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British Man to be Extradited to US on Iranian Weapon Sales Charges

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A retired British businessman will be extradited to the US after losing a High Court battle, reports the Mail Online.

Christopher Tappin, 64, faces charges of conspiring to sell parts for Iranian missiles in the US, which he denies. In fighting extradition, he claimed entrapment by the FBI, which a British judge dismissed as an “unsustainable” claim, reports the Mail. He may now face up to 35 years in prison.

Tappin is suspected to have unlawfully tried to export batteries for Hawk air defence missiles.

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FBI Joins Interpol in Int’l Gold Scam Investigation

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has joined international law enforcement agencies in investigating a 100 million pound gold scam in West Africa, reports the Belfast Telegraph.

The scam, which the FBI is looking into with Interpol, is thought to have originated in Lagos, Nigeria, according to the Telegraph. It allegedly was  masterminded by a Nigerian gang and involves an Irish passport used to steal millions of dollars from US investors over nearly 12 months.

Scammers offered US investors the ability to purchase unprocessed gold directly from a west African mine, telling them the purchases were tax and fee free.

US Investors put $3 million in creating a secure export system.

The scam was discovered when an Irish security team arrived in west Africa to escort the gold out. The team was unable to make direct contact with the main organizer of the gold shipment–John Recketts–and reported their suspicions to the US investors.

The US investors immediately withdrew from the plans and abandoned the Irish team.

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Man Who Applied for FBI Job Gets 80 Mos. in Prison

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Dominick Pelletier was not expecting prison time when he went looking for a job at the FBI. But he got it.

The 34-year-old suburban Chicago resident applied with the bureau as an intelligence analyst in August of 2008, according to the Daily Herald, but after taking a routine polygraph test he told interviewers that he felt he made mistakes on the polygraph regarding questions involving child pornography.

Pelletier later admitted to having child porn on his computer, and allowed authorities to search it, the paper reported. In August of 2011 he pleaded guilty to the charges.

After pleading guilty to charges of possession of child pornography, the one-time FBI job applicant was recently handed an 80 month prison sentence without parole, reports the Daily Herald.

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White NYPD Officer to Plead Guilty in Case Involving False Arrest of a Black Man

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A New York cop plans on pleading guilty to charges  relating to allegations that he  falsely arrested an innocent black man and later made racist remarks about the incident, reports the New York Post.

Michael Daragjati was arrested by the FBI this fall on civil rights violations. He has been in jail awaiting trial since.

After the black man complained about his treatment by Daragjati during a stop-and-frisk in Staten Island on April 15, Daragjati added resisting arrest charges before arresting the man. Daragjati, a white man, was later overheard saying he had “fried another n—–” on an FBI wiretap, the Post reports.

“Race played no part in the decision he made in effectuating the arrest of the individual in question,” Daragjati’s defense lawyer Eric Franz said after a court hearing, according to the Post.  Still, they announced plans for a plea deal.

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FBI Agent Deleted Terror Investigation Emails

Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent testified in federal court Thursday  in New York that she deleted several months of potentially sensitive emails during a terror investigation, the Associated Press reported.

Defense attorneys want to examine the emails to see if agents skirted rules while interrogating Eritrean terror suspect Mohamed Ibrahim Ahmed, reports the Associated Press. Ahmed is charged with receiving explosives training, buying an assault rifle and fundraising for the terrorist group al-Shabaab.

The FBI agent, Jennifer Dent, “was a member of a so-called “dirty” team that did an initial intelligence-gathering interview of Ahmed without reading him his Miranda rights while he was still in Nigerian custody in December 2009,” AP reported..

“We were very concerned about plots and plans against the United States and national security,” she said, according to AP.

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FBI Exec. Asst. Dir. Warns of Dangers Online

FBI's Shawn Henry /fbi file photo

Danny Fenster
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Shawn Henry, executive assistant director of the FBI, had some dire warnings for attendants of the International Conference on Cyber Security, in New York, the Huffington Post reported on Thursday.

Criminal hackers pose risk that are “existential, meaning it could eliminate whole companies,” he said. Hackers tampering with things such as the power grid “could actually cause death,” Henry said. He also mentioned FBI investigations into a small company that had gone out of business after hackers stole $5 million, another which lost a decade’s worth of research and development, and another who encrypted computer health systems for hostage, demanding a fee for the password.

“We’ve seen the number and sophistication of the attacks by these cyber actors increase dramatically,” Henry said, according to the Huffington Post. “Hundreds of millions of dollars have been stolen, primarily through the financial services sector, just in the last couple years.”

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Judge Whacks Ala. Bank Robbers With Tough Sentences

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A couple of Alabama bank robbers got hit with some pretty  stiff sentences, the FBI said Wednesday.

Antoine Jamar Harper was sentenced to 39 years and 3 months, and Aaron Thomas was sentenced to 72 years and 7 months in prison for their roles in a violent strong of robberies near Montgomery, Ala., according to the FBI.

Both men plead guilty to armed robbery charges from January and March of 2010, as well as charges of “brandishing a gun during a crime of violence.” Thomas also plead guilty to a couple of additional robberies in December 2009.

The ATF, FBI and local police worked together to investigate the crimes.

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FBI Seeking Five Members of Cartel-Like Gang in San Diego

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Five members of the cartel-like Los Palillos gang, a blight on life in San Diego, remain at large while the FBI continues searching for them, reports 10 News.

“It’s as if a group of serial killers moved from Tijuana into San Diego and started murdering citizens here,” deputy district attorney Mark Amador said of the group, who are said to be responsible for a kidnapping and killing spree across San Diego county, according to the station.

A Los Palillos member was seen on surveillance cameras casing a wealthy entrepreneur’s home in area in 2009; just days later, the homeowner was kidnapped and held hostage. FBI swat tracked down the hostage holders, apprehending six, but the others got away.

“We believe some of these members are down in Mexico but it doesn’t preclude them from traveling around Mexico or possibly up here,” said FBI special agent Darrell Foxworth, the station reported.

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