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FBI Arrests 3 Palm Beach County Men for Allegedly Conspiring with ISIS

Screen Shot 2016-07-25 at 8.26.26 AMBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Three Palm Beach County men who were being watched by the FBI for at least a year have been arrested and charged with conspiring and attempting to provide material support to ISIS.

The men were identified as Gregory Hubbard, also known as Jibreel, 52, of West Palm Beach; Darren Arness Jackson, also known as Daoud, 50, of West Palm Beach, and Dayne Atani Christian, also known as Shakur, 31, of Lake Park, Fox4 Now reports. 

“According to the complaint, these defendants conspired and attempted to provide material support to ISIL and one of the defendants was arrested attempting to travel overseas to join and fight for the deadly terrorist organization,”  Assistant Attorney General Carlin said in a statement.

One of them men, Hubbard, allegedly told an FBI source that he planned to travel to Syria and join ISIS.

Border Patrol Agent Sues Sheriff’s Office After Police Dog Severed His Artery

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Border Patrol agent who says he was abused by police when they responded to a report that he was threatening to kill himself is suing the Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw and five deputies, the Palm Beach Post reports.

Luis Rodriguez, 56, said law enforcement unlawfully arrested him and used excessive force after they fired at him and he was bit by a sheriff K-9.

A veteran of the agency for more than three decades, Rodriguez said the dog bite severed his artery, forcing him to take two years off of work.

ATF and FBI Investigate Fire Involving Fed Prosecutor’s Mailbox

mailboxBy Allan lengel
ticklethewire.com

There are mailboxes. And then there are mailboxes that belong to federal prosecutors.

As for the latter, those mailboxes get special attention.

The Palm Beach Post reports that the FBI, ATF and U.S. Postal Service are investigating a firework on Sunday that triggered a fire in the mailbox of an assistant U.S. Attorney in Caloosa, Fla., just north of Palm Beach Gardens.

The paper reported that Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department sent out a bomb squad to investigate and the FBI and ATF have now joined in.

Still, it may be nothing more than a prank.

“It looks more like malicious mischief at this time,” ATF spokesman Carlos Baixauli told the paper. “We don’t know if the people knew she was a U.S. Attorney, or if it was somebody having fun trying to blow up a mailbox. Right now we have nothing to believe it was intended for her.”

Sales Price of Madoff’s Homes Dropping

Bernie Madoff

Bernie Madoff

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Let’s just hope Bernie Madoff’s ego isn’t bruised knowing that people aren’t immediately snapping up his swanky properties in Manhattan and Palm Beach, Fla.

Reuters news service reports that the government has had to lower the asking price, the result of a a soft market.

“Madoff’s 4,000-square-foot duplex Manhattan penthouse, ‘perched atop a distinguished white-glove prewar cooperative’ according to the broker Sotheby’s International Realty, is now being offered for $8.9 million, 10 percent below its initial $9.9 million asking price,” Reuters reported.

The price of the 8,750-square-foot Palm Beach home was slashed 7 percent to $7.9 million, the news agency reported. The proceeds will go to help pay back some of the folks Madoff ripped off.

Madoff Investor Found Dead in Palm Beach Pool

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — The Bernie Madoff story has no happy ending. In fact, at this point it has no ending.

The latest twist came Sunday when philanthropist Jeffry M. Picower, 67, who is accused of earning about $7 billion from Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, was found dead in his Palm Beach mansion pool, the New York Times reported.

The Palm Beach Police, which posted no press release on the matter on its website, said the cause of death had yet to be determined, the Times reported. He had a history of cardiac issues and Parkinson’s disease.

Last December, Rene-Thierry Magon de la Villehuchet, 65, a French investment manager who had big bucks invested with Madoff, was found sitting at his desk with both wrists slashed.

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Miami Feds Indict 11 Suspected Mobsters With Ties To N.Y. Bonanno Crime Family

Series May Be Gone, But the Mob Isn't

Series May Be Gone, But the Mob Isn't

The Sopranos tv series may have gone off the air, but the government says the traditional mob continues on.


By DON JORDAN
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Nearly a dozen Palm Beach and Broward county residents were indicted today (Thursday) after federal prosecutors outlined their alleged roles in a organized crime ring specializing in fraud, illegal narcotics, gambling and mob-style shakedowns.

The crew operated out of South Florida, but regularly reported and paid tribute to the powerful Bonanno Family, a New York City-based Mafia unit, according to the indictment from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami.

Boynton Beach resident Thomas Fiore, 46, is an associate of the Bonanno family and leads its South Florida operation, prosecutors said. Each of the 11 alleged criminals were indicted on federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations, or RICO, charges after a two-year undercover investigation.

The other defendants include Billie Robertson, 34, and Lee Klein, 39, both of Boynton Beach; Daniel Young, 57, and Guy Alessi, 81, both of Delray Beach; Kenneth Dunn, 44, and Nicholas Fiore, 49, both of Boca Raton; and Frank D’Amato, 48, of West Palm Beach. The indictment also included Coral Springs residents Pasquale Rubbo, 43, Joseph Rubbo, 45, and Marc Broder, 42.

None of the defendents are formally inducted, or “made” members of the Bonanno family.
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