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FBI Wiretapped Trump Tower over Russian Crime Organization Working out of Building

Trump Tower

Trump Tower

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI acknowledged it wiretapped Trump Tower, but it was not because of the president or his political campaign.

The FBI had court approval to monitor a Russian crime organization operating on the tower’s 63rd floor.

Prosecutors described the mafia members as an “international money-laundering, sports gambling and extortion ring,” ABC News reported.

One 0f the ring’s leaders, Vadim Trincher, is accused of laundering ten of millions of dollars from the Soviet Union through Cyprus and into the U.S.

As a result of the FBI investigation, a grand jury indicted more than 30 people in April 2013.

What’s unclear is whether Trump met any of the mafia members.

FBI Spent Year-Plus Investigating Muhammad Ali-Sonny Liston Fight

Muhammad Ali in 1966

Muhammad Ali in 1966

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Soon after boxing great Muhammad Ali defeated Sonny Liston in a 1965 championship fight, the FBI launched an investigation into rumors that the fight was fixed.

The investigation lasted more than a year and found no evidence to substantiate the allegations, according to newly released documents by the FBI.  

Two days after the fight, the FBI sent an internal memo about dedicating resources to investigate the rumors:

As you know, the Liston-Clay (Muhammad Ali) fight has received wide publicity by all forms of news media. Included in the publicity have been what appear to be unsubstantiated allegations by sports writers and persons long associated with the fight game that this fight was “fixed.”

Since we have received no information or allegations indicating improprieties in connection with this fight, no open investigation is being conducted. It is felt, however, that appropriate confidential informants and sources located in logical offices should be discreetly contacted for information on this matter.

Despite a lack of evidence, J. Edgar Hoover’s office insisted that the investigation continue into one of boxing’s most storied fights. Ali defeated heavyweight champion Liston from what some believed was a “phantom punch” that couldn’t have possibly knocked out Liston.

The FBI chased rumor after rumor until closing the investigation about 13 months after it began.

Ali was the subject of constant FBI scrutiny because of his ties to the Nation of Islam.

Justice Department Identifies FBI Agent Behind Leak about Insider Trading

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI employee who admitted leaking information to reporters about an investigation into insider trading involving a Las Vegas sports gambler and golfer Phil Mickelson was a coordinating supervisory special agent, U.S. prosecutors said Wednesday.

Prosecutors named David Chaves as the agent who provided reporters with information about the investigation of gambler William “Billy” Walter, Huffington Post reports. 

Prosecutors said Chaves admitted he was a “significant source” of information to reporters at the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

The case has been compromised because of the leaks, and Walter’s attorney is asking for charges to be dropped.

Chaves oversaw the FBI team investigating the case. He has not yet been charged.

FBI Agent’s Leaks to Media May Have Upended Case Against Las Vegas Gambler

Las Vegas gambler William Walters on 60 Minutes.

Las Vegas gambler William Walters on 60 Minutes.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s case against Las Vegas gambler William Walters may be derailed after a federal agent admitted leaking confidential information to reporters.

A judge on Wednesday criticized the agent and indicated that Walters’ lawyers would file a motion to dismiss the major insider trading case, the New York Times reports. 

“To say I was shocked would be an accurate statement,” Judge P. Kevin Castel of Federal District Court in Manhattan said of the leaks.

Walters is accused of raking in $40 million by using illegal stock tips.

An FBI agent admitted to prosecutors that he was a “significant source of confidential information” for reporters writing about the investigation.

FBI Agent Admits Leaking Inside Information to Media about Gambler, Pro Golfer

Golfer Phil Mickelson

Golfer Phil Mickelson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent may be held in contempt of court after confessing to being a “significant source” of leaks to the media about the insider trading investigation involving professional golfer Phil Mickelson and a Las Vegas sports gambler.

Prosecutors on Friday said the agent, who has not been identified, could be held in contempt for potentially jeopardizing the case with leaks involving famed gambler William “Billy” Walters, CNBC reports. 

The agent’s case has been referred to the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility and the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General.

The agent said he leaked information to the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

FBI Investigates Former NFL Stars for Links to International Drug, Gambling Ring

NFL LogoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As more than one billion fans tuned into Sunday’s Super Bowl, the FBI is investigating former NFL stars off the field in search of links to an international drug and gambling ring, the New York Post reports. 

Prosecutors charged accused ringleader Owen Hanson, a former tight end at USC, and 21 others with operating a multimillion-dollar operation.

Among those charged was Derek Loville, a former NFL running back.

The Post wrote that Hanson associated with dozens of pro athletes from the NFL, NBA and MLN.

The investigating appears to be growing in scope, the Post reported.

FBI Busts Nearly All Top Officials in Crystal City, Texas As Part of Bribery Probe

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 8.36.43 AMBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI swooped into Crystal City, Texas, and arrested nearly all of the top city officials.

The Washington Post reports that five officials were arrested Thursday and accused of taking bribes and helping an illegal gambling operation.

The indictment led to the arrests of the city’s mayor, mayor pro tempore, a current and former city council member and the city manager.

Also arrested the the alleged gambling operator, Ngoc Tri Nguyen, also known as “MR. T.”

And that’s not it for the embattled city. Another council member was arrested on human smuggling charges last month.

There’s only one city official left – Councilman Joel Barajas, who suspected something criminal was going on.

“I knew some things were not being correctly taken care of,” he said.

The indictment alleges town leadership  “used their official positions to enrich themselves by soliciting and accepting payments and other things of value” from Nguyen and others.

ATF Agent Accused of Gambling with Government Funds While on Duty

Via Wikipedia.

Via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An ATF agent is accused of using a government-issued credit card to gamble at the casino while on duty.

But the Washington Free Beacon reports that the agent was later promoted and is now a special agent in charge, according to an investigation by the inspector general.

The investigation revealed that the agent “gambled on duty, misused his government travel card to facilitate his gambling, and misused his assigned government vehicle by using it to travel to casinos.”

“By gambling while on duty, the [Special Agent in Charge] SAC violated federal regulations that prohibit federal employees from gambling while on duty,” the agency watchdog said in a summary of the investigation posted Monday. “In addition, the SAC violated ATF policy by, among other things, misusing his government travel card to obtain cash advances to gamble, and using his assigned government vehicle to travel to casinos to gamble, which is not an ‘official purpose’ for which use of the government vehicle is authorized.”

Still, the inspector general reported, the agent was never prosecuted.