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Rep. Rothman: FBI Must Pool Resources to Prosecute Fourth Hate Crime Against N.J. Jews in One Month

By Danny Fenster
Rep. Steve Rothman is calling on the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office to pool its resources and solve a rash of crimes targeting New Jersey synagogues.
The fourth hate crime targeting a Jewish synagogue in New Jersey over the past month occurred on Wednesday when Congregation Beth El, in Rutherford, N.J., had an explosive device thrown through the bedroom window of Rabbi Nosson Schuman and his wife, according to a report by the Hudson Reporter. Beth El serves as the Rabbi’s home, a synagogue and a school.

Rothman said the incident is being treated as attempted murder, the paper reported.

“Thank God, the rabbi only suffered burns to one of his hands, but this attack endangered the lives of the rabbi, his wife, his father, and his five children,” Rothman said, according to the paper. “The Federal Bureau of Investigations must investigate this latest attack and the disturbing trend of hate crimes against New Jersey synagogues over the past month.

“This is not Damascus or Baghdad,” he continued. “Residential communities, like those here in New Jersey, should never be attacked. I demand that the FBI and the US Attorney’s Office pool all of their resources … to solve this crime.”

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Indian Hacker Group Claims Government Intercepted US-China Communications; FBI Investigates

By Danny Fenster

So much for diplomacy.

An Indian computer hacking group has got the FBI investigating its claims that India’s intelligence services intercepted communications among the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, according to ABC News.

The hacking group posted documents online about a month ago alleging to be from India’s Directorate General of Military Intelligence, and they include about 10  emails from the commission between September and October of 2011. The Congressionally mandated commission reports to Congress every year on national security, trade and economic issue with China, according to ABC.

The emails appear to be genuine, reports ABC, but the document has not been authenticated.

The hacking group which posted the documents go by the name the Lords of Dharamraja.

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50 Indicted in Fraudulent ID Trafficking Scheme in Puerto Rico

By Danny Fenster

Big goings on in Puerto Rico.

Fifty people have been charged in an indictment unsealed Wednesday in Puerto Rico with conspiracy to commit ID fraud as part of their alleged roles in an ID trafficking scheme. The charges were announced by leaders from the Justice Department, ICE, Homeland Securities Investigations, the US Postal Inspection Service, the State Department and the IRS.

A federal grand jury returned the one-count indictment on Dec. 29. Defendants were arrested Wednesday across Puerto Rico and the United States.

“The indictment unsealed today alleges that from April 2009 to December 2011, the defendants operated an extensive black market, identity fraud ring,” said Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer. “The alleged conspiracy stretched across the United States and Puerto Rico, using suppliers, identity brokers and mail and money runners to fill and deliver orders for the personal identifying information and government-issued identity documents of Puerto Rican U.S. citizens.”

Authorities said brokers solicited and sold ID documents in the US for prices between $700 and $2,500 per set, using coded telephone calls to suppliers in Puerto Rico to place orders for the documents. They used terms like “shirts,” “uniforms” or “clothes,” to refer to the documents. “Specifically, the brokers asked for ‘skirts’ for female customers and ‘pants’ for male customers in various ‘sizes,’ which referred to the ages of the identities sought by the customers,” said the Justice Department.

The defendants 15 year maximum sentences and fines of $250,000.

Woman Bites Nose Off Victim on Indian Reservation, Sentenced to 46 Months

By Danny Fenster

A Michigan woman got hit with a federal prison sentence of  3 years and 10 months for biting off the tip of a man’s nose and doing other bodily harm in an incident on the Keewenaw Bay Indian Reservation in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula last April,  the FBI said in a statement Monday.

Donalyn Lynette Taisto of Baraga, Michigan will also serve three years of supervised release after serving her sentence, and will also have to pay a $100 special assessment, though a final decision on restitution fees won’t be decided until April 2 of this year. She was sentenced in fed court in Marquette.

Taisto plead guilty on October 21 to the last of three counts she was charged with. The first two–regarding assault with a dangerous weapon–were dismissed at sentencing.

Early on the morning of April 21, , on the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community reservation, Taisto was involved in an altercation, during which she “bit off the tip of the victim’s nose, struck him with a lamp, and cut him with a knife,” according to the FBI statement. The victim was left permanently disfigured.

TSA Agents Sent to Jail for Swiping Cash from Passenger’s Bag

By Danny Fenster

Two TSA officers based out of John F. Kennedy Airport in New York are trading their jobs for jail sentences, reports the Mail Online.

Coumar Pesad, 44, and Davon Webb, 31, admitted to stealing $40,000 in cash from a single checked bag, the paper reports. Persad saw money in the bag as it passed through a scanning device. He marked the bag with a piece of tape and phoned Webb, at the baggage belt area, to warn him about the bag. Webb grabbed it from the belt and the two later met in a bathroom to divide the cash.

Both were sentenced to six months in jail and five years of probation.

No word on what a passenger was doing traveling with $40,000 in cash or whether that is under investigation.

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Despite Controversial FBI Investigative Tactics, Terror Convictions Remain High

By Danny Fenster

Amid questions of FBI tactics in pursuing terror suspects, one thing that doesn’t seem to be questioned is the rate of convictions, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

Many critics have voiced concern in the media lately over whether the FBI is catching and preventing terrorists, or nurturing and cultivating people to prosecute, as has recently reported on.

Still, about 90 percent of federal terrorism cases end with convictions through trial or plea deals, director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law in New York told the Tampa Bay Times. “You don’t see acquittals,” she said.

Her group has tracked hundreds of cases since Sept. 11, 2001, and has only found nine acquittals, 13 dismissals and five vacated guilty verdicts, according to the Times.

The center has tracked hundreds of terrorism-related arrests since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks but logged only nine acquittals, 13 complete dismissals and five vacated guilty verdicts.

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Largest Child Porn Collection Ill. Judge, FBI Agent Have Ever Seen Calls for Max Sentence

By Danny Fenster

A man with a collection of child pornography twice as large as anything an FBI investigator had ever seen was handed  the maximum 20-year sentence on Tuesday in federal court in Peoria, Ill.

The size of the stash, and the 30 years Richard J. Jimenez spent collecting it, called for a high sentence from Senior U.S. District Judge Michael Mihm, who said it was the largest collection he remembers seeing in nearly 30 years as a judge, reports the Journal Star.

Jimenez had nearly a terabyte of images and movies, which FBI agents stopped counting after 1,000. Jimenez had told police in an earlier filing that it would take 30 years to go through it all.

The volume of the collection was so great that it boosted the sentencing range to at least 30 years, but because distribution of child porn carries a maximum of only 20 years Mihm could not go over it, though he noted he would consider going higher if he could.

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93-Page FBI File on Rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard Released; Allegations Include Violent Crimes

By Danny Fenster

It appears some detectives in New York have been paying attention to their hip hop.

Newly released files on Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard reveal a thick FBI profile of the Staten Island, New York MC. ‎”The detectives have documented, in their case files, that the [Wu Tang Clan] is heavily involved in the sale of drugs, illegal guns, weapons possession, murder, car jackings, and other types of violent crimes,” the files say. All of which might more or less be gleaned from listening to a Wu-Tang Clan album or two.

The 93-page file shows more than 15 arrests for the rapper, legally named Russell Tyrone Jones, with charges ranging from resisting arrest to assault, attempted police murder, refusal to pay child support and the illegal possession of body armor, the Guardian newspaper reports. The files connect Jones to at least two specific murders and an involvement with the Bloods street gang.

Rich Jones of the website filed a FOIA request for the files, which was responded to within a week.

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