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Dentistry Was Never So Exciting: FBI Turns to Dentists For Help Capturing Boston Mobster Whitey Bulger

FBI photos in ADA News online

FBI photos in ADA News online

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Suddenly dentistry —  a world of crowns and implants and root canals — has never been so exciting.

The FBI is asking the dental community across the country to help capture James “Whitey Bulger”, a violent Boston mobster, who ranks among the FBI’s Top 10 fugitive alongside notables like Osama bin Laden, according to the ADA (American Dental Association) News.

The trade publication wrote that Bulger’s girlfriend Catherine Greig, 59, who is believed to be on the run with Bulger, is a licensed hygientist, has several porcelain dental implants and, according to the FBI, is extremely vain and has her teeth cleaned every month.

The FBI has placed  information about Bulger and Greig and photos in the ADA News, hoping some dentist remembers her, the publication noted.

“We’re trying to reach as many dentists as possible throughout the nation,” Boston FBI agent Richard Teahan said, according to the publication. “This is a way for developing leads for us in locating both her and Bulger.”

The FBI continues to use creative ways to garner leads.

The agency recently placed a full-time ad in a plastic surgery trade publication with a photo of Greig. It notes that she has had a lot of plastic surgery, and asks if anyone remembers treating her.

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

FBI and LAPD Investigate Video Sent to Oprah Winfrey

logo_oprah_betaBy Allan Lengel
For AOL News

“The Oprah Winfrey Show,” which has been soliciting videos in search of the next big star, got one that prompted the program’s security to contact the FBI, law enforcement sources said.

The video was of a man who had a Mac 10 machine gun in tow and was making what appeared to be threatening remarks, sources said.

The sources said the man urged Winfrey to put him on the show and said that if she didn’t, she would hear about him somewhere else.

Security for the show, which is taped in Chicago, contacted the local FBI office and the wheels started in motion. Because the man had sent the video from Los Angeles, the FBI and police in that city were notified, sources said.

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Late Sen. Helms Offered to Help FBI as TV Executive

Jesse Helms/govt photo

Jesse Helms/govt photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The late  Sen. Jesse Helms of North Carolina was a broadcast executive before becoming a senator and  “offered the facilities of his station to assist the FBI at any time,” according to a 1971 FBI memo, the Raleigh News Observer  reported.

“He is a great admirer of the Director [J. Edgar Hoover] and the FBI and for a long period of time has been a staunch defender of the Director and his policies,” the FBI memo said of Helms who died in 2008, the newspaper reported. The memo was part of newly released FBI files of the Helms, a conservative Republican,  who was elected to the Senate in 1972 and served five terms.

Before serving in the senate,  he was executive vice president and assistant CEO of the Capitol Broadcasting Company, which operates WRAL, the Raleigh, N.C.,  station he volunteered to give the FBI access to, according to the paper.

Steve Hammel, WRAL’s vice president and general manager, told the paper  he was not aware of the FBI ever using the station.

To read more click here.

Atty. Gen. Holder Offers Jamaica Condolences for “Loss of Citizens and Law Enforcement Officials”

kingston mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr. commented Thursday on the deadly effort to extradite Jamaican kingpin Christopher “Dudus”  Coke, and offered condolences to the Jamaican people for “the loss of the citizens and law enforcement officials who have been killed.”

“As the Jamaican government seeks to uphold the rule of law, the United States stands in support of its efforts to ensure public safety and to combat drug trafficking and other criminal activity,” Holder said at a State Department function on Carribean-U.S. Security. “And we honor our brave law enforcement partners for their service, sacrifice, and commitment to the cause of justice.”

Jamaican soldiers and police have been battling with gunmen who have been fighting in Kingston to prevent the extradition of Coke to New York.  As of Thursday, about 70 people had been killed including three police officer, the Associated Press reported. It said 28 police officers had been wounded.

“As we continue to monitor events in Jamaica, let me assure each of you that this effort is a top priority, not only for the Department of Justice, but also for the Departments of State, Homeland Security and Defense. And we are all proud to call you our partners.”

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House Passes Bill To Help Families of Slain Agents With Relocation Costs

Sam Hicks/fbi photo

Sam Hicks/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Last November, the Baltimore FBI office was named after Sam Hicks, a slain Pittsburgh FBI agent who had worked as a Baltimore cop.

Now his name lives on in a piece of national legislation.

The House on Tuesday passed a bill named after Hicks that will allow federal law enforcement agencies to assist with relocation costs for families of slain agents who want to return to their hometown, according to a release by the FBI Agents Association.

“Today the House of Representatives passed the same version of the Special Agent Samuel Hicks Families of Fallen Heroes Act that was recently passed by the Senate by a vote of 412 to 0, clearing the legislation for Presidential signature,” the Association said in a statement. “This legislation will allow federal law enforcement agencies to assist families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty with relocation costs if they need to move back to their home communities.”

Hicks was slain in Nov. 19, 2008 while executing an arrest warrant.

The story about the House passing the legislation was first reported by the law enforcement website Main Justice.

FBI Warns of Scam Letter/Email Using Name of Detroit’s Top FBI Agent

scam letterBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Some crooks are using the name of the head of the Detroit FBI to run what amounts to a Nigerian scam letter, according to the FBI.

The FBI issued a warning saying a bogus letter is being emailed that says the recipient is the beneficiary of millions of dollars and needs to send money to release the funds.

The “Guarantee of Payment” letter is signed by Andrew Arena, special agent in charge of the FBI in Detroit.

The letter says that “the International clamp down on Terrorists” has put a hold on the funds. But the recipient of the letter can release the funds by sending money.

Along with the letter, is a second email/letter assuring a “100% Payment Guarantee” that is written on the letterhead of a legitimate institution and is signed also by Arena of the FBI, the FBI said.

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

Head of Boston FBI Warren Bamford to Retire

Warren Bamford

Warren Bamford

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Warren Bamford, a well-respected figure in the FBI who heads the Boston office, will retire next month after 24 years with the agency to take a job with a private utility, the Boston Globe reported.

Gail Marcinkiewicz, a spokeswoman for the Boston FBI, told the Globe Bamford’s last day will be June 18. He will take a job with the National Grid.

His departure leaves open two big FBI offices. Director Robert Mueller III is looking to fill the head job in New York.

Bamford, 51, was named “Fed of the Year” by ticklethewire.com in 2009. The award went to U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald the year before.

FBI Releases Some Files on Rep. John Murtha Who was Under Investigtion When He Died

Rep. John Murtha/gov photo

Rep. John Murtha/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The late Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) was on the radar screen of the FBI for many decades and died in February while under investigation for possible kickbacks from defense contractors, according to FBI documents released.

“This release contains public source information found in a Pittsburgh Division investigation into allegations of kickbacks involving government defense contractors,” the FBI said on its website. “Redactions were made to protect personal privacy. As this investigative file is still in “pending status,” the bulk of the file’s FBI documents are not releasable until the conclusion of the investigation.”

The released  files included information on the FBI undercover operation known as ABSCAM that resulted in indictments of several politicians.

The FBI documents stated that “during the course of the operations, Abscam has developed prosecutive federal cases against” 15 people, including Murtha, the Associated Press reported.

Murtha was never charged, but he was named as an unindicted co-conspirator.

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