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.
Posted: February 24th, 2014 under Milestone, News Story.
Tags: 9/11, Corruption, drug cartels, FBI, private investigation, terrorism
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.
Posted: February 3rd, 2014 under News Story.
Tags: Christian Marrone, Corruption, ethics, Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, Vince Fumo
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.
Posted: January 16th, 2014 under News Story.
Tags: Connecticut, Corrupticut, Corruption, FBI, Patricia M. Ferrick
Mayor Tony Mack
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.
Posted: January 13th, 2014 under News Story.
Tags: Corruption, FBI, FBI Special Agent, Michael Doyle, Sharpe James, tony mack
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.
Posted: December 20th, 2013 under News Story.
Tags: Corruption, FBI, Hamilton Township, Joseph Giorgianni, Raphiel Mack, tony mack, trenton
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.
Posted: December 12th, 2013 under News Story.
Tags: bipartisan, Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, Budget, Corruption, cutbacks, FBI, fbi agents association, FBIAA, Furlough, Patty Murray, paul ryan, Sequestration, terrorism
Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison for running a complex racketeering scheme out of city hall.
The sentence is one of the stiffest ever leveled against a corrupt politician.
U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds said she wanted to send a clear message that corruption would not be tolerated.
Kilpatrick extorted bribes from contractors and steered at least $127 million in contracts to his friend and business partner, Bobby Ferguson, who is to be sentenced today.
Kilpatrick said he “really messed up” and was “extremely remorseful.”
Posted: October 12th, 2013 under News Story.
Tags: bobby ferguson, bribery, Corruption, Detroit, Detroit mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, racketeering
After high-profile corruption cases against Detroit officials, including ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, a joint task force that includes the FBI announced charges Thursday against seven building inspectors accused of accepting bribes for phony inspections, the Detroit News reports.
The charges stem from an FBI probe dating as far back as 2007.
According to authorities, the scheme involved seven inspectors who accepted bribes to forge building inspections and even covered up potentially dangerous code violations.
“When you violate the public’s trust, it’s a big deal,” Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said. “When you endanger lives and families, it’s a big deal. You can’t close your eyes to it.”
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Posted: August 30th, 2013 under FBI, News Story.
Tags: Attorney General, bribery, code violations, Corruption, Detroit, Detroit officials, FBI, Kwame Kilpatrick, Michigan, phony inspections