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Crackdown on Sex Trade at Super Bowl Leads to More than 200 Arrests

super bowl 50By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A crackdown on the sex trade at the Super Bowl led to the arrests of more than 12 pimps, 85 johns and 129 prostitutes in the Bay Area.

The Contra Costa Times also reports that seven juveniles were recovered.

The multi-agency crackdown was the result of six moths of preparation before the big game.

“High-profile events, which draw large crowds, have become lucrative opportunities for sex trafficking criminal enterprises,” said FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Bertram Fairries.

FBI Makes Arrests, Raids in Public Corruption Cases in North Carolina, California & New York

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Separate corruption investigations led to the arrests of two public officials in North Carolina and California and to the raid of the office of a New York state senator, the Washington Post reports.

Hundreds of federal agents descended on offices in the San Francisco Bay Area, arresting several people including state Democratic Sen. Leland Yee and a former head of a Hong Kong-based crime syndicate.

In the North Carolina sting, FBI agents arrested Democratic Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon, charging him with theft and bribery. He’s accused of soliciting and accepting bribes, the Post reported.

And in New York, Assemblyman William Scarborough’s offices were raided, and he was questioned in his Albany hotel room. He was questioned about per diem reimbursements, he told reporters.

Feds Hand Out Seized Money to Local Law Enforcement

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

It was more than just a stocking stuffer. Federal agents gave more than $1.2 million in confiscated drug money to five police agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area on Thursday, reports the San Jose Mercury News.

The money came from a former medical marijuana dispensary in the area. DEA and IRS agents announced the holiday gift from the US Department of Treasury Asset Forfeiture Fund from a federal building in Oakland, Calif.

“This is a true holiday gift,” said Hayward Police Chief Diane Urban, according to the paper. Her department received the largest payment, nearly $475,000.

“The assets forfeiture program is one of the federal government’s most effective tools against drug trafficking, money laundering and organized crime,” said Scott O’Briant, IRS-Criminal Investigations Special Agent in Charge, according to the paper. “The program disrupts and dismantles criminal enterprises by seizing their assets” and then distributes those resources to local law enforcement to help fight crime.

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Feds Bust San Francisco Giant Payroll Managers on Charges of Swiping $1.5 Mil

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It looks like it’s strike three for the ex-payroll manager for the San Francisco Giants.

The feds have charged Robin O’Connor, 41, of the San Francisco Bay area, with embezzling more than $1.5 million from the club’s employees, including players and buying fancy cars and a new home, the Associated Press reported.

AP reported that the team confronted her in July and she admitted diverting more than $600,000 from two Giants employees. She was fire immediately, according to an FBI affidavit, AP reported.

“We immediately notified the United States Attorney’s office and are working with the federal authorities to ensure that this matter is thoroughly investigated and that any wrongdoing is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” the team said in a statement, according to AP.

A team audit showed she had made 11 suspicious bank deposits totaling $1,513,836, an FBI affidavit said.

AP reported that she made $80,000 and was eligible for bonuses.

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