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Archive for September 13th, 2009

High-Quality Counterfeit Bills from Peru Flooding U.S.

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Counterfeit money is an age old problem. But the flood of fake bills coming from Peru is raising some red flags and the U.S. Secret Service is responding.

By Josh Meyer
Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON — A Flood of high-quality counterfeit U.S. money from Peru is perplexing federal authorities, who say the shadowy networks that are responsible are also engaging in other criminal activity that poses a threat to national security.

Over the last year, authorities and banks have recovered at least $7.8 million in fake notes across the United States that they believe were manufactured in Peru, according to Secret Service statistics.

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FBI in Dallas Looking into Stolen Jackie Kennedy Letter

Jacqueline Kennedy-1961/white house photo

Jacqueline Kennedy-1961/white house photo

Anything with a historic link to the Kennedys is bound to draw some public attention. But it’s not often that the FBI has had to step in. Here’s an interesting caper.

By SCOTT K. PARKS
The Dallas Morning News
DALLAS — An intimate moment between two of the world’s most famous widows is now the subject of an FBI investigation in Dallas.

The case centers around a poignant, handwritten note of condolence that Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis sent to Ethel Kennedy after Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1968.

Investigators and Kennedy family members believe the note was probably stolen from Hickory Hill, the home of Robert and Ethel Kennedy in the Virginia suburbs outside Washington. But they don’t know when it disappeared from the McLean, Va., house. Collectors have been buying, selling and trading it for as much as $25,000 for more than a decade.

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Blagojevich Fundraiser Who Just Pleaded Guilty Dies From Possible Overdose

BY MARK J. KONKOL, NATASHA KORECKI AND ART GOLAB
Chicago Sun-Times
CHICAGO — The man federal prosecutors pressured to cooperate in the corruption probe of ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich died of an apparent aspirin overdose on Saturday, law enforcement sources said.

Christopher Kelly, 51, of Burr Ridge, was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital at 10:46 a.m. An autopsy is scheduled for today, a Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office spokeswoman said.

Kelly was Blagojevich’s “go-to guy” who once was the mastermind of the ex-governor’s lucrative campaign fund.

Kelly’s death comes just four days after he pleaded guilty to a scheme involving $8.5 million in fraud at O’Hare Airport.

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Ex-Philly U.S. Atty Worker Pleads to Stealing Defedants’ Info for Online Loans

philadelphia-mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A different kind of payday is coming for Shakila Nakia Wallace — and it may be in the form of a prison sentence.

Wallace, 25, a former office automation clerk in the U.S. Attorney’s financial litigation unit in Philadelphia,  pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to using personal identification info from sentenced defendants to collect about $34,000 in online payday loans from January 2005 until March 2008, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

U.S. District Judge Mary. A. McLaughlin is scheduled to sentence her Dec. 15. She faces up to seven years in prison.

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Kansas City Acting U.S. Atty. Matt Whitworth Named Maigistrate Judge

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Matt J. Whitworth

Matt J. Whitworth

Kansas City Acting U.S. Attorney Matt J. Whitworth has been named a U.S. Magistrate Judge, the U.S. District Court in Western Missouri announced.

Whitworth, who became acting U.S. Attorney on March 1,  has been a federal prosecutor in the Kansas City office since 1988. He is a 1983 graduate of the Univerity of Arkansas School of Law.

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