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Feds Go After $5.1 Million in Assets of Madoff Employee

Bernie Madoff/facebook photo

Bernie Madoff/facebook photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The feds are continuing to hunt for the riches from the Bernard L. Madoff Ponzi scandal.

Earlier this week, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan filed an amended complaint seeking the forfeiture of $5.1 million in assets from Annette Bongiorno, a 40-year employee of Madoff’s.

The original complaint sought less, but authorities said they had located an additional $2 million in assets including houses in Florida and New York.

The assets the government said it is going after include:

  • A house in Manhasset, N.Y., Bongiorno paid about $1.4 million.
  • A house in Boca Raton, Fla. she paid about $862,000.
  • Approximately $1.1 million currently or formerly held in accounts at Citibank, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, and HSBC;
  • A 2005 Bentley Continental she paid about $182,605;
  • A 2007 Mercedes Benz she paid about $90,000.
  • A second 2007 Mercedes Benz she paid approximately $66,000.
  • About $1.3 million she paid towards a luxury condominium.

Lobbyist Indictment Reminder of the Ugly Side of Washington

Tony Soprano

Tony Soprano

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — It was TV mobster Tony Soprano who once muttered: “‘I dunno about morals, but I do got rules.’

Certainly the same could be said for some of the politicians and lobbyists on the Capitol Hill, who never seem to let us down when it comes to perpetuating the unsavory stereotypes of official Washington.

The latest reminder of all of this came Thursday when the feds in Alexandria, Va., indicted Paul J. Magliocchetti, a powerful ex-lobbyist, who is accused of funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars in “laundered campaign contributions to lawmakers, using straw donors and other illicit means to disguise the source of the money,” the New York Times reported. He ran the now defunct PMA Group.

The Times said the indictment of Magliocchetti, a protege of the late Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), could open the door for the ex-lobbyist to provide evidence against crooked members of Congress.

Could this be the makings of another Jack Abramoff scandal?

Rep. John Conyer’s Wife Trying to Avoid Prison

Monica Conyers/facebook

Monica Conyers/facebook

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former Detroit City Councilwoman Monica Conyers, the wife of Rep. John Conyers (D-Mi.) , chair of the House Judiciary Committee, is trying to pull out all the stops to avoid reporting to prison to begin serving her 37 month sentence for bribery.

The Detroit News reports that she has filed a motion to remain free pending her appeal before the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. She is set to report to prison on Sept. 10.

The paper reports that her appeal centers around U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn’s refusal to allow her to withdraw her plea on the day she was sentenced.

Her attorney Douglas Mullkoff says she’s not a flight risk and should be allowed to remain free, the News reported.

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U.S. Capitol Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Distributing Child Porn

us-capitol-police-badgeBy Matt Castello
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — In April, Dennis Craig Bell was a Sergeant with the U.S. Capitol Police. Today, the 27-year police veteran is a convict and another statistic in the ugly world of child pornography.

The Woodbridge, Va. resident pled guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria to distributing child pornography. He faces a minimum of five years in prison when sentenced Oct. 22.

Bell, 55, first peaked the interest of  authorities in December 2009 when he was flagged using a peer-to-peer network set up to share child pornography, according to an FBI affidavit.

At that time, Detective David Abbott of the Manassas City Police Department was able to track down Bell’s home address through his IP address.

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Feds Bust 14 U.S. Citizens With Ties to Somalia Terrorist Group

Sen. Judiciary Gives Nod to U.S. Atty. Nominees in Calif., Pa. and Kan.

Melinda Haag/law firm photo

Melinda Haag/law firm photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary on Thursday gave the nod to U.S. Attorney nominees in California, Kansas and Pennsylvania, the website Main Justice reported. The matter now goes before the full Senate for a vote.

The nominees include: Melinda Haag for the Northern District of California; Barry R. Grissom for Kansas and David J. Hickton for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Main Justice, which closely tracks nominations for the U.S. Attorney’s Offices, reported that the Senate Judiciary Committee has approved 66 nominees so far. Of those, 57 have won Senate confirmation.

Feds Say Retired NYPD Cop is Mob Associate

The late mobster  John J. Gotti

The late mobster John J. Gotti

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

John McNally: Hero cop or mob associate? Perhaps both.

Federal authorities have filed court papers in U.S. District Court in Manhattan alleging that the retired New York cop, now 76, worked with the late mobster John Gotti’s hired gun Joseph Watts on extortion and money laundering crimes for years, the New York Daily News is reporting.

McNally is just named as an unindicted co-conspirator in a case against Watts, who faces charges of racketeering in connection with a number of homicides “during the mob’s go-go 1980s,” the Daily News reported.

The Daily News reports that one of the mob hits in the case involves the 1985 slaying of Gambino godfather Paul Castellano. That murder opened the door for Gotti to take over the New York mob.

“At this point, he’s really old and really sick,” a friend of McNally told the Daily News. “They are just trying to besmirch his career, to embarrass him.”

The News reported that McNally worked for  attorney F. Lee Bailey on the Simpson defense team in the 1990s and did “security” in the 1980s for Gene Gotti, John Gotti’s brother.

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