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One of the most recent and significant busts made by federal law enforcement. Whether it is news from the Border, the world of fugitives, national security crimes or law enforcement's effort to combat drugs, The Takedown will provide the details.
Title Published Date Author
Three Charged with Allegedly Defrauding FCC of $32 Million 17 April 2014 FEDagent
Justice Department Announces First Ever Successful Extradition on Antitrust Charge 10 April 2014 FEDagent
Caribbean Corridor Strike Force Brings Down Drug and Money Trafficking Ring 03 April 2014 FEDagent
FBI Arrests Charlotte Mayor on Public Corruption Charges 27 March 2014 FEDagent
Former President of Guatemala Pleads Guilty to Laundering Millions Through U.S. Banks 20 March 2014 FEDagent
Leader of Identity Theft Ring That Stole Identities of Federal Employees Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison 13 March 2014 FEDagent
Justice-HHS Reports on Joint Efforts to Combat Health Care Fraud 06 March 2014 FEDagent
Sinalao Cartel Boss Captured in Joint Raid by DEA, Mexican Marines 27 February 2014 FEDagent
Narwhal Tusk Trafficker Convicted of Conspiracy and Money Laundering 20 February 2014 FEDagent
FBI, Italian Police Hit 'Ndrangheta Crime Syndicate With Coordinated Raids, Arrests 14 February 2014 FEDagent
DEA Busts Heroin Mill in Bronx, New York 06 February 2014 FEDagent
Air Force OSI Investigating Nuclear Missile-Launch Officers 30 January 2014 FEDagent
Former Virginia Governor and First Lady Indicted on Public Corruption Charges 23 January 2014 FEDagent
Connecticut Man Arrested for Attempting to Ship Sensitive Military Documents to Iran 16 January 2014 FEDagent
ICE Announces 2013 Removal Numbers 09 January 2014 FEDagent
Navy Scandal Grows with NCIS Special Agent Pleading Guilty n Fraud and Bribery 02 January 2014 FEDagent
Houston Doctor Charged For Alleged Role in $158 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme 19 December 2013 FEDagent
British Nationals Plead Guilty to Terrorism-Related Charges 13 December 2013 FEDagent
Hundreds of Domain Names Seized in Cyber Monday Counterfeit Merchandise Crackdown 05 December 2013 FEDagent
Utility Company in Wyoming Sentenced Under First Criminal Enforcement of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act 27 November 2013 FEDagent
NJ Man Gets Four Years for $65 Million Stolen Identity Income Tax Refund Fraud Scheme 21 November 2013 FEDagent
Two Border Patrol Agents Sentenced to Two Years for Violating Civil Rights of Suspected Marijuana Smugglers 15 November 2013 FEDagent
Johnson & Johnson to pay Over $2.2 Billion on Fraud and Misbranding Allegations 07 November 2013 FEDagent
British National Arrested for Hacking U.S. Government Agencies, Stealing Confidential Employee Information 31 October 2013 FEDagent
21 Members of Arizona Air National Guard Indicted on Charges of Fraud 24 October 2013 FEDagent
Ten Arrested in Conspiracy to Kidnap and Torture Orthodox Jewish Men, Cause Them to Divorce Wives 17 October 2013 FEDagent
FBI Shuts Down Silk Road, The Massive Illicit Online Marketplace 11 October 2013 FEDagent
Over 50 Indicted in "Massive" Tax and Bank Fraud Ring 03 October 2013 FEDagent
Retired FBI Agent Pleads Guilty to Unlawfully Disclosing National Defense Informaton 26 September 2013 FEDagent
Naval Commander, NCIS Special Agent, Defense Contractor CEO Charged in Contracting Bribery Scheme 19 September 2013 FEDagent

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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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