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Congressman Michael Grimm — an Ex-FBI Agent — Keeps Suspicious Business Ties

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

After leaving the FBI, Congressman Michael G. Grimm invested about a million bucks of borrowed money in a Texas real estate investment. Looking for a builder for the project, Grimm found a former FBI agent he had served with in New York–an agent who was at the time under indictment on state racketeering charges, according to the New York Times.

The builder, Carlos Luquis, was later convicted for his role in stealing $2 million from Texas taxpayers, and eventually served 18 months in prison.

Even so, Congressman Grimm continued to do business with Luquis through two other companies. “Mr. Grimm’s ties to Mr. Luquis reflect a checkered business background that seems to clash in some ways with his image as a straight-arrow veteran of the Marine Corps and the F.B.I.,” writes the Times. “That image has been crucial to his ascent in the Republican Party.”

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Jersey City Councilman Arrested Over Pain Pill Prescriptions

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Vincent A. Esposito may need some painkillers to kill the pain from being arrested.

The Madison,  N.J., city councilman, who is also a medical doctor, was arrested Thursday  for writing fraudulent pain pill prescriptions, New Jersey Today reported on Friday. DEA agents and state authorities raided his office.

Vincent A. Esposito, 54, of Madison, New Jersey, also a medical doctor, was arrested on Thursday by officials from the state and the DEA following a search of the doctor’s offices.

Esposito was charged with the distribution of a controlled dangerous substance–namely, OxyConton–and conspiracy, stemming from an investigation of the DEA and the Division of Criminal Justice Gangs & Organized Crime Bureau. Local law enforcement agencies assisted the investigation as well.

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John Boles to Head Up FBI’s Norfolk, Va. Office

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

John Boles has been named head of the FBI’s Norfolk, Va., office, the agency announced Friday.

Boles, who last served as special assistant to the National Security Branch (NSB) executive assistant director and as section chief of the NSB Executive Staff Section, joined the bureau in 1995. He was first assigned to Sacramento.

In 2003, he was appointed assistant legal attaché in Kiev, Ukraine. Boles was responsible for all FBI programs in Ukraine and Belarus.

In 2006, he transferred to the St. Louis Division and was selected as supervisory special agent. He oversaw the Joint Terrorism Task Force and the International Terrorism squad. He also served as the SWAT coordinator.

Boles later became   assistant special agent in charge in the San Diego Division, responsible for  program management, oversight of the white-collar and cyber crime programs, and other administrative duties.

Before joining the bureau, he  served as a cryptologic technician in the U.S. Navy for five years.

 

Things Seemed Normal, But Calif. ICE Agent Never Came Home

By Victoria Kim and Paloma Esquivel
Los Angeles Times

Ezequiel Garcia, a longtime federal immigration agent, had told his wife of problems at work.

But when she called him at the office Thursday, everything seemed normal. They talked about having Korean barbecue for dinner. Before he could go home, however, he had to meet with a high-ranking supervisor about his job performance.

The exchange grew heated, and Garcia did the unthinkable: He turned his weapon on a fellow agent. He fired at least six shots at the supervisor before another quick-acting agent intervened and shot him dead.

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Moroccan Man Busted in FBI Sting Plotting Suicide Attack at Capitol

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Update: Authorities identified the man as Amine El Khalifi, 29, of Alexandria, Va., an immigrant from Morocco who was illegally in the U.S.
By Mike Levine
Fox News

Authorities have arrested a man allegedly on his way to the U.S. Capitol for what he thought would be a suicide attack on one of the nation’s most symbolic landmarks, Fox News has learned exclusively.

The man, in his 30s and of Moroccan descent, was nabbed following a lengthy investigation by the FBI, initiated after he expressed interest in conducting an attack. It’s unclear how the FBI learned of his aspirations.

The man thought undercover FBI agents assisting him in his plot were associates of Al Qaeda.

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Presidential Hopeful Santorum Wants Secret Service Protection

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Could it be that presidential hopeful Rick Santorum wants what Mitt Romney already has?

Apparently, so.

ABC and Fox news report that Santorum has sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security asking for Secret Service Protection, USA Today reports.

Romney is currently the only GOP candidate who has the protection.

 

Muslim Groups Want Input in FBI Training Material

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Anti-terrorism training materials used by the FBI could be changing.

The Religion News Service reports that the FBI said it is willing to consider a proposal from a coalition of Muslim and interfaith groups to create a committee to review materials.

The FBI recently removed some materials from training after they were found to be incorrect or Islamophobic, the news service reported.

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