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June 2021


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San Jose Man Accused of Impersonating DEA Agent

Steve Neavling

 Jonathan V. Hoang wanted to be a federal law enforcement agency since he was a child.

He even unsuccessfully applied to the agency in 1986.

Now the 47-year-old San Jose man is accused of impersonating a federal drug agent by forging credentials, adding lights and sires to his truck and using his disguise to bypass credit checks, intimidate rivals, haggle over rent and dole out vigilante justice, the Mercury New reports.

Jonathan V. Hoang faces four counts, including pretending to be an officers of the United States, after he was arrested and indicted last week.

Hoang went as far as carrying a handgun and wearing a fake badge, according to the Mercury News.

Trenton Residents Demand Protection from Corruption as FBI Investigates Mayor

Mayor Tony Mack

Steve Neavling

As the FBI investigates Trenton City Hall and Mayor Tony Mack, residents are calling for the creation of an ethics board to protect against corruption, the Trentonian reports.

At a city council meeting Thursday, officials didn’t discuss details of the FBI investigation, saying they were unaware of specifics.

Residents called on the council to create an ethics board to keep elected officials in check.

“The ethics board should be a no-brainer,” “local businessman Tracey Syphax said, according to the Trentonian. “That’s definitely something we need.”

All in the Family? Justice Department Employees Accused of Nepotism

Steve Neavling

The Justice Department is mulling over what to do with eight employees who tried to get their children or other relatives hired by the agency, the Washington Post reports, citing a study released Thursday by the department’s inspector general.

Officials accused of the nepotism violations are career employees, not politicians, and include the director and two assistant directors of human resources; the director and deputy director of facilities and administrative services; and a senior adviser to a deputy assistant attorney general in the division.

“The department takes seriously the findings in this report, and we are moving immediately to address the report’s findings,” Gina Talamona, a Justice Department spokeswoman, told the Post.

Talamona pledged quick action and said nepotism would not be tolerated.


Baltimore’s FBI Chief Richard McFeely Reflects on Brief Tenure

Richard McFeely/fbi photo

Steve Neavling

During his brief tenure in charge of the FBI’s Baltimore feed office, Richard A. McFeely refocused investigations on corruption and gangs, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Now McFreely is becoming assistant director of criminal and cyber operations at FBI headquarters.

During his thee years in Baltimore, McFreely oversaw high-profile cases, including the investigations of Baltimore police, violent drug trafficker Steven Blackwell, founder of the prison gang Dead Man Inc. and a man who tried to blow up an Army recruiting station, according to the Sun.

McFreely said he wasn’t changing the priorities of the FBI, but believed there was a disproportionate focus on terrorism.

FBI to Investigate Anaheim, Calif. Shootings

Steve Neavling

 The FBI hopes to calm violence that has erupted after a pair of fatal officer-involved shootings over the weekend in Anaheim, Calif., LATimes reports.

During the unrest this week, protesters have tossed rocks at police, ignited fires and damaged public property.

Two dozen people have been arrested so far.

The FBI will determine whether police used excessive force in two separate shootings.

Colorado Killer Sent Letter to University Before Massacre

Steve Neavling

Before unleashing a deadly attack at a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Colorado, killer James Holmes outlined his murderous plot to a psychiatrist in a letter, New York Post reports.

The notebook detailed how Holmes planned to kill people and included illustrations, according to the Post.

Authorities found the letter, which included Holmes’ return address and was delivered Monday, after Holmes allegedly killed 12 people and injured 58 others.

The Post said it’s unclear whether Holmes knows the psychiatrist, who also is a professor at the University of Colorado.

Obama Plan to Close Deportation Cases Hits Snag

Pres. Obama at press conference/white house file photo

Steve Neavling

 An Obama administration efforts to cut down on swelling number of deportation cases has been less than successful,  the Washington Post reports.

An internal review found that more deportation cases are cropping up at a quicker pace than the administration has time to handle.

The idea is to close deportation cases of primarily young, old and pregnant immigrants who have no significant criminal histories, according to the Post. Although they won’t be granted visas, some will be able to obtain work permits.

But the process of closing cases is taking longer than expected, the Post reported.

Justice Department Combats Cyber Espionage

istock illustration

 Steve Neavling

The Justice Department is training hundreds of prosecutors to combat cyber espionage because of a growing threat to national security, senior department officials told the Washington Post.

Saying cyber espionage is rapidly on the rise, the Justice Department has begun preparing about 400 lawyers nationwide to prosecute threats to national security.

“We are very vulnerable,” John Carlin, the principal deputy in Justice’s national security division, told the Post. “Terrorists groups are saying publicly what they want to do – knock down the stock exchange and disrupt the electrical grid. We need to be more focused on this threat and we need to be ready.”

The department’s national security division is handling the training.