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May 2021


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Owners of NY Mets Agree to Pay $162 Million in Madoff Case

By CNN Money

NEW YORK — The owners of the New York Mets have agreed to pay a total of $162 million to the court-appointed trustee in the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme, according to the federal court handling the case.

Trustee Irving Picard, who is in charge of recovering assets stolen in Madoff’s pyramid-style scheme, had sued the owners — including Saul Katz, Fred Wilpon and the holding company Sterling Equities — for $303 million.

That was in addition to the up to $83 million that Judge Jed Rakoff had earlier ruled that the Mets’ owners were liable in the case.

The settlement was announced Monday just as jury selection was scheduled to begin at U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York in a trial on the trustee’s claim. The settlement negates the need for a court case.


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Feds to Probe Shooting of Unarmed Fla. Teen

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By Allan Lengel

The Justice Department has decided to step into the controversial shooting of an unarmed black teen in Florida.

The Associated Press reported that the feds will launch a probe into last month’s shooting in Sanford, Fla., by a neighborhood watch captain George Zimmeran, 28, of Trayvon Martin, 17. Zimmerman is white and Martin is black.

Zimmerman has claimed the shooting was in self defense.


Baltimore Cop Gets 30 Months in Towing Scheme that Scandalized Dept.

By Allan Lengel

A Baltimore cop is off to prison for two years and six months for extortion in a towing scheme that scandalized the department.

U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake of Baltimore on Monday sentenced Baltimore office Jerry Diggs, Jr., 25, who was involved in a scheme in which brothers Hernan Moreno and Edwin Mejia paid Diggs and more than 50 other officers to arrange for their car repair company, Majestic, to tow vehicles from accident scenes and make repairs. The cops bypassed the city-authorized towing company.

The judge also ordered Diggs to pay $13,105.09 in restitution.

“Officer Diggs chose a treacherous path that included taking bribes, filing false police reports and committing insurance fraud,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein in a statement. “Even as we condemn such criminal conduct, we should pause to thank the many police officers who serve with honor and integrity.

Queens Man Indicted for Bombing of Islamic Mosque and Hindu Temple

By Allan Lengel

A Queens man was charged with hate crimes and explosive crimes stemming from allegations that allegedly fire bombed a mosque and a Hindu temple housed in a private residence on Jan. 1, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Monday.

Ray Lazier Lengend, aka “Suraj Poonai,” was charged with the fire bombing of the Imam Al- Khoei Foundation mosque in Jamaica, Queens, and a Hindu temple housed in a private residence in Hillside, Queens, authorities said.

Authorities alleged that on Jan. 1 Lengend entered a local convenience store located near the intersection of 179th Street and Hillside Avenue in Queens and threw a flaming bottle filled with gasoline.

Authorities said the bottle hit the ground, and liquid spilled out and began to burn. A store employee extinguished the flames, and no one was hurt.

After leaving the convenience store, Lengend headed over to a private residence on 107th Avenue in Queens, where he threw another fire-bomb. This time, the house caught fire, causing substantial damage.

Later, authorities said Lengend  went to the Imam Al-Khoei Foundation mosque, where he threw glass bottles containing gasoline at the building with the goal of inflicting damage on the mosque and harming Muslims and Arabs.

Lengend’s final fire-bombing in Queens targeted the Hindu temple inside a home. New York police detectives arrested Lengend two days after the attack.

“Hate crimes offend the very principles upon which this country was founded, and those who engage in such conduct will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. This defendant allegedly sought to fan the flames of ethnic and religious tension. Those flames will always be extinguished by the rule of law,” stated U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said in a statement. “We are deeply grateful to the Queens District Attorney’s Office and the New York City Police Department for their investigation and coordination in this matter.”



Secret Service Crosses Pond to Help Train Scotland Yard

By Allan Lengel

Elite U.S. Secret Service agents, who protect President Obama, are on a little mission across the pond.

The Daily Mail in London reports that the agents are training Scotland Yard bodyguards to protect VIPS from “high-tech assassins.”

The paper reported that police chiefs are worried computer hackers might infiltrate security for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Olympic Games.

The paper reported that the Brits are worried terrorists might hack into computers controlling building security.

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Sen. Scott Brown Pokes Fun at Rick Santorum’s Secret Service Protection

Justice Dept. Agrees to Pay $140,000 to Fla Man After Prosecutors Withheld Evidence

By Allan Lengel

Unfortunately, this is not an isolated case.

Florida Today reports that the Justice Department has agreed to pay about $140,000 to a Florida man who was released from jail after three years when the government admitted prosecutorial misconduct.

The paper reported that the prosecutors hid evidence that could have set Nino Lyons free.

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Santorum Accuses Obama Admin. Of Being Too Lax About Cracking Down on Porn

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By Allan Lengel

Rick Santorum, who has marketed himself as the conservative Republican candidate who can defeat the liberal Barack Obama, is complaining the Obama Justice Department isn’t doing enough to crackdown on pornography.

The Christian Post reports that Santorum had said on his campaign website that President Obama favored pornographers over children.

On CNN on Sunday, he remarked:

“The proof is in the prosecution. In the Bush administration, pornographers were prosecuted much more rigorously than they are … under the Obama administration. … They have not put a priority on prosecuting these cases and in doing so they are exposing children to a tremendous amount of harm, and … putting children at risk as a result of that.”