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Ex-Texas FBI Agent Jim Wilkins Dead at Age 61

Staying at any job for 34 years is amazing these days. Jim Wilkins did it and made a mark.

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By GORDON DICKSON
Ft. Worth Star Telegram
FT. WORTH, Tex. — Jim Wilkins’ 34-year FBI career included an important but little-known footnote in America criminal history.

Wilkins was the agent who recaptured American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, who was serving two life sentences for the 1975 murder of two FBI agents at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota when he escaped from a California prison in 1979.

Peltier fled to the Santa Maria hills. But his run from the law ended after four days, when Wilkins spotted Peltier’s white tennis shoes in the brush and took him into custody.

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Authorities Capture FBI Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitive in Mexico

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

California Gang member Emigdio Preciado, Jr., who shot and wounded a Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputy in 2000, and who is on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitive list along with Osama bin Laden, was captured in Mexico, the FBI announced Monday.

The FBI said Preciado was captured Friday night in Yagos, a rural town in the Mexican state of Nayarit, where he’d been living under the alias Regalo Castaneda-Castaneda and working as a fisherman.

The FBI said that his identifying tattoos on his chest – the names “Susana” and “Alexa” -had been surgically removed. Still FBI agents and Mexican police, who were there at the time of the arrest, confirmed his identity through fingerprints.

Sal Hernandez, head of the Los Angeles FBI,  credited the capture to “flawless collaboration” between the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, FBI and Mexican police.

Authorities charged that Preciado in September 2000, stepped out a van during a routine traffic stop and opened fire on two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies, striking one in the head. The deputy survived.

UPDATE: Tuesday: The FBI said it will pay a reward of up to $150,000 for tips that led to the capture, the Associated Press reported. The FBI said at least one person would get some money.

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FBI Agent Daniel Dubree Named Assist. Dir. Information of Tech. Division

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Daniel Dubree/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Daniel D. Dubree, who has a law degree, has been named assistant director of the FBI’s Information Technology Operations Division, replacing Louis Blazy, who retired.

The FBI said Monday that Dubree will be “responsible for the operations and maintenance of all FBI information technology systems worldwide”.

In emphasizing the importance of the job, FBI Director Robert Mueller III said in a prepared statement.

“Every day, FBI employees all over the world rely on our information technology systems to efficiently and effectively do their jobs. The work of the Information Technology Operations Division is crucial to keeping the FBI ready to serve. Dan brings expertise in both technical and managerial fields to this important position.”

Dubree began his career with the FBI in May 1984 as a computer programmer with the agency’s Technical Services Division. He became a special agent 2 1/2 years later.

His agent career began in the Charlotte Division’s Hickory Resident Agency, the FBI said. Over the years, he bounced around to different offices.

In February 2002, he was promoted to adjudication chief of the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility, Adjudication Unit II., which involved dealing with the misconduct  of FBI employees.

The following year, he was assistant special agent in charge in Dallas. After another stop, he was named assistant director of the FBI’s Information Technology Operation Division in August 2008.

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FBI Probing D.C. Area Police For Allegedly Protecting Gambling Rings Frequented by Dope Dealers

Historically, as it goes, the Washington area police departments have had relatively little police corruption compared to cities like Chicago, New York and Detroit. But obviously, it hasn’t been non-existent.

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By Aaron C. Davis
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON –– Federal authorities are investigating whether a group of Washington area police officers took money to protect a high-stakes gambling ring frequented by some of the region’s most powerful drug dealers over the past two years, according to internal police documents and law enforcement sources.

The officers include five veterans in Prince George’s County, a District police official and a former D.C. Housing Authority officer.

Two under investigation have been spotted on police surveillance outside gambling sites, including one providing security in tactical gear. Witnesses have alleged that others wore police uniforms and drove marked cruisers to gatherings. One was arrested in a police raid outside a game with a handgun.

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Violin Thief Facing the Music After Stealing from LA Philharmonic Member

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A $65,000 Carlo Tononi Violin/ lapd photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A California man is finally facing the music.

Anthony Eugene Notarstefana, 45, of Long Beach, who had been in custody in France since 2007, was returned to Los Angeles Friday to face federal charges that he stole violins  from a member of the L.A. Philharmonic and tried to sell them in France, according to authorities.

A criminal complaint charges that Notarstefano, who was already a convicted burglar,  in early 2007 transported the stolen violins from California to Amsterdam and then to Paris where he tried to sell them.

Authorities said the violins were stolen in Hollywood from the home of violinist Mark Kashper in Dec. 2006 . He is charged with stealing a Carlo Tononi violin valued at about $225,000, a Jean Baptise Vuillaume violin worth about $65,000 and a Tourte bow worth about $30,000.

While attempting to sell the violins, a French music merchant researched the items, discovered they were stolen and notified authorities.  Notarstefano was detained on charges in France and finally extradited this week, authorities said.

The instruments were returned to the owner, authorities said.

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Louisiana Judge and 2 Lawyers Charged With Fraud

When it comes to public corruption charges in New Orleans, why are we not surprised? Fair or not, from an outsider’s view, public corruption seems to be part of the DNA in Bayou country.

District Judge Wayne Cresap

Judge Wayne Cresap

By Chris Kirkham
New Orleans Times-Picayune
NEW ORLEANS –– More than two months after being arrested by the FBI in connection with a judicial corruption scheme, St. Bernard Parish Judge Wayne Cresap has been formally charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Two St. Bernard Parish lawyers were indicted along with him Wednesday.

Wayne Cresap, 62, was formally charged by the U.S. Attorney’s office on a bill of information along with St. Bernard Parish lawyers Victor J. “V.J.” Dauterive and Nunzio Salvadore “Sal” Cusimano.

According to the bill of information, Cresap allegedly took more than a thousand dollars in cash from each lawyer in exchange for allowing inmates to be released from the St. Bernard Parish Prison without putting up money for the bond.

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Philly Fed Prosecutors in Sen. Fumo Case Worked Like Dogs For 137 Count Conviction

Every big case takes extraordinary time and effort. But in Philly, the federal prosecutors who convicted ex-Sen. Vince Fumo may have been more intense than most. It obviously paid off with the a conviction on all 137 counts.

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Ex-Sen. Vincent Fumo

By Robert Moran
Philadelphia Inquirer
PHILADELPHIA –– They were the Brains and the Bulldog, and they were unyielding.

Every day court was in session during Vincent J. Fumo’s nearly five-month corruption trial, Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert A. Zauzmer and John J. Pease were never spotted at any of the nearby lunch spots.

They spent their breaks in a windowless room at the federal courthouse, prepping witnesses and plotting strategy, FBI Agent Vicki Humphreys recalled.

“John and Bob’s work ethic is incredible,” she said.

“It was not unusual to get an e-mail from John before 7 a.m. and one from Bob at 2 or 3 in the morning,” former FBI Agent Kathleen T. McAfee said. Both agents led the Fumo investigation.

Zauzmer and Pease had to be uncompromising to take down Fumo, the former state senator from Philadelphia with a reputation as a relentless politician.

Zauzmer was the strategist. “He’s one of the smartest people I’ve ever met,” Pease said.

“You know you can’t outwork him,” Zauzmer said of Pease.

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Carnival Elation Ship Loses Elation: FBI Arrests LA Man For Murder of Wife on Cruise Ship

It’s not really clear how people think they can off a spouse on a cruise ship and have no one notice. Nothing like turning a whole cruise ship into a crime scene.

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Carnival Elation Ship

BY CNN
A Los Angeles-area man has been charged with murder in the death of his wife while on a cruise along the Mexican coast, an FBI spokesman told CNN sister network HLN.

Shirley McGill, 55, was found dead in her cabin on the Carnival Elation on Tuesday as the ship, after a five-day cruise to Cabo San Lucas, was heading back to its origination point of San Diego, California, authorities said.

Robert McGill, who is in his mid-50s, is charged with murder on the high seas, FBI Special Agent in Charge Keith Slotter told HLN.

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