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Archive for May 17th, 2021

Deputy U.S. Marshal Indicted Following ‘Rape Fantasy’ Plot Against Ex-Girlfriend

By Steve Neavling

A deputy U.S. Marshal has been indicted on charges of cyberstalking and perjury after allegedly plotting a bizarre scheme with his then-wife to frame his ex-girlfriend for crimes she did not commit. 

Ian R. Diaz, 43, of Brea, Calif., was indicted last week by a federal grand jury on numerous charges, the Justice Department announced Friday.

Diaz and his then-wife Angela Maria Diaz are accused of creating  fake Craigslist accounts using his ex-girlfriend’s name. Using the accounts, they allegedly told men to engage in a “rape fantasy” with his then-wife. 

The plan was to make it look like his ex-girlfriend was trying to lure men to his house to rape his wife, the indictment alleges

After staging “one or more hoax sexual assaults,” the couple reported to police that Diaz’ ex-girlfriend was to blame. 

“Diaz and his then-wife then reported this conduct to local law enforcement, falsely claiming that [Diaz’ ex-girlfriend] posed a genuine and serious threat to Diaz and his then-wife,” the news release said.

It worked – at first. His ex-girlfriend was arrested and held in jail for nearly three months. 

But at some point, federal investigators realized it was all a ruse, and Diaz’s ex-girlfriend was exonerated. 

It’s unclear why it took so long to charge Diaz. 

TSA Not Adequately Staffed to Handle Pipeline Security, Critics Say After Ransomeware Attack

In the aftermath of the ransomeware attack on the Colonial Pipeline, critics say the Transportation Security Administration is not adequately staffed to protect the 2.7 million miles of pipeline in the U.S. 

The TSA has nearly 50,000 officers devoted to airports, but only 34 staff positions to oversee pipelines and cybersecurity, ABC News reports. 

“I don’t think they have really the personnel or the expertise to do the job right now,” Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., told ABC News. “We absolutely need more oversight on pipeline security and other areas of critical infrastructure.”

Kiersten Todt, managing director of the Cyber Readiness Institute, went even further. 

“I don’t think that TSA should be responsible for the cybersecurity of the pipelines,” she told ABC News.

For now, House Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member John Katko said the TSA should continue overseeing pipeline security. 

“Right now, we need to focus on building existing capabilities and resources while ensuring federal roles and responsibilities are clear,” Katko said in a statement.