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Archive for December 18th, 2013

FBI Agent Pleads Guilty to Illegal Bank Deposits in Scheme to Hide Gambling From Bosses

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI agent Travis Raymond Wilson, 38, of Huntington Beach, Calif., thought he could hide his gambling activity from his bosses.

He was wrong.

Wilson pleaded guilty Wednesday to structuring financial transactions in violation of the federal Bank Secrecy Act, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Fresno, Calif.

Authorities stated in court documents that Wilson was a FBI special agent assigned to offices in California.

Between January 2008 and February 2013, Wilson regularly gambled at casinos in California, Nevada, Arizona, and West Virginia, authorities said.

Authorities charged that he frequently left the Casinos with more than $10,000 cash and regularly made deposits in amounts of $10,000 or less into his bank account “to attempt to prevent CTRs from being filed because he did want not the FBI to become aware of his gambling activities. In total, Wilson structured more than $488,000 in cash into his bank account.”

“Agent Wilson was well aware of the CTR requirement, and engaged in a pattern of transactions intended to circumvent the reporting of cash transactions under the Bank Secrecy Act,” said U.S. Attorney  Benjamin Wagner. “It is particularly important that federal law enforcement agents be faithful to the letter and spirit of federal law.”

 

Naval Criminal Investigator Pleads in Massive Fraud and Bribery Scheme

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A big scandal continues to unravel.

The latest:   John Bertrand Beliveau Jr., 44, a special agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) pleaded guilty Wednesday to participating in a massive international fraud and bribery scheme, admitting he shared with a foreign Navy contractor confidential information about ongoing criminal probes into the contractor’s billing practices in exchange for prostitutes, cash and luxury travel, the Justice Department said in a press release.

“Today, John Beliveau has admitted to accepting lavish gifts in exchange for revealing sensitive law enforcement information to a primary target of this massive bribery investigation,” Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division said in a statement. “For nearly two years, Beliveau deliberately leaked the names of cooperating witnesses, reports of witness interviews, and plans for future investigative steps. Through his corrupt conduct, Beliveau helped the target of the investigation evade the reach of law enforcement, and cost the U.S. Navy millions of dollars. Thanks to the Navy’s extensive cooperation and assistance, and the hard work of the NCIS and DCIS agents assigned to this ongoing investigation, we have now been able to hold him to account.”

Sentencing is set for March 9.

According to the press release Beliveau

Acknowledged that he regularly searched confidential NCIS databases for reports of investigations related to the contractor, Leonard Glenn Francis, chief executive of Singapore-based Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA). Beliveau admitted that, over the course of years, he helped Francis avoid multiple criminal investigations by providing copies of these reports plus advice and counsel on how to respond to, stall and thwart the NCIS probes. This duplicity began while Beliveau was stationed in Singapore and continued for more than a year after Beliveau returned to the NCIS office in Quantico, Va.

The guilty plea is part of a bigger scandal involving contracts.

Border Patrol Employs New Approach to Keeping Northern Border Safer

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents at the northern border are taking a new approach to tightening security, the Associated Press reports.

Instead of spending most of their time at border stations, agents are spreading out into communities and assisting local police.

The idea is to work more closely with other law enforcement agencies to share backup and resources, the AP wrote.

“That extra person watching your back is very important,” Pennington County Sheriff Ray Kuznia told the AP.

Former Head of Boston’s FBI Office Fined for Violating Ethics Charge

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The former head of the FBI’s Boston office choked up Tuesday as he was fined $10,000 for violating an ethics charge, the Boston Globe reports.

Kenneth Kaiser, a retired assistant director of the FBI, had pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement that spared him jail time.

“I lost something I valued the most — my reputation,” Kenneth W. Kaiser, 57, of Hopkinton, said.

Kaiser was accused of meeting with former FBI colleagues about his company that was under investigation.

Homeland Security Watchdog Is Transferred Amid Allegations of Abusing Office

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

As Homeland Security’s watchdog, Charles K. Edwards was tasked with exposing wrongdoing.

That was until Tuesday, when officials said Edwards, the department’s inspector general, was transferred because of allegations that he abused his position, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Among the accusations: He hired his wife, misused travel funds and tried to conceal a Secret Service prostitution scandal.

Edwards was reassigned to the department’s science and technology directorate, the L.A. Times wrote.

FBI: Harvard University Student Sent Bomb Threat to Delay Taking Final Exam

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Harvard University student who wasn’t prepared for his final exam decided to buy himself some time.

On Monday, Eldo Kim, 20, emailed threats that claimed there were “bombs placed around campus” about a half hour before his test, NBC News reports, citing the FBI. Sure enough, the alarms rang at 9 a.m. to evacuate students.

“He knew that his plan had worked,” the affidavit read.

But the next day, the FBI tracked down Kim, who told authorities he was trying to avoid an exam, NBC News wrote.

The Cambridge man is scheduled for a hearing today in U.S. District Court. He faces up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine if convicted of communicating the bomb threat, NBC wrote.

 

U.S. Senator Offers to Fly to Iran to Help Find ex-FBI Agent Who Has Been Missing Since 2007

 

Robert Levinson

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A U.S. Senator offered Tuesday to travel to Iran if it would help locate former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who vanished in the country in 2007, NBC 3 News reports.

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., may have a hard time finding information, though. 

 

Sen. Nelson

The last images showing Levinson alive are from early 2011, and Iranian officials insist they have no idea where Levinson is.

Nelson’s decision comes a week after it was reported that Levinson was working secretly as a CIA operative.

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