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Tag: Richard Kolko

FBI Helping Long Island Police in Possible Serial Killer Case

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is assisting police in Long Island into what may end up being a serial killer case. Four female bodies have been found in recent days on a Long Island Beach.

FBI spokesman Richard Kolko said in a statement Wednesday that the bureau “has offered assistance in the case. This is a Suffolk County Police Department investigation and we refer you to them for any additional information.”

The New York Times reported that the women “were found in brush about 500 feet apart from one another off a highway in Gilgo Beach.”

The Times reported that the identity of the woman and the cause of death is unknown.

FBI Arrests 2 Who Worked For Madoff for More than 25 Years

Bernie Madoff

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI Thursday morning arrested two people who worked for swindler Bernie Madoff.

Joann Crupi was arrested at her home in Westfield, NJ and Annette Bongiorno was arrested at her home in Boca Raton, Fla., said Richard Kolko, spokesman for the FBI in New York.

“Charges, in connection with the Madoff investment fraud, will be unsealed in the Southern District of New York later today,” Kolko said.

In June, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of Manhattan announced that his office had filed civil complaints against Bongiorno and Crupi to recoup $5 million in assets they had. Both worked for Madoff for more than 25 years and played a role in the gigantic fraud, federal prosecutors alleged.

Authorities said Bongiorno responsibilities included responding to clients’s questions about about their investments and overseeing the fabrication of account statements, trade confirmations, and other documents. Crupi’s responsiblities included handing the receipt of funds and transferring funds between Madoff’s business accounts.

According to a U.S. Attorney. the funds in question for  BONGIORNO include: Approximately $1.1 million currently or formerly held in accounts at Citibank, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, and HSBC; a 2005 Bentley Continental, for which BONGIORNO paid approximately $182,605; a 2007 Mercedes Benz, for which BONGIORNO paid approximately $90,000; and approximately $1.3 million paid towards a luxury condominium.

And for  CRUPI: A house in Mantoloking, N.J., for which she paid $2,225,000 cash; and approximately $26,500 in rental income from the Mantoloking house, currently held at Commerce Bank.

FBI Digging For Mobster’s Body in Long Island

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Sometimes in order to find the answer, you have to dig deep — literally.

That’s what the FBI was doing Tuesday in Long Island: Digging for the remains of a reputed Colombo mobster killed 15 years ago, the New York Daily News reports.

The paper reported that is looking for the remains of mobster Richard Greaves in an industrial park in East Farmingdale. Richard Kolko, an FBI spokesman, told the News that nothing was found and digging would likely resume Wednesday.

The Daily News reported that bones of another gangland murder victim, Colombo capo William (Wild Bill) Cutolo, were discovered at the site in 2008.

The paper reported that “Mob rat Joseph (Joey Caves) Competiello admitted participating in Greaves’ murder in August 1995. He told the feds that Greaves, suspected of being an informant, was lured to mobster Dino (Little Dino) Saracino’s home on 76th St. in Brooklyn and shot to death in the basement.”

Breaking News: Philly’s Janice Fedarcyk Named Head of New York FBI; First Woman To Head Office

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Janice Fedarcyk, one of the names that had been circulating as a prospect to head the New York FBI,  has been named to that post. She is the first female to head that office.

Janice K. Fedarcyk-FBI Philadelphia

Janice K. Fedarcyk-FBI Philadelphia

Fedarcyk currently heads up the Philadelphia FBI. Agent Richard Kolko, a spokesman for the N.Y.  office, confirmed the appointment Thursday afternoon.

She replaces Joseph Demarest, who left the office under a cloud and was later assigned to headquarters  where he now works as Assistant Director of the International Operations Division.

He had  been under internal investigation in connection with an affair he’d had with a supervisor in his office. Investigators were looking into whether he had been totally forthright when questioned about it.

At the time, no permanent replacement had been named, so the office’s special agent in charge George Venizelos was named as the interim head.

Early on, Fedarcyk’s name had surfaced as a candidate along with some others including Andy Arena, who heads the Detroit FBI.

FBI and NYPD Hunt For Culprit Who Left Crude Car Bomb in Times Square

Bye Bye N.Y.?

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI and New York police were trying to find out Sunday who left a Nissan Pathfinder with a crude bomb inside in Times Square Saturday night that prompted the evacuation of parts of the city on a busy Saturday night.

FBI agent Richard Kolko, a spokesman for the FBI in New York, told ticklethewire.com Sunday morning that investigators were sifting through the evidence and following up leads around the country.   Authorities said the bomb, comprised of propane, gasoline, fireworks, clocks and wires, could have caused serious damage.

News reports said the device had started to detonate, but there was no explosion.

“We are very lucky,” Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said at a 2:15 a.m. press conference in Times Square, according to the New York Daily News. “We avoided what could have been a very deadly event.”

He said investigators were checking video cameras around the city, but so far they had not come up with anything showing someone running from the car.

“We had no idea who did this or why,” he said.

The Daily news reported that a large chunk of Midtown — from 43rd Street to 48th Street, and from Sixth to Eighth Avenues — was closed for much of the evening. The smoking car was spotted by a t-shirt street vendor off Broadway on 45th Street, who notified police, the Daily News reported.

The federal government views the incident a “potential terrorist attack,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Sunday, according to the Daily News.

“We’re taking this very seriously,” Napolitano told CNN‘s “State of the Union” program. “We’re treating it as if it could be a potential terrorist attack.”

NY Feds Crackdown on Gambino Crime Family: Indict 14

NY FBI Agents Involved in the Mob Arrests/photo by Richard Kolko
NY FBI Agents Involved in the Mob Arrests/photo by Richard Kolko

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

The New York feds came crashing down on the Gambino crime family Tuesday, indicting 14 members and associates — including one of the top bosses — on charges ranging from murder, extortion and narcotics trafficking to tampering with the 1992 jury of then-boss John Gotti.

The 23-count indictment alleges certain defendants killed four people, two of whom were cooperating with the feds; extorted money from the building, home-heating oil and financial services industries; defrauded high-end New York restaurants; and used baseball bats to beat shakedown victims.

All but one of the 14 defendants — Steve Maiurro — are in custody. Among them is a woman, Suzanne Porcelli, who was charged with running a prostitution ring and the sex trafficking of a minor.

“As today’s case demonstrates, the Mafia is not dead — it is alive and kicking,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in statement. “Modern mobsters may be less colorful, less flamboyant and less glamorous than some of their predecessors, but they are still terrorizing businesses, using baseball bats and putting people in the hospital.

“Today the Gambino family has lost one of its leaders,” he added, “and many of its rising stars have now fallen.”

Central to the indictment is Daniel Marino, who authorities described as one of three bosses who run the Gambino crime family, which has more than 200 “made” members and hundreds of associates.

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FBI Arrests 2 More Men in New York in Bomb Plot

new york city3 cabsBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The FBI arrested two men in New York on Friday in connection with the ongoing probe into the bomb plot targeting the Big Apple that allegedly involved the Colorado airport driver, the Associated Press reported.

Richard Kolko, an FBI spokesman in New York, told the Associated press that the arrests of Adis Medunjanin and Zarein Ahmedzay were part of “an ongoing investigation” by the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Authorities did not release details behind the arrests and said the men were scheduled to appear in court on Friday.

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