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Archive for December 18th, 2012

Former FBI Agent Sentenced to Six Months in Jail for Embezzling Money Intended for Confidential Informants

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former FBI agent who embezzled money from a fund to pay confidential informants was sentenced Monday to six months in federal prison, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas announced.

Timothy Klotz, of Oklahoma, also was sentenced to six months of house arrest after pleading guilty to embezzlement.

Klotz also was ordered to return more than $43,000 to the FBI,

The 45-year-old is scheduled to be imprisoned on Jan. 18.

NJ Residents Reach Settlement with ICE over Warrantless Home Raids

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Eight New Jersey residents will share $295,000 as part of a settlement in a lawsuit that alleges their homes were raided without warrants, the Associated Press reports

U.S. citizen Ana Galindo said officers pointed a gun at her 9-year-old son during the pre-dawn raids.

The residents filed a lawsuit in 2008 against more than 30 ICE officers involved, the AP reported.

The Center for Constitutional Rights provided legal help.

Gun Lobby Keeps ATF Under-Resourced, Beleaguered As Industry Grows

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Following the mass shooting in a Connecticut elementary school, attention has shifted to the ATF, the federal agency responsible for regulating the gun industry.

A Washington Post investigation found that ATF is inadequately resourced and so beleaguered that it hasn’t had a director in years.

Sources said the gun industry, particularly the NRA, has blocked resources from the ATF, preventing the agency from accessing computerized records of gun sales, for instance.

Despite the growth of the industry, ATF has fewer officers now than it did nearly 40 years ago, the Post found.

Pentagon: A Top Candidate for Next CIA Director, Michael Vickers, Disclosed Classified Information

Michael Vickers
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael Vickers, among the possible candidates for the next CIA director, leaked classified information about the hunt for Osama bin Laden to filmmakers of an acclaimed movie, Pentagon investigators have concluded, McClatchy Newspapers reports.

The Justice Department, however, has declined to pursue criminal prosecution since receiving the case in September, McClatchy reported, citing two senior U.S. officials.

Investigators with the Pentagon’s Inspector General’s Office said Vickers disclosed to filmmakers of “Zero Dark Thirty” the name of a U.S. Special Operations Command officer involved in planning the May 2011 raid on bin Laden’s hideout in Pakistan.

Revealing classified information is a crime.

Vickers is among the possible candidates to replace retired Army Gen. David Petraeus as CIA director.

“Mike Vickers is an outstanding defense and intelligence professional and is well respected inside the Department of Defense and the intelligence community,” Pentagon spokesman George Little said.

Florida Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Hacking Celebrities’ Email Accounts for Nude Photos

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Florida man who hacked into the email accounts of celebrities for nude photos and private information was sentenced to 10 years in prison by a federal judge, Reuters reports.

Christopher Chaney, 36, a former office clerk, said he hacked into the accounts because of an addiction to spying on more than 50 celebrities, who include Scarlett Johansson, actress Mila Kunis, and singers Christina Aguilera and Renee Olstead.

Chaney pleaded guilty to nine felony counts, including wiretapping and unauthorized access to protected computers, for spying on the celebrities from November 2010 to October 2011, Reuters reported.

“I don’t know what else to say except I’m sorry,” Chaney said during his sentencing. “This will never happen again.”

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FBI Launched ‘Wanted Bank Robbers’ Website to Combat $38 Million in Annual Theft

 Steve Neavling
tickltethewire.com

Bank robbers bagged more than $38 million from banks last year, and the money was recovered in only one in five robberies.

To increase the success of nabbing thieves, the FBI has launched a website, Wanted Bank Robbers, at www.bankrobbers.fbi.gov. It’s dedicated to enlisting the public’s help in identifying suspects, the bureau announced on its site.

The site includes a gallery of suspects and a map of robberies.

All of the information can be searched by name, and location.

Top Assistant New Orleans U.S. Attorney Retires Amid Controversy

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

 Jan Mann, the first Assistant U.S. Attorney in the New Orelans office, who was embroiled in controversy, has retired from the office, along with her husband, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Gordon Russell of the Times-Picayune reports:

 Jan Mann was demoted from her dual management posts last month — she had been both first assistant U.S. attorney and chief of the office’s criminal division — after she admitted commenting pseudonymously on stories about federal cases posted at NOLA.com.

The revelation came more than six months after Sal Perricone, another high-ranking member of the office, confessed to authoring a raft of online rants.

The scandal resulted in the resignation of U.S. Attorney Letten.

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