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Was Border Agent Victim of Friendly Fire?

Betrayal Of A Mayor: Confidante Says She Gave Detroit Mayor $200,000-Plus In Kickbacks

“A true friend stabs you in the front.” Oscar Wilde

Kwame Kilpatrick

By Allan Lengel
For Deadline Detroit
DETROIT –– Betrayal.

There ex-mayor Kwame Kilpatrick sat in federal court Thursday morning, bow tie and suit, leaning at first to the left, looking dour, as if someone was about to punch him in the stomach.

In front of him, was Emma Bell, his former chief fundraiser, betraying him, testifying for the government that she gave Kilpatrick more than $200,000 in kickbacks from donations to various funds including the Kilpatrick for Mayor Fund.

She once looked at him as a son. Thursday morning, she could barely look at him. And at times she could barely talk, pausing when questioned by prosecutor Michael Bullotta.

“It’s not easy for me to be here, sir,” Bell said. She explained that she had a strong relationship with Kilpatrick and his family since the 1970s. They all attended the same church.

She testified that her first commission check for fundraising for Kilpatrick was for $100,000 in 2003. But she said Kilpatrick suggested he get a piece of her commission, so she eventually gave him a kickback for $40,000 or $50,000.

Her testimony is the most damaging to date. The government has alleged that she made about $900,000 in commissions from fundraising and gave Kilpatrick about $250,000 in kickbacks.  The trial is in its second week. Kilpatrick faces multiple charges of bribery, extortion and income tax evasion.

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Controversy Heats Up Over Border Patrol’s Shooting of a Mother of Five

Steve Neavling

One thing is for sure: A mother of five was killed in her car by a U.S. Border Patrol agent near San Diego.

Why the agent opened fire last week on Valeria Tachiquin Alvarado, 32, remains the subject of an investigation and much debate in the heavily Latino suburb of Chula Vista, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Some witnesses say Alvarado must have been confused when an the agent in plainclothes approached her car, offering varying accounts of the incident.

But authorities say she was inside a drug den and left in her car when she hit the agent, who was dragged on her hood for 200 yards before he fired multiple rounds into her windshield, according to the LA Times.

The FBI and Chula Vista Police Department are investigating.

Investigators Still Puzzled Over Shooting that Killed Border Patrol Agent

Steve Neavling

 As investigators continue to investigate the fatal shooting of a Border Patrol agent in the border town of Naco, Ariz., another agent who was shot during the incident was released from the hospital Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The wounded agent, who still has not been named, was shot in the buttocks and leg.

Some details have emerged: Nicholas Ivie, 30, who was fatally shot, was responding with two other agents to an unusual sensor reading designed to alert officials of border activity, the LA Times reported.

But a lot remains unclear: Who shot the agents? Did the agents return fire?

Investigators combed the area Wednesday in search of clues.

FBI Offers Reward in Search of Massachusetts Man Accused of Training to Kill U.S. Soldiers

Steve Neavling

The FBI is offering a $50,000 reward to help locate a Massachusetts man who was training how to kill Americans soldiers while visiting Pakistan and Yemen, the bureau announced Wednesday.

The FBI believes Ahmad Abousamra may be living in Syria with his wife, at least a daughter and extended family.

Abousamra allegedly conspired with Tarek Mehanna, who was convicted of terrorism charges in December 2011 and sentenced to nearly 18 years in prison in April.

It’s believed that Abousamra last lived in an affluent Boston suburb and has family members in the Detroit area.

FBI: Houston Business Busted for Exporting High-Tech Equipment to Russian Military

Steve Neavling

 The FBI is investigating a Houston business accused of illegally exporting high-tech equipment to Russian military and intelligence agencies, the Associated Press reports.

Agents executed a search warrant Wednesday at Arc Electronics Inc. in what they said was a secret military procurement network.

The AP said agents were searching for microelectronics, which can be used in missile guidance systems, surveillance systems and detonation triggers.

The search follows an indictment that identifies 11 members of the alleged network.

Ex-FBI Agent Accused of Disrupting A Probe into Military Fraud Not Jailed

Steve Neavling

 A former New York FBI Agent accused of an “extensive scheme” to derail a criminal investigation into potential military fraud will remain free from jail – for now, reports the Salt Lake Tribune.

U.S. District Court Judge Ted Stewart dismissed prosecutors claims that Robert G. Lustyik Jr., 50, would continue to disregard the law.

Lustyik was arrested Saturday at his home in Sleepy Hollow on four counts of conspiracy. wire fraud, obstruction of justice and obstruction of an agency proceeding.

Lustyik, a 20-year veteran of the FBI’s counter-intelligence squad in New York, is accused of attempting to derail an investigation into a business partner, Michael Taylor, in exchange for cash and other favors, the Tribune reported.


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