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Cleaning Man Busted Stealing Valuable Information from FBI’s Detroit Field Office

Detroit riverfront. Photo by Steve Neavling.

By Steve Neavling

A man hired to help sanitize the FBI’s Detroit Field Office at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic has been convicted of stealing valuable information on a violent street gang in the city. 

Anthony Cassani, 22, photographed a chart that detailed the rank and hierarchy of the gang members in March 2020 and then sent the photo to his friends and others using social media account, prosecutors allege, The Detroit News reports.

The chart, which was displayed on an agent’s office cubicle, contained “proprietary information,” including photos of alleged gang members who were under investigation. 

Members of several street gangs ended up with the photos of the chart, “thereby depriving the FBI of the full benefit of its use,” according to a sentencing memo. 

Cassani pleaded guilty to theft of government property less than $1,000 on June 29. 

Federal prosecutors are calling for jail time during his sentencing hearing next week in U.S. District Court. 

“Rather than do the job he was being paid to do, Cassani chose instead to steal proprietary information about a gang investigation and post it on social media,” the sentencing memo reads. “His criminal conduct has earned him a three-month sentence followed by a one-year term of supervised release with the hope that this brief term of imprisonment will promote respect for the law and deter him and others from committing similar offenses.”

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FBI Seeking Five Members of Cartel-Like Gang in San Diego

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Five members of the cartel-like Los Palillos gang, a blight on life in San Diego, remain at large while the FBI continues searching for them, reports 10 News.

“It’s as if a group of serial killers moved from Tijuana into San Diego and started murdering citizens here,” deputy district attorney Mark Amador said of the group, who are said to be responsible for a kidnapping and killing spree across San Diego county, according to the station.

A Los Palillos member was seen on surveillance cameras casing a wealthy entrepreneur’s home in area in 2009; just days later, the homeowner was kidnapped and held hostage. FBI swat tracked down the hostage holders, apprehending six, but the others got away.

“We believe some of these members are down in Mexico but it doesn’t preclude them from traveling around Mexico or possibly up here,” said FBI special agent Darrell Foxworth, the station reported.

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Latin Kings National Leader Gets 60 Years

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The highest-ranking leader in the United States of the notorious street gang the Latin Kings was sentenced in Chicago to 60 years in federal prison on Wednesday, according to a statement from the FBI.

Augustin Zambrano, 51, was given the statutory maximum. He was convicted of racketeering conspiracy and other charges involving drug trafficking in April of last year. Zambrano was a “Corona” of the Almighty Latin King Nation, according to the FBI, responsible for overseeing and orchestrating “the illegal activities of all factions of the powerful street gang,” the FBI says. The gang has around 10,000 members in Illinois alone.

Zambrano went by the names “Big Tino,” “Tino,” “Old Man,” and “Viejo.”

He and three co-defendants were convicted of running a criminal enterprise to enrich themselves  through drug-trafficking, preserving and protecting their power, territory and revenue with murder, attempted murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, extortion, and other acts of violence.

“This investigation has held to hold the leaders of the Latin Kings like Zambrano responsible for their iron-fisted leadership of a criminal enterprise responsible for murders and attempted murders. As the CEO of this gang, Zambrano bears responsibility for its criminal acts,” said Chicago  U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald in a statement.

Prosecutors fought for a maximum sentence by saying that Zambrano “chose violence at every turn.”