“With the FBI On Her Trail, Michele Bachmann Raises Money For Non-Existent Reelection Bid”

June 12, 2013

San Francisco Sentinel on June 11, 2013 released the following:

“An FBI investigation into money laundering, wire fraud, and mail fraud has not stopped Rep. Michele Bachmann from continuing to raise money for a reelection campaign that she isn’t running.

According to the University of Minnesota’s Smart Politics blog, Nearly two weeks after announcing she would not seek a 5th term from Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District, Republican Michele Bachmann’s congressional campaign website is still locked and loaded to take in money. The campaign’s donation page is still featured and functional.” The donation page is still claiming that, “Obama and the Democrats are targeting Michele for speaking out against their extreme liberal agenda. They will do, say and spend whatever it takes to defeat her.”

According to David Shuster, the FBI may be in the process of gathering evidence against Bachmann herself, “According to sources close to the criminal investigation of Bachmann’s presidential campaign, the FBI has now been given sworn testimony and documents alleging Bachmann approved secret payments to Iowa state Senator Kent Sorenson in exchange for his help and support in that state’s 2012 Presidential caucuses. Ethics rules explicitly prohibit Iowa lawmakers from accepting payments from Presidential campaigns or PACs. Investigation sources tell Take Action News the FBI is examining money laundering allegations against Bachmann, as well as possible wire fraud and mail fraud.”

If this is the case, it is very clear why Bachmann high tailed it out of the House by announcing her “retirement.”

Usually, it wouldn’t be a big deal for a “retiring” member of Congress to continue to raise a small sum of money before they leave office. However, when the person raising the money is possibly facing mail fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering charges, it looks pretty bad to have a message up on your website soliciting donations for a reelection campaign that doesn’t exist.

It could be that Team Michele is distracted by other things, like the fact that members of her own presidential campaign team are possibly giving evidence against her to the FBI, or it could just be one of those things that Bachmann just hasn’t gotten around to yet.

When the FBI is investigating you for potential money laundering, it probably isn’t the best idea to be raising money by using a reelection campaign that no longer exists.

It is possible that Bachmann could change her mind and run for reelection, but after her “retirement” announcement the ethical thing to do would have been to change the language of the fundraising pitch on her website.

Then again, a lack of ethics is what got Michele Bachmann into this mess in the first place.”

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ICE: “Operation Easy Check nets 39 arrests for bank fraud and aggravated identity theft”

May 29, 2013

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on May 28, 2013 released the following:

“SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – As part of a criminal investigation into an alleged conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents, with the assistance of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Puerto Rico Police Department and Puerto Rico’s Department of Treasury, arrested 39 individuals in nine Puerto Rican municipalities Friday during an operation dubbed Easy Check.

“These arrests are a reflection of the success that comes when federal, state and local law enforcement agencies work together to target criminal organizations and individuals in Puerto Rico,” said Angel Melendez, special agent in charge of HSI San Juan. “At HSI, we follow the money trail to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most complicated financial schemes and seize criminal assets. We will continue to aggressively investigate fraudulent financial schemes that put in jeopardy the integrity of our financial system and are often a gateway to further criminal activity.”

According to the indictment, those arrested devised a scheme to defraud Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, Banco Santander de Puerto Rico, First Bank, Scotiabank, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria and Doral Bank, all financial institutions whose deposits were insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Since 2010, the organization headed by an individual named Kelvin Garcia-Oquendo engaged in bank fraud causing losses to several financial institutions of $580,089. The organization intended for losses at those institutions to exceed $1.2 million.

Individuals, operating as part of the organization, performed different roles in furtherance of the conspiracy. They were leaders, organizers, recruiters and facilitators who would either open bank accounts or lend existing bank accounts for the deposit of false and fraudulent checks. Some individuals would use ATM cards to purchase MoneyGram and U.S. Postal Service money orders with the proceeds of the bank fraud scheme. Others would go to different post offices to cash the money orders.

Throughout the course of the conspiracy, Garcia-Oquendo, Luis Luzunariz-Cruz and Ramon Lopez-Garcia acted as leaders for the criminal organization. The leaders would create fraudulent checks and have their co-conspirators deposit them. Then, they would determine how much money would be withdrawn from the bank accounts in which the false checks had been deposited. The leaders also played roles such as recruiting individuals and purchasing and cashing money orders.
Those arrested are:

  • Kelvin Garcia-Oquendo
  • Ramon L. Lopez-Garcia
  • Alejandro Rodriguez-Arce
  • Georgie Garcia-Oquendo
  • Joel Bezares-Cruz
  • Oscar Diaz-Maldonado
  • David Mestre-Cuadrado
  • Ernesto J. Bravo-Rivera
  • Jonathan Sierra-Coto
  • Angel L. Crespo
  • Carlos Delgado-Gomez
  • Alvin Rivera-Martinez
  • Ruperto Rijos Perez
  • Marie Grillasca-Battistini
  • Edwin Murillo-Rivera
  • Raul Martes-Colon
  • Maylee Garcia-Oquendo
  • Beatriz Nieves-Garcia
  • Yinairy Mediana-Castro
  • Sonia Rivera-Velazquez
  • Idalia Santana-Alamo
  • Gabriel Ramos-Rios
  • Jose G. Sanchez-Diaz
  • Hector Barbosa-Vellon
  • Jorge M. Agosto
  • Misha Rodriguez-Lazu
  • Hector e. Rivera-Ortiz
  • Felix Delgado-Velez
  • Brenda I. Ortiz-Echevarria
  • Wilfredo Moran-Castro
  • Ahmed D. Reyes-Vega
  • William Agosto-Diaz
  • Melitza Naveira-Sanabria
  • Maria del Carmen Garcia-Diaz
  • Alfonso Capestany
  • Kenny Quinones-Vazquez
  • Luis Ramos-Pacheco
  • Edgardo Castro-Santana
  • Ramon Matos-Santiago

Garcia-Oquendo, Luzunaris-Cruz, Sanchez-Diaz, Garcia-Oquendo, Marte-Colon, Lopez-Garcia and Delgado-Gómez face eight counts of aggravated identity theft. These defendants, while aiding and abetting each other, knowingly transferred and used the name, bank account number and information, as well as the ATM personal identification number belonging to another person. The defendants did so with the sole purpose of retrieving bank account funds that were proceeds of the bank fraud scheme.

Those arrested face up to 30 years in prison and fines not to exceed $1 million. Those defendants charged with aggravated identity theft face mandatory minimum sentences of two years in prison to run consecutive with the sentences imposed for the bank fraud charges.”

Federal Bank Fraud Crimes – 18 U.S.C. 1344

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“Lance Armstrong Under Investigation for Obstruction, Witness Tampering and Intimidation: Exclusive”

February 7, 2013

ABC News on February 5, 2013 released the following:

“By NEAL KARLINSKY

Federal investigators are in the midst of an active criminal investigation of disgraced former Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong, ABC News has learned.

The revelation comes in stark contrast to statements made by the U.S. Attorney for Southern California, Andre Birotte, who addressed his own criminal inquiry of Armstrong for the first time publicly on Tuesday. Birotte’s office spent nearly two years investigating Armstrong for crimes reportedly including drug distribution, fraud and conspiracy — only to suddenly drop the case on the Friday before the Super Bowl last year.

Sources at the time said that agents had recommended an indictment and could not understand why the case was suddenly dropped.

Today, a high level source told ABC News, “Birotte does not speak for the federal government as a whole.”

According to the source, who agreed to speak on the condition that his name and position were not used because of the sensitivity of the matter, “Agents are actively investigating Armstrong for obstruction, witness tampering and intimidation.”

An email to an attorney for Armstrong was not immediately returned.

Earlier Tuesday, during a Department of Justice news conference on another matter, Birotte was confronted with the Armstrong question unexpectedly. The following is a transcript of that exchange:

Q: Mr. Birotte, given the confession of Lance Armstrong to all the things —

Birotte: (Off mic.)

Q: — to all thethings that you, in the end, decided you couldn’t bring a case about, can you give us your thoughts on that case now and whether you might take another look at it?

Birotte: We made a decision on that case, I believe, a little over a year ago. Obviously we’ve been well-aware of the statements that have been made by Mr. Armstrong and other media reports. That has not changed my view at this time. Obviously, we’ll consider, we’ll continue to look at the situation, but that hasn’t changed our view as I stand here today.

The source said that Birotte is not in the loop on the current criminal inquiry, which is being run out of another office.

Armstrong confessed to lying and using performance-enhancing drugs throughout his career in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Investigators are not concerned with the drug use, but Armstrong’s behavior in trying to maintain his secret by allegedly threatening and interfering with potential witnesses.

Armstrong is currently serving a lifetime ban in sport handed down by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. He has been given a Feb. 6 deadline to tell all under oath to investigators or lose his last chance at a possible break on the lifetime ban.”

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Criminal probe sought in GSA case

April 16, 2012

The Washington Post on April 13, 2012 released the following:

“By Lisa Rein

The inspector general for the General Services Administration this week asked the Justice Department to conduct a criminal investigation into the activities of the senior official at the center of the Las Vegas spending scandal, officials said.

Jeffrey E. Neely, a career senior executive who hosted a four-day training conference for 300 managers and staff members that cost $823,000, took various electronic items for his personal use from a GSA storeroom, congressional and other officials familiar with the referral said.

Inspector General Brian D. Miller also has asked prosecutors to review possible contracting improprieties and other violations in connection with the conference, said the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the referral is not public.

Neely allegedly took gifts purchased for an employee rewards program in the San Francisco-based Pacific Rim region, where he has been placed on administrative leave from his role as acting regional commissioner. The gifts included an iPod and speakers, a Global Positioning System, camera and Sony eReader, according to government sources.

Miller has turned over to prosecutors what he says is evidence that Neely, 57, and his staff approved numerous contracts that were not competitively bid, as federal rules require, officials said. The sole-source deals were services that included, according to a recent inspector general’s report, $59,000 to an audio-visual firm, a $12,500 commission to an outside event planner and $75,000 to a company that led GSA staff members in a bike-building event.

The inspector general’s staff met with Justice Department officials several times this week to discuss the evidence, according to government sources.

Department of Justice spokeswoman Laura Sweeney declined to comment on the referral. The inspector general’s office could not be reached.

Neely’s attorney, Preston Burton, called him “a good man who has been a dedicated government employee for over three decades.”

In the 11 days since Miller documented how a tradition in GSA’s Public Buildings Service, the so-called the Western Regions conference, apparently spun out of control with little oversight from Washington, the scandal has become an election-year lightning rod on the issue of government spending.

The criminal referral comes as documents the inspector general provided to Congress show that GSA officials knew about the conference spending at the four-star M Resort and Casino months before the final details became public. Former administrator Martha Johnson and her staff members received a briefing from Miller’s staff in May that laid out most of what appeared in the final report, according to a 15-page presentation titled an “Interim Alert Report.” The Washington Post has obtained a copy of the report.

Former Public Buildings Service commissioner Robert Peck gave Neely a reprimand last summer, calling the mistakes a “managerial lapse.”

A deputy administrator at GSA later questioned the level of discipline, writing in an e-mail to Peck: “Sorry, but your letter is not even a slap on the wrist.”

One of the concerns raised by deputy administrator Susan Brita in her e-mail was how the situation would look in the media.

Peck and a top adviser to Johnson were fired hours before the inspector general’s report was released; Johnson resigned.

Peck, Brita and Johnson are among those called to testify before Congress next week, when four back-to-back hearings have been scheduled by lawmakers in both parties.

Neely, one of four regional commissioners placed on administrative leave, has been subpoenaed by at least one congressional committee and plans to invoke his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself, his lawyer told Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, in a letter Friday.

“Witnesses were invited with the expectation that they will deliver testimony at Monday’s hearing,” said Frederick Hill, communications director for the committee, which has scheduled a hearing Monday.

The employee recognition, or “Hats Off,” program was the subject of a separate investigation last year by Miller’s office, which found rampant abuse of the program. Investigators found an inadequate inventory system, poor security, theft and misuse of government purchasing cards used to buy the gifts. The awards also exceeded GSA’s $99-per-item limit on gifts.”

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Prosecutors drop Lance Armstrong doping investigation

February 6, 2012

CNN on February 3, 2012 released the following:

“By Terry Frieden, CNN Justice Producer

(CNN) — Justice Department prosecutors said Friday that they are closing a criminal investigation of champion cyclist Lance Armstrong without filing charges that he used performance-enhancing drugs.

A statement from the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles said the seven-time Tour de France winner will not be charged, but did not explain the reasons for the decision.

Armstrong has consistently denied doping. He was accused of using performance-enhancing drugs by other riders, but never failed a drug test.

Late Friday, he released a statement in which he said he was “gratified” to learn that prosecutors are closing their investigation.

“It is the right decision and I commend them for reaching it. I look forward to continuing my life as a father, a competitor and an advocate in the fight against cancer without this distraction,” Armstrong said.

Prosecutors called witnesses to a federal grand jury in Los Angeles as they investigated the case, but they apparently determined that they lacked evidence to bring a charge.

In May 2011, Armstrong once again denied claims from a former teammate that he used drugs during his cycling career.

Armstrong has been dogged by allegations of drugs abuse in recent years with compatriot Floyd Landis — who was found guilty of doping in the 2006 Tour de France resulting in him being stripped of the title — making a series of claims last year.

Armstrong came out fighting once again in May, in the face of fresh allegations made on the CBS News “60 Minutes” show by another American Tyler Hamilton.

On his Twitter page, Armstrong said at the time: “I have had a 20-year career, 500 drug controls worldwide, in and out of competition, and never a failed test. I rest my case.”

In the CBS interview, Hamilton — who retired in 2009 after twice testing positive himself — says he first saw Armstrong use blood boosting substance EPO in 1999, the year of his first Tour de France victory.

“I saw it in his refrigerator,” Hamilton told the American news program. “I saw him inject it more than one time like we all did, like I did many, many times.”

Hamilton added: “Armstrong took what we all took — the majority of the peloton took. There was EPO, testosterone, blood transfusions.”

Meanwhile, Armstrong’s lawyer Mark Fabiani blasted the “60 Minutes” report, releasing a statement saying: “Hamilton is actively seeking to make money by writing a book.

“He has completely changed the story he has always told before so that he could get himself on “60 Minutes” and increase his chances with publishers.”

Fabiani continued: “Greed and a hunger for publicity cannot change the facts: Lance Armstrong is the most tested athlete in the history of sports: He has passed nearly 500 tests over 20 years of competition.””

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Former Detroit Public Schools Accountant, Teacher Indicted on Fraud and Money Laundering Charges

February 2, 2012

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on February 1, 2012 released the following:

“Sandra Campbell, a former Detroit Public Schools contract accountant and school board candidate, and her daughter, Domonique Campbell, a Detroit Public Schools teacher, were indicted by a federal grand jury in Detroit on charges of program fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, and tax charges, United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today.

McQuade was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge Andrew Arena, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Special Agent in Charge, Erick Martinez, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation.

The nine-count indictment charges that between 2004 and 2008, Sandra Campbell, 56, and Domonique Campbell, 37, obtained in excess of $530,000.00 from the Detroit Public Schools through a fraudulent scheme in which orders were placed with the Campbells’ sham company for books and educational materials never provided to the schools. The indictment further alleges that Sandra Campbell and Domonique Campbell conspired to defraud the Internal Revenue Service and failed to report the money they fraudulently obtained from the Detroit Public Schools as income on their tax returns.

Sandra Campbell is also charged in the indictment with wire fraud. This count alleges that Campbell obtained a $40,000 discount payoff of a $250,000 mortgage on her home through a fraudulent “short sale” of the property to her mother.

United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade said, “Anyone who considers stealing from our school children should take note that we are scrutinizing records and conduct, and will prosecute wrongdoers. “

FBI Special Agent in Charge Andrew Arena stated, “The FBI would like to thank all of our partners who continue to assist us in battling corruption. In particular, I would like to note the continued support of DPS Inspector General Van Marsh and his team, The alleged actions of these subjects do nothing more than steal the opportunity for quality education from our children. Such actions can not be tolerated and will be pursued by the FBI and it’s partners.”

IRS Special Agent in Charge Erick Martinez stated, “”Those who profit at the expense of our children and steal from our community will be held accountable for their greedy actions.”

The case was investigated by special agents of the FBI, IRS, and Department of Education, Office of Inspector General, with the assistance of Detroit Public Schools, Office of Inspector General. The case is being investigated and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys J. Michael Buckley and Pamela Thompson of the Public Corruption Unit.”

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