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Bill Lewis Tapped to Head up the FBI’s Los Angeles Office

 

Bill Lewis/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Bill L. Lewis, a former legal attache for the FBI in Baghdad, has been named assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Division.

Lewis most recently served as deputy assistant director in the Human Resources Division at FBI Headquarters.

He began his career in 1988 in the Omaha division and three years later he went to Atlanta where he investigated domestic terrorism and drugs.

He was promoted to supervisory special agent in September 1997 and had the responsibilities of managing the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing investigation. At some point, he supervised the hunt for fugitive Eric Rudolph.

In November 1999, Lewis went to FBI headquarters as a supervisory special agent in the Violent Crimes/Fugitive Unit in the Criminal Investigative Division.

In August 2004, he was named assistant special agent in charge of the Mobile Division.

From April to October 2008, he was the Counterterrorism Division’s on-scene commander in Iraq, and from January 2009 to January 2010, he served as legal attaché for the FBI in Baghdad.

In February 2010, Mr. Lewis was promoted to special agent in charge of the Criminal Division in Los Angeles.

 

FBI Creates Squad to Crack Down on Intellectual Property Thefts

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 In an effort to crack down on cyber crimes, the FBI’s field office in Washington has created a squad to investigate intellectual property thefts, the Associated Press reports.

The team, assembled with a variety of experts, will investigate intellectual property and economic espionage and occasionally team up with the nearby Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center.

The AP said the investigations will range from counterfeit medications to trade secrets stolen by hackers.

“We’re looking at everything from health and safety to theft of trade secrets to intellectual property,” Trent R. Teyema, assistant special agent in charge of the office’s cyber branch.

Demand for the team has risen as hackers and cyberattacks become more common.

Trenton Mayor Tony Mack May Have Salary Slashed in Half Amidst Federal Bribery Probe

Mayor Tony Mack

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Complaining that Trenton Mayor Tony Mack hasn’t be working full-time since his arrest on federal bribery charges, the city council is considering cutting his salary by more than half, reports the Times of Trenton.

If the measure is approved, Mack’s annual salary would gall from $126,460 to $60,000.

“We’re making the position a part-time job based on the work that’s been done,” Council President Phyllis Holly-Ward said.

The mayor, who was arrested last month and charged with conspiring to extort bribes from FBI informants, is expected to appear at tonight’s council meeting, according to the Times of Trenton.

STORIES OF OTHER INTEREST

Poorly Designed Fake Cash Fools No One As FBI Arrests 26-Year-Old

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Gene Carlo Pena fooled no one when he stuffed two ATMs in midtown Manhattan with poorly designed counterfeit bills, NBC 4 New York reports.

The 26-year-old man was working for a company that services ATMs when he replaced $11,000 with amateurish fake bills, NBC 4 reported.

The bills were blank on one side, and the machines were able to detect them, the bank said.

Pena was arrested Monday after voluntarily returning from the Dominican Republican on embezzlement charges, according to NBC 4.

ATF Agent Who Took Own Life Battled with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A little more than a month on the job, ATF agent Jeff Ryan was helping arrest a man with a history of impersonating police officers when all hell broke loose on Aug. 31, 2001, the Syracuse Post-Standard wrote in a report about the incident.

Crouched behind a car, Ryan watched L.A. Deputy Hagop Kuredjian get fatally shot in the head by the suspect, James Allen Beck, who had stockpiled weapons.

Ten years later, Ryan died from a self-inflicted gunshot to the chest.

Turns out, Ryan had been dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder from the incident and was handling complicated emotional problems since the shooting, according to a lengthy report by the Post-Standard.

The paper wrote:

Ryan, 39, suffered severe post traumatic stress disorder from that day. He spent years studying every detail of the shooting and its aftermath. He relentlessly questioned ATF on its handling of the episode, and he suspected retaliation for his persistence.

He felt paranoid. He feared ATF was tracking his every move, from his honeymoon in Fiji to a Syracuse football game.

On Sept. 19, 2011, it all became too much.

That morning he kissed his toddler son and daughter goodbye at their home in Sennett and drove to his mother’s farmland on Onondaga Hill. He texted his wife that he loved her, wrote notes to his family and drove his pickup truck to a favorite spot on the 145-acre property.

He parked his truck so it wouldn’t be visible from the road, laid a bed of hay and shot himself in the chest.

STORIES OF OTHER INTEREST

Hulk Hogan Seeks FBI Help to Track Who Leaked Sex Tape

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Wrestler Hulk Hogan can’t get help from local police, so he’s going to the FBI for help investigating who leaked a tape of him having sex, TMZ reports.

Hulk’s attorney said police won’t investigate because the 2006 tape was recorded after the four-year statute of limitations. The offense, the attorney said, also is a federal crime because the tape crossed state lines to reach the media.

TMZ said Hulk has plans to meet with the FBI as early as today.

The tape, which surfaced online last week, shows Hulk having sex with Heather Clem, the estranged wife of Bubba the Love Sponge.

Hulk said he didn’t know he was being recorded.

Mary Rook Talks About Challenges of Running the FBI’s Alaska Office

Taped Phone Calls Help FBI Build Case Against Traders for JPMorgan Chase

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The FBI appears to be closing in on JPMorgan Chase traders in connection with a multibillion-dollar trading loss, the New York Times reports.

Using phone recordings turned over by JPMorgan, the FBI is focusing on at least four London-based traders who were responsible for the $6 billion loss, the Times reported.

Feds are trying to determine whether traders discussed how to influence market prices as their bets nosedived, according to the Times, citing officials briefed on the case.

Investigators also are examining whether records were falsified to hide the problems from JPMorgan executives in New York.