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FBI May Investigate Death of Staten Island Man Placed in Chokehold by NYPD

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is considering launching its own investigation into the death of a Staten Island man who died after he was placed in a chokehold by police, The New York Post reports.

The bureau also is “monitoring” the investigation by the New York Police Department.

George Venizelos, the chief of the FBI’s New York office, spoke with NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton about the death.

Eric Garner, 43, died of cardiac arrest after an undercover cop put him in a chokehold. A video shows Garner struggling to say he can’t breathe but police sustained the hold.

FBI Investigated Connection Between Football Legend Joe Montana, Chinatown Mobster and State Senator

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Football legend Joe Montana was a subject of an FBI investigation that snared state California state Sen. Leland Yee and previously convicted Chinatown mobster, “Shrimp Boy.”

CNN reports that FBI agents came up with nothing incriminating against the Hall of Fame quarterback.

“Nobody has said he did anything wrong,” said the source, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case.

Montana, who has been involved in development deals since his 1994 retirement from the NFL, was questioned about an unidentified business proposal during the Yee probe.

In the end, investigators could not tie him to anything legal, the sources told CNN.

Convicted Felon Shows Off on Facebook with Guns, Leading to Arrests

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hollis Nunnery didn’t let the fact that he was a convicted felon get in the way of posting pictures of himself holding guns on Facebook, WoodTV.com reports.

Nunnery also happened to be the focus of an FBI investigation into bank robberies.

After spotting Nunnery holding a large handgun with a laster site, another handgun and a pistol-gripped shotgun on Facebook, an FBI task force took action.

Nunnery was charged in federal court with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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FBI Reduces Number of Agents Investigating Organized Crime

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI will continue to shed the number of agents assigned to fight the mafia as the demand for other threats increases, The New York Times reports.

For the third time in five years, the bureau will decrease its agents assigned to organized crime to about three dozens.

In the meantime, more agents are being assigned to newer threats such as cyber crimes and global terrorism, The Times said.

The FBI’s fight against the mafia has been largely successful.

But some worry the reductions in investigators will allow the weakened crime families a chance to reorganize, The Times wrote.

Jerry Capeci of Gang Land News has   been reporting on the reduced number of agents  working on mob cases.

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Pennsylvania Justice Under FBI Probe Over Wife’s Referral Fees Involving Law Firms

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery is the target of an FBI investigation involving referral fees received by his wife, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

His wife and chief aide, Lise Rapaport, received 19 referral fees for connecting clients with personal-injury law firms, the Inquirer reported.

One of those fees was for $821,000 after a lawsuit was settled in a medical-malpractice case, the Inquirer wrote.

An attorney for the couple declined there was a federal investigation.

“You’re indulging rumors without any facts,” the attorney, Dion G. Rassias, told the Inquirer.

FBI Raids Offices of California State Senator, Latino Caucus in Mysterious Probe

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A California state senator and the Legislature’s Latino caucus appear to be the target of an FBI investigation, the Huffington Post reports.

An FBI spokeswoman confirmed warrants were served Tuesday at 3 p.m. About six agents removed a half-dozen boxes and what appeared to be computer equipment, the Huffington Post wrote.

Ron Calderon, a Democrat from the Los Angeles County city of Montebello, was among the targets.

Calderon’s attorney said the investigation is nonsense.

“I have a sense that they’re on a witch hunt,” Geragos said. “My client refused to read their script and so this is what resulted….My client has done absolutely nothing wrong.”

Details weren’t available Wednesday morning.

FBI Raids Indiana Home of Former Jets Offensive Lineman

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

FBI agents raided the home of former Jets offensive tackle Jason Fabini last Thursday morning, the New York Daily News reports.

Fabini, 38, denied any wrongdoing after agents were seen removing boxes from his home in Fort Wayne, Ind.

“I am not the target of the investigation and I was not involved in any criminal activity,” Fabini said in a statement released through his attorneys, the Daily News reported. “I have not been charged, nor do I expect to be charged with a crime.”

Fabini pledged to cooperate with agents.

“My first concern is obviously with my brother and the rest of my family, but I want to reaffirm my commitment to the community and to those who believe in me as a role model, volunteer, professional and athlete,” Fabini said. “I have always made service to others a priority and I will continue to do so even during this challenging time for my family.”

FBI Probe of Trenton Mayor Tony Mack Involves Environmental Clean Up Company

Mayor Tony Mack

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ongoing investigation of Trenton Mayor Tony Mack includes an environmental cleanup that was awarded city work at rates much higher than quotes obtained from three competitors, reports the Times of Trenton, citing recently obtained records.

Turns out, according to the records, the company Clean Green received the job without a written contract. And the person who exclusively handled the quote is Charles Hall III, a recreation department worker who has been identified as a cooperating witness.

The firm was paid $22,000 to remove contaminated soil, even though another company that had been recommended for the job was not chosen, despite a bid at just $12,500, the Times of Trenton reports.

Clean Green and its founder, Eric Wallace, are named in FBI subpoenas and search warrants involved in a wide-ranging investigation of Mack’s investigation.