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Single and Hate Internet Dating? Accused Scammer Mitchell Gross Won’t Make You Feel Better

Mitchell Gross/aka Mitchell Graham/from his website

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

For singles who have their doubts about Internet dating; Meet Mitchell Gross, aka fiction author Mitchell Graham.

The feds in Atlanta on Thursday announced the indictment of the 61-year-old on charges of wire fraud and money laundering after he allegedly duped at least two women he met on a Jewish dating site into investing millions of dollars in a phony investment company.

OYE!

“This defendant allegedly met women through an online dating service and posed as someone who wanted a committed romantic relationship, but who in fact was interested in luring them into investing their savings with a phony company,” said Atlanta U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates in a statement.

“The unsuspecting victims transferred millions of dollars into bank accounts controlled by the defendant, who allegedly depleted the funds to pay back previous victims and enrich himself.”

Authorities said Gross, who published novels under the name “Mitchell Graham” met a woman on the dating site in June 2006 and struck up a romance.

Gross told the woman — authorities referred to only as “R.J”– that he  was independently wealthy and financially secure and that his wealth dramatically increased as a result of the successful investment of his funds by “Michael Johnson,” supposedly a licensed stock broker employed by a subsidiary of Merrill Lynch known as “The Merrill Company.”

In fact, “Michael Johnson” was an alias used by Gross himself, and “The Merrill Company” did not exist.

R.J. called a phone number provided by Gross and spoke to “Michael Johnson” who in fact was Gross, who was disguising his voice.

The woman ultimately wired approximately $2.99 million to an account she believed belonged to “The Merrill Company,” which was actually controlled by Gross.

As part of the scheme, Gross sent the woman IRS 1099 forms that falsely reported dividend and interest income purportedly earned on her “Merrill Company” investment accounts. Gross also sent phony “Merrill Company” account statements to be delivered to R.J.

Authorities said that Gross used the funds to repay a former girlfriend, who had invested about $1.4 million with “The Merrill Company.”

 

Scott Sweetow Named Head of ATF’s Atlanta Division

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Scott Sweetow, who began his career with ATF in 1990 in Los Angeles, has been named special agent in charge of the agency’s Atlanta division.

Sweetow spent several years assigned in the Arson and Explosives group, and served as a Certified Explosives Specialist. His duties included being part of ATF’s elite National Response Team, which investigated such high-profile crimes as the Oklahoma City bombing and the Centennial Olympic Park bombings.

He also spent several years working criminal intelligence matters, including a weapons case targeting the “The Blind Sheikh” Omar Abdel-Rahman’s one time driver and bodyguard, Hikmat Alharahshah.

Specifically, in 1999, Sweetow became a supervisory special agent in the Phoenix Field Division, serving in operations and as violent crime enforcement group supervisor.

In 2003, he went to ATF headquarters where he served in the Policy Development and Evaluation branch, eventually becoming its chief. In July of that year, he became the first ATF agent to “deploy operationally to Iraq”, assisting the Defense Intelligence Agency as part of the Iraq Survey Group.

In 2004, Sweetow was promoted to a deputy division chief and later chief in the Arson, Explosives and International Training Division in ATF’s Training and Professional Development directorate. He remained there until  December 2006.

While division chief, Sweetow was instrumental in establishing ATF’s $50 million National Center for Explosives Training and Research at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama.

In January 2007, Sweetow became an Assistant Special Agent in Charge in the Atlanta Field Division. This month, he was named the SAC in Atlanta.

He has a bachelor’s degree in Russian and Soviet Area Studies and a masters in Strategic Intelligence. He is a graduate of Harvard University’s Senior Executives in National and International Security program.

In 2009, Scott he  published an article in “Homeland Security Today” entitled “After Mumbai: Facing the Flames” which dealt with the use of fire as an asymmetric warfare tool by terrorists.

FBI Helps Hunt Ex-NBA Player Wanted for Murder

Javaris Crittenton/facebook photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Javaris Crittenton, who was suspended by the NBA in a gun incident in Washington in 2009, was not the most sought after player in the league.

But now he feels more wanted — by the FBI that is.

The Associated Press reports that the FBI is helping Atlanta and Los Angeles police search for the former NBA player on charges of murder.

AP reports that Crittenton is wanted in the fatal shooting of Jullian Jones, 22, a mother of four who was murdered on Aug. 19 in Atlanta. AP reported that she was not the intended target when Crittention opened fire from an SUV.

Authorities say Jones likely was not the intended target when Crittenton fired shots from an SUV. Authorities say Crittenton was retaliating for an April robbery in which he was a victim.

Crittenton had a limited career, having played a total of 113 games for teams like the Washington Wizards and the Memphis Grizzlies.

In 2010, he pleaded guilty and got probation for a gun possession charge after he and then-Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas pulled guns on each other in the locker room over a gambling debts.  Both were suspended, but he never returned to the Wizards.

He eventually ended up playing for the Dakota Wizards, a minor league basketball team.

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Atlanta-based Website Affiliated with FBI is Hacked

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A non-profit website based in Atlanta that partners with the FBI and other organizations, and tracks cyber-crimes, was shut down Sunday after it was hacked, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

The paper reported that InfraGard Atlanta, which partners with local business, government, academic security experts and the FBI, was hacked late last week by a group of hackers known as Lulz Security.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Lulz hijacked the InfraGard site late last week and published the email addresses, usernames and passwords of its 180 members.

Stephen Emmett, an FBI spokesman, said via email Sunday, according to the paper: “The FBI and its partners at the Atlanta Chapter (of) Infragard, a cyber security information sharing collaborative, are aware of the recent efforts to breach its Atlanta Chapter website. As a precaution, that website has been shut down.”

Stripper Loving Jurist Free After 3 Weeks in Prison; Some Think He Got Off Way Too Easy

Judge Jack Camp/daily report

Judge Jack Camp/daily report

By Allan Lengel
For The Daily

A 67-year-old federal judge jailed after a crime spree involving drugs, guns and a prostitute was freed Monday after serving just three weeks.

Judge Jack T. Camp, Jr, a Ronald Reagan appointee, agreed to a plea deal, but many in the legal community believe Camp got off easy.  The fallen Georgia judge received 30 days, but he got credit for the initial time he spent in the county jail.

“Bringing a gun to a drug deal would have gotten anyone else a mandatory five years in prison,” said Atlanta defense attorney Marcia Shein.

The married father of two grown children went astray a year ago after receiving a lap dance from Sherry Ann Ramos, a stripper who worked at the Goldrush strip club in Atlanta.

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Atlanta Fed Judge Who Had Affair With Stripper Released From Prison Monday

Judge Jack Camp/daily report

Judge Jack Camp/daily report

UPDATE:  Monday, 4:30 p.m.: The U.S. Bureau of Prisons said that Camp was released from prison this afternoon.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

U.S. District Judge Jack Camp Jr. of Atlanta, who created a big scandal after carrying on an affair with a stripper and getting busted for drugs in an FBI sting,  is scheduled to be released from a federal prison in El Reno, Ok. on Monday.

Camp — aka. inmate number  62216-019–   was sentenced to 30 days in prison on drug charges and for giving his government-issued laptop to a 27-year-old stripper who had a drug felony conviction and was working with the FBI.

His light sentence caused a stir and drew criticism from some people in the Atlanta community who felt he was given special treatment. Other critics claim the Justice Department screwed up the plea agreement, which opened the way for a lighter sentence.

Camp must serve 400 hours of community service and repay more than $30,000 for the cost of his case.

He will be on  supervised release for a year.

The Reagan appointee lost his lifetime judicial appointment and surrendered his law license.

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Ex-Fed Judge in Atlanta Linked to Stripper Gets 30 Days in Prison

Judge Jack Camp/daily report

Judge Jack Camp/daily report

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-Atlanta U.S. District Judge Jack Camp, who embarrassed the judiciary and created a scandal by buying drugs for a stripper he was having an affair with, was sentenced Friday to 30 days in prison and 400 hours of community service, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

The paper reported that Senior U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan from Washington, who sentenced Camp in the Atlanta courtroom, said probation only was out of the question because Camp had breached his oath.

“He has disgraced his office,” Hogan said, according to the paper. “He has denigrated the federal judiciary. He has encouraged disrespect for the rule of law.”

Camp apologized in court, saying:

“I have embarrassed and humiliated my family as well as myself,” Camp said. “I have embarrassed the court I have served on and I am deeply sorry for that. When I look back at the circumstances which brought me here and look at what I did, it makes me sick.”

Camp said “the only thing I can say is that I’m so very sorry,” the paper reported.

On Nov. 19, Camp, who was on senior status, pleaded guilty to aiding a felon in possessing illegal drugs, possessing illegal drugs and giving his government issued lap top to the stripper he was having an affair with. He has resigned as a federal judge, which is lifetime presidential appointment. Camp bought drugs for the stripper, who was cooperating with authorities.

In a pre-sentence memo filed with the court, Camp’s attorney William Taylor of Washington wrote that Camp has suffered from acute depression, brain-damaging from a bicycle accident and personal family tragedy that may have contributed to him getting busted for buying cocaine for a stripper he was having an affair with.

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Atlanta Fed Judge Busted With Drugs and Stripper Suffered Depression and Brain Damage, Sentencing Memorandum Says

Judge Jack Camp/daily report

Judge Jack Camp/daily report

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-Federal Judge Jack Camp is hoping to stay out of prison, hoping a judge considers his sentencing memorandum that focuses on his mental health and problems in life on March 11.

In a memo filed in federal court in  Atlanta on Friday,  Camp’s attorney William Taylor of Washington writes that Camp has suffered from acute depression,  brain-damaging from a bicycle accident and personal family tragedy that may have contributed to him getting busted for buying cocaine for a stripper he was having an affair with.

“They do not excuse his conduct,” his attorney wrote.” They do help explain, however, how in May of 2010 a lonely man in the twilight of his life became entangled with a seductive prostitute more than willing to take advantage of his needs and of his misguided impulse to be her friend and protector.”

The memo notes that Camp entered a psychiatric hospital after his arrest last year.  The physician in charge of his evaluation and treatment, Dr. Miles Quaytman talked to the probation office.

“In brief, since he sought pyschiatric care in 1999, Mr. Camp had been treated with standard antidepressant medications when his conditions actually involved a mood cycling or bipolar disorder,” the sentencing memorandum said. “Mood cycling disorders have both depressive and manic phases. Characteristic features of the manic phase are the excessive involvement in pleasurable activities that have high potential for painful consequences and impairment of judgment about those consequences. Mr. Camp’s recent conduct is certainly consistent with that characterization.”

On Nov. 19, Camp, who was on senior status, pleaded guilty to aiding a felon in possessing illegal drugs, possessing illegal drugs and giving his government issued lap top to the stripper he was having an affair with. He has resigned as a federal judge, which is lifetime presidential appointment.  Camp bought drugs for the stripper, who was cooperating with authorities.

The papers also noted that  Dr. Qaytman found that Camp suffered serious head injury in a bicycling accident in 2000 and he has no memory of that.

“In addition to his mood cycling disorder and the physical damage to the brain, Mr. Camp has faced a number of difficult and stressful personal challenges,” the sentencing memorandum said.

Plus, he had prostrate cancer, his mother has dementia and his sister has stage four colon cancer.

The document asked that he be sentenced to probation and community service.

“No one can assess precisely how these features of his personal mental health and the sorrows and stress of his life interacted,” the filing said.

Read Sentencing Memo

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