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May 2021


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Student Indicted In Sarah Palin E-Mail Scandal

There’s hacking and there’s hacking big time. David Kernell has hit  the big leagues. Just ask the grand jury.

By Richard Locker
Memphis Commercial Appeal
NASHVILLE — A federal grand jury in Knoxville has indicted David C. Kernell, a University of Tennessee student from Memphis, on charges that he intentionally accessed without authorization the e-mail account of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential candidate, the Justice Department announced today.
Kernell, 20, is the son of state Rep. Mike Kernell, D-Memphis, and speculation had focused on him after unauthorized access of Palin’s personal e-mail account surfaced last month. An internet hacker posted excepts of some of her e-mail online following media reports that she and other Alaska officials used personal e-mail accounts to discuss state business in an attempt to avoid state public records laws.
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Virginia U.S. Atty. Chuck Rosenberg Resigns

A U.S. Attorney in one of the higher profile offices in the nation is stepping down.

U.S. Atty. Chuck Rosenberg/doj photo

U.S. Atty. Chuck Rosenberg/doj photo

By Jerry Markon
Washington Post Staff Writer
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Chuck Rosenberg has resigned as U.S. attorney in Alexandria, one of the most prominent federal prosecutor’s jobs in the country, Justice Department officials said yesterday.
Rosenberg, 48, who was appointed in March 2006, sent a resignation letter to President Bush on Sept. 30. His last day on the job will be Oct. 22. An acting U.S. attorney will be named until a permanent replacement is chosen.
“I have been extraordinarily privileged to have had this opportunity. It has been a dream come true,” said Rosenberg, who declined to say what he will do next. “There is no better U.S. Attorney’s Office. There is no better client. There are no better colleagues.”
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Death: Retired FBI Agent Curtis Allen Fitzgerald

By The Washington Post

Curtis Allen Fitzgerald, 65, a retired assistant chief in the FBI’s criminal investigations division, died of cancer Sept. 23 at his home in Alexandria.

Mr. Fitzgerald, a native of Ripley, Tenn., worked for three years at the Memphis FBI office as a clerk while going to the University of Memphis.

On April 4, 1968, he was working alone in the office on the 4 p.m. to midnight shift when the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot at the city’s Lorraine Motel.
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Nigerian Sentenced For Forcing Teen To Work

By Henri E. Cauvin
Washington Post Staff Writer
GREENBELT, Md. -A Nigerian-born businessman convicted of smuggling a 14-year-old girl into the United States and forcing her to work as an unpaid servant at his home in Germantown was sentenced yesterday to more than eight years in prison.
George Udeozor, who was extradited from Nigeria in February after almost four years as a fugitive, pleaded guilty in July to holding the victim in involuntary servitude. He admitted having sex with the girl, abuse that prosecutors said began when she was 15.
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FBI Finds Buried Colombo Underboss in N.Y.

For once, a tip about a buried mobster panned out. The FBI has been looking for three bodies.

Dead Mobster William Cutolo/cbs photo

Dead Mobster William Cutolo/cbs photo

By Robert E. Kessler
EAST FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – A forensic dentist has confirmed that the body whose remains were found by FBI agents excavating an apparent mob burial site is that of former Colombo family underboss William Cutolo, according to Robert Nardoza, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Benton Campbell.
A team of doctors and dentists has been working at the Suffolk medical examiner’s office in Hauppauge since Monday to identify the body through dental records and DNA tests.
Cutolo disappeared in 1999 and was believed to have been a victim in a war for control of the Colombo family in the 1990s, which resulted in more than a dozen murders.
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Mobster Was a Dapper Guy (N.Y. Times)

Steven’s Atty Goes After Key Government Witness

The prosecution and defense in the Sen. Ted Stevens trial continued to slug it out Tuesday. Meanwhile, the judge has set a hearing later today to address a defense motion to dismiss the charges based on allegations of  government misconduct. The government has called the allegations baseless.

Sen. Stevens/official photo

Sen. Stevens/official photo

Neil A. Lewis
New York Times
WASHINGTON – Senator Ted Stevens’s defense lawyer bore in on the prosecution’s chief witness on Tuesday, portraying him to a jury as someone who betrayed a longtime friend to protect his fortune.
Brendan Sullivan, the defense lawyer, suggested in his brisk questioning of Bill Allen, an Alaska oil services tycoon, that Mr. Allen had agreed to cooperate with prosecutors for an explicit promise by the government not to interfere with a pending sale of his company, Veco, for $380 million.
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Story On Secretly Recorded FBI Conversations (Washington Post)

Contractor Pleads In Iraqi Fuel Theft Scheme

ALEXANDRIA, Va. –A former Department of Defense contractor pleaded guilty Tuesday in Virginia in a scheme that involved the theft of about $39.6 million from the U.S. Army in Iraq, the Justice Department said.

Lee William Dubois, 32, of  Lexington, S.C., pleaded guilty to theft of government property, authorities said.  Dubois was a captain in the U.S. Army until July 2007, and shortly after went to work for a Department of Defense contractor based in Kuwait.

Dubois said that between July 2007 and May 2008, he and others used fraudulent documents to enter the Victory Bulk Fuel Point (VBFP) in Camp Liberty, Iraq, and presented false fuel authorization forms to steal aviation and diesel fuel for sale on the black market, the Justice Deaprtment said.

Another Plea In The D.C. Tax Scandal

A chapter in the the ugliest scandal in D.C. history is coming to a close. At time when the economy is tanking, the theft of public money hurts even more.

By Henri E. Cauvin
Washington Post Staff Writer
GREENBELT, Md. — The last defendant facing trial in the D.C. tax case pleaded guilty today to mail fraud and  three felony charges, bringing another chapter in the scandal to a close
Jayrece Turbull, who as a key figure in the embezzlement of nearly $50 million from the D.C. Treasury, and who is the niece of the scheme’s admitted mastermind, could face decades in prison when she is sentenced Feb. 4.
Appearing this afternoon before Judge Alexander Williams Jr. at the federal courthouse in Greenbelt, Turnbull, 34, answered the judge’s questions in a firm, clear voice and listened as prosecutors outlined her role in the long-running fraud. She offered no explanations or apologies during the hearing.

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