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FBI Special Agent Pleads Guilty to Using Government Money to Gamble

By Steve Neavling

An FBI special agent pleaded guilty to misusing government money to gamble in a Las Vegas casino following an undercover operation, authorities said Wednesday.

Special Agent Scott F. Carpenter, 40, of New York, entered the guilty plea in federal court to a single count of conversion of government money. 

According to prosecutors, Carpenter, who worked out of the bureau’s New York Field Office, was in Las Vegas with three other FBI agents to conduct an undercover operation in July 2017. Following the operation, Carpenter used $13,500 in government money to play blackjack in a high-limit room. 

Sentencing is set for May 18.

The Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General investigated the case. 

Multiple Gunshot Wounds Killed Migrant in Encounter with Border Patrol

Photo via Border Patrol

By Steve Neavling

A migrant who was fatally shot by a Border Patrol agent over the weekend in southern Arizona had multiple gunshot wounds, according to an autopsy. 

The cause of death was determined by the Pima County Medical Examiner, but the final examination report is not yet complete, the Associated Press reports

The shooting occurred at about 10 p.m. on Saturday in a rugged area of the Peloncillo Mountains in Douglas, a few miles north of the border. 

The sheriff’s office and CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility are investigating. 

Use-of-force cases have been increasing in recent years. A monthly average of 50 use-of-force incidents were recorded during the final 28 months of President Trump’s time in office. 

Use-of-force cases rose 20% under President Biden. 

In 2021, nearly 60 Border Patrol encounters led to deaths, a three-fold increase over 2019 and four times as many as the annual average over the past decade. 

FBI Helps Portland Police Investigate ‘Ridiculous’ Number of Shootings

Kieran Ramsey, special agent in charge of the FBI in Oregon.

By Steve Neavling

The FBI is assisting Portland police investigate what it called a “ridiculous” amount of shootings. 

The help is part of a partnership established last year called, Safe Streets Task Force, KOIN-TV reports.

At a news conference Tuesday, Kieran Ramsey, special agent in charge of the FBI in Oregon, said many of the shootings are connected to gang violence and the homeless population. 

Ramsey said the FBI will begin investigating the “worst of the worst” criminals who are using guns almost “indiscriminately.” 

The bureau is also offering rewards for seven shootings. 

Ramsey acknowledged in an interview with KOIN-TV that it won’t be easy. 

“Things like we saw over the weekend. A huge number of shootings. Mass shootings. Where, multiple injuries, multiple homicides. That bothers me all the time. I think, again, the fact that if we continue to see this pace, this year will break last year’s records,” Ramsey said.

Famed Mobster Jerry Tillinghast dies at Age 75

Jerry Tillinghast, via Adult Correctional Institutions.

By Steve Neavling

Convicted mobster Jerry Tillinghast, who wrote a book about his life after spending nearly 30 years in prison, has died. 

He was 75. 

The Providence Journal reports that Tillinghast had been battling several illnesses.

Tillinghast was an enforcer for the Patriarca crime family in the 1960s and 1970s and wreaked havoc in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He also was accused of participating in the infamous Bonded Vault heist in Providence in 1975. 

He was later convicted of killing mob loan shark George Basmajian in 1978. He was arrested less than an hour later at a Providence bar. 

When Tillinghast was 39 years old in 1985, he was stabbed in the neck in a maximum security prison. 

In 2005, he was paroled. 

While out of prison, Tillinghast wrote a book titled “Choices: You Make ‘em You Own ‘em” that was released in 2018.

Authorities Investigate Border Patrol Agent’s Fatal Shooting of Man Near Mexico Border

By Steve Neavling

Federal and local law enforcement officials are investigating a Border Patrol agent’s fatal shooting of a man in a rugged area near the Mexico border in Arizona over the weekend. 

“Early indications are that one male subject, presumed to be an illegal immigrant, was fatally wounded by a Border Patrol agent who was on duty with additional personnel,” the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office said, according to the Associated Press.

CBP is investigating along with the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office.  

The shooting occurred at about 10 p.m. on Saturday in the Skeleton Canyon area of the Peloncillo Mountains in Douglas , a few miles north of the border. 

Officials have not yet released the identity or nationality of the man who was fatally shot. Details of the shooting remained murky as of Monday evening.

Border Patrol Agents Discover Baby Under a Bush, Wrapped in Camouflage in Arizona

Border Patrol agent. Photo: CBP

By Steve Neavling

Border Patrol agents discovered a baby wrapped in camouflage under a bush near the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona last week, KOLD reports.

About 38 minutes before the baby was discovered, agents apprehended a group of migrants who were traveling with the baby. At the time, no one mentioned the baby.

The mother later told agents that the baby was being carried by another member of the group. 

Agents concluded that the mother did not intentionally endanger the child. 

The baby and her mother, who were both in reported good health, were reunited and sent to Mexico through the Lukeville, Arizona Port of Entry. 

FBI Warns Private Sector about Potential Russian Cyber Attacks in U.S. As Tensions over Ukraine Heighten

By Steve Neavling

The FBI is warning the private sector in the U.S. about potential state-sponsored cyber attacks from Russia as the country prepares for a possible invasion of Ukraine. 

The warning was issued in a Liaison Information Report dated Feb. 20 and obtained by Newsweek.

“The FBI Cyber Division, in coordination with the FBI’s Office of Private Sector (OPS), prepared this LIR to inform the private sector about the threat of Russian state-sponsored advanced persistent threat (APT) cyber activities, while tensions with Russia are heightened,” the report stated.

“The FBI is engaging in efforts to support the U.S. response and to secure the Homeland from any Russian actions; historically, Russian state-sponsored APT cyber activities increase when tensions are high with Russia,” the report added.

The report points to the weakening security situation on Ukraine’s border. 

“Due to the increased threat of Russian military action, the security situation in Ukraine could deteriorate with little notice,” the report said. “The United States, along with its Allies and partners, has underscored its readiness to impose significant costs on Russia if it takes further military action against Ukraine, potentially further increasing the volume/severity of Russian APT cyber activities.”

According to the report, Russian APT actors “have used spear phishing and brute force cyber network attacks (CNA), while exploiting known vulnerabilities against accounts and networks with weak security.”

“Russian APT actors have targeted a variety of U.S. and international critical infrastructure, including entities in the Defense Industrial Base, Healthcare and Public Health, Energy, Telecommunications, and Government Facilities Sectors,” the report stated. “Finally, Russian malign influence actors have and continue to use social media accounts, overt and covert media connections, and message amplification to articulate narratives designed to exclude or isolate groups from one another.”

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