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Calif. Man Who Says He Spied on Mosques Wants $10 Mil in Damages From FBI

Using informants can create complications. Craig Monteilh has become one of those complications the FBI would rather do without. It will be interesting to see how this gets resolved.

mosqueBy Associated Press
SANTA ANA, Calif — An Orange County man who says he spied on mosques for the FBI has filed a claim alleging the agency did not pay him for his services and allowed him to be sent to prison for actions he took as an informant.

Craig Monteilh, a fitness consultant from Irvine, seeks $10 million in damages from the FBI and would be allowed to file a lawsuit if the agency denies his request.

The claim, dated Saturday, alleges the FBI failed to pay Monteilh $100,000 and provide witness protection as part of an exit strategy from his work as an undercover informant in Southern California mosques.

Monteilh, 46, also accuses the FBI of letting him serve eight months in prison on a grand theft charge he said was related to his work on a case involving the illegal distribution of steroids and human growth hormone.

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Suburban D.C. Prosecutor Says Not Enough Evidence to Charge in Inmate Death; Welcomes Justice Dept. to Investigate

Some how this all seems to stink. Ronnie White was no angel. He was accused of killing a cop. But still, he died in jail and it looked, as if — at least to the medical examiner — that it was a homicide by strangulation. The state police thinks it looks more like a suicide. The state prosecutor says there’s not enough evidence to charge anyone and welcomes the Justice Department to investigate. First off, why couldn’t he have asked for help from the FBI and the Justice Department before reaching the conclusion that there wasn’t enough evidence to charge anyone? It just doesn’t look good.

By Ruben Castaneda, Aaron C. Davis and Ovetta Wiggins
Washington Post Staff Writers

The chief prosecutor in Prince George’s County said yesterday that he does not now intend to charge anyone in the death last year of a 19-year-old inmate who had been accused of killing a police officer, meaning a slaying once denounced by the county executive as “vigilante justice” is all but certain to go unpunished in state court.

State’s Attorney Glenn F. Ivey said that after nearly a year of investigation, he does not have enough evidence to secure an indictment in the death of Ronnie L. White. In an interview, Ivey said he welcomes calls by civil rights leaders for the Justice Department to take over the case, and a Justice spokesman said federal authorities would review the investigation.

Ivey’s willingness to essentially hand the case over to federal authorities without bringing charges met with swift criticism from civil rights groups and White’s family.

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FBI Dir. Mueller Says Stimulus Plan Vulnerable to Fraud

Robert Mueller speaking in N.Y./fbi photo

Robert Mueller speaking in N.Y./fbi photo

There is no question the stimulus package will be a haven for scammers. The package includes a weatherization program , which allows homes to become more energy efficient. That one will open the door  for crooks involved in mortgage fraud. It won’t be pretty.

By Thom Weidlich
Bloomberg
NEW YORK — FBI Director Robert Mueller said the U.S. government’s stimulus package, including the Troubled Asset Relief Program, has “the potential to be the next wave” of cases the agency investigates.

“These funds are inherently vulnerable to bribery, fraud, conflicts of interest and collusion,” Mueller said today (Tuesday) in a speech at the Economic Club of New York. “There is an old adage: Where there is money to be made, fraud is not far behind, like bees to honey.”

He compared possible stimulus-package fraud to Hurricane Katrina relief investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that resulted in 246 convictions in Mississippi and Louisiana.

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No Warm Welcome For Indicted Chicago Aldr. Carothers Who Wore FBI Wire

No Aldermans publicly using R word (Rat) yet like in the 1990s

No Aldermen publicly using R word (Rat) yet like in the 1990s

Wearing a wire around your colleagues is not a great way to ingratiate yourself. It is, however,  a good way to get a cut on your time when you cooperate with the FBI. It looks like indicted Chicago Alderman Isaac Carothers will be eating lunch alone.

By Dan Mihalopoulos and Dan P. Blake
Chicago Tribune
CHICAGO — If there is one thing that bothers Chicago’s aldermen more than FBI agents and investigative reporters, it’s a colleague who cooperates with the feds against fellow City Council members.

On Monday, nobody openly used the three-letter R-word — rat — like they did when an alderman wore a wire in the 1990s. But more than a few aldermen admitted they were not thrilled to see newly indicted Ald. Isaac Carothers (29th) back at work.

When Carothers was charged with bribery along with a real estate developer last week, federal court records indicated he wore a wire to secretly record discussions with other city officials and developers.

Carothers came to City Hall on Monday for his first official appearance since his indictment. Although often eager to bluntly give his opinion, Carothers did not say a word into the microphone on his desk during two committee meetings. He also declined to discuss the allegations with reporters.

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FBI Looking into at Least 3 Cases Involving New Orleans Police Officers

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One of the great checks and balances of local power involves the FBI’s ability to investigate local police departments. Down in Cajun country, the FBI has its hands full.

By Laura Maggi
New Orleans Times-Picayune
NEW ORLEANS — The FBI is looking into at least three cases involving New Orleans police officers, a fact pointed out last week in a Fraternal Order of Police e-mail reminding officers of their right to consult attorneys before they are interviewed by agents.

Two of the cases stem from the days following Hurricane Katrina, including a recently begun FBI probe into possible police involvement in the case of a charred body found inside a burned car on an Algiers levee.

The FBI is looking into whether police committed a civil rights violation against the 31-year-old man whose remains were pulled out of the car in the weeks after the storm.

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Ex-Gov Eliot Spitzer Met Regularly With Hookers For 18 Months Before He Resigned

From Emperors Club
Emperors Club

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Eliot Spitzer — or “Client 9″ as he’s known in some ledger books — is back in the news again.

A lawyer for an ex-worker at the infamous Emperors Club V.I.P. said outside a federal courtroom Monday that his client revealed that Spitzer met regularly with hookers for 18 months before his political demise, the Associated Press reported

Attorney Marc Agnifilo made the comments after his client Temeka Lewis was sentenced to a year of probation, the AP reported.

Lewis pleaded guilty in May 2008 to conspiracy charges. The FBI investigated Spitzer and even surveilled him in Washington, but never charged him.

In a press release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said  Lewis ” arranged over the phone in January 2008 for a prostitute to meet a man at a hotel in New York, New York, and on another occasion, for a prostitute to travel from New York to Washington, D.C. to meet a man in his hotel room.”

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FBI Crime Figures Show Cities Got Safer and Small Towns Grew More Dangerous

Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report_jan-dec2This is an interesting trend, which goes to show crime is everyone’s problem.

The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Cities in the United States got safer in 2008, while small towns grew more dangerous, according to FBI data released Monday.

The FBI says violent crime nationwide dropped by 2.5 percent last year. Property crimes also fell, by 1.6 percent, according to the preliminary data collected by the FBI.

Cities with more than 1 million people saw murders fall by 4.3 percent; cities with 500,000 to 1 million people saw murders fall by nearly 8 percent.

Yet in towns with fewer than 10,000 residents, murders rose 5.5 percent, rape increased 1.4 percent, and robbery 3.9 percent.

The latest data shows violent crime fell for a second straight year, after increases in 2006 and 2005. Those two years, the crime rate began to rise after historic lows that began during the Clinton administration and continued into President Bush’s first years in the White House.

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How a Swaggering Ex-Federal Prosecutor Paul Bergrin, Son of a Cop, Allegedly Went Bad

Paul Bergrin/photo News12 New Jersey

Paul Bergrin/photo News12 New Jersey

This is a fascinating story that has all the markings of great movie. But federal authorities don’t see it as entertaining, nor amusing.

By Joe Ryan
Newark Star-Ledger
NEWARK — Last August, authorities say, Paul Bergrin traveled from Newark to Chicago hoping to meet a hit man.

Bergrin, who investigators describe as a go-to lawyer for Newark street gangs, was working on the case of an alleged Monmouth County cocaine kingpin. Authorities say the attorney wanted someone in Chicago to silence a potential witness.

That would-be triggerman, however, wound up working on a different case. He was an informant for the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. And his case was against Bergrin.

After years of investigating, the DEA and the FBI arrested the 53-year-old lawyer May 20 on charges of running a wide-ranging criminal operation that included racketeering, mortgage fraud and employing nefarious and sometimes murderous tactics to shield his clients from prosecution.

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