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Archive for August 16th, 2012

FBI: Court Clerk Tipped Off Gang Members Before Arrests

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A federal court clerk in Los Angeles is accused of revealing confidential court files and tipping off gangs,   the FBI said Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Nune Gevorkyan, 35, and her husband were charged with conspiring to obstruct justice after federal authorities say they tipped off more than 70 people connected with the Armenian Power gang.

The FBI says Gevorkyan peered at sealed indictments and passed on info to gangs before raids and arrests.

A cooperating defendant plans to testify against Gevorkyan.

Judge Rules FBI Must Release Dotcom Evidence

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

U.S. federal authorities cannot extradite the founder of the Megaupload online file-sharing site without evidence supporting charges of copyright breaches and internet piracy, a New Zealand court ruled Thursday, Reuters reports.

“Without access to materials relevant to the extradition hearing phase, the person sought will be significantly constrained in his or her ability to participate in the hearing,” Justice Helen Winkelmann said in a written judgment.

The FBI claims Kim Dotcom, founder of Megaupload, netted millions of dollars by copying movies and music without authorization.

Dotcom was arrested by New Zealand authorities at his rented house near Auckland in late January.

Janice Fedarcyk, First Woman to Head N.Y. FBI, Retiring to Join Private Sector

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Janice Fedarcyk, the fist woman to head the N.Y. FBI office, who oversaw some major terrorists, mob and Wall Street probes,  is retiring  to enter the private sector, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Janice Fedarcyk, assistant director in charge of the New York bureau, plans to start a consulting firm in Washington D.C., where her husband, a retired FBI agent, works.

During her tenure, Fedarcyk’s office cracked down on insider trading and computer attacks.

Some of the prosecutors involved in the insider-trading investigation have also left the federal government for the private sector, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Before coming to New York, Fedarcyk had headed up the Philadelphia office. She began her career with the FBI in 1987 in Los Angeles.

In New York, she oversaw:

  • The investigation and arrest of Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame, al Shabaab leader for providing material support to al Qaeda.
  • Processing and dissemination of all intelligence following the Bin Laden raid in Pakistan.
  • Arrest of leadership and members of Anonymous and/or offshoot groups related to Anonymous, including “Internet Feds,” “LulzSec,” and “AntiSec,” for computer hacking and other crimes. Click here for more details.
  • The largest coordinated, national takedown of members of the five Organized Crime Families of La Cosa Nostra, including some of its most senior members.
  • The arrest of eight active and retired NYPD officers.
  • Arrest and subsequent guilty verdicts of Raj Rajaratnam, the founder and former head of the Galleon Group, and Rajat Gupta, a former corporate chairman and member of the Board of Directors at Goldman Sachs, for insider trading.
  • Arrest and subsequent guilty plea of Peter Madoff, Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC former Chief Compliance Officer and Senior Managing Director, for Securities Fraud and Tax Fraud Conspiracy.
  • Investigation, arrest, and subsequent guilty verdict for New York State Senator Pedro Espada and his son for embezzlement.
  • Investigation, arrest, and subsequent guilty plea from New York State Senator Carl Kruger for bibery schemes.
  • Investigation and arrest of New York State Assemblyman William Boyland for bribery and attempted Hobbs Act Extortion. Details here.
  • Numerous acts of piracy investigated by the FBI off the coast of Somalia. Included dozens of arrests for piracy, murder, and other offenses.

 

ICE Chief of Staff on Leave Amid Complaints Including Sexual Harassment

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

ICE Chief of Staff Suzanne Barr is on leave while the agency investigates claims that she treated men poorly, the New York Daily News reports.

Barr voluntarily placed herself on leave Tuesday, said ICE spokesman Brian Hale.

New accusers are speaking out after a lawsuit was filed on behalf of ICE Special Agent in Charge James T. Hayes Jr., who says Barr was verbally abusive, his attorney said, the New York Daily News reported.

One accuser  said in a statement after  a gathering at the ICE director’s office, according to the Daily News:

“At some point during the conversation, I witnessed Suzanne Barr turn to senior ICE employee Tae Johnson and state ‘You a sexy mothaf—a!’ She then looked at his crotch and asked, ‘How long is it anyway?’ ”

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Too Much Evidence Prompts Dismissal of Prescription Drug Case

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Is it possible to have too much evidence against someone?

It appears so after a federal judge in Iowa dropped a case involving the nation’s largest prosecution of Internet pharmacies, the Associated Press reports.

The evidence against former Miami doctor, Armando Angulo, included more than 400,000 documents and two terabytes of electronic data, taking up 5% of the DEA’s worldwide electronic storage, according to Newsday.

Angulo fled to his native Panama, which does not extradite its own citizens. So given that he’s never likely to come back to the U.S., and the issue of maintaining all the documents, the prosecutors asked the to dismiss the case so the evidence can be deleted or destroyed, AP reported.