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Former FBI Agent New Port Authority IG

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Former FBI agent Thomas Raftery is now the Inspector General for the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) for New Jersey and Pennsylvania, reports Fox News. The decision was made at a DRPA meeting on Wednesday, where a former political aide was named the new deputy chief executive officer of the DRPA as well.

Raferty served with the FBI in Afghanistan and investigated the Oklahoma City bombing, according to Fox. His new job, which is also a new position within DRPA, is to try and “clean up the DRPA mess” amid complaints that the organization lacks transparency and engages in patronage, a long held criticism of the DRPA.

To read more click here.

Read press release.

Column: FBI’s Kids Page: Just Another Example of FBI Outdoing Other Agencies in the Public Relations Game

Allan Lengel

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

I remember years ago sitting at a banquet table at a retirement party for a U.S. Marshal in Detroit when the head of U.S. Customs in Detroit started talking about his school-aged son.

With some amusement, and a perhaps a drop of disappointment, he recounted how his son told people his dad worked for the FBI. Ouch.

I’m reminded of that story after looking on the FBI website and finding the “FBI Kids Page.”

Of all the federal law enforcement agencies, the FBI, hands down, has far outpaced others when it comes to public relations and promoting its image.

This is just another example of its efforts.

The feature is designed to educate children and teens and their parents about the workings of the agency.

“Follow a case from start to finish through the FBI Laboratory on our Kids Page,” the FBI website says.

“The page is designed for children and their parents to learn more about the FBI through age-appropriate games, tips, stories, and interactives. We also introduce you to our working dogs and show how FBI special agents and analysts investigate cases.”

I point this out, because I think some federal law enforcement agencies could do a much better job of dealing with the media and promoting their image.

Just a thought.

 

Mobster John Gotti: Draft Dodger? Kinda, Sorta

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Was the late Godfather John Gotti a draft dodger? Well, kinda, sorta.

His status with the military is included in 1,580 pages of FBI files on Gotti from 1964 to 1995, archived on a CD-ROM by the website paperlessarchives.com.

Gotti was the boss of the Gambino crime family, nicknamed the “Dapper Don” because of his lavish lifestyle and manner of dress.

The files point out that Gotti was drafted in 1963 in Brooklyn, but did not appear for induction. The  FBI searched for Gotti for two years, eventually making contact on November 10, 1965, when the future crime boss appeared at the Kings County Court House for a hearing related to a grand larceny auto. Gotti told authorities he was unaware of the draft status. He reported to the selective service board the next day, but was never inducted into the armed forces due to his criminal record, the files show.

Also in the files are reports of an internal FBI administrative investigation in 1992 in which at least 140 agents were interviewed and provided sworn statements regarding leaks about John Gotti to the New York Daily News.

“I did not provide this information to anyone not entitled to receive it, including the Daily News,” one agent said, “with the possible exception of my wife. I do not recall discussing this with my wife, but I may have.”

Another investigation focused on leaks to a New York news television program, where reporter John Miller broke the story of a juror being bribed–$60,000 from Gotti himself and another $15,000 from a Gambino associate–which ultimately led to Gotti’s acquittal in the case. Miller was known to have wide net of connections in New York law enforcement and later went on to become the chief spokesman for the FBI in 2005 to 2009.

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OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST:

FBI Makes Insider Trading Arrests

By BEN PROTESS and PETER LATTMAN
New York Times

Federal authorities announced insider trading charges against seven people on Wednesday, accusing them of earning nearly $62 million illegally trading on shares of Dell.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested four people across the country as part of the case, an escalation of the government’s aggressive insider trading investigation.

The three other people named in the criminal complaint — Spyridon Adondakis, a former Level Global technology analyst known as Sam; Jesse Tortora, a former Diamondback Capital Management analyst; and Sandeep Goyal, a former junior analyst at Neuberger Berman — are cooperating with the investigation.

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Read statement from head of NY FBI.

Former Fla. Detective Gets Two Years for Public Corruption

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A former homicide detective in St. Petersburg, Fla. was slapped with two years in prison for public corruption charges, the FBI announced on Wednesday morning.

Anthony V. Foster received the sentence after pleading guilty to wire fraud to deprive the public of honest services on October 20, 2011. Court documents show that from 2009 to June 2011, Foster told a criminal source facing charges, who was secretly working with the FBI, that he would get hold of state judges and attorneys to give them positive information about the source in exchange for cash bribes.

Foster acknowledged in the plea that he met with the source on April 6, 2011, and received $7,075, then again on April 15, where he received another $325 and 40-inch flat screen TV, according to the FBI. Foster later called Assistant State Attorney of Hernando County, who was prosecuting the case against the source, giving positive information about the source’s involvement in various law enforcement investigations. Foster also encouraged other officers to call the attorney with similar claims.

 

Suburban Chicago Fire May Have Hid Murder of Four

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A fire at a suburban Chicago home may have been used to hide the murder of four people in the house, ATF agents have told the Associated Press.

A woman and three young relatives were found dead by gunshot in the home, presumably shot before the blaze began, according to the AP, possibly by a distraught boyfriend of the woman. Names are not yet being released of the perpetrator or the victims

Investigators believe the man shot the four early Tuesday, set the house on fire and then drove to another suburb, then turned his gun on himself, committing suicide.

A neighbor, Ann Bendera, described the family as friendly, often seeing them playing with the family dog in the front yard, and was shocked by the incident.

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ATF Home Raid Yields Dozens of Guns, Drugs at Houston Home Used Mexican Cartel

The logo of the Los Zetas Cartel/baltimore city paper

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Houston ATF agents hit a small jackpot recently when they raided the home used by a Mexican cartel member.

The local KPRC-TV reports that agents seized dozens of guns and 45 pounds of marijuana. Agents were lead to the home by Juan Garcia, who had been arrested after purchasing high-powered rifles at a gun show on New Year’s Eve. Garcia told agents he had shipped 250 weapons to the home in the past two years.

After agents found 26 rifles and $5,000 in Garcia’s trunk, he told agents he was a ranking member of the Zetas, a group of  former Mexican military servicemen that run one of the country’s most violent drug trafficking cartel. On January 4, Garcia led agents to the Houston home, where they seized 34 assault rifles, 21 AR-15s, 13 AK-47s and 45 pounds of marijuana, according to the KPRC report.

To read more click here.

 

49 Indicted in Atlanta on Guns and Arms Charges; Seven Sentenced

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Seven Atlanta men, who were busted in a major crackdown on guns and drugs,  have been sentenced, ATF announced Tuesday. Sentences ranged from 12 months to 151 months.

The men were among 49 defendants indicted in Atlanta, the result of  an undercover ATF investigation that was known as “ATL Blaze.” Undercover agents had spread word that they were looking for arms and drugs, ultimately acquiring 257 handguns, 60 rifles, 46 shotguns, and 10 short-barreled “sawed-off” shotguns from the streets of Atlanta, according to the press release.

In all, 49 people were indicted on charges ranging from conspiring to commit a home robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of an unregistered short-barreled rifle, possession of a stolen firearm, unlawful dealing in firearms without a license, possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute, and aggravated identity theft, says the ATF.

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