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Chicago’s Departing Internal Watchdog Turned Over Records to FBI

Seal_of_Chicago,_IllinoisBy Steve Neavling

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

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

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.

Bar Fight Tied to FBI Investigation of City Hall Corruption in Allentown, Pa.

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski

By Steve Neavling

It’s getting a little steamy in Allentown, Pa., where the FBI has opened a city hall investigation.

Now the president of the Leigh Valley Building Trades Council has been charged with attacking a man he believes alerted the FBI to corruption in Allentown, the Morning Call reports. 

James Edward Reilley, 57, was charged with terroristic threats, simple assault, aggravated assault and disorderly conduct following the alleged incident on Sept. 1.

Reilley shut down his political consulting firm on July 2, the day when FBI agents raided Allentown City Hall in search of contracts and other related documents.

The man he allegedly attacked was Brendan Hansbury, the brother-in-law of Mike Fleck, who had served as campaign manager to Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski.

Investigators: DeKalb County Officials ‘Rotten to the Core’ with Corruption

DeKalb_County_Georgia_Incorporated_and_Unincorporated_areas_Atlanta_Highlighted Map_of_Georgia_highlighting_DeKalb_CountyBy Steve Neavling

DeKalb County government is “rotten to the core,” investigators said, outlining allegations of bribery, theft of government property and corruption, 

“The misconduct starts at the top and has infected nearly every department we have looked at,” wrote the investigators, former Georgia Attorney General Mike Bowers and Richard Hyde. “Expenses range from the petty to the absurd.”

Investigators called the findings “stunning” but declined to identify suspects until the report was finalized.

From cruises to the Bahamas to a Christmas tree, county officials are accused of using tax dollars to buy a variety of services and items.

Sen. Menendez Legal Team Attacks FBI’s Motives in Corruption Case

Robert Menendez

Robert Menendez

By Steve Neavling

Lawyer of Sen. Robert Menendez, who is accused of corruption, went on the offensive Monday, accusing the FBI and federal prosecutors of lying and willing to “stop at nothing” for a conviction, the Washington Post reports. 

His lawyers filed more than 400 pages of legal argument in hopes of convincing the court to drop the case against the New Jersey Democrat and friend of Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen, who authorities claim bought favors from the senators.

Many observers expected a fierce fight from 61-year-old Menendez, who is fighting for his political career.

Border Patrol Slammed in Report for Corruption, Coverups, Excessive Force

Border PatrolBy Steve Neavling

Border Patrol is so entrenched in corruption and coverups that it would take nearly 350 criminal investigators to adequately investigate the wrongdoings, according to a sharply critical report by the Homeland Security Department.   

The Los Angeles Times reports Border Patrol agents are vulnerable to “systematic corruption” by drug cartels and other criminals and that investigations of internal wrongdoing are “chronically slow.”

Read the full report here.

Agents also are accused of using excessive force.

In fact, Border Patrol agents and customs officers are arrested at a rate that “far exceeds” other law enforcement agencies, according to the 29-page report.

“Until this is reversed, [Customs and Border Protection] remains vulnerable to corruption that threatens its effectiveness and national security,” warns the report, which was requested by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.

The report also advises Border Patrol to change its policy on using deadly force.

FBI: 2 Detroit Cops Accused of Stealing from Drug Dealers, Dispensaries

By Steve Neavling

DETROIT –– Two Detroit cops are accused of stealing drugs, money and property during warrantless raids and bogus arrests during a four-year crime spree that ended with their suspension and the disbandment of the city’s narcotics unit.

The indictment, which was unsealed Thursday in U.S. District Court, alleges that Lt. David Hansberry and Officer Bryan Watson targeted drug dealers and marijuana dispensaries, intimidating them and stealing their drugs, money and other possessions.

Also under investigation was Detective James Napier, 35, who fatally shot himself in front of his parent’s home in January.

According to the feds, the cops would “identify themselves as law enforcement officers performing official law enforcement duties in order to coerce their victims into complying with their demands and to encourage their victims to flee, leaving behind their controlled substances, money or personal property.”

Detroit Police Chief James Craig said today that the allegations shouldn’t reflect poorly on the many hard-working officers who bravely and honorably perform their duties.

“The vast majority of the men and women of the Detroit Police Department are honest and hard-working, but these defendants betrayed their oath and their fellow officers,” Craig said. “We are committed to the highest standards of integrity, and we will remove any officers who do not live up to those high standards.”

The FBI handled the investigation.