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Archive for December 3rd, 2008

FBI Agent Who Dated Actress is Charged With Illegally Accessing FBI Computer

Actress Linda Fiorentino dated FBI agent/flixster photo

Actress Linda Fiorentino dated FBI agent/flixster photo

UPDATED: Wedenesday 2 p.m.
By Allan Lengel
Ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — FBI agent Mark Rossini, whose name surfaced in New York gossip columns for dating actress Linda Fiorentino, has been charged with illegally accessing an FBI computer for personal use.
Rossini, who resigned Friday,  was charged with  five misdemeanor counts in a criminal Information  filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Washington. In many instances, when a criminal Information is filed, the defendant ends up pleading guilty.
Rossini had been based in Washington but later transferred to New York, where press reports had him dining with Fiorentino at Elaine’s, a well known uptown restaurant.
Del Quentin Wilber of The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Linda Fiorentino has ties to Anthony Pellicano, the controversial Los Angeles private investigator, who was convicted in May of using illegal wiretaps and rogue cops to dig up info for famous clients.
The Post said that Pellicano’s attorneys in a court filing in March 2007 referenced an FBI report that raised questions about a certain FBI agent’s credibility. The lawyers said the prosecution should have turned over the report during discovery.
Rossini was the source of that document, the Post  reported, attributing that to “one law enforcement official.”
Channing Phillips, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, declined to comment Tuesday night on the case but said a hearing was scheduled for next Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge John Focciola. Debbie Weierman, a spokeswoman for the FBI in Washington, declined comment.
The court papers charge that Rossini on five different occasions in 2007 in Washington “exceeded his authorized access to a protected computer belonging to the Federal Bureau of Investigation”.
Read Criminal Information
Read 2007 Gossip Report on Rossini and Fiorentino (Radar)
See YouTube Video of Rossini Speaking At Brooklyn Mosque

Fifteen Chicago Area Cops Nabbed in FBI Drug Sting

Surprisingly, so many cops fell for a sting that has been used before around the country. In Detroit, not all that far from Chicago, the FBI ran a similar sting in the early 1990s and nabbed a number of area cops and the common-law brother-in-law of then Detroit Mayor Coleman A. Young.

BY FRANK MAIN
Chicago Sun-Times
CHICAGO — Four Harvey police officers, 10 Cook County jail guards and a Chicago police officer have been charged with providing muscle for what they thought were major drug deals – but were really fake transactions that were part of an FBI sting.
In one of the largest crackdowns on law enforcement officers in recent years, the FBI is accusing the officers of accepting between $400 and $4,000 each on one or more occasions to serve as lookouts and intervene if police or rival drug dealers attempted to interfere with shipments of cocaine and heroin.
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Read FBI Affidavit

Ex-Congressman Lederer Busted In Abscam Scandal Dies

Congressman Raymond F. Lederer lost his seat after he was busted in the famous Abscam scandal. It was not a good way to end his political career.

FBI Abscam tape

FBI Abscam tape

By JOHN F. MORRAISON
Philadelphia Daily News
PHILADELPHIA — Raymond F. Lederer, former Democratic Congressman from Philadelphia whose political career ended when he was among 19 people caught up in the Abscam scandal of 1980, died Monday of cancer. He was 70 and lived in Fishtown.
Lederer and Michael “Ozzie” Myers were the two congressmen arrested in the federal sting operation, which used a phony Arab sheikh to offer bribes to elected officials. Three City Council members also were arrested.He was sentenced to Allenwood Prison.
After his conviction, Lederer resigned from Congress in 1981 and went to work as a roofer. However, he retained his leadership of the 18th Ward.
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Army to Beef Up Security In Labs After FBI Findings in Anthrax

Anthrax Suspect Bruce Ivins

Anthrax Suspect Bruce Ivins

One thing we learned during the anthrax investigation that our nation’s labs had lax security. Now the Army is taking additional steps to tighten things up.

By David Dishneau
The Associated Press
HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The Army announced additional security training Tuesday for workers handling some of the world’s deadliest germs and toxins, part of its response to an FBI finding that an Army scientist was responsible for deadly 2001 anthrax attacks.
The Army also said Tuesday that a lab closed for security shortcomings in April won’t reopen.
The new training to reinforce existing policies was recommended as a first step by a task force reviewing lab security practices after the FBI concluded that Army scientist Bruce Ivins was behind the attacks, said Michael Brady, special assistant to Army Secretary Pete Geren.
The first weeklong refresher course began Monday at the Army’s flagship biodefense lab at Fort Detrick in Frederick, where Ivins allegedly obtained and refined the anthrax used in the deadly mailings that killed five people and sickened 17 others.
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See FBI Anthrax Documents