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Wray Names 3 Agents to Help Lead Important Divisions at FBI Headquarters

By Steve Neavling

FBI Director Christopher Wray has named three agents to help lead important divisions at the bureau’s headquarters.

Luis M. Quesada was named assistant director of the Criminal Investigative Division. Quesada had been serving as deputy assistant director of the Critical Incident Response Group.

Quesada joined the bureau as a special agent in 1995, investigating violent crimes out of the Miami Field Office. 

Raymond P. Duda was named assistant director of the International Operations Division. Most recently, Duda had been serving as the assistant-director level another agency in the U.S. intelligence Community.

Duda joined the bureau as a special agent in 1991, working banks and insurance fraud causes, along with other white-collar crimes, out of the Charlotte Field Office in North Carolina. 

Suzanne Turner was named assistant director of the Inspection Division. Most recently, Turner had been serving as the special agent in charge of the San Diego Field Office.

Turner joined the bureau as a special agent in 1998, working violent crime cases out of the San Diego Field Offie. 

Texas Man Sentenced to 1 Year in Prison for Impersonating FBI Agent to Obtain Fentanyl

By Steve Neavling

A Texas man who impersonated an FBI agent to obtain fentanyl patches was sentenced to one year in prison Wednesday.

Johnathan Jefferson Ferris, 53, of Cedar Park, repeatedly went to a pharmacy between July and August 2019 to fill out an out-of-state prescription for fentanyl patches. Each time, he identified himself as an out-of-town FBI agent on temporary assignment. He wore a fake FBI identification card and used fraudulent documentation that he said was from the FBI. 

In June 2021, a federal jury found Ferris guilty to two counts of impersonating a federal officer. 

The FBI investigated the case, which was prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff of the Western District of Texas. 

Sen. Cruz Spreads Baseless Conspiracy Theory about FBI Inciting Jan. 6 Riot

Sen. Ted Cruz

By Steve Neavling

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is spreading conspiracy theories that falsely claim the FBI incited the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. 

Despite no evidence that the FBI encouraged supporters of President Donald Trump to assault officers and break through police lines to enter the Capitol, Cruz, a Texas Republican, is recklessly peddling the conspiracy theory, The Dallas Morning News reports.

FBI Director Christopher Wray and another top bureau officials have testified that federal agents did not incite violence. 

Still, Cruz is spreading lies about the FBI in campaign emails and on social media and his podcast.  

Cruz was among a number of Republicans who tried to reject certification of Joe Biden’s victory. 

TSA Worker Rescues Toddler Walking Alone on Dark Street in Chicago Area

TSA worker Joseph Frost is credited with rescuing a child wandering on a busy street.

By Steve Neavling

A TSA worker was on his way to work at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago at 4 a.m. on Tuesday when he spotted a toddler walking alone on a busy street in Englewood. 

“When I was driving by, she was kind of walking out in the middle of the street,” the federal officer, Joseph Frost, told CBS 2-TV. “I asked her where her parents were, and then she couldn’t answer me. I asked her again, and she started crying and everything.”

The girl, who was alone, was wearing pajamas, a hat and pink winter coat. 

Two young women driving by stopped to help Frost and put the child in their car to warm her up. 

Frost called 911, and a few minutes later, police arrived. 

He’s glad he spotted her when he did. 

“I know after 48 hours that kids who go missing, you can’t find them,” Frost said. “I’m just glad she’s OK and everything worked out for the best.”

Police helped reunite the child with her guardian.  

https://chicago.cbslocal.com/video/6200606-cbs-2-exclusive-tsa-agent-finds-toddler-walking-alone-in-the-early-morning-hours/

https://cbsloc.al/3v0S5Zg

Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Dies After Car Crashes into House in Texas

By Steve Neavling

An off-duty Border Patrol agent was killed in a car crash in Texas over the weekend. 

Stephanie Denise Camacho, 25, was driving a 2020 Honda Accord when she crashed into a house about 2 a.m. in Laredo, KGNS-TV reports.

Camacho was the only person in the car. 

She was pronounced dead at the scene. 

A Border Patrol spokesperson said Camacho was a relatively new agent. 

No more details of the crash were available as of Tuesday morning. 

Laredo police are investigating. 

ATF Calls on People to Snitch on Ex-Lovers on Valentine’s Day

By Steve Neavling

The ATF had an unusual Valentine’s Day message: Rat out an ex-lover for illegal gun-related activity. 

In a tweet posted with a heart broken in two Monday, the ATF said “Valentine’s Day can still be fun even if you broke up.”

“Got an ex who buys or sells guns illegally? We would love to meet and treat them to a Valentine’s Day surprise!” the tweet read. 

The ATF encouraged people to call or email the agency’s tip line to report “a former (or current) partner involved in illegal gun activity.”

The Justice Department retweeted the message. 

But many social media users weren’t amused, questioning why the agency would encourage revenge, especially when a tip can lead to a potentially dangerous raid. 

“But what if you hate your ex but don’t have a grudge against the dog? You guys have custom no-knock raids tailored to order?” one user tweeted. 

Some criticized the ATF for past actions. 

“Hi yes, I’d like to report someone who set an entire compound full of children and their parents on fire, and shot anyone who escaped,” Spike Cohen, former vice presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party. “Then they went and trafficked guns to Mexican cartels, who used those guns to kill innocent Americans and Mexicans.”

Others saw no problem with the tweet.

“Wow, the amount of people triggered by this,” @Kokoshi tweeted. “And they accidentally helped this tweet spread like wildfire.”

Mueller Considered Charging Trump Jr. And Roger Stone But Found a Lack of Evidence

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller, via FBI.

By Steve Neavling

Special counsel Robert Mueller considered charging Donald Trump Jr. and GOP operative Roger Stone with crimes but ultimately declined, according to a newly unredacted version of the Mueller report. 

The new version of the report, obtained by BuzzFeed News, reveals new details about the report that produced multiple convictions against Trump associates.

Mueller opted not to charge Trump Jr. with a misdemeanor count of computer intrusion for using a password obtained from Wikileaks to access a website called “putintrump.org” before the 2016 election.  

Mueller also declined to charge Stone with crimes in connection to the hack of the Democratic National Committee. 

According to the report, Mueller said there wasn’t enough evidence to charge Trump Jr., who was able to gain access to the website. 

“Given that Trump Jr. did not himself initiate the plan to access the website or guess the password, the absence of evidence that his acts caused any damage to the website or obtained valuable information, the technical nature of the violation, and the minimal punishment that a misdemeanor conviction could be expected to carry in these circumstances, the Office decided against pursuing charges,” the report states. 

The evidence against Stone, who was pardoned by Trump after being found guilt of lying to congressional investigators and tampering with evidence, “was not sufficient” to warrant charges, according to the report. 

“The absence of evidence as to knowledge, in short, would both hinder the government’s ability to prove conspiracy liability and also potentially provide a First Amendment defense,” the report states. “Therefore, the Office did not seek charges against WikiLeaks, Assange, or Stone for participating in the computer-intrusion conspiracy.”

Trump Used Secret Service Agent’s Phone to Call Melania After News Broke about Stormy Daniels

By Steve Neavling

Then-President Donald Trump used a Secret Service agent’s phone to call his wife after news broke about his affair with adult film star Stormy Daniels. 

CNN reports that it was common for Trump to use the phone of a Secret Service agent or close aide to avoid anyone listening to his calls.

Melania Trump answered the phone at the time. 

The agent, however, was not happy about the phone being used in such a way. 

News of Trump’s arrangement of a $130,00 hush-money payment to Daniels broke in January 2018. 

Daniels claimed she had sex with Trump in 2016, a year after he had married Melania.