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FBI Searching for Massive Cloud Storage to More Quickly Share, Access Information

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hoping to transform how it operates, the FBI is trying to build a massive cloud infrastructure to store massive amounts of information for easy sharing among bureaus, the Federal Times reports.

The FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division wants to create a cloud environment for statistics, fingerprints and criminal background checks at the Clarskburg, WV, facility.

The cloud must have an astonishing amount of memory – 2.3 petabytes.

“At this point in time, the [FBI] is simply exploring new technologies and potential emerging capabilities with this RFI,” FBI spokesman Stephen Fischer said.

Experts say the storage cloud would save the FBI money and be readily available.

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New Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s San Antonio’s Office Busy with Immigration Issues

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Special Agent Chris Combs has been busy since taking over the FBI’s San Antonio office in April.

Combs, who opened the San Antonio office for a media tour on Monday, covers a large area of South Texas and also works out of offices in Austin, Waco and along the border, KSAT 12 reports.

With a immigration crisis brewing at the border, the FBI has been investigating a scheme in which people masquerading as U.S. officials are asking for thousands of dollars from families to reunite with their children.

“It was a fraud, the United States government does not ask for money to bring these children back to their family members,” Combs said. “It’s hard to believe that somebody would take advantage of children and their families that have been separated to make a couple hundred bucks, so we take that very seriously and we have a nationwide investigation going now.”

Combs said his office is working closely with Border Patrol.

“We work very closely with them, as they’re in charge of protecting the border,” Combs said. “As they gather people who have come across illegally, there’s a good information flow there. If there are people they are concerned about, they contact the FBI and we work with them.”

Before coming to San Antonio, Combs was the lead agent to respond to shootings across the country.

Harold Shaw Named SAC of Intelligence in FBI’s New York Office

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Harold H. Shaw has been named special agent in charge of the Intelligence Division at the New York Field Office.

Since April 2013, he has served as a section chief and deputy director for law enforcement at the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center (CTC) as a liaison between the FBI and the CIA, the FBI said in a press release.

Shaw joined the FBI in 1999 and was first assigned to the New York Field Office where he worked as a member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) and investigated international and domestic terrorism cases, including the USS Cole bombing.

In 2003, he was promoted to FBI Headquarters as a supervisory special agent detailed to the CTC. In this role, he served as one of the first liaison officers between the FBI and CIA,the FBI press release said.

He later served as the deputy director for law enforcement for the CTC-International Terrorism Department.

In 2005, Shaw was promoted to field supervisor in the New York Field Office and oversaw a JTTF squad responsible for international terrorism tied to the Middle East.

In November 2011, Shaw was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the FBI New York Field Office’s Counterterrorism Division.

 

FBI Agent Who Combats Child Porn Charged with Assaulting Teen at Missouri Home

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent who works on a task force to combat child porn in Missouri has been charged with assault for allegedly choking a 13-year-old boy until he became unconscious, the Riverfront Times reports.

Special Agent Scott Armstrong, 37, is due back in court Tuesday after pleading not guilty to misdemeanor third-degree assault charges.

Armstrong works with the Boone County Sheriff’s Department Cyber Crimes Task Force to combat child porn.

It’s unclear why the child was at Armstrong’s home, but police said Armstrong strangled  the boy until “temporary unconsciousness.”

In his probable cause statement, Armstrong admitted to “placing his arm around” the teen’s neck until he lost consciousness.

Boone County Sheriff Dwayne Carey said the FBI never contacted him about the assault.

“The FBI never did contact me,” Carey said. “I wasn’t happy about that.”

The FBI, Recording Devices and Ford’s World Headquarters

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — Exciting things are happening at Ford Motor Company’s world headquarters in Dearborn besides talk of the Mustang the future of electrical cars, and it involves potential corporate espionage and the FBI.

John Snell and David Shepardson of the Detroit News reports that the FBI searched the headquarters while investigating one of the automaker’s engineers, and they seized listening devices, computers and financial records.

The News writes that a lawyer for the mechanical engineer said Ford’s security team feared she was stealing trade secrets by hiding secret recording devices in conference rooms at headquarters, The engineer’s home was also searched, the News reports.

The case is being investigated by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Tukel, who heads the National Security Unit in Detroit, the News reported

The News writes:

Searching a Fortune 500 company’s world headquarters instead of issuing a subpoena is a rare step and could indicate investigators were worried about someone destroying evidence, said Peter Henning, a law professor at Wayne State University and a former federal prosecutor.

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Prosecutors Dismiss Charges Against Man After Questionable Handling by FBI

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Questionable ties between FBI agents and probation officers preceded Thursday’s decision by Cook County prosecutors to dismiss felony gun charges against a Chicago man Thursday, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Orangelo Payne, 34, was on probation for felony possession of marijuana when his probation officer turned up at Payne’s home with an FBI agent in tow. Using the probation as a pretext to search his apartment, he said an FBI agent squeezed him for information about a murder suspect, and a shotgun was found.

Before Payne could even challenge the charge in court, State Attorney Anita Alvarez declined to pursue the weapons charge.

Instead of facing up to decades in prison, he was charged with a lesser count that will allow for his release from jail within a few days, the Tribune reported.
“They dropped the charges because they didn’t want to air dirty laundry in open court,” Payne’s lawyer, J. Scott Arthur, said. “Under the ruse of probation officers conducting curfew checks, law enforcement is tagging along and illegally gaining access to homes.”

Former FBI Employee, Wife Plead Guilty to Mortgage Fraud

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former FBI employee and his wife were convicted in a mortgage fraud scheme and now face up to 30 years in prison, the Mercury News reports.

The husband, Charles Espinel, 61, also admitted he lied to the agency about his new properties to prevent suspicion.

Espinel and his wife, Jeanette 58, pleaded guilty to defrauding First California Bank and Wells Fargo Bank to buy a combined $1.3 million in rental properties. The couple lied about their incomes and intentions of living at the properties.

Espinel spent 32 years with the FBI, retiring as a support services technician.

New Jersey Police Captain Accused of Using FBI Database to Vet Baseball Teammates

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A judge convicted a suspended New Jersey police captain of using an FBI database to check to do  backgrounds of players on a minor league baseball that he followed, Philly.com reports.

Brian Brady, 52, of Sparta, also directed subordinates to use the National Crime Information Center database to conduct a background check on a home health aid for his mom. He was the third ranking officer of the state Human Services Police.

Brady was found guilty of official misconduct and computer theft.

Brady “repeatedly treated a restricted law enforcement database like his personal information clearinghouse,” said Criminal Justice Division Director Elie Honig.

“There’s no room in law enforcement for this type of rogue behavior,” Honig said.

Brady faces up to 20 years in prison.