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Longtime Agent Monica M. Miller To Head FBI in Northern California

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Monica M. Miller, who has abundant experience investigating violent crime and public corruption, has been tapped as the leader of the FBI’s Sacramento field office, the Sacramento Bee reports.

Miller will replace Herb M. Brown, who departed last year to take a job with the Central California Intelligence Center.

Miller was the bureau’s senior detailee to the CIA, overseeing counterespionage employees.

Miller’s new territory stretches from Oregon to south of Bakersfield, Calif., the Bee reported.

She joined the FBI in 1989.

California Man Charged in Attempted Murder of Homeland Security Agents

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Northern California man accused of attempted murder in the shootings three U.S. Homeland Security agents with an assault rifle has been charged, the Sacramento Bee reports.

Victor Flores, 20, was indicted Tuesday in connection with a May 3 shooting outside his home in Petaluma.

At the time of the shootings, federal agents were investigating Flores in connection with the murder of three rival gang members, the Bee reported.

Two of the agents, who were not identified, are still recovering. The third has returned to work, the Bee reported.

 

Five Arrested in Foreclosure Bidding Conspiracy

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Creativity is one thing that never seems to be lacking when it comes to housing fraud, a pervasive problem.

The latest: Five men have been charged in an FBI probe into bid rigging on foreclosed homes at public auction in northern California, a local ABC affiliate reported on Tuesday.

A federal grand jury returned indictments on the men with charges including bid rigging and conspiracy to commit mail fraud on December 7th.

The indictment alleges that between September 2008 and October 2009 the men “entered into and engaged in a combination and conspiracy to suppress and restrain competition by rigging bids to obtain selected properties offered at public auctions in San Joaquin County,” according to the report.

More specifically, the station reported that the “men agreed not to publicly bid against each other then held private auctions amongst themselves and divided the profits, according to Assistant United States Attorney Russell Carlberg.”

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Feds, Secret Service Look into Bank Card Skimming Machines at Calif. Supermarkets

By Danny Fenster
tickelthewire.com

Some unlucky shoppers fell victim to a credit and debit card-skimming operation in Northern California at the unfortunately named Lucky supermarket in San Leandro recently.

The market is the 24th in Northern California to be victimized by such a scheme, according to ABC News. More than 500 customers called Lucky about fraudulent or attempted fraudulent activity, parent company Save Mart Supermarkets said on its website in a customer advisory note.

“Every customer should continue checking their accounts regularly as a precaution if they used a checkout terminal in October or November,” the customer advisory stated.

The Secret Service is examining the tampered card readers that were found at several store self-checkout machines. Local, state and federal agencies are involved in the investigation as well.

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