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June 2021


How to Become a Bounty Hunter

Dog the Bounty Hunter Says Escaped ‘El Chapo’ Is Likely ‘Out of My League’

guzmanBy Steve Neavling

Dog the Bounty Hunter is not known to back down.

But when it comes to chasing down escaped Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the reality star admits he’d have little chance of chasing down the world-famous fugitive, the New York Daily News reports.

“He probably would be out of my league,” the tough 62-year-old fugitive tracker told FOX411.

“In order to take him down, number one, you better have a fully automatic weapon,” he said. “With my weapon, you have to get really close to him — and you couldn’t get that close to him because he probably has five or six guys with him at all times.”

Guzman broke out of a maximum security prison last month, leaving Mexican officials puzzled about his whereabouts.

Guzman first escaped prison in 2001 and managed to be on the run for 13 years before he was captured in February 2014.

Weekend Series on Crime History: The 2014 Arrest of Drug Lord Joaquín Guzmán

Report Says Americans, Not Mexicans, Arrested Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman

'El Chapo' Guzman

‘El Chapo’ Guzman

By Allan Lengel

A controversial report has surfaced in wake of  the July 11 prison escape of drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.

The website, Intercept reports that Presco, an investigative Mexican magazine, is saying that initial reports about the February 2014 arrest of Guzmanin  weren’t true. The media reported back then that the arrest was made by elite Mexican marines, with U.S. federal agencies playing a crucial intelligence support role.

But the magazine, citing U.S. government sources, claims that account is false.

Proceso reports that the agents who arrested Guzmán weren’t Mexicans, but rather Americans –agents from the DEA and and U.S. Marshals Service who were dressed as Mexican marines, working alongside one or more unidentified U.S. intelligence agencies.

Government officials from Mexico and the U.S. have yet to dispute the accuracy of the story, Intercept reports.


FBI Losing Cyber Crime Agents to Lucrative Jobs in Private Sector


By Allan Lengel

The FBI is losing some agents with experience in investigating Internet crimes.

Matthew Goldstein of the New York Times reports that in the last three months, at least a half-dozen FBI agents on the online security squad of the New York office have quit to take more lucrative jobs in the private sector.

The Times reports that the departures are beginning to concern top FBI officials.


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China Aggressively Stealing Corporate Secrets, FBI Says

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By Allan Lengel

China is on the loose.

The Daily Beast writes that American companies are getting their secrets stolen like never before, according to the FBI,  and China is to blame for almost all of it.

The website reports that the FBI reports a surge in cases of economic espionage in the past year.

China’s intelligence services are “as aggressive now as they’ve ever been,” said Assistant Director Randall Coleman, who runs the bureau’s counterintelligence division, the Daily Beast reports.

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Justice Department and NFL Have Claimed Sports Betting Is Skill-based, Documents Show

NY State Lawmaker Thomas Libous Convicted of Lying to the FBI

State Sen. Thomas W. Libous

By Allan Lengel

New York State Senator Thomas W. Libous, the second highest ranking state senator, was found guilty Wednesday of false statements to the FBI.

The conviction came after a  seven-day federal trial in White Plains.

“Public corruption is a scourge. Every New Yorker wants us to work as hard as possible to end it,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement. “But lies to law enforcement make the job of fighting corruption doubly difficult. Today, a jury unanimously found that Tom Libous, the second highest ranking New York Senator, told lie after lie to hide the truth from federal agents investigating corruption in Albany. Libous’s lies have been exposed, his crime has been proven, and Albany will be the better for it.”

Authorities charged that Libous, 62, had obtained a job for a family member at a Westchester law firm in exchange for a promise to refer business to the firm, and had arranged for an Albany lobbying firm that regularly lobbied him to secretly pay the law firm $50,000 per year to defray the cost of the family member’s salary and lease of a Range Rover.

The lobbying firm specialized in transportation issues and Libous served as the Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee at the time.

Libous then lied to FBI agents investigating the matter.

Mobster Accuses of FBI of Misconduct in Attempt to Make Him Talk

fbi logo largeBy Allan Lengel

A Hartford mobster is accusing the FBI of “outrageous government misconduct” as part an effort to make him cooperate, the Hartford Courant reports.

The paper reports that the FBI believes that mobster Robert “Bobby the Cook” Gentile, 79,  has information that could help recover half a billion dollars in art stolen from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The FBI believes he once had two of the stolen paintings, something Gentile denies. He says he knows nothing.

The court papers allege that the FBI has twice used informants to induce him to commit crimes so that authorities would have something over him and make him talk. He is currently behind bars.

The paper writes:

What is not in Gentile’s motion to dismiss is an explanation of why, over the past five years, Gentile has twice taken the bait offered by FBI informants and allegedly committed crimes.

In 2012, he was charged and convicted after he said that a persistent FBI informant persuaded him to illegally sell prescription painkillers. Earlier this year, in the case he is trying to dismiss, Gentile was charged with selling a pistol and ammunition to another informant, an old friend convicted in the killings of three people during a 50-pound marijuana robbery in the 1980s.

McGuigan said Gentile was told that he could avoid prison in both the drug and gun cases if he cooperated with museum investigators. But Gentile has said he has nothing to offer, even after being promised immunity and a chance at collecting the $5 million reward that the museum is offering for return of the art.