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Court: FBI Didn’t Entrap Indianapolis City Councilman in Bribery Scheme

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A member of the Indianapolis City Council and former police officer cannot argue he was entrapped by the FBI for accepting bribes from an undercover agent, the 7th Circuit has ruled, Courthouse News Service reports.

Lincoln Plowman came under scrutiny after developing a reputation for “questionable use of the power and influence he had acquired,” the court wrote last week.

An FBI agent posing as a strip club owner gave Plowman $5,000 in cash to help push through necessary licenses and a liquor license, the FBI alleges.

The amount was sufficient enough to constitute inducement, the judge said.

Plowman is appealing his 2010 conviction, which landed him a sentence of more than three years in prison, Courthouse News Services reported.

Justice Department Takes Over Rep. Michael Grimm Investigation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Justice Department is leading an investigation to determine if Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., a former FBI agent, violated the law when he solicited campaign cash from foreign nationals in exchange for helping an Israeli obtain a green card, USA Today reports.

The House Ethics Committee voted unanimously to hand the probe over to the Justice Department to investigate.

Grimm, of Staten Island, referred questions to his attorney, William McGinley.

“We appreciate the committee’s decision to defer consideration of this matter while we continue to work with the Department of Justice to favorably resolve the false allegations against Congressman Grimm,” McGinley said in a statement. “Any fair and objective review of all of the facts in this matter will conclude that Congressman Grimm engaged in no wrongdoing. We are confident that the Department of Justice and the Ethics Committee will reach that result.”

Twitter, Facebook Help FBI Track Down Next Wave of Securities Fraud


 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Agents searching for securities fraud rely heavily on social media such as Twitter and Facebook to find inside traders, Reuters reports.

Agents said inside traders use advances in technology and social media to communicate.

“I will tell you technology will play a huge part, social media, Twitter. Any kind of technology that is new and doesn’t exist today, if there is any way to exploit it, these individuals will exploit it,” April Brooks, a special agent in charge of the New York field office of the FBI, told Reuters.

The investigation of insider trading, called “Operation Perfect Hedge,” has netted more than 60 convictions, Reuters reported.

FBI to Search for New Name to Add to ‘Ten Most Wanted’ List

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 With the arrest of Jose “Joe” Luis Saenz from the FBI’s ‘Ten Most Wanted’ List, federal authorities will begin searching for a new name to add to the infamous list, ABC News reports.

Special Agent Scott Garriola, a part of the Los Angeles team that helped arrest Saenz, said “there’s always a sense of accomplishment” in apprehending someone from the most wanted list, ABC News reported.

To replace Saenz, the FBI will accept submissions from all 56 field offices.

The top offenders make the list for “violent crimes, cyber crimes, drug trafficking, crimes against children and international money laundering schemes,” ABC News wrote.

The list is effective because of the media attention it receives. More than a quarter of the criminals on the list get captured, according to ABC News.

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Court: Death Row Inmate Doesn’t Have Right to Access All Records Related to Case

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A Tennessee death row inmate has been denied access to FBI records that he says would overturn his 1998 conviction for the murder of a Memphis motel clerk, the Associated Press reports.

A federal appeals court reaffirmed the FBI’s right to redact information under the Freedom of Information Act.

The redacted records, inmate Michael Dale Rimmer argues, contain information from witnesses who said he was the wrong suspect, the AP reported.

But the FBI won its argument that the names of those witnesses aren’t important enough to trump the privacy rights of witnesses, the AP wrote.

Face of Chicago’s FBI Retires Following Diverse 32-Year Career

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

If the FBI had a face in Chicago, it would be Special Agent Royden “Ross” Rice.

The 32-year veteran of the bureau was a media darling, urging the public to help find the most notorious criminals.

Now Rice is retiring, the Chicago Sun Times reports.

Before becoming the Chicago office’s main spokesman, Rice spent time fighting organized crime and cracking cases including robbery and kidnapping.

“Ross is best described as a real professional. He was an accomplished and experienced field agent who worked in one of our most capable and successful resident agencies,” Robert Grant, the former special agent in charge of the FBI office, told the Sun Times. “He was the steady, trusted and confident face and voice of the FBI in Chicago. And he is a good and trusted adviser and friend to me.”

Job Interview for FBI Position Lands Applicant in Hot Water

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

To Dominick Pelletier, he was just being honest when he admitted to possessing child pornography during a job interview for the FBI, Reuters reports.

Because he wasn’t read his rights during the interview, Pelletier claims agents had no basis on which to search his property, where they found more than 600 images of children.

A federal appeals court didn’t buy the argument last week, saying Pelletier, now 35, was not in custody and therefore authorities had no obligation to read him his miranda rights, Reuters reported.

“Indeed, it seems that Pelletier left the interview room believing he was still in the running for an FBI job,” Judge Michael Kanne wrote for a unanimous three-judge panel.

Some House Republicans Urge FBI to Close Down Hamas-Related Twitter Accounts

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Some House Republicans are urging the FBI to shut down Hamas-related Twitter accounts because some are being used for terrorism, The Hill reports.

Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas), who co-authored a letter to the FBI in September with six other Republican colleagues, resumed his call for taking down the accounts following Hamas attacks on Israel.

“Allowing foreign terrorist organizations like Hamas to operate on Twitter is enabling the enemy,” Poe said in an e-mailed statement to The Hill. “Failure to block access arms them with the ability to freely spread their violent propaganda and mobilize in their War on Israel.

“Anti-American foreign terrorist groups around the world are doing the same thing every day. The FBI and Twitter must recognize sooner rather than later that social media is a tool for the terrorists.”

The lawmakers say the FBI has an obligation to stop U.S.-designated terror groups from using social media to spread messages that assist terrorism.

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