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Wired Housekeeper to Testify Against Ex-Boss — Former Boston Homeland Security Official

boston-map-istockBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A Brazilian housekeeper who was an illegal immigrant, and wore a wire, is expected to testify in a federal trial against her former boss, an ex-top official in Boston for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Boston Globe reported.

Lorraine Henderson, who has been suspended without pay from her job as regional director of Homeland Security is on trial for encouraging the housekeeper Fabiana Bittencourt to stay in the country even though she was an illegal immigrant.

Authorities eventually talked to Bittencourt and got her to wear a wire, the Globe reported.

The Globe reported that in one taped conversation Henderson told Bittencourt, “You have to be careful, ’cause they will deport you. Be careful . . . Once you leave, you will never be back.”

The trial began Monday.

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Rival Prison Gangs Working Together on Outside with Drug Cartels, Feds Say

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Sometimes law enforcement wishes not everyone got along.

USA Today reports that rival prison gangs like the Aryan Brotherhood and the Mexican Mafia “are brokering unusual criminal alliances outside prison to assist Mexican drug cartel operations in the U.S. and Mexico.”

Inside the prisons, the paper reported, the groups remain bitter enemies, the paper says.

Kevin O’Keefe, chief of ATF’s criminal intelligence division, tells the paper that says investigators have tied the rival gangs to some stolen vehicles flush with cash and weapons headed toward locations like Mexico and Texas.

“They realize that the financial gain is so lucrative that they have been willing to work together,” O’Keefe told USA Today. “It’s all about business.”

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Fed Agents Going Undercover on Social Networks Like Facebook and MySpace, Justice Dept. Report Says

facebook-logoBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Well, social networking isn’t just for socializing anymore.

An internal Justice Department document obtained under the Freedom of Information Act shows federal agents are going undercover on such social networks as Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn and Twitter to investigate cases, according to the Associated Press.

The AP reports that agents are logging on to identify ” suspects, identify a target’s friends or relatives and browse private information such as postings, personal photographs and video clips.”

The social networks also allows investigators to check on suspects’ alibis “by comparing stories told to police with tweets sent at the same time about their whereabouts. Online photos from a suspicious spending spree — people posing with jewelry, guns or fancy cars — can link suspects or their friends to robberies or burglaries,” AP reported.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco-based civil liberties group, obtained the Justice Department document in connection to a lawsuit, AP reported.

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OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

Calif. FBI Agent Charged With Illegal Access to Bureau Computer

fbi logo largeBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent who investigated white collar crime in Orange County, Calif., pleaded not guilty Monday to using the FBI computer to obtain information he was not authorized to access, the Associated Press reported.

Peter H. Norell Jr., who resigned after criminal charges were filed on March 9, appeared before a U.S. Magistrate Judge  in Santa Ana, the AP reported.

A criminal information gave very little information about the allegations, but said the crime took place between Aug. 23, 2005 and Sept. 5, 2005. In most circumstances, the filing of a criminal information indicates that a plea agreement is in the making.

Norrell’s attorney Thomas McConville declined to comment on the case, according to AP.

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Man Who Secretly Videotaped ESPN’s Erin Andrews Gets 30 Months

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Erin Andrews/ espn photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Where Michael David Barrett is headed, he may not want to know what’s on the other side of a peep hole. He’s off to prison.

The Chicago-area man was sentenced Monday afternoon in Los Angeles federal court to 2 1/2 years in prison for taking nude videos of ESPN television personality Erin Andrews through hotel peep holes and posting them on the Internet after a celebrity website TMZ.com rejected his offer to buy them.

U.S. District Judge Manuel L. Real also ordered Barrett, 49, of Westmont, Ill., to pay $7,366 in restitution to Andrews.

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FBI Says U.S. Consulate Victims in Mexico Border Town “Targeted”

mexico-border-signBy Allan Lengel
For AOL News

WASHINGTON — Three people with ties to the U.S. consulate murdered in the violent Mexican town of Ciudad Juarez on Saturday were not victims of a drive-by shooting as first reported, the FBI said today.

“They were certainly targeted,” said special agent Andrea Simmons, an FBI spokeswoman for the El Paso office, which borders the Mexican town told AOL News. “They weren’t randomly picked. But at this point there’s no indication that the victims were targeted due to their employment with the consulate.”

Simmons’ remarks came hours after the Chihuahua State Attorney General announced that the Aztecas street gang and the drug organization La Linea may have had a hand in the shootings, according to the El Paso Times.

La Linea is part of the ever-powerful Juarez Drug Cartel. The Aztecas gang is also aligned with that cartel and has been known to act as deadly enforcers and peddle street drugs, authorities said.

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DEA Agent Joe DuBois Breaks Silence About Standoff With Mexican Drug Dealers in 1999

The story stems from a 1999 incident down in Mexico. If anything has changed in the past 11 years it’s that things haven’t gotten much worse.

Mexico border map

By Dan Schiller
Houston Chronicle

They were outnumbered and outgunned behind enemy lines, but the two U.S. federal agents cornered in a Mexican border city decided to die on their own terms.

No surrender.

The choice facing Drug Enforcement Administration agent Joe DuBois and FBI agent Daniel Fuentes was simple: Hold their ground to be riddled with machine-gun fire, or be captured by drug-cartel henchmen who would diabolically interrogate them using pliers, blowtorches or worse.

“I knew what they’d do to me,” recalled DuBois. “I’d seen many pictures of the bodies they leave behind.

“Dan and I decided, if we are going to die, we are going to die here.”

In an exclusive interview with the Houston Chronicle, DuBois publicly discussed for the first time the now-infamous 1999 standoff that put one of the most powerful cartel leaders in history on America’s most-wanted list.

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Loyalty to Mom in New Orleans School Board Corruption Doesn’t Pay

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Loyalty to mom doesn’t always pay off.

Stacy Simms, 49, the daughter of  the former  crooked ex-Orleans Parish School Board President Ellenese Brooks-Simms in New Orleans, was sentenced late last week two years probation for opening a bank account for mom to put her bribe money in, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Her mom got 18 months in prison.

The bank account was opened so her mother Ellenese Brooks-Simms, could deposit bribe money from Mose Jefferson, the brother of convicted ex-Congressman William Jefferson, authorities said. The mother received about $140,000 in kickbacks for a school contract for a algebra software program.

Authorities said Brooks-Simms conspired “with Mose Jefferson to approve the purchase of an educational software program for the Orleans Parish School System.”

Mose Jefferson received over $913,000 of Orleans Parish School Board money as sales commissions for selling the software program to the school system. He has already been sentenced to 10 years in the case.