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2 Tipsters Receive $50,000 Reward for Information Leading to Polygamous Leader Lyle Jeffs

Lyle Jeffs' mugshot

Lyle Jeffs’ mugshot

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two people who helped the FBI track down and arrest polygamous leader Lyle Jeffs received a combined $50,000 reward from the bureau.

Jeffs, the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, fled from his home in Salt Lake City in June 2016 after he was awaiting trial on food stamp fraud charges.

The tipsters spotted Jeffs pawning tools at a Yankton, South Dakota, store in early June 2o17.

A day later, an off-duty police officer spotted Jeff’s vehicle in Yankton, conducted a traffic stop and arrest the fugitive.

“This case highlights the importance of reporting anything suspicious, no matter how insignificant it may seem,” said FBI Salt Lake City Assistant Special Agent in Charge Dan Brady. “In this case, the tipsters were observant and acted on instinct. There is no doubt their involvement led to Jeffs’ quick arrest.”

ICE Eyes Idaho Jail As New Location to House Detained Immigrants

jail2photoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An Idaho jail could soon house immigration detainees and eventually be used for immigration hearings as ICE officials look for more detention space.

ICE is looking for a new location after losing access to 300 beds at the Utah County Jail in Spanish Fork, Utah, Magic Valley reports

Local officials said they don’t plan on act on the proposal until ICE provides more details about using the Jerome County Jail in south-central Idaho.

“It’s something ICE is dealing with internally, and Jerome County is kind of just waiting for their response as to what they want to do,” said Commissioner Roger Morley.

Because of a lack of space for detainees, ICE must send undocumented immigrants to Seattle or Salt Lake City.

“(Salt Lake City) believes the addition of 50 beds at Jerome County Detention Center would allow for streamlined detention operations and facilitate fewer and less frequent transfers of detainees out of state,” according to a document obtained by Magic Valley.

Other Stories of Interest

FBI in Salt Lake City Actively Investigating Home-grown, Violent Terrorist

ISIS flag

ISIS flag

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI office in Salt Lake City said it’s investigating home-grown, violent terrorists.

“As recent events around the world, around the country have shown, this is no longer a coastal issue,” said Eric Barnhart, who heads the FBI’s Salt Lake field office that covers Utah, Idaho and Montana, the Desert News reports. 

“I think there used to be a narrative that if I don’t live on the West Coast or the East Coast, I’m going to be immune from this,” he said. “ISIL has changed that.”

Barnhart declined to give numbers or they types of terrorism-related cases that are under instigation.

Barnhart described ISIS as a “whole different monster” because of its “kill where you are” philosophy.

Sex Offender Slips Past Airport Security in Salt Lake City Using Stolen Boarding Pass

Michael Salata.

Michael Salata.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A registered sex offender was able to pass through airport security at Salt Lake City using a stolen boarding pass, the New York Post reports. 

Michael Salata didn’t make it on the flight, however, after checking into a Southwest Airlines flight to Oakland, Calif., on Nov. 5.

Airport police said Salata stole a boarding pass that had accidentally been left on a kiosk.

But once the woman who lost the pass checked in using a replacement ticket, security moved in on Salata.

The TSA acknowledged it made an identification mistake but properly screened Salata.

Other Stories of Interest

Judge Halts Case Amid Claims FBI Threatened Witness in Oklahoma City Bombing Case

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A federal judge has postponed a civil case involving the Oklahoma City bombing following claims that the FBI had threatened a witness in an attempt to keep him from testifying, Fox 13 Salt Lake City reports.

U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups appointed a “special master” to monitor the investigation, which is looking into allegations that agents instructed a witness not to show up in court in a lawsuit over documents from the 1999 bombing.

The judge also wants to see an unredacted copy of a report about potential witness tampering.

 

Sniper Rifle Stolen from FBI Agent’s Car in Utah Just Days Before President Obama Visits

Pres. Obama at state of the union/white house photo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Just days before President Obama was to visit Utah, an FBI agent’s sniper rifle was stolen from his car in Salt Lake City hotel, International Business Times reports. 

Police said the rifle was stolen from the agent’s parked car, where it was stored and properly locked down in a hard case.

“The rifle had been secured properly,” Salt Lake City Police Detective Dennis McGowan told KSTU-TV. “A couple of padlocks, chains, it was attached to a truck safe. There are all kinds of ways the weapon was secure. Yet someone was able to forcefully take the weapon.”

The Secret Service was made aware of the theft.

The agent’s window was broken.

“I observed the rear right passenger window was shattered and the window frame was pulled out, hanging from the door,” the police report states, according to KSTU-TV. “[The agent] stated his FBI issued sniper rifle was missing, which was in a hard rifle case along with some gear bags, backpacks, clothing and tools.” The stolen FBI rifle has yet to be found.

“We have not recovered the weapon, and we have not identified the person who has taken it yet,” McGowan told KSTU-TV.

 

Justice Department Concerned About Amount of Fraud in Military

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department isn’t exactly having trouble finding fraud in the military, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Take Fabian Barrera, who made $181,000 by claiming he recruited 119 people into the military. Barrera, who was sentenced to at least three years in prison lat month, never referred any of the recruits.

With multiple conflicts worldwide, the military has a lot of money that is being questionably spent, the Justice Department has found. Cases include bribery and steering contracts to select businesses.

“The schemes we see really run the gamut from relatively small bribes paid to somebody in Afghanistan to hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of contracts being steered in the direction of a favored company who’s paying bribes,” Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell, head of the Justice Department’s criminal division, said in an interview.

Over the past few months, four retired and one active-duty Army National Guard officials have been charged in connection with bribery and kickback schemes.

FBI Denies Pressuring Witness to Back Off Testifying in Oklahoma City Bombing Case

Timothy McVeigh

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Did Timothy McVeigh act alone when he detonated a bomb in Oklahoma in 1995?

Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue believes there’s video evidence to prove that McVeigh had help.

But the FBI, after many delays, finally issued a report that shows the bureau did not pressure a government operative into not testifying, the Associated Press reports.

The records indicate the former operative, John Matthews, didn’t want to testify and asked not to be a part of the case.

FBI inspectors concluded Matthews was never discouraged from testifying after they reviewed five recorded phone conversations between Matthews and an agent.

According to one transcript, Matthews was insistent he didn’t want to testify.

“I’m going to sit there on the stand and say I don’t recall anything,” he said.