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More than 7 Months Later, FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List Still 2 Short

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It’s been more than seven months since the FBI’s two most notorious Ten Most Wanted criminals — Osama bin Laden and Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger — were eliminated as fugitives. One was killed. The other was captured.

Whitey Bulger

Still, to date, the FBI has yet to replace them. So for all practical purposes, its a Top 8 list for now. Their photos remain on the FBI page. Bulger’s photo has word “Captured” draped across the bottom. Bin Laden’s photo has the word “Deceased” on it.

Paul Bresson, an FBI spokesman at headquarters, said Tuesday that “replacements are still under consideration.” Stay tuned.

 

Former Secret Service Agent Acquitted on Bribery Charges

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Former Secret Service agent R. Patrick Caldwell was acquitted on Monday of bribery charges involving his body armor company and foreign officials, Reuters reports. Caldwell was accused of trying to bribe a foreign official during a sting where FBI agents posed as representatives of African leaders seeking to by arms.

Reuters wrote that acquittal was the Obama administration’s “latest blow” in a “sprawling case aimed at rooting out purported corruption in the arms industry.”

After 27 years with the US Secret Service, Caldwell served as chief executive officer of Protective Products of America Inc. While with the Secret Service, Caldwell was in charge of the division for the vice president’s protection, according to Reuters.

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FBI: Lions Fan Threatened to Blow Up Building After Team Fell Behind

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

It’s never been easy to be a Detroit Lions fan.

This fact was on hand at the Lions Jan. 7 playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints, where a fan threatened to blow up the team’s home stadium, the Superdome, reports the Detroit News.

Shawn Payton, of Jackson, Mich, bomb threats in after the Lions fell behind in the game, says an FBI agent’s affidavit. He made two calls all together.

“Hi, I want you to relay a message to the sideline, if your stupid Southern team keeps winning, there will be reper… severe consequences, OK?” Payton, 34, told a Superdome employee, court records detail.

In a phone interview on Monday, Payton showed regret for his actions and concern over losing his job as a cook at a McDonald’s. “I feel bad for making some stupid phone calls,” he said.

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Calif. Man Gets 6 Years in Attempted Murder-for-Hire Plot

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A six-year sentence was handed down to  Santa Barbara County, Calif., resident Eugene Darryl Temkin, 51, who solicited an FBI informant posing as a “hitman” to murder several individuals, the FBI announced on Monday.

A judge found Temkin guilty of soliciting a crime in violence, attempting to interfere with interstate commerce by threats and violence, and using interstate commerce facilities in the commission of a murder-for-hire after a bench trial in August, according to the FBI. The marks for the hitmen included Temkin’s wife, a former business partner of his and a Bel-Air man.

“The evidence showed that defendant engaged in criminal conduct of the worst sort: With meticulous planning and full contemplation, defendant agreed to pay a hitman, ‘Pavel’ [who was actually an undercover law enforcement officer], to brutally kill in cold blood three people, two of whom he barely knew,” prosecutors said in court documents. “What is more, these killings were only to take place after ‘Pavel’ first tortured the victims in order to force them to pay $15 million into defendant’s off-shore bank account.”

A source told law enforcement officials about Temkin’s plans to hire a hitman in late 2009 to kill his former business partner, which began the investigation. Over several months agents posing as professional killers met with Temkin, discussing plans and deals. Temkin told the “hitmen” the former business partner should pay him $15 million in compensation for losses he believes he sustained in a failed business plan to open a casino in Africa.

Temkin even discussed with the undercover agents particular forms of torture, murder and rape which would be likely to get the victims to pay the fees. Temkin had been threatening and harassing the victims for almost a decade before meeting with potential hitmen.

Arkansas Men Sentenced in Cross Burning Case

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A group of three southerners had the idea to construct a large wooden cross, bring it to the yard of a local African-America resident of Arkansas, and light the cross on fire before driving away; now the three have been sentenced to 18 months in prison, the FBI announced in a statement on Friday.

Bradley Branscum, 23, and Curtis Coffee, 19, of Batesville, Ark., were sentenced for charges relating to the Aug. 28, 2010 crossburning incident. Tony Branscum, 26 and first cousin to Bradley, was sentenced on Jan. 20.

The African America resident was not injured, according to the FBI, and there was no damage to his home. Still, the defendants had pleaded guilty to interfering with the housing rights of another, says the FBI.

“The defendants acted to instill fear because of the victim’s race,” Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, said. “The Department of Justice remains committed to protecting our communities from such violence and will continue to aggressively prosecute these acts.”

Japanese Auto Suppliers to Plead Guilty to Price Fixing in US

fbi photo

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Two Japanese suppliers of electrical auto components have agreed to plead guilty and to pay out $548 million in criminal fines in a price-fixing and bid-rigging scheme, the FBI announced on their blog this week. Four executives of auto parts sales companies, all Japanese nationals, also agreed to plead guilty, according to the FBI.

One of the companies took part in several conspiracies to fix prices on automobile parts sold in the US, with the other took part in a conspiracy to rig bids and fix prices of essential electrical parts.

“This criminal activity has a significant impact on automotive manufacturers in the U.S., Canada, Japan, and Europe and had been occurring for at least a decade,” said FBI Detroit Special Agent in Charge Andrew Arena.

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Justice Dept. Takes on Itself in Anthrax Attacks

Anthrax Suspect Bruce Ivins

By Jerry Markon
The Washington Post

WASHINGTON — Since it began a decade ago, the federal government’s massive investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks has been plagued by missteps and complications.

Investigators initially focused on the wrong man, then had to pay him a nearly $6 million settlement. In 2008, they accused another man, Bruce E. Ivins, who killed himself before he could go to trial. Now, in the latest twist, the government has argued against itself.

In documents deep in the files of a recently settled Florida lawsuit, Justice Department civil attorneys contradicted their own department’s conclusion that Ivins was unquestionably the anthrax killer. The lawyers said the type of anthrax in Ivins’s lab was “radically different” from the deadly anthrax. They cited several witnesses who said Ivins was innocent, and they suggested that a private laboratory in Ohio could have been involved in the attacks.

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Head of Dallas FBI Robert E. Casey Calling it Quits

Robert Casey Jr./fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It’s the end of the road for Robert E. Casey.

The veteran FBI agent is stepping down April 30 after five years as head of the bureau’s Dallas office, according to the Associated Press. He’s planning to retire and join the private sector, AP reported.

Casey, 54, was named special agent in charge of the office in May 2006. He joined the bureau in 1986.

His tenure as head of the office included the high-profile sting involving Hosam Smadi, who thought he was detonating a bomb to blow up a Dallas skyscraper.

He was also the target of threats from an agent in the office who was going through marital problems with his wife, who also worked for the FBI. The agent was sentenced to prison.

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