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LA Man Pleads Guilty to Selling Inside Stock Info on Walt Disney Co. to Undercover FBI Agents

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Yonni Sebbag won’t be going to Disney World any time soon. In fact, he’s probably going to a place far scarier.

On Monday, in New York, Yonni Sebbag, 30, of Los Angeles,  pleaded guilty to conspiring with his girlfriend to sell insider information about Walt Disney Co. stock, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan said.

Authorities say that Sebbag’s girlfriend Bonnie Hoxie, an assistant to Disney’s corporate communications chief, obtained confidential information about the company and gave it to Sebbag to sell.

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Lance Armstrong’s Lawyer Complains of Leaks in L.A. Fed Grand Jury Probe

lance armstrongBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The lawyer for seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has sent off a letter to a Los Angeles federal prosecutor complaining about leaks in a grand jury probe into possible doping conspiracies involving Armstrong’s team, the Associated Press reported.

Lawyer Tim Herman wrote federal prosecutor Doug Miller of the L.A. Major Frauds Section, who is overseeing a grand jury probe, that it is “especially unfair to subject Mr. Armstrong to this continuing media blitz when he is in the middle of his final Tour de France”, according to the Associated Press.

“It is egregiously unfair and frustrating for New York reporters to have far more knowledge about this matter than Mr. Armstrong or his attorney,” Herman wrote, according to The AP.

The New York Daily News reported that the probe picked up in April when a former teammate of Armstrong admitted to doping and accused Armstrong and other riders and cycling officials of “complicity in performance-enhancing drug use and illegal blood transfusions.”

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Canadian Man Pays for Fleecing Edlerly Americans in Lottery Scam

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By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

A Canadian man promised the elderly a little piece of heaven. Instead, some lost their homes and life savings.

Today that man, Henry Anekwu, 43, of British Columbia, was sentenced in Los Angeles federal court to nine years in prison for fleecing dozens of elderly Americans of at least $600,000 in a lottery scam, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. He was also ordered to pay $510,840 in restitution.

During sentencing, Judge John F. Walter said Anekwu showed no remorse for his victims, who suffered “devastating consequences” of his scheme, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Authorities identified 79 victims.

The scam appeared to be a simple variation of the many overseas scams that promise millions of dollars in free money with the caveat that a tax or fee be paid up front.

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Atty. Gen. Holder to Meet With Police Chiefs About Az Immigration Law

Atty. Gen. Holder/doj photo

Atty. Gen. Holder/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON – About a dozen police chiefs from cities like Phoenix, Tuscon, Houston and Los Angeles plan to meet Wednesday with Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr. to express concerns about Arizona’s new immigration law, CNN is reporting.

CNN said the chiefs will voice concerns that the new law will “drive a wedge” between the community and harm the trust officers have built up.

The Arizona law, which allows police to check residency status of people suspected of a crime.

The meeting comes in the wake of the announcement by the President Obama that he plans to send 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexican border and increase spending for the Justice Department and Homeland Security to battle drug smuggling along that corridor.

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Make No Mistake: Bank Robber in Nixon Mask is a Crook

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By Allan Lengel
For Aol News

WASHINGTON — It was in November 1973 that President Richard Nixon famously declared, “I’m not a crook.”

Now, nearly 37 years later, a crook has been prancing around Encino, a hilly district in Los Angeles, impersonating our 37th president, wearing a Nixon mask and sticking up banks with a gun.

So far, the man dubbed the “Ex-President Bandit” has hit four banks, the FBI says. Two stickups happened within a week in November, and another two took place during a week in January.

The suspect, who was described as being a black male in his 40s, brandished a gun “liberally throughout the bank to enforce orders given to victims in the bank,” according to the FBI.

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Head of LA FBI Salvador Hernandez to Retire

Salvador Hernandez/fbi photo
Salvador Hernandez/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Salvador Hernandez, who has headed the FBI in Los Angeles since October 2007, is retiring, according to two people familiar with his situation.

Hernandez, the assistant director in charge of the L.A. office,  is expected to take a job in the private sector. He first joined the FBI in 1984.

Born in Mexico City, he moved at an early age to St. Louis where he earned a bachelors degree in history and a law degree from St. Louis University.

UPDATE:  Wed. 1:20 p.m. — Laura Eimiller, an FBI spokeswoman for the Los Angeles office, said Hernandez will be departing “toward the end of September”  to take a position as Director of Security at Enterprise Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Enterprise Rent-a-Car, National and Alamo, in St. Louis.

L.A. U.S. Atty. Thomas O’Brien to Step Down in September

U.S. Atty. O'Brien

U.S. Atty. O'Brien

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — U.S. Attorney Thomas P. O’Brien of Los Angles is stepping down, effective Sept. 1, to join a private law firm, the Los Angles Times reported.

Thom Mrozek, an office spokesman, said O’Brien will be joining the Paul Hastings law firm, the paper said.

O’Brien, a former Navy Top Gun instructor, took office in October 2007. His office undertook a number of high profile cases including the molestations by priests in the local Achdiocese.

Meanwhile, in Scranton, Pa., federal prosecutor Dennis Pfannenschmidt will step up as the interim U.S. Attorney, replacing  Martin Carlson, who resigned Saturday.

ATF Busts Gun Traffickers With Possible Link to Mexican Drug Cartel

This certainly won’t put an end to the drug violence, but any bust that possibly involves the Mexican drug cartels is good.

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By Ruben Vives
Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES — Four men were taken into federal custody this morning after a raid on a gun-trafficking ring that may be tied to a Mexican drug cartel, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

During the investigation, undercover agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) made a series of gun purchases that began in October 2008, according to a criminal complaint.

Several handguns and machine guns, drugs and documents listing the names of customers, as well as distribution locations, were recovered during searches at each of the men’s homes.

Officers and deputies from the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department also assisted in the case.

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