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June 2021


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Feds Capture “Pablo Escobar of the Caribbean” in Puerto Rico After Decade-Long Hunt

puerto-rico-mapBy Allan Lengel

A man known as the Pablo Escobar of the Caribbean was captured by federal authorities Saturday in Puerto Rico following a decade-long hunt, the Associated Press reported.

FBI, DEA, U.S. Marshals  and Puerto Rico Police captured Jose Figueroa Agosto in a working class neighborhood in San Juan, AP reported. he was wearing a wig and jumped out of his car and tried running when he saw he was being followed.

“We asked him his name, and he simply answered that we knew who he was,” Antonio Torres, who heads the U.S. Marshal Service’s fugitive task force in Puerto Rico said, according to AP.

“It is a tremendous arrest, definitely,” U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez told a news conference Saturday, according to AP.

AP reported that Figueroa,45, is suspected of shipping Colombian drugs to the U.S. via Puerto Rico. He escaped from prison in 1999.

Va. Man on No-Fly List Can Return Home from Egypt

plane window2Update: The Associated Press reported that Yahya Wehelie returned to the U.S. on Saturday.
By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — A Virginia man who had been in no-fly list hell for months will now be allowed to return to the U.S., the Associated Press reported.

Yahya Wehelie spent 18 months in Yemen. In May, he was heading home to Virginia and was changing planes in Cairo when the FBI stopped him and told him he was on the no-fly list. He was then stuck in Egpyt.

The New York Times had reported that the FBI wanted to question him about his contact with an American in Yemen accused of hooking up with al Qaeda and fatally shooting a hospital guard. He and his parents said at the time eh wanted to come home and finish his education and get a job. They also said he hated al Qaeda.

AP reported that Wehelie said in a phone interview that he’s not clear why US officials changed their mind, but he holds no ill will.

“I’m not angry at all. I know who I am and I knew eventually I would go home,” he told AP.“They’re trying to find the bad people, so more power to them.”

Must Have? Paper Offers Ringtones of Rod Blagojevich FBI Recordings

iphoneBy Allan Lengel

As absurd as this sounds, this might be a “must have” for your cell phone.

The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Ill.,  is offering ringtones on iPhones with the FBI recordings of ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is on trial in Chicago on public corruption charges, USA Today reports.

The paper reports the ringtones include such colorful statements as: “Only thirteen percent of you all out there think I’m doing a good job. So (expletive) all of you.”

Another one says: “I’ve got this thing and it’s (expletive) golden. And I’m just not giving it up for (expletive) nothing.”

Couple Convicted of Trying to Extort $680,000 From Actor John Stamos

John Stamos

John Stamos

By Allan Lengel

A Michigan couple was convicted Thursday of trying to extort $680,000 from actor John Stamos in a trial held in federal court in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Scott Edward Sippola 31, and Allison Lenore Coss,24, both of Marquette, Mi., were convicted following a four day jury trial, authorities said. Sentencing is set for Oct. 8.

Authorities said the two began sending Stamos emails in November 2009, saying they had compromising photos of him that they planned to sell to tabloids unless he forked over $680,000. Stamos went to the FBI.

On Dec. 2, 2009, both defendants were arrested near the K.I. Sawyer International airport in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, authorities said.

Authorities said Coss met Stamos in Orlando in April 2004 during a trip to Disney World. Authorities said Coss was a party with Stamos and about eight others.

Stamos told authorities they developed a friendship and communicated by email, and he testified in court that nothing improper happened at the party and he didn’t believe compromising photos existed.

The FBI never found compromising photos.

Fla. Man Opens Fire on Fake FBI Agents Trying to Break in Home

cooper city flaBy Allan Lengel

Note to Fake FBI Agents: Beware of gunslingers.

Earlier this week, a homeowner opened fire on two men posing as FBI agents who were trying to break into his Cooper City, Fla., home, stations WPLG reported. A third man posing as an FBI agent acted as a look out. The men fled and no one appeared to have been hit.

The station reported that three men were clad in baseball hats and T-shirts with the letters FBI on the back.

The men pulled up to the house in a sport utility vehicle around 4 a.m. Monday and two got out, the station reported.

A video shows the men trying to pry open the front door, then the front window when gunfire erupts. They immediately run to the car and take off.

The station reported that homeowner Malcolm Pena, 35, opened fire with his .40-caliber pistol after seeing what was happening.


Feds Say NY Jeweler Murdered For Disprespecting Genovese Family Mobster

mafia33By Allan Lengel

Respect comes in different forms. In the mob world, it often comes in the form of $$$.

Brooklyn federal prosecutors on Wednesday said mobbed up Staten Island jeweler Louis Antonelli was murdered because he disrespected Genovese capo Anthony Antico, 74, by failing to pay him cash kickbacks for selling gems at Antico’s social club, the N.Y. Daily News reported.

The paper reported that Antonelli, 43, was fatally shot April 29, 2008, in West Brighton in Staten Island.

Defense lawyer Gerald McMahon called one of the government’s witnesses “a chain saw murderer” and another “a mass murderer.”

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In other mob news, the Daily News reports that “ruthless, toothless former Colombo crime boss Thomas (Tommy Shots) Gioeli” has been accused in federal court of killing off-duty NYPD cop Ralphy Dols in Brooklyn in 1997.


Column: Did Russian Spies Fool FBI?

Jeff Stein
Jeff Stein

By Jeff Stein
Spy Talk

WASHINGTON — Two longtime veterans of the intelligence wars between Russia and the West say it’s inconceivable that the spies deported to Moscow Friday didn’t detect FBI surveillance years ago.

And that, they say, could explain why the FBI never produced evidence in court that the “illegals” had obtained any classified information: They stopped spying as soon as they discovered they were being watched — but stayed just busy enough to distract the FBI, potentially, from more important operations.

“If you’re under surveillance, you don’t do anything — you’re burnt,” said Victor Ostrovsky, a prominent former Mossad operative who said the lsraelis taught trainees about surveillance by studying real Russian spies at work. “You might as well pack yourself up slowly and go home.”

An American counterintelligence veteran said: “It does boggle the mind that they never allegedly picked up on any of the watchers nor learned of any of the technical ops run against them. It really is amazing.”

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“Die Hard” Director John McTiernan Pleads Guilty to Lying to FBI

die-hard-posterBy Allan Lengel

Rogue Los Angeles private detective Anthony Pellicano, who wiretapped the rich and famous, and is now in prison, is still touching the lives of some in a bad way.

The latest sign of that came Monday when “Die Hard” director John McTiernan pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about paying Pellicano $50,000 in 2000 to wiretap the telephone of a Hollywood producer Charles Roven, Bloomberg news reported.

Bloomberg reported that prosecutors filed a plea agreement in Los Angeles U.S. District Court. The agreement indicated that prosecutors won’t ask for more than a year in prison.

McTiernan, 59, originally pleaded guilty to the charges in 2006, but was later allowed to withdraw because he hadn’t gotten a hearing to try and suppress evidence, Bloomberg reported.

Pellicano, 66, got 15 years in prison for illegally spying on people. Pellicano is currently being housed in a low-security prison in southeastern Arizona. His release date is Feb. 28, 2019, according to the The Bureau of Prisons.

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