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Man Impersonates DEA Agent For Special Access to Clubs

Benjamin William Mejias wanted special access to Orlando-area strip clubs and nightclubs.

To do so, the 41-year-old convicted felon posed as a DEA agent, even wearing a shirt with the bureau’s initials and carrying fake badges, ABC News reports.

Meijas is in the Orange County Jail on federal charges of impersonating a federal agent and possessing a firearm.

Meijas has a criminal record of burglaries.

Meijas was arrested by Orlando police and the FBI Orlando Safe Streets Task Force.

Defense: FBI’s Tests On Ricin Were Unreliable, Shouldn’t be Allowed in Court

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An Ohio man charged with creating the deadly toxin ricin is arguing that the FBI’s tests on the white powder found in his home were faulty, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

The defense team for Jeff Boyd Levenderis, 65, argued during an evidentiary hearing Tuesday that the FBI’s findings were unreliable and should not be admissible in court.

At the ending of the hearing, which continues today, the judge is expected to decide whether the tests can be admitted in court, the Plain Dealer wrote.

The Tallmadge man has been in federal custody since January 2011.

 

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FBI’s Facial-Recognition Technology Could Fail Up to 20% of the Time

Courtesy of RecognitionSource.net

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI has said its facial-recognition technology is a critical component of fighting the war on terror and other serious threats.

But new records indicate the technology could fail 20% of the time, the National Journal reports.

“An innocent person may become part of an investigation because the technology isn’t completely accurate,” said Jeramie Scott, an attorney with EPIC who reviewed the documents, citing the Boston Marathon bombings as an example. “They’re pushing it forward even though the technology isn’t ready for prime time.”

The FBI could’t be reached for comment.

The technology is part of the FBI’s Next Generation Identification program, which includes iris and fingerprint scans.

 

West Virginia Homeland Security Officer Critically Shot at Home Near Charleston

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The training coordinator for the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security was shot in the chest and was in critical condition as of late Monday, the West Virginia Gazette reports.

Frank Kennedy was found at his home near Charleston where he apparently shot himself intentionally.

Kennedy underwent surgery Sunday night and remained in critical condition, hospital officials said.

State Homeland Security Director Jimmy Gianato said he couldn’t confirm whether the shooting was intentional.

“At this point he’s in the hospital,” Gianato told the Gazette. “The last we heard he was in the ICU.”

 OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

Border Patrol Agents Continue to Work With Less Pay

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents will begin receiving smaller paychecks because of the government shutdown, the Monitor reports.

“It’s going to have a severe negative impact because people still have to pay bills,” said Agent Paul Perez, president of National Border Patrol Council Local 3307, the sector union. “Unless their creditors are willing to work with them individually, it’s going to create havoc for their household finances.”

Despite the paycheck cuts, the agents are still required to work full-time.

The agents were receiving whole paychecks because of reserves, but those have run out.

Other federal employees have already felt the pinch.

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

FBI Increases Number of Digital Billboards Along Highways Nationwide

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s digital billboard program started as a one-city pilot in Philadelphia in 2007 and exploded into 3,200 locations nationwide today, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

The increase is due to the program’s success, the FBI said.

“We reach a wider audience,” said FBI Special Agent Barbara Woodruff, a spokeswoman for the Newark field office. “We have access to these billboards in times of extreme importance, to include national emergencies, fugitive-related cases and kidnappings.”

The idea is to reach millions of motorists who could help locate dangerous criminals and kidnap victims.

The digital billboards generally feature a photo of a fugitive, the crime and a phone number to call, the Dispatch reported.

Feds Bust Underage Sex Slave Operation in Houston Area

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A federal investigation has broken up an alleged sex slave operation involving girls as young as 14 and 15 years old in the Houston area, ABC 13 reports.

Several people are in custody after agents raided Houston bars that doubled as brothels Thursday, according to feds.

An indictment recently obtained by ABC 13 accuses the suspects of running an underage sex slave operation since 1999.

The victims were women and girls from Mexico, according to ABC 13.

“I think most of you will agree that nowhere in the world, especially right here in Houston, in our United States, should any human being be trafficked for profit or used as a reusable commodity,” said FBI special-agent-in-charge Stephen Morris.

Book: Johnny Carson Helped FBI Arrest Man Who Made Threats with a Grenade

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

We knew Johnny Carson was a comedian? But a brazen cowboy?

In the mid-1970s, Carson found a live grenade with a threat demanding $250,000 in cash. If he didn’t deliver it, a note read, his family would be harmed, Showbizz 44 reports.

So with the help of the FBI, Carson, who carried his .38 revolver with him, delivered the money – “cut up paper stacked and wrapped in 125 bill sized bundles,” according to the recently published book, “Johnny Carson.”

The FBI arrested 26-year German national and his wife. Ended up the grenade wasn’t real.