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Archive for February 25th, 2010

Two More Men Indicted in Plot to Blow Up New York Subway

iStock_000009580566XSmallBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Two men who were already behind bars, were indicted Thursday in New York for being part of an al Qaeda plot to blow up the N.Y. subway, the Justice Department announced.

Adis Medunjanin and Zarein Ahmedzay, were accused of working with Najibullah Zazi to blow up the subway during rush hour, the Justice Department said.

“The facts alleged in this indictment shed further light on the scope of this attempted attack and underscore the importance of using every tool we have available to both disrupt plots against our nation and hold suspected terrorists accountable for their actions,” said Attorney General Eric  Holder in a statement. “This attack would have been deadly, and the many agents, prosecutors and intelligence professionals who worked together seamlessly to thwart it deserve our thanks.”

Ahmedzay, 25, a resident of Queens, N.Y., was originally indicted on Jan. 8, on charges of making material false statements to the FBI about his travels to Pakistan and Afghanistan and about his conversations with a fellow traveler, the Justice Department said.

Medunjanin, 25, also a resident of Queens, was also indicted in January on charges of conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country and receiving military-type training from a al Qaeda, the Justice Department said.

FBI Arrests Madoff’s Ex-Dir of Operations Daniel Bonventre

jailBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

As conman Bernie Madoff serves his 150 years prison sentence, the FBI continues to chip away at the scandal that devastated many investors.

Blooomberg business news reports that the FBI on Thursday morning arrested Daniel Bonventre, the ex-director of operations for Bernard Madoff Investment Securities LLC, as part of the ongoing probe into the scam.

The 63-year-old is expected to make a court appearance later on Thursday, Bloomberg reported.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York issued a press release Thursday morning saying he was being charged with conspiracy, securities fraud, falsifying books and records of a  broker dealer, false filings with the SEC and filing false federal tax returns.

Pres. Nominates U.S. Marshals for West Virginia and North Dakota

u.s. marshalsBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

President Obama on Wednesday nominated  U.S. Marshals for the northern and southern districts of West Virginia and in North Dakota.

The nominees, according to the White House, include: John Foster for the Southern District of West Virginia; Paul Ward for North Dakota and Gary M. Gaskins for the Nothern District of West Virginia.

The bios of each nominee are as follows, as provided by the White House:

*John Foster is a Judicial Security Inspector with the United States Marshals Service (USMS) in the Southern District of West Virginia. Since 2007, he has overseen the protection of federal judges, U.S. attorneys, federal public defenders, and other court personnel. He joined the USMS in 1990 as a Deputy U.S. Marshal. From 1985 to 1990, Mr. Foster was a trooper with the West Virginia State Police in Summersville, WV. He is retired from the West Virginia Air National Guard, in which he served from 1980 to 2000. Mr. Foster was awarded a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree from Glenville State College in 1991. He has also earned an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science from the Community College of the Air Force in 1989, and an Associate’s Degree in Political Science from Marshall University in 1986.

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Pres. Obama Nominates U.S. Attys for Calif., Tex., Guam and Fla.

Alicia Limtiaco/gov photo

Alicia Limtiaco/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

President Obama on Wednesday continued to nominate U.S. Attorneys, this time for California, Texas, Guam and Florida.

The nominees included Laura E. Duffy for the Southern District of California; Wifredo A. Ferrer for the Southern District of Florida; Alicia Limtiaco for Guam and John B. Stevens, Jr. for the Eastern District of Texas, according to the White House.

The following are bios as provided in a White House press release:

*Laura Duffy has been with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California since 1997, where was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Narcotics Enforcement Section until 2007 when she became the Deputy Chief of the General Crimes Section. Prior to that, Ms. Duffy worked for the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice from 1993 until 1997, first as a trial attorney for the Money Laundering Section until 1994, and then as a trial attorney for the Narcotics and Dangerous Drug Section. Ms. Duffy is a graduate of Iowa State University (1988) and from the Creighton University School of Law (1993).

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