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169 People Arrested in FBI Operation Targeting Sex-Trafficking Before Super Bowl in Atlanta

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

There was more than potential terrorist threats on the mind of the FBI involving Super Bowel LIII in Atlanta.

The FBI said Tuesday that 169 people were arrested in an operation targeting the threat of sex trafficking leading up to the big event.

A press release said an 11-day sting, starting Jan. 23, resulted in the arrest of 26 alleged traffickers, 34 people accused of trying to engage in sex acts with minors, nine alleged juvenile sex-trafficking victims and nine more alleged adult victims, Fox News reports. 

“The operation’s goal was to raise awareness about sex trafficking by proactively addressing that threat during the Super Bowl and events leading up to the Super Bowl,” the press release read. “Sex trafficking is not just a problem during large-scale events, it is a 365-day-a-year problem in communities all across the country.”

Chris Christie Says Subpoenas, N.Y. U.S. Attorney’s Office Big Problems For Trump

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Chris Christie, a former U.S. Attorney and Donald Trump campaign insider who was unceremoniously booted from Trump’s inner circle, says that the subpoenas linked to the 2017 inauguration could be the president’s biggest problem.

He also said that Trump should be more worried about the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York than the Mueller probe.

FBI Hunts Down 2 Men in Malaysia Who Were Hacking Into U.S. College Computers

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Two citizens of Nigeria, who lived in Malaysia, hacked into university computer systems to steal paychecks and tax returns.

Now, they’re behind bars, thanks to partnerships with the Georgia Institute of Technology,  the Department of Justice, and Malaysian authorities that enabled the FBI to identify, arrest, and extradite Olayinka Olaniyi and Damilola Soloman Ibiwoye, the FBI said.

Ibiwoye has been sentenced to 39 months in prison and Olaniyi got nearly six years.

“We found their computer folders with documents showing efforts to phish employees at 130 to 140 schools,” FBI agent Tyson Fowler said in a statement. “They would steal a logo and do the work to make it look legitimate.”

According to a story on the FBI website:

The duo sent fraudulent emails to personnel at these institutions in an attempt to gain system credentials. These phishing messages appeared official but they took unsuspecting recipients to fraudulent sites that allowed the criminals to record user names and passwords. Armed with this information, the hackers could then enter the official school systems and use the stolen credentials to reroute employees’ paychecks and access financial documents. Fowler says the hackers were successful in obtaining access at about 20 schools.

Joseph R. Bonavolonta Now Heads Up Boston FBI Office

Joseph R. Bonavolonta (FBI photo)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Joseph R. Bonavolonta, who had served as deputy assistant director for the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division since March 2018, has taken over as head of the Boston field office.

He’s no stranger to the Boston office, having previously served as assistant special agent in charge there from 2013 to 2017.

Bonavolonta has held a variety of leadership, operational, and investigative positions throughout his FBI career.

He entered the FBI in 1996 as an investigative specialist in the FBI’s New York Field Office.

In August 2000, he received his first assignment as a special agent in the New York Field Office, where he spent several years investigating the Bonanno La Cosa Nostra Family.

His work led to the convictions and/or guilty pleas of dozens of high-ranking members and associates of the Bonanno LCN Family, according to an FBI press release.

From 2006-2007, Bonavolonta served as the program manager in the Organized Crime Section at FBI Headquarters.  He also directed an international organized crime initiative with the Italian National Police to combat criminal operations between the American-based LCN families and the Sicilian Mafia.

In 2008, he became a supervisory special agent of the corporate/securities fraud squad at the Newark Field Office in 2008. In 2013,  Bonavolonta was named assistant special agent in charge of the Boston Field Office.

Federal Prosecutors Subpoena Records from Trump’s Inauguration Committee

President Trump at his inaugural address in January 2018, via the White House.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Federal prosecutors have ordered President Trump’s inauguration committee to turn over documents related to donors, spending and event attendees.

The subpoenas, first reported by ABC News, signifies that prosecutors are digger deeper into a commitee that raised $107 million.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan also is trying to determine whether the nonprofit accepted illegal foreign contributions, The New York Times reports. Under federal law, inaugural funds cannot accept foreign donations.

“It is our intention to cooperate with in the inquiry,” inaugural committee spokeswoman Krisitn Celauro told The Associated Press.

The wide-ranging subpoena seeks documents involving the committee’s bank accounts, donors, perks, contracts, vendors, event attendees and foreign contributors.

Prosecutors are investigating crimes ranging from conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and money laundering to mail fraud and making false statements to federal authorities.

Ex-DEA Task Force Officer in Texas Pleads Guilty to Lying

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A former DEA task force officer, who worked for the McAllen, Tex. police department, has pleaded guilty to providing false statements in connection with a federal conspiracy case.

On Thursday, Ricardo Ruiz Jr. agreed to plead guilty to one count of giving false statements to federal agents, in exchange government prosecutors agreed to dismiss the remaining four counts against him, including two counts of interference with commerce by threat or violence, one count of impersonating an officer, and the remaining count of making false statements to federal agents, The Monitor  reports. 

The former McAllen officer and three others originally faced conspiracy charges in connection with an incident in May 2017, when Ruiz and the others allegedly orchestrated the seizure of a 2013 Cadillac ATS from an unnamed San Juan resident, the paper reports.

 

El Chapo Accused of Raping and Drugging Teen Girls

‘El Chapo’ Guzman

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The nasty world of drug lord Joaquin Guzmán Loera, aka “El Chapo,” continues to surface in New York.

The latest: Prosecutors in his trial on Friday night, just before jury deliberations are to begin, unsealed secret documents revealing accusations that El Chapo routinely raped girls as young as 13 years old, sometimes drugging them by placing “a powdery substance” into their drinks, the New York Times reports.

Mr. Guzmán’s lawyer, A. Eduardo Balarezo said his client denies the allegationsunted the accusations, issuing a statement on Saturday that said: “Joaquin denies the allegations.”

Balarezo noted that the claims “lack any corroboration and were deemed too prejudicial and unreliable to be admitted at trial.” He added: “It is unfortunate that the material was publicly released just prior to the jury beginning deliberations.”

 

TSA Agent in Orlando Jumps to His Death

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A TSA agent at Orlando International Airport jumped to his death Saturday morning after clocking out from his shift, the New York Times reports.

The man, in his 40s, jumped from a balcony of the Hyatt Regency in the airport atrium about 9:30 a.m.