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Tag: Charges

FBI Agent Admits He Tipped Off Media About Raid on Chaka Fattah Jr.’s Home

fbi badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent admitted from the witness stand Wednesday that he leaked information on the raid on Chaka Fattah Jr.’s home in Philadelphia, Philly.com reports. 

Fattah, the son of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah Sr., said he’s considering seeking a mistrial in a federal case involving bank- and wire-fraud charges.

FBI Special Agent Richard Haag acknowledged during testimony that he contacted a Philadelphia Inquirer reporter to ask questions about the case.

The agent said he tipped off the reporter about the raid at Fattahs home in exchange for information on contracts obtained by for-profit companies from school districts.

“I knew that someone had leaked it,” Fattah said. “But I didn’t know who.”

Fattah, who has been indicted on 23 counts of bank and wire fraud, said he lost $1 million in contracts because of the media.

My business has been ruined,” Fattah said. “My life is ruined.”

Ex-FBI Agent’s Alleged Theft Could Compromise Indictments Against 52 Alleged Gang Members

fbi badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Allegations that an FBI agent stole more than $100,000 in drug money could spell trouble for a painstaking investigation that netted indictments of 52 alleged members and associates of a Southern California street gang tied to the Mexican Mafia, CNN reports.

The former agent, 10-year veteran Scott M. Bowman, was charged with theft in June.

Authorities are worried that the allegations against Bowman could be time-consuming and costly, potentially compromising the multi-defendant cases.

Bowman is accused of stealing the money to fuel a spending spree on cars, cosmetic surgery and a Las Vegas getaway with his girlfriend.

TSA Screener Accused of Swiping Passenger’s $7,500 Watch, Smashing It in Panic

Margo Lauree-Grant, via Border Patrol

Margo Lauree-Grant, via Border Patrol

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A TSA screener is accused of swiping a passenger’s watch and then smashing in a panic, the New York Post reports. 

Margo Lauree-Grant, 41, was arrested last week on allegations of stealing the $7,500 Diamond Master watch from a Canadian man on Aug. 26.

The traveler realized he forgot the watch during the screening process.

When TSA officials began reviewing video, Lauree-Grant “smashed the watch into pieces. She destroyed it,” a law enforcement official said.

She was charged with grand larceny, possession of stolen property and official misconduct.

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TSA Screeners Aren’t Charged on Allegations of Groping ‘Attractive’ Male Passengers

tsaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two Denver airport security screeners who were fired after being accused of fondling attractive male passengers will not be charged, NBC News reports. 

The TSA screeners, a man and a woman, were fired in April following a six-month investigation by the TSA, which alerted Denver police to the allegations in March.

But Monday, the Denver district attorney’s office said investigators were unable to prove that one of the screeners was working at the time of the alleged incidents.

The male screener was accused of signaling to the female screener when an attractive man was approaching. The female passenger was then accused of patting down the passenger’s groin by signaling to the machine that the passenger was a woman.

“These alleged acts are egregious and intolerable,” the TSA said in a statement in April. “TSA has removed two officers from the agency.”

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FBI Arrests Another Alleged ISIS Supporter in New Jersey Following Heightened Alert

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI arrested a 23-year-old New Jersey man accused of helping support ISIS.

Alaa Saadeh, of West New York, allegedly bought his brother a plane ticket to fly to the Middle East and join ISIS, the Associated Press reports. 

Saadeh faces numerous charges, including conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, aiding and abetting an attempt to provide material support and witness tampering. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Saadeh also is accused of helping a friend lie to the FBI.

According to the criminal complaint, Saadeh’s brother, who has not been identified, was arrested earlier the month and charged with conspiring to provide material support to foreign terrorists.

FBI Agent Speaks Out About Stealing Heroin to Ease Pain, Addiction

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Matthew Lowry seemed to have everything going for him.

He worked for an elite drug task force after graduating with honors from the FBI Academy. His wife was pregnant with their first child.

Trouble is, Lowry had become addicted to pain medication to ease his chronic and painful inflammations of the intestines and needed a way to get through the day. The pain medication wasn’t enough and it was getting too expensive.

That’s when Lowry said he first stole evidence – a bag of heroin.

“Within 15 minutes, I was fine,” Lowry told the Washington Post. “It gave me energy. It made me feel euphoric, like I had confidence. You feel like you can take on anything.”

Lowry, now 33, kept up the secret life for about a year until he was arrested. The discovery that he was stealing evidence forced prosecutors to dismiss cases against 28 defendants.

On July 9, Lowry faces prison time on 64 criminal charges, including obstruction of justice, tampering with evidence and possession of drugs, according to the Post report.

“Where am I going to be a couple months from now?” Lowry said, holding his son, who is now 16 months old. “How is my wife going to raise my son? How is she going to take care of the house? I spend as much time as I can with my wife, with my son, with my parents, because I don’t know when it’s going to stop, and I’m not going to be able to see them for an extended amount of time.”

 

Former Boston Cop Admits to Lying to FBI During Drug Investigation

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A veteran Boston police officer who lied to the FBI is resigning as part of a plea agreement that would prevent him from going to jail, the Boston Herald reports.

David Michael Fitzgerald, 49, admitted making false statements to the FBI on April 27 while agents investigated a street-level drug dealer. They discovered that Fitzgerald made cash loans to the drug dealer.

“Fitzgerald falsely stated to the FBI special agents were investigating that (1) the purposed of his earlier meeting that day with the Associate was simply social in nature and (2) he had never loaned money to the Associate,” court documents state. Fitzgerald has known the drug dealer and bookmaker since 2006, the filings state.

Fitzgerald’s attorney said his client is a good man who made a bad mistake.

“He was a very well respected police officer,” the attorney, Kenneth Anderson, said. “He’s a great guy who had a lapse of judgment and made a mistake.”

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FBI Agent Accused of Bankrolling Lavish Lifestyle with Seized Drug Money

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent is accused of bankrolling his lavish lifestyle with money seized from drug dealers.

Scott M. Bowman, 44, has been charged with stealing more than $100,000 confiscated from suspected drug dealers, according to a grand jury indictment unsealed Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reports. 

Bowman is accused of spending the money on a $27,500 sports car, a $44,000 Dodge Challenger, $25,000 worth of sound systems and wheels, $15,000 for cosmetic surgery for his wife and $1,000 boxing tickets.

In one case, according to the indictment, Bowman opened an evidence bag and removed “a substantial amount.”

Bowman “put his own greed above the trust placed in him by the FBI and the American public,” Assistant Atty. Gen. Leslie R. Caldwell said in a statement. “Corrupt law enforcement agents not only compromise those investigations in which they are involved, but also damage the reputations of fellow law enforcement officers who are dedicated to public service and the protection of all Americans.”

Bowman also was charged with obstruction of justice, witness tampering, money laundering and falsification of records.