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Archive for December 19th, 2011

Ex-El Paso County Judge Indicted on Public Corruption Charges

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

And now for a little news about corruption just north of the Mexican border.

Indictments unsealed on Friday show that an ex-judge and three businessmen were arrested after a years-long federal investigation into corruption in El Paso County, the AP reports

Anthony Cobos, the former county judge, allegedly received bribes and campaign contributions in exchange for influence refinancing $40 million worth of county debt and replacing the county’s financial advisor. Lorenzo Aguilar is accused of paying the bribes, and both are charged with mail fraud, conspiracy to commit mail fraud and deprivation of honest services.

In a separate 11-count indictment, businessmen Ruben Garcia, Cirilo Lara Madrid and Garcia’s LKG Enterprises Inc. are accused of offering bribes to get a lucrative county contract. The two are charged with theft of federal program funds, mail fraud and deprivation of honest services.

All four men can face 20-year jail sentences if convicted.

To read more click here.

Gangs Infiltrating Military, Sending High-Powered Weapons to American Streets

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

American streets may become much more dangerous.

Military.com reports that, according to the latest National Gang Intelligence Center Report (NGIC), American street gangs are acquiring high-powered, military-grade weapons with increasing frequency, the result of gang members both enlisted and working as contract civilians at military bases who may be funneling the weapons to gang members on the street.

Over the summer, 27 AK-47s were stolen from a warehouse in Fort Irwin, according to the Military.com report, which investigators suspect were gang related.

The NGIC identified 53 different gangs with members serving in the military, as of April of this year.

“The exact number of enlisted gang members is hard to come by,” the Military.com report reads, “as many times investigators only see graffiti or paraphernalia as evidence of gang activity.”

To read more click here.

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