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Retired FBI Agent Jailed After Feds Accuse Him of Contacting Potential Witness

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A retired FBI agent accused of trying to derail an investigation into military fraud was jailed Tuesday pending trial after a federal judge in Utah said he violated terms of his release, the Salt Lake Tribune reports

U.S. District Court judge ordered Robert G. Lustyik Jr., 50, to jail after prosecutors provided “clear and convincing” evidence that the 50-year-old retired agent asked a third party to deliver cash to apotential witness in the case, the Tribune wrote.

“I don’t make the decision lightly, nor do I make it happily, but I think the evidence demands it,” U.S. District Court Judge Dustin Pead said, according to the Tribune.

Lustyik is accused to trying to thwart an investigation into Michael Taylor’s role in the alleged scheme, which the government says involves Taylor and two other men conspiring to land a $54 million contract for security and training services to Afghan special forces by using inside information, the Tribune reported.

Experts Optimistic That $500M in Stolen Art Will Be Recovered Despite Passing of Nearly 25 Years

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Now that the FBI says it knows the identity of the suspects behind the heist of $500 million of art from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the question is: Will the feds recover rare works after nearly 25 years?

Art experts told the Washington Post that the chances are surprisingly good.

Christopher Marinello, an attorney for The Art Loss Register, a database of stolen artwork, said the stolen works by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Manet likely will surface.

“A quarter of a century is not that unusual for stolen paintings to be returned,” the attorney, Christopher Marinello, told the Washington Post. “Eventually they will resurface. Somebody will rat somebody else out. It’s really only a matter of time.”

The FBI announced Monday that it has identified the two men who posed as cops and took off with 13 works of art.

Ex-Fed Prosecutor a Favorite to Succeed Pat Fitzgerald

By Annie Sweeney and Christi Parsons
Chicago Tribune reporters

CHICAGO — A former federal prosecutor who helped convict former Gov. George Ryan appears to be the favorite to succeed Patrick Fitzgerald as the next U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, sources in Washington and Chicago told the Tribune.

The sources said Zachary Fardon, 46, is the leading candidate to be nominated to the federal law enforcement post in Chicago.

The White House declined to comment Sunday, saying that the internal selection process was still in motion.

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OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

Opinion: FBI’s ‘Deke’ DeLoach

Dan K. Thomasson 
The Reporter

The last time I saw Cartha D. DeLoach was all the way back in the early 1970s, when the nation’s attention was focused on the Watergate scandal. While he wasn’t one of the figures in the constitutional crisis boiling around the Nixon administration, he certainly had been a key in a series of events that historically set that stage.

“Deke,” as he was known, died last week at age 92. When I’d seen him four decades ago, he had left his high perch in law enforcement as J. Edgar Hoover’s third in command of the FBI and was then a private citizen in corporate America. We met in his office at PepisCo, the giant beverage conglomerate, where he was assistant to the president, to discuss a sensitive subject: the politicization of the FBI and its use, or misuse, by presidents.

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Man Poses As FBI Agent Because He Was in Hurry to Pay Phone Bill

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Police are searching for a security guard who said he posed as an FBI agent and sped through San Francisco in a car with flashing lights and a blaring siren because he was rushing to pay his phone bill, the San Francisco Examiner reports.

On Monday, a bench warrant was issued for the arrest of 47-year-old Angel Wilfredo Castro after he failed to appear in court, the Examiner wrote.

Police became suspicious when they saw the car speeding and running a red light.

The Examiner reported that Castro was wearing a blue shirt with an FBI emblem, a blue baseball hat, black boots and a gun with a holster.

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

FBI Says It Has Identified Thieves in Famous Gardner Museum Art Heist in 1990

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI announced Monday that it has identified the people involved in the theft of $500 million worth of masterworks from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 1990.

“Today, we are pleased to announce that the FBI has made significant investigative progress in the search for the stolen art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum,” Richard DesLauriers, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston office, said in a statement. “We’ve determined in the years after the theft that the art was transported to the Connecticut and Philadelphia regions. But we haven’t identified where the art is right now, and that’s why we are asking the public for help.”

“With these considerable developments in the investigation over the last couple of years,” said Special Agent Geoff Kelly, who heads the FBI investigation, “it’s likely over time someone has seen the art hanging on a wall, placed above a mantel, or stored in an attic. We want that person to call the FBI.”

The FBI did not disclose the names.

On March 18, 1990, two men, dressed as police officers, entered the museum and overpowered overpowered security guards, tied them up, and went on to 13 objects valued at approximately $500 million. In addition to Degas sketches and Rembrandt works, they took a Vermeer painting that was one of only 36 in existence, the FBI said.

Read the FBI press release.

 

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FBI: ICE Agent Justified in Fatal Shooting of Colleague Who Turned Gun on Boss

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI has determined that an ICE agent did nothing wrong when he gunned down a fellow agent who had fired shots at a supervisor in February 2012, the L.A. Times reports.

Ezequiel Garcia fired six shots at Kevin Kozak, the Los Angeles field office’s second in command, during a meeting about Garcia’s job performance.

His colleague, who was not named, intervened by shooting and killing Garcia, the Times wrote.

Kozak was severely injured.

“The surviving agents were not culpable, and no criminal charges are being pursued,” FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller told the Times.

FBI Investigated Whether Wall Street Journal Reporters Bribed Chinese Officials for Information

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI’s investigation into News Corporation last year included an inquiry into claims that the Wall Street Journal’s China bureau bribed local officials for information, the New York Times reports.

It’s unclear what – if anything – the FBI found during the investigation, which originally began over a phone-hacking scandal in 2011.

The Wall Street Journal conducted its own probe over claims that employees in the China bureau were giving officials gifts in exchange for information, the Times wrote, citing the newspaper’s spokeswoman, Paula Keve.

“After a thorough review of our operations in China conducted by outside lawyers and auditors, we have not found any evidence of impropriety at Dow Jones,” Keve told the Times. “Nor has anyone taken issue with our findings.”

The FBI declined to comment or say whether agents were still investigating the bribery claims.