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Archive for December 28th, 2008

U.S. Atty. Fitzgerald Asks Ill. House to Hold Off Subpoenas in Gov Probe

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald may want Gov. Blagojevich out of office, but he doesn’t want the state messing with his investigation.

U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald

U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald

By CARYN ROUSSEAU
Associated Press Writer
CHICAGO — The Illinois House committee investigating a possible impeachment of Gov. Rod Blagojevich won’t subpoena two incoming White House advisers, the committee chairwoman said Saturday, shutting down a request from the governor’s attorney.
In a letter received by the committee Friday, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald asked the special investigative committee specifically to not subpoena President-elect Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, incoming chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and Nils Larsen, a Tribune Co. executive vice president.
Fitzgerald said any such subpoenas “would interfere with the ongoing criminal investigation into the activities of Governor Rod Blagojevich and others.”
Blagojevich’s attorney Ed Genson had asked the committee earlier in the week to issue the subpoenas.
“The ball is in Mr. Genson’s court,” committee chairwoman state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie, a Chicago Democrat, told The Associated Press on Saturday. “We’re not interested in undercutting the U.S. Attorney’s criminal investigation.”
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Tangled Tale of How Private Spy Firm Helped the Feds Bust An Afghan Heroin Trafficker and Got Screwed

Well, as the old addage goes, No Good Deed Goes Unpunished. In this case, the spy firm, Rosetta Research and Consulting, helped the feds make their case, then got screwed.

Feds Hold Press Conference in 2005 After Arrest of Noorza/dea photo

Feds Hold Press Conference in 2005 After Arrest of Noorza/dea photo

By Richard Leiby
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — After a federal jury in New York swiftly convicted a major Afghan heroin trafficker and Taliban supporter named Haji Bashir Noorzai, the government promptly issued the usual celebratory news release thanking the men and women of the DEA and FBI for their “countless sacrifices” in making the case.
Left out was any credit to the party most responsible for the government’s victory: an unusual three-man private intelligence firm called Rosetta Research and Consulting.
At the instigation of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Rosetta agents lured Noorzai to America and delivered him right into the feds’ hands. He spent 11 days in an Embassy Suites Hotel in Manhattan in 2005, enjoying room service and considering himself a guest of the U.S. government — until he was arrested. He was imprisoned for three years awaiting his trial, which concluded in September. He faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced in January.
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Investigators Checking Offshore for Bernie Madoff’s Cash

One thing for sure: Bernie Madoff made a lot of money. One
Bernard Madoff/youtube

Bernard Madoff/youtube

thing that is unclear: Where the hell is that cash?

By James Doran
The Observer
NEW YORK
— The hunt for funds allegedly cheated out of investors by Bernard Madoff, who faces fraud charges in New York, has turned to offshore tax havens where investigators believe he may have salted away hundreds of millions of dollars.
Stephen Harbeck, chief executive of America’s Securities Investor Protection Corporation (Sipc) and official receiver of Madoff’s now defunct brokerage business, said the hunt for funds was likely to spread all over the world. “We will trace funds wherever the trail goes,” he said on the steps of the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.
Sources close to the investigation said forensic accountants examining Madoff’s books believed he had regularly sent large sums of money to offshore accounts in the Caribbean and Europe. “There are accounts at New York Mellon Bank that we have been looking at that appear to have sent and received money from offshore locations,” a senior source said. Tracking down the money investors entrusted to Madoff is likely to be one of the longest and most complicated financial investigations on record.
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