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Tag: Corruption

CBP Removes Head of Internal Affair in Search of More Aggressive Watchdog

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The head of internal affairs at Customs and Border Protection was removed from his position Monday following criticism that he wasn’t aggressive enough with agents accused of using inappropriate force, the Los Angeles Times reports.

James F. Tomsheck, whose job is to root out corruption among the federal government’s largest law enforcement workforce, has been given a temporary assignment.

In the meantime, the CBP asked the FBI to assign a senior agent to investigate the abuse, in what the Times described as an unusual move.

The shakeup comes after mounting criticism about widespread abuses at the county’s borders.

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FBI Makes Arrests, Raids in Public Corruption Cases in North Carolina, California & New York

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Separate corruption investigations led to the arrests of two public officials in North Carolina and California and to the raid of the office of a New York state senator, the Washington Post reports.

Hundreds of federal agents descended on offices in the San Francisco Bay Area, arresting several people including state Democratic Sen. Leland Yee and a former head of a Hong Kong-based crime syndicate.

In the North Carolina sting, FBI agents arrested Democratic Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon, charging him with theft and bribery. He’s accused of soliciting and accepting bribes, the Post reported.

And in New York, Assemblyman William Scarborough’s offices were raided, and he was questioned in his Albany hotel room. He was questioned about per diem reimbursements, he told reporters.

FBI Special Agent Leaves Public Service to Launch Private Firm Aimed at Background Checks, Surveillance


Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

FBI Special Agent Leon Martinez, who investigated 9/11 terrorists, government corruption and drug cartels in Florida, is headed to the private sector after 25 years with the bureau, the Herald-Tribune reports.

Martinez is opening a private investigative firm in Sarasota called the Executive Assessment Group, which will conduct background investigations and surveillance for criminal and civil attorneys.

“He’s a first-class guy and very professional,” said Todd Foster, a Tampa defense attorney.

Joining Martinez will be Mark Flint, a former Florida Department of Law Enforcement special agent; and Don Wenger, a retired Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office detective who supervised the Sheriff’s intelligence unit.

Jeh Johnson’s Newest appointee at Homeland Security Was Key Figure in Pennsylvania Corruption Case

Christian Morrone

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s newest appointee has a checkered past, the Washington Times reports.

According to court records, Johnson’s chief of staff, Christian Marrone, oversaw the private renovations of a mansion owned by state Sen. Vince Fumo.

At the time, Marrone was one of Fumo’s legislative aides.

According to the report Marrone spent about 80% of his time working on the private job for Fumo.

 

New Head of FBI’s Connecticut Office Pledges to Make Public Corruption Top Priority

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Patricia M. Ferrick, the new head of the FBI in Connecticut, said Wednesday that a top priority is cracking down on public corruption, the Associated Press reports.

“You have to look for corruption to find it,” Ferrick said Wednesday during an interview in her office with The Associated Press. “It doesn’t walk in the door. I made it pretty clear to my staff that is a priority for me.”

Connecticut has been beset with government scandals in the past.

One scandal involving former Gov. John G. Rowland and two mayors of large cities about a decade ago earned the state the nickname Corrupticut.

 

FBI Special Agent in New Jersey Becomes Popular Face Behind Corruption Cases

 

Mayor Tony Mack

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

FBI Special Agent Michael Doyle is becoming somewhat of a celebrity in New Jersey.

The 17-year-veteran of tackling white collar crime and political corruption cases may best be known for bringing down the once-powerful Newark Mayor Sharpe James, who served 18 months in prison on corruption charges.

The Trentonian is reporting that Doyle also led the two-year investigation that prompted similar charges against Trenton Mayor Tony F. Mack.

Doyle is expected to take the stand for the third day today in the Mack case to explain how he nabbed the mayor.

 

FBI Investigates Appearance of Signs with Rat in Connection with Trenton Mayor Case

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Just days after Joseph “JoJo” Giorgianni took a plea deal and implicated the Trenton Mayor Tony Mack in a corruption scheme, professionally looking signs began popping up that displayed “JoJo” and a rat, NJ.com reports.

The FBI is taking the signs seriously. 

“It’s more than crazy, it’s a serious crime,” Giorgianni’s attorney, Jerome Ballarotto said. “And Hamilton Township police doesn’t think it’s funny, and neither does the FBI.”

Giorgianni was arrested along with Mack and his brother Ralphiel in January.

FBI Agents Association Throws Weight Behind Bipartisan Spending Plan

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hoping to avoid further cutbacks, the FBI Agents Association is showing its support for a bipartisan spending plan that would avoid more than $700 million in additional sequestration reductions, NPR reports.

The plan, while not ideal for the cash-strapped agency, was announced Tuesday by GOP Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington.

Agents are hoping to avoid furloughs that reduce law enforcement efforts, such as combating terrorism and corruption.

“The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 would help alleviate some of these budgetary pressures by lifting the threat of over $700 million in additional sequestration cuts and providing appropriators with additional funds that can be used to support the vital work of FBI Special Agents,” FBI Agents Association President Reynaldo Tariche writes in a letter obtained by NPR.