December 10, 2008

Epidemic Of Government-Related Crime Grips United States

SC judge arrested for filing false police report

Associated Press - December 10, 2008 6:25 PM ET
ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina county magistrate has been arrested after authorities say he admitted filing a false police report saying someone had threatened his life.

The State Law Enforcement Division says 61-year-old William E. Gilmer of Honea Path was arrested Wednesday and charged with misconduct in office.


Former Correctional Officer Arrested for Accepting Bribes

Posted: Dec 10, 2008 03:54 PM EST

ODESSA - A former correctional officer at the Ector County Correctional Center was arrested Wednesday afternoon on a federal bribery charge.
Federal authorities say 23-year-old Allen Zehr supplied an inmate with three bags of marijuana and a cell phone in exchange for $450 back in October.

NewsWest 9

Feds accuse DEA agent of accepting bribes for visas

Daniel Borunda / El Paso Times
Posted: 12/10/2008 12:00:00 AM MST

EL PASO -- A DEA agent in El Paso was arrested Tuesday after being indicted for allegedly taking bribes to help Mexican citizens fraudulently obtain visas to enter the United States, federal officials said.

Agent George H. Brunner was arrested without incident after an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration's Office of Professional Responsibility and the Office of the Inspector General of the Justice Department, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
It was not known whether Brunner was released on bail.

El Paso Times

Aide to Boxer Fired After Being Charged in Child Pornography Sting

By Ben Pershing
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, November 14, 2008; Page A05

A senior aide to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) was fired from his post last week after he was charged with distributing and receiving child pornography.

Washington Post

Fifteen Chicago-Area Police Officers Charged in Undercover Corruption Sting Written by FBI Release Wednesday, 03 December 2008 Hear this article CHICAGO - An undercover FBI investigation led to federal charges being filed against 17 defendants--15 of them Chicago-area sworn law enforcement officers--who allegedly accepted between $400 and $4,000 each on one or more occasions to serve as lookouts and be ready to intervene in the event real police or rival drug dealers attempted to interfere with any of a dozen different purported transfers of kilogram quantities of cocaine and heroin. FIFTEEN SOUTH SUBURBAN LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AMONG 17

Daily Kenoshan

Alpharetta firefighter charged with child porn

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Friday, December 05, 2008

An Alpharetta fire department employee was arrested Thursday on six counts of sexual exploitation of children, a GBI spokesman said.
Authorities found images of child pornography on two of Tristen Cruz’s computers, Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman John Bankhead said.


Border security official charged

Allegedly hired illegal workers Oversaw guards at local ports

Lorraine Henderson left the federal courthouse yesterday. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff)
By Jonathan Saltzman

Globe Staff / December 6, 2008

The official in charge of keeping Massachusetts ports of entry free of illegal immigration and drug smuggling was arrested yesterday on charges that she repeatedly hired undocumented immigrants to clean her Salem condominium.

Lorraine Henderson, the Boston area port director for the Customs and Border Protection Division of the US Department of Homeland Security, was arrested at her home shortly before 8 a.m. after an eight-month undercover investigation during which a cleaner wore a wire.


Former Madison County prosecutor charged with domestic battery


A former Madison County prosecutor was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery after police arrested her during a scuffle with her girlfriend on Monday night.

Michele Lynne Berkel, 41, also was charged with obstructing a police officer. She was released from the Madison County Jail on Tuesday on a personal recognizance bond.


Former corrections officer may plea

Jimmie E. Gates • • December 5, 2008

A former Mississippi Department of Corrections employee already facing state charges is expected to enter a plea to federal charges alleging she schemed to access inmate records to file false income tax returns and obtain money for herself.

Janice Singleton, 42, a Jackson tax preparer who also was a corrections officer at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County, is charged with bank and wire fraud, making false or fraudulent claims and aggravated identity theft.

Clarion Ledger

Ex-Turnpike worker pleads guilty to laundering money

Loan-sharking funds were really from FBI
Wednesday, December 03, 2008 BY MATTHEW REILLY
Star-Ledger Staff

A former New Jersey Turnpike Authority employee pleaded guilty yesterday to money laundering in connection with a long-running federal loan-sharking sting.

Leroy Robinson, 52, of Maplewood admitted using his consulting business to launder $120,000 in what he thought were loan-sharking proceeds from three people. They turned out to be a cooperating witness and two undercover FBI agents, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark J. McCarren.

New Jersey

IRS Agent Indicted for Tax Fraud

Los Angeles (Nov. 21, 2008)
By WebCPA staff

An IRS revenue agent was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport after he was indicted a few days earlier by a grand jury on charges of tax fraud and obstructing an investigation into his tax return.

Jim Liu, 42, of Diamond Bar, Calif., claimed on his tax return that he had suffered a loss on a real estate sale when he had actually realized a profit. Liu has been released on a $30,000 bond and is scheduled for arraignment on Nov. 24.


Federal employee among 14 indicted in disability claims scam

Posted: Nov 20, 2008 06:07 PM EST
Updated: Nov 20, 2008 06:24 PM EST

By Maira Ansari - bio | email
Posted by Charles Gazaway - email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Veterans Administration employee and 13 others have been charged with conspiring to steal nearly $2-million in disability claims.


LIRR executive Fredreick Kreuder busted for scamming government out of disability benefits

Monday, November 17th 2008, 5:09 PM

A Long Island Rail Road executive has been busted for masterminding"systematic abuse" that helped colleagues bilk the U.S. government outof disability benefits.
Frederick Kreuder, the manager for budgetdevelopment analysis, was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court Mondayon felony and misdemeanor misconduct charges stemming from an elaborate scam...

New York Daily News

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