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Archive for May 3rd, 2016

Former FBI Agent Pleads Guilty to Stealing Cash Seized During Drug Investigations

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former FBI accused of stealing more than $126,000 in cash seized during drug investigations pleaded guilty Monday.

The Los Angeles Times reports that former special agent Scott M. Bowman admitted he stole cash to fund a lavish lifestyle that included plastic surgery and cars.

Bowman, 45, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice, falsification of records, conversion of property by a federal employee and witness tampering.

“As Mr. Bowman takes responsibility for his actions by pleading guilty, the public should be reminded that FBI personnel are held to the highest standards and misconduct of any kind is taken very seriously,” said James Struyk, acting assistant director in charge of the FBI’s field office in Los Angeles.

Bowman was an FBI agent since 2005 and was a member of an anti-gang task force in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

FBI Searches Home of Aging Gangster for Evidence of Unsolved Boston Art Heist

Theft at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum  in 1990.

Theft at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is searching the backyard of an aging mobster in Connecticut for evidence of art that was stolen two decades ago from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

ABC News reports that this is the third time the FBI has searched in and around the ranch house, owned by Robert “Bobby the Cook” Gentile, who is serving 2.5 years in prison for drug and gun charges.

Gentile’s attorney said his client is surprised the FBI is back at the ranch.

“He laughed and he couldn’t believe they were, that they were at his house again, and he said, this is a quote, ‘They ain’t gonna find nuttin,’” attorney Rome McGuigan said.

During the 1990 heist, 13 paintings were stolen.

MSNBC Host Accuses FBI of Injecting Politics into Hillary Clinton Investigation

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

MSNCB host Joe Scarborough, who is a former congressman, suggested Monday that the FBI may be playing politics with the Hillary Clinton investigation.

Scarborough claimed on “Morning Joe” that Clinton clearly violated the law by using a private e-mail server while she was secretary of state.

“Why is FBI investigation taking the FBI so long?” Scarborough asked.   “This is a clear [case of] mishandling of classified information.  Whether you bring an indictment against Hillary Clinton or those around her, it is a clear mishandling of classified information.  It doesn’t take this long. Why is the FBI dragging their feet? … What is their political motivation for dragging their feet?

Panelist Mike Barnicle said he does not believe politics are involved.

“I have not spoken to anyone who believes there is an indictable offense that has occurred.”

FBI Must Choose Between Prosecuting Some Cases and Revealing Investigative Methods

hacking By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s refusal to reveal some of its secret investigative methods is backfiring in several cases.

The Intercept reports that the FBI most recently jeopardized a child pornography case against against a Washington State school administrator because the FBI doesn’t want to reveal how it got evidence.

The FBI gathered its evidence by inserting malware on the computers of people suspected of using a child-porn website.

U.S. District Cout Judge Robert Bryan in Tacoma agreed with defense lawyers for Jay Michaud of Vancouver, Wash., who said he has a right to review the malware.

“The consequences are straightforward: the prosecution must now choose between complying with the court’s discovery order and dismissing the case,” Michaud’s defense attorneys wrote in a brief filed last week.

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