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June 2021


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FBI Short of Agent Applicants With Language Skills Like Farsi


By Allan Lengel
WASHINGTON — The FBI, in the midst of a major campaign blitz to fill more 3,000 jobs, said it is having trouble attracting enough prospective agents who speak Chinese, Farsi, Russian, Somali and Swahili.

To boot, the agency said it has had a dearth of agent applicants with backgrounds in computer science, information technology, accounting and certified fraud examination.

Denise Ballew, an FBI spokeswoman, said the agency is running television ads to drum up interest in these jobs. She said the target cities for the remainder of the year are likely to include Los Angeles, New York, Detroit, Chicago, Washington and Atlanta.

Not to say there has been a shortage of applicants for other jobs.

To date, the agency said it has had more than 270,000 applicants for about 2,100 professional staff jobs and about 850 special agent positions. Since fiscal 2009 began on Oct. 1, 2008, the agency has hired 435 agents to fill the 850 openings and 600 professional staff posts out of about 2,100 openings, she said.

She said the FBI anticipates screening a pool of about 5,000 applicants to try and fill many of the remaining jobs by the end of fiscal 2009.

Ballew said the initial hiring blitz, first announced in December, was intended to address  the “then current and projected positions due to attrition and retirement.”

She said the agency expects to continue recruiting for agents beyond fiscal 2009.

DEA Wants Freeway Loot Back

flying-moneyBy Allan Lengel

Money sure is tight these days. So it made it all the better to see it flying all over the San Diego freeway the other day.

But not so fast.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration wants the loot back, and is going to great lengths to get it.

The Associated press is reporting that DEA agents plan to review a video of a freeway chase in San Diego to identify motorists who grabbed the cash that was being thrown of out a vehicle in fistfuls by two men during a police chase on Thursday.

Some have given back the money, others have not, the wire service reported.

The chase was apparently captured on television and surveillance cameras.

The Associated press reported that DEA spokeswoman Eileen Zeidler said that after the suspects were arrested police and DEA agents recovered more than $17,000.

Zeidler told the AP that the money is considered evidence.


How the Feds Built a Case Against a Powerful Pensylvania State Senator

Ex-Sen. Vincent Fumo

Ex-Sen. Vincent Fumo

The FBI and U.S. Attorneys Office started piecing together a case against powerful ex-Sen. Vincent Fumo receipt by receipt. There were skeptics who thought they couldn’t make a case. The group of lawyers and investigators proved them wrong. Here’s how.

By Emilie Lounsberry and Craig R. McCoy
Inquirer Staff Writers
PHILADELPHIA — It was early in the investigation, but already the FBI was getting on Vince Fumo’s nerves.

In a typically blunt e-mail, he wrote to a top aide in 2004 that a delicate part of his anatomy had just been “busted by my 2 friendly female FBI agents.”

Then he cursed them.

His aide replied: “I do not like those people. Long live the realm of Fumo-world! :-)”

Now former State Sen. Fumo stands convicted of scores of counts of corruption in a $4 million fraud, his aide has lost his job, and Fumo-world is a smoking ruin.

Relentlessly civil, but also downright relentless, FBI Agents Vicki Humphreys and Kathleen T. McAfee scrutinized Home Depot receipts and analyzed American Express card bills, tallied up toll slips and tracked down yacht captains, all to build a case that everyone told them they could never construct.

They were joined by Assistant U.S. Attorneys John J. Pease and Robert A. Zauzmer

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Jury Acquits Ex-Puerto Rico Gov. Vila on Money Laundering and Lying to the FBI

Ex-Gov Vila

Ex-Gov Vila

This is a big loss for the U.S. Attorney’s office. The ex-governor was charged in an election, which many say contributed to his loss. Now he’s turned out to be the victor. Go figure.

By The Associated Press
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – A jury found Puerto Rico’s former governor not guilty Friday on all nine counts including conspiracy, money laundering and lying to the FBI, concluding his monthlong corruption trial.

Anibal Acevedo Vila, who could have faced 20 years in prison if convicted, was the first governor to be charged with a crime since the island became a semiautonomous U.S. commonwealth in 1952.

Acevedo made the sign of the cross as he heard the verdict and began to cry, as did former adviser Luisa Inclan, who was also cleared of similar charges.

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The FBI’s Top Ten Stories of the Week

By Allan Lengel
WASHINGTON — Bernie Madoff’s accountant was charged
Madoff's accountant charged

Madoff's accountant charged

with securities fraud. An Albany on-line organ transplant broker was charged with defrauding desperately ill patients. And an ex-FBI agent was convicted in California in a home invasion robbery scheme.

These were just some of the stories that made the FBI’s Top Ten Stories For The Week, ending March 20.

To look at the list of  top 10 FBI stories of the week  click here.

Philly FBI Agent Shows a little Courtroom Theatrics in Corruption Probe

philly-mapThere was little doubt that there wasn’t more corruption beyond the probe into crooked ex-state Sen. Vincent Fumo. And an FBI agent proved that point with a little courtroom theatrics. It will be interesting to see how deep this goes and whether Fumo, just convicted, will cooperate and point fingers.

By Craig R. McCoy and Emilie Lounsberry
Philadelphia Inquirer
PHILADELPHIA — With brutal directness, the FBI revealed yesterday that its long-running investigation into “Fumo World” isn’t over.

After a post-conviction hearing in U.S. District Court for former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo, an FBI agent stood up, crossed the courtroom toward Fumo friend Mitchell Rubin, and handed him a “target letter” warning him that he could face criminal charges.

Rubin, chairman of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, was sitting in the audience in support of his wife, Ruth Arnao, the former Fumo aide convicted Monday, alongside Fumo, on corruption charges.

After FBI Special Agent Vicki Humphreys handed Rubin an envelope with the letter, Rubin read it, and then slumped in his front-row bench. He was the picture of shock and despair.

The federal jury that convicted Fumo found as part of its sweeping 137-count tally of guilty verdicts that he had defrauded the Senate by handing Rubin a “no-work” contract.
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Woman Accused of Killing Pittsburgh FBI Agent Faces More Charges

FBI Agent Sam Hicks

FBI Agent Sam Hicks

Prosecutors are piling up charges against the woman accused of killing FBI agent Sam Hicks. Could there still be more?

By Torten Ove
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PITTSBURGH — An Indiana Township woman charged with killing an FBI agent in November has been charged again in federal court with drug violations and firearms offenses.

Christina Korbe, 40, was already charged with shooting Agent Samuel Hicks on Nov. 19, when he and a team of agents and police officers arrived at her house to serve a warrant on her and her husband, Robert, as part of a drug investigation. In a nine-count superseding indictment filed today, federal prosecutors charged Mrs. Korbe with new drug and gun offenses.

Ms. Korbe is charged with conspiring with others to distribute cocaine from 1990 until the day she was arrested. She is also charged with possession of cocaine base and powder cocaine with intent to distribute on that day.

In addition, the indictment charges her with possession of a weapon during a drug crime and of “aiding and abetting” the possession of that gun by a convicted felon — her husband.

“Goodfellas” Mobster is No-Show in Calif Court on Public Drunkenness Charges


The Press-Enterprise
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. –“Henry Hill.”

San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge Kyle Brodie matter-of-factly read the name Wednesday in a roll call of small-time suspects: the unlicensed driver; the work-release probationer.

“No answer,” yelled the bailiff.

With that, the mobster-turned-FBI informant — whose life inspired the movie epic “Goodfellas” — was facing two $25,000 arrest warrants.

Once linked to an NCAA point-shaving scandal and a $5 million airport heist, Hill at age 65 is wanted for failing to appear on tickets alleging that he was drunk in public in San Bernardino.

“I would have been asking for his autograph,” said Desiree Gallegos, 27, who was in the courtroom for a suspension of house arrest terms.

Reached by phone later in the day, Hill said he was unaware he needed to be present. He said he had visited the downtown court on Monday to advise the clerks that he would be having hernia surgery later this week and wanted a new date.
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