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Tag: Charges

Baltimore Landfill Workers Accused of Taking Kickbacks, Stealing Scrap Metal

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A two-year investigation into the Baltimore landfills has led to the arrests of five employees accused to taking bribes and stealing scrap metal, the Baltimore Sun reports.

The workers were arrested and charged in U.S. District Court following several raids.

Some are accused of taking bribes from commercial haulers in exchange for using the facility without paying disposal fees.

Some workers also are accused to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of scrap metal from the landfills.

Public Works Director Rudy Chow wouldn’t comment directly on the charges but said “there is no room for unethical or illegal behavior in the Baltimore City Department of Public Works.”

Border Patrol Supervisor Arrested for Allegedly Stealing $108K in Benefits

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Another Border Patrol supervisor is in hot water.

This time James Doran, 54, who is the supervisor of the Border Patrol’s Laredo office, is expected to be charged today for allegedly collecting more than $108,000 in Social Security benefits to which he was not entitled, the Laredo Morning Times reports. 

An indictment was unsealed, revealing the case against Doran, who could faces up to 10 years in prison if found guilty.

The investigation was handled by the Social Security Administration-Office of Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security-Office of Inspector General and the Bureau of Vital Statistics Fraud Unit.

TSA Agent Charged with Faking Cancer for 5 Years to Get Out of Work

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A TSA agent has been charged with faking cancer for five years in an attempt to stay out of work, The Associated Press reports.

The former TSA agent, Marc Bess, was arrested after authorities said they discovered he was lying about having abdominal lymphoma.

In fact, he’s cancer-free, the AP reported.

Investigators said Bess forged doctor’s notes.

He’s being charged with embezzlement and stealing public money.

According to court records, Bess took 280 days in sick leave.

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FBI Arrests 6 in Minneapolis, San Diego in Connection with Terrorism Probe

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI terrorism investigation netted six arrests in Minneapolis and San Diego on Sunday.

Information was murky early Monday, but a press conference later in the day is expected to shed light on the charges and allegations.

“There is no threat to public safety,” Ben Petok, spokesman for U.S. Attorney Andy Luger, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Among those arrested were members of Minneapolis’ sizable Somali population.

“The community is in a state of confusion,” Jamal said Sunday night. “They don’t know what is going on. … This is a very serious issue. We as a community are concerned about losing our kids to [ISIL].”

Border Patrol Supervisor Pleaded Not Guilty to Bathroom Peeping Case

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol supervisor accused of hiding a video camera in the women’s bathroom at the agency’s station in San Diego pleaded not guilty Thursday.

U-T San Diego reports that Armando Gonzalez, 46, pleaded not guilty to 19 counts related to the camera.

Authorities said at least a dozen women were captured on at least 170 videos, and the identities of some of the victims are still unknown.

Gonzalez maintains he installed the motion-activated cameras to investigate suspicions that an employee was using illegal drugs.

“He’s been a very good employee for the Border Patrol for two decades,” Anthony Colombo, who represented Gonzalez on Thursday, said.

Federal Agents Charged with Stealing Bitcoins While Investigating Website

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two former federal agents are accused of stealing bitcoins while investigating the online drug marketplace Silk Road.

The Huffington Post reports that Carl Force, 46, a former DEA special agent, and Shaun Bridges, 32, an ex-special agent with the Secret Service, were arrested and charged, the Justice Department announced Monday.

Force has been charged with wire fraud, money laundering, conflict of interest and theft of government money. Bridges faces charges of wire fraud and money laundering.

Force, whose salary was roughly $15,000 a year, is accused of putting bitcoings into his personal account to pay off “mortgage, a government thrift savings plan loan, and wrote several very large checks for tens of thousands of dollars,” the affidavitt reads.

Bridges and Force worked on the plan together, authorities said.

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Army National Guard Specialist Accused of Plotting Attack for ISIS Terrorists

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An Army National guard specialist is accused of trying to join ISIS overseas while his cousin planned to attack a U.S. military insulation.

Huffington Post reports that 22-year-old was arrested by the FBI on Wednesday while authorities say he was en route to join the extremists overseas.

His cousin Jonas Edmonds, 29, was arrested at his home in Chicago and planned to target the U.S. military facility where his cousin trained.

It wasn’t immediately clear where the facility was.

The cousins are U.S. citizens and are charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization.

Border Patrol Supervisor to Be Charged Today for Allegedly Installing Camera in Women’s Restroom

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A U.S. Border Patrol supervisor accused of hiding a camera in a women’s bathroom is expected to be officially charged today following a federal investigation.

Reuters reports that Armando Gonzalez, 46, was arrested and is being held on charges that are expected to be unsealed today.

Gonzalez is accused of installing the camera in the women’s restroom at the San Diego Border Patrol station and capturing eight women on video.

The employees included Border Patrol agents and women who work for other federal agencies.