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Senior FBI Official Busted for Accepting Free Sports Tickets from Reporters

Stock photo by Steve Neavling

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

A senior FBI official violated federal regulations by accepting two tickets to professional sports events from a reporter without paying for them, the bureau’s Inspector General reported Tuesday.

The senior official, whose identity was not revealed, initially said under oath that he had paid for the tickets from a television correspondent. But five days later, the officials recanted and said the tickets were not paid for.

The inspector general found that the FBI official also accepted free tickets from another reporter.

During the investigation, the official retired, and prosecutors won’t pursue a criminal case.

Both reporters often covered the FBI and Justice Department.

Federal employees are barred from accepting gifts from sources.

Businessman at Center of NYPD Investigation Served As Chaplain of County Police Department

nypd badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Brooklyn businessman who is a target in the widening federal investigation of the NYPD also served as a chaplain for the Westchester County police, the New York Daily News reports. 

But the discovery that he was at the center of the investigation prompted the police department to suspend Jeremy Reichberg from his nonpaying chaplain job.

Reichberg, 42, is suspected of giving gifts to city cops in exchange for a host of favors.

Just three months after county Executive Rob Astorino received a $25,000 donation from Reichberg’s friend, Jona Rechnitz, he received the chaplain job.

“There’s no connection at all,” Astorino spokesman William O’Reilly told The Journal News.

FBI Is Investigating Ex-Mobster’s Claims That Agent Demanded Lavish Gifts, Cash

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating one of its agent on allegations of accepting lavish gifts and cash from an informant, ABC World News reports.

Russian ex-mobster Mani Chulpayev, who has been indicted in the murder of popular Atlanta rapper known as Lil Phat, was an FBI informant when he said an agent demanded gifts of cash, watches, jewelry, sports shoes, basketball tickets and hotel rooms.

“The agent obstructed a murder investigation,” his lawyer, George Plumides, told ABC News in an interview.

The FBI confirmed it’s investigating.

Virginia Gov. McDonnell Struggles to Preserve ‘Squeaky Clean’ Image During FBI Probe

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI investigation into Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is raising questions about whether the rising star in the Republican Party is all he was stacked up to be, the Washington Examiner reports.

Once considered a candidate for president in 2016, McDonnell has come under fire after FBI agents began investigating McDonnell’s relationship with a wealthy campaign contributor.

“The man was squeaky clean,” Jeremy Mayer, a political science professor at George Mason University, told the Examiner. “He was a personable, honest, good guy. He’s now going to fall victim to the politics of personal destruction.”

The investigation centers around Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams, who is accused of giving McDonnell’s family lavish gifts, including paying for a $15,000 catering bill for the governor’s daughter.

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Virginia Gov. McDonnell Faces Uncertain Future As FBI Investigates Gifts

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The political future of Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell is at a stake as the FBI investigates gifts he received from a maker of dietary supplements, Bloomberg reports.

The company, Star Scientific, spent $2,268 on a getaway vacation for the governor, $15,000 for catering at his daughter’s wedding and $100,000 on campaign contribution to the Republican, Bloomberg wrote.

The inquiry raises the chances of spoiling McDonnell’s potential 2016 presidential bid

“This still-unfolding scandal is a real departure from the governor’s generally squeaky-clean image,” said Stephen Farnsworth, the director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. “This controversy has really put a dent into the governor’s political future.”

Deputy For Disgraced Lobbyist Jack Abramoff Pleads Guilty

The ghost of Jack Abramoff continues to cast a cloud over this wheeling-and-dealing city. He was the poster boy of the ugly side of Washington. Here’s the latest fruits of his labor.

By NEDRA PICKLER
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — A former deputy to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty Friday to lavishing congressional staffers with gifts including an all-expense paid trip to the World Series, box seats at concerts and fancy restaurant tabs.
Todd Boulanger admitted to U.S. District Judge Richard W. Roberts that he provided tens of thousands of dollars worth of entertainment to Capitol Hill aides who could help him get legislation favorable to his clients. Sometimes, he said, he concealed their identities in expense reports to try to keep them from being exposed for violating gift bans.
Boulanger, 37, could have faced up to 5 years in prison, but under terms of his plea deal prosecutors recommended that he get 18-24 months with reduced time if he continues to cooperate in the investigation. A sentencing date has not been set and he was released without bail.

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