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Garland Gunman at Muhammad Cartoon Drawing Was Convicted of Lying to FBI in Past

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

One of the two gunmen who opened fire at a contest involving cartoon drawings of the Prophet Muhammad was previously under investigation by the FBI, the Wall Street Journal reports.

In fact, Elton Simpson was convicted of lying to the FBI after prosecutors alleged he planned to join Islamic militant groups in Africa.

According to the FBI, an informant recorded conversations between Simpson and several associates in 2009 about his desire to join Islamic militant groups.

“It’s time to go to Somalia, brother,” he said in one taped conversation with associates, in May 2009, according to the filings. “We gonna make it to the battlefield,” he added. “Its time to roll.”

Both shooters were killed.

Authorities identified the other alleged shooter as Nadir Soofi.

FBI Increases Bounty to $3M on Bureau’s Most Wanted Cyber Criminal

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is offering a $3 million reward for information on the bureau’s most wanted cyber criminal, Newsweek reports.

Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, 31, is accused of coordinating the GameOver ZeuS botnot, allowing him to collect personal and financial information from computers.

The FBI alleges the malware infected 1 million computers, resulting in more than $100 million in thefts worldwide.

Bogachev was indicted in Pennsylvania in May 2014 on conspiracy and money laundering charges.

“This was a worldwide infection, but it also had law enforcement worldwide working to combat it and bring to justice the criminal organisation behind it,” FBI assistant director Joseph Demarest said.

Bogachev’s last known address was in Russia.

Former FBI Official Critical of Some Vocal Baltimore Protesters

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A fed up former FBI assistant director yelled at Baltimore protesters and city officials, saying “enough is enough” during an on-camera interview, the Baze.com reports. 

Tom Fuentes, who also was a police officer, accused the protesters of a warped view of the world.

“For the last two hours I have listened to this screaming over here in front of several thousand people,” Fuentes told CNN’s Poppy Harlow. “They’re not saying some police are good, some are bad, let’s work together in the community and fix the problems we have.

“They are saying all police are bad, everybody that’s been locked up is good and should be released right now, and basically advocating anarchy in a town that averages five black kids being murdered a week … and the whole crowd is buying it and cheering it on. And I just think it’s ridiculous and enough is enough.”

FBI Investigates Shooting at Mohammed Cartoon Event in Texas

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating what prompted two men to open fire outside a contest for Prophet Mohamed cartoons in a Dallas suburb.

The man were fatally shot by police, Sunday night, CNN reports.

Garland Police said the men approached the Culwell Event Center in North Garland and opened fire. A security guard was shot in the leg.

“The first suspect was shot immediately,” Garland Mayor Douglas Athas told CNN. “The second suspect was wounded and reached for his backpack. He was shot again.”

Authorities have not yet released the gunmen’s identity.

“We have no other indication that anyone else was involved,” Athas said.

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Weekend Series on Crime History: Parole Denied for Jimmy Hoffa

Steve Cook Elected President of the National Association of Assistant U.S. Attorneys

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Steve Cook

Steven H. Cook, chief of the Criminal Division in the Eastern District of Tennessee, has been elected president of the National Association of Assistant U.S. Attorneys.

Cook has been a prosecutor in the Eastern District of Tennessee for 28 years. Over the years, he has worked in the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force, the General Crimes Section handling white collar crime, fraud and public corruption cases and as chief of the Narcotics and Violent Crime Section.

“NAAUSA’s first priority is eliminating the large pay gap between new and mid-career AUSAs and their DOJ trial attorney counterparts, improving security for AUSAs and their families and assuring AUSAs have the necessary tools to perform their responsibilities,” he said in a statement.

Others newly elected to the Executive Committee include:

  • Vice President of Policy: John Nordin, Central District of California
  • Vice President for Operations and and Membership: Larry Leiser, Eastern District of Virginia
  • Secretary: Kathleen Bickers, District of Oregon
  • Treasurer: Steve Wasserman, District of Columbia
  • At-Large: Greg Bowman, Eastern District of Tennessee
  • At Large: Karen Escobar, Eastern District of California
  • At-Large: Craig Haller, Western District of Pennsylvania

Former FBI Agent Charged with Lying Under Oath During ‘Whitey’ Bulger Case

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former FBI agent accused of lying under oath during the 2013 James “Whitey” Bulger trial has pleaded not guilty, Boston.com reports.

Retired FBI supervisor Robert Fitzpatrick, 75, is charged with six counts of perjury and six counts of obstruction of justice.

Boston.com wrote that Fitzpatrick worked for the FBI from 1965 to 1986 and supervised the organized crime department in the late 1980s.

While investigating organized crime, Fitzpatrick used Bulger as an informant, according to the indictment.

Bulger was convicted in November 2013 and sentenced to life in prison.

The indictment alleges Fitzpatrick made “false material declarations designed to aid Bulger’s defense” while testifying in Bulger’s trial in late July 2013.

FBI Director James Comey Plays Down Terrorism Threats at Southern Border

Director James B. Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

For the first time as director of the FBI, James Comey visited the agency’s field office in South Texas and tried to ease concerns about terrorists using the southern border.

“I do not see any indication of terrorists using the southwest border to cross with the assistance of the cartels or otherwise,” Comey said, KSAT.com wrote.

Comey also said there’s no evidence of terrorist training camps, as reported by some members of the media.

“That’s just false,” Comey said.

Still, Comey emphasized, the bureau and its Mexican counterparts are monitoring the border closely.