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FBI Sting Nets 4 Detroit-Area Cops on Bribery and Drug Charges

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT— An FBI sting netted four Highland Park police officers on charges of bribery and drug trafficking, the feds announced Friday.

The cops included: Anthony Bynum, 29, of Highland Park; Price Montgomery, 38, of Highland Park; Shawn Williams, 33, of Detroit; and Craig Clayton, 55, of Highland Park. Williams and Clayton are both auxiliary officers.

The FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office said it all began when officers Bynum and Montgomery arrested a man in August 2012 on a firearms charge and beat him. While in the hospital, the man offered the officers a bribe to drop the charges.

The man started working as an unpaid FBI informant and allegedly gave the two officers $10,000 so they wouldn’t show up to trial. The exchange was recorded by the FBI, and the two cops failed to appear in Wayne County Circuit Court for trial. The charges were dropped, the FBI said.

Subsequently, last Nov. 15, the two officers agreed to transport what they thought was two kilos of cocaine from the Oakland Mall to a location in Taylor for the FBI informant. Each was paid $1,500.

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FBI Investigating Whether Sen. Bob Menendez Bought Prostitutes in the Dominican Republic

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is investigating the latest sex scandal in Washington D.C.

The Daily Caller reports that Sen. Bob Menendez is under investigation on accusations that he was purchasing prostitutes and attending wild sex parties in the Dominican Republic.

The probe focuses on the New Jersey Democrat and a Miami eye doctor, the Daily Caller reported, citing federal documents.

Menendez also may face an ethics hearing because some of his trips may have been paid for by someone else but not disclosed.

FBI Hopes to Swap Old Headquarters for New Place at No Cost

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The federal government is hoping to trade the FBI headquarters in Washington D.C. for a new home without any additional costs, the Washington Business Journal reports.

Officials from the FBI and General Services Administration met with about 350 interested developers last week to outline the plan, the Journal wrote.

The FBI is looking for a new home because its current home is antiquated and cumbersome.

Cities and counties in Maryland and Virginia have expressed interest.

ATF Dog is Mauled by Pit Bull During Warrant Search

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

ATF agents shot a pit bull Thursday for attacking their service dog while delivering a state warrant in Arizona, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

Agents were searching a property near Tucson area for firearms and drugs when the pit bull attacked, the Star wrote.

The service dog, Bora, was mauled by the pit bull.

Bora was taken to a veterinary clinic for the wounds.

Agents said they were forced to shoot to save Bora’s life, the Star reported.

STORIES OF OTHER INTEREST

FBI: Four Detroit-Area Police Charged in Public Corruption Scandal

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT –– Four Detroit-area police officers are facing federal charges of public corruption following an FBI probe.

Details of the charges, which were unclear this morning, will be available today when the federal complaints are unsealed.

The FBI declined to comment on the Highland Park Police Department case, other than to say the case involves corruption. Highland Park is incorporated city within the city limits of Detroit.

It’s just the latest federal probe that has swept up metro Detroit public officials in recent years. Others include Detroit, Ecorse, Pontiac, Ecorse, Royal Oak Township, Wayne County and the Detroit Public School.

Check back for updates.

FBI Agent Denies Using Tax Dollars to Pay for Prostitutes in Weapon Smuggling Case in Philippines

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent accused of using public funds to pay for prostitutes for himself and the people he was investigating in the Philippines denied wrongdoing Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times reports. 

Agent Charles Ro was working undercover investigating weapons smuggling when he befriended three Filipino nationals by taking them to karaoke bars where women were topless, the LA Times reported.

Three suspects later arrested in the investigation claim Ro induced them to cooperate in smuggling weapons.

Defense attorneys, who were hoping to get the case thrown out, said Ro committed “outrageous government conduct.”

Ro said he was unaware of the Filipinos using money for prostitutes and said he doubts it happened, the LA Times reported.

FBI: Teen Accused of Trying to Detonate Bomb in Portland Also Wanted to Live Regular College Life

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A teenager on trial for trying to blow up what he thought was a bomb at an event in Portland, Oregon was “conflicted and manipulable,” the FBI acknowledged in an early assessment of the suspect, the Associated Press reports.

Mohamed Mohamud’s attorney has been trying to paint the suspect as a naive, harmless teenager who was manipulated by overzealous FBI agents.

But prosecutors Wednesday sought to depict him as an extremist bent on killing.

One email assessment by FBI Special Agent Isaac DeLong said Mohamud “wants to have it both ways” – as an extremist and binge-drinking college student, the AP wrote.

Judge To Let FBI Agent Off Hook If He Stays Out of Trouble: Agent Accused of Taking Off Pants and Making Lewd Gestures on Highway

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A judge may drop charges against an off-duty FBI agent accused of dropping his pants and making lewd gestures at a truck driver on I-90 in New York, WIVB reports.

A judge said Wednesday that John Yervelli Jr.’s charge of indecency would be dropped if he stays out of trouble for at least six months, WIVB reported.

Yervelli was arrested after a truck driver spotted him driving without pants on the NYS Thruway, according to WIVB.

Yervelli continues to work at the FBI and is getting counseling, WIVB wrote.