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FBI Agent Slammed in Trial Over $14,5000 Spent on Entertainment in Philippines

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Charles Ro, an FBI agent, spent more than $14,500 in taxpayer money on entertainment, cocktails and tips while investigating weapons smugglers in the Philippines, the LA Times reported following testimony during a trial.

The defense for Filipino national Sergio Santiago Syjuco, who is accused of smuggling assault rifles, grenades and mortar launchers from the Philippines to Long Beach, Calif., said Ro had committed “outrageous government misconduct,” defense attorney John Littrell said, accusing the agent of paying for prostitutes, possibly including minors, to encourage participation in the smuggling case, the AP reported.

The “government’s actions in this case, if committed by a private citizen, would be serious federal crimes,” Littrell said in court documents.

Ro and the feds reject the allegations and are expected to present the prosecution side today.

NY Feds Deny Misconduct in Gambino Crime Family Case

new-york-mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office challenged allegations by a defense attorney that the government was involved in misconduct in a mob case in which a cooperating witness ran a prostitution ring that used a 15-year-old girl, the New York Times reported.

The Times reported that the government, in a court filing Wednesday, said it ended the operation when it learned that the teen was involved.

The filing came in response to a motion by defense attorney, Gerald J. McMahon, who claimed in court papers that the government was engaged in ”outrageous government misconduct” by using the teen. He asked that the case be dismissed.

The motions were in connection with the indictment in April of 14 people linked to the Gambino crime family.

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