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ICE Did Questionable Things to Meet Deportation Goal

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement manipulated the system and did highly questionable things to meet deportation goals, the Center for Investigative Reporting reported in the Washington Post.

The news organization reported that ICE included in its stats  more than 19,000 immigrants who exited the U.S. the previous year.

“When ICE officials realized in the final weeks of the fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30, that the agency still was in jeopardy of falling short of last year’s mark, it scrambled to reach the goal,” Andrew Becker of the Center for Investigative Reporting reported. “Officials quietly directed immigration officers to bypass backlogged immigration courts and time-consuming deportation hearings whenever possible, internal e-mails and interviews show.

“Instead, officials told immigration officers to encourage eligible foreign nationals to accept a quick pass to their countries without a negative mark on their immigration record, ICE employees said,” according to the news organization.

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Calif FBI Employee Charged With Lying About Debt

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A FBI employee in San Francisco is in big trouble as a result of financial statement she made, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The paper reported that Rachelle Thomas-Zuill, 39, who conducted background investigations on FBI agents for security clearances in San Francisco, was charged in court documents in San Jose with lying about the  debt she had on her properties, court records show.

Thomas-Zuill  wrote on a financial disclosure form to the government that she owned three properties with an outstanding mortgage debt of $866,000, when in reality she owned six properties with a debt of more than $2.2 million, the paper wrote.

The paper reported that she worked from 2003 until July of this year as a personnel security specialist for the FBI.

Man Once Charged With Trying to Kill Boston Celtic Star Convicted of Trying to Murder DEA Informant


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A man once charged with the attempted murder of Boston Celtics basketball star Paul Pierce, was convicted late last week of attempting to kill a DEA informant who provided evidence against him in cocaine trafficking case, authorities said.

Trevor A. Watson, 44, of Boston, was found guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Boston of stabbing the informant 10 times outside of Ann’s Unisex Barbershop on Tremont Street on the south end of Boston on Feb. 27, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Evidence in court showed Watson stabbed the informant, who survived the attack after emergency surgery to repair his damaged colon and intestine.

Authorities said while stabbing the informant, Watson said: “You talking, huh? you telling.”

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During trial, evidence surfaced that WATSON was charged with the attempted murder of Boston Celtic Paul Pierce in 2002. However, the jury acquitted him after multiple eyewitnesses changed their testimony, authorities said.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Watson tried to get witnesses in the DEA case, including the informant, to change their statement to authorities.

He wrote letters and made phone calls from prison in which he wrote: “I had introduced my lawyer to the fact that if the victim in my case was to sign an affidavit saying I’m not the guy who stabbed him, it was some Spanish guy about 30, which I am not either, I’ll be alright …” and “The Paul Pierce case was the same way, but at trial he changed his statements and I got found not guilty of att. mur. (attempted murder).”

Sentencing is set for March 10.

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Ex-UC Davis Fullback to Head FBI’s Sacramento Office

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Herbert Brown, section chief of the FBI’s gang and drug section at headquarters, will take over the Sacramento FBI office in January, the Sacramento Bee reported.

Brown, 53, a former fullback with the UC Davis football team in the 1970s, replaces Drew Parenti, who retired in October. He’ll supervise 160 agents, the paper reported.

The paper reported that Brown was promoted to section chief of the FBI’s Gang Criminal Enterprise Section in 2008.

The FBI on Friday confirmed the appointment.

Tenn. FBI Agent Convicted of Fraud

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A federal jury in Nashville on Thursday convicted an FBI agent  on 15 counts of wire fraud and three counts of bankruptcy fraud, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

Agent Darin Lee McAllister, 44, of Brentwood, Tenn., who is married to a Christian gospel singer,  was indicted in May on the multiple count indictment. The jury failed to reach a verdict on a bank fraud charge.

Authorities charged that McAllister devised a scheme to defraud SunTrust Mortgage Co., Inc., in the purchase of rental properties totaling $1.25 million in May and July 2006. Additionally, he devised a scheme to defraud the SunTrust Bank to obtain  a $100,000 line of credit, and made three false statements in connection with his subsequent bankruptcy petition in July 2009.

The Nashville City Paper reported in May that the indictment alleged that McAllister falsely claimed he was president of Judah Music and DOJ Productions and earned $500,000 annually. His wife Judith Christie McAllister — a Christian gospel singer – is president and founder of Judah Music.

“The result in this case shows that no one is above the law. The actions of this federal law enforcement officer should not tarnish the good reputation of the FBI or the many fine men and women in federal law enforcement,” said Nashville U.S. Attorney Bill Killian.

The case was investigated by the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General and the U.S. Bankruptcy Trustee’s Offices in Chattanooga and Nashville.

Treasurer of Nat. Republican Congressional Committee Off to Prison for Stealing $844,718


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — It’s off to prison for 37 months for Christopher J. Ward for defrauding the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) and other political committees out of $844,718. He was the treasurer of the committees.

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of Washington sentenced  Ward,42, formerly of Bethesda, Md., on Thursday and ordered him to forfeit $844,718.

Authorities said the political committees were clients of his consulting business.

Ward worked in the NRCC’s accounting department and in 2003 became the NRCC’s Treasurer. Additionally, he operated a business specializing in accounting services and compliance with Federal Election Commission regulations for political committees and candidates.

Authorities said from 2001 through 2006, he served as Treasurer for the President’s Dinner Committees, which ran the annual joint fund-raising dinners sponsored by the NRCC and the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), featuring a keynote address by the `President of the United States.

Authorities said Ward admitted that from March 5, 2001 until December 2007 he stole about $844,718 by issuing unauthorized checks and wire transfers from the NRCC and political committees who were his clients.