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Recently Acquitted, NY Assemblyman Arrested on New Charges

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A New York State Assemblyman was arrested by the FBI on bribery and extortion, reports NBC.

Acquitted on federal corruption charges just weeks ago, Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. was again arrested on new charges. It is alleged that he solicited money illegally to pay for the legal expenses of previous charges. He is accused of having soliciting more than $250,000 in payoffs from an FBI informant posing as an amusement park business man.

The new charges allege that Boyland was out soliciting bribes while on trial in federal court in Manhattan.

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Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Fed Up

 

Eric Holder Jr./ticklethewire.com file photo

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Attorney General Eric Holder has had enough.

Holder told a reporter from the Daily Caller , a conservative news website, to stop egging congressional Republicans on to call for his resignation, reports Talking Points Memo.

“You guys need to… you guys need to stop this,” TPM reports hearing Holder tell the reporter, who approached Holder after a White House event of an unrelated nature involving counterfeit goods. “There’s not an organic thing happening, you guys are behind this.”

The conservative news site has been calling Capitol Hill offices, asking Republicans if Holder should resign over ATF’s botched Fast and Furious operation, TPM reported. While there appears to be  no evidence to date that shows Holder knew about the plan, a steady rank of Republicans have grown from four to 50 calling for Holder’s resignation.

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Former Ill. FBI Agent Lied About Missing Money, Gets 5 Months Behind Bars

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A former FBI agent was taken into custody Tuesday after being sentenced to five months in prison followed by five months home confinement for lying to investigators about losing money seized in a major drug bust.  Authorities suspect he actually stole the money.

Jerry Nau, from Peoria, Ill., pleaded guilty in August to lying to investigators and forging the signatures of fellow agents on evidence sheets to hide the missing money, reports the Chicago Tribune. A total of $43,643 went missing after the bust of drug dealer Adrain Robinson. Nau told investigators he panicked when he was unable to find the money before the trial and hoped it would “turn up” on its own, the Tribune reported.

A special prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney James Warden, was assigned to the case from the Indianapolis U.S. attorney’s office.

“Would you walk away and say, ‘I hope it comes back some day?'” Warden said, according to the Tribune. “No, you would start screaming at your colleagues and say … ‘Let’s go find (the money).

“What happened is he stole the money.”

In court, Nau read a statement, according to the Trib.

“I always taught my children to tell the truth,” he said. “I told everyone around me lies are what get you in trouble because once you told one, you need to tell another to cover yourself.”

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Washington Post Editorial: Questions Remain About the Ted Stevens Prosecution

Ted Stevens

By The Washington Post
Editorial Page

WASHINGTON — IN THE SPRING of 2009, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. took the extraordinary step of asking a federal judge to dismiss corruption charges against former senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska). This was no easy decision.

Mr. Stevens had been prosecuted by the Justice Department’s vaunted Public Integrity Section and convicted of failing to report hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of gifts from an Alaskan oil services firm and its former chief executive.

Yet Mr. Holder rightly sought a reversal of the conviction and vowed not to relaunch the prosecution after learning that his lawyers had failed to turn over information to the defense that could have called the government’s case into question.

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Feds to Pay Widow of Anthrax Victim $2.5 Million

One of the real anthrax letters in 2001/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The feds are getting out the check book to cover an anthrax lawsuit filed by the wife whose husband — a Florida tabloid photo editor — was killed in 2001 by an anthrax letter.

The Associated Press reports that the U.S. government has agreed to pay widow Maureen Stevens $2.5 million to settle a lawsuit she filed.

The suit claimed the government failed to set in place security measures to assure that no one at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Md. got a hold of a the deadly anthrax strain  that was used to kill her husband and four others.

As part of the agreement, the wife has agreed to drop all other claims relating to the death of her husband Robert Stevens.

For years, some at the FBI were convinced that Ft. Detrick scientist Steven Hatfill was the culprit. But eventually investigators turned their attention toward Bruce Ivins, a scientist in the lab who committed suicide in July 2008, shortly before the feds planned to charge him in the deadly mailings that killed 5 and sickened 17 others.

 

Is the Calif. “Geezer Bandit” Really Much Younger? The FBI Says That’s a Possibility

"Geezer Bandit"/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It’s not the first time this theory has emerged. But it seems to be gaining some traction.

CBS in Los Angeles is reporting that the FBI again is saying that the elderly looking bank robber dubbed the “Geezer Bandit” — he’s robbed 15 banks in the San Diego area — may actually be a younger person wearing an elaborate latex mask from a special effects company.

CBS reports that a bank teller who saw the bandit up close agrees that it may be a mask.

“Something didn’t look normal, it wasn’t a normal face,” said the witness, according to CBS. “He came in, requested money and passed a note and said ‘If you don’t, I will murder you and everyone else in the bank.'”

The man appears to be in at least in his 70s, according to FBI photos.

 

U.S. Atty and Secret Service Take Lead in Sex Scandal Involving Syracuse Basketball Coach

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The feds are taking the lead in the high-profile probe into child sex allegations involving Syracuse University associate men’s basketball coach Bernie Fine, who was fired Sunday, the Post Standard reported.

The paper reported that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Syracuse and the U.S. Secret Service are taking the lead in the case against the 65-year-old coach.

The paper attributed the information to Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick, who is involved in the probe as well.

“I’ve been in close contact with the U.S. Attorney,” Fitzpatrick said, according to the Post Stardard. “All of last week, we discussed the case. The lead agency in investigating is the Secret Service under the direction of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, assisted by the Syracuse Police Department.”

“We’re acting in conjunction with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. I’m not doing anything without checking with them,” he added.

Investigators are looking into allegations that Fine sexually abused several boys.

 

FBI Agent Said He Was Naive About How Big Enron Case Would Become

By TOM FOWLER
HOUSTON CHRONICLE

When Mike Anderson launched the FBI’s investigation of Enron’s collapse in early December 2001, he thought assigning a couple of agents to the case would be a good start.

“I knew it was going to be a big case,” said Anderson, assistant special agent in charge of the white-collar crime group in Houston. “But I think I was a little naïve about how big.”

Within a few weeks, the investigation had exploded into a national task force with dozens of agents, prosecutors and other specialists working on it from coast to coast.

“It was the biggest FBI investigation at the time and remains one of the most complex in the history of the bureau,” Anderson said.

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