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Archive for January 29th, 2013

Michigan Supreme Court Judge Diane Hathaway Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Diane Hathaway must have wanted to pinch herself, wake up from the nightmare and return to her prestigious perch in life, sitting on the state Supreme Court.

She couldn’t have imagined it would have ended like this.

But here she was, the daughter of a Detroit cop, educated in the city, standing in disgrace Tuesday morning in federal court in Ann Arbor, like a common defendant, pleading guilty to bank fraud as a gallery full of media members looked on including Ross Jones of WXYZ, who broke the story about her financial scheme. Her husband Michael J. Kingsley, an attorney, was also on hand as was U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade.

U.S. District Judge John Corbett O’Meara set sentencing for May 28 at 2 p.m. She faces up to 18 months, but could conceivably get probation.

Hathaway pleaded guilty to a real estate scheme in which she transferred properties out of her name to make it look as if she had less assets, all so she could get a short sale on her Grosse Pointe Park home and get out of $600,000 she owed the bank. The original mortgage was $1.4 million.

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Father Testifies Son Was Brainwashed by Overzealous FBI Agents During Terrorism Probe

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The father of a young man charged with terrorism testified during his son’s trial Monday that his son was brainwashed and manipulated by the FBI, the Associated Press reports.

Osma Barre, the father of Oregon terrorism suspect Mohamed Mohamud, was the first witness for a defense that plans to portray Mohamud as an impressionable, troubled teenager caught up in an overzealous FBI operation, the AP wrote.

Prosecutors allege Mohamud was an extremist bent on killing people.

He’s accused of attempting to detonate a bomb what turned out to be a phony bomb during a Christmas-tree lighting ceremony in 2010.

Homeland Security Report: Customs and Border Protection Agencies Rife with Dysfunction

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is mired in internal dysfunction and turf battles and is unable to stem corruption within its ranks, according to an internal study, the TheDailyBeast.com reports.

The website says the agency, which has about 60,000 employees, has been unable to control its disciplinary system or a culture of acceptable corruption.

The study, which showed myriad problems, was completed by the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute, a type of think tank for the Department of Homeland Security.

The Center for Investigative reporting reviewed the 80-page unclassified report, which chronicles problems from as far back as 2002, the theDailyBeast.com reported.

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Albany’s New FBI Agent in Charge Has Extensive Background Investigating Terrorism

Andrew Vale

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent with extensive experience in counterterrorism is taking over the bureau’s Albany Division, the Associated Press reports.

Andrew Vale has been named agent in charge of the division, which is responsible for investigations in northern New York and Vermont, the AP wrote.

Vale began his career with the FBI in 1991, when he started investigated terrorism and civil rights in Newark, N.J.

Vale also served in Washington beginning in 2001 and became involved with domestic terrorism investigations.

Vale continued similar work in the Albany Division beginning in 2006, the AP wrote.

FBI Plans To Begin Scanning Eyes of Paroled Inmates in Trial Using New Technology

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI plans to launch new technology later this year that would scan images of criminals’ eyes.

Nextgov.com wrote that agents will begin using the iris scans to verify the identities of release convicts and those on the lam.

The eye-scanning trial will last about a year, Nexgov.com wrote.

The launch follows the trial introduction of the FBI’s nationwide facial recognition trial last year.

Both technologies are part of a $1 billion upgrade to the FBI’s fingerprint ID system, Nexgov.com reported.

FBI Data: Background Checks for Gun Purchases Spiked After Connecticut School Shooting Last Month

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In the month since a shooting at a school in Connecticut killed 20 children and six adults, gun purchases appear to be rapidly on the rise, Reuters reports.

Background checks for firearm purchases spiked since the Dec. 14 mass killing, Reuters wrote.

Of the 10 most popular days for background checks in the past five years, nine have come since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Reuters reported.

The FBI runs the National Instant Criminal Background System.