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Former FBI Informant Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison for Same Crime He Was Helping Investigate

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former college professor who was working as an FBI informant investigating mortgage fraud was sentenced to four years and four months in prison Thursdsay for hatching his own mortgage fraud scheme, The Plain Dealer reports.

Paul Tomko asked for leniency but got none from U.S. District Judge Christopher Boyko.

Tomko pleaded guilty in March to five charges, including conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

While Tomko pocketed about $100,000 by filing liens for work not performed, he also was working as an FBI agent from 2006-09, helping agents target fraudulent appraisers.

“How ironic,” the judge said. “While you’re helping the FBI you’re gutting the public.”

FBI’s Public Face in Navy Yard Investigation Grew Up in Rural New York

Valerie Parlave-FBI Arkansas

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

For anyone following the investigation into the Washington Navy Yard shooting, the face of Valerie Parlave may be familiar.

Parlave, assistant director in charge of the FBI Washington Field Office, is responsible for informing the public about what happened when a gunman entered Navy Yard and opened fire, the Democrat and Chronicle reports.

Parlave announced the identity of the shooter, Aaron Alexis, and appealed to the public for more information about the shooting spree.

It was big news for residents of rural Ontario County in New York.

“Here’s a small-town gal from Naples, N.Y.,” Henry Savage, a family friend who keeps in touch with Parlave from time to time, told the Democrat and Chronicle. “Naples, N.Y., in the grand scheme of things is about as small as you can get. Just through good honest hard work and stick-to-it-iveness, she’s one of the top people in the FBI now. That’s exciting, and it’s exciting for her.”

New Head of FBI Office in Boston Pledges to Continue Probing Boston Marathon Bombing

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Newly appointed chief of Boston’s FBI office, Vincent Lisi, said his office is nowhere close to being finished investigating the Boston marathon bombing shootings, The Boston Globe reports.

“We owe that to the victims of the bombing,” Vincent B. Lisi, special agent in charge of the Boston FBI, told the Globe. “Our focus, commitment, is that nobody in our office will rest until we’ve identified everyone that had anything to do with the bombing and make sure they face justice.”

The 49-year-old began his career in 1989. Since then, he’s investigated gangs and drug dealers. He also served as deputy assistant director of the Counterintelligence Division at FBI headquarters.

While head of the Boston office, Lisi said he wants to improve the relationship between the FBI and local law enforcement to better respond to emergencies such as terrorist attacks.

Border Patrol Agents Came Under Rock Attack While Stopping Illegal Crossing

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Border Patrol agents who were trying to prevent a group of undocumented immigrants from entering the U.S. over the weekend came under attack, the El Paso Times reports.

The agents spotted eight people illegally crossing the border in El Paso on Sunday, sparking a rock attack.

Luckily none of the agents were injured.

It started at 8 p.m. when agents arrested five of the suspects, the El Paso Times reported. The remaining suspects ran to the Mexican side of the border and began chucking rocks at the agents.

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

FBI Investigating Why Practicing Buddhist Opened Fire at Navy Yard in D.C.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A practicing Buddhist known as a “peaceful soul” by friends was the gunman behind the Washington Navy Yard shooting rampage Monday that claimed a dozen lives, including his own, the Washington Times reports.

Now the FBI is trying to determine why Aaron Alexis would open fire at the historic Washington Navy Yard in Southeast D.C.

“He is a nice person,” said Naree Wilton, an employee at a Thai restaurant where Alexis had worked. “I never see him get mad at anybody.”

According to the Washington Times, Alexis told his coworkers that he was leaving the area about three months ago.

Whether he actually left is another question and part of the FBI investigation.

Mexican Police Arrest 3rd Suspect in Slaying of Border Patrol Agent

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The December 2010 slaying of Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry shed light on the U.S. government’s botched gun-smuggling investigation, Operation Fast and Furious, The Washington Times reports.

Now a third suspect is in custody in the shootout that left Terry dead in the Arizona borderlands.

Police in Sinaloa, Mexico, arrested suspect Ivan Soto Barraza, 30.

He is awaiting extradition, the Times reported.

“Brian’s family is pleased to hear of another arrest and we remain hopeful that two additional fugitives believed to be in Mexico will be arrested. Questions remain unanswered about the death of Brian, including details on the failed gun trafficking investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious,” Terry’s cousin told Reuters.

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FBI Records: New York Knicks Appear to Have Fixed Games in the Early 1980s

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI investigated the New York Knicks in the early 1980s on allegations that three of the players shaved off points “as a favor to their cocaine supplier,” Sports Illustrated reports.

The revelations come from the recently released book, “Larceny Games: Sports Gambling, Game Fixing and the FBI.”

According to the book, the FBI “seemed to possess very credible information” about the scam, which involved players shaving off points to cover point spreads.

An FBI informant learned about the alleged scheme in March 1982 when “one of the largest [drug] dealers in the East Coast” upped his bets on the Knicks from $300 per game to $10,000 per game.

But a lack of physical evidence and confessions eventually led to the investigation’s closure, Sports Illustrated wrote.

FBI Informant Lives Large in Cuba, reviving Claims That He Also Worked with Cuban Intelligence

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Gilberto Abascal was a main informant in two-high profile cases in Florida in the past seven years, but now he’s living large in Cuba, the Miami Herald reports.

Abascal was the key witness in the trial of militant Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles two years ago, the Herald wrote. In 2006, he was the main informant in another case.

Now, the Herald wrote, Abascal is building a house, renting expensive cars and offering a large reward for information about the person who broke into his home.

For many, Abascal’s lifestyle reinforced the belief that he was serving as an informant for both Cuban and U.S. intelligence.

“This inferentially validates the conclusion that this was an individual who had a collaborative relationship with Cuban security . . . and casts a shadow on the FBI for its dealings with this guy,” said Arturo V. Hernandez, an attorney for another case in which Abascal was a main witness.