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Archive for September 19th, 2008

Mayor’s Brother Sentenced In Shake Down

BOSTON — The brother of the Providence mayor was sentenced Friday to 18 months in prison and immediately disbarred for what a federal judge described as “reprehensible and inexcusable” actions, the Providence Journal reported.

John M. Cicilline, along with his former law partner,  pleaded guilty to conspiring to shake down a drug-dealing couple and manipulating the criminal-justice system. He was ordered to pay $15,000 restitution to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the newspaper reported.  Cicilline is the brother of Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline.

Sen. Stevens A Little Tight With The Wallet?

The thing about wiretaps is that they often bring to light some of the most interesting tidbits. In this instance, two friends spoke about Sen. Ted Steven’s cheapness.

Sen. Stevens/official webpage

Sen. Stevens/official webpage

By Richard Mauel and Erika Bolstad
Anchorage Daily News
WASHINGTON — Defense lawyers and prosecutors in Sen. Ted Stevens’ criminal disclosure case wrangled over the admissibility of a wiretapped conversation Thursday where two of Stevens’ friends spoke of his aversion to opening his own wallet.
“Ted gets hysterical when he has to spend his own money,” Alaska restaurateur Robert Persons told Bill Allen, the former chairman of oil field services company Veco Corp., in a conversation overheard by the FBI and quoted in court by a prosecutor.
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Marshals Round Up 2,497 Fugitives In Florida

MIAMI – U.S. Marshals rounded up 2,497 “worst-of-the-worst” fugitives in Florida in a 10-week sweep  dubbed “Operation Orange”, authorities announced Thursday.
The arrests included 55 gang members and 255 sex offenders, federal authorities said.

Man Pleads Guilty in $119 Million HIV Scam

MIAMI – A Miami physician’s assistant pleaded guilty Thursday to defrauding the Medicare program in connection with a $119 million HIV infusian fraud case, the U.S. Justice Department said.
Thomas McKenizie, 53,  pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of conspiracy to commit healtcare fraud and one count of submitting false claims, the government said. He admitted  that he trained physicians at 11 Miami medical clinics how to falsify medical records to provide unecesary HIV infusion services, authorities said. Ten others have already pleaded guilty in connection with the case.

IG Probing Justice Investigation Into Fatal Arson

The Inspector General is investigating allegations that federal authorities pressured witnesses to lie to the grand jury in a fatal arson.

Mike McGraw
The Kansas City Star
KANSAS CITY — The office of inspector general is investigating the Justice Department’s actions during its probe into the 1988 explosion deaths of six Kansas City firefighters.
U.S. Attorney John F. Wood requested the inquiry in July following stories in The Kansas City Star, which revealed that as many as 15 witnesses said a federal investigator pressured them to lie to a grand jury or later at the trial of five defendants charged in the arson case.
All five, who are serving life sentences, have long maintained their innocence.

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Ex-DEA Agent in Atlanta Off To Prison

A college football star and top notch DEA agent took a wrong turn. Now he’s off to prison.

BILL RANKIN
The Atlanta Journal Constitution
ATLANTA – After his college football career, Greg Campion became a decorated law enforcement officer for cracking large-scale drug rings and apprehending high-value suspects.
But on Thursday, with some of his old colleagues looking on, the disgraced former federal agent stood before a judge and begged for mercy.
“I have made a terrible mistake,” said Campion, 38, his hands clasped behind his back. “I will offer no excuse to you, whatsoever.”
U.S. District Judge Jack Camp sentenced the former agent to one year and nine months in federal prison for failing to report more than $200,000 in cash income. Camp also ordered Campion to pay back $92,614 to the IRS and the Georgia Department of Revenue.
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After The Fed

It’s been called “Washington’s Brain Drain”, the mass exodus of federal employees heading for retirement. According to the Office of Personnel Management, more than 300,000 federal workers will leave government service in the next five years. Some will retire to the beaches of Florida, others will tee up on the golf courses of North Carolina, but many of you will look for another job. Are you ready for you r “Second Act”?
When Jana Monroe retired as the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Phoenix Office, she jumped at an offer to work for one of the Big Four accounting firms.
“I had been in the law enforcement cocoon for 32 years. I wanted to see if my skill set transferred,” Monroe said.
The salary was good, but the corporate culture was not right for Monroe. “When KPMG didn’t turn out to be a good fit, then I started doing my homework. I learned that I don’t want to work remotely or from home. For me, I needed the energy and the synergy of working with people.”
So before you begin celebrating your KMA day (agents close to retirement will understand the acronym) or making a list of all the things you’ll have time to enjoy, start planning now for the next chapter of your career. Let’s start with the basics. Ask yourself some important questions. How much do I want to work? And how much do I need to work? Do you want a new career or a part-time job to supplement your pension? The answers may be very different, but will help you formulate an action plan for the future. If you want to launch a new career, here are some tips to ensure a successful Second Act. I’ll address these points in greater detail in subsequent career columns.
Revamp your resume to attract the attention of executives in the private sector. You may have had an exemplary career as a federal agent, but Corporate America wants to know what you can do for them. Focus on leadership skills, management experience and tangible results, not how many search warrants you conducted or the number of bad guys you arrested. Find ways to quantify your successes with statistics that employers understand. Example: Led a team of 10 law enforcement professionals and managed budgets in excess of $23 million. By linking your accomplishments to statistics, you illustrate your “added value” to the organization. Make sure your resume and cover letter are written in “C-suite” language. You can gain the respect of CEOs, CFOs or human resource professionals by speaking their language, a language that includes words like sales, revenue and profitability.
Work your network. Effective networking may be the single most important skill needed to position you for a new career. Reach out to family, friends, and neighbors, contacts you’ve made over the years, and let them know you are looking for opportunities after retirement. Despite all the job boards, social networks, and recruiters out there, there is nothing that can beat a contact that understands your value and will lobby on your behalf when it comes time to hire new talent. Talk to people who are already working in the jobs that appeal to you. Scheduling a relaxed, informal interview will give you a sense of what the work entails and what opportunities might exist. We all know the best jobs are often not advertised. They are filled through referrals, personal relationships, or a particular skill matching a corporate need. Companies are more comfortable hiring employees who have a network and are recommended by someone they trust. A former colleague recommended Jana Monroe for her current job as Director of Security and Emergency Preparedness at Edison International. This time, she did her homework and it looks like a perfect fit.
Match your skill set, knowledge and experience with the needs of your target job. Don’t define yourself by prior job titles, but by the skills that made you a success in those positions.
Carve out time each day to look for a new job. You’ve heard the phrase, “job hunting is a full-time job.” It’s true and you better devote the time to identify employment prospects, network with contacts and revamp your resume or retirement will sneak up on you before you know it. It is easy to become consumed by the demands of the job, so make your job search a priority.
Join professional and industry trade associations. Attend their conferences, offer to be a speaker or moderate a session. That kind of proactive outreach will help increase your visibility and put you in contact with key business leaders in your targeted profession. The people you meet during the cocktail hour may be more beneficial to your career than the actual content of the conference.
Get published. Many federal employees do some kind of writing on the job, whether it’s reports, evaluations, or an article for a trade publication. Writing helps build your brand as an “industry expert” and is one way to illustrate your ability to communicate.
Build relationships with recruiters. Headhunters can be excellent sources of information for leads on job openings or companies you wish to target.


Ex-Rep. Foley Turns The Page On Page Scandal

Former Rep. Mark Foley who caused some political damage to Republicans during election time is off the hook when it comes to his Capitol Hill scandal involving pages.

Ex. Rep. Mark Foley/fox news

Ex. Rep. Mark Foley/fox news

By BRIAN SKOLOFF
The Associated Press
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Florida authorities closed their case against Rep. Mark Foley on Friday, saying he won’t face charges for allegedly sending salacious computer messages to underage male pages because prosecutors couldn’t prove the authenticity of the chats.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement also said in an investigative report that too much time had passed since the February 2003 messages to bring any charges.
“There did not appear to be probable cause that a crime was committed,” the report said.The report also noted that a federal investigation was closed in July.
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State Blames Feds For No Charges (Palm Beach Post)