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Nashville FBI Agent Indicted on Fraud Chargesl

nashvilleBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A Nashville FBI agent, who is married to a Christian gospel singer,  has been indicted on host of fraud charges, including  allegations he defrauded the SunTrust Mortgage Company to buy $1.25 million in rental properties in 2006, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Nashville announced.

Additionally, the 19-count indictment issued Wednesday charged the FBI agent, Darin Lee McAllister, 44, of scheming to fraudulently obtain a $100,000 line of credit from the mortgage company.

The Nashville City Paper reported that the indictment alleged that  McAllister  falsely claimed he was president of Judah Music and DOJ Productions and earned $500,000 annually.  His wife  Judith Christie McAllister — a Christian gospel singer —  is president and founder of  Judah Music.

McAllister is credited with being ” executive producer or production coordinator on a few of his wife’s — Judith Christie McAllister — gospel albums, including In His Presence: Live!, Raise the Praise, and Send Judah First,” the paper reported.

Authorities  also charged McAllister with  making three false statements linked to his bankruptcy filing in 2009,   the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

McAllister,  a resident of  Brentwood, Tenn., is expected to surrender to the U.S. Marshals.  An attempt to reach him by email for comment Thursday night was unsuccessful.

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An FBI Badge Vanishes From a Parking Lot in Northern Va.

fbi-badgeBy Glynnesha Taylor and Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — An FBI badge was inside a parked car one moment and gone the next.

News of the missing  badge first turned up in a blurb on  Thursday in a weekly section of the Washington Post that lists crimes in Fairfax County, a suburb of Washington.

The blurb simply noted the street , the 6600 block of Little River Turnpike,  and said: “An FBI badge and credit cards were stolen from a vehicle.”

Bud Walker, spokesman for Fairfax County Police,  said the incident occurred on May 9 at approximately 5:15 p.m. The vehicle was broken into in a shopping center parking lot. He said there was no damage to the car, but the door appeared to have been forced open.

Walker declined to say whether the vehicle was an official FBI car, but said the investigation is continuing into the missing badge.  The FBI confirmed that the victim was an FBI employee  from the Washington area.

“The reality is FBI employees, like anyone else, can and occasionally do become victims to property crimes such as theft and break-ins,” said Paul Bresson, a spokesman for the FBI at headquarters.

Lesson Learned: Angles + Assassinating the President = Secret Service Investigation

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white house photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The real math lesson here is: Don’t be so creative while teaching a math lesson. Better that it be boring.

The Secret Service  investigated a Corner High School math teacher in Jefferson County, Ala. after he demonstrated parallel lines and angles and explained where an assassin should stand to shoot President Obama, the Birmingham News reported.

Roy Sexton, a Secret Service special agent, said his agency spoke to the teacher and “We did not find a credible threat’, according to Birmingham News.  “As far as the Secret Service is concerned, we looked into it, we talked to the gentleman and we have closed our investigation.”

One student, Joseph Brown, said, according to the paper: “He was talking about angles and said, ‘If you’re in this building, you would need to take this angle to shoot the president’.”

The teacher’s name was not released and he remained on the job, though the school superintendent said he planned to have a good talking  with the teacher, the paper reported.

Ex-Detroit Fed Prosecutor Convertino Stepped into New Controversy With Old Colleagues: Then Case Suddenly Ends

Ex-Prosecutor Richard Convertino

Ex-Prosecutor Richard Convertino

UPDATE: (Fri. May 21) — The battle between  Richard Convertino and prosecutors came to an abrupt halt Thursday when Convertino’s client, ex-state Rep. Mary Waters pleaded guilty   in the bribery case along with her co-defendant Sam Riddle. Waters, who pleaded to a misdemeanor, is expected to get probation and Riddle could get up to 37 months in prions, according to the Detroit News.
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Richard Convertino, the controversial former Detroit federal prosecutor is in the middle of a controversy once again with former colleagues at the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

This time it’s over wiretaps.

Federal prosecutors in a court motion claim that Convertino, who is now a defense attorney, breached a court secrecy order and disclosed government informants when he filed a motion to suppress evidence from wiretaps in a bribery case against his client, ex-state Rep. Mary Waters, according to the Detroit News. Convertino told the paper he has done nothing improper.

Convertino has a history with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Known as a hard-charging prosecutor,  he successfully prosecuted two men on terrorism related charges in 2003. A third co-defendant was only convicted on fraud charges and a fourth was acquitted.  The men had been arrested shortly after Sept. 11, 2001.

Then the case unraveled.

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FBI Agent Fatally Shoots Knife-Wielding Army Vet on Air Force Base in Tampa

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent shot and killed an Army veteran Wednesday night after he allegedly came at the agent with a knife  at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla.,  authorities said, according to a press conference aired on Tampa television.

Authorities said that the veteran was a guest at the  base’s family camp, which is for recreational vehicles. At some point, the vet got into an altercation and then fled on his motorcycle with base security in pursuit shortly after 6 p.m. At that point, the base locked all the exits.

When the vet approached the locked gate, he  got off his bike and came at the agent with a knife, and the agent shot him, authorities said.  Authorities at a press conference, which was posted on Channel 10 in Tampa, said that the agent was the FBI liaison and happened to be at the gate because he was trying to exit.

FBI agent Dave Couvertier, a spokesman,  said at the press conference that a shooting review team from Washington was expected to fly down and investigate the incident.

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D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office #2 Prosecutor Channing Phillips Off to the Justice Dept. to Help With Diversity Management

Channing Phillips/doj photo

Channing Phillips/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Channing Phillips, the number two person in the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office, is heading off to the Justice Department several blocks away to become Deputy Associate Attorney General for Diversity Management.

A Justice Department memo announcing the move said Phillips will be responsible for the implementation  of Attorney General Eric Holder Jr.’s Diversity Management Plan, which calls for greater diversity in such areas as hiring, promotions and retention at the Justice Department, U.S. Attorney’s Offices and agencies including the FBI, DEA, ATF and Marshals.

Phillips will also serve as Executive Director for the Attorney General’s Diversity Management Advisory Council.

Phillips first joined the Justice Department in 1990 and was hired by then-U.S. Attorney Eric Holder Jr. in 1994 as an assistant U.S. Attorney in the D.C. office. He held a variety of posts over the year, including chief of staff,  but was best known to reporters as the affable and very able person who dealt with the media.

Last May, he was appointed interim U.S. Attorney and tossed his hat into the ring to be considered for the permanent post, which is a presidential appointment.  But he lost out to a private attorney and former federal prosecutor Ronald Machen, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in February.  Phillips subsequently became the second in command of the office.

Many believed that Phillips was clearly capable of handling the U.S. Attorney job, but because he had been a career prosecutor, he wasn’t able to build up the political capital necessary to close the deal.

Kansas City Used Car Dealer Pleads Guilty to Supporting al Qaeda and Sending $$$

kansas cityBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Smack in the middle of the heartland, in an area better known for its steak and barbecue than its links to al Qaeda, comes a little bit of news.

Khalid Ouazzani, 32, a used car and parts dealer from Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty Wednesday to providing material support to al Qaeda by sending it $23,000 and swearing an oath of allegiance to the group, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced. He also pleaded guilty to bank fraud and money laundering.

“Citizens in the heartland should be alert to suspicious activity and never hesitate to report their concerns to law enforcement,” Brian Truchon, special agent in charge of the Kansas City FBI, said in a statement.

Ouazzani, a native of Morrocco and a natural U.S. citizen, admitted that between August 2007 and February 2010 he was out to help al Qaeda in different ways including talking to people about plans for them to fight in Afghanistan, Somali and Iraq, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Ouazzani also pleaded guilty to money laundering and bank fraud by stealing about $175,000 from Union Bank by using false and fraudulent financial information.

Kansas City U.S. Attorney Beth Phillips said in a statement: “Federal prosecutions not only result in long prison sentences, but yield valuable intelligence that can be used in the fight against al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations.”

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Man Charged With Trying to Take Stun Gun, Box Cutters, Pepper Spray, Knife, Electric Charge on JetBlue Flight

jetblue2By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Think of anything you’re not supposed to bring on an airplane — short of a gun.  Now think of  Jose Pol.

Authorities charged that Pol tried to take a stun gun, four box cutter knives, pepper spray and a switch blade on a JetBlue flight from Puerto Rico to Boston on Monday, according to Reuters news service.

But that’s not all. An FBI affidavit also said his luggage contained two lighters, a device that gives an electric charge via a wire when a button was pressed, scissors, matches, a flight simulator program and information about New York City, Reuters reported.

He was  arrested at Luis Munoz Marin International Airport on Monday after the items were discovered in his luggage by security, the news service reported. Reuters first reported that the man was from Puerto Rico, but other reports later had him hailing from Rhode Island.

“We will continue to investigate this matter vigorously until we determine the defendant’s motives in attempting to board an airliner with the dangerous weapons he was carrying,” U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez-VØlez said in a statement.