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Tag: Corruption

Mistrial Declared in Trial of Ex-DEA Agent in New Orleans

By Allan Lengel
ticklethwire.com

Federal prosecutors have a decision to make whether to go after ex-DEA agent Chad Scott again.

A mistrial was declared Monday in the trial of the former agent after jurors failed to reach a verdict.

Scott is accused in a seven-year conspiracy of stealing property and money taken during investigations, reports WVUE.

According to  NOLA.com, Scott faced two counts of falsification of government records, related to a Ford pickup truck the prosecutors said was “a gift … from a dope dealer,” three counts of obstruction of justice — related to accusations Scott induced false testimony at a hearing and trial for an alleged drug supplier, Jorge Perralta — and two counts of perjury, related to Scott’s testimony in the Perralta case.

Trial Begins for DEA Agent Accused of Leading Corrupt Drug Task Force

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

A federal corruption trial began Tuesday for a former DEA agent charged with 10 criminal counts, from perjury to falsifying government records, as part of a sprawling investigation of a New Orleans-based task force.

Chad Scott, who led the task force, “betrayed his duties and abused his power by lying, cheating and manipulating so he could get what he wanted,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Duree told the jury during opening arguments, NOLA.com reports.

The task force is accused of dealing drugs, shaking down suspects and pocketing cash during raids.

Duree told the jury that Scott even “got a dope dealer to buy him a truck.”

Two members of the task force have pleaded guilty and are expected to testify against the longtime former agent during the trial.

As a result of the investigation, some drug cases were dropped or overturned.

In all, Scott was charged with 10 criminal counts, including obstruction of justice and conspiracy.

Scott faces a second trial in October on four more charges, including conspiracy and stealing property.

Chicago Police Accused of Ripping Off Drug Dealers Are Stripped of Their Power

Chicago Police Department squad car.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A nearly yearlong investigation led by the FBI has revealed that several members of a Chicago police gang team ripped off drug dealers of their money and narcotics, law enforcement officials told the Chicago Tribune

A sergeant and at least three officers who are part of the cty’s Area Central gang team have been stripped over their powers as the federal probe continues.

No arrests have been made yet in the case, but authorities expect to bring charges against the police officials.

The investigation, which was triggered by an informant who told federal authorities that he had been robbed by the team, involved an undercover video sting to capture the police in action.

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FBI Arrests Honolulu Current & Former Police Officer After Corruption Probe

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI investigation into corruption at the Honolulu Police Department resulted in the arrests of a current and former police officer Sunday.

Arrested were Officer Bobby Nguyen from the department’s Criminal Intelligence Unit and retired Officer Gordon Shiraishi, who was also with the intelligence unit, the Associated Press reports

The FBI has declined to discuss details of the investigation, but the probe was prompted by a federal investigation into retired Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his wife, Deputy Prosecutor Katherine Kealoha.

That case has been under investigation for at least two years.

FBI Nets 10 Arrests in Ongoing Investigation of College Basketball Corruption

Basketball jump - dark silhouettesBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI led one of the largest investigations into corruption in college basketball, arresting four NCAA basketball coaches, a top Adidas executive and five others.

The arrests are part of a two-year investigation into bribery schemes in which star athletes are recruited and then pointed to particular schools, financial advisers, agents and shoe sponsors, the New York Post reports. 

And the probe is far from over.

“We have your playbook,” New York FBI Assistant Director in Charge William Sweeney said during a Manhattan news conference. “Our investigation is ongoing, and we are conducting additional interviews as we speak.”

The investigation involved undercover FBI agents who exposed what acting Manhattan U.S. attorney Joon Kim called the “dark underbelly of college basketball.”

“The picture of college basketball painted by the charges is not a pretty one,” said Kim, adding that the defendants were “circling blue-chip prospects like coyotes” and exploited them to enrich themselves.

FBI Has Been Investigating Muncie, Ind. Officials Since At Least April

Muncie, Indiana

Muncie, Indiana

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has been investigating Muncie, Indiana, officials since at least April over allegations of misusing money and other misconduct.

The Star Press reports that agents have conducted interviews and subpoenaed hundreds of pages of documents. 

Among the issues is asbestos removal no-bid contracts that were awarded to companies owned by Muncie Building Commissioner Craig Nichols. Those companies received hundreds of thousands of dollars in contracts from the city.

Other allegations were raised by a fired city government employee, who also has come under suspicion.

The FBI has declined to discuss the investigation, so political observers have been speculating. Some believe between one and 30 people could be indicted.

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.

FBI: Did NYPD Lt. Shoot Himself to Avoid Testifying Against Former Boss?

nypd badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Authorities are questioning whether an NYPD lieutenant shot himself twice in the stomach to avoid testifying against his friend and former boss.

The New York Post reports that Lt. Peter Salzone shot himself after he was interviewed by the FBI as part of a corruption investigation into the NYPD.

Salzone had been asked to testify against his former boss, NYPD Deputy Inspector James Grant.

The Post wrote:

The NYPD’s Force Investigation Division is looking at the possibility that Salzone never intended to kill himself and merely wanted to appear emotionally unstable to sabotage his credibility as a witness, according to sources.

Salzone was stripped of his gun and badge Saturday. He could not be reached for comment.

He is the second police officer to shoot himself after getting called into the federal inquiry, which has seen dozens of cops get grilled.