2011 National Gang Threat Assessment Issued

October 21, 2011

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on October 21, 2011 released the following:

“According to the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment released by the National Gang Intelligence Center (NGIC), approximately 1.4 million gang members belonging to more than 33,000 gangs were criminally active in the U.S. as of April, 2011. The assessment was developed through analysis of available federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and corrections agency information; 2010 NDIC National Drug Threat Survey (NDTS) data; and verified open source information.

“Gangs continue to expand, evolve, and become more violent. The FBI, along with its federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners, strives to disrupt and prevent their criminal activities and seek justice for innocent victims of their crimes,” said Assistant Director Kevin Perkins, FBI Criminal Investigative Division.

Other key findings are as follows:

  • Gangs are responsible for an average of 48 percent of violent crime in most jurisdictions and up to 90 percent in several others, according to NGIC analysis.
  • Gangs are increasingly engaging in non-traditional gang-related crime such as alien smuggling, human trafficking, and prostitution. Gangs are also engaging in white-collar crime such as counterfeiting, identity theft, and mortgage fraud.
  • Gangs are becoming increasingly adaptable and sophisticated, employing new and advanced technology to facilitate criminal activity discreetly, enhance their criminal operations, and connect with other gang members, criminal organizations, and potential recruits nationwide and even worldwide.

The following agencies contributed to the assessment: U.S. Department of Defense; Naval Criminal Investigative Service; U.S. Army, Fort Dix Criminal Investigative Division; Directorate Emergency Services USAG-HI; U.S. Department of Homeland Security; U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; U.S. Customs and Border Protection; U.S. Border Patrol; U.S. Homeland Security Investigations; U.S. Department of the Interior; Bureau of Land Management; U.S. Department of Justice; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; Drug Enforcement Administration; Federal Bureau of Investigation; Federal Bureau of Prisons; Immigration and Customs Enforcement; National Drug Intelligence Center; National Gang Center; National Gang Intelligence Center; U.S. Marshals Service; U.S. Probation and Parole; U.S. Department of State; and numerous state, local, regional, and tribal law enforcement agencies.”

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Teresa Carlson Named Special Agent in Charge of the Milwaukee Division

October 19, 2011

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on October 19, 2011 released the following:

“Director Robert S. Mueller, III named Teresa L. Carlson special agent in charge of the FBI’s Milwaukee Division. Ms. Carlson most recently served as section chief in the Directorate of Intelligence, which is responsible for collecting, producing, and disseminating actionable intelligence that enables the FBI to identify and counter current and emerging threats.

Ms. Carlson is a 19-year veteran of the FBI. She entered on duty as a special agent and was first assigned to the Chicago Division, where she investigated violent crimes and public corruption matters. Ms. Carlson was a case agent for Operation Silver Shovel, an undercover investigation that involved bribery, drug trafficking, and organized crime activity. It resulted in more than 20 convictions, including elected officials.

She was later promoted to the Inspection Division at FBI Headquarters. Ms. Carlson then transferred to the Birmingham Division, where she served as a supervisor in the white-collar crime program.

After serving in the Birmingham Division, Ms. Carlson was appointed assistant special agent in charge (ASAC) of the white-collar crime and cyber programs in the New York Division. While in this role, she oversaw high-profile investigations and subsequently was in charge of the intelligence program for the division.

She returned to FBI Headquarters after working as ASAC in the New York Division. Ms. Carlson worked in the FBI’s National Security Branch, which is responsible for national security matters, including budget matters and liaison with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Congress, and the White House.

Ms. Carlson is from Grand Rapids, Michigan and graduated from Michigan State University. Prior to her career in the FBI, she did legal research for the Michigan Legislature.”

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Timothy J. Delaney Named Special Agent in Charge of the Criminal Division at the Los Angeles Field Office

September 1, 2011

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on August 31, 2011 released the following:

“Director Robert S. Mueller, III named Timothy J. Delaney special agent in charge of the FBI’s Criminal Division at the Los Angeles Field Office. Mr. Delaney most recently served as section chief for the New Agent’s Training Program Section in the FBI’s Training Division. In this role, he was responsible for the development and delivery of training programs for new special agents.

Mr. Delaney completed new agent training in Quantico, Virginia in 1991. He worked in the New York Field Office for nine years, where was assigned to the Manhattan office and investigated a variety of white-collar crime matters.

After serving in New York, Mr. Delaney was promoted to unit chief at FBI Headquarters in the Criminal Investigative Division’s Health Care Fraud Unit from July 2000 to December 2004. He oversaw the efforts of more than 400 investigators and managed a budget of more than $114 million. In this role, he was also a frequent lecturer on health care fraud at major conferences and training sessions.

From January 2005 to June 2008, Mr. Delaney served as assistant special agent in charge in the Miami Field Office. He managed division’s white-collar crime, cyber, and civil rights programs. In addition to this, he oversaw the efforts of special agents and intelligence analysts. While in Miami, the division dismantled criminal enterprises resulting in convictions of Washington, D.C. lobbyist Jack Abramoff, several county commissioners, and three police corruption rings.

Mr. Delaney is a native of Queens, New York. Prior to the start of his FBI career in 1991, he graduated from Sienna College in Albany, New York with a degree in accounting. He worked in investment banking at Banque Paribas in New York City and served five years in the U.S. Army Reserves, leaving as a first lieutenant. Mr. Delaney is married and has three children.”

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9th Circuit Court of Appeals To Hear Appeal Over Medicating Jared Lee Loughner

August 30, 2011

The Associated Press (AP) on August 30, 2011 released the following:

“SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court will hear arguments Tuesday over a request to permanently ban prison officials from forcibly medicating the Tucson shooting rampage suspect with psychotropic drugs.

At issue in Jared Lee Loughner’s appeal before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal is whether prison officials or a judge should decide whether a mentally ill person who poses a danger in prison should be forcibly medicated.

Prosecutors say the decision is for prison officials to make, while Loughner’s lawyers say it’s up to a judge.

Loughner has pleaded not guilty to 49 charges in the Jan. 8 shooting that killed six people and wounded 13 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

He has been at a federal prison facility in Springfield, Mo., since late May after mental health experts determined he suffers from schizophrenia and a judge ruled him mentally unfit to stand trial. He was sent to the facility in a bid to restore his mental competency so he can assist in his legal defense.

Loughner was forcibly medicated from June 21 to July 1 after prison doctors concluded that he was a danger. His attorneys appealed U.S. District Judge Larry Burns’ ruling that said Loughner could be forcibly medicated in prison.

After the appeals court temporarily stopped Loughner’s forced medication, the prison put Loughner under round-the-clock suicide watch in mid-July after he asked a prison psychologist to kill him. Prison staff said Loughner’s psychological condition was deteriorating, noting that he had been pacing in circles near his cell door, screaming loudly and crying for hours at a time.

Loughner was given twice daily dose of an oral solution of Risperidone, a drug used for people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and severe behavior problems.

Loughner’s attorneys have questioned whether prison officials violated the appeals court’s order by medicating him again.

Eventually, the appeals court denied a request by Loughner’s attorneys to prevent the prison from continuing to medicate him. The court never said whether prison officials had violated its earlier order that temporarily prevented them from forcibly medicating Loughner.

Loughner’s attorneys continue to contest the forced medication in both the district and appeal courts.

Defense lawyers argued that the decision to forcibly medicate their client solely on the basis of an administrative hearing held by prison officials had violated Loughner’s due-process rights. For instance, they said, Loughner was denied the chance to call a witness at a hearing.

Prosecutors said the appeal is without merit because defense attorneys are asking the district court judge to substitute his judgment on whether Loughner poses a danger while in prison with the conclusions of mental health professionals.

They also said Loughner received all necessary due-process protections and noted that the witness he requested was his lawyer and that he didn’t have a right to have a lawyer at the administrative hearing at the prison.”

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Federal Judge Ruled that Jordan Miles’ Attorney Can See Some FBI Documents

August 30, 2011

The Houston Chronicle on August 29, 2011 released the following:

“PITTSBURGH (AP) — A federal judge in Pittsburgh says attorneys for the city and a teen who claims he was wrongly beaten by three police officers can review some FBI records of a U.S. Justice Department investigation that ended in May with no criminal charges against the police.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says (http://bit.ly/ri7xlK ) U.S. District Judge Gary Lancaster’s ruling doesn’t address the city’s request, opposed by federal prosecutors, to review secret grand jury transcripts.

The judge says the parties can review FBI records relevant to Jordan Miles’ lawsuit and cannot share the material with anyone else.

The city has denied claims by Miles, then a violist at the city’s performing arts high school, who says officers wrongly chased then beat him on Jan. 12, 2010 simply because he was a young black man walking in a high-crime area.”

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Melissa L. Sims, Former FBI Technican, Sentenced in Hammond Federal Court

August 29, 2011

Main Justice on August 29, 2011 released the following:

“Former FBI Technican Sentenced; She Stole Almost $80,000

A former employee at an Indiana FBI office will spend 15 months in prison after pleading guilty for lying about stealing nearly $80,000.

Melissa L. Sims worked as an evidence control technician in the Merrillvile office from 1996 through September 2008. According to her plea agreement, Sims admitted to stealing or embezzling evidence she was supposed to have disposed of properly. She admitted that at least 10 times she signed documents saying that cash ranging from $2 to $2,790 had been returned, when she actually had kept it.

She also admitted that she had tampered with a witness in the case.

As part of the plea, she was ordered to repay $77,882 in restitution.”

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Austin Galvan Indicted by a Omaha Federal Grand Jury Charging Him in a Two-Count Federal Indictment of Wire Fraud and Obstruction of Justice

August 29, 2011

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on August 29, 2011 released the following:

“Nebraska Man Arrested on Wire Fraud and Obstruction of Justice Charges

WASHINGTON – An Omaha, Neb., man was charged in an indictment unsealed today for allegedly trying to solicit corrupt payments from an individual in return for a promised reduction in the individual’s ultimate prison sentence, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.

Austin Galvan, 29, was charged in a two-count indictment unsealed today in the District of Nebraska with one count of wire fraud and one count of obstruction of justice. He was arrested on Aug. 26, 2011, by FBI agents and made his initial appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Thalken in federal court in Omaha.

According to the indictment, Galvan told an associate who was facing federal criminal charges in the District of Nebraska that he, Galvan, had a law enforcement contact in Nebraska who could secure a substantial reduction in his associate’s prison sentence in exchange for corrupt payments. Galvan, in fact, had no such contact.

According to the indictment, in conversations with his associate in May and June 2010, Galvan urged him not to cooperate with federal authorities. Galvan allegedly assured his associate that his contact was in a position to help secure a reduction in the associate’s prison sentence, provided that corrupt payments were made. Galvan also gave his associate what he claimed were official documents given to him by his purported law enforcement contact. According to the indictment, Galvan provided his associate with an audio recording of a court hearing that he claimed his purported law enforcement contact had given him. In fact, Galvan had downloaded the recording from the Public Access to Court Electronic Records system, or PACER. The indictment also alleges that Galvan provided his associate with what he claimed was the business card of a federal judge who would assist in securing the sentence reduction, when in fact no federal judge was involved.

Galvan’s associate was sentenced in March 2011 to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

An indictment is merely an allegation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

If convicted, Galvan faces up to 20 years in prison on the wire fraud charge and up to 10 years in prison on the obstruction charge. He also faces maximum fines of $250,000 for each count.

The case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorneys Kevin Driscoll, Barak Cohen and Brian Lichter of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section. The case is being investigated by the FBI.”

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Nevin Shapiro is Apparently Not Returning to Miami

August 29, 2011

The Associated Press (AP) on August 29, 2011 released the following:

“Attorney: Shapiro not coming to South Florida

By TIM REYNOLDS

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Nevin Shapiro is apparently not returning to Miami anytime soon.

Maria Elena Perez, the attorney for the former Miami booster and convicted Ponzi scheme architect whose claims of rampant rule breaking sparked an investigation into the Hurricanes’ football program, said in an email to The Associated Press that her client will not be transferred to a South Florida prison after all.

“Mr. Shapiro is no longer coming to Miami and we are now awaiting his re-designation, which could take some time,” Perez wrote.

A call placed to the Federal Bureau of Prisons late Monday afternoon was not immediately returned. The 42-year-old Shapiro, a longtime resident of the Miami area, has been held for the past couple weeks at a facility in Tallahassee, Fla.

He was expecting a transfer to a prison in the Miami area to serve the bulk of his 20-year prison sentence for bilking investors out of what federal prosecutors say was $930 million. Of that, Shapiro has been ordered to repay nearly $83 million, and he plans to raise at least some of that money by writing a tell-all book about his experiences with the Hurricanes.

Shapiro began making allegations about the Miami program around a year ago, and his claims became widely known earlier this month after Yahoo Sports published what he described as a “tsunami” of violations that could adversely affect the Hurricanes for years to come. He claimed to have provided 72 football players – 65 of whom suited up for the Hurricanes – with cars, money, gifts and even prostitutes between 2002 and 2010.

Shapiro’s claims also implicate 10 Miami football and basketball coaches, none of whom are still employed by the university.

On Monday, Miami President Donna Shalala reaffirmed the school’s commitment to the investigation into Shapiro’s claims and compliance practices at the university, saying that “you don’t time that process with a stopwatch.”

The NCAA is expected to rule early this week, possibly Tuesday, on the status of Miami football players already declared ineligible by the university. The NCAA has been asked to reinstate those players, though it’s certainly possible that the college sports governing body will, at the very least, decree that some players have to miss games because of their interactions with Shapiro.

“This guy is not going to deter the University of Miami from moving forward, and nor our football program,” coach Al Golden said Monday in his weekly appearance on WQAM radio.

Miami opens its season at Maryland on Sept. 5. The NCAA decisions will play a major role in deciding which Hurricanes actually take the field for that game.

Perez said Shapiro is being held at a special housing unit in Tallahassee, in solitary confinement, in part because of the media attention his case and story have generated in recent weeks. Prison officials, Perez said, are erring on a cautious side given Shapiro’s high profile right now.

“It may create a safety concern for him if he is placed in general population,” Perez wrote.”

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Robert C. Sasser Pled Guilty in Columbia Federal Court to Wire Fraud in Violation of 18 U.S.C. 1343

August 29, 2011

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on August 29, 2011 released the following:

“West Columbia Man Pleads Guilty to Mortgage Fraud

COLUMBIA, SC— United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Robert C. Sasser, age 31, of West Columbia, pled guilty in federal court in Columbia, to Wire Fraud, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343. United States District Judge Margaret B. Seymour accepted the plea and will impose a sentence in approximately ninety days.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that Sasser was a realtor and mortgage broker. He was involved in eight real estate transactions financed by Wachovia for approximately $2.5 million. The loans were collateralized by homes that were significantly overvalued.

The loan documents contained multiple misrepresentations, including (1) grossly overstated or fabricated income and asset information, (2) forged signatures, (3) down payments paid by Sasser rather than by the purchaser, and (4) loan payments paid on behalf of, instead of by, the actual purchasers. Significantly, this caused loans to be approved in the names of individuals who could not afford them, which caused them all to go into foreclosure.

The amount of loss suffered by the lender in this case is approximately $1,689,053.97.

Mr. Nettles stated the maximum penalty Sasser can receive is a fine of $250,000 and/or imprisonment for 20 years, plus a special assessment of $100.

The case was investigated by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Winston D. Holliday, Jr., of the Columbia office handled the case.”

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Bruce Massey Charged in an Information with Allegedly Mailing an Envelope Containing a White Powdery Substance Intending to Mislead That it was a Biological Agent or Toxin

August 29, 2011

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on August 26, 2011 released the following:

“Wellington Man Charged with Mailing White Powdery Substance

Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, today announced that a one-count information was filed charging Bruce Massey, age 59, of Wellington, Ohio, with false information and hoaxes.

The information alleges that on or about December 27, 2010, Massey mailed an envelope containing a white powdery substance to the offices of Allied Marketing Group in Dallas, Texas, and intended to mislead and give the impression that the white powdery substance was a biological agent or toxin.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew B. Kall, following investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

An information is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.”

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