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Archive for November 15th, 2012

Shirtless FBI Agents Says Photo Was Sent as a Joke to Friends and a Reporter

By Mike Carter
Seattle Times staff reporter

The FBI agent who initiated the investigation that led to the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus said Thursday a shirtless photograph of him found in the email of Tampa socialite Jill Kelley “was a tongue-in-cheek joke” sent to dozens of friends and acquaintances and was meant to be self-effacing, not sexual.

The picture, which was sent to a reporter at The Seattle Times in 2010, was taken following a “hard workout” with the SWAT team at MacDill Air Force Base. He’s posed between a pair of target dummies that have a remarkable likeness to the buff agent. The caption on the photo, which was sent from a personal email account, reads, “Which One’s Fred?”

Humphries, who works out of the Tampa, Fla., FBI office, has found himself swept up in the intrigue and mystery surrounding revelations that Petraeus was having an affair with his biographer.

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Justice Dept. Whacks BP: Company to Pay Record $4.5 billion Fine, and 3 People Criminally Charged

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department whacked BP Exploration and Production Inc.

The company agreed to plead guilty to felony manslaughter, environmental crimes and obstruction of Congress and pay a record $4.5 billion in criminal fines and penalties for its roll in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 people and caused the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday.

The 14-count information, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Louisiana, charges BP with 11 counts of felony manslaughter, one count of felony obstruction of Congress, and violations of the Clean Water and Migratory Bird Treaty Acts.

“The $4 billion in penalties and fines is the single largest criminal resolution in the history of the United States and constitutes a major achievement toward fulfilling a promise that the Justice Department made nearly two years ago to respond to the consequences of this epic environmental disaster and seek justice on behalf of its victims,” said Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement. “We specifically structured this resolution to ensure that more than half of the proceeds directly benefit the Gulf Coast region so that residents can continue to recover and rebuild.”

“The oil spill was catastrophic for the environment, but by hiding its severity BP also harmed another constituency – its own shareholders and the investing public who are entitled to transparency, accuracy and completeness of company information, particularly in times of crisis,” said Robert Khuzami, Director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Enforcement. “Good corporate citizenship and responsible crisis management means that a company can’t hide critical information simply because it fears the backlash.”

Additionally,  Robert M. Kaluza, 62, of Henderson, Nev., and Donald J. Vidrine, 65, of Lafayette, La. – the highest-ranking BP supervisors onboard the Deepwater Horizon on April 20, 2010 – were charged with allegedly engaging in negligent and grossly negligent conduct in a 23-count indictment charging violations of the federal involuntary manslaughter and seaman’s manslaughter statutes and the Clean Water Act.

David I. Rainey, 58, of Houston – a former BP executive who served as a Deputy Incident Commander and BP’s second-highest ranking representative at Unified Command during the spill response – is charged with obstruction of Congress and making false statements to law enforcement officials.

Read Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr.’s Statement

 

Acting New England Crime Boss Anthony Dinunzio Off to Prison for 6 years and 6 Months

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Anthony L. Dinunzio, the acting boss of the New England La Cosa Nostra, was sentenced Wednesday in Providence, R.I. federal court to 6 years and 6 months in prison for his role in extorting protection payments from adult entertainment businesses in Rhode Island.

Dinunzio, 53, of East Boston, Mass., pleaded guilty on Sept. 13 to one count of conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise (RICO).

“Today, the admitted leader of the New England La Cosa Nostra was sentenced to prison for the years of significant harm he caused to the people of Rhode Island,” said Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer in a statement. “Anthony Dinunzio and his NELCN subordinates used threats of violence to extort protection payments from business owners throughout the state, and his sentence sends a powerful message about the department’s determination to hold mafia leaders and associates to account.”

“Over the last several years, the FBI and its federal, state and local law enforcement partners have undeniably shattered Omerta, the New England LCN’s code of silence,” said FBI Boston Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers. “Through persistent, methodical and unyielding investigations, Mr. Dinunzio and others in the LCN know they no longer are able to rely on their sworn bonds for protection from the FBI and our partners.”

 

 

FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists List Grows to 31 with American Suspect

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s list of most wanted terrorists now includes an American accused of working with terrorists in Somalia, the Associated Press reports.

The AP reported that the FBI on Wednesday added former Alabama resident Omar Shafik Hammami to the most wanted list, which has grown to 31 since being created a month after the terror attacks of 2011.

Hammami is accused of being a senior leader in al-Shabab, a Somalia-based terror group with links to al-Qaida.

The FBI’s counterterrorism division nominates suspects to the list.

A nominee must be under a criminal indictment, according to the AP.

CBP Supervisor in New York Accused of Possessing Child Porn

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A supervisor for Customs and Border Protection in New York is accused of possessing child porn, the Associated Press reports.

The AP wrote that Steven Metz, who has been charged in federal court, is accused of receiving and distributing images and videos of children involved in sexual acts.

Metz, 40, is on administrative leave.

He works in the Buffalo suburb of Hamburg.

Detroit Police Investigated for Role in Providing Help to Sex Club

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal authorities are investigating whether on-duty Detroit police provided limo service and security to a swanky sex club a few blocks from the department’s Central District headquarters, the Detroit News reports.

Citing sources familiar with the probe, the Detroit News wrote that a federal investigation is underway following complaints about police helping the swingers’ club while on duty.

“The feds were asking me about a group of officers who supposedly were giving limo service to people at this sex club while they were on duty,” one Detroit police official told the Detroit News. “The big sticking point they were concentrating on was whether the officers were on-duty when they were driving people to and from this club.”

The probe began following complaints that the Forest Club was selling alcohol without a license.

Feds Bring in Witnesses in Trenton Mayor Tony Mack Grand Jury

Mayor Tony Mack

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

 Federal prosecutors seeking an indictment of Trenton Mayor Tony Mack will present testimony Thursday to a grand jury in the corruption case, the Trenton Times reports.

Witnesses are expected to appear at the federal courthouse in Trenton beginning this morning as feds build their case against the mayor, his brother and campaign donor Joseph “JoJo” Giorgiann, all of whom were arrested Sept 10, the Times reported.

The arrests follow a two-year FBI probe.

The trio are accused of attempting to extort $119,000 in bribes in connection with a downtown parking garage project the ended up being an FBI sting, the Times reported.

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FBI Agent Behind David Petraeus Investigation Credited for Heroism in Other Cases

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI agent whose investigation brought down CIA Director David Petraeus played a major role in foiling a terrorist attack.

The USA Today reports that Special Agent Frederick Humphries II helped stop a terrorist plot to blow up Los Angeles International Airport in 2000.

Humphries also fatally shot a knife-wielding man at Tampa’s MacDill Air Force Base in 2010, the USA Today reported.

Now Humphries is credited with kickstarting the Petraeus investigation after he first saw threatening emails from the CIA director’s biographer, Paula Broadwell.