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FBI to Host Secret, Exclusive Holiday Sale on FBI Merchandise

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal employees who still need last-minute gifts for the holidays may be in for a bargain at a top-secret sale of bureau-branded clothing and merchandise, Crain’s New York Business reports.

For the first time, the FBI is opening its New York store at 26 Federal Plaza on Dec. 20 for a four-hour exclusive sale.

Up for sale will FBI hate, t-shirts, patches, jackets, coins and pens, Crain’s reported.

The event is so secretive that shoppers will need building and agency IDs and an FBI escort. Cameras and cell phones are prohibited.

“I have a feeling a lot of people are going to go,” one federal employee told Crain’s. “There’s going to be a line around the elevator banks.”

FBI: Former Wells Fargo Banker Helped Insider Trading Ring in Exchange for Gold, Cash

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire

 A former Wells Fargo investment banker is accused of tipping off investors in an insider trading scheme in exchange for gold and cash, the FBI announced Thursday.

The banker, John Femenia, was indicted along with eight accused insider traders in an indictment unsealed Thursday.

Femenia, who faces up to 30 years in prison, is accused of stealing private information from the bank that gave investors unfair advantage in the stock market, which is illegal.

Six of the defendants agreed to plead guilty and testify against the others in exchange for lesser charges.

 

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FBI: Government Workers Faked Excessive Exercise to Earn Gift Cards

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire

An initiative by Blue Cross and Blue Shield to promote good health seemed to work too well when some municipal employees of Kansas City were reporting excessive, grueling exercise sessions to earn gift cards.

It was so unreal, in fact, that the scam caught the FBI’ attention, which resulted in an  investigation, KCTV 5 reports.

One employee claimed to have participated in the Olympics, four triathlons, three duathlons, three marathons and two half-marathons. Others were reporting the same kind of strenuous activity, KCTV 5 reported.

Six Kansas City municipal workers and a Jackson County correctional employee have been indicted by a grand jury.

Muslim U.S. Citizen Claims He’s Being Harassed by Feds, Local Authorities

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A Muslim man from Oklahoma claims he’s being harassed by the FBI after he was twice barred from flying from Qatar to visit his sick mother in the United States, the Associated Press reports.

Now that he’s back home in the U.S., Saadiq Long says local and federal authorities are trying to interview, including during a traffic stop when he and his sister were ordered to exit the car at gunpoint and were handcuffed, the AP wrote.

The 43-year-old man is an Air Force veteran and U.S. citizen.

Ex-FBI Agent Sentenced to Probation for Passing on Information about Undercover Investigation

Steve Neavling
ticklthewire.com

A former FBI agent who passed on confidential information to a friend about an ongoing federal investigation in New Jersey was sentenced Tuesday to four years of probation, the Washington Post reports.

Ivan Stanchev, 43, delivered information about a criminal probe in Newark to a friend who apparently was curious about an undercover operation, the Washington Post reported.

Among the information were four telephone numbers and the names of people linked to the probe, the Post wrote.

The information “was in no way classified and did not involve national security,” Stanchev’s attorney said.

Gun ownership appears to be on a steady rise, but the motive is in dispute.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Over the past decade, the number of federally mandated background checks of prospective gun purchases has nearly doubled, the USA Today reports, citing FBI records.

Nearly 17 million people received background checks already this year, up from 8.5 million in 2002, the USA Today wrote.

If you ask gun-rights advocates what’s causing the spike, they’ll tell you it’s the increase in popularity of hunting, fears that the Obama administration will restrict firearm purchases and more lenient concealed weapon laws.

But gun control advocates say the rise predominately is from existing gun owners who believe there is a plot to take away their weapons, the USA Today reported.

Although President Obama hasn’t signed gun-control legislation, some worry he will during the second term.

“People expect a siege on the Second Amendment (right to bear arms),” National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre told the USA Today.

Young Cancer Patients Get Smiles, Honors at FBI Office in Nebraska

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

They aren’t your typical FBI agents.

Then again, Sammy Nahorny, 4, Paul Hayes, 9, and Jack Hoffman, 7 aren’t your typical children.

Diagnosed with cancer, the children were distracted from their illnesses at the Omaha FBI office, where they became honorary members of the agency during a mock swearing-in ceremony, the Omaha World-Herald reports.

The kids also met Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead.

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FBI Prepares Furlough Days for Agents if Fiscal Cliff Deal Not Reached

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

If the White House and congressional Republicans fail to reach a budget plan, the FBI is prepared to reduce the number of agents working daily on cases, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The plan under consideration would give agents one unpaid furlough day roughly on a bi-weekly basis, the Journal reported.

That includes special agents.

The plan could change, FBI officials said, because the crisis could be averted by political compromise, the Journal wrote.