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Fla. Man Pleads Guilty to Impersonating an FBI Agent

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It’s never a good idea. Daniel F. Cleary, 48, of Weston, Fla. knows that now.

Clearly pleaded guilty last Friday in federal court in Southern Florida to impersonating an FBI agent, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Authorities said it all began on Jan. 13 of this year when Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call regarding property damage at a home in Weston, Fla.

When the deputies arrived at Cleary’s residence, Cleary identified himself as a Special Agent with the FBI and displayed counterfeit FBI credentials bearing his name and photograph.

He also had a Glock Model 17 9mm semi-automatic pistol. He faces up to three years in prison.

What’s Next for FBI Dir. Robert Mueller III?

Atty. Gen. Holder (left) and FBI Director Mueller /fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — As his 10-year term comes to an end, rumors and speculation are popping up as to what  FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III will do in life.

People who know Mueller say one thing is for certain: He won’t be getting a white belt and white shoes and heading down to Florida to play shuffle board, race to the early bird dinner specials and attend $1 movies.

They say Mueller, who will turn 67 in August, about a month before he steps down,  still wants to stay active professionally.

One rumor — and certainly unconfirmed — is that he has an interest in landing a federal judgeship in California.

One person speculated that he might also have an interest in becoming attorney general if Eric Holder Jr. were to step down after President Obama’s first term.  (Of course, Holder would almost have to if Obama isn’t re-elected).

Another person suggested that Mueller might be a good candidate to take over as baseball commissioner if Bud Selig steps down. Selig first started serving as acting baseball commissioner in 1992 and became the permanent commissioner in 1998.

White House Nominates U.S. Marshals for Fla. and Miss.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The Presidential appointments in law enforcement continue to trickle in.

The White House on Wednesday announced the nominations of Dennis J. Erby for U.S.Marshal for the Northern District of Mississippi and Edward M. Spooner for U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of Florida.

Spooner is currently Assistant Special Agent in Charge within the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Erby is a Supplemental Compliance Monitor for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety and Planning.

FBI Agent Cleared in Fatal Shooting at Fla. Military Base

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A team of investigators has cleared an FBI agent of any wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a veteran last May 19 at the MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla.

In a press release, the FBI stated that the agent, whose name was not released “operated within the scope of the FBI’s deadly force policy and did not violate any state or federal laws.”

The FBI said the investigation into the shooting was conducted with the assistance of the Tampa Police Department, Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Air Force Security Forces and a deployed team of FBI investigators from the FBI’s Inspection Division in Washington.

The FBI said it found that the agent shot and killed Ronald J. Bullock, who was armed with a knife, charged the FBI agent, and ignored repeated commands to surrender his weapon.

The FBI said “the agent involved in the incident feared for his life, and in accordance with his training, fired in self-defense, resulting in Mr. Bullock’s death.”

Authorities said last year that Bullock was a guest at the base’s family camp, which is for recreational vehicles. At some point, the vet got into an altercation and then fled on his motorcycle with base security in pursuit shortly after 6 p.m. At that point, the base locked all the exits.

PRESS CONFERENCE LAST YEAR

13 States Ask Justice Dept. to Help Find Execution Drug


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — States around the country are turning to the Justice Department for help in locating an execution drug, the Associated Press reports.

AP reported that 13 states signed a letter sent to the Justice Department asking for help scoring sodium thiopental after the only U.S. manufacturer stopped producing it and the overseas supplies became scarce.

The states that signed the letter included: Alabama, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Justice Department spokeswoman Alisa Finelli told AP that the agency is reviewing the letter.

Fla. Court of Appeals Will Hear Appeal of Ex-FBI Agent John Connolly on Murder Conviction

John Connolly-wbz-tv

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-Boston FBI agent John Connolly, who authorities say stepped way over the line in his relationship with the mob, is appealing his 2008 second-degree murder conviction in the 1982 mob-related slaying of a gambling executive in Miami, the Associated Press reports.

AP reported that the Florida Court of Appeals will hear the appeal on Tuesday. Connolly, 70, was convicted of providing information to mobsters who put the hit on former World Jai-Alai President John Callahan.

He was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

AP reports that Connolly’s attorneys are arguing that the statute of limitations expired on second-degree murder expired because Connolly never handled the murder weapon.

But prosecutors say Connolly was armed when he tipped off the mobsters in what resulted in the murder, AP reported.

At one time, Connolly was considered the FBI’s most effective mob investigator in Boston. He has a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard.

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FBI Arrests 2 Who Worked For Madoff for More than 25 Years

Bernie Madoff

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI Thursday morning arrested two people who worked for swindler Bernie Madoff.

Joann Crupi was arrested at her home in Westfield, NJ and Annette Bongiorno was arrested at her home in Boca Raton, Fla., said Richard Kolko, spokesman for the FBI in New York.

“Charges, in connection with the Madoff investment fraud, will be unsealed in the Southern District of New York later today,” Kolko said.

In June, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of Manhattan announced that his office had filed civil complaints against Bongiorno and Crupi to recoup $5 million in assets they had. Both worked for Madoff for more than 25 years and played a role in the gigantic fraud, federal prosecutors alleged.

Authorities said Bongiorno responsibilities included responding to clients’s questions about about their investments and overseeing the fabrication of account statements, trade confirmations, and other documents. Crupi’s responsiblities included handing the receipt of funds and transferring funds between Madoff’s business accounts.

According to a U.S. Attorney. the funds in question for  BONGIORNO include: Approximately $1.1 million currently or formerly held in accounts at Citibank, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, and HSBC; a 2005 Bentley Continental, for which BONGIORNO paid approximately $182,605; a 2007 Mercedes Benz, for which BONGIORNO paid approximately $90,000; and approximately $1.3 million paid towards a luxury condominium.

And for  CRUPI: A house in Mantoloking, N.J., for which she paid $2,225,000 cash; and approximately $26,500 in rental income from the Mantoloking house, currently held at Commerce Bank.

Ex-Federal Judge Facing Nightmare Behind Bars

Ex-Judge Kent

Ex-Judge Kent

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

As a federal judge in southern Texas for some 18 years, Samuel Kent sent folks off to prison.

Now he’s behind bars himself, being subjected to what his attorney describes as a Kafkaesque nightmare of “cruel and abusive treatment.” Kent, 61, is serving a 33-month sentence for obstruction of justice after he was caught lying about allegations involving groping and sexual assault of two female court employees.

On Monday, his attorney, Dick DeGuerin, filed a motion in U.S. District Court in Houston alleging widespread abuse by the Bureau of Prisons. And he asked that Kent be resentenced, saying the federal prison system denied him access to a federal substance abuse program that would have allowed him to shave a year’s time off his sentence.

“The Federal Bureau of Prisons has subjected Sam Kent to abusive psychological and physical conditions that have jeopardized his ongoing recovery from severe depression and alcoholism, while arbitrarily prohibiting him from participation in rehabilitative programs,” the lawyer wrote.

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