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FBI: Fugitive Tax Cheats Built Massive Bunker in Washington to Avoid Detection

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A pair of fugitive tax scofflaws secretly built an elaborate bunker at the Washington state home.

The New York Daily News reports that Radu Nemes and his wife, Diana, were arrested in March on accusations of conspiring to hide at least $68 million in taxes.

The pair have not been charged with a crime and are now facing extradition hearings.

The FBI described a cross-continental money laundering scheme to conceal money made from a tax scam that involved profits from selling one million tons of diesel fuel.

By reporting it as a lower quality gas, they pair is accused of avoiding tariffs.

Former Teacher on FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List Is Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Producing Child Porn

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Eric Toth, a former teacher placed on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List in 2012 for producing pornography, was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years in prison, Reuters reports.

Toth took videos and photographs of children while he was a camp counselor in Wisconsin and a teacher in Washington D.C.

Toth, who pleaded guilty to three counts of production of child pornography and to one count each of misuse of a Social Security number and identity theft in December, was arrested in Nicaragua in April 2013 and was extradited to the U.S.

U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras also sentenced Toth to lifetime supervision after his release.

U.S. Official: Mexico Should Extradite Suspected Drug Kingpin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, one of the world’s most notorious drug lords, should be charged in the U.S. so he is never released from prison, the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security said Sunday.

The Associated Press reports that Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, wants Mexico to extradite Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, who was arrested Saturday at a beach resort in Mazatlan, Mexico.

But McCaul realizes that is Mexico’s call to make.

Guzman escaped from a Mexican prison in 2001.

McCaul said the U.S. would put Guzman “in a super-max prison.”

 

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Megaupload Founder Kim Dotcom, Fighting Extradition to the U.S., to Start a New Political Party

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is busy these days.

In addition to trying to avoid extradition to the U.S. on charges of massive copyright infringement, Dotcom is hatching a new political party in New Zealand, where he lives, the Washington Post reports.

Dotcom said he’s confident he’ll stay in New Zealand, saying copyright infringement is not a sufficient reason to force his extradition.

Dotcom said he’s still in the planning stages.

“I have a handful of people who have already committed to be part of it, but we’re still in the early stages,” he told the Post about getting others involved in his new party, which does not yet have a name.

Four People Arrested in Connection with DEA Agent’s Death in Columbia

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Four people accused of killing a DEA agent during an attempted robbery in Columbia last week are in custody, CNN reports.

Columbia’s National Police apprehended the suspects and said two more are on the loose.

The U.S. plans to request extradition, CNN wrote.

Special Agent James “Terry” Watson was working on assignment on Bogata when he was stabbed to death in a tax cab Thursday.

“The homicide of the DEA agent was committed by common criminals and was not connected to his work in Colombia,” National Police Director Gen. Jose Roberto Leon Riano said.

Russia Says It Has No Jurisdiction to Apprehend Snowden at Airport in Moscow

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Russia rejected criticism today that it illegally assisted the former government contractor charged with exposing secret U.S. surveillance program, the Washington Post reports.

Edward Snowden, 30, was expected to board a flight from Russia to Cuba but never did.

Secretary of State John F. Kerry said the Moscow has an obligation to help.

“We think it’s very important in terms of our relationship,” Kerry said. “We think it’s very important in terms of rule of law.”

But Russian officials said they have no jurisdiction over Snowden because he’s inside a security transit zone at an airport that is controlled by foreign diplomats.

Germany Probes Philadelphia Man Accused of Role with Nazis

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Germany is investigating an 87-year-old Philadelphia man accused of serving as an SS guard at an Auschwitz death camp, the Associated Press reports.

Although the U.S. Department of Justice has failed to deport Johann “Hans” Breyer, a retired toolmaker, on allegations he participated in the slaughter of at least 344,000 Jews at the camp, German officials are calling for his extradition, according to the AP.

The war-crimes office in Germany is recommending that Breyer be extradited and stand trail on charges that he was accessory to murder at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in occupied Poland.

An extradition would be a victory for the Justice Department, which failed for more than a decade to get Breyer deported, according to the AP.

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Judge Rules FBI Must Release Dotcom Evidence

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

U.S. federal authorities cannot extradite the founder of the Megaupload online file-sharing site without evidence supporting charges of copyright breaches and internet piracy, a New Zealand court ruled Thursday, Reuters reports.

“Without access to materials relevant to the extradition hearing phase, the person sought will be significantly constrained in his or her ability to participate in the hearing,” Justice Helen Winkelmann said in a written judgment.

The FBI claims Kim Dotcom, founder of Megaupload, netted millions of dollars by copying movies and music without authorization.

Dotcom was arrested by New Zealand authorities at his rented house near Auckland in late January.