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U.S. Atty. Goes After $5 Mil In Assets from Bernie Madoff Employees

 cash-100-billsBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The federal prosecutors aren’t done trying to recover more of the poisonous fruits from Bernie Madoff and his people.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of Manhattan announced Tuesday that his office filed  civil complaints against former Madoff employees Annette Bongiorno and Joann Crupi  to recoup  $5 million in assets they had.  Both worked for Madoff for more than 25 years and played a  role in the gigantic fraud, federal prosecutors alleged.

Authorities said Bongiorno responsibilities included  responding to clients’s questions about about their investments and  overseeing the fabrication of account statements, trade confirmations, and other documents. Crupi’s responsiblities included handing the receipt of funds  and transferring funds between Madoff’s business accounts.

According to a U.S. Attorney press release, the funds in question for ANNETTE BONGIORNO include: Approximately $1.1 million currently or formerly held in accounts at Citibank, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, and HSBC; a 2005 Bentley Continental, for which BONGIORNO paid approximately $182,605; a 2007 Mercedes Benz, for which BONGIORNO paid approximately $90,000; and approximately $1.3 million paid towards a luxury condominium.

And for JOANN CRUPI: A house in Mantoloking, N.J., for which she paid $2,225,000 cash; and approximately $26,500 in rental income from the Mantoloking house, currently held at Commerce Bank.

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FBI Arrests Calif. Hacker Suspected of Extorting Sex Videos From Victims

hacker-artAllan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In the eyes of authorities, Luis Mijangos was a skilled computer hacker who went on the rampage and tried  to extort sexually explicit videos from women and girls.

The FBI arrested the 31-year-old  Santa Ana, Calif. man on Tuesday without incident.

Authorities said that FBI computer forensics experts  determined that  Mijangos infected more than 100 computers that were used by approximately 230 individuals,   of which at least 44  were  juveniles.

The affidavit in the case alleged that Mijangos infected computers around the world with a malicious computer code, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Mijangos then got his victims to download “the malware onto their computers by making the files appear to be popular songs,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office stated Tuesday.  “After the victims downloaded the malware, Mijangos was able to control their computers, allowing him to send instant messages containing malware from those computers to other people in the victims’ address books. These later victims thought they were receiving messages from friends or family members.”

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Time Square Bomber’s Statement Good Indicator He’s Not Likely to Get Break at Sentencing: “It’s a WAR!”

Faisal Shahzad

Faisal Shahzad

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

If there was any question whether Times Square car bomber Faisal Shahzad might catch a break during sentencing for fully cooperating with the FBI, his statements in court on Monday may have cleared that all up: It’s highly highly unlikely.

Shahzad pleaded guilty Monday and then warned the court of more attacks and accused the U.S. of “terrorizing the Muslim nations and the Muslim people,” according to the Washington Post.

“It’s a war,” he told the judge.

He said, according to the Washington Post, if the U.S. didn’t get out of Iraq, Afghanistan and other Muslim nations, “we will be attacking U.S.” and that Americans “only care about their people, but they don’t care about the people elsewhere in the world when they die.”

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Times Square Bomber Pleads Guilty

times square artBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Shortly after he was arrested on May 3, he confessed to planting a car bomb in Times Square. After that, he spent many a day cooperating with the FBI.

So it came as no great surprise on Monday when  Faisal Shahzad pleaded guilty in New York to a 10-count indictment, admitting to plotting to detonate a car bomb in a busy section of Manhattan on a Saturday night.

“Faisal Shahzad plotted and launched an attack that could have led to serious loss of life, and today the American criminal justice system ensured that he will pay the price for his actions,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement. “We will not rest in bringing to justice terrorists who seek to harm the American people, and we will use every tool available to the government to do so.”

The government had alleged that a Pakistani with ties to the Pakistani Taliban had sent Shahzad about $12,000 before he carried out the unsuccessful plot.

The New York Times reported that he entered the plea around 4:30 p.m.

“He sat at a table and drummed his fingers on the surface as his lawyer Philip Weinstein conferred with Judge Miriam Goldman Cederbaum and a prosecutor,” the Times reported.

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Done Deal: Leonardo DiCaprio Will Play J. Edgar Hoover

Leonardo DiCaprio/photo from his website

Leonardo DiCaprio/photo from his website

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Just guessing, but actor Leonardo DiCaprio may be a little bit more of a babe magnet than J. Edgar Hoover was.

Nonetheless, it appears to be a done deal that DiCaprio will play the legendary director in an upcoming “biopic” film directed by Clint Eastwood, reports the website Deadline New York.

J. Edgar Hoover/fbi photo

J. Edgar Hoover/fbi photo

The script is written by Dustin Lance Black and production will begin later this year, Deadline New York reports.

Crime Along Arizona Border May Be What We Think

mexico-border-signBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — With the Mexican drug cartels spiraling out of control, and illegal immigration at the forefront of many a debate, it may be hard to swallow some stats that show things aren’t what they seem.

The New York Times reports that rate of violent crime at the border and across Arizona has been on the decline, according to the FBI. And the Border Patrol reports a decline in illegal immigration.

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Boston’s Top FBI Agent Warren Bamford Steps Down; James Burrell Acting SAC

Warren Bamford

Warren Bamford

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Warren T. Bamford, head of the Boston FBI, officially retired Friday after heading up the office since 2007. Assistant special agent in charge James C. Burrell has been named the acting special agent in charge.

Under Bamford’s reign, the office produced a number of high-profile cases including one that involved a corrupt state senator and another that targeted a street boss for the Colombo crime family.

“My FBI experience has been tremendous and being able to end my career in the Boston Office makes it even better,” he said Friday in a statement to ticklethewire.com.  “I have tried to do the best job possible and have no regrets.”

Bamford will begin working for a private utility, National Grid,  on June 28.

Under his command, the office aggressively pursued fugitive James “Whitey” Bulger, a violent mobster who was added to the FBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitive list in 1999.

The office took creative steps to find Bulger and his female companion, including placing ads in dental and plastic surgery publications.

But in the end, like his predecessors, he was unable to find Bulger.

Bamford joined the bureau in 1986. Before arriving in Boston, he served as special agent in charge of  the Counterterrorism and Intelligence Division in Los Angeles.

In 2009, he was named “Fed Of The Year” by ticklethewire.com. The previous year, the award went to Chicago’s U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.

Authorities Charge 1,215 People in Nationwide Mortgage Fraud Sweep

Atty. Gen. Holder (left) and FBI Director Mueller announce results/fbi photo

Atty. Gen. Holder (left) and FBI Director Mueller announce results/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News
WASHINGTON –The Justice Department today announced the “broadest mortgage fraud sweep” in U.S. history, with criminal charges filed against 1,215 people. Almost 500 have already been arrested in a 3 1/2-month crackdown dubbed “Operation Stolen Dreams.”

Authorities said the operation uncovered $2.3 billion in mortgage fraud losses and recovered $147 million through 191 civil enforcement actions.

Despite the multistate crackdown, FBI Director Robert Mueller said there is still room for concern. He noted that his agency is pursuing more than 3,000 mortgage fraud cases, almost double the number from the last fiscal year.

“Those who prey on the housing market should know that hundreds of FBI agents on task forces and their law enforcement partners are tracking down your schemes, and you will be brought to justice,” Mueller said in a statement.

Attorney General Eric Holder added: “The staggering totals from this sweep highlight the mortgage fraud trends we are seeing around the country. We have seen mortgage fraud take on all shapes and sizes — from schemes that ensnared the elderly to fraudsters who targeted immigrant communities.”

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