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Ex-Acting Boss Daniel Leo “The Lion” of Genovese Crime Family Gets 18 Months

Daniel Leo "The Lion"

Daniel Leo "The Lion"

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The ex-acting Boss of the Genovese Organized Crime Family Daniel Leo “The Lion” was sentenced Tuesday in New York to 18 months in prison and ordered to forfeit $1.3 million in illegal proceeds.

Leo pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy and participation in the affairs of the Genovese Organized Crime Family through a pattern of racketeering activity, including loansharking and illegal gambling offenses, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

His sentence is to run consecutively to his 60-month sentence resulting from a  conviction in Manhattan federal court on extortion charges in October 2007, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

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Secret Service Paid Big-Time Hacker $75,000 a Year As Informant, Website Reports

cash2By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service was paying big-time hacker Albert Gonzalez $75,000 a year as an informant before he was arrested in 2008 for operating a multi-million dollar credit and debit card hacking operation, the website WIRED reported.

WIRED attributed the information to Gonzalez’s best friend and convicted accomplice Stephen Watt. Gonzalez is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday in Boston.

The website said “Watt pleaded guilty last year to creating a sniffer program that Gonzalez used to siphon millions of credit and debit card numbers from the TJX corporate network while he was working undercover for the government.”

The Secret Service declined comment, WIRED reported.

“It’s a significant amount of money to pay an informant but it’s not an outrageous amount to pay if the guy was working full time and delivering good results,” former federal prosecutor Mark Rasch told WIRED. “It’s probably the only thing he was doing — other than hacking into TJX and making millions of dollars.”

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Ex-Homeland Security Official Convicted in Boston in Illegal Immigration Case

boston-map-istockBy Allan Lengel
tickletheiwire.com

A Boston federal jury on Monday convicted a former high ranking Homeland Security official in New England of encouraging her illegal immigrant housekeeper to stay in the country, the Boston Globe reported.

Lorraine Henderson, 52, Boston’s port director for Customs and Border Protection, who testified last week that she had done nothing wrong, was surprised by the verdict, the Globe reported.

“I’m stunned,” she said, according to the paper. Her attorney, Francis J. DiMento, added: “I’m sick.”

Henderson had earned $140,000 a year at her government job.

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High Level U.S. Officals to Meet With Mexico Over Drug Violence

Mexico border mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON – More than a week after three people linked to the U.S. Consulate in Mexico were slain, the U.S. is taking things up a notch.

The Washington Post reports “that a high-level delegation of U.S. officials, including three Cabinet secretaries, will meet with Mexican officials in Mexico City on Tuesday to discuss efforts to disrupt drug cartels as violence increasingly strikes Americans on the border.”

The paper reported that the Mexican government’s need for U.S. help has taken on a a new urgency with the latest murders involving the consulate.

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OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

Column: What Happens to NY’s Top FBI Agent Joseph Demarest?

Joseph Demarest Jr/fbi photo

Joseph Demarest Jr/fbi photo

Len Levitt wrote the police column “One Police Plaza” for Newsday for 10 years and has worked for several other publications including Time magazine.  His website is nypdconfidential.com
By Len Levitt
nypdconfidential.com

Does the Federal Bureau of Investigation frown on romance?

Or does love cause some New York agents to lose their way?

Joe Demarest, the Bureau’s Big Apple top gun, is the latest G-man to have his life complicated by matters of the heart.

In January, 2009, FBI Director Robert Mueller thought so highly of the high-strung Demarest, a lean, crew-cut Delta Force lookalike, that the Bureau lured him out of retirement to head its prestigious New York office.

He gave up his lucrative position as Goldman Sachs’ Director of Security for his FBI dream job.

Today, barely a year later, Demarest is on what the Bureau describes as “temporary assignment” in Washington.

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FBI Appoints Ernest Reith to Science and Technology Branch

Ernest Reith/fbi photo

Ernest Reith/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Ernest Reith has been named associate executive assistant director of the FBI’s Science and Technology Branch.

The FBI said Reith started his career in 1985 as a regional analyst at the Defense Mapping Agency (DMA) in St. Louis, Missouri “where he developed and maintained geospatial intelligence databases of the Eastern Pacific Rim.”

He briefly entered private industry and later returned to DMA. Eventually, from 2007 to 2010, he served as the deputy director of InnoVision and was responsible for the day-to-day management of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

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More Thieves Aren’t Turning to Bank Robbery in Bad Enconomy, FBI Stats Show

bank-robberyBy Allan Lengel
For AOL News

WASHINGTON — The economy may still suck, but thieves haven’t been turning to banks in greater numbers to score cash, according to the FBI.

FBI statistics released Monday show that the number of bank robberies and larcenies, burglaries and extortions of banks dropped by more than 11 percent last year, going from 6,857 in 2008 to 6,065 in 2009.

The drop in robberies translated into a dip in stolen cash. Robbers in 2009 scooped up $45.9 million from banks, compared with $61.6 million in 2008, the FBI said. Of the 2009 total, more than $8 million was returned to the institutions.

"Geezer Bandit"/fbi photo

"Geezer Bandit"/fbi photo

Notable bank robbers in 2009 included the “Geezer Bandit,” a man believed to be in his 60 or 70s who has frustrated authorities in San Diego.

Rail thin and clad in a baseball cap, he discreetly walks into banks, quietly produces a gun and a demand note and walks off with an undisclosed amount of cash. He has robbed six banks — five in 2009 and one in 2010 — and remains at large.

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FBI Says Bank Robberies Dropped in 2009 Despite Bad Economy

bank-robberyBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The economy may still suck, but more thieves are not turning to banks for financial relief, according to the FBI.

The FBI bank robbery stats released Monday showed that the number of bank robberies, larcenies, burglaries and extortions dropped by a little over 11 percent in 2009 from 6,065 to 6,857 in 2008, the FBI said.

The agency said in 2009 there were 5,943 robberies, 100 burglaries, 19 larcenies, and three extortions of financial institutions.

To read the FBI press release click here.