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FBI Agents Search Homes of Former Utah AGs As Part of ‘Very Robust Open Active Investigation’

Former Utah Atty. Gen. Mark Shurtleff

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two former Utah attorneys general found themselves on the wrong side of the law.

On Monday night, FBI agents searched the Utah homes of former Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff as part of an ongoing criminal investigation, Fox 13 reports.

“We continue to work with our state and our federal law enforcement partners,” Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill told FOX 13′s Ben Winslow on Monday night. “They’re engaged in a very robust open active investigation. We continue to pursue all avenues and options consistent with that investigation and support their efforts as we go forward.”

Investigators didn’t say what they were searching for or what they seized.

Feds Arrest Naturalized U.S. Citizen After Allgedly Threatening to Kill Returning American Troops

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A naturalized U.S. citizen from Yemen planned to use firearms to kill returning American troops and Shitte Muslims living in the Rochester area, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports.

The suspect, Mufid Elfgeeh made no secret of his hatred for the U.S. on Twitter.

Announcing his allegiance with al-Qaeda, he tweeted, “”al-Qaeda said it loud and clear; we are fighting the American invasion and their hegemony over the earth and the people.”

Another tweet advocated martyrdom and asked for donations for jihadists.

Elfgeeh, 30, is charged with two counts of illegally receiving and possessing unwarranted firearm silencers.

The investigation continues.

Feds: Suspect Killed in Border Patrol Chase Was Unarmed But Gestured That He Had Gun

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A suspect shot in the head and killed by a Border Patrol agent was not armed, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

The agent fired nine times, he said, after the suspect, Jose Luis Armbula, 31, turned towards him and gestured that he had a gun.

Border Patrol has been criticized for its deadly shootings, especially following a report late last week that accused agents of using excessive force dozens of times.

The Tucson sector already had two fatal shootings this year.

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Justice Department Says It Has Mastermind in Prolific Cyber Attacks That Robbed Consumers, Businesses

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Justice Department boasted Monday that it captured one of the most prolific cyber criminals in the world in the continuing effort to crack down on the evolving cybercrime threat, the Associated Press reports.

Federal officials said 30-year-old Evgeniy Bogachev of Russia was the ringleader of a band of backers who infected hundreds of thousand of computers worldwide and stole more than $100 million from consumers and businesses.

As part of the scheme, the attackers implanted computers with malicious software to collect bank account numbers and passwords. The hackers also seized personal information like pictures and files from computers and only agreed to return control to users when they paid several hundred dollars in ransom.

Federal officials are working with Russia to bring U.S. charges against Bogachev.

Political Consultant Wanted in Nationwide Manhunt for Allegedly Possessing Explosives Is Arrested

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A San Francisco political consultant who was at the center of a nationwide manhunt because he was suspected of possessing explosives has been captured.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Ryan Kelly Chamberlin II, 42, was arrested near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the FBI said late Monday.

Chamberlin is no stranger to the media and political scene in the Bay Area. In 2003, Chamberlin helped Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom win the San Francisco mayoral campaign.

FBI Looks into Insider Trading Involving Pro Golfer Phil Mickelson, Billionaire and Gambler

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Pro golfer Phil Mickelson said he’s cooperating with the FBI in an investigation involving allegations of insider trading.

The USA Today reports that investigators are trying to determine whether Mickelson and Las Vegas gambler William “Billy” Walters illegally traded on public information from billionaire investor Car Icahn.

Mickelson said he’s cooperating.

“And I’m happy to do so in the future, too, until this gets resolved,” he said in the clubhouse at Muirfield Village.

In a statement released Saturday, Mickelson said: “I have done absolutely nothing wrong. I have cooperated with the government in this investigation and will continue to do so. I wish I could fully discuss this matter, but under the current circumstances it’s just not possible.”

Border Patrol Kills Alleged Drug Smuggler After Car, Foot Chase

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 31-year-old Tucson man led Border Patrol agents on a 15-mile car and foot chase before an agent shot and killed him Friday afternoon, KVOA.com reports.

The chase began when Jose Luis Arambula failed to yield at a checkpoint on Interstate 19 in Green Valley.

Agents later found bundles of marijuana weighing roughly 500 pounds.

Report Finds Border Patrol Agents Used Excessive Force in 67 Cases Involving Rock Throwers, Others

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Border Patrol agents used excessive force in 67 cases, firing guns when it wasn’t necessary, according to an internal report, the Associated Press reports.

The Police Executive Research Forum questioned the shootings of rock throwers, especially when the attacks come from the Mexican side of the border. The 21-page report indicated that some agents may shoot at rock throwers out of frustration.

The report also found that some intentionally got in the escape route of assailants before opening fire, the AP wrote.

Border Patrol released revised guidelines about the use of force, saying not to shoot at drivers or rock throwers unless there is “imminent danger of serious physical injury or death” to them or someone else.