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Texas Fed Prosecutors Want Convicted El Paso FBI Agent to Forfeit Weapons, Silencer and Cash

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Federal prosecutors in El Paso want FBI agent John Thomas Shipley, who was convicted this month of dealing weapons without a license and lying to ATF agents about the sales, to forfeit 17 weapons, a silencer, ammunition and $7,340 in cash found in his home.

Authorities filed a motion last week in U.S. District Court in El Paso asking for the forfeiture and listing the weapons, which includes Remington rifles and Glocks. The silencer was described  as “IAWC Systems Technology Silencer, Model Thundertrap .30.”

A federal jury in El Paso deliberated for less than three hours earlier this month before convicting Shipley.

ATF agents arrested Shipley, 40, last year after tracing back to him a .50 caliber rifle that was used in a drug cartel shootout in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Authorities charged that he sold 51 weapons between 2005 and 2008 for more than $118,000. Sentencing is set for July 8.

New Head of Newark FBI Michael Ward Knows Corruption Will be a Priority

Michael Ward/fbi photo

Michael Ward/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Michael Ward, the new head of the FBI’s Newarks office, is getting his feet wet, getting to know his agents, quickly learning what clearly will be a big priority, the Newark Star-Legder reports.

“After my first couple of briefings, I think I can safely say that corruption is an issue in New Jersey,” Ward told the Star-Ledger.

The straightforward agent, who came from FBI headquarters, has made multiple stops in his 22 year career with the FBI. The Star-Ledger features Ward in a Sunday story. To read the story click here.

Gordon Snow To Head FBI’s Cyber Security Division

Gordon Snow/ fbi photo
Gordon Snow/ fbi photo
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Gordon M. Snow, a Detroit native, gets a bump up, going from deputy assistant director of the agency’s Cyber Division to assistant director of the division, which protects U.S. from cyber attacks and high tech crimes.

“The FBI considers the cyber threat against our nation to be one of the greatest concerns of the 21st century,” FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III said in a statement. “Protecting the United States against cyber crimes is one of the FBI’s highest priorities and, in fact, is the FBI’s highest criminal priority. Gordon’s broad range of investigative and leadership experience will serve the Cyber Division well as they carry out this mission.”

Snow started as an agent in 1992 Huntsville, Ala., where he investigated violent crime, drug, civil rights, public corruption, and white-collar crime.

In April 1996, he jointed the Critical Incident Response Group as a member of the Hostage Rescue Team. His assignments included “assessment, protection, and investigative support missions after the bombing of the USS Cole in Aden, Yemen, and the embassy bombings in Nairobi, Kenya.,” the FBI said.

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Man Charged in Oregon With Hiring Undercover FBI Agent as Hitman to Kill Girlfriend

Scientist Tells Panel Dr. Ivins is Not the Anthrax Killer

Anthrax Suspect Bruce Ivins

Anthrax Suspect Bruce Ivins

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The killer anthrax case is not dead — at least in some circles.

The New York Times reports that a former Army microbiologist Henry S. Heine told a National Academy of Sciences panel on Thursday that his colleague Bruce E. Ivins could not have produced the deadly anthrax spores, contrary to what the FBI has concluded. The panel is reviewing the FBI’s scientific work on the case.

Ivins committed suicide in July of 2008 shortly before federal authorities were about to charge him in the 2001 anthrax attacks that killed five people, sickened 17 others. The attacks changed the way the postal service processes mail and has lead to endless hoaxes involving white powder letters.

The Times reported that Heine told reporters after his testimony that Ivins couldn’t have carried out the attacks, and among the senior scientists at the Army bio-defense lab in Maryland where Ivins worked “no one believes it.”

The Times reported that Heine testified that producing the quantity of deadly spores would involved a year of intensive work that would not have gone unnoticed by colleagues, and because the way the lab was set up,  the spores would have floated out of the lab.

“You’d have had dead animals or dead people,” he testified according to the Times.

“Whoever did this is still running around out there,”  Heine said, according to the Times. “I truly believe that.”

The FBI declined to comment, according to the Times.

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Calif. “Geezer Bandit” In No Hurry to Retire

"Geezer Bandit"/fbi

"Geezer Bandit"/fbi

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

It appears the California “Geezer Bandit” isn’t about to retire from a life of crime anytime soon.

The FBI says the prolific bandit on Tuesday knocked over his seventh bank since August — this time in Vista, a community in northern San Diego County. The FBI has described him as 60 to 70 years old.

According to authorities, the robber, clad in a blue San Diego Padres baseball cap with a script-style P on it, walked into the California Bank and Trust on Escondido Avenue in Vista at about 9:10 a.m.

The FBI said he waited at a customer kiosk until a teller was available. He then approached with what appeared to be two $20 bills in his hand. The teller, the FBI said, assumed the man wanted change.

But instead he showed the teller a note saying that it was a robbery and that he was armed.

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Baton Rouge U.S. Atty. David Dugas Stepping Down This Week

baton rouge mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Baton Rouge U.S. Attorney David R. Dugas, a Bush appointee who took office five weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, announced he is stepping down at the end of the week to join a national law firm with offices in Louisiana.

“Serving as United States Attorney has been the greatest honor and most rewarding experience of my professional career,” Dugas said in a statement. “I have had the privilege of serving alongside dedicated and professional public servants in the United States Attorney’s Office and in the federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in this district and across the country. I owe a deep debt of gratitude to President Bush and to President Obama for allowing me to serve the cause of justice in their administrations.”

Duggas noted in his press release that he was appointed Director of the National Center for Disaster Fraud (formerly the Hurricane Katrina Fraud Task Force National Command Center) in December of 2005 “and personally directed the design, creation and operation of the Command Center since its inception.”

Dugas also noted that “he spearheaded the creation of a dedicated FBI Public Corruption squad in Baton Rouge as well as the FBI’s Public Corruption and White Collar Crime Task Force.”

FBI and Justice Probing the Tickling Ex-N.Y. Congressman Massa

Ex-Rep. Massa/house photo

Ex-Rep. Massa/house photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Ex-Congressman Eric Massa of New York who gained nationwide notoriety when it came out that he was seuxally harrassing male staff members — he tickled some — appears to have more problems.

The Washington Post reports that Justice Department and FBI are looking into potential abuses of Massa and his aides.

The Post reported that investigators are honing in on a large payment Massa’s campaign made to an aide and a decision to renew the lease on his personal car just before he announced he would not seek re-election.

In early March, Massa announced he was resigning. The announcement came amid a House ethics probe into allegations he groped and tickled young male staffers, the Post reported.

“The following day, Massa’s campaign paid $40,000 to his chief of staff, Joe Racalto, a key witness in the ethics investigation,” The Post reported.

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