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Ex-UC Davis Fullback to Head FBI’s Sacramento Office

By Allan Lengel

Herbert Brown, section chief of the FBI’s gang and drug section at headquarters, will take over the Sacramento FBI office in January, the Sacramento Bee reported.

Brown, 53, a former fullback with the UC Davis football team in the 1970s, replaces Drew Parenti, who retired in October. He’ll supervise 160 agents, the paper reported.

The paper reported that Brown was promoted to section chief of the FBI’s Gang Criminal Enterprise Section in 2008.

The FBI on Friday confirmed the appointment.

Tenn. FBI Agent Convicted of Fraud

By Allan Lengel

A federal jury in Nashville on Thursday convicted an FBI agent  on 15 counts of wire fraud and three counts of bankruptcy fraud, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

Agent Darin Lee McAllister, 44, of Brentwood, Tenn., who is married to a Christian gospel singer,  was indicted in May on the multiple count indictment. The jury failed to reach a verdict on a bank fraud charge.

Authorities charged that McAllister devised a scheme to defraud SunTrust Mortgage Co., Inc., in the purchase of rental properties totaling $1.25 million in May and July 2006. Additionally, he devised a scheme to defraud the SunTrust Bank to obtain  a $100,000 line of credit, and made three false statements in connection with his subsequent bankruptcy petition in July 2009.

The Nashville City Paper reported in May that the indictment alleged that McAllister falsely claimed he was president of Judah Music and DOJ Productions and earned $500,000 annually. His wife Judith Christie McAllister — a Christian gospel singer – is president and founder of Judah Music.

“The result in this case shows that no one is above the law. The actions of this federal law enforcement officer should not tarnish the good reputation of the FBI or the many fine men and women in federal law enforcement,” said Nashville U.S. Attorney Bill Killian.

The case was investigated by the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General and the U.S. Bankruptcy Trustee’s Offices in Chattanooga and Nashville.

Treasurer of Nat. Republican Congressional Committee Off to Prison for Stealing $844,718

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — It’s off to prison for 37 months for Christopher J. Ward for defrauding the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) and other political committees out of $844,718. He was the treasurer of the committees.

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of Washington sentenced  Ward,42, formerly of Bethesda, Md., on Thursday and ordered him to forfeit $844,718.

Authorities said the political committees were clients of his consulting business.

Ward worked in the NRCC’s accounting department and in 2003 became the NRCC’s Treasurer. Additionally, he operated a business specializing in accounting services and compliance with Federal Election Commission regulations for political committees and candidates.

Authorities said from 2001 through 2006, he served as Treasurer for the President’s Dinner Committees, which ran the annual joint fund-raising dinners sponsored by the NRCC and the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), featuring a keynote address by the `President of the United States.

Authorities said Ward admitted that from March 5, 2001 until December 2007 he stole about $844,718 by issuing unauthorized checks and wire transfers from the NRCC and political committees who were his clients.

Police Chiefs Endorse Andrew Traver to Head ATF

Andrew Traver/ photo

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) on Friday voiced its “strong support” for the nomination of Andrew Traver as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Traver, who was nominated to the post by President Obama last month, currently heads up ATF’s Chicago division.

“A career law enforcement professional like Andrew Traver is an ideal selection to lead ATF, IACP President Mark Marshall, chief of the Smithfield, Va. Police Department, said in a statement.

“Throughout his career, Special Agent Traver has demonstrated an unyielding commitment to protecting public safety. His 23 years of experience at ATF have provided him the opportunity to work with law enforcement agencies throughout the United States.”

“He has gained a unique understanding of the challenges and complexities they face in combating firearms violence, gang crime and other threats to our communities.”

“The IACP urges the Judiciary Committee and the members of the United States Senate to confirm Special Agent Traver’s nomination in a timely fashion.”

CBS Radio News Reporter in Washington Pleads to Pot Posession

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Attorney’s Office says a CBS Radio News correspondent in Washington pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of marijuana last week, the Washington Post reported.

The Post reported that Howard Arenstein, 60, was sentenced to probation, drug testing and a small fine. Arenstein and his wife Orly Katz, an Israeli newspaper correspondent, were arrested Oct. 1 following an anonymous tip that they were growing marijuana plants in their backyard in their Georgetown area home, the Post reported. Distribution charges were dropped in the case.

The Post reported that the case against Katz has not been resolved yet.

Government Has Violated Spying Limits on U.S. Citizens, Documents Show

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — When it comes to listening  in on conversations or reading emails, the feds have repeatedly violated legal limits of surveillance of U.S. citizens, the Washington Post reports.

The Post reports that the conclusion comes from the release of 900 pages of documents obtained by the ACLU in a court battle. The paper reported that U.S. government agencies refused to say how many Americans’ rights were violated or intercepted under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act – or FISA.

“The documents note that although oversight teams did not find evidence of “intentional or willful attempts to violate or circumvent the law . . . certain types of compliance incidents continue to occur,” as a March 2009 report stated,” the Post reported.

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