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FBI Dir. Mueller Gets Prestigious Award at His Old Stomping Grounds — Princeton

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III let his Ivy League colors fly over the weekend.

Mueller, a 1966 graduate of Princeton, was awarded the prestigious Woodrow Wilson Award on Saturday at Princeton, which recognizes an alum’s commitment to public service, the Daily Princetonian reported.

The paper reported that Mueller spoke at the Richardson Auditorium about the importance of values he developed at Princeton.

“Since its earliest days, Princeton has had a unique way of instilling ideals, such as leadership, humility and service, into the educational experience, and the institution is all the stronger for it,” he said, according to the college paper.

 

Supreme Court Ruling Prompts FBI to Turn Off About 3,000 GPS Devices

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It’s fair to surmise that the FBI has a surplus of GPS devices that are just going to be sitting around.

The Wall Street Journal reports that FBI General Counsel Andrew Weissmann said at a conference Friday that a Supreme Court ruling requiring a court order before placing a GPS on someone’s car has prompted the FBI to turn off about 3,000 GPS devices that were in use.

Weissmann made his comments at a University of San Francisco conference called “Big Brother in the 21st Century.”

The Journal reports that the devices were often placed underneath cars to track movements.

 

 

FBI Seizes Property in Detroit-Area Operation Targeting Public Schools

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Add a new Jaguar sports car and over $34,000 to the coffers of FBI in  Detroit. Those profits were seized during an ongoing investigation of the cash-strapped town of Pontiac, Mich., just north of Detroit, reports the Detroit News.

The Jaguar was once Jumanne Sledge’s, a former Pontiac schools superintendent who resigned after allegations rose last  August of the improper use of school funds.

“The seizures shed light on an FBI investigation that coincides with a whistle-blower lawsuit alleging financial wrongdoing inside the troubled district, writes the Detroit News.

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Tex Man Posing as FBI Agent Pulled Over at Least One Motorist

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

For some citizens, it might be fun to fantasize about what it would be like to be an FBI agent.  The key is to leave it at just that: a fantasy.  That didn’t happen in Austin, Tex.

Police there are trying to find out about anyone who might have been pulled over in traffic by Armanda Rodriguez, who was impersonating an FBI agent, according to YNN News.

YNN News reports that officers pulled the 31-year-old over in black Ford Expedition outfitted with flashing lights.

At the time, he was attempting to pull over another driver. YNN reported that he made “suspicious comments” to the officer and he was portraying himself as an undercover FBI agent. Officers found fictitious FBI credentials and a badge.

A subsequent search of the apartment turned up more FBI and CIA credentials, military credentials, Marine Corps uniform, handcuffs and a pistol, YNN reported.

 

Real Estate Workers in San Diego Charged in Multi-Million Dollar Fraud

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Here’s another reminder how the real estate and banking world have suffered as a result of major acts of fraud.

In San Diego, charges were unsealed on Tuesday against several real estate agents involved in a multi-million-dollar mortgage fraud scheme targeting “vulnerable, low-income immigrants” , according to a statement from the FBI.

Eric Elegado, Charmagne Elegado, Theodore Cohen, Minh Nguyen, Regidor Pacal, Alexander V. Garcia, Roman Macabulos, Ramin Lotfi, and Roderick Huerto face multiple charges of conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering, and criminal forfeiture, says the FBI. The scheme resulted in losses of more than $15 million.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said that Eric Elegado owned and operated San Diego real estate and brokerage businesses and, conspired with others, obtained mortgage loans for unqualified buyers by falsifying salary information on loan documents, then submitted the documents to mortgage lenders, who eventually lent more than $50 million in mortgage loans.

“As a result of their scheme to defraud, defendants and others caused the mortgage companies, lending institutions, and financial institutions to lose more than $15 million,” says the FBI statement.

The defendants are scheduled to appear before US District Judge Anthony J. Battaglia on March 28.

 

Serious Hypocrisy: Anti-Drug Texas Politician Arrested by the DEA

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

What’s wrong with this picture?

El Paso, Texas, County Commissioner Guillermo Gandara Jr., who publicly had taken a hardline against drugs, was arrested by the DEA on drug trafficking charges, UPI reported.

The arrest, part of a multi-agency investigation, took place late Wednesday, DEA spokeswoman Diana Apodaca confirmed to the El Paso Times.

“DEA, [Immigration and Customs Enforcement], [the Internal Revenue Service], with the assistance of the FBI along with our local partners are conducting an ongoing operation, and we cannot release further details at this time,” she said, according to UPI.

UPI reported that Gandara is a candidate for state representative and made a statement:

“Legalizing drugs is the coward practice of combating cartels, it is an insult to our men and women in law enforcement, and the laziest form of parenting our children and youth about the effects of drugs,” he said.

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Convicted Terrorist Hysen Sherifi Faces New Charges He Plotted to Kill Witnesses Who Testified Against Him

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A North Carolina man sentenced last month to 45 years in prison for his role in a homegrown terrorist plot, faces new charges that he tried to hire a hit man to behead three witnesses that testified against him, the Charlotte Observer reported.

Raleigh, N.C. resident Hysen Sherifi was charged Tuesday with nine counts.

Under the latest charges, he plotted with his younger brother and female friend to pay $5,000 to an FBI informant to carry out the beheadings, according to the indictment. The informant gave Sherifi fake photographs to try and prove the hits were confirmed, according to the Associated Press.

The younger brother and female friend were arrested last month.

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Feds Join Investigation of Vegas Mosque Fire

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Federal authorities have joined in on an investigation into a fire at the construction site of a cemetery and funeral home intended to serve the Islamic community in Las Vegas, reports the Las Vegas Sun. But the leader of the Islamic Society of Nevada does not believe the fire was the result of a hate crime.

“I don’t think it was a hate crime,” said Khalid Khan, president of the society. “It’s my opinion.”

The fire occurred at 1 am on Wednesday, bringing a two-alarm response from the county fire department, according to the Sun.

The investigation team–consisting of the local fire department, the city police, the FBI and the ATF–has not yet determined a cause for the fire.

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