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Utah Man Arrested for Soliciting Sex After Reporting Craigslist ‘Scam’

Nicholas Deelstra

Nicholas Deelstra

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A state worker ended up in jail after reporting to the FBI that he was soliciting sex from a purported teen who never showed up at his house.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Nicholas Deelstra, 54, called the FBI in late August about an alleged Craigslist scam. 

An employee with the Office of Rehabilitation in the state Department of Workforce Services, Deelstra said someone claiming to be the teen’s father messaged him, “demanding he send money to cover car repairs because” the family’s vehicle was damaged while the boy was trying to meet with the man.

Logan City Police took up the case and arrested Deelstra last week for alleged sex crimes.

The Tribune wrote:

Deelstra told a Logan officer that he agreed to meet with the teen for sex, despite knowing he was underage, court records state. Police also found sexually explicit messages between Deelstra and the purported teen on the man’s phone.

Deelstra was charged Monday in 1st District Court with third-degree felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and dealing inmaterials harmful to a minor, as well as two counts of class Amisdemeanor soliciting a minor by internet or text.

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Man Who Posted Fake Craigslist Sex Ad about FBI Agent Ordered to Undergo Psych Exam

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A man accused of stalking and harassing an FBI agent with a fake Craigslist ad has been ordered by a judge to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, the Associated Press reports. 

U.S. District Judge Mark Hornak ordered a competency hearing after expressing concerns about 47-year-old Frederick Banks’  mental health.

The 47-year-old is accused of posting a fake Craigslist sex ad with an FBI agent’s phone number and address on Jun 25.

The agent helped build a case against Banks in 2003. Banks spent five years in prison.

After 10 Years in Prison, Man Seeks Revenge Against FBI Agent in Craigslist Ad

Frederick H. Banks/Twitter

Frederick H. Banks/Twitter

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Frederick H. Banks didn’t waste time seeking revenge against the FBI agent who helped land him in prison for a decade.

TribLive.com reports that the 47-year-old Pittsburgh man is accused of harassing the agent and posting a Craigslist ad pretending to be the agent seeking men to have sex with him and his wife.

He was finished with his federal probation less than a month before allegedly posting the ad June 25.

Banks, who spent 10 years behind bars for selling pirated software and using counterfeit checks, was indicted Aug. 5 by a grand jury.

TSA Employee Busted in Sex Sting That Started on Craigslist

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A TSA employee is accused of trying to solicit sex with a mother and her young daughter on Craigslist, the San Francisco Gate reports.

George Hristovski, 54, of Sacramento, faces federal child pornography charges after a sheriff’s investigator spotted an ad seeking a mother and daughter for sex.

The investigator posed as a 30-year-old woman with a 13-year-old daughter. The two exchanged dozens of emails.

Hristovski, an inspector, also thought he was emailing the 13-year-old girl, whom he tried to solicit sexual information and photos, authorities said.

The TSA suspended Hristovski.

“TSA holds its employees to the highest ethical standards and expects all TSA employees to conduct themselves with integrity and professionalism,” said TSA spokesman Ross Feinstein. “These alleged crimes are egregious and intolerable.”

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FBI Busts Suspects at Center of Bold Craigslist Jewelry Heists Nationwide

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Craigslist has become a popular target for thieves.

Despite the risks, people will travel around the country to sell expensive items like Rolex watches and diamond rings.

The FBI recently broke up 18 heists from all over the country, CBS Sacramento reports.

The scheme often involved buying the seller a plane ticket and renting a limo before robbing the victim at gunpoint. Stolen were Rolex and Cartier watches ranging from $10,000 to $200,000.

 

FBI Targeted Suspected Spy Pretending to Date Him

By Scott Daugherty
The Virginian-Pilot

© August 17, 2013

Step one to building an attempted-espionage case: Respond to your target’s personal ad on Craigslist.

Step two: Pose as a single woman interested in a relationship and exchange dozens of emails.

Step three: Go on a couple of dates at Town Center.

That was how the FBI started to investigate Robert Patrick Hoffman II last year after learning that the former sailor from Virginia Beach had spent three weeks in late 2011 in Belarus.

To read the full story click here.

Alien Smuggling Ring Used Craigslist to Recruit Drivers

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

As we’ve come to know, not all the ads on Craigslist promote legal activity.

In one of the latest incidents, a Mexican national living in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, who used Craigslist to recruit drivers for an alien smuggling ring, has been busted.

José Gustavo Diaz-Velasquez, 29, was arrested on March 14 by Border Patrol officers in Rio Grande City, Tex., the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

According to the criminal complaint, Diaz was part of an an alien smuggling group that used Craigslist. Authorities said the probe began in August 2011, when ICE-HSI agents spotted about 10 postings on Craigslist for drivers.

Authorities said investigators were able to identify the physical location — an apartment — where the Craigslist ads were posted.

 

Craigslist Job Ads End in Murder

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Timothy Kern responded to a Craigslist ad in Ohio offering $300 a week to tend more than 680 acres of farm land. He was trying to provide for his three sons. His body was found on Friday, buried near a shopping mall in Akron, Ohio, the Associated Press reported. He was shot in the head.

He’s not the only Craigslist related murder.

According to the Associated Press, Norfolk, Va., resident David Pauley, 51, was lured to Ohio,  also with a Craigslist ad. Pauley was found dead in a rural area 90 miles south of Akron earlier this month. And on Nov. 6, a South Carolina man was shot before escaping after responding to a Craigslist ad.

Two suspects are in custody: a high school student charged with attempted murder and Richard Beasley, a 52-year-old in jail on separate charges.

To read more click here.