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Archive for January 24th, 2014

FBI May Have Cracked Case of Pre-Dawn Robbery Immortalized by ‘Goodfellas’

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 1978 robbery depicted in the movie “Goodfellas” was inspired by real life events at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

CNN reports a major break in that case, in which suspected organized crime associates were murdered and more than $6 million in cash and jewelry stolen.

On Wednesday, authorities arrested suspected Bonanno mob captain Vincent Asaro, 78, on charges that he participated in the robbery. Four other alleged members of Bonanno were also arrested.

“As alleged, Vincent Asaro devoted his adult life to the Bonanno crime family, with a criminal career that spanned decades,” Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said in a statement. “Far from a code of honor, theirs was a code of violence and brute force. Those suspected of cooperating with law enforcement paid with their lives.”

Only one person – an airline employee – was previously convicted in the robbery case.

 

Nude Pictures on Revenge-Porn Site Leads to 2 Arrests for Hacking, Other Charges

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hunter Moore, who once operated the revenge-porn website IsAnyoneUp.com, and an accomplice have been arrested and accused of hacking into computers and stealing nude photos, the Rolling Stone reports.

Thursday’s arrest of Moore and Charles Evens came on the heals of a 15-count indictment.

Moore, among other things, is accused of paying Evans for nude pictures stolen from hundreds of victims’ email accounts.

In 2012, Moore told the Rolling Stone that he decided to sell the website that year because “ruining people’s lives with naked pictures wasn’t, you know, the ideal job.”

Firm That Vetted Snowden, Navy Yard Shooter Accused of Bilking Taxpayers Out of Millions of Dollars

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The contractor that vetted NSA leaker Edward Snowden and the Navy Yard shooter has cheated taxpayers out of millions of dollars for unfinished background checks, the Washington Times reports, citing a Justice Department filing.

In fact, investigators allege USIS received $11.7 million in performance awards from 2008 to 2010.

But that work was never finished, the DOJ reported.

USIS engaged in the practice of dumping in order to meet budgeted goals and, therefore, increase its revenue and profits,” Justice Department attorneys James Dubois and Melissa Handrigan wrote in the complaint.

Hawaii Man Gets 18 Month in Prison for Drunk Dialing FBI About Nonexistent Hijacking

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Consider this a lesson in drunk dialing.

A Hawaii man was sentenced to 18 months in prison Thursday for drunkenly calling the FBI and falsely reporting an airplane hijacking, the Associated Press reports.

Timothy David Hershman blamed the incident on alcoholism and anger.

“I screwed up really big time, your honor,” he said. “I’m really sorry for this.”

Hershman’s attorney added: “He’s an alcoholic and he gets stupid when gets drunk.”

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