden said, according to the Tribune. “No, you would start screaming at your colleagues and say … ‘Let’s go find (the money).

“What happened is he stole the money.”

In court, Nau read a statement, according to the Trib.

“I always taught my children to tell the truth,” he said. “I told everyone around me lies are what get you in trouble because once you told one, you need to tell another to cover yourself.”

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