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Nearly 200 Homeland Security Employee Accepted Bribes in Past Decade

homeland-security-investigationsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Nearly 200 employees and contract workers for Homeland Security have accepted bribes totaling about $150 million over the past 10 years, the New York Times reports. 

At the time, the employees were getting paid to protect the borders and enforce immigration laws.

The employees and contract workers have allowed tons of dugs and thousands of undocumented immigrants to be smuggled into the U.S. in exchange for bribes. They also illegally sold green cards and other immigration documents and provided sensitive information to drug cartels.

“It does absolutely no good to talk about the building of walls or tougher enforcement if you can’t secure the integrity of the immigration system, when you have fraud and corruption with your own employees,” said an internal affairs official at the Department of Homeland Security who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Although these employees represent less than 1% of the more than 250,000 people who work for Homeland Security, the impact is still broad.

“Any amount is bad, and one person alone can do a lot of damage,” said John Roth, the inspector general at the Department of Homeland Security. “It doesn’t have to be widespread.”

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”

FBI Busts Nearly All Top Officials in Crystal City, Texas As Part of Bribery Probe

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 8.36.43 AMBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI swooped into Crystal City, Texas, and arrested nearly all of the top city officials.

The Washington Post reports that five officials were arrested Thursday and accused of taking bribes and helping an illegal gambling operation.

The indictment led to the arrests of the city’s mayor, mayor pro tempore, a current and former city council member and the city manager.

Also arrested the the alleged gambling operator, Ngoc Tri Nguyen, also known as “MR. T.”

And that’s not it for the embattled city. Another council member was arrested on human smuggling charges last month.

There’s only one city official left – Councilman Joel Barajas, who suspected something criminal was going on.

“I knew some things were not being correctly taken care of,” he said.

The indictment alleges town leadership  “used their official positions to enrich themselves by soliciting and accepting payments and other things of value” from Nguyen and others.

U.S. Immigration Officer Sent to Federal Prison for Accepting Bribes of Cash, Egg Rolls

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A U.S. immigration officer who accepted bribes of cash and egg rolls from people seeking citizenship and green cards was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in federal prison last week, Fox News reports.

Mai Nhu Nguyen, 48, an officer with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in Santa Ana, Calif., pleaded guilty to receiving bribes as a public official.

Prosecutors said she accepted bribes from July 2011 to May 2013.

In one case, Nguyen approved an immigrant’s paperwork after the applicant paid for a $150 order of 300 egg rolls.

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FBI Allowed Nearly 6,000 Crimes to Be Committed in 2012 – Up from Previous Year


Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI allowed its informants to break the law , all in the name of fighting crime.

According to the Final Call the FBI permitted nearly 6,000 violations of the law by informants.

That’s a 5% hike over the previous year.

The law violations range from acts of violence to using drugs and bribing politicians.

“It sounds like a lot, but you have to keep it in context,” former top FBI official Shawn Henry told USA Today in August. “This is not done in a vacuum. It’s not done randomly. It’s not taken lightly.”

Former Governor of Tamaulipas, Mexico Is Indicted on Racketeering Charges

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The former governor of the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico has been indicted on charges that he allowed large-scale drug rings to operate in exchange for large bribes from drug traffickers, the FBI announced Monday.

Tomas Yarrington Ruvalcaba, 56 was charged with the RICO statute and several conspiracy charges.

Ruvalcaba, who served as governor from 1999 to 2004, is accused of helping with the shipment of massive amounts of cocaine, much of which ended up in the U.S.

Yarrington also is charged with collecting bribes from businesses that wanted to do work for the state.

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FBI Investigation Threatens to Damage Reputation of Democrats in California

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Democrats in California are in a vulnerable position.

Democratic  State Sen. Ron Calderon is accused of taking cash bribes in exchange for promoting bills. But when his Democratic colleagues in the California Senate removed him from committees in the past month, Calderon has publicly lashed out at his own party, the Associated Press reports.

Calderon has not been charged and said his office was raided by the FBI in June because he wouldn’t take down two fellow Democrats.

“He’s made a threat that ‘politicians live in glass houses,’ and he’s trying to throw his colleagues under the bus. Who knows what lies ahead?” said Rob Stutzman, a Republican political consultant in Sacramento. “What does he know about other members that at a minimum could serve as an embarrassment to them?”

Two City Councilmen in Georgia Were Indicted on Accusations of Taking $20,000 in Bribes

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two city councilmen accused of splitting $20,000 in bribes were indicted by a grand jury Tuesday, the Macon Telegraph reports.

Forsyth City Councilmen Desi Hansford and James Calloway face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on three counts.

Hansford “admitted to receiving the previous $5,000 bribe in January. [He] stated that he paid some bills with part of the money and over $2,000 of the original bribe money was located in his residence in Forsyth,” McClendon’s affidavit reads, the Telegraph reported.

The bribes allegedly come from Travel America truck stop restaurant in Jackson, which is trying to renew its contract.

The Telegraph couldn’t reach the councilmen for comment.