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ATF Investigates Alleged Affair Between Agent, Prosecutor During Storefront Investigations

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An ATF agent and a prosecutor had a secret affair while working together on controversial storefront operations in Georgia and are under investigation following allegations they illegally helped in informant, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. 

The storefront investigations were the subject of intense scrutiny following alarming reports by the Journal Sentinel that showed numerous problems.

ATF said it is investigating the relationship between Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Ippolito and ATF Special Agent Lou Valoze.

“The department takes these allegations seriously and is taking active and appropriate steps with regard to the employees involved,” said ATF spokesman Patrick Rodenbush, who declined to elaborate further because it is a personnel matter.

According to the Journal Sentinel, the ATF is investigating whether Valoze and Ippolito presented false information to Homeland Security for a visa for an informant.

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Ex-Border Patrol Agent in Texas Charged with Murder in Death of Wife’s Alleged Lover

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former Border Patrol agent accused of killing a man for allegedly having an affair with his wife has been indicted in the fatal shooting in Texas, the Associated Press reports.

Adam Garibay was lodged in the Medina County Jail on Wednesday on charges of murder, assault and evading arrest. He is being held on a $3.1 million bond.

Garibay quit his job as an agent after his Jan. 2 arrest.

Garibay is accused of beating her wife to identify a man with whom she was having an affair. Garibay then drove 160 miles to shoot Keith Martin, prosecutors allege.

Former Deputy Police Chief Admits He Lied to FBI About Office Sex Affair

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former deputy police chief in Markham, Ill. was caught with his pants down and now he plans to come clean.

Tony DeBois is expected to plead guilty to lying to the FBI about a sexual relationship he had at the police station, The Chicago Sun-Times reports.

But it’s unclear how that will affect allegations by a female prisoner who claims she was sexually abused by him.

The burly 42-year-old cop said he was “embarrassed and ashamed” that he lied to the FBI to hide the affair from his wife and denied assaulting anyone.

Senate Committee Investigates FBI’s Handling of Ex-CIA Director Petraeus Extramarital Affair

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is under fire for not immediately disclosing the extramarital affair of ex-CIA Director David H. Petraeus to the White House and Congress, Bloomberg News reports.

Saying the affair “could have had an effect on national security,” California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said the investigation should have been revealed more quickly.

The investigation began in the summer when the FBI last week notified U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who alerted the White House, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

According to the Boston Globe this morning, the FBI downplayed the impact on national security and said it was wary of revealing an investigation that hadn’t appeared to involve criminal wrongdoing by Petraeus.

The investigation was triggered by threatening e-mails to a woman, a friend of Petraeus and his wife.

The e-mails were sent by Paula Broadwell, 40, the author of Petraeus biography, Bloomberg News wrote.

FBI: Arizona AG Tom Horne Involved in Hit-And-Run to Avoid Evidence of an Affair with Subordinate

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI has accused Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne of leaving the scene of an accident because he was trying to conceal a relationship with a female employee, the Associated Press reports.

In a report obtained by the AP, agents said Horne was having an affair with Assistant Attorney General Carmen Chenal at her apartment. When he backed into a parked Range Rover, the FBI said Horne left the scene because he didn’t want evidence of the affair.

Horne was charged last week with a misdemeanor count of leaving the scene of an accident.

Horne originally claimed that he didn’t leave a note because he didn’t believe there was any damage, the AP reported.

Ex-NY FBI Agent Convicted of Lying About Helping Informant He Had An Affair With

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
It was bad news for ex-FBI agent Adrian Busby of the New York Division.

A federal jury in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday convicted Busby, 37, of lying to protect a married female confidential source he was having an affair with.

“In roughly three hours, Adrian Busby was found guilty by a jury of his peers on all four counts of making false statements that were contained in the indictment,” said U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in a statement. “Law enforcement agents who break the law dishonor their fellow officers, disserve the public and must be held to account.”

It all began in 2008 when Busby, who was investigating mortgage fraud, started using a female real estate loan officer as a confidential source. He also began having an affair with her.

On Feb. 5, 2008, the source was arrested and subsequently prosecuted by the Queens County District Attorney’s Office for identity theft and related charges.

Authorities charged that Busby “actively assisted with her criminal defense, met with her attorneys on multiple occasions, and during trial “provided her defense attorney with confidential, law enforcement reports…related to her case….in violation of FBI regulations.”

In December 2009, she was convicted.

Beginning in January 2008, authorities said Busby made numerous false statements regarding the things he did to assist her in the trial.

Busby denied wrongdoing to The New York Daily News earlier this year.

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EPA Investigator Pleads to Lying About Affair With FBI Agent

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
A former special agent with the Environmental Protection Agency pleaded guilty Monday to lying in a civil case about having an affair with an FBI agent he was working with.

Keith Phillips, 61, of Kent, Texas, who worked in the EPA Criminal Investigation Division (CID) in Dallas, pleaded guilty in federal court in Louisiana to lying under oath and obstructing justice, the Justice Department said. The charges stemmed from his sworn testimony in a pending lawsuit in the Western District of Louisiana.

Authorities stated that Phillips and a female FBI agent from September 1996 to Dec. 14, 1999 investigated a criminal case that resulted in the indictment of Hubert Vidrine Jr. and several others.

The criminal charges against Vidrine were ultimately dismissed, and Vidrine turned around and filed a lawsuit against the federal government for malicious prosecution, authorities said.

Authorities said that during a deposition taken in Vidrine’s civil suit, agent Phillips “allegedly falsely testified that he did not have an affair with the FBI special agent, when, in fact, he did. The indictment alleges that it was material to the civil lawsuit to determine any potential motives of the criminal investigators in investigating and prosecuting the charges against Vidrine, and that Phillips committed perjury when he testified falsely about the affair and obstructed justice when he provided this false testimony.”

The indictment also alleges that he then contacted the FBI agent and tried to convince her not to confess to the affair.

Fed Grand Jury in N.C. Probing John Edwards

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It continues to be a bumpy road for once upon a time presidential hopeful John Edwards, who also ran as vice president in 2004.

The Associated Press reports that a federal grand jury in Raleigh, N.C., is investigating whether he violated campaign finance laws and knew about money used to cover up his extra-marital affair and out-of-wedlock baby.

AP reports that investigators are homing in on whether the funds from outside groups used to cover up his affair should have been considered campaign donations.

Edwards’ attorney Wade Smith told AP: “We do not believe there is evidence that John has violated any election laws.”

AP reported that the probe is being led by Raleigh U.S. Attorney George Holding, a George Bush appointee. AP reported that North Carolina’s senators have asked the president to hold off on replacing Holding until the probe is completed.