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FBI Reveals Video of Ex-Charlotte Mayor Soliciting, Accepting Bribes

Screenshot of video of  former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon.

Screenshot of video of former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI released video that shows former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon soliciting and accepting bribes from agents masquerading as real estate developers.

The videos were key evidence in his arrest, conviction and 44-month prison sentence for accepting more than $50,000 from an undercover agent and a Charlotte businessman, the Charlotte Observer reports. 

“I felt sick when it happened,” said former Mayor Richard Vinroot. “I felt sick again when I saw something I have never seen, and never imagined would ever happen in this good city,” he said. “It’s funny, you read about it – and the documents read so graphically. But now you see it, and it’s almost like a movie – somebody you know, doing something so terrible, so despicable while holding the highest office in the city.”

The FBI released eight videotapes and three audio recordings, which is uncharacteristic.

“The feds don’t release evidence,” said Charlotte defense attorney Claire Rauscher. “Once it was out in the public domain, I don’t think they had much of a choice.”

Fifth High-Ranking NYPD Officer Disciplined in Wake of FBI Corruption Probe

police lightsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

NYPD disciplined its fifth high-ranking officer in the wake of the ongoing FBI corruption scandal.

Deputy Chef Andrew Capul, 56, was “reassigned to an administrative position pending further review,” according to an NYPD statement published by the New York Daily News. 

Capul often frequented the Hudson River Cafe, where the owner, Hamlet Peralta, is under investigation and has been charged with running a $12 million Ponzi scheme.

Capul’s discipline is the latest move by NYPD following the widening corruption investigation centered around businessmen Jona Rechnitz and Jeremy Reichberg, who are accused of giving expensive gifts in exchange for police escorts and street closures for funerals and weddings.

NYPD Corruption Investigation Prompts Commissioner to Discipline 4 High-Ranking Cops

police lightsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI corruption investigation has prompted New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton to discipline four high-ranking officers.

Two of the cops – a deputy chief and deputy inspector – were transferred and their guns and badges were taken. Two other deputy police chiefs were transferred to desk duty, the New York Post reports. 

Bratton expressed disappointment with the officers.

“The public has expectations of its public officials, of the leadership of the department, and those expectations were not met,” Bratton said during a news conference. “This is not a particularly good day for the department.”

The cops are believed to be connected to Philip Banks, the former chief of the department, who sources say is a target of an investigation into improperly accepting gifts from businessman Jeremy Reichberg.

Pennsylvania Police Officer Accused of Stealing Money from Drug Trafficker During FBI Sting

police lightsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It appeared to be a routine stop, but it was anything but.

When a Fairview Township, Pa., police officer pulled over a car, the occupant was supposed to be a drug dealer traveling with a lot of money, YDR.com reports. 

Turns out, the driver was actually an undercover FBI agent whose car was outfitted with video surveillance. And the officer who pulled him over was working as a confidential informant for the FBI.

The investigation centered around another Fairview Township officer, 17-year veteran Tyson Baker.

The sting worked exactly as planned.

After Baker arrived as back up, he towed the car to a secluded garage and is accused of stealing $3,000 from a backpack.

On Friday, he was arrested and charged with violating the Hobbs Act, which bars authorities from interfering with interstate commerce.

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Wide-Ranging FIFA Corruption Probe Nets More Than a Dozen New Arrests

FIFABy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

More than a dozen people are expected to be charged following the pre-dawn arrests Thursday in Switzerland in the wide-ranging corruption probe of FIFA, soccer’s multibillion-dollar governing body, the New York Times reports.

The investigation involves current and former senior soccer officials who are accused of money laundering, fraud and racketeering.

Thursday’s raid follows a series of similar arrests in May.

The arrests heavily involved South and Central American soccer leaders.

The investigation is being led by the U.S.

Chicago’s Departing Internal Watchdog Turned Over Records to FBI

Seal_of_Chicago,_IllinoisBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Another city hall scandal in Chicago?

The FBI last week picked up the computers and files of departing Legislative Inspector General Faisal Kahn.

Kahn, who served as the council’s internal watchdog, forwarded complaints that are “criminal in nature” to outside agencies, including the FBI, the Chicago Tribune reports. 

Kahn would not elaborate.

“I don’t know if and when these cases will result in charges,” Khan said. “I simply would like to see them resolved appropriately, and then the public can see what exactly the (office of legislative inspector general) worked on and what the results of those investigations are.”

Kahn’s four-year term ended Monday, and the council has yet to replace him.

It remained unclear Tuesday what the subject of the investigation was.

FBI, Justice Department Trying to Determine Role Goldman Sachs Played in Corruption Case

goldman-sachs-logoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has teamed up with the Justice Department to determine whether Goldman Sachs Group Inc. was involved in corruption and money laundering at 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), Business Insider reports. 

At this point, the inquiry does not suggest criminal wrongdoing by Goldman Sachs.

Investigators “have yet to determine if the matter will become a focus of any investigations into the 1MDB scandal,” the Wall Street Journal quoted a spokeswoman for the FBI as saying.

Officials have been investigating allegations that 1MDB management sent nearly $700 million to bank accounts of Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Ex-Jackson Cop Accused of Helping Drug Dealers Is Indicted on Corruption Charges

Jacskon policeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former Jackson, Miss., police officer accused of helping drug dealers has been indicted, MS News reports.

Bryan Jones has been charged with commerce by threats or violence, stemming from complaints that he tipped off drug dealers about police intelligence.

“Corruption and criminal activity on the part of police officers in the Jackson Police Department is not going to be tolerated,” said Police Chief Lee Vance. “We are going to find the quickest most effective way to put you in jail for a long time.”

The FBI further alleges that Jones made illegal traffic stops and seized thousands of dollars and drugs from undercover agents and dealers who competed with his underground associates.