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Man Admits In Fed Court to Posing As A Naval Officer

An ex-Naval man went around posing as a rear admiral. Problem was, he wasn’t one.

By Christian Davenport and Jerry Markon
Washington Post Staff Writers
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – He wore a short-sleeve Navy summer white uniform, crisp and pressed. Had the black and gold shoulder boards of a rear admiral and a chest full of ribbons and carried himself with the confidence such a high rank bestows. He said he was a veteran who had served all over the world, in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Iraq.
Last year, at a ceremony in Falls Church to commemorate the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Day, Trung Huan Nguyen took the stage and addressed a crowd of about 100 Vietnamese Americans.
Although he certainly seemed like the real thing, there was something that wasn’t quite right about the man in white. No matter how perfect his uniform, or how plentiful his service and personal decoration ribbons, some attendees were suspicious. They checked him out. And yesterday, Nguyen pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Alexandria to impersonating a Navy rear admiral.
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FBI Looking At Detroit Star In Mortgage Scam

Detroit Pistons star guard Lindsey Hunter could end up in court soon — and not the basketball court. A suburban Detroit man alleges that the  hard-working guard was involved in a mortgage scam.

Lindsey Hunter/pistons photo

Lindsey Hunter/pistons photo

Paul Egan
The Detroit News
DETROIT — A Waterford Township man who alleges veteran Detroit Pistons guard Lindsey Hunter involved him in mortgage fraud says the FBI is now investigating forgery in connection with the removal of his name as a joint holder of a Hunter bank account.
Bruce McClellan said the FBI recently contacted him about bank documents on which his signature was forged and his name was spelled wrong. Michael J. Smith of Sterling Heights, McClellan’s attorney, confirmed what his client said.
McClellan said his signature was forged on documents that removed him as a joint holder of a Hunter account at the Bank of America, formerly LaSalle Bank.
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Feds Hunting N.Y. Mob Informant

It’s nice to feel wanted. But Kenny “The Rat” O’Donnell’s can’t feel that way. He was accidently released from prison last month. Now he’s wanted by the feds.


By Kati Cornell
New York Post
NEW YORK — The feds are hunting for a former mob informant and lifelong con artist who was mistakenly released on bail last month.
Kenny “The Rat” O’Donnell is believed hiding out in The Bronx since a federal magistrate judge in Brooklyn freed him on $50,000 bail for an old probation violation – not knowing he also faced a 60-year sentence in New Jersey.
It’s the latest twist in a bizarre saga that began when O’Donnell was a major mob witness in the 1980s, helping the feds prosecute scores of wiseguys before he was booted out of the witness-protection program for committing new crimes.
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Prosecution Suffers A Blow In Sen. Stevens Trial

Sen. Stevens attorneys failed to get the judge to toss out the charges or declare a mistrial, but they did score a victory in the high-profile trial.

By Richard Mauer and Erika Bolstad
Anchorage Daily News
WASHINGTON – The corruption case against Sen. Ted Stevens suffered a blow to its credibility this afternoon when a federal judge ruled that prosecutors erred and jurors won’t be able to consider crucial evidence about the time two workers spent renovating his house.
Jurors will be told to disregard evidence they’ve seen concerning how much time two Veco Corp. workers, Robert “Rocky” Williams and Dave Anderson, spent remodeling Stevens’ home in Girdwood in 2000 and 2001.
They’ll also be told that prosecutors knew the hours Anderson said he worked could be inaccurate and yet still presented it to the jury as part of the $188,000 total that Veco accounting records show the oil field services company spent on the Stevens remodel.
“It’s very troubling that the government would utilize records the government knows were false,” said Judge Emmet Sullivan said. “And there’s just no excuse for that whatsoever.”
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Update (10/9) – Judge Bends And Lets Prosecution Call Another Witness (Anchorage Daily News)

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Student Indicted In Sarah Palin E-Mail Scandal

There’s hacking and there’s hacking big time. David Kernell has hit  the big leagues. Just ask the grand jury.

 
By Richard Locker
Memphis Commercial Appeal
NASHVILLE — A federal grand jury in Knoxville has indicted David C. Kernell, a University of Tennessee student from Memphis, on charges that he intentionally accessed without authorization the e-mail account of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential candidate, the Justice Department announced today.
Kernell, 20, is the son of state Rep. Mike Kernell, D-Memphis, and speculation had focused on him after unauthorized access of Palin’s personal e-mail account surfaced last month. An internet hacker posted excepts of some of her e-mail online following media reports that she and other Alaska officials used personal e-mail accounts to discuss state business in an attempt to avoid state public records laws.
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Virginia U.S. Atty. Chuck Rosenberg Resigns

A U.S. Attorney in one of the higher profile offices in the nation is stepping down.

U.S. Atty. Chuck Rosenberg/doj photo

U.S. Atty. Chuck Rosenberg/doj photo

By Jerry Markon
Washington Post Staff Writer
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Chuck Rosenberg has resigned as U.S. attorney in Alexandria, one of the most prominent federal prosecutor’s jobs in the country, Justice Department officials said yesterday.
Rosenberg, 48, who was appointed in March 2006, sent a resignation letter to President Bush on Sept. 30. His last day on the job will be Oct. 22. An acting U.S. attorney will be named until a permanent replacement is chosen.
“I have been extraordinarily privileged to have had this opportunity. It has been a dream come true,” said Rosenberg, who declined to say what he will do next. “There is no better U.S. Attorney’s Office. There is no better client. There are no better colleagues.”
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Nigerian Sentenced For Forcing Teen To Work

By Henri E. Cauvin
Washington Post Staff Writer
GREENBELT, Md. -A Nigerian-born businessman convicted of smuggling a 14-year-old girl into the United States and forcing her to work as an unpaid servant at his home in Germantown was sentenced yesterday to more than eight years in prison.
George Udeozor, who was extradited from Nigeria in February after almost four years as a fugitive, pleaded guilty in July to holding the victim in involuntary servitude. He admitted having sex with the girl, abuse that prosecutors said began when she was 15.
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FBI Finds Buried Colombo Underboss in N.Y.

For once, a tip about a buried mobster panned out. The FBI has been looking for three bodies.

Dead Mobster William Cutolo/cbs photo

Dead Mobster William Cutolo/cbs photo

By Robert E. Kessler
Newsday
EAST FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – A forensic dentist has confirmed that the body whose remains were found by FBI agents excavating an apparent mob burial site is that of former Colombo family underboss William Cutolo, according to Robert Nardoza, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Benton Campbell.
A team of doctors and dentists has been working at the Suffolk medical examiner’s office in Hauppauge since Monday to identify the body through dental records and DNA tests.
Cutolo disappeared in 1999 and was believed to have been a victim in a war for control of the Colombo family in the 1990s, which resulted in more than a dozen murders.
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Mobster Was a Dapper Guy (N.Y. Times)