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Archive for July 16th, 2014

Prosecutors Change Their Tune on Deterrence Involving Corporate Wrongdoing

FBI Director James Comey

By DEVLIN BARRETT and KIRSTEN GRIND 
Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON—In extracting multibillion-dollar fines from Citigroup Inc. and other big banks, prosecutors say they are trying to deter future corporate wrongdoing by making shareholders angry enough to demand changes.

It is a significant shift in tone for the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation, which have argued for years that sending people to prison is the best way to prevent white-collar crime.

In the past month, top officials including FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General Eric Holder said future corporate misdeeds can be avoided by imposing large or record-breaking penalties on companies. On Wednesday, Associate Attorney General Tony West said one factor the Justice Department considers in imposing stiff penalties is whether the fine “could be regarded by shareholders and management as merely the cost of doing business.”

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Man Accused of Assaulting FBI Agents Was Indicted by Las Vegas Grand Jury

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A burglary suspect accused of trying to ram his truck into FBI cars to avoid arrest was indicted on federal assault charges Tuesday by a Las Vegas grand jury, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

The agents weren’t injured in the attack but their cars were damaged, authorities said.

According to the criminal complaint, Yatnier Gonzalez pulled into a gas station with a 16-foot rented truck on June 2 to get gas when FBI agents blocked him with their cars.

He is accused of smashing into the cars before fleeing on foot. Gonzalez was apprehended soon after and continued to resist, the FBI said.

Perrye Turner to Head FBI’s Houston Office After Stint in Louisville

Perrye Turner/fbi photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Perrye K. Turner, who most recently served as special agent in charge of the Louisville office, has been named as head of the FBI’s Houston division, Fox 26 reports.

Turner started with the FBI in 1991 and was first assigned to the Birmingham Division, Huntsville Resident Agency, and in 1995, the New Orleans Division, Monroe Resident Agency, where he worked criminal investigative matters.

In 1999, he was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Criminal Investigation Division at FBI headquarters and worked in the Drug Section, Mexican/Criminal Syndicates Unit.

In 2001, he became a field supervisor and was assigned to the Jackson Division’s Criminal Enterprise Squad. While in Jackson, he later worked in the FieldIntelligence Group in August 2004.

In August 2005, he was named assistant special agent in charge in the Memphis Division.

Turner also served as deputy assistant director of the Information Technology Engineering Division at FBI headquarters.

Popular Immigration Activist, Jose Antonio Vargas, Arrested by Border Patrol in Texas

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Jose Antonio Vargas, who has won the Pulitzer Prize, is most known for his detailed chronicling of his life as a Filipino illegally living in the U.S.

The New York Times reports that Vargas was detained for most of the day by the Border Patrol.

One of the most high-profile advocates of immigration rights, Vargas was detained at a Border Patrol checkpoint in the airport as he prepared to board a flight in Texas.

His detainment comes as immigration becomes even more politically fraught in the midst of a crisis involving a flood of Central Americans crossing the border to flee violence.

Border Patrol later released Vargas, saying he had no immigration or criminal record.

Man: DEA Supplied Me With Crack Cocaine in Exchange for Help in Undercover Drug Probe

Correction: The story originally said the FBI instead of the DEA.
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com
The DEA  supplied a drug addict with crack cocaine in exchange for his help in an undercover drug investigation in Las Vegas, he claims in a lawsuit filed against the feds, the Associated Press reports.

Aaron Romero, 38, claims his previous crack addiction came roaring back after the DEA began giving him the drug to help in an investigation known as “Operation Smack City.”

Romero said he suffered emotional and physical harm.

“The United States government and the defendants affirmatively and intentionally established a pattern of distribution of crack cocaine to (Romero) in order to utilize his addiction to crack cocaine to further the investigation and to ‘stack drug related charges’ against him,” the lawsuit said, naming five DEA agents.

According to the lawsuit, the federal prosecutors dismissed drug charges against Romero in January in exchange for his participation.

The lawsuit claims the crack violated DEA policies.

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