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Justice Department Sues Fundamentalist Mormon Sect

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department has filed suit against a fundamentalist, polygamous Mormon sect, saying it discriminates against non-members, according to the Christian Science Monitor.

The suit alleges that members of the sect control government services in the towns of Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Arizona, according to the Christian Science Monitor.

Those towns also share a police department that “routinely uses its enforcement authority to enforce the edicts and will of the FLDS; fails to protect non-FLDS individuals from victimization by FLDS individuals; refuses to cooperate with other law enforcement agencies’ investigations of FLDS individuals; selectively enforces laws against non-FLDS; and uses its authority to facilitate unlawful evictions of non-FLDS, among other unlawful conduct,” according to an FBI statement Thursday.

Ex-FBI Employee Sues; Says She Was Harassed Because of Her Good Looks and Talent

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The bottom line is Erika Bonilla, a professional singer and former FBI employee in New Mexico,says don’t hate her cause she’s beautiful.

The 38-year-old has filed a lawsuit against the FBI and Justice Department, alleging she was harassed by her co-workers because they were “jealous of her appearance and Latin singing career,” ABC News reports.

Bonilla, 38, first worked in the Albuquerque FBI field office in 2002 and 2007 was promoted to an Administrative Specialist, “which entailed human resources management, language testing, applicant testing and recruiting matters,” the suit said, according to ABC News.

according to the lawsuit filed with the U.S. District Court in New Mexico.

The suit states she “was targeted, harassed and retaliated against because she is an attractive Hispanic female with a career in Latin music,” ABC reports.

The suit also said she has performed at various headquarters at FBI.

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Philadelphia Cop Faces Jail Time for Drug Trafficking

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Philadelphia police officer is accused of selling heroin to a confidential informant working for the FBI, Philly.com reports.

Jonathan Garcia, 23, was charged Wednesday with four counts of distributing heroin and two counts of carrying a firearm during drug trafficking.

Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said he plans to suspend Garcia for 30 days before dismissing him permanently, according to Philly.com

“He’s never been accused of any crime before this. There’s no allegation of any violence,” said his defense attorney, Scott DiClaudio. “He’s not a threat to the community or a flight risk. We’re going to seek his release on bail or house arrest.”

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U.S. Attorney Seeks New Charges in Shooting of Police Officer 

FBI Investigates Alleged Misconduct at Kansas Jail

FBI Takes Over Bank Robbery Probe in Wyoming

Broader Authority Given to FBI to Coordinate Domestic Intelligence

Federal Hunt Is on for Two Men Suspected in Serial Bank Robberies

ATF Takes Over Suburban Church Fire Investigation

ICE Arrests 44 in Immigration Sting Targeting Violators 

FBI Pobes Illegal Fundraising by Tea Party Candidate in NY

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s ongoing investigation into illegal fundraising for Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm’s 2010 campaign has led agents to question of at least four people who worked with the Tea Party favorite, the New York Daily News reports.

The four who were questioned in the past two weeks were campaign operatives or volunteers, according to the Daily News.

The probe began after members of Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto’s congregations said they were strong-armed for donations.

Grimm denies any wrongdoing.

FBI Arrests Former Fundraiser for Blagojevich, Jesse Jackson Jr.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former campaign fundraiser for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was arrested Wednesday on charges he paid bribes and kickbacks related to his outpatient surgery centers, the Associated Press reports.

Raghuveer Nayak pleaded not guilty and was released on $10 million bond.

The FBI accuses him of bribing physicians for patient referrals and filing false federal income tax returns, according to the AP.

“Over the course of the scheme, Nayak paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to different physicians in exchange for the referrals that the physicians had made or would make to Nayak’s facilities,” according to the indictment. “As Nayak intended, the physicians materially deceived their patients by not disclosing to the patients that their physicians were being paid to make referrals to Nayak’s facilities.”

FBI to Return Stolen Art to Polish Museum

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

More than 120 stolen artifacts with a price tag of about $5 million is returning to the Polish Museum of America, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The artifacts, from 18th century documents to Nazi propaganda, disappeared from the museum in the 1970s and 1980s, according to the Tribune.

The FBI did no announce charges but is holding a press conference today.

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Why are There so Few Cartel Members on the FBI’s Most Wanted List

By Jazmine Ulloa 
Austin American-Statesman

Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán – the man labeled the world’s most powerful drug trafficker – is not among the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives.

Neither is his rival, Heriberto Lazcano, though he is said to run one of the most vicious illicit networks to move tons of cocaine and marijuana into the United States. Nor is Miguel Ángel Treviño, a former Mexican military officer believed to be Lazcano’s second in command.

Some drug war analysts say the absence of such fugitive Mexican drug dons from the federal index is another indication that the struggle seething south of the border is not a national priority in the United States, where most residents are unfamiliar with its key players, even as a vicious battle rages so close to home.

“The problem is almost like what you have with war in Iraq and Afghanistan,” retired Special Agent Peter Hanna said. “The conflict is divorced from the United States. Only people in Mexico see the violence, live with the violence.”

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U.S. Attorneys Office Investigates NH Hepatitis C Outbreak

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The  U.S. Attorney’s Office is investigating a hepatitis C outbreak at a New Hampshire hospital, the Associated Press reports.

Health officials are puzzled after a worker and 19 patients at Exeter Hospital’s cardiac cauterization lab tested positive for the liver-destroying disease in the last month, according to the AP.

U.S. Attorney John Kacavas has called on the Food and Drug Administration and FBI to determine whether the outbreak was criminal.