Ex-State Department Official Charged With Allegedly Taking A Bribe

October 16, 2012

Bloomberg on October 16, 2012 released the following:

“By Phil Milford

A former U.S. State Department official was arrested by the FBI and accused of taking a $30,000 bribe linked to renovation of a prison in Afghanistan, according to papers unsealed in federal court in Delaware.

Kenneth Michael Brophy, who supervised Afghan contractors in renovation of the Pol-i-Charki Prison in Kabul, was charged with receipt of an illegal gratuity by a public official and willful receipt by an executive branch employee of a payment for assisting the contractor, Katherine Arden, a Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent, said in court papers.

“There is probable cause to believe that Brophy accepted an illegal $30,000 payment” from the unidentified Afghan firm in exchange for “lobbying” the Army Corps of Engineers on behalf of a company contract appeal, Arden wrote.

Brophy, a civil and structural engineer, worked for the State Department from 2008 to 2010, according to Arden. He was arrested last week when he traveled to Delaware to attend a relative’s wedding, and was released pending trial, according to court papers.

During an investigation, Brophy told authorities the alleged cash bribe was actually “slipped” into his coat pocket and he “did not notice the money” until he returned to his billet in the U.S. Embassy, Arden wrote.

Brophy claimed his wife in Dubai gave him $50,000 and that there was about $500,000 in cash and collectible stamps stored in a relative’s basement in Delaware, the agent said.

Federal agents found $29,000 in cash when they searched his Kabul quarters, Arden said.

Brophy’s lawyer, Edmund D. Lyons Jr., didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment on the charges.

The case is USA v. Brophy, 1:12-mj-00171, U.S. District Court, District of Delaware (Wilmington).”

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FBI arrest three former football players on allegations of ID-theft and tax-related fraud charges

May 1, 2012

The Miami Herald on May 1, 2012 released the following:

“Feds bust three former football players on ID-theft and tax-related fraud charges

BY JAY WEAVER

Two ex-National Football League players and a former Miami high school star have been arrested by the FBI on federal charges in connection with an alleged scheme to steal people’s identities and file false tax returns in others’ names to collect thousands of dollars in refunds, according to authorities.

The two ex-NFL players charged with defrauding the federal government and ID theft are: William Joseph, a University of Miami defensive tackle drafted in the first round by the New York Giants in 2003, and Michael Bennett, a University of Wisconsin running back also drafted in the first round by the Minnesota Vikings in 2001.

The third defendant, Louis Gachelin, is the half-brother of Denver Broncos star Elvis Dumervil. Gachelin was a standout at Miami Jackson High and Syracuse University as a defensive lineman and signed as a free agent with the New England Patriots in 2004. But he never made the final roster. Gachelin played in 2005 for NFL Europe’s Frankfurt Galaxy.

Joseph and Gachelin grew up in Miami; Bennett was born in Milwaukee.

All three were questioned after their arrests Monday by FBI agents at the bureau’s North Miami Beach regional office. They were then transferred to the Federal Detention Center in downtown Miami for court appearances Tuesday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Dube, according to the clerk’s office. Details of the alleged scheme are expected to be disclosed in a criminal complaint to be released later Tuesday.

FBI spokesman Mike Leverock declined to comment.

As part of a related investigation, the FBI also arrested about a half-dozen other defendants Monday.

Authorities say the latest tax-related fraud case, while unique because of the ex-NFL defendants, is yet another indication of escalating identity-theft crimes in South Florida.

In April, a Coral Springs woman pleaded guilty to stealing the identities of U.S. Marines and others in a tax-refund scheme designed to trick the Internal Revenue Service into sending her tens of thousands of dollars, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Dorothy Boulin, 29, pleaded guilty in Miami federal court to one count each of fraud and aggravated identity theft. She faces up to 22 years in prison, but as part of her plea agreement Boulin agreed to work in an “undercover role” for the FBI that could significantly reduce her prison term.

For her scam, Boulin used an electronic IRS number — normally issued to legitimate tax preparers — to file false returns in the names of at least 14 people, including several U.S. Marines serving in Afghanistan, according to court records. The bogus returns sought more than $53,000 in refunds.

Boulin’s plea agreement cited a person identified only as “C.J.” as the supplier of the names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers of Marines victimized in her scam.

Crooks like Boulin have graduated from everyday credit-card fraud to stealing people’s identities such as names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers in order to rob taxpayers of refunds before they file their returns with the Internal Revenue Service, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Miami.

Authorities say tax-return rackets are particularly pernicious because they harm two victims: the federal government as well as legitimate taxpayers whose identities and refunds have been stolen.

Here’s the root of the problem: Scammers have exploited a hole in the IRS electronic filing system, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

The federal watchdog agency found that the IRS does not actually match tax returns to the W-2 income forms that employers file until months after the filing season ends on April 15. Employers file them at the end of February or early March, but the agency does not match them up with employees’ incomes reported on 1040 forms until June.

That’s way too late to catch identity thieves who file false returns in others’ names early in the year. What’s more, the IRS offers to download the refunds onto prepaid debit cards for speed and convenience.

Because of the relative ease, everyday criminals are moving into identity-theft rackets, using computers, the Internet and online tax services to fleece the IRS and taxpayers. The GAO reports that the number of identity theft-related fraud incidents on tax returns reached 248,000 in 2010, about five times more than in 2008.

In the past two years, the IRS has “redoubled” efforts to fight tax fraud by identity theft, according to Steven T. Miller, the IRS’s deputy commissioner for services and enforcement, who testified before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee in March.

Miller told the panel that last year the IRS launched new software filters to flag fraudulent returns, and new procedures for handling suspect returns.

Recent federal legislation may help combat the crime.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, who presided over the March hearing, has sponsored a bill that would make it a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison, to use someone else’s Social Security or taxpayer identification numbers to file a fraudulent return.”

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‘America’s Most Wanted’ Federal Fugitive, Eric Antwan Bell, Arrested by the FBI and ICE

September 1, 2011

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on August 31, 2011 released the following:

“TAMPA, Fla. — Eric Antwan Bell, a federal fugitive in a Clearwater Area Human Trafficking Task Force (CAHTTF) investigation, was arrested on Wednesday by special agents of the FBI and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Parsippany, N.J.

He had been living in Jersey City, N.J.

On June 11, Bell was featured on the television program “America’s Most Wanted” with John Walsh during the show’s “Be On the Look Out” (BOLO) segment.

Bell was also featured on a digital billboard throughout the Tampa Bay-area and on ICE’s website as one of the agency’s most wanted criminals.

On Jan. 3, a federal criminal complaint was filed in the Middle District of Florida which alleged that Bell was involved in the production of child pornography, had unlawfully possessed a firearm and had engaged in sex trafficking of a minor.

Agencies included in the task force were the Clearwater Police Department, Tampa Police Department, St. Petersburg Police Department, Largo Police Department, Pinellas Park Police Department, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, Regional Community Policing Institute, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida, Office of the State Attorney for the Sixth Judicial Circuit, FBI and ICE HSI.

Non-government partners included the Florida Department of Health, Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, World Relief, the Haven Spouse Abuse Shelter, Gulf Coast Legal Services, Inc., Salvation Army and Clearwater Hispanic Outreach Center.”

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James Aley White Arrested by the FBI for Allegedly Committing Bank Robbery in Albuquerque Will Appear in Houston Federal Court for his Initial Appearance

August 29, 2011

Houston Chronicle on August 28, 2011 released the following:

“FBI: Suspect arrested in Albuquerque bank robbery

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say they’ve arrested a man suspected in an Albuquerque bank robbery last week.

The FBI says 29-year-old James Aley White, of Albuquerque, is expected to have an initial appearance Monday in U.S. District Court.

FBI special agents and officers with the Albuquerque Police Department’s Repeat Offender Project unit arrested White at an Albuquerque motel on Friday.

Authorities say a Bank of America branch inside a Smith’s grocery store was robbed Aug. 19.

A man entered the store at about 6:15 p.m. and handed the teller a note demanding money. The note implied the robber had a gun, but no weapon was seen.

Authorities say the suspect left with an undisclosed amount of money.

The FBI announced White’s arrest Sunday but didn’t immediately say what led them to suspect him.”

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