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Tag: forgery

Professional Pooper Scooper Accused of Impersonating Secret Service Agent

Secret-Service-BadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A man who works for a company that scoops up pet poop has been charged with using a fake Secret Service ID and badge to get the “government rate” for a hotel room.

Christopher Diiorio, 53, was arrested after flashing the ID and badge during a traffic stop in suburban Pittsburgh, the Associated Press reports. 

The professional pooper scooper pleaded not guilty Thursday in federal court to using a false badge, a fraudulent official seal and conspiracy.

Federal authorities say Diiorio purchased the fake ID and badge online.

The foreign company that sent the ID and badge was not named in the indictment.

Diiorio faces up to 15 years in prison.

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Homeland Security Lawyer Sentenced to Month in Jail for Forging Document

justice-dept-photo-with-woman-and-courtBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Homeland Security lawyer who forged documents in a deportation case was sentenced to one month in prison.

Jonathan Love, a former assistant chief counsel, admitted he made a document appear that a Mexican man was ineligible for deportation relief, the ABA Journal reports. 

Love, 58, pleaded guilty to deprivation of rights under the color of the law.

Love said he has no idea why he doctored the document.

“Why did I do this? If I truly knew, I would not be standing here in front of you,” Love wrote in a letter to his sentencing magistrate judge. “It was stupid and unnecessary, and the consequences of my actions have tarnished my hard work and dedication to public service for the last 30 years.”

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FBI Seizes Well-Traveled Fake Andrew Wyeth Painting

fbi-logoBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

If only this were our biggest crime problem in America.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the FBI seized “a well-traveled forgery of a 1939 Andrew Wyeth watercolor, the fourth such counterfeit painting to surface since the artist’s death in January.” Art fraud is a multi-billion dollar industry.

The paper reported that U.S. Attorney David C. Weiss of Wilmington said the same painting — “Wreck on Doughnut Point” — has been offered for sale several times since 1998 even after Wyeth had said it was a forgery.

Authorities announced that a California man who was trying to sell the painting won’t be charged because he too thought it was real. The real painting is worth about $100,000.

Wyeth’s paintings have gotten attention from the FBI in the past including in 2001 when it recovered a painting that had been stolen from a Chicago art gallery in 1967.