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California FBI Agent ’s Death Ruled a Suicide

Stephen Ivens/police photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agent Stephen Ivens who went missing two months ago from his Burbank, Calif., home and was found dead Monday in a wooded area, committed suicide,  authorities have ruled, according to the Associated Press reports.

Ivens went missing in May, prompting a furious search.

Investigators said Ivens was despondent and had feared he might kill himself.

FBI Probes Shooting Death of Handcuffed Man in Arkansas

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

On the surface, it looks pretty suspicious.

It’s “definitely bizarre and defies logic at first glance,” Jonesboro, Ark.  Police Chief Michale Yates said, reports Huffington Post.

Chavis Carter, 21, was shot in the head while handcuffed in the rear of a police car in Arkansas.

Police said Carter committed suicide with a gun police failed to find when they searched him.

Carter’s family members, however, believe police killed Carter and are trying to cover it up, according to the Huffington Post.

The FBI is investigating.

Kidnapped Girls Saw Fugitive Adam Mayes’ Suicide

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

Details continue to roll in about the kidnapping-murder-suicide of Adam Mayes, who had just been placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List.

Mayes in April had abducted a mother and her three daughters. The mother, Jo Ann Bain and the eldest daughter were found dead.

The FBI says that the two surviving daughters saw their kidnapper shoot himself as authorities approached, according to CNN.

FBI spokesperson Jason Pack said the 8 and 12 year-old sisters were found with their captor out in the open.

“There was no shelter or anything.” Pack told CNN. “They were dehydrated and dirty, like they were here for several days…They gave them water and we drove them out right away.”

The girls were released back to their grateful father from Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, Friday.

There are several players in this case, including Mayes’ wife Teresa, who family characterizes as another fearful victim of Mayes’ abuse. Teresa Mayes was charged along with Adam Mayes on two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of especially aggravated kidnapping.

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Madoff and Wife Tried Committing Suicide

Ruth Madoff/ny post

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Before long everyone knew Bernie Madoff’s son Mark killed himself last year by hangning himself by a dog leash.

But what few know is that Madoff himself and his wife tried committing suicide as well, according to an interview this Sunday on CBS’ 60 Minutes, the Associated Press reported.

“I don’t know whose idea it was, but we decided to kill ourselves because it was so horrendous what was happening,” said Ruth Madoff.

Ruth Madoff told 60 Minutes that she he and her husband had receiving hate mail and “terrible phone calls” after the scandal became public.

She told 60 Minutes the couple took “a bunch of pills” including the insomnia prescription medication Ambien.

However, it didn’t work. The next day they woke up.

AP also reported that Madoff has told Barbara Walters in an interview that he has terrible remorse and horrible nightmares, but feels happier in prison than he has been in 20 years.

He told Walters that he had thought about suicide before he went off to prison, but not anymore.

 

 

FBI Agent Commits Suicide in Maine

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI wasn’t saying much last week about the suicide of an FBI agent, who shot himself  in the Portland, Maine area over the weekend of April 24, according to sources.

The agent was in his early 50s, one source said.

FBI agent Greg Comcowich, a spokesman for the Boston FBI Division, which includes Maine,  told the ticklethewire.com:

“The type of question which you are inquiring (about)is not something the FBI would comment on.”

Last year, an FBI agent assigned to Quantico committed suicide.

DEA to Conduct Program to Destroy Prescription Drugs

got_drugsBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Prescription drugs stored in medicine cabinets and in kitchens and bedrooms may not be as innocent as they appear.

With that in mind, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, along with government, community, public health and law enforcement partners, plan next month to launch a “Take-Back” initiative “that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft.”

The DEA said it will collect potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at sites nationwide on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs,” the DEA said in a press release.

“Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet,” the release said.

Michele M. Leonhart, Acting Administrator of DEA said in a statement: “This effort symbolizes DEA’s commitment to halting the disturbing rise in addiction caused by their misuse and abuse.”

Hundreds of FBI, DEA and ICE Agents Fall Victim to Ponzi Scheme

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By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

WASHINGTON — FBI agents are supposed to unearth scams, not become victims of them. This time is different.

Some 300 retired and current federal agents — representing the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Immigration and Customs Enforcement — collectively invested tens of millions of dollars of retirement money in what turned out to be a Ponzi scheme allegedly run by a Florida man who committed suicide last month, an attorney in the case said.

The FBI and the Securities and Exchange Commission are now investigating and trying to recover funds.

“There are definitely [agents] who have lost their life savings,” Fort Lauderdale attorney Michael Goldberg, who is representing the victims, told AOL News.

The reaction of the agents? “Pretty much what you expect,” Goldberg said. “Shock and anger.”

Behind it all, authorities said, was a self-described retirement investment adviser named Kenneth Wayne McLeod, 48. For years McLeod served as a trusted adviser to federal agents around the country, making free financial projections for retirement and in some cases offering high-yield returns of 8 to 10 percent on certain investments, according to an SEC filing in the case.

On June 22, McLeod was found dead in Jacksonville, Fla., of a gunshot wound.

His Florida-based companies, Federal Employee Benefits Group Inc. and F&S Asset Management Group Inc., appear to have been shut down and all assets frozen, authorities said. Calls to both numbers went unanswered this afternoon and the voice mails were full.

McLeod allegedly mentioned to prospective clients the names of many federal agents he knew, including straitlaced FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, according to the website Gang Land News, which reported on the story today.

“[McLeod] would tell people that Bob Mueller was a friend of his,” a retired FBI agent told Gang Land News. “The guy was a real charmer. He would say that he and Bob were best of friends and that Bob and his wife used to stay at his place all the time. The worst thing about this is that this creep scammed hard-working GS-13s and GS-14s [federal employees].”

Mueller did in fact rent vacation properties in Amelia Island, Fla., for several years, Gang Land News reported. But Michael Kortan, the chief FBI spokesman, said in a statement that even if McLeod had owned one of those properties, Mueller had no idea who he was renting from.

“The director had no personal or professional relationship with Mr. McLeod, nor did he engage in any financial dealings of any kind with him,” Kortan stated.

According to the SEC, McLeod for years put on retirement seminars that federal agencies paid as much as $15,000 for. He offered some investments with such companies as Fidelity, which the FBI said appeared to be safe. But others investments appeared to be fraudulent.

In many instances, he offered high returns — 8 to 10 percent — through bonds.

“The security of the government bonds was a key element of McLeod’s deception but he never purchased any bonds,” the SEC said in a statement on June 25. “Instead, he used the investors’ retirement savings to conduct a Ponzi scheme, to pay himself and to pay for lavish entertainment, including annual trips to the Super Bowl for himself and 40 friends.”

FBI special agent Jeff Westcott of the Jacksonville, Fla., office, which is investigating the matter, told AOL News that McLeod had “an air of credibility.”

The irony and embarrassment of the case are clear to many agents around the country. And at the SEC, the unusual set of circumstances is not lost on officials.

Glenn Gordon, SEC associate regional director for the Miami Regional Office, said, “I am not aware personally of another case where this was the target audience.”

Undercover Operative in Indian Artifact Case Commits Suicide

salt lake city mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ted Dan Gardiner, the undercover witness who helped the feds build a case against more than two dozen people charged with looting American Indian artifacts in the Southwest U.S. , has committed suicide, the Associated Press reported.

AP reported that the 52-year-old apparently shot himself Monday in a Salt Lake City suburb home.

The wire service reported that Gardiner had worked with the FBI and the Bureau of Land Management for more than two years.

Two of the 26 defendants committed suicide last year, AP reported.