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Tag: FBI Sting

FBI Tried in Vain to Lure Legendary Quarterback Joe Montana Into a Real Estate Sting

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Joe Montana

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI tried unsuccessfully to lure quarterback legend Joe Montana into a real estate sting, the San Francisco Gate reports.

Montana’s attorney James Brosnahan said the bureau used an undercover agent posing as a real estate investor interested in partnering with a planned hotel development next to the 49ers’ new stadium.

“It shows the deepest lack of judgment I can imagine,” Brosnahan said.

The agent “presented himself as an honest businessman who wanted to invest in Montana’s hotel,” Brosnahan said.

The Gate reports that Montana wasn’t interested in a new partner and didn’t appear to do anything illegal.

The meeting with Montana was part of a four-year probe into that ended in the indictments in March of Leland  Yee, a now-suspended state senator, and 28 others.

Texas Trucking Company Owner Wants Compensation for DEA Sting

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The owner of a Texas trucking company is demanding the DEA compensate him for an undercover sting that led to his employee’s death and the damage of a company truck, the San Antonio Express reports.

Truck company owner Craig Patty said he had no idea Lawrence Chapa was working undercover for the DEA until he received a call that his employee was shot eight times, the Express wrote.

Chapa was using a Kenworth T600 truck, which hauls sand, to drive marijuana across the Mexican border as part of an undercover sting.

Chapa was shot by carjackers trying to rob the truck and marijuana, according to the Express. More than a dozen law enforcement officials witnessed the attack.

OK Lobbyist Wants Feds to Pay Legal Fees in FBI Sting

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

Oklahoman lobbyist Andy Skeith is slinking out of a corruption trial scott-free… except for $141,000 in legal fees. He’d like the federal government to cover his costs. Sound crazy?

Depends who’s judging.

The FBI set up a fake company and gave Skeith $10,000 to make illegal contributions to 2 Okahoma state lawmakers.

The judge tossed all the charges against Skeith. His attorney called the case against his client ridiculous and wants the feds to pay the legal fees.

To read the full story  click here.

FBI Ended DC Subway Sting Before Suspect Could Flee U.S.

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

WASHINGTON — The FBI decided to end its sting and arrest a Northern Virginia man now charged with plotting to blow up D.C. -area subway stations because it was concerned he was about to leave the country to go on pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, according to a court document and law enforcement sources.

FBI agents arrested Farooque Ahmed, 34, of Ashburn, Va., on Wednesday on charges that he conspired with people he thought were al-Qaida operatives to blow up the Arlington National Cemetery, Pentagon City, Crystal City and Court House subway stations in Northern Virginia.

In some other cases involving stings, the FBI let the plot play out more. In Dallas, for example, FBI agents in 2009 actually provided fake explosives to Hosam Smadi, who drove a car bomb to a skyscraper downtown and tried detonating it.

In September 2009, FBI agents posing as low-level al-Qaida operatives provided Michael C. Finton — aka Talib Islam — with fake explosives in a van that he allegedly tried detonating in front of the Paul Findley Federal Building in Springfield, Ill.

In this latest case, Ahmed, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan, met with undercover FBI agents and FBI operatives over the past several months and provided video and diagrams of subway stops and conducted surveillance, authorities said. He also advised when the best time was to kill the maximum people, but never came close to carrying out the plot, investigators said.

To read more click here.

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Twin Brothers Plead Guilty to Bribing Cops in an FBI Sting

washington-dc-map2By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Twin brothers pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Washington to trying to bribe two D.C. police officers to get a heroin case dismissed in the city court.

Larry and Garry Moody, 39, both of Washington, who ended up being busted in an FBI sting, are set to be sentenced Jan. 11.

Authorities said Larry Moody was arrested in February 2009 after an undercover cop saw him preparing to sell heroin to two men in Southeast Washington.

Afterwards, Larry and his brother Gary approached two D.C. cops to see if they would help get the criminal charges dropped, authorities said.

The two cops went to the FBI, which set up a sting with the officers. On March 5, 2009, one of the undercover police officers met with Garry Moody at a restaurant in Northwest Washington and Moody paid the officer $8,000.

Georgia Sheriff’s Deputy Offered Protection to Undercover FBI Agents Posing as Drug Dealers

fulton county sheriffBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A Fulton County sheriff’s deputy in Atlanta fell for an FBI sting that has been played out before around the country targeting crooked cops.

Anthony Atwater, 33, of Atlanta, pleaded guilty Wednesday to corruption and drug offenses after he provided police protection for people he thought were drug dealers, but were actually undercover FBI agents.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office  in Atlanta, Atwater received $4,000 earlier this year to provide armed protection for the undercover FBI agents posing as drug dealers.

His services included providing armed protection for the fake cocaine shipments while he was in uniform. He also had agreed to intervene if the drug dealers were stopped by police.

The FBI sting has been pulled off on different occasions including in Detroit in the 1990s when the FBI busted several Detroit and suburban cops, along with the common-law brother-in-law of then Mayor Coleman A. Young, who helped recruit the crooked cops.

“This former deputy took money to protect men he thought were drug dealers at the expense of the public he was sworn to protect,” U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement. “He even wore his sheriff’s uniform and weapon while witnessing and protecting what he believed to be a major cocaine deal. Today he admitted he is guilty of this reprehensible conduct.”

“Rogue and corrupt conduct such as former Fulton County Deputy Sheriff Atwater’s, if left unchecked, undermines that much valued public trust and make the work of other law enforcement officers much more difficult,” Brian D. Lamkin, head of the Atlanta FBI, said in a statement.

Ex-High Ranking Secret Service Agent Among Those Busted in FBI Sting Involving 22 Executives

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — A former high ranking Secret Service agent was among 22 executives of military and law enforcement supply companies indicted this week in an FBI sting involving foreign bribery and sale of small arms, amunition and protective gear to Africa.

Patrick Caldwell, the chief executive officer of Florida-based Protective Products of America, spent 27 years with the U.S. Secret Service, rising to the deputy assistant director of the Office of Protective Operations.

Caldwell was among the 22 executive s charged with paying off a representative of a defense minister of an African nation to land lucrative contracts to supply the presidential guard of an African nation.  But the representative was actually an undercover FBI agent and there was actually no African nation involved.

Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist John L. Smith reported that Caldwell and former company CEO Stephen Gerard Giordanella “are alleged to have met with the FBI’s undercover agent at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Miami to hammer out details of a two-phased contract calling for a total of 3,650 armored body plates. The contract would include a 20 percent “commission” for a man they believed was an African nation’s defense minister.”

“Money changed hands, and in an October 2009 follow-up meeting at Clyde’s, a Washington, D.C., restaurant, Caldwell was told the defense minister “was pleased” with the product,” the columnist wrote. “The ex-Secret Service agent swallowed the undercover sting hook, line and sinker, according to the indictment.”

“He will have difficulty pleading ignorance of the law in the investigation despite the fact he’s only been with the company since January 2009,” wrote Smith. “The decorated Vietnam veteran was once in charge of the Vice Presidential Protective Division.

In a July 2009 press release announcing his hiring the company wrote:

“Pat’s vast expertise in federal law enforcement and the military are a natural fit for PPA and we are delighted that he has agreed to step into this important leadership position,” said General Hugh Shelton (ret.), Chairman of the Board. “We continue to work diligently to secure previously delayed and new military contracts as well as bolster our soft armor business where we see significant opportunity in diversifying our revenue stream.”