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Man Who Told FBI of Plans to Kill President Obama Sentenced to Time Served

president obama state of unionBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Massachusetts man who told the FBI of plans to kill then-President Obama was sentenced to time served and five years of supervised release.

Masslive.com reports that Andrew O’Keefe was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Boston on Thursday to six months of time already served. 

In May 2o15, O’Keefe boldly contacted the FBI using an online anonymous tip page to say, “I’m planning to kill President Barack Obama, and I’ve got a really good plan.”

O’Keefe used his Social Security number to sign in to the tip line.

“Have the Secret Service give me a visit. I could use some company,” O’Keefe wrote in the post.

MassLive wrote:

O’Keefe apparently displayed signs of questionable mental health, telling authorities that he first needed to eat something so that he would have “enough energy” to survive being shot by police. He also apparently told them that words have no meaning and are “myths.”

Eventually, he peacefully surrendered to authorities and was taken into custody. 

During court proceedings, O’Keefe’s lawyer characterized him as “a bright … college graduate who seems to be experiencing some emotional problems.”

Previously, Secret Service Special Agent Fred F. Mitchell III had also stated that O’Keefe had “mental health issues” and noted that he had been previously charged with weapons offenses in state court. 

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Sex Offender Gets 70 Years in Prison on Numerous Charges

police tapeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A federal judge wants to make sure 39-year-old Bradley Prucha spends the rest of his life in prison.

The 39-year-old registered sex offender with a long criminal history was sentenced to 70 years in prison.

Prucha was charged and convicted of producing child pornography, acting as the ringleader of a multi-state retail theft scheme, distributing narcotics to minors and witness tampering.

“This man left a tremendous wake of victims and broken lives behind him,” said Special Agent Kevin Kohler, who investigated the case from the FBI’s Omaha Division. “He is a predator in every sense of the word.”

The FBI said Prucha relied to vulnerable teenage girls to help carry out the crimes. He also paid to have sex with them and even filmed himself having sexual encounters with minors.

“For the most part, these were vulnerable teenage girls who didn’t have stable home lives,” Kohler said. “Prucha was able to recruit them by taking them on trips and buying them gifts and pretending to care about them when no one else in their lives did.”

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Was Ex-Secret Service Agent Planning to Flee Country After Stealing Bitcoins?

3-D model of a virtual bitcoin. Photo: Trader Tim/Flickr

3-D model of a virtual bitcoin. Photo: Trader Tim/Flickr

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The former Secret Service agent who was prosecuted for stealing $800,000 in bitcoins while investigating the dark website Silk Road was arrested at his Maryland home a day before he was scheduled to turn himself in to begin a prison sentence, the Guardian reports. 

Arresting officers made a discovery that questions whether Shaun Bridges was planning on leaving the country. The found a bag with his passport and “corporate records for three offshore entities in Nevis, Belize and Mauritius.”

Officers also found several Secret Service-issued bullet proof vests that appear to have been stolen from the federal government, the Guardian reported, citing an arrest warrant.

Bridges is now in custody because he is considered a flight risk.

Former Secret Service Agent Who Stole Bitcoins During Probe Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison

bitcoin_bigBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former Secret Service agent who illegally accessed the now-defunct Silk Road website and stealing bitcoin was sentenced Monday to nearly six years in prison and ordered to pay $1 million for the siphoned currency, the Wall Street Journal reports. 

Shaun Bridges, 33, pleaded guilty to felony charges of money laundering and obstruction of justice.

Officials pegged the value of the bitcoin at $350,000 when the currency was stolen.

Bridges sold the currency for $820,000.

Bridges’ attorneys urged the judge to sentence him to three years in prison.

4 Men Sentenced to Prison for Trying to Buy Women at ‘Sex Slave Auction’

sex slave via justice department

A sex-slave confinement room, via Justice Department.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The men gathered at a warehouse in Phoenix, thinking they were buying sex slaves.

But the auction was set up by the FBI as part of a two-year sting that resulted in the arrest of four American men, The Arizona Republic reports. 

The men outfitted their homes with chains and other confinement devices.

“We are just kind of horrified by the dark nature of this reality,” George Steuer, a supervisory special agent for the FBI in Phoenix, said. “It’s a very sickening reality that you realize some victims have actually had to live through.”

While touring one of the homes, agents were told by a 65-year-old suspect, Charles Bunnell, that the slaves “will never leave. … They are just going to be serving.”

Bunnell is one of the last defendants to be sentenced to federal prison this month. He received 108 months.

The other three men were sentenced to between 60 and 84 months.

Anonymous-Linked Activist Sent to Prison for Threatening FBI Agent, Sharing Stolen Data

 

Barrett Brown via YouTube

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An activist tied to the hacking group Anonymous was sentenced to five years in prison on charges of threatening an FBI agent and spreading stolen data.

The Business Insider reports that Barrett Brown, who had faced more than 100 years behind bars, read from a lengthy statement before sentencing, saying he broke the law to uncover unlawful government activity.

“If I criticize the government for breaking the law, but then break the law myself in an effort to reveal their wrongdoing, I should expect to be punished just I’ve called for the criminals at government-linked firms… to be punished,” he said. “When we start fighting crime by any means necessary, we become guilty of the same hypocrisy as law enforcement agencies throughout history that break the rules to get the villains, and so become villains themselves.”

Brown was arrested in 2012 after threatening an FBI agent in a YouTube video.

He pledged to “ruin his life and look into his (expletive) kids.”

Brown also was charged with sharing information hacked from defense contractor Stratfor, Business Insider wrote.