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Archive for December 15th, 2010

FBI Agent Who Threatened to Kill Wife and Head of Dallas FBI Pleads Guilty

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A former FBI Dallas FBI agent pleaded guilty Wednesday in a case in which he was charged with plotting to kill his estranged wife and his boss, the head of the Dallas FBI, Robert Casey Jr., the Dallas Morning News reported.

Carlos Ortiz Jr., 49, pleaded to retaliating against a federal official. Ortiz’s estranged wife is an analyst with the FBI.

Casey suspended Ortiz without pay in May after Ortiz’s wife accused him of domestic violence, the newspaper reported. They have a 6-year-old son.

Authorities alleged that in August Ortiz spoke to a friend by phone, who is a licensed firearms dealer and said he was looking for a .50 caliber rifle, which are used by military snipers, the Dallas Morning News reported.

He also made threats against Casey and his wife and accused them of having an affair, something FBI officials denied, the Morning News reported.

The friend notified the FBI, the newspaper reported. Casey fired Ortiz on Aug. 25.

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Feds Add International Terrorism Charge Against Underwear Bomber

Suspect Abdulmutallab/u.s. marshals photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The feds have added a new international terrorism charge in a superseding indictment filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Detroit against the Christmas Day “Underwear Bomber” Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.

Under the amended indictment, Abdulmutallab is now charged with conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism transcending national boundaries. That charge comes on top of previous ones including allegations that he used a weapon of mass destruction.

The new charge alleges that he conspired with others and he went to “Yemen for the purpose of becoming involved in violent “jihad” on behalf of al Qaeda.”

“In preparation for a suicide attack, defendant Abdulmutallab practiced detonating explosive devices similar to one which he later received for an attack on a U.S. airliner,” the indictment said.

Several weeks ago, he fired his court-appointed attorneys and told the judge he wanted to represent himself.

Law enforcement sources said it’s unlikely he’ll get any break in sentencing by pleading guilty considering that he was caught in the act as a number of witnesses looked on.

Ex-Detroit Mayor Hammered Again: Indicted on Public Corruption Charges with Father and Others

Ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick/official photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, already facing an avalanche of legal trouble, was hammered again on Wednesday when a federal grand jury in Detroit  indicted him, his father, a city contractor and former aides on public corruption charges centering on government contracts and kickbacks.

In announcing the 38-count  indictment at a televised afternoon press conference, U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said Kilpatrick used  “his public office as a corrupt organization.”  Authorities said the probe was ongoing for six-years.

Kilpatrick, 40,  once dubbed the “hip hop mayor”,   is currently in prison, serving time for failing to pay $1 million in restitution after he pleaded in 2008 to obstruction of justice charges for  lying  about an affair with his chief of staff and about the discharge of a police official while  under oath during a whistle-blower lawsuit. The lies were revealed in Kilpatrick’s text messages the Detroit Free Press published.

He was sentenced in May to 18 months to 5 years in prison for violating his probation.

A month later, he was indicted by a federal grand jury on 19 federal counts including mail fraud, wire fraud, tax evasion and filing a false tax return. He was Detroit mayor from 2002 to 2008.

Others indicted Wednesday  included Kilpatrick’s father Bernard Kilpatrick, city contractor Bobby Ferguson, former top Kilpatrick aide Derrick Miller and former water department chief Victor Mercado.

The indictment alleged that the defendants extorted money from municipal contracts and were knee-deep in bribery.

Authorities alleged that city contractor Ferguson kicked back at least $424,000 in cash and other items of value to Mayor Kilpatrick, and that the mayor used more than $590,000 of ill-gotten cash from the conspiracy to pay off credit card bills, buy clothes and pay off loans.

Kilpatrick’s father, Bernard Kilpatrick, who had long been under federal investigation, allegedly put $600,000 in cash into his bank accounts and was charged with filing  false tax returns.

U.S. Attorney McQuade, addressing criticisms that her office is piling on charges, said the new charges were far more significant than the ones Kilpatrick has faced in the past two years.  Plus, she said she wanted to send a message to politicians that leaving office doesn’t get you off the hook.

U.S. Border Patrol Agent Shot and Killed at Arizona-Mexico Border

istock file photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A U.S. Border Patrol agent was shot and killed Tuesday night at the Arizona-Mexico border and at least four people were in custody, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement issued Wednesday.

“Last night, Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry was shot and killed after he encountered several suspects near Rio Rico, Ariz.,” the agency said. “At least four suspects are in custody while one is still being pursued. Agent Terry’s murder is a tragic reminder of the ever-present dangers U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, Air & Marine and Border Patrol agents face as they protect our nation’s borders.”

The Customs and Border Protection Commissioner  Alan Bersin said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Terry family for their tragic loss. Our commitment to Agent Terry and his family is that we will do everything possible to bring to justice those responsible for this despicable act.”

The Arizona Republic reported that Terry, 40, a Michigan native, was killed at about 11 p.m. near Peck Canyon, about 10 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border west of Rio Rico on the Interstate 19. He was a member of BORTAC, the border patrol’s special response team, assigned to the Naco station, the paper reported.

“We believe he was killed by illegal alien ‘bandits’ north of Nogales during a shootout,” said The National Border Patrol Council, a union representing agents, the paper reported.

Janet Napolitano

Meanwhile, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano issued a statement on Wednesday:

“The fatal shooting of Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry last night is an unconscionable act of violence against the men and women of the Border Patrol and all those who serve and defend our country.”

“We are working with other federal, state and local authorities to ensure those responsible for this horrendous act are held responsible. We will leave no stone unturned as we seek justice for the perpetrators.”

Ga. Man Pleads Guilty in International Online Child Porn Bulletin Board

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A Georgia man pleaded guilty Monday in Los Angeles to transporting child pornography using a secret Internet bulletin board that allowed approximately three dozen members to trade thousands of images and videos of child pornography depicting young boys in sexually explicit situations, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

David Michael Fagerness, 44, who pleaded guilty, is one of 16 defendants charged in the U.S. in an international investigation dubbed “Lost Boy”, authorities said. The bulletin board was shut down about two years ago.

Authorities said so far five of the 16 defendants hyave pleaded guilty.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles said law enforcement authorities learned of the Lost Boy bulletin board from Eurojust, the judicial cooperation arm of the European Union.

“The Lost Boy bulletin board allowed members to access pornographic images of hundreds of boys who were victimized for sexual purposes,” said U.S. Attorney André Birotte Jr. “The investigation by officials here in the United States, working in conjunction with their law enforcement counterparts around the globe, shut down an international child pornography ring and will hopefully bring some justice to the numerous victims.

“As a result of this investigation, authorities also discovered individuals who abused children, made their own child pornography and shared their disturbing product with others on the Internet.”

FBI Assists Swedish Authorities in Suicide Bombing

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A seven-member FBI team has gone to Sweden to help sort out the the botched explosion over the weekend that killed a 28-year-old suicide bomber in a crowded shopping district in Stockholm, the New York Times reported.

The Times reported that the FBI experts specialize in analyzing bomb fragments, and  that Swedish officials suspect the Iraqi-born bomber Taimour Abdulwahab al-Abdaly likely had accomplices. Authorities were anxious to follow those leads.

Authorities say the bomber used a crude bomb. Media reports suggested the the Middle East-born man was carrying a bomb he planned to detonate  at a train station or department store when it prematurely exploded.

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