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Archive for August 20th, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder Visits Ferguson

FBI Director Comey Says Agents Have ‘Flooded’ Ferguson in Search of Answers to Shooting

James Comey

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey addressed the shooting of an unarmed black teen in Ferguson during a visit to the bureau’s Salt Lake City office Tuesday, saying agents are on the ground looking for answers, the Associated Press reports.

“We have flooded the area,” Comey said.

The director declined to divulge specifics of the case but said agents are looking for witnesses to the shooting.

The death of Michael Brown sparked outrage and continuing protests in Ferguson.

Comey’s statements come during his tour of the agency’s 56 field offices.

Former FBI Special Agent James P. Mallon Jr. Dies at 66 After Battle with Cancer

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

James P. Mallon Jr., a retired FBI special agent who helped crack down on organized crime, died after a battle with cancer on Friday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Mallon was working in Detroit when the FBI tapped him to work in the Organized Crime program in Atlantic City, where he shined.

Mallon “was very instrumental in helping set up an FBI undercover operation that resulted in the indictment and conviction of former Atlantic City Mayor Michael Matthews,” in 1984.

Mallon was born in Philadelphia and earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting. After college, he initially worked as a certified public accountant.

Mallon’s career as an FBI special agent began in 1972. He worked in offices in Buffalo, Newark and Detroit.

FBI Investigates Reported Theft of 1.2 Billion Passwords by Russian Gang

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating an unprecedented theft of 1.2 billion passwords by a Russian crime ring, NBC News reports.

A security firm said it has recovered the Internet passwords and logins, which investigators say is the largest known collection of such stolen data.

The stolen information comes from 420,000 websites.

“The FBI is investigating the recently reported incident involving the potential compromise of numerous user names and passwords, and will provide additional information as the nature and scope of the incident becomes clearer,” agency spokesman Josh Campbell said Tuesday.

The cybercrime gang has been dubbed CyberVor.

FBI Investigating District Attorney’s Use of Forfeiture Fund As Hush Money After Car Crash

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents are investigating District Attorney Craig Watkins in Dallas after he used more than $50,000 in asset forfeiture funds to secretly reach an agreement following a car accident in which he was involved, WFAA 8 reports.

Watkins said he couldn’t talk about the investigation.

Agents are focusing in on the ruse of asset forfeiture funds to pay the settlement, which may be illegal, experts said.

“We are troubled by the actions undertaken by Mr. Watkins,” State Rep. Jason Villalba told News 8. “He is a steward of the public trust. He has a duty to manage the public’s trust in a way that doesn’t violate the rule of law. What we see here is a clear abrogation of his responsibility to treat asset forfeiture funds in the ways that the existing authorities have determined they should be treated.”

Under the settlement, the man hit by Watkins’ car agreed not to speak to the media or he’d be forced to turn over $40,000, according to WFAA 8.

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