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Archive for December 17th, 2010

Feds Get $7.2 Billion in Forfeitures for Madoff Victims

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Well, it’s beginning to look a lot more like Christmas.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York announced Friday that the estate of Jeffry M. Picower has agreed to forfeit $7.2 billion to compensate the victims of swindler Bernie Madoff.

Since the 1970s, Picower withdrew those funds from hi The distribution of funds as a result of investing with Madoff.

Authorities said the $7.2 billion forfeiture was the largest single forfeiture in U.S. history.

Picower died in October 2009.

Markovitz lawsuit. 

TSA Fails to Detect Weapons

Fed Agents Misbehavin in 2010

ATF Agent Steven Campbell/u.s. marshals service photo

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

WASHINGTON — Thousands of federal law enforcement agents work their tails off to put crooks behind bars. But on occasion, some of the very same folks who carry a gun and a badge and slap the cuffs on the bad guys end up stepping over the line. Way over the line.

AOL News thought it was worth looking back at some of the more notable of these incidents from 2010:

Loose Cash: Steven Campbell, an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, could have at least waited until no one was looking. But no. In October, Campbell caught the attention of some agents during a drug raid at a suburban Cleveland home. Why? Agents say they saw him stuffing his pants full of cash. When confronted, he allegedly told agents to get a search warrant. While they sat him down and cuffed him, bundles of cash started falling out of his pants, according to court records.

Temper, Temper: Dallas FBI agent Carlos Ortiz let his temper get the best of him. He pleaded guilty Dec. 15 to charges that he plotted to kill his estranged wife, an FBI analyst and his boss. Earlier in the year, Ortiz was placed on leave after his wife accused him of domestic violence. Then in August he was fired after investigators learned that he had called a friend about buying a sniper-type rifle and talked about killing his wife and his boss, Robert Casey Jr. The friend, a former law enforcement type, called the FBI.

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Sylvester Stallone to Play Late Mobster John Gotti? Son Says Forgeddabout It

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Sylvester Stallone as the mob Godfather John Gotti? Forgeddabout it!

The Wrap, a Hollywood website, reports that “John “Junior” Gotti wants Sylvester Stallone to stop telling people he’ll play his father, legendary mob boss John Gotti, in a movie based on his life — a charge Sly denies.”

But the Wrap reports that Junior Gotti and his partners insist that’s what’s been going on.

“It’s frustrating, because when we’re talking to anybody — actors, studio finance people — we keeping getting the same spiel that Stallone is making this movie,” Marc Fiore, chief executive officer of Fiore Films, who have teamed up with the younger Gotti, told TheWrap. “I tried to talk to him about it and his people said they’d get back to us.”

The Wrap reported that Stallone had dinner with Gotti and publicly stated that he was considering a Gotti project. But Gotti said he went with the lower profile Fiore Films.

Father John J. Gotti

“Marc knew the direction we wanted to go in. Stallone wanted a mob ‘shoot ‘em up’ movie. This is a father-and-son story,” Gotti told TheWrap.

The feds in New York tried prosecuting Gotti Jr. in four different trial, all which resulted in a hung jury. Prosecutors finally gave up and dropped the charges. His father, the boss of the Gambino crime family,  died in prison in 2002 at age 61.

Customs and Border Protection Agent at Atlanta Airport Charged With Smuggling Cash and Guns in Sting

By Allan Lengel
ticklethwire.com

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent at the Atlanta airport was charged with 13 others in a large scale drug operation in which authorities seized 700,000 tabs of ecstasy, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

Authorities say that agent Devon “Romey” Samuel, 45, of Stockbridge, Ga., was charged in three undercover stings conducted by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force in which he allegedly smuggled drug money and guns through Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Authorities say the probe into Samuel led to the “unraveling of a large scale ecstasy trafficking organization.”

On Nov. 3, an undercover agent posing as a drug money launderer gave Samuels about $22,000, authorities charged. Samuels then used his badge to bypass security and delivered the money to a Jamaica to an undercover police officer posing as an international drug dealer.

A few weeks later, he allegedly accepted $50,000 from an undercover officer and delivered the money to Jamaican undercover police, authorities said.

On Nov. 30, authorities say Samuels accepted five firearms and about $20,000 in what he thought was drug money from an undercover cop, authorities said. He went directly to the airport with the guns and money and used his badge to bypass security. Once inside the airport, he allegedly gave the guns to  second undercover officer who told Samuels he was going to give the guns and cash to members of a Mexican drug cartel at a meeting in Arizona.

Authorities alleged that Samuels also used government computers to check whether he or his associates were under investigation.

“The indictment charges a Customs and Border Protection agent at the airport with taking payoffs to smuggle guns and drug money from undercover agents posing as international drug traffickers,” said U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “That investigation led to unraveling a large scale ecstasy trafficking organization and the seizure of more than $2.8 million worth of ecstasy from a house in Chamblee–one of the largest seizures in the country.”

Palestinian Pleads to Plotting to Buy Stolen Military Weapons in FBI Sting

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A Palestinian man pleaded guilty Thursday in Miami in a plot to acquire and transport stolen military weapons in what turned out to be an FBI sting.

Abdalaziz Aziz Hamayel, 23, of the West Bank, pleaded guilty to trying to buy from an undercover agent what he thought were stolen M-16s, AK-47s and explosive materials, including hand grenades and improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

Sentencing is set for Feb. 22. Another conspirator in the case still faces trial, authorities said.

Authorities said were told by a confidential source in April 2009 that the two men wanted to purchase large quantities of automatic weapons. The source then introduced them to an undercover agent who posed as a weapons supplier.

At their first meeting with the undercover agent the following month, the men requested 200 to 300 fully-automatic assault rifles that they planned to ship out of the country, authorities charged. They also asked for grenades and homemade bombs with remote detonation capabilities.