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Border Patrol Agent Charged with Accepting Bribes for Delivering Phony Drugs

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent has been charged with bribery after prosecutors allege he accepted $10,000 in bribes to deliver what he believed was methamphetamine and cocaine dropped off at the border fence with Mexico.

Noe Lopez, 36, is accused of receiving the cash from a confidential government source lat week for delivering the phony drugs, the Associated Press reports. 

Lopez was placed on unpaid leave.

“Border Patrol agents are held to the highest standards, and we remain committed to performing our duties for the American people in the most professional way,” said Richard Barlow, chief of the Border Patrol’s San Diego sector.

Lopez is a 10-veteran of the agency.

Chicago Alderman Who Pledged to Clean Up Graft Was Indicted on Corruption Charges

Chicago Alderman Willie Cochran

Chicago Alderman Willie Cochran

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Willie Cochran, a Chicago alderman who pledged to clean up corruption, was indicted Wednesday for allegedly stealing tens of thousands of dollars in charitable donations for poor children and seniors.

The 15-count indictment alleges Cochran used the funds to gamble and pay for his daughter’s college tuition, the Chicago Tribune reports. 

Cochran also is accused of sharking down a liquor store and taking a bribe in connection with a blight-busting federal program.

The 64-year-old South Side alderman was charged with 11 counts of wire fraud, two counts of extortion and two counts of bribery.

Cochran’s arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 23.

ICE Special Agent Charged in Alleged Pay-to-Stay Immigration Scheme

ICE Special Agent Clifton Divers.

ICE Special Agent Clifton Divers.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — An Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agent is accused of a pay-to-stay immigration scheme.

Clifton L. Divers, 48, of Detroit, has been charged with bribery, conspiracy and obstruction of justice, the Detroit News reports.

Divers, who also is a local attorney, is accused of providing deferrals of deportation and other immigration benefits for non-citizens in exchange for free legal services and more than $5,000.

Divers has been charged with conspiring to impair, obstruct and defeat the lawful function of Homeland Security by dishonest means. In addition, he has been charged with destruction and falsification of records to obstruction an official investigation by the Office of Inspector General of Homeland Security.

Divers is accused of committing the crimes between 2009 and 2015.

If convicted, he faces between five and 20 years behind bars.

Border Patrol Officer Accused of Taking Bribes of Money, Sex for Helping Smugglers

Border Port of Entry.

Border Port of Entry.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol officer is accused of receiving money and sexual favors from undocumented immigrants entering the U.S. from Mexico.

The FBI said it arrested CBP Officer Jose Luis Cota, 50, last week for allegedly helping undocumented immigrants enter the United States in exchange for favors, the bureau said in a statement.

Also arrested were Gilberto Aguilar-Martinez, 31, and Miriam Juerez-Herrera, 31, who allegedly received help from Cota. Both had been demoted from the U.S. in the past.

The FBI said Aguilar-Martinez is a “two-time convicted felon” and that he and Juerez-Herrera were operating an “alien smuggling operation.”

Juerez-Herrera said he bribed Cota with cash and sexual favors for allowing illegal immigrants to be smuggled into the U.S.

The FBI said “large sums of cash were deposited into Cota’s bank accounts”

Group to Justice Department: Donald Trump Bribed Ben Carson for Endorsement

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Did Donald Trump illegally promise Ben Carson a position in his administration in exchange for endorsing the GOP frontrunner?

A group tied to Hillary Clinton supporters filed a complaint with the Justice Department that alleges Trump bribed Carson for the endorsement, the Hill reports. 

“It has recently come to light that Mr. Donald Trump may have willfully offered Dr. Ben Carson an appointment to his administration should he become president in return for supporting his candidacy,” wrote Brad Woodhouse, head of the American Democracy Legal Fund.

“ADLF respectfully requests that you investigate this matter and take all appropriate action as soon as possible,” Woodhouse wrote.

Carson told Newsmax earlier this month that he would serve in an “advisory capacity” for the Trump administration, if Trump is elected.

“Again, I’m not going to reveal any details about it right now because all of this is still very liquid,” Carson said.

Woodhouse wrote that “Dr. Carson’s comments strongly suggest that Mr. Trump promised him an administration position in return for his endorsement.”

FBI Pumps Up Enforcement of U.S. Companies That Win Contracts Through Bribery

bribeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has pumped up its enforcement of overseas bribes made by U.S. companies to win contracts.

Bloomberg reports the bureau has added 40 lawyers and agents who will sniff out foreign bribes.

Anti-bribery units have begun working to uncover crooked deals in places like Africa, Asia and South America.

“We’re trying to leverage” companies into reporting suspected bribes by their workers “because often only they have the ability to get that information,” Assistant U.S. Attorney General Leslie Caldwell said in an interview with Bloomberg. “We expect that with new agents and our prosecutors out there,” companies “will think significantly about self-reporting.”

The FBI is using wiretaps and informants to help infiltrate crooking dealings.

“I’m a big fan of all sorts of tactics, including wiretaps, to build a case,” George Khouzami, the assistant special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s New York office, said in an interview. “We’ve had significant success in recent public corruption cases where it’s easy to play the tape and prove the crime. Why wouldn’t we take advantage of that now when doing FCPA cases?”

North Carolina Judge Charged with Bribing an FBI Agent for Copies of Text Messages

Smart PhoneBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A North Carolina judge is accused of trying to bribe an FBI agent to collect text messages between two phone numbers involving a family matter, The Associated Press reports. 

Superior County Judge Arnold Jones II was arrested Wednesday and charged with bribery.

Jones, who handles cases in three rural eastern North Carolina counties, faces up to 37 years in prison, if convicted.

Federal law prohibits the FBI from demanding text or phone information without a search warrant.

According to the FBI, the judge offered $100 for the information.

Rep. Chaka Fattah, Associates Indicted on Racketeering Conspiracy Charges

Rep. Chaka Fattah

Rep. Chaka Fattah

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Rep. Chaka Fattah of Pennsylvania and four associates were indicted by a grand jury Wednesday on racketeering conspiracy charges, accused of misusing hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes and charity and campaign funds.

The 58-year-old Democrat from Philadelphia was charged in a 29-count indictment along with lobbyist Herbert Vederman, 69, of Palm Beach, Florida; Fattah’s Congressional District Director Bonnie Bowser, 59, of Philadelphia; and Robert Brand, 69, of Philadelphia; and Karen Nicholas, 57, of Williamstown, New Jersey, the FBI announced Wednesday.

They are accused of bribery, conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and numerous counts of bank fraud, money laundering, making false statements to a financial institution and falsification of records.

“As charged in the indictment, Congressman Fattah and his associates embarked on a wide-ranging conspiracy involving bribery, concealment of unlawful campaign contributions and theft of charitable and federal funds to advance their own personal interests,” Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell said. “When elected officials betray the trust and confidence placed in them by the public, the department will do everything we can to ensure that they are held accountable. Public corruption takes a particularly heavy toll on our democracy because it undermines people’s basic belief that our elected leaders are committed to serving the public interest, not to lining their own pockets.”

“These crimes and the subsequent elaborate cover-up constitute an egregious breach of public trust,” said Special Agent in Charge Edward J. Hanko of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division. “It is the duty of the FBI, IRS and Department of Justice to investigate and prosecute those who violate this trust and put personal gain above public service.”

Some of the charges date back to Fattah’s failed 2007 campaign for mayor of Philadelphia. He and his associates are accused of borrowing $1 million from a wealthy supporter and concealing the funds with sham contracts.

Fattah also is accused of trying to pay down a $130,000 campaign debt by attempting to steer federal grants to the consult with whom he owed money by inventing a nonprofit.