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Florida Man Claims to Be FBI Informant, Exposes Himself to Nurses

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Florida man forced his way onto a plane, claiming he was an FBI informant who was having medical complications and needed to fly to Boston, the Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

When the 28-year-old Fort Myers man was taken to a hospital after faking a seizure, he exposed himself to nurses, asking if they liked what they saw, the Sun-Sentinel wrote.

Officers found several different kinds of prescription pills on Arnaldo Jose Santiago Burgos that he said he liked to mix.

He was arrested by Lee County Port Authority officers, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

You Won’t Believe How These People Were Smuggled Across the Border

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Fox 5 San Diego listed some unusual ways people have tried to smuggle drugs and humans across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Also included are photos, including one of a man found sewn into the upholstery of a van seat.

Other photos depict people hidden in compartments in the floor of a car or hidden in the engine of a van.

In one photo, 73 illegal immigrants are squeezed into the back of a tractor trailer.

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Former FBI Agent Sentenced to Six Months in Jail for Embezzling Money Intended for Confidential Informants

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former FBI agent who embezzled money from a fund to pay confidential informants was sentenced Monday to six months in federal prison, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas announced.

Timothy Klotz, of Oklahoma, also was sentenced to six months of house arrest after pleading guilty to embezzlement.

Klotz also was ordered to return more than $43,000 to the FBI,

The 45-year-old is scheduled to be imprisoned on Jan. 18.

Florida Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Hacking Celebrities’ Email Accounts for Nude Photos

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Florida man who hacked into the email accounts of celebrities for nude photos and private information was sentenced to 10 years in prison by a federal judge, Reuters reports.

Christopher Chaney, 36, a former office clerk, said he hacked into the accounts because of an addiction to spying on more than 50 celebrities, who include Scarlett Johansson, actress Mila Kunis, and singers Christina Aguilera and Renee Olstead.

Chaney pleaded guilty to nine felony counts, including wiretapping and unauthorized access to protected computers, for spying on the celebrities from November 2010 to October 2011, Reuters reported.

“I don’t know what else to say except I’m sorry,” Chaney said during his sentencing. “This will never happen again.”

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FBI Launched ‘Wanted Bank Robbers’ Website to Combat $38 Million in Annual Theft

 Steve Neavling
tickltethewire.com

Bank robbers bagged more than $38 million from banks last year, and the money was recovered in only one in five robberies.

To increase the success of nabbing thieves, the FBI has launched a website, Wanted Bank Robbers, at www.bankrobbers.fbi.gov. It’s dedicated to enlisting the public’s help in identifying suspects, the bureau announced on its site.

The site includes a gallery of suspects and a map of robberies.

All of the information can be searched by name, and location.

Justice Department Withheld Recommendations on Curtailing Gun Violence Until After November Election

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department compiled a list of ideas to reduce gun violence but it was postponed until after last month’s elections, the Washington Post reports, citing anonymous sources familiar with the efforts.

In March 2011, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. asked officials to draw up a list of recommendations to reduce gun violence following the shooting of then-Rep Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., the Post wrote.

Holder’s office worked with ATF, local police gun-control advocates, firearm dealers and experts on the FBI’s Instant Criminal Background Check System, according to the Post.

The recommendations, which need legislative approval, however, were shelved until after the election, sources told the Post.

FBI Denies Helping Police Department in New Jersey Pursue Political Opponents

Steve Neavling
ticklthewire.com 

The FBI is denying claims that it directed an Edison Police Department in New Jersey to investigate opponents of its chief, Thomas Bryan, the Star-Ledger reports.

Union officials made the allegations, saying police were helping the FBI investigate Bryan’s critics and political opponents.

An FBI spokeswoman told the Star-Ledger that the FBI “does not task other individuals to conduct investigations on our behalf.”

The comments follow a two-part Start-Ledger series on serious internal problems at the police department.

Gun Sales Hit Record in 2012; a Spike in Purchases Expected After School Shooting

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

People are buying guns in record numbers.

The FBI recorded nearly 17 million background checks of gun purchases in 2012, the most since the bureau began compiling the date in 1998, the Huffington Post reports.

Since the background checks don’t include multiple gun purchases, the number of guns sold this year are likely a lot higher, the Huffington Post wrote.

Experts expect last week’s school shooting in Connecticut to cause another spike in gun buys particularly as some members of Congress press to ban assault weapons.

But experts aren’t sure what caused the increase in gun ownership this year, the Huffington Post reported.

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