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Demjanjuk Attorney’s Accuse Justice Dept of Fraud for Withholding Key FBI Document

John Demjanjuk

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The decades-long legal case against accused Nazi John Demjanjuk won’t go away.

The Cleveland Jewish News is reporting that his defense attorneys on Tuesday filed a motion accusing the Justice Department of withholding evidence and fraud.

At the key of accusations is a 1985 FBI memo questioning the authenticity of a Nazi identity card issued to Demjanjuk, the paper reported. His lawyers say the memo could have helped exonerate him.

The motion asks U.S. District Court Judge Dan Aaron Polster to rescind the court order stripping the Ohio resident of his citizenship and deporting him, the Cleveland Jewish News reported.

Demjanjuk’s legal battle began in 1977 when the U.S. tried to deport him. He was accused of being a gas chamber guard — “Ivan the Terrible” — at the concentration camp, Treblinka.

He was deported to Israel where he was convicted of war crimes and sentenced to death, the Cleveland paper reported. In 1993, the Israel Supreme Court ordered Demjanjuk released because evidence indicated that another Ukrainian guard, Ivan Marchenko, was the Treblinka guard.

In 1999, he returned to the U.S. where he was charged with being a guard at other camps. He lost his citizenship for the second time and was deported to Germany in 2009 where he was recently convicted of war crimes.

The Jewish News reported that he’s been living in a Bavarian nursing home while awaiting his appeal.

Swindler Madoff Says Banks and Hedge Funds Knew He was Up to No Good

Bernie Madoff/facebook photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Swindler Bernie Madoff, the king of Ponzi scams, told the New York Times that his family new nothing about his crimes, and that banks and hedge funds were “complicit” in his fraud and knew he was up to no good.

From prison on North Carolina, Madoff said banks and hedge funds were guilty of “willful blindness” and failed to examine discrepancies between his regulatory filings and other information they had access to, the Times reported.

“They had to know,” Mr. Madoff said. “But the attitude was sort of, ‘If you’re doing something wrong, we don’t want to know.’ ”

Madoff told the Times he was surprised to hear about email and messages surfacing in lawsuits that raised doubts about his operation.

“I’m reading more now about how suspicious they were than I ever realized at the time,” he said with a faint smile.

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Sen. Kennedy’s Office Manager Convicted of Stealing More than $75,000

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON – A former office manager for the late Sen. Edward Kennedy could be off to prison.

A federal jury in Washington on Tuesday convicted Ngozi T. Pole, 40,of Waldorf, Md., of stealing more than $75,000 by paying himself unauthorized bonuses, the Justice Department said. Specifically, he was convicted of five counts of wire fraud and one count of theft of government property.

As office manager, authorities said, Pole’s responsibilities included transmitting salary information to the Senate Disbursing Office in order to adjust the pay of employees in the senator’s office.

Authorities charged that Pole beginning in at least 2003 and continuing until January 2007, repeatedly submitted paperwork causing the Senate to pay him larger bonus payments than had been approved by either the chief of staff or Senator Kennedy.

Pole hid the unauthorized payments “by repeatedly transmitting information to the chief of staff that falsely showed that he received only those payments that had been authorized,” authorities said.

“Today, a federal jury found Mr. Pole guilty of using his position as a Congressional staffer to steal more than $75,000 of government money,” Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division said in a statement.

“Employees of Congress are entrusted with performing their duties honestly and ethically. While hundreds of them live up to that important duty every day, we will, as today’s verdict shows, hold accountable those few who use their positions to illegally enrich themselves.”

Authorities said Kennedy’s staff fully cooperated in the probe. Sentencing is set for July 14.

FBI Busts Md. Man for Fake Teaching Credentials; Law Enforcement Among Those He Taught

William Hillar

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Who the heck is William G. Hillar?

Well, if you read his online bio you’d see that he had some darn impressive credentials in the military, had a Ph.d and he’s been raking in cash teaching, conducting workshops and giving speech.

Problem is, federal authorities say, he’s a fraud.

On Tuesday, the FBI arrested the 66-year-old at his Millersville, Md. home for fraud for his alleged tangled web of lies to gain employment for teaching and training people, including members of the law enforcement community, the Baltimore U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

“The complaint alleges that William G. Hillar was living a lie and basing his entire career on experience he did not have and credentials that he did not earn,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “He was never a colonel, never served in the U.S. Army, never was deployed to exotic locales and never received training in counter-terrorism and psychological warfare while in the armed forces.”

Richard A. McFeely, head of the Baltimore FBI said the fraud was brought to the FBI’s attention by “concerned citizens, including former members of the Special Forces community. This investigation is an example of the difficulty the public faces trying to verify the accuracy of information on the Internet.”

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Tenn. FBI Agent Convicted of Fraud

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A federal jury in Nashville on Thursday convicted an FBI agent  on 15 counts of wire fraud and three counts of bankruptcy fraud, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

Agent Darin Lee McAllister, 44, of Brentwood, Tenn., who is married to a Christian gospel singer,  was indicted in May on the multiple count indictment. The jury failed to reach a verdict on a bank fraud charge.

Authorities charged that McAllister devised a scheme to defraud SunTrust Mortgage Co., Inc., in the purchase of rental properties totaling $1.25 million in May and July 2006. Additionally, he devised a scheme to defraud the SunTrust Bank to obtain  a $100,000 line of credit, and made three false statements in connection with his subsequent bankruptcy petition in July 2009.

The Nashville City Paper reported in May that the indictment alleged that McAllister falsely claimed he was president of Judah Music and DOJ Productions and earned $500,000 annually. His wife Judith Christie McAllister — a Christian gospel singer – is president and founder of Judah Music.

“The result in this case shows that no one is above the law. The actions of this federal law enforcement officer should not tarnish the good reputation of the FBI or the many fine men and women in federal law enforcement,” said Nashville U.S. Attorney Bill Killian.

The case was investigated by the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General and the U.S. Bankruptcy Trustee’s Offices in Chattanooga and Nashville.

IRS Revenue Officer Took Payoffs for Inside Info

irs
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A former IRS revenue officer pleaded guilty Wednesday in Greenbelt, Md., to taking payoffs from a tax preparer to access inside information about clients, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

Mark E. Hunt, 45, of Baltimore admitted unlawfully accessing 12 taxpayer accounts at the IRS, authorities said.

According to Hunt’s guilty plea, from March 1999 to May 2004, he wore his IRS identification and was introduced as the “man on the inside” at meetings between the owner of a tax preparation service and potential clients or investors, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a press release.

He ultimately accessed 12 of the clients’ IRS accounts “to obtain confidential information that the owner needed to further his businesses,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “In so doing, Hunt entered the IRS databases 24 times in order to illegally navigate the stored data and retrieve confidential taxpayer information.”

He first denied knowing the tax preparer in 2008, but later admitted that he was paid 10 to 12 occasions to provide the taxpayer information.

Hunt faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison. Sentencing is set for Jan. 24 before U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus.

D.C. U.S. Atty. Names Vincent Cohen Jr. to #2 Spot

Vincent H. Cohen Jr./law firm photo

Vincent H. Cohen Jr./law firm photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON – Vincent H. Cohen Jr. has left private practice to return to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington as the number two person, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr.  announced Monday.

Cohen, 39, a partner in the D.C. law firm Schertler & Onorato, served as an assistant U.S. Attorney from 1997 to 2003. He worked cases involving bribery and gratuities, embezzlement, false claims, theft of government property, Worker’s Compensation fraud and violent crimes including murder, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a press release.

Cohen also worked on the civil side in the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Feds Bust 94 in Largest Health Care Fraud Takedown Since Strike Force Created

health care
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The feds on Friday said 94 people were charged in schemes to collect more than $251 million in Medicare claims, calling it the largest health care fraud takedown since the Medicare Fraud Strike Force was created in 2007.

Federal authorities alleged that the suspected cheats took part in schemes to submit bogus Medicare claims for treatments that were were medically unnecessary and often never provided, according to the Justice Department.

“With today’s arrests, we’re putting would-be criminals on notice: Health care fraud is no longer a safe bet,” Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. said in a statement. “The federal government is working aggressively—and collaboratively—to pursue health care criminals around the country and to bring these offenders to justice.”

The fraudulent claims involved physical therapy and occupational therapy schemes, home health care schemes, HIV infusion fraud schemes and durable medical equipment (DME) schemes, authorities said.

Earlier on Friday, 36 defendants were arrested in Miami, New York, Baton Rouge and Detroit.