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N.H. Woman Steals Thousands of Dollars of Stamps

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It may be worth noting that even in this era of emails and online bill payments it’s still worth stealing a good old fashion postage stamp.
Just ask Shelley Furtado of Manchester, N.H.
Furtado, 36, pleaded guilty last week in U.S. District Court in New Hampshire to conspiring with four other people to steal more than $5,000 in property from the Post Office — most of which was stamps, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
The indictment charged that she and others visited the Post Offices and stole the stamps that were turned over to a “fence” in Boston.
As part of the conspiracy, one co-conspirator used a folded newspaper “rigged with two layers of tin foil” to sneak property out of the Post Office without setting off detectors, the indictment said.
Sentencing is set for Feb. 18

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Man Convicted of Acting as Unregistered Agent For Hugo Chavez

The case in Miami dubbed “Suitcase-gate” has caused a strain between the U.S. and its South American neighbors.

BY JAY WEAVER
The Miami Herald
MIAMI — Franklin Durán on Monday afternoon was found guilty of conspiracy and acting as an unregistered government agent for Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.
The verdict came in Miami federal court on the seventh day of deliberations by a 12-member jury in the trial dubbed ”Suitcase-gate.” The case has drawn keen interest in Latin America.
Jurors agreed with federal prosecutors that Durán came to South Florida last year on behalf of the Venezuelan government to silence a business associate about a cash-filled suitcase intended for an Argentine politician.
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More On The Story From The New York Times

Feds In Maryland Go After Online Gambling Figures

Is Bodog going to the dogs? Federal authorities are after two men involved in Bodog, the online gambling empire.

By Van Smith
Baltimore City Paper
BALTIMORE — Federal authorities in Maryland have filed money-laundering charges against two men, Edward Courdy and Michael Garone, who have figured in an ongoing investigation into the internet gambling empire Bodog.
Both men were described in two forfeiture proceedings earlier this year, which resulted in the seizure of a total of $24 million from numerous bank accounts, as processors of illegal gambling transactions in the United States on behalf of Bodog.
The charges against Courdy and Garone were filed on Sept. 29, though the filings were not publicized and were found yesterday by City Paper on the online federal courts web site, known as PACER.
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Ooops: Juror In Sen. Stevens Case Caught In Big Lie

Well, under the category of “not very smart” comes Juror #4 Marian Hinnant.

The Sen. Stevens Case
The Sen. Stevens Case

By Jesse J. Holland
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON – A juror who vanished during Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens’ corruption trial told the judge Monday she lied about her father dying and flew to California to see horse races.
U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan ordered Marian Hinnant, identified as juror No. 4, to return to court to explain why she disappeared during jury deliberations. Hinnant, 52, brought a stack of handwritten notes with her to the court Monday along with public defender A.J. Kramer, and told the judge that her father hadn’t died and she was at the Breeders’ Cup in Arcadia, Calif.
She apologized for lying, and then started a long rambling story about horses, which included references to horse breeding, the Breeders’ Cup, drugs, President Ford’s son Steven and her condo in Florida being bugged.
“I am thoroughly convinced you would not have been able to continue to deliberate,” Sullivan interrupted.
“Can I have a case of my own?” Hinnant asked. Sullivan referred her to Kramer and the federal public defender’s office, and excused her from his courtroom.
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Read Judge’s Order For A Show Cause Hearing For Juror

Feds Probing Ex-Detroit Mayor’s Legal Fund

Ex-Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick/city photo

Ex-Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick/city photo

Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who’s serving a sentence in the Wayne County Jail, may be in for more trouble –not that he hasn’t had his fair share already.

Paul Egan
The Detroit News
DETROIT — A federal grand jury has subpoenaed a large volume of records from the Kilpatrick Civic Fund as part of an ongoing criminal investigation, two persons familiar with the investigation said Sunday.
Other non-profits associated with former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, including the Next Vision Foundation and the Detroit Justice Fund set up to help pay Kilpatrick’s legal fees in connection with his recent criminal case, also are under scrutiny, said one of the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Lawyers for Kilpatrick and his former chief of staff, Christine Beatty, received letters late last week from the U.S. Attorney’s Office asking for copies of records related to how they were paid for legal services connected with recent criminal proceedings against Kilpatrick and Beatty, the source said. The letter was not a subpoena, meaning the lawyers were not required to provide the requested information, the source said.
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Other Stories Of Interest:

Nevada Governor Cleared In Public Corruption Probe (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

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IRS And Justice Going After Secret Swiss Accounts

Suddenly those secret Swiss bank accounts don’t sound so appealing — or so secret.

By David S. Hilzenrath
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — At the Beverly Hills office of criminal defense lawyer Edward M. Robbins Jr., anxious new clients are showing up with an unexpected problem.
The clients put money in Swiss bank accounts, where it was supposed to stay secret. But now those depositors fear the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and the Justice Department will gain access to their bank records, Robbins said.
“They’re coming in from the cold. They’re nervous,” Robbins said.
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Judge Orders White House To Produce Memo On Warrantless Wiretaps

The controversy rages on in the waning days of the Bush Administration.Judge Kennedy-photo beverly reznick


By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON – A judge has ordered the Justice Department to produce White House memorandums that provide the legal basis for the Bush administration’s post-Sept. 11 warrantless wiretapping program.
The judge, Henry H. Kennedy Jr. of Federal District Court in Washington (in photo), signed the order Friday. It requires the department to produce the memorandums by the White House legal counsel’s office by Nov. 17. He said he would review the memorandums to determine whether any information could be released publicly without violating attorney-client privilege.
The order came in response to lawsuits by civil liberties groups in 2005 after news reports disclosed the wiretapping.
The department had argued that the memorandums were protected attorney-client communications.
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Read Judge’s Ruling