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Former Mayor’s Aide Takes Plea Deal, Talks to Feds

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

 A corrupt former aide to two Buffalo mayors may help the feds find more corruption.

Timothy E. Wanamaker, also a former economic development chief, pleaded guilty  Tuesday to a felony charge of stealing government funds, reports Buffalo News, and agreed to cooperate with federal investigators. Wanamaker admitted to charging about $30,000 in personal expenses to his City Hall credit card over four years.

“It was a serious lapse in judgment on my part,” Wanamaker told U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara, according to the Buffalo paper.

Wanamaker agreed to cooperate with an ongoing investigation between the FBI and HUD as part of his plea deal.

“I very much anticipate that federal investigators will be aggressive in questioning Mr. Wanamaker,” U.S. Attorney William  J. Hochul Jr. said Tuesday according to the Buffalo News. “And those investigators will now be helped by someone who was on the inside.”

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Recently Acquitted, NY Assemblyman Arrested on New Charges

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A New York State Assemblyman was arrested by the FBI on bribery and extortion, reports NBC.

Acquitted on federal corruption charges just weeks ago, Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. was again arrested on new charges. It is alleged that he solicited money illegally to pay for the legal expenses of previous charges. He is accused of having soliciting more than $250,000 in payoffs from an FBI informant posing as an amusement park business man.

The new charges allege that Boyland was out soliciting bribes while on trial in federal court in Manhattan.

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Former Ill. FBI Agent Lied About Missing Money, Gets 5 Months Behind Bars

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A former FBI agent was taken into custody Tuesday after being sentenced to five months in prison followed by five months home confinement for lying to investigators about losing money seized in a major drug bust.  Authorities suspect he actually stole the money.

Jerry Nau, from Peoria, Ill., pleaded guilty in August to lying to investigators and forging the signatures of fellow agents on evidence sheets to hide the missing money, reports the Chicago Tribune. A total of $43,643 went missing after the bust of drug dealer Adrain Robinson. Nau told investigators he panicked when he was unable to find the money before the trial and hoped it would “turn up” on its own, the Tribune reported.

A special prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney James Warden, was assigned to the case from the Indianapolis U.S. attorney’s office.

“Would you walk away and say, ‘I hope it comes back some day?'” Warden said, according to the Tribune. “No, you would start screaming at your colleagues and say … ‘Let’s go find (the money).

“What happened is he stole the money.”

In court, Nau read a statement, according to the Trib.

“I always taught my children to tell the truth,” he said. “I told everyone around me lies are what get you in trouble because once you told one, you need to tell another to cover yourself.”

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OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST:

Feds to Pay Widow of Anthrax Victim $2.5 Million

One of the real anthrax letters in 2001/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The feds are getting out the check book to cover an anthrax lawsuit filed by the wife whose husband — a Florida tabloid photo editor — was killed in 2001 by an anthrax letter.

The Associated Press reports that the U.S. government has agreed to pay widow Maureen Stevens $2.5 million to settle a lawsuit she filed.

The suit claimed the government failed to set in place security measures to assure that no one at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Md. got a hold of a the deadly anthrax strain  that was used to kill her husband and four others.

As part of the agreement, the wife has agreed to drop all other claims relating to the death of her husband Robert Stevens.

For years, some at the FBI were convinced that Ft. Detrick scientist Steven Hatfill was the culprit. But eventually investigators turned their attention toward Bruce Ivins, a scientist in the lab who committed suicide in July 2008, shortly before the feds planned to charge him in the deadly mailings that killed 5 and sickened 17 others.

 

Is the Calif. “Geezer Bandit” Really Much Younger? The FBI Says That’s a Possibility

"Geezer Bandit"/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It’s not the first time this theory has emerged. But it seems to be gaining some traction.

CBS in Los Angeles is reporting that the FBI again is saying that the elderly looking bank robber dubbed the “Geezer Bandit” — he’s robbed 15 banks in the San Diego area — may actually be a younger person wearing an elaborate latex mask from a special effects company.

CBS reports that a bank teller who saw the bandit up close agrees that it may be a mask.

“Something didn’t look normal, it wasn’t a normal face,” said the witness, according to CBS. “He came in, requested money and passed a note and said ‘If you don’t, I will murder you and everyone else in the bank.'”

The man appears to be in at least in his 70s, according to FBI photos.

 

FBI Agent Said He Was Naive About How Big Enron Case Would Become

By TOM FOWLER
HOUSTON CHRONICLE

When Mike Anderson launched the FBI’s investigation of Enron’s collapse in early December 2001, he thought assigning a couple of agents to the case would be a good start.

“I knew it was going to be a big case,” said Anderson, assistant special agent in charge of the white-collar crime group in Houston. “But I think I was a little naïve about how big.”

Within a few weeks, the investigation had exploded into a national task force with dozens of agents, prosecutors and other specialists working on it from coast to coast.

“It was the biggest FBI investigation at the time and remains one of the most complex in the history of the bureau,” Anderson said.

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FBI Dir. Mueller Fires Off Letter Opposing Mandatory Military Custody for Terrorist Suspects

 

Robert Mueller/file fbi photo

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It’s not everyday that FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III jumps into the political fray.

But the Associated Press reports that Mueller on Monday fired off a letter to lawmakers raising concerns about a proposed defense bill that would require military custody for someone captured who is suspected of being a member of al Qaeda or its affiliate and is involved in plotting or carrying out terrorist acts against the U.S.

“Because the proposed legislation applies to certain persons detained in the United States, the legislation may adversely impact our ability to continue ongoing international terrorism investigations before or after arrest, derive intelligence from those investigations and may raise extraneous issues in any future prosecution of a person covered” by the provision, Mueller wrote, according to AP.

Mueller also wrote, according to AP, that the provision could prevent the FBI from using a grand jury to gather records or subpoenaing witnesses.

“The legislation … will inhibit our ability to convince covered arrestees to cooperate immediately, and provide critical intelligence,” Mueller said.

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OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

On Cyber Monday, Feds Shut Down Websites that Peddle Counterfeit Goods

Atty. Gen. Holder/ file photo doj

 By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

On Cyber Monday, the big Internet shopping day, the Justice Department announced it had shut down 150 domain names of websites that were peddling counterfeit goods that included professional sports jerseys, golf equipment, DVD sets, footwear, handbags and sunglasses.

“Through this operation we are aggressively targeting those who are selling counterfeit goods for their own personal gain while costing our economy much-needed revenue and jobs,” said Attorney General Eric Holder ina statement.

The crackdown, part of a running investigation dubbed Operation in Our Sites, was executed by the Department of Justice, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the ICE-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center), and the FBI Washington Field Office.

Authorities said the 150 seized domains are in the custody of the federal government, and that visitors that go to the sites will find a seizure banner that notifies them that the domain name has been seized by federal authorities. It also provides education that willful copyright infringement is a federal crime.