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June 2021


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FBI Helping Long Island Police in Possible Serial Killer Case

By Allan Lengel

The FBI is assisting police in Long Island into what may end up being a serial killer case. Four female bodies have been found in recent days on a Long Island Beach.

FBI spokesman Richard Kolko said in a statement Wednesday that the bureau “has offered assistance in the case. This is a Suffolk County Police Department investigation and we refer you to them for any additional information.”

The New York Times reported that the women “were found in brush about 500 feet apart from one another off a highway in Gilgo Beach.”

The Times reported that the identity of the woman and the cause of death is unknown.

LA Times Editorial: Stings Can Be Legitimate Tool in Terrorism

By The Los Angeles Times
Editorial Page

From Abscam to the arrest of former Washington Mayor Marion Barry on drug charges, sting operations have brought accusations that the government was entrapping its targets.

This perennial complaint has acquired a new sensitivity with charges that the FBI, as part of its anti-terrorism activities, is inducing Muslims to take part in fictitious plots and then arresting them. So far the accusations seem exaggerated, but the FBI needs to be careful that it doesn’t propose violations of the law to individuals who have shown no propensity to commit crimes.

The latest suggestion of entrapment comes from the lawyer for Mohamed Osman Mohamud, the 19-year-old Somali American accused of plotting to explode a bomb at a Christmas tree lighting in Portland, Ore., last month. The lawyer said undercover agents had been “basically grooming” Mohamud for months to commit a terrorist act, and complained that they failed to record their first meeting with Mohamud — the meeting at which evidence of entrapment would be most evident.

The notion that Mohamud was entrapped brought a defiant response from Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. Addressing a group of American Muslims, Holder said he would make no apologies for the FBI’s conduct in the case, which included providing Mohamud with a large and elaborate “explosive.” More generally, Holder said undercover operations “have proven to be an essential law enforcement tool in uncovering and preventing potential terror attacks.”

If the government’s recitation of facts in the Mohamud case is to be believed, Holder is on solid ground.

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Dallas FBI Agent Gets Probation for Hiring Illegal Aliens for Her Deli

By Allan Lengel

A Dallas FBI agent was sentenced Wednesday to two years probation and ordered to pay a $18,000 fine for unlawfully employing illegal immigrants at a deli she owned in suburban Dallas, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Ann Cox,  who was fired in the summer after the U.S. Attorney’s Office filed charges,  pleaded guilty in September to a misdemeanor offense for unlawfully employing aliens.

Authorities said that Cox, 49, of Rockwall, Tex., knowingly hired six illegal aliens while owning a Schlotzsky’s Deli from August 1997 to December 2008. Her husband is an FBI agent, but was not involved in the case.

“While it is disappointing that an FBI Special Agent chose to break the law, it is important for citizens to understand that the FBI has an unwavering commitment to take appropriate action when transgressions are committed by its employees, the overwhelming majority of whom are above reproach in their professional and personal conduct,” said Robert E. Casey Jr., head of the Dallas FBI.

FBI Agent Who Threatened to Kill Wife and Head of Dallas FBI Pleads Guilty

By Allan Lengel

A former FBI Dallas FBI agent pleaded guilty Wednesday in a case in which he was charged with plotting to kill his estranged wife and his boss, the head of the Dallas FBI, Robert Casey Jr., the Dallas Morning News reported.

Carlos Ortiz Jr., 49, pleaded to retaliating against a federal official. Ortiz’s estranged wife is an analyst with the FBI.

Casey suspended Ortiz without pay in May after Ortiz’s wife accused him of domestic violence, the newspaper reported. They have a 6-year-old son.

Authorities alleged that in August Ortiz spoke to a friend by phone, who is a licensed firearms dealer and said he was looking for a .50 caliber rifle, which are used by military snipers, the Dallas Morning News reported.

He also made threats against Casey and his wife and accused them of having an affair, something FBI officials denied, the Morning News reported.

The friend notified the FBI, the newspaper reported. Casey fired Ortiz on Aug. 25.

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FBI Assists Swedish Authorities in Suicide Bombing

By Allan Lengel

A seven-member FBI team has gone to Sweden to help sort out the the botched explosion over the weekend that killed a 28-year-old suicide bomber in a crowded shopping district in Stockholm, the New York Times reported.

The Times reported that the FBI experts specialize in analyzing bomb fragments, and  that Swedish officials suspect the Iraqi-born bomber Taimour Abdulwahab al-Abdaly likely had accomplices. Authorities were anxious to follow those leads.

Authorities say the bomber used a crude bomb. Media reports suggested the the Middle East-born man was carrying a bomb he planned to detonate  at a train station or department store when it prematurely exploded.


15 People Extradited From Mexico

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — One of the things Colombian drug lords hated most back in the day — getting extradited to the U.S. — is now happening with the Mexican cartel members with more frequency since they took over the distribution networks in the U.S.

The Justice Department on Tuesday announced that 15 people from Mexico have been extradited over the past week from Mexico to the U.S. to either stand trial, be sentenced or serve sentences. Twelve of the 15 are charged with federal narcotics-related offenses and the remaining three are accused of violent crimes in state-prosecuted cases.

“Extraditions are an important tool we have to ensure that criminals are brought to justice in this country,” said Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer.

“Over the past decade, the Department of Justice has established stronger partnerships with Mexico in many areas of law enforcement, including extraditions to and from each country. With these extraditions of individuals who committed or stand charged with violent and dangerous crimes, we look forward to seeing those partnerships continue to strengthen.”

Authorities said three of the people are charged in the Northern District of Illinois and were arriving Tuesday in Chicago. Nine others left Mexico and arrived in Houston Saturday morning and three others arrived in the United States over the course of the past week.

The Justice Department said the U.S. Marshals Service and the FBI are involved in transporting the defendants to jurisdictions where they face charges.

The extradited defendants are the following, as stated in a press release:

Oscar Jacobo Rivera Peralta, Ricardo Valdez Torres and Alfredo Molina Garcia: Northern District of Illinois; According to court documents, from approximately 2001 until 2006, Peralta, Torres and Garcia were members of a drug trafficking organization responsible for the importation of cocaine, heroin and synthetic heroin into the United States for distribution. The defendants are charged with narcotics trafficking-related offenses.

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Murder Trial Underway for ex-FBI Agent in Las Vegas

By Allan Lengel

Trial is underway in Las Vegas for retired FBI agent Edward Preciado-Nuno, who is accused of murdering his son’s girlfriend in November 2008.  His son had been trying to evict the girlfriend from the home.

Preciado-Nuno, 63, claims he killed girlfriend Kimberly Long after she attacked him with a hammer. He claims he then picked up a hammer in self defense and hit her, according to the Las Vegas Sun.

Preciado-Nuno retired from the bureau’s San Diego office in 2003 and has worked in New York, Puerto Rico, Las Vegas and Argentina, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.

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Bernie Madoff Won’t Attend Son’s Funeral


Mark Madoff/facebook photo

By Allan Lengel

Convicted swindler Bernie Madoff won’t be attending the funeral of his son Mark, who committed suicide in his  Manhattan home over the weekend, the Wall Street Journal reported.

“Mr. Madoff will not be attending the funeral out of consideration” for his family, attorney Ira Sorkin told the Journal.  Madoff will have his own private ceremony at his North Carolina prison.

Details of the funeral were still unclear and Mark Madoff’s  body remained in the New York City morgue on Monday, the Journal reported. In the Jewish faith, a body is buried as quickly as possible.

NBC’s Today Show reported that the son had not talked to the parents in a long time and that Ruth Madoff, Bernie’s wife, was angry at her husband over the suicide, saying he had blood on his hands.

Mark Madoff and his brother denied ever knowing that their father ran a sham operation, though some are skeptical of those claims.