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FEDagent® is a free weekly E-Report providing up-to-date news for 1811 Special Agents and other federal employees engaged in the mission of federal law enforcement and homeland security. From top news stories in the federal law enforcement and homeland security arena, to understandable reporting on key court decisions, we deliver unfiltered, unbiased news in an easy-to-read, straightforward format, designed to keep our readers informed about their work force.

FEDagent is the Winner of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) 2006 National Media Award!

In addition to the top news stories, each week you'll find our regular feature columns:

The Takedown. Read this article each week to learn about the most recent and significant bust made by federal law enforcement. Whether it be news from the border, the world of fugitives, national security crimes, or law enforcement's efforts to combat drugs, we bring the details to you.

Movers & Shakers. If you want to follow the people who run the law enforcement agencies, read this article each week. Here we report on personnel changes of significance to let you know who's moved where and what they bring to their new position.

Case Law Update. We provide comprehensive summaries of recent court decisions in the area of criminal law, including the never-ending developments in search and seizure law, federal sentencing guidelines, and the law of governmental immunity. Our legal update is written by a lawyer, but without all that legal jargon, so that you can readily stay on top of key legal developments in the criminal law arena that affect how you do your job.

GEICO's Good Stuff. A GEICO-sponsored column series highlighting great stuff happening in the federal community. These good government stories are brought to you by GEICO. If you think the stories are good, click here and get a free quote - you could get some good news yourself!

FEDagent.com has been on-line since 2002, and is proud to be known as the first, the original, and the only electronic report to exclusively serve the federal law enforcement community.

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Win A Free Full Conference Pass to GovSec 2014

Want to win a FREE ticket to the nation's premiere government security, law enforcement and homeland security expo and conference?

GovSec 2014 is the only event that brings together everything you need to be ready when it counts. This year's conference runs from May 13-15 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC.

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Takedowns

Three Charged with Allegedly Defrauding FCC of $32 Million

The Justice Department announced last week that three individuals have been charged for alleged roles in an approximately $32 million fraud against a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that provides discounted telephone services to low-income customers.

The indictment charged three defendants with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and fifteen substantive counts of wire fraud, false claims, and money laundering.

According to the indictment, the defendants engaged in a scheme to submit false claims with the federal Lifeline Program, which provides affordable, nationwide telephone service to Americans through discounted rates for qualifying low-income customers. The Lifeline Program is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company, a not-for-profit designated and authorized by the FCC.

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GEICO's Good Stuff

Tell Us: Why Do You Heart Public Service?

GEICO’s Good Stuff is a column series highlighting great stuff happening in the federal community.

The Public Employees Roundtable (PER) is collecting testimonials from government employees and members of the public in support of an I “Heart” Public Service whiteboard photo campaign. Images will be posted on the PER on Facebook and Instagram pages.

The group behind Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW), which takes place this year from May 4-10, launched the whiteboard campaign in support of this year’s theme: Proud to Serve.

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Case Law Update

Eleventh Circuit Held Fourth Amendment Violated Where Police Recorded Attorney-Client Conversation Between A Non-incarcerated Suspect and His Attorney

While investigating an alleged misdemeanor violation of a domestic violence injunction, Detective Thomas Marmo and Sergeant Brian Canova monitored, intercepted, and listened to privileged conversations between their non-incarcerated suspect, Joel Studivant, and his attorney, Anne Marie Gennusa, who were in an interview room at the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office. The police did so without any notice to Studivant and Gennusa, and without a warrant. Det. Marmo also seized (without a warrant) from Gennusa, on Sgt. Canova’s order, a statement written by Studivant. On appeal, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit held that the surreptitious recording and monitoring of those attorney-client conversations, without notice to Studivant and his attorney, and without a warrant, violated the Fourth Amendment.

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