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Homeland Security Official Who Investigated Prostitution Scandal Accused of Hiring Prostitute

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com
 
A federal investigator in charge of a prostitution scandal involving the Secret Service in 2012 has stepped down after surveillance allegedly caught him with a prostitute in Florida, the New York Daily News reports.
 
Homeland Security investigator David Nieland resigned Aug. 9, ostensibly for health reasons. But federal officials said Nieland wouldn’t discuss the allegations against him before stepping down. 

According to investigators, Nieland was seen in a building that was under surveillance for prostitution. A prostitute eventually identified Nieland as a client.

Nieland was the lead investigator probing the 2012 scandal in which Secret Service agents were accused of bringing back hookers to their hotel rooms in Columbia.

FBI Arrests Indiana Sheriff Accused of Hiring Prostitute, Urging Her to Destroy Evidence

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI arrested a county sheriff in Indiana on charges that he paid a prostitute $300 for oral sex and then urged her to hide the evidence, the Courier-Journal reports.

The arrest of Sheriff Danny Rodden comes after he was indicted July 23 on charges of lying to federal agents and counseling the destruction of evidence.

Investigators said Rodden paid for the sex act in a Louisville hotel.

Rodden, 60, also is accused of giving the prostitute a badge and sheriff’s department apparel so she could receive discounts at hotels.

“It is a sad day for Clark County. It is a sad day for all elected and appointed officials who do their best to adhere to the high standards expected of those of us who serve the public,” said U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett, who announced the charges.

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FBI Rescues 16 Juveniles, More Than 50 Adults Forced into Prostitution for Super Bowl

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents rescued 16 juveniles who were forced into prostitution for the Super Bowl in the New York City area, the Associated Press reports.

The children, who ranged in age from 13 to 17, were found in Newark, New York City and New Haven. 

At least one of the victims had spent two years with her pimp, the AP wrote.

Agents also rescued more than 50 adult women who also were forced into prostitution.

Big events like the Super Bowl are lucrative for people involved in the sex trade, the AP reported.

5 Top Federal Law Enforcement Achievements in 2013

 
 

Whitey Bulger

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Mob boss convicted: One of the nation’s most notorious mafia leaders, James “Whitey” Bulger, was sentenced to life in prison on Nov. 13 after a Boston federal jury found him guilty of racketeering, money laundering and extortion. Bulger was a violent, cold-blooded leader of the Boston Irish mob for decades. He had been on the run for 16 years.

Silk Road busted: In October, the FBI captured the elusive owner and operator of Silk Road – a website that sold drugs and other illegal items and services. The transactions were virtually untraceable because of a currency called bitcoins. The FBI seized $28 million worth of the bitcoins.

Bombs in Boston: A federal manhunt ended in the death of one suspect and the arrest of another in the Boston Marathon bombing in April. The suspects, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, are accused of placing a bomb at the finish line of the marathon on April 15. The blast killed three and injured more than 260 others.

Motor City corruption: Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison for racketeering, extortion, bribery, fraud and tax charges in March. Kilpatrick, his father and a city contractor were running a criminal enterprise out of city hall.

Exploited children saved: In a nationwide sweep targeting underage prostitution in July, 105 juveniles were rescued and more than 150 alleged pimps arrested. The FBI coordinated with local, state and federal officials over three days to nab suspects in 76 cities.

FBI Nabs More than 150 Men for Forcing 105 Teenage Girls into Prostitution

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI arrested more than 150 men over the past few days as part of a nationwide crackdown on child prostitution, the New York Times reports

The men are accused of forcing more than 100 teenage girls – some as young as 13 – into prostitution.

The arrests are part of a Justice Department program called the “Innocence Lost National Initiative,” which aims to end prostitution rings, The Times reported.

Most arrests occurred in Detroit, where 18 pimps were arrested and 10 girls rescued.

The arrests spanned across more than 70 cities.

FBI Investigating Whether Sen. Menendez Was Set Up in Corruption, Prostitution Case

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents are trying to locate people who have accused Sen. Robert Menendez of corruption and patronizing prostitutes in what investigators believe may have been a set up to embarrass the Democrat as he ran for reelection last year, the Washington Post reports.

The investigation brought agents to the Palm Beach headquarters of the sugar and real estate empire where they questioned owners and brothers Alfonso and Jose Fanjul.

Menendez has denied he did special favors for campaign donations.

Agents have come up empty-handed in their investigation of Menendez using prostitutes and believe the senator may have been set up.

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DEA Tight-Lipped about Investigation into Prostitution Scandal in Colombia

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The DEA is refusing to answer questions about three of its agents who are still on the federal payroll despite their alleged involvement in a prostitution scandal in Colombia, the Washington Examiner reports.

The accusations are serious. DEA agents are accused of paying for a prostitute for a Secret Service supervisor and obstructing the investigation by lying and destroying evidence, the Examiner wrote.

“And they are still on the job a year later,” state Rep. Frank Wolf, R-VA said. “That’s just not a good thing.”

The scandal broke in April 2012 when a dozens Secret Service agents were in Cartagena, Columbia, to prepare for a trip by President Obama.

So Far, FBI Probe Unearths No Evidence of Sen. Menendez Using Young Prostitutes

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI investigation into whether Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., was given prostitutes while staying at a friend’s resort in the Dominican Republic has so far found nothing substantive, the Washington Post reports, citing two people familiar with the investigation.

Menendez is accused of accepting the prostitutes and free vacations from an eye doctor who is a close friend and major campaign donor.

The FBI is following the lead from an unknown tipster, the Post reported.

Menendez has denied meeting with prostitutes, saying the allegations are part of a smear campaign

“As we have said all along, Sen. Menendez welcomes any review because his actions have been appropriate, and we believe the facts will confirm that,” a Menendez aide told the Post.

The FBI also is investigating Menendez’s role in supporting a contract in the Dominican Republic for his friend, Salomon Melgen.