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FBI Finds Human Remains In N.Y. Hunt For Mob Bodies

Several days of digging for mobster bodies may have paid off.

By Robert E. Kessler and Carl Macgowan
Newsday
EAST FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — FBI agents and personnel from the New York City medical examiner’s office believe they found the remains of a human body yesterday at an East Farmingdale location that an informant told them was a mob burial site, according to sources.
The discovery of the remains, which appeared to be a human body wrapped in cloth in a wooded area, came after several days of digging at three sites along Long Island Rail Road tracks near several office buildings.
The informant told FBI agents three bodies were buried there between 1994 and 1999, sources said.
Just before 10 p.m. agents carried out a black body bag and strapped it on to a stretcher but no one at the scene would confirm whether or not the bag contained the remains of one of the three murder victims.

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FBI Documents Show A Flip Side Of Evel Knievel

The Associated Press has obtained FBI records of Evel Knievel, which show that the agency was investigating him in connection with a crime syndicate. Nothing came of it.

By Sarah Larimer
Associated Press Writer
MIAMI — Evel Knievel never denied his scrapes with the law – the late motorcycle daredevil often reveled in them. But even he objected to a 1970s FBI investigation of whether he was involved in a string of beatings.
According to documents obtained by The Associated Press, the federal government came close to charging Knievel, who in turn threatened to sue the FBI for alleging he was connected to a crime syndicate. Neither followed through.
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Steven’s Buddy Taped Chats For FBI

Sen. Stevens buddy may have been chatting him up, but the senator had no idea his friend was working with the FBI, recording the conversations.

Sen. Stevens/official photo

Sen. Stevens/official photo

By Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — Jurors heard secretly recorded telephone conversations yesterday in which Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) told a chief prosecution witness that the two men had done nothing wrong and that the worst punishment they could expect was a fine and a little jail time.
The tapes, recorded with the consent of the witness, former Veco chief executive Bill Allen, did not appear to be the smoking guns in Stevens’s trial on charges that he lied on financial disclosure forms to hide gifts that included renovations to his Alaska home.
They did reveal, however, that Stevens was aware the FBI was closely scrutinizing the remodeling project. On the calls, Stevens expressed defiance at the federal investigation and told Allen that he would stick by him. He seemed unaware that Allen, a close friend, was helping federal agents.
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FBI Finds Dog Bones In N.Y. Hunt For Mob Bodies

The thing about digs, once you start you can’t stop. So far, FBI agents hunting for mob bodies have come up with dog bones. The search continues today.

By Robert E. Kessler and Zachary R. Dowdy
Newsday
EAST FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — FBI agents unearthed yesterday what first appeared to be human bones at a location in East Farmingdale where an informant has told authorities that the bodies of three people – all victims of mob-related violence over the years – are buried, sources said.
But after further examination by the New York City medical examiner’s office, it was determined that the bones were canine, not human, and the digging shut down for the day at sundown. It will resume today.
An FBI agent on the scene declined to comment on yesterday’s findings.
For days, agents wearing plastic suits and gloves have been sifting through mounds of dirt as a backhoe bores through the ground at Del Drive and Baiting Place Road, one of three sites where Joseph Competiello told police the bodies of three people killed by members of the Colombo crime family are buried.
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Steven’s Atty. Accuses Feds of “Intentional” Misconduct

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Attorneys for Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens filed a stinging motion Sunday in federal court accusing the government of “intentional”  and “shocking”  misconduct, and asked that the public corruption case be dismissed.
The motion, filed by defense attorney Brendan V. Sullivan Jr., accused the government of intentionally withholding key evidence favorable to Stevens that was supposed to be turned over to the defense. The Senator is accused of failing to report about $250,000 in gifts and free labor.
Last week, the Senator’s attorneys  asked U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan for  a mistrial for withholding certain information from the defense. The judge rejected the request,  but reprimanded the government.
In Sunday’s motion, the defense said it decided to ask for a dismissal  after reviewing material the government turned over this week.
“Until today, defense counsel have refrained from alleging intentional misconduct by the government. We can no longer do so in good conscience,” the motion said.
The motion continued to state: “Here, the government’s repeated, flagrant and intentional misconduct requires the sternest possible remedy of dismissal…. If the court denies Senator Steven’s motion for dismissal, the Court should– at a minimum — grant a mistrial to remedy the government’s flagrant and repeated misconduct, and order an evidentiary hearing to consider dismissal and other sanctions. The trial is broken…”
The Justice Department filed a motion late Sunday that the government has acted in “good faith” and “contrary to all the theatrics and hyperbole from the defense, no one has attempted to hide evidence or hold back any discoverable items.”
Read Defense Motion Oct. 5
Read Government Motion- Oct. 5

UPDATE: The Associated Press reported this morning that the judge has ordered the government to respond to the defense’s allegations by the end of the day. Meanwhile, the trial resumed today.
READ: Stevens Caught On Tape Talking About FBI (AP)

Can FBI Snitch Deliver in Ft. Dix Conspiracy?

Can Mahmoud A. Omar, a bankrupt, convicted felon who worked undercover for the FBI help the government makes its case in an alleged plot to attack Ft. Dix? Or will he prove to be too much of a con man to give the case credibility? Jury selection was completed last week and opening statements are scheduled later in the month.

wcbstv.com photo

wcbstv.com photo

By George Anastasia
Philadelphia Inquirer
Five years ago, he was a bankrupt felon with a conviction for passing bad checks.
He was facing deportation.
And he was living in a subsidized, low-income apartment complex in Paulsboro, scratching for cash by trying to sell used cars from the complex’s parking lot.
Today he is the central figure in the Fort Dix terrorism trial, an FBI informant who may have received more than $3,000 a month to wear a body wire and record conversations.
Mahmoud A. Omar, whose immigration problems appear to have gone the way of his financial difficulties, spent more than a year working undercover in the case.
While some details about his role have surfaced in pretrial documents, Omar’s actions and motivation will be the focus of what could be the most important testimony in the high-profile trial.

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Indicted New Orleans Congressman Wins Primary

There’s something to be said for loyalty. Despite his pending indictment on federal public corruption charges,  Rep. William J. Jefferson managed to muster up enough votes Saturday to come in first in the primary. He now faces a runoff in the  November general election. The FBI raided his homes in New Orleans and D.C.  on Aug. 3, 2005. In 2006, he won re-election and several months later he was indicted. He has yet to go to trial.

Rep. Jefferson/official photo

Rep. Jefferson/official photo

By Kevin McGill
The Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS — U.S. Rep. William Jefferson overcame the stigma of a federal bribery indictment in Louisiana’s Democratic primary on Saturday, garnering enough votes in his New Orleans-based congressional district to secure a spot in a Nov. 4 runoff.
Jefferson, seeking his 10th term in Congress, faces a December trial on charges that he took bribes, laundered money and misused his congressional office for business dealings in Africa.
With about 72 percent of the vote counted, Jefferson was leading with 25 percent of the vote and appeared headed toward a runoff, most likely with former broadcaster Helena Moreno.
Jefferson sounded confident as he addressed a few dozen family members and supporters at a restaurant in eastern New Orleans. “We look forward to a rigorous campaign but a successful outcome,” Jefferson said.
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Updated Election Story (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

The Politics Of A Unique Contest (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

FBI Testing Atty-Client Privilege In Maryland Probe

The FBI is stepping into some unchartered territory in the probe into a state senator. Attorneys are up in arms over what the FBI is seeking.

Sen. Ulysses Currie/senate photo

Sen. Ulysses Currie/senate photo

By John Wagner
Washington Post Staff Writer
As part of an ongoing probe of Sen. Ulysses Currie, federal prosecutors are seeking to force the lawyer who gives ethics advice to the Maryland General Assembly to testify before a grand jury, a move that state lawyers have vigorously resisted as a breach of attorney-client privilege.
A subpoena served on William G. Somerville, the legislature’s ethics counsel, sought testimony and “any and all” documents related to paid consulting work performed for a grocery chain by Currie, a powerful Prince George’s County Democrat.
Somerville’s job, which the legislature created as part of a 1999 ethics reform package, requires him to provide private counsel to legislators on potential conflicts of interest arising from their outside business dealings. The position is considered unique among state legislatures.
Currie’s work for Shoppers Food and Pharmacy, which was not disclosed in ethics filings, is the focus on an investigation that became public in May when FBI agents raided Currie’s home and the company’s Lanham headquarters.
In a letter to federal prosecutors, state lawyers representing Somerville wrote in July that he declined to testify because his conversations with Currie, the chairman of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, are considered privileged under Maryland law.
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