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Organized Crime Squad Investigating Russians And Hospice Care

It’s not often that organized crime and hospice care are mentioned in the same breath. Now comes a case in  Philadelphia.

By Kitty Caparella
Philadelphia Daily News
PHILADELPHIA — The FBI’s organized-crime squad is investigating a Russian group for alleged Medicare fraud at the Home Care Hospice Inc. in the Northeast.
At stake is $8.5 million in 39 bank accounts spread among 15 financial institutions, according to a temporary restraining order unsealed yesterday. The 39 accounts are held in the names of HCH, the four defendants and six other companies, mostly for real estate.
The FBI searched the facility on Grant Avenue near Ashton Road on Thursday, according to FBI spokeswoman Jerria Williams. What the FBI recovered from the hospice is unknown because the affidavit is sealed.
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FBI Finds Human Remains In N.Y. Hunt For Mob Bodies

Several days of digging for mobster bodies may have paid off.

By Robert E. Kessler and Carl Macgowan
Newsday
EAST FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — FBI agents and personnel from the New York City medical examiner’s office believe they found the remains of a human body yesterday at an East Farmingdale location that an informant told them was a mob burial site, according to sources.
The discovery of the remains, which appeared to be a human body wrapped in cloth in a wooded area, came after several days of digging at three sites along Long Island Rail Road tracks near several office buildings.
The informant told FBI agents three bodies were buried there between 1994 and 1999, sources said.
Just before 10 p.m. agents carried out a black body bag and strapped it on to a stretcher but no one at the scene would confirm whether or not the bag contained the remains of one of the three murder victims.

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Rep. Jefferson’s Staffers Subpoenaed

Four staffers for Rep. William Jefferson will have to take a field trip to Alexandria, Va., where their boss will stand trial on public corruption charges. It’s a trip, in all likelihood, they’d rather not take.


By Bruce Alpert
New Orleans Times-Picayune
WASHINGTON — Four staffers for Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, have been subpoenaed to testify at his corruption trial, scheduled to begin Dec. 2.
Word of the subpoenas came as a result of letters sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. House rules require staffers to send written notification when they are summoned to be a witness in a court proceeding. The letters were placed into the Congressional Record late Friday.
The four staffers are Stephanie Butler, Jefferson’s district director; Roberta Hopkins, his acting chief of staff; Angelle Kwemo, his legislative director; and Erica Edwards-Jones, an aide in his West Bank office.
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Exchanges In Steven’s Trial Heating Up

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — The exchanges between opposing sides in the Sen. Ted Stevens  federal trial continued to heat up yesterday with the government calling the defense’s attacks “baseless.”
“In their third attack on the government in one week, the defense continues to engage in baseless speculation regarding the government’s motives and conduct,” the prosecution wrote in a motion. “Their motion is factually and legally groundless…”
The defense shot back with a motion filed early this morning saying: “The government’s Opposition brief is notable for its utter lack of contrition…The government’s conduct in this case is highly prejudicial to the administration of justice and should not be tolerated.  The indictment should be dismissed.”
The defense attorneys have accused the prosecution of intentionally withholding key information it should have turned over  to them. Trial resumed today.
UPDATE — (2:20 p.m. Tues.) U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan said he would hear arguments on the  defense motion to dismiss Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.
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FBI Documents Show A Flip Side Of Evel Knievel

The Associated Press has obtained FBI records of Evel Knievel, which show that the agency was investigating him in connection with a crime syndicate. Nothing came of it.

By Sarah Larimer
Associated Press Writer
MIAMI — Evel Knievel never denied his scrapes with the law – the late motorcycle daredevil often reveled in them. But even he objected to a 1970s FBI investigation of whether he was involved in a string of beatings.
According to documents obtained by The Associated Press, the federal government came close to charging Knievel, who in turn threatened to sue the FBI for alleging he was connected to a crime syndicate. Neither followed through.
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Sentencing Delay Could Save Obama Unwanted Attention

Sentencing has been delayed for Tony Rezko, whose name has popped up in connection with Presidential candidate Barack Obama. The delay could save Obama  embarrassing attention before the Nov. 4 election.

By Jeff Coen
Chicago Tribune reporter
CHICAGO — In the first official sign that Antoin “Tony” Rezko and his lawyers are talking with federal prosecutors about his cooperation in corruption probes, the judge in his federal fraud case has been asked to delay his sentencing this month.
In a motion filed late Monday by prosecutors, the two sides ask that the Oct. 28 sentencing date for the former fundraiser and adviser to Gov. Rod Blagojevich be delayed indefinitely.
“The parties agree that the [sentencing date], as well as dates related to sentencing filings, should be stricken while the parties engage in discussions that could affect their sentencing postures,” says the motion written by Assistant U.S. Atty. Reid Schar.
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Steven’s Buddy Taped Chats For FBI

Sen. Stevens buddy may have been chatting him up, but the senator had no idea his friend was working with the FBI, recording the conversations.

Sen. Stevens/official photo

Sen. Stevens/official photo

By Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — Jurors heard secretly recorded telephone conversations yesterday in which Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) told a chief prosecution witness that the two men had done nothing wrong and that the worst punishment they could expect was a fine and a little jail time.
The tapes, recorded with the consent of the witness, former Veco chief executive Bill Allen, did not appear to be the smoking guns in Stevens’s trial on charges that he lied on financial disclosure forms to hide gifts that included renovations to his Alaska home.
They did reveal, however, that Stevens was aware the FBI was closely scrutinizing the remodeling project. On the calls, Stevens expressed defiance at the federal investigation and told Allen that he would stick by him. He seemed unaware that Allen, a close friend, was helping federal agents.
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FBI Finds Dog Bones In N.Y. Hunt For Mob Bodies

The thing about digs, once you start you can’t stop. So far, FBI agents hunting for mob bodies have come up with dog bones. The search continues today.

By Robert E. Kessler and Zachary R. Dowdy
Newsday
EAST FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — FBI agents unearthed yesterday what first appeared to be human bones at a location in East Farmingdale where an informant has told authorities that the bodies of three people – all victims of mob-related violence over the years – are buried, sources said.
But after further examination by the New York City medical examiner’s office, it was determined that the bones were canine, not human, and the digging shut down for the day at sundown. It will resume today.
An FBI agent on the scene declined to comment on yesterday’s findings.
For days, agents wearing plastic suits and gloves have been sifting through mounds of dirt as a backhoe bores through the ground at Del Drive and Baiting Place Road, one of three sites where Joseph Competiello told police the bodies of three people killed by members of the Colombo crime family are buried.
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