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Tea Party Activists Gone Wild? FBI is Investigating Va. Case

Rep. Tom Perriello

Rep. Tom Perriello

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Could this be a case of  the  Tea Party gone wild?

Politico reports that the FBI is looking into a propane gas line that was cut at the home of a Congressman’s brother’s home in Charlottesville, Va.

The Congressman, Tom Perriello (D-Va.) voted in favor of the health care bill.

Politico reported that a Tea Party activist had posted on a blog what he thought was the Congressman’s address and encouraged folks to “drop by.”

“This is very preliminary at this point, so we’re not making any comment at this time,” local FBI spokesman M.A. Myers told POLITICO.

Ex-Dep. Atty General David Ogden Said Dropping Ted Stevens Case Was “Painful”

Who will replace ex-deputy David Ogden?

Who will replace ex-deputy David Ogden?

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Ex-Deputy Attorney Gen. David Ogden, who returned to private practice after a brief stint in the Obama Justice Department, said Tuesday that the government’s decision to drop the Sen. Ted Stevens case in 2009 after he’d been convicted was “painful”, according to the website The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times.

Speaking at American University Washington College of Law, he said the department had “abandoned a case it believed in on the merits” and it hurt morale.

But he defended the decision, the website wrote.

“I believe it was the right thing to do based on the circumstances of that case,” he said. Ogden said the action showed that the Justice Department will respect the rights of defendants at all costs.

ex-Sen. Ted Stevens/official photo

ex-Sen. Ted Stevens/official photo

Stevens was convicted in October 2008 of failing to report roughly $250,000 in gifts.  The Justice Department found that the prosecution had withheld exculpatory evidence from the defense during trial and moved to dismiss the case. An FBI agent in the case also raised allegations of government misconduct.

Automaker Daimler to Pay $185 Mil in Fines for Bribing Foreign Officials in at Least 22 Countries

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — German carmaker Daimler has apparently been up to no good.

The New York Times, attributing information to “a person familiar with the case”, reports that Daimler will pay $185 million in fines and and two of its subsidiaries “will plead guilty to bribing foreign government officials, to settle a multiyear corruption investigation.”

The Justice Department, in documents released Tuesday, accused Daimler of bribing foreign officials “in at least 22 countries, including Russia and China, between 1998 and 2008,” the Times reported.

The New York Times reported that the government alleged that the company ”made hundreds of improper payments worth tens of millions of dollars to foreign officials” in return for assistance ”in securing contracts with government customers for the purchase of Daimler vehicles worth hundreds of millions of dollars.”

Consequently, the company pocketed at least $50 million in profits from the schemes, the Times reported.

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Column: What Happens to NY’s Top FBI Agent Joseph Demarest?

Joseph Demarest Jr/fbi photo

Joseph Demarest Jr/fbi photo

Len Levitt wrote the police column “One Police Plaza” for Newsday for 10 years and has worked for several other publications including Time magazine.  His website is nypdconfidential.com
By Len Levitt
nypdconfidential.com

Does the Federal Bureau of Investigation frown on romance?

Or does love cause some New York agents to lose their way?

Joe Demarest, the Bureau’s Big Apple top gun, is the latest G-man to have his life complicated by matters of the heart.

In January, 2009, FBI Director Robert Mueller thought so highly of the high-strung Demarest, a lean, crew-cut Delta Force lookalike, that the Bureau lured him out of retirement to head its prestigious New York office.

He gave up his lucrative position as Goldman Sachs’ Director of Security for his FBI dream job.

Today, barely a year later, Demarest is on what the Bureau describes as “temporary assignment” in Washington.

Read more »

FBI Appoints Ernest Reith to Science and Technology Branch

Ernest Reith/fbi photo

Ernest Reith/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Ernest Reith has been named associate executive assistant director of the FBI’s Science and Technology Branch.

The FBI said Reith started his career in 1985 as a regional analyst at the Defense Mapping Agency (DMA) in St. Louis, Missouri “where he developed and maintained geospatial intelligence databases of the Eastern Pacific Rim.”

He briefly entered private industry and later returned to DMA. Eventually, from 2007 to 2010, he served as the deputy director of InnoVision and was responsible for the day-to-day management of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

To read the press release click here.

More Thieves Aren’t Turning to Bank Robbery in Bad Enconomy, FBI Stats Show

bank-robberyBy Allan Lengel
For AOL News

WASHINGTON — The economy may still suck, but thieves haven’t been turning to banks in greater numbers to score cash, according to the FBI.

FBI statistics released Monday show that the number of bank robberies and larcenies, burglaries and extortions of banks dropped by more than 11 percent last year, going from 6,857 in 2008 to 6,065 in 2009.

The drop in robberies translated into a dip in stolen cash. Robbers in 2009 scooped up $45.9 million from banks, compared with $61.6 million in 2008, the FBI said. Of the 2009 total, more than $8 million was returned to the institutions.

"Geezer Bandit"/fbi photo

"Geezer Bandit"/fbi photo

Notable bank robbers in 2009 included the “Geezer Bandit,” a man believed to be in his 60 or 70s who has frustrated authorities in San Diego.

Rail thin and clad in a baseball cap, he discreetly walks into banks, quietly produces a gun and a demand note and walks off with an undisclosed amount of cash. He has robbed six banks — five in 2009 and one in 2010 — and remains at large.

To read more click here.

FBI Says Bank Robberies Dropped in 2009 Despite Bad Economy

bank-robberyBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The economy may still suck, but more thieves are not turning to banks for financial relief, according to the FBI.

The FBI bank robbery stats released Monday showed that the number of bank robberies, larcenies, burglaries and extortions dropped by a little over 11 percent in 2009 from 6,065 to 6,857 in 2008, the FBI said.

The agency said in 2009 there were 5,943 robberies, 100 burglaries, 19 larcenies, and three extortions of financial institutions.

To read the FBI press release click here.

Two High-Ranking D.C. FBI Officials Accused of Cheating On Test Temporarily Assigned to Headquarters

D.C. Field Office/gov photo

D.C. Field Office/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON – Two high ranking officials at the FBI Washington field office, who were accused of cheating on an open-book FBI test,  have been temporarily assigned to headquarters.

The Office of Professional Responsibility, an internal investigative arm of the Justice Department, had recommended discipline against Keith Bryars, special agent in charge of administration at the Washington field office, and Andrew Castor, special agent in charge of the criminal division, according to those familiar with case.  The two appealed that decision.

A third person,  Joseph Persichini Jr.,  who headed the Washington field office, had also faced internal allegations that he cheated on the test, but he retired Christmas Day before the disciplinary process had run its course.

Agent Kate Schweit, a spokeswoman for the FBI’s Washington field office, would say only that “they’re on temporary assignment at FBI headquarters.”

The allegations surfaced last November that the three high ranking FBI officials may have received help on the FBI exam from an FBI lawyer, and may have some how worked together, a clear violation of agency rules.

At the center of the controversy is a test on the bureau’s guidelines for conducting investigations called the Domestic Investigation and Operations Guide (DIOG).

FBI agents and some support staff take a 16-hour training course, then take an open book exam on a computer. They are allowed to use reference materials, but must take the test and find the answers on their own. The FBI Director Robert Mueller III is even required to take the test.