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Bizarre Sex Initiations Required for Credit Card Scheme, Secret Service Investigation Reveals

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Here’s a record-breaker for the kinkiest financial fraud: Allegations in a fed probe in Georgia suggest the leader of a credit card cloning ring demanded his co-conspirators, in order to prove themselves, had to engage in sexual acts with him, other men and women while being videotaped, reports the Athens Banner-Herald in Georgia.

Vikas Yadav found crime partners in online S&M chatrooms, according to the Herald-Banner. The scheme ultimately netted him millions of dollars.

The ring was discovered during an investigation in which Athens-Clarke, Ga., police detective Beverly Russell helped the US Secret Service.  As part of the probe, authorities seized a package of more then 20 cloned credit cards which Yadav had shipped into North Carolina.

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Greek Police Arrest Teen Suspecting of Hacking FBI and Interpol Computers

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Hackers are everywhere.

CNN reports that Greek police on Wednesday announced the arrest of an Athens teen suspected of hacking into the electronic systems of the FBI and Interpol.

The 18-year-old also hacked into personal computers and stole data that he used to get credit cards, CNN reported. His name was not released.

A raid on the teen’s home turned up 120 credit cards and thousands of euros, CNN reported.

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Ex-Fed Prosecutor Mark Hulkower Who Convicted CIA Agent Aldrich Ames Dies at age 53

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A former Washington area federal prosecutor who helped put away some key spies including CIA double-agent Aldrich Ames, died this past weekend of colon cancer, the Washington Post reported. He was 53.

Mark J. Hulkower, 53, worked at the U.S. Attorney’s office in Alexandria, Va.,from 1989 to 1995 and went into private practice where he defended clients from companies like Enron and Blackwater, the Post reported. He was a partner at the D.C. firm of Steptoe and Johnson at the time of his death.

During his reign as a federal prosecutor, the Post reported, that he got convictions in spy cases that included defendants Frank Nesbitt, a one-time Marine who passed secrets to the Russians; Frederick C. Hamilton, a Defense Intelligence Agency researcher who gave secrets to the Ecuador and Steven J. Lalas, a State Department staffer who spied for Greece.

“No matter how overwhelming the evidence can be, prosecuting espionage cases is never easy,” John L. Martin, the retired chief of internal security at the Justice Department told the Post. “Mark was prepared to the teeth.”

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