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Archive for October 14th, 2013

Border Patrol Agents Continue to Work With Less Pay

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents will begin receiving smaller paychecks because of the government shutdown, the Monitor reports.

“It’s going to have a severe negative impact because people still have to pay bills,” said Agent Paul Perez, president of National Border Patrol Council Local 3307, the sector union. “Unless their creditors are willing to work with them individually, it’s going to create havoc for their household finances.”

Despite the paycheck cuts, the agents are still required to work full-time.

The agents were receiving whole paychecks because of reserves, but those have run out.

Other federal employees have already felt the pinch.

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FBI Increases Number of Digital Billboards Along Highways Nationwide

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s digital billboard program started as a one-city pilot in Philadelphia in 2007 and exploded into 3,200 locations nationwide today, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

The increase is due to the program’s success, the FBI said.

“We reach a wider audience,” said FBI Special Agent Barbara Woodruff, a spokeswoman for the Newark field office. “We have access to these billboards in times of extreme importance, to include national emergencies, fugitive-related cases and kidnappings.”

The idea is to reach millions of motorists who could help locate dangerous criminals and kidnap victims.

The digital billboards generally feature a photo of a fugitive, the crime and a phone number to call, the Dispatch reported.

Secret Service investigates Increasing Number of Credit Card “Skimming” Cases

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When you hand over your credit card, be careful what happens to it.

The Secret Service is reporting an increasing number of cases of credit card “skimming,” or thieves copying information on the card, the South Jersey Times reports.

The information, such as the name, card number and expiration date, often is sold to someone else, who uses it to make purchases.

“Sometimes in a restaurant, or at a gas station, an employee takes that card, and they’re paid by someone else for the information on it,” said Cynthia Wofford, Special Agent in charge of the Secret Service’s Philadelphia field office.

Feds Bust Underage Sex Slave Operation in Houston Area

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A federal investigation has broken up an alleged sex slave operation involving girls as young as 14 and 15 years old in the Houston area, ABC 13 reports.

Several people are in custody after agents raided Houston bars that doubled as brothels Thursday, according to feds.

An indictment recently obtained by ABC 13 accuses the suspects of running an underage sex slave operation since 1999.

The victims were women and girls from Mexico, according to ABC 13.

“I think most of you will agree that nowhere in the world, especially right here in Houston, in our United States, should any human being be trafficked for profit or used as a reusable commodity,” said FBI special-agent-in-charge Stephen Morris.

Book: Johnny Carson Helped FBI Arrest Man Who Made Threats with a Grenade

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

We knew Johnny Carson was a comedian? But a brazen cowboy?

In the mid-1970s, Carson found a live grenade with a threat demanding $250,000 in cash. If he didn’t deliver it, a note read, his family would be harmed, Showbizz 44 reports.

So with the help of the FBI, Carson, who carried his .38 revolver with him, delivered the money – “cut up paper stacked and wrapped in 125 bill sized bundles,” according to the recently published book, “Johnny Carson.”

The FBI arrested 26-year German national and his wife. Ended up the grenade wasn’t real.