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Man Killed by FBI Was Acting As Informant Months Before the Fatal Shooting

fbi logo largeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Allen Desdunes was acting as an FBI informant months before agents fatally shot him more than two years ago in New Orleans.

The New Orleans Advocate reports that the 37-year-old broke off contact with the FBI after helping the bureau with its investigation of a local heroin ring.

Desdunes was in contact with the FBI on a daily basis before he apparently backed out of a deal that would have kept him out of jail after getting busted with several thousand dollars worth of heroin in his car.

The revelations are part of a lawsuit by the Desdunes family that claims he “did nothing to provoke” the deadly shooting.

The FBI and New Orleans police converged on a Motel 6 on June 30, 2013, after believing that Desdunes was selling drugs from the hotel.

The lawsuit claims that Desdunes was killed after two unmarked cars rammed their vehicle into his car.

“Seconds later a gunshot or gunshots were fired,” according to the lawsuit.

Jeffrey Sallet Becomes Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s New Orleans Division

Jeffrey Sallet

Jeffrey Sallet

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The new special agent in charge of the New Orleans division has plenty of experience investigating public corruption and civil rights abuses.

Fox 8 reports that FBI Director James Comey has appointed Jeffrey S. Sallet to take the post.

Sallet, who has worked for the FBI since 1997, was most recently the chief of public corruption and civil rights section in the Criminal Investigative Division.

Sallet was the case agent for the investigation of Joseph Massino, the family boss of the Bonanno La Coa Nostra.

Retired FBI Agent Charles McGinty, Who Went After Public Corruption, Died at Age of 67

Charles McGinty

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Charles McGinty, a retired FBI agent with an impressive resume, died Thursday of unknown causes, NOLA.com reports.

He was 67.

McGinty was supervisor of a public corruption squad in the FBI’s New Orleans office when he retired in 2004.

After retiring, McGinty became a security director for Fidelity Homstead Savings Bank, where he was teaching a class when he collapsed.

McGinty, whose older brother also was an FBI agent, became one of the last agents hired by J. Edgar Hoover.

McGinty investigated public corruption and white-collar crime, and at the time of his retirement, he was finishing up a case that sent two Jefferson Parish judges to prison.

Breaking: Ex-New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin Gets 10 Years in Prison

Mayor Nagin/city photo

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Another ex-big city mayor is headed to federal prison.

On Wednesday, C. Ray Nagin, the ex-mayor New Orleans was sentenced to 10 years in prison on corruption charges. He was convicted in February.

Nagin was found guilty in February on 20 counts that included kickbacks from contractors seeking city work, the New York Times reported.  The kickbacks came in cash and trips and other things of value.

He was arrested in January 2013, nearly three years after he left office.

Last year in Detroit, ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was hit with a harsh sentence of 28-years for bribery, kickbacks and tax related charges.

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Justice Department Drops Investigation of FBI Agent Who Shot, Killed New Orleans Man

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department has declined to open a criminal investigation into the FBI-involved shooting that left a New Orleans man dead during an undercover drug sting last summer, the Times-Picayune reports.

It’s the second time an agency has opted against pursuing charges against the agent, who shot 37-year-old Allen Desdunes on July 30.

“The Civil Rights Division reviewed the information collected by the FBI regarding the shooting and declined to open a criminal investigation,” said spokeswoman Dena Iverson.

Whatever prompted the shooting remains unclear because the FBI has been tight-lipped.

This much is known: Agents were investigating Desdunes following a drug deal when the shooting occurred.

FBI Director Comey Delivers Good News – More Staff, Training, Resources in Beefed-up 2014 Budget

James Comey

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey sought to assure agents and local law enforcement that the bureau plans to increase staff, training and resources in what will be a much less frugal 2014.

The Times-Picayune reports that Comey, during his visit to the bureau’s New Orleans Field Office on Thursday, said the beefed-up budget will mean a stronger focus on violent crimes, terrorism, human trafficking, cyber crimes and public corruption.

“As of six weeks ago, the FBI became adequately funded again,” Comey said. “We’re going to invest in the personnel, training and technology we need to face the challenges before us.”

The good news came in January when Congress passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill.

“We had been forced to eliminate over 2,000 positions because of the budget Armageddon of the last 18 months,” he said. “I plan to fill those positions again and then some, ranging from field agents to (support personnel). We also need to resume investing in new technology and training after those things came to a halt.

“We got an enormous budget increase, which I think is something the FBI deserved. We need to explain to the taxpayers how we’re going to spend that money, and I’m going to do that.”

Locals Won’t Charge FBI Agent in Connection With Fatal New Orleans Shooting

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent who fatally shot a suspect during a sting operation won’t face state charges from the locals, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro said this weekend that local prosecutors don’t have jurisdiction over the agent.

“When a federal agent is acting in the course and scope of his employment as a federal law enforcement officer, the state lacks jurisdiction to charge that law enforcement officer with a crime unless there’s evidence that the law enforcement officer was acting with malice,” Chris Bowman, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office, said. “We saw no evidence of that, so we lacked jurisdiction to proceed.”

Bowman turned over the case to the U.S. attorney.

The June 2013 shooting remains under investigation.

Authorities Search for Suspect in Mother’s Day Parade Shooting

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

New Orleans police and federal authorities are on the hunt for a man they believe opened fire at a Mother’s Day parade in New Orleans that injured 19, the Associated Press reports.

The suspect was identified as Akein Scott, 19, who was seen in blurry surveillance camera images of the mass shooting.

New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said authorities have “multiple identifications of Akein Scott as the shooter.”

The AP reported that Serpas has an extensive criminal background that includes firearms and drug charges.

“We would like to remind the community and Akein Scott that the time has come for him to turn himself in,” Serpas said at a news conference outside police headquarters.