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Archive for March 12th, 2010

FBI Says Online Fraud Doubled in 2009 to $559.7 Million

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Fraudulent crime on the Internet doubled in dollar value in 2009 compared to the year before, according to a report by the Crime Complaint Center, a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center.

The report released Friday by the FBI showed that the total loss resulting from online fraud amounted to $559.7 million last year compared to $265 million in 2008.

The report said the number one fraud involved advance fee schemes using the FBI’s name. That accounted for 16.6 percent of the scams. The second most reported offense involved non-delivery or merchandise or failing to make a payment.

“Law enforcement relies on the corporate sector and citizens to report when they encounter on-line suspicious activity so these schemes can be investigated and criminals can be arrested,” Peter Trahon, section chief of the FBI’s Cyber Division said in a statement. “Computer users are encouraged to have up-to-date security protection on their devices and evaluate e-mail solicitations they receive with a healthy skepticism—if something seems too good to be true, it likely is.”

Donald Brackman, director of the White Collar Crime Center  said criminals are “developing increasingly sophisticated means of defrauding unsuspecting consumers. Internet crime is evolving in ways we couldn’t have imagined just five years ago.”

To Read the full report click here.

Atty. Gen. Holder Failed to Disclose Briefs During Confirmation Hearing Last Year

Atty. Gen. Holder

Atty. Gen. Holder/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Attorney Gen. Eric Holder Jr. is finding out just how fun it can be to head the Justice Department when some politicians want your head.

The New York Times reported Thursday that Holder failed to notify the Senate last year during the conformation hearings that “he had signed several briefs urging courts to reject President George W. Bush’s claim that he had the power to imprison an American citizen as an “enemy combatant,” the Justice Department acknowledged Thursday.”

The Times reported that Republicans are likely to attack Holder over failing to turn over the documents as he was required to do.

“The briefs should have been disclosed as part of the confirmation process,” said Matthew Miller, a Justice Department spokesman, according to the Times. “In preparing thousands of pages for submission, it was unfortunately and inadvertently missed. In any event, the attorney general has publicly discussed his positions on detention policy on many occasions, including at his confirmation hearing.”

Meanwhile, on Friday the news website Main Justice that Holder turned over to the Senate half a dozen Supreme Court briefs he failed to disclose.

“We regret the omission,” Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich said in a letter accompanying the list of amicus briefs not included in Holder’s Senate questionnaire, as required, according to Main Justice.

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Brian Lamkin Named Head of FBI’s Atlanta Office

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Brian Lamkin/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Brian D. Lamkin, assistant director of the FBI Training Division in Quantico, has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Atlanta office.

Lamkin entered the FBI in February 1987 and was first assigned to the Norfolk Division. Three years later, he headed south to the Dallas Division, where he worked on the Dallas Bank Fraud Task Force, which addressed the largest savings and loan failure crisis in U.S. history, according to the FBI.

In May 1997, he was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Financial Institution Fraud Unit at FBI Headquarters.

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FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitive List Turns 60

James Earl Ray/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

WASHINGTON — Mir Aimal Kasi had earned a spot on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list and Brad Garrett, a mild-mannered but dogged FBI agent out of Washington, wanted him badly. Kasi, a Pakistani, had stood outside CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., in 1993 and methodically opened fire, shooting into car windows, killing two CIA employees and wounding three others.

Like most fugitives on the list, Kasi was no easy find. Garrett and others spent 4½ years continent-hopping, tracking endless leads before finding him in a seedy hotel in Pakistan at 4 a.m. Kasi was about to head off to prayer. He was brought back to the U.S., where he was eventually executed by lethal injection by the state of Virginia.

“It’s probably every agent’s dream to capture a top 10 most wanted fugitive,” Garrett, who retired from the FBI in 2006, told AOL News. “It wasn’t my driving force, of course, but the idea of being able to arrest a top 10 fugitive is really something. If you’re on the top 10 list, you must be a really bad person, a big deal.”

Mir Aimal Kansi/fbi photo

On March 14, the bigger-than-life list, which has included some of the most notorious criminals of our time, from assassin James Earl Ray to serial killer Ted Bundy to terrorist Osama bin Laden, turns 60.

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Grand Jury Subpoenas Mi. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick — Mother of Ousted Detroit Mayor

Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick

Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON —  In the Motor City, Spring is near and scandal is in the air.

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, 64, the  mother of ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, has been subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury, the Detroit Free Press reported. She said Thursday that she is not the target of the probe.

What is known is that her son, who pleaded guilty to perjury in a text message scandal, and was forced from office, is under FBI investigation.

The Free Press recently reported that a contractor who pleaded guilty to corruption charges has told the feds that he gave the mayor bribe money in 2002.

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Yemen Arrests N.J. Man With Ties to al Qaeda

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Yemen officials have arrested an American with suspected ties to al Qaeda members, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

The man was under FBI investigation in Delaware, the paper reported.

Yemen authorities said that Sharif Mobley, who was raised in New Jersey and later lived in other east coast cities,  was arrested and then killed a guard while trying to escape.

“He has blood on his hands,” Mohammed Albasha, a spokesman for the Yemeni embassy in Washington told the paper.

“Albasha said Mobley was arrested last week during a sweep of al-Qaeda operatives with close ties to an Alabama-born extremist based in Somalia, Abu Mansour, known as ‘the American’, and the group al-Shabaab, or ‘the Youth’,”the paper reported.

His father has denied that his son is a terrorist.

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House Votes to Impeach New Orleans Fed Judge Thomas Porteous

Judge Thomas Porteous

Judge Thomas Porteous

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — It comes as no surprise that U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteous of New Orleans is in big big trouble.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously Thursday to impeach him, the Associated Press reported. The news service reported that lawmakers felt he avoided criminal charges only because the statute of limitations had expired.

The Senate now conducts a trial on charges of high crimes and misdemeanors. A two-thirds vote is required to convict.

He has been accused of “taking cash from lawyers and gifts from a bail bondsman, lying to the Senate and the FBI to win confirmation and making false statements in his personal bankruptcy proceedings to hide financial problems and gambling debts,” according to AP.

Ex-Gov. Blagojevich Wants a Delay in Chicago Trial

Ex-Gov Blago poses with Celebrity Apprentice group

Ex-Gov Blago poses with Celebrity Apprentice group

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich wants more time to prepare for his public corruption case that was set for June 3. His attorneys want the trial moved to November.

The Chicago Tribune reports that his attorneys said they can’t properly prepare a defense in time “without knowing whether they have to defend against charges of ‘honest services’ fraud.”

The U.S. Supreme Court could take up the matter of the honest services law by June and could strike down part or all of the law, the Tribune reported.

The lawyers also said they’ve been inundated with government materials they need to review, the paper reported. The government turned over almost 33,000 pages of evidence since February.

The seldom-quiet ex-Gov is scheduled to make his debut appearance on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice on Sunday.

To read more click here.