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Families Want Piece of Fortune Made by Convicted Mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger

Whitey Bulger

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Convicted mobster James “Whitey” Bulger made a lot of money during his murderous rampage in the 1980s.

A family of a woman murdered filed a petition in court Monday seeking to find out exactly how much he and his cohorts made and what other properties they have as a result of their crime spree, the Associated Press reports.

John and Robert Davis want the assets divided up among the victims’ families.

They claim the government has never done a “full and complete disclosure” of the Bulger’s seized assets, the AP wrote.

Prosecutors have said they want the judge to order Bulger to forfeit $25 million to divide among his victims.

Bulger is awaiting sentencing.

Public Corruption Expert Selected to Head FBI’s Connecticut Office

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Patricia Ferrick, who served as the FBI’s public corruption chief, was selected Monday to run the bureau’s Connecticut office, the Connecticut Post reports.

Ferrick, who began her career with the New York Police Department, is now in charge of about 100 agents in three offices.

Outgoing FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III made the announcement Monday.

Ferrick replaces Kimberly Mertz, who became deputy director of the bureau’s Critical Incident Response Group in Washington.

FBI Turns Focus on Cyber Attacks in US

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is combating a surge in cyberattacks on corporate America, trying to stop a growing number of people from hacking websites and disturbing commerce, the Los Angeles Times reports.

In just the past month, a group called the Syrian Electronic Army crippled the New York Times website for several hours. Hackers also have attacked other well-known sites.

Combating the hackers is a new challenge for the FBI and underscores how vulnerable digital information is.

Leading that battle is Austin Berglas, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s cyber branch in New York. Berglas has responsibility over agents who handle major cyber cases, the LA Times wrote.

To read his interview with the Times click here.

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Ex-FBI Bomb Technician Pleads Guilty to Disclosing National Defense Info to Associated Press

By Sari Horwitz
Washington Post

WASHINGTON –– A former FBI bomb technician who later worked as a contractor for the Bureau has agreed to plead guilty to disclosing national defense information about a disrupted terrorist plot to the Associated Press, according to the Justice Department.

Donald John Sachtleben, 55, of Carmel, Ind., who previously had agreed to plead guilty to charges of possessing and distributing child pornography in a separate investigation, provided information to an Associated Press reporter relating to the disruption of a plot to conduct a suicide bomb attack on a U.S.-bound airline by the Yemen-based terrorist organization al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and the recovery by the U.S. of a bomb in connection with that plot, according to court documents filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.

To read the full story click here. 

Bernie Kerik’s Sentence Officially Ends Oct. 15

Bernie Kerik/facebook

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Disgraced NY Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik was released from prison in late May, and has been serving out the remainder of his sentence under house arrest at his home in Franklin Lakes, N.J.

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons inmate locator says Kerik, 58, will officially finish his sentence Oct. 15. He was sentenced to a four-year term for eight felony convictions in 2010.

 

 

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FBI: Were Americans Involved in Terror Attack at Kenyan Mall?

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is trying to determine whether as many as five Americans were part of a team of terrorists who took over a Kenyan mall over the weekend, unleashing an attack that led to the death of at least 68 people, NBC News reports.

The probe comes after a group purporting to be behind the attacks, Somali al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabab, indicated Americans were involved and listed their names and home states.

At least two of them came from the St. Paul-Minneapolis area in Minnesota, which has a large Somali population, the group claimed, according to NBC News.

New FBI Director Comey Is Battling More Than Crime in First Weeks in Office

FBI photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Just two weeks into his job at the helm of the FBI, James B. Comey is combating more than global terrorism, government corruption and organized crime.

The budget sequester is forcing the bureau to reduce its $8.1 billion budget by $800 million, adding to the list of pressures on the FBI, the Washington Post reports.

Comey said he was briefed on the sequester before taking the job, but told the Post that he “was very surprised to learn how severe the potential cut is.”

The deficit could continue for a decade, forcing across-the-board cuts of 8.2%, according to the Post.

FBI Busts Georgia Sheriff’s Deputy for Selling Pot Out of Squad Car

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Georgia sheriff’s deputy is accused of peddling pot from his squad car.

The FBI said Darrell Mathis, 40, sold a pound of marijuana to an undercover agent and then coordinated a drug-selling scheme with another agent, the New York Daily News reports.

That scheme involved Mathis transporting pot to another state, according to the FBI.

“The FBI considers such allegations of criminal conduct by law enforcement officers to be a priority investigative matter,” said special agent Mark F. Giuliano of the FBI Atlanta Field Office.