Tag: money laundering
A former U.S. Border Patrol agent has been indicted – for the second time in a superseding indictment.
Raimundo Borjas was issued with a revised indictment that charges whim with 10 counts of money laundering on top of the original charges of trying to avoid detection of deposited funds, the Arizona Daily Star reports.
Originally indicted in April 2013, Borjas is now accused of making nine cash deposits totaling $61,600 in 2012 from proceeds of a cocaine distribution operation.
“He disputes the entirety of the allegations made against him,” Borjas’ attorney, Stephen G. Ralls, said.
Posted: May 15th, 2014 under News Story.
Tags: Border Patrol, cocaine, indictment, money laundering, Raimundo Borjas
A pair of fugitive tax scofflaws secretly built an elaborate bunker at the Washington state home.
The New York Daily News reports that Radu Nemes and his wife, Diana, were arrested in March on accusations of conspiring to hide at least $68 million in taxes.
The pair have not been charged with a crime and are now facing extradition hearings.
The FBI described a cross-continental money laundering scheme to conceal money made from a tax scam that involved profits from selling one million tons of diesel fuel.
By reporting it as a lower quality gas, they pair is accused of avoiding tariffs.
Posted: April 21st, 2014 under News Story.
Tags: bunker, diesel fuel, extradition, FBI, money laundering, romania, tax evasion
A Moroccan national accused of plotting an attack with a radio-controlled model airplane was arrested Monday by FBI agents, the CTPost.com reports.
El Mehdi Semlali Fahti, 27, is accused of plotting to crash the plane into a school and a Connecticut federal building.
FBI agents said they found wires and tools inside the High Ridge Drive apartment where Fahti had been living. It’s unclear whether explosives were also found.
The plot was revealed to an undercover agent in five recorded conversations. According to the FBI, Fahti said he studied bomb attacks and even made a chemical bomb while in high school in Morocco.
He claimed that funding for the plot would come from cash from money-laundering and drug-dealing, according to CTPost.com.
Posted: April 8th, 2014 under News Story.
Tags: attack, drone, drug dealing, money laundering, Morocco, terrorism
Investigators have struggled for two years to stop an online, underground marketplace from selling more than $1 billion in cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and other illicit drugs in exchange for a virtual currency called Bitcoin, The Verge reports.
But now it appears the FBI has snagged the mastermind, Ross Ulbricht, who is being charged with narcotics trafficking, money laundering and computer hacking.
The site, called Silk Road, was only accessible through a special network.
According to The Verge, law enforcement bought more than 100 packages of drugs and had them sampled.
“Samples of these purchases have been laboratory-tested, and have typically shown high purity levels of the drug the item was advertised to be on Silk Road, FBI Agent Christopher Tarbell told The Verge.
Posted: October 3rd, 2013 under FBI, News Story.
Tags: Bitcoin, cocaine, computer hacking, Drugs, ecstacy, Heroin, money laundering, narcotics trafficking, Ross Ulbricht, Silk Road, underground marketplace
A federal jury will resume deliberations today in the racketeering and murder trial of accused mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger after submitting five questions for the judge, CNN reports.
The eight men and four women wanted to know whether they needed to vote unanimously on 33 “predicate” acts in one of the federal racketeering charges.
To be sure, there are a lot of charges to peruse. Bulger, 83, is charged with racketeering, murder, money laundering and 13 counts of extortion.
Posted: August 8th, 2013 under FBI, News Story.
Tags: extortion, federal jury, jury deliberations, Mob, mob boss, money laundering, Murder, racketeering, Whitey Bulger, Winter Hill Gang
Federal intelligence agencies have been complaining of a lack of access to the NSA’s trove of surveillance information, creating what the New York Times called “turf fights.”
The Times reports that the NSA has been rejecting numerous requests for information from agencies working on cases that range from cyberattacks to money laundering.
NSA investigators said the requests were rejected because the cases weren’t considered high priority enough.
NSA officials maintain they have been careful about violating Americans’ privacy rights.
“It’s a very common complaint about N.S.A.,” said Timothy H. Edgar, a former senior intelligence official at the White House and at the office of the director of national intelligence. “They collect all this information, but it’s difficult for the other agencies to get access to what they want.”
Posted: August 5th, 2013 under News Story.
Tags: crime, cyberattacks, federal intelligence agencies, law enforcement, money laundering, NSA, privacy, surveillance
Voice recordings of accused mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger were played at his murder and racketeering trial Tuesday, showing a different side than the relatively quiet defendant that the juror has so far seen, the Boston Globe reports.
The recordings capture Bulger talking about murder, guns and funneling cash.
“Pa-pa-pa-pa-pow,” whispered Bulger, during the recorded conversation on Oct. 13, as he mimicked the sound of machine gun fire.
Bulger was referring to a tavern owner gunned down in a Dorchester phone booth in 1975.
Bulger’s jail conversation with his niece and nephew occurred through a glass partition at the Plymouth County Correctional Facility, the Boston Globe wrote.
Posted: July 3rd, 2013 under News Story.
Tags: criminal trial, Guns, Mafia, Mob, money laundering, Murder, racketeering, White Hill Gang, Whitey Bulger
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Opening statements begin today in the long-anticipated trial of James “Whitey” Bulger, who is accused of murder, racketeering, extortion, money laundering, gun stockpiling and drug dealing.
Before his arrest, Bulger was so notorious that he shared the top spot on the FBI’s most-wanted list with terrorist Osama bin Laden, The New York Times reports.
A jury was sworn in Tuesday from a pool of 858 candidates, The Times reported.
Bulger also happened to be a long-time FBI informant.
Posted: June 12th, 2013 under FBI, News Story.
Tags: extortion, FBI, FBI informant, gun stockpiling, Jury, money laundering, Murder, opening statement, racketeering, Whitey Bulger